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What is the government's definition of 'substantial' rent arrears?

20 November, 2020

Possession cases with severe rent arrears will now be exempt from the ban on evictions, meaning bailiffs and high court enforcement officers can move to enforce warrants and complete evictions

New guidance on renting possession and moving

20 November, 2020

With a few exceptions notices to tenants in England given from 29 August 2020 to at least 31 March 2021 must be at least six months for most grounds

Landlords launch legal action against government over lockdown evictions

19 November, 2020

The lawyer representing buy-to-let landlords who feel that they have been left with no alternative but to ask the courts to review the actions of the government to try and get back their properties from tenants who have huge arrears of rent

2.5 million households worried about paying rent over winter, with 700,000 already in arrears and 350,000 at risk of eviction

13 November, 2020

A large-scale survey of private and social renters in Great Britain reveals that around 2.5 million households are worried about paying their rent over the winter and 700,000 are already in arrears with their rent payments

Inverclyde's largest housing association says rent arrears are decreasing despite the pandemic

13 November, 2020

Inverclyde's largest housing association says rent arrears are decreasing despite the pandemic

Debt problems in Yorkshire double during coronavirus

16 October, 2020

The number of people with serious debt problems in Yorkshire has more than doubled during the coronavirus outbreak

Nearly a third of landlords plan to sell properties in the coming year

16 October, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has hit the buy-to-let sector hard, leading to an estimated £437m in rent arrears

Up to 10% of tenants have rent arrears

16 October, 2020

Poll of industry by Safeagent reveals higher rent arrears including a significant number who are refusing to pay their rent

Liverpool landlords brace for arrears and unemployment spikes as COVID-19 restrictions tighten

15 October, 2020

Social landlords in the Liverpool City Region are preparing for increases in arrears and unemployment after it became the first city to be given a "very high" COVID-19 alert level

Will government offer loans to vulnerable tenants to pay off rent arrears?

15 October, 2020

A rent arrears loan could help struggling tenants keep up with rent payments. Should Rishi Sunak add it to his support packages to help the country through Covid-19?

Rishi Sunak's local furlough scheme is not enough to help renters

12 October, 2020

Rishi Sunak's new furlough scheme announced on Friday is unlikely to help tenants facing financial hardship in affected areas

Landlord confidence falls as rent arrears ignored by government

12 October, 2020

Significantly more needs to done to financially support landlords and renters during the existing Covid-19 pandemic

Welsh tenants offered low interest state loans to pay rent arrears

09 October, 2020

The Welsh Government has thrown tenants struggling to pay their rent because of the pandemic a lifeline with the launch of an £8m loan scheme

Covid scheme launches that pays rent arrears cash direct to letting agents

09 October, 2020

Welsh tenants who have fallen behind in rent can now apply for funds if their circumstances have changed since 1st March

Tenant loan scheme goes live

08 October, 2020

The Welsh government's Tenancy Saver Loans, allowing renters facing financial hardship to apply for low-interest loans to cover their rental arrears built during the Covid-19 pandemic

Watch: Campaigner pushes for evictions after two weeks' rent arrears

07 October, 2020

A high-profile property investor who this week launched a petition calling for evictions after two weeks' rent arrears to be introduced has launched a YouTube video to support his campaign

Cornwall Council to help residents struggling to pay rent

07 October, 2020

Residents who are struggling to pay their rent are urged to get in touch for support and advice

Petition launched to allow evictions after two weeks' rent arrears

06 October, 2020

A petition calling for evictions after two weeks' rent arrears has attracted more than 2,300 signatures so far

Retail rent arrears "to exceed £2bn" as landlords warn on lower payments

30 September, 2020

Retail rent arrears are set to exceed £2 billion as landlords anticipate receiving less than half of due payments for the third quarter of 2020

Government must clear tenant debts before second wave hits

29 September, 2020

A rent guarantor service says the rental sector has investors and landlords who are happy for tenants to defer rent payments but cannot countenance having nothing at all

Commercial Property Rent Arrears - What can a landlord do?

29 September, 2020

In order to protect commercial tenants against debt recovery actions during the Coronavirus pandemic, there are currently considerable restrictions on a landlord's ability to recover outstanding rent

'Situation is bleak' - Ipswich residents face losing their homes as evictions restart

28 September, 2020

Dire warnings have been given that people in Ipswich are "at risk of losing their homes" after bailiffs were given the go-ahead to restart evictions

Chancellor fails to take action to protect those hardest hit by Covid

25 September, 2020

The new job support scheme to top up wages on a part time basis will help some sectors which have seen a downturn in activity

Hull council tenants 'refusing to pay debts' as rent arrears soar to £3.2m

24 September, 2020

Rent arrears have reached an all-time high during the pandemic

Government refuse to promise nobody in Newcastle will be evicted due to Covid

24 September, 2020

Newcastle Chi Onwurah asked for an assurance that nobody will be evicted due to Covid-19 but ministers refused

Glasgow housing board warns members over rent arrears

23 September, 2020

One of Glasgow's biggest housing associations has warned board members not to 'use their position to their advantage' after it emerged some have acrued rent arrears

Landlords 'exploiting loophole' to recover rent arrears from retailers

23 September, 2020

Landlords are taking debt enforcement action against retailers by exploiting a loophole in temporary government protections

A quarter of tenants admit concerns about paying rent during the pandemic

22 September, 2020

One in four tenants have admitted they are concerned about their ability to pay rent

'Seek urgent help' over coronavirus rent arrears, tenants at risk of eviction told

22 September, 2020

Nearly 400 people have been given help by Citizens Advice in Ipswich to deal with housing or rent arrears since the Covid-19 lockdown

Illegal evictions up 50 per cent since pandemic began as housing experts warn of 'massive increase' in coming months

21 September, 2020

As hundreds of thousands of tenants fall into arrears and new rules mean landlords must give six months notice to evict, campaigners warn some property owners are taking law into their own hands

Homelessness crisis looming unless evictions ban extended further

18 September, 2020

The UK risks spiralling into a homelessness crisis this winter unless a ban on evictions in the aftermath of the coronavirus outbreak is extended

Lettings agents remain confident about survival despite rise in arrears

15 September, 2020

Tenant arrears have grown by more than 30% in some cases during the pandemic

Covid economic fallout sees 172 Denbighshire households made homeless, rent arrears, and housing waiting lists up a third

11 September, 2020

More than 170 households are homeless, housing waiting lists are up a third and rent arrears are more than double the norm because of the economic effects of Covid-19

Rent arrears highest in five years with London worst hit

04 September, 2020

Rent arrears at England's registered providers have reached their highest level in more than five years as unemployment has risen amid the coronavirus crisis

Social housing arrears drop for first time since start of COVID-19 outbreak

03 September, 2020

Rent arrears among social landlords have fallen for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic hit the UK

Scotland moves to help struggling tenants - will England follow suit?

02 September, 2020

The Scottish Government has said that the ban on evictions will be extended for a further six months to March 2021 and that it will provide greater support to tenants and landlords by introducing a £10 million package of interest-free loans to help those struggling to pay their rent due to financial difficulty associated with the COVID-19 pandemic

Renters with six months' arrears to get just four weeks' notice before eviction

01 September, 2020

Tenants who have failed to pay their rent for six months can be evicted with just four weeks' notice under new government legislation tabled today

Government urged to provide £270m for renters to prevent thousands of evictions

01 September, 2020

An emergency grant and loan package worth up to £270m should be made available to support private renters who have fallen into arrears during the COVID-19 pandemic

Eviction ban could leave some landlords without rent for two years

28 August, 2020

Some landlords could find themselves without rental income for two years if a 'perfect storm' of circumstances affects their lettings and they find themselves unable to evict unsatisfactory tenants

Labour urges government to scrap benefits cap to avoid wave of evictions

26 August, 2020

Month-long extension to ban on removal of tenants will provide only temporary relief as thousands go into rent arrears

Should the government bring in rent arrears loans for private tenants?

25 August, 2020

Earlier this month, the Welsh government announced a loan scheme to tackle rent arrears caused by Covid-19

Liverpool housing associations offer evictions promise

24 August, 2020

As the Government's ban on evictions comes ends a coalition of Liverpool city region housing associations has made a promise to people in rent arrears due to the COVID-19 crisis

Agency network backs calls for hardship loans to help tenants struggling to pay rent

20 August, 2020

Belvoir is backing calls for hardship loans to be made available to tenants in England who are in rental arrears because of the pandemic

Tenants should be assisted but still responsible for rental debt

17 August, 2020

The Welsh Government last week announced their Tenancy Saver Loans scheme

Cancel rent arrears and extend evictions ban by a year

17 August, 2020

John McDonnell has told the government to extend the evictions ban by at least another year and called for rent arrears to be cancelled to prevent a "torrent of people" becoming homeless

Coronavirus: London renters 'struggling to keep up with rent'

12 August, 2020

One in four private renters in London are struggling to keep up with their rent, with evictions due to resume in a fortnight

Coronavirus: Rent arrears loans to tackle lockdown homelessness

12 August, 2020

A new loan scheme for tenants with rent arrears due to coronavirus has been launched by the Welsh Government

Eviction surge 'not likely' as less than 5% of tenants in arrears

12 August, 2020

Less than 5% of private tenants have fallen into rent arrears during the pandemic, dispelling fears there will be an eviction surge in the coming months

It's nonsense: Figures show eviction surge fear is unfounded

12 August, 2020

The largest survey yet conducted about rent payments during the pandemic shows the claims of pressure groups about widespread evictions are unfounded

Evictions crisis is looming in Oxford

10 August, 2020

Urgent action is needed to stop cash-strapped renters in Oxford being kicked out of their homes once a ban on evictions ends next week

Landlords should prepare for spike in rent arrears as furlough scheme winds down

04 August, 2020

With changes to the furlough scheme now in place, PayProp warns that letting agencies and landlords should prepare for a spike in rent arrears

Warning to agents - three reasons why arrears may rise from next month

03 August, 2020

A leading PropTech entrepreneur is warning agents to prepare for increased rent arrears from as soon as next month

Worst arrears are from 'won't pay' tenants, not 'can't pay'

31 July, 2020

Evidence is emerging that Scottish Government action to lengthen notice periods in arrears cases leads to a significant number of tenants believing they do not need to pay rent during the coronavirus crisis

Massive surge in private renters seeking help with arrears

23 July, 2020

A national charity has said it has experienced a huge surge in the number of private renters seeking advice on rent arrears, one month before the temporary ban on evictions is set to end

Tenants flood Citizens Advice website for rent arrears help

23 July, 2020

Thousands of tenants are searching for help to deal with rent arrears on the Citizen's advice website

Full roll-out of Universal Credit could cost London boroughs £23m in arrears

22 July, 2020

Stock-owning London councils would lose £23m in rent arrears if everyone claiming housing benefit in the capital was moved to Universal Credit

Council acts to help tenants at risk of spiralling into rent arrears

22 July, 2020

The green light has been given to buy new software to help council tenants at risk of spiralling into debt

Five-week Universal Credit wait creates spike in rent arrears

22 July, 2020

The long Universal Credit first payment wait means applicants build up an average £240 of rental arrears after making a claim with vulnerable people at greater risk of homelessness

Government must help young renters hit by furlough end

07 July, 2020

A lettings sector trade body, acting with homelessness charities, is urging the government to do more as young people in rented housing become more vulnerable as the furlough scheme winds down

Rent Repayment Order claim could result in considerably higher penalties for landlords

06 July, 2020

The recent Upper Tribunal decision in the case of Vadamalay v Stewart has overturned the basis of awards in Rent Repayment Orders and made this a far more 'hostile environment' for landlords

Landlord body refutes evictions claims by Shelter

06 July, 2020

Landlords have responded to claims made today by Shelter about rent arrears due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Coronavirus: Number of renters in arrears doubles

06 July, 2020

The number of private tenants in England who have fallen behind on rent has doubled during the coronavirus pandemic

Arrears management and coronavirus

06 July, 2020

Working together to sustain tenancies

Guidance launched to tackle COVID-19 rent arrears

03 July, 2020

ARLA Propertymark has joined forces with other leading organisations from across the housing sector to support tenants and landlords facing rent arrears as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak

Evictions could treble due to coronavirus rent debts

02 July, 2020

Campaigners urge government to protect tenants in arrears and widen eligibility for housing benefits

Homelessness could treble without 'coronavirus home retention scheme'

01 July, 2020

The government is being urged to introduce a 'coronavirus home retention scheme' after a new analysis predicted that more than 45,000 households could be made homeless as a result of rent arrears this year

Landlords owed more than £4m of rent during coronavirus crunch

26 June, 2020

Almost 3,000 eviction cases are currently pending in the courts with agents and landlords owed more than £4m of rent

Landlords have been going without rent for months... and now Birmingham is facing a homelessness 'timebomb'

26 June, 2020

Officers fear more people will begin to lose their homes when the eviction ban is lifted - while unemployment rises

Aberdeenshire Council reports rent arrears increase to £1.8m

08 June, 2020

Aberdeenshire Council has said that it is currently dealing with £1.8 million in rent arrears as the coronavirus pandemic hinders people's ability to pay their rent

Protect tenants from arrears, evictions and homelessness - An urgent call to government for action during and after the coronavirus epidemic

01 June, 2020

The government has taken welcome action to protect tenants and help them meet their housing costs in the current crisis

Rent arrears forecast to rise

29 May, 2020

Landlords are heavily exposed to the risk of rent arrears as half of tenants are aged 16 to 34 and therefore more likely to work in vulnerable jobs within the gig economy or retail sector

Mounting rent arrears 'ignored by government'

28 May, 2020

Rising rent arrears in the private rented sector due to the coronavirus are being ignored by the government

Housing bosses warn of huge increase in evictions once coronavirus lockdown ends

13 May, 2020

South Tyneside Council is also concerned that there will be a spike in evictions because tenants have run up arrears

Labour's two-year delay for rent arrears "not enough" say activists

12 May, 2020

A group of private rental activists says Labour proposals to give tenants two years to repay arrears accrued during the virus period do not go far enough

Keir Starmer 'failing renters' hit by coronavirus crisis

07 May, 2020

Thousands of Labour members tell party leader to back immediate cancellation of rents for those affected

Government to give renters 'added protection' after the COVID-19 evictions ban is lifted

05 May, 2020

Tenants with rent arrears will not be immediately forced from their homes after the current coronavirus eviction ban is lifted

Housing associations to avoid evictions caused by coronavirus rent arrears

18 March, 2020

Social landlords are preparing to absorb the impact that coronavirus may have on rent arrears as more and more tenants are forced out of work

Scottish landlords pledge to support tenants through Coronavirus

18 March, 2020

Landlords have been urged to be flexible with tenants so they do not fall into rent arrears

Housing associations bolster financial positions to combat coronavirus threat

17 March, 2020

Mitigating a potential rise in arrears, providing additional services, upping cash reserves and taking a 'wait and see' approach on funding are all in the mix as social landlords brace for the impacts of coronavirus

'Universal Credit should be abolished': Housing chief condemns welfare reform as rent arrears continue to rise

06 March, 2020

Rent arrears for Universal Credit claimants living in Islington continue to rise

Sandwell rent arrears rise as Universal Credit bills increase

14 February, 2020

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

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

04 February, 2020

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

'We'll only do this as a last resort...' - Cash-strapped council to write off £5.8 million of 'irrecoverable' debt

05 November, 2019

The debt includes unpaid council tax and business rates, rent arrears and overpaid housing benefit

LIN member report October 2019 - Local housing allowance rates

31 October, 2019

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

'Charity shops too expensive': Soaring rent arrears and food bank referrals for Universal Credit claimants in Islington

30 October, 2019

Universal Credit claimants in Islington Council have accumulated nearly four times the rent arrears as people on Housing Benefit

Somerset West and Taunton Council says Universal Credit has increased rent arrears

23 October, 2019

Around one third of all council tenants in the area are struggling to pay their rent

Centrepoint wants benefits review as gig economy drives rent arrears

10 October, 2019

Survey shows just over two in five respondents had difficulties with their benefit claim when in gig work

Move to suspend rent arrears tenants from Darlington council housing

08 October, 2019

Leading members of a local authority which has refused to allow its stock of council housing go into private hands look set to approve changes to the criteria for getting social houses

Safe as Houses 3: Have government reforms to Universal Credit reduced the rent arrears of Southwark's tenants?

18 September, 2019

Southwark was one of the first areas of the country to see Universal Credit full service roll out

Universal Credit: direct rent payments 'more effective than government reforms for curbing arrears'

17 September, 2019

Direct rent payments for tenants on Universal Credit have been more effective at keeping them out of arrears than government reforms introduced last year

Third of Corby council tenants in arrears

02 September, 2019

Almost a third of people living in a Corby council house are in arrears

Over half of landlords letting to Universal Credit tenants experiencing arrears

23 August, 2019

Universal Credit is causing tenants to fall behind with their rent

Rudd stresses work with PRS over application of Local Housing Allowance

24 July, 2019

Work and Pensions Secretary says reassessment of LHA should be a priority with benefits freeze thawed

DWP urged to option direct Universal Credit payments to landlords

22 July, 2019

Parliamentary report also says direct payment should be by default where there is a history of rent arrears or debt

West Midlands Mayor goes 'blue on blue' to battle homelessness

22 July, 2019

Tory West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has gone 'blue on blue' to back an urgent rethink part of the benefits system to tackle homelessness

DWP urged to option direct Universal Credit payments to landlords

19 July, 2019

Parliamentary report also says direct payment should be by default where there is a history of rent arrears or debt

Social tenants 'burn through' rent money to maintain smoking habits

27 June, 2019

Campaign group calculates stopping smoking could clear arrears within nine weeks

Single mother wins court battle after being forced into homelessness due to housing benefit shortfall

13 June, 2019

Supreme Court rules it was unlawful for Birmingham Council to try force mother-of-four to spend money intended for basic daily living needs on rent because housing benefit had been reduced

Universal Credit responsible for increasing rent arrears

12 June, 2019

Universal credit has greatly increased rent arrears, with immediate action now needed in order to tackle the issue

Holyrood challenges Westminster on Universal Credit rent arrears

12 June, 2019

But delegates at Housing Scotland 2019 get talk of "compassion" from DWP boss

Minister slammed for speaking 'DWP waffle' during Commons debate

07 June, 2019

Rent arrears raised at Westminster Hall session on Universal Credit and debt

Universal Credit: ever-growing number of people left in arrears

05 June, 2019

Universal Credit is still pushing tens of thousands into financial crisis just weeks ahead of the second half of its introduction

Buy-to-let regulation blamed as landlord arrears increase

10 May, 2019

Buy-to-let mortgage arrears increased in the first quarter of 2019, prompting concerns that disgruntled tenants are stopping paying rent as a result of landlords giving them notice and exiting the sector

Social landlords offered 'solution' to Universal Credit arrears

10 May, 2019

Study of five registered landlords finds an £60,000-£130,000 increase in rent arrears per thousand tenants

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

'Flippant' DWP minister says many tenants in rent arrears before claiming UC

21 March, 2019

But Justin Tomlinson acknowledges analysis is underway with social housing providers as to the "true level" of arrears

Anger as tenants told 'pay a little extra each week' to avoid Universal Credit rent arrears

11 March, 2019

Families say they're already struggling and will find it hard to find the money to make up the shortfall

Council owed £400k in rent after universal credit roll out

26 February, 2019

People on universal credit are leaving Brighton and Hove City Council almost £400,000 short when it comes to paying their rent

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

04 January, 2019

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

Hard-up Walsall people suffering due to Universal Credit

02 January, 2019

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

Universal credit is 'broken'

30 November, 2018

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

Universal credit: Rent arrears double for benefit claimants

12 November, 2018

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

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

18 October, 2018

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

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

15 October, 2018

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

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

11 October, 2018

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

Help calls for rent arrears treble over 10 years

05 September, 2018

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

Call for extra action over council housing arrears

30 July, 2018

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

Government will pay arrears to thousands of benefit claimants

18 July, 2018

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

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

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

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.

Arhag needs landlords for Syrian refugees

26 June, 2018

Specialist association offering incentives including carrying out and funding repairs and guaranteed monthly rental income for 3-5 years

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.

Council rent arrears soars for Dundee tenants on Universal Credit

21 May, 2018

Social rent arrears run up by Dundee council tenants on Universal Credit have doubled since the start of the year

Increasing rent arrears and rising homelessness causing concerns across the north of Scotland

02 May, 2018

Increasing rent arrears and homelessness across Ross & Cromarty gave local councillors cause for concern at yesterday's Highland Council area meeting in Dingwall

Rising rent arrears a major risk to building new affordable homes

01 May, 2018

Fife families are struggling to pay their rent due to universal credit, posing a threat to construction of affordable housing in the region

Deposit cap a 'charter for rent cheats'

23 March, 2018

'Ministers need to address the problem of tenants failing to pay rent every bit as strongly as rogue landlords.'

Pressure on social landlords set to rise as Universal Credit rolls out

23 March, 2018

Report reveals rent being collected directly from tenants by housing officers will increase by 63.1% on average

Universal Credit claimants in Plymouth are struggling to pay rent

20 March, 2018

Official for Plymouth Community Homes admits it's a 'serious position'

Universal Credit leaves thousands of Londoners in rent arrears

01 March, 2018

More than 70% of council tenants in London on Universal Credit are in rent arrears

As a campaigner, I believe the Tories can fix homelessness

23 February, 2018

The 2008 financial crash that triggered austerity happened on Labour's watch. We've been dealing with the fallout ever since

The seven reasons why landlords won't let to tenants on benefits

22 February, 2018

Private sector landlords are accused of unfairly turning away households claiming housing benefit. So why do they refuse

More than 17,000 UK students face university rent arrears

22 January, 2018

Figures show 16% rise in those facing housing debt and a doubling of evictions

Millions owed by Dundee council tenants in rent arrears

08 January, 2018

Millions of pounds is owed to Dundee City Council in rent arrears

Universal credit 'could affect building of new homes'

13 December, 2017

Rent arrears caused by delays in tenants receiving universal credit could hamper housing associations' building plans

Housing homeless in hotels tops £100,000 in Gloucestershire

23 November, 2017

More than £100,000 has been spent by local authorities in Gloucestershire since January 2016 putting up homeless people in hotels.

Reducing UC wait to 31 days 'would not be enough'

22 November, 2017

Social landlords have warned that a cut in the UC waiting time from six weeks to 31 days would not go far enough to help tenants reduce their arrears

Landlady left with £9,500 rent arrears by tenant on universal credit

20 November, 2017

Property owner says she will not rent to recipients again - as fears rise more will follow suit

Landlord defends sending eviction letters ahead of universal credit rollout

16 November, 2017

Lincolnshire property firm sends formal notice of possession to all tenants in case universal credit leads to rent arrears

Landlord threatens mass evictions ahead of universal credit rollout

15 November, 2017

Lincolnshire property firm sends formal notice of possession to all tenants in case universal credit leads to rent arrears

Evictions raised at PMQs

26 October, 2017

May and Corbyn continue to clash over Universal Credit

Universal credit behind rising rent arrears and food bank use, 'guinea pig' councils say

24 October, 2017

Research by Southwark and Croydon councils reveals devastating effect of new benefits system

Is Universal Credit leading to rent arrears?

12 October, 2017

Half of all council tenants on Universal Credit are at least a month in arrears in their rent

Young people worst affected by debt crisis

21 September, 2017

Rent arrears, benefit changes and insecure work contributing to rise in number of young people seeking advice

Government attempts to tackle growing rent arrears under Universal Credit

19 September, 2017

The government will attempt to tackle a sharp increase in rent arrears under Universal Credit by rolling out initiatives that give landlords more control over their tenants' rental payments

Homelessness rise 'likely to have been driven by welfare reforms'

13 September, 2017

The number of homeless families in the UK has risen by more than 60% and is 'likely to have been driven' by the government's welfare reform

Increase in evictions are result of renters facing 'impossible choices'

04 September, 2017

Rising evictions are being driven by a toxic mix of low wages and reductions in benefits

Sharp rent arrears rise in Ross-shire blamed on new Universal Credit benefit system

21 August, 2017

Rent arrears for council house tenants have doubled in some areas of Ross-shire in just two years - and the controversial universal credit scheme has been blamed for the sharp rise

Almost 90% of Universal Credit tenants are in rent arrears

17 August, 2017

South Lanarkshire Council says tenants in receipt of universal credit have accrued rent arrears totalling more than half a million pounds

Rent Arrears and the Sweet Science

14 August, 2017

As Digital Transformation Manager for Housing Services at Hackney Council, I get to run some really fun and interesting projects

The RLA's Manifesto: A fairer approach to Welfare Reform

26 May, 2017

There are a growing number of tenants in receipt of benefits now living in the PRS

Rent Arrears: The human element

24 May, 2017

Rent arrears is a perennial issue for social landlords, as welfare reforms hit tenants and increases the risk they'll fall behind with their payments

Evictions by social landlords in Scotland 2012-2016

27 April, 2017

This research report looks at social sector evictions due to rent arrears in Scotland over the last four years

Universal Credit arrears 'frightening'

22 March, 2017

The deliberate exclusion of social landlords from the Universal Credit system means arrears levels are even worse than was originally feared

SFHA welcomes Scottish Government call to halt Universal Credit full service roll-out

22 March, 2017

Feedback from SFHA members has revealed the system is causing hardship to vulnerable households and has resulted in unprecedented levels of rent arrears

Poplar HARCA drives down arrears with RentSense

10 March, 2017

Poplar HARCA have created efficiencies, reduced arrears and prepared themselves for Universal Credit by investing in Mobysoft's RentSense application

Melissa and millions like her are just one unpaid bill away from the abyss

24 February, 2017

As the cocktail of long-term austerity, rising living costs and a slumping post-Brexit economy hits, what's really frightening is the crisis that is brewing but is barely being noticed

Benefit freeze tenants 'shouldn't be taken to court for rent arrears'

16 February, 2017

Council tenants should not be taken to court if they cannot pay their rent due to benefit freezes

'I borrowed money from my mum to buy food': life on universal credit

09 February, 2017

Recipients are falling into rent arrears because of payment delays, forcing some to rely on food banks

Universal credit flaws pushing claimants towards debt and eviction

07 February, 2017

Recipients falling into rent arrears because of payment delays, forcing them to turn to food banks

Universal Credit tenants in arrears increases to 86%

16 January, 2017

The percentage of council tenants on Universal Credit in rent arrears has increased to a "critically high" 86% over the past year

East Lothian rent arrears up 20 per cent in first three months of Universal Credit

20 December, 2016

Universal Credit has caused a 20 per cent rise in rent arrears from East Lothian Council tenants in just three months

Welfare Reform Impact report

13 December, 2016

This report considers the impact of the changes in welfare support on social landlords' income, arrears and collection costs

Council tenant's legal challenge to rent agreement rejected

05 October, 2016

A council house tenant who challenged an occupancy agreement after falling into arrears has had her petition dismissed

Rent arrears: Lost in translation

05 October, 2016

New research has claimed an indisputable link between the introduction of Universal Credit and tenants getting behind in their rent

Over 87,000 London children without a permanent home

19 July, 2016

Since 2010 there has been a 44% increase in the number of London children living in temporary accommodation

Freud orders 'urgent' review into Universal Credit arrears

18 July, 2016

Lord David Freud has commissioned an 'urgent' review into the high rate of rent arrears owed by Universal Credit claimants

Tenants arrears tracker

21 June, 2016

Serious tenant arrears fall 4% as jobs boom

Rental arrears fall as tenants get their finances back on track

15 June, 2016

Rental arrears fell by 4% in the first three months of the year

Debt and food banks: the legacy of universal credit's Long Hello

10 June, 2016

There is fresh evidence that lengthy waits for a first benefit payment faced by universal credit claimants trigger hunger and rent arrears

Universal Credit Leads to Rent Arrears

09 June, 2016

Universal Credit is to blame for 79% of rent arrears since its roll-out in England.

Universal Credit leads to rent arrears

07 June, 2016

Universal Credit is to blame for 79% of rent arrears cases

Landlord reveals findings of direct payment 'pilot'

19 May, 2016

A housing association is calling for changes to Universal Credit, after its unofficial 'pilot' showed tenants receiving housing benefit payments direct are more likely to fall into arrears

Struggling generation rent is being driven into debt

04 April, 2016

Figures from charities reveal how people unable to get on the housing ladder are under pressure from overdrafts, loans and arrears in rent

Fears council house evictions could rise due to benefits changes

01 April, 2016

Aberdeenshire's local authority has raised concerns that the number of council house evictions in the area may rise under the government's new universal credit scheme

East Dunbartonshire Council launches rent arrears advertising campaign

02 February, 2016

A council advertising campaign aimed at tackling the issue of rent arrears is underway in East Dunbartonshire

Changeover to universal credit is driving people into long-term debt

27 January, 2016

Waits of more than seven weeks for the first payment create arrears that can plague claimants for months or years

Council considers writing off £436,000 of historical rent arrears

27 January, 2016

Councillors in West Dunbartonshire will be asked to consider writing off historical debts from former council tenants at a meeting next week

More than one in four Britons fear rent or mortgage arrears in 2016

20 January, 2016

Over a quarter of Britons fear they will fall into rent or mortgage arrears in 2016

Serious rent arrears worsening towards 2013 highs

13 January, 2016

Cases of tenants seriously behind on rent are rising once more

Rents rise - and so do tenants arrears

08 January, 2016

More and more tenants are getting into trouble with their rents

Serious rent arrears worsening towards 2013 highs

08 January, 2016

Cases of tenants seriously behind on rent are rising once more

How social housing landlords can tackle the rise of rent arrears

08 January, 2016

Social landlords have a vital role to play in reducing this amount and payment flexibility is a critical success factor in achieving this

Dozens asked to leave homes for rent arrears and bad behaviour

30 December, 2015

Dozens of people have been thrown out of their council houses in Dundee this year after falling into rent arrears worth thousands of pounds

Council evicts 55 in a year

29 December, 2015

Dozens of people have been thrown out of their council houses this year after falling into rent arrears worth thousands of pounds

Lewisham Homes top for reducing arrears in the South

29 December, 2015

Lewisham Homes was the best performing organisation at reducing council tenants' rent arrears in the South of England last year

Tenant arrears tracker - September 2015

30 September, 2015

Severe tenant arrears at two year high

Council taking firm action to clampdown on rent arrears bills

15 September, 2015

Barking and Dagenham Council are taking firm action to clampdown on rent arrears bills

Low-income families in private housing face large benefit shortfalls

10 September, 2015

Freeze will leave 300,000 households in England hundreds of pounds behind on rent each month, says Shelter

Hundreds of Flintshire tenants in rent arrears due to bedroom tax

27 August, 2015

Council report reveals 660 residents feel impact of under-occupancy charge, with debts totalling £236,457

Local authorities refer 2.1 million debts to bailiffs in 12 months

27 August, 2015

Debt charity's research shows councils' use of bailiffs up 16% in two years

Knock knock knockin' on tenant's door

10 August, 2015

It has been over a year since the MoJ replaced a commercial landlord's centuries-old right of distress against his tenant to recover outstanding rent arrears

English housing survey 2013 to 2014: household report

17 July, 2015

Annual report on households in England, covering themes such as housing needs, housing moves, and vulnerable and disadvantaged groups

Bedroom tax sent council house rent arrears soaring in Swansea

10 July, 2015

Council house rent arrears shot up as a result of the bedroom tax, according to housing officers in Swansea

Millions spent papering over the cracks of bedroom tax disaster

02 July, 2015

Merseyside councils last year paid out £4.6 million in discretionary housing payments (DHPs) to help households affected by the bedroom tax

Bedroom tax protesters campaign at the Senedd

01 July, 2015

Campaigners from across South Wales attended the protest at the Senedd against the Bedroom Tax

Families struggle to close budget gap despite a pause in the rise of the cost of living

01 July, 2015

The cost of a decent standard of living, as defined by the public, has stopped rising for the first time since the recession began

David Cameron under pressure from Tory MPs to review controversial 'bedroom tax'

25 June, 2015

Conservative MPs reported the controversial policy proved hugely unpopular on the doorsteps during the general election campaign

Government accused of discriminating against private rented sector

24 June, 2015

Private landlords are facing discrimination as the Government rolls out Universal Credit

Arrears cause most stress to UK residential landlords

26 May, 2015

The majority of landlords in the UK find managing their properties more stressful than their full or part time jobs, with arrears causing the most worry

More tenants in rent arrears as they struggle on low pay

20 May, 2015

An increasing number of tenants struggled to pay rent in the first quarter of this year

Progress stalls for tenant finances in 2015

20 May, 2015

Progress for tenants significantly behind on rent has halted at the start of 2015

Social landlords welfare expect cuts to trigger new wave of homelessness

20 May, 2015

Further cuts to welfare funding by the UK government result in a surge in rent arrears

Tenant evictions reach six-year high amid rising rents and benefit cuts

14 May, 2015

Bailiffs in England and Wales evicted more than 11,000 families in the first three months of 2015, 51% higher than in same period five years ago

Arrears and repossessions fall across both home ownership and buy-to-let

14 May, 2015

Mortgage arrears and repossessions are falling across both owner-occupier and buy-to-let lending

Reduce the stress of your arrears process

08 May, 2015

A challenging rental market can generate extra stress when it comes to the arrears process

Council tax: six steps local authorities can take before sending in the bailiffs

13 April, 2015

Arrears need to be recovered in a more sustainable way to prevent households sinking into problem debt

Number of people in Wales seeking advice from debt charity StepChange grows by 84% over three years

27 March, 2015

StepChange said household bills were the main problem with arrears on rent, council tax and water bills all increasing since 2011

Councils turning to bailiffs to evict tenants, instead of helping them with rent arrears

09 March, 2015

Councils have been accused of turning to bailiffs and the courts rather than helping people in rent arrears

Social housing vacancies, lettings and rent arrears, 2013-14

06 March, 2015

Social housing refers to dwellings, bedsits and bedspaces owned, or partly owned, by local authorities and Registered Social Landlords

70% rise in Dundee council house rent arrears

03 March, 2015

The number of former council house tenants in arrears has risen by more than 70%

Over 31,000 Londoners facing eviction threat

29 January, 2015

More than 31,000 people in London are living under the threat of eviction

Jan 15 Tenant Arrears Tracker

26 January, 2015

Tenant finances see short-term setback

'We cut back on everything to pay the rent - including food'

21 January, 2015

Michelle and Kevin live in Cambridge. When Kevin became self-employed, a cut in tax credits and housing benefit left the family facing homelessness

Should I support 'rent control'? The devil is in the detail

21 January, 2015

At the beginning of the month the Independent reported that 'almost nobody in the UK is opposed to rent controls'; polling showed that 59% of people supported their reintroduction. 7% were in opposition and a sizeable 34% didn't know

Rent caps and protests: the housing issues to watch out for in 2015

09 January, 2015

With unaffordable homes, unrest among young people and a general election, here are the four issues that will dominate the housing headlines this year

Tenant finances getting worse in the UK private rented sector

08 January, 2015

Tenants in the UK have felt a financial setback with the number falling into serious rental arrears rising on an annual basis for the first time since 2012

Three million people are struggling to pay their rent

23 December, 2014

The Federation finds that the equivalent of three million people are struggling to pay their rent

Paying your rent this Christmas

22 December, 2014

Have a look at this video which shows the difficulties of paying your rent at Christmas and gives some options and guidance to help you out

Direct Payment Demonstration Projects: The longitudinal survey of tenants

19 December, 2014

This report is one of a series of outputs from the evaluation of the Direct Payment Demonstration Projects

Outlook for household finances hits survey - record high amid falling inflation expectations

18 December, 2014

This release contains the December findings from the Markit HFI, intended to anticipate changing consumer behaviour accurately.

1 in 6 people use their credit cards to pay housing costs

17 December, 2014

For most people, paying your mortgage or rent each month is your biggest bill

Landlords owed more than £800m in unpaid rent

16 December, 2014

32 per cent of landlords in the UK say they have experienced rent arrears in the last 12 months

Priority debts

15 December, 2014

Some bills are classed as priorities. This is because the consequences of not paying them is more serious than the consequences of not paying others

Rent arrears caused by DWP maladministration!

25 November, 2014

Earlier this year I highlighted a social security scandal relating to JSA/ESA sanctions and their unintended knock-on effect on housing benefit

Scale of arrears clawback plan sparks fears

21 November, 2014

Government-enforced changes to how landlords recoup rent arrears under universal credit could force tenants into the arms of loan sharks, housing associations have warned

Landlords to predict arrears with 'big data'

11 November, 2014

A housing charity is leading a consortium of social landlords to make the sector's first foray into using 'big data' from half a million homes to predict properties at risk of rent arrears

Who gave what: DHP allocation analysis

30 October, 2014

Last year, councils were allocated special funds to help housing benefit claimants struggling with welfare changes

16% of 'universal credit renters' in arrears after three months

24 October, 2014

Sixteen percent of universal credit claimants who rent a property found themselves in arrears after three months of claiming the new benefit

Evictions soar by 60% in wake of coalition's welfare cuts

21 October, 2014

The Tory-led coalition's welfare reforms appear to have led to a 60% increase in evictions due to rent arrears in the London Borough of Hackney

The bedroom tax - policy making in a league of its own

08 September, 2014

Patrick Butler highlighted in his article that the DWP's own studies have shown that 60% of tenants have been unable to pay the shortfall in their rent

Workers on the breadline: the families struggling to eat

06 September, 2014

Last year 3.3 million households claimed what are now called tax credits

Bedroom tax rent arrears double in a year

02 September, 2014

More than 300 Barnet households hit by the so-called bedroom tax have fallen into rent arrears - twice as many as this time last year

Quarter of Leicester City Council tenants in arrears with rent

29 August, 2014

More than a quarter of a council's tenants have fallen behind with their rent payments

10.5% of working parents in England skip meals to pay rent

28 August, 2014

Shelter also found that 37% cut back on buying food and 13% put off buying new shoes for their children to meet housing cost

DWP's new universal credit 'safeguards' include paying the rent itself

27 August, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions is stepping up its efforts to keep tenant arrears down under universal credit

Move to Midlands or be homeless: London mum brands council 'inhumane'

26 August, 2014

Cecilia Bruce-Annan has been told to move with her three children to Stoke-on-Trent because of the benefits cap

Rent cap to control spiralling benefit costs 'would distort housing market'

26 August, 2014

Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers has dismissed calls for a rent cap to be introduced in a bid to control the spiralling cost of housing benefit

'Generation rent' suffers 10% drop in wages under coalition

22 August, 2014

Earnings for 18-to 21-year-olds have dropped by 10.3% since 2010, while 22-to 29-year-olds saw their weekly income fall 9.4%

Consultation on government's fuel poverty strategy published

22 August, 2014

Future governments will be required to tackle England's least energy efficient properties to fight fuel poverty

Mum of Derby disabled boy wins her bitter 'bedroom tax' battle

22 August, 2014

The mother of a severely disabled boy who was having her benefits slashed because of the so-called bedroom tax has won a rare legal victory

Benefit cash delays causing misery

20 August, 2014

A Five-week wait for benefit payments could push St Helens residents into rent arrears

Total rent arrears written off by Fife Council tops £1million

19 August, 2014

Rent arrears written off as bad debts by Fife Council have shot up by £256,000 in a year to just over £1million

UK rents 'rise by 2% in a year'

15 August, 2014

The cost of renting a home has risen by 2% in the last year, with increases seen across nearly every region of the UK

UK rents up £62 in a year

15 August, 2014

The average advertised rent in Britain increased by £62 (6.56%) in July 2014 compared to the same time last year, reaching £1,029 per month

Nearly 100 new homes for rent at below market rates

08 August, 2014

Nearly 100 new affordable homes are to be built at Western Harbour in Leith through the ground-breaking National Housing Trust initiative

Families still struggling to cope

08 August, 2014

People are still worried about rising living costs despite a growing economy

Council forced to write off £1.1 million in rent arrears following IT fault

07 August, 2014

An east London council has been forced to write-off £1.1 million in rent arrears following a malfunction with an IT system

Universal Credit: moving deductions from benefits for rent arrears

06 August, 2014

Deductions from benefits for rent arrears - migration to UC

Number of people in work claiming housing benefit soars

05 August, 2014

The number of working people relying on HB to boost their income has doubled in five years, at a cost of billions of pounds to the taxpayer

Bedroom tax could see council's rent arrears bill shoot up £19m

04 August, 2014

Sheffield City Council could see its rent arrears bill soar by £19 million as tenants struggle with the government's controversial bedroom tax

Police warn that 'relentless' bedroom tax is turning people into criminals

31 July, 2014

Concerns have been expressed by police chiefs that victims of the "Bedroom Tax" are being forced to turn to crime and loan sharks

Tenants pin hopes on bedroom tax speed dating

31 July, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith hopes 'speed dating' sessions for tenants affected by welfare reform will undo a housing log jam

Bedroom tax tenants in Bristol see rent arrears reach £725,000

31 July, 2014

Rent arrears for council tenants in Bristol who have been hit by the so-called bedroom tax have soared to more than £725,000

Personal insolvencies rise sparks fears for struggling households

30 July, 2014

Surge in individuals unable to repay their debts prompted fresh warnings over impact of future interest rate increase

Bedroom tax is forcing poorest citizens into unmanageable debt

18 July, 2014

A DWP report has found that 523,000 tenants have been unable to meet rent arrears due to housing-benefit caps

LSL Property Services' Tenant Arrears Tracker reveals 35% drop in tenants severely behind on rent payments

17 July, 2014

The number of tenants severely behind on rent payments has fallen by 35,000 (35%) in the last 12 months

FCA proposes payday loans cap of 0.8% per day

16 July, 2014

Plans for a cap on the amount that payday lenders can charge their customers have been announced by the City regulator

Child poverty - a collective responsibility this summer

16 July, 2014

With the summer holidays now upon us, how can housing providers better meet the needs of the low-income families they house?

Thousands of tenants without rent arrears face eviction

15 July, 2014

A growing number of private sector tenants are facing eviction despite being up to date with rent, a charity has revealed

Keeping rent arrears stable

14 July, 2014

By John Bryson, employment and inclusion manager, East Thames

Price of electricity could double over next 20 years

10 July, 2014

Pipes and pylons operator says failure to invest more in local gas production would leave country 90% dependent on imports

Fall in wages could be 20% more than estimated

10 July, 2014

Average wages in Britain have fallen more than official figures suggest due to shift to self employment

Five tips for handling rent arrears

10 July, 2014

Experts offer their advice on how housing providers can better manage arrears and help residents struggling to pay rent

London landlords jubilant as rents reach '£1 High Club'

07 July, 2014

Delighted central London landlords have seen average weekly rents climb to £1.05 per square foot, meaning only one thing: Payday

The next generation rent?

04 July, 2014

Robert Flint, solicitor, Winckworth Sherwood

Prime Minister grilled over Tory MP Richard Benyon's 'social cleansing'

03 July, 2014

Prime Minister put on the spot as dozens of poor families face eviction after Britain's richest MP took a stake in their homes

Council considers rent cap scheme for private landlords

03 July, 2014

London School of Economics to examine a council's proposals for rent control

Homeless get jobless benefit boost

02 July, 2014

Newly-homeless unemployed people may no longer be stripped of jobless benefits if they stop seeking work while they look for a new place

Bedroom tax: Housing association rent arrears laid bare in the House of Commons

01 July, 2014

Housing associations are facing mounting problems with rent arrears as a direct result of the bedroom tax

UK Housing Review

26 June, 2014

An update to the UKHR 2014

Peers round on Lord Freud over bedroom tax

26 June, 2014

Lord Freud withstood a barrage of questions about the bedroom tax in the House of Lords

Link between affordable rents and higher levels of child poverty

26 June, 2014

Affordable rent is linked with higher levels of child poverty, CEX of the Child Poverty Action Group told the CIH conference

'Pickle the bedroom tax' protest to coincide with minister's speech

26 June, 2014

Tenants and campaigners called for the bedroom tax to be 'pickled' outside the Chartered Institute of Housing conference

Child poverty strategy launched

26 June, 2014

Supporting families into work, improving living standards and raising educational attainment are the fundamental aims set out

Tories 'should amend bedroom tax'

25 June, 2014

The Conservative party should not impose the bedroom tax on tenants unless they turn down a suitable alternative offer of accommodation

Housing benefit size criteria

24 June, 2014

Impacts for social sector tenants and options for reform

Evictions on rise as landlords toughen up

13 June, 2014

Survey shows landlords protecting income by dealing with arrears more robustly

Quarterly survey of private registered providers

11 June, 2014

Rent arrears in the English housing association sector fell for the second successive month

Welfare reform puts single people at risk of homelessness

11 June, 2014

Study of risk factors in the north east finds rent arrears, food poverty and crime on the rise. Homelessness will come next

Court costs soar to 150% as eviction cases are on the rise

10 June, 2014

Halton Housing Trust warns customers that they face a significant rise in court costs of up to 150 per cent

Scotland's 'worst performing' council for arrears slammed

10 June, 2014

A council has been issued with a damning report on its rent collection, after a review by the Scottish Housing Regulator

Landlords call for clarity on pay-to-stay rent rules

30 May, 2014

Providers encouraged to charge high-earning tenants more rent

Family of disabled grandchild lose spare bedroom fight

30 May, 2014

The family of a severely disabled teenager from Pembrokeshire have lost their High Court challenge

Council tax hardship payments judgment victory

30 May, 2014

A landmark judgment confirming that Tribunal has unlimited power to overturn decisions by councils which refuse to award DHP

Government scores bedroom tax own goal

30 May, 2014

As most people will know the bedroom tax came into operation in April 2013

Caring through the night

30 May, 2014

The latest challenge to the bedroom tax focuses on overnight carers for disabled children

Bedroom tax pushes households into debt and fear of eviction

29 May, 2014

A third have cut back on food and a quarter have cut back on heating

Generation Rent blasts 1.1 million empty homes as overcrowding rises

29 May, 2014

The OfNS has found a 25% increase in households with six or more people, and a 25% increase in unoccupied homes from 878,000 to 1.1 million

'Bedroom tax' hitting North hard

28 May, 2014

Households in the North of England hit by controversial cuts to housing benefits are going without basic essentials for fear of falling into arrears

Bedroom tax a year on - can the evidence speak for itself?

23 May, 2014

Opinion of Alan Humphreys, chief executive, Grand Union Housing Group

Relief for 'bedroom tax' 'victims'

23 May, 2014

People in Inverclyde hit by financial misery through the 'bedroom tax' will now automatically get relief payments under a new council deal

Four ways to help tenants appeal against bedroom tax

22 May, 2014

By helping tenants in bedroom tax appeals, housing providers can bring more money into communities and minimise arrears

Call for bedroom tax scrap for the abused

22 May, 2014

E-petition calling on the Government's Department for Work and Pensions to exempt victims of domestic violence from the bedroom tax

Bedroom Tax First Tier Tribunal decisions

19 May, 2014

As decisions by the First Tier Tribunal on bedroom tax appeals seem to be coming in thick and fast, here is a list of them

Can Europe provide the answer to London's private rental nightmare?

16 May, 2014

London's PRS is spiralling out of control. Search for solutions to unaffordable rents and substandard properties turns to Europe

'Bedroom tax victimising mentally ill patients'

16 May, 2014

The government's controversial bedroom tax is victimising patients with mental health problems

Ending bedroom tax injustice

16 May, 2014

It looks increasingly likely that the introduction of the bedroom tax will be filed as a regret

Breadline licensees could lose tax credits

16 May, 2014

Publicans currently claiming working tax credits could lose the benefit if their pub is not "gainful" under new Government changes

Pembrokeshire grandparents in 'Bedroom tax' row have their challenge heard in High Court

15 May, 2014

The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) who represented Paul and Susan Rutherford says it could be weeks before a ruling is made

Rent arrears wiped out for Derby mum with disabled son after MP's intervention

12 May, 2014

Rent arrears wiped out for Derby mum with disabled son after MP's intervention

Family of five face eviction from one room bed and breakfast accommodation

12 May, 2014

The family have no cooking facilities, no access to a washing machine and are not allowed to have visitors in the B&B where Reading Borough Council has placed them

Landlord possession claims at decade high

08 May, 2014

The number of renters at risk of losing their homes is at its highest level for a decade

Keep it quiet, but even right-wing hacks support Miliband's rent reforms

06 May, 2014

Many right-wingers have taken an expectedly unfavourable view of Ed Miliband's new plans to keep rents low

Bedroom tax: the penalty for being disabled

02 May, 2014

Since the government introduced the bedroom tax, we have seen substantial and sustained media coverage

The foaming Tory response to Labour's rental reforms stops any rational debate

02 May, 2014

Baiting Ed Miliband's rental proposals as reds-under-the-beds shows a Tory party afraid of proper political engagement

How would Labour's rent reforms affect tenants and landlords?

02 May, 2014

As Ed Miliband unveils his policy centrepiece on the rental sector, we look at what it will mean for millions of families

Welsh MPs turn guns on UK Government for 'wicked' welfare changes

02 May, 2014

Westminster Hall debate puts so-called bedroom tax and Work Programme under scrutiny

Eviction rate doubles under 'unjust' bedroom tax

02 May, 2014

A council's eviction rate has doubled since the government's controversial bedroom tax came into effect last April

Scottish government given powers to 'offset' bedroom tax

02 May, 2014

Scotland has been given new powers to add more money to a fund that is claimed will offset the cost of the bedroom tax

Liberty granted permission for bedroom tax court challenge

02 May, 2014

Liberty has been given permission to proceed with a judicial review, claiming the policy unfairly affects separated families

Energy bills 'to rise twice as fast as expected' due to inefficient products

01 May, 2014

Household energy bills will rise by £127 by 2020 - £63 more than forecast - because consumers are not buying new energy-efficient appliances

London's working poor are being driven out of private rental sector by welfare reform and rising rents

30 April, 2014

Poorer families are being driven out of the private rented sector in parts of London

Bedroom tax victim turned to 'spare room' cannabis factory to cope with debts

29 April, 2014

A tenant caught out by the bedroom tax allowed one of her spare rooms to be used as a cannabis factory to cover her loss in benefits

Reliance on credit cards could increase council tax bill by 3..%

29 April, 2014

Alarming data about peoples' credit card habits and their reliance on using their plastic for household bills

Universal Credit: Rent arrears form

28 April, 2014

DWP form for applying for rent arrears deductions

Bedroom Tax human rights ruling could pave way for 420,000 to launch similar appeals

24 April, 2014

Spina bifida sufferer Jacqueline Carmichael and 24-hour carer Jayson were told the Coalition's hated charge contravened their human rights

North West economy threatened by rising rents and house prices, NHF warns

24 April, 2014

Workers in the region are struggling to afford rising rents and house prices

Are you borrowing to pay your rent or mortgage?

17 April, 2014

Many feel they have no choice but to borrow in order to pay their rent or mortgage each month

Life of a food bank user: no gas, no cooker, benefits delayed

17 April, 2014

I just met Keith, from Watford. He used to crew a Nimrod in the RAF. Now his most challenging mission is to feed himself on £58.92 a week

Learning curve

17 April, 2014

A year on from the introduction of the bedroom tax

Almost four million families could be just one paycheque away from losing their home

14 April, 2014

Millions of working families in the UK could not pay their rent or mortgage for more than a month if they lost their job

Council launches scheme to rent spare rooms to tenants facing homelessness

11 April, 2014

Mansfield District Council has introduced a new initiative to encourage households to rent spare rooms to those at risk of becoming homeless

Croydon Council rent arrears drop by nine per cent

11 April, 2014

Rent arrears for Croydon Council tenants have dropped by more than nine per cent in the last year

Bedrooms and brickbats

11 April, 2014

The bedroom tax will probably survive

Council records sharp drop in rent arrears

08 April, 2014

Croydon Council has seen rent arrears amongst its tenants drop by 9% in the last year

Households facing serious rent arrears fall by a third

08 April, 2014

Tenants struggling with late rent have made significant progress in the last twelve months, according to the latest Tenant Arrears Tracker

Labour mocks Lib Dems as its peers vote to keep bedroom tax

04 April, 2014

Labour questions why only two Lib Dem peers voted against tax during Lords debate, despite Tim Farron's call to oppose it

Time to rethink bedroom tax and offer exemptions to disabled people

04 April, 2014

MPs today urged the government to rethink the bedroom tax and offer exemptions to disabled people

Rent arrears soar for bedroom tax-hit tenants

01 April, 2014

Rent arrears among social housing tenants in Merseyside have soared 35 per cent since the introduction of the bedroom tax

Bedroom tax has failed on every count

28 March, 2014

We now know the policy is barely helping overcrowding and the savings are far less than the government hoped

It's official: the bedroom tax causes misery

28 March, 2014

I don't think the increasingly strained Iain Duncan Smith intends to cause suffering, but that's exactly what his bedroom tax does

Charity reports rise in arrears

28 March, 2014

The number of people approaching Citizens Advice centres for help with social housing rent arrears has risen by 10 per cent in a year

The bedroom tax

28 March, 2014

Bedroom Tax Information

Report: The Borrowers

27 March, 2014

Looking beyond the financial impact of debt

DWP responds to universal credit payment concerns

27 March, 2014

DWP to change process of social landlords applying for 'alternative payment arrangements' under UC for tenants who are not paying their rent

New homes being built to help 'victims of bedroom tax'

27 March, 2014

Twenty-one new homes are set to be built in Merthyr Tydfil next week to help those struggling with the 'Bedroom Tax'

Renters cutting back on heating and eating due to cost of rent

26 March, 2014

Two in five private renters (39%) are cutting back on heating because of the cost of rent, while a third (33%) are skimping on food

"Legacy of recession" remains as Citizens Advice reports 26 per cent rise in house repossession problems during 2013

24 March, 2014

National charity helped with 87,000 social housing rent arrears problems last year

Would independence make Scotland's welfare fairer?

12 March, 2014

Plans to scrap bedroom tax and other welfare reforms are all very well but a future Scottish government will be constrained by finances

Council tenants offered advice on rent arrears

12 March, 2014

Council tenants in Edinburgh falling behind with their rent were urged not to bury their heads in the sand and ignore the consequences of not paying their rent

Freud and IDS stonewalling bedroom tax fund request

11 March, 2014

Lord Freud and Iain Duncan Smith have been stonewalling Scotland's request to add more money to a bedroom tax fund

Third of homeless are tenants thrown out by private landlords

07 March, 2014

Vulnerable tenants thrown out by private landlords and unable to find anywhere else to live accounted for a third of all homelessness in London last year

Landlord's arrears rise by £241,000 during universal credit pilot

05 March, 2014

A pilot of direct payments to 1,000 tenants saw arrears rise by £241,000, with an average debt of £130 per person

Bedroom tax cutting people adrift from their lives

04 March, 2014

Bishop of Swansea and Brecon John Davies will join a protest rally against the tax in Cardiff

Sale of small council homes condemning thousands to bedroom tax

03 March, 2014

Council housing sell-offs forcing vulnerable children into unfit properties in private sector

Household benefit cap and Universal Credit housing costs

03 March, 2014

DWP proposals relating to the new definition of exempt accommodation

Bedroom tax refund delay woe for householders

03 March, 2014

Council chiefs in the North-East say they are struggling to find hundreds of people unlawfully charged the 'bedroom tax' after blunder

West Dunbartonshire Council secures additional funding for struggling tenants

03 March, 2014

West Dunbartonshire Council has secured an extra £500,000 of Discretionary Housing Payments to help residents affected by the bedroom tax

Bedroom tax loophole closes

03 March, 2014

A loophole which allowed thousands of tenants to escape the bedroom tax closes

Empty social homes and rent arrears up in Wales

27 February, 2014

Empty social homes and tenant arrears have increased in Wales, according to the latest social housing figures

Social Housing Vacancies, Lettings and Rent Arrears, 2012-13

26 February, 2014

SDR 31/2014 26 February 2014

UK sees rise in new tenancies and rent costs

25 February, 2014

The number of new tenancies has risen by 15% in the UK in the past year, with rents rising by 8%

Duncan Smith mocks Labour bedroom tax figures

25 February, 2014

More than 21,500 people have now been identified as wrongly paying the bedroom tax according to figures obtained by the Labour Party

Campaigners fail to overturn bedroom tax court ruling

24 February, 2014

A group of people with disabilities has failed to overturn a court ruling which found the bedroom tax is lawful

London landlords earning more than five times the returns of their counterparts in the North East

24 February, 2014

London landlords are raking in more than five times the annual revenue of their counterparts in the North East of England

Court to rule on bedroom tax legality

20 February, 2014

The Court of Appeal is due to rule on whether the bedroom tax is legal when applied to disabled people

DWP reveals nearly 500,000 households affected by bedroom tax

20 February, 2014

The DWP has released statistics breaking down the number of households affected by bedroom tax and the average amount deducted from HB

Rent arrears 'in line with expectations'

20 February, 2014

Nine in 10 landlords have reported levels of rent arrears and voids in line with or better than their expectations

Benefit sanctions figures published

20 February, 2014

JSA payments to claimants who haven't stuck to the rules have been suspended 818,000 times since we introduced new rules in October 2012

'Bedroom Tax' help

19 February, 2014

Nearly 7,000 extra households receive assistance in just one month

Independent Scotland is the only way to scrap bedroom tax for good says Margaret Burgess

19 February, 2014

The only way to scrap the bedroom tax for good is through the powers of an independent Scottish Parliament said Welfare Minister

Average monthly rent to climb above £1,000 this year

18 February, 2014

Average monthly rental costs across Britain are on track to climb above £1,000 this year

West Dunbartonshire Council rent rise to be invested in housing

18 February, 2014

Rents for council tenants in West Dunbartonshire are to rise by 7.63%, which the council states will help fund improvements to housing

Housing benefit 'spare room' rebates for 3,000 in West Midlands

18 February, 2014

At least 3,000 tenants in the West Midlands are set to be eligible for rebates after having benefits wrongly cut because of extra bedrooms

Archbishop Nichols: UK welfare system 'seriously wrong'

18 February, 2014

The UK's welfare system is "seriously wrong" in allowing poorer members of society to remain "in a destitute situation"

People urged to take up social housing as bedroom tax leaves properties empty

18 February, 2014

A local authority is set to discuss encouraging more people into social housing as homes sit empty due to the ravages of the bedroom tax

Local Authorities break the law, taking DLA/PIP into account for DHP allocations

17 February, 2014

Lord Freud and the Department for Work and Pensions have issued advice to Local Authorities suggesting that they break the law

20% rise in number of tenants being evicted from their homes in Wales

17 February, 2014

Landlord possession claims have soared by 20% in the past year

Impact of welfare reform on housing associations

17 February, 2014

Early effects and responses by housing associations to the introduction of welfare reforms

Arrears drop in Passivhaus schemes

13 February, 2014

A landlord claims it has slashed rent arrears close to zero by housing tenants in super energy-efficient Passivhaus homes

Two thirds of households hit by bedroom tax are in debt as anniversary approaches

12 February, 2014

One in seven at risk of eviction despite support from housing associations

New Legal Aid Ruling

10 February, 2014

Shelter policy blog

Town halls asked to help freeze Council Tax this year

06 February, 2014

Eric Pickles has called on councils to take up the offer of additional central government funding to help freeze Council Tax this year

The minor prophet and the bedroom tax miracle

06 February, 2014

Iain Gray advised his fellow MSPs to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with God after speech in regards to Bedroom Tax

'£40m public money set to be wasted in Wales' due to bedroom tax impact on disabled people

06 February, 2014

More than £40m of public money is set to be wasted in Wales due to the removal of the spare room subsidy from disabled people

Up to 600 homes in Wirral set to receive bedroom tax refunds

05 February, 2014

Up to 600 homes in Wirral could receive refunds of around £1,000 after discovering they should have been exempt from paying the bedroom tax

Is the 'bedroom tax' the new Poll Tax?

04 February, 2014

The withdrawal of the spare room subsidy has definitely gained an enhanced political salience, beyond its arithmetical and social impact

Scotland pledges to meet full cost of bedroom tax

04 February, 2014

Scotland has pledged to meet the full cost of the bedroom tax by finding an extra £15 million for housing benefit support

Benefit cuts leave 70,000 people in council tax arrears, says Labour

04 February, 2014

Around 70,000 people are being pursued by bailiffs for council tax arrears following benefit cuts, the Labour Party has claimed

Ministers branded "utterly clueless" over Bedroom Tax's impact on disabled people

04 February, 2014

Campaigners claim up to 400,000 have to pay the £14-a-week surcharge - but when Tory Employment minister Esther McVey was asked she did not know

City sees drop in number of bedroom tax victims

04 February, 2014

Bristol City Council has reported a drop in the number of tenants hit by the bedroom tax

Bedroom tax will waste £234Million of taxpayers' money if disabled tenants forced to move house

03 February, 2014

The figure is nearly Half the £500million the Government hoped to save this year with the hated rules - ministers estimate around 35,000 claimants will be affected

Freud: Bedroom tax figures 'may indicate people are downsizing''

03 February, 2014

The lower than expected number of people hit by the bedroom tax may be due to people downsizing into smaller properties

Strain for Shoreline over £179k owed in bedroom tax arrears from struggling tenants

03 February, 2014

More than half the Shoreline tenants affected by the so-called bedroom tax are in arrears

Minister Nicola Sturgeon in call over benefit aid cap

03 February, 2014

A further £15m has been found by the Scottish government to help those hit by the so-called "bedroom tax" in the year ahead

U-turn looms over Freud pledge on bedroom tax

31 January, 2014

Peer's plans to exempt vulnerable tenants may derail entire policy

Nearly half of landlords set to raise rents

31 January, 2014

Four in ten landlords will raise their rents in the next year

Social landlords should focus on helping tenants, not boosting profits

31 January, 2014

With residents facing a debt crisis, landlords should get their own homes in order before wheeling and dealing in the city

MSPs call for end of 'bedroom tax'

31 January, 2014

A Holyrood committee has called on the UK government to abolish the spare room subsidy or hand powers to the Scottish Parliament

Government pledges £50m more in aid for benefit claimants hit by bedroom tax

31 January, 2014

The Government today promised more than £50 million extra to help London benefit claimants affected by the so-called "bedroom tax"

More than 600,000 parents facing a salary cut as curbs on child benefit bite

31 January, 2014

More than 600,000 parents affected by the Government's controversial child benefit changes could be hit by an unexpected drop in their salary

Payback time

31 January, 2014

DWP acknowledges that social housing tenants who have been claiming housing benefit for same home since 1996 are exempt from the bedroom tax

Fewer homes funded if councils restrict conversions to affordable rent

30 January, 2014

Councils that seek to restrict the conversion of social homes to affordable rent will see 'fewer homes funded in their area'

Video: 'Bedroom tax' petition evidence session

30 January, 2014

The Welfare Reform Committee hosted a second evidence session on petition PE01496

Council pledges to help hundreds of tenants wrongly hit by bedroom tax

30 January, 2014

Sheffield City Council has pledged to support hundreds of social housing tenants wrongly charged with the controversial bedroom tax

Disabled childrens bedroom tax amendment defeated

30 January, 2014

An amendment to the bedroom tax exempting disabled children from the bedroom tax was defeated in the Lords by 185 votes to 154

Non-domestic rates collected by local councils in England: forecast for 2013 to 2014

30 January, 2014

Details of the forecasts of national non-domestic rates to be collected by local authorities in England

Scots bedroom tax error answers demanded

29 January, 2014

Clarification over how many people in Scotland may have been wrongly hit by the bedroom tax has been demanded by the Scottish Government

Unspent millions in former Social Fund budget prompts call for 'bedroom tax' help

29 January, 2014

Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister Jeff Cuthbert confirmed Discretionary Assistance Fund hasn't spent more than half its budget

164 tenants wrongly charged bedroom tax

29 January, 2014

164 of 1,356 tenants affected by the bedroom tax are due a refund because of a major error by the DWP when they drafted the regulations

Renting in London 'costs twice as much as elsewhere'

28 January, 2014

Figures from Gumtree show the average UK rent is £665, while tenants in London fork out £1,516

UK rents have risen by 8% over the last year

28 January, 2014

Meanwhile, flatsharing among the over-40s is on the increase

Benefit cap 'hits most vulnerable'

28 January, 2014

The Government's so-called "benefit cap" is threatening to cause severe hardship to some of the most vulnerable people in society

Lawyers Granted Judicial Review Against Councils 'Unfair' 'Bedroom Tax' Housing Policy

28 January, 2014

Lawyers acting on behalf of a disabled couple, have been granted permission to bring a judicial review

Bedroom tax builds: HAs must develop smaller homes to win grant share

28 January, 2014

Housing associations are being advised to deliver one and two-bed homes if they want to win a share of the latest affordable housing grant

Explain benefit reform error, Scots minister Burgess demands

28 January, 2014

The Scottish government has demanded to know how many "vulnerable people" in Scotland have incorrectly lost out

Rent increases shrink North South divide

27 January, 2014

Rents drop for tenants in the most expensive regions in Britain, Greater London and the South East

Renting: it's war as desperate tenants face bidding for properties

27 January, 2014

Website Auctionlets goes live this month, amid fears it will push up rental prices even more

Labour's Reynolds slams Govt complacency in face of rent rises

27 January, 2014

Shadow housing minister Emma Reynolds has accused the Government of complacency

Drive for more one and two bedroom homes in HCA prospectus

27 January, 2014

Affordable housing providers will be expected to deliver more small homes to help bedroom tax tenants downsize

StepChange Debt Charity sees rise in people with arrears

24 January, 2014

A debt charity says it has seen a 44% rise in people in Wales with arrears on essential household costs like rent over the last year

Growing need for debt awareness in social housing

24 January, 2014

Opinion piece by John Morris, chief executive, Trident Social Investment Group

Arrears up by £1.7m for north west landlords

23 January, 2014

Rent arrears for 15 housing associations in north west England have risen by £1.7 million over the last year

Regaining possession where tenants are in arrears

20 January, 2014

Expert opinions on best practice for regaining possession in England and Wales where tenants are in arrears

Avoiding rent arrears

17 January, 2014

40% of landlords earn little more than enough to break even each month, meaning just one missed payment can leave them financially vulnerable

Pioneering pair launch a new service for landlords

15 January, 2014

Two entrepreneurs with years of experience of dealing with housing benefits and recovering rent arrears have launched an innovative letting agency for landlords with tenants on benefits

Thousands turning to payday lenders to hide rent or mortgage problems

15 January, 2014

Thousands of Brits are turning to payday lenders to hide problems they are having paying their rent or mortgage, new research has revealed

PRS tenants in severe arrears up while landlords mortgage arrears down

15 January, 2014

The number of households in England and Wales that owe more than two months' rent rose by 3.4 per cent to 67,000 in the fourth quarter of 2013

Why landlords are shunning profitable benefit tenants

13 January, 2014

Benefit claimants are more profitable than many types of tenants, but landlords are turning them away

First council announces bedroom tax refunds since revelation of legal loophole

13 January, 2014

Exeter CC has revealed that "a small of number" of tenants are due bedroom tax refunds after a recent revelation

Tory MP Anne McIntosh joins revolt against bedroom tax

13 January, 2014

One of the North's Conservative MPs yesterday joined the revolt against the 'bedroom tax' - calling for an exemption for rural areas

Which? challenges payday lenders over high missed payment fees

13 January, 2014

Consumer group says borrowers are being exploited by excessive fees and regulator must ensure all charges are fair

Bedroom Tax suicide victim Stephanie Bottrill was exempt from losing her housing benefit

13 January, 2014

Her son, says Iain Duncan Smith has "blood on his hands" - people are calling for the Work and Pensions Secretary to apologise

Liverpool mayor pledges support for tenants hit by bedroom tax error

13 January, 2014

The Mayor of Liverpool has pledged to support residents who have been wrongly hit by the bedroom tax

Housing staff relive eviction shooting

10 January, 2014

Front line housing staff, shot without warning as they tried to evict a tenant, knew practically 'nothing' about him before proceeding, a court heard this week

Early impacts of Welfare Reform on rent arrears

07 January, 2014

Survey on rent arrears and the impact of Welfare Reform on the social housing sector in Scotland

Household finances at breaking point, says Shelter

03 January, 2014

Housing charity says it is seeing a 'stream of cases' of families unable to cope with mounting rent or mortgage payments

Closer to the edge?

30 December, 2013

Report from the Resolution Foundation

Homelessness rises as recession and welfare reforms bite

23 December, 2013

A Cardiff charity reports a 160% increase in the number of people using its night centres while senior council official says the city has experienced a 34% rise

Citizens Advice reports sharp rise in social housing rent arrears cases

23 December, 2013

The number of social housing rent arrears cases reported to Citizens Advice has increased by 13% since the same time last year due to the introduction of the bedroom tax and other welfare cuts

High rents and benefit cuts putting young at risk of homelessness

23 December, 2013

More young people are at risk of homelessness due to high rents, low benefits and a lack of decent housing, homelessness charity Crisis has warned

Rents rise twice as much as earnings

20 December, 2013

Rise in cost of renting in England and Wales over year to November puts pressure on tenants' finances

Rent arrears and threat of homelessness on the rise as economic growth fails to reach social tenants

20 December, 2013

Despite growing confidence in the UK's economic recovery, social housing rent arrears cases reported to Citizens Advice from July to September this year increased

Over 200,000 English households at risk of repossession or eviction

20 December, 2013

One in every 105 households in England is at risk from repossession or eviction, new statistics have revealed

Vulnerable cut off from bedroom tax relief as demand for emergency help triples

19 December, 2013

Just one in ten disabled people hit by tax in parts of Kent get discretionary housing payments

Fewer people expected to rent homes next year

19 December, 2013

Average rents in London are expected to increase by 1pc next year

Councils could be banned from using 'bedroom tax' phrase in move to veto contentious language

19 December, 2013

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles could be given power to put a blue pencil through any language with which he disagrees

Disabled tenants come off worse in bedroom tax DHP lottery

19 December, 2013

Social housing tenants hit by the government's controversial bedroom tax have wildly varying chances of receiving financial help

A third of disabled people refused DHP

19 December, 2013

Nearly a third of disabled people hit by the bedroom tax have been refused discretionary housing payments

Bedroom tax: one-third of disabled applicants refused emergency grants

19 December, 2013

In some councils as few as 14% are given help from fund intended to smooth introduction of bedroom tax

Support for Housing Benefit claimants to meet any rent shortfall

19 December, 2013

Documents to assist local authorities with their support for HB claimants affected by the size criteria for social sector tenants

Letter to claimants affected by removal of the spare room subsidy

19 December, 2013

A suggested letter for local authorities to send to claimants affected by the removal of the spare room subsidy

Homelessness services feel mounting pressure as welfare reform bites

19 December, 2013

UK councils have seen a rise in demand for homelessness services, but there is only so much they can do

Curbs on EU benefits to come into force on 1 January

18 December, 2013

New rules on how long EU jobseekers will have to wait to claim benefits are to be brought in early

Christmas card warns London council tenants 'pay your rent'

18 December, 2013

"Insulting" Christmas cards warning "Don't overindulge this Christmas. Pay your rent!", have been sent out to west London council tenants

Call For 'Bedroom Tax' To Be Scrapped

18 December, 2013

In a pointed report, the Scottish Affairs Committee has called on the government in London to scrap the reforms

Government committee calls for bedroom tax to be abolished

17 December, 2013

The Commons Scottish Affairs Committee has called on the government to abolish the bedroom tax

How to avoid rent arrears

17 December, 2013

A survey of landlords and tenants commissioned by the NLA has found that 40% of landlords earn little more than enough to break even each month

Public sector housing rents set to rise by 5% in April

16 December, 2013

People living in public sector homes in the Isle of Man will see their rent rise by five per cent next year

Multi-million pound electricity trial begins to support tenants in fuel poverty

16 December, 2013

A £5.49 million energy project is set to begin next month to support tenants living in fuel poverty in the borough

Eviction notices surge by 26%

16 December, 2013

The number of eviction warning notices issued to social tenants because of rent arrears has soared by more than a quarter in a year

Rent arrears fastest-growing problem

12 December, 2013

Rent arrears are becoming the fastest-growing debt problem in the UK, according to the Money Advice Trust charity

Debt advice charity reports massive surge in people seeking help with rent arrears

12 December, 2013

Rent arrears are the fastest growing debt problem in the UK

Iain Duncan Smith confronts claims DWP staff given targets to stop benefits

10 December, 2013

Whistleblower says staff warned they would be disciplined unless they increased number of claimants coming off register

Families Facing 'Heat or Eat' Dilemma This Christmas

10 December, 2013

Ten housing providers have united to investigate how changes to the benefits system and Welfare to Work initiatives are affecting their customers

Proposed benefit and pension rates 2014 to 2015

09 December, 2013

A list of the proposed benefit and pension rates for 2014 to 2015

Around 50% of households affected by benefit cap in London

06 December, 2013

A government report has revealed today that 47 per cent of households affected by the benefit cap to October were in London

Concern over rent arrears led to discovery of woman's body at sheltered housing complex

05 December, 2013

The body of an elderly woman went undiscovered for six weeks at a sheltered housing complex

Social tenants Christmas eviction warning

05 December, 2013

A housing association has told its tenants that those who are up to date with their rent will get two 'rent free' weeks this Christmas

Securing rental income through Universal Credit

03 December, 2013

Are landlords doing all they can to make their preferred payment methods attractive to residents?

More borrowing under universal credit scheme

02 December, 2013

New review of pilot projects shows universal credit claimants are resorting to payday lenders, overdrafts and other loans

Experts claim social landlord assets undervalued by £14bn

02 December, 2013

Housing association assets are undervalued by more than £14 billion

Charities Turn 'Bedroom Tax' Attack On PM

02 December, 2013

David Cameron says disabled people who need the extra room are exempt from the subsidy - but organisations claim this is not true

Benefits sanctions a 'ticking timebomb' for the homeless

29 November, 2013

Warnings are growing that the effects of another aspect of welfare reform could be far worse

Councils may be asked to return HRA cash

29 November, 2013

Cash-strapped councils that topped up their ailing general funds with millions of pounds of rent money could be forced to return the cash

Council's 'Feeling the Pain' report shows majority of bedroom tax victims now in arrears

27 November, 2013

Sixty-five percent of Salford's social housing tenants hit by the government's controversial bedroom tax have fallen into arrears

DWP issue guidance on Bedroom Tax in Universal Credit

26 November, 2013

This memo gives guidance on changes introduced by the Housing Benefit and Universal Credit Regulations 2013

Victory in shared care bedroom tax tribunal

22 November, 2013

A disabled man who spends two or three nights a week at his mother's house occupies the property for bedroom tax purposes

Half of bedroom tax victims failing to apply for help

22 November, 2013

Nearly half of Edinburgh's council tenants hit by the bedroom tax have not applied for extra help to pay their rent

Bedroom tax may be axed if review questions effectiveness

22 November, 2013

The controversial 'bedroom tax' could be scrapped if a Coalition-ordered review finds it is not saving any money, a Cabinet Minister has suggested

Council urges bedroom tax hit tenants to apply for DHP

21 November, 2013

Only half of Edinburgh's council tenants affected by the bedroom tax have applied for discretionary housing payments

Only 3% of Welsh bedroom tax tenants able to downsize

21 November, 2013

Just 3 per cent of the 22,000 housing association tenants hit by the bedroom tax in Wales have been able to downsize leaving landlords with £1 million of arrears

Bedroom tax causing 'misery across Wales'

20 November, 2013

Housing chief warns £2m of rent arrears could put 1,000 homes under threat

Wolverhampton MP speaks out against impact of bedroom tax

20 November, 2013

New figures reveal more than 3,000 households in Wolverhampton are being "clobbered" by the measure

Bedroom tax traps Welsh tenants into arrears and misery

20 November, 2013

Wales is hit harder by the bedroom tax than any other part of the UK - with a lack of smaller homes for families

Bedroom tax-driven small property development begins

20 November, 2013

A £6.3 million development of 75 smaller properties designed to tackle the impact of the bedroom tax has begun in Liverpool

Bedroom tax must be kept under review, says RICS president

20 November, 2013

The government must review its welfare reforms to prevent them unfairly penalising people who are unable to move to cheaper accommodation

The kidney patient subject to bedroom tax - even if room is used for dialysis machine

19 November, 2013

Plight of MP's brother raises questions about fairness of controversial welfare reform

Welfare reforms are needed urgently, but the bedroom tax is still unfair

18 November, 2013

Social housing has contributed to the dangerous rise of welfare dependency and it must stop. But not with the bedroom tax

Helping tenants to ensure their rent is paid

18 November, 2013

How through volunteers, partnerships and direct communications Riverside are helping tenants like Robert ensure their rent is paid

Private sector rent arrears 'the lowest' since 2008

15 November, 2013

The number of people who are behind with their rent has fallen to its lowest level for five years

'No evictions' petition is sending out wrong message on rent arrears

14 November, 2013

A 'well-intended' move to cripple the implementation of the bedroom tax by outlawing evictions for the arrears it causes has backfired

Affordable homes facing demolition because of bedroom tax

11 November, 2013

Housing associations say change to benefit rules means tenants cannot afford to rent three-bed maisonettes

Nick Clegg's promise of bedroom tax review is a 'sham,' says Harriet Harman

11 November, 2013

Criticism comes as it emerges evaluation will take two years and will not include public consultation

Bedroom tax leaves properties standing empty, North East MPs claim

11 November, 2013

Tenants are scared to move in to larger properties because of the under-occupation penalty, according to North East MPs

Council plans not to evict bedroom tax tenants unless they turn down offers to move

11 November, 2013

Tenants in arrears as a result of the bedroom tax will not be evicted unless they decline two offers of alternative accommodation

Poll shows support for removal of spare room subsidy

11 November, 2013

New independent research shows there is strong public support for reducing under-occupation and overcrowding in social housing

Landlord fears rent arrears rise under Universal Credit

08 November, 2013

A private sector landlord with more than 700 homes says benefit changes could put his business at risk

RCT Homes in bedroom tax evictions row

08 November, 2013

A Welsh housing association is at loggerheads with a council over the association's refusal to adopt a 'no-evictions' policy for tenants hit by the bedroom tax

Councils fail to spend hardship funds

08 November, 2013

English authorities could be forced to return £26 million to government if they don't start spending

More than a third of landlords struggle to pay their bills when tenants miss payments

08 November, 2013

A survey of landlords and tenants commissioned by the NLA has found that 40 per cent of landlords earn little more than enough to break even each month

Housing minister grilled over bedroom tax

07 November, 2013

A group of cross party MPs, including the shadow housing minister Emma Reynolds, grilled Kris Hopkins on the bedroom tax yesterday

Yet more bedroom tax-linked rent arrears discovered

07 November, 2013

The number of English council households in rent arrears has risen by 21% since the April introduction of the bedroom tax

Labour plans to challenge Lib Dem MPs with bedroom tax vote

06 November, 2013

The party's announcement that it will hold a Commons vote next Tuesday on scrapping the measure is a test of those in Clegg's party

Bedroom tax begins to bite on council house tenants

06 November, 2013

Seven months after welfare reform, two thirds of council tenants affected are behind with rent

Coalition's 'bedroom tax' pushes poorest into debt, research finds

06 November, 2013

The UK Government's 'bedroom tax' puts basic rights at risk and pushes vulnerable people into debt

'Millions' owed to Scottish councils in housing arrears

05 November, 2013

Scottish councils believe they are owed more than £3m in rent arrears brought about by recent changes to housing benefit

Lords debates affordable housing

04 November, 2013

Members of the Lords discussed the availability of affordable housing in the United Kingdom and the impact of the under-occupancy charge

Housing providers braced for 80% rise in arrears

04 November, 2013

The social housing sector is preparing for an 80% rise in rent arrears rates as a consequence of the government's welfare reforms

'Millions' owed to Scottish councils in housing arrears

04 November, 2013

Scottish councils believe they are owed more than £3m in rent arrears brought about by recent changes to housing benefit, according to BBC research

Disabled children now exempt from the 'Bedroom Tax' - DWP Amends its policy

04 November, 2013

The Government has amended its controversial 'under-occupation penalty' scheme, commonly known as the 'bedroom tax.'

Bedroom Tax pensioner killed himself over fears he could not afford his home

04 November, 2013

A pensioner hanged himself after telling pals he was worried about how he would afford the Bedroom Tax

Reforms spark surge in staff costs

01 November, 2013

Study shows providers expect 27% rise in staff costs and 82% rise in arrears

Bedroom tax sparks council rent arrears surge

01 November, 2013

Around three-quarters of all city tenants dragged into the bedroom tax saga are now debt-ridden and behind in their rent

Tenants in rent arrears offered six-month bedroom tax 'holiday'

31 October, 2013

A Welsh housing association is offering tenants a six-month 'holiday' from the bedroom tax, as arrears soar across the country

Change for a Room

28 October, 2013

Youtube video about Bedroom Tax

North Lanarkshire Council claims sharp rise in rent arrears

25 October, 2013

More than 2,000 people in one part of Scotland have got into rent arrears for the first time since changes to housing benefit were made in the spring

Early impacts of welfare reform on rent arrears

25 October, 2013

Research Report

Rent arrears up since spare room subsidy abolished

24 October, 2013

Rent arrears owed to housing associations and local authorities rose in the three months after the spare room subsidy was abolished

51% of Welsh housing association tenants pushed into arrears due to bedroom tax

24 October, 2013

The majority of tenants in Wales affected by the bedroom tax in 22 housing associations have been pushed into arrears

10% more housing associations see rises in rent arrears after bedroom tax

23 October, 2013

The number of Scottish housing associations experiencing a rise in rent arrears in the first three months of the bedroom tax has risen by ten percentage

Single man granted tenancy of three bedroom house due to impact of 'bedroom tax'

23 October, 2013

In a recent case, a local housing association brought trespass proceedings against a single man occupying a three bed roomed property

Can't stay, can't go

23 October, 2013

Tenants who are affected by the Bedroom Tax are still facing an impossible choice, according to a new report released by Grand Union Housing

Benefit changes rent arrears amnesty 'would need caution'

21 October, 2013

Any rent arrears amnesty as part of efforts to mitigate changes to the welfare system should be approached with caution

Salmond challenges cameron on bedroom tax

15 October, 2013

ALEX Salmond is to raise the impact of the Coalition's bedroom tax at a meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron this week

Bedroom tax: savings likely to be '£160m less than official projections'

15 October, 2013

Analysis suggesting savings could be £160m less than official projections of £480m dismissed as 'vested interests' by employment minister

A Monmouth MP sees effects of 'bedroom tax'

08 October, 2013

A Welsh Conservative politician says that the under occupancy charge - which Labour calls the "bedroom tax" - does not work as well in Wales

Private tenants in severe rental arrears at two year low

04 October, 2013

Figures released today showed private tenants in severe arrears - two months or more behind on their rent - have fallen sharply to the lowest level in two years

Outlawing bedroom tax evictions will send the wrong messages, says CIH Scotland

02 October, 2013

The proposed Bill to outlaw bedroom tax evictions is well intended but will send all the wrong messages to tenants, according to CIH Scotland

Billions more to be cut from welfare cash before 2020 in Tory pledge for budget surplus

01 October, 2013

George Osborne said surplus would be 'insurance against difficult times ahead'

Payday loans being used to feed desperate families, charity says

01 October, 2013

Christians Against Poverty says some lenders are not even checking whether people are in work and able to pay loans back

Bedroom tax drives £2m arrears increase in Merseyside

01 October, 2013

Rent arrears have increased by £2.2 million in Merseyside in the six months since the introduction of the government's controversial bedroom tax

Is the Conservative party bringing about the end of social housing?

01 October, 2013

This government is forcing housing associations to charge 'affordable rents' that are too pricey

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

Bedroom tax tribunal victory 'likely to be followed', law firm say

30 September, 2013

Tenants who claim spare rooms have never been used as bedrooms could escape the bedroom tax following a tribunal decision

Salmond under pressure to outlaw bedroom tax evictions

30 September, 2013

Alex Salmond has been challenged to support moves to outlaw bedroom tax evictions amid angry claims he has been exploiting the benefits cut

Bedroom tax guidance panned

27 September, 2013

'Bizarre' government guidelines place onus on landlords not local authorities to define a bedroom

DWP to appeal groundbreaking Fife 'bedroom tax' judgments

27 September, 2013

The UK Government is seeking leave to appeal against landmark rulings exempting tenants from the controversial "bedroom tax"

SFHA Statement: Scottish Labour 'Bedroom Tax' Bill

27 September, 2013

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), which has been actively campaigning for months for the repeal of the so-called 'bedroom tax'

Benefit cap successfully in place nationwide

27 September, 2013

The £500 a week benefit cap is in place across the country and a major welfare reform has been successfully delivered

Monitoring poverty and social exclusion in Wales 2013

20 September, 2013

Joseph Rowntree Foundation survey finds thousands in arrears due to so called 'bedroom tax'

At the end of the road

20 September, 2013

The Welsh Government is planning to abolish the mandatory ground for possession commonly known as ground 8 (of schedule 2 of the Housing Act 1988)

One in three 'behind on rent' since housing benefit changes

19 September, 2013

One in three council tenants affected by a recent cut to housing benefit has fallen behind on rent since the policy took effect

'Bedroom tax' marchers takes to the streets

18 September, 2013

Campaigners chanted "axe the bedroom tax" at a protest against the controversial charge held in Bolton town centre

Free school lunch for every child in infant school

18 September, 2013

Nick Clegg announces free school lunch for every child in state-funded infant school and disadvantaged students in further education

Social housing unites in Nottingham to oppose bedroom tax-linked evictions

16 September, 2013

Nottingham's largest social housing providers have agreed to take an anti-eviction policy against people who fall into rent arrears due to the bedroom tax

Landlord eviction of tenants at five-year high

11 September, 2013

The number of tenants who have been evicted from rental properties by their landlords reaches highest level in five years

UN to investigate bedroom tax

30 August, 2013

A United Nations representative is to take part in a meeting to hear how the bedroom tax is affecting the UK's social housing tenants

Bedroom tax could cause Christmas homelessness crisis

30 August, 2013

Landlord repossession claims and court orders issued after the introduction of the tax in April saw double digit rises in the three months to June

CIH backs Welsh Government proposal to scrap Ground 8

30 August, 2013

The Chartered Institute of Housing has backed Welsh government proposals that mandatory possession grounds should be scrapped

Welsh associations call to keep ground 8

30 August, 2013

Removing controversial mandatory eviction powers will 'exacerbate' viability problems caused by welfare reforms, the body representing Welsh housing associations has warned

Motion opposing bedroom tax could be a threat to party leadership, MPs warn

29 August, 2013

Liberal Democrat MPs have warned the party they could face defeat over a motion opposing the bedroom tax tabled for next month's conference

The bedroom tax's impact on one of the UK's hardest hit towns

29 August, 2013

Two-thirds of affected tenants fail to keep up with payments and face years on waiting lists for smaller homes in Hartlepool

North East sees highest increase in demand for foodbanks

29 August, 2013

New figures from Newcastle CAB show a sharp rise in inquiries about foodbanks in the past six months, with an increase of 216%

Why the bedroom tax penalises council tenants in the north

28 August, 2013

Northern tenants are being hit particularly hard because few smaller properties exist and most tenants have nowhere to go

Bedroom Tax costing more than it saves as housing benefit bill soars by £1.5bn

28 August, 2013

Figures from the Commons library show the amount of housing benefit paid to private landlords will rise from £7.9billion to £9.4billion

Weaver Vale housing team sort out money matters

28 August, 2013

WVH Trust's Money Matters team is helping tenants get on top of their finances with advice on a number of problems: debt, budgeting, housing benefit and welfare reform.

Family Mosaic builds less to keep rents low

28 August, 2013

Family Mosaic's surplus rose by 18 per cent to £45 million in 2012/13, but it built fewer homes in an attempt to keep rents at social levels

Pickles to slash 'unfair' council tax charge for extended families

28 August, 2013

Eric Pickles has announced plans to help extended families by abolishing an "unfair" council tax surcharge on annexes and home improvements

'No homelessness' policy protects tenants affected by bedroom tax

27 August, 2013

Residents who fall behind on rent will be guaranteed alternative accommodation under housing association's new policy

Bedroom Tax is postcode lottery as it is revealed residents in some areas avoid levy

27 August, 2013

A survey of local authorities shows that what you pay depends on where you live, with some local authorities using a loophole to exempt tenants with tiny bedrooms

Cambridgeshire councils see rent problems increase after benefit changes

27 August, 2013

The number of people asking for help with rent payments in the last few months has quadrupled in some areas, Cambridgeshire councils' data shows

Bailiffs called in by councils for 1.8m debts, charity warns

22 August, 2013

Local councils have called in bailiffs an "excessive" 1.8m times in the last year to collect debts on their behalf, according to the Money Advice Trust

Bedroom tax putting thousands into debt

20 August, 2013

Thousands of the most deprived people in St Helens are being sent into a vicious spiral of debt and hardship

Gwent tenants owe £190,000 after housing benefit changes

20 August, 2013

Tenants of four Gwent housing associations who were hit by changes to housing benefit now owe more than £190,000 despite previously making the rent,

Housing association pledges to rehome bedroom tax victims

20 August, 2013

A housing association has pledged to rehome anyone who goes into arrears and is evicted due to the bedroom tax

Foodbank demand increase 'shocking', says Bradford charity boss

19 August, 2013

The number of hard-pressed people seeking help from foodbanks has risen 78 per cent in the last six months

Boomerang Generation: the young adults living back with parents

19 August, 2013

One man's struggle to lead an independent life has been thwarted by high rents and hefty bills, like thousands of others

Bedroom tax putting thousands into debt

19 August, 2013

Thousands of the most deprived people in St Helens are being sent into a vicious spiral of debt and hardship by the government's controversial "bedroom tax"

Bolton at Home becomes first association in country to make 'no homelessness' pledge over 'bedroom tax'

19 August, 2013

Bolton at Home has become the first housing association in the country to introduce a "no homelessness" policy

Housing staff 'may be target of bedroom tax protests'

19 August, 2013

Staff at a housing association have been warned against wearing their uniforms outside working hours for fear of being attacked by anti-bedroom tax protesters

Benefit cap - final stage starts

12 August, 2013

The benefit cap started in the final council areas on 12 August 2013 and will be completed nationally by the end of September

Salford's highest rent arrears tenant loses home

08 August, 2013

A social landlord has secured a possession order against a tenant with the highest rent arrears in Salford

Mortgage and landlord possession statistics quarterly

08 August, 2013

April to June 2013

Evictions loom as social landlord reports 86% arrears rise since bedroom tax

07 August, 2013

A Northumberland social landlord has warned that evictions might be on the cards after seeing its rent arrears shoot up by 86% since the introduction of the bedroom tax

Bedroom tax: Huge rise in tenants in arrears

07 August, 2013

The number of social housing tenants plunging into rent arrears in the Scottish capital soared in the two months following the introduction of the bedroom tax

More than half of Britons say housing costs limit spending

02 August, 2013

More than half (53%) of people in Britain say they are limited in their spending as a result of their housing costs. According to the CIH

Regulator launches survey to examine early impact of Welfare Reform

01 August, 2013

The Scottish Housing Regulator has launched a short survey of all social landlords to gather information on the early impact of Welfare Reform on the payment of rent

Rent Payment and Collection Under Universal Credit

31 July, 2013

CIH Scotland practical guidance for Scottish social landlords on rent payment and collection under Universal Credit

Bristol City Council may relax rules on tenants in rent arrears

29 July, 2013

Council tenants in arrears in Bristol could be allowed to move home after the council said it may relax its regulations on those who owe rent

No bedroom tax evictions, TUC leaders demand

26 July, 2013

TUC leaders in Manchester have urged the city council not to evict any tenants who fall into arrears as a result of the bedroom tax

Half of all adults are concerned with debt

26 July, 2013

Personal debt concerns around a half of all UK adults, according to recent research

Government must change the rules on night shelter housing benefit claims, says Salford mayor

24 July, 2013

The Mayor of Salford has called on the Government to support homeless people by scrapping changes to housing benefit rules

The sector needs a new vision to mitigate risk

24 July, 2013

From the introduction of Universal Credit to the decline in government funding, less reliable income streams are becoming more critical

MPs call for rural bedroom tax exemption

24 July, 2013

The bedroom tax should be scrapped in smaller villages to prevent under-occupying tenants being forced out of the countryside

Asylum seekers 'evicted for rent arrears' after failures by G4S contractors

22 July, 2013

Three women alleged to have been turned out of their homes because firms working for G4S had failed to pay rent

Large turnout for food bank plan for town

19 July, 2013

Organisations and members of the public turned out in force to hear about a bid to establish an emergency food bank in Whitby to feed the town's poor

Rent 'unaffordable' for low-income families in third of UK

15 July, 2013

A third of Britain is effectively off-limits to lower-income working families because private rents are unaffordable

Council slammed by Ombudsman after failing homeless people

12 July, 2013

Bristol City Council has been failing in its legal duty to provide homeless people with the chance to appeal against its decisions not to house them

Homelessness applicants denied right to appeal

12 July, 2013

The local government watchdog has criticised a council for denying people the chance to appeal against decisions not to house them

Bad Weather, Good Habits

10 July, 2013

Encouraging social housing tenants to save more

Councils face £25m loss through bedroom tax

09 July, 2013

Local authorities saw rent arrears in Scotland increase by £2 million during April, compared with the same period last year

Tenant Arrears Tracker - July 2013

08 July, 2013

Nearly 100,000 private tenants are now more than two months behind on their rent, according to figures published by LSL property services

Bedroom tax's 'appalling aftermath' behind massive rise in rent arrears

08 July, 2013

The Scottish government has slammed the coalition's welfare reforms, as 75% of Scotland's councils report that the bedroom tax is directly responsible for a massive increase in rent arrears

Rent arrears jump by £2m after introduction of 'bedroom tax'

08 July, 2013

Social housing rent arrears increased to £2m during April, compared with the same month in 2012, following cuts to housing benefit

Bedroom tax sparks surge in rent arrears

08 July, 2013

Six thousand households in housing association properties in Merseyside fell behind on rent payments for the first time within weeks of the bedroom tax coming into force

Rogue landlords face £3,000 fines

05 July, 2013

Private landlords who rent homes to illegal immigrants could be fined up to £3,000 per individual, under government proposals published yesterday

Government urged to act as food poverty hits 18% of UK

03 July, 2013

Charities last night urged the Government to act over the millions of tonnes of food wasted each year

Northumberland housing firm sees arrears soar as bedroom tax bites Northumberland housing firm sees arrears soar as bedroom tax bites

03 July, 2013

A Housing organisation in Northumberland has reported a massive increase in tenants falling behind with their rent since the introduction of the bedroom tax

Food poverty children facing hungry holidays

03 July, 2013

One in five parents in the UK is struggling to feed their children - skipping meals and relying on handouts from friends and family

Benefit changes 'causing chaos and saving no money'

02 July, 2013

Rent arrears are soaring in many areas and some properties are being left empty because tenants cannot afford to move in as a result of cuts to housing benefit

Direct Payment of Universal Credit to Landlords Provides Greatest Protection Against Arrears

02 July, 2013

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has welcomed the announcement

Northumberland housing firm sees arrears soar as bedroom tax bites

02 July, 2013

A housing organisation in Northumberland has reported an 86% rise in rent arrears since the introduction of the bedroom tax

Households in arrears after council tax benefit cuts

02 July, 2013

Thousands of low income families in Cornwall have gone into council tax arrears after benefit cuts

£12 million in discretionary housing payments unused by local authorities

01 July, 2013

Local authorities failed to spend more than £12 million last year that was earmarked by the government for families struggling to pay rent

Social landlords handed new formula for rents

26 June, 2013

Social landlords will be able to increase rents by the consumer price index of inflation plus 1 per cent for up to 10 years

Poverty and problematic debt: what can social housing providers do?

25 June, 2013

The current economic situation and planned welfare reform have led to concerns over a potential increase in problematic debt among social housing residents

Majority of social landlords fearing explosion in rent arrears

25 June, 2013

Three quarters of the UK's social housing landlords fear an explosion in rental arrears and void properties

Bedroom tax debt mounts

21 June, 2013

As housing providers across Britain scrabble to get to grips with the bedroom tax, Inside Housing asks a focus group of 10 social landlords how painful it has been so far

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

Council considers reclassifying bedrooms

19 June, 2013

A Hertfordshire council is considering reclassifying small bedrooms in at least 100 homes to help tenants avoid the bedroom tax

Anti social residents kept off council waiting list

19 June, 2013

Slough Council may bar people who have behaved anti-socially or are 'not financially responsible' from its housing waiting list until they 'change their ways'

Mark Prisk teams up with Church and defends bedroom tax

17 June, 2013

Housing minister Mark Prisk last week joined with representatives from churches and housing organisations for the "Mobilising the Church" conference in Bradford

Bedroom Tax - heads in the sand?

17 June, 2013

Funny how you can stomach a rotten meal if you keep telling yourself it's not actually that bad

UK rents rise again in May

17 June, 2013

The advertised rent for properties in the UK rose by 0.45% in May, reaching an average of £970 per month

The poor are still paying more for basic utilities and financial services

17 June, 2013

Payment structures and price plans in utilities and financial services continue to inflict higher costs on the poorest in society

Welsh minister lobbies Freud over welfare reform

17 June, 2013

The number of people asking for emergency help with their rent has risen by more than 800 per cent in one area of Wales

Patch work: Solving the rent equation

12 June, 2013

New research by LIN has found a direct link between arrears and the number of staff employed to collect rent. But even with smaller 'patch' sizes, housing officers are struggling to keep tenant debt under control

36 councils call on government to abolish bedroom tax

12 June, 2013

Councillors representing 36 local authorities have urged the government to abolish its controversial bedroom tax policy

Welfare reform to 'push up' homelessness in Wales

11 June, 2013

The UK government's welfare reforms are likely to increase homelessness in Wales

Tenants struggling to pay the 'bedroom tax' fall £22,500 behind in rents in just 8 weeks

10 June, 2013

Just half of all Cambridge council tax tenants affected by the 'bedroom tax' are paying the extra bills - running up combined arrears of £22,500 in just eight weeks

Council convenes bedroom tax summit

06 June, 2013

Thirty councils are expected to come together at a summit on Friday to discuss how to help tenants faced with bedroom tax cuts

Bedroom Tax: Early Impacts

06 June, 2013

The UK government said the changes "bedroom tax" would total £50m in Scotland this year. But the SFHA said only £10m had been made available to help tenants

People with electric heating 'to pay £282 more' a year

06 June, 2013

Millions of people who use electricity to heat their homes may have to pay £282 more a year by 2020, it is being claimed

England's spare bedroom owners sitting on £69 billion goldmine

06 June, 2013

England's spare bedrooms could generate £5.8 billion a month if homeowners rented them out, according to

Tory MP: Food poverty is growing, food banks are not the answer

06 June, 2013

Laura Sandys says the government needs to tackle supermarket dominance and get a grip on food policy if it is to address the UK's food crisis

Bedroom tax plunges thousands of Greater Manchester residents into debt hell

04 June, 2013

Many tenants who had their housing payments cut on April 1 are already falling behind with rent, with one housing association saying up to 70 per cent are affected

NHF: Lack of affordable housing destroying economic recovery

31 May, 2013

Sky-rocketing rents and house prices are stifling local businesses and making it difficult for them to recruit staff

Quarter of poor families struggle with housing costs

20 May, 2013

One in four low-to-middle income households are spending more than 35 per cent of their income on housing

Credit Crunched

15 May, 2013

Report by the Consumer Finance Association

Calls over payday loans to charity double

08 May, 2013

The number of people seeking a charity's help with payday loans has doubled in a year

How housing providers are beating the bedroom tax

03 May, 2013

Faced with a huge increase in arrears as a result of the under-occupation penalty, some housing providers have taken major steps to protect their residents and themselves

Universal Credit: Landlords to receive direct payments after two months of arrears

01 May, 2013

Housing benefit payments will be sent directly to landlords after tenants have gone into two months of arrears during the Universal Credit pathfinders

'Universal Credit to create average monthly rent arrears of £180'

29 April, 2013

The government's shake-up of the benefits system, Universal Credit will create average monthly rent arrears of £180, according to a law firm

Rights law is an asset

26 April, 2013

Without article 8, those in bedroom tax disputes will have an uphill struggle, according to Giles Peaker, solicitor at Anthony Gold

Housing association re-designates size of properties to help tenants hit by bedroom tax

23 April, 2013

A housing association has re-designated the size of some of its properties in an attempt to help tenants hit by the bedroom tax

Arrears fall while rents rise

22 April, 2013

Private rent arrears are lower in most parts of the UK than they were a year ago, while rent levels have risen

Bedroom tax protestors hit councillors with 'eviction notices'

22 April, 2013

Bedroom tax protestors have hit the homes of Poole councillors with 'eviction notices' and police tape

Rising costs and falling wages squeeze life at home

22 April, 2013

The deterioration in household finances sped up last month as rising living costs and falling income continued to take their toll on cash reserves

Buy to Let Index

19 April, 2013

Rents 4.2% higher than a year ago according to the latest Buy-to-Let Index from LSL Property Services

Bedroom tax protestors target Lord Freud's house

18 April, 2013

Around 200 UK Uncut and Occupy London activists held a bedroom tax protest outside the London home of welfare reform minister Lord Freud

Rent control is not the answer

18 April, 2013

Richard Blanco, National Landlords Association explains why the UK must not return to Rent Control

Welfare reform: where now for social housing?

18 April, 2013

Tim Brown has advice for housing organisations preparing to manage fallout from the bewildering array of changes to benefits

Bedroom tax will empty homes and end up costing the taxpayer more, say housing providers

18 April, 2013

Housing providers have warned the UK Government of the damaging effects of welfare changes

Half of privately owned homes are 'under-occupied'

18 April, 2013

Research from Naionwide shows 49% of owned homes have two or more spare bedrooms, while in the private rental sector only 16% do

Labour MPs stage bedroom tax protest outside Chequers

11 April, 2013

Three Labour MPs have staged a bedroom tax protest outside the gates of Chequers, the Prime Minister's palatial country home

Housing bodies slate bedroom tax appeals

11 April, 2013

Housing bodies have warned mass appeals against the bedroom tax are unlikely to work and could lead to strong cases not being heard as quickly

Figures from Shelter reveal millions are one payday away from not being able to pay their mortgage or rent

11 April, 2013

More than eight million people are one payday away from not being able to pay for their mortgage or rent

Things are looking up: Arrears are down!

05 April, 2013

There's good news for landlords and tenants alike with rent arrears at their lowest level since March 2010 according to NLA

PRS tenants in severe arrears rises

05 April, 2013

The number of tenants in the private rented sector in severe arrrears went up by nearly 5 per cent in the first quarter of this year, says LSL

Chancellor George Osborne to defend benefits changes

03 April, 2013

Chancellor George Osborne is to defend benefits and tax changes, saying "this month we will make work pay"

Benefit changes devastating - Welsh minister Huw Lewis

03 April, 2013

Huw Lewis believes that people will lose their homes because of the latest reforms

The bedroom tax's authors were either careless or cruel - it must be fought

03 April, 2013

Campaigners against the bedroom tax will be responding with similar inflexibility to the government

Thousands of families 'facing debt nightmare over the bedroom tax'

03 April, 2013

Town hall chiefs have warned that thousands of families across Greater Manchester could sink into debt as the bedroom tax kicks in this week

Government axes homeless advisors

28 March, 2013

Councils raise concerns over losing vital support as rough sleeping rises

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

Draconian bedroom tax will cause severe hardship

27 March, 2013

A housing chief has slammed the government's bedroom tax as a draconian policy

4 out of 10 families cut back on food to stay in their homes

27 March, 2013

4 out of 10 families with children have cut down on what they spend on food to help pay for their housing costs in the past year

Council hits out: bedroom tax will strike the most vulnerable

27 March, 2013

A council has claimed that government's bedroom tax will hit families in low paid job, disabled occupants and children living in poverty particularly hard

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

Council: no tenant to be evicted over bedroom tax

18 March, 2013

A council has declared that none of its social tenants will be evicted if they cannot afford to pay the government's forthcoming bedroom tax

Eviction fears over universal credit housing changes

18 March, 2013

The government says it'll empower tenants, but there's growing concern that changes to the way housing benefit works could lead to more evictions

Over a quarter of private renters have faced a rent increase in the last year

14 March, 2013

26% of private sector renters have faced a rent increase in the last year - and almost two thirds are struggling or falling behind with their payments

Impact of rising rents on family life revealed

14 March, 2013

Almost two thirds of renters are struggling or falling behind with their rent, according to a new survey by Shelter

Call for compulsory register of private landlords

26 February, 2013

Labour councillors in Westminster are calling for the establishment of a compulsory register of private landlords after new figures revealed poor practice in the sector

Back to the future for housing reward and incentive schemes

08 February, 2013

Written off in the last decade, social landlords should look again at prizes and incentives to manage welfare reform

Nudge, nudge: Orbit reward scheme cuts rent arrears by 500k

29 January, 2013

Orbit Heart of England says its resident reward scheme, ProPoints, has helped reduce rent arrears by around half a million pounds

Life sentence for tenant who beheaded landlord in rent row

29 January, 2013

A tenant who beheaded his landlord during a dispute over rent has been given a minimum sentence of 22 years

Set in place solid foundations - Then tackle the myriad of welfare reforms

28 January, 2013

LIN complimentary report for landlords

Freud: Direct payments will not reduce incomes

28 January, 2013

Lord David Freud said he does not expect landlords to 'suffer sudden losses of income' as a result of direct payment of benefit to tenants

Cleaning up the bailiff industry

25 January, 2013

Vulnerable people will be protected from aggressive bailiffs but businesses will still be able to collect debts fairly under new laws to clean up the industry

Rent arrears to rise 51% under welfare reforms

24 January, 2013

Housing associations expect their rent arrears to increase by more than half as a result of the government's welfare reforms

Rent arrears could rocket over 50% under new welfare plans

24 January, 2013

A million people living in social housing could struggle with their rent and end up in debt as a result of the Government's welfare shakeup, warns the NHF

Evictions warning over housing benefit reforms

24 January, 2013

Changes to housing benefit later this year could lead to a rise in evictions, a key housing body has warned

Millions to struggle with rents under welfare reforms

24 January, 2013

A million people living in social housing could struggle with their rent and end up in debt as a result of the Government's welfare shakeup

Christmas causes missed rent, says LSL

18 January, 2013

Rent arrears hit their highest level for nearly a year in December as Christmas took its toll on tenants' finances

Over a third of landlords to increase rents this year

14 January, 2013

Over a third of the UK's landlords are planning on raising their rents this year, and 24% will raise them by more than 3% - 0.3% above the rate of inflation

Housing costs push tenants and homeowners towards payday loans

07 January, 2013

Research for housing charity Shelter shows 1.4 million people in the UK risk losing homes after falling behind with payments

Millions behind with rent and mortgage payments

04 January, 2013

Millions of households are struggling to maintain rent and mortgage payments in the face of the government's austerity measure

Tenant arrears fall by 16%

04 January, 2013

It's good news for landlords as the number of tenants in severe arrears has fallen for the first time in over a year

Number of homeless families in B&Bs on the rise

24 December, 2012

Official figure doubled from 1,230 to 2,460 in London between 2010 and 2011, and rose again in first six months of 2012

Moat splits resident services into three tiers to influence tenant behaviour

04 December, 2012

Moat residents who are in rental arrears will no longer qualify for a cosmetic repairs service from February

The Financial Implications of Welfare Reform for Social Housing Landlords

04 December, 2012

The viability of dozens of housing associations is at risk from the financial impact of welfare reform - report from PHHS

State-owned bank subsidiary places benefit restrictions on buy-to-let landlords

21 November, 2012

Why has the government failed to take action to prevent lenders such as Lloyds-owned BM Solutions exacerbating our housing crisis?

Repossessions fall in third quarter and arrears remain stable

09 November, 2012

The number of mortgage possessions fell again in the third quarter of 2012, according to data released by the Council of Mortgage Lenders

£5.67: the value of £1 spent on confidence and skills for tenants

08 November, 2012

With the Social Value Act coming into force next year, housing associations are fighting to prove their financial worth

Six tips for landlords to reduce void rental periods

07 November, 2012

Welfare reform will lead to repossessions and properties being abandoned by tenants. Here's how to get it back into use quickly

The cost of running a home

06 November, 2012

A guide from Wolverhampton Homes which aims to give an idea of those costs that tenants will have to budget for when running their own home

East Midlands 'faces highest private sector rent rise'

22 October, 2012

The East Midlands will see the highest rise in private sector housing rents in England over the next eight years, a housing forecast suggests

Rent increases to slow on the back of low inflation

17 October, 2012

Social housing tenants are likely to see lower rent increases next year after the Treasury released inflation figures

Q3 2012 Tenant Arrears Tracker

05 October, 2012

October 2012

LIN Member Report September 2012 - Case Study - Helping Landlords to prepare for Welfare Reform

13 September, 2012

This LIN member report is written by Claire Turner and Peter Hall

Tower blocks mooted for London borough’s B&B crisis

07 September, 2012

A London council says the pressure on temporary accommodation in the borough is so bad that it may look at moving people to cheaper areas or start allocating flats in tower blocks to families

50% PRS landlords experience arrears

29 August, 2012

Almost half of private landlords have experienced rent arrears in the last year, according to a survey.

Reader's response: questioning the reward society

24 August, 2012

Rewards have failed to instigate behavioural change in the banking sector, so why should social housing be any different?

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.

Preventing the poverty premium - Lottery invests over £31m

23 August, 2012

Money-saving expert Martin Lewis, National Housing Federation and Citizens Advice are backing a multi-million pound Big Lottery Fund initiative aimed at preventing thousands of the most vulnerable people living in social housing across England from falling into a spiral of debt

Your Homes Newcastle Take A Dramatic Approach To Tenant Arrears

20 August, 2012

Your Homes Newcastle has taken an innovative approach to arrears recovery as part of their ongoing staff development

Scottish landlords braced for £12m hit

17 August, 2012

Rent arrears in Scotland are likely to soar by 50 per cent to £36 million because of welfare reforms imposed by the UK government, a new report warns

Social landlord possession claims up 8% as recession takes hold

16 August, 2012

Possession claims by social landlords leapt by 8% in the first quarter of the year with rent arrears behind the overwhelmingly majority of cases

Universal credit penalties 'will increase debt'

15 August, 2012

Penalties for benefit recipients who run up debts - including rent arrears - are too high and will lead to hardship and a cycle of debt, a homelessness group has warned

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.

Private sector rents up 4% in a year with further hikes predicted - RICS

13 August, 2012

The cost of renting a home in the private sector has risen by more than 4% in the last year as would-be buyers continue to find themselves locked out of home-ownership

Housing benefit: 'Homes will have to be handed to the private sector'

09 August, 2012

Notting Hill Housing faces an end to 700 tenancies when the housing benefit cap hits London households next year

Unintended consequences: Local Housing Allowance

08 August, 2012

People Place and Policy report

How can housing providers cut rent arrears?

06 August, 2012

Live discussion 12pm Monday 6th August

Tenants get mobile rent payment app

03 August, 2012

Raglan housing association has introduced a smartphone rent payment application for tenants on the move

Universal Credit: Confusion over who informs DWP of rent changes

02 August, 2012

Housing Associations are seeking clarity over who will inform the DWP about annual rent increases under Universal Credit

Should we return to intensive housing management?

02 August, 2012

Reform of the social housing system means landlords must take advantage of new opportunities to meet tenants' needs

New Law May Not Prevent Rise in Evictions

02 August, 2012

SFHA commenting on the introduction of new laws from the Scottish Government to try to prevent evictions in the social rented sector

Launch of final round of funding for private rented sector schemes

01 August, 2012

Crisis is inviting final bids for funding under a £10.8 million scheme to help homeless people secure private rented accommodation (closing date 17.9.12)

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

Number of tenants in arrears goes up, says research

30 July, 2012

The number of tenants falling into rental arrears has risen, according to new research

Editor's blog: welfare reform could push vulnerable families into debt

30 July, 2012

As a doorstep lender reports a 17% rise in profits, can landlords prevent tenants resorting to creditors to plug the gap?

Social Housing Stock and Rents, as at 31 March 2012

30 July, 2012

Statistical Release based on information collected annually from all Welsh social landlords - information on the amount and type of stock as at 31.3.12

Private sector rental arrears rising

27 July, 2012

Rental arrears on the rise: Landlords and tenants must work together, says the NLA

The Big Squeeze - Winners and losers

24 July, 2012

Britain's household debt 'at highest levels since 1980s' according to new report

UK's smallest private landlords struggling with voids and arrears

24 July, 2012

The UK's smallest private landlords - those renting out one property - are struggling as they feel the impact of voids and rent arrears

Most social tenants fall below acceptable income

11 July, 2012

More than 90% of households in social housing in England have an income level below that needed to maintain a socially acceptable standard of living

Paying the rent? There should be an app for that

10 July, 2012

An 'app club' will help share the cost and risk of developing a mobile application helping tenants pay rent and report repairs

English Housing Survey: Household Report 2010-11

06 July, 2012

Published July 2012

Fears benefit reform will lead to surge in bailiffs recovering debts

05 July, 2012

Former housing minister warns the Gov's planned £500m cut in council tax benefit is expected to prompt a surge in bailiffs recovering council tax debts

Mapped: how high rents are pricing young workers out of London

05 July, 2012

An interactive map designed by London Assembly member Darren Johnson exposes just how difficult it is for workers in the capital to meet housing costs

Over 100,000 private tenants now in severe arrears

03 July, 2012

Over 100,000 privately renting tenants are now in severe arrears with their payments, according to new figures

More tenants in financial trouble as rental hardships hit home

03 July, 2012

More than 100,000 tenants in England and Wales owe more than two months' rent, according to latest figures

Private rented funding formula revealed

29 June, 2012

An influential government-commissioned review is set to recommend sweeping changes to planning and funding rules to favour the private rented sector over affordable homes

New banking concept to protect rents

29 June, 2012

Gentoo is in talks with credit unions about setting up 'jam jar accounts' to protect its income stream

Homelessness and B&B figures shoot up

15 June, 2012

Homelessness applications have jumped up 16% from last year and use of bed and breakfast has risen by 44% according to CLG figures

London rents 82% higher than rest of UK

15 June, 2012

The average cost of renting a home in Greater London is 82% more expensive than the rest of the UK

LIN Member Report June 2012 - More money to spare: How local authorities are still failing to award discretionary housing payments

14 June, 2012

LIN June member report by Neil Merrick which looks at the DHP fund, which is one measure, that could help offset the impact of the Welfare Reforms

High Income Social Tenants: Pay to Stay consultation

13 June, 2012

This consultation proposes to introduce a 'Pay to Stay' scheme whereby L/Ls could charge a fair rent to tenants on high incomes. Closing date 12 Sep 2012

Should rent charged be linked to the services tenants choose to use?

01 June, 2012

Darrin Gamble asks why housing associations don't just charge their customers for the services they need and use

£9 million in unpaid rent written off by Leeds City Council

31 May, 2012

Leeds City Council has written off nearly £9 million of its tenants unpaid rent arrears in the past five years

New Which? research exposes payday loan failings

18 May, 2012

Struggling consumers in payday loan debt trap

Private rents rise again

18 May, 2012

Private rents in England and Wales rose by 0.5% in April, according to letting agency group LSL Property Services

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

Londoners 'spending 71% of income on rent'

10 May, 2012

Londoners are spending an average of 71% of their take-home income on rent - nearly double the UK average

Politicians' negative perceptions of payday loans 'not shared by customers' - research

01 May, 2012

The Consumer Finance Association (CFA) believes policy-makers 'misunderstand' the value of payday loans to the people who use them - following major research

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

Is market rental really core business for a housing charity?

13 April, 2012

Matthew Fox, CEX, Viridian Housing, explains the association's move into market rental

Broadway quits debt advice scheme

05 April, 2012

A homelessness charity has pulled out of providing debt advice services for vulnerable people in London after changes to funding conditions

Troubled Families: Top 10 areas are on board as Government is ready to go

29 March, 2012

The 10 LA's with the largest number of troubled families have agreed to sign up to the Gov's scheme to turn around 120,000 problem households by 2015

Experian plans to extend rent record checks to housing associations

29 March, 2012

Private landlords signed up to Experian's new 'Rental Exchange' product could soon be allowed to check out prospective tenants' rent records

Housing associations bolster rent arrears teams ahead of benefit changes

19 March, 2012

Housing associations are looking to bolster their rent arrears teams ahead of the Government changes to the benefits system, according to research by Badenoch & Clark

Landlord's arrears fears over monthly payment of Universal Credit

16 March, 2012

A HA has spent thousands of pounds on debt advice and targeted campaigns to help tenants pay their rent and sustain their tenancies ahead of UC

Private renters owe more in unpaid rent than social sector tenants

15 March, 2012

Tenants in rent arrears living in private rented accommodation appear to have the most debt problems owing more in average than tenants in the social sector

Landlord sees £4,000 payments after rent warnings

14 March, 2012

Brent Housing Partnership saw tenants in rent arrears pay an immediate sum of £4,371 following a door knocking exercise

Half our tenants behind with rent, says housing association

14 March, 2012

A housing association in the North West says half its 2,900 tenants are behind with their rent

Private tenancy evictions up by 17%

05 March, 2012

Analysis of county court possession order claims shows an increase from 12,500 to almost 15,000 in the three years to 2011

Plot to strip landlords of ASB injunction

02 March, 2012

A government minister has ruled out retaining ASB injunctions for social landlords

Warning over right to buy risk

01 March, 2012

A high proportion of homeowners who were bailed out by the government's mortgage rescue scheme in the north of England bought their homes under the right to buy

When shared ownership goes sour

13 February, 2012

Shared ownership is sold as the answer for those desperate for a foot on the housing ladder. But, as one London couple found, it can become a trap if circumstances change

English Housing Survey: Headline Report 2010-11

09 February, 2012

The Department for Communities and Local Government English Housing Survey Headline Report 2010-11

Subletting in some London boroughs 'as high as 10% of tenancies'

07 February, 2012

Subletting in some London boroughs is as high as 10% of tenancies according to credit experts Experian

London councillor who sublet her social home gets prison sentence

07 February, 2012

An east London councillor faces the sack after being sentenced to 16 weeks in jail for housing benefit fraud

Tenants face ASB check for social housing allocations

06 February, 2012

Previous convictions of ASB will be taken into account in the allocation of social housing if new proposals from the Scottish Government go ahead

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

Credit Unions offer an affordable alternative to pay day loans

27 January, 2012

Welsh Government Minister highlights the role credit unions can play as an alternative to pay day and other instant loan companies

Serving Deprived Communities in a recession

26 January, 2012

Joseph Rowntree report

Housing association evictions nearly halved in four years - Shelter

24 January, 2012

Evictions by RSLs across Scotland have continued to fall and the numbers of tenants in arrears is down over the last year, according to Shelter Scotland

Private landlords dismiss Cameron rent claim

23 January, 2012

The NLA has dismissed David Cameron's claim that rents are falling in the sector as a result of the coalition government's welfare reforms

Available rented housing cuts in your area: download the data

23 January, 2012

The cuts to HB will leave many people searching for cheaper places to stay. Have a look at the impact of this through the country by downloading this data

Impact of Christmas spending drives up rental arrears, with 10.7% of all rent late or unpaid in December - figures

20 January, 2012

Private sector rents fell across England & Wales by 0.8% in December to £711pm for a second successive month, according to LSL Property Services

Council approves rent rise of almost 10 per cent

20 January, 2012

Rotherham Council has approved a recommendation for an inflation-busting rent rise of 9.45 per cent - one of the biggest hikes anywhere in the country

Housing benefit reforms: a huge gamble on rent cuts

12 January, 2012

The government's hope that the cut in housing benefit will result in landlords lowering their rents could backfire.

Number 10 defends PM's private rents claim

12 January, 2012

Number 10 has defended the prime minister's claim that private rents are falling as a result of the coalition government's welfare reforms

LIN member report - How landlords can make use of and contribute to a national tenant database

11 January, 2012

This LIN member report is written by Lorna Stevens, Founder-Director, TenantID and Claire Turner, Director, Landlord Information Network

Mendip District Council sets up lettings agency

11 January, 2012

Mendip District Council is to set up a not-for-profit lettings agency which will guarantee rent to private landlords for tenants receiving benefits

Working in partnership with credit unions

01 January, 2012

Housing practice magazine

Private rents down for first time since January

16 December, 2011

Private rents in England and Wales fell for the first time in 10 months in November, according to the latest buy-to-let index from LSL

labour market shows signs of stabilising

14 December, 2011

The rise in the number claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) shows signs of slowing - up 3,000 this month to 1.6 million

Council cuts: the Manhattanisation of central London

13 December, 2011

Westminster's proposed 'civic contract' foreshadows increasing social inequality in the capital

Tenants risk homes to pay for Christmas

12 December, 2011

Around 280,000 people in Scotland could be risking their homes to pay for Christmas, according to research

Landlords Urged to Report Rents to Local Valuation Office

12 December, 2011

Landlords are being encouraged to report the level of rent on their properties to the VOA to help LA's determine average market rents in their area

Debt advice could save landlords £50 million

05 December, 2011

Housing associations should invest in debt advice programmes to avoid evictions and tackle homelessness, a new study claims

Monitoring poverty and social exclusion 2011

02 December, 2011

Joseph Rowntree report

Grant Shapps hails progress towards decent social homes

30 November, 2011

CLG have hailed the rapid and impressive progress that has been made to improve the nation's social housing stock

Arrears continue to fall and repossessions remain stable in the third quarter

10 November, 2011

The number of properties taken into possession by mortgage lenders in the 3rd quarter of 2011 was 9,200, virtually unchanged from the previous quarter

Landlord sees arrears drop by £0.5m with rent reward scheme

03 November, 2011

A resident reward scheme introduced by Orbit Heart of England HA has contributed to a £0.5 million reduction in rent arrears among residents

Benefits cut for offenders could rise to £25

29 October, 2011

The maximum amount that people on benefit can have docked to pay fines will increase to £25 a week, the government has said

Rent rises hit home

13 October, 2011

Shelter research reveals ordinary working families face unaffordable private rents in 55% of local authorities in England

Financial advice services pay for themselves in arrears savings

22 September, 2011

Hyde's financial inclusion project slashed arrears and made major cost benefit savings for the landlord

LIN welcomes direct payment pilots but remains concerned over the lack of tenant choice

19 September, 2011

Landlord Information Network press release

Lord Freud: direct payment of housing benefit will end if arrears spiral

14 September, 2011

Government plans will protect social landlords from tenants who fail to pay their rent under universal credit

Top tips: the financial impact of welfare reform

10 September, 2011

What impact will the government's welfare reforms have on local government finance?

Grant Shapps responds to judge's ruling on squatters rights

06 September, 2011

Housing Minister Grant Shapps responds to judge's ruling ordering a London council to publish a list of empty homes in their area

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

Mortgage and landlord possession statistics

15 August, 2011

Quarterly National Statistics on possession actions issued in county courts by mortgage lenders and social and private landlords

Tenants' deposits

10 August, 2011

This note explains the requirement on landlords to place certain tenants' deposits in a statutory tenants' deposit scheme.

A new mandatory power of possession for anti-social behaviour

03 August, 2011

CLG consultation. Closing date for responses 7 November 2011

Welfare Reform Bill - Lords 2nd Reading

14 July, 2011

National Housing Federation Briefing paper

Rent levels rise amid shortage of homes

13 July, 2011

A shortage of homes to let has forced rent levels higher and further increased the squeeze on cash-strapped consumers according to ARLA

Focus report: Homelessness

06 July, 2011

Local Government Ombudsman highlights councils failings over legal duties to homeless people

Eric Pickles warns David Cameron of rise in homeless families risk

04 July, 2011

A leaked letter, from the office of Eric Pickles has warned that welfare reform will make 40,000 more families homeless

Table of Councils decreasing Local Housing Allowance rates

30 June, 2011

Based on the new LHA rates from April 2011

Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP)

29 June, 2011

Everything tenants and landlords need to know in order to make a successful claim for a Discretionary Housing Payment. Member report by Claire Turner, Director, LIN

Low-income neighbourhoods in Britain

22 June, 2011

Joseph Rowntree Foundation report

UK Housing review June 2011

21 June, 2011

Chartered Institute of Housing report by Hal Pawson and Steve Wilcox

Worrying times ahead for homeless in England

20 April, 2011

Homeless link research indicates that cuts are already hitting homelessness services

A New Approach to Banking

01 April, 2011

Extending the use of Jam Jar Accounts in the UK - a report by Social Finance

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