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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

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

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

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

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

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

Pressure mounts on ministers to scrap Right to Buy after councils spend millions renting back homes they used to own

22 January, 2019

Pressure is growing on the Government to scrap Right to Buy, after it emerged that councils in London are spending over £22m a year renting back homes that they once owned, to house homeless families

Loophole in law means rogue landlords are still raking in housing benefit

22 January, 2019

The Government is being urged to alter an anomaly in legislation that means housing benefit is being paid - legally - to landlords convicted of housing offences

This is how many people are on the Sunderland social housing waiting lists

22 January, 2019

Thousands of people are stuck on waiting lists for social housing in Sunderland as bosses struggle to balance supply and demand

Pregnant single mum desperate to be re-homed after 13 months of hell in damp and mouldy house

22 January, 2019

23-year-old Yvonne says she "can't stop crying" about the state of disrepair in her cold and run-down social housing property

Mentally ill people more at risk of losing benefits

22 January, 2019

Concerns that DLA system discriminates against those with psychiatric disorders

Brent Council urges government to end rogue landlord benefits

22 January, 2019

The council's callout to government follows the recent hand-out of more than £50,000 to a repeatedly convicted "rogue" landlord

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 13 December 2018

22 January, 2019

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

Housing is a women's rights issue

21 January, 2019

What does housing have to do with gender inequality?

Three agents likely to serve 14 months each in prison after £105,000 fraud involving deposits and rents

21 January, 2019

Three agents who scammed the public out of over £100,000 in rent and deposits in a prolonged fraud have each been jailed for two years and four months

Deposit scheme backs specialist Housing Court to settle tenant and landlord disputes

21 January, 2019

The UK Government is being urged to follow Scotland's lead as it considers introducing a specialist Housing Court to deal with tenant and landlord disputes

Right to Buy is 'failing London'

21 January, 2019

Stats show capital's councils fork out "eye-watering" £22m-a-year renting back Right To Buy homes

Council pays rogue landlord £500,000 in housing benefit

21 January, 2019

Bernard McGowan, who has £30m in property, received money from Brent despite being banned

Council urges ban on housing benefit being paid to rogue landlords

21 January, 2019

Brent paid £500,000 to Bernard McGowan despite him failing the 'fit and proper' test

53-week rent year, rent reduction and Universal Credit - briefing

21 January, 2019

We've produced a briefing focusing on the upcoming 53-week rent year and how this impacts on rent reduction and the calculation of Universal Credit

Universal Credit - latest news for housing associations

21 January, 2019

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

Ban on referral fees paid to agents is on the cards if 'transparency' cannot be achieved

18 January, 2019

A ban on referral fees paid to agents is on the cards, an industry audience was told yesterday

Nearly 50 councils use unregistered fire risk assessors

18 January, 2019

Nearly 50 English councils have used unregistered fire risk assessors to check if their buildings are safe

Scotland's largest social landlord generates £2bn for economy

18 January, 2019

Around £150m of GDP to the Scottish economy, equivalent to around 2,575 jobs - that is a substantial contribution

PIP appeal left disabled man 'stressed and humiliated'

18 January, 2019

An east Belfast man who has a long-term lung condition has been "humiliated" by a seven-month battle for Personal Independence Payment

Support visits if you need help to claim benefits

18 January, 2019

The Department for Work and Pensions Visiting Team can visit you at home to help you with your benefit claim

Seven housing benefit assessors busted over £1m fraud

18 January, 2019

Convictions in "large, complex" case covering three London boroughs

More funding for councils to crack down on rogue landlords: but can this be properly enforced?

18 January, 2019

More than 50 councils will be allocated a £2.4 million fund to crack down on rogue landlords

Tenant Fees Bill provisions to come into effect June 2019

18 January, 2019

The provisions of the Tenant Fees Bill will come into effect on the 1st June 2019 for all tenancies signed on or after the date

Applying for social housing as a veteran: an ex-servicewoman tells her story

17 January, 2019

As the government announces proposals for veterans with mental illnesses to be prioritised for social housing, Catherine Lough speaks to a former servicewoman who found herself homeless after fleeing domestic violence

Tax rises hits rented housing tenants

17 January, 2019

"Whilst the Treasury seeks to dampen investment in rented housing, demand from tenants shows no signs of slowing down"

Welfare 'reform' puts new social housing in NI at risk

17 January, 2019

Report outlines risk posed by rent arrears to the building and maintenance of social housing

Lack of property supply pushing rents upwards as landlords decide to get out

17 January, 2019

Rightmove data has revealed the extent of the Government tax clampdowns on landlords

Social housing aggregator gets A- credit rating

17 January, 2019

The social housing bond aggregator MORhomes has received an A- credit rating from agency Standard & Poor's

Group convicted of housing benefit fraud

17 January, 2019

Seven benefit assessors have been convicted of a housing benefit fraud worth £1,025,912 across three councils in London

England: Tenant Fees Bill provisions to come into effect in June

17 January, 2019

New legislation to bring an end to costly fees imposed by landlords or letting agents in England is to come into force this summer

Has the Brexit vote saved London tenants £1,800 pa in rent?

17 January, 2019

Rent rises 3% lower than forecast partly due to fewer EU migrants and price-out Londoners moving out

The clock ticks down: Fees ban will apply to all tenancies signed after June 1

16 January, 2019

Fees charged to tenants are to be outlawed on all new tenancies signed after June 1

Benefits rule changes could cost pensioners in UK thousands a year

16 January, 2019

From 15 May, new pensioners with partners under 65 can no longer claim pension credit

Changes to disability benefits cost £4bn in extra welfare payments

16 January, 2019

OBR's figures will bolster disability groups' calls for overhaul of PIP system

Government welfare watchdog questions Universal Credit managed migration pilot

16 January, 2019

Ministers' proposals for the 10,000-person pilot for moving existing benefit claimants onto Universal Credit could prove a missed opportunity

Rent must be pinned to local incomes, housing associations tell Burnham

16 January, 2019

Affordable rent levels must be pinned to local incomes in different parts of Greater Manchester

Housing association borrows £135m

16 January, 2019

Housing association Moat has borrowed £135m in revolving credit facilities from two banks

PIP has cost up to £2 billion more than keeping DLA

16 January, 2019

Government disability benefit spending has increased by 15% to 20% cent despite the aim of reducing it by a fifth

Changes to benefits for mixed age couples

16 January, 2019

The government announced today changes to benefits for mixed age couples that will be introduced from 15 May 2019

The future of social housing - what's next?

16 January, 2019

Last week we launched the final report of our commission on the future of social housing

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

15 January, 2019

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

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

15 January, 2019

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

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

15 January, 2019

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

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

15 January, 2019

The schemes have a projected lifetime value of £2.5bn

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

15 January, 2019

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

Report highlights social housing concerns post-Brexit

15 January, 2019

Private sector investment and labour costs remain the major concerns for Scotland's social housing sector post-Brexit

Regulator alerts social landlords to upcoming changes to consents

15 January, 2019

Reminders go out in Scotland ahead of 8th March deadline

HB A1/2019

15 January, 2019

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

The Universal Credit (Managed Migration Pilot and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2019: SSAC correspondence

15 January, 2019

A letter to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions about the Universal Credit (Managed Migration Pilot and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2019

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

14 January, 2019

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

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

14 January, 2019

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

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

14 January, 2019

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

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

14 January, 2019

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

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

14 January, 2019

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

England and Wales Rental Tracker

14 January, 2019

Strong appetite for investment in the North

Four single mothers win high court benefits battle against DWP

14 January, 2019

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

Brexit costs London landlords £1.8k in rental growth

14 January, 2019

Post-referendum rental growth in London almost 3% lower than projected

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

11 January, 2019

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

Housing associations buy up discounted homes from builders amid Brexit uncertainty

11 January, 2019

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

Giant housing associations agree deal over sale of 228 homes

11 January, 2019

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

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

11 January, 2019

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

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

11 January, 2019

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

Universal Credit: personal welfare

11 January, 2019

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

Amber Rudd sets out fresh approach to Universal Credit

11 January, 2019

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

PRS landlords welcome thaw in benefits freeze

11 January, 2019

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

High Court deals huge blow to welfare 'reform'

11 January, 2019

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

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

10 January, 2019

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

Appoint minister for hunger to tackle UK food insecurity

10 January, 2019

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

No-deal Brexit would be catastrophic for food supply

10 January, 2019

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

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

10 January, 2019

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

Empty Wolverhampton properties will be seized for homeless families

10 January, 2019

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

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

10 January, 2019

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

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

10 January, 2019

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

Social housing 100 years on

10 January, 2019

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

All private renters should have permanent tenancies as legal norm

09 January, 2019

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

Three million new social homes needed - Stoke gets started

09 January, 2019

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

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

09 January, 2019

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

Housing association sorry for delay to repair leaking roof

09 January, 2019

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

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

09 January, 2019

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

Waltham Forest Council gave one woman a difficult decision

09 January, 2019

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

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

09 January, 2019

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

Brokenshire pledges PTSD service personnel as social housing priority

09 January, 2019

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

North West housing associations complete 38,000-home merger

09 January, 2019

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

Right To Buy running down in Wales

09 January, 2019

Abolition of RTB in Wales heads for home straight

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

08 January, 2019

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

England needs 3m new social homes by 2040

08 January, 2019

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

Midlands housing association to consolidate group structure

08 January, 2019

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

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

08 January, 2019

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

Oldham food bank launches fundraiser after burglary

08 January, 2019

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

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

08 January, 2019

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

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

08 January, 2019

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

Miliband: Social housing a 'national asset'

08 January, 2019

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

Building for our future: A vision for social housing

08 January, 2019

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

Rents remain below rate of inflation despite increases in most regions

07 January, 2019

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

Universal credit: Vote to extend benefit to three million delayed

07 January, 2019

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

Social housing report calls for massive overhaul of tenants' rights

07 January, 2019

Renters need better deal to prevent another Grenfell disaster

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

07 January, 2019

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

DWP agrees to change Universal Credit direct payments schedule

07 January, 2019

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

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

07 January, 2019

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

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

07 January, 2019

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

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

07 January, 2019

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

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

04 January, 2019

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

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

04 January, 2019

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

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

04 January, 2019

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

Single mums hit hardest by benefit cap

04 January, 2019

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

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

04 January, 2019

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

Landlords' body sells stake in tenancy deposit scheme mydeposits to insurance firm

04 January, 2019

The National Landlords Association has sold its stake in Tenancy Deposit Solutions, which trades as mydeposits, to insurance business Hamilton Fraser

Worries after social housing firms enter private market

03 January, 2019

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

Social housing investor signs £70m funding facility

03 January, 2019

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

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

03 January, 2019

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

On ghettos - more to do on stigmatisation

03 January, 2019

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

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

03 January, 2019

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

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

03 January, 2019

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

New plans to force private landlords in Slough to be licensed

03 January, 2019

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

OAP 'with no bathroom ceiling' suffers month-long battle with housing association

03 January, 2019

An OAP has endured weeks of living in the cold after a housing association left her without a roof over her bathroom

Councils 'ripped off' by private landlords

02 January, 2019

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

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

02 January, 2019

We have never felt so divided as a country

Fewer landlords looking to buy more properties, particularly in London

02 January, 2019

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

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

02 January, 2019

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

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

02 January, 2019

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

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

02 January, 2019

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

Hard-up Walsall people suffering due to Universal Credit

02 January, 2019

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

DWP say working families on Universal Credit will get £630 extra from Saturday April 6

01 January, 2019

April 6 is the day to look out for when working families in the UK get a little bit extra money in their pockets

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

31 December, 2018

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

Low-rated housing association sees credit outlook upgraded

27 December, 2018

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

Housing association CEO calls for 'Brexit compromise'

27 December, 2018

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

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

27 December, 2018

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

Amazon holds talks with UK housing association

24 December, 2018

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

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

24 December, 2018

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

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 becomes law

24 December, 2018

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

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

24 December, 2018

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

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

21 December, 2018

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

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

21 December, 2018

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

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

21 December, 2018

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

Landlords welcome room size guidance

21 December, 2018

Guidance to councils addresses RLA concerns over inadvertent law breaches

DWP showed 'shocking disregard' for disabled claimants

21 December, 2018

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

Legal aid: the missing cornerstone of renters' rights

21 December, 2018

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

Fitness for Human Habitation: An early Christmas present for renters

21 December, 2018

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

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

21 December, 2018

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

Universal Credit - latest news for housing associations

21 December, 2018

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

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

20 December, 2018

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

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

20 December, 2018

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

Struggling with universal credit in Hartlepool

20 December, 2018

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

4,600 disabled people 'wrongly' lost benefit

20 December, 2018

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

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

20 December, 2018

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

New figures 'reinforce need to suspend Right to Buy'

20 December, 2018

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

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

20 December, 2018

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

The 'no fault' line

20 December, 2018

It's time to serve notice on Section 21

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

20 December, 2018

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

What's happening to rented social housing in England?

19 December, 2018

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

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

19 December, 2018

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

The truth behind the shocking state of rented homes in Bristol

19 December, 2018

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

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

19 December, 2018

Work and Pensions Secretary strikes conciliatory tone before Commons committee

Council reviews temporary accommodation process after local government ombudsman upholds complaint

19 December, 2018

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

Regulator issues six governance upgrades to housing associations

19 December, 2018

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

Housing association decide if grieving sisters can keep home

19 December, 2018

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

Right to Buy Sales in England: July to September 2018

19 December, 2018

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

DWP made 'serious error' removing disability premiums from UC

19 December, 2018

Key Commons committee slams present transition plans as dividing disabled claimants

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

18 December, 2018

Landlords are continuing to exit the property market

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

18 December, 2018

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

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

18 December, 2018

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

Croydon council joins temporary housing scheme

18 December, 2018

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

Attitudes harden on Right to Rent

18 December, 2018

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

Universal Credit migration could be 'disastrous' for disabled people

18 December, 2018

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

Over 200 associations commit to tackling 'unimaginable' homelessness

18 December, 2018

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

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

18 December, 2018

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

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

17 December, 2018

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

London's millennial departure fuels UK rent growth

17 December, 2018

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

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

17 December, 2018

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

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

17 December, 2018

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

Social security watchdog warns on planned Universal Credit switchover

17 December, 2018

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

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

17 December, 2018

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

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

17 December, 2018

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

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

14 December, 2018

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

Figures suggest Universal Credit is driving homelessness and evictions

14 December, 2018

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

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

14 December, 2018

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

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

14 December, 2018

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

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

14 December, 2018

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

Starting to bite: how Universal Credit is making people homeless

14 December, 2018

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

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

14 December, 2018

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

HB A8/2018

14 December, 2018

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

December 2018: Touchbase edition 129

14 December, 2018

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

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

14 December, 2018

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

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

13 December, 2018

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

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

13 December, 2018

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

Universal Credit: how we got here

13 December, 2018

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

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

13 December, 2018

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

Housing association acquires 600-home retirement portfolio from Bupa

13 December, 2018

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

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

13 December, 2018

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

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

13 December, 2018

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

Housing providers "nervous" about taking tenants with learning

13 December, 2018

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

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments: April to September 2018

13 December, 2018

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

Universal Credit (Managed Migration) Regulations 2018: SSAC correspondence

13 December, 2018

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

Cross-party working closes the Tenant Fees Bill loophole

13 December, 2018

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

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

12 December, 2018

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

Two letting agents hit with huge costs over unlicensed HMO properties

12 December, 2018

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

HomeLet Rental Index - November 18

12 December, 2018

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

A rock and a hard place: the Universal Credit frontline

12 December, 2018

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

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

12 December, 2018

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

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

12 December, 2018

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

Property tycoon wife Judith Wilson fined for heating repair failure

12 December, 2018

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

Universal Credit rolled out to whole of UK

12 December, 2018

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

Only making longer tenancies the law will help low income renters

12 December, 2018

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

A united front to ending the LHA rate freeze

12 December, 2018

Homelessness is continuing to rise

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

11 December, 2018

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

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

11 December, 2018

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

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

11 December, 2018

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

Universal Credit desperation: Cash is soaked up at alarming rate

11 December, 2018

Stafford people need the financial help to survive

Insurance giant registers as a provider of social housing

11 December, 2018

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

Kettering council has 86 vacant homes in its housing stock

11 December, 2018

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

Campaigners in 'frontline fight' against Universal Credit evictions

11 December, 2018

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

MP claims Grenfell survivor seen 'begging on the street'

11 December, 2018

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

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 8 November 2018

11 December, 2018

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

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to October 2018

11 December, 2018

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

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

10 December, 2018

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

Mayor Sadiq Khan to look at imposing rent controls in London

10 December, 2018

Arguments in favour of capping rent inflation 'overwhelming'

Pensioner poverty rises as benefits freeze bites

10 December, 2018

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

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

10 December, 2018

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

Universal Credit was underpaid by £30m last year

10 December, 2018

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

Grenfell Tower MP calls for Universal Credit launch delay

10 December, 2018

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

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

10 December, 2018

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

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

07 December, 2018

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

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

07 December, 2018

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

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

07 December, 2018

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

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

07 December, 2018

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

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

07 December, 2018

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

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

07 December, 2018

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

The benefit cap is harming struggling families

07 December, 2018

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

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

06 December, 2018

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

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

06 December, 2018

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

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

06 December, 2018

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

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

06 December, 2018

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

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

06 December, 2018

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

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

06 December, 2018

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

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

06 December, 2018

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

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

05 December, 2018

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

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

05 December, 2018

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

Food prices could rise 10%

05 December, 2018

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

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

05 December, 2018

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

Housing associations must prepare for 'disorderly Brexit'

05 December, 2018

Housing associations must be prepared for a "disorderly Brexit"

Midlands association acquires stock from London association

05 December, 2018

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

RLA responds to government U-turn on tenant deposit cap

05 December, 2018

"Landlords will feel badly let down" by government

7,000 rough sleeping households moved straight into social housing

05 December, 2018

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

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

04 December, 2018

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

Social Housing Lettings: April 2017 to March 2018, England

04 December, 2018

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

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

04 December, 2018

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

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

04 December, 2018

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

Private renting sector unfair to tenants

04 December, 2018

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

Security deposit cap reduced to save renters hundreds of pounds

04 December, 2018

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

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

04 December, 2018

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

RTB properties re-let privately pose 'major challenges'

04 December, 2018

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

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

03 December, 2018

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

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

03 December, 2018

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

Nottingham City Council to spend £5million on social housing

03 December, 2018

The houses the city council buy will be former council houses

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

03 December, 2018

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

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

03 December, 2018

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

Birmingham to build crime prevention into social housing developments

03 December, 2018

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

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

03 December, 2018

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

Government statistics show 37% drop in social rent conversions

03 December, 2018

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

BME social tenants less satisfied with their landlords than whites

03 December, 2018

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

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 12/2018

03 December, 2018

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

Power shifts to tenants as rent reductions hit record high

30 November, 2018

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

'Futureproof PRS policy to keep pace with technological innovation'

30 November, 2018

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

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

30 November, 2018

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

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

30 November, 2018

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

HCLG committee to debate private rented sector

30 November, 2018

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

Putting the social into social housing

30 November, 2018

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

UC3/2018

30 November, 2018

Information for all local authority staff about Universal Credit

Universal credit is 'broken'

30 November, 2018

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

Nine in ten councils failing to use new powers against landlords

29 November, 2018

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

Tenants happy with accommodation but why sector must not be complacent

29 November, 2018

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

Large London housing association sues contractors over cladding

29 November, 2018

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

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

29 November, 2018

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

More than 20,000 social housing units sold last year

29 November, 2018

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

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

29 November, 2018

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

Cross-party calls for rogue landlords to lose properties

29 November, 2018

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

Universal Credit tenants slip back into rent arrears after long period

29 November, 2018

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

RSH chief executive reflects on Social Housing Green Paper

29 November, 2018

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

Universal credit problems and rise of food bank use

29 November, 2018

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

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

28 November, 2018

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

England and Wales Rental Tracker

28 November, 2018

Autumn positives for rental market

Workers at small London housing association to strike

28 November, 2018

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

London boroughs 'sharply divided' over Mayoral rent policy

28 November, 2018

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

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

28 November, 2018

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

Newly merged housing association censured by regulator for fire safety failings

28 November, 2018

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

Strike called off at small London housing association

28 November, 2018

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

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

28 November, 2018

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

Stop DSS Discrimination: Live blog

28 November, 2018

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

Landlords wrongly refusing tenant requests to switch energy

27 November, 2018

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

Percentage of social rented housing being built is not enough

27 November, 2018

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

DWP launches awareness campaign for Universal Credit landlord portal

27 November, 2018

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

MHCLG tenant fire safety group accused of 'excluding tenants'

27 November, 2018

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

London Mayor blasts Creekside development plans for social housing

27 November, 2018

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

Universal Credit: Single mums take government to court

27 November, 2018

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

Poorest tenants in Leeds 'facing rent rises and evictions'

27 November, 2018

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

Think tank launched to help renters with pets

27 November, 2018

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

Universal Credit and homeless people

27 November, 2018

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

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

26 November, 2018

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

Police Scotland link robbery rise with UK benefits changes

26 November, 2018

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

NatWest close branches after housing-benefit protests

26 November, 2018

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

Food banks fear winter crisis as universal credit is rolled out

26 November, 2018

Charities are stockpiling emergency supplies and appealing for donations and volunteers

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

26 November, 2018

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

Big re-boot for the Universal Credit Landlord Portal

26 November, 2018

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

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

26 November, 2018

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

Is Universal Credit the Tories' number one priority?

26 November, 2018

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

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

23 November, 2018

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

Landlords are boycotting companies that support homelessness charity Shelter

23 November, 2018

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

Housing associations have 'huge potential' to power local change

23 November, 2018

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

'I live in disused buildings for cheaper rent'

23 November, 2018

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

Price cap pitched to rein in rent-to-own

23 November, 2018

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

Benefit and pension rates 2019 to 2020

23 November, 2018

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

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

23 November, 2018

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

Amber Rudd recognises 'real problems' with Universal Credit

23 November, 2018

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

Deposit disputes remain low despite rising number of rentals

22 November, 2018

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

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

22 November, 2018

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

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

22 November, 2018

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

Welfare Reform in Northern Ireland: A Scoping Report

22 November, 2018

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

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

22 November, 2018

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

CIH slams slow rate of social rent delivery

22 November, 2018

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

No more social housing get-out clauses

22 November, 2018

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

From the bedroom tax to 'taking in a lodger'

22 November, 2018

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

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

21 November, 2018

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

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

21 November, 2018

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

Research reinforces benefit changes driving increase in PRS homelessness

21 November, 2018

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

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

21 November, 2018

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

Poor families could take in lodger to beat benefit cap

21 November, 2018

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

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

21 November, 2018

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

PIP: Department 'cannot' scrap terminal illness form

21 November, 2018

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

How much longer can lenders get away with DSS discrimination?

21 November, 2018

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

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

20 November, 2018

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

Market forces: the social landlords building homes for market rent

20 November, 2018

For most social landlords, market rent represents uncharted water

Short-term housing offers extra help for Manchester rough sleepers

20 November, 2018

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

MPs blast banks for discriminating against tenants on benefits

20 November, 2018

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

Universal Credit is coming to Burton, Stafford and Cannock

20 November, 2018

It has proved controversial so far

Govan Law Centre launches Universal Credit campaign

20 November, 2018

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

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

20 November, 2018

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

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

19 November, 2018

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

'I was forced into prostitution by Universal Credit'

19 November, 2018

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

Amber Rudd to inherit Universal Credit roll-out

19 November, 2018

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

Affordable rent housing schemes in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire could be withdrawn

19 November, 2018

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

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

19 November, 2018

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

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

19 November, 2018

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

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

19 November, 2018

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

Strategic partners can add extra housing associations to deals

16 November, 2018

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

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

16 November, 2018

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

Universal credit linked to suicide risk

16 November, 2018

Research for Gateshead council finds system increases depression and anxiety

League tables must consider human rights law

16 November, 2018

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

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

16 November, 2018

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

Renters start 'tweet fight' for change

16 November, 2018

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

Phoenix returns Right to Buy homes to social housing

16 November, 2018

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

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

16 November, 2018

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

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

15 November, 2018

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

Fire door problems endemic in Grenfell Tower

15 November, 2018

Broken or deficient fire doors were endemic in Grenfell Tower

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

15 November, 2018

Judith Wilson claimed the tenant damaged the water system

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

15 November, 2018

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

Councils face objections to accessible homes

15 November, 2018

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

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

15 November, 2018

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

DSS Discrimination: letting agent excuses

15 November, 2018

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

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

14 November, 2018

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

Westminster council to shift affordable focus away from social housing

14 November, 2018

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

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

14 November, 2018

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

Social Housing Green Paper: JRF and JRHT response

14 November, 2018

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

Council recovers housing benefit paid to 'house of horrors'

14 November, 2018

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

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

14 November, 2018

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

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

14 November, 2018

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

PRS 'not fit for housing vulnerable tenants'

13 November, 2018

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

London women tell UN poverty envoy about impact of welfare cuts

13 November, 2018

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

After Grenfell, London needs a tenants czar

13 November, 2018

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

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

13 November, 2018

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

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

13 November, 2018

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

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

13 November, 2018

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

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

13 November, 2018

Rental growth last month hit its highest level since February

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 11 October 2018

13 November, 2018

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

Bereavement Support Payment statistics, April 2017 to June 2018

13 November, 2018

Statistics on DWP administered benefits

Benefit sanctions statistics to July 2018

13 November, 2018

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

Universal credit will cost more than system it replaces

12 November, 2018

600,000 families could be worse off

Universal credit: Rent arrears double for benefit claimants

12 November, 2018

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

Back in Credit? Universal Credit after Budget 2018

12 November, 2018

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

The cost of renting in the UK in seven charts

12 November, 2018

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

State of the Property Nation

12 November, 2018

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

Civitas Social Housing To Be Added To FTSE 250 Index

12 November, 2018

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

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

12 November, 2018

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

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

12 November, 2018

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

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

09 November, 2018

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

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

09 November, 2018

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

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

09 November, 2018

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

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

09 November, 2018

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

Landlords pushing up rents to exploit housing benefit shortfall

09 November, 2018

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

Housing associations must change the way they fill in accounts

09 November, 2018

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

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

09 November, 2018

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

Sprinklers suppress 12 social housing fires

08 November, 2018

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

£2m fund announced for councils to tackle rogue landlords

08 November, 2018

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

Date set for 18-21s housing benefit ban reversal

08 November, 2018

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

League tables proposal panned in green paper consultation responses

08 November, 2018

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

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

08 November, 2018

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

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

08 November, 2018

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

One in 10 rental homes advertised as excluding benefits claimants

08 November, 2018

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

Grenfell Tower: Unsafe cladding 'still affects thousands'

08 November, 2018

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

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

08 November, 2018

New research exposes iceberg tip extent of discrimination against benefit claimants

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

07 November, 2018

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

Social Housing Green Paper - National Housing Federation response

07 November, 2018

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

Report says London should have its own social housing commissioner

07 November, 2018

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

Number of homeless to die in temporary housing revealed

07 November, 2018

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

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

07 November, 2018

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

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

07 November, 2018

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

North East-based housing association gets A+ credit rating

07 November, 2018

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

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

07 November, 2018

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

League tables could 'further stigmatise social housing residents'

07 November, 2018

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

LIN member report November 2018 - The Autumn Budget

06 November, 2018

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

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

06 November, 2018

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

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

06 November, 2018

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

Universal credit leading to rise in food bank use

06 November, 2018

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

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

06 November, 2018

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

More landlords to be forced to improve energy efficiency

06 November, 2018

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

MPs: protect housing allowance from benefit sanctions

06 November, 2018

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

MPs call for review of 'pointlessly cruel' benefit sanctions

06 November, 2018

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

Sharma rejects scrutiny of new Universal Credit rules

06 November, 2018

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

Housing association model of delivering social housing 'not working'

06 November, 2018

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

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

05 November, 2018

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

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

05 November, 2018

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

London councils house vulnerable residents on industrial estates

05 November, 2018

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

Budget tax on landlords could cost them £13,000

05 November, 2018

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

Social housing pensions must be equal for men and women

05 November, 2018

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

MPs urged to consider voting down new rules on universal credit

05 November, 2018

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

More than 250 social landlords sign pledge to tackle domestic abuse

05 November, 2018

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

Government sets out new rules for energy efficiency in PRS

05 November, 2018

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

Benefit cap leaves poor families with mounting debt

05 November, 2018

Key welfare reform disproportionately affects ill or disabled people

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

05 November, 2018

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

HB S12/2018

05 November, 2018

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

First-time buyer sales down as landlords exit the market

04 November, 2018

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

Excluded tenants gain access to gym and pool in London complex

02 November, 2018

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

Bromsgrove District Council set to launch its own housing firm

02 November, 2018

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

'Incompetent' council kicked out of government housing scheme

02 November, 2018

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

Developing income linked rents for CHS Group

02 November, 2018

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

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

02 November, 2018

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

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

02 November, 2018

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

Social housing investment could heal Brexit divisions

02 November, 2018

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

The Value of a social tenancy

02 November, 2018

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

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 11/2018

02 November, 2018

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

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

01 November, 2018

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

Half of Scots opt for alternative Universal Credit payments

01 November, 2018

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

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

01 November, 2018

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

Universal Credit predicted to cost more than existing benefits system

01 November, 2018

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

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

01 November, 2018

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

Benefit cap: number of households capped to August 2018

01 November, 2018

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

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

01 November, 2018

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

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

31 October, 2018

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

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

31 October, 2018

DWP accused of 'sneaking out' plan on Budget day

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

31 October, 2018

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

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

31 October, 2018

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

New project to examine allocation of social housing in England

31 October, 2018

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

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

31 October, 2018

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

Grenfell council announces plans to build hundreds of social homes

31 October, 2018

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

Universal credit rollout 'loads unreasonable risk' on to claimants

31 October, 2018

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

PMQs: May and Corbyn clash over benefits freeze

31 October, 2018

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

Housing Benefit statistics on speed of processing 2018 to 2019

31 October, 2018

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

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

30 October, 2018

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

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

30 October, 2018

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

Hammond announces extra funding for Universal Credit

30 October, 2018

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

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

30 October, 2018

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

Hammond v McDonnell on Budget 'end of austerity' claim

30 October, 2018

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

Budget 2018 Housing

30 October, 2018

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

Chancellor announces strategic partnerships with nine housing associations

30 October, 2018

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

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

30 October, 2018

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

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

30 October, 2018

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

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

29 October, 2018

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

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

29 October, 2018

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

Housing: MPs back legal action against rogue landlords

29 October, 2018

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

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

29 October, 2018

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

Natwest apologises and launches review after 'No DSS' controversy

29 October, 2018

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

How universal credit is fuelling Britain's homelessness crisis

29 October, 2018

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

Housing associations sign new standard for armed forces tenants

29 October, 2018

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

A social justice housing strategy

29 October, 2018

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

Homeless charity head 'gagged' over universal credit remarks

29 October, 2018

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

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

29 October, 2018

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

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

26 October, 2018

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

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

26 October, 2018

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

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

26 October, 2018

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

Universal credit: Ministers 'in denial'

26 October, 2018

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

Research shows scope for rental payment history in credit applications

26 October, 2018

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

Bloxham blasts 'fundamentally flawed' social housing policy

26 October, 2018

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

MHCLG to tighten health and safety standards for rental sector

26 October, 2018

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

NatWest to review lending after benefits criticism

26 October, 2018

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

DWP 'adrift from the real world' over Universal Credit

26 October, 2018

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

League table ranks London boroughs' delivery of social housing

26 October, 2018

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

MPs vote to give tenants more power to fight rogue landlords

26 October, 2018

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

Housing coalition reaches out to DWP over Universal Credit support

25 October, 2018

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

The social housing being sold off on Rightmove while homelessness soars

25 October, 2018

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

Charity 'appalled and saddened' by housing association eviction notice

25 October, 2018

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

Liverpool landlord with 18 houses on one street investigated by council

25 October, 2018

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

Social housing governance

25 October, 2018

An overview of the issues and evidence

Rules for landlords not fit for purpose

25 October, 2018

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

Bleak state of Britain's private rented sector

25 October, 2018

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

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

24 October, 2018

UK rents have fallen for the third consecutive quarter

DPS stats show UK rental market 'remains in recession'

24 October, 2018

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

England and Wales Rental Tracker

24 October, 2018

New academic year keeps rental market ticking over

53 councils have not prosecuted a single landlord in three years

24 October, 2018

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

Universal credit stops parents returning to work

24 October, 2018

Group of mothers tell Commons committee that system is unwieldy

Tenants will get access to rogue landlord database

24 October, 2018

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

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

24 October, 2018

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

October 2018: Touchbase edition 129

24 October, 2018

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

Civitas Social Housing To Buy Four Properties For 8.8 Million

23 October, 2018

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

Brent Council to join Capital Letters housing scheme

23 October, 2018

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

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

23 October, 2018

Barred operators with housing convictions still renting out properties

Government's rogue landlord list empty after six months

23 October, 2018

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

Landlord remortgaging reaches record high

23 October, 2018

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

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

22 October, 2018

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

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

22 October, 2018

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

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

22 October, 2018

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

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

22 October, 2018

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

Universal credit is backward step in tackling domestic abuse

22 October, 2018

Home affairs committee report urges government to scrap single household payments

Worries among tenants over deposit return

22 October, 2018

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

Flexible Right to Buy

22 October, 2018

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

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

22 October, 2018

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

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

22 October, 2018

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

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

19 October, 2018

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

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

19 October, 2018

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

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

19 October, 2018

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

Watford Borough Council approves scheme which will provide social housing boost

19 October, 2018

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

ESA underpayment: Who is entitled to backdated benefits?

19 October, 2018

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

Borrowing cap to be removed at end of the month

19 October, 2018

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

Triple Point Social Housing Raises 108.2 Million Via Share Issue

19 October, 2018

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

Temporary accommodation no guarantee of UC transitional protection

19 October, 2018

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

DSS discrimination: campaign update

19 October, 2018

Shelter supporters are a powerful bunch

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

18 October, 2018

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

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

18 October, 2018

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

Labour fails to force government to release universal credit impact assessments

18 October, 2018

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

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

18 October, 2018

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

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

18 October, 2018

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

Over £1bn of tenancy deposits "at risk"

18 October, 2018

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

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

18 October, 2018

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

Disabled benefit claimants to get extra £1.7bn after underpayments

18 October, 2018

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

Regulator raises governance concerns over leases at housing association

18 October, 2018

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

Renting in England: Paying more for less

18 October, 2018

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

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

17 October, 2018

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

Online agent defends claims that landlords back the tenant fee ban

17 October, 2018

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

Landlord and agent both fined over unlicensed HMO

17 October, 2018

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

Landlords report surge in arrears among Universal Credit tenants

17 October, 2018

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

Labour seeks to force publication of universal credit impact analysis

17 October, 2018

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

New APPG to tackle employment needs of social housing tenants

17 October, 2018

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

Swindon Tenants fear five years of above-inflation rent rises

17 October, 2018

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

Government defeats Labour attempts to release UC impact papers

17 October, 2018

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

Commons bid to force release of Universal Credit impact papers

17 October, 2018

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

Social Housing Pension Scheme valuation results published

17 October, 2018

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

Universal credit rollout delayed yet again

16 October, 2018

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

Right to Buy proposals don't go far enough

16 October, 2018

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

Landlord tax changes have 'made no difference' to rents

16 October, 2018

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

Payday lenders told to offer compensation for mis-sold loans

16 October, 2018

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

Landlord purchases fall by £5.2 billion in 3 years

16 October, 2018

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

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

16 October, 2018

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

Rental deposit pilot scheme launched by Southwark Council

16 October, 2018

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

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

16 October, 2018

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

Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance awards first council accreditation

16 October, 2018

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

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 13 September 2018

16 October, 2018

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

Housing association will not revoke homeless charity eviction notices

16 October, 2018

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

LIN member report October 2018 - Regulating social landlords

15 October, 2018

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Millions to lose £52 a week with universal credit

15 October, 2018

Pressure on chancellor to announce increase in benefit funds in budget

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

15 October, 2018

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

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

15 October, 2018

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

Calls for councils to pursue joint ventures after borrowing cap scrap

15 October, 2018

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

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

15 October, 2018

Price of small properties has fallen and landlord purchases are down

'Local welfare' schemes in England on brink of collapse

15 October, 2018

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

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

15 October, 2018

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

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

15 October, 2018

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

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

15 October, 2018

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

£2bn to 'save' Universal Credit blows budget plans

15 October, 2018

Government has to balance between tax cuts and a simmering back-bench rebellion over the roll-out of UC

Brexit wobbles could shake landlords' faith in rental sector

12 October, 2018

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

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

12 October, 2018

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

Leasehold abuse rules exempt houses from Right to Buy pilot

12 October, 2018

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

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

12 October, 2018

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

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

12 October, 2018

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

Reputational risk for housing associations 'greater than ever'

12 October, 2018

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

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

12 October, 2018

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

Tenant on coping with rising rent and housing benefit cap

12 October, 2018

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

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

12 October, 2018

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

Former housing minister faces grilling over Universal Credit roll out

12 October, 2018

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

Investigating the effect of Welfare Reform on Private Renting

12 October, 2018

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

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

11 October, 2018

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

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

11 October, 2018

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

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

11 October, 2018

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

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

11 October, 2018

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

Universal credit could repeat poll tax problems

11 October, 2018

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

UK renters politicise fast amidst 'financial anxiety epidemic'

11 October, 2018

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

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

11 October, 2018

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

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

11 October, 2018

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

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

11 October, 2018

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

Esther McVey: Some to be poorer under universal credit

11 October, 2018

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

MPs look to grill minister over Universal Credit as criticism mounts

11 October, 2018

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

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

11 October, 2018

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

Shelter services - our view on benefit discrimination

11 October, 2018

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

The Deposit Diaries: An open and shut case?

10 October, 2018

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

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

10 October, 2018

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

Halt universal credit or face summer of discontent

10 October, 2018

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

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

10 October, 2018

Shelter launches new three-year strategy on World Homelessness Day

Government to launch £20m PRS access fund

10 October, 2018

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

First council commits to abolition of Section 21

10 October, 2018

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

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

10 October, 2018

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

RLA welcomes funding to support homeless people into rented housing

10 October, 2018

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

Haringey Council to pay out to evacuated residents

09 October, 2018

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

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

09 October, 2018

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

Housing associations complete 57,000-home merger

09 October, 2018

Housing associations Thames Valley and Metropolitan have completed their merger

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

09 October, 2018

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

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

09 October, 2018

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

NLA slams newly launched Private Rented Sector Access Fund

09 October, 2018

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

Guidance for Green Paper tenant engagement events

09 October, 2018

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

London housing association to borrow £300m on bond market

08 October, 2018

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

Tory pick for London mayor under fire for remarks on benefits

08 October, 2018

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

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

08 October, 2018

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

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

08 October, 2018

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

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

08 October, 2018

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

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

08 October, 2018

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

John McDonnell urges scrapping 'iniquitous' universal credit

08 October, 2018

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

Policy pitch for private renters to purchase properties from landlords

08 October, 2018

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

Labour wants abolition of 'shambolic' Universal Credit

08 October, 2018

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

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

08 October, 2018

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

EU citizens could face repeat of Windrush scandal

08 October, 2018

Residential Landlords Association calls for hard copy documents for EU citizens

Theresa May pledges end to austerity in Tory conference speech

05 October, 2018

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

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

05 October, 2018

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

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

05 October, 2018

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

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

05 October, 2018

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

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

05 October, 2018

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

Food bank use will soar after universal credit rollout

05 October, 2018

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

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

05 October, 2018

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

Chancellor urged to back longer rental tenancies in budget

05 October, 2018

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

The cap is scrapped! Where next for council housebuilding?

05 October, 2018

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

Government introduces licences for all HMOs

05 October, 2018

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

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

05 October, 2018

Leading food bank provider fears soaring demand without safeguards for claimants

Bradford Council team ensures that rented homes come up to standard

04 October, 2018

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

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

04 October, 2018

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

Councils say scrapping debt cap will boost housebuilding capabilities

04 October, 2018

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

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

04 October, 2018

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

Charity defends its Universal Credit link

04 October, 2018

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

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

04 October, 2018

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

Families could lose council houses if children are caught with knives

04 October, 2018

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

Grenfell fire survivor says tenants were bullied over renovation

04 October, 2018

Residents were unhappy about boilers being put in corridors

Government 'heaping pressure' on councils over housing targets

04 October, 2018

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

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

04 October, 2018

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

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

04 October, 2018

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

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

04 October, 2018

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

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

04 October, 2018

Homes managed by councils and housing associations up five percentage points on compliance standards as of March this year

2018 UK HOUSING REVIEW

03 October, 2018

Autumn Briefing Paper

Boris calls for local councils to take back control of house building targets

03 October, 2018

Tory maverick Boris Johnson has attacked the big housebuilders for abusing their market positions, and said that there should be a crackdown on so-called land banking

Johnson reinforces tenant stereotypes PM tried to tear down

03 October, 2018

Would-be PM says social rented sector "more likely" to vote for a Labour Party that didn't understand home ownership

Housing benefit assessors 'invented fake claimants to steal £1m from taxpayers in decade-long scam'

03 October, 2018

Menelik Cowan, 37, and six other council workers allegedly used fake passports

Landlords urged to manage legionella risk after two cases reported since May

03 October, 2018

Landlords have been urged to update their plans to manage the risk of legionella after two cases were reported in social housing schemes in a four-month period

No to demolition without the tenants' permission

03 October, 2018

Housing campaigners and residents in London are to protest against plans from mayor Sadiq Khan to deny them a vote on regeneration plans that affect their estates

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 10/2018

03 October, 2018

These LA Welfare Direct bulletins provide information, that affects Housing Benefit and other areas of DWP, to local authority staff

Housing benefit assessors ran £1m fake identity scam

03 October, 2018

Prosecution case outlines fraud on a "grand scale" targeting three London borough councils

High Court judgment paves the way for shorter eviction notice periods

02 October, 2018

Housing associations could be able to give tenants just two months' notice during probation periods regardless of the total length of their tenancy agreements after a recent High Court judgement

Ninety per cent of people on Bournemouth register will never get a council house

02 October, 2018

Only 10 per cent of people on Bournemouth's housing register can expect to receive council housing

Landlord clobbered with near-record costs after failing to license four properties

02 October, 2018

A landlord has been ordered to pay over £56,000 after failing to license four properties

Housing associations and co-operatives reclassified to private sector

02 October, 2018

Registered social landlords in Scotland have been reclassified as private organisations following the enactment of the Housing (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2018

Esther McVey's Universal Credit Funding Vow Under Fire From Poverty Charities

02 October, 2018

Esther McVey pledged £39 million for 'universal support'

Councils losing £300m a year due to Right to Buy

02 October, 2018

The UK Housing Review Autumn briefing paper has shone a bleak light on the policy

The landlord media briefing - September 2018

02 October, 2018

The Evolving Private Rented Sector, Section 21, HMOs and problem tenants were the main topics covered by the media this month

Scottish government wants autumn statement to thaw benefits freeze

02 October, 2018

"Scotland's social security system is being built upon principles of dignity and respect - the current UK system upon the complete opposite"

Government to confirm ban on combustible materials

01 October, 2018

Combustible materials will be banned on high-rise buildings

Shared home tenants 'may face rent rises or eviction'

01 October, 2018

Tenants living in shared houses in England could face eviction or increases in rent because of changes to government rules

Councils face further £1.3bn government funding cut in 2019/20

01 October, 2018

LGA warns of already struggling authorities being tipped over the edge

Newly-merged housing association Connexus sees fall in surplus

01 October, 2018

Newly-merged housing association Connexus has seen its surplus fall 15% from £12.1m to £10.3m

Rented properties face clampdown - but tiny flats escape ban

01 October, 2018

New rules launch next week, just as thousands of students move in to shared homes

Concern over planned eviction of tenants from supported living scheme

01 October, 2018

A group of tenants in supported living accommodation in Gloucester have expressed concern over eviction notices served by their landlord, which they say will make them homeless

Brothers and sisters may be forced to share bedrooms in social housing shake-up

01 October, 2018

Young brothers and sisters could be forced to share bedrooms as part of a social housing shake-up in Burton and Burton and Uttoxeter

The Housing Podcast: is this the end for fixed-term tenancies?

01 October, 2018

Listen to find out more about the key issues in housing today

Citizens Advice to provide support to Universal Credit claimants

01 October, 2018

The Department for Work and Pensions will fund Citizens Advice to provide Universal Support from April 2019

Civitas Social Housing to purchase three regulated social housing properties for £4.8m

01 October, 2018

Civitas Social Housing is pleased to announce that they have purchased three regulated social housing properties comprising 23 homes for £4,895,686

Spa Green at 70 shows how 'council housing can be the best quality'

01 October, 2018

A Clerkenwell estate was created with "a vision that council housing can be of the best possible quality"

Agent calls on Chancellor to reverse tax changes designed to hurt landlords

28 September, 2018

Letting and estate agent haart is calling on the Chancellor to give landlords a break in the Budget, as figures show a reduction in the number of investors entering the rental market

Hunt on for rogue agent or landlord who let three-bed semi to 26 men

28 September, 2018

The hunt is on for a rogue landlord and/or letting agent who rented out a three-bed semi to 26 men

Record numbers of tenants experiencing rent hikes

28 September, 2018

Record numbers of lettings agents are reporting rent hikes for tenants

Two days to go and half of all letting agents in 'have not applied' for Register

28 September, 2018

Letting agents in Scotland must immediately sign up to a new register in order to trade legally. It is estimated that about half have not yet signed up or even applied

New ARLA stats show rents hitting record high

28 September, 2018

Percentage of tenants experiencing rent hikes was at the highest level ever recorded for August

Work underway to ensure smooth roll-out of Universal Credit benefits in north-east

28 September, 2018

Preparations are under way for the roll-out of a benefit which has previously led to a rise in the number of people applying for crisis loans

The majority of people in North Tyneside who claim Universal Credit are in debt

28 September, 2018

North Tyneside Council says it predicted how the situation would unfold six months after the benefits system was introduced

Harrogate Jobcentre staff seek to bust Universal Credit 'myths'

28 September, 2018

"We don't call it that any more" whispers Harrogate Jobcentre Plus employer and partnership leader Helen Greensit, wincing slightly after hearing the words "signing on"

Grenfell residents warn against plan to change tenant management body

27 September, 2018

Proposals for Kensington and Chelsea TMO 'could prevent proper scrutiny' by inquiry

More housing associations consider ditching fixed-term tenancies

27 September, 2018

Several large housing associations are considering following London giants L&Q in giving their residents lifetime tenancies

UK asylum seekers refused housing over 'social cohesion issues'

27 September, 2018

Lawyers say north-east of England ban involving far-right activity 'discriminatory'

Bid for 596 new council houses to be built in Milton Keynes

27 September, 2018

A request to build almost 600 brand new council houses in Milton Keynes has this week been made to the government

Final reminder - important changes to Section 21 notices kick in on Monday

27 September, 2018

On Monday, changes to the Section 21 notice come into force for letting agents and landlords

Changes from 1 October 2018 to Section 21 Notices for Letting Agents and Landlord in England

27 September, 2018

On 1 October 2018, changes to the Section 21 Notice come into force for letting agents and landlords in England

Final Countdown: Mandatory HMO licensing changes happening on 1st October

27 September, 2018

As a reminder to landlords, the long-awaited changes to mandatory HMO licensing will come into force on the 1st October

Housing tenure and costs becoming key determinants in poverty rates

27 September, 2018

Research released by Cardiff University reveals rate at which families in PRS and social housing are experiencing working poverty

Average monthly rent rises to £861 in August

26 September, 2018

Private rents increased by 2.6% annually across England and Wales in August

Families forced out of their homes after arson attack still told to pay rent

26 September, 2018

It's another blow for the residents - but the housing company says it's been covering other costs

Fleeced on their lease: Families are hit with soaring ground rent on their homes but face paying up to £50k to buy the freehold

26 September, 2018

Housebuilders routinely flog freeholds to third parties which hike the cost

Grenfell Tower should not have been lived in

26 September, 2018

Andrew O'Loughlin says firefighters never expected the blaze to spread as it did

Buy-to-let's not dead yet: Property fund manager reveals where he's investing - and why 'a good home finds a good tenant'

26 September, 2018

'A good home finds a good tenant.' That is the advice of Alan Collett who runs one of the few residential property funds in the UK

September 2018: Touchbase edition 129

26 September, 2018

News and articles from across government for advisers, employers and organisations that help people find jobs

Healey warns housing associations against 'over-reliance on government'

26 September, 2018

Calls for perspective over the PM's £2bn pledge to NHF 2018

The DWP is now facing its fifth investigation by the UN

25 September, 2018

The DWP is once again facing the prospect of a UN investigation. Because the UN has just received a swathe of complaints about the DWP

Labour to consider scrapping universal credit in major overhaul of 'toxic' welfare system

25 September, 2018

Margaret Greenwood, the shadow work and pensions secretary, announces a major review of the 'toxic' welfare system

Furious Portsmouth residents hit out at 'greedy' housing association

25 September, 2018

ANGRY residents have launched a battle against a 'greedy' housing association for 'ignoring' safety fears while hiking up fees

Calls for London to be rent controlled city

25 September, 2018

Campaigners say London should be turned into a rent-controlled city, similar to New York

'Unsung hero' of social housing Richard Farnell dies

25 September, 2018

Professor Richard Farnell, the former chair of Birmingham-based housing association Midland Heart and a leading academic on regeneration, has died aged 71

Labour promise Renters' Unions and dedicated housing department

25 September, 2018

In his speech at the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool yesterday, Labour's Shadow Housing Secretary, John Healey MP offered support to the 11.5 million people who rent from private landlords

Why Government proposals on longer tenancies are unworkable

25 September, 2018

ARLA Propertymark has responded to the Government's consultation on 'Overcoming the barriers to longer tenancies in the private rented sector'

The premium renters pay for furnished properties

25 September, 2018

Research from property website OnTheMarket.com has found that renting a two-bedroom furnished flat can cost up to 21% more per month than renting an unfurnished property of the same size in the same area

Proud, not ashamed, to be in social housing

25 September, 2018

Most people in housing need view social housing as the great prize, not a stigma

Renters ready to 'stand up and fight back'

25 September, 2018

London Renters' Union hears a rallying cry in Labour's commitment to end Section 21

Council housing: how Hackney has raised the game

24 September, 2018

Not everyone will be fans, but by cross-subsidising, talking to residents and valuing good design, the east London borough is investing in some of the best council housing ever built

Housing association apologises over empty house on Lincoln Court

24 September, 2018

The housing association that owns a vandalised house in Newark has apologised for its impact on the community

Government 'red tape' ties up tower block safety works

24 September, 2018

"The minister who signed off on this should be ashamed... Government is seemingly more concerned about setting precedent than it is about the safety of residents"

Housing crisis drives more than 1m private tenants deeper into poverty

24 September, 2018

Lack of social housing and rise in universal credit sanctions hit low-income families hardest

Plummeting lettings supply means higher rents for London tenants

24 September, 2018

The number of available properties to rent is falling at an alarming rate, particularly in Greater London

'Yorkshire landlords now less likely to rent to Universal Credit claimants - and bad providers fill gap'

24 September, 2018

A policy director for the National Landlords Association has said that members are far less likely to rent to Universal Credit claimants than people entitled to benefits just six years ago

Labour plans to give tenants more power

24 September, 2018

Labour says it would scrap laws allowing private landlords to evict tenants without giving a reason

Keynsham housing association flats 'deprived'

24 September, 2018

A housing association has been criticised by residents and councillors of an estate who say they feel forgotten about

Welfare spending for UK's poorest shrinks by £37bn

24 September, 2018

Figures compiled after decade of austerity and obtained by Frank Field show most striking cuts are in disability benefits

Standards improve in British rental properties - but safety still falls short

24 September, 2018

Since 2014, a whole raft of new legislation has been introduced by the UK and devolved governments to improve tenants' lives

Tenancy fees ban inevitable and changes to Bill very unlikely

21 September, 2018

The tenant fee ban will trigger "a seismic shift" in the way the lettings industry operates - and will put businesses under huge strain

Giant housing association to offer lifetime tenancy to all residents

21 September, 2018

London's largest housing association is set to scrap fixed-term tenancies for all its tenants

New kids on the block: why for-profit providers are making housing associations nervous

21 September, 2018

As the argument about what place for-profit housing associations have in the wider industry rumbles on, traditional providers are beginning to wonder what the new kids on the block will do next

Landlords are losing out by evicting tenants when they want to sell up

21 September, 2018

Over half a billion of rental income is lost annually because private landlords are evicting good tenants mistakenly believing that they need to sell their properties tenant free

L&Q to end Fixed Term Tenancies in favour of open-assured tenancies

21 September, 2018

Research revealed FTTs to be a "crude tool that have not fixed the problems they were created to address"

Landlords face £95m bill as new HMO laws introduced

21 September, 2018

Collective fine of up to £4.8bn if license deadline is missed

Benefit expenditure and caseload tables 2018

21 September, 2018

Historic and forecast benefit expenditure and caseload data usually consistent with the annual Spring and Autumn Budgets or Statements

Less than a fortnight for letting agents in Scotland to apply for mandatory register

20 September, 2018

Letting agents with properties in Scotland have under two weeks to submit their applications to join the mandatory Scottish Letting Agent Register

'False comparison' to say housing associations are capable of more than councils

20 September, 2018

It is a "false comparison" to suggest housing associations are capable of more than councils, shadow housing secretary John Healey has said in response to comments made by the prime minister yesterday

'it's not a choice between supporting rented housing and backing homeownership'

20 September, 2018

The government doesn't have to choose between supporting rented housing and backing homeownership

Gas Tag turns the heat on rogue landlords

20 September, 2018

First-of-its-kind initiative in Liverpool pitched as a start to making UK the "best in the world" on gas safety

PM pledges £2bn to housing associations over next 10 years

20 September, 2018

NHF housing summit has its first ever Prime Ministerial address - with the sector told to take more initiative over housebuilding

Housing associations praise May's £2bn plan as 'total step change'

20 September, 2018

PM announces funding for next decade and calls for end to social housing 'stigma'

Grenfell Tower area residents told: return home or lose council tenancies

20 September, 2018

Kensington and Chelsea council issues ultimatum to people who lived in housing near tower

Landlords' Barometer - #62: Eye-watering tax effectively charged to landlords will be 66%

19 September, 2018

Welcome to another edition of the Landlords Barometer, bringing you all the action from the Property Tribes forum

Lib Dems call for Housing Act to be changed so that tenants are always given at least six months' notice

19 September, 2018

The Liberal Democrats have called for private landlords to have to give at least six months' notice after the initial fixed term

Conference update: Lib Dems call for mandatory licensing

19 September, 2018

A system of mandatory licensing, with a publicly available database of rogue landlords has been called for at the Liberal Democrat conference

Bath landlord battles to avoid £5,000 bill after leak from flat above his property causes roof collapse

19 September, 2018

James Hassam says it is the fourth time this has happened since 2011

Theresa May throws support behind housing associations in landmark speech

19 September, 2018

Theresa May threw her backing behind the housing association sector

LGA warns May's focus on associations 'misses the point' about council-led building

19 September, 2018

The Conservative head of the LGA has hit back after Theresa May suggested councils are not able to build at the same scale as housing associations

Polly Neate, Shelter: 'May's words and tone on social housing mark significant change'

19 September, 2018

Natalie Elphicke, chief executive of the Housing and Finance Institute, and Polly Neate, the CEO of Shelter, discuss Theresa May's £2bn social housing pledge

Grenfell neighbours face higher rents or tenancy terminations

19 September, 2018

Kensington & Chelsea Council criticised for creating "inhumane climate of fear" for those feeling unable to return

Nearly 8m now living in council areas with no access to local welfare assistance schemes

19 September, 2018

FoI responses expose the extent to which local welfare assistance schemes have collapsed

Free workshops launched to help agents navigate the tenant fee ban

18 September, 2018

Lettings industry support providers and training firms have teamed up to offer agents a free one-off workshop on restructuring their business ahead of the fees ban

Jail for man who illegally sublet Hyde housing association home

18 September, 2018

A housing association tenant has been sentenced to 14 months in jail after being caught subletting

What are councils spending on discretionary housing payments?

18 September, 2018

Local authorities are spending record sums on emergency payments to households that otherwise face eviction by private or social landlords

Decision to be made over fate of council house which nobody wants to live in

18 September, 2018

Some 25 families on the council's housing waiting list viewed it but said they didn't want to live there

Social housing Scotland's 'best kept secret'

18 September, 2018

Poll for Scottish Housing Day shows soaring tenant satisfaction levels

'Tough sanctions' in the pipeline over gas safety

18 September, 2018

Leading law firm says with Gas Safety Week underway landlords need to switch on

Housing associations to get £2bn investment over next ten years

18 September, 2018

Theresa May to tell housing federation it needs to take more initiative in return

Local authorities continue to miss Right to Buy replacement targets

17 September, 2018

Local authorities have failed to replace properties sold under Right to Buy with new affordable homes over the past five years

Rents on tenancy renewals now growing at more than double the rate of new contracts

17 September, 2018

Existing Countrywide tenants are seeing their rents increase at more than double the rate of new renters

Triple Point to tap investors as demand for supported housing grows

17 September, 2018

Triple Point Social Housing REIT is to tap its shareholders for new equity to continue investing in homes aimed at tenants with care needs

Calls for 'Right to Buy' policy to be suspended in Greater Manchester - after 5,000 council houses were sold off and no replacements built

17 September, 2018

Despite the government promising 'one for one' replacements for any home sold off over the last five years, nothing has in fact been built

Shelter warns that lack of engagement from accidental landlords has 'serious consequences' for tenants

17 September, 2018

Shelter has warned that 'accidental landlords' need to be more engaged in the rental sector

Barking and Dagenham Council wins award for innovative affordable housing models

17 September, 2018

Barking and Dagenham Council has won a housing award

Tenants' passport firm acquired 'for millions' by giant referencing firm

14 September, 2018

Movem was yesterday acquired by Barbon Insurance Group, owners of Homelet and Rentshield Direct

Agent who let out 'fire hazard' room in HMO is told to pay over £32,000

14 September, 2018

An agent who let a tiny room behind a kitchen to a tenant has been ordered to pay more than £32,000

Half of those placed in temporary housing by council placed outside borough

14 September, 2018

Half of Waltham Forest Council's temporary housing placements are outside of the borough and many families placed there have small children

Social landlords must consider the pros and cons of rooftop development

14 September, 2018

There is considerable interest in the provision of rooftop housing development from social landlords which could make a significant contribution to the housing supply

Tenant 'cooped up' in room measuring less than 6.5 square metres

14 September, 2018

Court hears how letting agent ignored council warnings that the space behind a kitchen was a fire hazard

HB A7/2018

14 September, 2018

Adjudication circulars provide updates to the Housing Benefit guidance manual for local authority staff

Selective Licensing Update: Great Yarmouth Council publishes recommendation report

14 September, 2018

A recommendation report on Selective Licensing by Great Yarmouth Council has just been published, announcing the scheme will come into effect on January 7, 2019 and run for five years

Estate agency group warns investors that fees ban will cost it hundreds of thousands

13 September, 2018

The Property Franchise Group has warned the City that the tenant fee ban will lose its franchisees 17% of their income, and will hit group revenue and profits

Lenders now approving six times more mortgages to first-time buyers than to landlords

13 September, 2018

There are now almost six times more mortgages approved for first-time buyers than for landlords

For-profit provider refuses to change its name from 'housing association'

13 September, 2018

A for-profit registered provider of social housing has refused to change its name, amid a row over whether or not these organisations can use the name 'housing association'

CIH supports suspension of Right to Buy

13 September, 2018

"Not only are we failing to build enough homes for social rent, we are losing them when we need them more than ever"

Market for 'private social rent' should be explored

13 September, 2018

The housing minister has suggested there is a need to explore the market for "private social rent" in response to a question about boosting social housing supply

'Right to buy' for people living in some Fortis Living affordable homes gets go-ahead

13 September, 2018

Tenants in the city can now apply to buy their homes at a discount after councillors agreed to enter into a £200 million Midlands-wide Right to Buy pilot

Council ready to buy homes housing associations don't want

13 September, 2018

Pilot project to buy back former council homes could be extended to new affordable homes

Strong results for Belvoir despite fall in sales and looming shadow of lettings fees ban

12 September, 2018

Belvoir is on course for a 22nd year of unbroken profit growth after reporting strong results for the first six months

Housing fund Multifamily eyeing private rental market to kick off £175m IPO

12 September, 2018

An investment trust aiming to compete against buy-to-let landlords in the booming private rental market will fire the starting gun on its £175m London IPO on Wednesday

Universal Credit roll-out in Darlington proves 'a real success'

12 September, 2018

The roll-out of Universal Credit would spell disaster for a borough featuring areas with high levels of deprivation have proved unfounded

Fears for vulnerable as Universal Credit is rolled out in Boston today

12 September, 2018

The controversial new Universal Credit system of paying benefits is due to be rolled out in Boston from today

Universal credit: one in six not paid on time

12 September, 2018

Figures emerge as archbishop of Canterbury calls for benefit system rollout to be stopped

PM accused of 'pouring petrol on Britain's burning injustices'

12 September, 2018

Heated PMQs clash sees Jeremy Corbyn launch a sustained attack on "flawed, failing" Universal Credit and the thousands it was driving to destitution

Benefit expenditure and caseload tables 2018

12 September, 2018

Historic and forecast benefit expenditure and caseload data usually consistent with the annual Spring and Autumn Budgets

Universal Credit: in-work progression randomised controlled trial

12 September, 2018

These documents present the findings from the evaluation of the Department for Work and Pensions in-work progression trial

First-time renter? Here's what you need to know

12 September, 2018

Renting your own place can be really exciting, but sometimes things can go wrong

Leeds City Council trials free internet for social housing tenants

11 September, 2018

Social housing tenants at two Leeds tower blocks have been connected to free broadband as part of efforts to combat digital exclusion

Agents and landlords 'left in dark' over new HMO requirements despite huge penalties

11 September, 2018

Letting agents are reminded that the clock is ticking towards the October 1 deadline, when the rules on mandatory HMO licensing change across England

Concerns as agent appears to have quit owing money to landlords and tenants

11 September, 2018

A local agent has disappeared, apparently owing money

Single association's social tenancies contribute £607m a year to UK economy

11 September, 2018

Ground-breaking study of just one group said to show what the overall value of social housing can be

Vulnerable Islington tenants stranded as charity landlord evicts them so it can build homes

11 September, 2018

An education charity has left tenants in its housing stock stranded after handing them eviction notices so it can build more homes

There's a fundamental problem with the government's social housing green paper

11 September, 2018

Three months after the Grenfell Tower fire, Savid Javid, then Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government, announced a Housing Green Paper

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to July 2018

11 September, 2018

Quarterly statistics including numbers of claims in payment, new claim registrations, decisions and awards made

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 9 August 2018

11 September, 2018

These experimental statistics cover the number of people on Universal Credit to 9 August 2018

Avoiding discrimination - a guide for letting agents and landlords

11 September, 2018

The launch of our campaign to end DSS discrimination against renters on housing benefit has suggested that some landlords and letting agents may not be fully up to speed on how their policies could be putting them at risk of breaching the Equality Act 2010

The Evolving Private Rented Sector: Its Contribution and Potential

10 September, 2018

The objective of the Review is to present neutral commentary on the PRS and to draw on robust evidence

Vulnerability amongst Low-Income Households in the Private Rented Sector in England

10 September, 2018

The study focuses on households in the bottom one third of incomes

New tenancy deposit replacement product launches - with tenants charged nothing

10 September, 2018

Another tenancy deposit replacement product has been launched - this time as part of a landlord's insurance package

Landlords told to remove Grenfell-style cladding or face action

10 September, 2018

Communities secretary says there is a 'moral imperative' for private-sector landlords to remove unsafe cladding

Slum landlords can be prosecuted from next month - but thousands of ordinary buy-to-lets could fall foul of new rules

10 September, 2018

Government rules to protect tenants from overcrowding and slum conditions come into force from 1 October

Housing association pledges to make improvements after positive council meeting

10 September, 2018

Council leaders and housing association bosses have heralded the success of an open meeting to air any issues

'Property MOT' proposed to test poor conditions in over 1.3m PRS homes

10 September, 2018

Landmark review slams successive governments for 'unquestioning' and 'uncoordinated' policy on private renting

HMO licensing fees in Lincoln: New fee structure announced

10 September, 2018

A new HMO Licensing fee structure in Lincoln has been announced. The new structure will be in effect for all new and renewal HMO Licence applications received from 10 September 2018

The Guardian view on tenants and landlords: private renters need more rights

10 September, 2018

A growing number of people are renting damp, unsuitable homes, and action to protect them is overdue

Poole Housing Partnership says refurbished tower blocks will 'improve conditions for residents'

07 September, 2018

Four tower blocks in Poole are set to be modernised with new cladding

Housing association apologises to Chichester mum-of-two left without hot water for weeks

07 September, 2018

Housing association Home Group has apologised to a Chichester mum who was left without hot water for more than two weeks

Government weighs in to prevent 'for-profit' providers calling themselves 'housing associations'

07 September, 2018

The government has intervened to prevent a new wave of for-profit registered providers using the name 'housing association', following an appeal from the NHF

Personal Independence Payment: claimant experiences of the claim process

07 September, 2018

This mixed method research explores claimants' experiences of the whole Personal Independence Payment claim process, including disputes

Tenant Fees Bill third reading: The Government listens to the NLA on enforcement, deposits and default fees

07 September, 2018

Landlords could be set to lose out financially as the controversial Tenant Fees bill passed its third reading at the House of Commons yesterday afternoon, meaning charging tenants fees could soon be banned alongside other regulatory changes

Universal Credit could be crushed if impending roll out fails

07 September, 2018

Report from the Resolution Foundation makes major recommendations as to how the 'reform' might salvage some public and political credibility

The benefits of moving: Managing the transition of existing claimants to Universal Credit

07 September, 2018

The long implementation of UC has been far from smooth and we've become all too used to negative stories about roll-out delays and, more seriously, payment problems and financial hardship for those accessing the new system

Hunters founder MP Kevin Hollinrake backs fees ban 'although it keeps our finance director awake at night'

06 September, 2018

Hunters founder-turned-Conservative MP Kevin Hollinrake was among MPs who helped the Tenant Fees Bill sail through its report stage and third reading yesterday, despite admitting it would lose him money

Government rumoured to be considering scrapping three-year tenancy plans

06 September, 2018

The Government is rumoured to be planning to scrap plans to introduce mandatory minimum three-year tenancies

Tenant energy supplier switches focus to lettings agents

06 September, 2018

Lettings sector energy provider Spark, which has always specialised in supplying utilities to tenants via agents, is now making a play for agents themselves

Universal credit could be sunk by next stage of rollout

06 September, 2018

Calls for further delays to fix flaws before million working families move on to benefit

Labour seeks unlimited fines against rogue landlords ahead of Commons votes

06 September, 2018

Party tables amendments to stop unscrupulous landlords ripping off tenants

How a housing association is bucking the trend on apprenticeships

06 September, 2018

The number of apprenticeships has fallen nationally, but Home Group has doubled its numbers

£2bn housing association bond aggregator prepares to launch

06 September, 2018

A new £2bn bond aggregator is preparing to launch as a subsidiary of existing aggregator The Housing Finance Corporation

CIH 'disappointed' over rumours government will ditch three-year tenancy plans

06 September, 2018

The CIH has warned it would be "very disappointing" if the government changed its plans for mandatory three-year fixed tenancies amid rumours it is preparing to water down the policy

Work Programme (Universal Credit) provider guidance: 2018 contract variation

06 September, 2018

Referrals to this programme ended on 31 March 2017. This guidance is for existing Work Programme participants only

Fight or flight? Landlords split over prospects for the buy-to-let sector

05 September, 2018

Landlords are almost evenly split between those pressing on despite tax changes and others heading for the exit

Tenants with mental health problems being let down

05 September, 2018

Mind has claimed the social housing system "just isn't working" for people with mental health problems after new research highlighted significant dissatisfaction among tenants

London housing association outlook moved 'negative' by Moody's

05 September, 2018

Southern Housing Group has been given a 'negative' outlook by ratings agency Moody's, due to its plan to take on more debt to expand its housebuilding

Peabody seeking investors for £350m bond issue

05 September, 2018

London housing association Peabody is gearing up for a £350m bond issue, which has received an A3 rating from credit ratings agency Moody's

Councils back away from asylum seeker housing amid contract uncertainty

05 September, 2018

Local authorities have put on hold their plans to join the government's asylum seeker housing scheme after problems with the government contract

Government rejects mandatory fixed term tenancies

05 September, 2018

Sector leader brands the decision a "baffling turnaround" that betrays "forward thinking" landlords

Help calls for rent arrears treble over 10 years

05 September, 2018

Money Advice Trust has set out specific recommendations for the sector as housing related debts rise

Bond aggregator completes £10m issue for Welsh housing association

05 September, 2018

Bond aggregator The Housing Finance Corporation has priced a £10m issue from its retained bond

MHCLG pitches further protections against unfair letting fees

05 September, 2018

PRS tenants will no longer face excessive fees for damages deemed minor as Tenant Fees Bill passes latest Parliamentary stage

Londonderry homes: 'Not enough' to meet social housing demand

05 September, 2018

A senior Housing Executive official has said not enough social homes are being built to meet demand in the north-west

Housing Benefit debt recoveries: April 2017 to March 2018

05 September, 2018

Twice-yearly publication on Housing Benefit debt recoveries

One in three social housing tenants with mental health problems 'unhappy' with home

05 September, 2018

New research emphasises a need to put mental health strategies at the heart of social housing policy

Longer-Term Tenancies in England: observations about the recent government consultation

04 September, 2018

England currently has some of the shortest leases in the advanced world: the typical assured short-hold tenancy lasts either 6 months or a year

'Callous disregard' costs long-term landlord over £37k

04 September, 2018

Court hears council inspectors ranked the HMO regulation breaches amongst the worst they had seen

Agent hopes for strength in numbers as it scales up ahead of tenant fees ban

04 September, 2018

A lettings business which has acquired the rental business of a local rival says it will now look to limit costs to landlords and tenants when the fees ban comes in

London renters ready to 'stand together' against exploitative landlords

04 September, 2018

Labour housing leads from 19 London Boroughs fight for strengthening the Tenant Fees Bill with a Parliament debate due Sept 5

Longer tenancies - what next?

04 September, 2018

On 26 August the government closed its consultation on three-year tenancies

Yorkshire: The following areas will move from Universal Credit live service to full service

04 September, 2018

Jobcentres located in Beverley, Bridlington, Hessle and Goole will shortly be asking their universal credit live customers to move over to universal credit full service

Don't blame Airbnb for rise in rents

04 September, 2018

Placing restrictions on the sharing economy will not help locals and will be bad for consumers

Post-It Notes Reveal Anguish Of Disabled Man Who Killed Himself After £20 Benefit Cut

04 September, 2018

Austerity Bites: 'I don't know how anyone could be expected to live on that amount of money'

Tenant Fees Bill returns to Parliament amid calls for further crackdown on agents

03 September, 2018

The Tenant Fees Bill returns to the Parliamentary agenda this week with Shelter among those turning up the pressure for it to go further

Regional differences drag down Scottish rental growth

03 September, 2018

Rental growth in Scotland was relatively flat during July despite double digit annual increases in some parts of the country

Even after Grenfell, tower block residents are being ignored

03 September, 2018

The tragedy motivated me to become a councillor, yet my Tory counterparts are still failing to listen to those they serve

Landlords struggling to find replacements for faulty fire doors

03 September, 2018

Social landlords are facing "huge problems" finding replacements for faulty fire doors

Universal Credit claimants needing food parcels to get by as online struggles revealed

03 September, 2018

Nearly 800 people in one North Yorkshire borough have been moved onto the new benefit and are struggling

Nearly a third of Bath HMOs are dangerous

03 September, 2018

'Significant' health and safety risks were found in more than 900 shared homes

LA Welfare Direct bulletins: 2018

03 September, 2018

These LA Welfare Direct bulletins provide information, that affects Housing Benefit and other areas of DWP

Landlords launch legal action as local authority scraps informal notices for landlords

31 August, 2018

A local authority is facing legal action after scrapping informal notices for all landlords except those who join its own accreditation scheme

Councils' temporary accommodation spend nears £1bn

31 August, 2018

Councils across England spent nearly £1bn on temporary accommodation last year alone

Sadiq Khan calls for rollout of universal credit to be paused

31 August, 2018

London mayor says expansion poses 'significant threat of harm' to vulnerable claimants

One of the first: landlord repays housing benefit following new legislation

31 August, 2018

An Essex council claims it is one of the first to be granted a rent repayment order - part of legislation introduced under the Housing and Planning Act 2016

Sadiq Khan hits out at Universal Credit

31 August, 2018

Mayor of London has issued a warning to government over its flagship welfare reform, saying it will be "the vulnerable who suffer the most"

40% of Welsh PRS will not take on those on benefits

31 August, 2018

An investigation has found less than half of letting agents and landlords will rent to those on housing benefit

Social Security Advisory Committee consultation on Universal Credit and next steps for managed migration

31 August, 2018

The RLA has submitted its response to the Social Security Advisory Committee consultation, on Universal Credit and next steps for managed migration

Freeze on housing aid is pushing private renting out of reach of benefits tenants

30 August, 2018

The benefits freeze has put private renting out of reach for low-income tenants, and put them at increasing risk of homelessness

Rents in England and Wales remain flat despite above-inflation rises beyond London

30 August, 2018

Average rents remained flat across England and Wales in July despite inflation-beating rises in some areas

Government expects 3,000 Right to Buy sales in Midlands pilot

30 August, 2018

Ministers expect around 3,000 housing association homes to be sold through the Midlands Voluntary Right to Buy pilot

England and Wales Rental Tracker

30 August, 2018

Prices rise fastest in South West

Private Rented Sector Report - July 2018

30 August, 2018

Demand from prospective tenants increased in July, to the highest level this year so far

Young tenants tackle stereotypes on their own terms

30 August, 2018

'Inspirational' youngsters share what makes their London borough home

August 2018: Touchbase edition 128

30 August, 2018

News and articles from across government for advisers, employers and organisations that help people find jobs

Low-income tenants face 'heat, eat or pay rent' choices

29 August, 2018

Housing benefit freeze leaving poorest private renters with shortfall of up to £140 a week

One of the best-kept secrets of the UK welfare system is at risk

29 August, 2018

Campaigners are worried vital funding that keeps people out of hospital could disappear

Rental supply fails to keep up with demand as landlords 'are pushed out of the market'

29 August, 2018

Demand for rental property has hit its highest level so far this year, but supply has failed to keep up

Regulator downgrades two associations

29 August, 2018

The Regulator of Social Housing has downgraded its governance rating for two housing associations, covering almost 20,000 homes

Colne Together Housing tenant's anger at too late texting

29 August, 2018

A disabled tenant of as housing association has criticised it arranging staff visits to properties without adequate warning

£1,000 of rent recovered from rogue landlord in landmark case

29 August, 2018

Successful prosecution also sees council coming after costs for work on "appalling" property as a local land charge

Government urged to thaw benefit freeze as 'thousands' face homelessness

29 August, 2018

Report reveals the extent to which the freeze now puts private renting out of reach for low income tenants

UC2/2018

29 August, 2018

Information for all local authority staff about Universal Credit

Universal Credit Amendment Regulations: Our response to SSAC consultation

28 August, 2018

JRF's response to a SSAC consultation on proposals in the draft Universal Credit (Transitional Provisions) (Managed Migration) Amendment Regulations 2018

Social housing bosses move to build nearly 200 new homes in Greenock on land contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals

28 August, 2018

Social housing bosses want to build nearly 200 new homes in Greenock on land that is contaminated with toxic and cancer-causing chemicals

Decent Homes Standard review 'threatens council business plans'

28 August, 2018

Local authority housing business plans could be rendered unsustainable if the government revises the Decent Homes Standard

Disgruntled tenants who complain of conditions are twice as likely to face 'revenge evictions'

28 August, 2018

Almost half of tenants who have complained about their landlord have faced "revenge evictions"

Green paper leaves question marks over council housing companies

28 August, 2018

Councils are seeking clarification over the government's stance on town hall housing companies after the Social Housing Green Paper hinted at plans to curb the use of subsidiary landlords to dodge Right to Buy sales

One in three Universal Credit claimants in Brighton and Hove are in employment

28 August, 2018

Thousands of workers in Brighton and Hove are claiming Universal Credit as their low wages are not enough to live on

Branch where 17 rental households have been given notice because landlords are selling up

24 August, 2018

Belvoir is calling for the Chancellor to introduce incentives in November's Budget to encourage landlords to remain in the sector

Most landlords offering furnished properties despite strong tenant demand for unfurnished

24 August, 2018

A majority of tenants are seeking unfurnished properties despite a minority of landlords offering this on their listings

High-rise tenants being ignored like we were

24 August, 2018

Campaigners claim safety concerns of Salford residents are not being handled properly

Nearly half of tenants who make complaint face 'revenge eviction'

24 August, 2018

Estimate by Citizens Advice puts figure at 141,000 tenants since 2015

Housing Benefit subsidy audited final claims: Apr 2014 to Mar 2015

24 August, 2018

This is the local authority Housing Benefit audit final claims expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2014 to 2015

Survey shows 'widespread public support' for unfair eviction protection

24 August, 2018

End Unfair Evictions coalition strengthened by survey findings ahead of petition presentation to James Brokenshire

Calls for urgent reviews of legislation over revenge evictions

24 August, 2018

A new report by Citizens Advice has shone a light on the "murky world" of revenge evictions

haart says it DOES arrange tenancies for those claiming housing benefit

23 August, 2018

The agency chain named as having the most branches banning benefits tenants has said that this is not company policy

Council slammed for 'reckless imagery used to justify selective landlord licensing'

23 August, 2018

Nottingham City Council has come under criticism for releasing images of shocking examples of living conditions in rental properties as justification for introducing selective licensing

More landlords attack housing benefit claims

23 August, 2018

The Residential Landlords Association has added their voice to the attacks against the campaign looking to get PRS landlords to rent to those on housing benefit

Did the green paper address concerns raised by tenants on Alok Sharma's roadshow?

23 August, 2018

Did the government listen to tenants' concerns?

Major report calls for tenants in Stoke-on-Trent's 18,400 council houses to pay rent every month

23 August, 2018

And tenants are still being hit in the pocket by the bedroom tax

Buy-to-let lender OneSavings warns on Brexit impact after strong first-half

23 August, 2018

Reuters warned of the potential impact of a hard Brexit on the UK housing market over the next year

Rogue landlords under the cosh in London

23 August, 2018

Raid finds 15 men crammed inside a unsafe squalid two-bedroom bungalow - each paying £3,250 a month in rent

Benefits boost due to council's Working 4U service

23 August, 2018

Almost £10 million in benefits have gone to West Dunbartonshire residents thanks to council support

Why the government needs to change the law on longer tenancies

23 August, 2018

Shelter has recently been talking about why the government should change the law to give all renters longer tenancies

Generation Rent launches End Unfair Evictions campaign aimed at scrapping Section 21

22 August, 2018

Activitist group Generation Rent has launched a new campaign - to End Unfair Evictions by scrapping Section 21

Undercover check finds discrimination against tenants on benefits

22 August, 2018

Shelter plans legal action after investigation with the National Housing Federation

Inland Homes approved as social housing provider

22 August, 2018

Inland Homes has become one of the first publicly listed house builders to successfully register as a social housing provider

String of top agents warned they could be breaking discrimination law as branches 'ban benefits tenants'

22 August, 2018

A string of major agents have been named this morning as actively discriminating against tenants on housing benefit after a mystery shopping exercise found outright bans in place

Civitas Social Housing buys English property portfolio for £37.6m

22 August, 2018

Civitas Social Housing said it had completed the purchase of regulated social housing portfolio in England for £37.6m, comprising a freehold and long leasehold interest in 67 properties with 362 tenancies

South East council breaches regulatory standard over fire safety

22 August, 2018

A council landlord in the South East has been censured by the Regulator of Social Housing for failing to carry out risk assessments or carry out the necessary work arising for them

PRS hits back at Shelter and NHF campaign on housing benefit

22 August, 2018

ARLA Propertymark has responded to the launch of the campaign by National Housing Federation and Shelter against private landlords not letting to those on housing benefit

Universal Credit local authority bulletins 2018

22 August, 2018

Information for all local authority staff about Universal Credit

Half of homeless from private rented sector - even though only 15% of households are private tenants

21 August, 2018

Almost half of those made homeless last year because of rental arrears came from the private sector

New accreditation scheme to target agents and landlords offering short-term lets

21 August, 2018

Letting agents are to be invited to join a new accreditation scheme for short-term lets in an attempt to tackle rogue operators

Revealed! The images that prompted one council to introduce landlord licensing

21 August, 2018

A Nottingham health inspector has lifted the lid on some of the worst examples of hazards he has seen in rental properties as selective licensing is introduced in the city

Social Housing Green Paper one week on: the debate rages

21 August, 2018

The government's Social Housing Green Paper has prompted a huge amount of debate among Inside Housing's contributors

BTL market will stabilise by 2021: Shawbook

21 August, 2018

A report predicts that activity in the BTL market will continue to fall until 2021

Nigel Adams: How we will make social housing the path to a better life

21 August, 2018

Homes aren't just a roof over our heads but a place where we can raise our families, put down roots and build better lives

The current Buy-to-let market

21 August, 2018

General assessment and impact of recent policy changes

Universal Credit - Inclusion London's response to the SSAC Committee's consultation on the 2018 regulations

21 August, 2018

Inclusion London believes the Universal Credit system is not fit for purpose and should be stopped and scrapped

Your Housing ready for three-year tenancies

21 August, 2018

Tenancies to be offered to tenants of provider's private rental brand

Tax breaks for longer tenancies - spending big for a two-tier system

21 August, 2018

The government is consulting on introducing longer tenancies for private renters

Independent making three acquisitions as he says there is safety in numbers ahead of fees ban

20 August, 2018

An independent letting agent is making a series of acquisitions ahead of the tenant fee ban due to come into force next year

Government finally unveils Right to Buy pilot scheme for housing association tenants

20 August, 2018

The Government has unveiled its long-awaited trial scheme to extend Right to Buy to housing association tenants, starting in the midlands

No-fault evictions making hundreds of families homeless each week

20 August, 2018

A law allowing landlords to throw out private tenants without giving a reason is exacerbating the crisis

World first Airbnb sanction scheme aims to expose rogue landlords

20 August, 2018

Airbnb and short-let hosts will be able to apply for national accreditation as the industry attempts to stamp out unscrupulous landlords

Council has millions to spend on affordable housing

20 August, 2018

Trafford Council has millions of unspent cash earmarked for housing, highways, parks and green spaces

Letter: Social housing ticking time bomb

20 August, 2018

As the Liberal Democrats have almost exclusively been the governing party of Three Rivers for the past 40 years they cannot credibly blame others for the housing crisis in this area

Extending the housing crisis to associations is not the answer

20 August, 2018

Readers respond to the latest news on the housing crisis, including right to buy for housing association tenants and the bedroom tax's impact on single people

Ending DSS Discrimination

20 August, 2018

'On benefits'. We live in a society which has given those two words an unwelcome significance they don't deserve

Right to buy exposes the cynicism of a Tory party whose base is dying out

20 August, 2018

High rents are a gift for Corbyn, but selling off social housing in a naked attempt to buy votes can only backfire

Security of tenure moves must end 'no fault' evictions

20 August, 2018

Generation Rent challenges government to make security of tenure mean something more than 'consultation'

Families in private rental face expanding 'income adequacy' gap

20 August, 2018

New report exposes the likely impact of government 'poverty policies' on those least able to absorb the impact

HB G8/2018

17 August, 2018

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit (HB) staff

Landlords warn Government not to jump the gun on longer tenancies

17 August, 2018

Landlords are warning that the Government must not announce any decision on longer term tenancies until the consultation process has closed and it has considered all responses

Housing associations plan more supported housing following LHA cap U-turn

17 August, 2018

Several large housing associations have indicated that they will increase their development of supported housing

Housing association tenants in Midlands to be given right to buy

17 August, 2018

Pilot scheme will cost £200m with commitment to build new homes to replace lost stock

Councils paid £660m for temporary homeless accommodation

17 August, 2018

Local authorities across Scotland have paid out more than half a billion pounds putting homeless people in temporary accommodation such hotels, hostels and B&Bs in the last five years

Government confirms NO announcement due on long term tenancies

17 August, 2018

It has been confirmed that there is NO announcement due on long term tenancies and reassured landlords all responses will be taken into account before a decision is made

What do rising house prices in northern England mean for social landlords?

17 August, 2018

Will surging house prices in the North pose a problem or be a route to growth for social landlords?

Tech firms win prize to help UK's renters onto the housing ladder

16 August, 2018

Renters unable to get a mortgage because of their lack of a credit rating will be able to boost their chances through one of three new start-ups backed by the government

Government 'must decide how proactive regulator should be' on consumer standards

16 August, 2018

The government must decide how "proactive" it wants the Regulator of Social Housing to be in policing consumer standards

A lesson in tenant engagement

16 August, 2018

Byker Community Trust has formed a partnership with Newcastle University to study tenant engagement

As a social landlord, I want a proper plan to tackle homelessness

16 August, 2018

After a decade of cuts and plummeting staff levels, providers of housing and support want more than promises

Ready and able to build more council homes

16 August, 2018

Let me be honest, in this country we are facing the worst housing crisis since the Second World War

Rough sleeping strategy 'must address welfare and supply'

16 August, 2018

The government's Rough Sleeping Strategy must address issues of welfare reform and housing supply if it is to succeed

Greenwich Council criticises social housing reform

16 August, 2018

The leader of Greenwich Council has blasted new government proposals for social housing reform

'Time to get big or go home' say couple planning to own 5,000 rental properties across UK

15 August, 2018

A new business has set out plans to expand across the UK by buying out smaller landlords and property management companies

Government proposes league table for social tenants to rank landlords

15 August, 2018

Private sector landlords renting homes to social tenants could find themselves ranked in a new league tables

Government proposes dropping one-for-one Right to Buy replacement commitment

15 August, 2018

The government has proposed scrapping its commitment to replace homes sold through the Right to Buy on a like-for-like basis

Social Housing Green Paper: Sector calls for more investment

15 August, 2018

Leading figures in the sector have responded to the government's "new deal" for tenants, calling for more investment in new social housing

May: Social landlords 'appear remote, unaccountable and uninterested'

15 August, 2018

In her foreword to the Social Housing Green Paper, Prime Minister Theresa May has criticised social landlords for not always treating tenants with respect

The Tories have always feared social housing - and now their actions speak louder than words

15 August, 2018

Kit Malthouse's pathetic projected levels of new supply are essentially a prescription for the sector to wither

Longer strategic partnerships and guaranteed debt to boost social housebuilding

15 August, 2018

Strategic partnerships with housing associations and loan guarantees have been mooted as key ways to accelerate building new affordable homes in the Social Housing Green Paper

Government floats 'street party' award to battle tenant stigma

15 August, 2018

The Social Housing Green Paper's proposal to combat the 'stigmatisation' of social housing tenants involves launching a neighbourhood competition to win funding for a street party

Court case could mean that landlords apply for licensing costs to be refunded

14 August, 2018

A case in the High Court could have major implications for landlords, letting agents and for every single local authority licensing scheme

Tenancy deposit protection IS working, says head of TDS after Which?

14 August, 2018

The chief executive of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme has hit back at Which? over its suggestions that alternatives would work better

Government must change course on landlord bashing and Stamp Duty

14 August, 2018

Spicerhaart boss Paul Smith is backing Boris Johnson's calls for Stamp Duty to be cut right across the housing market - and has said that the Government has got its landlord-bashing policies "badly wrong"

League tables and 'sharper teeth' for regulator in Social Housing Green Paper

14 August, 2018

League tables for housing associations and "sharper teeth" for the sector watchdog are among the new measures outlined in the government's much-delayed Social Housing Green Paper

Proportion of overseas based landlords halves since 2010

14 August, 2018

But London bucks the trend with a pickup this year

Nigel Adams MP defensive over Universal Credit in Leeds visit for rough sleeping strategy launch

14 August, 2018

The Minister for homelessness and rough sleeping has sought to play down the impact that benefits changes may have had on the issue during the launch of a new strategy

Creating an intermediate housing list - but who gets priority?

14 August, 2018

Southwark Council is consulting on who should be eligible and prioritised for its new intermediate rent waiting list

Councils hopeful of Right to Buy reform as consultation launches

14 August, 2018

Councils have welcomed a consultation on Right to Buy in the hope that the reforms will allow them to build more homes under the policy

Social housing green paper pitched as 'new deal' for tenants

14 August, 2018

But the sector says the proposals merely represent a "small step" toward change

Crackdown On Bad Landlords Promised In 'New Deal' For Social Housing Tenants

14 August, 2018

Shelter says post-Grenfell plan 'doesn't commit a single extra penny' for new-builds while Labour branded it 'pitiful'

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 12 July 2018

14 August, 2018

These experimental statistics cover the number of people on Universal Credit to 12 July 2018

Benefit sanctions statistics to April 2018

14 August, 2018

Sanctions statistics for Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support and Universal Credit, data to April 2018

Housing Benefit caseload statistics

14 August, 2018

Statistics on numbers of Housing Benefit claimants

A new deal for social housing

14 August, 2018

This green paper seeks views on government's vision for social housing providing safe, secure homes that help people get on with their lives

Damning new report says that tenancy deposit protection system is broken

13 August, 2018

Renters are struggling to move home because they face weeks of waiting for their deposits to be returned

Renters warned of scam which asks for viewing deposits by fake landlords

13 August, 2018

An extraordinary property scam is apparently gaining ground, whereby prospective tenants are being asked for "viewing deposits" by people who do not own the property in question

Landlord Fergus Wilson says untrue that he evicted four single mothers

13 August, 2018

High-profile landlord Fergus Wilson has told EYE that it is completely untrue that he has evicted four single mothers with young babies

The Housing Podcast: the supported housing saga

13 August, 2018

The Housing Podcast is a production of Inside Housing magazine

Third of UK's universal credit claimants hit by deductions from payments

13 August, 2018

Cuts to pay rent and utility bill arrears drive people into poverty, warn campaigners

'Crippling bedroom tax has left me penniless, starving and buying charity shop clothes' says Hull grandmother

13 August, 2018

Sue Wheeldon feels like she is being punished but says she cannot downsize for the sake of her granddaughter

Housing Crisis: The Grim Reality For Families On Short-Term Tenancies

13 August, 2018

From a mum forced to move when nine months' pregnant to a chemotherapy patient kicked out at Christmas

Repair and maintenance is a priority for social landlords, but costs are taking a toll

13 August, 2018

Driving ongoing improvement in the quality of Scotland's social housing stock has been a consistent long term ambition of the Scottish Government

Should Scotland worry about the right to rent?

13 August, 2018

The announcement from Serco that it will pause plans to evict asylum seeks from their homes in Glasgow has brought the UK government's asylum and immigration policies back into the headlines

Arrears and repossessions fall to an all-time low

10 August, 2018

Arrears and repossessions are at an all-time low since the data began to be collected 24 years ago

Date is set for High Court challenge to Right to Rent

10 August, 2018

Right To Rent is to be challenged in the High Court just before Christmas

Landlords' Barometer - #61: Buy-to-let becomes cry-to-let

10 August, 2018

Welcome to another edition of the Landlords Barometer, bringing you the landlord buzz!

Landlords raise concerns of EU nationals losing their homes

10 August, 2018

The Residential Landlords Association, representing private landlords, say Brexit could s