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Government reveals councils on fixed-term tenancies working group

13 January, 2017

The government has revealed the names of the 20 councils it is working with to look at how to implement fixed-term tenancies

Deadlock in Stormont could spell turmoil for social housing tenants

13 January, 2017

The resignation of Martin McGuinness jeopardises Northern Ireland's plans to delay the bedroom tax - introducing it now wouldn't just be cruel, but dangerous

Resolution in sight for NI mitigation measures

13 January, 2017

Political wrangling over Stormont's plan to mitigate the impact of the so-called bedroom tax seems to be ending

First use of new Scots welfare powers over Universal Credit

13 January, 2017

The Scottish government plans use its new social security powers for the first time to increase the frequency of Universal Credit payments

Smart meters are really changing tenants' lives

13 January, 2017

The National Housing Federation has been promoting the smart meter rollout for nearly six months and what is interesting is the interest from our members

Rents to rise by 4% outside London this year

12 January, 2017

Rightmove is forecasting asking price rents to rise 4% outside London this year

71% unsure of Right to Buy purchase price

12 January, 2017

Concerns have been raised about affordability and clarity in a new report looking into the Right to Buy pilot

The Pilot Programme for the Voluntary Right to Buy for Housing Associations: An Action - Learning Approach

12 January, 2017

This research report assesses the aims, operation and outcomes so far of the pilot programme for the voluntary Right to Buy

Welfare claimants, schools and hospitals to pay price of Northern Ireland's political meltdown

12 January, 2017

Up to £91m pounds set aside to mitigate the impact of the "bedroom tax" on Northern Ireland is at risk following the collapse of the Executive

Concerns that thousands of private landlords are unaware of laws

12 January, 2017

Shelter Scotland has raised concerns that thousands of private landlords may be operating without full knowledge of their legal responsibilities

Total of 31 illegal immigrants removed from UK as a result of Right to Rent

11 January, 2017

A total of 31 people have been removed from the UK following implementation of the Right to Rent regime which showed they were illegal immigrants with no right to live in private rented accommodation

Letting agents hit with fines after council crackdown on display of fees

11 January, 2017

Letting agents in one borough have been fined over £14,000 after a crackdown by the local authority on the display of fees

Returns on rental properties will 'fall below five-year average' in 2017

11 January, 2017

Rental yields should be sustained in 2017 by a reduction in supply of housing stock and moderate house price growth

Citizen's Advice wants action on short-term tenancies

11 January, 2017

One in three private renters would like their tenancy to be longer - rising to two in five amongst those with children

Affordable housing definition explained: From homes for social rent to shared ownership

11 January, 2017

Despite a housing crisis and calls for more affordable housing, 2015-16 saw the fewest built for 25 years

More than half of tenants in UK private rented sector cannot afford to buy

11 January, 2017

More than half of people who rent a home in the UK are doing so because they cannot afford a deposit to buy a property

'Bedroom tax' impact mitigation scheme 'not a way forward'

11 January, 2017

The communities minister has said a scheme proposed by the finance minister to mitigate the impact of the 'bedroom tax' is not possible

UK rental price inflation more than halved in 2016

11 January, 2017

UK rents in December are just 1.7% higher than a year ago, down from 3.8% last year

Tory MP warns lettings fee ban could increase rents in 'unintended consequence'

10 January, 2017

A Tory MP who is also a buy-to-let landlord has voiced concerns over his own party's plans to introduce a ban on letting agent fees charged to tenants

Landlords call for Government to repeal mortgage interest relief changes

10 January, 2017

Most New Year's resolutions have probably already been broken by now but Simple Landlords Insurance is hoping the Government is still feeling receptive about change

Rents outside London rise to £750 a month milestone as wages fail to keep pace

10 January, 2017

The average rent in the UK outside of London hit £750 a month in December, rising by 2.04% over 2016

Land transaction tax 'likely to reduce supply' of rentals

10 January, 2017

Welsh assembly members are to consider the impact of a new Land Transaction Tax on vulnerable people's ability to access rented housing

Remove new tax on buy-to-let homes call by landlords

10 January, 2017

Landlords are calling for the Welsh Government to partially remove a charge on people buying houses to let

Purplebricks boss says traditional agents have charged too much for too long, for too little

09 January, 2017

Purplebricks boss Michael Bruce has said that traditional estate agents "have been able to charge people too much for too long for too little"

No children, no pets, no battered wives - tenants banned by Britain's best known landlord

09 January, 2017

He keeps saying he is selling up but Britain's best known buy-to-let landlord Fergus Wilson is still apparently very much in business - and has issued new letting criteria

Bid to stop people refusing social housing

09 January, 2017

A scheme will be introduced across all local authorities within the next six months in a bid to crack down on those refusing social housing

Kent landlord bans 'battered wives' and single mothers from renting properties

09 January, 2017

Landlord says he wants to protect properties from abusive partners who might smash his doors down

HA launches innovative recruitment for tenants

09 January, 2017

'Aspire2work' gives all young people under 25 living in an Aspire home access to training or a job opportunity

Brokers record increasing limited company buy-to-let applications

06 January, 2017

More than two-thirds of buy-to-let mortgage applications came from limited companies in the fourth quarter of 2016

Police voice concerns over pop-up brothels in the private rented sector

06 January, 2017

There has been a significant increase in 'pop-up' brothels in private rented accommodation

Tenants to lose £1.9m in benefits

06 January, 2017

Luton tenants are expected to lose around £1.9m a year in housing benefit after a new Benefit Cap was enacted by the government on Boxing Day

SNP and Labour unite against Westminster 'Bedroom Tax Two' welfare cuts

06 January, 2017

Scotland's government and opposition parties have attacked Whitehall plans for fresh welfare cuts dubbed 'Bedroom Tax Two' with one prominent figure the proposals "must be stopped"

January is the cruellest month for families with just 50p to pay the rent

06 January, 2017

Theresa May isn't helping 'just about managing' families - she's hammering them in an ideological crusade by slashing the benefit cap

Scotland labels UK welfare changes 'damaging'

06 January, 2017

Minister Jeane Freeman has expressed strong opposition to the UK Government on its changes to the welfare system

Housing chief's concerns amid welfare overhaul

06 January, 2017

A Dundee housing chief has warned that "horrendous" changes to welfare payments could plunge some of the city's poorest people further into poverty

Nama defends social housing efforts as campaigners demand action

06 January, 2017

The state's bad-bank Nama said it has delivered 2,378 social houses and apartments a mid renewed calls for it to make more property available for the homeless

Good letting agents can save a landlord almost £2,000 a month

05 January, 2017

Almost of half of private rented sector landlords use a letting agent because it gives them peace of mind and a quarter communicate with then on a weekly basis

Families left with just 50p a week in housing benefit after cuts

05 January, 2017

Forty-two Grimsby-area families have been left with 50p or less a week in Housing Benefit, following rules that brought in a lower cap for claimants

Further Parliamentary engagement on supported housing

05 January, 2017

One of our Parliamentary champions, Peter Aldous MP, has put forward an Early Day Motion on supported housing

Labour calls for PRS reform amid £2bn housing benefit spend to private landlords

05 January, 2017

New figures which reveal that private landlords in Scotland have made billions of pounds from housing benefit claimants in five years have led to calls for reform in the sector by Scottish Labour

The secretly homeless social worker who used welfare services she offered others

05 January, 2017

Just a few thousand pounds of debt say Theresa Yemisi Williams sleeping in her car and dealing with the mental breakdown of her daughter

Building our homes, communities and future

05 January, 2017

Local government shares the collective national ambition to build one million new homes

Welfare changes 'damaging' to low income families

05 January, 2017

Minister for Social Security Jeane Freeman has expressed strong opposition to the UK Government on its proposal to limit the number of children in families who can qualify for Child Tax Credit

Mortgages hit an eight-month high: More than 67,500 loans approved in November as house-buyers return to the market following Brexit

05 January, 2017

Mortgage lending has hit an eight-month high as house buyers return to the market following the Brexit vote

Midland Heart has deployed rostrvm for Housing to tackle the impact of Universal Credit

04 January, 2017

Midland Heart is a leading UK housing, care and support business, providing 33,000 high quality affordable homes to over 70,000 customers

Charity calls for major overhaul of England's private rented sector

04 January, 2017

Two in five people living with their children in privately rented homes have a tenancy of six months or less

Landlords planning more limited company purchases to get round buy-to-let changes

04 January, 2017

More than half of landlords are planning to purchase further buy-to-lets through limited companies

Buy-to-let landlords struggling to pay mortgages hit a two-year high... before tax grab even kicks in

04 January, 2017

Rising numbers of landlords are struggling to pay their mortgage

Petrol and food prices expected to continue rising in 2017

04 January, 2017

With prices at pumps starting the year at their highest since 2014, cost of food and other essentials is also predicted to go up

New Year Sees Tougher Standards for Buy-to-Let Borrowers

04 January, 2017

The first tranche of tougher lending criteria for buy-to-let mortgages, set by the Bank of England's Prudential Regulation Authority, took effect from 1st January

What does 2017 hold for social housing?

04 January, 2017

Our panel of experts on the housing, homelessness and policy issues the year ahead holds

41% of Scots 'would struggle to pay small increase in rent or mortgage'

04 January, 2017

Two-fifths of tenants or homeowners in Scotland would struggle to afford their monthly housing bills if they increased by up to £50

Families with children hit by insecurity in the private rented sector

04 January, 2017

Two in 5 people living with their children in privately rented homes have a tenancy of 6 months or less

Need for rethink on Bedroom Tax II

03 January, 2017

Some were always sceptical about Theresa May's speech on the steps of Downing Street about helping families who are just about getting by

Shock over private landlords' £2bn housing benefits bonus

03 January, 2017

Private landlords have raked in more than £2 billion in housing benefits in the last five years

Is Buy to Let Dead?

03 January, 2017

The buy to let market in the UK really gained traction in 1996, with the opening of the mortgage market

Universal basic income trials being considered in Scotland

03 January, 2017

Two councils, Fife and Glasgow, are investigating idea of offering everyone a fixed income regardless of earnings

Number of private renters made homeless has trebled since 2010

03 January, 2017

Private renters account for 96 per cent of the rise in homelessness since 2010

More than 2.3m families living in fuel poverty in England

03 January, 2017

Tories urged to act as one in 10 households is fuel poor, rising to about one in five for those renting from private landlords

Zero hours contract staff earn £1,000 a year less than other staff doing the same job

30 December, 2016

A new report shows zero hours workers suffer a 'precarious pay penalty'

New benefits cap affecting 3,500 Sheffield children 'is despicable'

29 December, 2016

A Government crackdown on the amount of benefits one family can claim affecting 3,500 Sheffield children is 'despicable'

Council suffering from lack of homes

29 December, 2016

There is a continuing shortage of council-owned properties in the Caerphilly county borough

Council targets rogue Sheffield landlords after highest ever number of convictions

28 December, 2016

Sheffield Council has promised to carry on targeting rogue landlords after bringing its highest-ever number of successful prosecutions

Homelessness group worker suspended for sleeping rough in council garage

28 December, 2016

Arleen Matthews suspended by organisation that manages homes for London's Haringey council after she was evicted for falling behind with rent

Judge tells benefit fraudster she is taking money from 'people like me'

23 December, 2016

A mother who stole almost £80,000 in welfare handouts has been condemned by a judge for taking money from "people like me"

Renters wanting to start a family face impossible housing costs

23 December, 2016

London has become so expensive that couples who are renting and wanting to start a family would need to fork out over half their combined average monthly salary to afford an average three bed home

HomeLet Rental Index - November 2016

23 December, 2016

2016 to date has seen a slower rate of rental growth, compared to the same period last year

Where to rent in London in 2017:Tube map charting average rental costs and journey times reveals Mile End as the best-value spot for fast commutes

22 December, 2016

New Tube map displays the average rent for a one-bedroom flat near each station along the Underground, revealing Londoners pay £6.60 for each minute shaved off journey times

Property and housing in 2016: Brexit, buy-to-let tax hikes and slowing London house prices

22 December, 2016

We look back on a property year where the dynamics of UK house prices shifted and Brexit began

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain: Nov 2016

22 December, 2016

An experimental price index tracking the prices paid for renting property from private landlords in Great Britain

Will 2017 be doom & gloom for landlords?

22 December, 2016

Another turbulent year is coming to a close and 2017 is not gearing up to be much of an improvement

Benefits are Changing

22 December, 2016

Did you know the benefit system has been changing?

New Universal Credit benefits system in East Lothian linked to petty crime

22 December, 2016

A controversial new benefits system has been cited as an increased factor in instances of petty crime

Government not expecting the end of mortgage interest relief to increase rents

21 December, 2016

The Government has appeared unconcerned at the prospect of increasing numbers of landlords incorporating to get around buy-to-let taxation changes

Transactions to fall in 2017 but Housing White Paper could be 'defining moment'

21 December, 2016

RICS has described the release of the long awaited Housing White Paper next month as a "defining moment" for 2017

New homelessness duties could cost London councils millions

21 December, 2016

New duties introduced through proposed homelessness laws will cost town halls millions, councils in London have calculated

Council house replacements

21 December, 2016

Council homes are being sold off without being replaced

HB A12/2016

21 December, 2016

This circular advises you of the rates so you can take the appropriate action

Charity calls for major changes to Bedroom Tax

21 December, 2016

Anti-poverty commission proposes major changes to the Bedroom Tax

London's temporary housing population is expanding

21 December, 2016

London has the severest housing crisis; one third of all homeless households in England are accepted by local authorities in the capital

Half of people on emergency food supplies may go without heating this winter

21 December, 2016

Almost half of people referred to foodbanks are at risk of going cold as well as hungry this winter

Housing minister claims lettings fee ban will make it easier for tenants to shop around

20 December, 2016

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has failed to address concerns that the tenant fee ban will cause letting agents to pass on costs to landlords or just redefine charges

Nine in ten tenants and landlords do not ask agents how their money will be handled

20 December, 2016

A nationwide survey carried out by The Property Ombudsman has revealed that 90% of tenants and 89% of landlords fail to ask how their money will be handled by their letting agent

Jobseeker's Allowance sanctions early warning trial evaluation: interim report

20 December, 2016

This report presents interim findings from the Jobseeker's Allowance sanctions early warning trial

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

20 December, 2016

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

2016: Huge Changes in Housing

20 December, 2016

2016 was a monumentally busy year for Shelter. It was our 50th anniversary, but we hardly took a moment to acknowledge it

22,000 social rented homes lost in last two years

20 December, 2016

Department for Work and Pensions data shows new social housing lettings by private registered providers and councils decreased by nearly 22,000 homes in the last two years

'Rising landlord costs' are to blame for private rent hikes driving Britsol's housing crisis

20 December, 2016

Rising costs to private landlords are forcing them to put up rents in cities like Bristol

Can the UK benefit from following the American model for PRS?

20 December, 2016

Over the last 20 years the US multifamily market has blossomed into a key sector of the US residential market

Labour's Lisa Forbes: Yes, we do need more social housing

19 December, 2016

It is a strange set of circumstances in which a relatively wealthy society, the sixth largest economy in the world, is prepared to accept homeless people living and sleeping on its streets

Landlords identify mortgage relief changes as their biggest challenge ahead

19 December, 2016

Martin & Co has registered 15 new tenants for every property instructed to let in the first seven months of the year and conducted 12.4 viewings for each one, underlying demand in the sector

JV to develop Newcastle's first PRS scheme in £37m deal

19 December, 2016

Worthington Construction is set to start work on Newcastle's first major private rented sector development

Fuel poverty in the UK

19 December, 2016

When a household can't afford adequate heating this is referred to as 'fuel poverty'

Fifth of Scots struggling on pay below real living wage

19 December, 2016

The number of Scots struggling to get by on low pay is on the rise prompting fresh calls for the Scottish Government to "get to grips" with poverty among people in work

Campaigners catch council out over social housing commitments

19 December, 2016

The Local Government Ombudsman finds a London borough council failed "for years" to monitor whether developers were providing promised social housing in accordance with Section 106 Agreements

Fees ban - and why this firm thinks it is a cause for seasonal cheer

16 December, 2016

Each year, London agent Stanley Chelsea gets out a political Christmas card

2016 Rental Market Trends

16 December, 2016

The National Rent Review 2016 Rental Property Market Analysis

This report reviews property data through analysis by bedroom number and postcode level from the Landbay Rental Index

Help to Buy helps over 220,000 people buy a new home

16 December, 2016

Over 180,000 supported by the schemes have been first time buyers

Enfield council homes for rent at £2,000 a month spark row

16 December, 2016

Council-built family homes are being offered for rent for up to £2,000 a month, and have sparked a political row

Inquiry into supported housing funding reform launched

16 December, 2016

The Work and Pensions Committee and the Communities and Local Government Committee launch a joint inquiry into the Government's funding reform for supported housing

Clampdown on buy-to-let 'will send home sales plunging'

16 December, 2016

The housing market will suffer a slowdown next year as fewer people are expected to buy homes owing to economic uncertainty and changes to taxes for buy-to-let landlords

Right to Rent penalties and expectations for a landlord

16 December, 2016

Having ran numerous workshops on this legislation around England this year, there still appears to be much confusion about the penalties and expectations placed upon landlords

The Welfare State is an extension of us, not a replacement for us

16 December, 2016

The Welfare State is an important extension of our human community's capacity to care; not a replacement for it

What 2017 has in store for the UK's private rental market

16 December, 2016

We look at the key themes in 2017 for the private rented property market

Why politicians must listen to people on low incomes

16 December, 2016

One reason UK poverty persists is that people on low incomes are often marginalised. They must have a stronger voice in democracy

Borough moves to protect renters

15 December, 2016

New measures approved by Hammersmith & Fulham Council also back the 'better' landlords in a borough where a third of residents rent

Gov report finds council 'failed' for years to monitor developers on broken promises to provide social housing

15 December, 2016

Southwark now pledges to start running annual audits of section 106 agreements, to check promised social housing will be delivered

Energy companies urged to tackle 'poverty premium' paid by low income households

15 December, 2016

Representatives from the 'Big Six' energy companies attended a summit yesterday looking at ways to help low income households living in fuel poverty

Call for universal basic income trail in the West Midlands

15 December, 2016

Unison's 20-point manifesto also calls for the building of genuinely affordable housing, fair public transport fares and English language lessons for new arrivals

Tenant wins appeal over council bid to terminate tenancy agreement

15 December, 2016

A council tenant who claimed that his occupancy agreement should be treated as a Scottish secure tenancy because it did not contain an express provision stating that it was for a term of less than six months

London council accused of 'social cleansing' over plans to deposit lowest paid tenants on edge of capital

15 December, 2016

Westminster Council buys 24 homes in Hounslow for its social housing tenants - without telling Hounslow Council

Affordable homes: residents' views of quality

15 December, 2016

Eight out of ten Housing Association residents remain pleased with their homes

Landlord research for Council of Mortgage Lenders shows picture of relative stability but reveals Government tax changes set to impact on buy-to-let landlords

15 December, 2016

Almost half (49%) of landlords own all of their properties outright, with no mortgage debt at all

LGA seeks legal advice for councils caught in water bill scandal

15 December, 2016

The LGA is seeking legal advice on behalf of councils exposed to multi-million pound compensation claims for overcharging tenants for water

Landlords are undeterred by buy-to-let changes

14 December, 2016

More than a third of landlords have never used a letting agent

Labour pledges housing association deal to end rough sleeping

14 December, 2016

The Labour Party has pledged to end rough sleeping through a voluntary deal with housing associations to reserve 4,000 properties for the street homeless

Women have suffered 86% of the impact of tax and benefit changes since 2010

14 December, 2016

Labour accuses the Government of a 'woeful record' towards women - and a complete disinterest in the issue

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to October 2016

14 December, 2016

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

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 10 Nov 2016

14 December, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 10 November 2016

Private Renting: We're in the business of providing homes, just like you

14 December, 2016

The private rented sector has come in for some stick lately, but it's currently meeting housing needs other tenures are failing to address

Landlord possession claims fall by 26%

14 December, 2016

The number of claims made by private sector landlords to repossess a property has fallen by 26% over the past two years

Bereaved unmarried mother loses benefits test case

14 December, 2016

A "groundbreaking" ruling which gave an unmarried mother entitlement to a widowed parent's allowance after her partner's death has been overturned

Hard-pressed private tenants need a union to stand up for their rights

14 December, 2016

Revenge evictions, nonexistent repairs, legal terror - landlords hold all the cards. But thanks to groups like Acorn and Living Rent things are beginning to change

Right to Buy sales outpace development

14 December, 2016

Councils in England sold almost six times more homes than they built in first nine months of this year

Judge backs landlord as letting agent claims fee for no work

14 December, 2016

A judge rejected a claim from a letting agent who tried to claim a £1,123 tenancy renewal fee from a landlord without carrying out any work

Too many council websites overcomplicating social housing applications

13 December, 2016

Too many councils are making it unnecessarily difficult for people seeking social housing to find out if they are eligible and then apply

90% of councils 'won't meet Government housing targets'

13 December, 2016

Nearly 90% of local authorities believe they will not be able to meet the Government's housing targets because of a lack of resources in their planning departments

The benefits of going digital

13 December, 2016

As the lead for digital at North Wales Housing, I am always shouting about the virtues of doing more things digitally

Blaenau Gwent to see launch of fuel bank to help foodbank users

13 December, 2016

It is only the second area in South Wales to provide the service

Jobseeker's Allowance: statistics on claim duration and sanctions

13 December, 2016

Information about the length of time individuals have claimed Jobseeker's Allowance and the number of sanctions imposed

Discretionary Housing Payments guidance manual

13 December, 2016

This guidance is for local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales who are responsible for administering Discretionary Housing Payments

Private rental can be game changer

13 December, 2016

Institutional investors buying up land to build flats for rental could be the defining characteristic of the Scottish housing market in the near-term

Welfare Reform Impact report

13 December, 2016

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

When reform of the UK welfare benefits system started in the wake of the 2010 election, much was expected to be complete by the end of 2017

Half of landlords would ditch their agent if profits began to fall

13 December, 2016

Almost half of landlords (47 per cent) say they would forego the services of their letting agent if their profits began to fall

New banning orders to stop rogue landlords in their tracks

13 December, 2016

New public consultation launched as part of a wider package of measures to crack down on rogue landlords and property agents

Council consulting on selective licensing

13 December, 2016

Landlords in parts of East Staffordshire may have to spend £680 per property on licensing their PRS homes

Scottish Buy-to-let index - November 2016

13 December, 2016

Scottish rental prices outperform expectations

Have cuts to Council Tax Support in England led to rising council tax arrears?

13 December, 2016

Council Tax arrears have risen in the years since the introduction of Council Tax Support

This briefing paper looks at the relationship between the generosity of council tax support schemes and council tax arrears

Gap between London rents and rest of the UK starts to close

12 December, 2016

New rents outside the capital have risen faster than in London for the first time since 2010

Tenant fees - the fight continues

12 December, 2016

23 November 2016 was a grim day for the industry as lettings agents across the country heard for the first time that the Government intend to ban letting agent fees

Buy to let: 'We landlords are being vilified'

12 December, 2016

With a lending crackdown and a massive tax hike due, many landlords could soon find themselves moving from profit to loss

NI government to scrap housing association Right to Buy

12 December, 2016

The Northern Irish Government plans to scrap Right to Buy for housing associations as part of a package of measures to take associations off the national balance sheet

Days of the buy-to-let landlord are numbered

12 December, 2016

Britain's biggest landlord believes tax changes and tougher mortgage rules will sound the death knell for buy to let

Government will intervene if councils fail on homelessness prevention

12 December, 2016

The government will intervene with councils which are not meeting their homelessness prevention duties if a new law is passed

How a healthy buy-to-let profit could soon become a painful loss

12 December, 2016

Major changes to the way income from property rentals is taxed could see some people paying up to three times more

Unpaid benefits at record level

12 December, 2016

A total of £1.7bn in benefits was not paid to those entitled to the money in 2015-16 owing to fraud and error, a new record rate of underpayment

Council tax bills set for further inflation-busting rises

12 December, 2016

Council tax bills across England are set for a second year of inflation-busting rises in April

Landlords' Barometer - #44: Rent rises will not be automatic solution for landlords

09 December, 2016

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #44" - a guide to trending landlord topics which has got the PropertyTribes.com community talking!

Shock as sales to buy-to-let landlords are decimated by nearly 65% in a year

09 December, 2016

The Government's 'war on landlords' has seen buy-to-let sales collapse 64% in 12 months - and 8.2% on a one-monthly basis in November

Fees ban latest: MP demands assurances that letting agents will not pass costs on to landlords

09 December, 2016

An MP has tabled a written question asking for reassurances that English letting agents will not pass costs on to landlords when the fees ban kicks in

Rogue landlords busted in Birmingham

09 December, 2016

Three ordered to pay over £8k in fines and costs for breaching tenant protection basics

2,000 disabled people wrongly declared 'fit to work' by DWP in just three months

09 December, 2016

Most appeals found the original decision was wrong

Buy to let valuations fall as landlords react to lettings fee ban in England

09 December, 2016

First time buyers, home movers and those looking to remortgage are active in the UK housing market but valuations in the buy to let sector have fallen

Professionalising the PRS whilst supporting its 'accidental' landlords

09 December, 2016

In my role as private landlord support officer in Dundee, I work with many different landlords and letting agents

Moray tenants to be consulted on rent rises

09 December, 2016

Council house tenants in Moray are to be consulted over the level of rent increase for the next three years

Dame Kate Barker offers Treasury Select Committee "sober reminder" of true cost of taxing landlords more

09 December, 2016

Dame Kate Barker's warning that families could lose their homes as a result of changes to landlord taxation is a "sober reminder" of what's at stake

The housing poverty trap means work doesn't pay

09 December, 2016

A toxic trio of high rents, low pay and cuts to in-work benefits have created a perfect storm, with housing costs fueling poverty

Buy-to-let transactions crash at haart amid 'war on landlords'

09 December, 2016

National Housing Market Monitor report from haart shows sharp fall in number of landlords buying property

Claimants win 60 per cent of benefit appeals

09 December, 2016

Tribunals and gender recognition certificate statistics quarterly: July to September 2016

Databases of private tenants as proposed by the RICS already exist

08 December, 2016

This week, the RICS called on the Government to introduce an online database of good and bad tenants, to replace the referencing service for which letting agents currently charge tenants

Coping with the cap

08 December, 2016

After a year of rumours, promises and fears, Simon Brandon asks what the future will look like for supported housing once the new funding mechanism kicks in

Regulator cautions against taking private lending for granted

08 December, 2016

The Scottish Government's target to deliver 50,000 affordable homes over the current parliament presents opportunities for some RSLs but could throw up financial challenges for others

LHA cap: supported schemes remain on ice

08 December, 2016

Supported housing providers are keeping development schemes on hold

Sarsfield: social housing commitment drives merger ambition

08 December, 2016

Peabody and Family Mosaic's merger plans were driven by a joint commitment to providing low-cost rental units

Recovery of overpaid benefits hits record high of £1 billion

08 December, 2016

A record £1 billion in overpaid benefits through fraud and error was recovered in 2015/16, latest figures show

ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals: December 2016

08 December, 2016

Outcomes of Employment Support Allowance Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals information

Fraud and error in the benefit system: financial year 2015/16 estimates

08 December, 2016

Final estimates of fraud and error levels in the benefit system in Great Britain in the financial year 2015/16

Treasury urged to stop landlords raising rents to cope with tax changes

07 December, 2016

Labour's shadow housing spokesman has urged the Government to detail how it will stop landlords raising rents to offset changes to buy-to-let taxation

This has been an 'annus horribilis' for landords

07 December, 2016

Buy-to-let landlords are holding off their purchases and home-movers are reluctant to move

Study finds 7m Britons in poverty despite being from working families

07 December, 2016

More than 7 million people in the UK are living in poverty despite being part of a working family

L&Q to launch £47m supported housing subsidiary

07 December, 2016

L&Q is planning a return to the supported accommodation sector with a new subsidiary called L&Q Living, which will manage more than 6,600 homes

Raw year for renters ahead but first time buyers may find some respite

07 December, 2016

Pressure on first time buyers may ease off next year, allowing some of them to escape the private rental sector as it faces a drop in the number homes to let

Rented Sector Policy Paper for England

07 December, 2016

Since the 1990s, the UK has undergone significant demographic change: people are settling down later and living longer

Right to Rent: Tenants are footing the bill in fees

07 December, 2016

Last week the government tightened its Right to Rent rules, making it a criminal offence for a landlord to let to anyone they know is an illegal immigrant

Lettings agency fee ban must be loophole-free

07 December, 2016

A lettings agency fee ban has been welcomed by the London Assembly

The rent gap: what is the local housing allowance?

07 December, 2016

The LHA benefit helps tenants renting privately who can't afford their full housing costs

Staggering £800,000 weekly bill for benefit fraud in Northern Ireland

07 December, 2016

The cost of fraud in Northern Ireland's benefits system has reached its highest level for more than a decade

Universal Credit roll out to begin in September 2017

07 December, 2016

Communities Minister Paul Givan today announced plans for the roll out of Universal Credit in Northern Ireland

Why landlords must take care if opposing a tenancy renewal

07 December, 2016

In a growing market landlords and developers alike may take the opportunity to develop their holdings

Government working with councils on fixed-term tenancies

06 December, 2016

The government has set up a working group of 20 councils to look at how to implement fixed-term tenancies, a key plank of the Housing and Planning Act

No 10 rules out forcing obese people to undergo treatment to get benefits

06 December, 2016

Theresa May's spokesman says sanctioning obese people who refuse help is not under consideration after report dismissed idea

Sheffield associations and councils sign housing deal

06 December, 2016

Social landlords and local authorities across the Sheffield City Region have signed a compact which they hope could lead to a devolution deal on housing

Don't forget meaning of social

06 December, 2016

The Northern Ireland Executive is consulting on its draft programme for government

One in three people claiming sickness benefits have conditions which are fuelled by obesity

06 December, 2016

One in three people claiming benefits because they are too sick to work have conditions which are fuelled by obesity, a government review has found

Best-buy mortgages if you set up as a company

06 December, 2016

Lending to landlords who have set themselves up as limited companies has shot up this year as buy-to-let investors prepare for tax changes applying from April

Nottingham announces city-wide licensing plan

06 December, 2016

Nottingham City Council is planning to introduce a citywide selective licensing scheme - with landlords expected to fork out £600 for each of their rental homes

Overpaid housing benefits 'funded terrorism'

06 December, 2016

Cash held in a housing benefit account was handed to a suspect in the Brussels airport bombing during a meeting in a Birmingham park

Almost 100,000 households move out of fuel poverty

06 December, 2016

Charities warn against complacency with around 748,000 Scottish households still fuel poor

Sheltered housing in Mid Suffolk and Babergh set to change

06 December, 2016

Sheltered housing in Babergh and Mid Suffolk is set to change following a major review of the needs of older people in the two districts

New style Jobseeker's Allowance

06 December, 2016

Depending on your circumstances you may be able to claim new style Jobseeker's Allowance

HB Direct issue 173

06 December, 2016

The HB Direct newsletter provides latest information on policy changes, good practice and initiatives that affect Housing Benefit

Landlords found unfit to rent out property

06 December, 2016

Glasgow City Council removes six landlords from its register - one convicted of assault with intent to rape

How many homes did housing associations build in quarter two 2016/17?

06 December, 2016

We have recently completed an important survey of developing housing associations to capture the full scale and breadth of their homebuilding activity

Landlords banned from industry after being found unfit

05 December, 2016

Six landlords have been banned after their licences were withdrawn and now face criminal prosecution with fines of up to £50,000 if they try to let their properties

Three-month-old lettings platform that aims to eliminate agents is now worth over £3.5m

05 December, 2016

No Agent, a proptech lettings platform that launched only in September and which cuts agents out of the equation, has been valued at over £3.5m

We must fight to overturn 'monstrous' ban on tenants' fees

05 December, 2016

As if our industry had not already been in trouble enough, the Government has blasted us with both barrels between the eyes by introducing a ban on lettings agents' tenant fees within the Autumn Statement

500 new council homes? It's not all it seems to be

05 December, 2016

Cambridge City Council voted to proceed with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution proposal

Industrial dispute over supported housing restructure

05 December, 2016

One of England's largest housing associations is facing union action after warning supported housing staff could be dismissed and re-engaged on new terms as part of a major restructure

Casey review raises alarm over social integration in the UK

05 December, 2016

Study attacks attempts by governments to boost ethnic integration as 'saris, samosas and steel drums for the well-intentioned'

The Sheffield City Region Social and Affordable Housing Compact

05 December, 2016

The Sheffield City Region Social and Affordable Housing Compact is a landmark collaboration between local authorities, social and affordable housing providers in the Sheffield City Region

Landlords trapped in ground rent nightmare

05 December, 2016

Banks and building societies are refusing to lend money to landlords trying to mortgage new build homes with automatic ground rent rises written into lease agreements

Abolish right-to-buy schemes that are depleting social stock: McCann

05 December, 2016

The social housing stock in Derry is being depleted by landlords acquiring multiple properties from former housing association tenants who have bought under market rates

The more the State has withdrawn from housebuilding, the more it has found itself propping up the private market

05 December, 2016

Margaret Thatcher recorded in her memoirs that, by the mid-1980s, 'everything in housing pointed to the need to roll back the existing activities of government'

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain: Oct 2016

05 December, 2016

An experimental price index tracking the prices paid for renting property from private landlords in Great Britain

Kent Reliance Buy To Let Britain report - fifth edition

02 December, 2016

Welcome to the fifth edition of Kent Reliance's half-yearly Buy to Let Britain report

This report examines the key trends in the private rented sector and the Buy to Let mortgage market

FOI extension will lead to cost burden

02 December, 2016

The Scottish Government's U-turn on the FOI Act extension to housing associations will burden associations with additional costs

Welfare reform update

02 December, 2016

National Housing Federation welfare reform update

BHP launches first new homes supporting vulnerable tenants to live independently

02 December, 2016

BHP has completed the refurbishment on a six bedroom house in Wembley, which has been developed into six apartments for Brent residents with learning disability and special needs

Minister who helped create the Universal Credit leaves government

02 December, 2016

A minister instrumental to Conservative welfare reform has left his government post after more than six years

Quarterly Survey for Q2 (July to September) 2016 to 2017

02 December, 2016

Our quarterly survey report is based on responses from private registered providers of social housing who own or manage more than 1,000 homes

Social landlords 'require additional capacity' to deliver 50,000 homes target

02 December, 2016

Around two thirds of social landlords in Scotland have insufficient in-house skills and capacity to deliver an expanded programme of new affordable housing

The displaced tenants paying the true cost of an inhumane housing policy

02 December, 2016

Councils must commit to a more humane, thoughtful and cost-effective social housing policy than moving people away from jobs and homes

Theresa May appears to have 'historically obsolete' view on welfare

02 December, 2016

Despite her claim to govern not in the interests of the privileged few Ms May is continuing austerity with further welfare

Kayleigh is on universal credit. Her first payment arrives next year

02 December, 2016

The built-in delay in universal credit payments means she and her two young children will have to rely on £34/week child benefit over Christmas

Lettings fee ban unlikely until 2018

01 December, 2016

The lettings agent tenant fee ban won't come in until at least 2018 DCLG has revealed, with the consultation to be launched in the New Year

Agents must display their fees properly ahead of ban

01 December, 2016

The announcement by the Chancellor that the Government intends to remove letting agents' ability to charge fees to tenants came as a surprise to many in the industry

Tax credit benefit removals criticised by MPs

01 December, 2016

A "cut first, think later" attitude plunged tax credit claimants into humiliating hardship and debt

Proposal on using a Legislative Reform Order to establish the social housing regulator as an independent body

01 December, 2016

This consultation paper sets out the proposal for amending the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 so that responsibility for social housing regulation is transferred HCA to a new standalone public body

Tenant Information Pack

01 December, 2016

The pack gives information to tenants in privately rented housing

Landlord Right to Rent criminal sanctions come into effect Thurs 1 December

01 December, 2016

New regulations contained in The Immigration Act 2016 will come into force from 1st December

Campaign launched to move beyond foodbanks in Scotland

01 December, 2016

Charities awarded cash to find more dignified solution

Ways for UK landlords to cut taxes

01 December, 2016

Landlords should be thinking about reducing taxes and learn more about the consequences of scrapping renters' fees

Princess Anne hails £3million social housing project at official opening in Bury St Edmunds

01 December, 2016

The Princess Royal officially opened a £3.1million affordable housing project in Bury St Edmunds December 1

Government opens consultation into extending FOI to social landlords

01 December, 2016

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation proposing the extension of Freedom of Information legislation to RSLs in Scotland

Airbnb announce plans to block hosts exceeding 90-day rental limit

01 December, 2016

AirBnB is to block hosts in London from renting out homes for more than 90 days a year without official consent

Transparency and accountability in the housing association sector

01 December, 2016

In recent years there has been a strong push from the Government to improve transparency in the public sector at the national and local level

Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary at August 2016 published

01 December, 2016

The Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary, providing an overview of the main DfC administered benefits, has been published

Emergency housing package for young needed

01 December, 2016

An emergency package to house young working Londoners is urgently needed in the capital

ARLA says it is avoiding 'knee-jerk reactions' over lettings fee ban

01 December, 2016

ARLA has hit back at claims that it isn't standing up for the industry after it emerged it didn't attend the Fair Fees Forum's working group

LIN Member Report December 2016 - Autumn Statement

01 December, 2016

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Building society survey examines buy-to-let landlords' voids experience

30 November, 2016

More than a fifth of buy-to-let landlords have to wait longer than four months before signing up their first tenants

Letting agent hit hard in deposit protection clamp down Letting agent hit hard in deposit protection clamp down

30 November, 2016

A letting agent has been hit by fines totalling £15,000 following successful prosecutions for failing to protect tenancy deposits

Benefit sanctions

30 November, 2016

This report examines the Department for Work & Pensions' administration of benefit sanctions in Great Britain

Over 3.5 million people rely on out-of-work benefits including Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit and Income Support

Evidence shows benefit sanctions are not fit for purpose

30 November, 2016

The sanctions system is in urgent need of reform

Rents increases in England and Wales levelled off in October

30 November, 2016

Residential rent increases in England and Wales levelled off in October, with the average property being let for £900 per calendar month

Furious activists protest top architect over call to evict central London council tenants

30 November, 2016

Furious activists gathered outside the office of leading architect Patrik Schumacher today to protest his calls for "free-riding" council tenants to be moved out of central London

'Limited evidence' for benefit sanctions

30 November, 2016

Benefit sanctions leading to "hardship, hunger and depression" are being imposed on people despite "limited evidence" on how well they work

How Licensing is Changing your Role as a Landlord

30 November, 2016

What does a landlord actually do? I know, perhaps a stupid question, but every once in a while it could be worth asking

Discretionary Housing Payments in Scotland: as at 30 September 2016

30 November, 2016

Following consultation with users, the frequency of Discretionary Housing Payments publications has reduced from quarterly to six-monthly

Financial Conduct Authority must not hand payday lenders a Christmas present

30 November, 2016

The City watchdog is planning a review of the cap it imposed on charges. The ideal result would see it extended to other types of high cost credit

Benefits sanctions don't work and plunge claimants 'hunger and depression'

30 November, 2016

The benefit sanctions system has become a 'postcode lottery' and is doing more harm than good, according to the public spending watchdog

One in four Jobseeker's Allowance claimants caught abusing benefits system as watchdog reveals chaos

30 November, 2016

One in four people on Jobseeker's Allowance has been punished for abusing the benefits system in the last five years

Buy-to-let mortgages may cost £7k-a-year more as New Year crackdown pushes landlords to long-term deals

30 November, 2016

Rules tweaked to push landlords away from cheap two-year fixed rates

Buy to Let index - November 2016

29 November, 2016

Rents in England and Wales hit second highest peak ever recorded by Your Move

Councils could face new duty to prevent homelessness

29 November, 2016

As rents rise and benefits fall, more people face losing their home

Top architect blasts 'free-riding' tenants living in council houses in central London and says they should be moved, to make way for HIS staff

29 November, 2016

A top London architect has triggered a ferocious storm by calling for "free-riding" council tenants to be moved out of central London

A quarter of renters in Scotland say they have a slum landlord

29 November, 2016

A quarter of tenants that rent in Scotland have described their current renting conditions as a "nightmare", higher than anywhere else in the UK

A toxic concoction means women of colour are hit hardest by austerity

29 November, 2016

Minority-ethnic working-class women experience triple discrimination through class, race and gender - but their voices are never heard in the austerity debate

UK fuel poverty to last a lifetime

29 November, 2016

A child born in Britain today may never see fuel poverty eradicated

Rise in 'child benefit loans' to cover Christmas costs

29 November, 2016

Parents struggling to access affordable credit are turning to a co-operative for an 'advance' on their welfare payments

Touchbase - Edition 116

29 November, 2016

November 2016 edition

Autumn Statement 2016

29 November, 2016

This briefing covers the main announcements relevant to housing and housing associations in the 2016 Autumn Statement

Tenancy Deposit Scheme - Tenants win recent court case

28 November, 2016

We are often asked by clients whether it is worth their while to take action when their landlord isn't doing what they should be

Rental licence operators threaten 'sensible, proportionate' enforcement

28 November, 2016

The controversial Welsh private lettings sector scheme called Rent Smart Wales had around 65 per cent of agents and landlords register by last week's deadline

The rise in buy-to-let through limited companies

28 November, 2016

There has been an increase in the number of residential property investors who manage their portfolio as a limited company

A statement of intent on the LHA

28 November, 2016

Paul Langley blogs on the far-reaching implications of the UK government's latest announcement on the LHA and social housing

The Autumn Statement was a let-down for 'just about managing' families. How do we talk about poverty in a way that makes politicians listen?

28 November, 2016

The Autumn Statement contained some measures aimed at helping the so-called 'just about managing' in society

Flagship council housebuilding scheme quietly axed

28 November, 2016

A flagship £100m scheme, designed to give smaller local authorities the opportunity to borrow collectively to build housing, has been wound down

Landlords join forces to create efficiency metrics

28 November, 2016

A group of housing associations have joined forces in an attempt to create an authoritative set of metrics to measure efficiency

HCA launches social housing regulation fees consultation

28 November, 2016

HCA has published a statutory consultation on introducing a fee-charging scheme for the regulation of private registered providers of social housing

Rent Smart Wales: Fears landlords letting properties illegally

28 November, 2016

More than 13,000 private landlords in Wales may be letting properties illegally after the Welsh Government's Rent Smart Wales scheme became law

The long road to shifting attitudes on welfare

28 November, 2016

There is little doubt that when it comes to the question of welfare the public aren't exactly flag waving supporters

HB A11/2016

28 November, 2016

Payment Deduction Project interface: local authority user guidance

Proposed benefit and pension rates 2017 to 2018

28 November, 2016

A list of the proposed benefit rates and pension rates for 2017 to 2018

Is your tenant a Bubble Gazer or a Homing Pigeon?

28 November, 2016

It is always hard to predict the right type of tenant for a landlord, but Strutt & Parker has had a go

Landlords are under fire from a tax-hiking Treasury - but buy-to-let is far from dead

28 November, 2016

Higher stamp duty and an end to tax relief for mortgage interest costs; being a landlord is getting expense

Town identified as buy-to-let hotspot for rental yields and growth

25 November, 2016

Luton has been named as the top spot for rental yield and price growth

Meeting of Fair Fees Working Group to go ahead today despite ban

25 November, 2016

A meeting of the newly-formed Fair Fees Working Group is to go ahead today

Affordable rented homes could be prioritised over social rented

25 November, 2016

Housing associations could be expected to prioritise affordable rented homes over social rented in an effort to drive up housing numbers

Local Housing Allowance cap U-turn 'creates new bedroom tax'

25 November, 2016

Housing association leaders have compared a shift in the government's Local Housing Allowance cap policy to the controversial bedroom tax because it will hit tenants in their current circumstances

Rent cut hiatus blamed for affordable housing drop

25 November, 2016

A hiatus in housing association building following the 1% rent cut announcement has been blamed for the lowest growth in affordable housing witnessed in a generation

Right to Buy extension delayed until at least 2018

25 November, 2016

The national roll-out of Right to Buy for housing association tenants will not take place until after April 2018 at the earliest

Scotland could trial giving each citizen a universal basic income

25 November, 2016

Development of radical scheme, which would see welfare benefits including child and tax credits replaced with universal flat-rate payment, due to be tested in Fife

2% rise in Insurance Premium Tax from July 2017

25 November, 2016

Insurance Premium Tax is set to rise again by 2% to a new high of 12%

Remortgage now to shield profit ahead of the new buy-to-let rules

25 November, 2016

Remortgaging onto a lower rate could save a landlord from having their profits obliterated by tax changes effective from next year

Mum-of-four faces losing home after 75% housing benefit cut

25 November, 2016

Keiley Messham, from Rhewl, has had her support cut from £124 a week to just £34 since benefit cap brought in

Sanctuary Housing rolls out first-of-its-kind social housing platform using SAP

25 November, 2016

The large social housing authority is transforming the way it communicates with tenants

I'm an estate agent. Philip Hammond ought to cap letting fees, not ban them

25 November, 2016

Most of us offer a good service, and a ban will only mean higher rents. The government should instead regulate the sector properly

Government's £500,000 legal bill over Bedroom Tax

24 November, 2016

Figures show massive bill for legal proceedings over 'bedroom tax'

Letting agent fees ban is great news, but will it push up rents?

24 November, 2016

The forthcoming ban on letting fees is great news for England's private renters

Banning letting agent fees is good news for renters but here's what's needed to unlock private renting for homeless people

24 November, 2016

Chancellor Phillip Hammond's announcement that letting agent fees are to be banned in England is great news for renters

Buy-to-let and second home stamp duty hike to rake in £3.1bn tax windfall - as landlords continue to snap up homes

24 November, 2016

Since April the tax has been applied to anyone buying a second property

Scotland's experience of abolishing letting agent fees

24 November, 2016

The Chancellor's Autumn Statement yesterday has brought some good news for tenants across England

Housing gets £4bn boost to increase number of new homes

24 November, 2016

Government aims to build 40,000 additional affordable homes by 2021 - but OBR says it expects 13,000 fewer homes to be built over next five years

Right to Buy delay fears after second pilot announcement

24 November, 2016

The National Housing Federation is seeking clarity "as soon as possible" on the national roll-out of the Right to Buy extension

Rent rise from agents fees not necessarily true

24 November, 2016

The Chancellor's announcement of a ban on letting agents charging fees to tenants marks a significant shift in the industry - but should not come as a surprise

Autumn Statement 2016: Iain Duncan Smith tells Philip Hammond to do more to reverse welfare cuts

24 November, 2016

The former Work and Pensions Secretary welcomes moves to cushion cuts to universal credit - but says they must be a 'downpayment' only

'I worry about money all the time': the Jam reality in Birmingham

24 November, 2016

The households Theresa May promised to help in her first speech on the steps of Downing Street are waiting nervously

Widened scope of LHA cap 'to affect over 240,000 more tenancies in Scotland'

24 November, 2016

The SFHA has highlighted that 241,000 more tenants in Scotland will be affected by the announcement that all social housing tenants on Universal Credit will be brought under the new LHA cap

Call for Welsh letting agency fee ban after England move

24 November, 2016

Letting agency fees for tenants should be abolished in Wales as soon as possible

Call to reform private rented housing sector in Scotland

23 November, 2016

Private landlords in Scotland have made billions of pounds from housing benefit claimants in five years according to official figures

Philip Hammond rejects calls to reverse £3bn annual cut to work allowance

23 November, 2016

While the chancellor will soften the impact of in-work benefits cuts by reducing taper rates, Osborne's other key pledge will remain in place

Autumn Statement: Philip Hammond to invest £1 billion in welfare to ease impact of George Osborne's cuts

23 November, 2016

More than £1 billion will be diverted into the welfare system in a move designed to ease the impact of cuts introduced by George Osborne

Chancellor to crack down on letting fees in autumn statement

23 November, 2016

Philip Hammond will also announce £1.4bn investment in affordable housing in bid to help 'just about managing' families

Will rents go up if unfair letting fees are banned?

23 November, 2016

Tenants will welcome the end of eye-watering charges - but that could simply mean they pay more each month instead

Rent Smart Wales delays admitted by minister Carl Sargeant

23 November, 2016

A Welsh Government minister has admitted that a system registering all residential landlords across Wales for the first time has faced delays

Rates for private rented homes in need of reform

23 November, 2016

Students living at university should be treated the same as students renting privately, since everyone benefits from local services

Four ways the Autumn Statement could help those who are just about managing

23 November, 2016

How can the Chancellor improve the prospects of people who are struggling to make ends meet while boosting the economy?

Further 216 social housing units will be located in East Londonderry

23 November, 2016

A question recently tabled by MLA Maurice Bradley asked the minister of communities to outline where the further 216 social housing units will be located in East Londonderry

Letting fees crackdown in Autumn Statement: what will it mean for renters and landlords?

23 November, 2016

Four million households in England and Wales are hoping to benefit from the abolition of letting fees, which currently add as much as £500 to the costs of renting a home

Failure to drop SDLT 'disappointing news' for landlords

23 November, 2016

The failure to drop the 3% SDLT surcharge on additional properties will come as disappointing news to the purpose-built rented sector

Hammond unlikely to undo Osborne's tax assault on private landlords

22 November, 2016

Chancellor Philip Hammond looks extremely unlikely to reverse his predecessor's 'Section 24' tax assault on private landlords in tomorrow's Autumn Statement

The end of letting agent fees? Renters' Rights Bill passes Lords committee stage

22 November, 2016

Peers have come a step closer to getting lettings agent fees in England banned

A survey of the UK benefit system

22 November, 2016

This briefing note provides a survey of the benefit system in Great Britain

In 2015-16, over £200 billion was spent on the welfare system in Great Britain, making it the largest single area of government spending

Landlords and tenants are a working partnership

22 November, 2016

Old style conflicts between tenants in rented properties and their private sector landlords are largely the stuff of fading legend these days

Universal Credit pilot council calls for suspension

22 November, 2016

One of the councils piloting the roll-out of Universal Credit has written to the Department for Work and Pensions calling for the immediate suspension of the housing benefit part of the new system

LHA cap will hit existing Universal Credit tenants

22 November, 2016

The government has announced the Local Housing Allowance cap will apply to all tenants who receive Universal Credit, in a significant change that could affect thousands of tenants

Government scraps compulsory Pay to Stay

22 November, 2016

The government has scrapped its plans to force councils to charge higher-income tenants rents of up to market rates

Councils react to Pay to Stay decision

22 November, 2016

Local authorities up and down the country have been celebrating the government decision to make Pay to Stay voluntary for them

Government backtracks on a new 'bedroom tax' set to hit thousands of poorer pensioners

22 November, 2016

The proposal to penalise older people in social housing who 'underoccupy' their homes - revealed by The Independent - will be delayed by one year

Government delays plans to cap housing benefit by a year

22 November, 2016

The Government has delayed its plans to cap housing benefit by a year, as it unveiled plans for a radical overhaul of the system

Millions affected by universal credit cuts to be partly compensated by chancellor

22 November, 2016

Philip Hammond will attempt in the autumn statement to fulfil PM's pledge to support families who are 'just about managing'

Landlords held to be not responsible for paying council tax if a tenant moves out early

21 November, 2016

Landlords have welcomed an Appeal Court judgement that they are not responsible for paying the council tax on a property after a tenant has moved out before a tenancy agreement has expired

Landlords' Barometer - #43: One in four landlords considering quitting the sector

21 November, 2016

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #43" an insight into what is on landlords' minds from the Property Tribes community!

Look at allAgents before making rental decisions

21 November, 2016

A Labour councillor has advised prospective tenants to check out allAgents before deciding whether to go with a particular agency

'Just about managing' families to be £2,500 a year worse off by 2020

21 November, 2016

Cost of austerity shown in research as PM prepares to announce cutting corporation tax to lowest of top 20 economies

Luton homeless rent hike led council to move tenants

21 November, 2016

Tenants were moved out of homeless accommodation after a council claimed a property developer put charges up by thousands of pounds

New-build ground rent scandal could spark legal battles

21 November, 2016

With thousands of homebuyers caught out by rapidly rising rents, the solicitors they used may face claims of professional negligence

Austerity effect hits women 'twice as hard as it does men'

21 November, 2016

Tax and benefit changes since 2010 have increased equality gap

Gateshead furniture charity warning over benefit cap

21 November, 2016

A cap on benefit payments to people in social housing could leave some tenants unable to furnish their homes

Second London borough launches Right to Part Buy

21 November, 2016

Conservative-controlled Wandsworth Council is set to give its secure tenants the opportunity to buy a share in the equity of their home

Buy-to-let lending falls as tougher rules bite

21 November, 2016

Nationwide says new affordability tests introduced ahead of tax changes have made life more difficult for landlords

We must reform Universal Credit to prevent it from penalising low-earners

21 November, 2016

When the government announced plans to cut £4bn of in-work social security in its summer budget last year, it was widely condemned by commentators and organisations for hitting some of the poorest working families hardest

Concentrix was wrong to stop tax credits in 90 per cent of appealed cases

21 November, 2016

Appeals have been overwhelmingly successful

No wonder people are being forced to live in caravans - housing benefit bears no relation to reality anymore

21 November, 2016

Housing benefit has been subject to repeated cuts since 2011 and is only set to get worse with Local Housing Allowance rates frozen until 2020

Housing Benefit and Universal Credit: Written statement - HCWS273

21 November, 2016

One of the Government's key commitments is to protect the most vulnerable

Funding for Supported Housing

21 November, 2016

One of the Government's key commitments is to protect the most vulnerable

LIN member Report December 2016 - Pay to Stay - A Review

20 November, 2016

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

Affordable Housing Supply: April 2015 to March 2016 England

18 November, 2016

An additional 32,110 affordable homes were delivered in England in 2015-16

Talking about poverty: how experts and the public understand UK poverty

18 November, 2016

The idea of poverty and the meaning of the term in the UK is contested, and those working to tackle poverty are finding it difficult to shift negative public attitudes and cultivate broad public support for policies to solve it

Scottish tenants and associations say charter has improved landlord services

18 November, 2016

A majority of tenants and housing associations to respond to a consultation believe the quality of social landlord services has improved since the Scottish Government introduced a social housing charter

Number of care workers on zero-hours contracts jumps to one in seven

18 November, 2016

The latest in a series on the increasingly precarious world of work finds accusations of 'endemic' abuse of minimum wage laws

Tory MPs call for welfare cuts rethink after pause motion passed

18 November, 2016

No MPs voted against motion to stop cuts to employment support allowance, with 127 in favour, but it is only symbolic

Councils spent £3.5bn on temporary housing in last five years

18 November, 2016

Councils in Britain have spent more than £3.5bn on temporary accommodation for homeless families in the last five years

The changing landscape for social housing

18 November, 2016

The social housing landscape has, and continues to be, shaped dramatically by a number of shifting elements, including central government policy

Consultation on a Review of the Scottish Social Housing Charter: An Analysis of Responses

18 November, 2016

Ministers are required to set standards and outcomes that social landlords should achieve for tenants and other customers through their housing activities

'Rent costs mean we keep having to move home'

17 November, 2016

"We've basically never had a family home. We've never been anywhere where we could actually put our stamp on."

Housing Ladder arcade game has players dodging buy-to-let investors

17 November, 2016

Game by cartoonist Tim Hunkin features villains such as second-home owners as players try to buy a house before they're 80

Free up councils to build homes

17 November, 2016

The government must free up local authorities to take more decisions on how and where housing can be delivered

Richmond faces huge homeless bill: London's richest borough to spend £3.5m with more than 100 families in need of emergency housing

17 November, 2016

The maximum allowed in benefits falls short of the cost of renting in London's richest borough

Regulator to reveal individual landlords' cost data

17 November, 2016

The English social housing regulator will publish data showing named individual housing associations' costs this year

Fuel poverty: How can UK tackle cold homes and high bills?

17 November, 2016

One in ten families in the UK face heating bills they cannot afford this winter

Scottish Social Housing Charter Performance 2015/16

17 November, 2016

This report covers; comparing GWSF members against other RSLs, stock-retaining councils and Glasgow Housing Association, (LAs), and the sector as a whole

Unemployment drops to fresh 11-year low but rise in benefit claims signals jobs slowdown ahead

17 November, 2016

Britain's jobless rate fell to a fresh 11-year low in the quarter to September

£30 week cut to ESA intolerable says Disability Rights UK

17 November, 2016

A £30 a week cut in income is intolerable, especially when disabled people often live in deep poverty

Landlords' performance against the Scottish Social Housing Charter 2013-2016

17 November, 2016

This paper brings together publicly available evidence from our range of publications about how landlords have performed against the Scottish Social Housing Charter

The impact of new policies on the social housing market: an interview with Susan Coulson

17 November, 2016

Big changes are ahead in social housing following the introduction of the 2016 Housing and Planning Act

Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to June 2016

16 November, 2016

Data on Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions decisions made to June 2016

Benefit sanctions statistics: background information and methodology

16 November, 2016

Information about sanctions statistics and methodology including the purpose, source, definitions and limitations of the statistics covered

From welfare state to welfare system

16 November, 2016

A welfare state is not enough. We need a system that involves many players - health professionals, employers and voluntary organisations

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 13 Oct 2016

16 November, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 13 October 2016

SNP Social Security Minister denies ducking welfare powers

16 November, 2016

The SNP's Social Security Minister denied her government was trying to duck new powers over welfare after it emerged there will be a three-year delay in her taking responsibility for making payments

Buy to let lending in UK still well below levels a year ago

16 November, 2016

Lending to buy to let landlords in the UK is recovering from a dip but the value and number of mortgages in this sector is still significantly lower than a year ago

How our benefit and housing policies forced a 60-year-old woman onto the streets

16 November, 2016

What happens when the welfare state shuts its doors

One in four landlords selling up due to MIR changes

16 November, 2016

A week ahead of the Autumn Statement the RLA can reveal that a quarter of all buy-to-let landlords are selling homes as a result of Government tax changes

Bank of England to get powers to regulate buy-to-let mortgages

16 November, 2016

The Bank of England will receive the power early next year to regulate mortgages used by small landlords to purchase rental property

Benefits transfer delay claims 'utter nonsense'

16 November, 2016

Nicola Sturgeon has dismissed as "absolute utter nonsense" suggestions the Scottish Government is delaying taking responsibility for new welfare powers

Devolution of Scottish welfare 'being used as political football'

16 November, 2016

Social security minister Jeane Freeman accuses opponents of 'careless disregard for the impact their words'

How students are striking for affordable university rent - and winning

16 November, 2016

What exactly does it take to run a successful rent protest? Student activists explain it's all about strength in numbers

As Theresa May's housing crisis deepens, one council is evicting 2,000 people from a single estate

16 November, 2016

On Tuesday 15 November, the Conservative government revealed that the UK housing crisis is deepening

Mortgage costs at record low

16 November, 2016

Mortgages are now more affordable than they have ever been

Landlords incorporating to get round buy-to-let tax hikes

15 November, 2016

Increasing numbers of landlords are looking to get around the mortgage interest relief changes by incorporating, and its tenants who will bear the brunt of extra stamp duty

No excuses for missing licensing deadline, Rent Smart Wales warns

15 November, 2016

The deadline for licensing and registration for landlords and agents in Wales will not be extended and enforcement will be taken against those who don't comply

The RightMove House Price Index

15 November, 2016

No respite for first-time buyers - can the Chancellor help?

Fraudster dodges jail after renting out Notting Hill housing association home while claiming benefit tax

15 November, 2016

Soran Karimi was given a suspended prison sentence when he appeared at Isleworth Crown Court

Spike in food bank usage blamed on delays in benefit claims

15 November, 2016

MP Frank Field calls for five-day target to process applications, saying too many being left for too long without support

Renting in the UK: number of tenants with a spare room falls to lowest level on record

15 November, 2016

The number of tenants with a spare bedroom has halved over the past six years

Brum landlord to pay £7k and do 150 hours community service

15 November, 2016

A Birmingham landlord has been ordered to pay more than £7,000 and given 150 hours of community service at Birmingham Magistrates Court

Under-Occupancy Charge Urgent Question

15 November, 2016

Recorded coverage of the urgent question in the House of Commons on the recent Supreme Court decision on the Under-Occupancy Charge applied to housing benefit

Long benefit payment delays affect 92,000 claimants in one year, forcing many to use food banks

15 November, 2016

People are turning to emergency food parcels because the Government is still failing to process new claims quickly enough

Hundreds of new homes in Sefton in massive boost for social housing

14 November, 2016

One Vision plan more than 700 homes to rent and buy all over the borough

NHF criticises fees proposal

14 November, 2016

The National Housing Federation has criticised the English social housing regulator's proposal to charge fees

Employees £3,500 a year worse off under Tories

14 November, 2016

Party says slow wage growth means chancellor should not go ahead with 'damaging cuts' to universal credit

Landlord possession claims down by 21%

14 November, 2016

The number of claims made by private sector landlords to re-possess a property have fallen by 21% over the past two years

HomeLet Rental Index - October 2016

14 November, 2016

2016 to date has seen a slower rate of rental growth

Criticism of Cardiff council's plan to end tenants' right to buy

14 November, 2016

The Labour-run cabinet today approved a move to approach the Welsh Government

Tory MP Attacks Theresa May On Bedroom Tax And Disability Cuts

14 November, 2016

Ken Loach urges Chancellor to drop cuts

One in four buy-to-let investors sell up due to new tax

14 November, 2016

Tenants will bear the brunt of the upcoming tax changes, campaigners say

The Right to Buy public housing in Britain: a welfare analysis

14 November, 2016

We investigate the impact on social welfare of the UK policy introduced in 1980 by which public housing tenants had the right to purchase their houses

Most renters feel they're unlikely to buy home in next five

14 November, 2016

Labour-backed study also finds two-thirds of general population think government should do more to help first-time buyers

Britons with no passport struggling to rent due to immigration checks

14 November, 2016

Survey shows 43% of private landlords say right to rent scheme has made them less likely to let to those without a UK passport

Landlord fined for intimidating tenants at unlicensed HMO

14 November, 2016

Magistrates hear that HMO was also unsafe

Mortgage arrears rate still at 20-year low in third quarter

11 November, 2016

The overall arrears rate in the third quarter was the same as in the second quarter

Rental supply in rebound this autumn

11 November, 2016

The rental market rebounded in October with an 11.4% increase in new properties for rent

Is Rent Smart Wales heading for last minute chaos?

11 November, 2016

The Rent Smart Wales scheme could be heading for chaos as figures suggest that significant numbers of letting agents and landlords are yet to sign up

Renting in London:rent rises show signs of cooling off - but the capital remains the UK's most expensive city

11 November, 2016

Room rent price hikes stall as Londoners "simply can't afford to keep paying more"

Supreme Court's rulings mean bedroom tax 'will still unfairly hit thousands'

11 November, 2016

The government's "bedroom tax" discriminates unlawfully against some disabled people who need an extra bedroom because of their impairment, but not against others

London boroughs prepare for impacts of lowered benefit cap

11 November, 2016

The cap is not being lowered as much in London as in the rest of the country, but even so the numbers left worse off will more than double

Liverpool plans referendum on 10% council tax rise

11 November, 2016

Mayor says 'desperate' council needs £90m over next three years amid government cuts

Pay to Stay meetings cancelled as policies face delays

11 November, 2016

Meetings of the government's Pay to Stay working group have been cancelled as several key measures in the Housing and Planning Act look set to be delayed

The fight goes on to free more families from the bedroom tax nightmare

11 November, 2016

Forcing people to pay for 'extra' rooms is deliberately cruel and punishes people who, through no fault of their own, have nowhere else to go

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

11 November, 2016

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

Housing Benefit subsidy mid-year estimates: Apr 2016 to Mar 2017

11 November, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit mid-year estimates expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2016 to 2017

The new benefit cap will not only make people poorer - it will harm their health

10 November, 2016

For many families living on very low incomes who rely on state support to help pay their rent, it's just got even harder to make ends meet

Mhairi Black slams "shameful" rise in foodbank use

10 November, 2016

500,000 three-day emergency food supplies were given out in the first half of this year - over 188,500 were for children

How social landlords consult tenants about rent increases

10 November, 2016

This report is the outcome of our assessment of how social landlords consult tenants about proposed rent increases

Social Housing Lettings : April 2015 to March 2016, England

10 November, 2016

Social housing lettings by private registered providers decreased by 3% to 261,000 in 2015/16

Families win supreme court appeals over 'unfair' bedroom tax

10 November, 2016

Panel upholds claim of Jacqueline Carmichael, who is disabled, and carers Paul and Susan Rutherford against housing law

Why we need a broader approach to house building than ever before

10 November, 2016

The Prime Minister Theresa May wants to use the power of Government to repair the 'dysfunctional housing market'

Bristol family denied priority housing because TV showed mum carrying son up stairs - and making it

10 November, 2016

Council housing chiefs saw a video of a mum struggling to carry her four-year-old with muscular dystrophy up two flights of stairs

Property Partner claims rental market rebounded in October with 11% rise in new listings

10 November, 2016

The rental market has climbed out of a post-Brexit lull with more buy-to-let properties being advertised in October compared to the previous month

Moray tenants' downsizing incentive scheme to be revised

10 November, 2016

Changes are to be made to a scheme introduced by Moray Council four years ago to encourage tenants to downsize from under-occupied council houses

Dozens of Welsh councillors failed to pay their council tax in time last year

10 November, 2016

The figures were revealed following freedom of information requests by Private Eye magazine

Allow councils to borrow to build new homes

09 November, 2016

Allowing local authorities to borrow to build homes could help tackle the housing crisis and mitigate any emerging economic uncertainty

Win for 'bedroom tax' fight at Supreme Court

09 November, 2016

Court finds for two families - but other challenges to the policy are dismissed despite 'profound sympathy' from senior judges

Biggest buy to let lender tightens landlord lending rules

09 November, 2016

The way landlords qualify for buy to let mortgages is changing fast thanks to new affordability rules put in place by the Bank of England

Average 2 bedroom private rents up by 1%

09 November, 2016

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

Benefits rethink urged as 24% of NI children 'living in poverty'

09 November, 2016

Almost one in four children lives in poverty in Northern Ireland

Theresa May has kept George Osborne's most callous and stupid welfare cut in place

09 November, 2016

The benefit cap doesn't address the underlying reason why a small minority of families receive outsize benefit payments, which is that rents have soared due to a chronic shortage of new housing supply

Two cases won against housing benefit cut

09 November, 2016

A woman who suffers from spina bifida and a couple who look after their severely disabled grandson have won their Supreme Court appeals against the so-called "bedroom tax"

Maximum 5 Year Jail Sentence for Landlords Failing Immigration Checks

09 November, 2016

At the Conservative Party conference last month the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, made a speech about immigration

More than £1.3 million lost in rent because of empty council homes in Aberdeen

09 November, 2016

Aberdeen City Council lost out on more than £1.3 million in rent in the last financial year due to properties being empty

UK austerity policies 'amount to violations of disabled people's rights'

08 November, 2016

UN says measures aimed at reducing public spending since 2010 have affected disabled people disproportionately

Buy-to-let regulation and taxation has gone too far

08 November, 2016

Laura Lamb, director of The Mortgage Company, wants to see the removal of the 3% stamp duty penalty on second homes

Bexley consults on 'rent it right' landlord licensing scheme for smaller HMOs

08 November, 2016

A public consultation is underway in the London Borough of Bexley to gain feedback on the council's proposals to introduce a new licensing scheme for the private rented sector

The extended benefit cap is a cynical ploy by the UK government

08 November, 2016

It will simply foster division and prejudice, without tackling the roots of the problems

Former DWP minister Stephen Crabb admits disability benefit test is 'traumatic'

08 November, 2016

Ex-Work and Pensions Secretary urges the Government to 'fix' the assessment process for Personal Independence Payments

Benefits squeeze

08 November, 2016

The lower benefit cap has kicked in, a day that many households may have been anxiously awaiting, faced with the prospect of losing up to £100 a week.

Landlord registration facing major challenges

08 November, 2016

Figures that emerged during one of the first legal cases brought under the Housing (Wales) Act raise serious questions about the new system of landlord registration

Millions of pounds unclaimed in tenancy deposits

08 November, 2016

Millions of pounds worth of deposits remain unclaimed by tenants who have left rented properties in Scotland

Trussell Trust to deliver more emergency food parcels than ever before

08 November, 2016

UK's biggest food bank highlighted delays with social security payments and benefit sanctions as factors behind record use

Benefit cap 'not designed as cost-saving measure'

08 November, 2016

The lowered overall household benefits cap was never "designed as a cost-saving" measure

Thanks George! But will buy-to-let market really be so badly hit?

07 November, 2016

Rents are to shoot up in the next five years, easily outstripping inflation, two major agency groups have forecast - but a poll of landlords has drawn very different conclusions

New benefit cap starts amid fears for single parents

07 November, 2016

A single mother has told the BBC she fears losing her home, on the day the new benefits cap is introduced

Lower benefit cap comes into effect

07 November, 2016

Changes to the benefit cap come into effect on 7 November 2016, reducing the total amount of benefits a household can receive

A tighter benefit cap

07 November, 2016

A lower cap on the total amount of benefits that households can receive comes into force on 7th November

Building Social rent Homes

07 November, 2016

The economic case for building 100,000 new social rent homes a year in the light of Brexit

Average UK rental growth slows in October

07 November, 2016

The average growth in rental prices for the UK has slowed as it carries the 'dead weight' of shrinking rents in London prime areas

Brutal reality of lower benefit cap hits home for struggling UK families

07 November, 2016

Tens of thousands more UK households will see their benefits capped on Monday despite little proof it grows employment

We can't provide social housing, say Bristol chocolate factory developers, we're already giving £1m

07 November, 2016

The firm developing one of Bristol's iconic former chocolate factories says they can't afford to include social housing for local people in their plans

Cabinet Office laments "disappointing" drop in social housing fraud detection

07 November, 2016

Latest National Fraud Initiative report shows 37% fall in properties recovered

Damian Green says government's benefits cap is a 'real success'

07 November, 2016

Work and pensions secretary hails cap, set to be lowered at a cost for 88,000 families of an average of more than £2,000 a year

The benefit cap: time for a rethink

04 November, 2016

The reduction to the benefit cap starts on Monday, putting more families at risk of losing their home

HB Direct November 2016: Issue 172

04 November, 2016

The HB Direct newsletter provides latest information on policy changes, good practice and initiatives that affect Housing Benefit

Landlords will make 'benefit cap' tenants even poorer

04 November, 2016

Despite his ongoing protestations about the bedroom tax, even Rob Gershon can see that the impending reduction in the overall benefit cap is a more damaging policy for tenants

DWP head denies sanctions and suicide link

04 November, 2016

Welfare minister defends sanctions regime, despite evidence it is hurting the vulnerable

New benefits cap will force single parents to 'choose between a roof over their child's head and food'

04 November, 2016

It is more difficult for single parents to find work because of childcare duties

Social landlords fund research into Universal Credit

04 November, 2016

A London council has commissioned independent research into the effects of Universal Credit on social housing tenants

Lower benefit cap will hit 11,000 children

04 November, 2016

The homes of about 11,000 children in Wales will lose hundreds of pounds a month under a new lower cap on benefit payments

Notting Hill promises to look again at St James Estate tenants' accounts after threats of eviction

04 November, 2016

Resident says the way Notting Hill answered their questions was "like a comedy show"

Airbnb could face tighter rules amid concerns over London housing crisis

04 November, 2016

There are concerns it's driving up rent for locals

Pay-to-stay uncertainty leaves tenants too little time

04 November, 2016

Mayor of Hackney says families could have just a few weeks' notice to meet higher rents if government is not clear about rules

Right to Buy extension delayed by Brexit vote

04 November, 2016

The Right to Buy extension to housing association tenants is set to be delayed due to the EU referendum result

Benefits system fails people with mental health problems

03 November, 2016

New social security system must work for people with mental health problems

Rallying round to help victims of benefit cuts

03 November, 2016

The impact of the new, lower benefit cap on Birkenhead's vulnerable human underbelly is powerfully described by Aditya Chakrabortty

Record homeless toll results in £23m bill for temporary housing

03 November, 2016

More than £23m has been spent on emergency housing in the last five years as the number of homeless people hit a record high

Benefit cap: number of households capped to August 2016

03 November, 2016

Number of households capped from 15 April 2013 to August 2016

New benefits cap may force 300,000 families to move

03 November, 2016

Fall-out from the new benefit cap is expected to trigger a surge in families seeking cheaper homes to rent

Number of empty Aberdeen council homes halved

03 November, 2016

The number of empty council properties in Aberdeen has been halved in the past year

Government to unveil fuel poverty action plan

03 November, 2016

Scottish Housing Minister Kevin Stewart is set to outline his plans to tackle fuel poverty

Benefit cap makes large parts of UK unaffordable

03 November, 2016

Benefit cap undermines the government's housebuilding plans

How the progressive aims of housing associations are being subverted

03 November, 2016

Some housing associations have become more like private landlords

NHF backs new English social housing regulator

03 November, 2016

Housing associations are backing the principle of moving regulation into a separate agency

Home Office announces date when breaching Right to Rent rules can give agents criminal records

02 November, 2016

Agents are warned that new criminal offences are being created on December 1 - less than a month away - under the Immigration Act 2016

S&P warns of 'more volatile' housing association sector

02 November, 2016

Housing associations that increasingly rely on market sales and shared ownership to bring in income are exposing themselves to a "riskier and more volatile sector"

NHF urges councils to share data ahead of lower benefit cap

02 November, 2016

Some councils are not sharing information about tenants with housing associations ahead of the introduction of a lower benefit cap

What is the new benefit cap and will it affect me? The government's cuts explained

02 November, 2016

Soon thousands of families will start losing up to £115 a week. So what is it, how did we get here, and will it affect you?

Here we go again with a new independent social housing regulator

02 November, 2016

For the past five years the social housing regulator has been embraced by the Homes and Communities Agency, but a forthcoming review is likely to change that

How council cuts are devastating the poorest communities

02 November, 2016

The poorest Scots who are most dependent on the voluntary sector are being disproportionately hit by council cuts

Tory MPs launch fresh revolt against looming disability benefits cuts

02 November, 2016

A group of Conservative MPs is threatening to challenge Budget legislation over a £30-a-week cut to employment and support allowance - coming in next April

Theresa May to slash major benefit for 157,000 families next week

02 November, 2016

"HORRENDOUS" housing benefit cuts will plunge more than 157,000 of Britain's poorest homes into crippling poverty

The likely impact of the lower over all benefit cap

01 November, 2016

The overall benefit cap was introduced between April and September 2013

This report summarises CIH's analysis of the likely impact of the new lower cap

Benefit cap: actions taken by local authorities and DWP staff

01 November, 2016

Local authorities and DWP staff share actions they have taken to support claimants that are affected by the benefit cap changes

Housing benefit overpayments are costing Plymouth taxpayers £1 million a year

01 November, 2016

Housing benefit overpayments are expected to cost Plymouth taxpayers an estimated £1million this year

Understanding the Role of Private Renting

01 November, 2016

After decades of decline, private renting has started to expand again in some European countries, often as owner-occupation falls

Foxtons fined after ten-month breach over display of letting agent fees

01 November, 2016

Foxtons has been fined after breaching requirements to show letting agents' fees

Tory and SNP MPs demand benefit cut debate

01 November, 2016

Some Conservative MPs are to join the SNP in demanding a debate on postponing disability benefit cuts

Nearly half of social housing tenants 'can't afford to eat'

01 November, 2016

Survey shows four in 10 tenants on benefits go hungry and half turn off winter heating because they're strapped for cash

Citizens Advice calls for fund to help landlords make energy efficiency improvements

01 November, 2016

It costs private renters living in poor quality homes £1,000 more than the national average on their energy bills to heat their homes to a comfortable standard

Housing Revenue Account Statistics: Scottish Local Authority Housing Income and Expenditure 1997-98 to 2016-17

01 November, 2016

This bulletin presents statistics on Local Authority housing income and expenditure in Scotland from their Housing Revenue Accounts

Direct payment to landlords could be six years away

01 November, 2016

The direct payment of the housing element of Universal Credit to social landlords may not happen until 2022

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain: Sept 2016

01 November, 2016

An experimental price index tracking the prices paid for renting property from private landlords in Great Britain

Benefit Cap rollout

01 November, 2016

The new Benefit Cap will be introduced from 17 November through to the end of January 2017

London councils failing to tackle rogue landlords

31 October, 2016

A London Assembly member is calling for mandatory landlord licensing across the capital after a Freedom of Information request revealed a lack of prosecutions of rogue landlords by councils

Chancellor challenged to make renting more affordable

31 October, 2016

Government urged to scrap stamp duty surcharge for buy-to-let properties to make renting more affordable as private rental prices rise by 2.3%

Powys council homes: Bid to halt right to buy

31 October, 2016

People living in council and housing association homes in Powys could be stopped from buying them in future

Time for reform: how our neighbours guarantee stability for renters

31 October, 2016

This new legal research examines the protections for renters across Europe

Over the last decade, private renting in England has changed beyond recognition

Housing Benefit subsidy initial estimates: Apr 2016 to Mar 2017

31 October, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit initial estimates expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2016 to 2017

Tenant evictions fuelled by rising house prices

31 October, 2016

Since 2010, tenant evictions have tripled - and tenants are not to blame

Universal Credit: and welfare cuts effect on incomes

31 October, 2016

Universal Credit is a single payment made to welfare claimants that rolls together six existing benefits whilst encouraging people into work by making work pay

Buy-to-let and second homes made up a QUARTER of all property sales this summer

31 October, 2016

HMRC data shows 56,100 sales in July to September were second homes

These charts show just how tough it is being a member of Generation Rent

31 October, 2016

Generation Rent is ever-growing: the number of households under the age of 35 in the private rented sector rose by more than one million over the past decade

Buying a home cheaper than renting in almost two-thirds of Britain's cities - if you can raise the deposit

31 October, 2016

Property website Zoopla found that was now the case in 60% of UK cities

Average price of a Scottish home increases 0.6 per cent

28 October, 2016

The average price of a residential property in Scotland has shown an increase of 0.6 per cent during the second quarter of the financial year

Iain Duncan Smith urges PM to reverse Universal Credit cuts

28 October, 2016

Former Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith is urging Theresa May to reverse cuts to Universal Credit

English associations' sales income breaks £2bn

28 October, 2016

English housing associations generated more than £2bn through properties developed for sale last year, with the vast majority of the activity in London

New regulator likely following HCA review

28 October, 2016

A new English social housing regulator is likely to be created following a government review of the Homes and Communities Agency

59-year-old declared fit for work - while he has brain surgery

28 October, 2016

A former chef had his sickness benefits stopped - while he was in hospital recovering from emergency brain surgery

It's councils who push tenants into emergency housing

28 October, 2016

As winter sets in, thoughts will turn to the plight of those who find themselves without a place to call home

A man falsely claimed £40,000 in benefits after failing to declare he owned a house

28 October, 2016

Christopher Prole, who owned a house worth £65,000, falsely claimed Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction and Employment and Support Allowance

Anger of IDS over £3.4bn welfare cuts: Former minister to call for cuts imposed by George Osborne to be reversed

28 October, 2016

Iain Duncan Smith resigned from Cabinet shortly before EU referendum

The impact of benefit sanctioning on food insecurity: a dynamic cross-area study of food bank us age in the UK

27 October, 2016

Household food security, which may be compromised by short-term income shocks, is a key determinant of health

Landlords' Barometer - #42: What will the tax onslaught on landlords really mean for the sector?

27 October, 2016

Welcome to Landlords' Barometer #42 - bringing you a range of trending topics from PropertyTribes.com, ranked as the No. 1 landlord community in the U.K. by Alexa

Landlords making millions renting out freezing houses

27 October, 2016

Hundreds of thousands of tenants are living in cold, draughty houses, faced with higher than average energy bills

Housing association downgraded over fire safety

27 October, 2016

The social housing regulator has downgraded a Manchester housing association following failures to do with its fire risk assessments

Record low interest rates help fuel demand for personal loans and credit cards

27 October, 2016

Record low interest rates are helping to fuel a strong demand for personal loans and credit cards, as consumer credit grows at its fastest levels in nearly a decade

Scottish renters among most at risk from dangerous gas appliances

27 October, 2016

More than a third of landlords in Scotland are unaware of their responsibility to check gas appliances, despite dangerous appliances being found in a fifth of privately-rented accommodation

Behind the Headlines

27 October, 2016

Older people who privately rent their homes

The media often reports high figures for the amount of housing wealth owned by older people, with one estimate putting the figure at £1.28 trillion

A problem shared

27 October, 2016

Cuts in housing benefit for young single people under 35 have forced shared housing on to the agenda for social landlords

Welfare reform could price tenants out of social housing

27 October, 2016

House prices are increasing in comparison to wages, meaning it's harder and harder to afford a home

The clock is ticking for private landlords

27 October, 2016

How will the introduction of Rent Smart Wales impact housing providers?

Most landlords want to see compulsory CMP for letting agents

26 October, 2016

An overwhelming majority of landlords believe Client Money Protection insurance should be made compulsory for letting agents

Two vital changes to TPO new code flagged up by compliance expert

26 October, 2016

Letting agents may be unaware of two particularly important changes in The Property Ombdsman's revised code, an industry expert has warned

Hotel bills for homeless people run into billions

26 October, 2016

Councils have spent billions of pounds putting homeless people up in bed and breakfasts, hotels and private rented homes

More support for low income households

26 October, 2016

£9.2 million given out during times of crisis

I've been a tourist in benefits land. I know what it does to you

26 October, 2016

Like the hero of Ken Loach's film, I, Daniel Blake, I faced a box-ticking assessment designed to thwart and frustrate the people it's supposed to support

Falkirk Council launches bid to secure nearly 800 homes for social rent

26 October, 2016

A bid to make nearly 800 affordable homes available to rent over the next five years is being launched by Falkirk Council this month

Housing Benefit: Speed of Processing overview

26 October, 2016

Speed of processing is the mean average processing time in calendar days, rounded to the nearest day

Housing Benefit: entitlement reductions, 2016 to 2017 (experimental)

26 October, 2016

Quarterly statistics on Housing Benefit entitlement reductions identified by local authorities as a proportion of expected reductions

Housing Benefit: statistics on speed of processing 2016 to 2017

26 October, 2016

Speed of processing is a measure of the average time it takes to process a new claim or a change in circumstance of an existing claimant

Jobcentre areas where couples and families can claim Universal Credit

26 October, 2016

Universal Credit is already available to single people throughout Great Britain. It is also available to couples and families in some jobcentre areas

Last call in Scots devolved welfare system consultation

26 October, 2016

Ministers have issued a final call for views on how benefits should be delivered in Scotland's devolved social security system

Use text messages to talk to tenants in arrears, letting agents advised

25 October, 2016

Letting agents should make much greater use of text messages to communicate with tenants in arrears

New tax avoidance schemes emerging after Stamp Duty 3% surcharge

25 October, 2016

New tax avoidance schemes are emerging in the wake of the Stamp Duty 3% surcharge on the purchase of second homes that came into force on April 1

Show us evidence that you display fees or we'll report you

25 October, 2016

The Property Ombudsman Scheme has launched a new national campaign with the Chartered Trading Standards Institute to tackle letting agents that are breaking the law by not displaying their fees

Government to support new legislation to reduce homelessness

25 October, 2016

The Homelessness Reduction Private Members Bill is to be supported by the government, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed today

Rising supply of unlet properties curbing rent hikes

25 October, 2016

Proportion of landlords hiking bills tumbles to lowest level this year at 24%, providing some relief to tenants

How Brexit Could Hit the U.K. Buy-to-Let Property Sector

25 October, 2016

There is one sector of the U.K. economy that is set to suffer the consequences of the Brexit vote that almost nobody really talks about: buy-to-let property

Rent warning to Enfield tenants in advance of new benefits cap

25 October, 2016

Tenants are being warned to ensure they keep up their rent payments when government benefit cap changes come into force on November 7

Cost of rent in London highlights squeeze on workers and families

25 October, 2016

Average rents for two-bedroom apartments in London have jumped to more than 50% of earnings across the capital

A third of Scots are now living in fuel poverty

25 October, 2016

Hundreds of thousands of households struggle to heat their homes - despite a pledge to eradicate the problem by November

Givan vows to do all he can to help meet social housing need in Lagan Valley

25 October, 2016

Communities Minister Paul Givan has vowed to do all he can to ensure that new social housing development opportunities are brought forward

License to thrill - new changes to HMO licensing are worth getting excited about

25 October, 2016

The government is extending mandatory licensing for houses in multiple occupation so 870,000 additional private tenants have extra protection from rogue landlords, including through minimum space standards

Letting agency couple deny 38 counts of fraud

24 October, 2016

Two letting agents have denied fraud

Theresa May 'raiding' childcare fund for poor families to fulfil election promise

24 October, 2016

Disadvantaged children paying the price as ministers struggle to fund election promise of extra childcare hours for the better-off

Families evicted for Peterborough homeless centre

24 October, 2016

More than 70 families are to be evicted from a housing complex to make way for homeless people

The crooked 'landlords' who are finding new ways to cheat desperate renters

24 October, 2016

Intense competition for sought-after properties means it's all too easy to be taken in by fraudsters

Exceptions to the limiting of the individual Child Element of Child Tax Credit and the Child Element of Universal Credit to a maximum of two children

24 October, 2016

The consultation seeks views and evidence in relation to the detailed design and implementation of the exceptions to the policy to limit the Individual Child Element of Child Tax Credit and the Child Element of Universal Credit to a maximum of two children

'Can a charity help me pay my utility bills?'

24 October, 2016

There are some charitable grants available for people who are having problems affording some utility bills

Housing Benefit subsidy initial pre-audit final claims: Apr 2015 to Mar 2016

24 October, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit initial pre-audit final claims expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2015 to 2016

Housing Benefit subsidy mid-year estimates: Apr 2015 to Mar 2016

24 October, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit mid-year estimates expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2015 to 2016

Housing Benefit subsidy initial estimates: Apr 2015 to Mar 2016

24 October, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit initial estimates expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2015 to 2016

Silver Renters on the rise

24 October, 2016

Four in ten people currently renting a property in the UK are now aged over 46 - with 18% aged over 55

An independent Scotland would protect vulnerable welfare claimants claims I

24 October, 2016

An independent Scotland would not allow welfare claimants to be persecuted and humiliated in the same way as the main characters as in the newly-released film, I Daniel Blake

Employment support cuts could affect 45,000 disabled jobseekers

24 October, 2016

Association warns schemes set to replace current government programmes are dramatically smaller

Council rents could more than double as part of housing business plan

24 October, 2016

Tenants in social housing looking to upgrade to a new home as part of the council's £40m investment could have to fork out more than double in rental costs as part of a new business plan

Theresa May faces Tory backlash over planned cuts to in-work benefits

21 October, 2016

Backbenchers girding themselves' for campaign to make new system of universal credit fairer before chancellor's autumn statement

DWP to create new Universal Credit tech lead role

21 October, 2016

Recruitment underway for entirely new position to oversee technology scope of the new digital service gradually being trialled as part of government's delayed welfare reforms

Fining homeless people for being homeless is cruel and unworkable

21 October, 2016

One in 10 councils are using their powers to criminalise rough sleepers - let's hope public anger can translate into pressure to end homelessness, for good

£800 a month rent charged for rooms in 'dangerous' subdivided flat

21 October, 2016

Enforcement officers find single flat subdivided into small units that 18 tenants were paying an average rent of £800 a month for

Landlords urge UK to follow Irish example and abolish change to tax relief

21 October, 2016

A decision by Ireland to reverse its policy preventing residential landlords from claiming full mortgage interest tax relief on their rental income should send a powerful message to the UK

London landlords advised not to be greedy and value tenants in period of stagnation

21 October, 2016

Landlords in London are being advised not to seek rent increases and to even consider reducing rents for particularly good tenants as the sector is currently stagnating

Landlord report

21 October, 2016

How your landlord told us it performed in 2015/2016

Givan announces campaign to raise awareness of Personal Independence Payment

21 October, 2016

Communities Minister Paul Givan MLA has announced an advertising campaign to raise public awareness of the new Personal Independence Payment benefit

Private rents climbing in Scotland as English move in to invest

21 October, 2016

Rents in Scotland are continuing to climb

HMRC to take over work of tax credits firm Concentrix

21 October, 2016

US firm that was hired to handle UK claims and prevent fraud - but was accused of 'targeting families' - loses contract renewal

Sales of social housing increase by 8%

21 October, 2016

English social landlords sold nearly 22,000 homes in 2015/16, an increase of 8% on the previous year

Third of letting agents in major city face fines over failure to display fees

20 October, 2016

Nearly a third of letting agents in a major city are failing to comply with legislation despite being advised only last year of the need to display their fees

The London borough with a '50-year waiting list' for council houses

20 October, 2016

Candid admission appears in documentary on housing officials and people they are trying to help in deprived London borough

Welfare reform criticised as social housing changes approved

20 October, 2016

Government welfare reform came under fire as a council approved changes to its letting policy for social housing

London's 2m private renters 'let down' over spiralling costs

20 October, 2016

Sadiq Khan called out over survey of London renters

Scottish Buy-to-let index - August 2016

20 October, 2016

Strong summer performance for Scottish rental properties

Touchbase - Edition 115

20 October, 2016

This month we launch our Touchbase stakeholder survey

Landlords 'must not be taxed on turnover'

20 October, 2016

Scottish landlords take case against 'harmful' tax changes to the Treasury

The Private Rented Sector in Scotland

20 October, 2016

A Private Rented Sector provides good quality homes and high management standards, inspiring consumer confidence, and encourages growth through attracting investment

Free Online Maintenance and Repair Reporting Tool for Tenants Launches

20 October, 2016

The NLCE has launched a free online maintenance and repair reporting tool for private tenants in a bid to tackle the problem of maintenance/repair issues between landlords and tenants

More than 5,000 council homes 'at risk' in Rotherham

20 October, 2016

More than 5,000 council homes could be lost in Rotherham over the next 30 years

Falling sterling, rising prices and the benefits freeze

20 October, 2016

This morning the Office for National Statistics announced that inflation, as measured by the CPI, was 1.0% in the year to September

DWP must end harmful welfare conditionality

20 October, 2016

The Behavioural Insights Team says using the threat of sanctions may be counterproductive

Tenant fees - why the industry needs to act NOW

19 October, 2016

There is little doubt our industry is under attack from all sides

Government set to extend mandatory licensing of HMOs throughout England

19 October, 2016

The Government is planning to extend mandatory licensing for Houses in Multiple Occupation, removing the current three-storey rule

Majority of Londoners would pay for renters union

19 October, 2016

'When we asked for things to be fixed like the fire alarms the landlord would agree but then suddenly remember he hadn't put up the rent in a while'

Houses in Multiple Occupation and residential property licensing reforms

19 October, 2016

The Government values the private rented sector. It is a very important part of the country's housing market, housing around 4.3 million households in England

BME communities 'disproportionately impacted' by Universal Credit

19 October, 2016

With the BME National conference later this week, 24housing are publishing a series of pieces to mark the occasion

Universal Credit opened up work for Beverley and now she's really enjoying her job

19 October, 2016

Here's how Beverley was offered the job and has continued to receive support from Universal Credit since

Are you on the waiting list for a council house? Share your story

19 October, 2016

A new documentary shows people in parts of London being told to expect a 50-year wait for a council home

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 6 Oct 2016

19 October, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 6 October 2016

Immigration Act: Essential update for agents on Right to Rent checks

18 October, 2016

In this new article for EYE, I am warning that a new Immigration Act upgrade is to come into force before the end of this year, with serious legal implications for both letting agents and private landlords

Letting agents urged to cap fees to fair levels, as fears over outright ban continue

18 October, 2016

The National Approved Letting Scheme is launching a Fair Fees Forum

Crackdown on rogue landlords to include new minimum bedroom size

18 October, 2016

Government proposes mandatory standard of 6.52 sq metres and licensing wider range of properties to stop exploitation of tenants

Ireland's scrapping of buy-to-let tax is 'warning to Britain'

18 October, 2016

Ireland is reversing its 2009 policy that stopped landlords from claiming full mortgage interest tax relief on their rental income

Self-employed earn less than in 2001 - and will be hit by welfare cuts

18 October, 2016

Number of people working for themselves up by half in 15 years but their average pay down £60 a week

Tenants need safe homes and landlords should be forced to provide them

18 October, 2016

Shelter's research showing four out of 10 British homes are substandard is no surprise to those of us at the mercy of owners in the private rented sector

Rogue landlord crackdown

18 October, 2016

Government announces proposals to stop 'rabbit-hutch' properties by introducing a minimum bedroom size for homes in multiple occupation

Tax changes for private landlords are "complete tosh"

18 October, 2016

The head of a trade body representing private landlords has described the Government's position on tax changes it is applying to the sector as "complete tosh"

440,000 landlords forced up tax bracket from April 2017

18 October, 2016

More than four hundred-thousand landlords who pay the basic rate of tax will be forced into a higher tax bracket from April 2017 as planned changes to landlord taxation come in to force

Welsh Government will not axe 3% surcharge on buy-to-let homes

18 October, 2016

The 3% surcharge on buy-to-let homes will continue to be levied in Wales - despite hopes it would be ditched when the new Land Transaction Tax comes into force

Food banks 'a poor solution' as hungry families stay away

18 October, 2016

For every person who uses a food bank in Glasgow almost another four face going hungry

Tenant citing human rights to avoid eviction set to pursue case at European court

17 October, 2016

The Residential Landlords Association is warning that a landmark case of a tenant using the Human Rights Act to avoid eviction could make it harder to enforce Section 21 notices if the tenant wins her case at the European Court of Human Rights

Deadline looms for lettings agent licensing in Wales

17 October, 2016

Lettings agents have just under six weeks to comply with new licensing rules in Wales as data reveals thousands of Welsh landlords face missing the deadline

Pressure rises on calls to ban letting agent fees as petition handed to housing minister

17 October, 2016

An MP has presented a petition at Parliament calling for a ban on letting agent fees

Autumn Statement representation to HM Treasury From the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) October 2016

17 October, 2016

The growth of the private rented sector has led to a greater focus on property conditions

Property rentals to outstrip sales for first time since 1930s

17 October, 2016

Low supply and rising prices leads to more new lets than purchases, says estate agency

People with experience of benefits to design new social security system

17 October, 2016

At least 2,000 people who have direct experience of receiving benefits are to help shape Scotland's first ever social security system

The law is finally protecting renters from rogue landlords. Now ministers must enforce it

17 October, 2016

With home ownership a distant dream for a growing number of people, and access to social housing increasingly rationed, more and more people are being forced to rent from a private landlord

Managing Generation Rent

17 October, 2016

More housing associations are building sizeable private rent portfolios, with a customer base with different needs from its social tenants

Scrapping right-to-buy will cause social housing stock blocking

17 October, 2016

Right-to-Buy has now been suspended in Anglesey with the rest of Wales set to follow suit and has been brought in by assembly ministers as a means to protect the stock of social housing

HB G10/2016

17 October, 2016

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

New homes to encourage council house tenants to "downsize"

17 October, 2016

Poole Mayor Xena Dion has welcomed residents to the borough's newest council homes, built as part of a scheme to encourage tenants to 'downsize' to smaller properties

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