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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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