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Government confirms evictions will resume next month

03 July, 2020

The government has confirmed the eviction ban will end next month, with possession proceedings set to restart on 24 August

English councils warn £500m Covid-19 cash injection will not stop cuts

03 July, 2020

Government breaking promise to 'do whatever it takes' to meet coronavirus cost

Nearly 1,000 housing association 'mortgage prisoners' as cladding issues hit property sales

03 July, 2020

Nearly 1,000 leaseholders in London are unable to sell or remortgage their homes due to banks being unwilling to lend on them because of potential cladding issues

Local lettings policies are not reflecting BAME housing need

03 July, 2020

The number of BAME individuals becoming homeless in the past decade has not been reflected in an increase in BAME households being allocated social housing

Blackburn's Together Housing: 'Investment in social homes will help country recover from coronavirus crisis'

03 July, 2020

Together Housing Group says housing organisations are integral in promoting social mobility in communities, but need local and national government support to make real changes

Liverpool housing associations make more than 200 homes available for rough sleepers in hotels

02 July, 2020

More than 200 housing association properties in Liverpool have been made available for homeless people who have been living in hotels during the coronavirus pandemic, as landlords commit to offering all vacant properties to rough sleepers

Two more housing associations secure £150m through Bank of England's COVID-19 financing scheme

01 July, 2020

Platform Housing Group and Flagship Group have sold a combined £150m of short-term debt to the BoE via its CCFF to help navigate the economic impact caused by coronavirus

Two blocks of upcoming Northampton social housing could be used as 'temporary accommodation for homeless'

01 July, 2020

The combined plans could provide up to 120 social housing flats for Northampton

Petition calls on Government to fill £45million Redbridge pandemic cost shortfall

30 June, 2020

Thousands of Redbridge residents have signed a petition demanding the Government fill the "black hole" in the council's finances caused by the coronavirus

Civitas Social Housing profit jumps on rise in net rental income

30 June, 2020

Care-based housing and healthcare REIT Civitas Social Housing reported a sharp rise in profit as net rental income increased by more than a quarter

New 12,000 home housing association created

30 June, 2020

A trailblazing new housing association for the East of England has been formed following the merger of two Essex-based affordable homes providers

UK could be breaking international law over cladding

29 June, 2020

Body warns government over failure to remove flammable panels from high-rise buildings in wake of Grenfell disaster

Social housing to be prioritised for veterans

29 June, 2020

New measures announced to provide improved access for members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families to social housing

MP and council write to housing association after key workers hit with "unaffordable and unreasonable" rent hike

26 June, 2020

An MP and council have implored a large London housing association to reconsider an "unaffordable and unreasonable" rent increase at a block built for key workers after some tenants were hit with increases of up to 20%

How COVID-19 has brought transparency to compliance

26 June, 2020

The Hackitt Report reiterated that tenants need to have a voice in the management of their homes - this includes monitoring repairs and compliance checks

How bereaved families are being stung by the costs of shared ownership

26 June, 2020

Housing associations are building more and more shared ownership homes

Social landlords should buy from 'over-stretched' private landlords

26 June, 2020

Social landlords should be supported to buy up homes from "overstretched" private landlords

Almost a third of Scots' incomes have reduced in lockdown, with half of affected renters worried about paying rent

26 June, 2020

New large-scale survey of Scottish households demonstrate the financial strain the economic impact of lockdown is putting on people in different housing tenures, and in different parts of the country

Majority of social landlords eye return to normal repairs service by August

25 June, 2020

Social landlords are edging towards a return to normal repairs services as the coronavirus lockdown eases, with the majority expecting to have returned to a full service by August

Sector-wide 'Homes at the Heart' campaign launched to put social housing at centre of COVID-19 recovery

25 June, 2020

Housing groups have launched a campaign urging the government to provide a "once-in-a-generation" investment in social housing to support the economic and social recovery from the coronavirus pandemic

Housing associations urged to focus on strengthening liquidity policies

25 June, 2020

Housing associations should aim to have clear liquidity policies to help navigate economic downturns

Home Office urged to reverse asylum seeker eviction ban decision as charities worry thousands could lose accommodation

25 June, 2020

Charities are calling on the government to urgently reverse its decision to end the ban on asylum seeker evictions during the COVID-19 crisis

Eight out of 10 English councils at risk of bankruptcy

24 June, 2020

131 upper-tier councils face fresh round of service cuts or going bust

Charities warn hundreds of asylum seekers are at risk of homelessness as Home Office ends eviction ban

24 June, 2020

The government has begun the process of evicting hundreds of refugees from Home Office accommodation after deciding not to extend its ban on asylum seeker evictions

Protestors to stage demo outside empty Maydew House over social housing crisis

24 June, 2020

Campaigners are calling for the block to be refurbished immediately to house homeless families

Social housing supply must hit pre-1990s levels post-pandemic

24 June, 2020

The supply of social housing needs to return to the levels seen before the 1990s as part of the government's post-coronavirus recovery plan

Wrexham Council to gradually resume planned works and improvements to its housing stock

23 June, 2020

Wrexham Council is to resume it planned works and improvements to its council housing stock from this week

No evidence of housing associations setting up for-profits 'en masse'

23 June, 2020

England's social housing regulator does not expect many housing associations to follow Hyde in setting up for-profit providers

Government places more than 200 asylum seekers in Hornchurch hotel without consulting council

23 June, 2020

The Home Office is housing more than 200 asylum seekers in a Hornchurch hotel without having consulted Havering Council

Labour councils in England hit harder by austerity than Tory areas

22 June, 2020

Analysis by Guardian and Sigoma shows poorer, Labour-held areas lost over a third of spending power

Council penalises housing applicants for 'deliberate overcrowding'

22 June, 2020

Southwark Council decided not to give two families living in overcrowded homes priority on its housing waiting list, after determining that the families had "deliberately" put themselves in overcrowded conditions

Housing associations made more than a quarter of a million welfare calls during first two months of lockdown

22 June, 2020

Social housing organisations made over 250,000 welfare calls to residents in March and April

Government pays out just £1m of £200m private cladding fund in first year

19 June, 2020

The government has only paid out just £1.4m of a £200m cladding fund set up last May to speed up the removal of Grenfell-style cladding from private sector blocks

Black Lives Matter: rethinking housing's approach to racial equality

19 June, 2020

Social housing likes to talk fine words about fighting racism, but does it back that with action?

Build 100,000 'homes for Covid-19 heroes'

19 June, 2020

An investment in social housing will create thousands of jobs and generate £320bn over 50 years

Ten-year social housing funding cycles could boost construction productivity by 70%

18 June, 2020

Ten-year funding cycles for social housing could boost productivity in the UK construction industry by up to 70%

Brent Council approves new policies for council home tenants

18 June, 2020

Those living in council homes who engage in anti-social behaviour could be at greater risk of eviction based on new housing policies

Housing association says zero carbon will cost £20,000-plus per home

18 June, 2020

A housing association in the South of England has revealed that it will cost more than £100m to retrofit its homes so they meet the government's net-zero target for carbon emissions by 2050

Tory councils warn coronavirus second wave could bankrupt local authorities

17 June, 2020

Report says more government help needed to avoid cuts to local services in England

Swindon tenants' group wants £100m of council house debt to be scrapped after pandemic

17 June, 2020

More than £100 million of debt piled upon Swindon Borough Council when it chose to retain ownership and control of its council housing should be cancelled

Payback time for leaseholder caught renting out his Spitalfields council flat as a holiday let

16 June, 2020

A leaseholder unlawfully renting out his flat on a social housing estate in Spitalfields has had to pay back all the cash he earned from it over four years

Eviction ban puts domestic abuse victims at greater risk

16 June, 2020

The extension to the evictions ban will compound the suffering of victims of domestic violence and anti-social behaviour

Rents freeze for Hartlepool council houses after drop in interest rates

16 June, 2020

A rent freeze has been announced for council homes in Hartlepool for the coming year and plans are in place to provide up to 19 more properties over the next 12 months

'Bleak future' for council as funding fears mount

16 June, 2020

Warrington Borough Council risks not being able to set a balanced budget next year - if the Government fails to reimburse it fully for coronavirus costs

BPHA issues £125m private placement

15 June, 2020

Housing association BPHA has secured £125m by issuing its first private placement with UK, US and Canadian investors

Grenfell households still waiting for permanent housing three years on

15 June, 2020

Some of most vulnerable survivors still not re-housed due to 'severe lack of investment in affordable housing'

Coronavirus: UK emergency housing funding running out

15 June, 2020

When COVID-19 erupted, the UK government told local authorities to find rooms for the homeless and people in shelters

Zamo Capital to invest in UK social housing manager

15 June, 2020

Specialist impact investment firm Zamo Capital has announced it is investing in the management of Social and Sustainable Capital

Government offers councils six-month Right to Buy receipts repayment extension

15 June, 2020

The government has offered councils a six-month extension to the time they have to spend money made through Right to Buy sales before it returns to the Treasury

My working week: 'A council tenant has bedbugs and is suicidal'

15 June, 2020

Isolation is difficult at the best of times, but for our vulnerable tenants, the coronavirus lockdown has made things worse

Maidstone Council Leader Martin Cox says local authority is yet to hear back from Secretary of State Robert Jenrick over housing concerns

12 June, 2020

A plea made nearly six months ago from Maidstone council for lowering of housing targets is still to receive a response from the Government

Three years on from Grenfell, we must move faster on fire safety

12 June, 2020

Three years on from the Grenfell Tower fire, a fit-for-purpose fire safety regime is still a long way away

Bristol City Council to transform housing department, including tackling "institutional racism"

12 June, 2020

The aim is to improve the lives of people living in council homes and create a "world class" landlord service

Swindon has higher proportion of council houses than average for England

12 June, 2020

The proportion of council housing in Swindon is higher than the whole of England

Covid-19 crisis means England's local authorities could go bust

11 June, 2020

Councils say they need financial help now from government to avoid devastating hardship

Gentoo's plans for 269 new homes in Sunderland and where they will be

11 June, 2020

The housing association are seeking feedback through public consultation for its proposal

Council's five year plan to improve housing

11 June, 2020

More affordable homes, less empty houses and putting roofs over the heads of the most vulnerable are the cornerstones of a borough council's proposed new five year housing strategy

Fears over housing prevent domestic abuse survivors from leaving perpetrators

11 June, 2020

More than two-thirds of domestic abuse survivors who stay with their perpetrators say concerns around future housing are a barrier to leaving

The Guardian view on the Grenfell inquiry: justice delayed

11 June, 2020

Confidence in the process was shaken before Covid-19 interrupted. But three years on from the fire, the campaign continues

Ban on evictions extended to August

11 June, 2020

The government has extended the ban on evictions from private and social rented homes by a further two months, until 23 August

The consequences of the extended eviction ban will roll on - and on

10 June, 2020

Sim Sekhon, of Legal for Landlords, sent us his views on the extension to the eviction ban

Burnham backs housing associations' pledge to provide care leaver support

10 June, 2020

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has joined a group of housing providers from the region in pledging to provide more support for young people leaving care

Exeter City Council to explore setting up housing company to help fill £3.7million shortfall

10 June, 2020

Exeter City Council will explore setting a housing company to boost its coffers by offering private market rented accommodation to the public

St Albans rough sleepers taken in during coronavirus face years-long wait for housing

10 June, 2020

Homeless Herts residents struggle to escape the streets because house prices are so high

We need more social homes, says housing minister. But are we getting them?

10 June, 2020

The latest Housing Minister, Christopher Pincher, declared 'We need more homes and more affordable homes, and more socially rented homes' in Parliament this week

Right to Buy directly increases affordable housing supply

09 June, 2020

The Right to Buy directly boosts affordable housing supply, housing minister Christopher Pincher has said amid multiple questionable claims made to a committee of MPs

Sector welcomes eviction ban extension but calls for longer-term strategy

09 June, 2020

Housing sector figures have largely welcomed the government's decision to extend its evictions ban by two months, but warned that the move is just a "stopgap" and called for a longer-term strategy

Government extends evictions ban by two months

08 June, 2020

The government ban on evictions for social and private renters has been extended by two months

Need that leaky tap fixing? Routine repairs are back for Stoke-on-Trent's 18,000 council houses

08 June, 2020

And you can now log repair requests 24-hours-a-day

Social landlords make commitment to carers in major new campaign

08 June, 2020

Social landlords are being asked to commit to building more accessible homes, adopt flexible working patterns, and promote care as a career choice, in a major new campaign that will launch on Monday

RSH tweaks value for money reporting rules

05 June, 2020

The RSH has changed the way housing associations in England must calculate VfM metrics in their annual accounts

'Significant' £245m budget shortfall forecast for Kent's 14 councils

05 June, 2020

Kent's 14 councils face a mounting financial deficit of £245million from the coronavirus crisis

Thousands of UK tenants face losing home when eviction ban ends

05 June, 2020

Campaigners warn that people who have not paid rent during lockdown have received landlord warning notices

Bank of England reveals two housing associations among COVID-19 liquidity facility's £16bn of support

05 June, 2020

Two housing associations have sold £450m of unsecured commercial paper to the BoE via an emergency liquidity facility that has seen £16bn of investment to help businesses through the COVID crisis

Social landlords seek to tackle PPE shortages

05 June, 2020

Social landlords across the UK are seeking suppliers of anti-infection protective gear following widespread shortages during the coronavirus pandemic

Tenant eviction ban in England and Wales extended by two months

05 June, 2020

Government wants landlords to 'exhaust all options' to avoid court action once ban is lifted

Pressure builds on government to extend evictions ban as deadline looms

04 June, 2020

Tens of thousands of renters are at risk of being evicted in the coming months unless the government's eviction ban is extended

Housing association threatens leaseholders with possession proceedings during lockdown

04 June, 2020

NHG has sent emails to a number of leaseholders during the coronavirus lockdown threatening to start possession proceedings due to unpaid rent arrears or service charges

Stop using Ground 8 evictions, law centres tell housing associations

04 June, 2020

Several law centres have written to housing associations asking them to commit to not using Ground 8 evictions once the current ban on possession proceedings is lifted

Kirklees Council housing to be brought back under local authority control

03 June, 2020

It would mean the end of Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing

Town hall plans to take back control of 13,000 social homes across north Manchester

03 June, 2020

The council is proposing to bring its management arm Northwards back in-house, meaning thousands of people would have the town hall as their landlord for the first time since 2005

Bracknell Forest Council failed to accommodate more than half of homeless households last winter

03 June, 2020

Bracknell Forest council failed to find accommodation for more than half of homeless households that needed help at the end of last year

Key workers in Peterborough get chance to apply for affordable housing

02 June, 2020

Housing association is inviting anyone who earns below £40,200 to get in touch

Two-thirds of tenants in Wales are struggling pay rent during the coronavirus crisis

01 June, 2020

More than 60% of private and social tenants in Wales are struggling to pay rent or bills during the coronavirus pandemic

Council with highest COVID-19 death rate brands illness a 'housing disease'

01 June, 2020

The council with the highest COVID-19 death rate in the country has branded the virus a "housing disease" and is now drawing up plans looking at how to tackle its severe impact in the area

Accommodation for 211 rough sleepers in Newham provided during pandemic

01 June, 2020

More than 200 rough sleepers have been housed by Newham Council since the start of the coronavirus crisis, with just a handful remaining on the streets

Return of Ipswich social housing allocation system welcomed

01 June, 2020

The coronavirus emergency has put a strain on everyone - residents and businesses alike

Evictions ban deadline is 'a ticking time bomb'

29 May, 2020

Sadiq Khan has branded the end of the government's de facto eviction ban in four weeks "a ticking time bomb"

Mortgage holidays are a breeze, but try taking a rent break

29 May, 2020

The coronavirus crisis highlights inequalities among homeowners and those beholden to landlords

Social housing rent arrears up £100m since coronavirus outbreak

28 May, 2020

Rent arrears among social landlords have surged by £100m since the coronavirus pandemic hit the UK

Regulatory judgements: landlord that breached Home Standard hit with governance downgrade

28 May, 2020

A housing association which was found to have breached the Home Standard earlier this year has been hit with a governance downgrade

Government warned limits on Building Safety Fund will reduce social housing new build

28 May, 2020

Social landlords will be forced to reduce planned development and maintenance spend if they are not allowed to reclaim their full cladding remediation costs from the new £1bn Building Safety Fund

Social housing valuers remove 'material uncertainty clause' and resume external inspections

27 May, 2020

Major sector valuers Savills and JLL have removed the use of a MUC for housing association properties valued via the EUV-SH approach following updated guidance from the RICS today

Households in temporary accommodation hit 13-year high before pandemic

27 May, 2020

The number of homeless households in temporary accommodation across England hit a 13-year high before the coronavirus crisis

Increased costs put 'invisible' supported housing providers under financial pressure

26 May, 2020

Supported housing providers say they have been "invisible" during the coronavirus crisis as extra costs have put pressure on an already underfunded sector

Neighbours are worried new occupants of the complex's empty flats could bring the coronavirus

26 May, 2020

Neighbours are worried new occupants of the complex's empty flats could bring the coronavirus

Housing association committed development forecasts down by 43% as unsold units increase

22 May, 2020

Economic uncertainty brought about by coronavirus has caused registered providers revise downwards forecast expenditure on development, while unsold market and shared ownership homes increased

Do the smart thing

22 May, 2020

The future of the social smart home

The clock is ticking: government must act now to protect renters

22 May, 2020

There are now less than five weeks to go before the government's eviction ban ends

Routine repairs services cannot be resumed 'overnight'

21 May, 2020

Housing associations across the country have warned that routine repairs cannot instantly resume at normal rates after the housing minister wrote directly to social housing tenants to announce the return of non-urgent works

Evictions to restart as courts get ready to open for possession hearings on June 29th

20 May, 2020

Solicitors are told to expect that both suspended and new hearings are to restart but that they will be held online or on the telephone until it is safe to hold them in person

Put social housing at heart of coronavirus recovery, housing bodies tell devolved nations

20 May, 2020

Social housing must be at the heart of devolved governments' plans to steer their economies through the impacts of coronavirus

Housing minister says planned maintenance and void work should resume in letter to social housing tenants

19 May, 2020

Social housing landlords should resume planned external maintenance and repairs on empty properties

UK housing association Places for People hands £21m to Salesforce to look after CRM and job scheduling

19 May, 2020

UK housing association People for Places has awarded Salesforce a software licensing contract for CRM and job scheduling worth £21m

East Anglian housing association boss warns of 'tough times ahead' in coronavirus crisis

19 May, 2020

The boss of East Anglia's biggest housing association has warned the housing crisis may deepen in the wake of coronavirus

COVID-19 letter to social housing residents

19 May, 2020

To all social housing residents in England

We will deliver thousands fewer affordable homes with First Homes policy

18 May, 2020

Major London housing associations will deliver up to 3,600 fewer affordable homes a year if the government pushes ahead with its First Homes policy

Calls for social landlords to prioritise letting to domestic abuse survivors during pandemic

18 May, 2020

Domestic abuse agencies are demanding social housing providers to prioritise survivors when allocating homes, amid reports that incidences of abuse are rising during the coronavirus lockdown

Coronavirus: £5bn needed to stop local cuts say county councils

18 May, 2020

English councils have called on the government to provide a £5bn "income guarantee" to prevent local authorities from having to cut services as the coronavirus hits finances

Government confirms 'non-essential' social housing allocations can resume

15 May, 2020

Social housing lettings deemed "non-essential" can now go ahead as part of the government's move to reopen the housing market

Fitch Affirms 2 English Social Housing Registered Providers; Outlooks Negative

15 May, 2020

Fitch Ratings has revised Origin Housing Limited's Outlook to Negative from Stable

Councils in England fear they will have to make cuts of 20%

14 May, 2020

Councils could see a shortfall of up to £3.5bn across the local government social care sector

How the pandemic is speeding up the digital transformation of housing services

14 May, 2020

During the course of lockdown, social landlords have been distributing iPads and phones, and transforming how they engage with tenants

How repairs teams are turning to augmented reality to cope with coronavirus

14 May, 2020

The lockdown and coronavirus risk have led to some early experiments with augmented reality video to help repairs teams avoid unnecessary visits to tenants' homes

MHCLG suggests 'drive-by' Right to Buy valuations during pandemic

13 May, 2020

The government has suggested councils carry out "drive-by" Right to Buy valuations in order to keep the scheme running during the coronavirus pandemic

Legal challenge to override government's eviction ban dismissed by Court of Appeal

13 May, 2020

A challenge to the legality of the government's decision to pause all possession proceedings during the coronavirus pandemic has been dismissed by the Court of Appeal

Non-compliant housing association undergoes restructure and rebrand

13 May, 2020

A non-compliant Merseyside housing association has undergone a major group restructure

Civitas Social Housing collects 99% of rent over March-end quarter

12 May, 2020

Civitas Social Housing has released a trading and market update, covering the quarterly period to 31 March 2020

This cash-strapped council faces losing £3.3m as coronavirus continues to bite

12 May, 2020

It has received £1.4m Government coronavirus cash

Homes First celebrates 100 years of Council Housing

12 May, 2020

As the urban population soared thepoor quality housing that so many relied upon had become increasingly insanitary

Coronavirus could halt council plans to build 1000 new homes by 2022

11 May, 2020

Plans to build 1000 new council houses in South Lanarkshire by 2022 could be scuppered by coronavirus

Northern Ireland government to fast-track housing association reclassification bill

11 May, 2020

Northern Ireland's government will fast-track legislation to prevent the region's housing associations being reclassified as public sector bodies

Regulator grants deadline extension to councils with safety issues

07 May, 2020

Councils working through health and safety issues have been granted deadline extensions by the RSH because of the coronavirus

Steve Douglas: how the sector is responding to this crisis

07 May, 2020

Steve Douglas talks to Inside Housing about how the COVID-19 response might come to define the housing sector

Dunstable housing crisis: 91 bids made on three-bedroom home with successful applicant waiting 4 years to be rehoused

07 May, 2020

The only way is up for housing in landlocked parts of Central Bedfordshire such as Dunstable

Labour urges extended eviction ban amid risk of huge job losses

07 May, 2020

Five-point plan to protect renters comes as poll shows 1.7 million people fear unemployment

Family swiftly re-housed after Ryde blaze thanks to housing association

06 May, 2020

Just days after a devastating fire destroyed their property, a family of 5 have found a new place to live - after their housing association turned an empty house into a furnished family home

Bank lenders 'reasonably relaxed' about new loans to housing assocations during COVID-19

06 May, 2020

Housing sector lenders are said to be being largely supportive towards clients amid the COVID-19 crisis, but HAs are being advised to allow more time around funding processes

Kingdom Housing Association secures £10m credit facility from Lloyds

06 May, 2020

Kingdom Housing Association has agreed a Revolving Credit Facility Agreement with Lloyds Bank during the coronavirus period after an open tender process run for Kingdom by ATFS

Landlords report increase in anti-social behaviour injunctions as number of incidents grow

05 May, 2020

The number of injunctions being served by housing associations against tenants across the country has seen a huge spike in the past several weeks as landlords deal with an increasing number of anti-social behaviour incidents during lockdown

Housing associations complete 731-home stock transfer

05 May, 2020

Two housing associations have completed the transfer of 731 homes in the South of England

Ditch 'Starter Homes on steroids' project and focus on social housing

05 May, 2020

Hackney's mayor has told the government to abandon plans to give first-time buyers discount on new homes at the expense of social housing

Rent increases delayed for Hartlepool council tenants amid coronavirus crisis

05 May, 2020

Plans to increase rent for council homes by 1.7% to help provide more of the properties in Hartlepool have been delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak

Two large housing associations access bond markets to raise a combined £225m

04 May, 2020

Sovereign Housing Association and Together Housing have braved the financial markets to secure bonds worth a combined total of £225m

Call made for £100m housing debt write-off

04 May, 2020

Calls have been made for the government to write off Swindon Borough Council's £100m housing debt

'The housing market is broken': How Scarborough Council aims to help provide homes in the borough

04 May, 2020

A specialist affordable housing unit is to be created to help Scarborough Council meet its target of creating almost 1,000 new properties before March 2021

How housing associations are using voids during the coronavirus crisis

04 May, 2020

Despite challenges, some housing associations are managing use their vacant properties (voids) to provide housing for vulnerable people that need to move urgently

Top marks for Dorset social housing provider

04 May, 2020

Dorset social housing provider Magna has retained the highest ratings for governance and financial viability

Autistic teen living in shared accommodation for 10 years forced out after council decide "he might not get on with people"

01 May, 2020

A local council has been accused of "discrimination" for refusing to allow a severely autistic teenager to continue living in shared care accommodation because "he might not get on with people"

Regulatory judgements: London housing association handed governance downgrade following safety failings

30 April, 2020

A London housing association has been downgraded by the English regulator on governance grounds after breaching safety standards amid the latest round of regulatory judgements

Preston housing association has given out 2,300 food parcels to those in need

30 April, 2020

A Preston housing association is helping vulnerable people put food on the table during the coronavirus pandemic

Give social landlords the powers to fight county lines, as COVID-19 makes the threat worse

30 April, 2020

Coronavirus has increased the risk of drug dealers 'cuckooing' properties

Bank of England rejects housing association applications for COVID facility due to V2 ratings

30 April, 2020

The BoE is being lobbied by sector representatives after it denied some housing associations access to its COVID-19 financing facility on the basis of their regulatory V2 ratings, Social Housing has learned

Local authorities will need more time to spend Right to Buy receipts

29 April, 2020

Desperately-needed new social homes could go unbuilt unless councils are granted an extension to the time they are allowed to spend money from Right to Buy sales

Midlands Voluntary Right to Buy pilot extended

29 April, 2020

The large-scale pilot scheme giving housing association tenants the Right to Buy has been extended

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for social landlords on essential moves

29 April, 2020

Non-statutory guidance to support social landlords with allocations and transfers during the coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus pandemic puts the spotlight on poor housing quality in England

29 April, 2020

The current COVID-19 pandemic has brought the relationship between health and housing quality into sharp focus

Local authority coronavirus funding allocations revealed

29 April, 2020

Individual councils have been told how much money they will receive from the additional £1.6bn emergency coronavirus funding pot announced by the government for local authorities earlier this month

Giant housing association increases completions by 70%

29 April, 2020

Clarion Housing Group has announced it completed more than 2,000 new homes in 2019/20, a 70% increase on the number of homes completed in the previous financial year

There may be no better time than now for associations to approach the bond market

28 April, 2020

It has been a turbulent two months, but with credit spreads tightening and long-term borrowing rates low, now might be the time to move on the bond market

Coronavirus: Councils vying for emergency virus cash

28 April, 2020

Ministers are facing competing demands from councils across England for a £1.6bn emergency coronavirus fund

London housing groups launch programme to increase diversity in the sector

28 April, 2020

A trio of housing associations have combined with house builder Hill Group and the Greater London Authority to create an "emerging talent" programme

Tenants renew en-masse but rents fall

28 April, 2020

Seven out of 10 (70%) tenancies that were due to end in March were renewed - as people looked to stay put amid the lockdown

Councils call for Right to Buy receipts flexibility amid crisis

28 April, 2020

Councils have demanded an extension to the time they have to spend money through Right to Buy sales before it returns to the government

Social landlords advised to pause all 'non-essential' lettings during pandemic

28 April, 2020

Social landlords must pause all 'non-essential' allocations of homes during the pandemic

Coronavirus crisis may leave English councils with £5bn funding shortfall

27 April, 2020

Local authorities say more government action needed after data shows massive financial blackhole

Rochdale's largest social housing landlord urged to help coronavirus effort

27 April, 2020

Rochdale's largest social housing landlord has been urged to allow empty flats at its landmark Seven Sisters blocks to be used as emergency accommodation for the homeless

East Kent Housing staff and services set to transfer to councils in Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone and Hythe, and Thanet on September 30

27 April, 2020

The staff and the services of a scandal-hit social housing firm are set to transfer to the four councils that own it across Kent on September 30

Waltham Forest Council approves housing allocation changes at virtual cabinet meeting

27 April, 2020

Residents who have lived in Waltham Forest for less than five years will no longer be able to join the council housing register after changes to the Housing Allocation Rules

Rightmove says renters are returning to the search

24 April, 2020

As we entered lockdown, activity on Rightmove understandably dropped, but, according to the portal, has been slowly recovering over the past few weeks

Thousands of housing association staff furloughed as government's job retention scheme opens

24 April, 2020

Housing associations across the UK have furloughed thousands of their workers as they attempt to shield their businesses from the economic impact caused by coronavirus

Major housing association stand firms against pressure to stop student rent charges during COVID-19 crisis

24 April, 2020

A major housing association is refusing to bow to pressure over its decision to continue charging rent on student accommodation despite university closures during the coronavirus pandemic

Small supported housing associations 'urgently need short-term support'

23 April, 2020

The National Housing Federation is asking ministers whether housing associations can access the government's £750m charity rescue fund

Council land across the city to be sold to housing associations for affordable homes

23 April, 2020

Council land across Glasgow is set to be sold to housing associations so more affordable homes can be built

What landlords need to know about the EU's new £50bn COVID-19 state aid support scheme

22 April, 2020

Housing associations are among those that should benefit from a new £50bn EU scheme designed to support business affected by the coronavirus crisis

Cornwall Council uses affordable housing to support homeless during coronavirus

21 April, 2020

Cornwall Council has been using affordable homes to provide accommodation for the homeless during the coronavirus pandemic

Construction resumes on social housing projects

21 April, 2020

Construction is resuming on 35 social housing projects to ensure local authorities can deliver accommodation for people currently in emergency accommodation or at risk of homelessness during the current pandemic

Fears of 'catastrophic coronavirus outbreak among homeless in hostels

20 April, 2020

Charities accuse the government of putting cost above taking action to help isolate up to 35,000 still at risk in shelters

Coronavirus UK: English councils welcome extra £1.6bn support

20 April, 2020

Announcement brings total funding for local government to £3.2bn with extra £300m for devolved administrations

Confusion over housing association supply chain payment duties during coronavirus pandemic

17 April, 2020

Confusion is spreading across the housing association sector about whether organisations are legally obliged to support contractors and suppliers during the coronavirus crisis

The sector fights back: how the social housing sector is helping residents during the coronavirus outbreak

17 April, 2020

The country has been able to pull together during the coronavirus pandemic

Several housing associations included in Bank of England coronavirus bond purchase scheme

16 April, 2020

The Bank of England (BoE) has included a number of housing associations in its coronavirus Corporate Bond Purchase Scheme

Right to Buy Sales in England: October to December 2019

16 April, 2020

In Q3 2019-20 (October to December 2019), local authorities sold an estimated 2,356 dwellings under the Right to Buy scheme

How social landlords are shifting to remote working

16 April, 2020

With many more housing professionals now working from home, Kate Youde finds out how associations are adjusting to this 'new normal'

Housing association backs down over student accommodation rent

16 April, 2020

A housing association has backed down after previously refusing to waive rent on student blocks in Bristol despite the university being closed because of the coronavirus

Housing fund plans £1bn equity investment into social housing

15 April, 2020

A new fund is aiming to deploy £1bn of long-dated institutional equity capital into core social housing by acquiring shared ownership and general needs homes from housing associations

Waltham struggling to house rough sleepers

15 April, 2020

Waltham Forest Council is still struggling to obey the government and house all its rough sleepers as some refuse to engage with services

Millions in UK having to choose between paying rent and eating

14 April, 2020

Renters' unions call on government to suspend rents for duration of coronavirus crisis

Social renters most affected by coronavirus crisis

14 April, 2020

Social renters are most likely to be directly affected by the impacts of the coronavirus crisis

Homeless charity looks to offer social housing

14 April, 2020

A homelessness charity is "moving in" to affordable housing, after successfully becoming a registered provider

Social landlords bolster benefit advice teams amid huge Universal Credit demand

09 April, 2020

Social landlords are bolstering their benefit advice teams amid a surge in tenants needing help with Universal Credit claims because of coronavirus

Levelling up the land: funding social housing in the North

09 April, 2020

Before COVID-19 changed the global landscape, prime minister Boris Johnson had pledged to 'level up' Britain

Kingdom uses augmented reality to help with tenants' repairs

08 April, 2020

Kingdom Housing Association is the first to use new augmented reality technology to help tenants fix routine repairs without stepping foot in their homes

Investors: social housing remains a low-risk sector

08 April, 2020

Funders active in both the private and public bond markets told Social Housing that they see the sector as far less of a concern than a number of other industries trying to navigate the COVID-19 crisis

Coronavirus sparks cash-saving drive as associations prepare for income drop

08 April, 2020

Housing associations across the country are cancelling discretionary spending and reconsidering development pipelines in a bid to save cash in order to protect themselves against loss of income brought about by the coronavirus pandemic

Health and Safety Executive outlines steps landlords must take to carry out gas checks during pandemic

08 April, 2020

The HSE reiterated that gas safety checks must be carried out in order to protect tenants' safety and has given further guidance on steps they must take when they incur problems gaining access

Moody's: associations can mitigate 'material operational effects' of coronavirus

07 April, 2020

Credit ratings agency Moody's has said that it expects coronavirus to cause "material operational effects" on UK housing associations, but that strengthened liquidity from reduced spend on development and repairs will enable them to mitigate it

Housing association workers help free up hospital beds for coronavirus patients

07 April, 2020

Housing association repair workers have restored a mothballed NHS care facility to free up hospital beds for coronavirus patients

RSH publishes questions for coronavirus risks survey

07 April, 2020

England's social housing regulator has revealed the questions it will ask landlords as part of its coronavirus survey

Housing associations set out how they will support residents during the coronavirus crisis

06 April, 2020

The NHF has set out a series of commitments housing associations have made to support residents throughout the coronavirus outbreak

Council housing homeless people in holiday parks amid coronavirus lockdown

06 April, 2020

A Norfolk council is renting out caravans as temporary accommodation for homeless people during the coronavirus lockdown

London council moves hundreds of homeless families out of shared accommodation amid coronavirus crisis

06 April, 2020

Newham Council is in the process of moving almost 500 households out of shared temporary accommodation and into self-contained units in response to the coronavirus pandemic

Giant housing association secures £350m bond

06 April, 2020

Large housing association Sanctuary Group has secured a 30-year bond worth £350m

London housing association secures £250m bond amid market volatility

03 April, 2020

Large London housing association Optivo has issued a £250m bond with £100m retained despite volatile markets

Civitas Social Housing has good Covid-19 crisis as Reit reaches dividend cover & talks with NHS

03 April, 2020

Could a surprise addition to the shortlist of defensive closed-end funds in this crisis be Civitas Social Housing

Supporting tenants through financial hardship

03 April, 2020

A little over a month ago, my colleagues and I began our preparations for next year's elections to the National Assembly for Wales, and our campaign to focus on the three big issues facing Wales

Large association to make shared owners pay full cladding bills if it can't recoup costs

02 April, 2020

Shared owners living in a major development in central London have been told by their housing association that they could be hit with the full cost of removing dangerous cladding, even if they own just a small percentage of their home

Housing associations strike 800-home supported housing stock transfer deal

02 April, 2020

Two of the UK's largest housing associations have agreed an 800-home stock transfer deal

Rent increase for council tenants deferred for three months

02 April, 2020

The annual rent increase for City of York Council tenants is to be halted for three months

Changes to Worcestershire social housing allocation system

02 April, 2020

A new social housing allocation system which links three districts across South Worcestershire is being proposed by Worcester City Council

Government doesn't believe rent holiday is 'necessary' amid COVID-19

01 April, 2020

Government falls back on announced emergency legislation in response to a written Commons question

Coronavirus: 65% of social housing tenants 'not contacted' by landlord

01 April, 2020

Report reveals only 18% are satisfied with the information provided

Coronavirus: Mayor of Havering criticises housing association after it rejects his call for rent break for Orchard Village tenants

01 April, 2020

The Mayor of Havering has criticised a housing association after it rejected his call for a rent break for residents at a Rainham housing estate

Government urged to extend gas safety certificates as associations fear for workers' safety

31 March, 2020

Housing associations are pushing the government to extend gas safety certificates from 12 to 18 months in order to protect their workers from the spread of coronavirus

UK Housing Review calls for increased grant levels for social housing

31 March, 2020

UK Housing Review 2020 shows grant levels for new social housing in England have fallen dangerously low and will need to rise to boost investment in response to the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Landlords and Tenants

31 March, 2020

Non-statutory guidance for landlords and tenants in the private and social rented sectors

UK Housing Review records 'remorseless rise' in use of temporary accommodation

31 March, 2020

Total again rose by 5% year-on-year to top more than 86,000 last June - 79% above its low point eight years ago

Social housing in Gateshead could be brought back under the council's control

30 March, 2020

Council says proposed changes mean residents can access good quality housing both now and in the future

Courts suspend all possession hearings - putting a pause on evictions

30 March, 2020

Courts in England and Wales have suspended all possession hearings today for at least 90 days, effectively putting a pause on all eviction proceedings moving through the system

Hackney Council announces measures to support residents through the coronavirus pandemic

30 March, 2020

Hackney Council has announced measures to support the vulnerable and affected families throughout the coronavirus epidemic

Housing associations 'have contingencies in place' to deal with housing market freeze

30 March, 2020

Housing associations will be impacted by the housing market freeze implemented in response to coronavirus but have contingencies in place to deal with the effects on their businesses

Cundy Street Quarter: Grosvenor offers social housing tenants 'one move' option for new homes

30 March, 2020

The developer says it has found a way to phase its planned new development so that tenants do not have to move to a temporary dwelling while their replacement home is being built

Repairs workers get government green light to enter properties during coronavirus outbreak

27 March, 2020

Tradespeople and repairs workers can continue their work provided they are showing no symptoms of the virus, official guidance from the MHCLG has confirmed

The social housing sector and coronavirus: a briefing

27 March, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic takes hold of the country Inside Housing looks at the main issues facing the sector, and how it is mobilising to respond

Regulator to survey landlords and push back reporting deadlines amid COVID-19 pandemic

27 March, 2020

England's social housing regulator will postpone reporting deadlines and survey landlords to identify key issues for the sector as part of a new approach during the coronavirus crisis

No rent holiday during coronavirus lockdown but help available for social housing tenants

27 March, 2020

People in social housing have been advised to contact their housing association if they are struggling to pay the bills during the lockdown

Tenant served with injunction over 'lockdown parties'

27 March, 2020

Association secures what is thought to be a first-of-its-kind COVID-19 banning order

How can digital tech support the social housing sector?

27 March, 2020

More so than every before, tenants expect speedier service, easier rent management, always-on assistance, and improved communication channels

Khan calls for stronger financial support for UK's renters

27 March, 2020

The Mayor of London calls for immediate changes to the benefit system - including raising LHA rates to reflect median market rents

Gas safety check clarity needed as associations struggle with social distancing measures

26 March, 2020

Housing sector figures have called for clarity over statutory gas safety checks as access to properties is reduced during the coronavirus outbreak

Housing association ruled non-compliant after safety issues and loan covenant breach

26 March, 2020

A 5,000-home housing association has been deemed non-compliant with regulatory standards after multiple safety issues were uncovered across its stock and it breached one of its loan covenants

Fire chiefs publish coronavirus waking watch guidance for landlords

26 March, 2020

The NFCC has updated its advice to building owners and landlords on how to operate the waking watch fire safety measure during the coronavirus outbreak

English regulator: 'very liquid' social housing sector can withstand coronavirus arrears

25 March, 2020

The RSH has said that housing associations have the liquidity and financial tools they need to weather the impact of higher arrears amid the coronavirus pandemic

Sector debates rent increases and best practice amid Coronavirus lockdown

25 March, 2020

In the first CIH chat hour of its kind, the sector discussed how to interact with tenants, carrying out vital gas safety works and if it should implement the rent increases or not

Coronavirus highlights advantages of having a 'strong social housing sector'

25 March, 2020

Affordable Housing Commission urges government to make affordable housing a national priority at the centre of a national housing strategy

NI social landlords move to emergency-only repairs in bid to slow virus spread

24 March, 2020

Social landlords in Northern Ireland are curbing routine repairs amid the coronavirus outbreak

Majority of councils fail to consider veterans in housing and homelessness policy

24 March, 2020

Research shows local authorities are not taking account of ex-service personnel in housing and homelessness strategies

Report highlights role of randomised control trials in social housing sector

24 March, 2020

The study looked to help housing providers use the research method to measure the effectiveness and impact of their services

What are the legal considerations for social landlords contemplating offering rent holidays?

23 March, 2020

Social landlords will want to do the right thing at this difficult time, but there are legal considerations they must take into account when designing new rent policies

London housing association let £25,000 debt pile up on empty flat after death of shared owner

23 March, 2020

A large London housing association has allowed more than £25,000 of debt to build up on a flat that has been empty for more than two years since its shared ownership resident passed away

Hostels like living in 'petri dishes' as temporary housing hit by coronavirus

23 March, 2020

People living in temporary accommodation are facing an 'unprecedented crisis'

Draft legislation on evictions 'ban' simply extends notice period to three months

23 March, 2020

Draft legislation will simply extend the notice period for evictions from two months to three with landlords still able to serve notices on their tenants

Poor data quality and incorrect calculations: regulator sets out key rent compliance issues

23 March, 2020

Incorrect calculations, poor data quality and mistakenly treating properties as exempt are some of the issues set out in a new report by the regulator that highlights the key risks to rent compliance

More must to be done to protect families in temporary accommodation from coronavirus

20 March, 2020

Shelter is calling on the government to do more to protect families in hostels and B&Bs from the threat of coronavirus

Radian boss interview: Size matters in social housing

20 March, 2020

Radian has joined forces with Yarlington to create one of the South's biggest social landlords

'Restoration man' wants specific targets for building social and affordable housing

20 March, 2020

George Clarke tells HCLG Committee delivery of social and affordable-rented housing is not just about the numbers but funding

Regulator of Social Housing provides correspondence update

20 March, 2020

It advises against sending any contact to the Regulator by post due to the Coronavirus

Allow housing associations to buy empty homes to help families self-isolate during pandemic

20 March, 2020

Housing associations should be given support to buy up empty new build homes to house families attempting to self-isolate in overcrowded accommodation

Henderson 'confident' no housing association will evict over Coronavirus

19 March, 2020

NHF chief executive urges government to go further with welfare provisions as the outbreak endures

How low-scoring councils are responding to the Housing Delivery Test

19 March, 2020

One Hampshire council is building half as many homes as it needs, while another is building more than double

Why we're limiting our rent rise at Havebury Housing

19 March, 2020

When the government announced a raised rent limit for social housing landlords in 2020, we were faced with a dilemma

Government confirms suspension of evictions for social and private housing

19 March, 2020

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced emergency legislation as the country continues to battle the effects of Coronavirus

Housing associations under pressure to offer Covid-19 rent holidays

18 March, 2020

Millions of tenants may be unable to pay as coronavirus leads to lost work

What the Budget means for housing

18 March, 2020

The rapid escalation of the coronavirus crisis poses an enormous challenge to the country and the housing sector

Regulator of Social Housing to pause In-Depth Assessments programme

18 March, 2020

The Regulator of Social Housing has paused its programme due to the Coronavirus

Brighton council only answer 57 per cent of council housing calls

18 March, 2020

Tenants needing home repairs have been left hanging on the phone because of a shortage of staff to answer calls

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

Government announces 'complete ban' on evictions for social and private renters

18 March, 2020

The government has announced a "complete ban" on evictions in both social and private rented housing during the coronavirus crisis

More than 1,250 housing association mortgages in London on hold as EWS falters

17 March, 2020

London's biggest housing associations have seen more than 1,250 sales, staircasing attempts and remortgage applications put on hold as a result of the mortgage crisis

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

Housing associations agree 600-home stock transfer deal

16 March, 2020

Two housing associations in the South of England have agreed a 613-home stock transfer deal

Housing secretary pledges to increase social rent numbers under new £12bn programme

16 March, 2020

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has told MPs that there will be "significant" increase in the number of homes for social rent under the new £12bn Affordable Homes Programme

Labour calls for ban on evictions of tenants affected by Covid-19

16 March, 2020

Party presses for more action to help lowest-paid weather coronavirus outbreak

Repairs and vital safety checks could be put on hold due to coronavirus

13 March, 2020

Landlords and social housing figures have raised concerns over the effect coronavirus could have on repair works and vital gas and fire safety checks

120 of Greenwich council's housing repair workers to strike later this month

13 March, 2020

More than 120 of Greenwich Council's housing repair workers will strike for two days later this month after a dispute over a new pay structure

94% of social landlords will raise rents by maximum amount in April

13 March, 2020

A total of 94% of social landlords will implement the maximum rent increase next month when the power to raise rents returns

Availability of grant 'most significant factor' for housing association development

13 March, 2020

Housing associations believe that the availability of government grants will be the "most significant factor" in the size of their future development programmes

Putting the rents up: why are 94% of social landlords planning for a maximum rent rise?

13 March, 2020

For four years, social housing rents have been cut. But they will start to rise again in April

RBKC's council house programme gets underway

13 March, 2020

Plans are first phase of new proposal to build 600 new homes - at least 300 of which will be at social rent

Shared ownership Right to Buy likely to be applied to all rented homes funded under £12bn programme

12 March, 2020

Housing association homes built for rent under the government's new Affordable Homes Programme look set to be automatically made available to tenants as shared ownership properties

PWLB rates for social housing cut to pre-hike levels

12 March, 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has cut interest rates by one percentage point for councils seeking to take out public loans for social housing

Eighty-five social sector blocks with at risk ACM still to be remediated

12 March, 2020

New stats show extent of cladding issues as budget pitches £1bn building safety fund

REIT dividend payments pass £12m for quarter

12 March, 2020

REIT Triple Point Social Housing has announced a dividend payment of 1.285 pence per ordinary share, equating to £4.5m for shareholders

English regulator hands housing associations coronavirus compliance flexibility

12 March, 2020

The RSH will account for the impact of coronavirus on housing associations when making compliance judgements

Nine ACM-clad social housing blocks yet to start remediation work despite promise of government cash

12 March, 2020

The owners of nine social housing blocks with ACM cladding have yet to start remediation work despite being promised government money to cover costs

Scottish Landlords 'engaged positively' with Regulators Assurance process

12 March, 2020

All social landlords are required to submit an assurance statement to each year to confirm they meet regulatory requirements

Wandle Housing Association slammed over vermin and fire safety

11 March, 2020

A housing association boss was accused of treating residents with "utter contempt" after saying she would live in a block plagued with vermin and fire safety issues

MP calls on council to house disabled boy stuck in hospital

11 March, 2020

Ahmed, 10, unable to leave for 11 months as Manchester council fails to find property

Rural social housing crisis 'left behind'

11 March, 2020

Waiting lists for over half of rural local authorities have grown between 2018 and 2019 and will take 154 years to clear

Conservative MPs urge chancellor to use Budget to build more social housing

11 March, 2020

A group of 27 Conservative MPs and the mayor of the West Midlands have written to chancellor Rishi Sunak ahead of Wednesday's Budget statement to urge him to allocate more money to building social housing

140 disabled people 'incarcerated' in hospitals due to lack of accessible housing

11 March, 2020

140 people with a learning disability or autism, who are capable of independent living, are being forced to stay in hospital due to a lack of appropriate accommodation

David Davis calls on the chancellor to build more social housing

11 March, 2020

David Davis has brought together politicians from across the Conservative Party to call on the chancellor to invest in social housing at the upcoming budget

Lack of affordable housing forcing councils to leave people homeless

10 March, 2020

Crisis says its stats show more must be done to ensure the HRA can reach its full potential

Japanese bank agrees £60m funding deal with major landlord

10 March, 2020

Midland Heart has secured a £60m finance deal with SMBC, the second deal the Japanese bank has done in the sector in the past four months

Hackney Council wants to spend £10m a year buying back old social homes lost to Right to Buy

10 March, 2020

Town hall chiefs want to start buying back homes lost to Right to Buy for use as 'genuinely affordable' housing

National inquiry launched into social housing earnings gaps

10 March, 2020

It will involve both sector experts and social housing residents through evidence sessions in parliament

Tory MPs urge Chancellor to allocate more money for social housing

10 March, 2020

Ensure the people of this country are only restricted by their hard work and vision, not their postcode

Housing associations draw up coronavirus action plans as UK cases mount

09 March, 2020

Housing associations across the country are developing plans to tackle further escalation in the coronavirus outbreak as the number of confirmed cases in the UK continues to rise

Social housing sector moves on deals as UK gilt yields hit 'all-time lows'

09 March, 2020

The Longhurst Group joined a flurry of corporate borrowers re-entering the debt capital markets on 4 March 2020, as UK gilt yields continued to fall to record lows this week on the back of coronavirus worries

Shropshire father with terminal cancer claims housing association mistake led to him being denied social housing near his family

09 March, 2020

A Shropshire father-of-two with terminal cancer who is facing 'crippling' private rent bills claims a mistake by a housing association led to him being denied social housing near to his family

Mum and son endure two-month saga after ceiling collapses in housing association home

09 March, 2020

A mother has endured a two-month-long battle with her housing association after living in and out of hotels, since her ceiling collapsed on Christmas Day last year

London borough wants to buy back homes lost to Right To Buy

09 March, 2020

In 2018, Hackney spent £54m placing homeless families in temporary accommodation

Housing association leaseholders told it could take years for apartments to be saleable

06 March, 2020

Leaseholders living in housing association blocks with potentially dangerous cladding have been told they may have to wait years for their homes to become saleable

Special report: housing associations' forward spend plans reach £34.8bn

06 March, 2020

The total capital commitments of 200 housing associations rose by 15 per cent in the past year

Council taking 'too long' to re-fill social housing

06 March, 2020

Some council house tenants are being placed in properties that are 'half finished'

Regulator warns social landlords over rent requirements ahead of April increase

06 March, 2020

The RSH has issued a warning to housing associations and councils over its requirements on rents ahead of the April increase

Clarion apologises after accidentally overcharging hundreds of residents

06 March, 2020

The UK's largest housing association has apologised after mistakenly taking extra money from hundreds of residents through direct debit

Regulator of Social Housing: concerns remain over lease-based model

05 March, 2020

The English social housing regulator says lease-based specialised supported housing providers are not responding sufficiently

Father wins appeal to assign tenancy of housing association property to daughter

04 March, 2020

A housing association tenant whose application to assign the tenancy of the property to his daughter was rejected has successfully challenged the landlord's decision

Waltham Forest and Redbridge council housing rents to increase for first time in four years

04 March, 2020

Council house rent will increase in both Waltham Forest and Redbridge from April this year

London housing association breached Home Standard over electrical and asbestos safety failings

04 March, 2020

A London housing association has become the latest landlord to breach the RSH consumer standards following electrical and asbestos safety failures

RBKC to reintroduce lifetime tenancies

04 March, 2020

We have spoken at length about the need to change as a Council in order to rebuild trust with our communities

Are social landlords building homes despite the flood risk?

04 March, 2020

Alarm over building on flood plains may be concerning to social landlords as they embark on developments

Housing association investment to rise by a third to hit £17bn in 2020

03 March, 2020

Housing associations are expected to invest up to £16.9bn in new housing over the next 12 months, an increase of more than a third from 2019

Tenant caught sub-letting flat to tourists

03 March, 2020

Court orders tenant to pay back £6,000 in profits

Social landlords 'face £10bn bill to fix fire safety problems'

02 March, 2020

Government urged to fund bailout as costs forecast to soar in wake of Grenfell disaster

Regulator confirms plans for £14.7m in RP fees amid 15% rate hike

02 March, 2020

The RSH is expecting to receive £14.7m of income through fees paid by registered providers in 2020/21 following a 15 per cent year-on-year hike

Storm damage leaves councils facing big cuts to pay for repairs

02 March, 2020

Public services to suffer after tens of millions of pounds of damage to roads and bridges

A desperate need for affordable rental housing

02 March, 2020

When I grew up most lived in rented homes and the wish for many was to have a secure tenancy in a modern council house

Housing association buys 1,175 homes from Clarion in the North East

02 March, 2020

The country's largest housing association, Clarion Housing Group, is continuing its programme of offloading stock to drive efficiencies, selling 1,175 homes in South Shields and Newcastle to Riverside

Government goes coy over Renters Reform Bill

02 March, 2020

Written Commons question receives less than definitive response as to Bill's passage through Parliament

East Anglian housing association to limit rent increase

28 February, 2020

An East Anglia-based housing association will limit rent rises in April to less than the amount permitted by government

Council commits to 600 more homes a year in Bromley

28 February, 2020

Bromley Council has promised to ensure more than 600 new homes are built a year in the borough to deal with the housing shortage

TfL partners with housing association to deliver 400 new homes

28 February, 2020

Transport for London has announced it is working with A2Dominion to bring forward plans to deliver new affordable homes

The Grenfell fallout

28 February, 2020

We are proud to sign up to the new campaign urging the government to act over flammable cladding on buildings

No solution to Universal Credit rent update issue in time for April increases

27 February, 2020

The majority of social landlords face the huge administrative burden of processing changes to individual tenants' rent costs in April, with the DWP saying a sector-wide solution will not be found in time

Jenrick falls back on 'scaremongering' over council-funding accusations

27 February, 2020

Commons hears government will be "asking a lot" of councils to deliver new housing

Temporary accommodation tenant wins High Court challenge against London council

26 February, 2020

A tenant has won a High Court case against a London council that failed to rehouse him and his family two years after it admitted that the accommodation they had been placed in was unsuitable

Council becomes first in London to build shelter for homeless people with no access to benefits

26 February, 2020

Redbridge Council has become the first local authority in London to build a homeless shelter for people with 'no recourse to public funds'

Landlord with 25,000 homes handed governance downgrade over 'underinvestment' concerns

26 February, 2020

A 25,000-home housing association has been given a governance downgrade for failures related to underinvestment in its existing homes, as part of a series of judgements released by the regulator today

'Think again' call as Thirteen housing announce helpdesk closure plan

25 February, 2020

The social housing giant has been accused of 'deserting' Teessiders by the move

Welsh government invests £45m in modular housing to create 'next generation of social housing'

25 February, 2020

The Welsh government has announced that it is making a £45m investment in modular housing, in an attempt to increase the delivery of social and affordable homes

Councils to close troubled ALMO after residents back proposals

24 February, 2020

Four Kent councils have confirmed plans to close their jointly owned ALMO, which has been rocked by safety concerns, after residents backed the proposals

Building surge hints at comeback of the council house

24 February, 2020

English councils are building homes again, on a scale not seen in decades, constructing an estimated 13,000 dwellings over a 12 month period

Single London borough sees half of short term lets exceed 90-night limit

24 February, 2020

Figure for 2019 represents half of the homes needed to help 6,000 families on the borough's waiting list

The acute social housing crisis and what Scotland can teach us

24 February, 2020

The sale of public land to private developers must be stopped, says Rev Paul Nicolson, while Kate Macintosh says the problem is not a lack of housing but affordability

Labour leadership hopeful pledges 'council house building boom'

24 February, 2020

Rebecca Long-Bailey calls on her rivals to commit to building 100,000 homes for social rent a year

Hundreds of vulnerable people refused temporary housing

21 February, 2020

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

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

21 February, 2020

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

Council to take control of half finished Blackpool housing estate

21 February, 2020

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

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

20 February, 2020

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

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

20 February, 2020

Coventry Homefinder is having a huge overhaul

Social housing must be at the heart of the Budget

20 February, 2020

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

Council and housing association partner to tackle empty homes

20 February, 2020

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

Council slammed by Ombudsman over housing complaint

20 February, 2020

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

Tackling climate change in the housing sector

20 February, 2020

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

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

19 February, 2020

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

Large housing associations agree 380-home swap deal

19 February, 2020

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

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

19 February, 2020

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

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

19 February, 2020

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

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

19 February, 2020

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

Why Wigan Council is bringing in new rules for shared housing

18 February, 2020

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

Every council tenant in Hull and East Riding facing rent hike

18 February, 2020

Almost 35,000 households will pay more from April

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

18 February, 2020

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

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

18 February, 2020

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

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

17 February, 2020

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

Winchester City Council to limit tenants' housing exchanges

17 February, 2020

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

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

17 February, 2020

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

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

14 February, 2020

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

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

14 February, 2020

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

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

13 February, 2020

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

Thanet councillors due to approve axing of East Kent Housing contract

13 February, 2020

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

Landlords hand over evidence late in nine out of 10 cases

13 February, 2020

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

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

13 February, 2020

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

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

12 February, 2020

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

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

12 February, 2020

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

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

11 February, 2020

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

Housing associations 'need to get better at working together'

11 February, 2020

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

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

11 February, 2020

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

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

11 February, 2020

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

Regulator urges better tenant engagement and 'more initiative'

10 February, 2020

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

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

10 February, 2020

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

Focus on footprint drives bigger housing association stock deals

07 February, 2020

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

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

07 February, 2020

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

Why landlords should expect more from their suppliers

07 February, 2020

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

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

06 February, 2020

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

Cheshire West social housing evictions peak in last 2 years

06 February, 2020

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

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

06 February, 2020

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

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

06 February, 2020

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

Councils in crisis with more tax rises and service cuts due

05 February, 2020

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

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

05 February, 2020

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

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

05 February, 2020

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

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

05 February, 2020

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

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

04 February, 2020

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

Call for secure tenancies for problem-hit Barnet flats

04 February, 2020

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

Lancashire supported housing review to deal with empty places

04 February, 2020

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

Colchester Council to buy 100 homes for those on housing list

04 February, 2020

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

Report reinforces link between social renting and in-work poverty

04 February, 2020

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

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

03 February, 2020

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

Thousands trapped in limbo by post-Grenfell fire safety standards

03 February, 2020

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

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

03 February, 2020

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

Golding Homes secures £100m credit facility

03 February, 2020

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

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

03 February, 2020

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

Associations join forces to improve home solutions for ageing population

03 February, 2020

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

Seven in 10 councils overspending homelessness budgets

31 January, 2020

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

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

31 January, 2020

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

Social housing expected to grow after Brexit

31 January, 2020

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

Scottish Housing Regulator highlights RSL role in addressing homelessness

31 January, 2020

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

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

30 January, 2020

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

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

30 January, 2020

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

How to end evictions from social housing

30 January, 2020

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

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

30 January, 2020

Lawyers say police interviews indicate workers could face manslaughter charges

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

30 January, 2020

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

Regulator of Social Housing launches consultation on equality objectives

30 January, 2020

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

'Red' alert as councils struggle with temporary accommodation cost

29 January, 2020

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

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

29 January, 2020

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

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

29 January, 2020

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

Housing association reaches agreement with charity over homeless centre

29 January, 2020

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

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

29 January, 2020

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

Cheshire West council set to change social housing policy

29 January, 2020

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

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

28 January, 2020

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

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

28 January, 2020

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

Council tenant admits fraud over trying to buy own flat

28 January, 2020

Tenant exposed as actually owning three houses

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

28 January, 2020

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

Grenfell cladding maker 'knew it fell below safety standard'

28 January, 2020

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

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

28 January, 2020

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

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

28 January, 2020

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

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

28 January, 2020

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

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

28 January, 2020

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

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

27 January, 2020

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

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

27 January, 2020

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

Council signs agreement with 10 housing associations to tackle housing issues

27 January, 2020

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

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

27 January, 2020

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

Grenfell Tower inquiry: what we learned as second phase begins

27 January, 2020

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

Bolton at Home to increase charges for sheltered housing services

24 January, 2020

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

Council tenants in Southend to be hit with rent increase

24 January, 2020

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

Association announces A+ stable credit rating

24 January, 2020

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

Council becomes last in London to demand delivery of social housing

24 January, 2020

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

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

23 January, 2020

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

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

23 January, 2020

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

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

23 January, 2020

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

Government warns landlords to check cladding or face enforcement action

22 January, 2020

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

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

22 January, 2020

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

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

22 January, 2020

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

Affordable delivery stats on the up for housing associations

22 January, 2020

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

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

21 January, 2020

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

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

21 January, 2020

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

What is the TMO?

21 January, 2020

Johnson defines Tory social housing policy in four words

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

21 January, 2020

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

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

21 January, 2020

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

RLA opposes plans to renew additional HMO licensing scheme in Cardiff

20 January, 2020

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

Here is how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

20 January, 2020

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

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

20 January, 2020

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

Lettings boss hit with ban after failing to protect deposits

20 January, 2020

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

New measures to improve building safety standards

20 January, 2020

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

Welfare reform millions set aside by Stormont not spent

20 January, 2020

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

MHCLG funds research into housing-related loneliness solutions

20 January, 2020

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

Council becomes latest to hike levy for empty homes

20 January, 2020

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

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

17 January, 2020

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

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

17 January, 2020

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

Council to spend almost £1m improving social housing

17 January, 2020

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

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

16 January, 2020

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

Council rent hike for first time in four years in Southwark

16 January, 2020

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

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

16 January, 2020

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

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

16 January, 2020

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

London association to switch 2,000 residents to lifetime tenancies

16 January, 2020

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

Network Homes to offer lifetime tenancies

16 January, 2020

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

Council home drop under Tory government slammed as 'disgraceful'

16 January, 2020

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

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

15 January, 2020

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

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

15 January, 2020

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

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

15 January, 2020

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

Brexit: an update for housing associations

15 January, 2020

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

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

14 January, 2020

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

Sheffield sets out £500m housing works plan

14 January, 2020

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

McVey warns councils against 'frustrating' Right To Buy

14 January, 2020

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

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

14 January, 2020

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

Large landlord becomes latest to scrap fixed-term tenancies

13 January, 2020

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

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

13 January, 2020

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

Luxury hotel and property developer registers for-profit housing association

10 January, 2020

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

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

10 January, 2020

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

Special report: trend of increasing stock consolidation continues

10 January, 2020

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

Jenrick threatens unprecedented intervention over council's home plans

10 January, 2020

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

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

10 January, 2020

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

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

09 January, 2020

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

The social rent dilemma

09 January, 2020

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

Local authority new build programmes and lifting the HRA borrowing caps

09 January, 2020

What is the potential and what are the constraints?

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

09 January, 2020

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

Social housing 'can learn' from PRS over furnished tenancies

09 January, 2020

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

Costs of housing homeless in temporary accommodation soar in East Devon

09 January, 2020

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

McVey backs Voluntary Right To Buy for housing association tenants

09 January, 2020

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

Association to scrap fixed-term tenancies

09 January, 2020

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

Coronavirus: Renters 'more at risk from economic downturn'

09 January, 2020

Renters are likely to be hit harder than homeowners from an economic downturn during the coronavirus crisis

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

08 January, 2020

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

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

08 January, 2020

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

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

08 January, 2020

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

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

07 January, 2020

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

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

07 January, 2020

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

Pregnant homeless woman left to sleep on floor by council

07 January, 2020

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

Associations in merger talks select designate leaders

07 January, 2020

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

Green Party politician tells Black Country planners to prioritise affordable housing

06 January, 2020

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

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

06 January, 2020

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

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

06 January, 2020

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

Wandsworth Council loses bid to force leaseholders to pay for sprinklers

03 January, 2020

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

How East Lancs social housing review could cut waiting list

03 January, 2020

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

Northern Ireland housing association draws down EIB loan at 1.7%

03 January, 2020

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

Dozens of Brighton council housing blocks have no sprinklers

02 January, 2020

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

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

02 January, 2020

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

New Thanet council plan aimed at tackling housing crisis

02 January, 2020

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

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

02 January, 2020

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

10 things about 2019 - part one

24 December, 2019

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

Housing crisis could see council set up its own housing company

24 December, 2019

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

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

24 December, 2019

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

Prime Minister pledges new action to eliminate homelessness and rough sleeping

23 December, 2019

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

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

23 December, 2019

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

Blackpool Council is owed millions in outstanding debt

20 December, 2019

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

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

20 December, 2019

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

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

20 December, 2019

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

LIN member report December 2019 - Benefits and Disability

19 December, 2019

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

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

19 December, 2019

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

London sees big rise in temporary accommodation households

19 December, 2019

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

Delivering local affordable rents

19 December, 2019

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

Social landlords to get direct payments of benefits under UC changes

18 December, 2019

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

To achieve its housing pledges the government must empower local authorities

18 December, 2019

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

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

17 December, 2019

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

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

17 December, 2019

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

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

17 December, 2019

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

Social housing needs 'massive programme of retrofitting'

16 December, 2019

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

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

16 December, 2019

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

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

13 December, 2019

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

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

13 December, 2019

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

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

12 December, 2019

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

NI associations in need of 'urgent' reclassification

12 December, 2019

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

Small provider 'unable to meet obligations of lease'

11 December, 2019

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

Opposition parties jostle for pole position on affordable housing

11 December, 2019

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

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

11 December, 2019

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

Scrooges ban tenants from putting Christmas wreaths on their doors

11 December, 2019

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

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

10 December, 2019

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

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

10 December, 2019

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

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

09 December, 2019

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

Right to Buy sales fall to lowest level in six years

09 December, 2019

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

Poll tells Tories to up social housing offer

09 December, 2019

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

Housing associations looking to offload shared ownership portfolios to institutional investors

06 December, 2019

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

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

06 December, 2019

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

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

06 December, 2019

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

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

05 December, 2019

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

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

05 December, 2019

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

Places for People sent out eviction notices by mistake

05 December, 2019

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

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

05 December, 2019

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

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

05 December, 2019

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

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

05 December, 2019

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

A 'strong tenant voice matters'

04 December, 2019

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

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

04 December, 2019

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

Civitas Social Housing reports strong first half

03 December, 2019

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

Grenfell survivors tell party leaders safety delays will cost lives

03 December, 2019

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

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

02 December, 2019

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

Social landlords show commitment to efficiency, transparency and accountability

02 December, 2019

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

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

02 December, 2019

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

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

29 November, 2019

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

Social housing unites to launch sector ESG initiative

29 November, 2019

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

Strategy to combat homelessness unveiled by council

29 November, 2019

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

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

28 November, 2019

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

Rules to improve council housing quality could be tightened in Barnsley

28 November, 2019

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

Election plea for BME housing associations

28 November, 2019

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

Placeshapers conference: Housing associations are 'community anchors'

28 November, 2019

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

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

27 November, 2019

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

Years-long waiting lists for social housing in Lambeth

27 November, 2019

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

Shelter chief executive calls for mass construction of social housing

27 November, 2019

It's a national emergency with a clear solution

Housing associations set for two-year turnover increase

27 November, 2019

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

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

27 November, 2019

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

Planners 'vital' for success of council housebuilding

27 November, 2019

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

Bromford pulls out of two council areas as it narrows focus

26 November, 2019

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

Less than 10 social rent homes created in Cambridgeshire last year

26 November, 2019

Social rent is what used to be known as council housing

Savills seminar shines spotlight on need for social housing

26 November, 2019

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

Thirteen associations face downgrade if UK sovereign rating lowered

26 November, 2019

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

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

26 November, 2019

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

Why housing associations should invest in video

26 November, 2019

Video advertising used to be a numbers game

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

25 November, 2019

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

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

25 November, 2019

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

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

25 November, 2019

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

Landlord to demolish third of tower blocks as demand weakens

25 November, 2019

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

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

22 November, 2019

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

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

22 November, 2019

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

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

22 November, 2019

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

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

22 November, 2019

The communities wishes have been disregarded once again

General election 2019: Labour and Tories push housing policies

21 November, 2019

Labour and the Conservatives have set out rival plans to tackle England's housing shortage

Housing association evicts dozens of tenants in Milton Keynes flats 'for no apparent reason'

21 November, 2019

One of the UK's largest housing associations has given tenants in an entire block of Milton Keynes flats their marching orders without giving them a reason

Welsh government reiterates commitment to social housing

21 November, 2019

But Deputy Director of Housing Policy calls for more collaboration and sharing "so we can maximise the supply of homes"

Shelter sees no investment for social housing in future Tory policy

21 November, 2019

Tory housing plan already branded a big disappointment - before its even been announced

Agent's 'manifesto' calls for a bedroom tax to be paid by private home owners

20 November, 2019

Property search agent Stacks has called for a 'bedroom tax' for the private sector

Council housing fraud falls 23%

20 November, 2019

Housing fraud cases concerning council homes fell 23% last year

Overwhelming tenant vote in favour of partnership plans

20 November, 2019

The plans would see the merge of Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership and Wheatley Group

Lib Dems propose new Help to Rent scheme ahead of election

20 November, 2019

The party has also said that it will build at least 100,000 homes for social rent each year

Is Labour's pledge to build 100,000 council houses achievable?

20 November, 2019

Party has promised a 'housing revolution' with additional new homes built for social rent

Labour pledges £75bn programme to build 150,000 affordable homes a year

20 November, 2019

Labour has pledged to pump £75bn into housing over five years if it wins December's election, promising "the biggest council and social housing programme in decades"

ALMO chief reveals challenges dealing with devastating floods

19 November, 2019

An ALMO chief executive has spoken of the "extremely challenging" situation in tackling last week's severe floods after residents at 81 of its homes were affected

Election 2019: Reports Labour will 'drop right-to-buy plan'

19 November, 2019

A report published over the weekend suggests Labour has dropped its controversial plan to offer tenants the right to buy their privately rented homes

Major victory after Earls Court housing estates under threat of demolition handed back to council

19 November, 2019

Two west London housing estates that have been under threat of demolition by developers for 12 years are to be handed back to the council in a major victory for campaigners

Former tenants of demolition targeted sheltered housing set to receive £6,400 payments EACH

19 November, 2019

Twenty-two former residents of a sheltered housing scheme are set to be given "home loss" payments of £6,400 each after they moved out of the property because of subsidence

'Nuisance' council tenants 'should live in tents' says Ashfield Tory candidate

19 November, 2019

"Nuisance" council tenants should be forced to live in tents and pick vegetables

Bradford's Accent Housing to build 500 homes in five years

18 November, 2019

Bradford-based housing association Accent Housing has announced plans to build about 500 homes a year for the next five years

Grenfell Inquiry: companies involved in Grenfell refurbishment respond to phase one findings

18 November, 2019

A number of companies that were involved in the refurbishment of the Grenfell Tower before the fire that killed 72 people have responded to the publication of the findings from the first phase of the inquiry

Regulator places association 'under review' over governance

18 November, 2019

The group's regulatory status will be confirmed following an investigation into compliance

Temporary accommodation costs councils over £1bn in just one year

15 November, 2019

Shelter chief exec warns of an "even higher price" without election commitments to social housing

Revealed: 39 housing associations have credit ratings affirmed by Moody's

15 November, 2019

Moody's has affirmed the credit ratings of 39 housing associations, including some of the country's biggest, and said the sector should remain "resilient" to the risks facing the UK

Manchester City Council unveils plans to help associations buy back Right to Buy homes

15 November, 2019

Manchester City Council will introduce a new policy which will see them offer money to housing associations to help them buy former Right to Buy homes

Bristol housing associations begin merger talks

15 November, 2019

The boards of Solon South West and United Communities have agreed to explore bringing the businesses together

UK government loses supreme court fight over bedroom tax

14 November, 2019

Judgment will restore full housing benefit to at least 155 partners of disabled people

Shared ownership Right to Buy plan forces landlords to rethink strategic partnership bids

14 November, 2019

Housing associations are being forced to reconsider their bids for the next phase of strategic partnership funding after the government unveiled plans to give their tenants the right to buy a portion of their home

Manchester housing plans to prioritise 'most vulnerable'

14 November, 2019

An overhaul of social housing policy to prioritise Manchester's "most vulnerable" residents for rehousing has been approved by the city council

Is the sector well equipped to assess tenant satisfaction?

14 November, 2019

A shift in focus since the Grenfell fire has moved tenant satisfaction further up the agenda for social landlords. But have they got the right tools to assess it?

500 new council homes could be built over the next six years

14 November, 2019

More than 500 new council homes could be built in Norwich in the next six years in the wake of the success of the Goldsmith Street estate

Housing associations face 'limited risks' from weakening UK fiscal strength

14 November, 2019

Ratings agency Moody's relatively upbeat about sector's prospects

Government and DWP dealt another blow over bedroom tax

14 November, 2019

Supreme Court says application of the bedroom tax can breach human rights - after European Court said the tax was discriminatory

The social housing network: how Facebook is changing the relationship between social landlords and tenants

13 November, 2019

Facebook groups have given tenants a new way of ramping up pressure on landlords to improve performance. But does this mean the relationship has to be adversarial?

Council decides to scrap Mansfield Homes development firm

13 November, 2019

Mansfield District Council has decided to scrap its Mansfield Homes Ltd housing developer once its current contract expires

Basildon Council announces plan to build 1,000 new homes in five years

13 November, 2019

Basildon Council has announced plans to build 1,000 new homes in five years

Cumbrian housing association to transfer operations to Riverside

12 November, 2019

Impact Housing Association has begun to consult tenants on proposals to transfer its operations to Riverside Group

One in 10 associations believe regulator could do more to tackle breaches

12 November, 2019

One in 10 social landlords regulated by the Regulator of Social Housing believe the body could be tougher on those that breach standards

Right to Buy ban could be temporary

11 November, 2019

The Welsh housing minister has opened the door for Right to Buy in Wales, saying she "hopes" its ban in Wales is a temporary measure and could be removed as the country increases its social housing stock

Senior housing schemes to be given facelift

11 November, 2019

Senior housing schemes are set to get a facelift in a bid to encourage older people to downsize from council homes

Next government 'should build three million new social homes'

11 November, 2019

New Economics Foundation pitches transformative political programme into election campaign

Government 'must ensure' social housing is a priority

11 November, 2019

A new NHF campaign calls for the sector to engage with prospective parliamentary candidates ahead of the election

Landlords braced for block management overhaul after Grenfell Inquiry changes

08 November, 2019

Social landlords are readying themselves for new tower block management challenges arising from last week's Grenfell Tower Inquiry phase one report

Majority of asylum seekers and refugees housed in poorer areas while dozens of councils support none

08 November, 2019

More than half of asylum seekers and resettled refugees accommodated by just 6 per cent of UK councils, all which have below average household income

Landlords call for return of rent convergence in response to regulator's consultation

08 November, 2019

Social landlords have used a consultation about setting rents for social housing to call for the government to reintroduce convergence rules which would allow them to increase rents on some of their homes

Does social housing pay, commission asks

08 November, 2019

An exploration of whether the Church can invest in social housing while securing good returns is part of the work of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Housing Commission

Cheshire West social housing waiting list trebles in 5 years

08 November, 2019

The number of people waiting for social housing across the borough has trebled over the past five years - with the council battling to provide enough homes

Council and housing association to team up to build new homes - and then sell them off

07 November, 2019

And changes are also planned to housing waiting lists

Council to pay housing group £450k to leave Grade I listed block of flats

07 November, 2019

The building used to be a hotel

Labour pledges 120,000 new social homes in Scotland

07 November, 2019

Richard Leonard opened his party's campaign with a £10bn housing pledge, designed to help end homelessness "once and for all"

Near 3,000 social housing repossessions so far this year

07 November, 2019

Stats analysis shows London experiencing the equivalent of four repossessions a day

Johnson 'shuts door' on social housing

07 November, 2019

No reference to housing crisis in PM's election address as issue free-falls from "number one domestic priority"

Council propose changes to housing allocation following 'major' consultation

06 November, 2019

The initial consultation aimed to ensure those in "greatest need" of housing receive higher priority than others on the waiting list

Landlords hit back at national renter manifesto

06 November, 2019

Campaigners from across England have warned that political parties would be "foolish" to ignore the renter vote

ACM found at housing association block missed in post-Grenfell checks

05 November, 2019

Aluminium composite material cladding has been discovered on a housing association high-rise block after being missed by checks carried out after the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017

Fury after Jacob Rees-Mogg suggests Grenfell Tower residents who followed fire brigade's 'stay put' instructions lacked 'common sense'

05 November, 2019

He was on LBC discussing findings of Grenfell inquiry report with Nick Ferrari

Shelter wants all-parties commitment to 90,000 social rent homes a year

05 November, 2019

Charity releases survey stats showing 9 in 10 renters now face years on end limbo of waiting lists

Housing associations complete merger to create 38,000-home landlord

05 November, 2019

Radian and Yarlington have completed a merger to create a new 38,000-home landlord for the South and South West of England

Family of six left to live in one blood-stained bedroom as councils 'refuse responsibility'

05 November, 2019

Two local authorities are allegedly arguing over whose responsibility they are

Over 2,800 social housing repossessions so far in 2019

05 November, 2019

Latest statistics from the government have revealed that of the 25 major cities in England and Wales, there were a grand total of 2,880 social housing repossessions

Mum of toddler who died in fall from ninth-floor Tottenham flat 'repeatedly asked council to fix faulty window'

04 November, 2019

The mother of a toddler who died after falling from a "faulty window" in a block of flats reportedly made repeated calls to the local council to ask them to fix the broken handle

EU's bank signs off multimillion-pound loan to London housing association ahead of Brexit

04 November, 2019

London-based housing association Peabody has struck a deal with the European Investment Bank for a loan facility that was approved by the lender four years ago

PWLB interest change 'too market sensitive' to put to LGA

04 November, 2019

Commons question confirms LGA informed of change said to have stilled council housing plans only after market closed

Renters target Tory seats with national manifesto

04 November, 2019

Political parties warned they would be "foolish" to ignore the renter vote

Leicester City Council to spend £22m improving council homes

04 November, 2019

Work will include new kitchens, bathrooms and boilers

Housing associations may not be able to cover fire safety costs for all leaseholders

01 November, 2019

Housing associations cannot give "blanket assurances" that they will cover the cost of fire safety and cladding remediation work for leaseholders in the blocks they own

Three housing associations leave sector pension fund to set up own schemes

01 November, 2019

Three more major housing associations have left the sector's SHPS, as part of a move to give them greater control over their pension arrangements

Council breached Home Standard over fire safety failure at 17-storey tower block

01 November, 2019

A council has been found in breach of the Regulator of Social Housing's Home Standard, partly for failing to carry out urgent fire safety work on a 17-storey tower block

London's social housing shortage snowballs

01 November, 2019

New stats show need for shared ownership slashed by 90%

Cutbacks to housing repairs in Birmingham due to massive £93m Grenfell safety bill

31 October, 2019

Birmingham has felt the financial repercussions of the disaster more than other areas due to having more than 200 council tower blocks - say bosses who have criticised the government for a lack of support

Government to implement Grenfell Inquiry recommendations 'in full' and provide funding

31 October, 2019

Ministers will implement recommendations put forward in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry's first report "in full" and "without delay"

Corby councillors hit out at developer bid to reduce social housing obligation at Priors Hall

31 October, 2019

Developers' hopes of removing all agreed social housing from the Priors Hall development in Corby have stalled after councillors rejected the move

600,000 people still trapped in 'unsafe' tower blocks

31 October, 2019

Following first phase of the Grenfell Inquiry, new analysis reveals increased levels of uncertainty over other potentially dangerous cladding materials

£0.5bn of HA loan facilities incur 1% PWLB rate rise

31 October, 2019

Housing associations face a 100-basis-point hike on half a billion pounds of loan facilities provided by a council in the North West

Jenrick stresses commitment to social housing White Paper

31 October, 2019

Housing Secretary reinforces PM's pledge to accept and implement Phase 1 Grenfell report recommendations in full

Developer behind tiny and 'completely unsuitable' homes could gift house to council

30 October, 2019

All the area's housing associations rejected the homes as "too small"

Council wins battle with government over housing delivery test result

30 October, 2019

A council has forced the government to admit it got it wrong on its housing delivery test result after threatening ministers with High Court action

This is how long you have to wait for social housing in each Kent town

30 October, 2019

There are still long waits for councils with smaller registers

Grenfell report reveals 'compelling evidence' tower was too dangerous to live in

30 October, 2019

Report on Phase 1 of the Grenfell Inquiry raises stakes for Phase 2

Grenfell survivors offered 'active role' in shaping social-housing policy

30 October, 2019

Boris Johnson says "getting to the truth" of Grenfell is a catalyst for the future of social housing in the UK

People in Leicester 'desperate' for council houses as city in 'massive housing crisis'

29 October, 2019

There is no doubt that Leicester is caught up in a massive housing crisis

From the frontline - financial well-being team member Amos Phillips

29 October, 2019

Amos Phillips, financial well-being team member at Peabody, on the impacts of welfare reform and his passion for helping people

'It's like living in a hotel' - inside the award wining social housing estate in Lenton

28 October, 2019

Two people who know the estate better than anyone are Pauline McCoid, 74 and Frank McCoid, 69, who were one of the first residents to move in

Council house rents set to rise as part of £40 million housing budget

28 October, 2019

Council house rents in Dudley look set to rise if proposals are passed by councillors

Meet the councils quietly building a housing revolution

28 October, 2019

A crescent of semi-detached houses stands on the edge of a playing field in Conisbrough, South Yorkshire, offering views of the rolling hills beyond

Revealed: Carillion collapse contributes to increase in number of repairs left outstanding at the NIHE

25 October, 2019

The number of repairs left outstanding by Northern Ireland's housing authority have more than doubled over the past three years

European Court lands blow on the 'Bedroom Tax'

25 October, 2019

Ruling has a big bearing on how Housing Benefit will be administered

Birth rates new weapon in fight for London's council estates

25 October, 2019

With over 100 estates facing demolition, survey shows the higher the housing costs the greater the decline in birth numbers

The gold standard: how a council housing scheme won architecture's biggest prize

24 October, 2019

Two weeks ago, a social housing scheme won the Stirling Prize for the first time

Government expects social sector cladding deadline to be met

24 October, 2019

Ministers expect the cladding remediation deadline for the social housing sector to be met, despite nearly 100 blocks still not having work completed with only three months to go

Scottish regulator urges landlords to keep rents affordable

24 October, 2019

Last year the average rent increase for all social landlords in Scotland was 3.7% - the highest level since 2013

'People need more housing benefit for rent'

23 October, 2019

Labour councillors are demanding an increase in housing benefit levels to reflect the lack of social housing

Woman, 87, told she would have to go without hot water or heating as she didn't fit the criteria for emergency boiler repair

23 October, 2019

Northwards Housing has since apologised for the 'misunderstanding'

Moody's reaffirms ratings on two associations ahead of merger

23 October, 2019

Two housing associations due to merge and create one of the biggest landlords in the South of England have had their credit ratings reaffirmed by Moody's

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

23 October, 2019

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

The school of social housing

23 October, 2019

When a south London community landlord wanted to get more tenants involved at board level, it launched its very own housing academy

Council failed homeless applicant at risk of self-harming and suicide

23 October, 2019

Court of Appeal ruling has implications for councils outsourcing decision-making and medical opinions relating to homelessness

Scottish regulator stresses importance of ensuring tenant safety

23 October, 2019

All social landlords in Scotland have been sent letters highlighting responsibilities

Housing associations and councils working together to end homelessness

22 October, 2019

In November and December 2018, the LGA and the NHF hosted five roadshow events across England, under the theme: 'Working Together to tackle Homelessness'

VIVID to abolish all fixed-term tenancies for residents

22 October, 2019

The decision was made to provide customers a "safe and secure" place they can call home

Housing association offering support to tenants of liquidated charity

22 October, 2019

A Lancashire housing association has stepped in to provide support to more than 160 vulnerable tenants of a charity that went into liquidation this summer

London council to overhaul £370m housing upkeep

21 October, 2019

London's Lambeth council is planning to overhaul its housing repair, cleaning and major works contracts

Stats show fall in sector operating margins but scope for savings

21 October, 2019

Latest financial analysis report from Vantage and the Performance Improvement Club is upbeat about the sector achieving greater efficiencies

Calls for council to challenge government housing targets

21 October, 2019

Dorset Council's Tory majority will continue to accept the Government's housing need figures for the county

Housing association and council team up to deliver more than 300 homes

21 October, 2019

£43m job in south Wales expected to start in the autumn of next year

Social housing tender prices remain largely unchanged for last three quarters

21 October, 2019

Tender prices for social housing in Scotland fell by 0.3% in the 2nd quarter of 2019 but rose by 4.3% compared with the same period a year earlier, according to new figures

Dundee man claims he's been forced out of home after housing association told him his neighbour 'has a right to party'

21 October, 2019

A man claims he has been driven out of his flat after a housing association told him his neighbour had a "right to party"

Security, freedom - and an inside loo: 100 years of council housing

21 October, 2019

To mark the centenary of the first large-scale social housing estate in Britain, four authors remember their experiences

Residents and campaigners protest outside Housing Ministry over delay in removing flammable cladding

18 October, 2019

Seventy-three organisations, unions and MPs put their names to a letter delivered to the government yesterday calling for the removal of flammable cladding

Stevenage housing plans 'trashed' by interest rate hike for council loans

18 October, 2019

Plans for a £300 million investment in social housing in Stevenage have been 'trashed' due to a shock increase in interest rates for council lending, but the town centre regeneration is said to remain on track

Homeowners £350k better off than renters over next 30 years

18 October, 2019

New research from the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association has revealed the wealth gap between those who are lucky enough to get on the property ladder and those who rent

Bristol council 'on track' to build 2000 homes a year

18 October, 2019

In his final address before the mayoral elections, Marvin Rees outlined his achievements of his first term in office

Jenrick confirms roll out of Shared Ownership Right to Buy

18 October, 2019

The government is reviewing a new national model for shared ownership to "make it easier for people to buy more of their own home", including allowing them to buy in 1% increments

'Inhumane': Ceiling collapses in 'toxic' Goodmayes family home despite weeks of warnings to housing association

17 October, 2019

The tenant's ceiling collapsed on the morning of his daughter's seventh birthday - six weeks after first raising the issue and warning this would happen

S&P warns 20 associations risk downgrades in no-deal Brexit

16 October, 2019

Standards & Poor's has warned that 20 housing associations remain at risk of being downgraded in the event of a no-deal Brexit, with landlords exposed to market sales the most "vulnerable"

The UK cities where rent is rising the fastest

16 October, 2019

The cost of renting a home rose fastest in Nottingham, Leeds and Bristol in the past year, research indicates, while Aberdeen recorded the biggest fall

One in three councils using algorithms to make welfare decisions

16 October, 2019

Exclusive: machine-learning tools being deployed despite evidence they are unreliable

Families driven from homes by flooding still no clearer when they can return

15 October, 2019

Families driven from their homes by heavy flooding are still no clearer over when they will be able to return

Manchester partnership plans delivery of social housing

15 October, 2019

Subject to approval, work could begin on the new family homes by next spring

Rises for newly agreed rent prices outpace inflation over the year

14 October, 2019

Rents on new tenancies rose across all 12 UK regions last month

Private profit, public squalor: Britain's housing scandal

14 October, 2019

Benefit cuts, high rents and a lack of social housing have left thousands stuck in temporary homes

Connexus remains compliant for governance despite Home Standard breach

14 October, 2019

A housing association, which failed to meet the Home Standard because of safety issues earlier this year, kept its governance rating but has been warned it must still make improvements

Only one social block had its ACM cladding fully removed last month despite end of year deadline

14 October, 2019

There are 114 high-rise residential and publicly owned buildings in England that have completed remediation works to removeand replace ACM cladding systems

Council housebuilding: back with a vengeance

11 October, 2019

If the government's housing ambitions are to be met, councils will have to step up to the plate

Government accused of wrecking plans to build more social housing

11 October, 2019

Councils voice frustration after shock interest rate rise imposed on cheap Treasury loans

Over 1,200 homeless people in Welwyn Hatfield ask the council for help every year

11 October, 2019

Over 1,200 Welwyn Hatfield residents who face homelessness, or have already lost their homes, ask the council for help every year

The Bedroom Tax in Northern Ireland: playing a dangerous game with peace?

11 October, 2019

Northern Ireland is about to experience many of the austerity policies that have been rolled out in England, including the Bedroom Tax

Private registered provider social housing stock in England - sector characteristics and stock movement

11 October, 2019

Private registered provider social housing stock in England - rents profile outlines the stock owned and managed by private registered providers

East Kent Housing likely to be ditched and properties brought back under Thanet council control

10 October, 2019

Thanet council is proposing to ditch arrangements with East Kent Housing and bring its social housing service back under authority control

Unpicking Jenrick's shared ownership Right to Buy plan

10 October, 2019

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick's shared ownership Right to Buy plan has caused a stir across the sector

North West community housing associations join forces to put tenants first

10 October, 2019

Community housing associations from across the North West met to discuss how together they are putting tenants first

Regulator appoints sector heavyweights to non-compliant association's board

10 October, 2019

Three senior sector figures have been drafted in to join the board of lease-based provider Westmoreland Supported Housing by the RSH, in a bid to improve the performance of the non-compliant association

McVey brush off over council powers to manage housing association homes

10 October, 2019

Written Commons question gets a "we'll talk about it later" response from housing minister

Welsh associations to pilot 'best practice' approach to empty properties

10 October, 2019

Report gives Welsh Government/Llywodraeth Cymru a year to work on a national action plan for empty homes

Mikhail Riches' Goldsmith Street social housing wins Stirling Prize 2019

09 October, 2019

The Passivhaus and high-density Goldsmith Street social housing scheme designed by Mikhail Riches with Cathy Hawley has been awarded the RIBA Stirling Prize 2019

How the campaign for national tenant representation is gathering pace

09 October, 2019

Amid concerns that government is kicking the idea into the long grass, members of a campaign group calling for a National Tenant Voice asked Inside Housing to host a crisis meeting to build consensus across the sector and draw up an action plan

Scottish Labour proposal to increase social housing supply 'welcomed'

09 October, 2019

But welcome comes with warning of continued uncertainty over housing investment

Goldsmith Street winning the Stirling Prize shows that councils can lead the way in building more social housing

09 October, 2019

Last night a significant moment in the history of social housing occurred

For-profit housing association with only one board member deemed non-compliant by regulator

08 October, 2019

A for-profit housing association has been deemed non-compliant by the Regulator of Social Housing after it discovered "significant failures"

Housing association to provide all residents with lifetime tenancies

08 October, 2019

A housing association in the South West has announced it will scrap fixed-term tenancies in favour of lifetime contracts

A new chapter for council housing?

08 October, 2019

From the top council for affordable homes delivery in England, to the largest local authority landlord in Scotland

Move to suspend rent arrears tenants from Darlington council housing

08 October, 2019

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

Social housing tenants to be given free bike hire membership

08 October, 2019

Social housing tenants at an estate in west London are set to be given free membership to a bike hire scheme after a deal was struck with the local council

London council halts 'out of borough' homeless placements

07 October, 2019

Enfield Council has set out plans to stop moving homeless people outside the borough, as part of a wider effort to end its "extensive use" of temporary accommodation

Sector predicts low tenant take-up of government's new shared ownership Right to Buy plan

07 October, 2019

Housing sector figures have predicted a "low take-up" of the new shared ownership Right to Buy if it was offered to housing association tenants

3,100 new council homes to be built to meet housing needs

07 October, 2019

Plans for the largest council house building programme for decades are taking shape in Sheffield

Market digest: housing association bond yields - October 2019

07 October, 2019

How have financial market movements and political swings impacted housing association bonds in the secondary market?

Curo to end all fixed-term tenancies for residents

07 October, 2019

We've heard how important having a long-term tenancy is to feel safe, secure, and be able to put down roots in the local community

Special report: sector sees large rise in income from non-social housing

04 October, 2019

This month, Social Housing looks at how housing associations are diversifying their income, and finds that they made 10.3 per cent more revenue from shared ownership and non-social housing activity

Housing associations hit out at government as nitrate pollution leaves thousands of new homes in limbo

04 October, 2019

Housing associations in the South of England have expressed frustration with the government for the "lack of progress" in overcoming issues that have seen the construction of thousands of new homes put on hold due to concerns over nitrate pollution

Midlands council had 622 gas certificates outstanding

03 October, 2019

A council in the Midlands had 622 gas safety certificates out of date for a short period this summer

Bank of China launches into UK social housing

03 October, 2019

Bank of China has entered the UK social housing sector as a lender, agreeing a revolving credit facility with a major housing association

Southwark Council to build new homes on top of existing blocks to tackle chronic housing shortage

03 October, 2019

Council says short supply of land and its expense leaves them with limited options

NHF supply survey: housing association development starts rise by nearly a quarter

03 October, 2019

The number of homes started by housing associations in the three months to the end of June this year jumped by nearly a quarter compared with last year

How we can help local councils tackle short term housing demand

03 October, 2019

Three million new social homes are needed by 2040, but only 6,000 a year are being built

Blackpool Council accused of trying to 'dump another 330 houses on our doorstep for financial gain'

02 October, 2019

A war of words has broken out over Blackpool Council's plans to build 330 homes over the border in Wyre - on fields that are not earmarked for such development

Large housing association scraps 'pointless' affordability checks for new tenants

02 October, 2019

One of the UK's largest housing associations has scrapped 'affordability testing' for prospective tenants, deeming the process "pointless bureaucracy"

Rise in council spending on land and buildings slows

02 October, 2019

The recent boom in council spending on land and buildings slowed last year, indicating that the craze for borrowing to invest in commercial property may be reaching its peak

Millions for 'ludicrous Right to Buy lottery' should fund homelessness schemes

02 October, 2019

Commons hears Minister challenged to admit housing association right-to-buy was "daft" as homeless death rates rise

Three Rivers District Council says it can 'prove' it can't meet government housing targets

02 October, 2019

A council leader says she is ready to tell the government they cannot meet the housing targets they have been set

Why post-Grenfell recommendations cannot be ignored

02 October, 2019

Landlords need to take back control of fire safety compliance to ensure transparency, oversight and accountability

Social housing snubbed at Tory conference

01 October, 2019

With nothing offered in the Spending Review, conference housing "headline" repeats announcement of expanded shared ownership options

Shared ownership Right to Buy 'will worsen housing crisis'

01 October, 2019

Sector bodies have said that proposals to offer housing association tenants the right to buy upwards of 10% of their homes could "worsen the housing crisis"

Housing association tenants to get 'shared ownership' Right to Buy

01 October, 2019

Housing association tenants will be given a right to buy 10% of their homes under new proposals announced by the housing secretary today

Asbestos in two thirds of council homes as residents urged to call Town Hall before renovating

01 October, 2019

Council officers are warning that asbestos is present in two thirds of council properties, with residents being urged to get in touch with the Town Hall before they do work on their own homes

Conservative Party Conference: Where is the government's offer for struggling renters?

01 October, 2019

In its mission to use the Conservative Party Conference to promote homeownership

PlaceShapers broadens membership beyond housing associations

01 October, 2019

An organisation that represents community-based housing associations has broadened its membership to include other non-profit social housing providers

Housing Association Data Comparison Analysis - 2018/2019

30 September, 2019

The most accurate and comprehensive UK Public Sector Procurement Portal

Great Harwood pensioner's anger at 'uninhabitable' housing association home

30 September, 2019

A pensioner has expressed her horror at the state of her home which she claims is 'uninhabitable' following work which has been done to it

Somerset West and Taunton Council to remove asbestos from council homes

30 September, 2019

The council is to spend £350,000 removing asbestos from its council houses over the course of the year

Esther McVey says she is 'tenure blind' in response to 'social housing revolution' question

30 September, 2019

Housing minister Esther McVey said she is "tenure blind" when asked whether the current government is planning to lead a "social housing revolution"

Give tenants greater say in running their own housing

30 September, 2019

In the two years since the Grenfell Tower fire killed 72 people, there have been many discussions about how to ensure social housing tenants are heard

RSH stats show average rent reductions for English social housing

27 September, 2019

But latest SDR release recognises "significant difference" in rent levels across regions

The gulf between housing benefit payments across Essex is revealed

27 September, 2019

The GMB says the move to providing direct access to council homes is long overdue

Regulator warns of changing behaviours by associations trying to attract 'wall of money'

27 September, 2019

The regulator has warned housing associations against changing their behaviors in a bid to secure funding from large investors offering a "wall of money"

Government's housing policies 'risk undermining Northern powerhouse efforts'

27 September, 2019

Covert housing targets will go against the north

NHF 2019: Regulator to raise fees for associations

27 September, 2019

The announcement comes amid a lack on sector consensus of the fees model

Survey shows social housing could unify post Brexit UK

27 September, 2019

Findings could shift Tories onto Labour turf over a new national plan to 3m social homes in the next 20 years

NHF and LGA bosses clash over social rent focus

26 September, 2019

England's top councillor has warned against being too focused on building social rent homes as a means of solving the housing crisis

Commons papers play out 'numbers game' over social housing investment

26 September, 2019

HCLG committee tested Kate Henderson and Terri Alafat over what investment adds up to

Labour conference votes unanimously for 155,000 social rent homes a year pledge

26 September, 2019

Labour conference delegates have voted unanimously in favour of a bumper housing motion calling for the party to pledge new 155,000 social rented homes a year

Social housing crisis builds as government passes the buck

26 September, 2019

Growing political and financial turmoil leaves social housing providers facing huge challenges

Labour conference backs building 155,000 social rent homes a year

26 September, 2019

Unanimous show of support for putting the motion to National Policy Forum

Motion commits Labour to building 155,000 social rented homes a year

25 September, 2019

Conference could also back councils having the powers to over housing associations

'People deserve better': tenants, activists and academics on the state of social housing

25 September, 2019

Ten people share their views on the state of social housing and what the future holds

Planning rules to be changed to stop developers building student flats that can't be used for anything else

25 September, 2019

The proposed rule change would student flats would have to be built to a high enough standard to be used to meet demand for social housing places

Fury at 'Hunger Games-style' application process for Grenfell funds sees council chief abandon Twitter

25 September, 2019

'It's vile and disrespectful. To exploit people's grief and turn it into an episode of Dragon's Den is unconscionable'

How one housing association changed its approach to frontline services

25 September, 2019

When PA Housing decided to improve its relationship with its tenants, it started by reinventing its frontline services

Council to buy back Right to Buy properties to meet affordable homes target

24 September, 2019

More than 10% of a Welsh council's new homes target will be met by buying properties from the open market, the majority of which were originally sold through the Right to Buy

Briefing: How many people need a social rented home?

24 September, 2019

8.4m people in England are in some form of housing need

Whose Right to Buy? New research raises fears of fraud

23 September, 2019

The Right to Buy was launched to give tenants living in council housing the chance to buy their home. However, the reality is often somewhat different

People moving into temporary homes should be provided with basic kitchen equipment and bedding

23 September, 2019

People moving into temporary homes should be provided with basic kitchen equipment and bedding

Funding still available to improve social housing safety standards

23 September, 2019

The Scottish Government has hailed the impact of a new loan scheme to help social landlords meet improved housing safety standards

One in seven council homes sold to tenants on housing benefit under Right to Buy

20 September, 2019

One in seven council homes sold through the Right to Buy since David Cameron hiked discounts in 2012 has been bought by a tenant on housing benefit

Right to Buy sales slide to lowest level in six years

20 September, 2019

The number of Right to Buy sales have fallen to its lowest level in six years

LGA has another go at Right To Buy reform

20 September, 2019

Receipt retention part of a seven-point plan pitched for the Queen's Speech

Kettering Council brings back lifetime tenancies after fixed term rentals were causing anxiety for tenants

20 September, 2019

Kettering Council is reintroducing a lifetime tenancy for renters after its fixed-term scheme was causing anxiety and had become too 'bureauratic'

Private registered provider social housing stock in England - stock profile

20 September, 2019

Private registered provider social housing stock in England - stock profile outlines the stock owned and managed by private registered providers

144 social houses could be given contemporary modern "facelift"

20 September, 2019

Dated social housing considered to be a "failing community" could be given a contemporary face-lift if planning permission is secured

Small sites must deliver social housing

20 September, 2019

Here at Shelter, we want to see the introduction of reforms that will help deliver more social housing

Liverpool housing company to kick out any tenant caught carrying or using a knife

19 September, 2019

Bold plan by social landlord in war on knife crime

Stats show increase in social housing stock in England

19 September, 2019

Private registered providers of social housing reported owning 2,995,569 units to the Regulator - a 2% increase since 2018

Residents in temporary accommodation displaced by Clapton fire

18 September, 2019

A number of the flats which were evacuated following a fire in a block in east London earlier this week were used to house families in temporary accommodation

England: Council housing families win battle for homes with billionaire aristocrat

18 September, 2019

Dozens of families living in council housing have won a battle with a billionaire aristocrat who wanted to replace their homes with luxury housing

Activists rally over claims of social housing discrimination

18 September, 2019

Housing activists protested outside Hackney Council town hall last night over claims they had been victimised and mistreated

The technology helping social landlords stay 'gas safe'

18 September, 2019

As part of Gas Safety week, a new online system is pitched as the key to ensuring landlord compliance

New housing minister defends Right to Buy but says escalating house prices 'cannot be right'

17 September, 2019

New housing minister Esther McVey has said that although there have been nine housing ministers in nine years, all have been united to deliver the homes that she claims Britain needs

Khan: government's cladding deadline 'unrealistic and irresponsible'

17 September, 2019

Sadiq Khan has branded the government's June deadline to complete the replacement of dangerous Grenfell-style cladding on high rises "unrealistic and irresponsible"

Lib Dems motion passed to address 'widening' poverty levels

17 September, 2019

New policy outlines an increased rate of housebuilding to 300,000 a year - 100,000 of which will be for social rent

Disabled 28-stone man despairs because housing association won't make his door big enough so he can get out

17 September, 2019

Darren Burns is worried that he can't exit his house safely if there's a fire because the back door is inaccessible

Somerset council accused of 'immorality' over new-build maintenance

17 September, 2019

A council has been branded "immoral" for refusing to take on maintenance work on housing development

Homeless denied social housing for being too poor

17 September, 2019

Research shows landlords 'screen out' homeless applicants deemed financial risk

North Lanarkshire Council approves enforcement access for electrical safety checks

17 September, 2019

North Lanarkshire Council has announced new procedures allowing for enforcement access in order to carry out electrical safety checks in council properties

Put people before process when allocating social housing

17 September, 2019

New report warns of a system now failing those in greatest need

Housing Association Financial Data Comparison Analysis - 2018/2019

16 September, 2019

From 76 Financial Returns currently available

Large London housing associations estimate fire safety costs at nearly £6.9bn

16 September, 2019

Large London housing associations have estimated that the total cost of making their buildings fire safe will be up to £6.87bn

Social housing - Quarterly survey for Q1 April to June 2019

13 September, 2019

This quarterly survey report is based on regulatory returns from 218private registered providers (PRPs) and PRP groups who own or manage more than 1,000 homes

Barking fire: residents' lawyer slams 'scandalous' return of housing association tenants

13 September, 2019

The lawyer representing tenants living at the Barking development that was hit by a devastating fire in June has slammed Southern Housing Group's decision to allow residents to return to their homes

New tech to test air quality in council homes

13 September, 2019

Partners confirmed for trials to get underway in Leeds and York

Southern sees 14% slide in surplus as fire safety checks increase

12 September, 2019

Southern Housing Group has a reported a 14% fall in annual surplus as the landlord hikes its spending on fire safety

Disabled people still by far the worst affected by the bedroom tax

12 September, 2019

More than two thirds of households subject to the bedroom tax under housing benefit are in receipt of DLA, PIP, Employment and Support Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, or Severe Disablement Allowance

Is it time to unfreeze Local Housing Allowance rates to end homelessness?

11 September, 2019

Since the Local Housing Allowance was frozen, more and more people have been unable to afford their rent

Regulator finds four East Kent councils breached Home Standard

11 September, 2019

The RSH has concluded in regulatory notices published today that four councils, through a shared ALMO, breached the Home Standard, with the potential for serious detriment to their tenants

Council to buy back Poole flats for revamp

11 September, 2019

A council is to buy back a number of flats to allow the renovation of four tower blocks after leaseholders complained about the cost of the works

'I had to live in one room with my daughter for 11 years'

11 September, 2019

i speaks to homeless families who are being housed in hostels in London 'temporarily' - only to be left there for years

Tenants complain over housing association's 'abysmal' service

11 September, 2019

Inhabitants of L&Q estate say they face leaking roofs, poor plumbing and unreliable maintenance

Social value focus for Greater Manchester's providers

10 September, 2019

6,561 residents were helped into work by the region's housing providers last year

Special report: housing associations' impairments rise by nearly a third

09 September, 2019

Social Housing takes a close look at the accounts of the 130 largest housing associations, and finds that impairments rose by nearly a third to £78.4m in 2018

Triple Point Social Housing REIT lifts dividend as rental income rises

09 September, 2019

Triple Point Social Housing REIT posted a slight rise in its first-half valuation performance after it grew its rental income

Family of SEVEN are forced to live in single hotel room 11 miles from their old £115-a-week two-bed flat after judge deemed it 'above their means'

09 September, 2019

Jon Mitchell and his partner forced to live in one hotel room with their five kids

Ark Housing takes action against 'antisocial' Fairfield tenants

06 September, 2019

A housing association has revealed it has taken action against some of its tenants in Fairfield following complaints from neighbouring residents over antisocial behaviour

Housing chiefs hit by deluge of calls for council home repairs

06 September, 2019

Camden failing to answer the phone within two minutes for half of calls

Face value Spending Review offers nothing for social housing

05 September, 2019

No reference to Right To Buy reform needed to back councils building homes

Social housing: a natural home for ESG finance?

05 September, 2019

A drive into impact investment and ESG is being mooted as a big opportunity for UK housing. So what is holding the sector back?

Manchester council outlines affordable housing commitment

05 September, 2019

Ambitions present the case that all new homes should be equally split between social housing, affordable housing and shared ownership

Sector figures call for LHA changes and council funding boost in Spending Review

04 September, 2019

Leading housing figures have called on the government to use tomorrow's Spending Review to bring in wide-scale changes to help local authorities and housing associations to combat the housing crisis

270 families for every West Bromwich council house

04 September, 2019

Members of Sandwell's cabinet have been told the town has the highest demand for houses, which are suitable for parents and children, than anywhere else

Two large London housing associations get credit downgrades

03 September, 2019

Two large London housing associations have received credit downgrades as fears grow over the state of the housing market in the capital

Angry mum says council house is not habitable and she fears it might fall down

03 September, 2019

Council has apologised and said the house needs an urgent survey

SFHA chief: Report proves social housing is 'best in country'

03 September, 2019

Regulatory findings reveal nine in 10 tenants are satisfied with their homes and services across Scotland

Vast majority of private renters earning under £30,000 are unable to access Help to Buy support

02 September, 2019

Fewer than two in every 100 private renters that earn under £30,000 have been able to secure their first home under the government's Help to Buy scheme

Third of Corby council tenants in arrears

02 September, 2019

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

Bedroom tax applies even when children must share very small rooms

30 August, 2019

A court ruling has prompted the government to remind councils that the bedroom tax applies even when children are forced to share very small rooms

Landlords show strong performance against Scottish Social Housing Charter

30 August, 2019

Regulatory report shows tenant satisfaction is high, with nine in 10 social housing tenants satisfied with overall service

Social housing provider apologises after 'gross' conditions at Gloucester property

29 August, 2019

Young persons social worker say they saw 'discarded needles, crack wraps littering the floor, blood-soaked rags and bottles filled with urine' at Bedford Street property

Repairs and maintenance levels across England hit 20-year low

29 August, 2019

Reports show construction output per property is decreasing in real terms by £192 a year

Families threaten council with legal action over allocation policy

29 August, 2019

A group of families is preparing to take a London council to court as they claim the authority's housing allocation policy discriminates against homeless people

Winsford set for new council houses in 139-home development

28 August, 2019

Dozens of council houses are in the pipeline as part of a new development set for Winsford

Single Grenfell family still in hotel

28 August, 2019

As of June, 194 Grenfell affected households said to have accepted a permanent home, with 185 households already moved in

Councils could be just days away from Right To Buy reform

28 August, 2019

But no hint from government if LGA campaign to boost council housebuilding has paid off through the brought-forward Spending Review

Scottish regulator found 'inappropriate payments' made by landlord before deregistration

27 August, 2019

A Scottish housing association was wiped off the register after weaknesses were found in its governance and financial management, including inappropriate payments to committee members

HMOs, housing woes and the blueprint for the future - we lift the lid on the big property issues facing South Tynside

27 August, 2019

For every local authority, housing brings its own set of challenges

The scandal of Thistle Housing Association in Toryglen

27 August, 2019

In my time at the Evening Times I've come across a lot of angry people who want their stories told in the paper to try to mobile the authorities into some kind of action

Shift to 'affordable housing' happening at the expense of social rents

27 August, 2019

New report pitches potential for "perfect storm" as austerity policies increasingly push those on the lowest incomes into private rental sector

Social housing construction continues to defy downturn

27 August, 2019

Work on social housing construction is set to rise from 2019-2020

Scottish social housing sector 'should be confident' about the future

27 August, 2019

Sally Thomas says SFHA is ready to help shape housing policy in upbeat AGM address

'I was housed in a shipping container for two years - they aren't fit for purpose'

23 August, 2019

'It would make me feel crazy because it was a box. Four walls, not much space' one woman tells Vicky Spratt

Council housing residents blocked from accessing communal play area and gardens

23 August, 2019

The only building that has access to the gardens and play area is full of privately owned flats

LGA goes 'gloves off' over Right To Buy reform

23 August, 2019

The government has warned plans for thousands of new council-built homes are at risk without reform through the Spending Review

130,000 families living in one-bed flats

22 August, 2019

More than one in ten children in England are living in overcrowded homes, with 130,000 families squeezed into one-bedroom flats

Social housing staff show 'lack of' environmental conscience

22 August, 2019

40% of those surveyed said that they didn't worry about energy consumption in the workplace as they "don't pick up the bill"

Budget uncertainty forcing councils into further cuts

22 August, 2019

Committee calls for £4bn boost to restore council funding to 2001 levels

Tenant, Cyril Hall, reflects on 92 years in same Barnsley council house

22 August, 2019

Cyril Hall was just a baby when his father got the keys to a new council house in Barnsley

We need social housing, not warehouses, for homeless kids

22 August, 2019

Parking familes in temporary 'human warehouses', as reported by the children's commissioner, is storing up problems

Emergency services called to housing association offices after carpet clean leaves staff 'sick and dizzy'

21 August, 2019

Housing association staff had to be treated by paramedics this week after an office carpet clean left them feeling "sick and dizzy"

Equalities watchdog reveals 10 social landlords that filed gender pay reports 'late'

21 August, 2019

Ten social housing landlords were recorded as publishing their gender pay gap reports late to the government in the past two years

Council leader criticises Clarion over 'totally unacceptable' estate condition

20 August, 2019

A council leader has criticised the UK's largest housing association over refuse collection and general upkeep at one of its estates

Glasgow City Council threatened with court action over homelessness failures

20 August, 2019

Shelter Scotland has threatened to take Glasgow City Council to court unless over what the charity describes as 'gatekeeping' and systemic failures within the city's homelessness services

Local authority acting 'unlawfully' over housing homeless

20 August, 2019

Glasgow Council has been urged to end its denial of temporary accommodation for rough sleepers

If it is broke, it needs fixing

20 August, 2019

Today sees the publication of the Children's Commissioners' report, Bleak House

Housing crisis: Dover's 10% drop in empty homes linked to district council's renovation scheme

19 August, 2019

A 10% drop in the number of empty homes in the Dover district has been recorded

Inappropriate housing causing disabled 'physical and mental harm'

19 August, 2019

Study examines effectiveness of allocations and lettings practice for accessible and adapted social housing in Scotland

Are Social Housing Green Paper proposals on ice? We look at what has happened since last year

16 August, 2019

One year on from the publication of the Social Housing Green Paper

'Estate is totally unacceptable for residents' - Basildon Council leader calls for action

16 August, 2019

Basildon's council leader has demanded a housing association acts now and cleans up a residential estate

Middlesbrough partnership plans social housing redevelopment

16 August, 2019

"This is a real socialism in action policy and the first really big social housing programme in the town centre in a long time"

'This is real socialism in action': Housing groups to build social homes on council land in Gresham

15 August, 2019

Middlesbrough Council-owned land in Gresham and across the town will be developed by Thirteen and North Star Housing

Chap wins Aberdeen house-building contract

15 August, 2019

Chap Group has been appointed by Aberdeen City Council to build a major development of council homes

Skye housing association tenants warned over tourist sub-letting

15 August, 2019

A housing association is writing to tenants on Skye, warning them against sub-letting their homes to tourists

CIH partners with Welsh Government to scale up council building

15 August, 2019

To ensure everyone has a safe place to call home, there can be no underestimating the role of local authorities

Sutton completes first council house programme in 30 years

15 August, 2019

93 new homes were built across the borough thanks to changes in financial regulations

Domestic violence victim 'appalled' at state of £800 emergency housing

14 August, 2019

The woman who has just had a baby has been quickly housed in temporary accommodation

Goodlord goes against the grain with claims that rents are declining in some regions

14 August, 2019

New tenancies processed through lettings platform Goodlord may be bucking the trend as the firm's data suggests rents fell in five out of eight regions in England and Wales last month

Barking fire: social tenants told to return despite safety fears

14 August, 2019

Residents of east London flats say they are being forced back before safety assessments

The battle to save social rent

14 August, 2019

Half a decade ago, social rent was on its last legs and shadow housing minister John Healey accused landlords of barely putting up a fight to save it

Reading tenants charged thousands for non-existent lift

14 August, 2019

Tenants living in a block of flats paid out thousands of pounds over a number of years for a non-existent lift

Housing association strikes £190m bond deal to receive funds immediately after Brexit

13 August, 2019

Large housing association Moat Homes has agreed an innovative bond deal worth up to £190m to provide it with funds immediately after the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union

Peabody's self-imposed rent cut hits margin

13 August, 2019

Large London housing association Peabody has seen the first impact of its self-imposed rent cut

Sovereign Housing Association reports strong performance

13 August, 2019

Despite a challenging operating environment, Sovereign Housing Association has delivered on its commitment to build more quality, affordable homes

Housing association residents 'refused' fire assessments

12 August, 2019

Some housing association residents are still not routinely being given fire risk assessments

How a big French bank helped London tenants get back to work

12 August, 2019

L&Q social housing association secured loan by BNP Paribas under condition it helped its unemployed residents find jobs

Housing association with ex-First Priority leases breaches regulator's Home Standard

12 August, 2019

A housing association that took on some of First Priority's homes after that association nearly went insolvent failed to check its homes were safe

Special report: pre-tax surplus drops 11% among British associations

09 August, 2019

Social Housing's analysis of the sector's global accounts finds that housing associations' pre-tax surplus fell last year - driven by drops in England, Scotland and Wales

GMB London calls for direct provision of council housing

09 August, 2019

London receives £2.17bn in housing benefit per year, of which Brent gets the largest share

The housing association financial statements round-up

09 August, 2019

As housing associations release their accounts for the year, Luke Barratt looks at the results of nine landlords operating across the country

First Abu Dhabi Bank enters UK social housing

09 August, 2019

The United Arab Emirates' biggest lender First Abu Dhabi Bank has entered UK social housing

NHF becomes latest member of Women in Social Housing

09 August, 2019

The two organisations will work together to address the issue of gender equality across the housing sector

Social landlords face huge admin burden over Universal Credit issue

08 August, 2019

Social landlords have warned they face a huge administrative burden next year unless the government implements reforms to the way rent changes for tenants claiming Universal Credit are processed

Council submits application to develop 2,300 homes in London

08 August, 2019

A minimum 40% of the new homes will be affordable

Goldman and BNP Paribas sign deals with housing associations

08 August, 2019

Goldman Sachs, the global investment bank, has entered the UK social housing sector's lending landscape with a £50m loan to PfP

Housing associations' merger to create 2,000 new homes and 100 jobs

07 August, 2019

Stafford and Rural Homes took on Stafford Borough Council's social housing stock in 2006

Wales looks at thousands of new council homes by 2040

07 August, 2019

More urban living - and thousands of new council homes - are part of a development vision for Wales by 2040

Civitas Social Housing Quarterly Assets Flat; Expects Debt Extension

07 August, 2019

Social housing real estate investment trust Civitas Social Housing PLC said Tuesday its net assets were broadly unchanged in the first quarter

Together Housing ordered to pay £250 to sheltered housing residents

07 August, 2019

Residents in sheltered housing have been awarded compensation from their landlord after it was found to have breached the terms of a contract over the way it removed support services

Call to plough North Yorkshire council's profits into social housing

07 August, 2019

A conservative-led council which has launched a property development firm to generate funding for key services has agreed to investigate a Liberal Democrat proposal to donate some of the profits to help build council houses

How a social home changed my life

07 August, 2019

It's unbelievable how many families are forced to rent privately because they can't secure a social home and have no hope of buying

Isle Of Wight Council Promises To Tackle Issue Of Empty Housing

06 August, 2019

The local authority has launched its Empty Property Strategy 2019-2022 to focus on those homes which have stood empty for more than two years

Council tenant dies in hospital after Wandsworth explosion

06 August, 2019

A council tenant taken to hospital after an explosion on an estate in Wandsworth has died

Housing association wins 'cuckooing' eviction case in Court of Appeal

05 August, 2019

A housing association has won a court case over its decision to evict a disabled man who police suspected was a victim of so-called 'cuckooing'

Four things we learned from London housing associations' accounts

05 August, 2019

The past seven days have seen London housing associations begin to publish their annual accounts

Charter Housing tenant who reported mould and sunken bedroom floors in June yet to see problems fixed

05 August, 2019

A woman from Cwmbran has said her situation is "beyond a joke" after issues including black mould and a sunken floor remained unfixed more than a month after reporting them to her housing association

London's largest housing associations alter development plans amid 'tough' market

02 August, 2019

Some of London's largest housing associations are making changes to their development plans in a bid to combat the effect of a waning property market in the capital

George Clarke's rallying cry for more social housing

02 August, 2019

George Clarke's Council Housing Scandal is a rallying cry for everyone who believes Britain desperately needs more social housing

Four injured after explosion on council estate

01 August, 2019

Four people have been injured after a suspected gas explosion in a block of council flats in Wandsworth

Council denies claims that tenants have been forced out of Milton Keynes sheltered housing scheme

01 August, 2019

Residents accused council officers of using strong arm-style tactics to persuade elderly tenants to move out of a sheltered housing scheme so they can redevelop the site

A quarter of A2 Dominion's new homes were affordable last year

01 August, 2019

Housing association reports 74% of 875 homes built in the past year were for private sale or rent

Cornwall Council 'unacceptable' over tent complaint

01 August, 2019

A council has been criticised for being "un-cooperative" in how it dealt with a complaint about a decision to give a homeless teenager a tent to sleep in

The Thinkhouse review: are social lettings agencies the key to a fairer PRS?

01 August, 2019

In this month's Thinkhouse review, Philip Brown hails a report looking at solutions to an unfair private rented sector

Five housing associations get credit downgrades from S&P

31 July, 2019

Five housing associations have received credit downgrades from ratings agency Standard & Poor's in a flurry of actions over the past month

Successful housing markets are built on social homes

31 July, 2019

It's obvious that there is no solution to our housing emergency that doesn't include many more social homes

Councils 'could seek criminal action' against contractor following gas safety issues

30 July, 2019

Four Kent councils could seek "criminal or legal action" against a contractor that managed gas services for their under-fire ALMO

RBKC to bring back lifetime tenancies

30 July, 2019

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is set to bring back lifetime tenancies for its council tenants

Milton Keynes Council to form its OWN COMPANY to build 2,000 'affordable' homes

30 July, 2019

MK Council is planning to set up its own housing company to build 2,000 "truly affordable" homes for people to rent or buy

A hundred years of social housing: how standards and quality got lost along the way

30 July, 2019

The UK general election that followed the end of the First World War was in part fought on the key issue of "homes fit for heroes"

Let's build a cross-party consensus on funding desperately needed homes

30 July, 2019

On the centenary of council housing, the ideals and state intervention of the 1919 Addison Act are as relevant as ever

Council housing is the bedrock of the future, not a relic of the past

30 July, 2019

Lloyd George never promised 'Homes for Heroes', and the 1919 Housing and Town Planning Act didn't create the first 'council' housing

Councils need 'emergency settlement' from new government

29 July, 2019

At the moment, councils have no idea how they will be funded this time next year

London tenants demand an end to 'stay put' advice during fires

29 July, 2019

A group of London tenants are calling for an end to the 'stay put' policy as a default when there is a fire in a high-rise block

UK's largest social landlord starts sprinklers trial

29 July, 2019

Clarion, the UK's largest housing association, has started a trial of a new sprinkler-type system as part of a ramping-up of fire safety initiatives

Plans to build more than 750 new council houses across Wiltshire

29 July, 2019

More than 750 new council houses could be built across Wiltshire to give households extra support to pay for housing

Airbnb host fined £100,000 for letting council flat

29 July, 2019

An Airbnb host who rented out his central London council flat to tourists has been fined £100,000 and evicted

Private sales 'transformation' drives credit rating drop for housing associations

29 July, 2019

The shift to "riskier market-based activities" has led to a fall in the average credit rating of England's social housing providers

Boris Johnson promises investment in housing

26 July, 2019

New prime minister Boris Johnson has promised investment in housing, listing it among other pieces of "vital infrastructure"

Highest homelessness figures recorded in Wales under new legislation

26 July, 2019

The number of households threatened with homelessness increased by 18% in 2018-19

NFA plans for engaging with the new Government

26 July, 2019

A brief summary of the NFA's plans to engage with Mr Johnson, and his administration, on the sector's behalf

Jenrick named new Housing Secretary

25 July, 2019

Robert Jenrick has been named the new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

Property remains a good 'long-term investment'

25 July, 2019

Although new capital gains tax rules could cost some landlords thousands of pounds when they sell up, property is still a relatively safe long term investment

Landlord ordered to pay more than £5k for overcrowded property in Nottingham

25 July, 2019

A private landlord in Nottingham has appeared at Nottingham Magistrates' Court where he pleaded guilty to breaching a prohibition order

'Vilified' McVey moves into housing

25 July, 2019

Her "boss" will be a 37-year-old former corporate lawyer and Christie's director fresh from the Treasury

Man spent housing benefit on 'other things' - then demanded compensation from council

25 July, 2019

Watchdog said council failed over payments notification but ruled resident was responsible for his own finances

UK Build to Rent Market Update

25 July, 2019

The Build to Rent (BTR) sector has performed strongly during the second quarter of 2019

Robert Jenrick: Who is the new Housing Secretary?

25 July, 2019

Robert Jenrick MP has been named as the new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) replacing James Brokenshire who has left the position

Calls for councils to help people move home in later life

25 July, 2019

Report also outlines the need for national government to prioritise accessible housebuilding and reinstall funding for a "national advice service"

Redress scheme warning for estate and letting agents

25 July, 2019

Following a recent tribunal where an agency was not signed up to a redress scheme for its property management work, only its letting agency work, all estate and letting agents are being urged to check they are signed up with an approved redress scheme that covers the full remit of their work

Johnson doesn't see housing in 'vision' for future UK

25 July, 2019

No direct reference to housing as a policy priority in first Commons statement from new PM

Call to recognise housing as factor in preventing mental health distress

25 July, 2019

An all-party Parliamentary report recently criticised the limitation of medical approaches to mental health care

Johnson's reshuffle looks like a disaster for social housing

25 July, 2019

The sea change in the government's attitude towards social housing seems to have gone into reverse

ALMO under review following Home Standard breach

24 July, 2019

A council in the North East has placed its ALMO under review after the regulator identified serious fire, asbestos and electrical safety failings among its housing stock

Government 'squanders' once-in-a-generation chance to ease housing crisis

24 July, 2019

Key Commons committee says it is unacceptable MHCLG pays so little attention to how the release of public land could deliver social housing

Call of the Week-responsibility for maintaining gardens

24 July, 2019

Summer is here and with that there are bound to be a plethora of barbeques, swimming pools and sun-loungers filling the gardens up and down the country

Universal Credit pilot to launch

24 July, 2019

Today, regulations will come into force to enable the delivery of a Universal Credit migration pilot based in Harrogate

National Housing Federation response to new Conservative Party leader

24 July, 2019

We congratulate Boris Johnson MP on his election as leader of the Conservative Party

Company landlords now own almost 650,000 rental properties

24 July, 2019

Some 12% of properties in the private rented sector are now owned by a company as tax changes make private landlords feel the pinch

DWP admits it's interviewed 1,400 benefit claimants under caution over Universal Credit scam

24 July, 2019

A scam ensnared supposedly innocent benefit claimants - but now it emerges they have been given a vigorous assessment by the DWP

Rudd stresses work with PRS over application of Local Housing Allowance

24 July, 2019

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

Redcar and Cleveland Council to axe £150k chief exec job

24 July, 2019

A council is to scrap its £150,000 chief executive role as part of cost-cutting measures

Universal Credit among worst examples of welfare reform 'in the history of humankind

23 July, 2019

Commons Work and Pensions Committee says Universal Credit application process should come with a health warning

Boris to be PM, so what can we expect on housing?

23 July, 2019

Boris Johnson will become the UK's next Prime Minister, so what does this mean for housing - and in particular the private rented sector?

Universal credit: Disabled people to get backdated benefit payments

23 July, 2019

More than 13,000 disabled people are to receive backdated benefit payments after the government accepted a court ruling over universal credit

Poor universal credit advice costs claimants thousands, MPs say

23 July, 2019

DWP accused of failing to help those who unnecessarily signed up for the benefit

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments

23 July, 2019

Analysis of end of year returns from Local Authorities

How to solve the United Kingdom's housing crisis

23 July, 2019

IEA Current Controversies papers are designed to promote discussion of economic issues and the role of markets in solving economic and social problems

Inequality and 'affordable' housing

23 July, 2019

How university students have a role to play in the shortage of affordable housing

Edinburgh calls for short-term lets licensing regime

23 July, 2019

The City of Edinburgh Council has set out its case for a licensing regime to be introduced for properties being rented out for more than 28 days in a calendar year

Renters may get access to rogue landlord database

22 July, 2019

A database of rogue landlords would be opened up to prospective tenants under government plans

DWP urged to option direct Universal Credit payments to landlords

22 July, 2019

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

Regulator urges providers to address accountability to tenants

22 July, 2019

The Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) has urged social housing providers to consider how accountable they are to tenants, as it published its Consumer Regulation Review today

Food banks scramble to stop a million children going hungry over holidays

22 July, 2019

More families turn to food parcels to make up for loss of free school meals, extra childcare costs and benefit payment delays

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

22 July, 2019

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

New Universal Credit report: MPs back RLA suggestions

22 July, 2019

Plans to improve the Universal Credit system by ending the benefits freeze and promoting direct payments to landlords have been put forward by a cross-party group of MPs

The Section 21 Consultation

22 July, 2019

Over the weekend the Government published a consultation on plans to axe Section 21-so called 'no fault' repossessions in the private rented sector

High demand for rental homes following introduction of the tenant fee ban

22 July, 2019

There has been a significant rise in tenant demand in recent weeks after the change to tenant fees came in on 1st June, new figures show

Industry rages against Labour's

22 July, 2019

Calls by Labour's London Mayor Sadiq Khan to secure powers to implement private sector rent controls are facing increasing opposition

New homeless families outnumber new social homes by 8 to 1

22 July, 2019

Analysis of the latest homelessness statistics by the National Housing Federation has found that for every one new social home built in England, eight families are accepted as homeless by their local council

New fund plans £100m of loans for supported housing providers

19 July, 2019

A £100m social investment fund backed by private equity is looking to finance UK charities and organisations providing accommodation to vulnerable people

Royal Mail and Amazon 'can deliver' for social housing

19 July, 2019

New report references both as examples for meeting customer expectation

Westminster Council defend social housing sales amid opposition criticism

19 July, 2019

Westminster Council has defended its policy of selling off "unsuitable" council homes after opposition councillors criticised the "unacceptable" policy

Money laundering - how can housing associations mitigate the risks?

19 July, 2019

Housing associations are particularly vulnerable to money laundering, yet the sector doesn't report its suspicions as much as it perhaps should

English Housing Survey

18 July, 2019

Social rented sector, 2017-18

Large city council more than doubles building plans as result of new financial freedoms

18 July, 2019

Sheffield City Council has doubled the number of council homes it is planning to build, following the government's decision to remove the HRA borrowing cap on local authorities

Accent achieves UK social housing's lowest ever coupon for a long-dated bond

18 July, 2019

Accent Group has achieved the UK social housing sector's lowest ever price on a long-dated public bond

I've seen the future and it's Norwich: the energy-saving, social housing revolution

17 July, 2019

The 100 homes on Goldsmith Street aren't just smart and modern

Welsh social landlords evicting 'too many people into homelessness'

17 July, 2019

Shelter Cymru says study confirms what it sees in casework

Andrews backs fourth home in social housing project to support people leaving care

16 July, 2019

Andrews has unveiled the fourth home in its social housing project

Moaning mum brands new private development a 'council estate' because of 'social housing'

15 July, 2019

A MUM has slammed a property developer after she claims it sold her a home in a new-build private housing development - which "has turned into a council estate"

'I tell a homeless 18-year-old he can't have a council house. I hate this part of the job'

15 July, 2019

My job as housing officer for a local authority in London keeps me awake with worry at night. I can see the system isn't fair

10% rise in housing association homes built over 2018/19

12 July, 2019

NHF says result is well over its Ambition to Deliver target of increasing supply by 6% each year

Why social housing in Nottinghamshire could be coming back under control of the council

12 July, 2019

The service is currently run by Newark and Sherwood Homes which was set up by the council 15 years ago in order to secure national funding to improve council houses

How many rural homes did housing associations deliver in 2018/19?

12 July, 2019

Housing associations completed 5,402 in rural areas in 2018/19 which is an increase of 4% compared with 2017/18

Unpaid bill leaves Derbyshire social housing tenants battling rodents

11 July, 2019

A block of bungalows in Kirk Hallam has been overrun by mice due to a standoff between a former resident and their housing association

10% rise in housing association homes built over 2018/19

11 July, 2019

NHF says result is well over its Ambition to Deliver target of increasing supply by 6% each year

Hunt and Johnson accused of not supporting social housing

11 July, 2019

Leading sector specialist says both candidates lack commitment to the cause

Councils without homes approach government over return to development

10 July, 2019

More than 10 local authorities that had sold all their stock are looking to start from scratch and build a new generation of council housing

Housing crisis: Could London learn from Europe's housing schemes?

10 July, 2019

Amsterdam is setting aside farmland for self-build homes

Grenfell survivor: 'We fear being badly let down by Social Housing Green Paper'

10 July, 2019

Grenfell survivors fear being "badly let down" by the government's proposals to reform social housing in the wake of the tragedy

Local authorities accuse government of 'sleight of hand' over post-Hackitt regulation

10 July, 2019

Local authorities have accused the government of "sleight of hand" over the involvement of the private sector in post-Hackitt regulation

Council to claw back 260 Right to Buy homes

10 July, 2019

A Midlands council is to buy back 260 homes it previously sold through the Right to Buy

Bridging the digital divide

10 July, 2019

11.3 million adults in the UK are digitally excluded, 37% of whom live in social housing

'Council housing is coming back with a vengeance'

09 July, 2019

Kit Malthouse celebrates a year in his job as housing minister this week

Nearly two-thirds of housing association workers unhappy with pay

08 July, 2019

Nearly two-thirds of housing association workers believe they are not being properly rewarded for their work

Nottingham City Council to buy back more than 300 council houses to tackle growing housing need

08 July, 2019

The authority has said the purchase is a good value way to address Nottingham's housing need and help achieve its target of 1,000 new council or social homes to rent by 2023

West Midlands housing association announces 220 new homes

08 July, 2019

Housing Plus Group is set to deliver more than 200 much-needed homes in South Staffordshire, after completing the purchase of residential development land in the village of Perton

Southend Council to buy private properties for council housing

08 July, 2019

Southend councillors have agreed to spend £4.3m buying private properties for use as council housing

Affordable rent levels rise in six out of nine regions in England

05 July, 2019

The affordable rents paid by housing association tenants in England rose in six out of nine regions last year

Brexit could jeopardise £5bn 'lifeline' of EU cash

05 July, 2019

Funds for regional projects dry up at the end of 2020 but Treasury yet to offer alternative

Large housing association closes most generous pension scheme

05 July, 2019

Hampshire-based housing association Vivid has closed its most generous pension scheme due to the deficit in the social housing sector's multi-employer pension scheme

Civitas: Regulator of Social Housing doesn't hate us!

05 July, 2019

Civitas has appealed to investors to see the bigger picture when considering the regulatory concerns hanging over its stock

Putting affordability at the heart of how we set rents in Wales

05 July, 2019

Housing associations share a vision for Wales to be a place where good housing is a basic right for all

Shelter's prescription to end the housing emergency

05 July, 2019

Building social housing is the only effective, long-term cure for the housing crisis

Local authorities 'should prosecute more letting agents'

04 July, 2019

Local authorities should prosecute more letting agents

When council estates were a dream

04 July, 2019

Joanne has lived in Wythenshawe for half a century

Club loans return to social housing as banks agree £400m deals

04 July, 2019

Banks have joined up to deliver £400m of club loans, marking a return of the approach for the sector as well as the first unsecured deal of its kind

New national strategy needed on supported and specialist housing

04 July, 2019

Cross-party parliamentary report pushes case for closer integration of housing, health, and care

Labour calls on government to fund retrofitting of tower block sprinklers

03 July, 2019

Ten years on from Lakanal and 95% of high-rise social housing blocks are still without sprinklers

UK: 'Bedroom tax' case to be heard at Supreme Court

03 July, 2019

An appeal is to be heard in the UK's highest court on Wednesday in an important constitutional case on the powers of specialist tribunals and local authorities relating to the 'bedroom tax'

Landlords say new council scheme to rent out flats in Portsmouth will not work

03 July, 2019

Portsmouth City Council is trying to get more affordable housing in the city on the market

Social house building programme could stave off economic downturn

03 July, 2019

Construction sector survey outlines No Deal fears with social house building pitched as a priority for the new PM

One Housing to end Fixed Term Tenancies

03 July, 2019

The decision was taken after "extensive" consultation with resident panels

When builders become landlords

02 July, 2019

More and more private developers are setting up registered providers of affordable and social housing

Council looking for temporary accommodation for homeless "rather than shipping them out to Slough"

02 July, 2019

Underspend on project as nothing suitable available

Six-year wait on council to replace mouldy bathroom

02 July, 2019

Janet Elder's bathroom is thought to be 30 years old and mould grows back no matter how often it is cleaned

London temporary accommodation firm appoints former housing association director as chief executive

02 July, 2019

A temporary accommodation company jointly owned by 13 London councils has appointed Sue Coulson as its chief executive

Would-be housing ombudsman quizzed on 'derogatory' view of tenants

02 July, 2019

Past comments come back to haunt Richard Blakeway as Commons select committee tests his suitability for the role

One in three councils fear inability to fulfil statutory duties

02 July, 2019

LGA conference underway with councils now facing "real risk" to future financial viability

How many homes didhousing associations deliverin 2018/19?

01 July, 2019

Housing associations completed 45,604 homes in 2018/19 which is a 10% increase compared to 2017/18

Housing association joins Matrix Housing Partnership

01 July, 2019

One of the largest housing associations in the Midlands has joined a group of affordable housing providers in the region

Scottish Housing Association gets a digital-care first

01 July, 2019

Wristbands matter more than the "big red button"

Next PM will be committed to social housing

28 June, 2019

James Brokenshire has insisted that the next Conservative leader will be committed to delivering social housing

Housing 2019: Accelerated Green Paper will 'dramatically improve' planning process

28 June, 2019

James Brokenshire's keynote address will outline a number of measures to "remove bureaucracy" from the system

Orthodox housing association defeats legal challenge over catering solely to strictly observant

28 June, 2019

Appeal Court judges dismiss claim that Agudas Israel policy is discriminatory

Housing association settles with contractors after sinkhole opened up beneath homes

28 June, 2019

A housing association has reached a settlement with two contractors on a scheme after suing them over a 35ft-wide sinkhole that opened up underneath some of its homes

Association secures £5m loan to alleviate homelessness and social housing shortage

28 June, 2019

The development comes after a meeting between Lewisham Council and the Lewisham Mayor earlier this week

Non-compliant supported housing association posts £4.7m loss

27 June, 2019

A supported housing association that has breached five regulatory standards has posted a £4.7m loss

Social housing landlord undertakes IoT trial across city-wide fibre

27 June, 2019

Cross Key Homes in Peterborough has partnered with CityFibre to deploy a network of sensors throughout its estate to test a number of different scenarios

Housing association downgraded following health and safety failings

27 June, 2019

A 12,000-home housing association has been downgraded by the regulator following an investigation into health and safety issues

Sector warned that fire safety costs could eat up HRA cap windfall

27 June, 2019

Ambitious plans to build new council homes following the abolition of the HRA cap could be curtailed if local authorities need to allocate more funds to improving fire safety

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

27 June, 2019

Campaign group calculates stopping smoking could clear arrears within nine weeks

Manchester tower block residents to sue in fire safety row

26 June, 2019

Exclusive: residents say it is unfair there is money to fix cladding but not other issues

Homes England: 'We've got funding' for council housing

26 June, 2019

At Housing 2019, Homes England calls on councils to say "show us the money"

Council housebuilding 'at its highest level since 1990'

26 June, 2019

Key message for Housing 2019, as applied research estimates over 13,000 new homes were delivered by English councils last year

Housing 2019: Sector urged to go further in being 'a force for social good'

26 June, 2019

Former housing minister Alok Sharma tells conference housing associations are vital to employment prospects in the UK

Social housing REIT Civitas posts £20m profit

25 June, 2019

Social housing REIT Civitas made a profit of nearly £20m in the last financial year before the company's share price experienced a significant drop

Malthouse accused of 'misleading' MPs over fire tests

25 June, 2019

Labour leaps on Commons response to cladding question saying minister has "serious questions to answer"

Wood cladding linked to Barking fire identified on multiple housing association developments

24 June, 2019

Housing associations are urgently investigating developments using the same material found covering the Barking block partly destroyed by a fire two weeks ago

BME housing associations: how specialist providers changed the sector

24 June, 2019

Four decades on from their birth, BME housing associations have had a lasting impact on the sector

Liverpool is building council houses for the first time in 30 years - here's how you can get one for just £76 a week

24 June, 2019

Mayor Joe Anderson launches landmark scheme after government waive £735 million debt

Tower block resident tests fire doors with smoke experiment

24 June, 2019

A resident left traumatised by his view of Grenfell Tower carried out a safety test in his block of flats which he claims shows fire doors are not working properly

Major housing associations eye 3,000-home stock swap

24 June, 2019

The Guinness Partnership and Paradigm Housing Group have laid out plans to swap 2,898 homes in a bid to make better use of their estate portfolios

Government pitches higher accessibility standards for new homes

24 June, 2019

Up to 300,000 new accessible homes could be delivered each year through new policy drive

Insurance giant and Mortgage Advice Bureau unveil new insurance products for tenants

21 June, 2019

Legal & General has announced the completion of the pilot phase of its new 'rental protection plan' for tenants

Row over plan to move tenants into homes next to toxic waste site

21 June, 2019

A waste management firm has said it is "extremely concerned" at a Staffordshire council's decision to move tenants into housing association homes at a development next to one of its hazardous sites

The Addison Act - celebrating 100 years of council housing

21 June, 2019

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Addison Act - which paved the way for council house building on a large scale

Council documentary reveals homelessness reality

21 June, 2019

Documentary highlighted that only 45% of the 600 statutory homeless applications are prevented every month in Birmingham

Crisis and Newcastle City Council join forces to end homelessness across the city within 10 years

21 June, 2019

We're incredibly proud to announce that Crisis and Newcastle City Council will be forming a new partnership that will seek to make Newcastle the first city to end homelessness within the next 10 years

Staff at social landlords under pressure to favour cost savings over quality in procurement

20 June, 2019

Cost savings are a bigger concern to procurement professionals working for UK social landlords and other public sector organisations than quality of work as pressure on budgets intensifies

Research has future social housing on a high

20 June, 2019

Two new reports pitch high-rise construction as playing a major part in future social housing provision

Council housing: it's back, it's booming - and this time it's beautiful

20 June, 2019

A broad arched entranceway leads into a tree-lined courtyard where a playground is overlooked by balconies full of plants

Corbyn says 'it shouldn't take long' to put housing associations under FoI

20 June, 2019

At PMQs, Labour leader presses the case for Freedom of Information applying to housing associations to strengthen tenant rights

Inequality and deprivation 'strongly linked' to tenure

19 June, 2019

Research finds that the average outright home owner has more than 40 times the wealth of the average social tenant

Welsh Government £85m for social housing and roads

19 June, 2019

The Welsh Government has made £85m available to be spent on social housing and roads to "boost" resilience in the event of a no-deal Brexit

Life insurance cover gap for UK renters

19 June, 2019

A study by Sainsbury's Bank has found tenants are significantly less likely to have life insurance or critical illness cover than homeowners

Minister tells councils to 'get on with it' over building social housing

19 June, 2019

Commons hears government expects at least 10,000 new council houses built with the cap off housing revenue accounts

Association becomes latest to join Housing First scheme

19 June, 2019

Owning and managing more than 22,500 homes, Longhurst Group pledge to tackle the issue of homelessness in Nottingham

Tenants quitting houses leaves Barrow council counting the cost

18 June, 2019

More than 200 council properties across the borough were quit by tenants last year - costing Barrow council thousands of pounds

Wales gets £50m to see social housing schemes through 'no deal'

18 June, 2019

But extra investment comes with a warning of how bad for Wales a no-deal Brexit will be

NHF tells housing associations not to wait for tests before removing non-ACM cladding

17 June, 2019

Social landlords should take action on potentially dangerous cladding "as soon as possible" and not wait for long-delayed government tests

Malthouse calls on social landlords to step up delivery

17 June, 2019

Housing associations and councils need to increase the delivery of new homes

Land reform foundation for a new generation of social housing

17 June, 2019

"If we want to build high-quality social homes in this country, we need reasonably priced land to do it

Commons hears councils should have 'formal' oversight of housing associations

17 June, 2019

Debate also renews argument for applying FoI to associations made remote by "under the table" mergers

Land reform: the key to ambitious social housing

17 June, 2019

The next Prime Minister must put social housing at the heart of their solution to our housing emergency

United in grief and anger, Grenfell families gather two years on

14 June, 2019

Amid frustration at the slow pace of justice, survivors mark anniversary of the fire with vigil and silent march

The big changes that could shake up social housing rules in Manchester

14 June, 2019

Volunteers could be stripped of their priority status and the earning threshold lowered under major new plans being considered by Manchester Council

Homeless crisis as people waiting 35 years for Brum council house - and B&B spending hits record £29m

14 June, 2019

Birmingham City Council spent staggering £28.9 million on temporary accommodation in 2018

Midlands housing group to consolidate as single organisation

14 June, 2019

One of the largest associations in the Midlands will be as one

Pilot scheme to land older tenants 'home'

14 June, 2019

Cumbria based provider trials engagement app to tackle social isolation - with the results likely to influence national policy

'No place to call home' - Massive rise in homelessness applications leaves councils reliant on B&Bs

13 June, 2019

A huge rise in homelessness applications has seen councils spend six-figure sums placing people in emergency B&Bs

British children in poverty denied basic benefits by Home Office

13 June, 2019

Policy of no recourse to public funds for some immigrants makes their children second-class citizens

Councils budget for 21% increase in spending on housing

13 June, 2019

Housing will this year displace highways and transport as the largest area of council capital spending

Housing associations can lead on building 'a new Scotland'

13 June, 2019

Housing Scotland 2019 hears: "You can't change something by fighting existing reality"

Council's investment in commercial property instead of social housing stock questioned

12 June, 2019

If there's a waiting list of over 2,000 at present, does that not indicate under-supply and over-demand?

Anger at Newham Council as people in temporary housing say they live in state of disrepair

12 June, 2019

Demonstrators have taken to the streets to protest against Newham Council's housing system as people in temporary accommodation say they face living in a state of disrepair

Scottish social housing gets extra £3.5m to fight fuel poverty

12 June, 2019

Sum confirmed at Housing Scotland 2019 as Scottish Parliament passes pioneering fuel efficiency legislation

Government unveils £142m fund for 8,500 new homes

11 June, 2019

Government will spend £95m in Woking and £47m in Truro in a bid to deliver thousands of extra homes under the Housing Infrastructure Fund

Grenfell victims' families warned there's 'no guarantee' criminal charges will be brought despite 'fearless' police probe

11 June, 2019

There is no guarantee criminal charges will be brought over the Grenfell Tower fire

How Grenfell survivors came together - and how Britain failed them

11 June, 2019

The strongest campaign group to emerge from the disaster is facing its most devastating challenge: government inaction

Social housing residents 'second-class citizens' over home repairs

10 June, 2019

Homeless charity Shelter says approximately 2.5 million people have had a problem with their homes

533 proposed flats recommended for approval by Cambridge City Council

10 June, 2019

Five developments that would create 533 new flats to Cambridge are recommended for approval at Cambridge City Council's planning committee on June 11

Over half of social tenants have suffered problems with repairs

10 June, 2019

New research into social housing repairs in England has shown that many tenants are experiencing a host of problems

Social landlords hold off removal of potentially dangerous cladding until government test decisions

07 June, 2019

Social landlords are waiting for results from government tests before taking action to remove potentially dangerous cladding from 24 blocks

Government funding does not represent 'end' to cladding scandal

07 June, 2019

In a letter, Labours Sarah Jones MP voices a concern that the funding is seen as a 'panacea' to the cladding scandal

What does the sector want from the next prime minister?

07 June, 2019

As Theresa May prepares to leave Number 10, Tim Clark finds out what the social housing sector wants from the her successor

Council plans to deliver 350 social homes in Colchester

07 June, 2019

Colchester Council has confirmed plans to deliver up to 350 social homes for those on the housing register

Revealed: hundreds still face huge cladding bills despite government fund

06 June, 2019

Hundreds of leaseholders living in blocks with dangerous cladding are still facing bills of tens of thousands of pounds despite the government putting £200m towards the removal of ACM cladding last month

House-building in London:number of council homes started at highest level since the Eighties but some borough starts in single figures

06 June, 2019

New data from the Mayor's office reveals huge gulf in how many new affordable homes were started by London's 32 councils - with just seven new homes started in Lambeth

JETS powers tenants into jobs

06 June, 2019

Provider employment programme takes off to see 35 tenants land roles

Fund launched to help charities buy homes from housing associations

05 June, 2019

A £26m fund has been launched to help charities buy homes to accommodate vulnerable people, including properties belonging to social landlords

Homeless pregnant woman shocked by request to leave hotel to make way for D-Day guests in Portsmouth

05 June, 2019

A pregnant woman has spoken of her 'shock' after being told to leave her temporary hotel accommodation that day due to high demand for rooms during D-Day week

Landlords supported to clear rough sleepers off streets of Cheshire West

05 June, 2019

Cheshire West and Chester Council has received a share of £2.3m worth of funding

How can housing professionals get the most out of social media?

05 June, 2019

Guest editor and Rising Stars competition winner Oliver Harling has commissioned two articles for Inside Housing this week

There is a vital need to build more homes for social rent

04 June, 2019

The Conservative Government may have supported the Liberal Democrat commitment to build 300 thousand new homes a year

Council receive £700,000 homelessness prevention boost

04 June, 2019

The City of Wolverhampton has seen a 22% in the number of households in temporary accommodation

Equity-linked housing association first ever to breach tenant standard

03 June, 2019

Equity-linked association Westmoreland Supported Housing breached the English regulator's standard on empowering tenants for the first time

£7million set to be invested to provide new council housing in city

03 June, 2019

Leicester City Council is set to invest a further £7million on building and buying properties which can be used to provide much-needed affordable housing in the city

Tower block sale to fund social housing developments

03 June, 2019

Social landlord Together Housing has sold off a tower block in Calderdale that will help fund its investment programme

Council to buy houses where private tenants in Milton Keynes have been threatened with homelessness

31 May, 2019

Private sector tenants who are at risk of being made homeless by their landlords could be saved from the fate by Milton Keynes Council buying their homes

Hoarders in Exeter council homes could be evicted

31 May, 2019

Exeter City Council's People Scrutiny Committee, next week are being asked to recommend to the executive to adopt a new hoarding in council properties policy

Listening to tenants has climbed back up the agenda

31 May, 2019

With the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018, tenants have been empowered to take action if their homes are unsafe

Triple Point Social Housing REIT acquires UK assets for combined £39.5m

30 May, 2019

Triple Point Social Housing REIT said it had completed the acquisition of 12 supported housing properties in the UK

Family of five stuck in one-bed flat

30 May, 2019

A family of five, squeezed into a one-bed flat, has been told nowhere larger is available, in another example of Reading's housing shortage

Councils need 100% of sales receipts to help domestic violence survivors

30 May, 2019

LGA responds to Crisis/APPGEH report saying receipts could be re-invested in initiatives adapting to welfare reform

Disabled council house tenants face 23-week wait for vital home improvements

30 May, 2019

The improvements include stairlifts and ramps

Councils are now on the radar of the regulator

30 May, 2019

The RSH has written to councils that own homes to tell you to keep tenants safe. Why is this? Of course the Grenfell fire is at the root of it

Labour must be more ambitious on building council housing

29 May, 2019

We need 155,000 council homes a year - not what Labour is currently offering

Number of households in temporary accommodation up 5% on last year

29 May, 2019

There were 83,700 households in temporary accommodation at the end of last year, a 5% increase on the end of 2017

Council spending on housing services halved over eight years

29 May, 2019

Institute for Fiscal Studies says future for council funding now needs "proper political and public debate"

£240m social housing repairs framework out to tender

28 May, 2019

Procure, a social housing regeneration consortium based in Yorkshire, is advertising for contractors for a housing repairs & maintenance framework valued at £240m

London councils turn heat on government over fire safety

28 May, 2019

With experts warning of test failure, the body representing London's boroughs wants a more transparent process

How fire safety works are hitting HAs and their tenants

24 May, 2019

As cladding is removed from towers in the aftermath of Grenfell, many tenants are having to leave their homes

Triple Point Social Housing Declares 1.27 Pence Quarterly Dividend

24 May, 2019

Triple Point Social Housing REIT PLC declared Thursday a 1.27 pence per share dividend for the first quarter ended March

Notting Hill Genesis seeks to offload temporary accommodation near Grenfell

24 May, 2019

Large housing association Notting Hill Genesis is looking to offload the temporary accommodation it manages near Grenfell Tower

Temporary accommodation tenants in Custom House hold protest against Newham Council

24 May, 2019

Frustrated tenants living in temporary accommodation in Custom House have held a protest against the council

East Anglian housing association in talks to merge with non-compliant landlord

23 May, 2019

The East Anglian housing association Flagship Group has revealed it is in talks to merge with a small housing association which was declared non-compliant with the English regulator's standards last year

Social renters 'less confident' of ability to cover household bills

23 May, 2019

Survey suggests housing associations need to stay flexible on payment methods and frequencies

The 2018 Financial Statements of Welsh Housing Associations

22 May, 2019

We know that good housing makes a real difference to people's lives

Housing association apologies after failing to fix stairlift for two weeks due to difficulty getting parts

22 May, 2019

Housing association Vivid Homes has apologised to a disabled woman who has been left without a working stairlift in her home for over two weeks, citing difficulties sourcing the appropriate parts needed for the repair

Provider exposed as unable to trace evicted tenants

21 May, 2019

Report reveals provider failed to consult with tenants, provide advice and assistance, and consider what would happen to them

Council says its own lettings agency 'saves hundreds of thousands'

20 May, 2019

A council claims that its decision to set up its own lettings agency has prevented homelessness for almost 50 families and avoided £275,000 expenditure on emergency housing

Housing association linked to Grenfell Tower left tenant without light for weeks

20 May, 2019

London-based Notting Hill Genesis didn't repair one tenant's rotten window for six months and still collected rent from one tenant for five years after he died

Social housing sector has 'significant impact' on employment

20 May, 2019

New report backs a business case for housing associations supporting tenants into work

VRTB pilot: more than half of tenants drop out after ballot

17 May, 2019

More than half the tenants successful in the ballot for the Midlands Voluntary Right to Buy pilot have failed to apply to buy their home or have had their application cancelled

Repairs and maintenance tracker 2019

17 May, 2019

Housing associations' spending on repairs and maintenance has ticked up again for the first time in three years

Regulator: prospective supported housing providers not budgeting for enough support

17 May, 2019

Prospective providers of specialised supported housing are not budgeting for the support they claim they will provide

Hackney Council tells pregnant mum in homeless shelter: Move 160 miles away or face eviction

17 May, 2019

Jess is seven months pregnant and receiving prenatal care at a hospital in Hackney

Council lettings initiative saves thousands on finding homes

17 May, 2019

In under a year, the scheme has seen 47 households faced with eviction moved into more affordable rented properties

Housing associations are more vulnerable to market downturn than ever

16 May, 2019

Housing associations are now more vulnerable to housing market fluctuations than ever before

New social housing in Birmingham comes with Right to Buy stipulations

16 May, 2019

City Council plans major 10-year house building programme with would-be RtB purchasers facing full property construction costs

Tenants evicted for £43m Birmingham scheme will get 'option' to return

16 May, 2019

Residents in Druids Heath will be the first to benefit

A recipe for social housebuilding

16 May, 2019

With more than 270,000 people currently experiencing homelessness in England, we're undoubtedly seeing the impact of 40 years of failure in housing policy

Homeless people in UK 'denied social housing as risky tenants'

15 May, 2019

Housing associations under fire for focus on commercial goals instead of social mission

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act: how will social landlords respond?

15 May, 2019

A new piece of legislation will enshrine tenants' right to an improved standard of housing

Digitisation still a challenge for housing associations

15 May, 2019

A new survey of housing association senior managers has found that they're slow to catch up to customer's expectations around digital services and start benefiting from the efficiency gains of digital

Anti-poverty charities want 'urgent investment' in Local Housing Allowance

15 May, 2019

Nine out of 10 English councils now fear further rises in homelessness because of LHA freeze

Dozens of residents forced to leave their homes as flat evacuation deadline looms

14 May, 2019

It is understood residents have until end of play today to leave

Housing association spends £2m on staff restructuring and consultants then puts rents up

13 May, 2019

A cash-strapped housing association has increased rents despite spending nearly £2 million on restructuring

Pan-London solutions needed for temporary accommodation crisis

13 May, 2019

New report calls for a specific Mayoral-led project that could press MHCLG and DWP on collaboration to improve housing security undermined by welfare reform

For-profit provider signs management agreement with housing association

13 May, 2019

Places for People has agreed a new 10-year deal to manage for-profit provider Residential Secure Income's 2,219 retirement homes

100 years of Newcastle council housing - from homes for heroes to homes of the future

12 May, 2019

To celebrate 100 years of council housing in Newcastle, the city council is asking residents to share memories and photographs

Hackitt legislation: what does it mean for housing associations?

10 May, 2019

As Inside Housing reveals that draft legislation to implement a new post-Grenfell system of building regulation is imminent

Social landlords offered 'solution' to Universal Credit arrears

10 May, 2019

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

Association calls for amendment to Universal Credit shortfall

10 May, 2019

Curo has identified many tenants struggling to cover the cost of their weekly rent

Surplus service homes could still boost social housing stock

09 May, 2019

Commons committee told such a boost depends on a balance between military personnel projections and social housing need

Catalyst tenants forced to move out over fire safety issues in London block

09 May, 2019

Tenants at a Catalyst-owned block in London will be moved out of their homes after the housing association found a series of fire safety issues with the building

NHF unveils Tenant Advisory Panel

09 May, 2019

Announcement comes amid bids to create a more balanced relationship between tenants and housing associations

More than a dozen supported housing tenants 'not receiving services' paid for

07 May, 2019

More than a dozen supported housing tenants in Gloucester are not being provided the services that have been paid for

Housing bosses 'letting down' Edinburgh council tenants over repairs

07 May, 2019

Housing chiefs have been accused of "letting down tenants" after it was revealed there were more than 3,700 outstanding repairs for council homes

Anger as Grenfell boss is invited to speak at housing safety event

03 May, 2019

Woman in charge of TMO at time of fire quits conference after criticism from survivors

What do Amazon and social housing have in common?

03 May, 2019

The very nature of social housing means that customer service can be a more complex affair than other sectors

Leaseholders in London block pay nearly £3.5m for Grenfell-style cladding removal

02 May, 2019

Leaseholders living at a major development in central London have been forced to pay out millions of pounds to remove dangerous Grenfell-style cladding despite no work starting on the block

Why are so many housing associations turning their backs on fixed-term tenancies?

02 May, 2019

In 2011 the Localism Act gave social landlords the option to issue fixed-term tenancies for the first time

Why people on Leicester housing register haven't been able to bid on council properties

02 May, 2019

'It's a disgrace, the system is bad enough as it is'

There are no easy answers to the 'trilemma' faced by housing organisations

02 May, 2019

A recent conference on housing brought home the triple challenge faced by organisations trying to battle the housing crisis

New four and five-bedroom council houses to be built in Milton Keynes for 'larger' homeless families

01 May, 2019

The first stream of 91 new council houses has been submitted to the planning department

Associations merge to deliver 1,300 homes

01 May, 2019

Aldwyck Housing Group is set to become a subsidiary of Catalyst

Why we scrapped our ALMO

30 April, 2019

This month Westminster City Council scrapped the management company which had been looking after its council homes for 17 years

Khan urged to 'ease the squeeze' on family-sized social rented homes

30 April, 2019

London mayor urged to set a target for 50% of new social rented homes to have three bedrooms or more to address overcrowding in social housing

Rushanara Ali MP: Gov't must move fast to replace flammable cladding on every building

29 April, 2019

Fire does not discriminate between private and public housing

Associations announce merger plans

29 April, 2019

Between them, the two groups manage 38,000 units across the UK

Location of 2,780 new council homes revealed for the first time

26 April, 2019

Council housing is a prestigious tenure and we want to lead the race to the top

Challenges in delivering social housing

26 April, 2019

Housing providers are coming under increasing scrutiny and indeed pressure to deliver the number of affordable homes that are going to make a lasting impact in solving the nation's housing crisis

Association warns of changes to pension credit

26 April, 2019

The household incomes of those affected could leave some as much as £7,000 a year worse off

Australia's biggest bank enters sector with £250m of loans to housing associations

25 April, 2019

Australia's biggest bank has made a significant move into the UK social housing sector with loans worth over £250m to four large housing associations

Home Office urges social housing to 'know the signs' of gang exploitation

25 April, 2019

A series of posters set to raise awareness around urban drug activity expanding to smaller town markets

Great Yarmouth rundown housing to be bought by council

25 April, 2019

A £2m scheme that will let a council buy rundown bedsits and guest houses and renovate them has been approved

Regulatory judgements: London housing association downgraded for giving regulator inaccurate information

25 April, 2019

London housing association Origin Housing has been downgraded for providing "consistently inaccurate" information to the Regulator of Social Housing

Man with mental health problems evicted in his slippers - and he can't get back in to retrieve his belongings

25 April, 2019

Paul Bradley, 64, was evicted from his Cromwell Road flat on Tuesday by Lincolnshire Housing Partnership with just the clothes on his back and slippers

London council's housing allocations policy is discriminatory

24 April, 2019

A west London council has been told by the Court of Appeal that its housing allocations policy is unlawfully discriminatory

REIT to set up company to advise supported housing association partners

23 April, 2019

Civitas has announced plans to set up a company to advise the housing associations it leases homes to

Private investors cash in on social housing boom

23 April, 2019

Triple Point investment trust buys six developments including one in south of Scotland

Hackitt 'concerned' Grenfell recommendations will fall away

23 April, 2019

Author of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety post-Grenfell, has warned not to let Grenfell slip off the agenda

Cost of re-homing Appleton Point tenants is revealed

23 April, 2019

Rwhousing almost one hundred people after a block of flats was evacuated cost Bradford Council £12,410

Association which developed electrical safety code slammed for putting tenants at risk

23 April, 2019

A housing association involved in developing an electrical safety code of practice has been slammed for electrical safety issues by the regulator

Treasury delays reclassification of NI housing associations until 2020

23 April, 2019

The UK Treasury has agreed to delay legislation that would shift the debt of Northern Irish housing associations onto the public balance sheet until March 2020

Tories refuse to support £8m housing plan

18 April, 2019

Conservative councillors at Cornwall Council have refused to support providing an extra £8million to the council's housing development programme

Believing in the future of social housing

18 April, 2019

When we set out to create a new identity for County Durham Housing Group, we kept coming back to the same thing; our view that social housing should drive positive change

Grenfell family placed on council house waiting list

17 April, 2019

A family who escaped the Grenfell Tower fire have been told by their local authority they will be moved on to a general council house waiting list

'I can't stay here' - Social housing tenant feels forced to move out over leaky boiler

17 April, 2019

A social housing tenant has hit out at her landlords due to her boiler leaking on and off for the last two years - forcing her to find alternative living arrangements

New building safety knowledge hub for social landlords

17 April, 2019

The Federation and the Local Government Association have launched a new building safety knowledge hub for social landlords

Association secures £500k Warm Homes funding

17 April, 2019

The grant will enable 250 homes to be connected to mains gas

Government to drop plans to create a national tenant voice

17 April, 2019

Government may not be going ahead with a national tenants voice - pitched as a key element of the Social Housing Green Paper

Government criticised for sidelining plans for national tenant voice

16 April, 2019

The government has been accused of sidelining its pledge to give social housing tenants a stronger voice on the national stage following the Grenfell Tower fire

New guidance to help identify tenants at risk of county lines exploitation

16 April, 2019

New guidance from the Home Office and CrimeStoppers aims to help housing association staff identify and support vulnerable tenants

Social tenant says he is being punished for speaking to the Guardian

12 April, 2019

Thomas Reames says Southern Housing extended probation period after he discussed segregated facilities

Funds agree to reduced lease payments from non-compliant housing association

12 April, 2019

Civitas and one other investment fund have agreed to reduce lease payments from a non-compliant housing association

County's housing targets are already met

12 April, 2019

Northumberland is building almost double the number of required homes

Report provides tenant perception on 'value for money'

12 April, 2019

The online survey allows participants to provide an opinion on new legislation and regulations

Regulator to meet with equity investors in supported housing

11 April, 2019

The Regulator of Social Housing is set to meet with investors that put money into the controversial model of financing SSH to outline its concerns around how it is being operated

For-profit association seeks new investors to buy more homes

11 April, 2019

A for-profit housing association owned by a private developer is seeking new private funders to help expand its business and allow it to buy more homes

Warrington approves £80m housing association loan facilities

11 April, 2019

Warrington Borough Council has approved £80m of loans to provide borrowing facilities to two housing associations for house-building in the area

Two-thirds of councils say they can't afford to comply with homelessness law

10 April, 2019

A year on from the Homelessness Reduction Act, councils fear lack of funds will hamper efforts to keep people housed and off the streets

London association promises improvement after concerns in Grenfell borough

10 April, 2019

One of London's largest housing associations has promised to improve its service in the borough where the Grenfell Tower fire happened

Brokenshire 'turns back time' over social housebuilding

10 April, 2019

Accused of presiding over the worst two years of social housing since WWII, Housing Secretary attacks last Labour government

Associations accused of 'nice work if you get it' sales of affordable homes

10 April, 2019

Commons hears how section 106 properties could simply be sold straight to first-time buyers on low incomes at 50% market value

Malthouse wants planning laws to stop social housing segregation

10 April, 2019

Housing minister Kit Malthouse has asked officials to "explore strengthening" planning guidance to prevent segregation of social housing residents

Average rent for UK property now £1,217

09 April, 2019

Annual growth hotspots include Edinburgh City (5.97%), Nottingham (4.28%), and Blaenau Gwent (3.76%)

Harlow MP describes office block re-housing as 'social cleansing'

09 April, 2019

The government is reviewing its policy of allowing the conversion of offices into homes without planning permission

House Exchange adds over 100,000 properties to swapping service for social housing residents

09 April, 2019

House Exchange - the home swapping service - has seen rapid growth over the last twelve months, with landlords owning more than 100,000 properties joining as partners

Greater Manchester housing association secures £100m funding deal

09 April, 2019

Bolton at Home has secured a £100m funding package that will enable it to build 785 homes and complete its acquisition of Manchester neighbour Arcon Housing Group

"Poorly finished" new block of flats might have to be be evacuated over fire safety fears

08 April, 2019

Developer vows to work with council to fix problems found in investigations following Grenfell Tower tragedy

31% of ALMO Right to Buy stock not replaced in 2018

05 April, 2019

The latest National Federation of ALMOs annual report has shown the sector is still struggling with replacing stock sold through the Right to Buy

Two landlord in West Sussex lose appeal against CPNs

05 April, 2019

Two landlords who let substandard properties in Lancing and Southwick have had their appeals against Civil Penalty Notices (CPNs) rejected

'It's going to be our little paradise': can co-ops solve the housing crisis?

05 April, 2019

For many people, bouncing between shoddy, overpriced house-shares is a fact of life. But there is a ready-made answer: the humble housing co-op

Nearly one in seven Britons could live alone by 2039, study shows

05 April, 2019

ONS also says those already on own are less financially secure than couples without children

New strategy aims to increase supply of housing that's affordable

05 April, 2019

A new strategy to tackle South Cambridgeshire's housing challenges has been approved by the District Council - with an emphasis on providing homes that are affordable for local workers

Major affordable housing projects announced for London

05 April, 2019

The £63m transformation in the heart of the borough's Alperton Housing Zone is expected to get underway this month

Study reveals threat of unregulated short-term lets to PRS

04 April, 2019

Analysis suggests that Airbnb alone has over 77,000 lets in Greater London

'Fleecehold' : Calls to regulate homeowner charges

04 April, 2019

The amount of money homeowners can be charged for maintenance work by housing developers should be regulated by the Welsh Government, an AM has said

Landlord ordered to pay £29,000 for harassing two tenants out of their homes

04 April, 2019

A private landlord in Telford has been ordered to pay £29,000 in costs and fines for harassing two tenants out of their properties

Rental fraud warning after shocking scam attempts

04 April, 2019

Prospective tenants are being warned about a fraud scam that cons people into paying an advance fee to rent a property

TDS is latest to produce tools to help agents through Fees Ban

04 April, 2019

Tenancy Deposit Scheme is the latest player in the private rental sector to launch online tools to help letting agents cope with the Fees Ban

Councils say homelessness act not adequately funded

04 April, 2019

Up to 67% of councils feel they lack the funding to meet new duties to tackle homelessness, analysis has found

UC creates 'systematic indebtedness' for new claimants

04 April, 2019

A SFHA survey reveals levels of arrears for tenants is much higher when they claim Universal Credit

Study found universal credit causing hardship a year and half ago

04 April, 2019

Joint DWP and HMRC report was released on Thursday but dated November 2017

Newark and Sherwood District Council's policy and finance committee to consider bringing council housing back in-house

04 April, 2019

THE company that manages 5,500 council homes across Newark and Sherwood could be axed and brought back in-house by its sole shareholder, the district council

The DWP claims it costs too much to confirm UC deaths

03 April, 2019

Commons correspondence has the department ducking behind "disproportionate cost" over death rates

Housing First gathers pace in Scottish cities

03 April, 2019

Scotland could be free from most visible, acute forms of homelessness "within three years"

For-profit housing association blocked from NHF membership

03 April, 2019

A for-profit housing association has been told it cannot be a member of the National Housing Federation

Britain needs decent new council houses - not just musicals about them

03 April, 2019

A new production celebrates a famous Sheffield estate but glosses over dire levels of inequality and housing waiting lists

New landlord management platform to pay tenants to find their replacement

03 April, 2019

A new property management platform, which is launching soon, is looking for landlords to sign up and test its systems for free

Three million homes needed to end homelessness

03 April, 2019

A year ago, the government hailed the Homelessness Reduction Act as "the most ambitious legal reform in decades" - as it rolled out new duties on councils to prevent and relieve homelessness

HB A7/2018

03 April, 2019

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

Tenant fee ban - 10 top tips for letting agents

02 April, 2019

As part of ARLA Propertymark's Tenant Fees Tool Kit, we've put together 10 of our top tips for letting agents ahead of the Tenant Fees Act 2019 coming into force on 1 June

'Flippant' DWP minister apologises to Parliament

02 April, 2019

Justin Tomlinson admits "inadvertent" factual blunders made during a debate on the benefits freeze

Private sector hits out at 'arbitrary rent caps'

02 April, 2019

The government's "tsunami of legislation" also came under fire at the ARLA Propertymark conference

Horsham to set up affordable housing company

02 April, 2019

Horsham District Council looks set to join the ever-expanding list of local authorities with its own housing company

Council says landlords should "account for their tenants' behaviour"

02 April, 2019

A buy to let investor has been hit with a £4,000 fine plus costs of over £5,000 after failing to license a property in multiple occupation

Call of the Week: Letting agents and court applications

02 April, 2019

This week we received a call from one of our members who is new to being a letting agent

Gas Safe Register responds to NLA concerns

02 April, 2019

Gas Safe Register's CEO, Jonathan Samuel, has responded to the National Landlords Association's concerns about gas safe engineers' lack of knowledge about new legislation

Almost half of tenants claim poor health due to condition of their home

01 April, 2019

Nearly half of tenants in the UK claim to have suffered health problems and injury as a direct result of conditions in their home

Client Money Protection now mandatory for letting agents in England

01 April, 2019

All letting agents in England must now be signed up to a Government-backed Client Money Protection scheme, or they could face a £30,000 penalty.

Households below average income: 1994/95 to 2017/18

01 April, 2019

Statistics on the number and percentage of people living in low income households for financial years 1994/95 to 2017/18.

Changes to MEES Regulations

01 April, 2019

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 have passed through Parliament and come into force on 1 April

DWP Alternative Payment Arrangements

01 April, 2019

Universal Credit prepares claimants for the world of work in which 75% of employees are paid monthly

DWP does not record why claimant 'commitments' aren't accepted

01 April, 2019

Parliamentary questions also reveal contracted "health assessors" are subject to independent - not departmental - audit

Housing association completes first Right to Buy pilot sale

01 April, 2019

One of the UK's largest housing associations has completed its first Voluntary Right to Buy sale

Government's own stats 'add up to the end of Right To Buy'

29 March, 2019

CIH renews attack on Right To Buy as MHCLG confirms a 32% fall in starts or acquisitions from Oct-Dec last year

Grenfell: tenants voice health fears in wake of contamination report

29 March, 2019

Residents close to site of 2017 fire say they are being kept in the dark about potential harms

Regulating the Standards - March 2019

29 March, 2019

'Regulating the Standards' outlines the regulator's operational approach to assessing providers' compliance with the economic and consumer standards

Green paper sector league tables 'unlikely'

29 March, 2019

League tables for social housing providers are now unlikely to be introduced

Softening the blow: how social landlords are helping Honda workers

28 March, 2019

Earlier this year, Honda announced the closure of its factory in Swindon

Half of babies born to families renting

28 March, 2019

Almost half of the babies born in the UK are starting their lives in rented accommodation

Man dies after association tower block blaze

28 March, 2019

Fatal fire this week is the latest in a series of fires at the same Glasgow block

London borough rules 1000+ residents can't be wrong

28 March, 2019

Westminster City Council "re-possesses" housing stock from failed ALMO

Social rent homes started by housing associations rise in latest NHF supply survey

27 March, 2019

The number of social rent homes delivered by housing associations in the final three months of last year is the highest since the NHF began collecting development figures in 2016

Homelessness Reduction Act increasing temporary accommodation numbers

27 March, 2019

More people are being placed in emergency and temporary accommodation as a result of the new Homelessness Reduction Act

LGA: 200,000 households in temporary accommodation

27 March, 2019

Eight in 10 councils have seen an increase in homelessness presentations since the Reduction Act's introduction in 2017

Too poor to play: children in social housing blocked from communal playground

26 March, 2019

In a move reminiscent of the 'poor doors' scandal, a London developer has segregated play areas for richer and poorer residents

Brexit and the social housing sector: the key risks

26 March, 2019

As the tortuous process of exiting the European Union approaches its denouement, the country remains in a state of uncertainty about what exactly is going to happen

How we're fighting the national housing emergency

26 March, 2019

After Grenfell, we're calling for a historic renewal of social housing

My disabled daughter has had 14 different homes

26 March, 2019

I'm a single parent with three children. My 15 year old daughter Sasha is severely disabled. For the last 15 years I've been trying to secure her suitable accommodation

Pitch to remove domestic abusers from socially rented homes

26 March, 2019

CIH Scotland push for a means of "legal and permanent" removal in a protection situation

Castles and Coasts Housing Association plan to removal fire extinguishers sparks safety fears in wake of Grenfell Tower tragedy

22 March, 2019

Social housing tenants have been left shocked after a decision to remove fire extinguishers from their communal buildings

Councils' powers to remove Grenfell-style cladding 'useless'

22 March, 2019

Exclusive: councils complain government's backing amounts to 'completely hollow words'

Regulator bars for-profit housing associations from entering Scottish sector

21 March, 2019

Several for-profit housing associations have been barred from entering the Scottish social housing sector by the regulator

Welsh government eyes no-deal Brexit social housing stimulus package

21 March, 2019

The Welsh government is in discussions with the social housing sector over a potential "stimulus package" in case the UK leaves the EU without a deal next week

Civitas Social Housing Boosts Rental Income By 10% After Acquisitions

21 March, 2019

Civitas Social Housing PLC on Thursday announced approximately GBP85.6 million worth of acquisitions, as well as an increase in its rental income

Residents and landlords team up to better communicate building safety

21 March, 2019

Pilot takes off to push for culture change across the sector

Council approves two new tower blocks in Barking with ZERO social housing

20 March, 2019

The council's planning chiefs have given the thumbs up to two new tower blocks neither of which include social housing

Housing associations will borrow extra £17bn by 2021

20 March, 2019

Housing associations will borrow £17bn of new debt by 2021 as they accelerate development to meet demand for new housing

Social landlords must write code of conduct to protect leaseholders

19 March, 2019

The government has been urged to introduce a code of practice for local authorities and housing associations that outlines their responsibilities to leaseholders living in social housing blocks, in a bid to crack down on unfair charges

Major housing associations to scrap fixed-term tenancies

15 March, 2019

Housing associations across the country are reviewing their use of fixed-term tenancies as two more major landlords commit to scrapping the policy outright

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 - what to expect

15 March, 2019

We set out what housing associations should expect when the Act comes into effect on 20 March

Right to Buy homes made £2.8m in profit 'in weeks'

14 March, 2019

A total of 139 former council tenants bought their homes under Right to Buy and resold them within one month

More housing associations than ever think Brexit will be negative

14 March, 2019

More housing associations than ever think Brexit will have a negative impact on them

Association that sold social homes on open market slammed for fire safety failings

14 March, 2019

A housing association previously censured for selling homes on the open market has been slammed by the English regulator again - this time for placing tenants at risk due to fire safety failings

LGA survey: councils to use borrowing powers to accelerate homebuilding programmes

14 March, 2019

New powers to borrow and invest in new and existing housing look set to be used by the majority of councils but further reforms are needed to spark a genuine renaissance of social housing

£5m social housing project completed in NI

14 March, 2019

The County Down development comprises 32 social housing units, made up of new-build houses, apartments and bungalows

Re-sold Right To Buy homes make £6.4bn in profit

14 March, 2019

The average time people kept their Right To Buy home before selling it on was seven-and-a-half years

Grenfell: Ministers can and must regulate to protect social tenants

14 March, 2019

Today marks 21 long months since the devastating fire in Grenfell Tower - the biggest housing tragedy in our history

Cladding removal from major London scheme 'delayed by developer errors'

13 March, 2019

Residents of a private London estate found to have Grenfell-style cladding have claimed that the block's developer has made a catalogue of mistakes that continue to delay the removal process

Grenfell residents' rights were breached

13 March, 2019

Both central and local government strongly criticised by EHRC report into tragedy

U-turn on plans to increase maximum age siblings living in social housing should share room until

13 March, 2019

Social housing bosses have made a U-turn on plans to increase the maximum age same sex siblings should be expected to share a room until to 21

Newly merged housing association issues £100m bond

12 March, 2019

Metropolitan Thames Valley has announced it has issued a £100m bond following a three-day roadshow across London and Edinburgh

Consumer power hits the rental market?

12 March, 2019

To an extent, renting in the UK has been seen as a poor relation

Midlands family first to own home under Right To Buy pilot

12 March, 2019

The Hunt family, from Somercotes, Derbyshire, bought their two-bed home from Futures Housing Group

Third large housing association offers residents lifetime tenancies

11 March, 2019

Sanctuary Housing has become the third large housing association to offer lifetime tenancies to all its residents

Savills housing boss: 'for-profits not eating HAs' lunch'

11 March, 2019

The housing association sector must stop looking at for-profit providers as 'eating their lunch' and become more open to allowing other sources of capital into the sector

Association and council partnership tackles empty homes

08 March, 2019

The Making Homes from Houses project aims to renovate properties to be used as affordable homes

Association to build over 1,000 homes on former prison site

08 March, 2019

Peabody has today successfully acquired the former Holloway Prison site from the Ministry of Justice

NHF makes 'thin argument' against putting associations under FoI

07 March, 2019

Commons debate told NHF knows in its "heart of hearts" extending FoI to associations is the right thing

Large Midlands association joins Homes England strategic partnership

06 March, 2019

One of the Midlands largest housing association has struck a deal to join one of Homes England's strategic partnerships

Is the housing association sector still protected from the ups and downs of the property market?

06 March, 2019

The housing association sector has traditionally been seen as counter-cyclical, able to deliver even in times of economic hardship. But with more commercialisation

Housing association breaches Home Standard on fire safety

04 March, 2019

An 11,000-home association has been severely criticised by the regulator for fire, gas and lift safety failings

Peabody to scrap fixed-term tenancies

01 March, 2019

A second major housing association is to phase out fixed-term tenancies in favour of lifetime agreements

DWP to fix rent change process for Universal Credit claimants

28 February, 2019

Ministers have agreed to amend the way rent changes for social tenants claiming Universal Credit are processed, easing the administrative burden for landlords

L&Q begins 6000 Fixed Term Tenancy conversion

28 February, 2019

Reports published by the association come in bids to encourage more security in social housing

Homeless families stage protest over 'four-hour school run each day' from temporary accommodation outside Southwark

28 February, 2019

The cost finding temporary accommodation has spiralled for Southwark Council, as more people find themselves unable to keep up with private rents or are evicted by private landlords

Four board members leave housing association that almost went insolvent

28 February, 2019

Four board members have left FPHA, which nearly went insolvent in March last year, and four more have been hired to replace them

New rent deal to aid 'quality and quantity' of social housing

27 February, 2019

Annual rent increases capped at up to Consumer Price Index inflation +1% for five years from 2020

Council houses in Oldham will now only be rented to those 'in need' - meaning nearly 20,000 people on a waiting list will be ditched

27 February, 2019

The town hall has agreed to change the way it allocates social housing

Housing association regains top governance rating after two years

27 February, 2019

One Housing has regained the highest possible governance rating two-and-a-half years after being downgraded

42 social housing mergers made in 2018

26 February, 2019

The mergers are said to have come about because of reduced government spending on social housing

Scottish Government launches guide for social landlords on allocations policy

26 February, 2019

The new guide comes following the announcement of changes to social housing legislation under the Housing Act

LIN member report February 2019 - Homelessness

25 February, 2019

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

English councils accused of hiding scale of homelessness crisis

25 February, 2019

Critics point out change of compiling method led to decrease in total count of rough sleepers

Take action to prepare for climate change, social landlords told

25 February, 2019

Social landlords must take "significant action" to prepare for the effects of climate change

Five children in two-bed housing association flat told 'nowhere else to go'

25 February, 2019

A family with five children living in an overcrowded two-bed flat have been told there is nowhere else for them to go

Hedge fund giant to launch registered provider of social housing

25 February, 2019

The world's largest publicly traded hedge fund company intends to launch its own registered provider of social housing

Quarterly survey for Q3 (October to December) 2018 to 2019

25 February, 2019

Our quarterly survey report is based on responses from private registered providers of social housing who own or manage more than 1,000 homes

Number of unsold housing association homes soars to more than 7,000

25 February, 2019

The number of English housing association homes sitting unsold has risen by 18% to more than 7,000

Large association has 400 unsold homes amid 'massive market slowdown'

22 February, 2019

Housing associations have warned of a "massive slowdown" in the London sales market, as it emerged that one large organisation currently has more than 400 unsold units on its books

G15 landlord censured by watchdog over shared ownership advert

22 February, 2019

A large London housing association has been censured by the advertising watchdog for "misleading" marketing for its shared ownership homes

Extra service charges getting ridiculous

22 February, 2019

Landlords of a block of housing association flats in Northampton are imposing "excessive charges" for basic amenities

Repair app for housing tenants piloted by Slough Borough Council

22 February, 2019

A new app which allows housing tenants to report and book repairs online has been launched by Slough Borough Council

Scottish regulator underlines need for RSLs to plan for Brexit

22 February, 2019

The letter highlights Regulatory Standard 3 which requires each RSL to manage its resources to ensure financial wellbeing

Associations sign up to NHF plan to make boards accountable to tenants

21 February, 2019

More than 40 social landlords have signed up to a government-backed NHF scheme to ensure that housing associations are accountable to tenants

Regulator changes accounting requirements for housing associations

21 February, 2019

The Regulator of Social Housing has changed its accounting rules for housing associations in a new direction published today

Council builds first homes in more than seven years

21 February, 2019

The North Manchester project completion marks 100 years since the first wave of major council housebuilding

Association downgraded over 'weaknesses in governance'

21 February, 2019

The regulator says Ongo Homes did not manage risks "effectively"

Scotland's housebuilding boom: can English councils emulate it?

20 February, 2019

Scotland is in the midst of the biggest council housebuilding programme since the 1970s

DWP concedes to issue with calculating UC for social tenants

20 February, 2019

Letter to landlords confirms changes are being considered over the 53-week rent year

Leeds City Council needs £20m-a-year from government to build 200 new council houses a year

20 February, 2019

More than 200 new council homes could be built in Leeds every year

Assessment shows over 100 councils falling short of targets

20 February, 2019

Stats also show 87 councils having to add more housing land to local development plans

Civitas Social Housing Acquires Seven Properties For GBP7.8 Million

19 February, 2019

Civitas Social Housing PLC said on Monday it has purchased nine social housing properties comprising 42 tenancies for GBP7.8 million

'It just isn't right' - Mitcham resident furious at social housing sell off

19 February, 2019

Alan Suttie has lived in Mitcham for nearly 20 years and thinks the number of social housing buildings needs to increase

Maintain EU electrical safety standards after Brexit

18 February, 2019

Campaign group fears UK becoming magnet for dangerous or counterfeit goods

Error sees 700% council tax hike for residents at King's Lynn sheltered housing complex

18 February, 2019

An error in council tax banding at a 'Housing with Care' complex in Lynn has seen residents' payments increase by more than 700 per cent

More than £34 million set to be injected into Flintshire's social housing

18 February, 2019

Flintshire Council is set to invest more than £34 million into its social housing stock in the next year

London social housing block residents warn of 'death trap' conditions

18 February, 2019

Water-soaked electrics, severe damp and lift breakdowns in flats managed by A2Dominion

Two-decade social home build could have saved renters billions

15 February, 2019

In 1997, over a third of households lived in council housing, compared with just one in 10 today

What housing associations are doing to stress-test for Brexit

15 February, 2019

With the UK's departure from the EU looming, Luke Barratt looks at what housing associations have been doing to prepare

Regulator writes to housing associations with no-deal Brexit warning

15 February, 2019

The regulator has issued a warning to English housing associations over the threat of a no-deal Brexit

Charity evicted by housing association allowed to stay until it finds new home

15 February, 2019

A Northampton homelessness charity evicted by a housing association will be allowed to keep using the landlord's building until it finds a suitable new home

Association 'put tenants at risk' with electrical safety breach

14 February, 2019

A recently merged housing association has breached the Home Standard by putting its tenants at risk over electrical safety

Residents group calls on housing association's shareholders to act over social housing sales

14 February, 2019

A campaign group made up of Notting Hill Genesis residents has written to the group's shareholders, calling on them to stop the sale and conversion of social rent homes

Rents to go up by £40 a month at some Northampton housing association homes

13 February, 2019

A rent increase at housing association homes in Northampton has been branded "an insult"

More than 20,000 on social housing waiting list in Wakefield

13 February, 2019

More than 20,000 people are on the waiting list for social housing in Wakefield

Leading supermarket to build homes with housing association

13 February, 2019

The partners are intending to gain permission for the mixed-use development - including 1,400 new homes

Social housing new build spend up 11% but repairs work drops

12 February, 2019

The amount of money spent on building new homes in the social housing sector increased by nearly 11% in December but repairs and maintenance spend fell by 6.6%

'Significant' pressures on Corby housing see waiting lists and arrears shoot up

12 February, 2019

An extra 367 people joined Corby Council's housing waiting list in the past year - up by 25 per cent

Council backs right to buy and denies City Hall claims of £3million rent costs

11 February, 2019

The council has spent more than £3million renting back council homes sold off under right to buy

Parents could lose their homes if they don't get their anti-social kids under control

11 February, 2019

If your child is found to be causing issues or committing criminal offences, you could face being evicted

Scottish housing associations to come under FoI

08 February, 2019

Scottish government approves putting associations under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act as public authorities

UC rollout to 'worsen' NI housing crisis

08 February, 2019

Recent NIHE report showed almost 20,950 children in families waiting for social housing and at least 13,636 in 'housing stress'

Associations stress-test over fear rent settlement will change post-Brexit

07 February, 2019

Housing associations are stress-testing for the possibility that the government will renege on a promise to allow plus-inflation rent increases after Brexit

Over 300 landlords 'Make a Stand' against domestic abuse

07 February, 2019

Landlords under the scheme collectively own more than 2.6 million homes - more than 50% of all social housing across the UK

Fire that killed four children was in housing association home

07 February, 2019

A house wrecked by a fire that killed four young children in Stafford this week belongs to a housing association

Salix Homes to feature in new TV documentary on housing crisis

07 February, 2019

Salford housing association Salix Homes is to feature in a new BBC One daytime series shining a spotlight on Britain's empty homes crisis

Wokingham Borough Council missing out on more than £700,000 in unpaid rent debts from social housing tenants

07 February, 2019

The council is owed more than £700,000 in unpaid rent debts by social housing tenants in the borough

High Court backs association's religious allocation policy

06 February, 2019

But case pitched as a test of "wider implications" seems certain to go to appeal

Transfer of homes to 'protect tenants' finalised

06 February, 2019

The Scottish Regulator directed the transfer in November after 70% of Kincardine's tenants said they were in favour of the move

Shelter from the storm?

06 February, 2019

It can't have escaped anyone's attention that we are in the midst of a housing crisis, in particular social housing

165,000+ social rent homes lost in six years

05 February, 2019

CIH projections suggest 199,000 homes for social rent will have been lost between 2012 and 2020

Kensington MP launches attack on housing associations in report on local housing

05 February, 2019

The Labour MP for the constituency where Grenfell Tower is located has published a report which launches a strongly worded attack on the performance of housing associations in the area

Council could spend £60,000 converting home back to original condition

05 February, 2019

We want to challenge the negative stereotypes of council tenants

Housing associations should be subject to FOIA

04 February, 2019

Housing associations should be subject to the Freedom of Information Act

Renters are more likely to have poor health than those who own

04 February, 2019

There are links between housing and health, and research shows that those who rent privately have worse health than those who own properties

Shortage of large council homes could slow wider Grenfell rehousing

04 February, 2019

A shortage of large council homes could slow efforts to rehouse families from the wider Grenfell community, with just two such properties becoming available in the borough in the past two years.

Inside the 'death trap' social houses 'failing' Liverpool's vulnerable families

04 February, 2019

Damp, mould and mice living in the walls are common issues plaguing residents

Social housing contractors in crisis?

01 February, 2019

Following the collapse of construction giant Carillion and other similar financial failures, should the social housing sector brace itself for more contractor woes?

Councils 'empowering and engaging' tenants

01 February, 2019

But LGA/Tpas report calls for firmer commitment to social homes from central government

Councils urged to build on new housing solution

01 February, 2019

MetroHome offers a commercial model allowing councils to retain the freehold of their land

Overcrowding in social housing hits 24-year high

31 January, 2019

English Housing Survey shows a need to ease the squeeze with 300,000 households in too few rooms

Another London borough backs fight against Section 21

30 January, 2019

Six councils across the country now support the Generation Rent campaign

Hundreds on Bexley housing waiting list placed out of borough

30 January, 2019

Bexley faces "serious challenges" around housing as it is revealed that only nine per cent of people on the housing waiting list were re-homed last year

East Riding Council to spend nearly £100m on revamping houses

30 January, 2019

It is upgrading some of its 11,000 properties

Third of councils have more than 20% PRS residents

30 January, 2019

Generation Rent says latest ONS figures expose the extent of housing market failure

Why council house rent is dropping in Portsmouth - and the millions it is costing the city council

30 January, 2019

Council house tenants are set for further rent reductions despite the 'ridiculous' discount costing the local authority more than £7m in three years

A two-pronged plan for better social housing

30 January, 2019

It might sound odd to say, but the Shelter commission was not a typical housing commission

London tenants call for Statement of Community Involvement from Sadiq Khan

29 January, 2019

Sadiq Khan should issue a 'Statement of Community Involvement' setting out his policy on engaging with residents over development

Malthouse goes gloves off over RTB to attack Labour 'detachment'

29 January, 2019

While seemingly solving Brexit, the housing minster holds his own close to home

Bristol to spend £7.3m on tower block sprinklers

28 January, 2019

Bristol City Council cabinet told of no room for complacency despite confirmation that no block has Grenfell-style cladding

Regulator investigates housing association with former First Priority leases

28 January, 2019

The social housing regulator is investigating a housing association which took on some of First Priority's homes after that association nearly became insolvent

Councils in England to receive over £50 million to support Brexit preparations

28 January, 2019

Local authorities across England will receive a share of £56.5 million to help support their preparations for Brexit

LIN member report January 2019 - The Social Housing Commission

25 January, 2019

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Council accuses association linked to investment funds of not providing support services

25 January, 2019

A local authority has accused a supported housing association linked to several new investment funds of not providing support services to vulnerable tenants, despite billing for them in housing benefit

Rural social housing waiting list tops 100 years

25 January, 2019

New government statistics show the number of households on rural council waiting lists continues to increase

Housing association presents code for safer housing

25 January, 2019

The new electrical code is due to be presented at parliament on 23rd January

Billionaire property family enters social housing market

24 January, 2019

The family behind a multibillion-pound property empire has made a dramatic move into the social housing sector by registering one of its companies as a social landlord

Housing association apologies after leaving couple with no hot water and central heating for two months

24 January, 2019

An Evesham couple has said it is a disgrace they have been left without hot water and central heating at their Hampton property for nearly two months by Rooftop Housing

It's time to wake up on the Decent Homes Standard

24 January, 2019

Five months on from the publication of the Social Housing Green Paper, Fortem continues to consider what it and other housing service providers can do to support our clients and their communities

'Councils in race for temporary accommodation forcing rents upwards'

23 January, 2019

Councils are in a race for temporary accommodation, and landlords know this and are pushing rents up

New film champions social housing and its residents

23 January, 2019

Film frames people, not politics, as at heart of the debate on the housing crisis

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

22 January, 2019

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

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

22 January, 2019

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

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

22 January, 2019

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

Housing is a women's rights issue

21 January, 2019

What does housing have to do with gender inequality?

Right to Buy is 'failing London'

21 January, 2019

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

Nearly 50 councils use unregistered fire risk assessors

18 January, 2019

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

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

18 January, 2019

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

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

17 January, 2019

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

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

17 January, 2019

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

Social housing aggregator gets A- credit rating

17 January, 2019

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

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

16 January, 2019

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

Housing association borrows £135m

16 January, 2019

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

The future of social housing - what's next?

16 January, 2019

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

Report highlights social housing concerns post-Brexit

15 January, 2019

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

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

14 January, 2019

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

Housing associations buy up discounted homes from builders amid Brexit uncertainty

11 January, 2019

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

Giant housing associations agree deal over sale of 228 homes

11 January, 2019

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

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

11 January, 2019

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

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

10 January, 2019

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

Social housing 100 years on

10 January, 2019

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

Three million new social homes needed - Stoke gets started

09 January, 2019

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

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

09 January, 2019

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

Housing association sorry for delay to repair leaking roof

09 January, 2019

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

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

09 January, 2019

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

Waltham Forest Council gave one woman a difficult decision

09 January, 2019

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

Brokenshire pledges PTSD service personnel as social housing priority

09 January, 2019

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

North West housing associations complete 38,000-home merger

09 January, 2019

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

Right To Buy running down in Wales

09 January, 2019

Abolition of RTB in Wales heads for home straight

England needs 3m new social homes by 2040

08 January, 2019

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

Midlands housing association to consolidate group structure

08 January, 2019

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

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

08 January, 2019

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

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

08 January, 2019

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

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

08 January, 2019

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

Miliband: Social housing a 'national asset'

08 January, 2019

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

Building for our future: A vision for social housing

08 January, 2019

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

Social housing report calls for massive overhaul of tenants' rights

07 January, 2019

Renters need better deal to prevent another Grenfell disaster

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

07 January, 2019

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

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

07 January, 2019

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

Worries after social housing firms enter private market

03 January, 2019

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

Social housing investor signs £70m funding facility

03 January, 2019

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

On ghettos - more to do on stigmatisation

03 January, 2019

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

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

03 January, 2019

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

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

02 January, 2019

We have never felt so divided as a country

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

02 January, 2019

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

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

01 January, 2019

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

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

31 December, 2018

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

Low-rated housing association sees credit outlook upgraded

27 December, 2018

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

Housing association CEO calls for 'Brexit compromise'

27 December, 2018

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

Amazon holds talks with UK housing association

24 December, 2018

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

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 becomes law

24 December, 2018

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

New figures 'reinforce need to suspend Right to Buy'

20 December, 2018

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

What's happening to rented social housing in England?

19 December, 2018

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

Council reviews temporary accommodation process after local government ombudsman upholds complaint

19 December, 2018

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

Regulator issues six governance upgrades to housing associations

19 December, 2018

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

Housing association decide if grieving sisters can keep home

19 December, 2018

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

Right to Buy Sales in England: July to September 2018

19 December, 2018

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

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

18 December, 2018

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

Croydon council joins temporary housing scheme

18 December, 2018

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

Over 200 associations commit to tackling 'unimaginable' homelessness

18 December, 2018

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

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

17 December, 2018

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

Figures suggest Universal Credit is driving homelessness and evictions

14 December, 2018

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

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

14 December, 2018

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

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

14 December, 2018

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

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

13 December, 2018

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

Housing association acquires 600-home retirement portfolio from Bupa

13 December, 2018

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

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

13 December, 2018

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

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

13 December, 2018

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

Housing providers "nervous" about taking tenants with learning

13 December, 2018

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

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

12 December, 2018

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

Insurance giant registers as a provider of social housing

11 December, 2018

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

Kettering council has 86 vacant homes in its housing stock

11 December, 2018

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

MP claims Grenfell survivor seen 'begging on the street'

11 December, 2018

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

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

10 December, 2018

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

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

07 December, 2018

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

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

06 December, 2018

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

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

06 December, 2018

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

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

06 December, 2018

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

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

06 December, 2018

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

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

05 December, 2018

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

Housing associations must prepare for 'disorderly Brexit'

05 December, 2018

Housing associations must be prepared for a "disorderly Brexit"

Midlands association acquires stock from London association

05 December, 2018

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

7,000 rough sleeping households moved straight into social housing

05 December, 2018

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

Social Housing Lettings: April 2017 to March 2018, England

04 December, 2018

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

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

04 December, 2018

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

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

04 December, 2018

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

RTB properties re-let privately pose 'major challenges'

04 December, 2018

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

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

03 December, 2018

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

Nottingham City Council to spend £5million on social housing

03 December, 2018

The houses the city council buy will be former council houses

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

03 December, 2018

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

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

03 December, 2018

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

Birmingham to build crime prevention into social housing developments

03 December, 2018

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

Government statistics show 37% drop in social rent conversions

03 December, 2018

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

BME social tenants less satisfied with their landlords than whites

03 December, 2018

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

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

30 November, 2018

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

Putting the social into social housing

30 November, 2018

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

Large London housing association sues contractors over cladding

29 November, 2018

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

More than 20,000 social housing units sold last year

29 November, 2018

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

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

29 November, 2018

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

RSH chief executive reflects on Social Housing Green Paper

29 November, 2018

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

Workers at small London housing association to strike

28 November, 2018

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

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

28 November, 2018

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

Newly merged housing association censured by regulator for fire safety failings

28 November, 2018

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

Strike called off at small London housing association

28 November, 2018

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

Percentage of social rented housing being built is not enough

27 November, 2018

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

London Mayor blasts Creekside development plans for social housing

27 November, 2018

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

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

23 November, 2018

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

Housing associations have 'huge potential' to power local change

23 November, 2018

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

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

23 November, 2018

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

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

22 November, 2018

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

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

22 November, 2018

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

CIH slams slow rate of social rent delivery

22 November, 2018

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

No more social housing get-out clauses

22 November, 2018

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

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

21 November, 2018

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

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

21 November, 2018

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

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

21 November, 2018

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

Market forces: the social landlords building homes for market rent

20 November, 2018

For most social landlords, market rent represents uncharted water

Short-term housing offers extra help for Manchester rough sleepers

20 November, 2018

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

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

19 November, 2018

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

Strategic partners can add extra housing associations to deals

16 November, 2018

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

League tables must consider human rights law

16 November, 2018

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

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

16 November, 2018

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

Phoenix returns Right to Buy homes to social housing

16 November, 2018

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

Fire door problems endemic in Grenfell Tower

15 November, 2018

Broken or deficient fire doors were endemic in Grenfell Tower

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

15 November, 2018

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

Westminster council to shift affordable focus away from social housing

14 November, 2018

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

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

14 November, 2018

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

Social Housing Green Paper: JRF and JRHT response

14 November, 2018

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

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

14 November, 2018

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

After Grenfell, London needs a tenants czar

13 November, 2018

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

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

13 November, 2018

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

Civitas Social Housing To Be Added To FTSE 250 Index

12 November, 2018

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

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

12 November, 2018

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

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

09 November, 2018

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

Housing associations must change the way they fill in accounts

09 November, 2018

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

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

09 November, 2018

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

Sprinklers suppress 12 social housing fires

08 November, 2018

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

League tables proposal panned in green paper consultation responses

08 November, 2018

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

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

08 November, 2018

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

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

08 November, 2018

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

Grenfell Tower: Unsafe cladding 'still affects thousands'

08 November, 2018

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

Social Housing Green Paper - National Housing Federation response

07 November, 2018

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

Report says London should have its own social housing commissioner

07 November, 2018

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

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

07 November, 2018

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

North East-based housing association gets A+ credit rating

07 November, 2018

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

League tables could 'further stigmatise social housing residents'

07 November, 2018

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

Housing association model of delivering social housing 'not working'

06 November, 2018

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

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

05 November, 2018

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

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

05 November, 2018

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

London councils house vulnerable residents on industrial estates

05 November, 2018

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

Social housing pensions must be equal for men and women

05 November, 2018

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

More than 250 social landlords sign pledge to tackle domestic abuse

05 November, 2018

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

Bromsgrove District Council set to launch its own housing firm

02 November, 2018

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

'Incompetent' council kicked out of government housing scheme

02 November, 2018

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

Developing income linked rents for CHS Group

02 November, 2018

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

Social housing investment could heal Brexit divisions

02 November, 2018

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

The Value of a social tenancy

02 November, 2018

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

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

01 November, 2018

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

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

01 November, 2018

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

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

31 October, 2018

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

New project to examine allocation of social housing in England

31 October, 2018

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

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

31 October, 2018

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

Grenfell council announces plans to build hundreds of social homes

31 October, 2018

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

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

30 October, 2018

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

Chancellor announces strategic partnerships with nine housing associations

30 October, 2018

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

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

30 October, 2018

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

Housing associations sign new standard for armed forces tenants

29 October, 2018

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

A social justice housing strategy

29 October, 2018

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

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

29 October, 2018

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

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

26 October, 2018

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

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

26 October, 2018

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

Research shows scope for rental payment history in credit applications

26 October, 2018

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

Bloxham blasts 'fundamentally flawed' social housing policy

26 October, 2018

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

League table ranks London boroughs' delivery of social housing

26 October, 2018

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

The social housing being sold off on Rightmove while homelessness soars

25 October, 2018

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

Charity 'appalled and saddened' by housing association eviction notice

25 October, 2018

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

Social housing governance

25 October, 2018

An overview of the issues and evidence

Civitas Social Housing To Buy Four Properties For 8.8 Million

23 October, 2018

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

Brent Council to join Capital Letters housing scheme

23 October, 2018

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

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

22 October, 2018

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

Flexible Right to Buy

22 October, 2018

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

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

22 October, 2018

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

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

19 October, 2018

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

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

19 October, 2018

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

Watford Borough Council approves scheme which will provide social housing boost

19 October, 2018

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

Borrowing cap to be removed at end of the month

19 October, 2018

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

Triple Point Social Housing Raises 108.2 Million Via Share Issue

19 October, 2018

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

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

18 October, 2018

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

Regulator raises governance concerns over leases at housing association

18 October, 2018

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

New APPG to tackle employment needs of social housing tenants

17 October, 2018

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

Swindon Tenants fear five years of above-inflation rent rises

17 October, 2018

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

Social Housing Pension Scheme valuation results published

17 October, 2018

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

Right to Buy proposals don't go far enough

16 October, 2018

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

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

16 October, 2018

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

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

16 October, 2018

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

Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance awards first council accreditation

16 October, 2018

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

Housing association will not revoke homeless charity eviction notices

16 October, 2018

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

LIN member report October 2018 - Regulating social landlords

15 October, 2018

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Calls for councils to pursue joint ventures after borrowing cap scrap

15 October, 2018

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

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

15 October, 2018

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

Leasehold abuse rules exempt houses from Right to Buy pilot

12 October, 2018

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

Reputational risk for housing associations 'greater than ever'

12 October, 2018

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

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

12 October, 2018

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

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

12 October, 2018

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

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

11 October, 2018

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

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

11 October, 2018

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

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

11 October, 2018

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

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

11 October, 2018

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

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

11 October, 2018

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

Shelter services - our view on benefit discrimination

11 October, 2018

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

Haringey Council to pay out to evacuated residents

09 October, 2018

Tottenham residents set to be evacuated from their homes will receive thousands of pounds in home loss payments if council proposals go through

Housing associations complete 57,000-home merger

09 October, 2018

Housing associations Thames Valley and Metropolitan have completed their merger

Guidance for Green Paper tenant engagement events

09 October, 2018

We've produced new guidance to support our members with upcoming tenant engagement events on the Social Housing Green Paper

London housing association to borrow £300m on bond market

08 October, 2018

Southern Housing Group is preparing to borrow £300m on the bond market

The Housing Podcast: Theresa May scraps the cap - what does it mean?

08 October, 2018

The Housing Podcast is a production of Inside Housing magazine, the UK's leading publication for the social and affordable housing sector

Reality Check: What are the plans to boost council homes?

05 October, 2018

Theresa May, in her party conference speech, pledged to boost council house building

Large housing association to offer lifetime tenancies to private and social renters

05 October, 2018

A large housing association is aiming to offer lifetime tenancies to private and social renters

Homeless before Christmas - 69 Oxford women evicted as social housing block put up for sale

05 October, 2018

Women living in Oxford's only all-female accommodation will be left homeless just days before Christmas after being served an eviction notice

The cap is scrapped! Where next for council housebuilding?

05 October, 2018

Last year, Theresa May used her speech at Conservative Party Conference to announce £2bn of new grant funding - the first money made available for building social homes since 2010

Bradford Council team ensures that rented homes come up to standard

04 October, 2018

Anyone who has ever rented a house will know will know how vital it is for it to be safe and in good condition

Prime Minister paves way for whole new wave of council house building

04 October, 2018

A whole new wave of council house building is in sight after Theresa May said that the Government will scrap the cap on how much local authorities can borrow to get building again

Councils say scrapping debt cap will boost housebuilding capabilities

04 October, 2018

Council leaders have said that plans to scrap the borrowing cap would enable them to increase their building rate and replace more of the homes lost through the Right to Buy

Five thoughts about Theresa May's promise to get councils building houses again

04 October, 2018

Housing is a policy area infested with numbers that sound big but actually aren't

Families could lose council houses if children are caught with knives

04 October, 2018

The police have said tackling knife crime can't just be about making arrests

Grenfell fire survivor says tenants were bullied over renovation

04 October, 2018

Residents were unhappy about boilers being put in corridors

Government 'heaping pressure' on councils over housing targets

04 October, 2018

CPRE and MHCLG at odds over interpretation of Green Belt building stats

Housing reform can't stop at 'scrapping the cap'

04 October, 2018

London deputy mayor calls for a comprehensive approach to support "true step change" in the number of council homes that can be built

Over 90% of social housing in Wales compliant with quality standards

04 October, 2018

Homes managed by councils and housing associations up five percentage points on compliance standards as of March this year

Boris calls for local councils to take back control of house building targets

03 October, 2018

Tory maverick Boris Johnson has attacked the big housebuilders for abusing their market positions, and said that there should be a crackdown on so-called land banking

Johnson reinforces tenant stereotypes PM tried to tear down

03 October, 2018

Would-be PM says social rented sector "more likely" to vote for a Labour Party that didn't understand home ownership

Landlords urged to manage legionella risk after two cases reported since May

03 October, 2018

Landlords have been urged to update their plans to manage the risk of legionella after two cases were reported in social housing schemes in a four-month period

No to demolition without the tenants' permission

03 October, 2018

Housing campaigners and residents in London are to protest against plans from mayor Sadiq Khan to deny them a vote on regeneration plans that affect their estates

High Court judgment paves the way for shorter eviction notice periods

02 October, 2018

Housing associations could be able to give tenants just two months' notice during probation periods regardless of the total length of their tenancy agreements after a recent High Court judgement

Ninety per cent of people on Bournemouth register will never get a council house

02 October, 2018

Only 10 per cent of people on Bournemouth's housing register can expect to receive council housing

Housing associations and co-operatives reclassified to private sector

02 October, 2018

Registered social landlords in Scotland have been reclassified as private organisations following the enactment of the Housing (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2018

Councils losing £300m a year due to Right to Buy

02 October, 2018

The UK Housing Review Autumn briefing paper has shone a bleak light on the policy

Government to confirm ban on combustible materials

01 October, 2018

Combustible materials will be banned on high-rise buildings

Councils face further £1.3bn government funding cut in 2019/20

01 October, 2018

LGA warns of already struggling authorities being tipped over the edge

Newly-merged housing association Connexus sees fall in surplus

01 October, 2018

Newly-merged housing association Connexus has seen its surplus fall 15% from £12.1m to £10.3m

Concern over planned eviction of tenants from supported living scheme

01 October, 2018

A group of tenants in supported living accommodation in Gloucester have expressed concern over eviction notices served by their landlord, which they say will make them homeless

Brothers and sisters may be forced to share bedrooms in social housing shake-up

01 October, 2018

Young brothers and sisters could be forced to share bedrooms as part of a social housing shake-up in Burton and Burton and Uttoxeter

The Housing Podcast: is this the end for fixed-term tenancies?

01 October, 2018

Listen to find out more about the key issues in housing today

Civitas Social Housing to purchase three regulated social housing properties for £4.8m

01 October, 2018

Civitas Social Housing is pleased to announce that they have purchased three regulated social housing properties comprising 23 homes for £4,895,686

Spa Green at 70 shows how 'council housing can be the best quality'

01 October, 2018

A Clerkenwell estate was created with "a vision that council housing can be of the best possible quality"

Grenfell residents warn against plan to change tenant management body

27 September, 2018

Proposals for Kensington and Chelsea TMO 'could prevent proper scrutiny' by inquiry

More housing associations consider ditching fixed-term tenancies

27 September, 2018

Several large housing associations are considering following London giants L&Q in giving their residents lifetime tenancies

UK asylum seekers refused housing over 'social cohesion issues'

27 September, 2018

Lawyers say north-east of England ban involving far-right activity 'discriminatory'

Bid for 596 new council houses to be built in Milton Keynes

27 September, 2018

A request to build almost 600 brand new council houses in Milton Keynes has this week been made to the government

Housing tenure and costs becoming key determinants in poverty rates

27 September, 2018

Research released by Cardiff University reveals rate at which families in PRS and social housing are experiencing working poverty

Grenfell Tower should not have been lived in

26 September, 2018

Andrew O'Loughlin says firefighters never expected the blaze to spread as it did

Healey warns housing associations against 'over-reliance on government'

26 September, 2018

Calls for perspective over the PM's £2bn pledge to NHF 2018

Furious Portsmouth residents hit out at 'greedy' housing association

25 September, 2018

ANGRY residents have launched a battle against a 'greedy' housing association for 'ignoring' safety fears while hiking up fees

'Unsung hero' of social housing Richard Farnell dies

25 September, 2018

Professor Richard Farnell, the former chair of Birmingham-based housing association Midland Heart and a leading academic on regeneration, has died aged 71

Proud, not ashamed, to be in social housing

25 September, 2018

Most people in housing need view social housing as the great prize, not a stigma

Council housing: how Hackney has raised the game

24 September, 2018

Not everyone will be fans, but by cross-subsidising, talking to residents and valuing good design, the east London borough is investing in some of the best council housing ever built

Housing association apologises over empty house on Lincoln Court

24 September, 2018

The housing association that owns a vandalised house in Newark has apologised for its impact on the community

Government 'red tape' ties up tower block safety works

24 September, 2018

"The minister who signed off on this should be ashamed... Government is seemingly more concerned about setting precedent than it is about the safety of residents"

Keynsham housing association flats 'deprived'

24 September, 2018

A housing association has been criticised by residents and councillors of an estate who say they feel forgotten about

Giant housing association to offer lifetime tenancy to all residents

21 September, 2018

London's largest housing association is set to scrap fixed-term tenancies for all its tenants

New kids on the block: why for-profit providers are making housing associations nervous

21 September, 2018

As the argument about what place for-profit housing associations have in the wider industry rumbles on, traditional providers are beginning to wonder what the new kids on the block will do next

L&Q to end Fixed Term Tenancies in favour of open-assured tenancies

21 September, 2018

Research revealed FTTs to be a "crude tool that have not fixed the problems they were created to address"

'False comparison' to say housing associations are capable of more than councils

20 September, 2018

It is a "false comparison" to suggest housing associations are capable of more than councils, shadow housing secretary John Healey has said in response to comments made by the prime minister yesterday

'it's not a choice between supporting rented housing and backing homeownership'

20 September, 2018

The government doesn't have to choose between supporting rented housing and backing homeownership

PM pledges £2bn to housing associations over next 10 years

20 September, 2018

NHF housing summit has its first ever Prime Ministerial address - with the sector told to take more initiative over housebuilding

Housing associations praise May's £2bn plan as 'total step change'

20 September, 2018

PM announces funding for next decade and calls for end to social housing 'stigma'

Grenfell Tower area residents told: return home or lose council tenancies

20 September, 2018

Kensington and Chelsea council issues ultimatum to people who lived in housing near tower

Theresa May throws support behind housing associations in landmark speech

19 September, 2018

Theresa May threw her backing behind the housing association sector

LGA warns May's focus on associations 'misses the point' about council-led building

19 September, 2018

The Conservative head of the LGA has hit back after Theresa May suggested councils are not able to build at the same scale as housing associations

Polly Neate, Shelter: 'May's words and tone on social housing mark significant change'

19 September, 2018

Natalie Elphicke, chief executive of the Housing and Finance Institute, and Polly Neate, the CEO of Shelter, discuss Theresa May's £2bn social housing pledge

Grenfell neighbours face higher rents or tenancy terminations

19 September, 2018

Kensington & Chelsea Council criticised for creating "inhumane climate of fear" for those feeling unable to return

Nearly 8m now living in council areas with no access to local welfare assistance schemes

19 September, 2018

FoI responses expose the extent to which local welfare assistance schemes have collapsed

Jail for man who illegally sublet Hyde housing association home

18 September, 2018

A housing association tenant has been sentenced to 14 months in jail after being caught subletting

Decision to be made over fate of council house which nobody wants to live in

18 September, 2018

Some 25 families on the council's housing waiting list viewed it but said they didn't want to live there

Social housing Scotland's 'best kept secret'

18 September, 2018

Poll for Scottish Housing Day shows soaring tenant satisfaction levels

Housing associations to get £2bn investment over next ten years

18 September, 2018

Theresa May to tell housing federation it needs to take more initiative in return

Local authorities continue to miss Right to Buy replacement targets

17 September, 2018

Local authorities have failed to replace properties sold under Right to Buy with new affordable homes over the past five years

Triple Point to tap investors as demand for supported housing grows

17 September, 2018

Triple Point Social Housing REIT is to tap its shareholders for new equity to continue investing in homes aimed at tenants with care needs

Calls for 'Right to Buy' policy to be suspended in Greater Manchester - after 5,000 council houses were sold off and no replacements built

17 September, 2018

Despite the government promising 'one for one' replacements for any home sold off over the last five years, nothing has in fact been built

Barking and Dagenham Council wins award for innovative affordable housing models

17 September, 2018

Barking and Dagenham Council has won a housing award

Half of those placed in temporary housing by council placed outside borough

14 September, 2018

Half of Waltham Forest Council's temporary housing placements are outside of the borough and many families placed there have small children

Social landlords must consider the pros and cons of rooftop development

14 September, 2018

There is considerable interest in the provision of rooftop housing development from social landlords which could make a significant contribution to the housing supply

For-profit provider refuses to change its name from 'housing association'

13 September, 2018

A for-profit registered provider of social housing has refused to change its name, amid a row over whether or not these organisations can use the name 'housing association'

CIH supports suspension of Right to Buy

13 September, 2018

"Not only are we failing to build enough homes for social rent, we are losing them when we need them more than ever"

'Right to buy' for people living in some Fortis Living affordable homes gets go-ahead

13 September, 2018

Tenants in the city can now apply to buy their homes at a discount after councillors agreed to enter into a £200 million Midlands-wide Right to Buy pilot

Council ready to buy homes housing associations don't want

13 September, 2018

Pilot project to buy back former council homes could be extended to new affordable homes

Leeds City Council trials free internet for social housing tenants

11 September, 2018

Social housing tenants at two Leeds tower blocks have been connected to free broadband as part of efforts to combat digital exclusion

Single association's social tenancies contribute £607m a year to UK economy

11 September, 2018

Ground-breaking study of just one group said to show what the overall value of social housing can be

There's a fundamental problem with the government's social housing green paper

11 September, 2018

Three months after the Grenfell Tower fire, Savid Javid, then Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government, announced a Housing Green Paper

Housing association pledges to make improvements after positive council meeting

10 September, 2018

Council leaders and housing association bosses have heralded the success of an open meeting to air any issues

Poole Housing Partnership says refurbished tower blocks will 'improve conditions for residents'

07 September, 2018

Four tower blocks in Poole are set to be modernised with new cladding

Housing association apologises to Chichester mum-of-two left without hot water for weeks

07 September, 2018

Housing association Home Group has apologised to a Chichester mum who was left without hot water for more than two weeks

Government weighs in to prevent 'for-profit' providers calling themselves 'housing associations'

07 September, 2018

The government has intervened to prevent a new wave of for-profit registered providers using the name 'housing association', following an appeal from the NHF

Tenant energy supplier switches focus to lettings agents

06 September, 2018

Lettings sector energy provider Spark, which has always specialised in supplying utilities to tenants via agents, is now making a play for agents themselves

How a housing association is bucking the trend on apprenticeships

06 September, 2018

The number of apprenticeships has fallen nationally, but Home Group has doubled its numbers

£2bn housing association bond aggregator prepares to launch

06 September, 2018

A new £2bn bond aggregator is preparing to launch as a subsidiary of existing aggregator The Housing Finance Corporation

London housing association outlook moved 'negative' by Moody's

05 September, 2018

Southern Housing Group has been given a 'negative' outlook by ratings agency Moody's, due to its plan to take on more debt to expand its housebuilding

Peabody seeking investors for £350m bond issue

05 September, 2018

London housing association Peabody is gearing up for a £350m bond issue, which has received an A3 rating from credit ratings agency Moody's

Councils back away from asylum seeker housing amid contract uncertainty

05 September, 2018

Local authorities have put on hold their plans to join the government's asylum seeker housing scheme after problems with the government contract

Bond aggregator completes £10m issue for Welsh housing association

05 September, 2018

Bond aggregator The Housing Finance Corporation has priced a £10m issue from its retained bond

Londonderry homes: 'Not enough' to meet social housing demand

05 September, 2018

A senior Housing Executive official has said not enough social homes are being built to meet demand in the north-west

One in three social housing tenants with mental health problems 'unhappy' with home

05 September, 2018

New research emphasises a need to put mental health strategies at the heart of social housing policy

Don't blame Airbnb for rise in rents

04 September, 2018

Placing restrictions on the sharing economy will not help locals and will be bad for consumers

Even after Grenfell, tower block residents are being ignored

03 September, 2018

The tragedy motivated me to become a councillor, yet my Tory counterparts are still failing to listen to those they serve

Landlords struggling to find replacements for faulty fire doors

03 September, 2018

Social landlords are facing "huge problems" finding replacements for faulty fire doors

Councils' temporary accommodation spend nears £1bn

31 August, 2018

Councils across England spent nearly £1bn on temporary accommodation last year alone

Government expects 3,000 Right to Buy sales in Midlands pilot

30 August, 2018

Ministers expect around 3,000 housing association homes to be sold through the Midlands Voluntary Right to Buy pilot

Regulator downgrades two associations

29 August, 2018

The Regulator of Social Housing has downgraded its governance rating for two housing associations, covering almost 20,000 homes

Colne Together Housing tenant's anger at too late texting

29 August, 2018

A disabled tenant of as housing association has criticised it arranging staff visits to properties without adequate warning

Social housing bosses move to build nearly 200 new homes in Greenock on land contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals

28 August, 2018

Social housing bosses want to build nearly 200 new homes in Greenock on land that is contaminated with toxic and cancer-causing chemicals

Decent Homes Standard review 'threatens council business plans'

28 August, 2018

Local authority housing business plans could be rendered unsustainable if the government revises the Decent Homes Standard

Green paper leaves question marks over council housing companies

28 August, 2018

Councils are seeking clarification over the government's stance on town hall housing companies after the Social Housing Green Paper hinted at plans to curb the use of subsidiary landlords to dodge Right to Buy sales

High-rise tenants being ignored like we were

24 August, 2018

Campaigners claim safety concerns of Salford residents are not being handled properly

Did the green paper address concerns raised by tenants on Alok Sharma's roadshow?

23 August, 2018

Did the government listen to tenants' concerns?

Inland Homes approved as social housing provider

22 August, 2018

Inland Homes has become one of the first publicly listed house builders to successfully register as a social housing provider

Civitas Social Housing buys English property portfolio for £37.6m

22 August, 2018

Civitas Social Housing said it had completed the purchase of regulated social housing portfolio in England for £37.6m, comprising a freehold and long leasehold interest in 67 properties with 362 tenancies

South East council breaches regulatory standard over fire safety

22 August, 2018

A council landlord in the South East has been censured by the Regulator of Social Housing for failing to carry out risk assessments or carry out the necessary work arising for them

Social Housing Green Paper one week on: the debate rages

21 August, 2018

The government's Social Housing Green Paper has prompted a huge amount of debate among Inside Housing's contributors

Nigel Adams: How we will make social housing the path to a better life

21 August, 2018

Homes aren't just a roof over our heads but a place where we can raise our families, put down roots and build better lives

Government finally unveils Right to Buy pilot scheme for housing association tenants

20 August, 2018

The Government has unveiled its long-awaited trial scheme to extend Right to Buy to housing association tenants, starting in the midlands

Council has millions to spend on affordable housing

20 August, 2018

Trafford Council has millions of unspent cash earmarked for housing, highways, parks and green spaces

Letter: Social housing ticking time bomb

20 August, 2018

As the Liberal Democrats have almost exclusively been the governing party of Three Rivers for the past 40 years they cannot credibly blame others for the housing crisis in this area

Right to buy exposes the cynicism of a Tory party whose base is dying out

20 August, 2018

High rents are a gift for Corbyn, but selling off social housing in a naked attempt to buy votes can only backfire

Housing associations plan more supported housing following LHA cap U-turn

17 August, 2018

Several large housing associations have indicated that they will increase their development of supported housing

Housing association tenants in Midlands to be given right to buy

17 August, 2018

Pilot scheme will cost £200m with commitment to build new homes to replace lost stock

Councils paid £660m for temporary homeless accommodation

17 August, 2018

Local authorities across Scotland have paid out more than half a billion pounds putting homeless people in temporary accommodation such hotels, hostels and B&Bs in the last five years

What do rising house prices in northern England mean for social landlords?

17 August, 2018

Will surging house prices in the North pose a problem or be a route to growth for social landlords?

Government 'must decide how proactive regulator should be' on consumer standards

16 August, 2018

The government must decide how "proactive" it wants the Regulator of Social Housing to be in policing consumer standards

A lesson in tenant engagement

16 August, 2018

Byker Community Trust has formed a partnership with Newcastle University to study tenant engagement

As a social landlord, I want a proper plan to tackle homelessness

16 August, 2018

After a decade of cuts and plummeting staff levels, providers of housing and support want more than promises

Ready and able to build more council homes

16 August, 2018

Let me be honest, in this country we are facing the worst housing crisis since the Second World War

Greenwich Council criticises social housing reform

16 August, 2018

The leader of Greenwich Council has blasted new government proposals for social housing reform

Government proposes league table for social tenants to rank landlords

15 August, 2018

Private sector landlords renting homes to social tenants could find themselves ranked in a new league tables

Government proposes dropping one-for-one Right to Buy replacement commitment

15 August, 2018

The government has proposed scrapping its commitment to replace homes sold through the Right to Buy on a like-for-like basis

Social Housing Green Paper: Sector calls for more investment

15 August, 2018

Leading figures in the sector have responded to the government's "new deal" for tenants, calling for more investment in new social housing

May: Social landlords 'appear remote, unaccountable and uninterested'

15 August, 2018

In her foreword to the Social Housing Green Paper, Prime Minister Theresa May has criticised social landlords for not always treating tenants with respect

The Tories have always feared social housing - and now their actions speak louder than words

15 August, 2018

Kit Malthouse's pathetic projected levels of new supply are essentially a prescription for the sector to wither

Longer strategic partnerships and guaranteed debt to boost social housebuilding

15 August, 2018

Strategic partnerships with housing associations and loan guarantees have been mooted as key ways to accelerate building new affordable homes in the Social Housing Green Paper

Government floats 'street party' award to battle tenant stigma

15 August, 2018

The Social Housing Green Paper's proposal to combat the 'stigmatisation' of social housing tenants involves launching a neighbourhood competition to win funding for a street party

League tables and 'sharper teeth' for regulator in Social Housing Green Paper

14 August, 2018

League tables for housing associations and "sharper teeth" for the sector watchdog are among the new measures outlined in the government's much-delayed Social Housing Green Paper

Creating an intermediate housing list - but who gets priority?

14 August, 2018

Southwark Council is consulting on who should be eligible and prioritised for its new intermediate rent waiting list

Councils hopeful of Right to Buy reform as consultation launches

14 August, 2018

Councils have welcomed a consultation on Right to Buy in the hope that the reforms will allow them to build more homes under the policy

Social housing green paper pitched as 'new deal' for tenants

14 August, 2018

But the sector says the proposals merely represent a "small step" toward change

Crackdown On Bad Landlords Promised In 'New Deal' For Social Housing Tenants

14 August, 2018

Shelter says post-Grenfell plan 'doesn't commit a single extra penny' for new-builds while Labour branded it 'pitiful'

A new deal for social housing

14 August, 2018

This green paper seeks views on government's vision for social housing providing safe, secure homes that help people get on with their lives

The Housing Podcast: the supported housing saga

13 August, 2018

The Housing Podcast is a production of Inside Housing magazine

Repair and maintenance is a priority for social landlords, but costs are taking a toll

13 August, 2018

Driving ongoing improvement in the quality of Scotland's social housing stock has been a consistent long term ambition of the Scottish Government

Should Scotland worry about the right to rent?

13 August, 2018

The announcement from Serco that it will pause plans to evict asylum seeks from their homes in Glasgow has brought the UK government's asylum and immigration policies back into the headlines

The supported housing funding saga: a timeline

10 August, 2018

The government's decision to drop a shake-up of supported housing funding brings an end to uncertainty that's lasted for nearly three years

Housing associations and sector bodies welcome 'certainty' of supported housing announcement

10 August, 2018

The housing sector has warmly welcomed the government's decision to abandon controversial plans to reform the funding of sheltered housing

'Disappointed' councils miss out on social housing funding

09 August, 2018

'Disappointed' councils across Greater Lincolnshire are set to miss out on a share of £1 billion worth of social housing support after just one authority in the county was deemed eligible to bid for the extra cash

Funding for supported housing - two consultations

09 August, 2018

This is the full government response to the two joint consultations on the design of the new funding models for the housing costs for supported accommodation

All supported housing funding to be retained in welfare system

09 August, 2018

Housing benefit will be kept in place for all those living in supported housing

The impact of welfare reforms on housing associations

08 August, 2018

Welfare reforms introduced since 2010 in the United Kingdom represent a major challenge for housing associations

South West association and house builder agree £28m Section 106 package deal

07 August, 2018

A housing association in the South West has agreed a £28m affordable housing 'package deal' with a house builder

Urgent council home repairs leaves £666,000 hole in finances

07 August, 2018

A new team formed last year to carry out repairs and maintenance on council homes has cost £666,000 more than expected

Serco halts evictions as housing associations offer support

07 August, 2018

Legal bid halts evictions as third sector housing providers join to offer tenancy agreements

The Housing Podcast: a brief history of council housing

06 August, 2018

The Housing Podcast is a production of Inside Housing magazine

Council considers selling off excess homes bought for Grenfell survivors

06 August, 2018

Kensington and Chelsea Council is considering selling off some of the homes it bought for survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire

Vulnerable children facing 'catastrophe' over crisis-hit councils

06 August, 2018

Vulnerable children cannot get help from some cash-strapped councils

Civitas Social Housing net asset rise in Q2

06 August, 2018

Civitas Social Housing reported Friday a higher net asset value in the second quarter of the year

Report calls for new approach to customer satisfaction in social housing

03 August, 2018

A new report from HACT has called on social housing providers to adopt a different approach to customer satisfaction

Soaring rents rose 60% faster than pay since 2011

03 August, 2018

Many English towns out of reach for workers, whose pay rose only 10% in seven years

Southern councils selling off homes through Right to Buy

02 August, 2018

Social housing in the south of England is being sold off four times as fast as it is being replaced

'Keyworkers' could pay discount rent in Southwark housing shake-up

02 August, 2018

Council wants to hear your views

Why we set up our own council housing company

02 August, 2018

Across London there is a desperate need for affordable homes, and this is especially true in Haringey

London temporary housing costs up by half in four years

02 August, 2018

Temporary housing costs in London have risen by half in the past four years

Housing association judged non-compliant following fire safety failures

01 August, 2018

Knowsley Housing Trust has been downgraded to non-compliant status by the RSH following major fire safety failures "potentially affecting hundreds" of tenants

North East housing associations announce merger details

01 August, 2018

Coast & Country Housing and Yorkshire Coast Homes have confirmed the two organisations will merge to form a new company, Beyond Housing, in early October 2018

Borough slammed for dumping vulnerable families in poor accommodation miles from home

31 July, 2018

Vulnerable families have been uprooted and dumped in poor accommodation on the Essex coast

Shadow Housing Secretary Wrong on Scarborough Social Housing

31 July, 2018

Claims by the Shadow Housing Secretary that no social housing has been built in the Scarborough Borough are wrong according to a local Councillor

Provider wins court case and sets precedent for social housing

31 July, 2018

Case centred on an eviction that ended eight years of anti-social behaviour by a single tenant

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

Grenfell Tower site to be handed to council despite local anger

30 July, 2018

Borough of Kensington and Chelsea owns site of tower, which is expected to be demolished

S&P downgrades five large associations' credit ratings

30 July, 2018

S&P has downgraded five large associations' credit ratings over increased sales risk

Housing association borrows £75m from large US investor

30 July, 2018

A giant US investor has signed a £75m loan to a housing association, marking its third deal with the sector

Housing associations 'require 138,000 more plots of land'

27 July, 2018

Savills calculates amount of extra land associations need to achieve their development ambition

The benefits of using peer support models in shared housing

27 July, 2018

A new report says landlords should seriously consider peer support models in shared housing

Campaigners see off Grenfell 'tenancy stripping'

27 July, 2018

Tenants in the shadow of Grenfell Tower faced a council-imposed deadline to either return or relinquish tenancies and pay for their own temporary accommodation

Regulator downgrades housing associations over risk management and safety

26 July, 2018

The Regulator of Social Housing has downgraded three housing associations this morning, including two for struggles with managing risk and one for 'electrical safety' issues

Most Grenfell Tower survivors show signs of PTSD

25 July, 2018

Two-thirds of adults involved in the fire believed to need stress disorder treatment

Government restores 'social rent' to definition of affordable housing

25 July, 2018

The government has restored the term 'social rent' to the definition of affordable housing in its national planning rulebook after housing and council bodies voiced concerns

Fixed Term Tenancies: Revealing Divergent Views on the Purpose of Social Housing

25 July, 2018

Since 2012, social landlords in England have been permitted to offer fixed term rather than 'lifetime' tenancies to new tenants

Funding application to build more social housing turned down

25 July, 2018

Sheffield City Council has been told that it won't be eligible to borrow more money to provide much needed social housing in Sheffield

Social housing used to be a national asset. Let's rebuild that attitude

25 July, 2018

Our commission has revealed the scale of working people who cannot get a home

Further evidence of government failure on Grenfell re-housing

24 July, 2018

MHCLG admits just two households moved out of blocks beside Grenfell Tower have been found permanent accommodation

The Peabody Index: Tracking the experiences of London's social housing tenants

24 July, 2018

At Peabody we want to more than help our tenants directly through affordable homes and support services

New housing minister criticises councils over unused borrowing capacity

24 July, 2018

The new housing minister has said he is "at a loss" to understand why councils are not using Housing Revenue Account borrowing headroom

Social housing green paper goes back to September - unless released over recess

24 July, 2018

Fears off a summer 'slip out' after days of speculation over publication come to nothing

Political foes unite over a future for social housing

24 July, 2018

A former Labour leader and former Tory treasury minister together set an example as to how the housing crisis can be tackled

NHF calls for housing associations to play larger role in Universal Credit rollout

23 July, 2018

The NHF has called for housing associations to have a larger role in the migration of benefit claimants to Universal Credit

'Shameful': More than 100 council homes in Grenfell Tower borough lying empty

23 July, 2018

Kensington and Chelsea council must 'get a grip' on housing stock, says law centre

May's housing cash pledge is not enough

23 July, 2018

PM's promise undermined by borrowing controls as social home building hits a new low

London needs 40,000 new social rented homes a year

20 July, 2018

"London has consistently failed to build enough homes but social housing has taken the biggest hit"

Government 'must do more' after revelation housing associations pay tens of millions to help unemployed

19 July, 2018

Nationally commissioned employment and skills services have failed to work with them, and have failed to support people who face the greatest barriers to work

Ministers consider sector 'league tables' for Social Housing Green Paper

19 July, 2018

Ministers have been exploring the idea of 'league tables' of housing associations as a key policy recommendation in the imminent Social Housing Green Paper

Southall housing association told to tackle antisocial behaviour or face prosecution

19 July, 2018

PA Housing could be prosecuted if steps aren't taken to deter the behaviour at Victory Mews

Grenfell Tower: Minister admits 'mistakes were made' in rehousing scheme for victims as dozens remain in temporary accommodation

19 July, 2018

Administrators 'being asked to perform roles that they are not used to under very difficult circumstances'

Tenants angry after housing association takes away trampoline - but leaves scaffolding up for over a year

19 July, 2018

Housing association tenants in St John's Wood are furious after landlords banned a communal trampoline on health and safety grounds but left scaffolding up for over a year

Grenfell fire: Ban on combustible material 'not enough'

18 July, 2018

The government's proposed ban on using combustible materials for new high-rise buildings does not go far enough

90 per cent rise in Swindon families in temporary accommodation

18 July, 2018

Homeless households living in temporary accommodation in Swindon have almost doubled in the last five years

Dispatches episode was not a balanced documentary

18 July, 2018

Self-funding has helped housing associations to create homes and communities in the face of declining government subsidy

Social Housing Green Paper expected by recess

17 July, 2018

The Social Housing Green Paper is still expected to be published before parliament breaks up for summer recess either next Tuesday or on Thursday this week

Stock transfer landlord secures £95m bank loan

17 July, 2018

A stock transfer housing association has secured bank finance of £95m - including a restructuring of its previous debt and £40m of new borrowing

Canterbury social housing deal stopped London 'gazumpers'

17 July, 2018

Canterbury City Council claims it outwitted big-spending London boroughs to land a secret deal to convert properties into affordable local homes

Social housing allocations policy 'discriminates against Travellers'

17 July, 2018

A High Court judge has branded a London council's housing allocation policy "unlawful" as it discriminates against Irish Travellers

Scottish landlord seals £50m private placement

16 July, 2018

Scottish landlord Cairn Housing Association has raised £50m through a private placement deal with an unnamed US insurance company to support

56,000 in region on waiting lists for social housing

16 July, 2018

More than 56,000 people or families are on waiting lists for social housing in the North East and North Yorkshire

It's official: DWP cuts are so bad councils just spent record amounts mopping them up

13 July, 2018

The DWP has cut some welfare so near to the bone that local authorities had to spend record amounts last year to make up the shortfall

The fall and rise of social rent

13 July, 2018

Will the comeback of state-funded socially rented housing deliver the homes Britain needs?

English Housing Survey 2016 to 2017: fire and fire safety

12 July, 2018

Report on fire incidents, fire safety equipment and fire hazards in different types of households and dwellings in England

English Housing Survey 2016 to 2017: social rented sector

12 July, 2018

Report on the characteristics and circumstances of social renters in England, and how this has changed over the last 20 years

How to become a trans-inclusive landlord

11 July, 2018

Trans people can face discrimination when it comes to housing

How to contact HMRC - updated information for housing associations

11 July, 2018

HMRC has issued new guidance for housing associations wishing to contact HMRC. There are now two distinct routes, depending on your query

Social Housing Pension Scheme - significant changes on the horizon

10 July, 2018

KPMG summarises two recent updates on the Social Housing Pension Scheme

APPG launched to tackle unemployment in social housing

10 July, 2018

A response to Centre for Social Justice finding social housing households four times more likely to be workless than those in private housing

Administrators appointed to social housing specialist

09 July, 2018

Deveron Construction Limited offered design and build contracts to associations across the North of Scotland

Safety products for the elderly need to be updated

06 July, 2018

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

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

06 July, 2018

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

Universal Credit: Complaints - and sticking to your guns

06 July, 2018

RLA trainer and Universal Credit expert Bill Irvine shares one of his latest cases

London Assembly agrees motion to scrap Section 21 notices

06 July, 2018

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

Rent collection service aims to offer landlords 'financial security'

06 July, 2018

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

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

06 July, 2018

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

Awaiting Right to Buy replacements

06 July, 2018

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

June 2018:Universal Credit landlord engagement newsletter

06 July, 2018

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

Two Letting Agents Banned by Property Ombudsman

06 July, 2018

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

Calls to end no-fault evictions

05 July, 2018

London Assembly looks to Sadiq Khan to back the campaign.

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

05 July, 2018

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

Wales fee ban will lead to increased costs

05 July, 2018

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

Social care system 'seizing up' under strain

05 July, 2018

Northern Ireland's social care system could seize up unless it receives more funding, the chief social worker has warned

Universal Credit: Labour says Esther McVey should resign

05 July, 2018

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

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

05 July, 2018

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

Less than four weeks until introduction of selective licensing in Nottingham

05 July, 2018

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

British government imposes collective punishment by evicting families from public housing

05 July, 2018

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

Special administration regime for English housing associations comes into force

05 July, 2018

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

HB Direct newsletters: 2018

04 July, 2018

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

Minister apologises over 'inadvertently misleading' parliament

04 July, 2018

Esther McVey apologises for her comments over Universal Credit

Right to Rent: Windrush guidance for landlords

04 July, 2018

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

RLA gives evidence to HCLG committee on Hackitt report

04 July, 2018

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

Landlord couple want to see letting agent banned over unpaid rent

04 July, 2018

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

Smoke alarm 'would have saved Huddersfield fire-death boys

04 July, 2018

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

Risks to children 'the biggest social justice challenge of our time

04 July, 2018

Children's commissioner seeks more help for young people in vulnerable family situations

Northern Ireland student wins landmark case against Belfast letting agent

04 July, 2018

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

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

04 July, 2018

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

More than one in ten privately-rented homes are unfit to live in

03 July, 2018

Shocking figures reveal homes with problems such as mould, damp, a faulty boiler or freezing cold in winter

How Labour Will Act On Unhealthy Homes

03 July, 2018

In this NHS anniversary year, we are committing Labour to new action to rekindle Bevan's vision and end the scourge of substandard homes

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

03 July, 2018

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

New research exposes factors that lead to people returning to sleeping rough

03 July, 2018

Today, St Mungo's publishes peer led research outlining reasons why some people can find themselves sleeping rough after time away the streets.

Japanese Knotweed: a warning

03 July, 2018

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

National Housing Federation response to Homes England deals with housing associations

03 July, 2018

Homes England has agreed first wave of strategic partnerships to ramp up building of affordable homes. These include deals with eight housing associations.

Families hit by crippling cost of living need a third more income to make ends meet

03 July, 2018

Our latest research reveals how low-income families need a third more disposable income than a decade ago to make ends meet

Shock results as 30 lettings agencies probed by undercover teams

03 July, 2018

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

London first-time buyers put down £19k extra per bedroom

03 July, 2018

New report makes case for shared ownership in the capital as an FTB option.

'Stock up on tins' - Universal Credit is on its way to Carlisle and Barrow

03 July, 2018

The switch to the controversial government benefit is on the way for thousands of residents

Longer-term tenancy plans proposed

02 July, 2018

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

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

02 July, 2018

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

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

02 July, 2018

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

Report criticises new PIP benefits payment system

02 July, 2018

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

New report highlights benefits of short-term rentals in Scotland

02 July, 2018

Scotland's short-term rental sector generates £723 million of economic activity every year, a new report has claimed.

Homes for social rent 'have to be' part of new national planning policy

02 July, 2018

Call from LGA comes as the number of such homes tips towards historic low.

Top tips for landlords for clearing out at end of tenancy

02 July, 2018

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

More tenants faced rent rises in May

02 July, 2018

There was an increase in the number of tenants in the private rented sector experiencing a rent increase in May compared with a month earlier at a time when supply of rented homes on offer is rising.

Landlords welcome tax incentives for longer tenancies

02 July, 2018

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

Deprived areas 'have five times more fast food outlets'

29 June, 2018

Deprived areas such as Blackpool and parts of Manchester and Liverpool have five times more fast food outlets than affluent areas, a survey suggests.

CIH Housing 2018

29 June, 2018

Keynote speech by the Housing Minister Dominic Raab MP

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

29 June, 2018

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

Report salutes housing support provided by Armed Forces charities

29 June, 2018

Reasearch reveals the extent of a home front providing £40m of housing support to over 11,000 people a year

Scrap the new homes tax argue landlords

29 June, 2018

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

London council launches Housing First pilot as part of £500,000 homelessness package

29 June, 2018

Newham Council has unveiled a wave of new projects to tackle homelessness, including a Housing First pilot aimed at tackling rough sleeping.

Government policy forced 190 women to prove they were raped in order to get child benefits, figures show

29 June, 2018

Tens of thousands of low income families miss out on child benefits under 'poverty-producing' measure, while mothers forced to disclose rape in order to put food on the table

'Silver splitters' fuel rising homelessness

28 June, 2018

Number of over-60s presenting as homeless at a 10-year high

English councils warn 'worst is yet to come' on cuts

28 June, 2018

Authorities risk going bust unless steps are taken to shore up budgets, ministers told

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.

Understanding your citizens to beat the Universal Credit challenge

28 June, 2018

Understanding your citizens to beat the Universal Credit challenge

Housing 2018: Green paper 'to give regulator teeth'

28 June, 2018

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

New government lettings documents include updated 'How To Rent'

28 June, 2018

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

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

28 June, 2018

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

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

28 June, 2018

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

Housing body with 12,000 London tenants has been placed under review

27 June, 2018

London social housing management body CityWest Homes has been placed under review, and its chief executive has stepped aside

Regulator warns social landlords that bail-outs are not guaranteed

27 June, 2018

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

Most associations do not treat domestic violence as a tenancy breach, research reveals

27 June, 2018

Almost one in 10 social landlords do not consider perpetrating domestic abuse as a breach of tenancy, delegates at Housing 2018 in Manchester heard

Latest stats show temporary accommodation numbers are up

27 June, 2018

Overall the numbers have increased by 56% from 2010 – rising to 190% for those in B&B over the same period

Child homelessness in England at highest level since 2007

27 June, 2018

123,130 children were in temporary accommodation in first quarter of 2018 - an increase of nearly 80% since 2011

Benefit or burden? The cities trying out universal basic income

27 June, 2018

Cities around the world are experimenting with basic income schemes. The benefits for residents seem obvious - but what's in it for the cities?

Domestic abuse survivors and children sleeping rough' survey finds

27 June, 2018

Women unable to get refuge place also having to sofa-surf or stay with abuser

Universal Credit: In Work Progression Randomised Control Trial

27 June, 2018

Information about Universal Credit trials and pilots

Government publishes new and updated 'how to' guides

27 June, 2018

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

What is social housing for?

26 June, 2018

In the aftermath of Grenfell, and with many people priced out of homeownership, Nathaniel Barker finds out how social housing fits into the current climate

Flying the standard

26 June, 2018

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

Angus Council welcomes move to install sprinkler systems in all social housing

26 June, 2018

As the first Scottish local authority to install sprinkler systems as standard in its new build housing, Angus Council welcomes the move by Scottish Government to make sprinkler systems compulsory in new social housing

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

Families feast in the Forest

26 June, 2018

An innovative project between Two Rivers Housing and the Salvation Army is teaching basic cooking skills to families and building community relationships

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

25 June, 2018

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

Over 10 years to save for a deposit as first-time buyers forced to rent for longer

25 June, 2018

Many would-be first-time buyers are being forced to rent longer despite a slowdown in house prices as new figures reveal that it takes an average of more than 10 years to save for a 15% deposit.

Tax breaks for landlords price younger buyers out of housing market

25 June, 2018

Think tank says it's time to get community-led development on track.

Social housing is a vanishing option for families who cannot afford to buy

25 June, 2018

Depleted stock forces young adults to pay private rents or live with their parents

Call for more council homes in Stockton to tackle homeless problem

25 June, 2018

Middlesbrough Council has already said it will consider building houses to tackle a shortage of affordable homes

New shocking report reveals more families on breadline, benefits shambles, Homelessness rising and foodbank crisis

25 June, 2018

Rising levels of working and unemployed poverty, the housing crisis, cuts to public services, insecure work and hunger

A dozen councils to receive social care innovation funding

25 June, 2018

A dozen councils to receive social care innovation funding Twelve councils have been awarded funding to explore how technology can improve social care services.

Brent Council aims to 'foster good relationships with private landlords'

25 June, 2018

Brent Council insists that it wants to build better relationships with private landlords after successfully winning close to 150 prosecution cases against rogue landlords' helping to raise more than £1m in fines.

Online Universal Credit bid 'awful'

22 June, 2018

A woman unable to apply for Universal Credit online said she was left having to ask for food parcels.

Tenant jailed for illegally subletting house

22 June, 2018

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

"Bedroom tax" is still hitting Stoke-on-Trent families hard

22 June, 2018

The so-called "bedroom tax" is continuing to hit Stoke-on-Trent hard - with demand for smaller council homes far outstripping supply and families forced into hardship, councillors have said

New research reveals rental comparison between benefit recipients and families

21 June, 2018

Welfare 'reform' making rental payments from recipients more difficult for landlords to manage.

Rise in homelessness applications in Scotland reverses nine-year trend

21 June, 2018

The number of applications for homelessness status in Scotland has gone up for the first time nine years, according to official figures.

The cost of housing for low-income renters

21 June, 2018

The 'affordability' of housing is one of the most prominent domestic public policy issues of the day, and for good reason.

Social care faces a 'dangerous shortfall' of staff, government warned

21 June, 2018

More than 75% of people say they would not like to begin a career in social care, survey finds

Why tenants think their feedback is being ignored

21 June, 2018

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

JRF responds to IFS report on living standards

21 June, 2018

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

Universal Credit: Online ID demands delaying benefits

21 June, 2018

Demands for passports or driving licences to get new benefits have left some Welsh claimants making "degrading" requests for food to survive, it is being claimed.

Landlord fined for renting out bed in shed

21 June, 2018

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

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

21 June, 2018

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

Families make 'good, reliable, and long-term tenants'

21 June, 2018

Properties rented to families take up the least amount of property management time when compared to other types of tenants, fresh research by the National Landlords Association (NLA) shows.

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

20 June, 2018

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

Buck Bill passes Commons committee stage

20 June, 2018

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

Scam Awareness Month: Top tips for landlords

20 June, 2018

This month is Scams Awareness Month, and the RLA is helping members to protect themselves against being the victim of a scam.

Government announces selective licensing review

20 June, 2018

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

Universal Credit - landlords agree reform is needed

20 June, 2018

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

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

20 June, 2018

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

Number of people winning PIP benefit appeals hits all-time high - and Tories are told to get a grip

20 June, 2018

Some 14,805 people (71%) had their assessment for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) overturned by a tribunal in the first three months of this year

HB Direct newsletters: 2018

20 June, 2018

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

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

20 June, 2018

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

Universal credit flaws inflict childcare costs on new workers

20 June, 2018

Parents forced to borrow money while waiting for funds, says Save the Children

Wales gets closer to full implementation of Housing First

19 June, 2018

New youth homelessness task group has the future for Housing First in Wales in its remit.

New research reveals rental comparison between benefit recipients and families

19 June, 2018

Welfare 'reform' making rental payments from recipients more difficult for landlords to manage.

Tory MPs challenge Theresa May to adopt radical housing agenda in bid for younger voters support

19 June, 2018

MPs will tell PM that housing is the 'defining' issue holding back Conservative support from under-40s

Universal Credit: information for stakeholders and partners

19 June, 2018

This collection brings together information for stakeholders and partners relating to Universal Credit.

Why won't ministers come clean about the impact of cuts on disabled people?

19 June, 2018

Being hit by the bedroom tax is bad enough, but losing your sickness benefits too is even harder

Children in temporary accommodation in Scotland

19 June, 2018

Children in temporary accommodation in Scotland hits 10 year peak

Urgent action is required to prevent more people dying on the streets

19 June, 2018

New research released today from St Mungo's reveals a dramatic increase in the proportion of people sleeping rough who have died with mental health support needs from 2010 to 2017.

Consultation on 'exciting' housing merger plan launched

19 June, 2018

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

Broken care: Hunt puts social care reform on hold again meaning pensioners face catastrophic bills and spending their savings

19 June, 2018

Another delay to social care reform means pensioners will continue to face crippling bills.

Social care needs a cash injection now

19 June, 2018

Squeezing council funding in this area is ultimately a false economy

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

18 June, 2018

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

Universal credit: fix this cruel, expensive fiasco

18 June, 2018

Ministers promised it would save money and cut fraud. But welfare reform has failed to deliver - and brought misery to many

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

18 June, 2018

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

Deaths of mentally ill rough sleepers in London rise sharply

18 June, 2018

Research finds 80% of rough sleepers who died in capital in 2017 had mental health needs compared with 29% in 2010

Council 'inaction' leaves renters at risk of revenge evictions

18 June, 2018

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

Raft of safety flaws listed at Grenfell Tower Inquiry

18 June, 2018

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

Rightmove House Price Index

18 June, 2018

The largest monthly sample of residential property prices

Universal Credit risks furthering domestic abuse

18 June, 2018

Campaigners call for new payment arrangements where present payment system 'empowers abusers'.

Legislation alone will not eliminate homelessness

18 June, 2018

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

The great leasehold rip off

18 June, 2018

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

London boroughs considering establishing temporary accommodation joint company

15 June, 2018

Councils in London are working on plans to establish a joint company to source temporary accommodation for homeless households

Social housing regulator 'constrained' by government before Grenfell

15 June, 2018

The social housing regulator was "constrained" in its ability to investigate residents' fire safety concerns by the direction of travel imposed by government

Civitas Social Housing Acquires Seven Properties For GBP5.4 Million

15 June, 2018

Civitas Social Housing PLC said on Thursday it has acquired six specialist supported living properties and one residential care property for GBP5.4 million

How Grenfell put the past, present, and future of social housing into focus

15 June, 2018

From Ronan Point to the Ledbury estate, Kieran Yates speaks to tower block residents about living in fear and being neglected by the state

Where do we stand a year after the Grenfell Tower fire?

14 June, 2018

From rehousing and trauma to inquiries and cladding, how much has changed?

Grenfell housing: Finding a new home

14 June, 2018

In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire a year ago, a series of promises were made to the survivors, especially concerning rehousing. Have they been delivered?

Social landlords have shown leadership following Grenfell and the government must back them

14 June, 2018

A year on from the Grenfell Tower fire, Sadiq Khan gives his message to the social housing sector

The biggest ever survey of fire risk assessments has revealed widespread safety problems

14 June, 2018

Inside Housing has obtained and analysed risk assessments for 1,584 tower blocks

Fury as housing associations redevelop and sell affordable homes

13 June, 2018

With many Grenfell Tower survivors still displaced a year after the fire that killed 72 people, figures reveal millions being made from selloffs

Social Housing Green Paper expected in next six weeks

13 June, 2018

The government's Social Housing Green Paper will be published within the next six weeks

A year of reporting on the Grenfell Tower fire and its far-reaching consequences for social housing

13 June, 2018

The fire at Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017 led to the deaths of 72 people and was a profound shock to the whole country

Listening to tenants could help prevent a second Grenfell disaster and we must start now

13 June, 2018

The Hackitt Review called for a "national culture of engagement" with tenants

Rehousing Grenfell Survivors

12 June, 2018

Since the Grenfell Tower fire of 14/15th June 2017, North Kensington Law Centre has provided free legal advice to around 250 households from Grenfell Tower

Just look at housing to see the true cost of privatisation

12 June, 2018

Right to buy has been a success for landlords but a disaster for those most in need of a home

Grenfell one year on

12 June, 2018

Statement by the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

Landlords should not panic after Metropolitan was taken to court over harassment claims

11 June, 2018

Metropolitan Housing Trust recently lost an appeal against a damages claim brought by two tenants

Southwark Council questions Wandle housing association over purchase of faulty buildings

11 June, 2018

Southwark Council's planning committee questioned affordable housing association Wandle over the purchse of faulty buildings

More than a million on social housing waiting lists

11 June, 2018

Grandfather and commercial engineer Freddy Emmanuel has been on the waiting list for social housing for 18 years

RTB replacements 'all but eliminated' in five years

11 June, 2018

Homes built to replace those sold through the Right to Buy could be "almost eliminated" in five years time unless the policy is reformed

A very brief history of council housing

08 June, 2018

The story of Britain's council estates begins in Shoreditch

Monitoring the private rented sector in Northern Ireland is essential if we are to prevent rising homelessness

08 June, 2018

The social sector in Northern Ireland does not have the resources to meet the needs of all those who are homeless or in housing stress

Housing association under investigation over fire safety concerns

08 June, 2018

The housing regulator has launched an investigation into a Merseyside landlord after fire safety concerns were raised

Councils spend near £500m on temporary accommodation

08 June, 2018

FoI responses expose eye-watering sums spent by sample councils alone on temporary accommodation over the past year

Grenfell: One year on

08 June, 2018

It's been a year since 72 people tragically lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower Fire

Temporary accommodation in Scotland: where are we now, and where do we go from here?

07 June, 2018

What is the state of play for temporary accommodation in Scotland?

Labour seeks law change to reduce maximum deposit landlords can charge renters

07 June, 2018

New parliamentary motion seeks to reduce cap from six weeks' rent to three weeks' rent

Crowdfunding platform enters social housing sector

06 June, 2018

A crowdfunding investment platform has entered the social housing sector with plans to finance a scheme in Liverpool

The 'poverty' of Grenfell lay in how tenants and residents were treated

06 June, 2018

Inquiry hears of lack of concern shown by local and central government, contractors predisposed against regulations and red-tape and society as a whole

MP backs 'fantastic' tenant training scheme

05 June, 2018

House2Home offers training in a range of tenancy matters from sourcing affordable furnishing to accessing rent statements online

Khan calls for tenant to be national commissioner for social housing

05 June, 2018

Mayor of London says social housing residents' voices must be heard in corridors of power

Grenfell survivor blames landlord's 'cancerous' decisions for disaster

04 June, 2018

In his first newspaper interview, Edward Daffarn explains how his repeated safety warnings were ignored

UK: Rights Of Access For Housing Associations

01 June, 2018

Sometimes, housing associations have rights of access over land owned by others

Piloting the Right to Buy extension

01 June, 2018

With the Right to Buy extension pilot due to land this summer, Nathaniel Barker unpicks two sticking points

Revealed: the London boroughs topping the tables for getting rid of council homes

01 June, 2018

Figures have revealed the extent of the loss of council housing across London between 2016 and 2017

The housing association helping fathers play a positive role

31 May, 2018

Why did a Welsh housing association set out to help local dads?

Social housing boards at growing risk over independence and conflicts of interest

31 May, 2018

The shape of the sector is changing rapidly as new operating and funding models emerge and existing structures mature

Less than half of £4.8bn Right to Buy receipts used for replacement housing

31 May, 2018

Less than half the £4.8bn raised through selling off council housing at giant discounts since 2012 has gone to replacement housing

Large Scottish housing associations offer to 'flip' tenancies to tackle temporary accommodation delays

31 May, 2018

Large housing associations around Glasgow have offered to work with the local council to immediately switch temporary accommodation tenancies to permanent ones in an effort to tackle the problem of families stuck in insecure housing

Meeting the 2020 Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing is going to require a major push over the next two years

30 May, 2018

The Scottish Government is currently consulting on a future strategy to further improve the energy efficiency of Scotland's social housing stock beyond 2020

Call to let councils compete with private sector over housebuilding

30 May, 2018

Survey shows just 2% of councils in England say new development in their area meets policy requirements for affordable housing

The hostile environment: what social landlords need to know

30 May, 2018

Some people have been wrongly told they're not eligible for social housing - it's essential that staff are aware of the rules

London losing 'thousands' of social rented homes

30 May, 2018

Latest housing stock stats said to show the capital going backwards for the first time in three years

Brokenshire dodges Right to Buy question

30 May, 2018

Housing secretary James Brokenshire has refused to disclose how much councils have been required to pay back to the Treasury in RTB receipts

Landlord of housing 'hell-hole' made more than £2m profit in one year

30 May, 2018

The owner of a controversial housing development 'hell-hole' in Mitcham made almost £2.5 million profit in just one year

Social landlord and support service merge

29 May, 2018

A Ceredigion social landlord and a support service have announced that they have merged voluntarily

Housing association loses appeal in tenant harassment case

29 May, 2018

A large housing association has lost a Court of Appeal challenge to a finding that it unlawfully harassed two tenants

Transforming temporary accommodation

29 May, 2018

Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group recommendations

1,000-home threshold for Right to Buy extension pilot

25 May, 2018

Housing associations with fewer than 1,000 homes will not be asked to take part in the Midlands pilot of the Right to Buy extension

Regulator investigates 'sham transactions' association following pressure from councils

25 May, 2018

The regulator has launched an investigation into a housing association previously accused of "sham transactions" by a London council

Government turned down an offer to test the RTB in a rural area

25 May, 2018

A housing association offered to run a test of how the Right to Buy extension would work in rural areas as part of the regional pilot but was rebuffed by government

Strategies to sustain tenancies

25 May, 2018

Support to sustain tenancies is increasingly important for tenants and landlords

Scottish Housing Market

25 May, 2018

Figures from UK Finance shows that BTL lending for purchases has fallen 8.8% in February compared to the previous year

Government moves closer to flammable cladding ban

24 May, 2018

PMQs hears Theresa May defend consultation over a ban as a legal obligation

The need for better data in social housing

24 May, 2018

Data sharing and new technologies are offering great benefits for the social housing sector

Cladding ban plan in Wales after Grenfell Tower fire

24 May, 2018

Plans to ban inflammable cladding on high-rise buildings in Wales will go out to public consultation

England and Wales Rental Tracker

24 May, 2018

South West sees fastest rising rents

PEARL Rental Index - May 2018

24 May, 2018

Rental price growth weakening for Great Britain, with the latest rental index showing rents had increased by 1.0% in the 12 months to April 2018, down from 1.1% in March 2018

Homes built with government Growth Deal funding will be subject to the Right to Buy

23 May, 2018

Councils with Growth Deal funding from the government will be expected to make any affordable housing they build subject to the Right to Buy, including homes constructed through their privately owned companies

Scottish councils spend £59.2m on housing payments

23 May, 2018

Councils in Scotland made 122,660 emergency housing benefit payments to tenants in 2017/18

Final findings: Social Housing (fixed-term tenancies)

23 May, 2018

Social housing has been argued to be a key arena for various forms of conditionality aimed at regulating the conduct of low-income populations

Households in Temporary Accommodation Rise by 60%

22 May, 2018

78,930 households were placed in temporary accommodation at the end of 2017

Final Findings: Welfare Conditionality project (2013-2018)

22 May, 2018

Report which summarises the final findings of the Welfare Conditionality project (2013-2018).

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

Housing Matters podcast: Housing associations' work to tackle domestic abuse

21 May, 2018

In this episode, we talk about domestic abuse and the positive difference housing associations can make

Plymouth Community Homes helps new tenants find health and wellbeing

21 May, 2018

The organisation's New Home, New You project is brightening the futures of new residents

The lost homes of Hull's council estates and streets - and how losing them changed everything

21 May, 2018

From tower blocks to maisonettes, we take a look at the housing areas that have disappeared

2018 Annual Review of Social Housing

21 May, 2018

Welcome to the latest Beever and Struthers' review of social housing

Raab commits to ban of combustible cladding

21 May, 2018

Housing minister Dominic Raab committed to a ban of combustible cladding products last night, ahead of a government consultation on the issue which will run until July

James Carthew: I hope Horizon revives faith in social housing

21 May, 2018

HZN real estate investment trust is the latest launch in the burgeoning social housing sub-sector

Repairs and maintenance spend tracker: what did your association do in 2016/17?

18 May, 2018

How have associations in England reacted to the 1% annual rent cut?

Grenfell-style cladding could be banned on tower blocks

18 May, 2018

Housing secretary announces consultation on ban on combustible material

West Midlands associations seek Right to Buy solutions ahead of pilot

18 May, 2018

West Midlands housing associations are working to devise a workable method of transferring Right to Buy discounts between homes

Councils' use of arm's-length organisations

18 May, 2018

The use of ALEOs by Scottish local authorities has reduced costs and improved standards of care issues of governance and accountability can still exist

Scottish Housing Market

18 May, 2018

Building on strong social housing delivery figures GCC have signed an agreement with GHA & Keepmoat Homes for the delivery +900 homes at the Sighthill TRA

The true extent of Bristol's housing crisis: Council home wait list numbers and times revealed

17 May, 2018

There are more than 11,000 families waiting for just a handful of empty properties

Understanding what tenant engagement means

17 May, 2018

The Welsh social housing regulator is looking closely at social landlords' tenant involvement

'We are getting better', says Teesside's biggest landlord after criticism

17 May, 2018

Thirteen Group came under fire for failing to link with councillors and not meeting previous standards

Concern over plan to drop social rent from official definition of affordable housing

17 May, 2018

Trade bodies for housing associations and councils have voiced concerns over a proposal to change the definition of 'affordable housing' in a new draft version of government planning policy

Housing association secures £50m funding line for almost 1,500 homes

17 May, 2018

A West Midlands social housing provider is set to build 1,400 homes across the region in the next two years after securing a £50m funding package

Grenfell Tower: lives remembered, but fire safety lessons still not learned

16 May, 2018

David P Sugden says the construction industry cannot be trusted to improve standards

Ronan Point 50 years on: are tenants being listened to on safety?

16 May, 2018

On the 50th anniversary of the collapse of Ronan Point, tower block safety campaigner Frances Clarke questions whether Dame Judith Hackitt is really listening to tenants

Making The Connection Between Social Housing And Economic Growth

16 May, 2018

Social housing is often viewed as a burden on the public purse

'Pension mountain' needed by older tenants

16 May, 2018

Tenants who will still be paying rent when they retire will need a pension pot of up to £445,000 to avoid falling living standards

Aberdeen City Council spends £23,000 per day on temporary accommodation

16 May, 2018

Aberdeen City Council is paying out more than £23,000 per day to put up residents in temporary accommodation

Housing association raises hoarding issues

15 May, 2018

One association wants to help lose the stigma around the condition

Funding for social housing is 'nuts' top developer says

15 May, 2018

Roger Madelin believes government should directly fund the building of affordable homes - backed by higher corporation tax

Grenfell rally demands urgent removal of flammable cladding

15 May, 2018

Protesters express continued distrust of the authorities as MPs debate terms of public inquiry

Scottish HA uses wearable technology to detect tenants at risk of falls

14 May, 2018

A Scottish housing association has become the first to offer tenants wearable technology that can predict the risk of them suffering falls by monitoring vital signs

There's no such thing as a 'for-profit' housing association (and anyone who says different is wrong)

14 May, 2018

A number of organisations have appeared, calling themselves 'housing associations' but with business models completely contrary to the core values of housing associations - this is extremely dangerous

Energy efficiency in social housing

11 May, 2018

£3.5m fund to help social landlords

Charedi housing group facing discrimination legal challenge

11 May, 2018

A leading Jewish housing association is being taken to court over its policy of providing homes only for Orthodox Jews

Welsh housing associations back in the private sector

10 May, 2018

The Welsh Assembly has unanimously passed its Regulation of Social Landlords Bill

Associations respond to rent cut with 'impressive' margins

10 May, 2018

Housing associations have boosted their core margins since the rent cut was introduced

Planning deregulation reduces the ability of councils to secure affordable homes

10 May, 2018

New report finds 63% of UK councils now describe their need for affordable homes as 'severe'

Conservative stock transfer councils keen to set up HRAs

09 May, 2018

Labour launched a social housing policy document which pledged to "help councils that have transferred all their housing stock to a housing association establish a Housing Revenue Account and get building"

Government official reveals HRA £1bn can be used with Right to Buy receipts

09 May, 2018

Councils will be able to blend funding from the government's £1bn HRA borrowing programme with grant and Right to Buy receipts

Leasing council homes to charities

09 May, 2018

Bristol council homes earmarked to be sold off have instead been handed over to charities, to house refugees and other vulnerable groups

The rise and fall of council housing

09 May, 2018

In an extract from his new book, historian John Boughton explains how council housing became 'welfarised'

The Housing Podcast: Peabody's new approach to rents

08 May, 2018

Listen to find out more about the key issues in housing today

Faifley rat problem costing housing association thousands

08 May, 2018

Thousands of pounds have been spent tackling a "rat problem" in Faifley caused by residents dumping rubbish in the wrong bins - or in no bin at all

Council sitting on £3.7m of unspent affordable housing cash

08 May, 2018

More than £3million of cash given to the council from developers that do not build enough affordable housing has not been spent

New rents edge up - with London prices now 108% higher than rest of the UK

08 May, 2018

Average newly agreed rents climbed to £918 a month in April, up 1.5% from the £904 a month recorded in April last year

Tenants 'fundamental to the running of ALMOs'

04 May, 2018

As the NFA holds its annual conference, member bodies showcase their commitment to tenants being at the heart of the business models

HBF reports big rise in social housing units approved

04 May, 2018

"There is still a long way to go, but this feels like a breakthrough moment in the years following the housing white paper"

Social housing provider responds to concerns over apartments plan - which has no affordable housing

04 May, 2018

A social housing provider has responded to concerns over its involvement in plans for 144 town centre apartments - which do not contain any affordable housing units

Housing associations will mitigate rent cuts with a range of cost savings

03 May, 2018

New report says savings on the likes of repairs and maintenance and jobs should be "significant" to soak some 70% of revenue lost

Housing associations Right to Buy pilot 'will not charge local authorities'

03 May, 2018

MHCLG confirms the pilot will be fully funded from government

Let's create the future of social housing together

02 May, 2018

Many people across Scotland face struggles just to get through each day, which means that they can't think about or plan for their futures

One-week limit on temporary accommodation could save £29m

02 May, 2018

Scottish councils could save £29m this year if they moved all single people out of unsuitable temporary accommodation after a week

Sheffield housing association fined over 'dangerous, substandard' properties

02 May, 2018

A Sheffield housing association has been fined after four of its properties were found to be dangerous and substandard

Why we are freezing or cutting rents on thousands of homes

02 May, 2018

Peabody has embarked on a process to make its rents fairer

Gobsmacked tenants in Salford high-rises just got a cleaning bill for their 'self-cleaning' windows

02 May, 2018

Housing association City West installed 'the world's first self-cleaning windows' on a string of blocks across Eccles - but now they've got grubby

Peabody plans to stop charging affordable rent

02 May, 2018

Peabody will freeze or cut rents on "thousands" of its affordable rented homes while converting market rent tenancies to social rents

Major association's 'bold' move to cut rents praised by sector

02 May, 2018

A major association's "bold" move to cut its rents has been praised by sector leaders, with some landlords revealing they are looking at their own rent policies

'Non-committal committal' over release of social housing Green Paper

02 May, 2018

Commons told the Green Paper will be published "in the next few months"

Rent pause pays off for provider

01 May, 2018

Debt relief scheme praised for innovative approach to housing costs and mental health

Social Housing IPOs: Horizon tries after Fundamentum fails

01 May, 2018

Fundamentum Property has pulled the flotation of its Supported Housing fund after failing to convince investors to back the high yielding REIT

Municipal Dreams: The Rise and Fall of Council Housing

01 May, 2018

John Boughton traces the vexed history of social housing in this timely, persuasive study

Social housing is not just a safety net for the few

30 April, 2018

With more and more people made homeless or forced to pay excessive rents, the charity Shelter is investigating how to help them

What it's really like living in a council house in Bransholme

30 April, 2018

From rats in their homes to dodgy doors and living weeks without a bathroom, residents have had their say

Councils spend millions using Right to Buy flats as temporary accommodation

27 April, 2018

Town halls are spending millions of pounds a year renting ex-council flats from private landlords to provide accommodation for homeless households

Average rents fall across the UK for first time in six years, suggesting this is more than a correction

26 April, 2018

Average rents in the UK decreased for the first time since 2012 during the first quarter of 2018

Tenants to leave Rugby tower blocks over fire safety fears

26 April, 2018

All tenants from two Warwickshire tower blocks are to be moved from their homes over serious fire safety concerns

Housing association warns cladding costs will impact capital projects

26 April, 2018

A South West housing association has warned it cannot meet the cost of removing dangerous cladding from its tower blocks without serious knock-on effects to its new build and refurbishment programmes

Labour local branch pledges limit on Right to Buy rents

26 April, 2018

Southwark's Labour Party has promised to force future leaseholders of Right to Buy flats to charge affordable rents when letting their property

A tinted view: negative media portrayals of social housing

26 April, 2018

Since Grenfell, serious questions have been asked about the way social housing is portrayed by the media and politicians

Public attitudes to social housing in Wales: Report for the Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru

26 April, 2018

This work has been commissioned by the Tyfu Tai Cymru project which is a 5-year policy project seeking to provide insightful analysis and address gaps in evidence to inform current and future housing policy

Enough squabbling over supply versus demand. Let's build the social housing that Britain needs

25 April, 2018

In the long fight to fix the housing market, it's Supply versus Demand

Even social housing is unaffordable now in some parts of England

25 April, 2018

Councils are under pressure as homelessness grows and housing options dwindle

Government-backed REIT on track to own more than 6,000 homes

25 April, 2018

The private rented sector REIT, backed by the government, is on track to own more than 6,000 homes across the country

Councils Urged To Reveal Full Figures Of Unspent Affordable Homes Cash

24 April, 2018

HuffPost UK revealed at least £375million is yet to be spent

Councils Have Failed To Spend £375m Earmarked To Ease The Housing Crisis

23 April, 2018

The council responsible for Grenfell is sitting on £21million

Housing associations' 'diminished role' limiting social housing development

23 April, 2018

Cuts to grant for housing associations has "diminished their role" and limited their ability to develop social housing at scale

Municipal Dreams by John Boughton review - the rise and fall of council housing

20 April, 2018

An important and timely book, in the wake of Grenfell Tower, which emphasises how public investment enriches lives

Housing associations are at the heart of Labour's social housing plans - as they should be

20 April, 2018

The Labour Party's social housing green paper is a clear indicator of the party's determination to tackle the housing crisis

Social sharing: expansion of shared housing in the social sector

19 April, 2018

A case for social landlords to expand their provision of shared accommodation using conversion of existing homes

House to home: giving social housing tenants a place to call home

19 April, 2018

A case for the provision of basic decoration and floor covering in social housing, along with access to furniture packages

Labour proposes scrapping affordable rent in social housing review

19 April, 2018

Labour has proposed scrapping the affordable rent tenure in its social housing review

London council to set up housing association for Right to Buy funds

18 April, 2018

Enfield Council is set to establish a housing association to spend funds it receives from council tenants exercising their Right to Buy

Michael McDonnell, Choice, on Rethinking Social Housing

18 April, 2018

Northern Ireland's housing associations must reconsider their purpose in a changing world

2,000 social housing units for Belfast this year, but supply can't meet demand

17 April, 2018

NIHE'S Head of Place Shaping for Belfast, stressed that while they are potentially delivering around 2,000 homes this year, the demand is "significantly higher" than the reality of what they can supply

Dartford councillors claim KCC cuts putting strain on sheltered housing for 550 over 55s

17 April, 2018

Borough councillors have claimed cuts made by their counterparts at Kent County Council are putting sheltered housing services for 550 people at risk

Westminster investigating ALMO for ex-council buy-back practices

17 April, 2018

Westminster Council's trading standards team is investigating its own ALMO for the second time in six months

Fixing the broken Right to Buy replacements machine

16 April, 2018

Last month, the government finally fell behind on its pledge to replace additional Right to Buy homes sold on a 'one-for-one' basis

Social housing fraudster caught illegally sub-letting Islington flat

16 April, 2018

A social housing fraudster has been found guilty of illegally sub-letting a home in Islington

Seven Boroughs Account For Nearly Half Of London's Social Housing Waitlist

16 April, 2018

Seven of London's boroughs make up for nearly half (49.5% to be exact) of London's social housing waiting list

Family had to live in hotels for three years after landlord accidentally let out their home

16 April, 2018

A mum and her two children had to live in hotels and temporary housing for three years after their landlord accidentally let their home to other people

Huge 'reverse' gender pay gap at Scotland's largest housing association

13 April, 2018

Scotland's largest housing association has a huge "reverse" gender pay gap which sees its female staff earn 46% more than their male colleagues

LIN member report April 2018 - Landlords and the Courts

12 April, 2018

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

Housing association tenant wrongly charged nearly £3,000 after 'admin error'

12 April, 2018

Social housing company Torus admitted errors were made with tenant direct debits

Sorry! Housing association apologises to mum over flooded flat

12 April, 2018

A housing association has apologised to a mum-of-two after it failed to promptly deal with urgent repairs after her boiler blew up and flat flooded, leaving her without a cooker or heating

Woman forced to sleep on camp bed for three years waiting for council house

12 April, 2018

Christine Goode and her elderly mother have been sharing a one-bedroom bungalow for three years

Cardiff's first council houses in a generation set to be ready this winter

12 April, 2018

Some 600 council houses for rent or assisted purchase are being built

Fight fair when challenging housing associations

11 April, 2018

David Bookbinder reacts to "personal" criticism of housing associations

Housing association tenant's appeal for 'right to buy' property dismissed

11 April, 2018

A housing association tenant whose application to purchase her home under "right to buy" legislation was refused has had her appeal against the decision dismissed

New Ballymena social housing homes released

11 April, 2018

Social housing provider Choice Housing has completed the first phase of an £8.5m scheme in Ballymena

Housing associations overcome challenges to exceed building targets

11 April, 2018

Northern Ireland's housing associations have once again surpassed building targets despite challenging economic conditions and political uncertainty

How one Norfolk council has cut its housing waiting list by 95%

10 April, 2018

Allowing staff to think creatively about people's needs is a risk, but it's paid off in Great Yarmouth

2,000 take part in CIH social housing research project

10 April, 2018

More than 2,000 people have taken part in the CIH project to gather research for the upcoming Social Housing Green Paper

Six leading landlords exceed average gender pay gap

10 April, 2018

More than a quarter of the top 20 housing associations by stock owned have reported gender pay gaps larger than the national average

Channel 5's new social housing programming

09 April, 2018

Channel 5 have started a new series of films about social housing, and from the outset it feels like this might be a bit of a challenge

Fundamentum launch tests appetite for social housing

09 April, 2018

Investor appetite for high-yielding social housing funds faces a new test today as plans are unveiled to launch the sector's fourth Reit in 18 months

Leicester council planning to buy back 'Right to Buy' homes

06 April, 2018

It has earmarked £440k for re-acquiring homes it used to own

Renters Surge Among Under 45s Could Throw Tories Out Of Office

06 April, 2018

The number of renters and mortgage payers could be equal by the next election

Green party pledge to 'protect' social housing

06 April, 2018

Promise comes as part of its local election launch

Housing associations promise action following gender pay reports

06 April, 2018

Major housing associations are revealed to have gender pay gaps of more than 25%

Councils call for Right to Buy flexibility after Raab criticism

06 April, 2018

The councils with the largest deficits between Right to Buy sales and replacements have blamed the government's lack of flexibility for the gap

Database of rogue landlords and property agents under the Housing and Planning Act 2016

06 April, 2018

Guidance for local housing authorities on the database of rogue landlords and property agents

Housing Benefit subsidy guidance manual 2017 to 2018

06 April, 2018

This guidance is for local authorities. It explains the subsidies DWP pays them for certain costs of the Housing Benefit (HB) scheme

Gender Pay Gap in the Social Housing Sector

05 April, 2018

The Gender Pay Gap reporting deadline was 4th April, so we've compiled tables for Housing Associations and Local Authorities

Social housing company plans £150m float

05 April, 2018

A property company that invests in social housing is planning to launch a £150m float on the London Stock Exchange next month

'My fight to change attitudes towards social housing tenants'

05 April, 2018

Claire Hughes tackles some of the misconceptions faced by social housing tenants

Cheltenham bus attacks: 'we'll evict people behaving anti-socially' say housing bosses

04 April, 2018

New crack-down planned in response to incidents on town's troubled Springbank estate

Housing associations are skewing satisfaction rates

04 April, 2018

Tommy Lusk, housing campaigner, says tenant satisfaction surveys published by housing associations hide more than they reveal

Should council-owned land be used to solve Gloucestershire's social housing crisis?

04 April, 2018

There are 14,000 families on the waiting list

Social housing REIT shares fall amid market uncertainty

04 April, 2018

Shares in social housing investment funds have fallen and investor interest waned, as markets react to trouble at a housing association which has deals with several trusts

Government admits falling behind on Right to Buy replacement pledges

04 April, 2018

The Government has admitted falling short on its commitment to replace council housing units sold under the Right to Buy scheme

Social Housing Update:Written statement - HCWS614

03 April, 2018

Nearly 2 million households have been helped to realise aspirations to own their homes through the Right to Buy since 1980

Government will consult on Right to Buy flexibility after breaking pledge

03 April, 2018

The government will consult on "greater flexibility" for councils to use Right to Buy receipts, but remains committed to the policy despite breaking its pledge on replacing homes

Ten myths about council housing - and one ask

29 March, 2018

Everyone seems to agree that we have a housing crisis in London and that we need to increase the supply of genuinely affordable homes

100 households around Grenfell still in temporary accommodation

29 March, 2018

Victims evacuated from surrounding blocks await permanent rehousing nine months on

MPs call on government to give councils funding for letting fees ban

29 March, 2018

Councils should be given extra funding by government to enforce a letting agent fees ban

Property fund strikes second housing association deal

28 March, 2018

A Bristol-based housing association has formed a partnership with Cheyne Social Property Impact Fund, the second deal the fund has done with a housing association

The disappearing HMOs

28 March, 2018

Houses in multiple occupation are often far from ideal lodgings - but a trend to convert them to more profitable houses is leaving residents with few options

Regulator to intervene in Welsh housing association

28 March, 2018

The Welsh social housing regulator is to intervene in a Cardiff housing association due to governance concerns

Affordable housing: why current plans to invest don't go far enough

27 March, 2018

Building more low-cost rented homes that people can afford will loosen the grip of poverty.

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

27 March, 2018

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

The Homelessness Reduction Act is a key step towards homelessness prevention

27 March, 2018

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

LGA responds to Independent Age report on older private renters

27 March, 2018

With housing for elderly people currently accounting for just 6 per cent of our existing stock, and more older people and families renting privately than ever before

Welfare policies having 'huge impact' on domestic abuse victims

26 March, 2018

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

DWP accused of 'clumsy' attempt to defend Universal Credit using IFS research

26 March, 2018

MPs criticise 'airy and irrelevant' responses from the department after committee raises questions over the projected employment boost from benefit reform

Debate on the construction of council housing - House of Commons - 27 March 2018

26 March, 2018

The national housing shortage is one of the most pressing issues we face.

Poll pushes impact of PRS energy performance

26 March, 2018

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

LGA: Focus on 'invisible' older renters

26 March, 2018

Housing for the elderly accounts for just 6% of existing stock - with more older people and families renting privately than ever before.

Bishop of Durham 'deeply concerned' over universal credit plan

26 March, 2018

The Bishop of Durham has criticised the government over its implementation of universal credit and called for it to 'revisit' aspects of the payment.

Statutory homelessness and prevention and relief

23 March, 2018

October to December (Q4)2017: England

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

Home Office subcontractors force asylum seekers to share bedrooms

23 March, 2018

Home Office subcontractors force asylum seekers to share bedrooms in breach of council policy

Incentivise associations to provide supported housing properties

23 March, 2018

It is time for specialist and developing associations to join forces and provide the NHS with much-needed accommodation-based support

Local Authority Insight Survey Wave 33

22 March, 2018

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

Universal Credit transition to full service

22 March, 2018

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

Who will foot the bill to prevent people becoming homeless?

22 March, 2018

New law will compel councils to prevent evictions and rough sleeping. But this comes at a price local authorities will struggle to afford

DWP wins legal case to block future benefit appeals

22 March, 2018

The government has won a legal case which could have major implications for future benefit appeals.

Spending on new homes plummets while housing benefit soars

22 March, 2018

CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE says new statistics show social housing has reached a critical point

Housing sector realises more than ever the importance of listening to residents.

22 March, 2018

As Rethinking social housing Northern Ireland continues to get underway, steering group member Colm McDaid encourages tenants and residents to make their voices heard.

Jeremy Hunt confirms individual costs for social care to be capped

22 March, 2018

Health secretary tells social workers conference the current charging system is 'far from fair'

Conservative MP introduces fire risk transparency bill to parliament

22 March, 2018

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

'Housing sector realises more than ever the importance of listening to residents'

21 March, 2018

As Rethinking social housing Northern Ireland continues to get underway, steering group member Colm McDaid encourages tenants and residents to make their voices heard

The Big Interview: 'Our work to try and alleviate injustice and hardship by social housing is very rewarding'

21 March, 2018

It's been one year since Northern Ireland's two biggest social housing names joined forces to create Radius

Spending on new homes plummets while housing benefit soars

21 March, 2018

CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE says new statistics show social housing has reached a critical point with ministers facing "big decisions"

Conservative MP introduces fire risk transparency bill to parliament

21 March, 2018

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

Largest housing associations to spend £13bn on 52,000 new homes over next three years

21 March, 2018

The largest housing associations are forecasting a jump in their market sale activity over the next three years as they spend £13bn on the construction of 52,000 new homes

Grenfell Tower: more than £20m spent on survivors' hotel accommodation

20 March, 2018

Sum spent by council would be enough to build the original block three times over

Pitch for deposit free renting as competition for housing associations

20 March, 2018

New survey said to send a signal to housing providers

From the frontline - Lucy Hancox

20 March, 2018

Lucy Hancox, housing officer at Falcon Housing Association, talks about creating positive outcomes for tenants

Rents for Swansea council tenants are rising by twice the rate of inflation

20 March, 2018

There are fears it could help push more kids into poverty but Swansea Council says many will have the rise covered in their benefits

How a gas safety checks ruling will make it more difficult to evict tenants

19 March, 2018

A gas safety certificate could now be a deciding factor in whether landlords can evict problem tenants

Calls to end 'widespread' evictions

19 March, 2018

A new Homeless Reduction Strategy for Peterborough calls on the Government to end the "widespread use" of an eviction process which saw a city estate cleared of almost all of its residents

Government still 'holding on' to £2bn housing fund

19 March, 2018

Five months after announcing a £2bn fund to build a new generation of council homes, the government has yet to release the money

Labour announces plan to protect social housing as figures reveal 100,000 low-cost homes have had rents hiked since 2012

19 March, 2018

Party pledges to reverse controversial policy implemented by the Tory-Lib Dem coalition government

Wales' housing crisis leaves councils with £8.6m bill for temporary accommodation

16 March, 2018

Shelter described the figures as 'a sad reflection of our worsening housing crisis'

Secure tenancies planned for domestic abuse survivors

16 March, 2018

New laws planned to ensure those who flee an abusive relationship will not lose their security of tenure if provided with a new home

Homes in Bath area now cost nearly 12 times average earnings amid 'ginormous' rise in private rentals

16 March, 2018

The council is having to put in 'more time and effort' to get families out of temporary and into permanent accommodation

Government 'should drop last year of rent cut' to fund fire safety work

16 March, 2018

Housing leaders have told government it could help fund essential fire safety work in tower blocks by dropping the 1% rent cut or choosing not to charge VAT

HMO minimum room sizes to come into force 1 October 2018

16 March, 2018

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

Universal Credit - update on notifying rent changes

16 March, 2018

Social Rented Sector - Reporting April 2018 rent changes: advice for landlords

Demand for homes prompts Cardiff council to invest millions in social housing

15 March, 2018

Cardiff Council is aiming to build at least 1,000 new homes by 2022 to meet the increasing demand for social housing

'So important we explore the unique context of social housing in Northern Ireland'

15 March, 2018

Following the launch of our Rethinking social housing Northern Ireland project, director Nicola McCrudden takes a look at the unique context in Northern Ireland

A new energy efficiency standard for social housing in England

15 March, 2018

The government's Clean Growth Strategy announced a new target to get all housing up to Energy Performance Certificate Band C by 2030

ARLA attacks Government for handing out 'billions' to social landlords while ignoring private rented sector

15 March, 2018

ARLA has furiously slated Government lack of support of the private rented sector while "billions of pounds" have been given in grant aid to social landlords

More than bricks

14 March, 2018

Social housing providers offer more than bricks and mortar

The Future of Social Housing in Scotland: the discussion so far

14 March, 2018

We launched our discussion paper on the future of social housing regulation in January

Councils can't 'abdicate responsibility' over affordable homes

14 March, 2018

But Housing minister offers councils little on lifting the debt cap - telling Commons committee only that submissions to government will be considered

English regulator's new VfM standard praised by housing leaders

14 March, 2018

The Regulator of Social Housing's use of comparative metrics in its new value for money standard has been welcomed by housing leaders

Council ordered to give 'urgent attention' to temporary accommodation in its area

14 March, 2018

Ombudsman calls out a district council for failing a vulnerable 68-year-old women evicted from her rented home

Two housing associations 'named and shamed' for underpaying workers

13 March, 2018

Two housing associations have been named by the government on a list of organisations which have failed to pay their staff the minimum wage

Lloyds Bank launches new £500m fund for social housing sector

13 March, 2018

Fund underpins a major commitment to the social housing sector and includes an additional pledge to raise £750m in 2018

Housing association acquires 500 homes in £45m deal

13 March, 2018

Two London housing associations have exchanged contracts on a major sale of social housing stock worth £45m

London's biggest social housing regeneration project announced

13 March, 2018

London Borough of Havering to regenerate 12 council estates over the next 12 years

Scottish Labour leader to bring forward new rent control law

12 March, 2018

Richard Leonard will promise a 'Mary Barbour law' to control private sector rents, as well as pledge to build more new council homes

'Social housing tenants are NOT benefits scroungers'

12 March, 2018

A campaign has been launched to change the public perception of people living in social housing

Green paper 'can't fold' on social housing and tenant needs

12 March, 2018

Tpas tells Government fragile tenant trust is at risk if findings from the Sharma roadshows don't drive options for future housing policy

UK social housing market worth an estimated £11.4bn in 2017

12 March, 2018

Housing Associations account for around 60% of social housing stock in 2017-18 and also form the largest not-for-profit group in the UK, working closely with both private and public organisations

Forming a 'coalition of the willing'

09 March, 2018

Homes England's directors talk to Social Housing about strategic partnerships and leveraging commercial finance

U.K social housing providers to borrow £12 billion of new debt by 2020, total debt to reach £89 billion

09 March, 2018

The U.K. government has renewed its focus on the provision of more housing

Financial sustainability of local authorities 2018

08 March, 2018

Since 2010, successive governments have reduced funding for local government in England as part of their efforts to reduce the fiscal deficit

How councils are using their pension funds to build homes

08 March, 2018

A handful of councils have struck deals to use their pension funds to build homes

East Anglian housing associations in merger talks

08 March, 2018

Two East Anglia-based housing associations are in merger talks to form a 28,000-home landlord

Report warns 10% of councils close to bankruptcy over funding shortfalls

08 March, 2018

National Audit Office says 15 councils could run out of cash to cover service costs within the next three years alone

Women helped back into work thanks to social housing group donation

08 March, 2018

Often, it is not a lack of qualifications or ability that is preventing women from securing employment, rather a lack of confidence

Increased 'high on the agenda' for social housing sector

08 March, 2018

By contrast, just 48% of providers and landlords will focus on cost-saving initiatives over the next 12 months

Social landlords and tackling child poverty

07 March, 2018

As you read this there are four million children waking up in poverty across the country from Manchester to Margate

Sanctuary Housing blasted after elderly tenants left without central heating and hot water

07 March, 2018

Residents in sheltered accommodation still don't have proper heating after several days

One in three housing applications rejected in Basildon

06 March, 2018

Basildon Council has admitted that they are struggling to meet council house demands after new figures reveal that roughly one in three applications are rejected

Housing Crisis: Renters Are Driving British Voters to Labour

06 March, 2018

The central issue in British politics is not, as you might have thought, Brexit. It's housing

Government 'risks second Grenfell with inaction on cladding in private sector'

06 March, 2018

The Government has previously said private landlords have a 'moral duty' to pay for the cost of removing and replacing the cladding

The shocking amount it is costing to temporarily house struggling Merseyside families

05 March, 2018

It is claimed taxpayers are paying for the Tory Government's 'failure on homelessness'

Sector capacity down 9% since rent cut

05 March, 2018

Housing associations' financial capacity is down 9% since the four-year rent cut began

Government's housing plans fall far short for low income families

05 March, 2018

Responding to the Prime Minister's speech on planning and housing

Hundreds evicted from Dundee council homes after failing to keep up with payments

02 March, 2018

Hundreds of tenants have been evicted from council homes in Dundee after struggling to keep up with rent payments

Overcoming the stigma of social housing

02 March, 2018

This report was commissioned by the Benefit to Society campaign to explore the causes and impact of an increasing stigma around social housing

British governments used to cough up for social housing. Not this one

02 March, 2018

If politicians treated houses like they do roads and railways, regeneration wouldn't be such a dirty word

Councils and housing associations urged to collaborate over new homes

02 March, 2018

Seminar hears sector should "grow up" over the potential for turf conflict between associations and council housing companies

Association downgraded after 'abortive' development schemes

01 March, 2018

A 20,000-home housing association has had its governance rating downgraded after "a series of abortive schemes" hampered attempts to scale up its housebuilding

Merger gets official launch date

01 March, 2018

Shoreline Housing Partnership and Boston Mayflower will unite to form new 12,700 home landlord - Lincolnshire Housing Partnership - known as LHP

The big interview: Rethinking social housing NI chair, Will Haire

01 March, 2018

Rethinking social housing will explore some fundamental questions about social housing, why is it important we ask these questions now?

Grenfell Tower fire survivors to get final say over site

01 March, 2018

Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire will have the final say about what happens to the west London site

'Unlock cash for social housing' Tower Hamlets mayor urges prime minister Theresa May

28 February, 2018

A new social house-building era has been ignited by Tower Hamlets Council to fill a chronic shortage and cut the desperate waiting list

'We look after communities, it's not just a case of renting a property': Housing association boss retires after 21 years

28 February, 2018

People can only achieve safety and stability through having a proper place to live

Fair press for tenants

28 February, 2018

This guide has been produced by people living in social housing to help journalists and other media workers to report fairly

Quarterly Survey for Q3

28 February, 2018

This quarterly survey report is based on regulatory returns from 230 PRPs and PRP groups who own or manage more than 1,000 homes

Nine in 10 social housing tenants say they are portrayed negatively by media

28 February, 2018

New report reveals a huge gap between perception and reality with regard to social housing tenants

'No better time for housing organisations to commit to tackle domestic abuse.'

27 February, 2018

Elinor Crouch-Puzey details the work the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance is doing to help housing organisations tackle the problem

A sales warning for housing associations?

27 February, 2018

Parts of the South East of England's housing market are slowing

'Record profits' for housing associations

27 February, 2018

Moody's 'UK Housing Associations 2017 Results' shows a 6% turnover increase

Big day for social housing in London

27 February, 2018

Mayor steps in to secure major affordable homes scheme; Grenfell council commits £220m to its homes; London Assembly debates strategic future for housing need

Landlords who say 'no DSS' breaking equality laws

26 February, 2018

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

Westminster Council to take full ownership of housing association

26 February, 2018

Westminster Council is set to turn a housing association it established into a wholly owned subsidiary in response to government deregulation.

Council tax hikes will not stop cuts to local services, authorities warn

26 February, 2018

LGA says government budget cuts and the cost of higher wages will outweigh additional income

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

26 February, 2018

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

Housing officer jailed for illegal subletting

26 February, 2018

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

Government urged to give those with debt problems a year's grace

26 February, 2018

Ministers are considering a 'breathing space' of six weeks - but campaigners want to go much further

We need to review the legal definition of homelessness

26 February, 2018

The death of a rough sleeper close to parliament shows the urgency of action needed to tackle homelessness

Nearly 70 councils share funding to unlock stalled housing

26 February, 2018

The Government has named the first wave of councils to be given cash to help speed up planning decisions.

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

23 February, 2018

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

Homelessness code of guidance for local authorities

23 February, 2018

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

Council housed young homeless family in 'Dickensian' conditions

23 February, 2018

Ombudsman's report finds council at fault over "patently unsuitable" placement and subsequent response to complaints.

Greenwich Council apologises for false illegal letting accusations

23 February, 2018

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

Residents count cost of Grenfell-style cladding

23 February, 2018

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

Brit star hits home over Grenfell

23 February, 2018

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

National Landlords Association launches new brand

23 February, 2018

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

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

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

22 February, 2018

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

Time to rethink rent-setting

22 February, 2018

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

Peabody pays out over gas disconnection

22 February, 2018

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

A mother given 50p a week for housing: the benefit cap one year on

22 February, 2018

A year on from the introduction of the lower benefit cap, its abiding legacy is to push people closer to homelessness.

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

Concern raised over lack of affordable homes in Dundee as social housing tenancies drop

21 February, 2018

Concern has been raised over a steady decrease in the amount of social and affordable housing available in Dundee

Welsh Government to transfer HRA borrowing capacity between councils

21 February, 2018

The Welsh Government is in talks with councils to move unused borrowing capacity around the sector in a bid to boost local authority housebuilding

Government moves towards a shake-up of broken housing complaints system

20 February, 2018

Government considers options to ensure that no-one is left battling with their landlord or builder to resolve issues with their home

Government plans fall short of 600 extra low-cost rented homes a week needed

20 February, 2018

Nearly 600 additional low-cost rented homes need to be built every week in order to fix the broken housing market and help low incomes families escape poverty

£13.8 million acquisition of two regulated social housing portfolios by Civitas

20 February, 2018

The Board of Civitas Social Housing PLC is has announced the Company has completed the purchase of two regulated social housing portfolios for a total consideration of £13,771,333

Using the Social Housing Green Paper to boost the supply of low-cost rented homes

19 February, 2018

In his speech announcing the Social Housing Green Paper, the Secretary of State promised a 'wide-ranging, top-to-bottom review of the issues facing the sector'

National Housing Trust scheme criticised for 'reviving Right to Buy'

19 February, 2018

The Scottish Government has been accused of "reviving the Right to Buy"

Registered Social Landlords and the GDPR

19 February, 2018

The GDPR comes into force on 25th May 2018 and will change the way organisations within the EU process personal data

Councils set up 58 housing companies since 2012

19 February, 2018

Almost a quarter of councils in England have invested £130m in setting up 58 new housebuilding companies since 2012

Housing association's fuel poverty work in North Wales wins trio of commendations

16 February, 2018

Work by energy wardens to help combat fuel poverty in North Wales has received a trio of commendations

Former UUP minister challenges approval for social housing apartments beside his home

16 February, 2018

Planning approval was given for social housing apartments beside a former Stormont minister's home without properly considering their form

Two associations breach regulatory standard after failing to do safety checks

16 February, 2018

Two housing associations have been found to have breached a regulatory standard after they failed to carry out safety checks on a number of their properties

Multiple fire safety risks found at flats with Grenfell-style cladding

16 February, 2018

Residents at 11-block New Capital Quay in London tell of fears as officials raise concerns

Housing association partners with unique refuge project

16 February, 2018

The independently managed 'safe space' supports those unable to access a traditional refuge

Rent increase to fund more Midlothian affordable housing

15 February, 2018

Midlothian Council has outlined plans to deliver more affordable homes to meet increased demand as councillors agreed to raise housing rents by 3% to help fund the investment

Ten councils to hike rates - most by inflationary 3%

15 February, 2018

Ten of Northern Ireland's 11 district councils are hiking rates from April - most by around the 3% rate of inflation

Housing association offers crucial evidence over 'distrusted' welfare tests

15 February, 2018

Commons committee heard a housing provider's experience of a testing regime said to be be riddled errors and incompetence

Research reveals safety fears of trans and LGBT*Q tenants

15 February, 2018

Major new study outlines the trans and LGBT*Q social housing experience - with worrying findings over safety and harassment

What causes London's eviction 'hotspots'?

14 February, 2018

Evictions have been rising quickly in London, up by 79% in the last five years - an eviction rate among renters more than twice as high as the rest of England

Jeremy Corbyn Would Help Poorer Families Pay Vet Bills And Give Tenants The Right To Keep A Pet

14 February, 2018

Labour slams Gove's 'disposable' green credentials

Vulnerable people 'trapped in homelessness' due to law

14 February, 2018

Vulnerable people are unable to access social housing, potentially trapping them "in a cycle of homelessness"

Update on the future funding of supported housing

14 February, 2018

We're working to ensure that the final policy on funding for supported housing will provide security for existing schemes and future developments

Housing associations' role in tackling homelessness

14 February, 2018

We are working with the Government and our members to explore how housing associations can support the Homelessness Reduction Act

Regulator finds 'fundamental failure of governance' at housing association

13 February, 2018

A housing association that provides homes mainly for adults with learning disabilities or mental health problems has a "fundamental failure of governance"

Greens publish legislation options to help councils tackle problem of short term lets

13 February, 2018

The introduction of a licensing scheme for homeowners who want to rent out their properties through websites like AirBnB is one of a number of legislative proposals available to help councils regulate the rapid growth of the short-term letting sector

Social Tenants in Scotland, 2016

13 February, 2018

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

UK tenants paid record £50bn in rents in 2017

12 February, 2018

Rents double in a decade and could eclipse entire sum paid for mortgages by homeowners

Council ignores government guidelines in bid to help affordable housing crisis

12 February, 2018

Worthing Borough Council has pledged to ignore government guidelines in a bid to secure more desperately-needed affordable housing

Cut-hit councils are going broke. Let them charge however much they like

09 February, 2018

The government should shed its Brexit paralysis and stem the escalating crisis. Reform of council funding must come quickly

Homeless illegally turned away by councils

09 February, 2018

People who have nowhere to sleep or are about to lose their homes are being turned away illegally by councils

We want to build a culture of assurance among Scottish social landlords

08 February, 2018

The Scottish Housing Regulator is considering how best to set the direction of regulation for the next five years

Social housing is being driven by profit. Tenants must fight back

08 February, 2018

As residents of Peabody and Family Mosaic, we fear losing our rights if the two housing associations become one

Housing associations need 'better engagement' over future for Universal Credit

08 February, 2018

Latest Work and Pensions Committee assessment stresses the case for landlord councils and housing associations as key delivery partners for UC

Calls for changes to funding plans for supported housing

08 February, 2018

The CLG and Work and Pensions Committee have written to the Ministry of Housing over concerns about government's funding plans

Associations must show they 'deserve' government funding

07 February, 2018

Housing associations and local authorities in Scotland have been told they must build the homes to match funding

Residents in surrounding estate told to pay rent despite one-fifth living in hotels due to no gas or hot water

07 February, 2018

'RBKC are yet again demonstrating how out of touch they are' says one tenant who says he has been unable to move back home since the tragedy

Cross-party groups of MPs call for change to supported housing plans

07 February, 2018

Two cross-party select committees have "strongly recommended" the government rethinks its plans to introduce a top-up fund for short-term supported housing controlled by councils

Elephant and Castle developers concede to campaigners' demands for more social housing

06 February, 2018

Developer Delancey submitted a revised offer to Southwark Council today including 116 homes at social rent

The 'devastated' social housing tenants who could be kicked out of their homes due to revamp plans

06 February, 2018

Housing association bosses want to almost double the number of houses in the Cambridge cul-de-sac

Londoners weigh in over improving 'broken' rental market

05 February, 2018

Survey shows what the capital's renters think of the market they're in

Alison Inman on social housing and domestic abuse

05 February, 2018

Alison Inman joined the team to chat about social housing, how the lack of it affects women (particularly those in abusive relationships), and what can be done to help

Stoke-on-Trent has the highest number of council homes with 'serious hazards' in the whole country

05 February, 2018

Nine per cent of Stoke-on-Trent City Council's properties were classed as 'non-decent' last year

Scrap right to buy housing scheme

05 February, 2018

The leader of the Liberal Democrats has called for a halt to the government's right-to-buy policy, describing it as the key reason for the "catastrophic shortage of homes" in England

S&P: rent settlement won't change credit ratings

05 February, 2018

The new rent settlement will not boost the credit standings of UK housing associations

Conservative council seeks to replace Right to Buy with home deposit scheme

02 February, 2018

A Conservative council hopes to scrap the Right to Buy policy and replace it with a scheme to allow tenants to "earn" a deposit to buy a house

£3.5 billion Right-to-Buy discounts threatens scheme

02 February, 2018

New analysis by the LGA reveals almost £3.5 billion in RTB discounts have been handed out to council tenants over the past six years

East Anglian association downgraded to G3

01 February, 2018

A 2,900-home East Anglian housing association has been downgraded to non-compliant by the regulator because of "significant weaknesses" in its governance

Thousands of people could receive millions in payouts after being ripped off by local councils

01 February, 2018

A landmark legal ruling could open the floodgates and force local councils to compensate thousands of people

Performance Matters

01 February, 2018

Data Accuracy Report 2016/17

Regulation of Registered Social Landlords (Wales) Bill

01 February, 2018

Stage 1 Committee Report

150,000 Social Rent Homes Gone Since Tories Came To Power

31 January, 2018

"It is simply unacceptable that we are losing so many of our most affordable homes"

London council tenants in line for water payouts

31 January, 2018

Councils in London have set aside millions of pounds and thousands of tenants may be in line for payouts after a landmark legal ruling over water charges

One in ten families who get social housing are from abroad despite efforts to give long-term local residents a better chance of getting a property

31 January, 2018

Share of social housing going to foreign families has been rising since mid-2000

Tower Hamlets has reduced child poverty - by shipping it elsewhere

31 January, 2018

Statistics show a drop of 6% since 2010. But that's thanks to rising rents and benefit caps forcing families out of the borough

Powys council house rents to rise by at least 4.5%

31 January, 2018

Council house rents will rise by at least 4.5% in Powys from April

How listing of social housing costs landlords

31 January, 2018

Listing social housing preserves the architectural and historical significance of buildings - but can have costly implications for landlords

Social Housing Lettings: April 2016 to March 2017, England

31 January, 2018

Social housing lettings by private registered providers decreased by 11% to 231,000 in 2016/17, continuing the fall from the previous year

What does the new European Energy Poverty Observatory mean for social housing?

30 January, 2018

A combination of rising energy costs, poor-quality housing or low incomes means that many households across Europe are struggling with the cost associated with heating (or cooling) their homes

Report recommends 'long-term, slow, patient investments'in PRS

30 January, 2018

Researchers say social landlords can do much more to house lower income households in receipt of Housing Benefit but able to pay rent reliably

Fire Safety in Housing Executive Tower Blocks

30 January, 2018

The Rationale for the establishment of the Independent Reference Group on Fire Safety in Housing Executive tower blocks was in response to the tragedy of the horrific Grenfell fire on 14 June 2017

Private Renting: Can social landlords help?

30 January, 2018

Report by LSE Housing and Communities

Wales is leading the way on improving tenant rights

29 January, 2018

Westminster's drive to improve standards for tenants is following the Welsh Government's lead

Our proposals to the supported housing consultation

29 January, 2018

PlaceShapers members have been campaigning hard for the past two years to secure the future of supported and sheltered housing

Council to expand repairs company into overall housing management

26 January, 2018

'Urgent' post-Carillion decision clears the way for a full takeover of housing services by a company originally set up to cover repairs

Wales' Right to Buy formally abolished

25 January, 2018

The abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights (Wales) Bill became an Act of the Assembly in Cardiff

'Hundreds' of social homes don't have proper fire risk assessments

25 January, 2018

NHMF Conference hears how Grenfell has forced the sector "back to basics" over stock management and safety

James Johnsen: Should you invest in social housing?

25 January, 2018

Investing with a conscience can helping alleviate the housing crisis

London councils skirt six-week rule for homeless families

25 January, 2018

London families are being forced to share bathrooms and kitchens with strangers for long periods, as councils make use of an exemption in the law on temporary accommodation

Ed Miliband Part Of Team To Investigate Social Housing In The Wake Of Grenfell Tragedy

24 January, 2018

A survivor of the tragedy is also joining the investigation

Government 'should pay to replace Grenfell-type cladding'

24 January, 2018

The government should pay to replace Grenfell Tower-type cladding so lives are not put at risk, the head of a group representing property managers said

Hackney Council sets up lettings company

24 January, 2018

Hackney Council has set up a wholly owned lettings company to get around rules that say it can't directly manage homes for London Living Rent

How social landlords can help people leave gangs

24 January, 2018

Former gang member Sephton Henry tells Danielle Aumord how social landlords can be a crucial help

Our regulation of social housing

24 January, 2018

Our role is to monitor, assess and report on social landlords' performance of housing activities and RSLs' financial well-being and standards of governance

Shelter launches new social housing commission

24 January, 2018

It will draft in a panel of high-profile figures to examine "the state of social housing in modern Britain and its future role in ending the housing crisis"

New guidelines for Scottish landlords

23 January, 2018

New guidance is under development to help Scotland's social landlords meet their obligations on allocations and suspensions

Neglect and abuse claims on rise in sheltered housing

23 January, 2018

"I've been left with a feeling that my mum's last months were in a place that nobody really cared about her"

London council to change housing company to management company

23 January, 2018

Barking and Dagenham Council is set to transform its wholly owned housing company into an arms-length management company

Only three out of 160 social housing towers reclad after Grenfell fire

23 January, 2018

Pace of response condemned as dispute escalates over who pays for cost of making blocks safe

Milton Keynes: UK capital of 'right-to-buy-to-let'

22 January, 2018

More council houses have been sold to private landlords in the town than anywhere else - then rented at up to triple the price

Sharma letter reveals he was told affordable rents 'unaffordable' at tenant roadshows

22 January, 2018

At his tenant roadshows, Alok Sharma was told affordable rents are "not really affordable" and a lack of government investment has seen safety standards fall

Lift councils' housebuilding cap

22 January, 2018

Government urged to allow more borrowing to help hit target of 300,000 new homes a year

Residents living in shadow of Grenfell Tower hit back at council over plans to resume rent

19 January, 2018

Residents in blocks surrounding the Grenfell Tower have hit out at plans for them to resume paying rent and service charges from the end of January

Taxpayers face £4m bill as landlord refuses to make tower block safe

19 January, 2018

Slough council poised to take over freehold of property and pay for safety work as current owner refuses to foot bill

Council worries over future for homelessness funding

18 January, 2018

Southwark Council tells 24housing that despite positive signs over homeless prevention, the future is unclear

Government commits to publish Social Housing Green Paper by spring

18 January, 2018

The government remains committed to its promise to tenants to publish its Social Housing Green Paper by the spring, despite the minister overseeing it leaving his role

Progress on council housing but 'more to be done'

18 January, 2018

Local Authority Housing Statistics for England 2016/17 are out and open to interpretation

Councillor renting out 10 ex-authority homes in 'Right to Buy to let' capital

17 January, 2018

A Conservative councillor in England's 'Right to Buy to let' capital has a private rented portfolio of 10 ex-local authority homes

Council to set up two housing companies to 'offset drastic cuts' and deliver 500 homes

17 January, 2018

Council chiefs have taken a 'major step' by agreeing to set up two housing companies to 'offset the austerity measures inflicted' on the authority

'Unacceptably' slow pace of Grenfell rehousing continues

17 January, 2018

The slow progress of rehousing families made homeless by the Grenfell Tower disaster has continued, with only six more having moved into permanent or interim homes in the past month

DfC briefing on reclassification of housing associations as private sector bodies

17 January, 2018

NIFHA will host an important Member Briefing on the reclassification of housing associations as private sector bodies on Friday, 26th January

West of Scotland Housing Association moves to assure tenants amid Carillion collapse

17 January, 2018

Tenants of WSHA will not be adversely affected by the demise of the contractor which was responsible for carrying out its day-to-day repairs

MSP pushes for sprinklers in new-build housing blocks

16 January, 2018

An MSP is to bring forward legislation to have sprinklers installed in all new-build social housing in Scotland

Council hits back at 'unacceptable' housing target

16 January, 2018

A London Council has tabled a motion against Sadiq Khan's housing target for the borough

'We're so grateful for it, but it's only temporary'

16 January, 2018

According to the government's English Housing Survey, one in six private renters say that they have had a pest or vermin infestation in the last year

Council may move homeless families out of borough following report

15 January, 2018

Moving homeless people to cheaper parts of the country is being considered SBC, in the face of soaring rental costs and tight purse strings

Savings from housing budget could lead to 500 extra council houses in Sheffield

15 January, 2018

Around 500 council properties could be built and acquired in Sheffield if savings are found in housing budgets

Government supports new measures to improve the safety of tenants

15 January, 2018

The Housing Secretary confirms government support for new legislation to help ensure rented homes are safe

More legislation on the way: Tenants to be allowed to take landlords to court over poor housing

15 January, 2018

The Government has thrown its weight behind a Labour MP's proposals to allow tenants to take landlords to court if they don't ensure their property is fit for human habitation throughout their tenancy

Triple Point Social Housing REIT Buys 10 Properties For GBP11 Million

15 January, 2018

Triple Point Social Housing REIT PLC said Monday that it has acquired 10 supported housing properties located in the UK for GBP10.7 million in total

Rent to go up by three per cent in Flintshire council properties

12 January, 2018

Council property rents are to increase by three per cent in the new financial year

Sector watchdog changes name to 'Regulator of Social Housing'

12 January, 2018

The regulation arm of the Homes and Communities Agency has today relaunched as the Regulator of Social Housing

Housing association merger will lead to social cleansing

12 January, 2018

Plan by London's Notting Hill Housing and Genesis to create mega landlord fuels fears that more social housing will be sold off

MPs tell tenants to ignore eviction notices

12 January, 2018

Could what's happening in Ireland happen here if tenants have nowhere else to go?

Council houses are to be built in Salford for the first time in three decades

10 January, 2018

In a thrown back to old Labour policy, the council is now set to build a small estate - and manage the properties itself

Social housing tenants talk about negative media stereotyping

10 January, 2018

Three social tenants share their stories of how negative media portrayals are affecting them, as the Benefit to Society campaign to set the record straight gathers pace

Manchester council to buy new Taylor Wimpey houses to sell on to social tenants as part of plans to provide affordable housing

09 January, 2018

Manchester town hall is to borrow £10m in total, boosted by £5m in funds from the government's Homes and Communities Agency - in a programme that will mainly provide new social housing to replace homes sold under Right to Buy

Restore lifetime tenancies to vulnerable tenants

09 January, 2018

Ministers are being urged to give councils and housing associations back the right to offer lifetime tenancies to those they consider vulnerable

How eviction leads to homelessness: 'My youngest child doesn't know what a home is'

09 January, 2018

Loss of tenancy - sometimes with just two months' notice - is a major cause of homelessness, forcing families into temporary accommodation

'All housing associations should get Living Wage accreditation'

09 January, 2018

All housing associations and their subsidiary companies should commit to achieving living wage accreditation or risk losing public subsidy

Millions owed by Dundee council tenants in rent arrears

08 January, 2018

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

More than 3,000 families on East Devon council housing list

08 January, 2018

More than 3,000 families are on the waiting list for a council house in East Devon

British Government funds development of an app to help 11 million tenants

08 January, 2018

The British Government is to launch a £2 million competition in the coming weeks for an app to help the 11 million people who rent a home to improve credit scores and mortgage applications

The government has launched a national survey to gain tenants views on social housing

05 January, 2018

The Social Tenant Engagement Questionnaire aims to highlight any issues or concerns following the Grenfell tragedy, and the results used to share good practice and inform the government's future nation

Ambitious North Devon Council plan to buy housing for homeless families

05 January, 2018

An ever-increasing demand for temporary accommodation has prompted North Devon Council to consider spending half a million on its own housing stock

Merger to bring a bright future to rural areas

05 January, 2018

2017 saw Herefordshire Housing and Shropshire Housing Group connect, as equal partners, to form Connexus, a new social housing umbrella group

Pooling set to unlock more PRS investment

05 January, 2018

Five local authority pension funds in the Midlands clubbed together at the end of last year to invest £100m in Hearthstone's new private rented sector fund

UK social housing deal with private equity giant sparks fears for tenants

05 January, 2018

Private equity giant Blackstone has struck a deal with UK social housing association Sage, sparking fears from campaigners that it will price out low-earning, elderly and sick tenants

Row over council's plan to build homes as SNP are branded 'unprofessional'

04 January, 2018

Council chiefs are to explore the possibility of building houses on authority-owned sites rather than selling to private developers

Letting agent furious after social landlord escapes prosecution despite gas safety breaches in 1,000 homes

04 January, 2018

A decision not to prosecute a social landlord over breaches of gas safety in over 1,000 properties has infuriated a letting agent

Associations lobby over exclusion of shared ownership buyers from stamp duty cut

04 January, 2018

Housing associations have approached government to seek changes to the stamp duty cut after warnings that it currently excludes many shared ownership buyers

Let's give up the home-owning dream. Social renters are just as happy

03 January, 2018

Social housing provides many emotional and social benefits, our research has shown, but we still need to eliminate the stigma

KCTMO to hand over control of housing to council

03 January, 2018

Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation will temporarily hand over control of the housing stock it manages to the local council following the Grenfell Tower fire

Former Home Secretary Alan Johnson on social housing post-Grenfell

03 January, 2018

Beyond of course, the enormous personal tragedies of the Grenfell fire, one of its wider legacies has been to shine an unforgiving light on Britain's social housing

The reasons why Dundee council evicted folk from homes in 2017

02 January, 2018

Dozens of people have been evicted from their council houses in 2017

Council apologises as Grenfell Tower households miss out on extra cash

02 January, 2018

As 100 Grenfell households spend Christmas in hotels, payout to help with festive costs fails to arrive for 18 families

Council plans to become landlords and invest £10m in buying up homes across the New Forest

02 January, 2018

Plans have been revealed for major investment in residential property to protect key services across the New Forest

Housing association launches unique estate agency franchise

02 January, 2018

TwoCan estate agency franchise will save housing associations money and generate new income

A fitting memorial for the Grenfell Tower fire

01 January, 2018

There's been much discussion of a memorial for the dead, the survivors and the collaterally damaged of Grenfell

Top Tories 'saw social housing as toxic'

01 January, 2018

Former civil service head Bob Kerslake says Theresa May has "not grasped" the scale of what is required to tackle the housing crisis

Council rents set to hike for next three years to help upgrade homes

29 December, 2017

The move, rubber-stamped by officials, will see £2.3 million spent on upgrades to 500 homes

Councils shifting more than 2,000 families a year out of London

29 December, 2017

Three months alone accounted for 524 placements - set against an overall trend towards leaving London by choice

Poole's social housing tenants urged to share their housing concerns after Grenfell tragedy

28 December, 2017

Social housing tenants in Poole are being urged to voice any safety concerns they have about their accommodation following the Grenfell Tower tragedy

Jeremy Corbyn pledges to scrap 'no fault' evictions to tip housing rules back in favour of renters

28 December, 2017

The Labour leader told The Independent rising homelessness is a 'moral litmus test' for the country

Partick Housing Association refutes tenants' union's rent reduction claims

27 December, 2017

Partick Housing Association has denied claims by Living Rent that the tenants' union won a promise of "massive rent reductions" in one of the Association's block of flats

Those responsible for the horror of the Grenfell Tower fire must face trial

27 December, 2017

If the people who let this fire happen are not brought before a court, there will be no justice for victims and families

Tories drop two flagship housing policies from key strategy document

27 December, 2017

Plans to build 200,000 homes for first-time buyers and help more people access Right to Buy are excluded from latest plan amid 'complete rethink'

Grenfell firm to pass responsibility for homes to council

27 December, 2017

The firm that managed Grenfell Tower says it will hand over responsibility for thousands of properties to the local council by the end of January

Investment for South Ayrshire Council houses outlined with rent rise capped at 2%

22 December, 2017

South Ayrshire Council has unveiled a three year plan to improve existing housing properties and land, with a below inflation annual rent increase continued to help manage costs

For The 128,000 Children In Temporary Accommodation, Christmas Will Be Far From Magical

22 December, 2017

Children's health suffers, behaviour problems emerge almost immediately, and untold stress and anxiety is inevitable

Lords get 'read between the lines' answer on future for social housing

22 December, 2017

Peers hear of a need to balance additional Autumn budget funding between affordable homes and social housing

Government attempts to reassure short-term supported housing providers over funding plans

22 December, 2017

The government has attempted to reassure short-term supported housing providers over future funding, in a House of Commons statement this afternoon

Housing association binned my dead uncle's belongings after refusing to let us collect them

21 December, 2017

"My nan, my mum, my uncle have no keepsakes, no photos, nothing to remember him by"

May accused of 'callousness' over plight of homeless families

21 December, 2017

Labour MP says prime minister's defence of using temporary accommodation to house thousands of children is appalling

A Fundamental Review of Social Housing Allocations

20 December, 2017

Response to Consultation on Proposals

Labour launches social housing review call for evidence

20 December, 2017

Labour is seeking submissions from social housing professionals, as it launches a call for evidence as part of its social housing review

Grenfell Inquiry to appoint social housing complaints expert

20 December, 2017

The Grenfell Inquiry chair has announced he will appoint an expert in dealing with social housing resident complaints

Sadiq Khan refuses regeneration plans due to social housing loss

19 December, 2017

Sadiq Khan has refused planning permission for estate regeneration plans in Barnet due to a "completely unacceptable" net loss of 257 social homes

Council prioritises building more homes to provide people with a secure place to call home

19 December, 2017

Providing more homes for people in desperate need remains a top priority for Cambridge City Council

England's councils may be doing well, or terribly. We have no way of knowing

19 December, 2017

How did a government committed to massive cuts in public spending casually get rid of the one body that could have appraised their impact?

Grenfell Tower Fire: 'Unfit' Laws Leading To Safety 'Shortcuts'

19 December, 2017

'The mindset of doing things as cheaply as possible must stop'

Why social housing in-house repairs teams now have to procure in line with EU regulations

18 December, 2017

A court ruling in October will prevent direct labour organisations from directly buying goods from suppliers without complying with EU rules

Mayor steps in against loss of social homes

18 December, 2017

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, today refused permission for an estate regeneration project in Barnet which would result in the net loss of 257 affordable homes

Grenfell fire: Worrying number of PTSD cases among survivors and locals

15 December, 2017

A large proportion of the people living in buildings close to Grenfell Tower show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder

Charities urge ministers to let councils oversee asylum seeker housing

15 December, 2017

Thirty-three groups ask government to let councils provide 'independent oversight' of housing for those seeking sanctuary

Creative loan offer redefines what 'council housing' can be

15 December, 2017

A low rate finance facility backed by a district council bids to get affordable homes built

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

15 December, 2017

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

Right to Buy Sales in England: July to September 2017-18

14 December, 2017

In July to September 2017-18 (Q2), local authorities sold an estimated 2,558 dwellings under the Right to Buy scheme

Government's own figures add up to councils keeping RTB receipts

14 December, 2017

CIH says stats show mounting evidence that RTB replacements are simply not keeping pace with the level of sales

Social housing sector delivers 'another strong year of investment'

14 December, 2017

2017 global accounts show the sector, as a whole, is well-placed to respond to its changing operating environment

Rental Index Report

14 December, 2017

Growth in East Midlands, as Interest Rates Rise

Impact of Universal Credit - The Frontline Perspective

13 December, 2017

This report is the culmination of a year-long study and draws on the results of four surveys into the impacts of Universal Credit on housing organisations and their tenants

Working together for more homes

13 December, 2017

This report looks at how housing associations and local authorities can work together to tackle the housing crisis

Grenfell Tower fire: Soaring cost of high-rise fire safety

13 December, 2017

The cost of fire safety measures which councils and housing associations plan to introduce to high-rise buildings after the Grenfell tragedy has now reached at least £600m

Strong year of investment by social housing sector - HCA publishes Global accounts

13 December, 2017

The 2017 Global accounts of private registered providers has been published alongside unit cost data

Global accounts of private registered providers of social housing

13 December, 2017

An annual summary of the financial status of housing providers who own or manage at least 1,000 homes

Two new social rent houses in a year - Christchurch Council blames lack of big developments

12 December, 2017

Christchurch council says a lack of larger developments in the area in recent years is the main reason for a lack of affordable rented housing in the town

Budget failed to take the brakes off councils building homes

12 December, 2017

Government needs to invest significantly more in genuinely affordable homes and be far bolder in its support for councils if it is to meet the ambition to deliver 300,000 new homes a year

Lewisham residents fighting to save homes from demolition accuse council of 'social cleansing'

11 December, 2017

Residents and campaigners from two sites in Lewisham have accused the council of "social cleansing" over development plans which they say are threatening their homes, a public garden and their sense of community

Grenfell Tower fire: Inquiry 'could bring measure of closure'

11 December, 2017

It is hoped the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire will give "some measure of closure" to survivors and the bereaved

97% call for an update to Housing Health and Safety Rating System

11 December, 2017

The CIEH are calling for an update to the system which is used to take action on poor housing

Council to 'buy back' Dundee homes in bid to meet social housing demands

08 December, 2017

Dundee City Council is set to buy back some of its old properties to try and meet social housing needs

10,000 new homes as council launches major new house building company

08 December, 2017

The company will build homes for the homeless, foster carers, large families, the elderly and people with a disability across Liverpool

Associations confirm £1.5bn partnership talks

08 December, 2017

Bromford and Merlin Housing are looking to build 14,000 new homes over the next 10 years

Exclusive: 7% rise in former Right to Buy homes now rented privately

08 December, 2017

The number of former council homes being let privately has soared to more than 40%

Four in 10 right-to-buy homes are now owned by private landlords

08 December, 2017

Tenants living in homes sold under Margaret Thatcher's scheme now pay twice the rents charged by local authorities

More than £11m being invested in new social housing

07 December, 2017

More than £11 million will be spent developing new social housing schemes in the Lisburn and Castlereagh area during 2017/18

44% of councils have housing company

07 December, 2017

Nearly half of councils have set up a housing company in a bid to help deliver new homes

Bill ending Right to Buy in Wales is passed by AMs

06 December, 2017

Legislation to end tenants' right to buy council homes in Wales has been approved by the assembly

Council ordered to pay £300 to homeless mother who complained of 'revenge eviction'

06 December, 2017

Brighton and Hove City Council has been ordered to pay £300 to a mother who claimed she was evicted from notorious temporary accommodation in revenge

ALMO under threat as South West council reviews housing options

06 December, 2017

A council is considering bringing its ALMO back in-house ahead of merging with two other authorities

Social housing demand at record high in Northern Ireland

06 December, 2017

Statistics show a rise of 20% in ten years and 82% since 2002-03

Supported housing is vital. We can't make its funding discretionary

05 December, 2017

If funding decisions over supported housing are left to hard-pressed local authorities, vulnerable people will lose out

Foxtons fined £35,000 for failing to prove house was safe for letting

05 December, 2017

Foxtons has been fined £35,000 for failing to prove to a local council that a house it was letting was safe for tenants

GB Social Housing hits £250m borrowing benchmark

05 December, 2017

Bond aggregator GB Social Housing has cleared £250m worth of borrowing with a £34.5m bond tap, hitting its benchmark

How much of your salary is spent on rent?

04 December, 2017

Tenants typically spend more than a quarter of their monthly salary before tax on rent, official figures show, but there are wide regional variations

Renting in retirement: How feasible is it?

04 December, 2017

Home ownership can be a thing of beauty. Just as you don a pair of fur-lined slippers and spend more time on the golf course, you find you have paid off your mortgage

York Housing Association joins Karbon Homes

04 December, 2017

New partnership backed by residents and stakeholders

Social Housing Financial State of the Sector

04 December, 2017

Presenting the definitive headline financial results from the Vantage Global Accounts Plus analysis

Government unlocks £25m to deliver more homes

04 December, 2017

A new £25m fund has been launched to help local authorities to deliver much-needed homes

Welsh Assembly rejects amendment to delay Right to Buy ban

01 December, 2017

Welsh Assembly members have voted down Conservative attempts to delay banning the Right to Buy in Wales

Genesis granted planning permission for major north London estate regeneration

01 December, 2017

A housing association has been granted planning permission for a major regeneration of an estate in north London, two months after London mayor Sadiq Khan condemned the loss of social housing in the plans

Housing tenure and wellbeing

01 December, 2017

Evidence shows social housing can provide the same practical and emotional benefits as other forms of housing

Review of factoring services in Scotland

30 November, 2017

Our summary findings

Further three landlords downgraded over viability concerns

30 November, 2017

Three landlords have had their viability assessments downgraded by the Homes and Communities Agency after concerns about their development plans

How many homes did housing associations deliver in quarter two 2017/18?

30 November, 2017

Housing associations started 46,183 homes in the 12 months up to and including September 2017

Lowest number of grant-funded social rented homes built on record

29 November, 2017

Fewer homes for social rent were completed between April and September this year with grant funding than in any comparable period on record

First big association does REIT deal

29 November, 2017

Places for People has become the first named large housing association to do a deal with one of the recently formed social housing real estate investment trusts

LGA: Let all councils borrow to build

29 November, 2017

The Local Government Association has urged government to allow all councils to borrow to build

Housing associations must build cross-tenure

29 November, 2017

New homes built by housing associations "have to be cross-tenure"

Conservative attempt to delay Right to Buy ban rejected

29 November, 2017

Conservative attempts to delay the scrapping of tenants' right to buy council homes in Wales have failed

Satisfaction low with association private property management

29 November, 2017

Satisfaction with private property management services provided by Scotland's housing associations runs far behind their tenant satisfaction levels

Grenfell leaseholders concerned council valuations for their flats are not enough

28 November, 2017

Leaseholders who survived the Grenfell Tower disaster have warned they will be unable to afford to buy a new home in Kensington and Chelsea after the council started valuations of their homes at just £350,000

£7bn in grant funding needed to meet social rented demand

28 November, 2017

Grant funding of £7bn a year is needed to house all those in need of "sub-market" housing in social rented homes

Kindliness - developing peer support within sheltered housing in Dorset

28 November, 2017

This case study focuses on a toolkit developed by Bournemouth University working in partnership with Dorset County Council and a number of housing associations

Councils are sitting on a wealth of assets. Why not use them for public housing?

27 November, 2017

Local authorities need radical policies to resolve the acute shortage of affordable rental housing. One answer could be right up their own street

Local authorities still waiting for rogue landlord database

27 November, 2017

Whitehall list has yet to be set up, two years after its announcement

More detail on £1.5 billion package of support for Universal Credit

24 November, 2017

More details of the £1.5 billion package of support for Universal Credit were set out today by David Gauke, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

LFB issues 51 enforcement notices against high rises post-Grenfell

24 November, 2017

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) has issued 51 enforcement notices against high-rise buildings in the capital in the five months since the Grenfell tragedy.

Value of asylum housing contracts doubles after criticism of conditions

24 November, 2017

Home Office invites companies to bid for £3bn to £4bn worth of contracts, after Serco and G4s made losses on 2012 deal

HCA: lower viability ratings reflect increased development risk

24 November, 2017

The English social housing regulator has begun to increasingly issue second-grade ratings for viability as the sector steps up its development plans

Empty homes spike in London commuter belt

24 November, 2017

London's commuter belt has seen a spike in the number of homes left long-term empty despite a downward trend across the UK since 2010.

The Budget gives the housing sector a window of opportunity: take it

24 November, 2017

For the first time in decades, housing received top billing in the Autumn Budget, it is too good an opportunity to miss, argues Benjamin Clayton

New careers being cooked up by Shiregreen jobseekers

24 November, 2017

A group of aspiring chefs from in and around Shiregreen are stirring up success for future careers after establishing a new catering service

Autumn Budget 2017 25 things you need to know

23 November, 2017

The Chancellor has presented his Budget to Parliament - here's a summary of what was announced.

AUTUMN BUDGET 2017

23 November, 2017

The United Kingdom has a bright future.

£8bn guarantees fund could be used for affordable housing

23 November, 2017

The government's £8bn loan guarantees scheme could be used by housing associations to deliver affordable housing.

Social housing sales up for councils and associations

23 November, 2017

Latest stats show 23,186 sales of social housing homes over 2016-17 - 13,652 by local authorities and 9,534 by housing associations.

What the 2017 autumn budget means for you

23 November, 2017

We've looked at the figures to see how Philip Hammond's autumn budget will affect your finances - whether you're single, married, with or without children or retired.

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.

Budget commitment good but crucial we build the right homes in the right places

23 November, 2017

In response to the budget, CIH's deputy chief executive Gavin Smart said the government's renewed commitment to solve the housing crisis is positive but it's crucial the homes built are homes that people can afford.

Government announces 'short term solution for temporary accommodation rent arrears

23 November, 2017

The government has announced a 'short-term measure' to tackle growing rent arrears bills for temporary accommodation providers.

Britain faces longest decline in living standards in 60 years

23 November, 2017

Resolution Foundation warns average earnings will not return to 2007 levels until 2025.

Fact checker: what does the reclassification of housing association debt actually mean?

22 November, 2017

Confusion has reigned in the national media over the government's reclassification of housing association debt

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

Just 2.5% of homes in 2016/17 for social rent

22 November, 2017

The last financial year saw the lowest percentage of social housing delivered since "net additions" records began in 2001

Associations pitch £100bn borrowing scheme to PM

21 November, 2017

Housing associations have pitched a new borrowing scheme for sub-market housing to Number 10

Budget 2017: Housing plans 'fail' without council homes

21 November, 2017

Campaigners want new homes to meet appropriate definitions of affordable - with a significant proportion for rent

Tenants leaving it until 'last moment' to find next rental

21 November, 2017

Data shows almost one in three tenants aim to move into their new home less than two weeks after they first make an enquiry to the landlord or letting agent online

What do rising rents in Scotland mean for low income tenants?

20 November, 2017

Rents are rising, and in most cases, faster than incomes

Social housing starts in Northern Ireland collapse

20 November, 2017

Social housing starts in Northern Ireland collapsed by more than half in the first quarter of this year, despite overall starts on new homes hitting their highest level in seven years

Want to fix the housing crisis? Give councils more borrowing powers to build

20 November, 2017

Don't blame the 92% of English councils that haven't built enough homes. Their hands have been tied by central government

Council makes 'urgent' call for extra government cash as UC arrears rise

20 November, 2017

A south London borough is has called on the government to provide "urgent" extra funding, to prevent families on Universal Credit being made homeless

Lifting borrowing caps would build 15,000 new council homes

20 November, 2017

Raising councils' Housing Revenue Account borrowing caps would allow them to deliver at least 15,000 new homes

Chancellor urged to remove barriers to council house building

17 November, 2017

NFA and ARCH call for the chancellor to free up local authority borrowing limits in the Autumn Budget

ONS confirms reclassification of housing associations

17 November, 2017

The Office for National Statistics has reclassified housing associations as private

Why social landlords need to think seriously about smart meters

16 November, 2017

Smart meters in the sector have had a slower than anticipated take-up

May rejects Corbyn's call for sprinkler funding

16 November, 2017

Theresa May cited four Labour councils which have so far decided not to fit sprinklers in high rises

Major new CIH project will help to shape the future of social housing

16 November, 2017

A major new project by the Chartered Institute of Housing aims to help shape the future of social housing

Regulator downgrades nine associations over financial viability

16 November, 2017

Nine housing associations, including two G15 landlords, have been downgraded by the social housing regulator over financial viability concerns

Social housing: Ministers move debt to boost building

16 November, 2017

Plans to encourage housing associations to borrow money to invest in new homes are being announced as part of a fresh government house-building drive

Tenants face 'insurmountable barriers' in sorting disrepair

15 November, 2017

Tenants face "numerous and often insurmountable barriers to justice" when trying to sort out defects in their homes

50 years of the English Housing Survey

15 November, 2017

The EHS is a national survey of people's housing circumstances and the condition and energy efficiency of housing in England

Successive governments have misled the public about the impact of immigration on housing demand

15 November, 2017

Successive governments have misled the public over the true extent to which immigration adds to the demand for new homes

House insurance 'unaffordable' for social housing tenants

15 November, 2017

Report shows majority of tenants cannot afford and do not trust the insurance sector

Solihull council 'wastes' £6m reserved for council housing

14 November, 2017

More than £6million of Solihull taxpayers' money reserved for replenishing council housing stock has been wasted in five years

Housing law deemed 'inadequate' in research prompted by Grenfell Tower blaze

14 November, 2017

The charity said the failings the review highlighted were likely to have contributed to the blaze, thought to have killed around 80 people

English Housing Survey 2015 to 2016: headline report

13 November, 2017

The latest findings from the English Housing Survey 2015 to 2016

Building fire safety 'must improve'

13 November, 2017

More serious fires such as that at Grenfell Tower could happen unless safety measures get more priority

Life in the rental market: what the future holds for older renters

13 November, 2017

Most debates around housing focus on young adults, the drastic fall in their rate of home ownership and ways to boost the number of first time buyers

Councils forced to sell off 'enough homes to house Oxford'

13 November, 2017

The Local Government Association is warning councils need more financial powers in the Budget to replace homes sold under the Right to Buy

New research outlines ground rent risks for associations

10 November, 2017

New research by Network Homes published today identifies particular risks for housing associations from the onerous ground rents seen in the leasehold market in the last ten years

Affordable Housing Supply: April 2016 to March 2017 England

10 November, 2017

An additional 41,530 affordable homes were delivered in England in 2016- 17

Priced Out: Affordable housing in England

10 November, 2017

England is in the midst of a housing crisis

Sprinklers save lives. So why, after Grenfell, isn't the government doing more?

10 November, 2017

Only 2% of tower blocks have sprinkler systems yet councils which have asked for funding to make homes safe have been turned down or ignored

Councils can help tackle the housing crisis - but government has to step up

09 November, 2017

The housing crisis is one of the most serious issues this country faces - and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets is right on the front line of that crisis

Discussions start on future shape of housing association sector

09 November, 2017

The Future Shape of the Sector Commission - set up by three of the country's largest housing associations - has held its first meeting

Temporary Accommodation

09 November, 2017

House of Commons Hansard

Government considers separate rates for extra care and sheltered housing

09 November, 2017

The government is considering separate rates for sheltered housing and extra care, sector sources have been told, as the new funding model for supported housing begins to take shape.

HomeLet Rental Index - October 2017

09 November, 2017

Rents in the UK rose by 0.9% in October compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £909 a month

Kettle packs and extreme overcrowding: the realities of temporary accommodation

09 November, 2017

Having to feed your family while trapped in just one room, with nothing other than a kettle, isn't something you'd expect to hear about in Britain in 2017

Grenfell Tower fire: Kensington leader says council not responsible for residents' safety

08 November, 2017

Elizabeth Campbell says safety is 'under legal remit' of Kensington and Chelsea tenant management organisation

Council chiefs pledge to rehouse 'every Grenfell survivor who wants a new home by Christmas'

08 November, 2017

Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire were today offered a package of support to help them move into permanent accommodation and rebuild their lives

Landlords warn of lack of accountability over fire safety failings

08 November, 2017

Landlords have warned that tower block residents are being let down by a system in which it is difficult to hold a single person or organisation to account for fire safety failings

Speak up for supported housing

07 November, 2017

The sector must respond carefully to the supported housing funding consultation, or vulnerable tenants could still lose out

£10m raised in housing association retail charity bond

07 November, 2017

A housing association's retail charity bond has raised £10m and closed early due to high demand

Deregulation measures pass committee stage

07 November, 2017

Deregulation measures forming part of the package aimed at moving housing associations back into the private sector have been passed unanimously by a parliamentary committee

Funding for supported housing: update

06 November, 2017

In summary the proposals split supported housing into three strands

Government urged to lift housing benefits cap as 1 million families face homelessness

06 November, 2017

More than 30 homeless charities, faith leaders and MPs warn Chancellor that abandoning freeze on LHA for private is 'essential' for low-income families to avoid homelessness

Halt right to buy to ease housing crisis

03 November, 2017

There is a housing crisis in Brighton and Hove

Guinness to pay compensation after estate went 18 days without water

02 November, 2017

Guinness is to refund rent and service charges to Loughborough Park residents for the 18 days the estate spent without water

Sector welcomes supported housing policy change, but flags concerns

02 November, 2017

The sector has welcomed a change in direction from the government over the funding of supported housing but pointed out that there are still crucial details to be ironed out

Government sets out plans for future supported housing funding

01 November, 2017

The government has announced its plans for the future funding of supported housing

Javid urged to 'keep an eye' on associations flouting PRS rules

01 November, 2017

In the Commons, some housing associations are accused of believing themselves "above and beyond" regulations that govern the private sector

Funding Supported Housing: Policy Statement and Consultation

01 November, 2017

Supporting the most vulnerable people in our society is a priority for the Government, and we value the important role that supported housing plays

Former No.10 housing adviser: 'Social housing should be a reward'

01 November, 2017

Alex Morton has said government should not allow Labour councils that are failing to build other tenures a single penny of "social housing grant"

Right to Buy: Flagship Government housing scheme in trouble

31 October, 2017

Three years on from extending Right to Buy, Sky News has seen figures which show the scheme has barely got off the ground

Social housing sector has 'largely strengthened' its financial position

31 October, 2017

But new report stresses it is still too early to assess the ongoing impact of the strengthening

Funding for supported housing

31 October, 2017

Responses to the November 2016 'Funding for supported housing' consultation

Funding for supported housing - policy statement

31 October, 2017

A policy statement and two consultation documents setting out the government's proposals for a flexible funding approach for the supported housing sector

Funding for supported housing for older people to encourage building new homes

31 October, 2017

A tailored approach to protect and encourage the supply of a wide range of supported housing has been set out by government

Association has raised suicide alerts for some UC tenants

30 October, 2017

A housing association has been so concerned about some of its tenants on Universal Credit that it has raised suicide alerts with local GPs

Housing lawyers draft bill to empower tenants

30 October, 2017

Housing specialists have been working on a private members bill that empowers tenants to force their landlords to fix hazards that pose a serious threat to their health and safety

Tenants' deposits covered by protection schemes spiral to over £4bn

27 October, 2017

Some 14m tenants' deposits worth over £4.1bn were covered by authorised schemes, both custodial and insurance-backed as of the end of March

The zombie housing policies: what has happened to the Right to Buy extension and high-value asset levy?

27 October, 2017

What has become of the Right to Buy extension and the high-value asset levy?

Taking action now - first retrofitted sprinkler system in Manchester after Grenfell

27 October, 2017

One week after the Grenfell tragedy, the Board of Arcon HA decided to install a sprinkler system to its one and only tower block at Arundel Court in Blackley

A two-year U-turn: the rise and fall of the LHA cap

26 October, 2017

A timeline of the Local Housing Allowance cap's journey from George Osborne's brainchild to the policy's abandonment by Theresa May

LHA Cap: How it impacts one of north Wales' largest housing associations

26 October, 2017

The proposals to cap the Local Housing Allowance rates by the UK Government presents significant obstacles to helping the Welsh Government meet its target for new affordable homes

A London borough is transferring most of its social housing to a private developer. What is it thinking?

25 October, 2017

The Haringey Development Vehicle is thought to be one of the largest transfers of public land into a public/private partnership ever

Labour urges government to scrap LHA plans for supported housing

25 October, 2017

Labour will urge the government to drop its plans to introduce a Local Housing Allowance cap for supported housing in a parliamentary debate today

Housing association rents fall by 1.3% in 2016/17

25 October, 2017

Housing association rents in England have dropped by 1.3% on average in the first year of rent cutting

Family lettings firm launches tenancy referencing app for the industry

25 October, 2017

A new app for lettings agents has been launched - by an agent

Social housing benefit policy 'flawed'

24 October, 2017

Welsh housing associations have called on the UK government to reverse the Local Housing Allowance cap

Tenants affected by regeneration in Haringey guaranteed 'right of return'

24 October, 2017

Residents of council estates earmarked for redevelopment in Haringey will enjoy a guaranteed right of return

Budget must let councils 'take back control' of housing assets and revenue

24 October, 2017

ARCH and NFA set out key asks on allowing councils to lift the HRA debt caps for new build purposes

Dundee City Council to deliver 1,000 new social homes by 2020

24 October, 2017

Dundee City Council has increased its new build social housing target to 1,000 properties by 2020/21 and has pledged to review the use of section 75 agreements to help deliver the new homes

Postcode lottery: The impact of applying the Local Housing Allowance rates to general needs social housing tenants in Wales

24 October, 2017

The proposed application of the Local Housing Allowance rates to general needs social housing tenants from April 2019 has the potential to cause deep and long lasting hardship for tenants right across Wales

Disrepair claims against social landlords are on the rise

24 October, 2017

A rise in opportunistic 'claim-farming' has led to a rise in successful disrepair claims against social landlords, but there are ways to reduce your vulnerability

Making Fair Rent Homes a reality

23 October, 2017

The need for a new wave of Fair Rent Homes is clear. But how do we build them? And where is the money coming from?

There is more landlords can learn about the needs of LGBT residents

23 October, 2017

HouseProud, the nationwide network for LGBT+ people working in social housing is spearheading the first sector-wide study to explore resident interactions with housing providers

Learning the lessons from Grenfell

20 October, 2017

The tragedy at Grenfell Tower four months ago shocked the country and threw the country's relationship with social housing into sharp relief

Connecting People, Improving Lives: A Digital Future for TEC?

20 October, 2017

There is an urgent need for government, regulators, telecoms and the TEC sector to agree and mobilise a plan to manage the transition and realise the full potential of digital connectivity

Associations having to give food parcels to tenants on Universal Credit

20 October, 2017

Housing associations are having to hand out food parcels and vouchers to tenants on Universal Credit as well as helping with utility bills

Chesterfield council tenants may have to change their own lightbulbs

20 October, 2017

Chesterfield Borough Council tenants could soon be expected to carry out minor repairs themselves to help save the authority money

Housing summit: LGA 'hopeful' of action on borrowing caps

20 October, 2017

The LGA is "hopeful" that the Autumn Budget will see a relaxation of council borrowing restrictions

No government funding for councils to take action against private tower block landlords

20 October, 2017

The government will not provide funding for councils to take enforcement action against private landlords of tower blocks with ACM cladding

Gauke: 'unacceptable' for social landlords to evict Universal Credit tenants

19 October, 2017

It is "simply unacceptable" for social landlords to evict tenants due to arrears built up when switching to Universal Credit

Your tenants are gay, get over it!: How housing services discriminate against LGBT+ users

19 October, 2017

Are public services delivering equality for LGBT+ service users?

Associations could be forced to pay backdated VAT

18 October, 2017

More than 500 housing associations could be forced to pay four years' worth of backdated VAT, depending on the outcome of ongoing legal proceedings

Written Statement - Introduction of the Regulation of Registered Social Landlords (Wales) Bill

17 October, 2017

The Regulation of Registered Social Landlords (Wales) Bill and Explanatory memorandum have today been laid before the National Assembly for Wales

Buying a house made 'impossible' by rental costs

17 October, 2017

Rental costs combined with high house prices means it is impossible to save a deposit to buy a home

Major housing associations launch commission into future of sector

17 October, 2017

Three of the largest housing associations in the UK have launched a commission to look at how the sector should change over the next 10-15 years

ForViva to fit sprinklers in tower blocks

16 October, 2017

ForViva has announced plans to fit sprinkler systems at all of its 17 high-rise blocks across the North West

The future social housing provider

16 October, 2017

Social housing in England is at a critical juncture

Low-income tenants battle soaring rents

13 October, 2017

Low-income tenants are now spending an average of 28% of their wages on rent, up from 21% in the mid-1990s

Government resists calls to lift council borrowing cap

13 October, 2017

The government has held firm on its position against raising or removing caps on the amounts local authorities can borrow against their HRA

Everyone who lives in social housing needs action, not this chaos

13 October, 2017

People in social housing have been denigrated for too long. We need an urgent focus on safety, but all we have is a government dragging its heels