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

21 February, 2020

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

Hundreds of vulnerable people refused temporary housing

21 February, 2020

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

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

21 February, 2020

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

Council to take control of half finished Blackpool housing estate

21 February, 2020

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

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

21 February, 2020

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

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

21 February, 2020

Further evidence of PRS landlords readying to leave the sector

DWP under pressure from housing bodies over rent-data failure

21 February, 2020

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

NIHE rents to rise for first time in five years

21 February, 2020

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

Pace of rental inflation inches up

20 February, 2020

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

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

20 February, 2020

Land Registry figures show annualised increase of 2.2% in December

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

20 February, 2020

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

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

20 February, 2020

Sum relates to actions over claimants transferring to Universal Credit

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

20 February, 2020

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

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

20 February, 2020

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

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

20 February, 2020

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

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

20 February, 2020

Coventry Homefinder is having a huge overhaul

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

20 February, 2020

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

Social housing must be at the heart of the Budget

20 February, 2020

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

Council and housing association partner to tackle empty homes

20 February, 2020

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

Council slammed by Ombudsman over housing complaint

20 February, 2020

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

Tackling climate change in the housing sector

20 February, 2020

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

Universal Credit is pushing young people in Bristol out of renting

19 February, 2020

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

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

19 February, 2020

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

Large housing associations agree 380-home swap deal

19 February, 2020

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

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

19 February, 2020

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

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

19 February, 2020

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

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

19 February, 2020

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

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

19 February, 2020

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

Landlords' income drops 20 per cent since 2011

19 February, 2020

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

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

19 February, 2020

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

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

18 February, 2020

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

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

18 February, 2020

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

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

18 February, 2020

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

Why Wigan Council is bringing in new rules for shared housing

18 February, 2020

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

Every council tenant in Hull and East Riding facing rent hike

18 February, 2020

Almost 35,000 households will pay more from April

Budget 2020: A private rented sector that works for all

18 February, 2020

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

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

18 February, 2020

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

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

18 February, 2020

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

The government's response to Universal Credit court fine deductions

18 February, 2020

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

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

18 February, 2020

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

Benefit sanctions statistics to October 2019 (experimental)

18 February, 2020

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

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

17 February, 2020

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

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

17 February, 2020

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

Disabled and ill benefit claimants overcharged due to DWP error

17 February, 2020

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

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

17 February, 2020

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

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

17 February, 2020

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

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

17 February, 2020

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

Winchester City Council to limit tenants' housing exchanges

17 February, 2020

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

Durham County Council consults on new selective licensing scheme

17 February, 2020

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

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

17 February, 2020

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

PRS landlords predict 2020 growth in tenant demand

17 February, 2020

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

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

14 February, 2020

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

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

14 February, 2020

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

Low number of tenants moved to Universal Credit in Harrogate pilot

14 February, 2020

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

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

14 February, 2020

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

Johnson calls on new cabinet to 'cut homelessness'

14 February, 2020

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

East Staffordshire Borough Council consults on extending selective licensing

14 February, 2020

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

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

14 February, 2020

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

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

14 February, 2020

UC is a very tailored system for those who use it

Sandwell rent arrears rise as Universal Credit bills increase

14 February, 2020

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

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

13 February, 2020

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

Thanet councillors due to approve axing of East Kent Housing contract

13 February, 2020

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

Landlords hand over evidence late in nine out of 10 cases

13 February, 2020

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

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

13 February, 2020

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

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

13 February, 2020

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

Poor families deeper in poverty than seven years ago

13 February, 2020

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

Welsh eviction bill gets a once over

13 February, 2020

Senedd committee launches consultation into plans for Section 21

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

12 February, 2020

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

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

12 February, 2020

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

Rents agreed on new tenancies rise above the rate of inflation

12 February, 2020

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

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

12 February, 2020

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

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

12 February, 2020

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

Welfare reform mitigation to be extended in NI legislation

12 February, 2020

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

Coronavirus: What do landlords need to know

12 February, 2020

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

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

11 February, 2020

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

Johnson dismissed by watchdog over UC claim

11 February, 2020

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

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

11 February, 2020

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

Housing associations 'need to get better at working together'

11 February, 2020

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

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

11 February, 2020

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

Universal credit could 'steamroll vulnerable into poverty'

11 February, 2020

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

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

11 February, 2020

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

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

11 February, 2020

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

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

10 February, 2020

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

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

10 February, 2020

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

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

10 February, 2020

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

Regulator urges better tenant engagement and 'more initiative'

10 February, 2020

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

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

10 February, 2020

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

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

10 February, 2020

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

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

10 February, 2020

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

Once.. twice... three times an answer

10 February, 2020

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

Change confirmed to minimum notice period for renting in Wales

10 February, 2020

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

Helpline heroes are fighting the housing emergency

10 February, 2020

Every minute matters when a family is facing a housing emergency

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

07 February, 2020

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

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

07 February, 2020

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

Focus on footprint drives bigger housing association stock deals

07 February, 2020

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

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

07 February, 2020

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

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

07 February, 2020

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

Number of workers living in poverty rises for third straight year

07 February, 2020

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

Why landlords should expect more from their suppliers

07 February, 2020

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

NAO questions DWP numbers over claimant suicides

07 February, 2020

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

LA Welfare Direct 2/2020

07 February, 2020

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

Council wants to be allowed to introduce rent controls

06 February, 2020

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

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

06 February, 2020

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

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

06 February, 2020

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

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

06 February, 2020

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

Cheshire West social housing evictions peak in last 2 years

06 February, 2020

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

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

06 February, 2020

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

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

06 February, 2020

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

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

06 February, 2020

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

Benefit cap: number of households capped to November 2019

06 February, 2020

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

Government announces further delays to the Universal Credit roll-out

06 February, 2020

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

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

05 February, 2020

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

Councils in crisis with more tax rises and service cuts due

05 February, 2020

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

UK councils' benefits pages push credit card adverts

05 February, 2020

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

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

05 February, 2020

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

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

05 February, 2020

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

Report urges government to ensure LHA rates cover cost of renting

05 February, 2020

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

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

05 February, 2020

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

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

05 February, 2020

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

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

05 February, 2020

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

Commons hears there's nothing to fear over Universal Credit

05 February, 2020

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

Landlords help the wheels go round in local economies across UK

04 February, 2020

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

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

04 February, 2020

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

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

04 February, 2020

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

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

04 February, 2020

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

Call for secure tenancies for problem-hit Barnet flats

04 February, 2020

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

Lancashire supported housing review to deal with empty places

04 February, 2020

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

Colchester Council to buy 100 homes for those on housing list

04 February, 2020

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

Report reinforces link between social renting and in-work poverty

04 February, 2020

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

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

04 February, 2020

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

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

03 February, 2020

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

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

03 February, 2020

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

Alternative Housing stripped of charity status after multiple rule breaches

03 February, 2020

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

Thousands trapped in limbo by post-Grenfell fire safety standards

03 February, 2020

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

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

03 February, 2020

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

Golding Homes secures £100m credit facility

03 February, 2020

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

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

03 February, 2020

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

Associations join forces to improve home solutions for ageing population

03 February, 2020

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

Universal credit rollout delayed again - to 2024

03 February, 2020

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

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

03 February, 2020

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

January 2020: Touchbase edition 139

03 February, 2020

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

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

31 January, 2020

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

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

31 January, 2020

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

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

31 January, 2020

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

Impact of short-term lets on private sector revealed

31 January, 2020

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

Seven in 10 councils overspending homelessness budgets

31 January, 2020

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

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

31 January, 2020

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

Social housing expected to grow after Brexit

31 January, 2020

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

Scottish Housing Regulator highlights RSL role in addressing homelessness

31 January, 2020

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

Peers to probe Universal Credit

31 January, 2020

Lords' committee launches inquiry on how to reform the system

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

30 January, 2020

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

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

30 January, 2020

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

DWP loses court fight over treatment of severely disabled

30 January, 2020

UK government discriminated against people left worse off by universal credit

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

30 January, 2020

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

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

30 January, 2020

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

How to end evictions from social housing

30 January, 2020

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

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

30 January, 2020

Lawyers say police interviews indicate workers could face manslaughter charges

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

30 January, 2020

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

Regulator of Social Housing launches consultation on equality objectives

30 January, 2020

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

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

29 January, 2020

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

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

29 January, 2020

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

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

29 January, 2020

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

Fees ban aftermath - tenants continue to pay the price

29 January, 2020

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

'Red' alert as councils struggle with temporary accommodation cost

29 January, 2020

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

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

29 January, 2020

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

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

29 January, 2020

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

Housing association reaches agreement with charity over homeless centre

29 January, 2020

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

Private Rented Sector Report - December 2019

29 January, 2020

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

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

29 January, 2020

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

Mayors call on PRS to help in fight against homelessness

29 January, 2020

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

Cheshire West council set to change social housing policy

29 January, 2020

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

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

28 January, 2020

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

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

28 January, 2020

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

Council tenant admits fraud over trying to buy own flat

28 January, 2020

Tenant exposed as actually owning three houses

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

28 January, 2020

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

Grenfell cladding maker 'knew it fell below safety standard'

28 January, 2020

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

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

28 January, 2020

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

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

28 January, 2020

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

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

28 January, 2020

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

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

28 January, 2020

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

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

27 January, 2020

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

Debt repayment orders hit record 1.15m in 2019

27 January, 2020

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

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

27 January, 2020

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

Council signs agreement with 10 housing associations to tackle housing issues

27 January, 2020

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

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

27 January, 2020

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

DPS Rental Index

27 January, 2020

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

Grenfell Tower inquiry: what we learned as second phase begins

27 January, 2020

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

Council prosecutes landlord over unlicensed home fire

27 January, 2020

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

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

24 January, 2020

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

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

24 January, 2020

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

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

24 January, 2020

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

UK Government refuses majority of disability benefit claims

24 January, 2020

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

Pitch for full picture food bank stats

24 January, 2020

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

Law Society calls for an end to Section 21

24 January, 2020

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

Bolton at Home to increase charges for sheltered housing services

24 January, 2020

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

Council tenants in Southend to be hit with rent increase

24 January, 2020

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

Association announces A+ stable credit rating

24 January, 2020

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

The doubt of the benefit

24 January, 2020

Welsh Secretary doesn't get it over Universal Credit

Council becomes last in London to demand delivery of social housing

24 January, 2020

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

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

23 January, 2020

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

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

23 January, 2020

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

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

23 January, 2020

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

Stats show income spent on rent fell between 2016-2019

23 January, 2020

Deposit Protection Service says decrease was despite increases in rental levels

Universal credit 'sending people into arms of loan sharks'

23 January, 2020

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

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

23 January, 2020

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

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

23 January, 2020

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

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

23 January, 2020

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

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

23 January, 2020

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

Universal Credit: Housing Queries Routeway

23 January, 2020

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

Universal Credit: top tips for landlords

23 January, 2020

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

English Housing Survey 2018 to 2019: headline report

23 January, 2020

Initial findings from the English Housing Survey 2018 to 2019

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

22 January, 2020

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

Over two million households living without essential appliances

22 January, 2020

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

Government warns landlords to check cladding or face enforcement action

22 January, 2020

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

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

22 January, 2020

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

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

22 January, 2020

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

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

22 January, 2020

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

Rental Market Report 2019 Q4

22 January, 2020

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

Affordable delivery stats on the up for housing associations

22 January, 2020

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

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

21 January, 2020

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

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

21 January, 2020

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

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

21 January, 2020

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

What is the TMO?

21 January, 2020

Johnson defines Tory social housing policy in four words

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

21 January, 2020

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

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

21 January, 2020

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

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

21 January, 2020

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

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 12 December 2019

21 January, 2020

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

UK benevolent funds hand out £216m as hardship grows

20 January, 2020

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

NHF backs charity's call for more supported housing

20 January, 2020

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

RLA opposes plans to renew additional HMO licensing scheme in Cardiff

20 January, 2020

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

Most in demand areas in the UK to rent a property

20 January, 2020

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

Here is how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

20 January, 2020

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

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

20 January, 2020

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

Lettings boss hit with ban after failing to protect deposits

20 January, 2020

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

New measures to improve building safety standards

20 January, 2020

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

Welfare reform millions set aside by Stormont not spent

20 January, 2020

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

MHCLG funds research into housing-related loneliness solutions

20 January, 2020

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

Council becomes latest to hike levy for empty homes

20 January, 2020

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

Tell us if private renting is affecting your health

20 January, 2020

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

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

17 January, 2020

Welcome to my first "Landlords Barometer" for 2020!

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

17 January, 2020

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

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

17 January, 2020

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

Council to spend almost £1m improving social housing

17 January, 2020

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

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

17 January, 2020

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

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

17 January, 2020

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

LA Welfare Direct lite 1/2020

17 January, 2020

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

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

17 January, 2020

The freeze on housing benefit has been an unmitigated disaster

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

16 January, 2020

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

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

16 January, 2020

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

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

16 January, 2020

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

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

16 January, 2020

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

Council rent hike for first time in four years in Southwark

16 January, 2020

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

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

16 January, 2020

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

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

16 January, 2020

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

5,000 people died before being repaid over benefits error

16 January, 2020

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

London association to switch 2,000 residents to lifetime tenancies

16 January, 2020

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

Network Homes to offer lifetime tenancies

16 January, 2020

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

Council home drop under Tory government slammed as 'disgraceful'

16 January, 2020

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

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

15 January, 2020

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

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

15 January, 2020

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

Private renting making millions sick in England

15 January, 2020

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

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

15 January, 2020

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

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

15 January, 2020

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

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

15 January, 2020

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

Two million renters in England made ill by housing worries

15 January, 2020

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

Brexit: an update for housing associations

15 January, 2020

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

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

14 January, 2020

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

Government confirms end to Local Housing Allowance rate freeze

14 January, 2020

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

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

14 January, 2020

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

Sheffield sets out £500m housing works plan

14 January, 2020

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

McVey warns councils against 'frustrating' Right To Buy

14 January, 2020

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

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

14 January, 2020

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

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

14 January, 2020

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

New NI housing minister raises welfare reform concerns

14 January, 2020

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

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

14 January, 2020

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

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

13 January, 2020

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

Ministers urged to speed up review of benefits for terminally ill

13 January, 2020

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

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

13 January, 2020

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

Large landlord becomes latest to scrap fixed-term tenancies

13 January, 2020

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

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

13 January, 2020

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

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

13 January, 2020

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

MHCLG rejects extending successful PRS standards scheme in Liverpool

13 January, 2020

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

Around 900,000 could receive increased Housing Benefit from April

13 January, 2020

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

JRF responds to Local Housing Allowance increase

13 January, 2020

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

Manchester lettings agent 'drops rogue landlord' after protest outside office

10 January, 2020

A lettings agent has reportedly agreed to stop working with a landlord following demonstrations outside its office by members of renters' union Acorn

Luxury hotel and property developer registers for-profit housing association

10 January, 2020

A London-based developer of luxury housing and hotels has become the latest private firm to set up a for-profit housing association arm

How does UK social housing compare with European markets from a credit perspective?

10 January, 2020

Robyn Wilson finds out how UK social housing's credit and investment profile compares with different markets in Europe

Ombudsman warns councils over 'mistakes' with housing benefit appeals

10 January, 2020

Councils must learn from the "mistakes" made over the handling of housing benefit appeals that left some families homeless

Special report: trend of increasing stock consolidation continues

10 January, 2020

Analysis by Social Housing has found that housing association stock per local authority area has become more concentrated

Cheap housing in Blackpool being bought by landlords for ex-offenders and former addicts

10 January, 2020

Cheap property prices in Blackpool could fuel a fresh influx of vulnerable people to the resort including convicts and drug addicts

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

10 January, 2020

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

Jenrick threatens unprecedented intervention over council's home plans

10 January, 2020

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

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

10 January, 2020

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

UK house prices up 1.7% in December, lifting annual rise to 4%

09 January, 2020

Surprise figures from Halifax yet to be reflected in official house price index from ONS

Homes England supports new UK housing fund to be launched by national housing association and global asset management giant

09 January, 2020

A new UK housing fund is set to be launched by a global asset management giant and one of the country's largest housing associations, potentially with direct government investment

The social rent dilemma

09 January, 2020

Housing associations have long been accused of abandoning social rent to build more commercial tenures. But is this really the case?

HomeLet Rental Index

09 January, 2020

Average rents across the UK rose by 3.5% in December 2019 when compared to the same month a year previously; the average monthly rent is now £953

Local authority new build programmes and lifting the HRA borrowing caps

09 January, 2020

What is the potential and what are the constraints?

PM 'must work' with housing associations to ease Brexit turbulence

09 January, 2020

They promised us better, brighter futures, and the time for them to start delivering for all is now

Social housing 'can learn' from PRS over furnished tenancies

09 January, 2020

Anti-poverty campaigners are researching the potential for furnished tenancies in social housing

Costs of housing homeless in temporary accommodation soar in East Devon

09 January, 2020

In 2014-15, East Devon District Council spent only £17,699 on providing homeless people with temporary accommodation, but that figures has risen to £285,531 for 2018-19

McVey backs Voluntary Right To Buy for housing association tenants

09 January, 2020

Commons question confirms government will detail new pilot areas "in due course"

Association to scrap fixed-term tenancies

09 January, 2020

Platform Group confirms a move from fixed-term to lifetime tenancies

Scottish councils to get stronger short-term let powers

09 January, 2020

Regulation can be defined by that which is in "the interest of local communities"

Housing Benefit subsidy audited final claims: Apr 2018 to Mar 2019

09 January, 2020

This is the local authority Housing Benefit audit final claims expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2018 to 2019

House prices up by 33% across the UK in last decade

08 January, 2020

Average house prices rose by 33% over the past decade - more than the average 20% rise in incomes

Rental market ends 2019 with shorter voids and lower rents

08 January, 2020

Agents and landlords saw both void periods and rents drop at the end of 2019

Local authorities to receive nearly £50Bn for housing and social care

08 January, 2020

The government has recently announced that local authorities across the country will benefit from the allocation of shares from almost £50Bn worth of funding

Quarter of landlords plan to exit market this year

08 January, 2020

Survey results mean more than half a million homes could be put up for sale

Scandal of Rotherham's 1,100 empty homes

08 January, 2020

Homes worth almost £36 million have been standing empty for more than two years

Toxic contamination at social housing site 'worse than previously thought'

08 January, 2020

Toxic contamination at the polluted former Ravenscraig Hospital site earmarked for large-scale social housing is worse than previously thought

Homes England appoints three housing associations to become national Help to Buy agents

08 January, 2020

Three housing associations have been chosen by Homes England to manage its new Help to Buy agent network across the country

When Universal Credit and benefits will change - see how it affects you

08 January, 2020

Universal Credit, disability benefits and pensions among the welfare schemes to be affected by DWP

Borrowing rate interest could add almost £3,000 to the cost of a tenant's deposit

07 January, 2020

Tenants who have to borrow money in order to put down a rental deposit could add up to £2,794 in interest to the cost

London housing association warns leaseholders may each face £100,000 bill for fire safety works

07 January, 2020

Network Homes has warned that its leaseholders are "on notice" for bills of up to £100,000 each to pay for the removal of ACM cladding unless the government steps in to help

Families sacrifice a 'huge proportion' of grocery shopping for rent

07 January, 2020

Crisis urges government to increase investment in housing benefit over the coming year

New public regulator 'the future' for social housing fire safety

07 January, 2020

Government warned council leaders are increasingly frustrated at the failure to renew cladding regulations

Young family left homeless after housing benefit 'miscalculation'

07 January, 2020

Haringey council incorrectly told the families landlord that they owed more than £8,000 in backdated benefits

Pregnant homeless woman left to sleep on floor by council

07 January, 2020

After approaching Tower Hamlets council for help, the woman spent three months in unsuitable temporary accommodation

Associations in merger talks select designate leaders

07 January, 2020

Merger would enable a five-year £500m investment in new affordable homes

HB U1/2020

07 January, 2020

Urgent information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Mixed reception for £4m funding to crack down on criminal agents and landlords

06 January, 2020

Over £4m of funding has been made available for councils to crack down on criminal landlords and agents across England

Tenancy agreements to be overhauled to remove restrictions on pets

06 January, 2020

Model tenancy agreements are to be overhauled in order to encourage more landlords to accept tenants with pets

Landlords to allow pets in rented homes unless they are badly behaved

06 January, 2020

The government has called on landlords to make it easier for people to have pets in rented homes

Property market shrugs off general election and Christmas lull as average UK house price bounces in December

06 January, 2020

House price inflation remained tepid amid political uncertainty in 2019

Green Party politician tells Black Country planners to prioritise affordable housing

06 January, 2020

A Green Party politician has told council planners to prioritise building more social and affordable housing

North Somerset Council could pull out of 100,000 homes plan

06 January, 2020

A plan for more than 100,000 houses in the west of England could be rejected by one of the councils that drew it up

103 Stoke-on-Trent council tenants evicted for not paying their rent in past 12 months

06 January, 2020

Stoke-on-Trent City Council says eviction is its last resort

Universal Credit and benefit changes coming in 2020 - and what it means for you

06 January, 2020

The changes, which will affect state pensions, disability benefits and the self-employed, could mean more money for some claimants - here's a list of what's changing and when

Emergency fund for families struggling on Universal Credit slashed by £11million in three years

06 January, 2020

Hard-up families on Universal Credit have had an emergency fund slashed by £11million in three years

Further £4m for fight against 'criminal' landlords and letting agents

03 January, 2020

Sum will support councils in making innovative use of existing powers toward targeted enforcement and sharing best practice

Wandsworth Council loses bid to force leaseholders to pay for sprinklers

03 January, 2020

Wandsworth Council has had a legal application to force all its leaseholders in high-rise blocks to pay to fit sprinklers struck out by a tribunal

Labour derides 'puny' £4m fund to tackle rogue landlords

03 January, 2020

Council leaders welcome extra cash but both party and private landlords say it is insufficient

How East Lancs social housing review could cut waiting list

03 January, 2020

The body which allocates social housing across five East Lancashire boroughs is set to tighten its rules to reduce its waiting list for homes

Northern Ireland housing association draws down EIB loan at 1.7%

03 January, 2020

A housing association in Northern Ireland has drawn down a loan from the EIB at an interest rate of less than 1.7%

Councils to set to benefit from grant funding to tackle rogue landlords

03 January, 2020

The MHCLG has confirmed that over £4 million will be shared by more than 100 councils following a bidding process to help tackle rogue landlords

Jenrick overhauls tenancy agreement to help end pet bans

03 January, 2020

Housing Secretary calls on landlords to make it easier for responsible tenants to have well behaved pets in their homes

Johnson promises to 'expand' homelessness programmes

02 January, 2020

Boris Johnson has promised to "expand" homelessness programmes as the government strives to hit its ambitious target of ending rough sleeping by 2024

2020 and beyond set to be strong for buy to let market

02 January, 2020

There's been an upbeat prediction on the lettings market given by leading market commentator Lucian Cook

Dozens of Brighton council housing blocks have no sprinklers

02 January, 2020

Dozens of council apartment blocks do not have lifesaving sprinklers installed - against the advice of fire chiefs

Rising developer clinches 10-year deal with major Flintshire social housing provider

02 January, 2020

A North Wales developer is celebrating after clinching a share of a £500 million 10-year construction contract with a top social housing provider

New Thanet council plan aimed at tackling housing crisis

02 January, 2020

Deputy council leader Helen Whitehead says the housing plan aims for a new approach through the work of all the political parties

East Cambs Council agrees 12 month extension to its own scheme for 500 homes at Kennett to give time for crucial legal documents to be signed off

02 January, 2020

East Cambs Council has admitted it is having problems signing off a multi million pound section 106 agreement over its controversial scheme for 500 homes on a 100 acre site at Kennett

Association helps disabled tenants to benefits windfall

02 January, 2020

Tenancy Sustainment team exposes "serious errors" in the DWP's handling of two benefits cases

National living wage to rise by 6.2% in April

31 December, 2019

The national living wage is to rise by 6.2% in what the government says is "the biggest cash increase ever"

Discounts and freebies you can get if you're on Universal Credit or benefits

31 December, 2019

Those struggling to make their Universal Credit payments stretch to pay the bills may be able to get extra discounts to help them make their money last longer

Universal Credit payment due tomorrow? DWP explains how your payment date will change

31 December, 2019

Universal credit is paid monthly, however the payment date may change for those expecting their payment tomorrow

Number of empty homes a 'national emergency'

30 December, 2019

Latest research into empty homes has shown the number of long-term empties has reached a record high

Government under pressure to create a 'Minister for Renting' post

30 December, 2019

Senior figures from the property sector have written to the prime minister urging him to appoint a Minister for Renting

Universal Credit: service charges - guidance for landlords

30 December, 2019

Information about Universal Credit service charge regulations for landlords

Universal Credit: Alternative Payment Arrangements

30 December, 2019

Guidance to providing Alternative Payment Arrangements for Universal Credit claimants who cannot manage their single monthly payment

Universal Credit: Landlord Portal and Trusted Partner Scheme for social landlords

30 December, 2019

Information on the Trusted Partner Scheme and enrolment on the Universal Credit Landlord Portal

Osborne fears for future of Universal Credit

27 December, 2019

Ex-chancellor says he didn't believe the 'reform' would work when first introduced - and still doesn't

Starmer: Housing should be 'fundamental human right'

27 December, 2019

Shadow Brexit Secretary says UK homelessness is a "moral emergency"

Queen's Speech 2.0: Section 21 set to be abolished

27 December, 2019

In the second Queen's speech in as many months, the Government's priorities for the next parliamentary session were outlined and all in all no less than 30 bills are expected to be pursued

Hastings Borough Council consults on new selective licensing scheme

27 December, 2019

Hastings Borough Council is seeking views on proposals setting out a new selective licensing scheme to replace the existing scheme due to come to an end on 14 October 2020

HomeLet Rental Index

24 December, 2019

Average rents across the UK rose by 3.2% in November 2019 when compared to the same month a year previously; the average monthly rent is now £947

10 things about 2019 - part one

24 December, 2019

Part one of Jules Birch's look back at 2019 in housing policy

Two in three voters want Boris Johnson's government to ban zero-hours contracts

24 December, 2019

Survey shows public wants workers' rights guaranteed after Brexit and backs tax rises to pay for public services

Boris Johnson accused of 'paying lip service' to ending homelessness with Christmas cash announcement

24 December, 2019

Despite the cash injection, Manchester town hall believes it could actually end up worse off due to uncertainty over other Whitehall cash

Housing crisis could see council set up its own housing company

24 December, 2019

West Berkshire Council is considering setting up its own housing company to help address the shortage of affordable accommodation in the district

'Housing emergency' declared as Northumberland families left with no permanent home

24 December, 2019

More than 170 families in the North East don't have a permanent home to live in

Landlord facing prosecution after 30 occupants discovered in three-bedroom house

24 December, 2019

'I find it terribly depressing. It is exploitation. Misery is inflicted on people in the name of bad landlords trying to make a profit'

Prime Minister pledges new action to eliminate homelessness and rough sleeping

23 December, 2019

Over £260 million has been committed for local authorities to support people who are homeless or at risk of losing their homes

East Kent Housing boss Deborah Upton quits after gas and fire safety scandal

23 December, 2019

The chief executive of an under-fire housing management firm has stepped down

Some letting agents 'pulling a fast one' and still charging fees to tenants despite the ban

23 December, 2019

Some agents are still charging fees to tenants despite the ban which came into force on June 1. Shelter has accused them of 'pulling a fast one'

Fake tenant of almost 450 'criminal' rental properties fooled agents for years

23 December, 2019

A man who repeatedly conned letting agencies about his ID has been jailed for operating almost 450 rental properties across the UK

Stability tops New Year's wish lists as agents warn of rent increases and supply issues in 2020

23 December, 2019

Agents are anticipating more landlord exits and rent rises in 2020

Revealed: The brutal realities of 'sofa surfing'

23 December, 2019

A Crisis Report exposes the effects of sofa-surfing on an individual's mental and physical health

Life after homelessness: 'I had to choose between eating and clean clothes'

20 December, 2019

When Shonagh Johnson, 33, lost her job and the flat that came with it, she ended up in a damp B&B with little money for food

Queen's Speech confirms government's rental reform intentions

20 December, 2019

Also outlined is the strengthening of building safety and the introduction of discounts for local first-time buyers

Blackpool Council is owed millions in outstanding debt

20 December, 2019

Blackpool Council is owed millions of pounds in debt, both short and long term, according to a FOIA request

S&P revises 10 housing associations to 'stable' in line with UK outlook

20 December, 2019

S&P has revised the outlook on 10 housing associations to stable from negative, two days after making the same adjustment to its outlook on the UK's rating

Queen's Speech: government commits to implementing Grenfell Inquiry recommendations as housing pledges unveiled

20 December, 2019

The government has committed to implementing all the recommendations put forward in the first phase report looking into the Grenfell Tower fire

Landlord becomes first to be banned in north of England after string of prosecutions

20 December, 2019

A man has been banned from letting any home in England and from any English letting agency or property management work for three years

Two-year wait possible before Section 21 is banned by new legislation

20 December, 2019

The abolition of Section 21 eviction notices could be two years away

DWP pilot making managed payments to social landlords at same time as tenant receives their UC payment

20 December, 2019

Neil Couling has indicated to social landlords that changes to the Universal Credit rental payment system will be rolled out next year

'Resentful renters' ready to drive housing market home

20 December, 2019

Report says long-term, fixed-rate mortgages could help nearly two million households into home ownership

Over a third of PRS landlords plan to cut properties or exit market

20 December, 2019

Survey showing intentions for the coming year released launches in the face of PRS reform proposals

LIN member report December 2019 - Benefits and Disability

19 December, 2019

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Fire-risk washing machines a worry for households in private rented sector

19 December, 2019

Letting agents and landlords are among those having to take quick and decisive action after Whirlpool announced recalling fire-risk washing machines

Government urged to 'be careful' with Section 21 reform ahead of anticipated Queen's Speech announcement

19 December, 2019

ARLA Propertymark has urged the Government to think carefully about reforming Section 21

10 million people living in 'non-decent' homes across England

19 December, 2019

A new report calls for better leadership from government to stem the poor-housing crisis

Regulatory judgements: six associations get upgrades in last assessments before year end

19 December, 2019

The Regulator of Social Housing has published 43 regulatory judgements, the last round of assessments before the end of the year

Private Rented Sector Report -November 2019

19 December, 2019

The number of tenants experiencing rent increases fell by 18 per centage points in November

London sees big rise in temporary accommodation households

19 December, 2019

Stats show numbers now close to 60,000 in London alone

Government commits to abolition of Section 21

19 December, 2019

But a "strengthening of rights" will be offered to landlords needing to gain possession of property when they have a valid reason

Delivering local affordable rents

19 December, 2019

Today, the Welsh government has published its Rent Policy for Social Housing Rents

New five-year rent policy confirmed for Wales

19 December, 2019

Landlords retain responsibility for setting rents within the policy's boundaries

New rents drop across most of UK despite above-inflation annual rises

18 December, 2019

Newly agreed rents have continued to fall across most of the UK on a monthly basis despite above-inflation annual rises

Social landlords to get direct payments of benefits under UC changes

18 December, 2019

The Department of Work and Pensions has written to housing associations to confirm the changes to the way Universal Credit is paid to social landlords

Sick and disabled people deemed fit after being assessed by doctors who have never spoken to them

18 December, 2019

Medical firm paid millions of pounds in public money by councils and the Home Office to carry out assessments on homeless individuals and asylum seekers

UK wage growth slows again but employment hits record high

18 December, 2019

Unemployment remains at 3.8%, the lowest level since the mid-1970s

To achieve its housing pledges the government must empower local authorities

18 December, 2019

From our new sponsored supplement: Councils are well-positioned to kick-start a housing revolution

New restrictions on converting homes into HMOs to launch in the summer in Birmingham

18 December, 2019

Developers looking to turn houses into houses in multiple occupation for up to six people will require formal planning permission from the council

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments: April to September 2019

18 December, 2019

Analysis of local authorities' use of Discretionary Housing Payments (England and Wales) from April to September 2019, based on local authority mid-year returns

Waste of space: UK councils admit that over 400,000 residential properties are lying empty

17 December, 2019

New research has revealed the number of unoccupied residential properties in the UK

Newly elected Tory MP accused of 'cashin in' on food banks

17 December, 2019

Miriam Cates has come under fire for running a service that charges food banks to list the items they need

Stop bashing landlords, fewer properties to rent means poorer housing outcomes

17 December, 2019

The decline in house purchase activity by landlords has slowed in the second and third quarters

What sort of prime minister will Boris Johnson be for the housing sector?

17 December, 2019

Following Boris Johnson's victory in the general election, Peter Apps analyses the next prime minister's track record on housing

Regulator de-registers housing association previously ruled non-compliant over conflicts of interest

17 December, 2019

A housing association sued by a London council for allegedly selling affordable properties on the open market has been de-registered by the RSH due to its lack of social housing properties

My working week: 'I see the appalling houses my clients live in and feel sick'

17 December, 2019

I work to support tenants who are being exploited by criminal landlords and are sometimes living in dangerous conditions

Rightmove House Price Index

17 December, 2019

The largest monthly sample of residential property prices

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 14 November 2019

17 December, 2019

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

Rough sleeping falls in Ipswich - but 'shocking' homelessness will only get worse

16 December, 2019

"Shocking" homelessness in Ipswich is only likely to get worse - despite a multi-pronged attack resulting in the lower levels of rough sleeping

Housing charities and food banks report spike in donations after Tory win

16 December, 2019

Organisations protecting the vulnerable such as Shelter, Refuge, the Trussell Trust and the Biscuit Fund welcomed contributions

Social housing needs 'massive programme of retrofitting'

16 December, 2019

A "massive programme of retrofitting" is needed across the country's housing stock to stand a chance of meeting net zero carbon emission targets

General election 2019: housing sector reacts to Conservative majority

16 December, 2019

The housing sector has reacted to the Conservative Party winning last night's general election, calling on the government to bring housing to the top of its agenda

Housing associations told to make a joined-up case to HM Treasury

16 December, 2019

Social housing providers need to take a joined-up and "cross-cutting" approach if they want to have influence with HM Treasury

Firm and directors face sentencing over four-bed HMO which had up to 27 people living in it

16 December, 2019

A letting agent and two directors have been found guilty of running an unlicensed house in multiple occupation

Former rough sleepers being hit by maximum universal credit deductions

16 December, 2019

In the last few months, universal credit has been failing some of its most vulnerable claimants

Agents react to watershed election with Tories on course to win with large majority

13 December, 2019

Agents are reacting favourably to news that the Conservatives appear to have won yesterday's General Election with a majority of just under 80 seats

Election results 2019: Boris Johnson returns to power with big majority

13 December, 2019

Boris Johnson will return to Downing Street with a big majority after the Conservatives swept aside Labour in its traditional heartlands

So the Conservatives have won a comfortable majority - but what have they promised on housing?

13 December, 2019

As Boris Johnson's party wins a majority, here is a reminder of the Conservatives' key housing pledges

Council tax on empty houses in Swindon set to rocket to three times usual fee

13 December, 2019

The owners of empty houses and flats and properties in Swindon could be facing a big bill come April

Victorious Johnson Urged to Strengthen Landlords' Rights of Repossession To Avert A Looming Crisis in the Rented Sector

13 December, 2019

The new Conservative government must take action to deliver on its promise to strengthen landlords' rights of possession by reforming the law

Over 2,000 Leeds council houses lost since 2009 as thousands languish on housing register

13 December, 2019

New figures obtained by the Yorkshire Evening Post reveal a net loss of 2,404 council houses in Leeds over the past 10 years

SFHA urges new UK government to tackle poverty

13 December, 2019

Universal Credit and energy pricing pitched as key issues

Tories 'should pick up opposition manifesto pledges on housing'

13 December, 2019

Generation Rent warns the impact of ownership policies will be minimal without lower rents

RLA warns rental reform needs 'legitimate repossession options'

13 December, 2019

Association also says election result is a rejection of rent controls

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to October 2019

13 December, 2019

Quarterly statistics including numbers of claims with entitlement, new claim registrations, decisions and awards made

Council changes Section 106 and stock transfer rules at former sheltered housing block

12 December, 2019

A London council has agreed to remove Section 106 and stock transfer rules on a housing association-owned block that ensured it remained as over-50s accommodation only

Illegal HMO needed immediate fire service safety response

12 December, 2019

Landlord fined near £20,000 when judge wanted a prison sentence he didn't have the powers to pass

Beyond Brexit: In Bristol's housing crisis everyone's a loser apart from the landlords

12 December, 2019

We look at what the parties are promising to renters in the run up to the election

Landlords' Barometer - #76: These are the topics that engaged our readers over the past year

12 December, 2019

Welcome to the final edition of my "Landlords Barometer" for 2019

Fire service threatens to shut down 13 blocks over dangerous cladding

12 December, 2019

A fire service in the North of England has threatened to shut down 13 blocks of flats unless steps are taken to remove their dangerous cladding

Landlords warn of 'sharp drop' in private rental supply

12 December, 2019

The figures are said to be the result of increased taxation over the last three years

Disabled woman called 'lying bitch' by welfare official awarded £5,000

12 December, 2019

Phrase was discovered in court papers after woman challenged decision to cut benefits

Tory win pushes policy emphasis toward home ownership

12 December, 2019

New Tory government offers little more than ownership initiatives as housing policy priorities

NI associations in need of 'urgent' reclassification

12 December, 2019

More than 26,000 people already live in unsafe or unsuitable accommodation. The time to act is now

Homeless woman murdered for her benefits

12 December, 2019

Lisa Bennett's body will never be found - but detectives have brought her "home"

The real faultline in this election: landlords v tenants

12 December, 2019

Millions live in squalid conditions, while home ownership is just a pipe dream for young people

Small provider 'unable to meet obligations of lease'

11 December, 2019

A small lease-based provider of supported housing found to be behind on its payments to landlords was deemed non-compliant for governance and viability in a regulatory notice

Opposition parties jostle for pole position on affordable housing

11 December, 2019

The Lib Dems and the Greens promise 100,000 new social homes, while Labour pledges 50,000 on top of 100,000 council houses

Labour's rent control pledge 'most popular' on run-up to election

11 December, 2019

However, 74% support this policy when it is not "explicitly connected" to Labour's Jeremy Corbyn

Huge drop in the number of people in Doncaster being housed in emergency accommodation

11 December, 2019

The number of people being housed in emergency bed and breakfast accommodation in Doncaster has fallen dramatically

Scrooges ban tenants from putting Christmas wreaths on their doors

11 December, 2019

Tenants at a housing association have been told to remove Christmas wreaths from their doors because they are a fire hazard

Locks changed as tenant forced out of Rugeley home

11 December, 2019

A tenant had her bedroom door removed and her electricity and heating cut off as attempts were made to illegally evict her

Spiralling rents consume increasing portion of student loans

11 December, 2019

Purpose-built rooms in London average £1,000 per year more than the maximum loan

Southern cities dominate as buy-to-let hotspots for landlords are revealed

10 December, 2019

Northern cities may dominate the tables for house price growth but a different picture is emerging for the rental market

New rents hit seven-month low as lettings enters 'slower period'

10 December, 2019

New rents have hit their lowest average level for seven months as the sector enters its traditionally quiet season

How many tenants does it take to change a lightbulb? Not nearly as many as you might think

10 December, 2019

Over a third of younger tenants think that it should be their landlords or agents who change their lightbulbs

Universal credit claimants 'struggling to cope'

10 December, 2019

Universal credit is setting up some claimants "to fail"

Housing benefit cut 'could have' swung Brexit vote

10 December, 2019

New research shows the cut eroding electoral registration rates while "hardly saving a penny"

Calls for billions of pounds to be invested in Kent's social housing

10 December, 2019

There are calls to invest billions of pounds into building new social housing in Kent

Housing association applies to build 'genuinely affordable' homes to rent or buy in Milton Keynes

10 December, 2019

Local affordable housing provider, Grand Union Housing Group, is hoping to build 377 new homes on the outskirts of Newport Pagnell in a bid to help tackle the local housing crisis

Tenancy deposits set to decline for first time since 2015 as cap makes its mark

09 December, 2019

The average value of new deposits has been driven down for the first time since 2015

Estate agent owner of HMO has fine for non-compliance cut by over £28,000

09 December, 2019

A landlord who was originally threatened with a £31,499 fine over breaches at a House in Multiple Occupation has had the penalty cut to just £3,300

Key swing voters back £12.8bn investment in new social housing

09 December, 2019

Most key swing voters back the idea of investing billions of pounds in new social homes to tackle the housing crisis

General election 2019: Labour vows Budget 'to end austerity' in first 100 days

09 December, 2019

John McDonnell has promised to "end austerity" in a speech setting out Labour's priorities for its first 100 days in government

Right to Buy sales fall to lowest level in six years

09 December, 2019

Right to Buy sales of council housing stock have fallen to their lowest level since 2012/13

Housing market slows as rent costs hit record high

09 December, 2019

Buying demand has slightly risen this year, with an average of 320 house buyers registered per branch, compared to 318 on average throughout 2018

Tory candidate suggests people using food banks can't 'manage their budget' properly

09 December, 2019

Audible gasps in room as Conservative makes comments

Tory candidate defends low pay for people with learning disabilities

09 December, 2019

Sally-Ann Hart sparks row after claiming some disabled people 'don't understand money'

Poll tells Tories to up social housing offer

09 December, 2019

Responses show housing is a bigger concern than crime among voters Tories need to target

Three children in every primary class face Christmas without warmth and fresh food

06 December, 2019

With election days away, Charity warns austerity is far from over as a million under-10s are deprived of basics

Tenancy deposit schemes unveil new moves to help agents avoid problems

06 December, 2019

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme in conjunction with ARLA has published a matrix to help agents and landlords get to grips with the effects of the tenant fees ban in both England and Wales

Housing associations looking to offload shared ownership portfolios to institutional investors

06 December, 2019

Housing associations are expressing interest in selling off shared ownership portfolios to free up cash to invest in existing homes and new supply

Nearly 900,000 deaths in England could have been avoided over the past 16 years if society was more equal

06 December, 2019

University College London studied 2.5million deaths before 75 years of age

Tory Housing Minister Robert Jenrick on council housing, rent control and long-term fixed mortgages

06 December, 2019

Secretary of State for Housing says he does not underestimate the challenges posed by the housing crisis

Boris Johnson must up his social housing offer to win over traditional Labour Leave voters

06 December, 2019

The Prime Minister must up his social housing offer if he is to win over traditional Labour Leave voters

'I'd rather sleep rough' than in 'slum' emergency housing

06 December, 2019

Residents of a B&B that provides emergency accommodation have said they would rather sleep on the streets as it would be "cleaner and safer"

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 12/2019

06 December, 2019

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

Will a tenancy deposit replacement scheme compensate landlord where the tenant leaves early?

05 December, 2019

What happens if an agent has a tenancy deposit replacement product in a situation where the tenant leaves early and owing rent?

'Told you so!' Rents hit record high as trade bodies look back on 2019

05 December, 2019

The number of tenants experiencing rent hikes hit record highs this year, but the sales market is in line with previous periods

Special report: how do housing associations' finances compare to others?

05 December, 2019

Our accounts digest finds that housing associations' pre-tax surpluses have fallen for the second year running, driven by a drop in sales profits and surpluses from social rent

Housing associations make case to government for grant rethink over safety and capacity

05 December, 2019

The largest HAs in London are calling on the next government to help fund safety and remedial costs, in a move that would also support their capacity to deliver new homes

Places for People sent out eviction notices by mistake

05 December, 2019

Places for People has admitted it mistakenly issued tenants with eviction notices in a block it intends to decant for refurbishment before they knew about the plans

Orbit joins list of housing associations ditching fixed-term tenancies for lifetime agreements

05 December, 2019

Orbit is set to become the latest housing association to scrap fixed-term tenancies in favour of a return to lifetime tenancies

Council estate residents vote for regeneration in 'no demolition' ballot

05 December, 2019

Residents of a council estate in Milton Keynes, which was one of five to be saved from demolition this summer, have voted narrowly in favour of the local authority's regeneration plans

'Significant improvement' seen in Scottish council's housing service

05 December, 2019

Service is moving on from "significant weaknesses" identified by the regulator in 2016

Lib Dem leader apologies for backing Bedroom Tax during coalition

05 December, 2019

It was not the right policy and we should have stopped it. And our manifesto makes clear that that should be scrapped

Deposit replacement service claims about offering 'double protection of traditional deposit' cleared by watchdog

04 December, 2019

Claims by a tenancy deposit replacement supplier have been cleared by the advertising watchdog after being challenged by a rival

Property firm offering 'guaranteed rental income' told to amend its claim

04 December, 2019

A property firm has agreed to amend a claim offering "guaranteed rental income"

A year in the life of a food bank: 'People who come here have been abandoned'

04 December, 2019

Natalie Bloomer visited the Weston Favell scheme in Northampton every month for a year

Homelessness services see 9,000 places cut since 2010

04 December, 2019

Support services for nearly 9,000 homeless people have disappeared following a decade of cuts

A 'strong tenant voice matters'

04 December, 2019

"Without it, social landlords cannot truly thrive and provide customer-focused services"

Is there an energy revolution taking place for housing associations in Wales?

04 December, 2019

With housing and the environment among top public concerns, the Welsh Government has been running its IHP to encourage housing providers to test and apply new approaches and technologies to building projects in Wales

Buy To Let lender offers 'huge boost' to homelessness charity

04 December, 2019

Lender pledges £10 from every mortgage completion to support those facing homelessness

Universal Credit changes for 2020 branded 'joke' by furious Brummies who demand system be 'scrapped'

04 December, 2019

The DWP has confirmed the five-year benefits freeze is currently in place, but this will end in April 2020

Landlords offered share of tenants' earnings when they sub-let properties

03 December, 2019

A new business is offering landlords a share of tenants' earnings when they sub-let their rented homes

Civitas Social Housing reports strong first half

03 December, 2019

The real estate investment trust operating in the social care sector, Civitas Social Housing, reported a strong half year

DWP faces independent inquiry into claimant deaths

03 December, 2019

Labour said to be committed to such an inquiry - with a case being made for criminal investigations should the evidence suggest so

Private landlord vote 'pivotal' in deciding election outcome

03 December, 2019

We call on all political parties to do more to support good landlords to provide the homes to rent we need

Grenfell survivors tell party leaders safety delays will cost lives

03 December, 2019

Campaigners say more will die unless flammable cladding is urgently taken off high rises

Advice on universal credit in Scotland more than doubles

03 December, 2019

Advice issued on universal credit more than doubled in Scotland in the last year

All change Universal Credit changes in 2020 - how they will affect your payments

03 December, 2019

Millions of Brits are set to get a benefits boost next year as a four year freeze is due to come to an end

UK property rental firm boosted by major new investment gets set for expansion

02 December, 2019

A UK proptech firm which lists rental properties throughout London and Manchester has announced investment which it says will propel it towards global expansion

Tenants who gave fake names to agents sentenced after running cannabis farms in rental homes

02 December, 2019

Four men whose false information provided to letting agents allowed them to rent private homes have been found guilty of running large cannabis farms

Benefit-rent gap for poorest tenants widens to £113 a month

02 December, 2019

Many low-income households have to sacrifice spending on food and clothes to pay rent

Claim Universal Credit 'not working' in Barnet

02 December, 2019

A rise in the number of missed rent payments following a welfare shake-up has led to a claim the new system is not working

Tyneside council 'to save £100m' bringing work in house

02 December, 2019

A council has forecast it will save £100m after bringing housing repairs back in house

Social landlords show commitment to efficiency, transparency and accountability

02 December, 2019

The housing association sector in Scotland is committed to efficiency, transparency and accountability

Social landlords could face huge bills following High Court water charges ruling

02 December, 2019

Social landlords face potentially huge compensation bills after a High Court ruling against a London council over water charges, a law firm involved in the case has said

Raising awareness of tenancy fraud

02 December, 2019

This November we're launching a campaign to raise awareness of tenancy fraud

'Temporary relief' for tenants as fewer landlords hike rents

29 November, 2019

The number of landlords increasing rents declined last month but is still "worryingly high"

Advice Note 14: associations call for clarity on combustibles guidance as residents struggle to sell homes

29 November, 2019

Social housing landlords have called on the government to provide clarity on its advice around combustible materials on high-rise buildings, as residents have been left unable to sell or remortgage their homes due to cladding issues

Social housing unites to launch sector ESG initiative

29 November, 2019

A sector partnership has been formed to build consensus on an approach to reporting ESG metrics within social housing, as demand from investors mounts

Strategy to combat homelessness unveiled by council

29 November, 2019

UDC is aiming to eliminate all use of bed and breakfast accommodation for temporary housing over the next five years, as one of four main priorities in its newly-launched 'homelessness and rough sleeping strategy'

Private Rented Sector Report - October 2019

29 November, 2019

Rent costs fall but offer tenants little reassurance

Raid finds 17 men crammed into unsafe three-bedroom terrace

29 November, 2019

The "tenants" were paying £50 a week to endure illegal conditions

Universal Credit mum humiliated after she's denied £474 of Asda shopping

29 November, 2019

If I was going to be a shoplifter I'd go to Harvey Nichols or somewhere like that, not Asda

Key DWP Universal Credit date for Liverpool benefits claimants released

29 November, 2019

The controversial benefit is eventually set to be expanded even further

Britain's largest private landlord grows rental income 45% as it increases stake in sector

28 November, 2019

Britain's largest private landlord has posted results showing a 45% growth in rental income to £63.5m and a 30% rise in pre-tax profits to £131.3m, while ramping up a pipeline of 9,000 new rental homes to add to its portfolio in the next few years

A haunting problem - tenant asks for medium to visit property after 'something' grabbed her

28 November, 2019

Are you haunted by a problem in one of your properties?

More respectful language neeed in PRS to avoid stigmatising tenants and landlords

28 November, 2019

More respectful language should be used in the private rented sector

Housing associations react to Conservatives' Right to Buy promise with scepticism

28 November, 2019

Housing associations have reacted with scepticism to the Conservative Party's manifesto pledge to push ahead with a policy extending the VRTB to their tenants if it wins next month's election

Rules to improve council housing quality could be tightened in Barnsley

28 November, 2019

A set of suggestions to improve the quality of Barnsley's council housing when new tenants move in could be adopted if they win approval from the authority

Election plea for BME housing associations

28 November, 2019

BMENational identifies four areas where government action is "urgently needed"

Placeshapers conference: Housing associations are 'community anchors'

28 November, 2019

An increased focus on social value and delivering economic impact is an early talking point at conference

Renters vent ahead of voter registration deadline

28 November, 2019

Generation Rent hashtag initiative topped 2,000 tweets on day one

Agents warned after property firm faces £12m fine in tenancy data breach case

27 November, 2019

UK estate and letting agents should be on their guard after a property company in Berlin was served a notice to fine it over £12.4m, or €14.5m, because of a breach of data regulations

Large housing association reveals £30,000-a-week waking watch bill for single development

27 November, 2019

A major London housing association has been forced to fork out around £30,000 a week to pay for 24/7 fire safety patrols in one of its London developments

'Shocking' state of York rented homes sparks council crackdown

27 November, 2019

The council is cracking down on rented properties in a poor state - after officers discovered people living in homes without proper windows, with missing ceilings and lacking fire safety measures

Years-long waiting lists for social housing in Lambeth

27 November, 2019

A severe housing shortage in Lambeth means people are waiting for a council home for years, with one resident joining the list in 1975

Shelter chief executive calls for mass construction of social housing

27 November, 2019

It's a national emergency with a clear solution

Housing associations set for two-year turnover increase

27 November, 2019

New analysis sees sector boosted by return to inflation-linked rent rises and higher market sales

Regulator investigates 24,000-home landlord over possible governance issues

27 November, 2019

Two North West housing groups, including one that operates 24,000 homes, are being investigated by the Regulator of Social Housing over possible governance issues

Planners 'vital' for success of council housebuilding

27 November, 2019

RTPI says planners can balance supporting and promoting council-led development with impartial scrutiny of all developments

Language used over PRS is 'outdated'

27 November, 2019

Roundtable told terms such as 'home provider' and 'resident' should be adopted

Landlords hit out at Tory and Labour manifestos, saying both threaten private rented sector

26 November, 2019

The National Landlords Association has hit out at both the Labour and Conservative manifestos

Generation Rent launches new 'Vent Your Rent' campaign to give tenants a voice

26 November, 2019

Lobbying body Generation Rent has launched a new campaign called Vent Your Rent, for tenants to express their feelings and find out about the "renting crisis" in their own area

Online agency acquires tenancy referencing and insurance businesses

26 November, 2019

Online estate agency 99home has acquired a tenancy referencing provider plus a supplier of insurances for landlords

Private renters spending £11bn more than they can afford on rent

26 November, 2019

Shelter stats show an average of £425 a month per household among those who are overspending

Bromford pulls out of two council areas as it narrows focus

26 November, 2019

West Midlands landlord Bromford has offloaded its housing stock in two council areas and is aiming to sell more properties as part of an ongoing rationalisation strategy

Less than 10 social rent homes created in Cambridgeshire last year

26 November, 2019

Social rent is what used to be known as council housing

Savills seminar shines spotlight on need for social housing

26 November, 2019

Regeneration, the green agenda, and retrofitting among other key topics discussed

Thirteen associations face downgrade if UK sovereign rating lowered

26 November, 2019

Ratings agency Standard & Poor's has warned that it may downgrade 13 housing associations if the UK's sovereign rating is lowered amid political uncertainty

Could the return of council homes help solve affordable housing crisis?

26 November, 2019

Councils are returning to house-building for the first time in decades to address the affordable accommodation shortage that big developers have failed to resolve

Why housing associations should invest in video

26 November, 2019

Video advertising used to be a numbers game

Tories pledge to 're-balance' housing market towards home ownership - and Labour to fine bad landlords £100,000

25 November, 2019

The Tories will help people buy and rent with the market 're-balanced' towards home ownership, the Conservative manifesto declared yesterday

General election 2019: Labour vows to cap rent rises for private tenants

25 November, 2019

Labour has vowed to "put bad landlords out of business" and bring in rent controls in England, if it wins power

Conservatives pledge extension of housing association Right to Buy pilot in manifesto

25 November, 2019

The Conservative Party has promised to extend the Right to Buy for housing association tenants to further regions of the country in its election manifesto

G15: 650 housing association families unable to sell or remortgage flats due to government combustible guidance

25 November, 2019

A total of 650 families living in high-rise blocks owned by housing associations in London are unable to sell or remortgage their homes because of issues to do with the cladding systems on their buildings

True extent of the Cornwall council housing crisis exposed by new figures

25 November, 2019

Less than 25 new council houses were built in Cornwall last year

Landlord to demolish third of tower blocks as demand weakens

25 November, 2019

A North of England housing association is to demolish around a third of its tower blocks partly due to a drop in demand for high-rise living

Stats show 2.4 million private renters could lose their vote

25 November, 2019

Generation Rent releases research to boost PRS voter registration

LIN member report November 2019 - Allocating housing to people in need

22 November, 2019

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Labour promises rent controls and 'biggest council house building programme for a generation'

22 November, 2019

Labour has unveiled its plans for the property market with a strong focus on social housing

Tories pledge lifetime deposits for renters and easier mortgages for buyers

22 November, 2019

The Conservatives have promised a lifetime deposit scheme for renters and more relaxed mortgage lending if they win the election

Government refuses to run fire test on polystyrene insulation despite councils' request

22 November, 2019

The government has no further plans to carry out testing of cladding products despite a specific request from London boroughs to test systems comprising polystyrene

"Community not listened to" as housing association purchases old Fort Hill Community School site

22 November, 2019

The communities wishes have been disregarded once again

Million universal credit households 'do not get full entitlement'

22 November, 2019

Deductions to cover loans are forcing many to turn to food banks

Can Universal Credit claimants get the Christmas Bonus? Who qualifies for the extra cash?

22 November, 2019

Universal credit is a payment which may help eligible recipients with their livings costs

Reducing in-work poverty: the role of minimum wages and benefits

22 November, 2019

Relative in-work poverty has been steadily rising since 1994-95

The distributional impact of personal tax and benefit reforms, 2010 to 2019

22 November, 2019

The tax and benefit system has undergone significant reform since 2010

General election 2019: A key moment to invest in local housing allowance

22 November, 2019

For a long time, we've made a very clear argument that housing benefit for private renters, or LHA, needs to be lifted up so that it covers the cost of renting

Labour manifesto: end to Section 21, rent controls, nationwide licensing and new minimum standards

22 November, 2019

The Labour Party has today launched their manifesto, which calls for the introduction of open-ended tenancies, the abolition of Section 21 and new rent controls

Conservatives pledge to abolish 'no fault' evictions

22 November, 2019

The Conservative party has now pledged that it will follow through with plans to change the law and abolish 'no fault' evictions

Agency group on course to beat financial fall-out of fees ban six months early

21 November, 2019

Shares in The Property Franchise Group soared yesterday after it reported that it expects the full effects of the tenant fees ban to be mitigated six months early

Buy-to-let landlords beat a retreat from purchasing properties

21 November, 2019

There were 29,100 new first-time buyer mortgages completed in September, up 1.6% annually but down from 33,300 in August

General election 2019: Labour and Tories push housing policies

21 November, 2019

Labour and the Conservatives have set out rival plans to tackle England's housing shortage

Housing association evicts dozens of tenants in Milton Keynes flats 'for no apparent reason'

21 November, 2019

One of the UK's largest housing associations has given tenants in an entire block of Milton Keynes flats their marching orders without giving them a reason

'Symbol of fear' DWP faces an ethos overhaul under Labour

21 November, 2019

When people feel the DWP is more about harassment than a helping hand, something has gone seriously wrong

Welsh government reiterates commitment to social housing

21 November, 2019

But Deputy Director of Housing Policy calls for more collaboration and sharing "so we can maximise the supply of homes"

Labour's PRS plans 'offer nothing' to good landlords

21 November, 2019

RLA says manifesto makes no provision for balancing rental reform with landlord needs

Political parties need 'welfare policies that make sense'

21 November, 2019

Outgoing Chartered Institute of Housing CEO, Terrie Alafat, calls for main political parties to create coherent welfare policies

Shelter sees no investment for social housing in future Tory policy

21 November, 2019

Tory housing plan already branded a big disappointment - before its even been announced

Agent's 'manifesto' calls for a bedroom tax to be paid by private home owners

20 November, 2019

Property search agent Stacks has called for a 'bedroom tax' for the private sector

Nine in 10 homes unaffordable to families on housing benefit

20 November, 2019

Government statistics show the number of children in temporary accommodation has risen by 81% since 2011

Council housing fraud falls 23%

20 November, 2019

Housing fraud cases concerning council homes fell 23% last year

Johnson's seat among worst in the country for 'unfair' evictions

20 November, 2019

But seat of neighbour John McDonnell is no example either

Overwhelming tenant vote in favour of partnership plans

20 November, 2019

The plans would see the merge of Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership and Wheatley Group

Lib Dems propose new Help to Rent scheme ahead of election

20 November, 2019

The party has also said that it will build at least 100,000 homes for social rent each year

Is Labour's pledge to build 100,000 council houses achievable?

20 November, 2019

Party has promised a 'housing revolution' with additional new homes built for social rent

Labour pledges £75bn programme to build 150,000 affordable homes a year

20 November, 2019

Labour has pledged to pump £75bn into housing over five years if it wins December's election, promising "the biggest council and social housing programme in decades"

Families on Universal Credit to get special Christmas 'bonus'

20 November, 2019

DWP chiefs are offering up a 'one-off' payment of £10 that will be paid out in the first week of December

Landlord confidence in market drops

20 November, 2019

34% of landlords are planning to sell property over the next year compared with 22% two years ago

Lib Dem manifesto: compulsory licensing for private landlords, three-year tenancies, and limits on rent increases

20 November, 2019

The Liberal Democrats are today launching their manifesto for the upcoming General Election, with little positive offered for private landlords

Four in ten letting agents thought of giving up as fees ban threatened income and profits

19 November, 2019

Four in ten letting agents have considered ceasing trading over the past year amid falling profitability

UK social security payments 'at lowest level since launch of welfare state'

19 November, 2019

Millions now excluded from mainstream society

ALMO chief reveals challenges dealing with devastating floods

19 November, 2019

An ALMO chief executive has spoken of the "extremely challenging" situation in tackling last week's severe floods after residents at 81 of its homes were affected

Landlord removes giant iPhone advert blocking daylight into poverty-hit families' homes

19 November, 2019

Residents wake up to daylight from windows for first time in three years after campaign

Election 2019: Reports Labour will 'drop right-to-buy plan'

19 November, 2019

A report published over the weekend suggests Labour has dropped its controversial plan to offer tenants the right to buy their privately rented homes

Major victory after Earls Court housing estates under threat of demolition handed back to council

19 November, 2019

Two west London housing estates that have been under threat of demolition by developers for 12 years are to be handed back to the council in a major victory for campaigners

Former tenants of demolition targeted sheltered housing set to receive £6,400 payments EACH

19 November, 2019

Twenty-two former residents of a sheltered housing scheme are set to be given "home loss" payments of £6,400 each after they moved out of the property because of subsidence

Emergency housing in Brighton and Hove to be made more welcoming for poorest tenants

19 November, 2019

Homeless people given emergency housing in Brighton and Hove look likely to be offered better properties and facilities

'Nuisance' council tenants 'should live in tents' says Ashfield Tory candidate

19 November, 2019

"Nuisance" council tenants should be forced to live in tents and pick vegetables

Government announces business rates and council tax relief following severe flooding

18 November, 2019

Further support now available for households and businesses affected by severe flooding

Bradford's Accent Housing to build 500 homes in five years

18 November, 2019

Bradford-based housing association Accent Housing has announced plans to build about 500 homes a year for the next five years

Grenfell Inquiry: companies involved in Grenfell refurbishment respond to phase one findings

18 November, 2019

A number of companies that were involved in the refurbishment of the Grenfell Tower before the fire that killed 72 people have responded to the publication of the findings from the first phase of the inquiry

'Hunger doesn't have to be the reality': Childhood poverty on Teesside is among the worst in England

18 November, 2019

Almost half of Middlesbrough's neighbourhoods are hit by childhood poverty: Campaigners say benefit upheaval and cuts have got us here

Cladding crisis front and centre of election campaigning

18 November, 2019

Government accused over its record on HPL cladding linked to Bolton student-housing block blaze

Council obtains London's first rogue landlord banning order

18 November, 2019

Investigations found tenants at risk in several unlicensed HMOs

Regulator places association 'under review' over governance

18 November, 2019

The group's regulatory status will be confirmed following an investigation into compliance

Benefit changes set to take effect during the next parliament

18 November, 2019

While the benefit system has undergone substantial reform over the past 10 years, there remain significant changes due to take place over the next parliament

UK private-rental prices rise across the board

18 November, 2019

Office of National Statistics says prices rose by 1.4% in England alone over a 12-month period

Purplebricks backs Stamp Duty reforms to save movers £3.2bn

15 November, 2019

Purplebricks has backed Conservative proposals to reform Stamp Duty despite no certainty that such a change will be in the party's election manifesto

Newly agreed rents dipping across most of UK despite annual climbs

15 November, 2019

Newly agreed rents have dropped across most of the country

Home owner and buy-to-let repossessions soar

15 November, 2019

Home owner and buy-to-let repossessions jumped in the third quarter of 2019

Temporary accommodation costs councils over £1bn in just one year

15 November, 2019

Shelter chief exec warns of an "even higher price" without election commitments to social housing

HomeLet Rental Index

15 November, 2019

Rents in the UK rose by 2.7% in October compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £953 a month

Revealed: 39 housing associations have credit ratings affirmed by Moody's

15 November, 2019

Moody's has affirmed the credit ratings of 39 housing associations, including some of the country's biggest, and said the sector should remain "resilient" to the risks facing the UK

Manchester City Council unveils plans to help associations buy back Right to Buy homes

15 November, 2019

Manchester City Council will introduce a new policy which will see them offer money to housing associations to help them buy former Right to Buy homes

Bristol housing associations begin merger talks

15 November, 2019

The boards of Solon South West and United Communities have agreed to explore bringing the businesses together

Renters quizzed in relation to landlords' tax affairs

15 November, 2019

Tenants are being quizzed on the tax status of their landlords by HMRC

Brexit, general election and 'misguided' rental reforms hitting entire housing market

14 November, 2019

Brexit and the general election are hitting the housing market everywhere that it hurts

Agent warns that rent rises are on the way as increasing numbers of landlords sell up

14 November, 2019

Government data suggests annual rental growth remained at 1.3% across the UK for the fifth consecutive month in October, but there are warnings that the rate of increase could accelerate

UK government loses supreme court fight over bedroom tax

14 November, 2019

Judgment will restore full housing benefit to at least 155 partners of disabled people

Shared ownership Right to Buy plan forces landlords to rethink strategic partnership bids

14 November, 2019

Housing associations are being forced to reconsider their bids for the next phase of strategic partnership funding after the government unveiled plans to give their tenants the right to buy a portion of their home

Manchester housing plans to prioritise 'most vulnerable'

14 November, 2019

An overhaul of social housing policy to prioritise Manchester's "most vulnerable" residents for rehousing has been approved by the city council

Is the sector well equipped to assess tenant satisfaction?

14 November, 2019

A shift in focus since the Grenfell fire has moved tenant satisfaction further up the agenda for social landlords. But have they got the right tools to assess it?

500 new council homes could be built over the next six years

14 November, 2019

More than 500 new council homes could be built in Norwich in the next six years in the wake of the success of the Goldsmith Street estate

Half of disability benefits appeals won in tribunal court

14 November, 2019

One in two people who appealed in court against a decision to deny them disability benefits was successful

Housing associations face 'limited risks' from weakening UK fiscal strength

14 November, 2019

Ratings agency Moody's relatively upbeat about sector's prospects

Government and DWP dealt another blow over bedroom tax

14 November, 2019

Supreme Court says application of the bedroom tax can breach human rights - after European Court said the tax was discriminatory

Confusion hangs over tenant fees ban five months after implementation

13 November, 2019

Agents are still facing significant issues following the tenant fees ban, with some afraid to charge fees - even if they are allowed to - for fear of enforcement action

London Mayor labels government reforms to private rented sector as 'unambitious'

13 November, 2019

The Government has come under criticism from the Mayor of London for "cherry picking" solutions to rental market reform

The social housing network: how Facebook is changing the relationship between social landlords and tenants

13 November, 2019

Facebook groups have given tenants a new way of ramping up pressure on landlords to improve performance. But does this mean the relationship has to be adversarial?

Trussell Trust wants hunger to be an election issue

13 November, 2019

Charity urges parties to pledge hunger protection, with more than 820,000 emergency food parcels given out over past six months

Council decides to scrap Mansfield Homes development firm

13 November, 2019

Mansfield District Council has decided to scrap its Mansfield Homes Ltd housing developer once its current contract expires

Basildon Council announces plan to build 1,000 new homes in five years

13 November, 2019

Basildon Council has announced plans to build 1,000 new homes in five years

Benefit sanctions statistics to July 2019 (experimental)

13 November, 2019

Sanctions statistics for Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit, data to July 2019

Landlords' Barometer - #75: A property investment scandal that needs exposing

12 November, 2019

Welcome to a special edition of my Landlords Barometer which I am dedicating to a very important issue and also to the memory of Danny Butcher

Tenancy Deposit Service says returns average £320 in excess deposit money

12 November, 2019

The Tenancy Deposit Service has overseen 2,550 repayments totalling over £800,000 in returning excess deposits

Cumbrian housing association to transfer operations to Riverside

12 November, 2019

Impact Housing Association has begun to consult tenants on proposals to transfer its operations to Riverside Group

Severe housing shortage in England's most deprived area

12 November, 2019

Jaywick has become a byword for deprivation, suffering the stigma of topping the government's list of the most deprived areas in the country three times now

Shared ownership cheaper than renting in London

12 November, 2019

People who are renting in London could save more than £40,000 in two years by purchasing a property using shared ownership

One in 10 associations believe regulator could do more to tackle breaches

12 November, 2019

One in 10 social landlords regulated by the Regulator of Social Housing believe the body could be tougher on those that breach standards

Right To Buy vs Landlord

12 November, 2019

So, we may have a general election to navigate in the coming months - and one group who will be watching the opinion polls closer than most will be Britain's 2.6 million landlords

Landlords using personal savings to fund refurbishments

12 November, 2019

New report reveals one in eight landlords in the dark about finance options

No plans to introduce national landlord register

11 November, 2019

The Government has confirmed that it has no plans to introduce a national register of private landlords

Right to Buy ban could be temporary

11 November, 2019

The Welsh housing minister has opened the door for Right to Buy in Wales, saying she "hopes" its ban in Wales is a temporary measure and could be removed as the country increases its social housing stock

Senior housing schemes to be given facelift

11 November, 2019

Senior housing schemes are set to get a facelift in a bid to encourage older people to downsize from council homes

Next government 'should build three million new social homes'

11 November, 2019

New Economics Foundation pitches transformative political programme into election campaign

RBS to launch UK's first 'social bond' to address regional inequality

11 November, 2019

Royal Bank of Scotland has announced plans to launch the UK's first "social bond" to address regional inequality and boost economic growth

Government 'must ensure' social housing is a priority

11 November, 2019

A new NHF campaign calls for the sector to engage with prospective parliamentary candidates ahead of the election

Landlords braced for block management overhaul after Grenfell Inquiry changes

08 November, 2019

Social landlords are readying themselves for new tower block management challenges arising from last week's Grenfell Tower Inquiry phase one report

Majority of asylum seekers and refugees housed in poorer areas while dozens of councils support none

08 November, 2019

More than half of asylum seekers and resettled refugees accommodated by just 6 per cent of UK councils, all which have below average household income

Landlords call for return of rent convergence in response to regulator's consultation

08 November, 2019

Social landlords have used a consultation about setting rents for social housing to call for the government to reintroduce convergence rules which would allow them to increase rents on some of their homes

Does social housing pay, commission asks

08 November, 2019

An exploration of whether the Church can invest in social housing while securing good returns is part of the work of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Housing Commission

Cheshire West social housing waiting list trebles in 5 years

08 November, 2019

The number of people waiting for social housing across the borough has trebled over the past five years - with the council battling to provide enough homes

Commons response 'rules out' replacing Universal Credit

08 November, 2019

DWP minister says any replacement system would require a similar level of investment

Benefit cap: number of households capped to August 2019

08 November, 2019

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

Welsh Government responds to default fees and holding deposits consultation

08 November, 2019

The Welsh Government has responded to the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act 2019 consultation

Austerity has pushed families into crisis and then thrown away the lifelines

08 November, 2019

Relentless cuts have put more children at risk of violence, poverty and homelessness, with no end in sight whatever politicians promise

Thousands of vulnerable people could be living in 'unregulated' housing

07 November, 2019

Report exposes "accountability deficit" in use of non-commissioned exempt accommodation

Council and housing association to team up to build new homes - and then sell them off

07 November, 2019

And changes are also planned to housing waiting lists

Council to pay housing group £450k to leave Grade I listed block of flats

07 November, 2019

The building used to be a hotel

Electricity theft on the increase as more tenants turn properties into cannabis farms

07 November, 2019

Electricity theft by criminals using rental properties for cannabis production is soaring

Labour pledges 120,000 new social homes in Scotland

07 November, 2019

Richard Leonard opened his party's campaign with a £10bn housing pledge, designed to help end homelessness "once and for all"

Next government needs to 'reset balance' between landlords and tenants

07 November, 2019

Citizen's Advice wants indefinite tenancies introduced in PRS

Near 3,000 social housing repossessions so far this year

07 November, 2019

Stats analysis shows London experiencing the equivalent of four repossessions a day

Johnson 'shuts door' on social housing

07 November, 2019

No reference to housing crisis in PM's election address as issue free-falls from "number one domestic priority"

DWP has 'misleading' Universal Credit ads banned

07 November, 2019

Advertising Standards Authority says the ads "did not accurately reflect the evidence"

London Tenant Unable To Heat His House After Landlord Cages Thermostat

06 November, 2019

Alex Milsom said people have been in touch to tell him it is common practice

Major tenancy referencing and insurance firms merge in wake of fees ban

06 November, 2019

Two major suppliers to the lettings industry are merging in the wake of the tenancy fees ban

Agent who conned landlords out of thousands in repairs scam ordered to repay just £850

06 November, 2019

An agent who conned landlords out of thousands of pounds by inventing unnecessary maintenance work has been ordered to pay back just £850

Labour remains under fire for amended 'right to buy' policy for private tenants

06 November, 2019

Labour has hinted that it will bring in 'right to buy' for private tenants - but that it will restrict the policy to larger landlords

Watchdog bans government's Universal Credit adverts for being 'misleading'

06 November, 2019

Government newspaper adverts about Universal Credit were misleading, the advertising watchdog has ruled

Council propose changes to housing allocation following 'major' consultation

06 November, 2019

The initial consultation aimed to ensure those in "greatest need" of housing receive higher priority than others on the waiting list

Free TV licences for the over-75s is a 'welfare' issue that should not be the responsibility of the BBC

06 November, 2019

Peers say BBC should never have covered cost of free TV licences for over-75s

Landlords hit back at national renter manifesto

06 November, 2019

Campaigners from across England have warned that political parties would be "foolish" to ignore the renter vote

General election: Corbyn pledges to eradicate food bank use and rough sleeping within five years

06 November, 2019

Labour leader's remarks come as Boris Johnson formally launches general election after meeting with Queen

Councils handed £4m extra money for crackdown on private landlords

05 November, 2019

More funding for councils to crack down on criminal landlords has been announced by the Government

ACM found at housing association block missed in post-Grenfell checks

05 November, 2019

Aluminium composite material cladding has been discovered on a housing association high-rise block after being missed by checks carried out after the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017

UK households at food banks living on £50 a week

05 November, 2019

The State of Hunger report found that 94% of people at food banks are destitute, with one in five having no money coming in

Fury after Jacob Rees-Mogg suggests Grenfell Tower residents who followed fire brigade's 'stay put' instructions lacked 'common sense'

05 November, 2019

He was on LBC discussing findings of Grenfell inquiry report with Nick Ferrari

'We'll only do this as a last resort...' - Cash-strapped council to write off £5.8 million of 'irrecoverable' debt

05 November, 2019

The debt includes unpaid council tax and business rates, rent arrears and overpaid housing benefit

Shelter wants all-parties commitment to 90,000 social rent homes a year

05 November, 2019

Charity releases survey stats showing 9 in 10 renters now face years on end limbo of waiting lists

Housing associations complete merger to create 38,000-home landlord

05 November, 2019

Radian and Yarlington have completed a merger to create a new 38,000-home landlord for the South and South West of England

Family of six left to live in one blood-stained bedroom as councils 'refuse responsibility'

05 November, 2019

Two local authorities are allegedly arguing over whose responsibility they are

Over 2,800 social housing repossessions so far in 2019

05 November, 2019

Latest statistics from the government have revealed that of the 25 major cities in England and Wales, there were a grand total of 2,880 social housing repossessions

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 11/2019

05 November, 2019

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

Benefit claimants to get more cash to help with funeral costs

05 November, 2019

Funeral Expenses Payments scheme to provide up to £1,000, in addition to paying for essential costs of burial or cremation

Mum of toddler who died in fall from ninth-floor Tottenham flat 'repeatedly asked council to fix faulty window'

04 November, 2019

The mother of a toddler who died after falling from a "faulty window" in a block of flats reportedly made repeated calls to the local council to ask them to fix the broken handle

EU's bank signs off multimillion-pound loan to London housing association ahead of Brexit

04 November, 2019

London-based housing association Peabody has struck a deal with the European Investment Bank for a loan facility that was approved by the lender four years ago

PWLB interest change 'too market sensitive' to put to LGA

04 November, 2019

Commons question confirms LGA informed of change said to have stilled council housing plans only after market closed

Landlords reveal their positive vision for the future of the PRS

04 November, 2019

Ahead of next month's General Election, the RLA has unveiled its manifesto and, athough acknowleding there are problems that need addressing in the sector, focuses on the positive

Renters target Tory seats with national manifesto

04 November, 2019

Political parties warned they would be "foolish" to ignore the renter vote

Leicester City Council to spend £22m improving council homes

04 November, 2019

Work will include new kitchens, bathrooms and boilers

'Cull claimants' comments overshadow end of benefits freeze

04 November, 2019

Tories condemned for backing candidate who said benefit claimants "need putting down"

Additional funding to help crack down on criminal landlords

04 November, 2019

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced £4m in funding for councils

Foxtons reports fall in revenue as tenancy fees ban costs it £1m in the first few months

01 November, 2019

Revenues have fallen at London's best known agent Foxtons, with the tenancy fees ban costing it £1m in the first full quarter of trading since implementation on June 1

Rent prices rising as landlords continue to exit the private rental market

01 November, 2019

Nearly six in ten (58%) letting agents are seeing a rise in rent prices

Housing associations may not be able to cover fire safety costs for all leaseholders

01 November, 2019

Housing associations cannot give "blanket assurances" that they will cover the cost of fire safety and cladding remediation work for leaseholders in the blocks they own

Three housing associations leave sector pension fund to set up own schemes

01 November, 2019

Three more major housing associations have left the sector's SHPS, as part of a move to give them greater control over their pension arrangements

Why Zoopla won't give a home to discrimination in the housing market

01 November, 2019

Discrimination against tenants who claim housing benefit, which frequently surfaces as 'no DSS' in rental listings, has generated a significant volume of political

Corbyn reinforces Labour pledge to scrap 'damaging' UC

01 November, 2019

"Real change is coming," said the Labour leader in his first major speech ahead of the General Election in December

New Rent Standard set for launch in April 2020

01 November, 2019

RSH says sector feedback from consultation reflects government direction

Council breached Home Standard over fire safety failure at 17-storey tower block

01 November, 2019

A council has been found in breach of the Regulator of Social Housing's Home Standard, partly for failing to carry out urgent fire safety work on a 17-storey tower block

£10 million fund to help vulnerable people claim Universal Credit

01 November, 2019

Funding will be available to partner organisations, including charities, from April 2020 to help vulnerable people claim Universal Credit

DWP ducks behind 'disproportionate cost' over Universal Credit questions

01 November, 2019

No stats for alternative payment arrangements

London's social housing shortage snowballs

01 November, 2019

New stats show need for shared ownership slashed by 90%

LIN member report October 2019 - Local housing allowance rates

31 October, 2019

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Cutbacks to housing repairs in Birmingham due to massive £93m Grenfell safety bill

31 October, 2019

Birmingham has felt the financial repercussions of the disaster more than other areas due to having more than 200 council tower blocks - say bosses who have criticised the government for a lack of support

Government to implement Grenfell Inquiry recommendations 'in full' and provide funding

31 October, 2019

Ministers will implement recommendations put forward in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry's first report "in full" and "without delay"

Councillors clash over conditions in Barnet housing block

31 October, 2019

Councillors have clashed over the state of a housing block that residents say has been plagued by pest infestations, flooding and crime

Corby councillors hit out at developer bid to reduce social housing obligation at Priors Hall

31 October, 2019

Developers' hopes of removing all agreed social housing from the Priors Hall development in Corby have stalled after councillors rejected the move

Homeowners who refuse to install a smart meter will face a huge hike in energy bills

31 October, 2019

Officials want 85 per cent of all homes to be fitted with a smart meter by 2024

600,000 people still trapped in 'unsafe' tower blocks

31 October, 2019

Following first phase of the Grenfell Inquiry, new analysis reveals increased levels of uncertainty over other potentially dangerous cladding materials

£0.5bn of HA loan facilities incur 1% PWLB rate rise

31 October, 2019

Housing associations face a 100-basis-point hike on half a billion pounds of loan facilities provided by a council in the North West

The bedroom tax is still ruining lives. Its victims need to know they matter

31 October, 2019

The cruelties of 'welfare reform' have not gone away. As the election looms, politicians must shift their focus beyond Brexit

Jenrick stresses commitment to social housing White Paper

31 October, 2019

Housing Secretary reinforces PM's pledge to accept and implement Phase 1 Grenfell report recommendations in full

Complaint about tenancy referencing provider is resolved informally

30 October, 2019

A complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority about tenancy referencing and insurance provider Let Alliance has been informally resolved

Developer behind tiny and 'completely unsuitable' homes could gift house to council

30 October, 2019

All the area's housing associations rejected the homes as "too small"

'Charity shops too expensive': Soaring rent arrears and food bank referrals for Universal Credit claimants in Islington

30 October, 2019

Universal Credit claimants in Islington Council have accumulated nearly four times the rent arrears as people on Housing Benefit

Baroness Gardner: Local authorities must be given the funding and authority to regain control over short lets

30 October, 2019

Local councils need powers over short lets to re-introduce a registration system, a licencing scheme and inspection rights to ensure home owners and neighbours are treated fairly and equally

Council wins battle with government over housing delivery test result

30 October, 2019

A council has forced the government to admit it got it wrong on its housing delivery test result after threatening ministers with High Court action

This is how long you have to wait for social housing in each Kent town

30 October, 2019

There are still long waits for councils with smaller registers

General Election 2019 - what will this mean for landlords in the PRS?

30 October, 2019

It was announced that there will be a general election held on 12 December, after MPs voted in favour of an election 438 votes to 20

Housing Benefit statistics on speed of processing 2019 to 2020

30 October, 2019

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

Grenfell report reveals 'compelling evidence' tower was too dangerous to live in

30 October, 2019

Report on Phase 1 of the Grenfell Inquiry raises stakes for Phase 2

Grenfell survivors offered 'active role' in shaping social-housing policy

30 October, 2019

Boris Johnson says "getting to the truth" of Grenfell is a catalyst for the future of social housing in the UK

Agent claims tenancy deposit service has 'flawed' process for returning excess deposit money

29 October, 2019

An agent has raised a formal complaint against the Deposit Protection Service for the way it has handled the return of money owed to tenants

Four more acquisitions announced as franchise chain sets out to negate tenancy fees ban

29 October, 2019

Franchise organisation Northwood, part of Belvoir, has announced four acquisitions made by its business owners

Landlords say rent controls are 'hurting' tenants

29 October, 2019

To see him into a second term as Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan sets out blueprint for rental sector overhaul

Private Rented Sector Report - September 2019

29 October, 2019

The number of tenants experiencing rent rises decreased marginally in September, with 58% of agents witnessing an increase in rent prices

People in Leicester 'desperate' for council houses as city in 'massive housing crisis'

29 October, 2019

There is no doubt that Leicester is caught up in a massive housing crisis

From the frontline - financial well-being team member Amos Phillips

29 October, 2019

Amos Phillips, financial well-being team member at Peabody, on the impacts of welfare reform and his passion for helping people

Discrimination against benefits tenants still exists but now more subtle

28 October, 2019

Blatant discrimination against tenants on housing benefit is being replaced by more subtle bias in rental adverts

Letting agent who found tenant sub-letting through Airbnb by chance 'did everything right'

28 October, 2019

A letting agent that by chance discovered a tenant sub-letting through Airbnb is to be featured on a prime time TV programme tonight

Council moves to safeguard future of half-built £50m Blackpool housing estate

28 October, 2019

Blackpool Council says it is in talks to safeguard the future of a £50m flagship housing project in the town

'It's like living in a hotel' - inside the award wining social housing estate in Lenton

28 October, 2019

Two people who know the estate better than anyone are Pauline McCoid, 74 and Frank McCoid, 69, who were one of the first residents to move in

Council house rents set to rise as part of £40 million housing budget

28 October, 2019

Council house rents in Dudley look set to rise if proposals are passed by councillors

Meet the councils quietly building a housing revolution

28 October, 2019

A crescent of semi-detached houses stands on the edge of a playing field in Conisbrough, South Yorkshire, offering views of the rolling hills beyond

An end to no-fault evictions - what's next?

28 October, 2019

Over six months ago, the government promised to make renting fairer for everyone

Universal credit: MPs call for action on women driven to 'survival sex'

25 October, 2019

Evidence that women are being driven to sex work because of problems with universal credit must lead to government action

Two-year wait ends as Leyland test track approved

25 October, 2019

South Ribble Council has finally given the green light to the redevelopment of Leyland test track with 950 homes and more than 300,000 sq ft of employment space now set to be built on the brownfield site

Property Ombudsman looking into 24 possible complaints about one property company

25 October, 2019

The Property Ombudsman has confirmed that it is looking into 24 possible complaints about a property company

RLA warns of rented housing supply 'crisis'

25 October, 2019

The landlord association is calling on the government to scrap the stamp duty levy on the purchase of additional properties

Revealed: Carillion collapse contributes to increase in number of repairs left outstanding at the NIHE

25 October, 2019

The number of repairs left outstanding by Northern Ireland's housing authority have more than doubled over the past three years

European Court lands blow on the 'Bedroom Tax'

25 October, 2019

Ruling has a big bearing on how Housing Benefit will be administered

Birth rates new weapon in fight for London's council estates

25 October, 2019

With over 100 estates facing demolition, survey shows the higher the housing costs the greater the decline in birth numbers

Leeds City Council urges selective licensing applications

25 October, 2019

Leeds City Council is urging landlords with properties within the selective licensing areas of Beeston and Harehills, which received the formal designation on 18 July 2019, to submit their applications

Agent expelled by Ombudsman failed to pass over money after offering rent guarantee

24 October, 2019

An agent that offered guaranteed rent to a landlord went into administration owing him over £12,000

Universal Credit is forcing private tenants out of their homes and to live on streets

24 October, 2019

London mayor Sadiq Khan has called for the roll-out of Universal Credit to be halted, saying it is forcing private tenants into homelessness and living on the streets

The gold standard: how a council housing scheme won architecture's biggest prize

24 October, 2019

Two weeks ago, a social housing scheme won the Stirling Prize for the first time

Welfare reforms are 'forcing Londoners onto the streets'

24 October, 2019

Sadiq Khan calls for powers to put the capital under rent control

DWP faces audit investigation over claimant suicides

24 October, 2019

National Audit Office wants to know what DWP claims it can't afford to say, after 24housing reported brush off to Commons question

Government expects social sector cladding deadline to be met

24 October, 2019

Ministers expect the cladding remediation deadline for the social housing sector to be met, despite nearly 100 blocks still not having work completed with only three months to go

Scottish regulator urges landlords to keep rents affordable

24 October, 2019

Last year the average rent increase for all social landlords in Scotland was 3.7% - the highest level since 2013

'People need more housing benefit for rent'

23 October, 2019

Labour councillors are demanding an increase in housing benefit levels to reflect the lack of social housing

Woman, 87, told she would have to go without hot water or heating as she didn't fit the criteria for emergency boiler repair

23 October, 2019

Northwards Housing has since apologised for the 'misunderstanding'

Moody's reaffirms ratings on two associations ahead of merger

23 October, 2019

Two housing associations due to merge and create one of the biggest landlords in the South of England have had their credit ratings reaffirmed by Moody's

Somerset West and Taunton Council says Universal Credit has increased rent arrears

23 October, 2019

Around one third of all council tenants in the area are struggling to pay their rent

The school of social housing

23 October, 2019

When a south London community landlord wanted to get more tenants involved at board level, it launched its very own housing academy

Council failed homeless applicant at risk of self-harming and suicide

23 October, 2019

Court of Appeal ruling has implications for councils outsourcing decision-making and medical opinions relating to homelessness

Scottish regulator stresses importance of ensuring tenant safety

23 October, 2019

All social landlords in Scotland have been sent letters highlighting responsibilities

DR UK welcomes NAO investigation of suicide monitoring of welfare benefit claimants

23 October, 2019

The NAO is to investigate the Government's monitoring of suicides among benefit claimants amid concerns about links between welfare reforms and declining mental health

S11/2019: Rents for Social Housing from 2020 to 2021 for local authorities in England

23 October, 2019

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

Housing associations and councils working together to end homelessness

22 October, 2019

In November and December 2018, the LGA and the NHF hosted five roadshow events across England, under the theme: 'Working Together to tackle Homelessness'

Rent passport founder attacks property portals for failing to do right thing by renters

22 October, 2019

The founder of a rental passport system has announced plans to abolish all tenancy referencing costs, which are currently charged to landlords and agents

Hamptons reports record results in lettings despite tenant fees ban

22 October, 2019

Countrywide brand Hamptons International has announced record results in its lettings division - despite the tenant fees ban and its decision not to pass costs to landlords

Two-thirds of young single parents to lose out under universal credit, think tank warns

22 October, 2019

'Reduction in generosity' for under 25-year-olds with children prompts fears already soaring child poverty rates will only increase further

Government Legal Department was consulted over 'misleading' DWP ads

22 October, 2019

Commons question confirms efforts of DWP to see controversial, unattributed Universal Credit campaign signed off

VIVID to abolish all fixed-term tenancies for residents

22 October, 2019

The decision was made to provide customers a "safe and secure" place they can call home

Housing association offering support to tenants of liquidated charity

22 October, 2019

A Lancashire housing association has stepped in to provide support to more than 160 vulnerable tenants of a charity that went into liquidation this summer

Ex-professional footballer scores own goal as landlord of unlicensed properties

21 October, 2019

A landlord has been fined over £25,000 after admitting 12 licensing offences

London council to overhaul £370m housing upkeep

21 October, 2019

London's Lambeth council is planning to overhaul its housing repair, cleaning and major works contracts

Stats show fall in sector operating margins but scope for savings

21 October, 2019

Latest financial analysis report from Vantage and the Performance Improvement Club is upbeat about the sector achieving greater efficiencies

Primary schools give free food to hungry families

21 October, 2019

The biggest primary school academy trust in England is to give food to parents to prevent "family hunger"

Calls for council to challenge government housing targets

21 October, 2019

Dorset Council's Tory majority will continue to accept the Government's housing need figures for the county

Housing association and council team up to deliver more than 300 homes

21 October, 2019

£43m job in south Wales expected to start in the autumn of next year

Social housing tender prices remain largely unchanged for last three quarters

21 October, 2019

Tender prices for social housing in Scotland fell by 0.3% in the 2nd quarter of 2019 but rose by 4.3% compared with the same period a year earlier, according to new figures

Dundee man claims he's been forced out of home after housing association told him his neighbour 'has a right to party'

21 October, 2019

A man claims he has been driven out of his flat after a housing association told him his neighbour had a "right to party"

Security, freedom - and an inside loo: 100 years of council housing

21 October, 2019

To mark the centenary of the first large-scale social housing estate in Britain, four authors remember their experiences

October 2019: Touchbase edition 138

21 October, 2019

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

Residents and campaigners protest outside Housing Ministry over delay in removing flammable cladding

18 October, 2019

Seventy-three organisations, unions and MPs put their names to a letter delivered to the government yesterday calling for the removal of flammable cladding

Westminster rough sleepers evicted after complaint by Commons chaplain

18 October, 2019

Group 'driven from closest thing we had to a home' after Rose Hudson-Wilkin's objection

Stevenage housing plans 'trashed' by interest rate hike for council loans

18 October, 2019

Plans for a £300 million investment in social housing in Stevenage have been 'trashed' due to a shock increase in interest rates for council lending, but the town centre regeneration is said to remain on track

Homeowners £350k better off than renters over next 30 years

18 October, 2019

New research from the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association has revealed the wealth gap between those who are lucky enough to get on the property ladder and those who rent

Bristol council 'on track' to build 2000 homes a year

18 October, 2019

In his final address before the mayoral elections, Marvin Rees outlined his achievements of his first term in office

New DWP Secretary of State won't confirm an end to the benefit freeze

18 October, 2019

Therese Coffey says only that the DWP is in talks with the Treasury over benefit rates

New Scottish Government fund to improve benefit take-up

18 October, 2019

It will support charities and third sector organisations to address barriers which prevent people from applying for benefits

Jenrick confirms roll out of Shared Ownership Right to Buy

18 October, 2019

The government is reviewing a new national model for shared ownership to "make it easier for people to buy more of their own home", including allowing them to buy in 1% increments

Asking rents at an all-time high as landlords torn between shall I go or shall I stay

17 October, 2019

With asking prices for rents at a new record, more landlords are planning to raise their investment in the sector than quit

Minister refuses to rule out extending UK benefits freeze

17 October, 2019

Freeze imposed in 2015 was planned to last until end of 2019-20 financial year

Poverty report urges DWP to share Universal Credit data with councils

17 October, 2019

London Councils outlines a new model of local welfare the capital's councils could lead on

Over £5m still owed to Rochdale Council for wrongly-paid housing benefits

17 October, 2019

The council has already written off £330k it won't get back

Women forced to choose between abuse and homelessness

17 October, 2019

Report reveals that the main barrier to leaving an abuser is fear of losing a tenancy

Rental Market Report 2019 Q3

17 October, 2019

The annual rate of UK rental growth is +2.0%, up from 1.3% a year ago as rental growth increases on tightening supply as levels of new investment decline

'Inhumane': Ceiling collapses in 'toxic' Goodmayes family home despite weeks of warnings to housing association

17 October, 2019

The tenant's ceiling collapsed on the morning of his daughter's seventh birthday - six weeks after first raising the issue and warning this would happen

Former Knight Frank partner joins firm which plans to be world's biggest landlord

16 October, 2019

Rentify, a lettings and management platform which plans to be the world's biggest landlord without actually owning any property, has appointed Lucy Jones as director of agency

Rental business offers 'lifetime freeze' on rates to agents that back its funding round

16 October, 2019

A new rental business currently raising money via crowdfunding is offering agents that back it a lifetime 'freeze' on subscriptions

Rents rising at fastest rate for three years - but still affordable

16 October, 2019

Rents are rising at their fastest rate for three years

S&P warns 20 associations risk downgrades in no-deal Brexit

16 October, 2019

Standards & Poor's has warned that 20 housing associations remain at risk of being downgraded in the event of a no-deal Brexit, with landlords exposed to market sales the most "vulnerable"

The UK cities where rent is rising the fastest

16 October, 2019

The cost of renting a home rose fastest in Nottingham, Leeds and Bristol in the past year, research indicates, while Aberdeen recorded the biggest fall

Calls for benefit sanctions as rogue tenants 'costing millions'

16 October, 2019

A new report finds that problem tenants have cost the London taxpayer at least £3.4m

One in three councils using algorithms to make welfare decisions

16 October, 2019

Exclusive: machine-learning tools being deployed despite evidence they are unreliable

Huge increase in Brighton & Hove residents relying on the city's food banks

16 October, 2019

A record number of 21 food banks and emergency food providers in the city are distributing more than 20,000 parcels a year

Housing needs a 'policy overhaul' to preserve health of future generations

16 October, 2019

New report sees scope for significant PRS reform with future generations in mind

Landlords' Barometer - #74: Does buy-to-let really have rigor mortis?

15 October, 2019

Welcome to this edition of the Landlords' Barometer, bringing you trending topics for the private rented sector

Benefits system automation could plunge claimants deeper into poverty

15 October, 2019

DWP spending millions on 'intelligent automation garage' to develop welfare robots to replace humans

Corbyn urges Johnson to set 'hard deadline' for private sector cladding removal

15 October, 2019

Jeremy Corbyn has called on the government to set a "hard deadline" for private building owners to fix blocks with Grenfell-style cladding

Boris Johnson accused of betraying private renters after shelving pledge to end no-fault evictions

15 October, 2019

Theresa May attacked landlords' power as 'wrong' and vowed to act - but issue has been left out of Queen's Speech

Families driven from homes by flooding still no clearer when they can return

15 October, 2019

Families driven from their homes by heavy flooding are still no clearer over when they will be able to return

Stockport council owed £5.5m in housing benefit that it overpaid to residents

15 October, 2019

The council has warned it will 'exhaust all reasonable avenues' in order to recover the money

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 12 September 2019

15 October, 2019

Experimental statistics covering the number of people and households on Universal Credit, starts and claims

Manchester partnership plans delivery of social housing

15 October, 2019

Subject to approval, work could begin on the new family homes by next spring

Firm offers landlords guaranteed rent for up to ten years 'with Home Office as tenant'

14 October, 2019

A firm that has written to landlords offering long-term rental contracts where the Home Office is the tenant has caused concern among HMO owners

Huge number of HMOs have no licence and are illegal

14 October, 2019

There is a non-compliance rate of 75% in unlicensed HMOs in London

Drop in accidental landlords as home owners rush to beat the taxman by selling now

14 October, 2019

Only 7% of homes that came on to the rental market this year were listed for sale in the previous six months

Rises for newly agreed rent prices outpace inflation over the year

14 October, 2019

Rents on new tenancies rose across all 12 UK regions last month

Private profit, public squalor: Britain's housing scandal

14 October, 2019

Benefit cuts, high rents and a lack of social housing have left thousands stuck in temporary homes

Connexus remains compliant for governance despite Home Standard breach

14 October, 2019

A housing association, which failed to meet the Home Standard because of safety issues earlier this year, kept its governance rating but has been warned it must still make improvements

Only one social block had its ACM cladding fully removed last month despite end of year deadline

14 October, 2019

There are 114 high-rise residential and publicly owned buildings in England that have completed remediation works to removeand replace ACM cladding systems

Revealed: the private landlords profiting from England's housing crisis

14 October, 2019

Big companies accused of overcharging as families are forced into low-quality emergency accommodation

Hunters chooses tenancy deposit replacement service to offer across its 200 branches

11 October, 2019

Hunters has teamed up with flatfair to bring deposit-free renting to tenants across its national network of over 200 offices

Landlords 'in limbo' as still no sign of when mandatory electrical safety checks will be introduced

11 October, 2019

The Government is yet to set a start date for mandatory electrical safety checks in the rental sector despite committing to doing so in July 2018

Council housebuilding: back with a vengeance

11 October, 2019

If the government's housing ambitions are to be met, councils will have to step up to the plate

Government accused of wrecking plans to build more social housing

11 October, 2019

Councils voice frustration after shock interest rate rise imposed on cheap Treasury loans

Rents rise but fail to keep pace with inflation

11 October, 2019

New stats show some 32% of wages now being spent on rent

RLA ready to fight for Section 21

11 October, 2019

Government warned repossession threatens rental supply

Over 1,200 homeless people in Welwyn Hatfield ask the council for help every year

11 October, 2019

Over 1,200 Welwyn Hatfield residents who face homelessness, or have already lost their homes, ask the council for help every year

The Bedroom Tax in Northern Ireland: playing a dangerous game with peace?

11 October, 2019

Northern Ireland is about to experience many of the austerity policies that have been rolled out in England, including the Bedroom Tax

Private registered provider social housing stock in England - sector characteristics and stock movement

11 October, 2019

Private registered provider social housing stock in England - rents profile outlines the stock owned and managed by private registered providers

Tenants face rent increase 'acceleration' as PRS demand outstrips supply

11 October, 2019

Figures from the Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors see rental growth of approximately 2% over the coming twelve months alone

How renters could decide the next government

11 October, 2019

In April, the government made private renters the promise of a generation: to end Section 21 'no fault' evictions

Agent is fined £80,000 over HMO failures discovered after blaze in attic

10 October, 2019

A letting agent has been fined £80,000 for HMO failures after a fire at one of the properties

Average private rents are on the rise - but lag behind inflation

10 October, 2019

Average UK rents rose between July and September but the average increase was below inflation

East Kent Housing likely to be ditched and properties brought back under Thanet council control

10 October, 2019

Thanet council is proposing to ditch arrangements with East Kent Housing and bring its social housing service back under authority control

Centrepoint wants benefits review as gig economy drives rent arrears

10 October, 2019

Survey shows just over two in five respondents had difficulties with their benefit claim when in gig work

Government forced into U-turn over disability benefits for chronically ill

10 October, 2019

Sick claimants were wrongly denied benefits because they were not taking powerful painkillers

Unpicking Jenrick's shared ownership Right to Buy plan

10 October, 2019

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick's shared ownership Right to Buy plan has caused a stir across the sector

North West community housing associations join forces to put tenants first

10 October, 2019

Community housing associations from across the North West met to discuss how together they are putting tenants first

Regulator appoints sector heavyweights to non-compliant association's board

10 October, 2019

Three senior sector figures have been drafted in to join the board of lease-based provider Westmoreland Supported Housing by the RSH, in a bid to improve the performance of the non-compliant association

World Homeless Day: 3 in 4 say housing benefit should rise in line with rents

10 October, 2019

Charities call on government to invest in housing benefit to prevent homelessness

Evictions cost private renters in England £70m a year

10 October, 2019

Generation Rent says majority believe landlords should foot bill for making tenants move

McVey brush off over council powers to manage housing association homes

10 October, 2019

Written Commons question gets a "we'll talk about it later" response from housing minister

Government has made no assessment of case for increasing housing benefit

10 October, 2019

Answer to Lords question commits only to "discussions" due later this year

Welsh associations to pilot 'best practice' approach to empty properties

10 October, 2019

Report gives Welsh Government/Llywodraeth Cymru a year to work on a national action plan for empty homes

Mikhail Riches' Goldsmith Street social housing wins Stirling Prize 2019

09 October, 2019

The Passivhaus and high-density Goldsmith Street social housing scheme designed by Mikhail Riches with Cathy Hawley has been awarded the RIBA Stirling Prize 2019

Manchester rent caps: would they curb house prices or choke the market?

09 October, 2019

A report released last week called for rent caps to be imposed on private lettings in Greater Manchester to control house prices, but the RLA has warned they could have the opposite effect

Campaigners serve 'Section 21' on MHCLG

09 October, 2019

Government warned of tenant backlash if rental reform thrown out

How the campaign for national tenant representation is gathering pace

09 October, 2019

Amid concerns that government is kicking the idea into the long grass, members of a campaign group calling for a National Tenant Voice asked Inside Housing to host a crisis meeting to build consensus across the sector and draw up an action plan

'Evictions and hardship': Universal Credit still failing private renters

09 October, 2019

SNP MP Marion Fellows calls on UK Government to increase Local Housing Allowance to pre-2010 levels

Government urged to commit to section 21 abolishment

09 October, 2019

The launch of a new Age UK campaign seeks to give all older renters the security of tenure necessary to feel safe in their own homes

Scottish Labour proposal to increase social housing supply 'welcomed'

09 October, 2019

But welcome comes with warning of continued uncertainty over housing investment

Goldsmith Street winning the Stirling Prize shows that councils can lead the way in building more social housing

09 October, 2019

Last night a significant moment in the history of social housing occurred

Rent Smart Wales training scheme given highest seal of approval

08 October, 2019

Safeagent's training for the Rent Smart Wales has been given the highest rating possible

For-profit housing association with only one board member deemed non-compliant by regulator

08 October, 2019

A for-profit housing association has been deemed non-compliant by the Regulator of Social Housing after it discovered "significant failures"

Housing association to provide all residents with lifetime tenancies

08 October, 2019

A housing association in the South West has announced it will scrap fixed-term tenancies in favour of lifetime contracts

A new chapter for council housing?

08 October, 2019

From the top council for affordable homes delivery in England, to the largest local authority landlord in Scotland

Move to suspend rent arrears tenants from Darlington council housing

08 October, 2019

Leading members of a local authority which has refused to allow its stock of council housing go into private hands look set to approve changes to the criteria for getting social houses

Social housing tenants to be given free bike hire membership

08 October, 2019

Social housing tenants at an estate in west London are set to be given free membership to a bike hire scheme after a deal was struck with the local council

Asbestos, live electric wires, fire hazards and a hole in the floor - safety review reveals serious risks to Hamilton House protesters

08 October, 2019

Squatters who have taken over an empty Chester office block have been warned there is likely to be deadly asbestos in the building

'Community' letting agents and rent caps proposed to cut housing costs

07 October, 2019

A new report has called for the creation of community letting agencies and local rent controls to help younger people cope with housing costs

Housing benefit freeze means nine in 10 homes unaffordable for families

07 October, 2019

NHF research exposes inadequacy of Local Housing Allowance for the 1.3m families relying on it cover rent

London council halts 'out of borough' homeless placements

07 October, 2019

Enfield Council has set out plans to stop moving homeless people outside the borough, as part of a wider effort to end its "extensive use" of temporary accommodation

Sector predicts low tenant take-up of government's new shared ownership Right to Buy plan

07 October, 2019

Housing sector figures have predicted a "low take-up" of the new shared ownership Right to Buy if it was offered to housing association tenants

3,100 new council homes to be built to meet housing needs

07 October, 2019

Plans for the largest council house building programme for decades are taking shape in Sheffield

Market digest: housing association bond yields - October 2019

07 October, 2019

How have financial market movements and political swings impacted housing association bonds in the secondary market?

Right to rent checks updated guidance factsheet

07 October, 2019

Guidance on conducting right to rent checks onnationals of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the USA who have entered the UK through eGatesas visitors

Curo to end all fixed-term tenancies for residents

07 October, 2019

We've heard how important having a long-term tenancy is to feel safe, secure, and be able to put down roots in the local community

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 10/2019

07 October, 2019

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

An end to 'No DSS' after competition watchdog says agents and portals must have no blanket bans

04 October, 2019

New guidance to letting agents has suggested the end of 'no DSS' tenants exclusions

Buy-to-let expert says he will not allow his tenants to use deposit replacement services

04 October, 2019

Landlord and best-selling buy-to-let author David Lawrenson says he will not be giving any of his tenants a deposit replacement option

Special report: sector sees large rise in income from non-social housing

04 October, 2019

This month, Social Housing looks at how housing associations are diversifying their income, and finds that they made 10.3 per cent more revenue from shared ownership and non-social housing activity

Locked Out: How Britain keeps people homeless

04 October, 2019

94% of rented homes are too expensive for families on housing benefit

Housing associations hit out at government as nitrate pollution leaves thousands of new homes in limbo

04 October, 2019

Housing associations in the South of England have expressed frustration with the government for the "lack of progress" in overcoming issues that have seen the construction of thousands of new homes put on hold due to concerns over nitrate pollution

Manchester rent controls would 'damage supply of housing'

04 October, 2019

A recent report called for a new devolution deal for Greater Manchester, with measures including "rent pressure zones"

Landlord of dangerous HMO where foreign tenants spoke little English hit with huge fine

03 October, 2019

A landlord has been found guilty and fined £40,000 for letting out a dangerous and unlicensed House in Multiple Occupation

A quarter of all fire service prosecutions under safety order are to do with HMOs

03 October, 2019

A new study has reviewed 200 cases brought by fire services under the Fire Safety Order since it came into force 13 years ago

Midlands council had 622 gas certificates outstanding

03 October, 2019

A council in the Midlands had 622 gas safety certificates out of date for a short period this summer

Bank of China launches into UK social housing

03 October, 2019

Bank of China has entered the UK social housing sector as a lender, agreeing a revolving credit facility with a major housing association

Southwark Council to build new homes on top of existing blocks to tackle chronic housing shortage

03 October, 2019

Council says short supply of land and its expense leaves them with limited options

NHF supply survey: housing association development starts rise by nearly a quarter

03 October, 2019

The number of homes started by housing associations in the three months to the end of June this year jumped by nearly a quarter compared with last year

How we can help local councils tackle short term housing demand

03 October, 2019

Three million new social homes are needed by 2040, but only 6,000 a year are being built

Northern Ireland Social housing sector ready to build on £1bn impact

03 October, 2019

NIFHA launches Benefits to Society NI report highlighting impact of social housing sector

Agents will have to do AML checks on landlords earning around £8,900 a month

02 October, 2019

The new directive on Anti-Money Laundering means that agents will have to carry out checks on landlords who earn over 10,000 euros a month - regardless as to whether this is from one property or a portfolio

Blackpool Council accused of trying to 'dump another 330 houses on our doorstep for financial gain'

02 October, 2019

A war of words has broken out over Blackpool Council's plans to build 330 homes over the border in Wyre - on fields that are not earmarked for such development

Large housing association scraps 'pointless' affordability checks for new tenants

02 October, 2019

One of the UK's largest housing associations has scrapped 'affordability testing' for prospective tenants, deeming the process "pointless bureaucracy"

Rise in council spending on land and buildings slows

02 October, 2019

The recent boom in council spending on land and buildings slowed last year, indicating that the craze for borrowing to invest in commercial property may be reaching its peak

Government holds no official record of UK food banks

02 October, 2019

House of Lords has confirmation in answer to question on food banks being set up in schools

Millions for 'ludicrous Right to Buy lottery' should fund homelessness schemes

02 October, 2019

Commons hears Minister challenged to admit housing association right-to-buy was "daft" as homeless death rates rise

Three Rivers District Council says it can 'prove' it can't meet government housing targets

02 October, 2019

A council leader says she is ready to tell the government they cannot meet the housing targets they have been set

Why post-Grenfell recommendations cannot be ignored

02 October, 2019

Landlords need to take back control of fire safety compliance to ensure transparency, oversight and accountability

Social housing snubbed at Tory conference

01 October, 2019

With nothing offered in the Spending Review, conference housing "headline" repeats announcement of expanded shared ownership options

Shared ownership Right to Buy 'will worsen housing crisis'

01 October, 2019

Sector bodies have said that proposals to offer housing association tenants the right to buy upwards of 10% of their homes could "worsen the housing crisis"

London Assembly warned of rent control 'consequences'

01 October, 2019

To see him into a second term as Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan set out a blueprint for the overhaul of the rental sector

Rental stock would drop by almost 1m dwellings if abolition of Section 21 goes ahead

01 October, 2019

Letting agents would have the challenge of greatly reduced stock if Section 21 - the so-called no-fault eviction process - is abolished as the Government proposes

Housing association tenants to get 'shared ownership' Right to Buy

01 October, 2019

Housing association tenants will be given a right to buy 10% of their homes under new proposals announced by the housing secretary today

Asbestos in two thirds of council homes as residents urged to call Town Hall before renovating

01 October, 2019

Council officers are warning that asbestos is present in two thirds of council properties, with residents being urged to get in touch with the Town Hall before they do work on their own homes

Leigh Day Solicitors seeks clients to join a group action compensation claim for loss of disability premiums after moving to Universal Credit

01 October, 2019

Leigh Day Solicitors are bringing compensation claims claims for people who have migrated to Universal Credit before 16 January 2019 and have lost their disability premiums

Conservative Party Conference: Where is the government's offer for struggling renters?

01 October, 2019

In its mission to use the Conservative Party Conference to promote homeownership

Norwich City Council in favour of Section 21 Abolition

01 October, 2019

During a council meeting on 24 September councillors resolved to back to the abolition of Section 21 as proposed by the Government and will seek the support of local MPs

PlaceShapers broadens membership beyond housing associations

01 October, 2019

An organisation that represents community-based housing associations has broadened its membership to include other non-profit social housing providers

Housing Association Data Comparison Analysis - 2018/2019

30 September, 2019

The most accurate and comprehensive UK Public Sector Procurement Portal

Universal credit: Labour pledges to scrap welfare scheme

30 September, 2019

A future Labour government would scrap universal credit - which merges six benefits into one payment

Great Harwood pensioner's anger at 'uninhabitable' housing association home

30 September, 2019

A pensioner has expressed her horror at the state of her home which she claims is 'uninhabitable' following work which has been done to it

Somerset West and Taunton Council to remove asbestos from council homes

30 September, 2019

The council is to spend £350,000 removing asbestos from its council houses over the course of the year

Grainger ramps up PRS pipeline to 25 projects

30 September, 2019

Private rental homes developer Grainger has built up a development pipeline of 25 schemes as it strives to double the size of its portfolio of buildings

Rent remains at record high for fourth consecutive month

30 September, 2019

ARLA Propertymark's PRS report shows that the number of tenants experiencing rent rises increased to the highest figure on record in August

Esther McVey says she is 'tenure blind' in response to 'social housing revolution' question

30 September, 2019

Housing minister Esther McVey said she is "tenure blind" when asked whether the current government is planning to lead a "social housing revolution"

Give tenants greater say in running their own housing

30 September, 2019

In the two years since the Grenfell Tower fire killed 72 people, there have been many discussions about how to ensure social housing tenants are heard

RSH stats show average rent reductions for English social housing

27 September, 2019

But latest SDR release recognises "significant difference" in rent levels across regions

The gulf between housing benefit payments across Essex is revealed

27 September, 2019

The GMB says the move to providing direct access to council homes is long overdue

Regulator warns of changing behaviours by associations trying to attract 'wall of money'

27 September, 2019

The regulator has warned housing associations against changing their behaviors in a bid to secure funding from large investors offering a "wall of money"

Government's housing policies 'risk undermining Northern powerhouse efforts'

27 September, 2019

Covert housing targets will go against the north

NHF 2019: Regulator to raise fees for associations

27 September, 2019

The announcement comes amid a lack on sector consensus of the fees model

Council looks to landlord licensing scheme to tackle rogues

27 September, 2019

Landlords could face increased costs and scrutiny as councils turn to a little-used licensing scheme to crack down on rogue operators

Blackpool high school to be redeveloped for housing

27 September, 2019

The council is set to sign off plans to build up to 176 homes on the former Bispham High School at a meeting next week

Survey shows social housing could unify post Brexit UK

27 September, 2019

Findings could shift Tories onto Labour turf over a new national plan to 3m social homes in the next 20 years

Can tech help agencies combat the lettings fee ban?

27 September, 2019

Earlier this year the UK government introduced the Tenant Fees Act, banning landlords from charging renters hundreds of pounds in administration fees for tenancies signed after June 1st, 2019

Increase in new affordable homes fails to offset private sector decline

27 September, 2019

Nonetheless, it is encouraging to see growth coming through in the affordable and rental sector

JRF comments on Labour policy on Universal Credit

27 September, 2019

Responding to Labour's announcements on Universal Credit, Helen Barnard, Deputy Director for Policy and Partnerships at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation said:

City council unanimously backs government plans to ditch Section 21

26 September, 2019

A city council is calling on the Government to abolish Section 21 - so-called 'no fault evictions'

Tenancy deposit replacement providers report progress as they grow

26 September, 2019

Proptech firm Canopy has teamed up with mydeposits to make it easier for tenants to pay their deposit into its custodial scheme

NHF and LGA bosses clash over social rent focus

26 September, 2019

England's top councillor has warned against being too focused on building social rent homes as a means of solving the housing crisis

Commons papers play out 'numbers game' over social housing investment

26 September, 2019

HCLG committee tested Kate Henderson and Terri Alafat over what investment adds up to

Labour conference votes unanimously for 155,000 social rent homes a year pledge

26 September, 2019

Labour conference delegates have voted unanimously in favour of a bumper housing motion calling for the party to pledge new 155,000 social rented homes a year

Thousands of pounds in homes grant returned unclaimed

26 September, 2019

Thousands of pounds of grants meant to help low-income Barrow residents with their housing costs has been sent back to the Government

Social housing crisis builds as government passes the buck

26 September, 2019

Growing political and financial turmoil leaves social housing providers facing huge challenges

Labour conference backs building 155,000 social rent homes a year

26 September, 2019

Unanimous show of support for putting the motion to National Policy Forum

Motion commits Labour to building 155,000 social rented homes a year

25 September, 2019

Conference could also back councils having the powers to over housing associations

'People deserve better': tenants, activists and academics on the state of social housing

25 September, 2019

Ten people share their views on the state of social housing and what the future holds

Planning rules to be changed to stop developers building student flats that can't be used for anything else

25 September, 2019

The proposed rule change would student flats would have to be built to a high enough standard to be used to meet demand for social housing places

Fury at 'Hunger Games-style' application process for Grenfell funds sees council chief abandon Twitter

25 September, 2019

'It's vile and disrespectful. To exploit people's grief and turn it into an episode of Dragon's Den is unconscionable'

How one housing association changed its approach to frontline services

25 September, 2019

When PA Housing decided to improve its relationship with its tenants, it started by reinventing its frontline services

Unlocking value: The role of refurbishment in buy to let

25 September, 2019

With yields for property still below their pre-financial crisis levels, house price growth stalling, and tax reforms biting, there's greater incentive than ever for landlords to make the most of their assets

London borough tenants pay three times more in service charges than neighbours

25 September, 2019

London Tenants Federation uncovers wide borough-by-borough variations in service charges

ARLA slams Labour's pledge to bring in rent controls if it comes to power

24 September, 2019

ARLA has slammed Labour's intention to introduce rent controls if it gets into power at the next general election

Calls mount for crackdown on adverts which specify 'No DSS' tenants

24 September, 2019

Calls are growing for a legal crackdown on adverts which specify 'No DSS' tenants

Council to buy back Right to Buy properties to meet affordable homes target

24 September, 2019

More than 10% of a Welsh council's new homes target will be met by buying properties from the open market, the majority of which were originally sold through the Right to Buy

Council gives advance rent to landlords backing homelessness scheme

24 September, 2019

Private landlords are to be given a month's rent upfront and 12 months' membership of a trade body if they sign up to a local council's new scheme to combat homelessness

Briefing: How many people need a social rented home?

24 September, 2019

8.4m people in England are in some form of housing need

Survey shows PRS housing quality has improved over past decade

24 September, 2019

Responses suggest proportion of non-decent homes fell as sector professionalises and landlords undertake refurbishment

Concerns over 'safeguarding of tenancy deposits' as high street agent enters liquidation

23 September, 2019

An estate agent has gone into liquidation with concerns about possible missing client money

Letting agent and landlord both fined after guilty pleas to unlicensed HMO

23 September, 2019

Both a letting agent and a landlord have been fined after prosecutions over an unlicensed HMO

Agents who emphasise that they don't charge fees 'helping to raise awareness of ban'

23 September, 2019

ARLA has defended a new practice by which a large number of agents are turning the tenancy fees ban to commercial advantage

Whose Right to Buy? New research raises fears of fraud

23 September, 2019

The Right to Buy was launched to give tenants living in council housing the chance to buy their home. However, the reality is often somewhat different

People moving into temporary homes should be provided with basic kitchen equipment and bedding

23 September, 2019

People moving into temporary homes should be provided with basic kitchen equipment and bedding

DWP: The shocking number of North East teenagers on Universal Credit

23 September, 2019

More than 6,000 teenagers across the North East are receiving Universal Credit

Funding still available to improve social housing safety standards

23 September, 2019

The Scottish Government has hailed the impact of a new loan scheme to help social landlords meet improved housing safety standards

Rethinking the private rental sector for the future health of young people

23 September, 2019

Home ownership cannot be the only housing solution on offer to the next generation

Survey shows private tenants not interested in buying a home

23 September, 2019

Government urged to end "penalisation" of landlords and prioritise PRS investment

Government warned that scrapping Section 21 could spark rise in homelessness

20 September, 2019

Letting agents and landlords are warning that scrapping Section 21 eviction notices could drive up homelessness

What are the implications when tenants swap in and out of a tenancy?

20 September, 2019

A dispute arose between the landlord and tenants due to the cleanliness of the property at the end of the tenancy, deterioration to the décor, damage caused to various items and tenant belongings left behind at the end of the tenancy

One in seven council homes sold to tenants on housing benefit under Right to Buy

20 September, 2019

One in seven council homes sold through the Right to Buy since David Cameron hiked discounts in 2012 has been bought by a tenant on housing benefit

Right to Buy sales slide to lowest level in six years

20 September, 2019

The number of Right to Buy sales have fallen to its lowest level in six years

LGA has another go at Right To Buy reform

20 September, 2019

Receipt retention part of a seven-point plan pitched for the Queen's Speech

Kettering Council brings back lifetime tenancies after fixed term rentals were causing anxiety for tenants

20 September, 2019

Kettering Council is reintroducing a lifetime tenancy for renters after its fixed-term scheme was causing anxiety and had become too 'bureauratic'

Private registered provider social housing stock in England - stock profile

20 September, 2019

Private registered provider social housing stock in England - stock profile outlines the stock owned and managed by private registered providers

144 social houses could be given contemporary modern "facelift"

20 September, 2019

Dated social housing considered to be a "failing community" could be given a contemporary face-lift if planning permission is secured

Small sites must deliver social housing

20 September, 2019

Here at Shelter, we want to see the introduction of reforms that will help deliver more social housing

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 10/2019

20 September, 2019

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

The longer Universal Credit exists in an area, the higher the need for food banks

20 September, 2019

In areas where Universal Credit has been rolled out for at least a year, food banks in the Trussell Trust's network have seen a 30% increase in demand

Nationwide gets into bed with digital lettings agency Bunk - backing 'will help DIY landlords'

19 September, 2019

Nationwide Building Society has invested in Bunk, a new digital lettings agency

Council's warning to letting agents over fees ban leads to over £34,000 refunds to tenants

19 September, 2019

A council's warning to letting agents on its patch has resulted in £34,416 worth of unlawful fees and deposits collected since the ban being refunded

Landlord becomes first in England to be banned after HMO conviction

19 September, 2019

A landlord has been banned for letting out a house for five years

760,000 renting families one pay cheque away from losing home

19 September, 2019

Survey shows almost three million private renters could be a single pay cheque away from homelessness

Universal credit wait fuels poverty and food bank use

19 September, 2019

Government urged to reduce five-week wait claimants must endure before first payment

Liverpool housing company to kick out any tenant caught carrying or using a knife

19 September, 2019

Bold plan by social landlord in war on knife crime

Liberal Democrats agree to Section 21 abolition

19 September, 2019

Delegates at the Liberal Democrats conference in Bournemouth voted in favour of a motion that proposed reforming the housing legislation and scrapping Section 21 notices

Stats show increase in social housing stock in England

19 September, 2019

Private registered providers of social housing reported owning 2,995,569 units to the Regulator - a 2% increase since 2018

Sheffield Council finds 164 serious hazard homes

19 September, 2019

Sheffield Council found serious hazards in 164 privately rented homes in just 10 months

The repeal of section 21 and its impact on the sector

19 September, 2019

I took a sharp intake of breath when Theresa May announced the abolishment of section 21 notices by October 2019

September 2019: Touchbase edition 137

19 September, 2019

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

England: Landlords vote for merger of representative bodies

18 September, 2019

After a meeting held yesterday, members of the NLA and the RLA voted for the two organisations to merge to form the National Residential Landlords Association

Labour considers scrapping Universal Credit

18 September, 2019

Radical proposal for the failed 'reform' could be raised as soon as the party conference next week

Residents in temporary accommodation displaced by Clapton fire

18 September, 2019

A number of the flats which were evacuated following a fire in a block in east London earlier this week were used to house families in temporary accommodation

Landlord hit with £500,000 bill by court after illegally converting property into tiny flats

18 September, 2019

A landlord has been hit with a bill of some £500,000 after illegally dividing a property into eight tiny flats

End-of-tenancy cleaning service introduces body cameras for all its staff

18 September, 2019

An end-of-tenancy cleaning service available right across the UK has introduced body-worn cameras for all its teams

England: Council housing families win battle for homes with billionaire aristocrat

18 September, 2019

Dozens of families living in council housing have won a battle with a billionaire aristocrat who wanted to replace their homes with luxury housing

Activists rally over claims of social housing discrimination

18 September, 2019

Housing activists protested outside Hackney Council town hall last night over claims they had been victimised and mistreated

Safe as Houses 3: Have government reforms to Universal Credit reduced the rent arrears of Southwark's tenants?

18 September, 2019

Southwark was one of the first areas of the country to see Universal Credit full service roll out

The technology helping social landlords stay 'gas safe'

18 September, 2019

As part of Gas Safety week, a new online system is pitched as the key to ensuring landlord compliance

New housing minister defends Right to Buy but says escalating house prices 'cannot be right'

17 September, 2019

New housing minister Esther McVey has said that although there have been nine housing ministers in nine years, all have been united to deliver the homes that she claims Britain needs

Universal Credit: direct rent payments 'more effective than government reforms for curbing arrears'

17 September, 2019

Direct rent payments for tenants on Universal Credit have been more effective at keeping them out of arrears than government reforms introduced last year

Khan: government's cladding deadline 'unrealistic and irresponsible'

17 September, 2019

Sadiq Khan has branded the government's June deadline to complete the replacement of dangerous Grenfell-style cladding on high rises "unrealistic and irresponsible"

Lib Dems motion passed to address 'widening' poverty levels

17 September, 2019

New policy outlines an increased rate of housebuilding to 300,000 a year - 100,000 of which will be for social rent

Disabled 28-stone man despairs because housing association won't make his door big enough so he can get out

17 September, 2019

Darren Burns is worried that he can't exit his house safely if there's a fire because the back door is inaccessible

Somerset council accused of 'immorality' over new-build maintenance

17 September, 2019

A council has been branded "immoral" for refusing to take on maintenance work on housing development

Homeless denied social housing for being too poor

17 September, 2019

Research shows landlords 'screen out' homeless applicants deemed financial risk

North Lanarkshire Council approves enforcement access for electrical safety checks

17 September, 2019

North Lanarkshire Council has announced new procedures allowing for enforcement access in order to carry out electrical safety checks in council properties

Put people before process when allocating social housing

17 September, 2019

New report warns of a system now failing those in greatest need

MHCLG seeks your views on banning orders and rogue landlords

16 September, 2019

Government wants to hear from letting agents and tenants about its latest reforms to the private rental market

The websites helping renters fight rogue landlords

16 September, 2019

It was a dispute over a missing bed cover that sparked the idea for Marks Out Of Tenancy - a website that allows renters to rate their past landlords

Housing Association Financial Data Comparison Analysis - 2018/2019

16 September, 2019

From 76 Financial Returns currently available

Auction entries rise as clobbered buy-to-let landlords look to sell their properties

16 September, 2019

Auction House, which works with a network of local agents, has a record 846 lots entered into its sales this month

Letting agency and its boss hit with bill of almost £24,000 after fly-tipping rubbish from tenants' homes

16 September, 2019

A letting agency and its director have been successfully prosecuted for five counts of fly-tipping

Deposit diaries: Why a landlord's claim of mould 'caused by tenants' lifestyle' was rejected

16 September, 2019

A dispute arose between the landlord and tenants due to the condition of the walls at the end of the tenancy

Tenants face paying 31% more to trade up from a room rental to a whole home

16 September, 2019

New research has revealed the high costs for young tenants moving from renting a room in a shared property to a whole house

Large London housing associations estimate fire safety costs at nearly £6.9bn

16 September, 2019

Large London housing associations have estimated that the total cost of making their buildings fire safe will be up to £6.87bn

Scottish government slams Tories over massive welfare cuts

16 September, 2019

The Scottish Government will not stand by and let people already struggling face a reliance on food banks and the stress of debt and rent arrears

ARLA boss begs agents to speak out over proposed abolition of Section 21 - and not just complain

13 September, 2019

ARLA Propertymark boss David Cox has urged letting agents to respond to the consultation on repealing Section 21 - something he warned could "break the industry"

Property renting platform goes over target in crowdfunding campaign

13 September, 2019

Property renting platform Inadash has gone over target in its crowdfunding campaign

Social housing - Quarterly survey for Q1 April to June 2019

13 September, 2019

This quarterly survey report is based on regulatory returns from 218private registered providers (PRPs) and PRP groups who own or manage more than 1,000 homes

Barking fire: residents' lawyer slams 'scandalous' return of housing association tenants

13 September, 2019

The lawyer representing tenants living at the Barking development that was hit by a devastating fire in June has slammed Southern Housing Group's decision to allow residents to return to their homes

Renters want rent control - and it's not just about the money

13 September, 2019

There's no doubt that private renters are being hit hard by the housing emergency

New tech to test air quality in council homes

13 September, 2019

Partners confirmed for trials to get underway in Leeds and York

Call for private landlords to have access to energy efficiency funds

13 September, 2019

Only one of the six financial support options can be used by landlords offering affordable homes in Scotland

Univeral Credit probe shows 100,000 teenagers on new benefit including thousands in Birmingham

13 September, 2019

Most teens on the controversial welfare scheme are unemployed and campaigners say these latest figures highlight the number of families across the country who are struggling on low incomes

Thousands of Glasgow teens on Universal Credit

13 September, 2019

Analysis of the latest government figures shows that 1167 Glasgow youngsters aged between 16 and 19 received the six-in-one benefit in August this year

RICS blames 'wild west' of parts of lettings industry for lack of public confidence in rental sector

12 September, 2019

The RICS has expressed hopes that regulation of the agency sector will help stem the decline in landlord instructions

Landlords' Barometer - #73: Labour's plans to make landlords sell to tenants causes uproar

12 September, 2019

Welcome to the latest edition of the Landlords' Barometer, where we list the main trending topics for landlords from the PropertyTribes forum:

Southern sees 14% slide in surplus as fire safety checks increase

12 September, 2019

Southern Housing Group has a reported a 14% fall in annual surplus as the landlord hikes its spending on fire safety

Property inspections key to Lib Dem PRS plan

12 September, 2019

Proposals for property inspections for rented homes form part of new housing plans announced by the Liberal Democrats

CIH Scotland says new PRS energy regulations need 'proactive communication'

12 September, 2019

Scottish Government preparing to introduce a minimum energy efficiency standard for PRS homes

Disabled people still by far the worst affected by the bedroom tax

12 September, 2019

More than two thirds of households subject to the bedroom tax under housing benefit are in receipt of DLA, PIP, Employment and Support Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, or Severe Disablement Allowance

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to July 2019

12 September, 2019

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

Independent letting firm's acquisition strategy paying off after tenancy fees ban

11 September, 2019

City rental specialist Let Leeds has completed the takeover of local rival Parklands Estate Agents, increasing the size of the business and adding further managed tenancies to its portfolio

Cut bailiff use for non-payment of council tax

11 September, 2019

Councils are asked to consider vulnerable people as referrals increase in half of all English and Welsh local authorities

Is it time to unfreeze Local Housing Allowance rates to end homelessness?

11 September, 2019

Since the Local Housing Allowance was frozen, more and more people have been unable to afford their rent

Rents in UK up almost 5% in second quarter of 2019

11 September, 2019

Rising rents, a doubling of tenant applications and a shortage of housing stock continues to put pressure on the Private Rental Sector in the UK

Regulator finds four East Kent councils breached Home Standard

11 September, 2019

The RSH has concluded in regulatory notices published today that four councils, through a shared ALMO, breached the Home Standard, with the potential for serious detriment to their tenants

Council to buy back Poole flats for revamp

11 September, 2019

A council is to buy back a number of flats to allow the renovation of four tower blocks after leaseholders complained about the cost of the works

'I had to live in one room with my daughter for 11 years'

11 September, 2019

i speaks to homeless families who are being housed in hostels in London 'temporarily' - only to be left there for years

Tenants complain over housing association's 'abysmal' service

11 September, 2019

Inhabitants of L&Q estate say they face leaking roofs, poor plumbing and unreliable maintenance

Average Personal Independence Payment appeal wait tops 35 weeks

11 September, 2019

Commons confirms the figure includes cases cleared both with and without Tribunal ruling

Universal Credit changes in October: Why claimants could get MORE money from next month

11 September, 2019

Universal credit claimants will see changes to their payments from next month

Agents warned not to pass costs of arranging repair work on to tenants

10 September, 2019

Letting agents were last night advised that if they charge commission on repairs to damage caused by tenants, then the cost of arranging the work should not be passed on to the tenant

Protesters including local councillor force sale of rental property to be abandoned

10 September, 2019

Demonstrators disrupted a property auction to protest against the sale of rental properties occupied by families with children

Online letting agent bought for undisclosed sum by rentals platform Howsy

10 September, 2019

Rental platform Howsy has acquired online lettings business Urban

Prorogation times out answers over future for welfare assistance

10 September, 2019

MHCLG minister says written Commons question asked in July could not be answered ahead of the House being suspended

Social value focus for Greater Manchester's providers

10 September, 2019

6,561 residents were helped into work by the region's housing providers last year

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 8 August 2019

10 September, 2019

These experimental statistics cover claims, monthly starts and people on Universal Credit up to 8 August 2019

Welfare mitigation in Northern Ireland needs 'another four years'

10 September, 2019

Commons report raises fears of a "cliff edge" fall in claimant income should mitigation end in March 2020

Special report: housing associations' impairments rise by nearly a third

09 September, 2019

Social Housing takes a close look at the accounts of the 130 largest housing associations, and finds that impairments rose by nearly a third to £78.4m in 2018

Triple Point Social Housing REIT lifts dividend as rental income rises

09 September, 2019

Triple Point Social Housing REIT posted a slight rise in its first-half valuation performance after it grew its rental income

Amber Rudd's departure from DWP is bound to be deeply destabilising

09 September, 2019

Resignation comes at time department faces myriad problems of policies

Family of SEVEN are forced to live in single hotel room 11 miles from their old £115-a-week two-bed flat after judge deemed it 'above their means'

09 September, 2019

Jon Mitchell and his partner forced to live in one hotel room with their five kids

Rents for pets being increasingly charged by agents in wake of fees ban

09 September, 2019

"Pet rents" are being increasingly charged in the wake of the tenancy fees ban

Local authority U-turns on licensing after threat of legal action by landlords

09 September, 2019

Landlord and lettings agent groups have claimed a victory after Hounslow Council is believed to have backtracked on plans for a licensing scheme in the London borough

Parents and guardians given extra time to claim back childcare costs with Universal Credit

09 September, 2019

An extra month to claim back childcare costs could mean parents avoid missing out on up to £1,100 per month

The DWP's Universal Credit changes coming in next month - what you need to know

09 September, 2019

The Department for Work and Pensions will be introducing a change in October that should benefit those receiving UC

LIN member report September 2019 - 'Right to Rent' update

06 September, 2019

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

Tenants are seen to be bearing costs of ban as rents shoot up

06 September, 2019

Rents have surged enormously in the three months since the tenants fees ban was introduced

Nearly 17,000 applications over first year of PRS improvement scheme

06 September, 2019

Nottingham city council takes the wraps off a birthday milestone

Ark Housing takes action against 'antisocial' Fairfield tenants

06 September, 2019

A housing association has revealed it has taken action against some of its tenants in Fairfield following complaints from neighbouring residents over antisocial behaviour

Housing chiefs hit by deluge of calls for council home repairs

06 September, 2019

Camden failing to answer the phone within two minutes for half of calls

Landlord education required on EPC legislation

06 September, 2019

A national awareness campaign is required to help landlords get to grip with new Energy Performance Certificate legislation

DWP ducks behind cost when quizzed over claimant deaths

06 September, 2019

Minister with form for citing cost denies answers again

Enfield Council to consult on additional and selective licensing

06 September, 2019

Enfield council has begun their consultation on additional and selective licensing which will close on 29 November 2019

Property photographs made rooms look bigger than they really were

05 September, 2019

Property photographs were 'misleading' about room sizes, a complainant to the advertising watchdog claimed

Dramatic drop in void periods reported as tenancy demand rises - and rents increase

05 September, 2019

Agents are filling properties for existing landlords in record time

Face value Spending Review offers nothing for social housing

05 September, 2019

No reference to Right To Buy reform needed to back councils building homes

Government testing Universal Credit bulk uploads with social landlords after delays

05 September, 2019

The government is testing a system that allows housing providers to upload information about Universal Credit tenants' rent changes in bulk with a number of social landlords

No-deal Brexit will bring food shortages despite assurances

05 September, 2019

October worst time to stockpile as warehouses full of Christmas goods

Social housing: a natural home for ESG finance?

05 September, 2019

A drive into impact investment and ESG is being mooted as a big opportunity for UK housing. So what is holding the sector back?

Spending Round: government injects £40m into DHPs but is silent on LHA rates

05 September, 2019

An extra £40m in housing cost top-ups for private renters has been unveiled as part of today's Spending Round, but no announcement has been made on future benefit levels

Birmingham takes action against HMO landlord in first civil penalty case

05 September, 2019

City council secures £2,000 fine for failure to appropriately fit an unlicensed HMO with fire safety measures

Manchester council outlines affordable housing commitment

05 September, 2019

Ambitions present the case that all new homes should be equally split between social housing, affordable housing and shared ownership

Agent says landlords would have to sell to tenants at 20% discount under Labour

04 September, 2019

A letter written to the Sunday Times and London Evening Standard has been released by estate agent Marc von Grundherr

Opinion: Deposit replacement schemes - do the risks outweigh the benefits?

04 September, 2019

There is no doubt that the lettings industry is going through a period of change

Welsh Government's own guidance on tenancy fees ban contains 'serious errors'

04 September, 2019

The Welsh Government's own guidance on the tenancy fee ban, which came into force at the weekend, is incorrect

Sector figures call for LHA changes and council funding boost in Spending Review

04 September, 2019

Leading housing figures have called on the government to use tomorrow's Spending Review to bring in wide-scale changes to help local authorities and housing associations to combat the housing crisis

West Midlands Mayor calls for housing allowance 'supercharge'

04 September, 2019

Andy Street said there was "no doubt" the government's decision to freeze Local Housing Allowance led to a rise in homelessness

Landlords charge 'pet rent' to recoup losses after ban on unfair fees

04 September, 2019

Practice has emerged since new law designed to save renters in England money

270 families for every West Bromwich council house

04 September, 2019

Members of Sandwell's cabinet have been told the town has the highest demand for houses, which are suitable for parents and children, than anywhere else

Five-week UC wait causes 'stress and ill health'

04 September, 2019

Briefing calls on today's spending review to reduce the amount of time people wait to receive the first payment

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 9/2019

04 September, 2019

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

Housing Benefit debt recoveries: April 2018 to March 2019

04 September, 2019

Twice-yearly publication on Housing Benefit debt recoveries

Labour under fire over plans to introduce Right to Buy for private tenants

03 September, 2019

Labour has been accused of trying to kill off the private rented sector after it resurrected its idea of extending Right to Buy to the private rented sector

Belvoir posts first results since tenancy fees ban - with a 48% rise in revenue

03 September, 2019

Belvoir this morning posted results showing remarkable success on the part of its franchisees, who helped the firm achieve a 48% rise in revenue, at £9,047,000 in the first half of this year, up from £6,123,000 in the same period last year

Two large London housing associations get credit downgrades

03 September, 2019

Two large London housing associations have received credit downgrades as fears grow over the state of the housing market in the capital

Food banks increasing in schools for pupils' families

03 September, 2019

More schools in England are setting up food banks to help feed their pupils' families

RLA says Labour's Right To Buy plans would 'kill off' private-sector renting

03 September, 2019

Landlords fear creeping compulsory purchase inherent in policy proposal outlined by Shadow Chancellor

Angry mum says council house is not habitable and she fears it might fall down

03 September, 2019

Council has apologised and said the house needs an urgent survey

SFHA chief: Report proves social housing is 'best in country'

03 September, 2019

Regulatory findings reveal nine in 10 tenants are satisfied with their homes and services across Scotland

Surge in schools setting up food banks to help feed families

03 September, 2019

There is an increasing demand on schools to take responsibility for more areas of children's lives than simply their education

So, what do you think of the tenancy fee ban now it's three months in?

02 September, 2019

Agents are being invited to have their say on industry matters in a new survey

Benefits freeze leaves a third of claimants 'with £100 to live on a month'

02 September, 2019

Chief executive says people are losing sleep and unable to afford essentials

Vast majority of private renters earning under £30,000 are unable to access Help to Buy support

02 September, 2019

Fewer than two in every 100 private renters that earn under £30,000 have been able to secure their first home under the government's Help to Buy scheme

Labour could give private tenants chance to buy their rented homes

02 September, 2019

The Labour Party could bring in a radical "right to buy" scheme if it gains power at the next general election which could help millions of private tenants in the UK to buy their rented homes at a reasonable price

LSE academic develops 'social value' housing framework

02 September, 2019

Catalyst for team led by professor Anne Power was Home Group's Rayners Lane estate regeneration

Deposit cap means renters could be owed refund

02 September, 2019

Report pitches potential for one-off payments where tenancies are renewed

Third of Corby council tenants in arrears

02 September, 2019

Almost a third of people living in a Corby council house are in arrears

Benefits row as DWP criticised for refusing payments to dying man

02 September, 2019

A man whose terminally ill brother was refused disability benefits has accused the Department for Work and Pensions of being "shambolic and incompetent"

Government has no specific 'poverty plan' for no-deal Brexit

02 September, 2019

Evasive answer from DWP minister suggests present welfare provision seen as enough in the event of economic collapse - despite rising destitution

Two in five benefit claimants found to have less than £100 at end of month

02 September, 2019

Citizens Advice calls on government to clearly commit to ending the benefits freeze and recalculating LHA

New Welsh Government law to 'make letting fairer'

02 September, 2019

Under the legislation, tenants cannot be charged for things like signing a contract or renewing a tenancy

Tenants in flat-shares lose their living rooms as landlords make the most of space

01 September, 2019

Tenants in shared houses are facing the end of the sitting room for Generation Rent, as landlords increasingly convert every possible space into bedrooms

Landlords being called in by council for interviews under criminal caution

30 August, 2019

Landlords suspected to be in breach of licensing are attending interviews with a local council under criminal caution

Tenants flock to apply as soon as fees ban started - but rents rise as landlords say 'enough'

30 August, 2019

The number of tenancy applications rose 'dramatically' as soon as the fees ban came into force in England

Spending Review plea over future for Local Housing Allowance

30 August, 2019

Report from Shelter says "robust mechanism" needed to keep rates in line with at least the cheapest third of local rents

UK food banks run low as demand surges in school holidays

30 August, 2019

Organisers say donations falling during the summer, just as more families seek help

Bedroom tax applies even when children must share very small rooms

30 August, 2019

A court ruling has prompted the government to remind councils that the bedroom tax applies even when children are forced to share very small rooms

Landlords stronger together

30 August, 2019

The country's largest landlord organisations are to come together to deliver a stronger voice for the private rented sector

From the frontline Universal Credit and the broken housing safety net

30 August, 2019

The five-week wait is five weeks too long

No Help To Buy for England's average renters

30 August, 2019

Research reveals only 0.2% of private renters who earn £30k or less are able to use failing scheme

Landlords show strong performance against Scottish Social Housing Charter

30 August, 2019

Regulatory report shows tenant satisfaction is high, with nine in 10 social housing tenants satisfied with overall service

Social housing provider apologises after 'gross' conditions at Gloucester property

29 August, 2019

Young persons social worker say they saw 'discarded needles, crack wraps littering the floor, blood-soaked rags and bottles filled with urine' at Bedford Street property

'It shows callous disdain for residents': Angry row erupts after council and Man City owners threaten to evict tenants from Ancoats apartments

29 August, 2019

Manchester Life, a joint venture by the council and the Abu Dhabi United Group, has been criticised for serving tenants in Ancoats with section 21 eviction notices

Repairs and maintenance levels across England hit 20-year low

29 August, 2019

Reports show construction output per property is decreasing in real terms by £192 a year

Tenants to be able to buy tiny 1% shares in homes each year in 'radical' new plan

29 August, 2019

Changes are to be made to the shared ownership scheme, by which people will be able to buy their home in chunks of just 1%, rather than 10% as has been the case

Energy efficiency comes high up in the list of 'wants' for buyers and tenants

29 August, 2019

Energy efficiency is in high demand among home buyers and renters, with over a fifth wanting reduced CO2 emissions in their next home, notably in the form of energy-efficient appliances and electric car-charging points

Families threaten council with legal action over allocation policy

29 August, 2019

A group of families is preparing to take a London council to court as they claim the authority's housing allocation policy discriminates against homeless people

'Down to the last few tins': summer crisis at Preston food bank

29 August, 2019

The Salvation Army centre is seeing more working families, while donations have fallen

Record number of rent hikes after tenancy fees ban - 'We told you so' says ARLA

28 August, 2019

The number of renters experiencing rent rises hit a record high in July, the second month after the introduction of the tenant fees ban in England

Letting agents in Wales brace themselves for tenancy fees ban to kick in this weekend

28 August, 2019

Letting agents in Wales will lose an average of £181.15 in fees per tenancy as from this weekend

Private Rented Sector Report - July 2019

28 August, 2019

The number of tenants experiencing rent rises increased to the highest figure on record in July

Abolishing Section 21 is a great first step - but rental reform has only just begun

28 August, 2019

Soon, private tenants in England will have the security they need to call their rented house a home

Winsford set for new council houses in 139-home development

28 August, 2019

Dozens of council houses are in the pipeline as part of a new development set for Winsford

Single Grenfell family still in hotel

28 August, 2019

As of June, 194 Grenfell affected households said to have accepted a permanent home, with 185 households already moved in

Councils could be just days away from Right To Buy reform

28 August, 2019

But no hint from government if LGA campaign to boost council housebuilding has paid off through the brought-forward Spending Review

Confusion as Welsh government brings in tenancy fee ban in 'two parts'

27 August, 2019

Confusion will reign when the fees ban comes into force at the weekend

Scottish regulator found 'inappropriate payments' made by landlord before deregistration

27 August, 2019

A Scottish housing association was wiped off the register after weaknesses were found in its governance and financial management, including inappropriate payments to committee members

HMOs, housing woes and the blueprint for the future - we lift the lid on the big property issues facing South Tynside

27 August, 2019

For every local authority, housing brings its own set of challenges

The scandal of Thistle Housing Association in Toryglen

27 August, 2019

In my time at the Evening Times I've come across a lot of angry people who want their stories told in the paper to try to mobile the authorities into some kind of action

Shift to 'affordable housing' happening at the expense of social rents

27 August, 2019

New report pitches potential for "perfect storm" as austerity policies increasingly push those on the lowest incomes into private rental sector

Social housing construction continues to defy downturn

27 August, 2019

Work on social housing construction is set to rise from 2019-2020

Scottish social housing sector 'should be confident' about the future

27 August, 2019

Sally Thomas says SFHA is ready to help shape housing policy in upbeat AGM address

Legal crowdfunding campaign to back Section 21 appeal nearly at target after just one day

23 August, 2019

A legal crowdfunding campaign to raise money for an appeal against a Section 21 ruling has almost reached target - after just one day and with 27 days still to go

Tenancy deposit replacement firm launches new product allowing tenants to take their cash

23 August, 2019

Tenancy deposit replacement business Zero Deposit is launching a new product which allows tenants to unlock their cash deposit and replace it with a guarantee

Court hands agent £4,500 bill after HMO fire safety breaches

23 August, 2019

An agent has been fined £3,000 after admitting three offences relating to a House in Multiple Occupation. It was also ordered to pay £1,496 in costs plus a £120 victim surcharge

Over half of landlords letting to Universal Credit tenants experiencing arrears

23 August, 2019

Universal Credit is causing tenants to fall behind with their rent

Research reveals extent of PRS Universal Credit arrears

23 August, 2019

Majority of landlords say arrears only started after tenants were subjected to "welfare reform"

'I was housed in a shipping container for two years - they aren't fit for purpose'

23 August, 2019

'It would make me feel crazy because it was a box. Four walls, not much space' one woman tells Vicky Spratt

Landlord confidence hits seven-year low

23 August, 2019

Only 29 per cent of landlords had positive expectations for their letting business over the next three months, down from 44 per cent the same time last year and an "historic low"

Council housing residents blocked from accessing communal play area and gardens

23 August, 2019

The only building that has access to the gardens and play area is full of privately owned flats

LGA goes 'gloves off' over Right To Buy reform

23 August, 2019

The government has warned plans for thousands of new council-built homes are at risk without reform through the Spending Review

HB Bulletin U3/2019

23 August, 2019

Urgent information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Two brave landlords and their long quest for justice in case of fraudulent agent

22 August, 2019

A pair of landlords were instrumental in the long battle to bring fraudster agent Andre Montaut to justice

Stop meddling with private rented sector but please get on and regulate

22 August, 2019

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has called on the Government to stop meddling with the private rented sector

130,000 families living in one-bed flats

22 August, 2019

More than one in ten children in England are living in overcrowded homes, with 130,000 families squeezed into one-bedroom flats

Social housing staff show 'lack of' environmental conscience

22 August, 2019

40% of those surveyed said that they didn't worry about energy consumption in the workplace as they "don't pick up the bill"

Budget uncertainty forcing councils into further cuts

22 August, 2019

Committee calls for £4bn boost to restore council funding to 2001 levels

New analysis shows private renters 'miss out' at elections

22 August, 2019

Some London boroughs with the highest numbers of renters are revealed in having the lowest levels of voter registration

Tenant, Cyril Hall, reflects on 92 years in same Barnsley council house

22 August, 2019

Cyril Hall was just a baby when his father got the keys to a new council house in Barnsley

State of the PRS (Q1 2019) A survey of private landlords and the impact of welfare reforms

22 August, 2019

Universal Credit is forcing tenants into rent arrears

We need social housing, not warehouses, for homeless kids

22 August, 2019

Parking familes in temporary 'human warehouses', as reported by the children's commissioner, is storing up problems

Agent is jailed for 25 months after committing 'sophisticated' tenancy deposit fraud

21 August, 2019

An estate agent has been jailed for 25 months and banned from being a director for five years after stealing deposits as he tried to prop up his failing business

Students paying lower rents than 20 years ago in almost half of the UK's university towns and cities

21 August, 2019

Landlords are finding it harder to increase rents for student housing because of a competitive market

House prices would flounder in six months after no-deal Brexit

21 August, 2019

Britain's drifting property market would probably take a hit from a disorderly Brexit, with average prices slipping about 3% nationally in the ensuing six months and as much as 10% in London

Emergency services called to housing association offices after carpet clean leaves staff 'sick and dizzy'

21 August, 2019

Housing association staff had to be treated by paramedics this week after an office carpet clean left them feeling "sick and dizzy"

Commons report reinforces links between welfare reform and housing insecurity

21 August, 2019

The government is accused of focussing on tackling the symptoms of homelessness rather than addressing root causes

Equalities watchdog reveals 10 social landlords that filed gender pay reports 'late'

21 August, 2019

Ten social housing landlords were recorded as publishing their gender pay gap reports late to the government in the past two years

MPs call for huge council tax hikes for southern England to reflect property values compared to the north

21 August, 2019

MPs say councils need billions more every year than they're given by Treasury

Council leader criticises Clarion over 'totally unacceptable' estate condition

20 August, 2019

A council leader has criticised the UK's largest housing association over refuse collection and general upkeep at one of its estates

'He locked me out of my own home': readers' tales of nightmare letting agents

20 August, 2019

As Stath Lets Flats returns to Channel 4, Guardian readers share their own stories of inept agents and dodgy practices

Glasgow City Council threatened with court action over homelessness failures

20 August, 2019

Shelter Scotland has threatened to take Glasgow City Council to court unless over what the charity describes as 'gatekeeping' and systemic failures within the city's homelessness services

Local authority acting 'unlawfully' over housing homeless

20 August, 2019

Glasgow Council has been urged to end its denial of temporary accommodation for rough sleepers

If it is broke, it needs fixing

20 August, 2019

Today sees the publication of the Children's Commissioners' report, Bleak House

Pressure on affordability as landlords raise rents above inflation

20 August, 2019

A national tenant panel finds over a third of members have experienced difficulties in affording rent

One year of campaigning against DSS discrimination

20 August, 2019

August 2018 marked the launch of our DSS discrimination campaign. It's an issue we were repeatedly seeing highlighted as one of the most consistent and pernicious problems our clients were encountering

Half of current landlords would not go near buy-to-let now

19 August, 2019

Half of current landlords would not enter the buy-to-let market for the first time now

Licensing specialist warns that council's advice could land agents and landlords in trouble

19 August, 2019

A specialist on licensing schemes is warning that agents and landlords in a London borough could find themselves in breach of the law if they follow advice given by the council's own staff

Housing crisis: Dover's 10% drop in empty homes linked to district council's renovation scheme

19 August, 2019

A 10% drop in the number of empty homes in the Dover district has been recorded

No-deal papers reveal council fears over food supply

19 August, 2019

Legal school meal nutrition standards may need to be amended, or discarded, in the event of a no-deal Brexit

Reducing homelessness, one household at a time

19 August, 2019

Over 500 homeless households rehoused through national housing mobility scheme

Tenant champion dies after illness

19 August, 2019

Tenant champion Gill Lawson has died at the age of 57 after a long illness

Inappropriate housing causing disabled 'physical and mental harm'

19 August, 2019

Study examines effectiveness of allocations and lettings practice for accessible and adapted social housing in Scotland

Tenancy deposit replacement scheme raises over £9m in financial backing

16 August, 2019

Former Savills chief executive Jeremy Helsby is among backers who have helped deposit replacement scheme flatfair raise $11m

Landlords face paying up to £55k to evict rogue tenants

16 August, 2019

New research has revealed the cost of evicting a rogue tenant

Eric Walker becomes consultant to firm getting set to launch tenants' passports

16 August, 2019

A business planning to roll out a tenants' passport has appointed ex-Belvoir and Northwood managing director Eric Walker as a consultant

Are Social Housing Green Paper proposals on ice? We look at what has happened since last year

16 August, 2019

One year on from the publication of the Social Housing Green Paper

Section 21: More fierce criticism for government over its scrapping

16 August, 2019

Claims that the use of Section 21 'no fault' eviction notices is the leading cause of homelessness in the UK are "factually incorrect, misleading and just plain wrong"

'Estate is totally unacceptable for residents' - Basildon Council leader calls for action

16 August, 2019

Basildon's council leader has demanded a housing association acts now and cleans up a residential estate

Middlesbrough partnership plans social housing redevelopment

16 August, 2019

"This is a real socialism in action policy and the first really big social housing programme in the town centre in a long time"

DWP rejected chance to take 200,000 people out of poverty

16 August, 2019

Commons report confirms DWP refused a request to ease the benefits freeze earlier this year - despite overachieving on related savings

Report dismisses DWP 'scaremongering' claims over Universal Credit

16 August, 2019

Work and Pensions Committee sees DWP struggling to reassure sceptical claimants that they will be well-supported in moving to UC

Wirral council to consult on selective licensing

16 August, 2019

Wirral Council has started their consultation on selective licensing in the area which will close on 14 October 2019

'This is real socialism in action': Housing groups to build social homes on council land in Gresham

15 August, 2019

Middlesbrough Council-owned land in Gresham and across the town will be developed by Thirteen and North Star Housing

Chap wins Aberdeen house-building contract

15 August, 2019

Chap Group has been appointed by Aberdeen City Council to build a major development of council homes

Agent wins after mounting challenge to council demanding £15,000 penalty over HMO

15 August, 2019

An agent hit with a demand for £14,999 for allegedly operating an illegal, unlicensed HMO has won its appeal

Welsh government sets out its guidance on fees ban now just over two weeks away

15 August, 2019

The Welsh government has released its fees ban guidance for agents

Agents expecting to lose a third of their revenue from tenant fees ban

15 August, 2019

Letting agents in England are planning to increase their rental stock or hike their management charges to make up for lost revenue from the tenant fees ban

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, UK: July 2019

15 August, 2019

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

Skye housing association tenants warned over tourist sub-letting

15 August, 2019

A housing association is writing to tenants on Skye, warning them against sub-letting their homes to tourists

CIH partners with Welsh Government to scale up council building

15 August, 2019

To ensure everyone has a safe place to call home, there can be no underestimating the role of local authorities

SFHA pushes for key changes to 'welfare reform'

15 August, 2019

DWP Minister noted for non-answers challenged to face-to-face meeting

Sutton completes first council house programme in 30 years

15 August, 2019

93 new homes were built across the borough thanks to changes in financial regulations

Domestic violence victim 'appalled' at state of £800 emergency housing

14 August, 2019

The woman who has just had a baby has been quickly housed in temporary accommodation

Landlords' confidence collapses to a record low after 'abolition of Section 21' announcement

14 August, 2019

Landlord confidence has fallen to a record low

Goodlord goes against the grain with claims that rents are declining in some regions

14 August, 2019

New tenancies processed through lettings platform Goodlord may be bucking the trend as the firm's data suggests rents fell in five out of eight regions in England and Wales last month

Barking fire: social tenants told to return despite safety fears

14 August, 2019

Residents of east London flats say they are being forced back before safety assessments

The battle to save social rent

14 August, 2019

Half a decade ago, social rent was on its last legs and shadow housing minister John Healey accused landlords of barely putting up a fight to save it

Reading tenants charged thousands for non-existent lift

14 August, 2019

Tenants living in a block of flats paid out thousands of pounds over a number of years for a non-existent lift

Average adult will spend more than £60,000 in rent before reaching housing ladder

14 August, 2019

Being a home owner is distant dream for many

The case for stamp duty reform

14 August, 2019

In recent weeks there has been much speculation that Boris Johnson's government will look again at the stamp duty system

Landlord vs tenant: Mental health

14 August, 2019

At PA Housing, we view any eviction as a failure, because we will have always done whatever we can to avoid a tenancy ending in this way

Housing association strikes £190m bond deal to receive funds immediately after Brexit

13 August, 2019

Large housing association Moat Homes has agreed an innovative bond deal worth up to £190m to provide it with funds immediately after the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union

Lettings agent fined £40,000 for 'membership club' scam in landmark prosecution

13 August, 2019

The director of a lettings agency that tried to pass itself off as a membership club to dodge the law while leaving tenants in the lurch has been hit with a bill of more than £40,000 in the first prosecution of its kind in the UK

Tenant in despair after she pays out over £1,200 to get landlord's possessions removed from flat

13 August, 2019

A tenant who moved into a flat she was renting through Purplebricks only to find it full of the landlord's possessions has told of her ongoing struggle

Government says no to city's controversial selective licensing scheme

13 August, 2019

A city has been refused permission to introduce a licensing scheme that would have affected some 3,000 rental homes

Peabody's self-imposed rent cut hits margin

13 August, 2019

Large London housing association Peabody has seen the first impact of its self-imposed rent cut

Housing 2019

13 August, 2019

CIoH report

Calls for investigation as quarter of a million people have been sanctioned under Universal Credit

13 August, 2019

CAS has called for an urgent investigation into the sanctions system as new figures released by the DWP today reveal a quarter of a million people across the UK have been sanctioned under Universal Credit

Sovereign Housing Association reports strong performance

13 August, 2019

Despite a challenging operating environment, Sovereign Housing Association has delivered on its commitment to build more quality, affordable homes

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 11 July 2019

13 August, 2019

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

Benefit sanctions statistics to April 2019

13 August, 2019

Sanctions statistics for Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit, data to April 2019

Newly agreed rents shoot up - and time to let a property is the quickest yet

12 August, 2019

Newly agreed rents have leapt up across England in the wake of landlords exiting the market and the tenancy fees ban, while the average time it now takes to let a property has fallen to just 20 days - a record

Housing association residents 'refused' fire assessments

12 August, 2019

Some housing association residents are still not routinely being given fire risk assessments

Ankor fined for breaching 36 housing rules at Colchester homes

12 August, 2019

A folded property firm has been fined after breaching 36 housing regulations which left tenants in two homes in Colchester living in dangerous conditions

How a big French bank helped London tenants get back to work

12 August, 2019

L&Q social housing association secured loan by BNP Paribas under condition it helped its unemployed residents find jobs

New housing benefit applicants in Lancaster are waiting longer than legal response time

12 August, 2019

New housing benefit applicants in Lancaster are waiting more than two weeks for their claims to be processed - beyond the legally advised response time

Housing association with ex-First Priority leases breaches regulator's Home Standard

12 August, 2019

A housing association that took on some of First Priority's homes after that association nearly went insolvent failed to check its homes were safe

August 2019: Touchbase edition 136

12 August, 2019

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

Special report: pre-tax surplus drops 11% among British associations

09 August, 2019

Social Housing's analysis of the sector's global accounts finds that housing associations' pre-tax surplus fell last year - driven by drops in England, Scotland and Wales

GMB London calls for direct provision of council housing

09 August, 2019

London receives £2.17bn in housing benefit per year, of which Brent gets the largest share

The housing association financial statements round-up

09 August, 2019

As housing associations release their accounts for the year, Luke Barratt looks at the results of nine landlords operating across the country

First Abu Dhabi Bank enters UK social housing

09 August, 2019

The United Arab Emirates' biggest lender First Abu Dhabi Bank has entered UK social housing

Capita in U-turn over contesting compensation payment ordered after PIP claimant's tragic death

09 August, 2019

Victoria Smith tragically died months after her personal independence payments were stopped following a Capita assessment

Government faces third legal challenge to Universal Credit migration arrangements

09 August, 2019

Two men with severe disabilities, known as TP and AR, have twice already successfully challenged the government in relation to the migration arrangements

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 8/2019

09 August, 2019

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

NLA looks to improve accessibility in the PRS

09 August, 2019

The NLA has joined with key players in the aged and disability sectors to promote the need for accessible housing within the private rented sector

NHF becomes latest member of Women in Social Housing

09 August, 2019

The two organisations will work together to address the issue of gender equality across the housing sector

Fraudulent 'agent' jailed after conning six victims into parting with over £12,000 in deposits

08 August, 2019

A fraudster who conned six victims into paying a total of £12,318 for deposits on rental properties has been jailed

Social landlords face huge admin burden over Universal Credit issue

08 August, 2019

Social landlords have warned they face a huge administrative burden next year unless the government implements reforms to the way rent changes for tenants claiming Universal Credit are processed

'Innocent people caught up' in UK welfare state surveillance system

08 August, 2019

UN investigator's warning comes as disabled rights activists claim police and DWP are sharing data on protesters

Council submits application to develop 2,300 homes in London

08 August, 2019

A minimum 40% of the new homes will be affordable

Goldman and BNP Paribas sign deals with housing associations

08 August, 2019

Goldman Sachs, the global investment bank, has entered the UK social housing sector's lending landscape with a £50m loan to PfP

Discretionary Housing Payments funding for Maidstone reduced by government

08 August, 2019

A councillor has hit out at the government's decision to cut a vital budget used to prevent families from becoming homeless

Birmingham's temporary accommodation tower

08 August, 2019

Birmingham City Council has turned an unloved high-rise block into temporary housing for homeless people

Over four in ten tenancy deposits are higher than new cap

07 August, 2019

The Deposit Protection Service has revealed that more than four out of ten of the tenancy deposits it manages are currently higher than the new tenancy deposit cap

Landlords body tells city council that its plans for licensing could break the law

07 August, 2019

A major local authority has been warned that its licensing scheme could be in breach of the law

Housing associations' merger to create 2,000 new homes and 100 jobs

07 August, 2019

Stafford and Rural Homes took on Stafford Borough Council's social housing stock in 2006

Wales looks at thousands of new council homes by 2040

07 August, 2019

More urban living - and thousands of new council homes - are part of a development vision for Wales by 2040

Civitas Social Housing Quarterly Assets Flat; Expects Debt Extension

07 August, 2019

Social housing real estate investment trust Civitas Social Housing PLC said Tuesday its net assets were broadly unchanged in the first quarter

Government consultation could result in generational change in law around private renting

07 August, 2019

Currently, landlords can evict tenants living under a residential AST with only two months notice, and without having to give any legal grounds for doing so

Together Housing ordered to pay £250 to sheltered housing residents

07 August, 2019

Residents in sheltered housing have been awarded compensation from their landlord after it was found to have breached the terms of a contract over the way it removed support services

Call to plough North Yorkshire council's profits into social housing

07 August, 2019

A conservative-led council which has launched a property development firm to generate funding for key services has agreed to investigate a Liberal Democrat proposal to donate some of the profits to help build council houses

How a social home changed my life

07 August, 2019

It's unbelievable how many families are forced to rent privately because they can't secure a social home and have no hope of buying

First the fees ban - and now tenants throw down successful challenge to renewal fee

06 August, 2019

Two tenants who refused to pay a renewal fee have been let off the payment - even though the agency was entitled to it

How to Rent guide is 'silently' updated - and not even the Government seems to know

06 August, 2019

Letting agents should be aware that there have been two recent changes to the How to Rent guide

Right To Rent guidance 'breaks the law'

06 August, 2019

RLA criticises document that states landlords will only be required to see passports and airline tickets as proof to rent a property

Capita seeks to reverse 'reputational damage' after death of claimant

06 August, 2019

Benefit-assessment company Capita is going to court to try to reverse the "reputational damage" it says it suffered after a claimant died

Landlords across Islington could soon need licences due to rise of 'dodgy operators'

06 August, 2019

Landlords in Finsbury Park could be forced to get licensed because it has the highest number of complaints from renters in Islington

Isle Of Wight Council Promises To Tackle Issue Of Empty Housing

06 August, 2019

The local authority has launched its Empty Property Strategy 2019-2022 to focus on those homes which have stood empty for more than two years

Council tenant dies in hospital after Wandsworth explosion

06 August, 2019

A council tenant taken to hospital after an explosion on an estate in Wandsworth has died

Four in 10 deposits higher than government cap

06 August, 2019

Most new assured shorthold tenancy deposits in England are capped at five weeks' rent

Welfare safety net is broken

06 August, 2019

As a nation, I believe we all want a decent safety net: if you're facing a difficult moment in life, the state should be there to help you

Waltham Forest Council approves additional and selective licensing

06 August, 2019

Waltham Forest Council has confirmed that the cabinet has passed proposals to introduce borough-wide additional licensing

Letting fees ban is now just four weeks away in Wales

05 August, 2019

The tenants' fee ban is now four weeks away from being enacted in Wales under the Renting Homes

Housing association wins 'cuckooing' eviction case in Court of Appeal

05 August, 2019

A housing association has won a court case over its decision to evict a disabled man who police suspected was a victim of so-called 'cuckooing'

Low-income Britons 'more vulnerable to recession than in 2008'

05 August, 2019

Weak wage growth and years of austerity mean Brexit downturn will be harder for poor

Letting fees ban: Renters confused after change in law

05 August, 2019

I was worried about the ridiculous charges mentioned, so I tried to get a second opinion. That alerted me to the fact that they were doing something illegal

Four things we learned from London housing associations' accounts

05 August, 2019

The past seven days have seen London housing associations begin to publish their annual accounts

Gorton landlord fined for making 11 tenants share customer toilet

05 August, 2019

A landlord was fined more than £47,000 after cramming 11 tenants into a house with one toilet they had to share with shop customers

Surge in EU citizens unfairly refused access to universal credit

05 August, 2019

'Hostile environment' of benefits system leads EU nationals to destitution

Charter Housing tenant who reported mould and sunken bedroom floors in June yet to see problems fixed

05 August, 2019

A woman from Cwmbran has said her situation is "beyond a joke" after issues including black mould and a sunken floor remained unfixed more than a month after reporting them to her housing association

Rent-a-room blamed for housing crisis

05 August, 2019

But is a tax break really forcing tourists and tenants to fight it out for the same space?

What happens when all in the garden is not quite rosy at the end of a tenancy?

02 August, 2019

A dispute arose between the landlord and tenant due to the condition of the garden at the end of the tenancy

Agent ordered to pay over £37,000 after nine HMO failings

02 August, 2019

An agent has been hit with heavy costs for property offences

Landlords spending £3,000 a year maintaining their properties

02 August, 2019

New research has found that landlords spend more than £3,000 each year looking after their rental properties

London's largest housing associations alter development plans amid 'tough' market

02 August, 2019

Some of London's largest housing associations are making changes to their development plans in a bid to combat the effect of a waning property market in the capital

Boris Johnson and the housing crisis

02 August, 2019

The new PM acknowledges the challenge but housing appears far down the list of priorities

Benefit cap statistics: background information and methodology

02 August, 2019

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

Benefit Cap: number of households capped to May 2019

02 August, 2019

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

George Clarke's rallying cry for more social housing

02 August, 2019

George Clarke's Council Housing Scandal is a rallying cry for everyone who believes Britain desperately needs more social housing

Two-child benefits limit hurts the poor

02 August, 2019

The cap pushes a million children deeper below the poverty line

Tenants bear the brunt of fall-out in wake of tenancy fees ban

01 August, 2019

ARLA is reporting record rent rises in the immediate wake of the tenancy fees ban which came into force in England on June 1

Rental platform already backed by Google raises a further £1.5m in bid to shake up sector

01 August, 2019

A proptech firm, askporter, has raised a further £1.5m in seed funding

Four injured after explosion on council estate

01 August, 2019

Four people have been injured after a suspected gas explosion in a block of council flats in Wandsworth

Council denies claims that tenants have been forced out of Milton Keynes sheltered housing scheme

01 August, 2019

Residents accused council officers of using strong arm-style tactics to persuade elderly tenants to move out of a sheltered housing scheme so they can redevelop the site

A quarter of A2 Dominion's new homes were affordable last year

01 August, 2019

Housing association reports 74% of 875 homes built in the past year were for private sale or rent

The private rented sector in the UK

01 August, 2019

The UK private rented sector has grown and evolved substantially over the last decade and a half

Tenants hit by rising rents as fees ban bites

01 August, 2019

New survey stats show rent prices rose to highest on record in June

Getting rents under control

01 August, 2019

How to make London rents affordable

Cornwall Council 'unacceptable' over tent complaint

01 August, 2019

A council has been criticised for being "un-cooperative" in how it dealt with a complaint about a decision to give a homeless teenager a tent to sleep in

The Thinkhouse review: are social lettings agencies the key to a fairer PRS?

01 August, 2019

In this month's Thinkhouse review, Philip Brown hails a report looking at solutions to an unfair private rented sector

Landlords' Barometer - #72: Hot topics among the landlord community

31 July, 2019

Welcome to the July edition of the Landlords' Barometer, where the trending topics for landlords have been as hot as our summer!

Purplebricks says sorry after tenant moves into flat filled with owner's possessions

31 July, 2019

Purplebricks has apologised after a tenant claimed that they moved into a flat only to find it filled with the landlady's belongings

24 'ghost tenants' found living in Hull in £432,000 benefit fraud

31 July, 2019

Hull council has pledged to continue to crackdown on tenancy fraud

Government urged to scrap 'nasty' two-child limit on benefits

31 July, 2019

Figures show nearly 600,000 children are adversely affected by policy

Five housing associations get credit downgrades from S&P

31 July, 2019

Five housing associations have received credit downgrades from ratings agency Standard & Poor's in a flurry of actions over the past month

UK: Penniless father of three commits suicide while waiting for welfare payment

31 July, 2019

Phillip Herron, a single parent from Durham, England, is another victim of the UK's punitive benefits system and the decades-long onslaught against the working class

PRS landlords 'dissatisfied' with the courts over evictions

31 July, 2019

RLA says survey findings show the need for a properly resourced housing court

DWP 'carefully considering' latest legal reverse

31 July, 2019

The Department had cleared thousands suffering from mental health conditions as eligible for disability benefits

The welfare safety net is not fit for purpose says Work and Pensions Committee

31 July, 2019

The welfare safety net is not fit for purpose for people living on the breadline

Child Tax Credit and Universal Credit claimants: statistics related to the policy to provide support for a maximum of 2 children, April 2019

31 July, 2019

This information is about the policy of providing support for a maximum of 2 children in Child Tax Credit and Universal Credit, which came into effect in April 2017, and includes statistics relating to the exceptions to the policy

Successful housing markets are built on social homes

31 July, 2019

It's obvious that there is no solution to our housing emergency that doesn't include many more social homes

LIN member report July 2019 - Universal Credit

30 July, 2019

LIN member report is written by Neil Merrick

Councils 'could seek criminal action' against contractor following gas safety issues

30 July, 2019

Four Kent councils could seek "criminal or legal action" against a contractor that managed gas services for their under-fire ALMO

RBKC to bring back lifetime tenancies

30 July, 2019

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is set to bring back lifetime tenancies for its council tenants

Milton Keynes Council to form its OWN COMPANY to build 2,000 'affordable' homes

30 July, 2019

MK Council is planning to set up its own housing company to build 2,000 "truly affordable" homes for people to rent or buy

A hundred years of social housing: how standards and quality got lost along the way

30 July, 2019

The UK general election that followed the end of the First World War was in part fought on the key issue of "homes fit for heroes"

Let's build a cross-party consensus on funding desperately needed homes

30 July, 2019

On the centenary of council housing, the ideals and state intervention of the 1919 Addison Act are as relevant as ever

Council housing is the bedrock of the future, not a relic of the past

30 July, 2019

Lloyd George never promised 'Homes for Heroes', and the 1919 Housing and Town Planning Act didn't create the first 'council' housing

Councils need 'emergency settlement' from new government

29 July, 2019

At the moment, councils have no idea how they will be funded this time next year

London tenants demand an end to 'stay put' advice during fires

29 July, 2019

A group of London tenants are calling for an end to the 'stay put' policy as a default when there is a fire in a high-rise block

UK's largest social landlord starts sprinklers trial

29 July, 2019

Clarion, the UK's largest housing association, has started a trial of a new sprinkler-type system as part of a ramping-up of fire safety initiatives

Plans to build more than 750 new council houses across Wiltshire

29 July, 2019

More than 750 new council houses could be built across Wiltshire to give households extra support to pay for housing

Airbnb host fined £100,000 for letting council flat

29 July, 2019

An Airbnb host who rented out his central London council flat to tourists has been fined £100,000 and evicted

Private sales 'transformation' drives credit rating drop for housing associations

29 July, 2019

The shift to "riskier market-based activities" has led to a fall in the average credit rating of England's social housing providers

DWP again ducks behind 'disproportionate cost' over Commons question

29 July, 2019

Repeating a familiar pattern, "cost" is cited as the reason why a Parliamentary Question on Universal Credit can't be fully answered

Number of complaints to Housing Ombudsman rises by 12%

29 July, 2019

The total number of complaints received by the Housing Ombudsman this year has risen by more than 10%

Boris Johnson promises investment in housing

26 July, 2019

New prime minister Boris Johnson has promised investment in housing, listing it among other pieces of "vital infrastructure"

Esther McVey - who is the new housing minister?

26 July, 2019

ormer TV presenter Esther McVey MP has been named the new housing minister, taking over the reins from Kit Malthouse

Licensing scheme to improve Bristol's rental housing standards

26 July, 2019

An initiative that aims to improve housing and management standards for multiple occupancy, privately rented properties in 12 of Bristol's central wards started this week

Government hiding behind 'meaningless' definitions of affordable housing

26 July, 2019

Commons debate on future for Local Housing Allowance sees support for sum covering at least the cheapest third of local rents

Highest homelessness figures recorded in Wales under new legislation

26 July, 2019

The number of households threatened with homelessness increased by 18% in 2018-19

NFA plans for engaging with the new Government

26 July, 2019

A brief summary of the NFA's plans to engage with Mr Johnson, and his administration, on the sector's behalf

Changes to possession rules

26 July, 2019

Changes to possession rules and their impact on landlords and tenants

House values: the UK's best and worst regions for price growth

26 July, 2019

The average property increased in value by £2,046 during the first half of 2019, led by gains in the West Midlands

Seven people in a one bed property

26 July, 2019

Seven people in a one bed property - hefty fine for buy to let investor

Universal Credit Claimants blocked from challenging DWP decisions

26 July, 2019

Britains poorest forced to jump through hoops to obtain benefits justice

Jenrick named new Housing Secretary

25 July, 2019

Robert Jenrick has been named the new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

Property remains a good 'long-term investment'

25 July, 2019

Although new capital gains tax rules could cost some landlords thousands of pounds when they sell up, property is still a relatively safe long term investment

Landlord ordered to pay more than £5k for overcrowded property in Nottingham

25 July, 2019

A private landlord in Nottingham has appeared at Nottingham Magistrates' Court where he pleaded guilty to breaching a prohibition order

'Vilified' McVey moves into housing

25 July, 2019

Her "boss" will be a 37-year-old former corporate lawyer and Christie's director fresh from the Treasury

Man spent housing benefit on 'other things' - then demanded compensation from council

25 July, 2019

Watchdog said council failed over payments notification but ruled resident was responsible for his own finances

UK Build to Rent Market Update

25 July, 2019

The Build to Rent (BTR) sector has performed strongly during the second quarter of 2019

Robert Jenrick: Who is the new Housing Secretary?

25 July, 2019

Robert Jenrick MP has been named as the new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) replacing James Brokenshire who has left the position

Calls for councils to help people move home in later life

25 July, 2019

Report also outlines the need for national government to prioritise accessible housebuilding and reinstall funding for a "national advice service"

Redress scheme warning for estate and letting agents

25 July, 2019

Following a recent tribunal where an agency was not signed up to a redress scheme for its property management work, only its letting agency work, all estate and letting agents are being urged to check they are signed up with an approved redress scheme that covers the full remit of their work

Johnson doesn't see housing in 'vision' for future UK

25 July, 2019

No direct reference to housing as a policy priority in first Commons statement from new PM

Call to recognise housing as factor in preventing mental health distress

25 July, 2019

An all-party Parliamentary report recently criticised the limitation of medical approaches to mental health care

Johnson's reshuffle looks like a disaster for social housing

25 July, 2019

The sea change in the government's attitude towards social housing seems to have gone into reverse

ALMO under review following Home Standard breach

24 July, 2019

A council in the North East has placed its ALMO under review after the regulator identified serious fire, asbestos and electrical safety failings among its housing stock

Government 'squanders' once-in-a-generation chance to ease housing crisis

24 July, 2019

Key Commons committee says it is unacceptable MHCLG pays so little attention to how the release of public land could deliver social housing

Call of the Week-responsibility for maintaining gardens

24 July, 2019

Summer is here and with that there are bound to be a plethora of barbeques, swimming pools and sun-loungers filling the gardens up and down the country

Universal Credit pilot to launch

24 July, 2019

Today, regulations will come into force to enable the delivery of a Universal Credit migration pilot based in Harrogate

National Housing Federation response to new Conservative Party leader

24 July, 2019

We congratulate Boris Johnson MP on his election as leader of the Conservative Party

Company landlords now own almost 650,000 rental properties

24 July, 2019

Some 12% of properties in the private rented sector are now owned by a company as tax changes make private landlords feel the pinch

DWP admits it's interviewed 1,400 benefit claimants under caution over Universal Credit scam

24 July, 2019

A scam ensnared supposedly innocent benefit claimants - but now it emerges they have been given a vigorous assessment by the DWP

Rudd stresses work with PRS over application of Local Housing Allowance

24 July, 2019

Work and Pensions Secretary says reassessment of LHA should be a priority with benefits freeze thawed

Redcar and Cleveland Council to axe £150k chief exec job

24 July, 2019

A council is to scrap its £150,000 chief executive role as part of cost-cutting measures

Housing sector calls on Johnson to step up development investment and fix Universal Credit

24 July, 2019

Housing bodies and sector figures have reacted to the imminent appointment of Boris Johnson as the new prime minister

Universal Credit among worst examples of welfare reform 'in the history of humankind

23 July, 2019

Commons Work and Pensions Committee says Universal Credit application process should come with a health warning

Boris to be PM, so what can we expect on housing?

23 July, 2019

Boris Johnson will become the UK's next Prime Minister, so what does this mean for housing - and in particular the private rented sector?

Universal credit: Disabled people to get backdated benefit payments

23 July, 2019

More than 13,000 disabled people are to receive backdated benefit payments after the government accepted a court ruling over universal credit

Poor universal credit advice costs claimants thousands, MPs say

23 July, 2019

DWP accused of failing to help those who unnecessarily signed up for the benefit

Revealed: the safest BTL investment areas based on crime levels and rental yields

23 July, 2019

Rental yields tend to increase in areas with higher crime rates, according to new research

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments

23 July, 2019

Analysis of end of year returns from Local Authorities

How to solve the United Kingdom's housing crisis

23 July, 2019

IEA Current Controversies papers are designed to promote discussion of economic issues and the role of markets in solving economic and social problems

Report urges Stamp Duty abolishment to help thousands up property ladder

23 July, 2019

The move is said to save a normal family buying an average priced home of £228,000 around £2,080 on their purchase

Inequality and 'affordable' housing

23 July, 2019

How university students have a role to play in the shortage of affordable housing

Edinburgh calls for short-term lets licensing regime

23 July, 2019

The City of Edinburgh Council has set out its case for a licensing regime to be introduced for properties being rented out for more than 28 days in a calendar year

Renters may get access to rogue landlord database

22 July, 2019

A database of rogue landlords would be opened up to prospective tenants under government plans

DWP urged to option direct Universal Credit payments to landlords

22 July, 2019

Parliamentary report also says direct payment should be by default where there is a history of rent arrears or debt

Regulator urges providers to address accountability to tenants

22 July, 2019

The Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) has urged social housing providers to consider how accountable they are to tenants, as it published its Consumer Regulation Review today

Food banks scramble to stop a million children going hungry over holidays

22 July, 2019

More families turn to food parcels to make up for loss of free school meals, extra childcare costs and benefit payment delays

West Midlands Mayor goes 'blue on blue' to battle homelessness

22 July, 2019

Tory West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has gone 'blue on blue' to back an urgent rethink part of the benefits system to tackle homelessness

New Universal Credit report: MPs back RLA suggestions

22 July, 2019

Plans to improve the Universal Credit system by ending the benefits freeze and promoting direct payments to landlords have been put forward by a cross-party group of MPs

The Section 21 Consultation

22 July, 2019

Over the weekend the Government published a consultation on plans to axe Section 21-so called 'no fault' repossessions in the private rented sector

High demand for rental homes following introduction of the tenant fee ban

22 July, 2019

There has been a significant rise in tenant demand in recent weeks after the change to tenant fees came in on 1st June, new figures show

Industry rages against Labour's

22 July, 2019

Calls by Labour's London Mayor Sadiq Khan to secure powers to implement private sector rent controls are facing increasing opposition

New homeless families outnumber new social homes by 8 to 1

22 July, 2019

Analysis of the latest homelessness statistics by the National Housing Federation has found that for every one new social home built in England, eight families are accepted as homeless by their local council

Tenancy demand shoots up as renters look to avoid fees post-ban

19 July, 2019

The uplift in tenancy demand in the month before the fees ban was implemented was seven times the norm, as tenants looked to move after June 1 and avoid paying fees

Vulnerable tenants 'hardest hit' by scrapping of Section 21

19 July, 2019

RLA warns over findings from largest ever non-government surveys of landlords and agents

New fund plans £100m of loans for supported housing providers

19 July, 2019

A £100m social investment fund backed by private equity is looking to finance UK charities and organisations providing accommodation to vulnerable people

Rent control: London Mayor Sadiq Khan calls for more powers

19 July, 2019

The mayor of London has called on the government to hand him extra powers so he can cap rents in the capital

Royal Mail and Amazon 'can deliver' for social housing

19 July, 2019

New report references both as examples for meeting customer expectation

Westminster Council defend social housing sales amid opposition criticism

19 July, 2019

Westminster Council has defended its policy of selling off "unsuitable" council homes after opposition councillors criticised the "unacceptable" policy

Section 21: don't scrap it just yet

19 July, 2019

Section 21 needs to remain, at least until any new system provides landlords with assurance and confidence that they can swiftly repossess properties for legitimate reasons

Money laundering - how can housing associations mitigate the risks?

19 July, 2019

Housing associations are particularly vulnerable to money laundering, yet the sector doesn't report its suspicions as much as it perhaps should

DWP ready to spend millions on marketing and advertising

19 July, 2019

Commons question confirms the sum as thousands are driven to destitution by 'welfare reform'

DWP urged to option direct Universal Credit payments to landlords

19 July, 2019

Parliamentary report also says direct payment should be by default where there is a history of rent arrears or debt

Sadiq Khan's vision for a post-Section 21 world

19 July, 2019

In a hopeful day for London's renters, the Mayor has shared his vision for private renting

Developing proposals for London rent control

19 July, 2019

The Mayor of London's review of rent control has concluded with a call for new powers to cut rents in the capital

Council backs abolition of Section 21 after hearing how one of its own members was evicted

18 July, 2019

A local authority is to lobby for Section 21 to be abolished after hearing from one its own councillors who was evicted twice

Housing data reveals renter confusion over deposit protection

18 July, 2019

A fifth of renters are unsure if their tenancy deposit has been protected by their landlord or lettings agent

Majority of private renters say they have no savings

18 July, 2019

But RLA says updated English Housing Survey stats "dispel the myth" that the PRS means insecure tenancies and increasing costs

Grenfell scrutiny group could be scrapped by council

18 July, 2019

The council responsible for Grenfell Tower is proposing to shut down a scrutiny committee set up to look at its response to the fatal fire in 2017

English Housing Survey

18 July, 2019

Social rented sector, 2017-18

Ban on new home short-term or sub-lets trialled in Manchester

18 July, 2019

A scheme to stop new home owners sub-letting or offering short-term lets is being trialled in Manchester

Large city council more than doubles building plans as result of new financial freedoms

18 July, 2019

Sheffield City Council has doubled the number of council homes it is planning to build, following the government's decision to remove the HRA borrowing cap on local authorities

Accent achieves UK social housing's lowest ever coupon for a long-dated bond

18 July, 2019

Accent Group has achieved the UK social housing sector's lowest ever price on a long-dated public bond

PRS standards get Parliamentary once-over in North

18 July, 2019

APPG inquiry aims to explore current standard of fast-rising northern PRS

New affordable housing definition could halve rural rents

18 July, 2019

CPRE analysis suggests huge savings for rural communities if affordable rents are based on income

Councillors who are tenants or landlords warned not to vote on licensing plans

17 July, 2019

A bid to introduce licensing of private landlords in a major city could prove problematic because so many councillors are either landlords or tenants

UK's renting millennials face homelessness crisis when they retire

17 July, 2019

Report finds at least 630,000 will be unable to afford private rents on their pension income

I've seen the future and it's Norwich: the energy-saving, social housing revolution

17 July, 2019

The 100 homes on Goldsmith Street aren't just smart and modern

Poor tenants pay for landlords to live like kings. It doesn't have to be this way

17 July, 2019

Britain has enough housing - it's just that a series of outrageous policies makes it accessible only to the rich

Welsh social landlords evicting 'too many people into homelessness'

17 July, 2019

Shelter Cymru says study confirms what it sees in casework

Parliamentary report finds older residents face 'private rent catastrophe'

17 July, 2019

New report stresses a need for more than one million low cost rented homes to adequately house older people by the late 2040s

Andrews backs fourth home in social housing project to support people leaving care

16 July, 2019

Andrews has unveiled the fourth home in its social housing project

Council tenants on Universal Credit 16 times more likely to abandon tenancies

16 July, 2019

Council tenants on Universal Credit are 16 times more likely to abandon their tenancies and three times more likely to be evicted than those receiving housing benefit

Young key workers in London spend more than half of pay on rent

16 July, 2019

Harder for teachers, nurses and police to keep pace with England's housing costs

Tories rule out ringfencing funds for Local Welfare provision

16 July, 2019

DWP minister says there are are "no plans" to ringfence funding for local welfare provision despite evidence of rising destitution

Housing health and safety standards in the PRS being modernised

16 July, 2019

The Housing Health Safety Rating System used to assess health and safety in residential properties it to be reformed to make it more accessible for landlords and tenants

Foodbanks need stock to face 'busiest ever summer'

16 July, 2019

Many foodbanks ready to extended their offer to "holiday clubs" where parents can't cover childcare costs

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 13 June 2019

16 July, 2019

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

Tenant who pretended to be landlord carved up five houses into illegal homes

15 July, 2019

A tenant pretending to be a landlord has been ordered to pay more than £21,000 after he carved up five family homes he rented into unsafe bedsits - putting the lives of at least 40 vulnerable residents at risk

Two million workers could become eligible for statutory sick pay

15 July, 2019

Two million low-paid workers could receive statutory sick pay for the first time

LGA: HHSRS update doesn't account for 'statistical evidence'

15 July, 2019

Government review recommends an option assessing whether some hazard profiles can be removed or combined and to improve the guidance given to landlords and tenants

Moaning mum brands new private development a 'council estate' because of 'social housing'

15 July, 2019

A MUM has slammed a property developer after she claims it sold her a home in a new-build private housing development - which "has turned into a council estate"

'I tell a homeless 18-year-old he can't have a council house. I hate this part of the job'

15 July, 2019

My job as housing officer for a local authority in London keeps me awake with worry at night. I can see the system isn't fair

Councils struggle to sustain cash draining Universal Credit 'subsidies'

15 July, 2019

Fourth annual Universal Credit survey from NFA and ARCH warns already unsustainable situation could be even worse

Next PM 'needs to end benefit freeze' with destitution on the rise

15 July, 2019

Call from Amber Rudd coincides with report exposing the extent of families routinely unable to afford regular meals, wash clothes or provide children with basics

ARLA voices total opposition to introduction of rent controls and begs law-makers to reconsider

12 July, 2019

ARLA has said it is totally opposed to the introduction of rent controls in Scotland

Just £10m allocated in Voluntary Right to Buy pilot

12 July, 2019

Only 5% of a £200m pot for a pilot scheme to extend the Right to Buy to housing association tenants has been spent since its launch last summer

10% rise in housing association homes built over 2018/19

12 July, 2019

NHF says result is well over its Ambition to Deliver target of increasing supply by 6% each year

'Halt universal credit pilot,' MSPs tell UK government

12 July, 2019

MSPs are calling for a stop to the next stage in the rollout of universal credit over fears about the impact it will have

Why social housing in Nottinghamshire could be coming back under control of the council

12 July, 2019

The service is currently run by Newark and Sherwood Homes which was set up by the council 15 years ago in order to secure national funding to improve council houses

How many rural homes did housing associations deliver in 2018/19?

12 July, 2019

Housing associations completed 5,402 in rural areas in 2018/19 which is an increase of 4% compared with 2017/18

Cowboy landlords and slum housing a problem on Isle of Wight - council meeting hears

12 July, 2019

Cowboy landlords and slum housing are part of a systemic housing problem on the Isle of Wight

PRS holds 'less appeal for amateurs'

12 July, 2019

Though landlord yields are up, new stats show a PRS stifled by government intervention and Brexit uncertainty

MSPs fear Universal Credit pilot 'punishes the working poor'

12 July, 2019

The roll out of Universal Credit has been littered with mistakes and it is vital that this latest pilot is put on hold

July 2019: Touchbase edition 135

12 July, 2019

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

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments: financial year 2018 to 2019

12 July, 2019

Analysis of local authorities' use of Discretionary Housing Payment funds, based on end-of-year monitoring and financial returns

Universal credit: Fraud victims may still have to pay money claimed

11 July, 2019

Victims of a Universal Credit scam may still have to repay money fraudulently claimed on their behalf

Benefits system for terminally ill people to be reviewed

11 July, 2019

Amber Rudd calls for 'honest evaluation' of widely criticised regime of special rules

Unpaid bill leaves Derbyshire social housing tenants battling rodents

11 July, 2019

A block of bungalows in Kirk Hallam has been overrun by mice due to a standoff between a former resident and their housing association

Police warn after fraudsters take down For Sale board, steal property and con would-be tenants

11 July, 2019

In an extraordinary new case of fraud, a house that was for sale was 'stolen' and then rented out

Plans outlined to introduce 'property MOT' for the rental sector

11 July, 2019

Savills is to integrate a minimum standards-style checklist into its systems as part of plans to introduce a "property MOT" for the rental sector

Welfare failures and cuts fuelling extreme poverty

11 July, 2019

Heidi Allen and Frank Field say families haunted by 'constant spectre of destitution'

Northern Ireland and South West see strongest rent rise

11 July, 2019

Northern Ireland and the South West saw the strongest annual rental growth of all UK regions

DWP climbs down on climb down over 'a bit of a muddle'

11 July, 2019

24housing story reveals the "muddle" to be the application of DWP policy towards victims of Universal Credit advance loan scams

10% rise in housing association homes built over 2018/19

11 July, 2019

NHF says result is well over its Ambition to Deliver target of increasing supply by 6% each year

Hunt and Johnson accused of not supporting social housing

11 July, 2019

Leading sector specialist says both candidates lack commitment to the cause

DWP to review how the benefits system supports those with a terminal illness

11 July, 2019

Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd announced today that the DWP will set up an "honest and in-depth evaluation" of how the benefits system supports people nearing the end of their life

Councils without homes approach government over return to development

10 July, 2019

More than 10 local authorities that had sold all their stock are looking to start from scratch and build a new generation of council housing

Housing crisis: Could London learn from Europe's housing schemes?

10 July, 2019

Amsterdam is setting aside farmland for self-build homes

CIEH calls for cross-party commitment to landlord registration scheme

10 July, 2019

Letters go out to leading politicians saying scheme as operated in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland now "absolutely necessary" in England

Grenfell survivor: 'We fear being badly let down by Social Housing Green Paper'

10 July, 2019

Grenfell survivors fear being "badly let down" by the government's proposals to reform social housing in the wake of the tragedy

Government urged to hold off on further buy-to-let interventions

10 July, 2019

The Government is being urged to hold a moratorium on further buy-to-let interventions after analysis found the market has swung in favour of large institutional landlords

Mixed picture for rent rises in first month of the tenant fees ban

10 July, 2019

Average rents climbed slightly in the first month of the tenant fees ban but are still lower than at the start of the year

Local authorities accuse government of 'sleight of hand' over post-Hackitt regulation

10 July, 2019

Local authorities have accused the government of "sleight of hand" over the involvement of the private sector in post-Hackitt regulation

Council to claw back 260 Right to Buy homes

10 July, 2019

A Midlands council is to buy back 260 homes it previously sold through the Right to Buy

Bridging the digital divide

10 July, 2019

11.3 million adults in the UK are digitally excluded, 37% of whom live in social housing

Opposition MPs claim climbdown by DWP over Universal Credit fraud

10 July, 2019

Commons hears claimant victims would not have to cover losses and could even see legacy benefits restored

DWP faces urgent questions over Universal Credit fraud

10 July, 2019

Universal Credit was supposed to reduce error. Instead it is the most error-riddled of all benefits, and it's only getting worse

Landlords to speak out over 'failed' Right To Rent

10 July, 2019

Court of Appeal puts PRS landlords at the centre of latest government legal challenge to a policy the High Court says breaches human rights

Plans to extend 'no fault' notice period to six months come under fire

09 July, 2019

Proposals to extend the notice period for so-called 'no fault' evictions have come under fire

Ditching Section 21 will hit benefits tenants most

09 July, 2019

The Government has been urged to think twice about its proposal to abolish Section 21, because the biggest casualties would be tenants on benefits

Universal credit: Multi-million pound scam targets claimants

09 July, 2019

Tens of millions of pounds of public money is believed to have been stolen, with claimants left owing hundreds

'Council housing is coming back with a vengeance'

09 July, 2019

Kit Malthouse celebrates a year in his job as housing minister this week

DWP continues to deny Universal Credit information requests

09 July, 2019

Department offers familiar response to a series of written Commons questions

DWP faces sanction over £200k Universal Credit 'propaganda' campaign

09 July, 2019

Department under investigation by the Advertising Standards Authority with campaign branded "misleading" and "highly damaging"

Widow takes on council and wins

09 July, 2019

RLA trainer and Universal Credit and Housing Benefit expert Bill Irving shares a recent case from his files, examining issues around renting to family members

DWP in a 'distressing pattern' facing fresh questions over its future

09 July, 2019

Select committee lands another blow on Universal Credit amid revelations of massive organised fraud

Foxtons agent 'threatened with acid attack' after helping to investigate gang of fraud tenants

08 July, 2019

An estate agent at Foxtons who started warning landlords about a gang specialising in sub-letting scams received anonymous late-night threats on her mobile phone

Energy supplier that let down private tenants is ordered to pay £350,000

08 July, 2019

An energy supplier has been fined and ordered to pay £350,000 for failings that affected almost 2,000 private tenants

UK housing crisis deepens as benefit claimants priced out by high rents

08 July, 2019

Benefit freeze is making London and Manchester increasingly unaffordable

DWP staff cut by 21% since universal credit rollout began

08 July, 2019

Ministers accused of making 'reckless and irresponsible' reductions to workforce amid rise in staffing errors that leave claimants 'cleaning out their savings to survive'

Nearly two-thirds of housing association workers unhappy with pay

08 July, 2019

Nearly two-thirds of housing association workers believe they are not being properly rewarded for their work

Nottingham City Council to buy back more than 300 council houses to tackle growing housing need

08 July, 2019

The authority has said the purchase is a good value way to address Nottingham's housing need and help achieve its target of 1,000 new council or social homes to rent by 2023

West Midlands housing association announces 220 new homes

08 July, 2019

Housing Plus Group is set to deliver more than 200 much-needed homes in South Staffordshire, after completing the purchase of residential development land in the village of Perton

Southend Council to buy private properties for council housing

08 July, 2019

Southend councillors have agreed to spend £4.3m buying private properties for use as council housing

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 7/2019

08 July, 2019

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

Fraudulent tenant applications on the increase

05 July, 2019

London agent Benham and Reeves has warned of an increasing level of fraudulent rental applications

Affordable rent levels rise in six out of nine regions in England

05 July, 2019

The affordable rents paid by housing association tenants in England rose in six out of nine regions last year

Brexit could jeopardise £5bn 'lifeline' of EU cash

05 July, 2019

Funds for regional projects dry up at the end of 2020 but Treasury yet to offer alternative

Large housing association closes most generous pension scheme

05 July, 2019

Hampshire-based housing association Vivid has closed its most generous pension scheme due to the deficit in the social housing sector's multi-employer pension scheme

Civitas: Regulator of Social Housing doesn't hate us!

05 July, 2019

Civitas has appealed to investors to see the bigger picture when considering the regulatory concerns hanging over its stock

DWP accused of 'incompetence or cover up' over claimant deaths

05 July, 2019

DWP minister already branded "flippant" denies key documents were kept hidden from independent reviews of fitness-for-work tests

DWP has a 'systemic problem' dealing with the disabled

05 July, 2019

Commons hears call for an independent review into deaths linked to DWP activity and cover up claims over fitness-for-work reviews

Putting affordability at the heart of how we set rents in Wales

05 July, 2019

Housing associations share a vision for Wales to be a place where good housing is a basic right for all

Shelter's prescription to end the housing emergency

05 July, 2019

Building social housing is the only effective, long-term cure for the housing crisis

Tenants on state benefits likely to be "the biggest casualties" of the government's "ill-thought-out" plan to abolish Section 21

05 July, 2019

The government should "think twice" before changing the rules on eviction in the private rented sector

Local authorities 'should prosecute more letting agents'

04 July, 2019

Local authorities should prosecute more letting agents

New online system for agents and landlords to receive tenant benefit payments set for launch

04 July, 2019

A new online system for landlords and lettings agents to receive direct payments from tenants on Universal Credit is set to be launched before the end of this year after a successful trial

Deposit schemes fund research into tackling low standards in private rented sector

04 July, 2019

The charity arms of the TDS and its sister brand SafeDeposits Scotland have joined forces to fund a UK-wide research programme with the aim of improving standards in the PRS

When council estates were a dream

04 July, 2019

Joanne has lived in Wythenshawe for half a century

Club loans return to social housing as banks agree £400m deals

04 July, 2019

Banks have joined up to deliver £400m of club loans, marking a return of the approach for the sector as well as the first unsecured deal of its kind

New national strategy needed on supported and specialist housing

04 July, 2019

Cross-party parliamentary report pushes case for closer integration of housing, health, and care

PIP administrative exercise: progress on cases cleared, at 14 June 2019

04 July, 2019

DWP management information about an ongoing administrative exercise looking at PIP claims following 2 Upper Tribunal judgements

The NLA Wins Government Support Over Hull City Council's "Unfair" Treatment Of Landlords

04 July, 2019

The NLA Wins Government Support Over Hull City Council's "Unfair" Treatment Of Landlords

The fight for fair housing is finally shifting power from landlords to residents

04 July, 2019

In the UK and beyond, movements targeting housing injustice are gathering momentum

Government minister intervenes in enforcement row between landlords and local authority

03 July, 2019

Housing minister Heather Wheeler has waded into a row between landlords and Hull City Council over its approach to enforcement in the private rental sector

Labour calls on government to fund retrofitting of tower block sprinklers

03 July, 2019

Ten years on from Lakanal and 95% of high-rise social housing blocks are still without sprinklers

UK: 'Bedroom tax' case to be heard at Supreme Court

03 July, 2019

An appeal is to be heard in the UK's highest court on Wednesday in an important constitutional case on the powers of specialist tribunals and local authorities relating to the 'bedroom tax'

Landlords say new council scheme to rent out flats in Portsmouth will not work

03 July, 2019

Portsmouth City Council is trying to get more affordable housing in the city on the market

Social house building programme could stave off economic downturn

03 July, 2019

Construction sector survey outlines No Deal fears with social house building pitched as a priority for the new PM

MPs 'short-changed' on Universal Credit questions

03 July, 2019

DWP says written Commons questions too expensive to answer

One Housing to end Fixed Term Tenancies

03 July, 2019

The decision was taken after "extensive" consultation with resident panels

Landlords want 'fast track' tribunal if Section 21 abolished

03 July, 2019

Around four in 10 respondents to sector survey call for quicker court process - from serving notice to taking possession

Landlords holding back from further purchases over next 12 months

02 July, 2019

Fewer than a third of landlords would add to their buy-to-let portfolio over the next 12 months

The Deposit Diaries: Case of the tenant allowed to return to property to clean and decorate

02 July, 2019

This case concerns a landlord allowing a tenant to retain a key to the property after the check-out report had been carried out

When builders become landlords

02 July, 2019

More and more private developers are setting up registered providers of affordable and social housing

Council looking for temporary accommodation for homeless "rather than shipping them out to Slough"

02 July, 2019

Underspend on project as nothing suitable available

Six-year wait on council to replace mouldy bathroom

02 July, 2019

Janet Elder's bathroom is thought to be 30 years old and mould grows back no matter how often it is cleaned

London temporary accommodation firm appoints former housing association director as chief executive

02 July, 2019

A temporary accommodation company jointly owned by 13 London councils has appointed Sue Coulson as its chief executive

Would-be housing ombudsman quizzed on 'derogatory' view of tenants

02 July, 2019

Past comments come back to haunt Richard Blakeway as Commons select committee tests his suitability for the role

One in three councils fear inability to fulfil statutory duties

02 July, 2019

LGA conference underway with councils now facing "real risk" to future financial viability

New tenants' passports to be trialled with 25 letting agents

01 July, 2019

A new 'rental CV' is to be trialled with 25 letting agents

Crown estate faces tenants' anger over rent hikes, evictions and repair delays

01 July, 2019

Guardian finds Queen's £14bn property portfolio has had more than 100 complaints over management of housing

How many homes didhousing associations deliverin 2018/19?

01 July, 2019

Housing associations completed 45,604 homes in 2018/19 which is a 10% increase compared to 2017/18

Met police flag up 700 welfare and abuse cases a day over five years

01 July, 2019

FoI request reveals litany of alleged crimes including child exploitation

Housing association joins Matrix Housing Partnership

01 July, 2019

One of the largest housing associations in the Midlands has joined a group of affordable housing providers in the region

Hearthstone confirms completion of PRS deals worth a combined £31m

01 July, 2019

Over 100 new homes added to growing portfolio

DWP payment errors reach record levels

01 July, 2019

New stats show benefit overpayments and underpayments have topped their highest total since records began

Scottish Housing Association gets a digital-care first

01 July, 2019

Wristbands matter more than the "big red button"

Landlords challenge would-be PMs over rental reforms

01 July, 2019

RLA urges Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt to engage with five-point PRS revival plan

Section 21 could be outlawed within months, says outgoing prime minister Theresa May

28 June, 2019

Legislation banning reforming Section 21 could be introduced within six months

Housing Secretary supports allowing tenants to transfer their deposits between rental properties

28 June, 2019

Controversial proposals to allow tenants to 'passport' their deposits are back on the political agenda

Landlords' Barometer - #71: Are landlords really lucky if they get 2.5% yields?

28 June, 2019

Welcome to the June edition of the Landlords' Barometer, curating the hottest trending topics and content from propertytribes.com over the past month

Agents divided over whether rents rose ahead of tenant fees ban

28 June, 2019

Agents are split over whether rents rose in the run-up to the tenant fees ban

Next PM will be committed to social housing

28 June, 2019

James Brokenshire has insisted that the next Conservative leader will be committed to delivering social housing

Housing 2019: Accelerated Green Paper will 'dramatically improve' planning process

28 June, 2019

James Brokenshire's keynote address will outline a number of measures to "remove bureaucracy" from the system

Orthodox housing association defeats legal challenge over catering solely to strictly observant

28 June, 2019

Appeal Court judges dismiss claim that Agudas Israel policy is discriminatory

Housing association settles with contractors after sinkhole opened up beneath homes

28 June, 2019

A housing association has reached a settlement with two contractors on a scheme after suing them over a 35ft-wide sinkhole that opened up underneath some of its homes

Association secures £5m loan to alleviate homelessness and social housing shortage

28 June, 2019

The development comes after a meeting between Lewisham Council and the Lewisham Mayor earlier this week

Citizens Advice calls for new national housing body to oversee private rented sector

27 June, 2019

Citizens Advice has called for a new national housing body to regulate the private rented sector in England

Tenancy passport firm raises over £3m to accelerate partnerships with agents

27 June, 2019

A firm which supplies tenancy deposit replacement products and rent passports has raised £3.1m in the first few weeks of a new funding campaign

Landlord hit with £66,000 bill after sending in heavies to kick tenant out

27 June, 2019

A rogue landlord has been ordered to pay a £60,170 fine and £6,000 court costs after being found guilty of making tenants' lives a misery

Hundreds of thousands of tenants in unsafe homes

27 June, 2019

Citizens Advice research finds half of landlords don't know or understand legal obligations

Non-compliant supported housing association posts £4.7m loss

27 June, 2019

A supported housing association that has breached five regulatory standards has posted a £4.7m loss

Twelve held in Blackburn tenant benefit scam probe

27 June, 2019

Twelve people have been arrested amid concerns that unscrupulous landlords have stolen welfare benefits from homeless people

Social housing landlord undertakes IoT trial across city-wide fibre

27 June, 2019

Cross Key Homes in Peterborough has partnered with CityFibre to deploy a network of sensors throughout its estate to test a number of different scenarios

Housing association downgraded following health and safety failings

27 June, 2019

A 12,000-home housing association has been downgraded by the regulator following an investigation into health and safety issues

Sector warned that fire safety costs could eat up HRA cap windfall

27 June, 2019

Ambitious plans to build new council homes following the abolition of the HRA cap could be curtailed if local authorities need to allocate more funds to improving fire safety

Social tenants 'burn through' rent money to maintain smoking habits

27 June, 2019

Campaign group calculates stopping smoking could clear arrears within nine weeks

Further education for benefit claimants in England: 2017 to 2018

27 June, 2019

Experimental statistics on further education learners receiving benefits in England using government data for the 2017 to 2018 academic year

Britain's private rented sector isn't fit for purpose. It's unfair and unsafe

27 June, 2019

With landlords holding all the cards and tenants in substandard housing, regulation hasn't kept pace with market conditions

ARLA warns ministers that 'landlord licensing schemes do not work and never will'

26 June, 2019

Agents and landlords have slammed recommendations made in an official review of selective licensing schemes

Manchester tower block residents to sue in fire safety row

26 June, 2019

Exclusive: residents say it is unfair there is money to fix cladding but not other issues

Two-child benefit limit pushes families further into poverty

26 June, 2019

Parents report stress and strained relationships as a result of benefit cut

A million pensioners in poverty because of unclaimed benefits

26 June, 2019

Charity says government failing to act as £3.5bn a year in pension credit goes unpaid

Breaking: National register of landlords proposed

26 June, 2019

Proposals for a national register of landlords have been included in a report on selective licensing out today

Homes England: 'We've got funding' for council housing

26 June, 2019

At Housing 2019, Homes England calls on councils to say "show us the money"

Council housebuilding 'at its highest level since 1990'

26 June, 2019

Key message for Housing 2019, as applied research estimates over 13,000 new homes were delivered by English councils last year

Mentally ill universal credit claimant receives less than £6 for month after £312 deducted for sanctions

26 June, 2019

This poverty has no prejudice. This is the kind of thing that drives people to homelessness, and to suicide

Housing 2019: Sector urged to go further in being 'a force for social good'

26 June, 2019

Former housing minister Alok Sharma tells conference housing associations are vital to employment prospects in the UK

Call for new national body to police PRS

26 June, 2019

Against the backdrop of Housing 2019, report says "hundreds of thousands" now endure health-affecting and dangerous PRS properties

Tenant avenges eviction by 'heavies' for overcrowding complaint

26 June, 2019

London borough secures biggest fine yet against rogue landlord

PIP: Ombudsman to start benefits investigation

25 June, 2019

The Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman is to investigate how Stormont's Department for Communities administers PIP

Survey shows landlords 'struggling' to keep up with reforms

25 June, 2019

30% didn't understand HMO regulations, 28% in the dark over the abolition of Section 21, and 27% unaware of letting fees ban

Social housing REIT Civitas posts £20m profit

25 June, 2019

Social housing REIT Civitas made a profit of nearly £20m in the last financial year before the company's share price experienced a significant drop

Malthouse accused of 'misleading' MPs over fire tests

25 June, 2019

Labour leaps on Commons response to cladding question saying minister has "serious questions to answer"

Government selective licensing review backs creation of national landlord register

25 June, 2019

A Government-commissioned review into selective licensing has backed the creation of a national landlord register

Conservative leadership contenders urged to scrap Right to Rent

25 June, 2019

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are facing calls to scrap the controversial Right to Rent scheme if they become Prime Minister - despite the Home Office still appealing a court ruling against the policy

Selective licensing review

25 June, 2019

Findings from an independent review into the use and effectiveness of selective licensing

CIEH and RLA at odds over future for selective licencing schemes

25 June, 2019

New review recommends retention of schemes with suggestions for improvements

Wood cladding linked to Barking fire identified on multiple housing association developments

24 June, 2019

Housing associations are urgently investigating developments using the same material found covering the Barking block partly destroyed by a fire two weeks ago

New PM urged to scrap 'failed' Right To Rent

24 June, 2019

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt challenged over the future for a policy the High Court calls a breach of human rights law

BME housing associations: how specialist providers changed the sector

24 June, 2019

Four decades on from their birth, BME housing associations have had a lasting impact on the sector

Liverpool is building council houses for the first time in 30 years - here's how you can get one for just £76 a week

24 June, 2019

Mayor Joe Anderson launches landmark scheme after government waive £735 million debt

Tower block resident tests fire doors with smoke experiment

24 June, 2019

A resident left traumatised by his view of Grenfell Tower carried out a safety test in his block of flats which he claims shows fire doors are not working properly

Major housing associations eye 3,000-home stock swap

24 June, 2019

The Guinness Partnership and Paradigm Housing Group have laid out plans to swap 2,898 homes in a bid to make better use of their estate portfolios

Government pitches higher accessibility standards for new homes

24 June, 2019

Up to 300,000 new accessible homes could be delivered each year through new policy drive

Insurance giant and Mortgage Advice Bureau unveil new insurance products for tenants

21 June, 2019

Legal & General has announced the completion of the pilot phase of its new 'rental protection plan' for tenants

Row over plan to move tenants into homes next to toxic waste site

21 June, 2019

A waste management firm has said it is "extremely concerned" at a Staffordshire council's decision to move tenants into housing association homes at a development next to one of its hazardous sites

DWP followed policy in denying dying man benefits

21 June, 2019

Stephen Smith, 64, from Liverpool, weighed 38kg and was gravely ill at time of death

The Addison Act - celebrating 100 years of council housing

21 June, 2019

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Addison Act - which paved the way for council house building on a large scale

Council documentary reveals homelessness reality

21 June, 2019

Documentary highlighted that only 45% of the 600 statutory homeless applications are prevented every month in Birmingham

Fees ban a possible factor in only 2% of available rental properties now accepting pets

21 June, 2019

Only 2% of available rental properties in the UK are explicitly advertised as being open to pets - with the situation appearing to worsen because of the tenancy fees ban

DSS discrimination means renters are punished for their circumstances

21 June, 2019

Kyrstyna and her husband, Geoff, had been homeowners. But when they lost their jobs due to redundancy, they were forced to go back to renting privately in their 50s

Crisis and Newcastle City Council join forces to end homelessness across the city within 10 years

21 June, 2019

We're incredibly proud to announce that Crisis and Newcastle City Council will be forming a new partnership that will seek to make Newcastle the first city to end homelessness within the next 10 years

Lewisham council consults on borough-wide licensing

21 June, 2019

The London Borough of Lewisham has announced proposals to consult on borough-wide licensing that would cover all private rented properties

Staff at social landlords under pressure to favour cost savings over quality in procurement

20 June, 2019

Cost savings are a bigger concern to procurement professionals working for UK social landlords and other public sector organisations than quality of work as pressure on budgets intensifies

Disability Charities Lodge Complaint Over DWP's 'Myth-Busting' Universal Credit Ads

20 June, 2019

The group has dubbed the adverts "deliberately misleading"

Research has future social housing on a high

20 June, 2019

Two new reports pitch high-rise construction as playing a major part in future social housing provision

Council housing: it's back, it's booming - and this time it's beautiful

20 June, 2019

A broad arched entranceway leads into a tree-lined courtyard where a playground is overlooked by balconies full of plants

Rents rise as buy-to-let clampdown begins to hit landlord pockets

20 June, 2019

Landlords are raising rents after being hit by the buy-to-let clampdown in their tax bills

Agents can keep incentive payments from councils - but only if the landlord agrees

20 June, 2019

Already well documented in the press, rising rents in the private rented sector combined with cuts to housing benefits following the introduction of Universal Credit, have made letting to councils a less attractive proposition for private landlords

Corbyn says 'it shouldn't take long' to put housing associations under FoI

20 June, 2019

At PMQs, Labour leader presses the case for Freedom of Information applying to housing associations to strengthen tenant rights

Universal Credit Local Housing Allowance rates

20 June, 2019

Monthly Universal Credit Local Housing Allowance rates for England, Scotland and Wales from 2014 to 2019

Living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK: 2019

20 June, 2019

This report examines how living standards - most commonly measured by households' incomes - have changed for different groups in the UK

LIN member report June 2019 - The Tenant Fees Act

19 June, 2019

LIN member report is written by Neil Merrick

Letting agency given just seven days to pay £7,000 after prosecution

19 June, 2019

A letting firm was given seven days to pay £7,000 in fines and costs after repeatedly failing to provide information on who owned and occupied flats

Weak pay rises and dearer housing fuel jump in working poor

19 June, 2019

Number in poverty rises to 8m, with 60% living in households where someone works

Inequality and deprivation 'strongly linked' to tenure

19 June, 2019

Research finds that the average outright home owner has more than 40 times the wealth of the average social tenant

Welsh Government £85m for social housing and roads

19 June, 2019

The Welsh Government has made £85m available to be spent on social housing and roads to "boost" resilience in the event of a no-deal Brexit

Life insurance cover gap for UK renters

19 June, 2019

A study by Sainsbury's Bank has found tenants are significantly less likely to have life insurance or critical illness cover than homeowners

Minister tells councils to 'get on with it' over building social housing

19 June, 2019

Commons hears government expects at least 10,000 new council houses built with the cap off housing revenue accounts

Association becomes latest to join Housing First scheme

19 June, 2019

Owning and managing more than 22,500 homes, Longhurst Group pledge to tackle the issue of homelessness in Nottingham

Five week Universal credit wait having a devastating impact on disabled people

19 June, 2019

Disabled people face unavoidable costs as a result of their disability

Shelter says scrapping Section 21 would be vote winner for the next Prime Minister

18 June, 2019

Shelter has urged whoever becomes the next Prime Minister to take advantage of the "tenant vote" and get on with scrapping Section 21 eviction notices in England

Tenants quitting houses leaves Barrow council counting the cost

18 June, 2019

More than 200 council properties across the borough were quit by tenants last year - costing Barrow council thousands of pounds

Universal credit is failing military veterans

18 June, 2019

Veterans with complex needs report overwhelmingly negative experiences of benefits system

Harrogate's great migration: why the leafy district has been chosen to trial Universal Credit

18 June, 2019

Picturesque Harrogate is the first area chosen to trial migration to Universal Credit

Disabled people receiving Support for Mortgage Interest will now be able to transfer this when moving home

18 June, 2019

Disabled people and others receiving Support for Mortgage Interest will now be able to transfer this support to their new property when moving home

DWP 'followed policy' over death of ill claimant found fit for work

18 June, 2019

But Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd acknowledges internal review identified areas where policy needed to change

Crammed illegal HMO earned landlord around £68,400 a year

18 June, 2019

Dawn raid reveals some tenants charged up to £800 a month in rent were sharing a garden shed

Wales gets £50m to see social housing schemes through 'no deal'

18 June, 2019

But extra investment comes with a warning of how bad for Wales a no-deal Brexit will be

NHF tells housing associations not to wait for tests before removing non-ACM cladding

17 June, 2019

Social landlords should take action on potentially dangerous cladding "as soon as possible" and not wait for long-delayed government tests

Malthouse calls on social landlords to step up delivery

17 June, 2019

Housing associations and councils need to increase the delivery of new homes

Land reform foundation for a new generation of social housing

17 June, 2019

"If we want to build high-quality social homes in this country, we need reasonably priced land to do it

Commons hears councils should have 'formal' oversight of housing associations

17 June, 2019

Debate also renews argument for applying FoI to associations made remote by "under the table" mergers

Scrapped tenancy fees will 'liquidate' landlords and letting agents

17 June, 2019

Survey shows 42% of responding landlords predict landlords and letting agents will be forced out of business

Government defensive over Supreme Court ruling on housing benefit

17 June, 2019

DWP minister speaks of "the same considerations and choices faced by people not in receipt of benefits should also face those claiming benefits"

Land reform: the key to ambitious social housing

17 June, 2019

The next Prime Minister must put social housing at the heart of their solution to our housing emergency

Scotland is proof we must abolish Section 21

17 June, 2019

New research by Shelter shows that Scottish renters have been reaping the benefits of open-ended tenancies since the introduction of the Private Residential Tenancy in December 2017

The new private rental tenancies: Evaluating changes to rental agreements in Scotland

17 June, 2019

On 1st December 2017,a new type of private rental tenancy came into law in Scotland

Government to seek volunteers for first switch to Universal Credit

14 June, 2019

The government will seek volunteers to become the first people to switch directly from the old benefits system to Universal Credit

United in grief and anger, Grenfell families gather two years on

14 June, 2019

Amid frustration at the slow pace of justice, survivors mark anniversary of the fire with vigil and silent march

The big changes that could shake up social housing rules in Manchester

14 June, 2019

Volunteers could be stripped of their priority status and the earning threshold lowered under major new plans being considered by Manchester Council

"Cartel" of landlords converting homes to one-bed flats in Lewisham

14 June, 2019

Mayor Damian Egan has described the "cartel" of London landlords buying properties to convert to one-bed flats in Whitefoot, Downham and Bellingham

Homeless crisis as people waiting 35 years for Brum council house - and B&B spending hits record £29m

14 June, 2019

Birmingham City Council spent staggering £28.9 million on temporary accommodation in 2018

Letting fees ban: agents urge landlords to increase rents

14 June, 2019

The government has banned agencies from ripping off tenants - but there is evidence that rents are rising to offset the losses

Midlands housing group to consolidate as single organisation

14 June, 2019

One of the largest associations in the Midlands will be as one

Pilot scheme to land older tenants 'home'

14 June, 2019

Cumbria based provider trials engagement app to tackle social isolation - with the results likely to influence national policy

There will be no U-turn on tenancy fees ban - it is here to stay

13 June, 2019

The Government is keen to hear feedback on the tenant fees ban but has ruled out ever scrapping the policy

Single mother wins court battle after being forced into homelessness due to housing benefit shortfall

13 June, 2019

Supreme Court rules it was unlawful for Birmingham Council to try force mother-of-four to spend money intended for basic daily living needs on rent because housing benefit had been reduced

Sheffield council backs universal basic income trial

13 June, 2019

City moves closer to hosting pilot of 'radical' scheme Labour has vowed to trial if in power

Universal credit delays a factor in sex work

13 June, 2019

Minister apologises for DWP memo dismissing link between long waits and survival sex work

'No place to call home' - Massive rise in homelessness applications leaves councils reliant on B&Bs

13 June, 2019

A huge rise in homelessness applications has seen councils spend six-figure sums placing people in emergency B&Bs

British children in poverty denied basic benefits by Home Office

13 June, 2019

Policy of no recourse to public funds for some immigrants makes their children second-class citizens

Ground rent costing homeowners £447m a year

13 June, 2019

Homeowners under a leasehold are paying a total of £447m a year in ground rent

Councils budget for 21% increase in spending on housing

13 June, 2019

Housing will this year displace highways and transport as the largest area of council capital spending

Housing associations can lead on building 'a new Scotland'

13 June, 2019

Housing Scotland 2019 hears: "You can't change something by fighting existing reality"

Universal Credit responsible for increasing rent arrears

12 June, 2019

Universal credit has greatly increased rent arrears, with immediate action now needed in order to tackle the issue

Major bank ends 'no DSS' mortgages

12 June, 2019

The latest industry pledge comes amid bids to end discriminatory practices to those claiming benefits

Council's investment in commercial property instead of social housing stock questioned

12 June, 2019

If there's a waiting list of over 2,000 at present, does that not indicate under-supply and over-demand?

Anger at Newham Council as people in temporary housing say they live in state of disrepair

12 June, 2019

Demonstrators have taken to the streets to protest against Newham Council's housing system as people in temporary accommodation say they face living in a state of disrepair

Enderby caravan families face eviction as 'not travellers'

12 June, 2019

Residents who live on licensed travellers' sites are facing eviction because they are not travellers

Supreme Court rules that subsistence benefits should not be used to cover rent shortfalls

12 June, 2019

The Supreme Court has just given judgment in the case of Samuels v Birmingham City Council, where the court was asked to consider whether a home should have been considered affordable where the housing benefit did not meet the full rent

Around 1 in 2 Universal Credit claimants have benefit deducted to repay an Advance Payment

12 June, 2019

Around 1 in 2 of Universal Credit claimants have a deduction to repay an Advance Payment

Holyrood challenges Westminster on Universal Credit rent arrears

12 June, 2019

But delegates at Housing Scotland 2019 get talk of "compassion" from DWP boss

Scottish social housing gets extra £3.5m to fight fuel poverty

12 June, 2019

Sum confirmed at Housing Scotland 2019 as Scottish Parliament passes pioneering fuel efficiency legislation

Single mum wins court challenge to change welfare system

12 June, 2019

Supreme Court ruling shows it's unlawful to expect families to rely on funds for basic living expenses when housing benefit can't

New tenant's passport goes live in wake of fees ban

11 June, 2019

A new tenant's passport app has gone live in the wake of the fees ban

Landlord seeking return of deposit money reported to police for 'harassing agent'

11 June, 2019

A landlord who reported an agent to police over missing deposit money has himself been reported to police

Government unveils £142m fund for 8,500 new homes

11 June, 2019

Government will spend £95m in Woking and £47m in Truro in a bid to deliver thousands of extra homes under the Housing Infrastructure Fund

Grenfell victims' families warned there's 'no guarantee' criminal charges will be brought despite 'fearless' police probe

11 June, 2019

There is no guarantee criminal charges will be brought over the Grenfell Tower fire

How Grenfell survivors came together - and how Britain failed them

11 June, 2019

The strongest campaign group to emerge from the disaster is facing its most devastating challenge: government inaction

Slough Borough Council approves selective and additional licensing

11 June, 2019

Slough Borough Council has approved plans to introduce selective and additional licensing which will come into effect on 1 July 2019

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council cabinet approves selective licensing

11 June, 2019

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council has approved plans for selective licensing for Thurcroft and Parkgate at a cabinet meeting on 10 June 2019

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to April 2019

11 June, 2019

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

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 9 May 2019

11 June, 2019

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

Social housing residents 'second-class citizens' over home repairs

10 June, 2019

Homeless charity Shelter says approximately 2.5 million people have had a problem with their homes

Labour urges end-of-year deadline for cladding removal

10 June, 2019

John Healey calls for council confiscation of private blocks if work is not done

DWP accused of 'rewarding failure' after companies given £630m for more disability benefit tests

10 June, 2019

Contracts condemned as 'nonsensical' by campaigners who point to flaws in medical assessments

533 proposed flats recommended for approval by Cambridge City Council

10 June, 2019

Five developments that would create 533 new flats to Cambridge are recommended for approval at Cambridge City Council's planning committee on June 11

Rogue letting agent that pocketed £16,000 of rent set to be exposed on TV

10 June, 2019

A letting agent is set to be featured in tonight's TV episode of 'Nightmare Tenants Slum Landlords'

Breakthrough claimed in same day referencing based on tenant's full credit file

10 June, 2019

Same day referencing based on a tenant applicant's full credit file is being made available - in what is described as an industry first

Over half of social tenants have suffered problems with repairs

10 June, 2019

New research into social housing repairs in England has shown that many tenants are experiencing a host of problems

Landlords blamed for making younger generation less mobile

07 June, 2019

Landlords have come under renewed criticism for reduced mobility among younger people and a lack of housing affordability

Social landlords hold off removal of potentially dangerous cladding until government test decisions

07 June, 2019

Social landlords are waiting for results from government tests before taking action to remove potentially dangerous cladding from 24 blocks

Government funding does not represent 'end' to cladding scandal

07 June, 2019

In a letter, Labours Sarah Jones MP voices a concern that the funding is seen as a 'panacea' to the cladding scandal

Minister slammed for speaking 'DWP waffle' during Commons debate

07 June, 2019

Rent arrears raised at Westminster Hall session on Universal Credit and debt

What does the sector want from the next prime minister?

07 June, 2019

As Theresa May prepares to leave Number 10, Tim Clark finds out what the social housing sector wants from the her successor

Council plans to deliver 350 social homes in Colchester

07 June, 2019

Colchester Council has confirmed plans to deliver up to 350 social homes for those on the housing register

Esther McVey sparks Universal Credit fury on Andrew Marr by claiming she's not to blame for flaws

07 June, 2019

The MP was asked whether she regretted the effects of the controversial benefits system

Universal Credit blasted for 'turning families into Government guinea pigs'

07 June, 2019

Spiralling debts and suicide attempts - MP lays bare the horror of Universal Credit in savage new attack

Millions more Universal Credit claimants to have rents paid straight to landlord

07 June, 2019

Under new rules, private renters will be offered the chance to enrol in a system that could make their budgeting a lot simpler

Four in ten renters 'stuck' with landlords who won't do repairs

06 June, 2019

Four in ten renters are "stuck" with landlords who refuse to repair their "problem-riddled" properties

High rents in English cities forcing young to stay in small towns

06 June, 2019

Young people can no longer afford to move to cities where wages are higher

Revealed: hundreds still face huge cladding bills despite government fund

06 June, 2019

Hundreds of leaseholders living in blocks with dangerous cladding are still facing bills of tens of thousands of pounds despite the government putting £200m towards the removal of ACM cladding last month

House-building in London:number of council homes started at highest level since the Eighties but some borough starts in single figures

06 June, 2019

New data from the Mayor's office reveals huge gulf in how many new affordable homes were started by London's 32 councils - with just seven new homes started in Lambeth

Universal Credit Advance Payments are pushing people to use food banks

06 June, 2019

A quarter of all Universal Credit claimants had payments reduced by above 20% to pay back a debt, including Advance Payments. Four in ten were paying over 10%

Landlord confidence key to possession reforms

06 June, 2019

Section 21 repossessions should be retained in the private rented sector unless and until a new system is in place that provides landlords with the same level of confidence about repossessing properties in legitimate circumstances

Rising rents leave millennials 'stuck where they grew up'

06 June, 2019

Resolution Foundation report exposes extent of mobility decline

JETS powers tenants into jobs

06 June, 2019

Provider employment programme takes off to see 35 tenants land roles

Renters would no longer have to pay Council Tax under new plans put to Labour

05 June, 2019

Renters would no longer have to pay Council Tax under new plans being considered by the Labour party

4 in 10 renters stuck with landlords who refuse to repair problem-riddled properties

05 June, 2019

While 6 in 10 renters fear they will never afford to own a home

Fund launched to help charities buy homes from housing associations

05 June, 2019

A £26m fund has been launched to help charities buy homes to accommodate vulnerable people, including properties belonging to social landlords

Croydon mum driving creation of renters' union to help tenants needing support

05 June, 2019

A Croydon mum of two is joining forces with activists to build a renters' union after she claims she was evicted twice in a year

Homeless pregnant woman shocked by request to leave hotel to make way for D-Day guests in Portsmouth

05 June, 2019

A pregnant woman has spoken of her 'shock' after being told to leave her temporary hotel accommodation that day due to high demand for rooms during D-Day week

Universal Credit: ever-growing number of people left in arrears

05 June, 2019

Universal Credit is still pushing tens of thousands into financial crisis just weeks ahead of the second half of its introduction

Landlords supported to clear rough sleepers off streets of Cheshire West

05 June, 2019

Cheshire West and Chester Council has received a share of £2.3m worth of funding

How can housing professionals get the most out of social media?

05 June, 2019

Guest editor and Rising Stars competition winner Oliver Harling has commissioned two articles for Inside Housing this week

How to rent

04 June, 2019

This guide is for people who are looking for a house or flat to rent

Landlords worried about anti-social tenants protest against abolition of Section 21

04 June, 2019

Landlords have warned against the proposed abolition of Section 21, saying it will leave them powerless to deal with anti-social tenants who may be distressing neighbours and disrupting local communities

Repossessions under Section 21 should be 'retained' in PRS

04 June, 2019

A coalition have warned that plans to abolish the act without a system in place could 'undermine' the sector

There is a vital need to build more homes for social rent

04 June, 2019

The Conservative Government may have supported the Liberal Democrat commitment to build 300 thousand new homes a year

Council receive £700,000 homelessness prevention boost

04 June, 2019

The City of Wolverhampton has seen a 22% in the number of households in temporary accommodation

Disabled woman refused spot on Thanet council housing register after doctor's letter ignored

04 June, 2019

A disabled woman was refused a spot on a council's housing register despite being rendered housebound because her home is not accessible using a wheelchair

Hardship now or hardship later?

04 June, 2019

Universal credit, debt and the five week wait

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 6/2019

04 June, 2019

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

Energy efficiency workshops for landlords

04 June, 2019

The Department for Business, Energy, Industry and Strategy (BEIS) has confirmed a series of five roadshows that will be focused on discussing options for future Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) within the private sector

Local authority becomes first to receive official go-ahead for huge licensing scheme

03 June, 2019

A local authority says that it is the first to receive government approval for a licensing scheme that covers every single private rented property in the borough

Landlords' Barometer #70: Time for landlords to get militant - or get out

03 June, 2019

Welcome to this edition of the Landlords' Barometer, bringing you trending topics from propertytribes.com which unsurprisingly have something of a political slant!

Letting agency denies illegal evictions and leaving tenants' belongings in black bags on the street

03 June, 2019

A letting agency has been under further scrutiny by the BBC amid claims that it has been illegally evicting tenants and taking their belongings

Spike in landlords exiting rental market as fees ban enforced

03 June, 2019

New stats show letting agents reported a rise in the number of landlords selling up in April

Equity-linked housing association first ever to breach tenant standard

03 June, 2019

Equity-linked association Westmoreland Supported Housing breached the English regulator's standard on empowering tenants for the first time

Agents' outrage over government handling of Fees Ban documents

03 June, 2019

Agents have reacted angrily to the way in which the government released a new set of rental documents updated to include Fees Ban information

£7million set to be invested to provide new council housing in city

03 June, 2019

Leicester City Council is set to invest a further £7million on building and buying properties which can be used to provide much-needed affordable housing in the city

Tower block sale to fund social housing developments

03 June, 2019

Social landlord Together Housing has sold off a tower block in Calderdale that will help fund its investment programme

Housing campaigners celebrate banning of letting fees for tenants

03 June, 2019

But rent activists are concerned that some agents intend to flout new laws

Fees ban now just hours away - and still the warnings pour in

31 May, 2019

Warnings about the consequences of the Tenant Fees Act, which comes into force a second after midnight tonight, continue to pour in

More landlords fleeing the private rented sector or hiking rents

31 May, 2019

Letting agents have reported a spike in landlords selling up

Buy to let: exploding the first-time buyer myth

31 May, 2019

Phil Rickards, head of BM Solutions, asks if buy-to-let landlords really triumphed at the expense of first-time buyers

Council to buy houses where private tenants in Milton Keynes have been threatened with homelessness

31 May, 2019

Private sector tenants who are at risk of being made homeless by their landlords could be saved from the fate by Milton Keynes Council buying their homes

Hoarders in Exeter council homes could be evicted

31 May, 2019

Exeter City Council's People Scrutiny Committee, next week are being asked to recommend to the executive to adopt a new hoarding in council properties policy

Nationwide house price index

31 May, 2019

UK house price growth slows in May

Agency 'locking out tenants and taking belongings'

31 May, 2019

A letting agency has been illegally evicting tenants and taking their belongings

Private Rented Sector Report - April 2019

31 May, 2019

Spike in landlords leaving rental market as fees ban approaches

Universal Credit claimants with tax credit overpayments

31 May, 2019

This publication provides ad hoc statistics about Universal Credit customers with tax credit overpayment debts

Housing Benefit subsidy initial pre-audit final claims: Apr 2018 to Mar 2019

31 May, 2019

This is the local authority Housing Benefit initial pre-audit final claims expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2018 to 2019

Listening to tenants has climbed back up the agenda

31 May, 2019

With the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018, tenants have been empowered to take action if their homes are unsafe

Deposit scheme warns of 'danger of falling foul of the law' as tenant fees ban approaches

30 May, 2019

The TDS has reported a boom in visits to its DepositCap.com website as landlords and letting agents rush to ensure they are compliant ahead of the tenant fees ban

Fees ban will make rents go up, say half of tenants and landlords

30 May, 2019

Four in ten tenants and landlords are unaware of the fees ban which comes into effect this Saturday

England and Wales Rental Tracker

30 May, 2019

West Midlands steps ahead as the total rental market posts slight Easter growth

Triple Point Social Housing REIT acquires UK assets for combined £39.5m

30 May, 2019

Triple Point Social Housing REIT said it had completed the acquisition of 12 supported housing properties in the UK

Family of five stuck in one-bed flat

30 May, 2019

A family of five, squeezed into a one-bed flat, has been told nowhere larger is available, in another example of Reading's housing shortage

Councils need 100% of sales receipts to help domestic violence survivors

30 May, 2019

LGA responds to Crisis/APPGEH report saying receipts could be re-invested in initiatives adapting to welfare reform

Universal Credit: charity launches complaint over DWP ad campaign

30 May, 2019

An anti-poverty charity has lodged an official complaint over a government-backed Universal Credit ad campaign, claiming the content is "deliberately misleading"

Disabled council house tenants face 23-week wait for vital home improvements

30 May, 2019

The improvements include stairlifts and ramps

Councils are now on the radar of the regulator

30 May, 2019

The RSH has written to councils that own homes to tell you to keep tenants safe. Why is this? Of course the Grenfell fire is at the root of it

Tenant Fees Act limits access

30 May, 2019

The National Landlords Association (NLA) is concerned the Tenant Fees Act 2019 may limit access to rented property for tenants in areas with selective licensing

Fees ban countdown: Agents warned that failure to provide reference checks could cost them their customers

29 May, 2019

A landlords' membership body is warning that the tenant fees ban could stop tenants from renting properties in areas of selective licensing

Tune in to the very latest in advice on tenancy fees ban

29 May, 2019

Agents can watch the Propertymark roadshow in Exeter live on the Rightmove Hub

Fees ban countdown: Generation Rent tells agents 'We're watching you'

29 May, 2019

Lobby group Generation Rent has found 21 agents that it says are breaking the law by failing to display fees

Universal Credit in Crisis: Hundreds of struggling Sussex residents leave councils with £1million deficit

29 May, 2019

Struggling Sussex Universal Credit claimants are in financial crisis with unpaid bills leaving them hundreds of pounds in debt

Labour must be more ambitious on building council housing

29 May, 2019

We need 155,000 council homes a year - not what Labour is currently offering

Number of households in temporary accommodation up 5% on last year

29 May, 2019

There were 83,700 households in temporary accommodation at the end of last year, a 5% increase on the end of 2017

Council spending on housing services halved over eight years

29 May, 2019

Institute for Fiscal Studies says future for council funding now needs "proper political and public debate"

North Lincolnshire Council to landlords - help us house the homeless

29 May, 2019

North Lincolnshire Council (NLC) is actively looking for private sector landlords to sign up to their Private Sector Leasing scheme (PSL) arrangement

Edinburgh food bank users 'on brink of starvation as supplies run low amid soaring demand'

28 May, 2019

Benefit payment delays one of most common reasons why food banks are only choice

£240m social housing repairs framework out to tender

28 May, 2019

Procure, a social housing regeneration consortium based in Yorkshire, is advertising for contractors for a housing repairs & maintenance framework valued at £240m

'Mummy, are we poor?': the destitute children denied help by councils

28 May, 2019

Chantel had to fight for support her council is legally required to give due to her immigration status

Fees ban countdown: Agents warned of 'unintended consequence' as tenants make multiple applications

28 May, 2019

Agents who fear that the tenancy fees ban could result in tenants making multiple applications have been warned that exactly this is happening in Scotland

Private rental sector continues to grow amid buy-to-let market uncertainty

28 May, 2019

The proportion of privately rented homes has fallen below 20% of all tenure types for the first time in three years, despite the number of rental properties actually increasing

London councils turn heat on government over fire safety

28 May, 2019

With experts warning of test failure, the body representing London's boroughs wants a more transparent process

Letting agents 'flouting' existing consumer laws

28 May, 2019

In 2017, Generation Rent research of 1088 agents found 131 were failing to display their fees

RLA calls on Mayor of London to ban short-term lettings ads on transport network

24 May, 2019

The Mayor of London has been urged to remove adverts on the Tube and buses that call on landlords to provide short-term lets for tourists and holidaymakers

How fire safety works are hitting HAs and their tenants

24 May, 2019

As cladding is removed from towers in the aftermath of Grenfell, many tenants are having to leave their homes

'Faster benefits needed' to stop more child poverty

24 May, 2019

A classroom of children a day could fall into poverty unless benefits changes are brought in sooner

Triple Point Social Housing Declares 1.27 Pence Quarterly Dividend

24 May, 2019

Triple Point Social Housing REIT PLC declared Thursday a 1.27 pence per share dividend for the first quarter ended March

Notting Hill Genesis seeks to offload temporary accommodation near Grenfell

24 May, 2019

Large housing association Notting Hill Genesis is looking to offload the temporary accommodation it manages near Grenfell Tower

Temporary accommodation tenants in Custom House hold protest against Newham Council

24 May, 2019

Frustrated tenants living in temporary accommodation in Custom House have held a protest against the council

May 2019: Touchbase edition 134

24 May, 2019

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

Universal credit scam leaves vulnerable UK families penniless

24 May, 2019

Councils and police warn of fraudsters posing as officials to steal claimants' details

DWP probes universal credit fraud case

24 May, 2019

A Department for Work and Pensions minister will investigate a fraudulent loan company that stole an applicant's identity to apply for universal credit

Universal Credit delays left nurse so desperate for cash she sold her kids' toys and racked up thousands in debts - and says it's 'destroyed' her

24 May, 2019

Therese Nakitende says receiving the Universal Credit she is owed has been like "getting blood from a stone"

Tenant sues agent for £100,000 after injuries when trying to climb security gate

23 May, 2019

An agent is being sued for £100,000 by a tenant who was hurt as he tried to get into his flat by climbing over a spiked security gate

Agents could charge landlords nearer 18% when tenant fees ban comes in

23 May, 2019

A firm launching a service aimed at helping landlords avoid having to use agents, is predicting that lettings firms will charge close to 18% after the fees ban comes in next week

Higher rental costs on their way as landlords withdraw investment in market

23 May, 2019

Monthly rental growth remained unchanged across the UK in April, ONS data shows, but rent prices were up annually and there are warnings that large increases are on their way

The DWP's Universal Credit propaganda tells you everything you need to know about this government

23 May, 2019

The DWP have spent £250,000 on an advert attempting to depict criticism of Universal Credit as fake news

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, UK: April 2019

23 May, 2019

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

East Anglian housing association in talks to merge with non-compliant landlord

23 May, 2019

The East Anglian housing association Flagship Group has revealed it is in talks to merge with a small housing association which was declared non-compliant with the English regulator's standards last year

Social renters 'less confident' of ability to cover household bills

23 May, 2019

Survey suggests housing associations need to stay flexible on payment methods and frequencies

Nearly half of landlords and letting agents likely to bow out of market

22 May, 2019

Nearly half of landlords and letting agents are more likely to remove their investment - some or all of it - in the private rented sector as a result of the Government's plans to end so-called 'no fault' evictions by the abolition of Section 21

Rental growth stalls as previously strong regions falter

22 May, 2019

Rental growth last month was almost flat across England and Wales despite regional variations

The 2018 Financial Statements of Welsh Housing Associations

22 May, 2019

We know that good housing makes a real difference to people's lives

Housing association apologies after failing to fix stairlift for two weeks due to difficulty getting parts

22 May, 2019

Housing association Vivid Homes has apologised to a disabled woman who has been left without a working stairlift in her home for over two weeks, citing difficulties sourcing the appropriate parts needed for the repair

Universal credit hardship 'linked to prostitution'

22 May, 2019

Benefits reform forcing women to sell sex for cash, food or shelter, MPs' committee told

Mayor urged to ban ads that 'encourage' breach of short-term lets

22 May, 2019

Tom Copley AM says allowing "unscrupulous" property companies to advertise on the tube "sends the wrong message"

Soaring rents widely expected with scrapping of tenancy fee

22 May, 2019

Survey shows 59% of the UK are unaware of the Tenant Fees Act and 17% believe fees are being introduced not removed

Half of landlords 'more likely' to leave PRS under government plans

22 May, 2019

New stats stoke fears of a collapse in private renting if abolition of Section 21 goes ahead

NUJ condemns DWP adverts as an insult to disabled people

22 May, 2019

The National Union of Journalists has condemned the DWP for running a misleading PR campaign about Universal Credit

The DWP's "Universal Credit Uncovered" newspaper advert backfires

22 May, 2019

A four-page "advertisement feature" in Metro attempts to bust myths - but simply reinforces the welfare system's problems

More tenancy deposit disputes being resolved without adjudication

21 May, 2019

Increasing numbers of tenancy disputes are being resolved through mediation rather than adjudication

Scottish Labour party launches new bid to outlaw 'unfair' rents

21 May, 2019

Labour has introduced a Bill in Scotland which will introduce a further clampdown on rents

Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis warns couples they could be losing £7,000 a year to DWP benefits changes and to take action now

21 May, 2019

Financial expert Martin Lewis has issued a warning to couples and says they need to make themselves aware of big changes to their benefits

Universal Credit loan company fraud claim: Minister intervenes

21 May, 2019

A minister is urgently investigating how a woman was duped by an online loan company that pocketed her benefits

Provider exposed as unable to trace evicted tenants

21 May, 2019

Report reveals provider failed to consult with tenants, provide advice and assistance, and consider what would happen to them

HB A8/2019

21 May, 2019

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

HB A9/2019

21 May, 2019

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

Angry landlords set to confront Government over scrapping of Section 21

20 May, 2019

Furious landlords are due to meet in London tomorrow to draw up battle lines over the proposed scrapping of the so-called no fault evictions, Section 21

Universal credit: 10% deducted from claimants

20 May, 2019

Our benefits system was created to anchor people from being swept into poverty - so why is the government clawing back £1 in every £10 paid to people most in need of our support?

Council says its own lettings agency 'saves hundreds of thousands'

20 May, 2019

A council claims that its decision to set up its own lettings agency has prevented homelessness for almost 50 families and avoided £275,000 expenditure on emergency housing

Housing association linked to Grenfell Tower left tenant without light for weeks

20 May, 2019

London-based Notting Hill Genesis didn't repair one tenant's rotten window for six months and still collected rent from one tenant for five years after he died

I'm a perfect tenant but landlords avoid me because I'm on housing benefits

20 May, 2019

For all intents and purposes, I'm a great tenant

HMO Licensing: Six months on

20 May, 2019

Six months on from the introduction of licencing that regulates Homes for Multiple Occupation, and awareness of the new laws remains limited

Social housing sector has 'significant impact' on employment

20 May, 2019

New report backs a business case for housing associations supporting tenants into work

Government has 'fingerprints all over' soaring UK food poverty

20 May, 2019

Human rights report into UK hunger released after a week when Tory backbenchers jeered a Commons reference to a food bank for government staff

HB U2/2019

20 May, 2019

Urgent information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

VRTB pilot: more than half of tenants drop out after ballot

17 May, 2019

More than half the tenants successful in the ballot for the Midlands Voluntary Right to Buy pilot have failed to apply to buy their home or have had their application cancelled

MPs demand details of DWP's universal credit advertorials

17 May, 2019

Amber Rudd challenged on cost of campaign and accuracy of its claims about new benefit

Repairs and maintenance tracker 2019

17 May, 2019

Housing associations' spending on repairs and maintenance has ticked up again for the first time in three years

'Last resort' Universal Credit deductions top £39m

17 May, 2019

Figure for sums taken for essential services in October last year is up from a £9m statistical start in April 2017

Regulator: prospective supported housing providers not budgeting for enough support

17 May, 2019

Prospective providers of specialised supported housing are not budgeting for the support they claim they will provide

Hackney Council tells pregnant mum in homeless shelter: Move 160 miles away or face eviction

17 May, 2019

Jess is seven months pregnant and receiving prenatal care at a hospital in Hackney

Home Office releases Brexit guidance on Right to Rent

17 May, 2019

The Home Office has confirmed that landlords and agents should continue to undertake Right to Rent checks for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens as they do now

Landlords turn their backs on the Conservative Party

17 May, 2019

Polling conducted by the National Landlords Association suggests that private landlords have lost faith in the Conservative Party

Buy-to-let purchase loans in melt-down as landlords beat their retreat

17 May, 2019

The number of mortgage approvals for all types of house purchase has dropped sharply, with a drop of almost 10% in buy-to-let loans

Council lettings initiative saves thousands on finding homes

17 May, 2019

In under a year, the scheme has seen 47 households faced with eviction moved into more affordable rented properties

Proportion of EU tenants renting in the UK plummets by a fifth

16 May, 2019

The number of EU nationals looking to rent in the UK has dropped by a fifth

Housing associations are more vulnerable to market downturn than ever

16 May, 2019

Housing associations are now more vulnerable to housing market fluctuations than ever before

New social housing in Birmingham comes with Right to Buy stipulations

16 May, 2019

City Council plans major 10-year house building programme with would-be RtB purchasers facing full property construction costs

Tenants evicted for £43m Birmingham scheme will get 'option' to return

16 May, 2019

Residents in Druids Heath will be the first to benefit

Lone parents lose benefits cap challenge at supreme court

16 May, 2019

Justices reject appeal despite Lord Wilson saying impact of cap was 'undoubtedly harsh'

PRS reform means many housing cases 'will not to go to law'

16 May, 2019

MHCLG minster offers the Lords "reassurance" over legal aid provision in housing cases, saying "the law will be absolutely clear"

A recipe for social housebuilding

16 May, 2019

With more than 270,000 people currently experiencing homelessness in England, we're undoubtedly seeing the impact of 40 years of failure in housing policy

What would scrapping 'no fault' evictions mean for landlords?

16 May, 2019

For private landlords, the key change outlined in the government's response is the proposed removal of 'no fault' evictions

Section 21 survey response breaks RLA record

16 May, 2019

Previous record smashed, with more than 6,000 responses already in and still days to go

Homeless people in UK 'denied social housing as risky tenants'

15 May, 2019

Housing associations under fire for focus on commercial goals instead of social mission

Payday loan complaints reach five-year high

15 May, 2019

Complaints against payday lenders have soared to a five-year high

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act: how will social landlords respond?

15 May, 2019

A new piece of legislation will enshrine tenants' right to an improved standard of housing

Exclusion of poor tenants highlights fatal flaw in housing policy

15 May, 2019

The government's pledge to tackle rough sleeping is utterly thwarted by its welfare reforms and spending cuts

Digitisation still a challenge for housing associations

15 May, 2019

A new survey of housing association senior managers has found that they're slow to catch up to customer's expectations around digital services and start benefiting from the efficiency gains of digital

Anti-poverty charities want 'urgent investment' in Local Housing Allowance

15 May, 2019

Nine out of 10 English councils now fear further rises in homelessness because of LHA freeze

Londoners discriminated against 'because they're on benefits'

15 May, 2019

Having interviewed tenants on housing benefits before, I knew that calling round estate agents trying to find properties to rent to them was going to be difficult

Benefit cap: 'undoubtedly harsh' yet not unlawfully discriminatory

15 May, 2019

Today, the Supreme Court has acknowledged that the household benefit cap is not achieving its stated aims and is inflicting poverty on people

Ex-Countrywide agent says landlords signing onerous conditions

14 May, 2019

A former Countrywide employee trying to start up their own business has claimed that landlords who would like to become customers of the new firm are being hit by onerous 'release' fees

Landlords find profits are on the slide when selling up

14 May, 2019

The average landlord who sold a buy-to-let property last year made nearly £80,000 pre-tax profit - less than in previous years

Dozens of residents forced to leave their homes as flat evacuation deadline looms

14 May, 2019

It is understood residents have until end of play today to leave

HomeLet Rental Index - April 2019

14 May, 2019

Rents in the UK rose by 2.0% in April compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £936 a month

Universal Credit debt advice tool gets 9,000+ visits in three months

14 May, 2019

Money and Pension Service's money guidance contact centre was also received around 1,100 enquiries regarding Universal Credit

Wheeler pledges court reforms to support landlords

14 May, 2019

Announcement comes in wake of government's decision to abolish section 21 "no explanation" repossessions

Housing associations must be handed bigger role to free private renters from 'poor deal'

14 May, 2019

Housing associations must be given a bigger role by government in tackling the housing crisis as private renters are getting an increasingly "poor deal"

Universal Credit sparks rent arrears crisis as council's housing income falls by £28m

14 May, 2019

Council chiefs launched pilot scheme to slow down mounting debts from tenants

Benefit sanctions statistics to January 2019

14 May, 2019

Sanctions statistics for Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit, data to January 2019

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 11 April 2019

14 May, 2019

Official experimental statistics including the number of people and households on Universal Credit, starts and claims

DWP benefits statistics: May 2019

14 May, 2019

Statistics on DWP-administered benefits

Housing Secretary rejects rent controls but defends abolition of 'no fault' evictions

13 May, 2019

Housing Secretary of State James Brokenshire has rejected suggestions that the Conservatives could bring in rent controls

Average new rents continue to rise ahead of fees ban

13 May, 2019

The average new rental price is still rising, ahead of the imminent tenant fees ban

Welfare shake-up 'will double number of children in poverty'

13 May, 2019

Half of low-income families will lose thousands of pounds a year

London's residential market stalls while private renters see rises

13 May, 2019

New stats show flats saw the sharpest fall in transactions, down almost 20% in the final quarter of 2018 compared to the previous year

Housing association spends £2m on staff restructuring and consultants then puts rents up

13 May, 2019

A cash-strapped housing association has increased rents despite spending nearly £2 million on restructuring

Labour would trial universal basic income if elected

13 May, 2019

Shadow chancellor says pilot schemes would be held in Liverpool, Sheffield and the Midlands

Pan-London solutions needed for temporary accommodation crisis

13 May, 2019

New report calls for a specific Mayoral-led project that could press MHCLG and DWP on collaboration to improve housing security undermined by welfare reform

For-profit provider signs management agreement with housing association

13 May, 2019

Places for People has agreed a new 10-year deal to manage for-profit provider Residential Secure Income's 2,219 retirement homes

100 years of Newcastle council housing - from homes for heroes to homes of the future

12 May, 2019

To celebrate 100 years of council housing in Newcastle, the city council is asking residents to share memories and photographs

LIN member report May 2019 - Tenancies in the private rented sector

10 May, 2019

LIN member report is written by Neil Merrick

Courts 'failing landlords' as repossessions timescales increase

10 May, 2019

The Government's plans to scrap Section 21 notices have come under scrutiny after its own data shows it is taking longer for landlords to repossess properties through the courts

Buy-to-let regulation blamed as landlord arrears increase

10 May, 2019

Buy-to-let mortgage arrears increased in the first quarter of 2019, prompting concerns that disgruntled tenants are stopping paying rent as a result of landlords giving them notice and exiting the sector

Rudd announces Universal Credit sanction changes

10 May, 2019

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has ended financial sanctions for claimants that last for three years - the longest length will now be six months

RLA: Courts are 'failing' landlords and tenants

10 May, 2019

Average time taken for a property to be repossessed from the initial claim is over 17 weeks

Mortgage and Landlord Possession Statistics in England and Wales, January to March 2019 (Provisional)

10 May, 2019

Since January to March 2018, all mortgage possession actions have increased, whereas landlord possession actions have generally decreased

Housing benefits should be 'at least' 30% of market rates

10 May, 2019

London boroughs have called on Whitehall to lift the Local Housing Allowance to at least 30% of local market rates for private sector accommodation to help ease the pressure on councils

Hackitt legislation: what does it mean for housing associations?

10 May, 2019

As Inside Housing reveals that draft legislation to implement a new post-Grenfell system of building regulation is imminent

HB A6/2019

10 May, 2019

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

HB A7/2019

10 May, 2019

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

Social landlords offered 'solution' to Universal Credit arrears

10 May, 2019

Study of five registered landlords finds an £60,000-£130,000 increase in rent arrears per thousand tenants

Association calls for amendment to Universal Credit shortfall

10 May, 2019

Curo has identified many tenants struggling to cover the cost of their weekly rent

LIN Welfare Benefits Rates Card 2019-20

09 May, 2019

The benefit rates for 2019-2020

Landlords threaten legal action over 'unfair' licensing scheme

09 May, 2019

Oxford City Council is being threatened with legal action over its landlord licensing scheme

Benefit cuts 'have made private renting unaffordable'

09 May, 2019

Renting privately across most of England has become unaffordable for people on benefits, housing charities have warned, with people in some areas short of at least £100 a month

Surplus service homes could still boost social housing stock

09 May, 2019

Commons committee told such a boost depends on a balance between military personnel projections and social housing need

Low Universal Credit levels leaving people at risk of homelessness

09 May, 2019

The money residents on Universal Credit are receiving through benefit payments is falling behind renting costs in London and putting people across the capital at risk of becoming homeless

People in Derbyshire are living on '£2 a day' because of Universal Credit

09 May, 2019

The system has also caused significant problems for the Trust including a "large increase" in arrears

England and Wales Rental Tracker

09 May, 2019

Rental market shows stability in March as landlords look north

Catalyst tenants forced to move out over fire safety issues in London block

09 May, 2019

Tenants at a Catalyst-owned block in London will be moved out of their homes after the housing association found a series of fire safety issues with the building

NHF unveils Tenant Advisory Panel

09 May, 2019

Announcement comes amid bids to create a more balanced relationship between tenants and housing associations

Basic Income As Common Dividends: Report Launch with Guy Standing

08 May, 2019

Every adult in the UK should receive a weekly basic income of £48

Providers and tenants short-changed over UC

08 May, 2019

Issue initially ignored by DWP now seen as posing a serious problem for housing providers and tenants

Government delays publishing lower benefit cap evaluation

08 May, 2019

Publication pushed back to autumn to test methodological approach

Housing benefit payments not made confirm Isle of Wight council

08 May, 2019

Households across the Isle of Wight have not received payment of housing benefit as expected

Council-led incentive aims to tackle housing waiting lists

08 May, 2019

The scheme is due to be launched at a series of events targeted at private landlords and housing

Shelter launches £600,000 PRS fund in Manchester

08 May, 2019

The Fair Housing Futures project seeks to address the challenges of accessing housing in Manchester's private sector

Government changes to renting laws have fuelled housing discrimination

08 May, 2019

Xenophobia has been increasing in the UK over the past five years, spurred on by fear mongering about immigration whether in regards to the refugee crisis or Brexit

DWP staff 'do not grasp' UC guidance

08 May, 2019

Council says its staff had to tell Universal Credit staff how their own rules and regulations worked

Get out while you can, private landlords told - and buy shares in build to rent instead

07 May, 2019

The chief executive of Grainger, one of Britain's biggest rental firms, has said that amateur landlords should give up and buy shares in her company instead

More than a dozen supported housing tenants 'not receiving services' paid for

07 May, 2019

More than a dozen supported housing tenants in Gloucester are not being provided the services that have been paid for

Benefits and bulgur wheat

07 May, 2019

Inside the UK's food banks

Labour-backed report urges trials of universal basic income

07 May, 2019

John McDonnell, who commissioned study, hints a form of UBI could become policy

Property: is this an ethical alternative to buy-to-let?

07 May, 2019

If you're keen to invest your cash but want to be sure it's doing some good, Reap is worth a look

Slow response to universal credit errors 'bizarre'

07 May, 2019

DWP officials took months to correct payment mistakes

Thousands of buy to let homes are dangerous, claims compliance firm

07 May, 2019

A compliance company has accused "thousands" of buy to let investors of failing to address major household hazards which render properties dangerous

Housing bosses 'letting down' Edinburgh council tenants over repairs

07 May, 2019

Housing chiefs have been accused of "letting down tenants" after it was revealed there were more than 3,700 outstanding repairs for council homes

LA Welfare Direct bulletins: 2019

07 May, 2019

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

Which? accuses agents of breaking law over tenancy agreements

03 May, 2019

A mystery shopping investigation of 20 letting agents by consumer watchdog Which? claims to have identified practices that could be illegal

Agent Provocateur: Politicians and the strangling of the private rental sector

03 May, 2019

We live in a world of unintended consequences

Anger as Grenfell boss is invited to speak at housing safety event

03 May, 2019

Woman in charge of TMO at time of fire quits conference after criticism from survivors

Tenants hit by 'unfair' practices which could breach consumer law

03 May, 2019

A letting agent with almost 200 branches required a holding deposit before tenants had even reviewed a contract

UC support to those with severe disabilities 'unlawful'

03 May, 2019

The High Court declaration represents the latest blow to the DWP and Universal Credit

Are we seeing the demise of the 'rogue' landlord?

03 May, 2019

There are many good landlords in the UK, but there is a small minority of 'rogue' operators that have become a major scourge for renters

What do Amazon and social housing have in common?

03 May, 2019

The very nature of social housing means that customer service can be a more complex affair than other sectors

Universal credit regulations ruled unlawful by high court

03 May, 2019

Terms would leave thousands with severe disabilities worse off by about £100 a month

Seconds away - Government leaves it to literally the last minute on fees ban

03 May, 2019

In a literally last minute move, and as the industry entered an era of huge change, the Government waited until 60 seconds before the fees ban came in before it issued the final and vital paperwork

Leaseholders in London block pay nearly £3.5m for Grenfell-style cladding removal

02 May, 2019

Leaseholders living at a major development in central London have been forced to pay out millions of pounds to remove dangerous Grenfell-style cladding despite no work starting on the block

Quarter of landlords looking to 'sell up' over next year

02 May, 2019

Survey reveals a third reported low levels of confidence in the private rented sector

Airbnb introduces Donations to help with temporary housing

02 May, 2019

Hosts can give money to nonprofits that help displaced people find a place to stay

Why are so many housing associations turning their backs on fixed-term tenancies?

02 May, 2019

In 2011 the Localism Act gave social landlords the option to issue fixed-term tenancies for the first time

Why people on Leicester housing register haven't been able to bid on council properties

02 May, 2019

'It's a disgrace, the system is bad enough as it is'

Former top judge says UC 'breaches rule of law'

02 May, 2019

Further scathing criticism for the reform said to show a systemic failure to meet basic legal standards

Benefit Cap: number of households capped to February 2019

02 May, 2019

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

There are no easy answers to the 'trilemma' faced by housing organisations

02 May, 2019

A recent conference on housing brought home the triple challenge faced by organisations trying to battle the housing crisis

Universal credit is 'Orwellian'

01 May, 2019

Sir Stephen Sedley says digital benefits system is also failing to meet legal obligations

New four and five-bedroom council houses to be built in Milton Keynes for 'larger' homeless families

01 May, 2019

The first stream of 91 new council houses has been submitted to the planning department

Likelihood of poorer adults struggling to buy food is rising

01 May, 2019

Food insecurity affected one in five adults in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2016

Nationwide house price index

01 May, 2019

UK house price growth remained weak in April

Propertymark Housing Report - March 2019

01 May, 2019

Supply of available properties hit the lowest level on record for the month of March

Associations merge to deliver 1,300 homes

01 May, 2019

Aldwyck Housing Group is set to become a subsidiary of Catalyst

Universal credit claimants being underpaid as they are 'left in the dark' about entitlements

01 May, 2019

'Inadequate' communications and administrative errors risk claimants being underpaid

Benefit claimants at risk of 'destitution' if DWP fails to prepare for Universal Credit roll-out

01 May, 2019

The DWP risks leaving benefit claimants "destitute" if it fails to properly prepare for the roll-out of Universal Credit

Universal credit claimants left in the dark about their entitlements

01 May, 2019

Universal credit claimants are routinely in the dark about how much they should receive

Opinion: Tinkering politicians will only trap landlords for years to come

30 April, 2019

Margaret Thatcher is credited with the Right to Buy legislation which allowed long-term council tenants to purchase their homes at a discounted price

Property demand and supply hits a six-year low but are landlords returning to the market?

30 April, 2019

The number of properties available to buy has hit the lowest level on record for March

Chester: Landlords fined for letting flat with no windows or heating

30 April, 2019

Two landlords have been fined for letting out a death-trap flat which had no heating or windows

MPs ramp up pressure on government to fund private cladding removal

30 April, 2019

MPs have increased the pressure on government to fund the removal of Grenfell-style cladding from private residential blocks

Why we scrapped our ALMO

30 April, 2019

This month Westminster City Council scrapped the management company which had been looking after its council homes for 17 years

Khan urged to 'ease the squeeze' on family-sized social rented homes

30 April, 2019

London mayor urged to set a target for 50% of new social rented homes to have three bedrooms or more to address overcrowding in social housing

HB S10/2019

30 April, 2019

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

'Hassle no longer worth it' for private landlords

29 April, 2019

New research shows the likely post-tax gain for the typical private landlord has declined substantially, as corporate residential equivalent sees strong returns

Rushanara Ali MP: Gov't must move fast to replace flammable cladding on every building

29 April, 2019

Fire does not discriminate between private and public housing

More homes for rent

29 April, 2019

Rental market to benefit from £30 million investment

Landlords shocked to be told their costs will rise because of tenancy fees ban

29 April, 2019

With just over a month to go, some landlords are apparently only just waking up to the price of the tenancy fees ban

Opinion: Abolishing Section 21 and restoring rent controls could return us to bad old days?

29 April, 2019

The Government has announced its intention to abolish Section 21 - the so-called no fault eviction, by which landlords can claim possession of their property without having to give a reason

Zoopla warns against rent controls becoming policy

29 April, 2019

Zoopla has cautioned against the use of rent controls

Landlords increasingly look to the north for better investments

29 April, 2019

Rents across England and Wales have barely moved in the last year

Associations announce merger plans

29 April, 2019

Between them, the two groups manage 38,000 units across the UK

Private Rented Sector Report - March 2019

26 April, 2019

Supply of rental properties letting agents managed rose by three percent in March,to the highest figure on record

Report reveals UC pressures on frontline staff

26 April, 2019

Concerns are raised around the "managed migration" process of placing benefit claimants onto Universal Credit

Location of 2,780 new council homes revealed for the first time

26 April, 2019

Council housing is a prestigious tenure and we want to lead the race to the top

Three systems we can redesign to end food poverty

26 April, 2019

To unlock children and families from poverty, we must redesign our housing and labour markets and our social security system

Was section 21 such a bad thing?

26 April, 2019

The repealing of the government legislation will have come as no surprise to anyone involved in housing

Challenges in delivering social housing

26 April, 2019

Housing providers are coming under increasing scrutiny and indeed pressure to deliver the number of affordable homes that are going to make a lasting impact in solving the nation's housing crisis

Association warns of changes to pension credit

26 April, 2019

The household incomes of those affected could leave some as much as £7,000 a year worse off

Charities stress need for urgent reform of welfare reform

26 April, 2019

DWP maintains denial of reform driving poverty as one food bank charity alone distributes well over one million emergency parcels

Agents defend housing benefit restrictions in rental adverts to MPs

25 April, 2019

Lettings agents have defended the use of "No DSS" phrases in property listings, claiming landlords are often following instructions from their mortgage lenders or insurer

Tinder-style property rental platform announces expansion plans

25 April, 2019

A new rental property platform that allows prospective tenants to 'swipe' in Tinder style for rooms and homes has had 100,000 searches

Landlords' Barometer - #69: Abolition of Section 21 is the big talking point

25 April, 2019

Welcome to the April edition of the Landlords' Barometer, where, unsurprisingly, the demise of Section 21 is a key trending topic!

MHCLG considers second Right to Buy pilot ballot after low take-up

25 April, 2019

The government is mulling a second ballot of the Right to Buy pilot for housing associations in the Midlands following unexpectedly low take-up

Children Going Hungry As Figures Show One Third Of Foodbank Packages Going To Youngsters

25 April, 2019

Record number of foodbank parcels handed out in the past year, with a huge number going to struggling families

MPs call on landlords to scrap 'no DSS' clauses in rental ads

25 April, 2019

Critics compare refusal of people on benefits to 'no blacks, no Irish, no dogs' signs

Australia's biggest bank enters sector with £250m of loans to housing associations

25 April, 2019

Australia's biggest bank has made a significant move into the UK social housing sector with loans worth over £250m to four large housing associations

Home Office urges social housing to 'know the signs' of gang exploitation

25 April, 2019

A series of posters set to raise awareness around urban drug activity expanding to smaller town markets

Great Yarmouth rundown housing to be bought by council

25 April, 2019

A £2m scheme that will let a council buy rundown bedsits and guest houses and renovate them has been approved

Regulatory judgements: London housing association downgraded for giving regulator inaccurate information

25 April, 2019

London housing association Origin Housing has been downgraded for providing "consistently inaccurate" information to the Regulator of Social Housing

Man with mental health problems evicted in his slippers - and he can't get back in to retrieve his belongings

25 April, 2019

Paul Bradley, 64, was evicted from his Cromwell Road flat on Tuesday by Lincolnshire Housing Partnership with just the clothes on his back and slippers

Universal credit and its impact on household incomes: the long and the short of it

24 April, 2019

n this research we investigate who wins and loses from universal credit, and by how much

Newcastle landlords condemn 'sledgehammer' licensing plan

24 April, 2019

Private landlords have branded a new licensing policy as "a sledgehammer to crack a nut"

London council's housing allocations policy is discriminatory

24 April, 2019

A west London council has been told by the Court of Appeal that its housing allocations policy is unlawfully discriminatory

Mayor calls for system to enforce short-term letting law

24 April, 2019

Since 2015, the law has capped short-term lets in London at a total of 90 nights per year

London Mayor calls for short-let landlord register

24 April, 2019

The Mayor of London and local authorities in the capital are calling for the Government to introduce a registration system for short-let landlords

Almost two million people will lose £1,000 a year with UC

24 April, 2019

Those claiming disability benefits will be the worst affected

Scrapping Section 21: a victory for every housing campaigner

24 April, 2019

Renters won an important campaign which will change the way all private tenants are treated in our country

REIT to set up company to advise supported housing association partners

23 April, 2019

Civitas has announced plans to set up a company to advise the housing associations it leases homes to

Private investors cash in on social housing boom

23 April, 2019

Triple Point investment trust buys six developments including one in south of Scotland

Hackitt 'concerned' Grenfell recommendations will fall away

23 April, 2019

Author of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety post-Grenfell, has warned not to let Grenfell slip off the agenda

Cost of re-homing Appleton Point tenants is revealed

23 April, 2019

Rwhousing almost one hundred people after a block of flats was evacuated cost Bradford Council £12,410

Association which developed electrical safety code slammed for putting tenants at risk

23 April, 2019

A housing association involved in developing an electrical safety code of practice has been slammed for electrical safety issues by the regulator

Benefits claimant 'disgusted' by DWP after 'lying bitch' comment

23 April, 2019

Woman forced to appeal against incorrect PIP decisions three times in five years

FOI requests detail impact of the Homelessness Reduction Act

23 April, 2019

The Big Issue contacted 354 local authorities to get a clear picture of the new legislation's progress

House Price Index March 2019

23 April, 2019

A split across England and Wales

Treasury delays reclassification of NI housing associations until 2020

23 April, 2019

The UK Treasury has agreed to delay legislation that would shift the debt of Northern Irish housing associations onto the public balance sheet until March 2020

Seriously ill, emaciated man who was denied benefits by DWP dies

23 April, 2019

Stephen Smith's case sparked outrage after his benefits were cut and he was told to find a job

New regulatory body will oversee both letting and sales agents

18 April, 2019

A new regulatory body has been set up ahead of the tenant fees ban on June 1

Lack of lettings supply pushes rental growth to record highs

18 April, 2019

Tenants will still need to stump up a deposit ranging from £630 to £2,415 once the fees ban comes in

Corporate landlords earning twice as much from buy-to-let as private owners

18 April, 2019

A new property index that tracks the fortunes of corporate landlords claims they are breathing new life into buy-to-let

Tories refuse to support £8m housing plan

18 April, 2019

Conservative councillors at Cornwall Council have refused to support providing an extra £8million to the council's housing development programme

Section 21 and why landlords will still hold all the keys in housing

18 April, 2019

SP Chakravarty says the market is inherently rigged against renters

Landlords urged to shape future of rental sector

18 April, 2019

The launch of a new survey to help assess landlord rights comes ahead of a government consultation over section 21

Believing in the future of social housing

18 April, 2019

When we set out to create a new identity for County Durham Housing Group, we kept coming back to the same thing; our view that social housing should drive positive change

Stamp Duty hikes pushing more London landlords out of their home city

17 April, 2019

Increasing numbers of landlords who live in London are looking beyond the capital for buy-to-let returns

Grenfell family placed on council house waiting list

17 April, 2019

A family who escaped the Grenfell Tower fire have been told by their local authority they will be moved on to a general council house waiting list

Sky News Host Jayne Secker Hits Young Woman With Patronising Rebuke Of Renters

17 April, 2019

The Sky anchor has been forced to apologise after the exchange sparked widespread anger

'I can't stay here' - Social housing tenant feels forced to move out over leaky boiler

17 April, 2019

A social housing tenant has hit out at her landlords due to her boiler leaking on and off for the last two years - forcing her to find alternative living arrangements

Planners set to refuse permission for a licensed house in multiple occupation in Milton Keynes

17 April, 2019

Planners are set to refuse permission for a house in multiple occupation, despite it already being licensed by a different department at the same council

New building safety knowledge hub for social landlords

17 April, 2019

The Federation and the Local Government Association have launched a new building safety knowledge hub for social landlords

Ending unfair evictions will help prevent homelessness

17 April, 2019

This week, the government announced plans to abolish Section 21 evictions

In full: Tenants letter to Malthouse over communication snub

17 April, 2019

Below is the full letter sent by the National Voice for Tenants Steering Group, who have voiced their disappointment over lack of progress on creating a national tenants' voice

Association secures £500k Warm Homes funding

17 April, 2019

The grant will enable 250 homes to be connected to mains gas

Government to drop plans to create a national tenant voice

17 April, 2019

Government may not be going ahead with a national tenants voice - pitched as a key element of the Social Housing Green Paper

LIN member report April 2019 - The benefit cap

16 April, 2019

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

'No-fault' eviction of tenants must end. But beware unintended consequences

16 April, 2019

The government is right to curtail landlords' powers. But too much regulation could end up hurting the poorest

From the frontline - Universal Credit officer Trevor Davies

16 April, 2019

Trevor Davies, Universal Credit officer at County Durham Housing Group, tells us about helping tenants to manage their finances and his frustration at having to issue food vouchers

Rightmove asks for 'conversation' with housing minister over 'No DSS' listings

16 April, 2019

Rightmove has asked for a "conversation" with the Ministry of Housing about 'No DSS' lettings listings

Agents and landlords braced for more upheaval as Section 21 is set for scrapheap

16 April, 2019

Letting agents and landlords have reacted with dismay as the Government unveiled plans to scrap Section 21 notices

Government promoting outdated guidance on how to let and rent a property

16 April, 2019

The Government is promoting outdated guidance on how to let and rent a property

Rightmove House Price Index - April 2019

16 April, 2019

The largest monthly sample of residential property prices

Government criticised for sidelining plans for national tenant voice

16 April, 2019

The government has been accused of sidelining its pledge to give social housing tenants a stronger voice on the national stage following the Grenfell Tower fire

New guidance to help identify tenants at risk of county lines exploitation

16 April, 2019

New guidance from the Home Office and CrimeStoppers aims to help housing association staff identify and support vulnerable tenants

MS Society campaigns to scrap the PIP 20 metre rule

16 April, 2019

The PIP 20 metre rule is failing people with MS. And people are losing their independence as a result

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 14 March 2019

16 April, 2019

Official experimental statistics for the number of people on Universal Credit

Our lack of social housing is failing those in desperate need

16 April, 2019

At Shelter, we see many people who've had bad experiences renting privately, but Tom's experiences are exceptionally bad

Government announces end to unfair evictions

15 April, 2019

Biggest change to the private rental sector for a generation

Government to end 'no-fault' evictions in private rental shake-up

15 April, 2019

Prime minister Theresa May has announced plans to clamp down on landlords who evict tenants unfairly at short notice by abolishing so-called "no-fault evictions"

Calls for Universal Credit housing benefit to automatically go to landlords

15 April, 2019

Calls have been made for the housing element of Universal Credit to automatically go to landlords

LSA: Landlord-tenant firm criticised by housing charity

15 April, 2019

A firm which acts as an intermediary between landlords and tenants has been criticised for charging some customers £25 for a phone call or £15 for emails

DWP to restore disability benefits of woman it called 'lying bitch'

15 April, 2019

Department does U-turn, amid calls for it to be stripped of delivering disability benefits

'I have PTSD and got depressed': how no-fault evictions affect tenants

15 April, 2019

Annie Goodwin, 73, says three no-fault eviction notices in six years have taken their toll

Housing groups welcome plans to abolish Section 21 evictions

15 April, 2019

Housing and tenant groups have welcomed plans by the government to consult on abolishing Section 21 evictions, also known as 'no-fault' evictions

No rogue landlords issued with banning orders in 12 months

15 April, 2019

Just four entries have been recorded on database in the year since its launch

Controlling house prices and the need to be able to evict bad tenants

15 April, 2019

Carolyn Hayman says action must be taken to bring prices back into an affordable ratio with incomes, while Tom Booth says section 21 should not be abolished

JRF responds to Government promise to ban no-fault evictions

15 April, 2019

Following today's news that the Government plans to ban no-fault evictions, Campbell Robb, chief executive of the independent Joseph Rowntree Foundation, responds

Onus on Government to avoid chaos in the courts

15 April, 2019

The National Landlords Association is lambasting the Government's proposal to remove Section 21 'no fault' evictions, essentially creating indefinite tenancies

Major agent taken to task over 'no deposit' scheme that is not an insurance policy

12 April, 2019

This is Money, part of the Daily Mail, has criticised Leaders Romans Group for the 'no deposit option' scheme it introduced last year, after a single mother was left with a £1,318 bill at the end of her tenancy

Local enforcement of crooked landlords set to be beefed up

12 April, 2019

Local authorities across the country are to receive new online support in what the Government has said is the latest step in its crackdown on criminal landlords

Social tenant says he is being punished for speaking to the Guardian

12 April, 2019

Thomas Reames says Southern Housing extended probation period after he discussed segregated facilities

Funds agree to reduced lease payments from non-compliant housing association

12 April, 2019

Civitas and one other investment fund have agreed to reduce lease payments from a non-compliant housing association

County's housing targets are already met

12 April, 2019

Northumberland is building almost double the number of required homes

Reap relaunches to tackle 'unsustainable' housing market

12 April, 2019

Ethical Buy To Let alternative returns for second round of affordable homes investment

Report provides tenant perception on 'value for money'

12 April, 2019

The online survey allows participants to provide an opinion on new legislation and regulations

Average UK rent down again in Q1 2019

12 April, 2019

Imminent tenancy fees ban may be slowing house moves

The private renters trapped in Britain's new slums

12 April, 2019

Years of austerity have driven the poorest into squalid, crumbling homes

City unveils worst rental homes as it looks to extend licensing

11 April, 2019

A council has revealed the squalid conditions its inspectors have found when visiting rental properties as it looks to extend its landlord licensing scheme

Rent analysis sparks conflict over impact of impending tenant fees ban

11 April, 2019

Two separate reports on rents conflict over the impact of the tenant fees ban

Regulator to meet with equity investors in supported housing

11 April, 2019

The Regulator of Social Housing is set to meet with investors that put money into the controversial model of financing SSH to outline its concerns around how it is being operated

England and Wales Rental Tracker

11 April, 2019

Tenants drawn to the South West in February

For-profit association seeks new investors to buy more homes

11 April, 2019

A for-profit housing association owned by a private developer is seeking new private funders to help expand its business and allow it to buy more homes

Tenants baffled by ad for London room at £572-a-month that appears to have no door

11 April, 2019

Desperate renters were left baffled when a flat listing in east London appeared to show a bedroom without a door

Warrington approves £80m housing association loan facilities

11 April, 2019

Warrington Borough Council has approved £80m of loans to provide borrowing facilities to two housing associations for house-building in the area

DWP accused of treating UC inquiry 'like dirt'

11 April, 2019

MPs want the Department for Work and Pensions to give a fresh response to their report on childcare

April 2019: Touchbase edition 129

11 April, 2019

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

Two-thirds of councils say they can't afford to comply with homelessness law

10 April, 2019

A year on from the Homelessness Reduction Act, councils fear lack of funds will hamper efforts to keep people housed and off the streets

London association promises improvement after concerns in Grenfell borough

10 April, 2019

One of London's largest housing associations has promised to improve its service in the borough where the Grenfell Tower fire happened

BTL research reveals lower remortgage activity going forward

10 April, 2019

Report says landlords remain engaged in the sector but are prioritising bolstering financial strength over portfolio expansion

Landlords count the cost of tax changes

10 April, 2019

UK's largest and most experienced landlords have adapted their approach to stay resilient to tax and regulatory change by prioritising measures to bolster financial strength over portfolio expansion

Housing Minister unveils new guidance for local authorities to crack down on rogue landlords

10 April, 2019

New online support as part of government's commitment to give greater protection to tenants, and reform the private rented sector for the better

Brokenshire 'turns back time' over social housebuilding

10 April, 2019

Accused of presiding over the worst two years of social housing since WWII, Housing Secretary attacks last Labour government

Associations accused of 'nice work if you get it' sales of affordable homes

10 April, 2019

Commons hears how section 106 properties could simply be sold straight to first-time buyers on low incomes at 50% market value

Malthouse wants planning laws to stop social housing segregation

10 April, 2019

Housing minister Kit Malthouse has asked officials to "explore strengthening" planning guidance to prevent segregation of social housing residents

Government launches support for rogue landlord crackdown

10 April, 2019

The announcement forms part of a government commitment to give greater protection to tenants

HomeLet Rental Index - March 19

10 April, 2019

Average rents across the UK rose by 3.3% in March 2019 when compared to the same month a year previously; the average monthly rent is now £942

Bristol City Council approves additional licensing

10 April, 2019

Bristol City Council has confirmed that additional licensing has been approved and further details relating implementation to will be released in due course

Average rent for UK property now £1,217

09 April, 2019

Annual growth hotspots include Edinburgh City (5.97%), Nottingham (4.28%), and Blaenau Gwent (3.76%)

Harlow MP describes office block re-housing as 'social cleansing'

09 April, 2019

The government is reviewing its policy of allowing the conversion of offices into homes without planning permission

House Exchange adds over 100,000 properties to swapping service for social housing residents

09 April, 2019

House Exchange - the home swapping service - has seen rapid growth over the last twelve months, with landlords owning more than 100,000 properties joining as partners

Lettings organisation which calls itself a 'club' hit with huge bills

09 April, 2019

A lettings organisation which calls itself a club rather than an agency has been heavily fined

Greater Manchester housing association secures £100m funding deal

09 April, 2019

Bolton at Home has secured a £100m funding package that will enable it to build 785 homes and complete its acquisition of Manchester neighbour Arcon Housing Group

Property guardians live in legal limbo - despite new law to protect tenants from exploitation

09 April, 2019

In the midst of England's housing crisis, when many young people face rising rents in major cities, alternative forms of accommodation have emerged

September date set for Welsh letting fees law

09 April, 2019

Six months until a ban on unnecessary letting fees becomes law - Royal Assent permitting

Landlords: right to rent checks on long-resident non-EEA nationals and Windrush generation

09 April, 2019

This information is for landlords wishing to rent private residential property in England to long resident Commonwealth citizens and other long resident non-EEA nationals

Ministers 'must tell agents and landlords who they can let to after Brexit'

08 April, 2019

The Residential Landlords Association is calling on the Government to issue clear advice for agents and landlords about the implications of Brexit for Right to Rent

"Poorly finished" new block of flats might have to be be evacuated over fire safety fears

08 April, 2019

Developer vows to work with council to fix problems found in investigations following Grenfell Tower tragedy

Councils face a losing battle as they crack down on rogue landlords

08 April, 2019

Despite dawn raids and legal action, the number of unlicensed rentals in houses of multiple occupation continues to grow

'The power to wreck your life': Tens of thousands of disabled people denied benefits for extra month

08 April, 2019

'I couldn't understand how I'd gone from lifetime support to a reduced award when my symptoms had gotten worse'

Brexit confusion could hit EU tenants in UK

08 April, 2019

Residential Landlords Association blames lack of clarity over settled status scheme

Benefits freeze costs families three months of food shopping

08 April, 2019

Joseph Rowntree Foundation says a fourth year of freeze puts poverty-stricken families £560 worse off on average

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 4/2019

08 April, 2019

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

'Unjustifiable' benefits freeze means another tough year ahead for low income families

08 April, 2019

Families in poverty face another year of frozen benefits from 8th April, amid the uncertainty of Brexit

31% of ALMO Right to Buy stock not replaced in 2018

05 April, 2019

The latest National Federation of ALMOs annual report has shown the sector is still struggling with replacing stock sold through the Right to Buy

Two landlord in West Sussex lose appeal against CPNs

05 April, 2019

Two landlords who let substandard properties in Lancing and Southwick have had their appeals against Civil Penalty Notices (CPNs) rejected

TSB adds to its BTL mortgage range

05 April, 2019

TSB has launched new buy-to-let remortgage products within its intermediary range, with rates now starting from 1.59%

'It's going to be our little paradise': can co-ops solve the housing crisis?

05 April, 2019

For many people, bouncing between shoddy, overpriced house-shares is a fact of life. But there is a ready-made answer: the humble housing co-op

Fightback Begins: council's £1,200 licensing fee provokes backlash

05 April, 2019

One of the most pro-licensing local authorities in the country has extended its own scheme to include the entire centre of Bristol - but it's now seeing a backlash

Nearly one in seven Britons could live alone by 2039, study shows

05 April, 2019

ONS also says those already on own are less financially secure than couples without children

New strategy aims to increase supply of housing that's affordable

05 April, 2019

A new strategy to tackle South Cambridgeshire's housing challenges has been approved by the District Council - with an emphasis on providing homes that are affordable for local workers

Major affordable housing projects announced for London

05 April, 2019

The £63m transformation in the heart of the borough's Alperton Housing Zone is expected to get underway this month

Study reveals threat of unregulated short-term lets to PRS

04 April, 2019

Analysis suggests that Airbnb alone has over 77,000 lets in Greater London

'Fleecehold' : Calls to regulate homeowner charges

04 April, 2019

The amount of money homeowners can be charged for maintenance work by housing developers should be regulated by the Welsh Government, an AM has said

Landlord ordered to pay £29,000 for harassing two tenants out of their homes

04 April, 2019

A private landlord in Telford has been ordered to pay £29,000 in costs and fines for harassing two tenants out of their properties

Rental fraud warning after shocking scam attempts

04 April, 2019

Prospective tenants are being warned about a fraud scam that cons people into paying an advance fee to rent a property

TDS is latest to produce tools to help agents through Fees Ban

04 April, 2019

Tenancy Deposit Scheme is the latest player in the private rental sector to launch online tools to help letting agents cope with the Fees Ban

Peers call for tax relief for rental home improvements

04 April, 2019

Landlords are welcoming calls today by a parliamentary committee for tax incentives for private landlords to improve the quality of their property

Councils say homelessness act not adequately funded

04 April, 2019

Up to 67% of councils feel they lack the funding to meet new duties to tackle homelessness, analysis has found

UC creates 'systematic indebtedness' for new claimants

04 April, 2019

A SFHA survey reveals levels of arrears for tenants is much higher when they claim Universal Credit

Study found universal credit causing hardship a year and half ago

04 April, 2019

Joint DWP and HMRC report was released on Thursday but dated November 2017

Newark and Sherwood District Council's policy and finance committee to consider bringing council housing back in-house

04 April, 2019

THE company that manages 5,500 council homes across Newark and Sherwood could be axed and brought back in-house by its sole shareholder, the district council

The DWP claims it costs too much to confirm UC deaths

03 April, 2019

Commons correspondence has the department ducking behind "disproportionate cost" over death rates

Housing First gathers pace in Scottish cities

03 April, 2019

Scotland could be free from most visible, acute forms of homelessness "within three years"

Private landlords face £1,200 fee to rent homes in Bristol

03 April, 2019

Private landlords will need to pay £1,200 for a licence to rent their properties as part of council efforts to improve living standards for tenants

For-profit housing association blocked from NHF membership

03 April, 2019

A for-profit housing association has been told it cannot be a member of the National Housing Federation

Northampton family will withhold rent until housing association helps with black mould in their house

03 April, 2019

After trying to treat the problem themselves the couple now really want the help of their housing association to get rid of the black mould in their house

Britain needs decent new council houses - not just musicals about them

03 April, 2019

A new production celebrates a famous Sheffield estate but glosses over dire levels of inequality and housing waiting lists

New landlord management platform to pay tenants to find their replacement

03 April, 2019

A new property management platform, which is launching soon, is looking for landlords to sign up and test its systems for free

Three million homes needed to end homelessness

03 April, 2019

A year ago, the government hailed the Homelessness Reduction Act as "the most ambitious legal reform in decades" - as it rolled out new duties on councils to prevent and relieve homelessness

Rogue landlords to stop exploiting students minister warns

03 April, 2019

In a speech to students, Universities Minister Chris Skidmore warns that landlords who fail to meet basic standards of living for student accommodation must face justice under new regulations

HB A7/2018

03 April, 2019

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

Tenant fee ban - 10 top tips for letting agents

02 April, 2019

As part of ARLA Propertymark's Tenant Fees Tool Kit, we've put together 10 of our top tips for letting agents ahead of the Tenant Fees Act 2019 coming into force on 1 June

'Flippant' DWP minister apologises to Parliament

02 April, 2019

Justin Tomlinson admits "inadvertent" factual blunders made during a debate on the benefits freeze

Private sector hits out at 'arbitrary rent caps'

02 April, 2019

The government's "tsunami of legislation" also came under fire at the ARLA Propertymark conference

Horsham to set up affordable housing company

02 April, 2019

Horsham District Council looks set to join the ever-expanding list of local authorities with its own housing company

Council says landlords should "account for their tenants' behaviour"

02 April, 2019

A buy to let investor has been hit with a £4,000 fine plus costs of over £5,000 after failing to license a property in multiple occupation

Platform removes housing benefit lending restrictions

02 April, 2019

Platform has removed all letting conditions that restrict landlords letting to tenants who receive housing benefit

A good time to be a landlord in London as renters seek long-term tenancies

02 April, 2019

A growing number of renters in the capital are looking for longer-term tenancies as home ownership becomes increasingly out of reach for many Londoners

Call of the Week: Letting agents and court applications

02 April, 2019

This week we received a call from one of our members who is new to being a letting agent

Gas Safe Register responds to NLA concerns

02 April, 2019

Gas Safe Register's CEO, Jonathan Samuel, has responded to the National Landlords Association's concerns about gas safe engineers' lack of knowledge about new legislation

Almost half of tenants claim poor health due to condition of their home

01 April, 2019

Nearly half of tenants in the UK claim to have suffered health problems and injury as a direct result of conditions in their home

Client Money Protection now mandatory for letting agents in England

01 April, 2019

All letting agents in England must now be signed up to a Government-backed Client Money Protection scheme, or they could face a £30,000 penalty.

Households below average income: 1994/95 to 2017/18

01 April, 2019

Statistics on the number and percentage of people living in low income households for financial years 1994/95 to 2017/18.

Changes to MEES Regulations

01 April, 2019

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 have passed through Parliament and come into force on 1 April

New HMO Licensing Scheme in Northern Ireland from 1 April

01 April, 2019

On 1 April 2019, the Housing in Multiple Occupation Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 comes into force and landlords must have a valid licence for each HMO they own

DWP Alternative Payment Arrangements

01 April, 2019

Universal Credit prepares claimants for the world of work in which 75% of employees are paid monthly

DWP does not record why claimant 'commitments' aren't accepted

01 April, 2019

Parliamentary questions also reveal contracted "health assessors" are subject to independent - not departmental - audit

Housing association completes first Right to Buy pilot sale

01 April, 2019

One of the UK's largest housing associations has completed its first Voluntary Right to Buy sale

Government's own stats 'add up to the end of Right To Buy'

29 March, 2019

CIH renews attack on Right To Buy as MHCLG confirms a 32% fall in starts or acquisitions from Oct-Dec last year

Welsh Bill to ban lettings fees becomes law

29 March, 2019

Backed by related enforcement, the Bill also caps holding deposits paid to reserve a property

A consensus statement on the use of sanctions in the benefits system and entitlement to personalised support

29 March, 2019

The use of sanctions in the benefits system and entitlement to personalised support

Local authorities accused of failing to use existing powers to target rogue landlords

29 March, 2019

Councils in England have been accused of failing to use powers to tackle rogue landlords in the private rented sector

New calls emerge to scrap Section 21 notices to help families out of 'rent trap'

29 March, 2019

An insurer has called for Section 21 evictions to be abolished, warning they are contributing to a lack of security for the increasing numbers of families living in rental accommodation

New energy efficiency rules on rental properties kick in on Monday - but who knew?

29 March, 2019

New energy efficiency rules for rental properties in England and Wales come into force on Monday, April 1. They spell out the costs that landlords legally face in improving properties that have an EPC rating below E

Rents growing four times faster north of the border as landlords look to Scotland for returns

29 March, 2019

Rents in Scotland are growing four times faster than those south of the border

Grenfell: tenants voice health fears in wake of contamination report

29 March, 2019

Residents close to site of 2017 fire say they are being kept in the dark about potential harms

Regulating the Standards - March 2019

29 March, 2019

'Regulating the Standards' outlines the regulator's operational approach to assessing providers' compliance with the economic and consumer standards

Green paper sector league tables 'unlikely'

29 March, 2019

League tables for social housing providers are now unlikely to be introduced

Rent hikes already hitting tenants ahead of fee ban - with more landlords quitting market

28 March, 2019

Rents are starting to rise as landlords and lettings agents prepare for the tenant fee ban

Private Rented Sector Report - February 2019

28 March, 2019

The number of tenants experiencing rent hikes increased in February to the highest figure seen since August

Softening the blow: how social landlords are helping Honda workers

28 March, 2019

Earlier this year, Honda announced the closure of its factory in Swindon

DWP could face imposition of regulator and standards

28 March, 2019

Minister tells Work and Pensions Committee the idea of a DWP regulator and standards is "worth exploring" as applied to other government departments

Half of babies born to families renting

28 March, 2019

Almost half of the babies born in the UK are starting their lives in rented accommodation

Fears over rogue landlords 'making a quick buck' from most vulnerable

28 March, 2019

Landlords have been urged to take more care of their tenants and not just look to "make a quick buck" by letting out substandard properties

3 breakthroughs to help renters on benefits

28 March, 2019

Prejudice against people on housing benefit is leaving renters with nowhere to turn

Man dies after association tower block blaze

28 March, 2019

Fatal fire this week is the latest in a series of fires at the same Glasgow block

London borough rules 1000+ residents can't be wrong

28 March, 2019

Westminster City Council "re-possesses" housing stock from failed ALMO

Agent who stole £350,000 in rent and deposits ordered to pay back £1

27 March, 2019

An agent who stole over £350,000 in rent and deposits to fund his 'lavish lifestyle' has been told to pay back £1

Deposit scheme releases inventories guidance to avoid checkout disputes after tenant fee ban

27 March, 2019

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme has teamed up with Propertymark and the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks to compile guidance on the check-in and check-out process for tenants

Deposit alternative seals agency proptech platform partnership to target thousands of tenants

27 March, 2019

Reposit has partnered with agency proptech platform Tenant Shop to offer its deposit replacement scheme

Rental growth slows as landlords look beyond London for returns

27 March, 2019

Rental growth slowed to almost zero in February

Social rent homes started by housing associations rise in latest NHF supply survey

27 March, 2019

The number of social rent homes delivered by housing associations in the final three months of last year is the highest since the NHF began collecting development figures in 2016

This is when and how benefit payments will be paid over Easter

27 March, 2019

Payments will go in sooner - but people will have to make their money last longer

Homelessness Reduction Act increasing temporary accommodation numbers

27 March, 2019

More people are being placed in emergency and temporary accommodation as a result of the new Homelessness Reduction Act

The Tenant Fees Act 2019: What are the costs to the rental market?

27 March, 2019

Following the Tenant Fees Bill gaining Royal Assent earlier this year, letting agents and landlords will no longer be able to charge their tenants excessive and unfair fees

LGA: 200,000 households in temporary accommodation

27 March, 2019

Eight in 10 councils have seen an increase in homelessness presentations since the Reduction Act's introduction in 2017

Petition calling on Rightmove to ban 'No DSS' listings gathers momentum

26 March, 2019

An online petition calling on Rightmove to ban property listings which specify 'No DSS' had by yesterday afternoon received over 38,000 signatures

Too poor to play: children in social housing blocked from communal playground

26 March, 2019

In a move reminiscent of the 'poor doors' scandal, a London developer has segregated play areas for richer and poorer residents

Brexit and the social housing sector: the key risks

26 March, 2019

As the tortuous process of exiting the European Union approaches its denouement, the country remains in a state of uncertainty about what exactly is going to happen

Fergus Wilson hopes to sell Kent property empire to Golding Homes in £90m deal

26 March, 2019

Controversial landlord Fergus Wilson is aiming to sell off the last of his property empire to a housing association in Kent in a deal thought to be worth about £90 million

Strip DWP of responsibility for ill and disabled people

26 March, 2019

Scathing report says trust has been shattered by sanctions and botched benefits reforms

New Landlords from Hell

26 March, 2019

A year-long investigation reveals the shocking conditions that tenants of one of Britain's biggest housing associations live in, and the effect those conditions have had on vulnerable tenants' health

UK to vote in favour of ditching hardline stance on EU migrants' benefits

26 March, 2019

British to back update to bloc's social security regulation for frontier worker rights

Warning over EU tenant rights after Brexit

26 March, 2019

One provider already plans special session to inform EU tenants of their rights

How we're fighting the national housing emergency

26 March, 2019

After Grenfell, we're calling for a historic renewal of social housing

Evicted for complaining about a gas leak

26 March, 2019

Tom did his best to cooperate with his landlord's 'put up and shut up' policy

My disabled daughter has had 14 different homes

26 March, 2019

I'm a single parent with three children. My 15 year old daughter Sasha is severely disabled. For the last 15 years I've been trying to secure her suitable accommodation

Pitch to remove domestic abusers from socially rented homes

26 March, 2019

CIH Scotland push for a means of "legal and permanent" removal in a protection situation

Agent appears at Crown Court in tenancy deposits fraud case

25 March, 2019

An agent has appeared in court in a fraud case

Tenants with pets facing rent hikes after fee ban as landlords look to claw back losses

25 March, 2019

An agent is warning that having a pet could hike rents for tenants by as much as 3-4% per week once the fee ban is introduced in June

More landlords than letting agents are facing the wrath of Rent Smart Wales

25 March, 2019

Just three Welsh letting agents have had their licences revoked in the first years of the Rent Smart Wales scheme

London councils pay landlords £14m 'incentives' to house homeless people

25 March, 2019

Almost 6,000 payments made in 2018 to secure housing for vulnerable people

DWP document refers to benefit claimant as 'lying bitch'

25 March, 2019

Welfare advisers say slip highlights culture of contempt towards disabled people

Rogue landlords must stop exploiting students

25 March, 2019

Rogue landlords who provide poor living conditions to students will be censured by the universities minister today as part of a crackdown on 'squalid' student housing

Landlords not meeting student standards 'must face justice'

25 March, 2019

New regulations now in force give tenants the power to take landlords to court

'Ludicrous' landlord incentives costing London councils £14m a year

25 March, 2019

FoI exposes extent of sweeteners paid to secure accommodation for those either homeless or at risk of homelessness

Here we go again: More councils want licensing schemes

22 March, 2019

Leicester is the latest council to begin consultations on selective licensing in six parts of the city - with the threat that other locations could be considered in future

Castles and Coasts Housing Association plan to removal fire extinguishers sparks safety fears in wake of Grenfell Tower tragedy

22 March, 2019

Social housing tenants have been left shocked after a decision to remove fire extinguishers from their communal buildings

Right to Rent branded a farce after second High Court decision 'places agents and landlords in invidious position'

22 March, 2019

Right to Rent has been branded a "farce" after a second court ruling which suggests that agents and landlords following Home Office protocol could be exposed to accusations that they have breached human rights

Student rental accommodation so poor as to be a 'national scandal'

22 March, 2019

Student rental accommodation across the UK has been slammed in a new report

The deposit diaries: The importance of covering your tracks

22 March, 2019

In this case, the landlord claimed £300 for various items of damage, specifically £50 to replace a toilet seat, £100 to repair a split bedroom doorframe, £100 to replace two missing fire extinguishers, £30 to replace a smoke detector and £20 to replace two damaged occasional tables

Councils' powers to remove Grenfell-style cladding 'useless'

22 March, 2019

Exclusive: councils complain government's backing amounts to 'completely hollow words'

'Racist' Right to Rent now a 'farce'

22 March, 2019

New High Court ruling seen as another strike against the increasingly discredited policy

Landlords With Tenants On Universal Credit Should Get A Tax Break

22 March, 2019

Property barons who let homes to social tenants should be encouraged

Tenants who pay on time to have rent payment history matched with mortgage criteria in UK first

21 March, 2019

Tenants who are prompt payers and use a rent reporting service could find themselves ahead in the mortgage stakes

Landlords under pressure to justify rent hikes as rate of rises increases

21 March, 2019

Tenants saw rents increase for the third consecutive month in February

Universal credit: More than half of claimants have money deducted from payments

21 March, 2019

Deductions made when claimants have outstanding debts with their utility companies or landlord

Regulator bars for-profit housing associations from entering Scottish sector

21 March, 2019

Several for-profit housing associations have been barred from entering the Scottish social housing sector by the regulator

Welsh government eyes no-deal Brexit social housing stimulus package

21 March, 2019

The Welsh government is in discussions with the social housing sector over a potential "stimulus package" in case the UK leaves the EU without a deal next week

Civitas Social Housing Boosts Rental Income By 10% After Acquisitions

21 March, 2019

Civitas Social Housing PLC on Thursday announced approximately GBP85.6 million worth of acquisitions, as well as an increase in its rental income

'Flippant' DWP minister says many tenants in rent arrears before claiming UC

21 March, 2019

But Justin Tomlinson acknowledges analysis is underway with social housing providers as to the "true level" of arrears

Residents and landlords team up to better communicate building safety

21 March, 2019

Pilot takes off to push for culture change across the sector

Labour leader Corbyn hints that party will scrap 'no fault eviction' if it comes to power

20 March, 2019

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has heavily hinted that his party will end Section 21 - the means by which landlords can regain possession of the properties without having to give a reason - if and when it comes to power

New Fitness for Human Habitation Act in rental homes comes into force today

20 March, 2019

A quick reminder to readers: the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 comes into force on 20.03.19

Landlords facing a licensing postcode lottery

20 March, 2019

Landlords are facing a postcode lottery when it comes to licensing costs

Landlords' Barometer - #68: Panorama and a focus on Section 21

20 March, 2019

Welcome to the March edition of the Landlords’ Barometer, where we document trending topics and news for the private rented sector

Licensing 'fails' tenants and good landlords

20 March, 2019

The cost of landlord licensing schemes in Britain are a "postcode lottery"

Government gives no ground over 'racist' Right To Rent

20 March, 2019

But Home Office minister hints at further evaluation of policy the High Court called "discriminatory"

Warning as Wiltshire Council reclaims almost £2.5m in overpaid housing benefit

20 March, 2019

A charity fears some claimants could be pushed dangerously into debt

5.8m tenants reported to experience damp in the home

20 March, 2019

Renters can take legal action against landlords from today via the Homes Act

Council approves two new tower blocks in Barking with ZERO social housing

20 March, 2019

The council's planning chiefs have given the thumbs up to two new tower blocks neither of which include social housing

Housing associations will borrow extra £17bn by 2021

20 March, 2019

Housing associations will borrow £17bn of new debt by 2021 as they accelerate development to meet demand for new housing

Legal challenge on when to provide gas safety certificates to be heard in Court of Appeal

19 March, 2019

A legal challenge is to be brought in the Court of Appeal after a ruling that a landlord could not regain possession of their property because they had not served a gas safety certificate until after the tenancy started

Social landlords must write code of conduct to protect leaseholders

19 March, 2019

The government has been urged to introduce a code of practice for local authorities and housing associations that outlines their responsibilities to leaseholders living in social housing blocks, in a bid to crack down on unfair charges

'I'm 57 and my parents have to feed me': the universal credit digital obstacle course

19 March, 2019

The digital-by-default benefit is causing problems for up to half of all claimants

Gang imprisoned for stealing more than £1m of housing benefits from London councils

19 March, 2019

Seven benefit assessors have been sentenced to prison for a total of 17 years for their roles in housing benefit fraud which saw more than £1m stolen from three councils in London

'Misleading' DWP letter causing ill and disabled people to lose benefits

19 March, 2019

Advice removed for GPs to provide notes for patients challenging fit-for-work tests

Rental growth was subdued in the UK in the 12 months to February 2019

19 March, 2019

Rental growth in the UK has been subdued in the 12 months to February 2019, up by just 1.02% year on year to an average of £1,216 per month

'Flippant' DWP minister confirms measures to assist ESA and PIP appeals

19 March, 2019

Singled out for flippancy by Work and Pensions Committee, Justin Tomlinson outlines initial steps to reduce the number of successful appeals

Revenge evictions: 'We were evicted for complaining about a roof leak'

19 March, 2019

Alicia Powell, 24, was renting a flat in north London with her boyfriend when she noticed a wet patch on the ceiling

LIN member report March 2019 - 'Fitness for Habitation' Bill - Update

18 March, 2019

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

Agent jailed after taking £220,000 from landlords and tenants

18 March, 2019

A letting agent was sentenced to three and a half years in jail after she took £220,000 from tenants and landlords to fund a lavish lifestyle of expensive cars and foreign holidays, and to set up a tanning salon business

Dispute rate looks similar to traditional schemes, says tenancy deposit replacement firm

18 March, 2019

A fifth of check-outs by one of the deposit replacement schemes, Reposit, have ended in some form of charge being submitted to the tenant

Renters in PRS denied protection from revenge evictions

18 March, 2019

Data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act finds that councils in England are failing to use "powers" to protect tenants

Welfare funding stopped by at least 20 English councils

18 March, 2019

A welfare scheme offering emergency financial support to England's poorest families is no longer available in a host of council areas

Universal basic income 'would cost less than value of benefit cuts since 2010'

18 March, 2019

Economists' report follows plan from New Economics Foundation in backing proposal

Fergus Wilson: Hundreds face eviction as landlord sells property empire

18 March, 2019

Hundreds of people face eviction after a controversial landlord decided to sell his entire property portfolio

RLA campaign to protect landlord rights

18 March, 2019

The announcement follows a recent court case in which a landlord's attempt to regain their property was deemed invalid

Zoopla to ban all 'No DSS' property advertising from its sites

15 March, 2019

Zoopla is to ban the phrase 'No DSS' from its sites

Major housing associations to scrap fixed-term tenancies

15 March, 2019

Housing associations across the country are reviewing their use of fixed-term tenancies as two more major landlords commit to scrapping the policy outright

Zoopla promises to end housing benefit discrimination

15 March, 2019

People receiving housing benefit can no longer be barred from renting properties advertised on one of the UK's largest listing sites

Think tank demands PRS 'shake-up'

15 March, 2019

There are now 4.5m households renting in England, representing one in 5 of the population

HB U1/2019

15 March, 2019

Urgent information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

How I challenged DSS discrimination

15 March, 2019

Almost one in three renters receiving housing benefit haven't been able to apply for a place to live because of discriminatory 'no DSS' practices

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 - what to expect

15 March, 2019

We set out what housing associations should expect when the Act comes into effect on 20 March

Right to Buy homes made £2.8m in profit 'in weeks'

14 March, 2019

A total of 139 former council tenants bought their homes under Right to Buy and resold them within one month

More housing associations than ever think Brexit will be negative

14 March, 2019

More housing associations than ever think Brexit will have a negative impact on them

Association that sold social homes on open market slammed for fire safety failings

14 March, 2019

A housing association previously censured for selling homes on the open market has been slammed by the English regulator again - this time for placing tenants at risk due to fire safety failings

LGA survey: councils to use borrowing powers to accelerate homebuilding programmes

14 March, 2019

New powers to borrow and invest in new and existing housing look set to be used by the majority of councils but further reforms are needed to spark a genuine renaissance of social housing

TrustMark launches pilot to raise PRS energy standards

14 March, 2019

The Better Homes for Hastings initiative is set to bring together private landlords, housing associations, tenants and businesses

£5m social housing project completed in NI

14 March, 2019

The County Down development comprises 32 social housing units, made up of new-build houses, apartments and bungalows

Re-sold Right To Buy homes make £6.4bn in profit

14 March, 2019

The average time people kept their Right To Buy home before selling it on was seven-and-a-half years

Grenfell: Ministers can and must regulate to protect social tenants

14 March, 2019

Today marks 21 long months since the devastating fire in Grenfell Tower - the biggest housing tragedy in our history

Leicester City Council consults on selective licensing

14 March, 2019

Leicester City Council has begun its consultation on selective licensing of some parts of the city which will run until 5 May 2019

Independent agents flock to deposit replacement scheme months after it was opened to small firms

13 March, 2019

Several new firms have signed up to the Zero Deposit team after it was opened up to independent agents in January

Cladding removal from major London scheme 'delayed by developer errors'

13 March, 2019

Residents of a private London estate found to have Grenfell-style cladding have claimed that the block's developer has made a catalogue of mistakes that continue to delay the removal process

Grenfell residents' rights were breached

13 March, 2019

Both central and local government strongly criticised by EHRC report into tragedy

HomeLet Rental Index - February 19

13 March, 2019

Rents in the UK rose by 3.8% in February compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £940 a month

U-turn on plans to increase maximum age siblings living in social housing should share room until

13 March, 2019

Social housing bosses have made a U-turn on plans to increase the maximum age same sex siblings should be expected to share a room until to 21

MP controversially names landlord and My Deposits in Parliament as 'partners in crime'

13 March, 2019

My Deposits and a landlord were both cited in Parliament yesterday afternoon by an MP who described them as 'partners in crime'

HB S3/2019

13 March, 2019

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

Ministers warned 82% of households unable to escape benefit cap

12 March, 2019

Only 18 per cent of those currently affected by cap have been assessed as capable of looking for work

Newly merged housing association issues £100m bond

12 March, 2019

Metropolitan Thames Valley has announced it has issued a £100m bond following a three-day roadshow across London and Edinburgh

Rudd rules out early end to benefits freeze

12 March, 2019

Work and Pensions Select committee told "the freeze stays", as Rudd quashes speculation of a thaw in the Spring statement

Rental investment trust warns of development delays ahead

12 March, 2019

The PRS REIT, a specialist listed company building and managing homes for rent, posted a large rise in first-half profits having boosted its rental income, although it warned of potential planning delays ahead

800,000 claimants 'could have been' forced onto UC without transition cash

12 March, 2019

Work and Pensions Committee hears it's "hard to estimate" how many joining the system are existing claimants whose circumstances had changed

Consumer power hits the rental market?

12 March, 2019

To an extent, renting in the UK has been seen as a poor relation

Midlands family first to own home under Right To Buy pilot

12 March, 2019

The Hunt family, from Somercotes, Derbyshire, bought their two-bed home from Futures Housing Group

Commons committee calls for overhaul of 'cruel' benefits cap

12 March, 2019

Damning report says government "doesn't have the objective or moral grounds" to keep the cap

Agent in firing line from local council over Section 21 notice

11 March, 2019

Questions have been raised about a council's approach to Section 21 notices

Pay compensation for universal credit errors

11 March, 2019

Amends for officials mistakes' should match benefit sanctions

Third large housing association offers residents lifetime tenancies

11 March, 2019

Sanctuary Housing has become the third large housing association to offer lifetime tenancies to all its residents

Savills housing boss: 'for-profits not eating HAs' lunch'

11 March, 2019

The housing association sector must stop looking at for-profit providers as 'eating their lunch' and become more open to allowing other sources of capital into the sector

Anger as tenants told 'pay a little extra each week' to avoid Universal Credit rent arrears

11 March, 2019

Families say they're already struggling and will find it hard to find the money to make up the shortfall

Universal Credit pilot to launch in North Yorkshire

11 March, 2019

The Work and Pensions Secretary has announced that benefit claimants in Harrogate will be the first to move from old style benefits to Universal Credit

DWP staff face 'a taste of their own medicine'

11 March, 2019

Think tank calls for claimant compensation where errors by job centre staff cause hardship

Labour's commitment to 'indefinite' tenancies shows misunderstanding of PRS

11 March, 2019

The Labour Shadow Housing Secretary, John Healey MP, has announced that the Labour Party is committed to new 'indefinite' tenancies, based on the current system in Germany

End the benefits freeze this year to boost the incomes of working families

08 March, 2019

The Treasury has been urged to boost the living standards of low-income working families by ending the freeze on benefits and tax credits and increase them in line with inflation at the Spring Statement next week

Association and council partnership tackles empty homes

08 March, 2019

The Making Homes from Houses project aims to renovate properties to be used as affordable homes

No more 'no DDS?'

08 March, 2019

The government has set its sights on tackling landlords and letting agents who (in its words) "potentially discriminate" against tenants who are on benefits

Ensuring Universal Credit doesn't disadvantage women

08 March, 2019

The structural financial inequalities faced by women in work are well documented, with the UK gender pay gap still sitting at 8.6% for full time employees

Association to build over 1,000 homes on former prison site

08 March, 2019

Peabody has today successfully acquired the former Holloway Prison site from the Ministry of Justice

Government urged to end benefit freeze in Spring Statement

08 March, 2019

The Treasury has been urged to boost the living standards of low-income working families by ending the freeze on benefits and tax credits and increase them in line with inflation

Liverpool City Council consults on selective licensing

08 March, 2019

Liverpool City Council has begun consultation on selective licensing in the city. The consultation will close on 26 May 2019

Labour would force UK landlords to offer indefinite tenancies

08 March, 2019

Plan will address 'power imbalance' and insecurity of rentals

Injustice of the benefits system

08 March, 2019

Anne Williams does not think she will ever recover from an experience that nearly left her homeless

PRS landlords need a 'stable platform' to balance social housing debate

07 March, 2019

New report reveals the extent to which PRS contributes to the UK economy - with many landlords set to slash spending

May unrepentant over Right to Rent rejection by High Court

07 March, 2019

PM references prospects for appeal when challenged at PMQs over a policy "fanning the flames of racism" that the High Court ruled breached human rights

NHF makes 'thin argument' against putting associations under FoI

07 March, 2019

Commons debate told NHF knows in its "heart of hearts" extending FoI to associations is the right thing

Prince William expresses concern at poor state of privately rented homes during Blackpool visit

07 March, 2019

Prince William has expressed his concern at the poor state of some privately rented homes and the landlords who take the rent but fail to maintain their properties

A quarter of landlords look to cut letting agents to reduce property running costs

07 March, 2019

A quarter of landlords would look to cut out letting agents to reduce the ever-rising taxes and running costs of their buy-to-let portfolio

Government opens up new scheme to 'protect renters and landlords'

07 March, 2019

All private rented property agents will have to sign up to a government-backed scheme protecting renters' and landlords' money under new laws

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 3/2019

07 March, 2019

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

Two big wins in the fight against DSS discrimination

07 March, 2019

Over the last year we've been campaigning hard to end the discrimination people on housing benefit face when they try and rent a home

Void periods drop but some landlords are still waiting more than a month for new tenants

06 March, 2019

Landlords are facing void periods of just over three weeks on average between tenancies

Large Midlands association joins Homes England strategic partnership

06 March, 2019

One of the Midlands largest housing association has struck a deal to join one of Homes England's strategic partnerships

Rudd admits disabled people feel 'put on trial for seeking support'

06 March, 2019

Minister says she wants to leave language of 'scroungers and shirkers' in the past

Is the housing association sector still protected from the ups and downs of the property market?

06 March, 2019

The housing association sector has traditionally been seen as counter-cyclical, able to deliver even in times of economic hardship. But with more commercialisation

Welfare reforms and financial hardship leaving people 'on brink' of losing homes in Darlington

06 March, 2019

More people are on the brink of losing their homes in Darlington due to a "perfect storm" of financial hardship, welfare reforms and a reduction in public services

Housing Benefit debt recoveries: April 2018 to September 2018

06 March, 2019

Twice-yearly publication on Housing Benefit debt recoveries

Parents on benefits with child maintenance liabilities or arrears

06 March, 2019

Management information showing the number of parents on DWP benefits with ongoing child maintenance liabilities or arrears

Fitness for Human Habitation guidance released

06 March, 2019

The Government have released the guidance for the Fitness for Human Habitation Act, with a separate guide for tenants, landlords and local authorities

Private Rented Sector Report - January 2019

05 March, 2019

The number of tenants experiencing rent hikes rose for the first time since September 2018

'Suicidal' mum, 37, fearing homelessness after benefits 'cruelly' cut

05 March, 2019

The mum, from the West Midlands, suffers Crohn's disease and is now petrified of losing her home

Housing benefits costs taxpayers £22bn a year - more than we spend on police

05 March, 2019

High rents and rising house prices could be to blame for the country's enormous housing benefit bill

Gap between buying and renting costs narrows but it's still cheaper to be on the property ladder

05 March, 2019

The gap between the cost of buying and renting is now at its lowest for almost a decade

Training on tenancy deposits now offered free for agents

05 March, 2019

A new training course on the principles of tenancy deposits is being offered to letting agents and their staff

Disabled pensioners freed from 'unnecessary' benefits checks

05 March, 2019

Disabled pensioners will no longer face "unnecessary" repeat assessments to continue receiving benefits

Rudd makes further concessions on welfare 'reform'

05 March, 2019

An overhaul of Personal Independence Payments assessment confirmed - but campaigners call for more

End to unnecessary benefit reassessments for disabled pensioners

05 March, 2019

The Work and Pensions Secretary has announced new measures to support disabled people, including stopping unnecessary reassessments for disabled pensioners

Doubling of the housing benefit bill is sign of something deeply wrong

05 March, 2019

Headlines about house prices, rent levels, the collapse in rates of owner-occupation among the younger generation and, indeed growing homelessness abound

Thousands of shared homes in Bournemouth unregistered

04 March, 2019

As many as two-thirds of shared houses in Bournemouth do not have a mandatory licence

Housing association breaches Home Standard on fire safety

04 March, 2019

An 11,000-home association has been severely criticised by the regulator for fire, gas and lift safety failings

Crackdown on letting adverts banning 'tenants on benefits'

04 March, 2019

Rental adverts which ban tenants on benefits must end

Demand from landlords wanting to purchase rental homes plummets by over a third

04 March, 2019

Haart is urging the Chancellor to relax the buy-to-let taxation crackdown after its data showed the number of landlord registrations was down by more than a third during January

Dad blasts Universal Credit over fears family 'could lose hundreds of pounds'

04 March, 2019

Gary Prince has been told if he comes off housing benefits he would forfeit the £470 per month child tax credits

Government looks to ban 'No DSS' letting adverts

04 March, 2019

The government has called for an end to letting adverts that discriminate against tenants claiming housing benefit

Property landlord is let off paying £16k fee to licence 37 houses in Stoke-on-Trent (and the council won't say why)

04 March, 2019

Stoke-on-Trent City Council says it was not in the 'public interest' to prosecute unlicensed landlord, but will not explain why

'Right to rent' checks breach human rights

01 March, 2019

Rules aimed at preventing illegal immigrants from renting properties are "discriminatory" and breach human rights laws, the High Court has ruled

Agents told to disclose referral fees to buyers and sellers including actual amounts

01 March, 2019

Estate agents should disclose referral fees upfront to both buyers and sellers, including - for the first time - the actual amounts and who the arrangements are with

Peabody to scrap fixed-term tenancies

01 March, 2019

A second major housing association is to phase out fixed-term tenancies in favour of lifetime agreements

Three-quarters of Universal Credit claimants unaware of missed rent consequences

01 March, 2019

Three-quarters of Universal Credit claimants are unaware that their housing cost payments can be cut if they miss the rent

High Court rules Right To Rent breaches human rights

01 March, 2019

There is no place for racism in the UK housing market

DWP 'preparing answers' on Universal Credit satisfaction rates

01 March, 2019

Parliamentary question probes extent of differentiation between live and full service on overall satisfaction rates

£19.5m to unlock private rented sector for most vulnerable

01 March, 2019

Housing Minister Heather Wheeler MP has confirmed the fund will be shared among 54 projects

£45.5 million to help house the homeless in the private rented sector

01 March, 2019

The MHCLG has announced that £19.5 million will be shared amongst local authorities in England, to help the house the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless

Right to Rent's demise should spell the end for the hostile environment

01 March, 2019

One of the Home Office's flagship schemes has been found to be unlawful

Criminal landlord enforcement cut by a quarter

28 February, 2019

RLA calls on government to commit multi-year funding in support of enforcement action

DWP to fix rent change process for Universal Credit claimants

28 February, 2019

Ministers have agreed to amend the way rent changes for social tenants claiming Universal Credit are processed, easing the administrative burden for landlords

L&Q begins 6000 Fixed Term Tenancy conversion

28 February, 2019

Reports published by the association come in bids to encourage more security in social housing

Homeless families stage protest over 'four-hour school run each day' from temporary accommodation outside Southwark

28 February, 2019

The cost finding temporary accommodation has spiralled for Southwark Council, as more people find themselves unable to keep up with private rents or are evicted by private landlords

Council delays getting tough on HMOs despite overwhelming evidence

28 February, 2019

Residents feel angry and let down by delays to protect family homes in Thornton Heath being converted in to houses of multiple occupancy which are benefitting developers but detrimental to the area

Four board members leave housing association that almost went insolvent

28 February, 2019

Four board members have left FPHA, which nearly went insolvent in March last year, and four more have been hired to replace them

Mixed age couples: benefit impacts of ending access to Pension Credit and pension age Housing Benefit

28 February, 2019

This publication provides analysis relating to mixed age couples estimated to be affected by the change in policy from 15 May 2019

Universal Credit full service omnibus survey

28 February, 2019

This report presents findings from 2 waves of tracking research with recent Universal Credit full service claimants

New rent deal to aid 'quality and quantity' of social housing

27 February, 2019

Annual rent increases capped at up to Consumer Price Index inflation +1% for five years from 2020

Clampdown on HMOs underway in another London borough

27 February, 2019

Another London local authority is proposing to insist HMOs require planning permission in future

Council houses in Oldham will now only be rented to those 'in need' - meaning nearly 20,000 people on a waiting list will be ditched

27 February, 2019

The town hall has agreed to change the way it allocates social housing

Increase of foodbank referrals causes concern in South Tyneside

27 February, 2019

Councillors concerns over borough 'poverty' as South Tyneside Homes refers nearly 2,000 residents to foodbanks in just one year

More than 235,000 Universal Credit claimants have had payments cut

27 February, 2019

The payment cuts mean more people are struggling to make ends meet

Housing association regains top governance rating after two years

27 February, 2019

One Housing has regained the highest possible governance rating two-and-a-half years after being downgraded

SFHA calls for pause to Universal Credit 'natural' migration

27 February, 2019

Concern that change of circumstance claimants 'naturally' migrated will not benefit from safeguards

National warning on bogus landlords stealing tenants' deposits

26 February, 2019

A national alert has been issued by Action Fraud, warning prospective tenants that fraudsters are claiming to be the owners of rental properties advertised online

Fees ban will mean tenants facing 'a rough ride' in terms of higher rents

26 February, 2019

Tenants are being warned to expect a "rough ride" as the number facing rent hikes rose

Understanding the growth in private rented housing

26 February, 2019

The PRS has grown phenomenally in the UK over the past two decades and this trend is apparent in all of the Core Cities

Council owed £400k in rent after universal credit roll out

26 February, 2019

People on universal credit are leaving Brighton and Hove City Council almost £400,000 short when it comes to paying their rent

42 social housing mergers made in 2018

26 February, 2019

The mergers are said to have come about because of reduced government spending on social housing

UK income inequality increasing as benefits cuts hit poorest

26 February, 2019

Average income of the poorest fifth of the population shrunk by 1.6% last year

Scottish Government launches guide for social landlords on allocations policy

26 February, 2019

The new guide comes following the announcement of changes to social housing legislation under the Housing Act

LIN member report February 2019 - Homelessness

25 February, 2019

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

English councils accused of hiding scale of homelessness crisis

25 February, 2019

Critics point out change of compiling method led to decrease in total count of rough sleepers

London firms helping landlords break letting laws

25 February, 2019

Property management companies are encouraging landlords to break strict short-term letting laws in London

Tackling homelessness together

25 February, 2019

A consultation on structures that support partnership working and accountability in homelessness

Take action to prepare for climate change, social landlords told

25 February, 2019

Social landlords must take "significant action" to prepare for the effects of climate change

Five children in two-bed housing association flat told 'nowhere else to go'

25 February, 2019

A family with five children living in an overcrowded two-bed flat have been told there is nowhere else for them to go

Hedge fund giant to launch registered provider of social housing

25 February, 2019

The world's largest publicly traded hedge fund company intends to launch its own registered provider of social housing

Quarterly survey for Q3 (October to December) 2018 to 2019

25 February, 2019

Our quarterly survey report is based on responses from private registered providers of social housing who own or manage more than 1,000 homes

Number of unsold housing association homes soars to more than 7,000

25 February, 2019

The number of English housing association homes sitting unsold has risen by 18% to more than 7,000

Large association has 400 unsold homes amid 'massive market slowdown'

22 February, 2019

Housing associations have warned of a "massive slowdown" in the London sales market, as it emerged that one large organisation currently has more than 400 unsold units on its books

G15 landlord censured by watchdog over shared ownership advert

22 February, 2019

A large London housing association has been censured by the advertising watchdog for "misleading" marketing for its shared ownership homes

Extra service charges getting ridiculous

22 February, 2019

Landlords of a block of housing association flats in Northampton are imposing "excessive charges" for basic amenities

Repair app for housing tenants piloted by Slough Borough Council

22 February, 2019

A new app which allows housing tenants to report and book repairs online has been launched by Slough Borough Council

Scottish regulator underlines need for RSLs to plan for Brexit

22 February, 2019

The letter highlights Regulatory Standard 3 which requires each RSL to manage its resources to ensure financial wellbeing

Landlords to pay £26,300 to reach energy efficiency targets

22 February, 2019

The CCC has suggested that the average landlord will have to pay £26,300 over the next 30 years to bring their properties up to carbon neutral status

Minority of landlords offering informal short-term lets

22 February, 2019

Only three percent of landlords are currently engaged in the informal short-term lettings market

Childcare providers and nursery school owners hit by Universal Credit cuts

22 February, 2019

DWP rules mean funding for providing childcare is being treated as personal income

Universal Credit could be overhauled after government admits rent payments problem

22 February, 2019

The move could affect thousands of Merseysiders

Franchise firm launches new TV advert to highlight guaranteed rent scheme

21 February, 2019

Franchise firm Northwood, part of the Belvoir group, has embarked on a new TV advertising campaign to highlight its guaranteed rent scheme

New bid launches to introduce rent controls in Scotland

21 February, 2019

A new bid to introduce meaningful rent controls throughout Scotland is to be launched today by a tenants union

Associations sign up to NHF plan to make boards accountable to tenants

21 February, 2019

More than 40 social landlords have signed up to a government-backed NHF scheme to ensure that housing associations are accountable to tenants

Regulator changes accounting requirements for housing associations

21 February, 2019

The Regulator of Social Housing has changed its accounting rules for housing associations in a new direction published today

Council builds first homes in more than seven years

21 February, 2019

The North Manchester project completion marks 100 years since the first wave of major council housebuilding

Association downgraded over 'weaknesses in governance'

21 February, 2019

The regulator says Ongo Homes did not manage risks "effectively"

May urged to give benefits claimants a choice amid PMQs

21 February, 2019

PM references Shelter to find a "solution" to those on benefits often barred from renting in the private sector

Scotland's housebuilding boom: can English councils emulate it?

20 February, 2019

Scotland is in the midst of the biggest council housebuilding programme since the 1970s

DWP concedes to issue with calculating UC for social tenants

20 February, 2019

Letter to landlords confirms changes are being considered over the 53-week rent year

England and Wales Rental Tracker

20 February, 2019

December sees eight regions post annual price rise

No figures for UC free prescription penalty notices

20 February, 2019

Parliamentary question raises issue of penalty notices for claimants with valid entitlement to free prescriptions

Leeds City Council needs £20m-a-year from government to build 200 new council houses a year

20 February, 2019

More than 200 new council homes could be built in Leeds every year

Applications to South Tyneside Council for 'crisis loans' from struggling families have surged since the roll out of Universal Credit

20 February, 2019

The numbers appealing to South Tyneside Council's Welfare Support Team has leapt by about 200%

Assessment shows over 100 councils falling short of targets

20 February, 2019

Stats also show 87 councils having to add more housing land to local development plans

Universal Credit can loosen the grip of poverty, but further reform is needed

20 February, 2019

Universal Credit has the potential to help families locked in poverty, but the Government must make urgent improvements in its design, funding and delivery if it is not to drive some towards destitution

'I'm only eating one meal a day': How Universal Credit is 'failing' self-employed people

20 February, 2019

Mark Sorensen, 28, a self-employed furniture designer, says he feels 'dehumanised' by the system

Landlords' Barometer - #67: Only 'smart landlords' will survive challenges ahead

19 February, 2019

Welcome to the February edition of the Landlords' Barometer, documenting trending topics and news for landlords

Civitas Social Housing Acquires Seven Properties For GBP7.8 Million

19 February, 2019

Civitas Social Housing PLC said on Monday it has purchased nine social housing properties comprising 42 tenancies for GBP7.8 million

Baroness Grender: Give older people who rent greater security

19 February, 2019

If the Tories fail to prepare for this growing phenomenon, it will be a failure to care for our future, older, generation

'It just isn't right' - Mitcham resident furious at social housing sell off

19 February, 2019

Alan Suttie has lived in Mitcham for nearly 20 years and thinks the number of social housing buildings needs to increase

DWP benefits statistics: February 2019

19 February, 2019

Statistics on DWP administered benefits

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 10 January 2019

19 February, 2019

Official experimental statistics including the number of people and households on Universal Credit, starts and claims

Universal Credit statistics: revision to number of people on Universal Credit and restoration of data on durations

19 February, 2019

Notice about a revision to the people on Universal Credit figures, and the restoration of data on the durations of time spent by individuals on Universal Credit

Benefit sanctions statistics to October 2018

19 February, 2019

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

DWP inflexible over UC assessment flexibility

18 February, 2019

Minister references regulation to claim claimants face "uncertainty" without fixed start dates for assessment periods

Council supports new HMO licensing scheme

18 February, 2019

Haringey Council have approved proposed schemes in bids to "improve" housing standards

Maintain EU electrical safety standards after Brexit

18 February, 2019

Campaign group fears UK becoming magnet for dangerous or counterfeit goods

Error sees 700% council tax hike for residents at King's Lynn sheltered housing complex

18 February, 2019

An error in council tax banding at a 'Housing with Care' complex in Lynn has seen residents' payments increase by more than 700 per cent

More than £34 million set to be injected into Flintshire's social housing

18 February, 2019

Flintshire Council is set to invest more than £34 million into its social housing stock in the next year

London social housing block residents warn of 'death trap' conditions

18 February, 2019

Water-soaked electrics, severe damp and lift breakdowns in flats managed by A2Dominion

There's a way to change Universal Credit payments from one monthly installment

18 February, 2019

If you're struggling, there's a way to reorganise payments

Agents Giving urges firms to step up support for foodbanks

15 February, 2019

Agents are being urged to help their local foodbanks, particularly with items for struggling parents with baby essentials

Two-decade social home build could have saved renters billions

15 February, 2019

In 1997, over a third of households lived in council housing, compared with just one in 10 today

People in poverty must not pay the price for Brexit

15 February, 2019

Coalition demand Government action to protect struggling families

What housing associations are doing to stress-test for Brexit

15 February, 2019

With the UK's departure from the EU looming, Luke Barratt looks at what housing associations have been doing to prepare

Regulator writes to housing associations with no-deal Brexit warning

15 February, 2019

The regulator has issued a warning to English housing associations over the threat of a no-deal Brexit

Charity evicted by housing association allowed to stay until it finds new home

15 February, 2019

A Northampton homelessness charity evicted by a housing association will be allowed to keep using the landlord's building until it finds a suitable new home

Mortgage interest relief

15 February, 2019

After years of legislative changes to the lettings sector, landlords are often playing catch-up when it comes to the parameters in which they must operate

Housing Benefit subsidy guidance manual 2018 to 2019

15 February, 2019

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

Rents fall as proportion of income

14 February, 2019

In 2017/18, average weekly rents across England in the private rented sector increased by 22%

Managing Money on Universal Credit

14 February, 2019

How design and delivery of Universal credit affects how people manage their money

May winces under PMQ 'friendly fire' over UC

14 February, 2019

PM visibly uncomfortable to hear Tory MP say welfare state was "no longer holding up the most vulnerable - but dragging them down"

Association 'put tenants at risk' with electrical safety breach

14 February, 2019

A recently merged housing association has breached the Home Standard by putting its tenants at risk over electrical safety

Most English local authorities 'plan to raise council tax'

14 February, 2019

Almost all councils in England plan to increase council tax and many will be cutting services

Residents group calls on housing association's shareholders to act over social housing sales

14 February, 2019

A campaign group made up of Notting Hill Genesis residents has written to the group's shareholders, calling on them to stop the sale and conversion of social rent homes

Skint Britain: Friends without Benefits Episode 1 Clip

14 February, 2019

When the residents of Hartlepool became guinea pigs for the roll out of Universal Credit a series of events were triggered that even the government didn't predict

Tenant fees ban now in the statute books after Royal Assent

13 February, 2019

The Tenant Fees Bill received Royal Assent yesterday, becoming an Act which will come into force on June 1

Online letting agent to start charging landlords once the tenant has signed

13 February, 2019

Online agent Upad is to start charging landlords once the tenant has signed the contract

James Brokenshire heralds new law protecting tenants from unfair letting fees

13 February, 2019

Tenants will be protected from unfair letting fees and will see their tenancy deposits capped at 5 weeks' rent

Man wins fit-for-work appeal seven months after his death

13 February, 2019

Jeff Hayward spent last 18 months of his life fighting decision that he was fit to work

Rents to go up by £40 a month at some Northampton housing association homes

13 February, 2019

A rent increase at housing association homes in Northampton has been branded "an insult"

The effect 'bedroom tax' and Universal Credit is having on people in North Tyneside

13 February, 2019

North Tyneside Council is considering building small 'starter homes' to help cash-strapped renters

More than 20,000 on social housing waiting list in Wakefield

13 February, 2019

More than 20,000 people are on the waiting list for social housing in Wakefield

Welsh housing minister writes to Rudd over 53-week Universal Credit issue

13 February, 2019

A Welsh housing minister has written to work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd expressing concern that social tenants on Universal Credit will lose out next year because of a quirk in the calendar

Leading supermarket to build homes with housing association

13 February, 2019

The partners are intending to gain permission for the mixed-use development - including 1,400 new homes

Rents at risk without DWP data share

13 February, 2019

Welsh providers fear tenants falling behind on payments without advance notice of Universal Credit transfers

Landlords and agents at risk as 'millions of EPCs could be incorrect'

12 February, 2019

Millions of Energy Performance Certificates could be wrong due to poor training among assessors and incorrect measurements of properties

Universal credit rollout linked to rising food bank use

12 February, 2019

Work and pensions secretary says benefit payment delays could have led to increase

Social housing new build spend up 11% but repairs work drops

12 February, 2019

The amount of money spent on building new homes in the social housing sector increased by nearly 11% in December but repairs and maintenance spend fell by 6.6%

'Significant' pressures on Corby housing see waiting lists and arrears shoot up

12 February, 2019

An extra 367 people joined Corby Council's housing waiting list in the past year - up by 25 per cent

Windrush win as provider proves tenant 'exists'

12 February, 2019

Elderly tenant facing a near £100,000 told to prove he officially existed, despite his right to live in the UK

Government refuses to act on DWP 'inhumanity'

12 February, 2019

Potential overhaul of DWP sanctions is fobbed off, despite admission that Universal Credit has led to rocketing foodbank use

Brokenshire 'heralds' new Tenant Fees Act

12 February, 2019

The ban on fees is expected to save tenants across England at least £240m a year

HB A3/2019

12 February, 2019

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

Tenant Fees Bill becomes an Act of Parliament

12 February, 2019

The Ministry of Housing, Community and Local Government has confirmed that the Tenant Fees Bill is officially an Act of Parliament and will come into effect in England from 1 June 2019

Rents on the rise again after their first fall for a decade

11 February, 2019

The amount of rent tenants paid their landlords dropped for the first time in a decade last year

Letting agent who failed to publish correct fees fined £4,000

11 February, 2019

A letting agent has been fined £4,000 for failing to publish the correct fees they charge tenants and landlords

Landlords and housing groups lock horns amid claims that high rents are pushing tenants into poverty

11 February, 2019

High rents are being blamed for pushing families into poverty

Rescued tenant energy supplier to roll out smart meters to rental properties

11 February, 2019

Tenants in properties using Spark Energy are to be given access to smart meters as well as warranty services from its new owner

Council backs right to buy and denies City Hall claims of £3million rent costs

11 February, 2019

The council has spent more than £3million renting back council homes sold off under right to buy

Parents could lose their homes if they don't get their anti-social kids under control

11 February, 2019

If your child is found to be causing issues or committing criminal offences, you could face being evicted

HB S1/2019

11 February, 2019

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

Student who handed £400,000 in 'advance rent' to agent is ordered to relinquish money

08 February, 2019

A 'kid' who arrived in Britain paid almost £400,000 in rent upfront through an agency

Second acquisition within months for agent as letting fees ban approaches

08 February, 2019

An independent has acquired its second small business in less than a year as part of its 'strength in numbers' strategy to overcome the effects of the tenants' fees ban

500,000 more children in PRS poverty than 10 years ago

08 February, 2019

"It is a disgrace that in one of the wealthiest countries in the world we cannot provide children with a secure and affordable home"

Scottish housing associations to come under FoI

08 February, 2019

Scottish government approves putting associations under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act as public authorities

UC claimants refusing zero-hour jobs risk sanction

08 February, 2019

But DWP minister skirts around the issue of such sanctions as policy

UC rollout to 'worsen' NI housing crisis

08 February, 2019

Recent NIHE report showed almost 20,950 children in families waiting for social housing and at least 13,636 in 'housing stress'

Waltham Forest Borough Council consults on selective and additional licensing

08 February, 2019

Waltham Forest Borough Council has begun consultation on selective and additional licensing in the borough. The consultation will close on 29 April 2019

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council opens consultation on selective licensing scheme

08 February, 2019

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council has begun their consultation on selective licensing in the borough which will close on 12 April 2019

Associations stress-test over fear rent settlement will change post-Brexit

07 February, 2019

Housing associations are stress-testing for the possibility that the government will renege on a promise to allow plus-inflation rent increases after Brexit

Over 300 landlords 'Make a Stand' against domestic abuse

07 February, 2019

Landlords under the scheme collectively own more than 2.6 million homes - more than 50% of all social housing across the UK

Fire that killed four children was in housing association home

07 February, 2019

A house wrecked by a fire that killed four young children in Stafford this week belongs to a housing association

Salix Homes to feature in new TV documentary on housing crisis

07 February, 2019

Salford housing association Salix Homes is to feature in a new BBC One daytime series shining a spotlight on Britain's empty homes crisis

Who's who: Islington's rough sleeping chief slams short-term tenancies

07 February, 2019

Islington' Council's new permanent street sleeping chief Sarah Turley speaks to Lucas Cumiskey about austerity, Universal Credit and short term tenancies and the impact they are having

DWP claims 53-week year will not affect tenants on Universal Credit

07 February, 2019

The government has shifted its position to claim that the 53 rent weeks next financial year will not have an impact on social tenants receiving Universal Credit

Families missing out on 'vital funding' under benefit cap

07 February, 2019

DWP figures show that 74% of single-parent families had their housing benefit capped last year

Wokingham Borough Council missing out on more than £700,000 in unpaid rent debts from social housing tenants

07 February, 2019

The council is owed more than £700,000 in unpaid rent debts by social housing tenants in the borough

Benefit Cap: number of households capped to November 2018

07 February, 2019

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

RLA urges a right to direct UC rent payments

06 February, 2019

Citizen's Advice report reveals 49% of those it helps with Universal Credit are in arrears over housing payments

High Court backs association's religious allocation policy

06 February, 2019

But case pitched as a test of "wider implications" seems certain to go to appeal

Transfer of homes to 'protect tenants' finalised

06 February, 2019

The Scottish Regulator directed the transfer in November after 70% of Kincardine's tenants said they were in favour of the move

LA Welfare Direct bulletins: 2019

06 February, 2019

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

Universal Credit: 'I've nearly lost my house twice'

06 February, 2019

A mother of three says she has nearly been made homeless twice in two years due to the new Universal Credit benefits system

Shelter from the storm?

06 February, 2019

It can't have escaped anyone's attention that we are in the midst of a housing crisis, in particular social housing

Act now to fix Universal Credit

06 February, 2019

Research by the National Landlords Association has found that 73 per cent of landlords who let to tenants on Universal Credit have experienced rent arrears in the last year.

Zoopla tells online agent to stop offering free listings to sellers and landlords

05 February, 2019

Zoopla was last night reviewing whether an online agent listing with it meets its membership criteria after offering some of its services for free

Agency fees remain one of the largest property transaction costs - at 1%

05 February, 2019

Estate agency fees continued to be one of the largest property transaction costs last year despite agents not having put their charges up

165,000+ social rent homes lost in six years

05 February, 2019

CIH projections suggest 199,000 homes for social rent will have been lost between 2012 and 2020

Call for universal credit overhaul amid fears of looming evictions crisis

05 February, 2019

Citizens Advice reveals half of claimants seeking benefits assistance are at risk of being evicted

Kensington MP launches attack on housing associations in report on local housing

05 February, 2019

The Labour MP for the constituency where Grenfell Tower is located has published a report which launches a strongly worded attack on the performance of housing associations in the area

Council could spend £60,000 converting home back to original condition

05 February, 2019

We want to challenge the negative stereotypes of council tenants

February 2019: Touchbase edition 129

05 February, 2019

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

Tenants hoping to save money from fees ban 'could already be paying more in rent'

04 February, 2019

The letting fees ban may already be too late to save tenants money

Landlords leaving market 'in droves' with exodus intensifying in capital

04 February, 2019

Landlords in London are leaving the market "in droves"

Housing associations should be subject to FOIA

04 February, 2019

Housing associations should be subject to the Freedom of Information Act

Renters are more likely to have poor health than those who own

04 February, 2019

There are links between housing and health, and research shows that those who rent privately have worse health than those who own properties

New smoke alarm regulations to apply in Scotland after Grenfell blaze

04 February, 2019

Every home will need to have a smoke alarm in their main living room and hallways, as well as a heat alarm in the kitchen

Shortage of large council homes could slow wider Grenfell rehousing

04 February, 2019

A shortage of large council homes could slow efforts to rehouse families from the wider Grenfell community, with just two such properties becoming available in the borough in the past two years.

Inside the 'death trap' social houses 'failing' Liverpool's vulnerable families

04 February, 2019

Damp, mould and mice living in the walls are common issues plaguing residents

The lonely and destitute who will walk miles for a free meal in Birmingham

04 February, 2019

Welfare cuts and loneliness are driving people onto the streets of Birmingham in search of food

Family made homeless after failing Right to Rent checks - despite having right to live in UK

01 February, 2019

A British man and his family are homeless after a letting agent turned them away under Right to Rent rules

Tenant group slams 'wild west' of deposit replacement schemes

01 February, 2019

Deposit replacement schemes have been labelled as a "wild west" by campaign group Generation Rent

Just over half of private landlords do not use an agent at all

01 February, 2019

Just over half of landlords do not use an agent to let or manage their properties

Social housing contractors in crisis?

01 February, 2019

Following the collapse of construction giant Carillion and other similar financial failures, should the social housing sector brace itself for more contractor woes?

Private Rented Sector Report - December 2018

01 February, 2019

The number of tenants experiencing rent hikes dropped in December to the lowest level since December 2017

Councils 'empowering and engaging' tenants

01 February, 2019

But LGA/Tpas report calls for firmer commitment to social homes from central government

Tenants have so few rights, a whole street can be evicted at once - that's obscene

01 February, 2019

Other countries ensure people who rent are secure in their homes. Why can't we do the same?

Councils urged to build on new housing solution

01 February, 2019

MetroHome offers a commercial model allowing councils to retain the freehold of their land

Right to Rent - time to end this discriminatory policy

01 February, 2019

Today, the High Court delivered a damning judgment on the Government's Right to Rent scheme, finding that the desired effects of the policy have been outweighed by its potential for race discrimination

The Deposit Diaries: The importance of taking notice

31 January, 2019

In this case, the landlord claimed £1,025 for rent arrears representing one month's unpaid rent

Compulsory electric tests to be introduced every five years for rental homes

31 January, 2019

Compulsory checks are to be introduced every five years on electrical installations in private rented properties

Tenants warned to strap in for 'rocky ride' as fees ban approaches

31 January, 2019

Tenants finished 2018 in the driving seat as fewer experienced rent increases, ARLA Propertymark claims, but has warned that the impending fees ban means many will be set for a rocky ride this year

Review of tenancy deposit schemes in Scotland

31 January, 2019

The Scottish Government has released results from research with tenants, landlords and schemes as part of a review of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme in Scotland

Overcrowding in social housing hits 24-year high

31 January, 2019

English Housing Survey shows a need to ease the squeeze with 300,000 households in too few rooms

Gender of bank account holders on Universal Credit

31 January, 2019

Ad hoc statistics on couples claiming Universal Credit (UC), specifically the gender of the person whose bank account receives the UC payment

No excuse for no DSS

31 January, 2019

Our campaign against 'no DSS' has split the lettings industry

Tipping the balance of power against private landlords

31 January, 2019

Readers discuss the problems facing tenants in the private rental sector

Another London borough backs fight against Section 21

30 January, 2019

Six councils across the country now support the Generation Rent campaign

Hundreds on Bexley housing waiting list placed out of borough

30 January, 2019

Bexley faces "serious challenges" around housing as it is revealed that only nine per cent of people on the housing waiting list were re-homed last year

New measures power up PRS electrical safety standards

30 January, 2019

Relevant competency and qualifications now a legal requirement for inspections

East Riding Council to spend nearly £100m on revamping houses

30 January, 2019

It is upgrading some of its 11,000 properties

Disabled people are going hungry. Tears are not enough

30 January, 2019

Not since Margaret Thatcher have we seen such an all-out assault on our social fabric, nor one that has caused such harm

Third of councils have more than 20% PRS residents

30 January, 2019

Generation Rent says latest ONS figures expose the extent of housing market failure

Why council house rent is dropping in Portsmouth - and the millions it is costing the city council

30 January, 2019

Council house tenants are set for further rent reductions despite the 'ridiculous' discount costing the local authority more than £7m in three years

Association donates over £1,000 of food and household products to foodbanks

30 January, 2019

"It was great to be able to drop off such a fantastic amount of provisions to help those in need"

A two-pronged plan for better social housing

30 January, 2019

It might sound odd to say, but the Shelter commission was not a typical housing commission

13,000 tenants in Wales at risk of UC underpayment

30 January, 2019

Community Housing Cymru calls on UK Government to change UC formula to account for year-on-year flexibility

Influential think tank calls on Government to abolish 'no fault' evictions in England

29 January, 2019

An influential think tank has called for 'no fault' evictions to be abolished in England

Rents on the rise while one in ten of all tenancies in arrears

29 January, 2019

Rents nudged up between November and December last year, while tenant arrears also increased

UK council tax benefit cuts resulted in surge of unpaid bills

29 January, 2019

The rate of non-collection of tax is around 10 times higher than the 2.5 per cent under the old system

London tenants call for Statement of Community Involvement from Sadiq Khan

29 January, 2019

Sadiq Khan should issue a 'Statement of Community Involvement' setting out his policy on engaging with residents over development

Landlords should not call the tune on housing court

29 January, 2019

Housing claims suffer from numerous procedural delays and system failures - but a separate specialist court is not the solution to fixing them

Malthouse goes gloves off over RTB to attack Labour 'detachment'

29 January, 2019

While seemingly solving Brexit, the housing minster holds his own close to home

Welcome to Grice Close, the cul-de-sac evicted by Fergus Wilson

29 January, 2019

Mentions of the landlord tend to be met with a grimace on the Kent streets where he is evicting 700 households

Housing Minister tightens up rules on electrical safety to better protect renters

29 January, 2019

New measures designed to ensure mandatory electrical inspections are carried out by competent and qualified inspectors

HB A2/2019

29 January, 2019

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

The impact of Tenant Fee Bans

29 January, 2019

With a start date for the tenant fee ban now in place, questions have inevitably resurfaced as to how this imminent change in legislation will impact both landlords and tenants

Government commits to introduce mandatory five yearly electrical safety checks

29 January, 2019

After a long wait, the Government has finally released the results of a consultation on Electrical Safety Standards in the private rented sector

Renters to spend almost £154m on agency fees before ban comes in

28 January, 2019

Three Countrywide brands, two Connells Group brands and haart have been named as being among the most expensive 20 biggest firms for charging tenants' fees

Boost for tenants as rents slow annually for the first time in a decade

28 January, 2019

Rents fell annually for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis, making it more affordable for tenants to now rent

Bristol to spend £7.3m on tower block sprinklers

28 January, 2019

Bristol City Council cabinet told of no room for complacency despite confirmation that no block has Grenfell-style cladding

Regulator investigates housing association with former First Priority leases

28 January, 2019

The social housing regulator is investigating a housing association which took on some of First Priority's homes after that association nearly became insolvent

Ban landlords from evicting families without good reason

28 January, 2019

England should follow Scotland's lead and introduce open-ended tenancies for private renters

Councils in England to receive over £50 million to support Brexit preparations

28 January, 2019

Local authorities across England will receive a share of £56.5 million to help support their preparations for Brexit

Thurrock Council approves additional licensing of shared houses and flats

28 January, 2019

Thurrock Council has approved plans for additional licensing of HMOs in specific parts of the borough, which will affect private landlords letting to three or four tenants from more than one household

LIN member report January 2019 - The Social Housing Commission

25 January, 2019

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

'I've absolutely had enough': Tory MP embarks on anti-austerity tour

25 January, 2019

Heidi Allen joins former Labour MP Frank Field on mission to highlight the poverty caused by her party's policies

Universal Credit technicality threatens hundreds of thousands with underpayment

25 January, 2019

Hundreds of thousands of social housing tenants on Universal Credit are set to have their housing costs underpaid in the next financial year due to a quirk in the calendar which means 53 weekly rent payments will fall due

Council accuses association linked to investment funds of not providing support services

25 January, 2019

A local authority has accused a supported housing association linked to several new investment funds of not providing support services to vulnerable tenants, despite billing for them in housing benefit

Rural social housing waiting list tops 100 years

25 January, 2019

New government statistics show the number of households on rural council waiting lists continues to increase

Housing association presents code for safer housing

25 January, 2019

The new electrical code is due to be presented at parliament on 23rd January

DWP home visits to help with your benefit claim

25 January, 2019

The Department for Work and Pensions Visiting Team can visit you at home to help you with your benefit claim

A licence to rent

25 January, 2019

A joint research project between Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and Chartered Institute of Housing

Agents who break fees ban could be bankrupted by huge fines

24 January, 2019

Agents who charge tenants after the fees ban comes in could be bankrupted and put out of business

Mayor set to introduce rent controls across whole of London - with precedent likely to be set for elsewhere

24 January, 2019

Rent controls could be brought in across the whole of London to tackle the 'affordability crisis'

Landlords' Barometer - #66: A special year for Property Tribes as we reach our tenth birthday

24 January, 2019

Welcome to the first Landlords' Barometer of 2019!

Selective licensing improves housing conditions

24 January, 2019

Selective licensing schemes are an effective way for local authorities to improve housing conditions

Billionaire property family enters social housing market

24 January, 2019

The family behind a multibillion-pound property empire has made a dramatic move into the social housing sector by registering one of its companies as a social landlord

Landlords of draughty homes to be fined thousands of pounds

24 January, 2019

The penalties are intended as a deterrent for 'negligent' landlords

Housing association apologies after leaving couple with no hot water and central heating for two months

24 January, 2019

An Evesham couple has said it is a disgrace they have been left without hot water and central heating at their Hampton property for nearly two months by Rooftop Housing

It's time to wake up on the Decent Homes Standard

24 January, 2019

Five months on from the publication of the Social Housing Green Paper, Fortem continues to consider what it and other housing service providers can do to support our clients and their communities

Renting 'more affordable' in 2018

24 January, 2019

Stats show that 2018 was the first year since 2008 that rents decreased in the UK, with wages spent on rents dropping 0.5% to 31%

UK rents fall for first time in a decade

23 January, 2019

Yorkshire records biggest percentage decline but signs emerge rents are rising again

'Councils in race for temporary accommodation forcing rents upwards'

23 January, 2019

Councils are in a race for temporary accommodation, and landlords know this and are pushing rents up

Councils need more tools to cut off rogue landlords' profits

23 January, 2019

Brent councillor Eleanor Southwood says the London borough is leading the way in cracking down on those who make tenants' lives a misery

DWP landlord rent payment portal won't be live until Summer

23 January, 2019

With the heat on, the London Assembly Housing Committee hears the portal is still some way off

MP seeks 'crucial' Universal Credit reforms over domestic abuse risk

23 January, 2019

An SNP MP has urged the UK Government to accept amendments to its Domestic Abuse Bill to tackle the increased risk of financial abuse under the current Universal Credit system

Commons committee launches inquiry into 'natural migration' to Universal Credit

23 January, 2019

The UK Parliament's work and pensions committee is today launching a new inquiry into the process by which people claiming existing benefits move onto Universal Credit if they have a change in their circumstances

Tenant Fees Bill passes final Commons hurdle

23 January, 2019

"The tenant fees ban is now an inevitability, and agents need to start preparing for a post-tenant fees world"

New film champions social housing and its residents

23 January, 2019

Film frames people, not politics, as at heart of the debate on the housing crisis

The letting fees ban is finally happening

23 January, 2019

Almost three years after the ban on letting fees was first announced, in Autumn 2016, the government has finally approved the Tenant Fees bill

Agent warns of 'possible breach to fees ban law' if tenants use deposit replacement scheme in order to rent

22 January, 2019

Concerns have been raised that agents who let to tenants who can only proceed by using a deposit replacement product could be in breach of the fees ban