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LIN member report May 2020 - Licensing Private Landlords

21 May, 2020

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

RLA opposes plans to renew additional HMO licensing scheme in Cardiff

20 January, 2020

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

Here is how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

20 January, 2020

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

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

20 January, 2020

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

Lettings boss hit with ban after failing to protect deposits

20 January, 2020

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

New measures to improve building safety standards

20 January, 2020

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

Council becomes latest to hike levy for empty homes

20 January, 2020

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

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

22 November, 2019

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

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

Changes to possession rules

26 July, 2019

Changes to possession rules and their impact on landlords and tenants

Seven people in a one bed property

26 July, 2019

Seven people in a one bed property - hefty fine for buy to let investor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'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

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.

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 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

LIN member report October 2018 - Regulating social landlords

15 October, 2018

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Safety products for the elderly need to be updated

06 July, 2018

People are put off making home adaptations due to the stigma of unattractive products available

Disabled people could slip through net in universal credit move, says charity

06 July, 2018

Mind raises concerns that safeguards for vulnerable claimants will not be in place

London Assembly agrees motion to scrap Section 21 notices

06 July, 2018

The London Assembly Members yesterday agreed a unanimous motion calling on the Mayor of London to back a campaign to abolish section 21 and to lobby the government for a change in the law

Rent collection service aims to offer landlords 'financial security'

06 July, 2018

Unpaid rent and rent arrears are the main reason for tenant evictions, according to Belvoir's Q1 rental index

Scrap the surcharge! Strong support for petition to repeal buy to let taxes

06 July, 2018

There has been strong support for an e-petition calling for the scrapping of the stamp duty surcharge on buy to let properties and the reintroduction of full mortgage interest relief for landlords

Awaiting Right to Buy replacements

06 July, 2018

Homes sold under the Right to Buy are simply not being replaced. Could the government's plans to partially lift the council debt cap bring relief?

June 2018:Universal Credit landlord engagement newsletter

06 July, 2018

We regularly update our information for landlords, read the up-to-date version of the Universal Credit & Rented Sector Housing Guide and use the latest UC47 form to request payment of rent from tenant's Universal credit

Two Letting Agents Banned by Property Ombudsman

06 July, 2018

The Property Ombudsman has booted two letting agents out of the redress scheme

Calls to end no-fault evictions

05 July, 2018

London Assembly looks to Sadiq Khan to back the campaign.

CIH Northern Ireland: Right to Buy a 'double edged sword'

05 July, 2018

Early findings from a project looking to shape the future of housing in Northern Ireland have been released

Wales fee ban will lead to increased costs

05 July, 2018

Banning fees in Wales will drive up costs and change the way landlords interact with letting agents, RLA Director for Wales Douglas Haig told the Senedd today

Universal Credit: Labour says Esther McVey should resign

05 July, 2018

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

Government slammed for failing to act on report that suggests improvements to PRS

05 July, 2018

The government has been criticised for continuing to drag its heels over taking on key recommendations made in a recent report designed to improve standards in the private rented sector

Strong support for petition calling for BTL tax relief changes to be reversed

05 July, 2018

An online petition calling for buy-to-let tax relief changes to be reversed has received almost 16,500 signatures

Less than four weeks until introduction of selective licensing in Nottingham

05 July, 2018

BTL landlords in Nottingham will soon face tougher rules with new rental licensing conditions set to be introduced in the city

British government imposes collective punishment by evicting families from public housing

05 July, 2018

The British government intends to roll out nationally a scheme piloted in north London, whereby the families of gang members and violent criminals are evicted from their public housing residences

Special administration regime for English housing associations comes into force

05 July, 2018

A new special administration regime which allows the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) to deal with insolvent housing associations will come into force today

HB Direct newsletters: 2018

04 July, 2018

These HB Direct newsletters for local authority staff provide information that affects Housing Benefit.

Government urged to update HHSRS system

04 July, 2018

Government 'refusing' to take on key recommendations for safety in the private rented sector

Right to Rent: Windrush guidance for landlords

04 July, 2018

Landlords renting to Windrush immigrants, who have a right to live in the UK, but may not have the documents to prove it, can apply for a Positive Right to Rent Notice (PRRN).

RLA gives evidence to HCLG committee on Hackitt report

04 July, 2018

The Hackitt report into building regulations should include more information about the lifetime management of buildings once occupied, RLA Policy Manager John Stewart told a committee of MPs this week

Landlord couple want to see letting agent banned over unpaid rent

04 July, 2018

A couple who claim they are owed thousands of pounds in unpaid rent have called for a ban on the letting agency accused of withholding the money

Smoke alarm 'would have saved Huddersfield fire-death boys

04 July, 2018

A house fire which killed two boys was "eminently avoidable", had the letting agent provided smoke alarms, a court has heard

Northern Ireland student wins landmark case against Belfast letting agent

04 July, 2018

A landmark court ruling has closed a loophole for letting agents to levy extra charges on tenants, it was claimed today

Long tenancies won't stop landlords wanting a CV, 12 months' rent - or a date

04 July, 2018

Proposed three-year agreements do little to change oppressive demands from landlords charging extortionate rents

Regulator highlights importance of providing good quality, accessible information on homelessness services

03 July, 2018

A report highlighting the importance of easy access to homelessness services information for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness has been published by the Scottish Housing Regulator.

Japanese Knotweed: a warning

03 July, 2018

Landlords are being warned to keep a close eye on the gardens of their rental homes after it was revealed homeowners will be able to sue their neighbours for damages if Japanese Knotweed grows onto their land.

Shock results as 30 lettings agencies probed by undercover teams

03 July, 2018

A consumer group which conducted 30 undercover viewings in five different UK cities claims letting agents are showing potential tenants around mouldy properties and not informing them about important safety details.

Longer-term tenancy plans proposed

02 July, 2018

Compulsory three-year contracts would give more protection to renters.

Labour says government plans to provide renters with greater stability are 'meaningless'

02 July, 2018

'Any fresh help for renters is welcome but this latest promise is meaningless if landlords can still force tenants out by hiking up the rent'

More than 600 'affordable homes' built in Merseyside were NOT affordable

02 July, 2018

New data shows many houses do not meet the guidelines to be classed as affordable

Report criticises new PIP benefits payment system

02 July, 2018

A Stormont department has been urged to start recording assessments of those applying for the Personal Independence Payment after a report criticised the current process.

Top tips for landlords for clearing out at end of tenancy

02 July, 2018

It's time for many students up and down the country to clear-out their properties, so now is a good time to make sure they know how to correctly clear out their properties.

Landlords welcome tax incentives for longer tenancies

02 July, 2018

Landlords are today welcoming proposals being considered by the Government to provide financial incentives for those offering longer tenancies.

Research finds tax changes leading to private renting sell-off

29 June, 2018

Ministers need to scrap the tax on new homes which is punishing those in need of a home to rent, the UK's leading landlord body argues.

CIH Housing 2018

29 June, 2018

Keynote speech by the Housing Minister Dominic Raab MP

'Two-child policy' cuts benefits of more than 70,000 families

29 June, 2018

Campaigners warn poverty will rise as low-income families lose financial support

Landmark legislation gives communities right to buy abandoned land

29 June, 2018

New legislation has been introduced which in some instances will give communities the right to buy land that is abandoned, neglected or detrimental

Scrap the new homes tax argue landlords

29 June, 2018

Ministers need to scrap the tax on new homes which is punishing those in need of a home to rent, the UK's leading landlord body argues

Random rental property spot checks could improve standards in the PRS

28 June, 2018

Most private landlords would oppose the idea of arbitrary checks of their rental properties by local authorities, but that has not stopped PayProp supporting the contentious proposal.

Call of the week: Section 21 documents

28 June, 2018

This week, a landlord called us with a question about serving a Section 21 notice and when he needed to serve the documents on his renewal tenancy.

Housing 2018: Green paper 'to give regulator teeth'

28 June, 2018

Housing minister Dominic Raab says regulator will gain powers in the Social Housing Green Paper and stresses government commitment to Right to Buy

New government lettings documents include updated 'How To Rent'

28 June, 2018

Tenant, landlords and buy to let investors are the targets for new online rental guides

Tougher electrical safety standards needed to protect private tenants

28 June, 2018

Tougher electrical safety standards for rented properties north of the border are needed to protect private tenants

Social care in Wales 'could be funded by age-related tax'

28 June, 2018

An income tax increase of between 1% and 3% could be used to fund elderly social care in Wales, according to an independent report.

Tories forced to rewrite obscure benefits law after court finds it breaches human rights

28 June, 2018

The DWP admitted a "small group" of jobseekers had been denied a fair hearing when they tried to appeal against a benefit sanction

Regulator warns social landlords that bail-outs are not guaranteed

27 June, 2018

The Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) would allow a housing association to fail if there was 'limited or no value' in its business, its executive director has said

Government publishes new and updated 'how to' guides

27 June, 2018

The Government has today (Tuesday 26th June) published new and updated information to help landlords and tenants who live and work in private rented housing.

High Court overturns housing legal aid changes

26 June, 2018

The High Court has overturned controversial planned changes to legal aid for housing support

Flying the standard

26 June, 2018

HACT is excited to announce that Housemark, L&Q and Metropolitan, as well as a number of other housing associations, have signed up to support the development of the full version of the UK housing data standard

LIN member report June 2018 - Benefit Sanctions

26 June, 2018

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

PRA changes will affect landlords' ability to provide 'quality affordable housing'

25 June, 2018

Mortgage brokers and lenders have been slammed by the National Landlords Association (NLA) for failing to do enough to communicate changes by the Prudential Regulation Authority to landlords.

Here's ARLA's guide through the red tape for accidental landlords

25 June, 2018

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has provided a check-list for so-called accidental landlords.

Tenant jailed for illegally subletting house

22 June, 2018

A private tenant occupying a three-bedroom house in north-west London has been jailed after he was caught illegally subletting the property to 35 men.

Sheffield's 'danger flats' risk to tenants' lives

22 June, 2018

Tenants in a part of Sheffield are living in such bad conditions their lives are being put at risk, a council report has warned

Why tenants think their feedback is being ignored

21 June, 2018

The Social Housing Green Paper is set to redress the balance of power between residents and social landlords. Martin Hilditch investigates what tenants would like to happen next

JRF responds to IFS report on living standards

21 June, 2018

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) today responded to a new report on living standards conducted by the Institute for Fiscal Studies and funded by the JRF.

Landlord fined for renting out bed in shed

21 June, 2018

A landlord has been fined ordered to pay £5,000 for allowing tenants to sleep in an outbuilding in Enfield, north London.

Government publishes new licensing changes in bid to protect tenants and announces review of selective licensing

21 June, 2018

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has published new guidelines which aim to protect tenants from poor living conditions.

'Laudable' licensing changes stifling councils, landlords and tenants alike

20 June, 2018

ARLA Propertymark chief executive ramps up policy criticism as government announces latest PRS regulation.

Buck Bill passes Commons committee stage

20 June, 2018

Bill empowering tenants over unsafe homes inches closer towards statute.The Fitness for Human Bill has come through the committee stage of the Commons this morning

Government announces selective licensing review

20 June, 2018

The Government has announced a review into the use and effectiveness of selective licensing.

Universal Credit - landlords agree reform is needed

20 June, 2018

The RLA continues to call for the roll out of Universal Credit to be paused in the wake of a report by the National Audit Office.

Momentum improves as there is a rise in both 'to let' and 'let' properties

20 June, 2018

Following a slowdown in rental market activity in April, new letting data from the Agency Express Property Activity Index has revealed nationwide increases in both 'to let' and 'let' properties.

HB Direct newsletters: 2018

20 June, 2018

These HB Direct newsletters for local authority staff provide information that affects Housing Benefit.

Tories make disability benefits climbdown as they change reassessment rules - but campaigners warn it's not enough

20 June, 2018

More PIP claimants will be able to wait 10 years for reassessment - but Parkinson's UK branded it "a piecemeal solution for a broken system"

Consultation on 'exciting' housing merger plan launched

19 June, 2018

TORUS' tenants and leaseholders are being asked for their views over proposals to 'amalgamate' the group with Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH).

Glasgow block blaze shows 'no scope for complacency' over fire safety

18 June, 2018

The SFHA says the fire that ripped through a top floor of a Glasgow tower block on the anniversary of Grenfell was a 'sharp reminder' against any scope for complacency over fire safety in social housing.

'Grenfell' cladding: couple could sue after £600,000 flat now worth £90,000

18 June, 2018

Nerisa Ahmed and husband threaten to sue government agency that helped them buy home

Council 'inaction' leaves renters at risk of revenge evictions

18 June, 2018

Just one in six private tenants living in an unsafe home is getting council protection from a revenge eviction, new figures show.

Raft of safety flaws listed at Grenfell Tower Inquiry

18 June, 2018

A list of failed safety regulations has been presented to a public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower blaze.

Legislation alone will not eliminate homelessness

18 June, 2018

Local authorities need government funding to help them make a success of the act recently brought in to prevent and reduce homelessness

The great leasehold rip off

18 June, 2018

How firms are cashing in on housebuyers with charges that DOUBLE every decade

Regulator talks tenant voice and landlord self-assurance at national tenant conference

11 June, 2018

Tenant voice and landlord self-assurance were the focus of the Regulator's opening session at the Tenant Information Service national conference

Landlords struggling with regulation changes

20 April, 2018

Survey sheds light on the scale of the challenge that landlords say they face in coping with compliance

More than 40 housing associations back planned £1bn bond issue

27 March, 2018

There are 45 housing associations backing aggregator Morhomes' plan to launch a £1bn bond issue.

The Homelessness Reduction Act is a key step towards homelessness prevention

27 March, 2018

The legislation comes into force on April 3, but only if local authorities can afford it

Welfare policies having 'huge impact' on domestic abuse victims

26 March, 2018

Conference on Housing and Domestic Abuse hears that government policy is making it harder for domestic abuse victims to get support.

Poll pushes impact of PRS energy performance

26 March, 2018

Survey released ahead of new standards for EPC ratings coming into effect on April 1.

Landlord's lack of action over pigeons comes home to roost

23 March, 2018

Court rules on complaints about cooing pigeons after improvement notices ignored

Local Authority Insight Survey Wave 33

22 March, 2018

This research presents findings on preparations for Universal Credit managed migration and the effects of reducing the Housing Benefit backdating period.

Universal Credit transition to full service

22 March, 2018

When local authorities and jobcentre areas will transition to the Universal Credit full service.

Conservative MP introduces fire risk transparency bill to parliament

22 March, 2018

A Conservative MP has introduced a bill to parliament which would require building owners to tell residents about fire safety risks.

New HMO room size regulations to come in this autumn

19 March, 2018

From October councils will be able to set minimum bedroom size standards for HMOs - and also introduce limits on how many people can live in each bedroom

HMO minimum room sizes to come into force 1 October 2018

16 March, 2018

Regulations confirming that from 1 October 2018 HMOs licensed in England under part 2 of the Housing Act 2004 will be required to have a floor area no-smaller than 6.51 square metres have been published

Landlords who say 'no DSS' breaking equality laws

26 February, 2018

The thousands of lettings agents and landlords around the country who reject housing benefit claimants could be flouting equality laws, due a recent legal case.

Thatcher's crusade to wipe out council housing faces serious challenge

26 February, 2018

The right-to-buy scheme slowed construction of new homes but local authorities are exploring new funding options

Housing officer jailed for illegal subletting

26 February, 2018

Court hears how sublet scam went on for 10 years while the defendant lived in a house she had inherited.

Rogue landlords taken to court should face minimum £30,000 fines

23 February, 2018

Rogue landlords who commit housing offences should be fined a minimum of £30,000 by magistrates as part of common sentencing guidelines to improve standards in the private rental sector

Homelessness code of guidance for local authorities

23 February, 2018

Guidance on how local authorities should exercise their homelessness functions in accordance with the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 from 3 April 2018.

Greenwich Council apologises for false illegal letting accusations

23 February, 2018

Greenwich Council has had to apologise after sending out thousands of letters accusing people of illegally renting out their homes.

Residents count cost of Grenfell-style cladding

23 February, 2018

Residents of a private apartment complex could face a bill of up to £10m to remove Grenfell-style cladding from their building.

Brit star hits home over Grenfell

23 February, 2018

"You should do some jail time, you should pay some damages, we should burn your house down and see if you can manage this."

National Landlords Association launches new brand

23 February, 2018

The National Landlords Association (NLA) today launches its new brand following extensive consultation with members and stakeholders.

LIN member report February 2018 - "Fitness for Habitation" Bill

22 February, 2018

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

New controls on rented homes through licensing schemes are 'illegal'

22 February, 2018

Councils urged to urgently update guidance on the Housing, Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) following Court of Appeal ruling

Time to rethink rent-setting

22 February, 2018

We need to think about how we can ensure rents are really affordable in local markets, while giving us the capacity to build much-needed new homes, says Ann Santry

Private landlords in Sandwell to face star rating scheme under council plans

22 February, 2018

Under the Assured Landlords Scheme, all privately rented accommodation, landlords and agents operating in the borough would be inspected and rated

Buck Bill needs to get into 'the real world'

22 February, 2018

CLG told many PRS tenants still ran the risk of retaliatory eviction if they raised complaints under the proposed bill

Peabody pays out over gas disconnection

22 February, 2018

Housing association Peabody has paid out more than £30,000 to 57 residents who were left without gas for months.

LIN member report December 2017 - General Data Protection Regulation An Overview

15 December, 2017

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

Councils warn of cuts to housing budgets due to fire safety works

15 September, 2017

Social landlords could be forced to cut back spend on repairs and new build as they scramble to fund fire safety works on tower blocks.

Government debate on rent repayments and mortgages

15 September, 2017

Parliament will debate a call for rent payments to be taken into account when applying for a mortgage.

Landlords urged to get ahead of new laws

13 September, 2017

Research by top sector insurer shows the impact of new legislation on the UK's 1.75 million landlords.

Joint effort to weed out tenant cannabis use

12 September, 2017

Housing providers warn of eviction risk if tenants smoke the drug in their homes.

Supported housing: bottom of the pile?

08 September, 2017

An overstuffed political agenda has meant supported housing funding has been pushed aside.

Loophole that offers couples a chance to dodge second-home stamp duty

08 September, 2017

A clash between official Government 'guidance' and the law could provide a loophole for couples looking to purchase a second home without paying stamp duty.

Landlords fined over Right to Rent triples in a year

08 September, 2017

Hundreds of landlords have been fined in a crackdown on illegal immigration.

Glimmer of hope as MPs say they must 'look at' deposit cap plan

08 September, 2017

MPs have debated the proposed lettings fee ban - with a glimmer of hope for landlords as even those backing the move raised questions about capping deposits.

Landlords admit turning away EU citizens to avoid Government regulations

07 September, 2017

Almost one in five landlords say they would be reluctant to let property to an EU national, due to checks they must now complete

Property entrepreneur turned MP backs ban on letting agent fees

07 September, 2017

Tory Kevin Hollinrake tells Commons the compromise of a cap would start 'a race to the top'.

Government tells landlords to fix fire safety breaches in large panel system blocks

07 September, 2017

The government has told social landlords to take action to seal up any cracks found in large panel system tower blocks.

Tenants let down by lack of letting fee enforcement

06 September, 2017

RLA calls for better enforcement of existing regulation of letting agent fees rather than outright ban being debated today

Housebuilding boom front and centre for resumed parliament

04 September, 2017

The need for new homes and where they can be built now seen as crucial to government strategy beyond Brexit.

The Universal Credit (Claims and Payments) (Scotland) Regulations 2017

30 June, 2017

The Scottish Ministers make the following Regulations

Abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights (Wales) Bill

02 May, 2017

An Act of the National Assembly for Wales to make provision for the abolition of the right to buy, the right to acquire and associated rights; and for connected purposes

LIN member report May 2017 - The Homelessness Reduction Act

01 May, 2017

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Legal aid shakeup hands lifeline to domestic violence victims

23 February, 2017

Exclusive: Removal of five-year limit for applications follows vow by prime minister to increase domestic abuse prosecutions

LIN member report February 2017 - The Housing White Paper

13 February, 2017

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Consultation on amendments to the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 (GSIUR)

11 November, 2016

HSE is consulting on changes to the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 (GSIUR)

Landlords not up to speed with regulations

11 October, 2016

Concerns are being raised about a high number of landlords and letting agents failing to get to grips with several legislative changes

Housing associations and 'right to rent' document checks

28 September, 2016

This aims to give guidance to housing associations on how 'right to rent' document checks affect their procedures, such as their allocations and lettings policies, their policies on lodgers and their procedures for verifying tenancies.

Legal Eagle: There is no right to housing

03 August, 2016

One of the most common misconceptions in housing law is that the council owes everyone a duty of accommodation and you would never end up sleeping on the streets. Sadly, this isn't quite right

Social Landlord Leaders: No more right to buy and 'not a moment too soon'

28 July, 2016

End of right to buy policy in Scotland

Get in on the Act

28 July, 2016

Housing and Planning Act 2016

Government urged to delay Pay to Stay

27 July, 2016

Councils and arm's length management organisations are calling on ministers to delay the introduction of Pay to Stay to avoid a 'tight' timetable

Bromsgrove District Council warns housing benefit claimants cash will stop if they are away for four weeks

27 July, 2016

RESIDENTS going abroad for more than four weeks are being warned they will no longer be able to claim housing benefit because of new national rules coming into force later this month

Welfare Reform and Work Bill House of Lords second reading submission

26 July, 2016

Joseph Rowntree Foundation Report

Delay likely on key Housing Act regulations

25 July, 2016

Publication of the Higher Value and Pay to Stay Regulations is likely to be delayed

Paying for Supported Housing

19 July, 2016

House of Commons Briefing paper

Fire, Gas and Carbon Monoxide Safety Regulations:

15 July, 2016

What English social landlords need to know

Housing and Planning Act 2016: business as usual - wide-ranging measures to boost supply of new homes now one step closer

15 July, 2016

New Regulations set out additional Housing and Planning Act 2016 provisions to commence on 13 July, and others coming into force on 1 or 31 October 2016

Tenancy Deposit Schemes: could a landmark case lead to more prosecutions?

12 July, 2016

Last week, a landmark case in Scotland highlighted the need for deposit protection, after a letting agent in North Ayrshire became the first in the country to be prosecuted for its breach of the rules

Home free: when 'adverse possession' can mean good news for squatters

10 June, 2016

A Sydney man has used the old common law right of 'adverse possession' to take over an empty terrace house. In 12 years it could be his

Council to pay a £26.8m water bill refund to tenants

09 June, 2016

Many landlords with similar arrangements could also face large bills.

LIN member report April 2016 - The Welfare Reform and Work Act

25 April, 2016

LIN member report written by Neil Merrick

MSPs approve new regulations for tenants and landlords

18 March, 2016

MSPs have approved new rules for landlords and tenants to regulate the private rental sector

Practical implications of Immigration Checks on new Lettings

01 February, 2016

CIH Report on the implications for social sector

Invitation to tender: action research learning lessons from the Voluntary Right to Buy pilots

07 January, 2016

The NHF in partnership with the pilot housing associations, is commissioning research to learn lessons from the Voluntary Right to Buy pilots to inform the wider programme

Government response to Work and Pensions Committee Welfare to Work Inquiry

07 January, 2016

The Government has responded the Work and Pensions Committee inquiry into DWP's contracted welfare-to-work provision

Government proposes minimum bedroom size for rental properties

09 November, 2015

Size would be set at 6.5 sq metres in attempt to stop landlords creating 'rabbit hutch properties' to increase rental income

New Housing Bill will set up register of rogue letting agents

14 October, 2015

The new Housing and Planning Bill, published yesterday, makes new provisions about agents

ARLA clears up confusion over smoke alarm regulations

18 September, 2015

ARLA has clarified some slight confusion arising from a comment posted on our story yesterday regarding the passing of the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations in Parliament

"Major error" in rented housing regulations

16 September, 2015

A major drafting error in government regulations affecting the private rented sector risks undermining confidence in new legislation being applied to the sector

Parliament approve Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015

15 September, 2015

Parliament approve Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 in time for 1 Oct deadline

Section 21

11 September, 2015

What all agents need to know about the changes

Explanatory Memorandum

11 September, 2015

The Assured Shorthold Tenancy Notices and Prescribed Requirements (England) Regulations 2015

'No Passport Equals No Home': An independent evaluation of the 'Right to Rent' scheme

04 September, 2015

The Right to Rent checks form part of a package of measures intended to create a "hostile environment" for irregular migrants in the UK

Ealing court fines rogue landlord £75,215

21 August, 2015

A landlord has been handed substantial fines totalling nearly £70,000 for failing to licence four properties; protect tenants; comply with improvement notices; and comply with prohibition orders

Benefit Sanctions and Homelessness

20 August, 2015

A report by the North East Homelessness Think Tank

Rent Smart Wales

20 August, 2015

Countdown to new law affecting landlords and agents in Wales

Almost half of ESA & JSA sanctions overturned when reviewed

20 August, 2015

Almost half of all sanctions imposed on the UK government's Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) have been overturned when reviewed, according to official figures

New Discretionary Housing Payments guidance

13 August, 2015

The DWP has issued a new Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) guidance manual

High success rate in ESA sanction challenges

13 August, 2015

New DWP statistics show that almost 67,000 sanctions applied to employment and support allowance claimants under new regime

Quakers welcome House of Lords amendment to Charities Bill as right to buy threat looms

06 August, 2015

The Quaker movement is backing a House of Lords amendment to the Charities Bill that will protect homes under threat from government plans to extend the right to buy to housing associations

Second Consultation on a New Tenancy for the Private Sector

06 August, 2015

Analysis of Consultation Responses

One in six jobseekers have allowance stopped by DWP each year

06 August, 2015

Guardian research contradicts government claims that only a small minority of jobseekers have been affected by increasingly severe welfare policies


04 August, 2015

NLA update

Too poor to pay

30 July, 2015

Report by CPAG showing the impact of the second year of localised council tax support in London

JRF Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Second Reading

20 July, 2015

This briefing addresses the welfare Reform and work Bill in the form in which it will be read to the House of Commons

Key PIP mobility judgment issued

13 July, 2015

An important legal judgment has been issued that may lead to the award of the PIP mobility component to disabled people, with conditions such as depression, panic attacks or anxiety

Welfare Reform and Work Bill published

09 July, 2015

Following the announcement made in the Chancellor's speech on the Summer Budget, the Government has published the Welfare Reform and Work Bill

Summer Budget 2015

09 July, 2015

Key announcements

A year to change the law

16 March, 2015

Two weeks ago, the Prime Minister gave a speech about housing

Fewer council tenants will get help with rent after new cuts

11 March, 2015

Fewer housing benefit claimants in Oxford will be eligible for money to help them pay their rent after funding was cut.

The cost of the cuts: the impact on local government and poorer communities

11 March, 2015

Cuts to local authority budgets are having a profound effect on the services people receive.

Powers for councils to licence landlords diluted by government

06 March, 2015

Department of Communities and Local Government's (DCLG) intention to introduce additional legislation for the licensing of private rented properties

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015

18 February, 2015

The government has just published draft regulations designed to promote energy efficiency in rented homes

Deregulation Bill Update (TDP and Retaliatory Eviction)

12 February, 2015

All the Government amendments regarding Tenancy Deposit Protection

Private landlords attack 'revenge evictions' bill

10 February, 2015

Landlords in Wales have savaged plans to tackle so-called 'revenge evictions', claiming that a new bill is a "lawyer's charter"

RLA statement on Government Amendment to Deregulation Bill

05 February, 2015

RLA statement on Government Amendment to Deregulation Bill

Fraudsters thwarted by councils in London to the tune of £73 million

30 January, 2015

Fraud in London has increased by 46% since last year, a new study has found

The Social Security (Information-sharing in relation to Welfare Services etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

27 January, 2015

These Regulations amend the Social Security (Information-sharing in relation to Welfare Services etc.) Regulations 2012 ("the principal Regulations")

Regulator raps landlord over gas safety failures

20 January, 2015

A 20,500-home housing association has become the latest social landlord rapped by the English social housing regulator for failing to carry out sufficient gas safety checks

Enhanced Court Fees

16 January, 2015

The Government Response to Part 2 of the Consultation on Reform of Court Fees and Further Proposals for Consultation

Hope for homeless families in need of Legal Aid

17 July, 2014

New ruling by the High Court has ruled that Government changes, which would have left homeless families without help, have been ruled 'unauthorised, discriminatory and impossible to justify'

Spotlight on PRS licensing scheme

24 April, 2014

Councils across the UK are considering licensing schemes to tackle rogue private landlords

Government approves property ombudsman to provide independent redress service

22 April, 2014

The Government has approved The Property Ombudsman (TPO) to provide a free and independent redress service to landlords and tenants, as part of new legislative changes coming into effect for lettings agents

Stronger protections for tenants and leaseholders

15 April, 2014

All letting and property management agents will be required to join an approved 'redress scheme' later this year

Sheffield Page Hall landlord licensing scheme approved

16 January, 2014

Landlords in an area of Sheffield where MPs have warned of "tensions" between communities will soon have to register for a £725 five-year licence

Housing benefit removal regulations upheld by judges

08 January, 2014

It is lawful to discriminate against tenants with disabilities by removing their housing benefit if their home is left unoccupied for more than a year

Rogue landlord crackdown to widen

15 November, 2013

A council is proposing to extend a licensing scheme in its effort to crackdown on rogue landlords and poor housing

LIN Member Report October 2013 - Watching the landlords: why the PRS faces greater scrutiny

24 October, 2013

This LIN member report is written by Neil Merrick

Superstrike Ltd vs. Marino Rodrigues

24 October, 2013

Guidance on the implications of the Court of Appeal judgment

CIH warning over Immigration Bill

10 October, 2013

The Chartered Institute of Housing has sounded a warning about the government's Immigration Bill, saying it could warn to "destitution" for many people

Glasgow judge finds bedroom tax breaches human rights

01 October, 2013

Applying the bedroom tax to a couple who cannot share a room because of one partner's disability is a breach of their human rights

The Welfare Benefits Up-rating Act 2013 (Commencement) Order 2013

20 September, 2013

Benefit uprating for 2014/15 and 2015/16 to be set at 1%.

How to beat the 'bedroom tax'

19 September, 2013

Social housing tenants in Fife are using housing law from the 1980s to successfully challenge demands for extra rent under the so-called bedroom tax

Government urged to rethink illegal immigrant proposals

22 August, 2013

The BPF has warned the government that its proposals to tackle illegal immigration through rented homes could lead to landlords being prosecuted for failing to recognise complex immigration documents

Tenancy deposit protection schemes

19 August, 2013

Letter from Housing Minister Mark Prisk to the Chairman of the Residential Landlords Association

Carbon monoxide alarm law toughened

07 August, 2013

Carbon monoxide alarms will have to be fitted when new boilers or gas appliances are installed in Scottish properties, under a change to the law

Sanctions and conditionality briefing

02 August, 2013

New conditions and associated sanctions are being attached to welfare benefits. This is intended to reflect the principle behind Universal Credit that people who can, must look for work - NHF report

Superstrike Ltd vs Marino Rodrigues - Briefing Two - Likely Implications

02 August, 2013

The 14 June appeal judgment in the Superstrike v Rodrigues case has created a significant amount of uncertainty in the private-rented sector

High Court rejects disabled tenants bedroom tax challenge

30 July, 2013

The High Court has just rejected ten families' challenge against the bedroom tax. The families plan to appeal

Lenders call to keep ground 8

21 June, 2013

Organisations representing lenders and housing associations in Wales are opposing government proposals to abolish a mandatory eviction power

Legal aid cuts: What has changed?

18 June, 2013

Significant changes to civil legal aid in England and Wales came into effect on 1 April 2013, as part of a plan to reform the system and save £350m a year

Bad landlords face licensing crackdown

14 June, 2013

With multiple tenants crammed into decrepit properties, one London borough is taking direct action

Letting agency fees force renters into debt

12 June, 2013

Shelter is calling for an end to letting agency fees

Housing benefit cheat must pay back fraudulent gains

05 June, 2013

A woman who claimed she lived alone in order to illegally pocket more than £22,000 in housing and council tax benefit has been ordered to repay the money she fraudulently claimed

Newham Council's private landlord licensing scheme hits 30,000 applications

04 June, 2013

Newham Council has received license applications from 30,000 private landlords as part of its pioneering scheme to improve housing conditions in the borough

Housing association continues PRS drive

04 June, 2013

Thames Valley Housing Association's private rented sector subsidiary has completed its third acquisition, buying 45 units in Poplar, east London

Custodial sentence for benefits cheat

31 May, 2013

A woman has been handed a suspended six-week jail sentence for benefit fraud

Unlicensed landlord ordered to repay rent to tenants

30 May, 2013

An unlicensed landlord whose property was found to be dangerous has been ordered to repay more than £6,800 in rent back to its tenants

EU To Take UK To Court Over Migrant Benefits

30 May, 2013

The European Union is set to take Britain to court over benefits for migrants - setting the Government on course for a battle with Brussels

A third of councils are considering compulsory landlord licensing

30 May, 2013

Health and safety concerns, and the sheer growth of the sector, lead local authorities to pay more attention to private rentals

Direct payment offered in exchange for regulation

29 May, 2013

Housing benefit could be paid direct to private landlords in return for greater regulation of the sector, under proposals published by the Labour Party

Labour pledging steps to clean up rented sector and deal with dodgy landlords

29 May, 2013

The Labour Party has published a policy review that explores ways of driving up standards in the private rented sector - and keeping bad landlords out

Worcester benefit fraudster prosecuted for £20,000 swindle

29 May, 2013

A Worcester woman who falsely claimed over £20,000 in welfare support has been prosecuted

Rape victim legally challenges bedroom tax

29 May, 2013

A victim of rape, assault, harassment and stalking has launched a legal challenge against the bedroom tax on the grounds it is 'discriminatory'

Mass benefit fraud of mother who entered 'disabled' children into Britain's Got Talent

28 May, 2013

A mother of eight who claimed five of her children had disabilities and medical conditions in order to obtain welfare payments is facing jail after being found guilty of benefit fraud

Plans to force millions of private landlords to carry out immigration checks on tenants to be watered down

28 May, 2013

Plans to force millions of private landlords to vouch safe for the immigration status of their tenants are to be watered down, with the new rules only applying to certain problem areas in the country

National register of private landlords considered by Labour

28 May, 2013

Party says proposal would help drive criminals out of the industry as well as ensuring that landlords paid appropriate taxes

Coventry council apologises to families told they could not appeal against 'bedroom tax' cuts to benefits

24 May, 2013

Council accepts letters to tenants were wrong after challenge by campaign group Coventry Against the Bedroom Tax

Charities claim victory over Employment and Support Allowance ruling; DWP to appeal

23 May, 2013

Charities have claimed a major legal victory over who is eligible for the Employment and Support Allowance

Council 'sorry' for empty room letter to disabled woman

23 May, 2013

A disabled woman who was wrongly told she had to pay an under-occupancy charge has received an apology from the council for "causing her distress"

DWP faces legal challenge over benefit cap

23 May, 2013

Four families have launched a legal challenge against the government's benefit cap on the grounds it is 'discriminatory and unreasonable'

Renting Homes - A better way for Wales

23 May, 2013

Welsh Government White Paper

Private landlord group aims to accredit all members by end of decade

22 May, 2013

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has announced plans to accredit all of its members by 2020

'Nottingham Council's landlord licencing consultation breached data rules and will push up rents'

21 May, 2013

Nottingham City Council's consultation for a proposed landlord licencing scheme has breached data protection rules and will result in rents going up, according to RLA

Local authority shakes up its housing allocations policy

21 May, 2013

Richmond Council has rewritten its housing allocation policy to give priority to locals, ex-service personnel, foster carers, people in work and those making a "significant contribution to society".

Regulator warns of 'substantial' threat to finances

20 May, 2013

Housing providers face being hit by a 'double whammy' of increased rent collection costs and reduced income due to welfare reform

Renting in Wales: Concern over cost of tenancy changes

20 May, 2013

Plans to change how social and private homes are rented in Wales have been outlined by the Welsh government

The Welsh Government has unveiled plans to simplify the law on renting homes

20 May, 2013

Housing Minister Carl Sargeant has been spelling out his plans to simplify complicated law governing how homes are rented

Conditionality and sanctions - a report to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

17 May, 2013

An investigation into allegations that targets have been set for sanctions in Jobcentre Plus

Benefit sanctions - terms of reference for independent review

17 May, 2013

An independent review will examine benefit sanctions imposed under the Jobseekers (Back to Work Schemes) Act 2013

Packing it in

17 May, 2013

Private landlords must now provide tenant information packs, bringing Scotland closer to a minimum standard

Bedroom tax victims begin High Court challenge

16 May, 2013

Ten claims being brought against the government's bedroom tax have begun to be heard at the High Court

Private landlords should not be surrogate police or border officers

16 May, 2013

Plans to make landlords responsible for immigration checks on prospective tenants are seriously flawed

Council pleased with government plans to block social housing access to migrants

10 May, 2013

Government plans to block migrants' access to social housing announced in the Queen's Speech have been welcomed by a council that has already adopted such a policy

Landlords and agents are 'failing tenants over gas safety'

09 May, 2013

Despite the law requiring a gas safety certificate to be issued annually, Shelter says one in 10 landlords and agents have not carried out a check for more than a year

Landlord prosecuted after leaving pensioner to live in damp, pigeon-filled home

08 May, 2013

Oldham Council has successfully prosecuted a landlord that left an 80-year-old woman to live in a substandard home

The Queen's Speech: Power and Majesty

08 May, 2013

The State Opening of Parliament is a fabulous piece of theatre

Fraud squad

03 May, 2013

An investigation in Westminster has uncovered housing benefit fraud on a grand scale - Kate Youde examines what went wrong and finds out what lessons other councils can learn

The price is right

03 May, 2013

The Lord Justice Jackson reforms came into force on 1.4.13. The reforms affect anyone involved in court proceedings, including social landlords. Courts will now be expected to deal with cases justly and 'at proportionate cost'

Liverpool landlord could be forced to pay back thousands in housing benefit

02 May, 2013

An unlicensed Liverpool landlord whose 22-bedroom property breached fire regulations may have to repay £12,000 in housing benefit

Universal Credit and Legal Aid Means Testing

29 April, 2013

Universal Credit becomes 'passporting' benefit from April 2013

Landlord fined for failing to improve empty property

26 April, 2013

A Barnet landlord has been fined £24,000 after failing to make improvements to an empty property

Law group warns against mass appeals

26 April, 2013

A wave of mass appeals against bedroom tax decisions risks leaving people in limbo due to tribunal delays, law centres have warned

£20,000 benefit crook sentenced

26 April, 2013

A woman who fraudulently claimed over £20,000 in housing and council tax benefit has been sentenced

Appeals process changes for all DWP benefits and child maintenance cases

25 April, 2013

The appeals process is changing so that more disputes against DWP decisions can be resolved without the need for referral to the Tribunals Service

Councils need more powers to tackle tenancy fraud

24 April, 2013

Tenancy fraud will soon be criminalised, but only greater powers to investigate fraudsters will stop people getting away with it

Record fine for slum landlord as council forces him to demolish 'bed with shed'

23 April, 2013

A slum landlord who has been forced to raze a 'bed with shed' to the ground has been hit with a record fine

£65,000 Tottenham benefit cheat jailed

23 April, 2013

A crook has been jailed after illegally claiming over £65,000 in welfare payouts

High Court upholds bar on migrant benefits

23 April, 2013

A legal advice agency has vowed to appeal a High Court decision which upholds regulations barring migrant parents from mainstream benefits

A licence to let

22 April, 2013

Are blanket licensing schemes practical - and legal? With other local authorities set to follow Newham's lead, lawyer Eamonn Hogan gives his view

A letting agent ombudsman is a start

17 April, 2013

It's not perfect, but at last renters might be able to seek redress for grasping, discriminatory and devious treatment by agents

Tenants to be given right to challenge rogue letting agents

17 April, 2013

Amendment requires agents to sign up to ombudsman scheme while giving OFT the power to ban those who act improperly

Housing bodies slate bedroom tax mass appeals

12 April, 2013

Chartered Institute of Housing warns campaign may risk strong cases

Threat to hostels prompts review of welfare rules

09 April, 2013

The DWP has promised to review controversial legislation which homelessness organisations said would threaten hostels

Implementation of welfare reform by local authorities (I)

03 April, 2013

Communities and Local Government Committee - Ninth Report

LIN Member Report April 2013 - Bedroom Tax Appeals

02 April, 2013

This LIN member report is written by Claire Turner

Landlords who don't disclose properties' negative qualities facing prison

02 April, 2013

Landlords and letting agents are now legally obliged to disclose to prospective tenants any negative information about their properties

Changes to Fraud Loss of Benefit Penalties from 1 April 2013

02 April, 2013

The DWP and HMRC have made changes to current legislation to impose tougher penalties on people who commit benefit fraud

Government lose Bedroom Tax challenge decision

28 March, 2013

The Government fails in its attempt to prevent legal action against its controversial Bedroom Tax

Fast-track possessions to rise

28 March, 2013

Housing associations will increasingly use 'fast-track' possession notices to evict tenants who fall behind with rent payments

A licence to rent?

28 March, 2013

How regulating the private rented sector can mean a better deal for tenants, landlords and taxpayers

The Universal Credit Regulations 2013

22 March, 2013

Final Universal Credit regulations now published

Plan to scrap eviction power

22 March, 2013

The Welsh Gov is planning a forthcoming white paper to scrap ground 8 possession law which social landlords may use to combat arrears caused by welfare reforms

Countrywide prosecutions for criminal landlords

18 March, 2013

Criminal landlords have been prosecuted in two different parts of the country

'Welfare reform will change social housing forever'

15 March, 2013

The government's welfare reforms will change the social housing landscape forever, delegates at the CIH Scotland conference have been told

Courts will fill up with tenants, lawyers warn

15 March, 2013

Lawyers expect courts to be inundated with 'thousands' of legal cases following the introduction of the government's 'bedroom tax' next month

MPs planning regulation of private rented sector

15 March, 2013

The All Party Parliamentary Group for the private rented sector is launching an inquiry into how best to regulate the industry

Keele University law students help 'legal aid gap'

14 March, 2013

One idea being trialled to help people get assistance is a community legal outreach companion scheme (CLOCK) run by Keele University's law school

Council rules out landlord licensing

14 March, 2013

Westminster council has ruled out setting up compulsory licensing for private landlords

Sub-let at your peril, warns social landlord in fraud crackdown

13 March, 2013

Whitefriars Housing issues a stark warning to tenants who are cheating the system

LIN Press Release - Partial U-turn over bedroom tax

12 March, 2013

Partial U-turn over bedroom tax announced by Iain Duncan Smith

HB/CTB U2/2013

12 March, 2013

Housing and Council Tax Benefit Circular - Court of Appeal judgement: Burnip, Trengove and Gorry

Squatting law 'sending homeless to prison'

08 March, 2013

Homeless and vulnerable people are being 'disproportionately affected' by the law that criminalised squatting in residential buildings, according to a report from a campaign group

New ruling on letting agents fees

07 March, 2013

The Advertising Standards Agency has ruled that letting agents must make their full fees clear in the quoted price of all rental properties

OFT acts against leading payday lenders and proposes to refer the sector to Competition Commission

07 March, 2013

The OFT is giving the leading 50 payday lenders, accounting for 90 per cent of the payday market, 12 weeks to change their business practices or risk losing their licences

Council ends lifetime tenancies for social homes

06 March, 2013

Hammersmith & Fulham Council has ended lifetime tenancies for new social housing applicants

Legal bid fails to stop housing benefit reforms

06 March, 2013

The High Court has dismissed a claim for a judicial review of the government's decision to limit housing benefit payments for tenants in the private rented sector

Bedroom tax to be introduced before legal challenge

06 March, 2013

A legal challenge to the government's penalty for the under-occupation of social housing will not go ahead until after the policy is introduced on 1 April

Enforcement squads going after unlicensed properties

04 March, 2013

Enforcement squads are prowling a London borough's streets for unlicensed rental properties - with criminal landlords facing fines of up to £20,000 per dwelling

Local authority goes after 'beds in sheds'

01 March, 2013

A London local authority is going after rogue landlords who are letting out 'beds in sheds'

Coast & Country launches mass protest against the bedroom tax

25 February, 2013

Coast & Country is harnessing the voice of tens of thousands of social housing tenants from across the North East to launch a mass protest against the bedroom tax - speaker from LIN Director Claire Turner opens this event

Nottingham rented house licence fees prompts row

25 February, 2013

A group which represents Nottingham landlords has said a rise of more than 50% in licence fees is unjustified

Green Deal warning for buy-to-let landlords

25 February, 2013

Buy-to-let investors will be forced to make their properties more energy-efficient or stop renting them out

24k welfare cheats prosecuted

19 February, 2013

Two welfare cheats have been prosecuted after swindling £24,056 in housing and council tax benefits out of Islington Council

Watchdog calls for changes to lettings market

18 February, 2013

A consumer watchdog has called for changes to the home lettings market following a survey that uncovered a high volume of complaints

Statement on Court of Appeal judgment

12 February, 2013

Mark Hoban, Minister for Employment, has responded to the Court of Appeal judgment on Government employment schemes

Room without review: Thoughts on tackling the bedroom tax

12 February, 2013

Report from nearlylegal - housing law, news and comment

£20k benefit cheat prosecuted

12 February, 2013

A woman has been prosecuted for fraudulently claiming nearly £20,000 in housing and council tax benefit and Jobseeker's Allowance

No good advice

12 February, 2013

Thousands of vulnerable people face losing access to valuable support as legal aid cuts leave advice services struggling to stay afloat. Richard Shrubb for Inside Housing reports

First landlord banned from council's renting register

11 February, 2013

An Edinburgh landlord will be breaking the law if he rents out property again - after being refused entry on to the council's landlords' register

Fresh blood brings new perspective to private rent debate

25 January, 2013

Commons exchange risked creating an unhelpful war of words, but Damian Collins' lively intervention offers hope

Prisk rejects call for register of private landlords

25 January, 2013

Housing minister Mark Prisk has dismissed Labour's proposals for a national register of landlords to improve standards in the private rented sector

The private rented sector is blocking aspiration and isolating families

23 January, 2013

As MPs debate standards in the sector, we'll have to recognise it isnt just Neil and the Young Ones, but families who typify this part of the market, & it needs to change to recognise that

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

10 January, 2013

Government confirms that it will not provide legal aid for welfare benefit cases in First-tier Tribunals

Support for social tenants to have their say on local services

08 January, 2013

CLG have launched a new training programme designed to put power firmly in the hands of social tenants

Private sector letting and managing agents (England): should they be regulated?

04 January, 2013

Briefing by the Libraries of the House of Commons and House of Lords and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

Liverpool's landlords facing new licensing scheme

04 January, 2013

Liverpool's landlords may have to sign up to a new licensing scheme, as the council considers ways of improving the quality of rented accommodation in the city

Registration scheme to target rogue landlords begins

02 January, 2013

Newham Council in east London is becoming the first local authority in England to introduce a compulsory system of landlord registration

Landlords urged to meet tenancy deposit scheme deadline

01 January, 2013

Landlords have been urged to register for a compulsory scheme designed to protect tenants' deposits before new rules take effect

Charity launches legal challenge to benefit cuts

18 December, 2012

Changes to the way housing benefit payments are calculated will be challenged in the High Court

Apollo group fined over £300,000 for poisoning 7 with carbon monoxide

18 December, 2012

One of the UK's largest property service companies has been fined £301,582 after its actions led to seven people being hospitalised by carbon monoxide (CO) fumes that escaped into their homes

Discretionary Housing Payments

17 December, 2012

DWP response to the consultation on the Discretionary Housing Payments guidance manual

Personal Independence Payment Regulations 2013

14 December, 2012

Sets out the main rules for PIP, including the assessment criteria, and the rates at which the benefit will be paid

Universal Credit regulations briefing

12 December, 2012

Universal Credit Briefing from the NHF

Latest on Universal Credit

10 December, 2012

10 December 2012 - Universal Credit and related regulations laid before Parliament

Are rents rising or falling? It depends on how you measure it

21 November, 2012

The Chartered Institute of Housing awarded the government a 'red light' for its policies on the private rented sector

Slum landlord forced pensioners to live under collapsed ceilings

20 November, 2012

A slum landlord who forced two pensioners to live in dangerous conditions, which included collapsed ceilings in the bedroom and kitchen, has been prosecuted

Ex-Miss Great Britain contestant in 'false benefit claims'

16 November, 2012

A former Miss Great Britain contestant falsely claimed thousands of pounds in benefits while living with her boyfriend, a court has heard

Bingo caller Terrence Hutchings was benefits cheat

15 November, 2012

A man has been convicted for claiming almost £56,000 in benefits over five years while working as a bingo caller

London PRS landlord fined thousands of pounds

13 November, 2012

A residential landlord, believed to be the first served with an anti-social behaviour order, has been fined thousands of pounds for putting tenants at risk

Inside justice: London Rent Assessment Panel

30 October, 2012

Samir Jeraj observes an independent panel settle private rental disputes, including a rare case of a flat with 'fair rent' controls

Over 50% of Welsh social housing incompliant with government standards

17 October, 2012

Well over half of Wales' 72,329 social homes are failing to comply with the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) according to official figures

Homes recovered in subletting crackdown

11 October, 2012

Dozens of homes have been recovered in Lambeth as part of a crackdown on fraudsters

Tackling rogue landlords: is better education the answer?

11 October, 2012

Buy-to-let and 'reluctant' landlords are ignorant of the rules and responsibilities of letting

No approaches on two-year fixed-term tenancies, says HCA

10 October, 2012

The HCA says it has not yet been approached about breaches to the regulatory framework around councils offering and planning to roll-out two-year fixed-term tenancies for young people

Thousands of tenants lives threatened by rogue landlords

05 October, 2012

The lives of thousands of tenants are being put at risk by England's rogue landlords, a report by Shelter has revealed

Benefit data held back by councils

05 October, 2012

Councils are delaying sharing vital benefit information with housing associations because of IT limitations and fears of breaching data protection rules

Landlord who threw tenant onto street jailed

03 October, 2012

A Sheffield landlord has been given nine months jail for throwing one of his tenants onto the street without his shoes

Hammersmith and Fulham to fix social housing tenancy term

03 October, 2012

A London council plans to bring in fixed term tenancies for people who apply for social housing from 2013

Council tenant to pay back £10k in benefits

28 September, 2012

A Lewisham Council tenant has been ordered to pay back £10,200 in benefits to which she was not entitled

Council withdraws benefits from man with autistic son

27 September, 2012

A London borough which was forced to pay out damages to a father after his autistic son was illegally removed from his care have threatened to withdraw the family's housing benefit

First squatter jailed under new law

27 September, 2012

Alex Haigh, who had come to London seeking work, sentenced to 12 weeks in prison for occupying flat without permission

Mandatory consideration of revision before appeal

26 September, 2012

This consultation concerned issues relevant to the implementation and operation of the appeals reform provisions in the Welfare Reform Bill

Universal Credit regulations date

26 September, 2012

Ministers have confirmed that Universal Credit regulations will be laid after the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Autumn Statement on 5 December

Hefty fine for unlicenced flat landlord

25 September, 2012

A landlord has been fined £10,000 after failing to licence 20 flats

Are we serious about tenant scrutiny?

24 September, 2012

Diluting scrutiny will affect its potential to create the dynamic tension from which innovation and solutions are formed

Private renting in London: a little less conversation please

21 September, 2012

It's expensive and often substandard with unreasonable landlords - it's time the sector was improved

To have or have not? Taking responsibility for tomorrow's affordable homes today

12 September, 2012

Report by Housing Voice - The Affordable Housing Alliance

Housing Benefit cheat prosecuted

07 September, 2012

A Housing Benefit cheat has been given 150 hours of unpaid work and £450 fine after illegally claiming more than £7,000 in benefits

Editor's blog: private rent is the new political battleground

07 September, 2012

New minister Mark Prisk will need to show strength on the private rented sector but he deserves a spot in the cabinet

NLA gas safety advice and guidance

06 September, 2012

In support of Gas Safety Week, the NLA's gas safety advice and guidance will be free to access during September

Advice on dealing with squatters in your home

04 September, 2012

This publication is aimed at informing property owners about the new offence and the procedures for regaining possession of their properties from squatters

Law criminalising squatting to be challenged in court by cottage dweller

03 September, 2012

Irene Gardiner bringing case against Crown Prosecution Service and police over law change that could make her homeless

Dealing with Rogue Landlords - A Guide for Local Authorities

03 September, 2012

This guidance urges local authorities to crack down on rogue landlords and provides them with practical advice for doing so.

Beds in sheds shouldn't distract us from the real housing crisis

03 September, 2012

The coalition's cuts to capital spending are decimating the house building sector

Squatting set to become a criminal offence

31 August, 2012

Squatting in a residential building in England and Wales becomes a criminal offence on Saturday, meaning squatters would face jail or a fine

Landlords pay tenants to open 'jam jar' accounts

24 August, 2012

Housing associations are paying tenants to open credit union accounts to protect their rental income from forthcoming welfare reforms.By encouraging tenants to open 'jam jar' accounts the organisations hope to ease the impact of the universal credit, which will be phased in from October 2013.

Ministers consider new wave of publicly funded housebuilding

23 August, 2012

Report into housing shortage proposes relaxing planning regulations in effort to kick-start ailing construction industry

Britain's 'most expensive council house' can't be sold

23 August, 2012

A council property labelled Britain's "most expensive" by a right-wing think tank can't be sold, it has emerged.

Economic pressures drive young adults home to roost

23 August, 2012

Families rediscover the financial benefits of intergenerational living as high house prices, increased unemployment and care issues take their toll, Aviva report says

Sheffield landlords prosecuted for gas safety failings

15 August, 2012

Two Sheffield landlords were handed suspended jail sentences for failing to maintain gas appliances at a flat they rented to a young woman

Private tenants see eviction orders soar

14 August, 2012

New figures show there has been a 70% rise in court orders to evict private tenants over the past three years.

Scottish council likely to back end of right to buy

14 August, 2012

A local authority is expected to back Scottish Government proposals to end the right to buy.

No right to remain

08 August, 2012

In the case of Birmingham Council v Lloyd, the Court of Appeal has reassured housing providers that only in exceptional circumstances can a trespasser win the ability to stay

Understanding unit costs of housing providers: regression analysis

08 August, 2012

The social housing regulator has called on housing providers to do more to achieve value for money, after finding it cannot account for significant variations in costs between providers

London borough launches 'radical' 'Housing into Work' pilot

01 August, 2012

An LA is piloting a scheme that will see young unemployed people on its waiting list offered council homes on 2 year fixed-term tenancies

Social Security Advisory Committee's call for evidence on the Universal Credit regulations

01 August, 2012

Crisis response to the SSAC consultation on Universal Credit

Housing Scotland Act to protect tenants from eviction

01 August, 2012

A law which makes it harder for councils and housing associations to evict tenants for failing to pay their rent has come into force

PRS properties 'should meet decent homes test'

31 July, 2012

Private landlords should be forced to refurbish their homes to the equivalent of the decent homes standard, a leading Labour thinker has suggested

Social Security Advisory Committee's call for evidence on the Universal Credit regulations

31 July, 2012

CIH response response to the SSAC: Universal Credit and related regulations

Shelter bids to recoup 'illegal' letting agent fees

27 July, 2012

Housing charity Shelter Scotland said more than £100,000 could be repaid to private tenants who have been charged unlawful fees by letting agents

Lottery winning rapist jailed for housing benefit fraud

26 July, 2012

A rapist who won almost £5 million on the lottery has been jailed for housing benefit fraud

Charity calls for Scottish PRS to be 'fit for purpose'

25 July, 2012

A homeless charity in Scotland has called on the government to reform the private rented sector to make it fit for increasing demand

Universal Credit Regulations: SSAC call for evidence

24 July, 2012

Read this new briefing before sending your response to the Social Security Advisory Committee

A rogue policy: Newham's licencing scheme will damage private rent

24 July, 2012

Newham council and the Welsh Government should be commended for tackling rogue landlords but ill-conceived policies will hinder, not help

Cap private rent and build more council homes

20 July, 2012

The government's response to the housing crisis has been to attack exploited tenants, rather than deal with abusive landlords

London borough secures court win after man rented garden shed

20 July, 2012

A London borough has scored a court win against a man who flouted planning rules and rented out a garden shed

Labour bids to end letting agent fees 'scandal' in private rented sector

18 July, 2012

Labour has vowed to tackle the unregulated lettings market in the private rented sector and is considering setting up a regulatory body

Labour's policy review of private rented housing

18 July, 2012

Comments from the NLA

Tenant scrutineers already have the capacity to regulate housing

18 July, 2012

Replicating the Audit Commission's inspection process using tenants won't help housing associations to improve

Draft Council Tax Reduction Schemes (Prescribed Requirements) Regulations

17 July, 2012

These draft regulations relate to the prescribed requirements of Council Tax Reduction Schemes

Draft Council Tax Reduction Schemes (Default Scheme) Regulations

17 July, 2012

These draft regulations relate to the Default Council Tax Reduction Scheme

Localising support for council tax

17 July, 2012

Explanatory Note on Draft Regulations

Jobseeker's Allowance (Sanctions) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

11 July, 2012

Draft Statutory Instrument

Housing benefit cheat sent child to private school

10 July, 2012

A housing benefit cheat who lied about being a single mother sent her child to a private school in Ireland

Landlord struck with huge fine after cramming 28 flats into four houses

10 July, 2012

A rogue landlord has been struck with an enormous £320k fine, Vispasp Sarkari has 6 months to find the money or he'll face jail

Proposals for a Better Private Rented Sector in Wales

10 July, 2012

The Welsh Government has published proposals for a national mandatory registration and licensing scheme for private sector landlords

Universal Credit - frequently asked questions

09 July, 2012

Frequently asked questions on the Universal Credit benefits system.

Localising support for council tax

09 July, 2012

A statement of intent on information sharing and powers to tackle fraud

Why councils should take civil action against rogue private landlords

09 July, 2012

Criminal prosecutions have proved a poor deterrant and resources can be better used supporting tenants elsewhere

Crackdown in Brent on 'beds in sheds' menace

06 July, 2012

Brent Council is to begin a crackdown on the problem of 'beds in sheds' in the borough

Woman sentenced over £24,000 housing fraud

06 July, 2012

A woman who made more than £24,000 illegally sub-letting her council home has been given a suspended jail sentence

Lifetime tenancy set to go for council housing in Northampton

05 July, 2012

Tenancy agreements in Northamptonshire could soon be limited to five years under new council proposals

Edinburgh issues first private landlord ban

05 July, 2012

Edinburgh Council has struck a landlord off its register for the first time banning him from renting out property in the city

£9,000 fine for landlords who "put students' lives at risk"

03 July, 2012

Husband and wife Abdul Kalam and Jahanara Begum were successfully prosecuted by Camden Council for failing to licence overcrowded student digs

Government 'clobbering the working poor' with benefit reform

03 July, 2012

There are fears the IT system won't be ready, that the policy is being rushed through - another of the Government's benefit reforms - Council Tax Benefit

Tenants' deposit protection schemes launched

02 July, 2012

New schemes have been launched which require all Scottish landlords to protect tenants' deposits

Hull fraudster claimed £100k housing benefit

02 July, 2012

A HULL businessman who claimed more than £100,000 in false housing benefit has been forced to pay most of the money back

Southwark in private rent cap negotiations

29 June, 2012

Southwark Council could be the first UK local authority to introduce a rent cap for private landlords to make their homes more affordable to benefit claimants

MSPs pass Scottish welfare changes

28 June, 2012

Proposed new laws to "limit the impact" of UK-wide welfare reforms in Scotland have been passed by MSPs

Non-compliant landlords could be forced to hand over homes as Newham licence approved

27 June, 2012

Newham Council could take over the management of properties in the PRS where regulations have been breached under its new landlord licensing regime

Borough wide licensing in Newham for private landlords

27 June, 2012

NLA comment on decision to introduce borough wide licensing in Newham

BBC Rogue Traders' Dan Penteado admits benefit fraud

26 June, 2012

A presenter on the BBC consumer affairs programme Rogue Traders has admitted illegally claiming housing and council tax benefits totalling £24,000

The Social Security (Information-sharing in relation to Welfare Services etc.) Regulations 2012

25 June, 2012

Data sharing regulations for social sector landlords which covers information referring to housing benefit, under-occupation, the benefits cap etc

Top tips: regulating the private rented sector

25 June, 2012

Comments from the Guardians discussion on regulation for private landlords

Universal Credit regulations

18 June, 2012

Welfare reform draft regulations and policy briefing notes

Housing Benefit Cap regulations

18 June, 2012

Welfare Reform Regulations

DWP submits draft universal credit and benefit cap regulations to Social Security Advisory Committee

15 June, 2012

It was announced in parliament yesterday that draft universal credit regulations would be published shortly

Greater risk of death warning as private tenancies rise

14 June, 2012

The Electrical Safety Council (ESC) has warned that the risk of fatalities will grow as private tenancies continue to rise

Tenants favour accredited landlords

13 June, 2012

According to the NLA 51% of tenants are more likely to accept a rental property if they know the L/L is committed to professional development and accreditation

HCA seeks help on regulation

08 June, 2012

Regulator to consult other watchdogs on dealing with profit-making providers

Rent Controls - Should they be brought back?

06 June, 2012

With some tenants spending 60% of their take-home pay on rent, critics are calling for regulation - but landlords say it would reduce supply

Landlord fined £5,500 for filthy, overcrowded house

30 May, 2012

A Newham landlord has been fined after admitting a total of 23 counts of breaching houses in multiple occupation (HMO) management regulations

Struck-off solicitor slammed as 'slum landlord' by Camden Council

29 May, 2012

A struck-off solicitor was one of two defendants successfully prosecuted for failing to license a property let to 12 people

A guide to Income Support

28 May, 2012

A guide for professional and voluntary advisers and others who want to know more about Income Support

Cost of regulating private landlords will be passed on to tenants

25 May, 2012

Plans for tougher regulation of the private rented sector in Wales could force rents up, according to landlords

Ruling could force 'bedroom tax' change

24 May, 2012

Charity warns - The Gov will have to amend the under-occupation housing benefit rules pending its decision to appeal against a recent court judgement

Swifter justice for 'neighbours from hell'

23 May, 2012

Nightmare tenants whose persistent antisocial behaviour causes misery and fear for their local communities will face swifter justice

Welsh white paper: minister to introduce new rules on homelessness

22 May, 2012

The Welsh housing minister explains new measures to tackle family homelessness, poor housing and a poor private rent sector

Welsh Government Bill on Tenancy Reform - A White Paper for Better Lives and Communities

22 May, 2012

This White Paper sets out proposals for new legislation and other, non-legislative, action. Consultation end date 17 August 2012

Scots seek to limit impact of UK welfare reforms

22 May, 2012

Scotland's very own welfare reform bill starts its progress through the Scottish Parliament

Suffolk pair dishonestly claimed housing benefit

21 May, 2012

A man and a woman who dishonestly claimed £42,000 in housing benefit, have been given an eight month prison sentence, suspended for two years

Localising Support for Council Tax

21 May, 2012

Taking work incentives into account

Accreditation for landlords coming soon

18 May, 2012

The Welsh government will outline plans for compulsory registering of private landlords in a white paper

Complex benefit system leading to fraud and error

17 May, 2012

New fraud and error figures show why fundamental reform of the benefits system is so vital, Ministers have said

Cuts threaten ability to tackle rogue landlords

15 May, 2012

Public sector cuts are hampering the ability of some councils to crack down on rogue landlords, according to the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

Income support for lone parents with a child under the age of five

15 May, 2012

New commencement order in relation to the Welfare Reform Act 2009

'Victory for rights of disabled' as Government loses spare room benefit case

15 May, 2012

A charity is hailing a victory for rights of disabled people after Court of Appeal rules the HB regs size criteria discriminate against disabled

1000s on long term sickness benefits found 'fit for work'

15 May, 2012

New Government analysis reveals that thousands of people who have been claiming Incapacity Benefit for the past 15 years are in fact fit for work

Report questions legality of household benefit cap

15 May, 2012

The government may have broken equality laws when introducing the total household benefits cap, according to watchdog the Equality and Human Rights Commission

Judgement to force changes to benefit rules

15 May, 2012

Housing benefit rules for private rented tenants discriminate against disabled people and will have to be changed, the Court of Appeal has ruled

Landlords told to stop housing tenants in back garden shed

14 May, 2012

A couple have been told to stop using the garage in their back garden as tenants' living accommodation

£1.8m to tackle scandal of 'beds in sheds'

14 May, 2012

Criminal landlords trapping vulnerable people in 'suburban shanty-towns' will get the justice they deserve, Housing Minister Grant Shapps has pledged

Landlords sceptical about green deal

11 May, 2012

Social landlords believe the government's flagship retrofit scheme will be unpopular with their tenants

Editor's blog: why we need a licence for private landlords

11 May, 2012

A study into the housing crisis has revealed shocking examples of exploitation in the private rented sector

The woman who lives in a shed: how London landlords are cashing in

10 May, 2012

Council finds people living in everything from massively overcrowded houses to a walk-in freezer - and the problem is getting worse

Benefit fraudsters warned they face tougher penalties

09 May, 2012

Ministers are now able to fine benefit cheats up to £2,000, with a minimum penalty of £350 without having to take them to court

Top tips: social housing regulation

09 May, 2012

Comments from the Guardians discussion on changes to the regulation of social housing

Homeless face losing council housing guarantee

03 May, 2012

A flagship Conservative council in London would no longer automatically guarantee social housing to homeless applicants under new plans

Royal Assent for Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill

02 May, 2012

Legal Aid Bill receives Royal Assent

Private landlord hit with fine

01 May, 2012

A private landlord has been prosecuted by Lewisham Council for failing to licence a house in multiple occupation (HMO)

Changes to contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance

01 May, 2012

On 1 May 2012 the Welfare Reform Act 2012 introduced two changes to contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

Fears welfare reforms will increase fast-track evictions

30 April, 2012

Landlords will fast-track possession claims using ‘draconian’ legal measures to defend their businesses against the impact of welfare reform

Shapps: Newham Council's actions were 'borderline illegal'

30 April, 2012

Mr Shapps told The Guardian newspaper that the way Newham Council had treated the families was "unacceptable"

New Housing Benefit Regulations (Under-occupation)

30 April, 2012

Read how the draft regulations which govern how the size criteria, also known as the bedroom tax, will be applied. Explanatory cover note by DWP

New Housing Benefit Regulations (Under-occupation)

30 April, 2012

Read the draft regulations

New economic regulation of social housing will have more bite than bark

23 April, 2012

Providers have been told to expect a year of continuity even as HCA ushers in tough new value for money regulation

Commons overturn legal aid welfare benefits amendment but...

18 April, 2012

The amendment, allowing welfare benefits cases within the scope of legal aid was overturned in a House of Commons debate

Government to invoke controversial rule in bid to squash LASPO changes

17 April, 2012

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that it will invite the House of Commons to invoke 'financial privilege' to overrule eight of the amendments

'Abroad fraud' warning for benefit thieves

16 April, 2012

Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, sends a warning to people who commit benefit fraud abroad

Why government guidance on allocations is 'wholly inadequate'

12 April, 2012

New code on the allocation of social housing is a wasted opportunity to support local authorities to make crucial choices

Social Fund Guide

05 April, 2012


The changing face of social housing regulation

02 April, 2012

The Homes and Communities Agency will regulate housing providers from 1 April. Here's what to expect

Letting agent fined over housing benefit data

02 April, 2012

A letting agent and one of its directors have been found guilty of unlawfully obtaining details about their tenants' HB from a rogue employee at Slough Council

The regulatory framework for social housing in England from April 2012

26 March, 2012

The Tenant Services Authority has announced the new regulatory standards that will apply from 1 April 2012

First Welfare Reform Act 2012 commencement order

20 March, 2012

New statutory instrument brings into force provisions including time limiting of contributory employment and support allowance and change to lone parent income support entitlement

Peer tables amendment to remove squatting ban

19 March, 2012

A peer has tabled an amendment to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill which calls for the banning of squatting to be removed from it completely

Subletting tenant sentenced to 16 weeks in prison

19 March, 2012

A council tenant has been sentenced to 16 weeks in prison for subletting a local authority-owned property

Squatting law reforms 'could cost taxpayers £790m over five years'

19 March, 2012

Extension of squatting law could cost 20 times official estimates and wipe out legal aid budget savings, campaigners warn

Councils 'lack willpower' to tackle sheds with beds

15 March, 2012

Secretary of State for communities and local government Eric Pickles has accused councils of "lacking the willpower" to tackle the so-called "sheds with beds" epidemic

Landlords braced for impact of benefit reform

12 March, 2012

Social landlords are preparing to commit significant amounts of extra cash and resources to ready themselves for the impact of the Welfare Reforms

Welfare Reform Act 2012

12 March, 2012


Peers defeat Government over its proposed changes to legal aid reforms

09 March, 2012

Richard Hawkes, CEX of Scope, commented on the Gov's defeat in the House of Lords over plans to remove welfare benefit cases from the scope of legal aid

Welfare Bill turns law 'marking biggest reform for 60 years'

08 March, 2012

The Welfare Reform Bill became law today containing some of the biggest changes to the system for 60 years

Iain Duncan Smith: Welfare reforms realised

08 March, 2012

Iain Duncan Smith's Welfare Reform Bill has now become law marking an historic moment for the Coalition Government

LIN Member Report March 2012 - Welfare Reform - What Next?

08 March, 2012

This LIN member report is written by Peter Hall, Director, PHHS.

Hove man in £100K Brighton council benefit fraud jailed

02 March, 2012

A man has been jailed for cheating Brighton and Hove City Council out of more than £100,000 in council tax and housing benefits

Tenancy Deposit Protection Changes Confirmed for 6 April 2012

02 March, 2012

DCLG has published the required regulations bringing in amendments to Tenancy Deposit Protection arrangements in England and Wales

Welfare Reform Bill passes final House of Lords hurdle

01 March, 2012

The government's controversial Welfare Reform Bill has passed its final hurdle in the House of Lords

Cameron on Welfare Reform: 'An historic moment'

01 March, 2012

The Government's Welfare Reform Bill finally passed on Wednesday night after peers dropped their final resistance to the measures

Changes to contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance

01 March, 2012

DWP information on ESA and the impact of Welfare Reform

Localising council tax support

01 March, 2012

The Local Government Finance Bill introduced on 19 Dec 2011 paves the way for the implementation of localised council tax support schemes in England in Apr 2013

Welfare Reform Bill reaches conclusion

01 March, 2012

The Welfare Reform Bill came to the end of the consideration of amendments stage (ping pong) in the House of Lords on Wednesday 29 February 2012

Mandatory consideration of revision before appeal

09 February, 2012

DWP consultation - issues relevant to the implementation and operation of the appeals reform provisions in the Welfare Reform Bill - consultation closes 4.5.12

Rents, rent differentials and service charges for private registered providers 2012-13

03 February, 2012

The regulatory framework for social housing in England covers standards that the regulator expects registered providers of social housing to follow

List of Registered Providers

01 February, 2012

Comprehensive list of Housing Associations

Big Issue case could help homeless access benefits

23 January, 2012

Big Issue sellers who have been denied access to housing benefit could reapply following a court ruling, a legal centre has advised

Harry Phibbs exclusive: 'I'm not going after the social housing sector'

23 January, 2012

Conservative councillor Harry Phibbs says he is "not going after the social housing sector", despite publishing a series of opinion pieces attacking housing associations and the sector's representative bodies.

MPs call for single body to 'oversee' benefits

12 January, 2012

There should be a single body responsible for overseeing the 'interaction' between different benefits, according to Commons public accounts committee report

Woman sentenced over £24,000 housing fraud

06 January, 2012

A woman who made more than £24,000 illegally sub-letting her council home has been given a suspended jail sentence

Housing Benefit cuts

08 December, 2011

Crisis Policy Briefing

Spending cuts blamed for rising benefit bill

02 December, 2011

Housing bodies have blamed government spending cuts for adding nearly £2 billion to the cost of housing benefit over the next five years

New rules will help end prejudices about social housing

23 November, 2011

New flexible tenancies will help end long-held prejudices about social housing, according to Housing Minister Grant Shapps

Riot-hit council to review tenancy rules

23 November, 2011

A council at the centre of the riots is considering changing its tenancy agreements to make it easier to evict badly behaved residents

LIN press release - What's new for the Private Sector in the Government's housing strategy?

22 November, 2011

LIN press release - What's new for the Private Sector in the Government's housing strategy?

A revised regulatory framework for social housing in England from April 2012

22 November, 2011

This consultation document sets out proposals for a revised regulatory framework to take effect from 1 April 2012. Responses required by 10.2.12

Laying the Foundations: A Housing Strategy for England

21 November, 2011

According to CLG this is a radical new strategy which will reignite the housing market and get the nation building again

From self-financing to self-determination

18 November, 2011

Local Authority Housing Self-Financing in London - a report by London Councils

Power shift from Whitehall to communities gets underway

16 November, 2011

An era of Whitehall control has ended with a historic shift in power back to local people, as the Localism Bill becomes law

Localism Bill passes through Parliament

08 November, 2011

The government's flagship Localism Bill has completed its passage through Parliament, 18 months after it was unveiled by the coalition

Rogue landlord housed 21 people in 'unsafe accommodation'

03 November, 2011

Twenty one people have been re-housed by Hackney Council after they were found to be living in unsafe and unauthorised rented accommodation

Asserting authority:calling time on rogue landlords

13 September, 2011

Shelter policy briefing which exposes the scale and the nature of problems in the private rented sector

Fact sheet: Gaining possession of a privately rented property let on an assured shorthold tenancy

03 September, 2011

This fact sheet has been prepared for landlords who wish to gain possession of a privately rented property let on an assured shorthold tenancy

HB Backdating letter

02 August, 2011

Housing Benefit template letter, to request that a housing benefit claim be backdated.

Amendment to planned welfare reforms

19 July, 2011

An exemption in HB regs will protect some previously homeless people from the extension of the Shared Accommodation Rate for 25-34 year olds

The Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2011

19 July, 2011

Link to the Regulation change made to the Shared Accommodation Rate that will protect some previously homeless people

Amendment to planned welfare reforms

19 July, 2011

LIN press release and information leaflet

Unfair Shares

19 July, 2011

A report on the impact of extending the Shared Accommodation Rate of Housing Benefit by the Centre for Housing Policy and Crisis

UK Housing review June 2011

21 June, 2011

Chartered Institute of Housing report by Hal Pawson and Steve Wilcox

Local Housing Allowance

20 April, 2011

Guidance manual

DWP delivery plan 2011-12

08 April, 2011

How DWP will implement the government’s programme of welfare and pensions reform

Discretionary Housing Payments

30 March, 2011

DWP guidelines

Opening the door

26 February, 2011

Exploratory research by Consumer Focus which shows that there is support for the introduction of reputational regulation in the private rented sector.

Welfare Reform Bill 2011

16 February, 2011

On 16 February 2011 the Welfare Reform Bill was introduced to Parliament. The Bill legislates for the biggest change to the welfare system for over 60 years.

Housing Benefit/Council Tax Benefit Overpayments Guide

01 September, 2010

DWP guidelines (updated September 2010)

Housing Benefit/Council Tax Benefit Guidance Manual

23 June, 2010

DWP guidance (updated 23 June 2010)

Welfare Reform Act 2009

12 November, 2009

Chapter 24

Local Housing Allowance Legislation

06 April, 2009

Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2009

Local Housing Allowance Legislation

07 April, 2008

The Housing Benefit (Local Housing Allowance, Information Sharing and Miscellaneous) Amendment Regulations 2008

Local Housing Allowance Legislation

08 October, 2007

Housing Benefit (Local Housing Allowance and Information Sharing) Amendment Regulations 2007

Local Housing Allowance Legislation

08 October, 2007

Rent Officer (Housing Benefit Functions) Amendment Order 2007

Local Housing Allowance Legislation

08 October, 2007

Housing Benefit (State Pension Credit) (Local Housing Allowance, Information Sharing and Miscellaneous) Amendment Regulations 2008

Local Housing Allowance Legislation

02 October, 2007

Housing Benefit (Local Housing Allowance, Miscellaneous and Consequential) Amendment Regulations 2007

Local Housing Allowance Legislation

30 September, 2007

Welfare Reform Act 2007

Welfare Reform Act 2007

30 September, 2007

Welfare Reform Act 2007 (Commencement no 4 and Savings and Transitional Provisions) Order 2007

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