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Landlord fined over unsafe log burner

22 July, 2016

An unsafe log burner has cost a landlord over £1,000

London renters trying to move to flat shares to save money 'pay £2,000 in fees'

22 July, 2016

Hard-pressed Londoners who rent their homes have to shell out more than £2,000 in fees when moving into flatshare in order to save money

'£4.5bn a year up for grabs if Londoners rent out their homes'

22 July, 2016

A total of £4.5 billion a year could be earned if Londoners were to rent out their homes when going on holiday

Don't hold your breath for social housing

22 July, 2016

The calm, sound, unwavering economic case for funding, and promoting the funding of homes let at rents that people can meet from their incomes has not changed

Hundreds of private tenants to benefit from Charity Commission move

22 July, 2016

Hundreds of private tenants in rented homes in County Down and Belfast stand to benefit after an intervention by the Charity Commission

Private rented sector in UK seeing rapid growth

22 July, 2016

The private rented sector is continuing its rapid growth across the UK and is now well established as the second biggest form of tenure after home ownership

Extending a voluntary Right to Buy to housing association tenants (England)

22 July, 2016

The statutory Right to Buy came into effect on 3 October 1980

HCA probes landlords over market risk

22 July, 2016

The English social housing regulator is probing housing associations that are particularly exposed to a housing market downturn following the Brexit vote

Landlord allowed to pay £50 weekly instalments could take 15 years to pay fine

21 July, 2016

A landlord could take nearly 15 years to clear a £40,000 bill after a court agreed to let him pay weekly instalments

Universal credit falls five years behind schedule

21 July, 2016

Troubled welfare scheme will now not be completed until 2022, the seventh announced delay since 2013

Northern landlords raise doubts over minister's new role

21 July, 2016

Social landlords in the north of England have raised concerns about the new housing minister's extra role as minister for London

Supported housing announcement in Autumn

21 July, 2016

Vulnerable people living in social housing will know if they are to be included in benefit cuts later this year

Housing benefit cuts 'risk damaging UK's international reputation'

21 July, 2016

New PM's will "jeopardise the safety" of people fleeing domestic violence and also affect the elderly, people mental health difficulties and the homeless

Theresa May is right to highlight families' struggle with housing costs - but rent is the worry, not mortgages

21 July, 2016

Theresa May's first speech as Prime Minister included a promise to empower 'working class' families

Universal Credit scheme delayed

21 July, 2016

Ministers have announced a further delay to the government's flagship Universal Credit scheme

Housing Benefit Cap to be debated in House of Commons

21 July, 2016

An Opposition Day Debate on the proposals to cut housing benefit for vulnerable people in supported housing is to be held on the 20 July 2016

Half of tenants would leave town to achieve dream of homeownership

21 July, 2016

More than half of tenants would move or consider moving to a different town or city in order to buy a home

Reduce 'LHA cap' impact

21 July, 2016

Scottish ministers should use their new welfare powers to ease the impact of UK government cuts to housing benefit

No room

20 July, 2016

Despite extensive cuts to local authority budgets, millions of pounds are pouring from the public purse into youth homelessness services without any way of knowing what does and doesn't work

The valuation of buy to let and HMO properties guidance

20 July, 2016

Over the past 25 years there has been a major shift in the housing market in the UK that has led to an increased bias to private renting, both out of choice and out of need

'Vastly more' affordable housing needed to tackle Scotland's 'sobering' housing crisis

20 July, 2016

The only long-term solution for Scotland to help its struggling first time buyers is to build vastly more affordable, quality housing in the places where people want to live

Properties run as Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) are earning double-digit returns for London landlords - if they can navigate the rules

20 July, 2016

Running a property as a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) could provide double-digit returns for London's landlords

Landlords should seek advice about the tax changes ahead

20 July, 2016

With several tax changes for residential properties announced over the past 12 months, landlords need to be aware of how these could affect their tax bill

Private rental sector is the 'new home of poverty' in the UK

20 July, 2016

Urgent action is needed to empower local authorities to drive up the standards of privately owned homes

Giving renters back control over their lives

20 July, 2016

It's worth pausing for a moment on the promise Theresa May made in her first speech as prime minister

HB A7/2016

20 July, 2016

The Housing Benefit and State Pension Credit (Temporary Absence) (Amendment) Regulations 2016

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 7 Jul 2016

20 July, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 7 Jul 2016

No phones, low pay, sent home for purple hair - life on a zero-hours contract

20 July, 2016

Nearly 1 million workers in the UK face the insecurity of unguaranteed shift work. Here, one agency employee reveals the trials they face, from unpaid lunch breaks to strict check-in procedures

Renting to students, particularly those from overseas, may be more rewarding than risky for landlords

20 July, 2016

Are a few bad apples spoiling it for the whole bunch?

Will Theresa May try to fix the broken housing market?

19 July, 2016

Some Tory MPs worry that poorer families have been denied decent homes through the government's obsession with subsidising home ownership - at the expense of social housing

Complaints about social landlords ease off

19 July, 2016

The number of complaints and enquiries about social landlords received by the Housing Ombudsman Service has levelled off following a huge increase over the last few years

MPs face questions about post-Brexit housing

19 July, 2016

The chancellor will decide whether the government remains committed to social housing

Middle-income families in UK resemble the poor of years past, says IFS

19 July, 2016

Households on middle incomes receive 30% of income from benefits and tax credits, a rise on 20 years ago, report finds

House Price Index

19 July, 2016

June 2016

Over 87,000 London children without a permanent home

19 July, 2016

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

Cameron 'worst ever' PM for housing

19 July, 2016

David Cameron has been branded the 'worst ever' PM for housebuilding in a survey commissioned from the independent House of Commons Library

NLA launches tenancy management software

18 July, 2016

The NLA has launched its newest service, Landlord Vision, which uses cloud-based software to help landlords manage almost every aspect of their tenancies

Falling short: the experiences of families below the Minimum Income Standard

18 July, 2016

Joseph Rowntree report

More than one in three families in the UK now have incomes below the Minimum Income Standard (MIS), a benchmark based on what the public agrees a household needs as a minimum to live on

Millennials paying more rent than Baby Boomers

18 July, 2016

Resolution Foundation report

Millennials will have paid around £53,000 in rent by the time they reach 30

Landlords urge Welsh government to introduce a new tax to boost rented housing supply

18 July, 2016

Assembly members in Wales are being asked to scrap the 3% stamp duty hike and instead introduce a new Land Transaction Tax

Bank of Mum and Dad is now paying the rent, too

18 July, 2016

Parents in Britain put hand into pocket to the tune of £1bn a year, as housing crisis grows

Freud orders 'urgent' review into Universal Credit arrears

18 July, 2016

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

New housing minister appointed

18 July, 2016

Gavin Barwell has been appointed as the new housing minister

EU migrants may face 'right to stay' curbs

18 July, 2016

EU migrants who come to the UK as Brexit nears may not be given the right to stay, David Davis has said

Vilifying the asylum seeker next door is just plain racist

15 July, 2016

Brexit has emboldened people who publicly campaign for people fleeing torture and war to be denied even poor, cramped housing

How much does it cost UK councils to take in refugees?

15 July, 2016

Britain pledged to take in 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020. How close are we to that target and how does the current initiative match up to previous schemes?

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

15 July, 2016

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

Still time for Bacs campaign

15 July, 2016

Social housing providers still have time to take advantage of a national housing rents campaign, which aims to deliver vital time and cost savings for those in the sector

May day signals

15 July, 2016

Freshly installed prime minister Theresa May has already signalled she is a social reformer

Understanding your tenants

15 July, 2016

Different tenants different circumstances

Fire, Gas and Carbon Monoxide Safety Regulations:

15 July, 2016

What English social landlords need to know

MPs press Government for LHA cap safeguards

15 July, 2016

The Government has made positive reassurances about the future funding of supported housing, despite stopping short of extending its exemption from the looming LHA cap

Councils free to decide on Pay to Stay rents

15 July, 2016

Ministers have said it is up to councils to decide how they determine 'market rent' levels under the Pay to Stay policy

2014 - based Household Projections: England, 2014 - 2039

14 July, 2016

DCLG statistical release

Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 Overview of the Act and implications for the sector

14 July, 2016

Report by Community Housing Cymru

The Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 was enacted in response to increased numbers of people currently accessing the rented market in Wales and in an effort 'to make it simpler and easier to rent a home, replacing various complex pieces of legislation with one clear legal framework'

Faster internet to be rolled out to more communities

14 July, 2016

Households in several rural communities across Scotland are to be given access to high-speed fibre broadband

The business case for affordable housing

14 July, 2016

Peabody Trust and CBI report

This report reveals that Londoners living in social housing contributed at least £15bn to the capitals economy in 2015 alone

DWP benefit Blockchain trial slammed by digital experts

14 July, 2016

The DWP trial, which began in May and will run for three to six months, currently involves eight benefits claimants but may increase to up to 24

Theresa May told: "start building social housing"

14 July, 2016

New PM Theresa May is urged to honour her words on dealing with the housing deficit

Interest rates could be cut to new low

14 July, 2016

The Bank of England could make the first cut to UK interest rates in more than seven years

Council building power diminished 92% by government policies

14 July, 2016

Councils' capacity to fund building through their rent accounts has shrunk from 550,000 homes over 30 years to just 45,000 as a result of government policies

The fall and rise of the council estate

13 July, 2016

For decades, the Aylesbury estate in south London has been seen as a symbol of the failure of British social housing. But now - just as it is being demolished - many people are starting to think again

The secret life of a benefits officer: we are the human face of bad government decisions

13 July, 2016

We fall into two camps: those who want to help people keep a roof over their heads and those who seek to weed out fraudulent claimants

The future of supported housing

13 July, 2016

An adjournment debate on the future of supported housing

Universal Credit Statistical Ad Hoc: Data on Alternative Payment Arrangements

13 July, 2016

This publication provides ad hoc statistics on Managed Payment to Landlord (MPTL) Alternative Payment Arrangements (APAs) in Universal Credit Live Service

Citizens Advice Scotland: Welfare system 'not working'

13 July, 2016

The most vulnerable people in Scotland are falling into destitution because the benefits system is 'simply not working', according to a charity

HB A6/2016

13 July, 2016

DWP circular - Payment Deductions Project

LIN press release - DHP underspend 2015-16

13 July, 2016

LIN press release

Residents to benefit from housing associations home swap

13 July, 2016

More than 1,400 households will have a new landlord and a more local service, after two leading housing associations completed a major stock exchange

Cash strapped councils turn down 21% of DHP applications

13 July, 2016

English councils with tenants hit hardest by welfare cuts are turning down one in five applicants for a hardship fund

Landlords' pet hate when it comes to tenants - and it's not pets

12 July, 2016

A YouGov survey has found that smokers are the least popular type of tenants with landlords

Newly agreed rents continue to rise - but how much will be too much?

12 July, 2016

Rents continue to rise but landlords are getting conscious about tenant affordability amid uncertainty following the Brexit vote and ahead of further tax changes next year

Property valuations rise for first-time buyers but sharply down for buy-to-let landlords

12 July, 2016

Predictions of property price cuts since the Brexit vote have yet to ring true

Squalor still endemic in Britain as UK welfare state judged 'mediocre' to other European countries

12 July, 2016

With approximately 15 million people classified by Eurostat as at 'risk of poverty or social exclusion', the UK is ranked 15th of 23 European countries on the ILC-UK's Poverty and Social Exclusion Index

Scots rent rises among largest in UK

12 July, 2016

Tenants in Scotland have had to meet rent increases that are among the highest in the UK and accelerating at almost twice the countrywide average

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment: second independent review call for evidence

12 July, 2016

We are seeking feedback on how the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment is working

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

12 July, 2016

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

Renting in London: £500-a-month rooms are 'on the verge of extinction' as demand continues to soar

12 July, 2016

New figures reveal that nearly half the rooms in London flatshares now cost more than £750 a month

UK welfare state 'mediocre' and in need of reform

12 July, 2016

Region ranks 15th out of 23 countries in terms tackling poverty and social exclusion

Steep rise in private tenants seeking help with illegal evictions

11 July, 2016

There has been a 50% rise in private tenants appealing for help with illegal evictions

Councillors told that response of just 58 gives 'clear mandate' for blanket licensing scheme

11 July, 2016

A council which is planning to introduce a blanket licensing scheme of all rental properties in the city received just 58 responses to a consultation on its proposals

Major banks 'charging more to borrow money than payday lenders'

11 July, 2016

The magazine found that some RBS customers could face costs of £90, while customers at Lloyds, HSBC and TSB could face £80

Universal Credit: Data on alternative payment arrangements

11 July, 2016

Statistics on Managed Payment to Landlord (MPTL) Alternative Payment Arrangements (APAs) in the Universal Credit live service

Universal Credit online channel usage

11 July, 2016

This publication provides ad hoc statistics on the online completion of tasks by claimants in the Universal Credit full service

Universal Credit evaluation framework: 2016

11 July, 2016

This document updates the original framework by reviewing what we have done so far and setting out future evaluation plans

Prisoners to help build social housing

11 July, 2016

A Trafford social housing consortium has employed eight inmates from HM Hindley Prison

Landlord crammed 28 tenants into house with one toilet

11 July, 2016

If the flashbacks to your squalid uni house share make you shudder, you might not want to read this

Buy-to-let: Why you'll need a 60pc deposit

11 July, 2016

The most risk-averse lenders could start to offer special 40pc mortgages as the buy-to-let market becomes more tightly regulated

'I'll build 10,000 council houses' says Labour man battling to become region's first mayor

11 July, 2016

Former Birmingham councillor Steve Bedser launches bid to become Labour candidate for West Midlands mayor with a dig at his 'career politician' rival Sion Simon

Financial specialist wins battle over -to-let mortgages

11 July, 2016

A financial specialist who won a legal fight over buy-to-let mortgages says borrowers have started to collect compensation

LIN Press Release - Evaluation of the Universal Support delivered locally trials

08 July, 2016

This report presents findings from the evaluation of the 'Universal Support - delivered locally' trials, which ran in eleven areas of Great Britain between September 2014 and August/November 2015

HB S8/2016

08 July, 2016

New Burdens payment for the implementation of the 2016 benefit cap changes

The myth of Bristol's benefit claimants exposed - the city's missing millions going unclaimed

08 July, 2016

The amount of money being stolen by benefit cheats in Bristol is 20 times smaller than the amount of benefits people are entitled to claim but haven't

Councils spend £100m helping renters hit by benefit cuts

08 July, 2016

Discretionary payments of £85.3m made to close gap left by bedroom tax while just over £14m paid to those squeezed by cap on benefits

Suffolk Housing Society takes steps to mitigate Universal Credit

08 July, 2016

Suffolk Housing Society, a social landlord in East Anglia with over 2,500 properties, has invested in Mobysoft's Rentsense solution to help them mitigate the rent cut and Universal Credit

Senior judges block tenant's eviction despite cannabis farm

08 July, 2016

A housing associations' bid to evict a tenant who had 300 cannabis plants in her spare bedroom has been dismissed by senior judges

Third of U.K. Councils Say No to Housing Refugees

08 July, 2016

London and Greater Manchester have taken in the fewest number of refugee families

DWP plans longer-term supported housing exemption

08 July, 2016

Ministers plan to extend an exemption for supported housing from the 'Local Housing Allowance cap' as they seek a long-term solution to the problem

Evaluation of the Universal Support delivered locally trials

07 July, 2016

This report presents findings from evaluation of the Universal Support delivered locally trials

Repent at leisure? Why the introduction of Pay to Stay should be slowed right down

07 July, 2016

It would be easy to imagine that all of Government is focused on the possible implications of leaving the EU

The Housing Benefit and State Pension Credit (Temporary Absence)(Amendment) Regulations 2016: SSAC report and government statement

07 July, 2016

A SSAC report on regulations to change how long someone absent from Great Britain can remain entitled - and the government's response

Universal Credit forcing landlords into evictions

07 July, 2016

The Universal Credit system that replaced six means-tested benefits and tax credits is causing people to be unnecessarily evicted

Wirral landlord fined £10,000 for renting out unsafe bedsits

07 July, 2016

Mohammed Fiaz rented out the property on Borough Road, Seacombe to vulnerable adults

The end of Buy to Let - blessing or disaster?

07 July, 2016

Buy to Let has been the subject of much impassioned rage from the housing sector, claiming it only makes the housing crisis gripping the nation worse

The towns where buy-to-let landlords could be 'locked out' if new strict lending rules are applied

07 July, 2016

59 out of 85 towns and cities analysed would not be accessible to landlords if tighter lending criteria is applied

Londoners fear 'Pay to Stay' law will price poor tenants out of the capital

07 July, 2016

From the moment Jan Sweeney first got the keys to her council flat in west London 35 years ago, she hoped she had found a sanctuary from the economic unrest gripping the city

Landlords to answer VFM questions

07 July, 2016

Housing associations will have to defend higher than usual costs or demonstrate they are making savings in future 'in-depth assessments'

Credit agency 'monitoring' landlords with London sales exposure

07 July, 2016

A credit ratings agency is "monitoring" London providers with large exposures to the sales market

Third of councils top up housing benefits after cap

07 July, 2016

About a third of English councils have spent additional money topping up a government fund aimed at cushioning the impact of welfare changes

Illegal sub-letting scams 'being done with landlord's consent'

06 July, 2016

A new sub-letting scam has been identified by housing lawyer Ben Reeve Lewis

Money Box Live: Benefits - is the system too complex?

06 July, 2016

Is our welfare benefit system too complex?

Carney warns of housing crisis if landlords leave the market

06 July, 2016

A mass sell-off by landlords could amplify a property market crash and pose problems for vulnerable households

Executive confirms plans for new social housing scheme in Rathcoole

06 July, 2016

The Northern Ireland Housing Executive has confirmed plans for a new social housing development in the heart of the Rathcoole estate

Unexpected rental costs leave tenants out of pocket

06 July, 2016

A disgruntled minority of private tenants say they are being left out-of-pocket after being hit by unexpected costs not covered by their landlord

Listen: how can we fix renting for families?

06 July, 2016

Welcome to this Shelter podcast, presented by myself and John Bibby, taking a look at unstable private renting in England

Landlords forced to pay more upfront to meet stricter buy-to-let lending rules

06 July, 2016

A property crowdfunding platform is claiming that stricter rules on lending to buy-to-let landlords could "choke off" access to potential investors in the market

Crisis launches £150k fund for projects helping homeless people to rent

06 July, 2016

A two year funding programme has been launched offering a total of £150k to local projects supporting homeless people or those at risk of homelessness to rent a home

We're scrapping right to buy in Wales to protect vulnerable families

06 July, 2016

People should be able to get on the property ladder without it depleting our social housing stock. We must ensure everybody has a decent place to live

Pay to Stay for housing associations

06 July, 2016

Pay to Stay is not compulsory for housing associations, but some may wish to introduce their own scheme for higher income households

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment: second independent review

06 July, 2016

The second independent review of the Personal Independence Payment assessment process

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments: financial year 2015/16

06 July, 2016

Analysis of the use of Discretionary Housing Payment funds by local authorities

ARLA President says online letting agents expensive for what they do

05 July, 2016

As the new President of ARLA, Nik Madan can expect a busy year

Jobs to go as Coast & Country Housing deals with fall in rental income

05 July, 2016

Redcar-based Coast & Country Housing are also closing a district office as 2015 Budget change kicks in

Court Shorts: Landlords fined for harassment and unlicensed HMO

05 July, 2016

A landlord looking for a quick house sale tried to harass a tenant out of the property with loud music

Mentally ill man was 'let down by the mental health and benefits systems'

05 July, 2016

The family of a mentally ill man who was found dead in his home say he was let down by the system

Landlords warned over purchasing deposit hikes

05 July, 2016

Concerning new claims from crowdfunding platform Property Partner suggest that tighter lending criteria from the Bank of England could have a severe impact on deposits required from buy-to-let landlords

Birmingham landlord fined over £3k for harassing a tenant

05 July, 2016

A landlord was fined £3,100 at Birmingham Magistrates Court for harassing a tenant at his home in Russell Road, Moseley

Will EU exit mean higher food prices and staff shortages?

05 July, 2016

With sterling sliding and fuel costs rising, farmers, producers and retailers face up to rising input and sourcing costs

First Scots prosecution over failure to protect tenants' deposits expected to lead to more

05 July, 2016

First prosecution in Scotland over failure to protect tenants' deposits expected to lead to more

Ending of private tenancies responsible for almost a third of homelessness

04 July, 2016

The ending of an assured shorthold tenancy with a private landlord was the most common reason for homelessness in the first quarter of this year

Councils step up raids on housing budgets

04 July, 2016

Cash-strapped councils are increasingly drawing cash from their housing budgets to plug gaps in back-office costs

Divorce 'driving rise in over-50s who have to rent': Nearly a third now lease property after strong increase over the past five years

04 July, 2016

More than a third of people aged 50 and over rent, up from a quarter in 2011

Weathering the Brexit storm: What the UK voting to leave the EU means for buyers, sellers and renters

04 July, 2016

A week on from its biggest economic shock in a generation, the housing market is coming to terms with the UK leaving the EU

Falling profits on buy-to-let? Landlords converting family homes to student digs or shared properties for young professionals to boost rent

04 July, 2016

Buy-to-let landlords have been hit by a barrage of changes in the past year, facing tax reliefs cuts, stamp duty bills hikes and a consequent clampdown on mortgage availability

Tory tax and benefit plans 'widen generation divide'

04 July, 2016

Split seen in EU referendum will worsen as cash redistributed to the old, independent analysis finds

Housing associations press ahead with "pay to stay"

04 July, 2016

It is estimated that there are over 6,000 households renting in the social housing sector where the household income is over £100,000

HB Direct Issue 169

04 July, 2016

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

Conservative PM challengers pledge social housing

04 July, 2016

Conservative leadership hopeful Stephen Crabb has pledged to create a £100bn "Growing Britain Fund" for infrastructure projects including social housing

The tax avoidance schemes luring landlords hit by new 3pc stamp duty

04 July, 2016

The Government's new "landlord tax" has created an industry of tax avoiders who are luring victims into schemes which could leave them thousands of pounds out of pocket

Touchbase - Edition 112

01 July, 2016

As with every other part of Government, following the EU referendum result last week, the day to day business of the Department for Work and Pensions continues as usual

Touching the voids

01 July, 2016

The impact of energy efficiency on social landlord income and business plans

Landlords' Barometer - #37: Landlords put their plans on hold after Brexit

01 July, 2016

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #37"

Right to Buy to be abolished in Wales

01 July, 2016

Right to Buy is to be abolished in Wales

easyProperty boss calls for a £100 cap on letting agent fees

01 July, 2016

easyProperty CEO Rob Ellice is backing a call for letting agent fees to be capped

Poverty after housing costs by housing tenure

01 July, 2016

Since 2002/03 the number in poverty in all but owned with mortgage tenure types has decreased

The Scottish Government will not meet its target to end fuel poverty

01 July, 2016

The Scottish Government has recently stated that it will not meet its target to end fuel poverty in Scotland

London council launches 'right-to-invest' for low-income tenants

01 July, 2016

Barking and Dagenham's version of right-to-buy scheme aimed at retaining housing stock while letting tenants buy a share in their property at discount

Underwriting standards for buy-to-let mortgage contracts

01 July, 2016

Buy-to-let reforms should reflect wider market conditions

The housing headwind

30 June, 2016

Income gains for private renters have been absorbed by rising housing costs more than twice over in just over a decade

The impact of rising housing costs on UK living standards

MP presents petition in Commons calling for letting agent fees to be capped

30 June, 2016

An MP has presented a petition to the House of Commons calling for letting agents' fees to be capped

UK borrowing rises at fastest rate in more than a decade

30 June, 2016

Value of credit cards, personal loans and overdrafts rose by 9.9% on a year earlier in May

New figures show for the first time the alarming lack of government investment in affordable housing to rent

30 June, 2016

CIH reveal for the first time the extent to which government investment is being directed towards the private market and home ownership

Reforms to support social sector tenants

30 June, 2016

Lord Freud spoke about the benefits of working together to improve people's lives at the Chartered Institute of Housing conference

Welfare

30 June, 2016

Support for government welfare reform

Little support for reducing spending for most groups

Making welfare for Wales: Should benefits for people of working age be devolved?

30 June, 2016

Social security payments totaling approximately £10 billion are distributed in Wales every year

Kerslake urges ministers to revise view of social housing

30 June, 2016

The former head of the civil service has called on ministers to change their view of social housing

Serial fraudster who ran string of letting agencies jailed for four and a half years

29 June, 2016

A letting agent who scammed dozens of tenants and landlords out of more than £220,000 of rents and deposits has been jailed for four and a half years

Universal Credit expands to all claimants in 5 more areas

29 June, 2016

Universal Credit becomes available to all types of claimant in Harrogate, Richmond (North Yorkshire), Inverness, Hammersmith and Ryedale

Breaking: Wales ready to abolish Right to Buy

29 June, 2016

Right to Buy is running out of time in Wales

Another lender clamps down on landlords - but could Brexit rescue buy-to-let?

29 June, 2016

TSB has become the latest lender to make it harder for landlords to borrow buy-to-let mortgages, by reducing the amount it is prepared to lend relative to a landlords' rental income

Banks suspend deals for landlords: Buy-to-let lenders pulling loans in case homes slip into negative equity

29 June, 2016

Buy-to-let lenders are temporarily pulling loans for borrowers with small deposits until the dust from the Brexit vote settles

Hold out for lowest home loans ever! Best mortgage deals tipped to become even cheaper after Brexit rate cut

29 June, 2016

Interest rates forecast to be cut to 0.25% by Bank of England after Brexit

This is how the EU referendum vote could impact on UK households

29 June, 2016

Housing and banking, petrol and pensions will all feel the effects of the Brexit vote

New research links energy efficient homes to savings for landlords

29 June, 2016

Potential for £2.4 million savings per year for social landlords identified. Costs from rent arrears and voids saved by efficient stock highlighted by new study involving 25 social landlords managing 500,000 homes

CIH bid to mend 'tense' local government relationships

29 June, 2016

CIH has announced a drive to fix the "tension" between councils and housing associations following the extension of the Right to Buy

Cut in number of homeless in Scotland

28 June, 2016

The number of people in Scotland assessed as homeless or under the threat of being homeless went down by 5% in 2015/16

Comparing private rented sector policies in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

28 June, 2016

There is no overarching statutory regulation of private sector letting or managing agents in England nor any legal requirement for them to belong to a trade association

Britain's biggest landlord caught in Brexit turmoil - as he attempts to sell 1,000 properties

28 June, 2016

Britain's biggest landlord has been caught in Brexit turmoil as he attempts to sell 1,000 properties just as buyers are stalling and pulling out of deals en-mass over market fears

Tenant chances boosted by co-operation deal

28 June, 2016

The employment prospects of housing association tenants' are being boosted by closer co-operation between training and social housing providers

Majority of social housing tenants 'voted to leave the EU'

28 June, 2016

A majority of social housing tenants voted to Leave the European Union, according to an analysis by polling expert Lord Ashcroft

Several large landlords planning for Pay to Stay adoption

28 June, 2016

A clutch of leading landlords have begun planning for the introduction of Pay to Stay

Income-related benefits: estimates of take-up: financial year 2014/15

28 June, 2016

Estimates of take-up of income-related benefits for Great Britain for the financial year 2014/15

Proposal for a strong and sustainable future for supported and sheltered housing

28 June, 2016

The Federation has consulted extensively with our housing association members and stakeholders to develop our recommendation for a secure, sustainable funding model for supported and sheltered housing

The Impact of Welfare Reform in Scotland - Tracking Study - Sweep 4 Report

27 June, 2016

The aim of this study was to explore the impact of ongoing welfare changes on a range of working age households in Scotland

New £80m class action against Foxtons could affect almost all letting agents

27 June, 2016

A new class action is being assembled against Foxtons over its charging of fees to tenants

Austerity is the cause of our economic woes. It's nothing to do with the EU

27 June, 2016

The referendum shows how far Britain's economic failures have divided the country, but Brexit will only make them harder to address

Landlords in UK urged to stay calm in face of EU exit vote

27 June, 2016

Residential landlords in the UK are being urged not to read too much into the decision by the country to leave the European Union, having gone through a turbulent period recently

What impact will Britain's vote to leave the EU have on the PRS?

27 June, 2016

Today marks a very important day in Britain's history

Councils' cash from EU 'should be guaranteed' if withdrawn

27 June, 2016

The government should guarantee English councils will still receive the £5.3bn they had been allocated from EU funds

EIB 'stands by' funding commitments following Leave vote

27 June, 2016

The EIB has said it will honour social housing funding commitments already in place with the UK following the vote to leave the European Union

The accidental landlord:'the Chancellor's solution to the housing crisis is a "dog's dinner" - but it's tenants who will suffer'

27 June, 2016

The Chancellor's bid to hit private landlords in the pocket will only worsen the misery of rocketing rents

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain, results: May 2016

27 June, 2016

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

Could front line workers hold the key to improving care in social housing?

27 June, 2016

From gas engineers to neighbourhood officers, rent collectors to handy-people; promoting health isn't the first thing that springs to mind when you think about these roles

Future of the welfare state

27 June, 2016

As one of the key challenges facing the nation, successfully tackling the housing crisis is a critical litmus test for politicians and policy makers

15 things Brexit may mean for property

24 June, 2016

Reactions coming in thick and fast follwing today's Brexit vote

Economic uncertainty means renters need security

24 June, 2016

We haven't commented on the EU referendum as a debate about the future of the country was all a bit above us. Renters are a mixed bunch and have different reasons for voting Remain or Leave

Property market lull may follow vote to leave EU

24 June, 2016

Commentators suggest the lull in the UK property market will continue following the UK's vote to leave the EU

Landlords prosecuted for poor standards at Gloucester HMO under crackdown by council and fire and rescue service

24 June, 2016

Two more landlords have been prosecuted for poor standards at Houses in Multiple Occupation

Every week Charlotte sees desperation at first hand - outside the job centre

24 June, 2016

Her group have been helping jobseekers exposed to the vagaries of Britain's benefit system. She says people feel like criminals in a culture of fear

Buy-to-let mortgage rates take a tumble on Brexit fears as lenders scramble to tempt landlords stalling on investing

24 June, 2016

A stamp duty hike hangover and fears that Britain will vote to abandon the European Union today have pushed lenders to slash buy-to-let rates and bump up how much they'll lend to landlords who are delaying investment

Personal Independence Payment: Official Statistics

24 June, 2016

This summary contains official statistics on PIP registrations, clearances and awards, clearance and outstanding times and mandatory reconsiderations

Birmingham landlord ordered to pay nearly £4,000

24 June, 2016

A Birmingham landlord has been ordered to pay nearly £4,000 after being found guilty of failing to apply for a House in Multiple Occupation licence

Whose Right to Buy Is It Anyway?

24 June, 2016

Around 2.5m council tenants across the UK have bought their homes since Right to Buy started in 1980

Councils sound warning over Pay to Stay timetable

24 June, 2016

The government is facing pressure from councils over the "horrendously short" timescale required to implement its controversial Pay to Stay policy by April next year

PIP figures fuel concerns over cuts, while activists plan day of action

24 June, 2016

DWP figures show that just 71 per cent of DLA recipients who applied for the new PIP were successful with their claim in April 2016

Scottish landlords now making paper losses of nearly £3,800 per year

23 June, 2016

Falling house prices and higher tax on purchases have seen landlord returns on buy-to-let drop in the 12 months to May

Regardless of today's referendum result, lettings market to be 'unaffected' in short term

23 June, 2016

Whatever the outcome of today's EU referendum, lettings agents do not believe supply, demand or rental costs will be shaken or stirred - in the short term, at least

Need to cut the use of foodbanks

23 June, 2016

The second meeting of Motherwell and Wishaw Poverty Action Network discussed how foodbank use in the area could be slashed

Rent increases and rent lawfully due

23 June, 2016

A few years ago now, I was instructed by Luton Law Centre in a series of possession cases brought by BPHA in Luton and Bedford County Courts

Conference examines role of how customer service can save social housing

23 June, 2016

The role of customer service in "saving" social housing was on the agenda at Omfax System's annual user conference in Warwickshire

Residents offered help to furnish their new homes

23 June, 2016

Tenants on low incomes are being helped to make their house into a home

HCA urges bids for supported housing grant

23 June, 2016

Landlords have been urged to bid for supported housing funding despite the government's benefit changes

Who gets housing benefit and what does it cost?

23 June, 2016

The government spent £24bn on housing benefit in 2014. More than half of claimants under 35 are single mothers and many live in deprived coastal towns

Scottish rents hit record high as LBTT surcharge bites

22 June, 2016

Rents jump 1.3% month-on-month in April - the fastest growth on record, after new LBTT surcharge

Mapped: the tenancy fees faced nationwide by 'generation rent'

22 June, 2016

Tenancy fees can vary by more than 1,500pc depending on the agent and by hundreds of pounds between towns

Impact of Universal Credit

22 June, 2016

Average level of rent arrears of Universal Credit claimants in participating organisations has risen by 41.1% since roll out

Tenants have their say on housing strategy

22 June, 2016

Residents of Edinburgh have influenced the city council on its housing budget strategy

Landlords call for supported housing funding changes

22 June, 2016

The government should cap supported housing management costs and stop funding them through housing benefit

Labour calls for answers over RTB fraud claims

22 June, 2016

Labour has tabled urgent questions and threatened to call for a National Audit Office investigation over Inside Housing's research into Right to Buy fraud

ARLA PRS report

22 June, 2016

Letting agents don't anticipate major shift in rental market if UK votes for Brexit says ARLA report

Rent reduction : service cost de-pooling

22 June, 2016

This note examines the potential effects of de-pooling service costs from the rent for social landlords in England

A short guide on right to rent

22 June, 2016

What is the right to rent?

Buy-to-let mortgage fraudster escapes jail after £750,000 scam

21 June, 2016

A fraudster has escaped jail after a £750,000 mortgage scam

Campaign against buy to let 'tax grab' extends fund-raising deadline

21 June, 2016

The landlords campaigning for a judicial review of the legislation curtailing mortgage interest tax relief for buy to let landlords have extended their fund-raising deadline until the end of August

Why is renting such a pain?

21 June, 2016

The United Kingdom is now the most expensive place to rent in Europe, with accommodation costing, on average, 43% of a tenant's income

Here's what £1,000 a month in rent gets you in British cities

21 June, 2016

Can you get more for your property pound in Welsh cities compared to the English equivalent?

The effect of UK welfare reforms on the distribution of income and work incentives

21 June, 2016

As well as reducing expenditure, the UK government hopes that its welfare reforms will encourage work

Tenants arrears tracker

21 June, 2016

Serious tenant arrears fall 4% as jobs boom

Families now most common household in private rented sector

21 June, 2016

Families are the most common household type in the private rented sector for the first time

Letting agents and ghost listings

21 June, 2016

We were recently contacted by a homeowner that had fallen victim to fraudulent activity by a letting agent

DWP spending on IT contractors rockets amid Universal Credit delays

21 June, 2016

Spending on external IT contractors by the Department for Work and Pensions has rocketed to £8m every month in a desperate attempt to get the heavily delayed Universal Credit scheme back on track

16% of RTB purchasers 'on housing benefit'

21 June, 2016

Around 16% of council homes sold by 10 councils under the boosted Right to Buy have been to tenants on housing benefit

'Flash flood' in lettings market as rents dip amid increasing supply

20 June, 2016

Landlords are experiencing a short-term chill as rents fall amid increasing supply of rental properties that came to the market ahead of the Stamp Duty deadline

Fury as Shadow Housing Minister claims 'landlords cause homelessness'

20 June, 2016

A furious landlord has written an open letter to a senior politician who claimed that landlords cause homelessness

Tax changes prompt a fall in rent

20 June, 2016

Rents have reversed their spring trajectory as a tide of homes to let bought before the Stamp Duty Surcharge have reached the private rented sector

£10bn worth of benefits go unclaimed each year in the UK

20 June, 2016

Has social stigma gone too far?

Rent deals, housing hot-spots and sneaky ways to save money

20 June, 2016

Rents have reversed their Spring trajectory as a tide of homes to let bought before the April Stamp Duty surcharge have reached the private rented sector

Major changes to the private rented sector

20 June, 2016

The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 was recently passed by the Scottish Parliament

Charity condemns councils' £30m in 'sweeteners' to private landlords

20 June, 2016

An anti-poverty charity today attacked the millions of pounds in sweeteners paid by cash-strapped London boroughs to private landlords to persuade them to rent to council tenants

Starving and depending on foodbanks: why we need to rethink choice, deservingness, and stigma

20 June, 2016

With the growing foodbank queues came a growing interest towards their users

How do you solve a problem like LHA?

20 June, 2016

The 'LHA problem' has become wide and far-reaching - and is hitting the vulnerable and those on low incomes the most

Tenants launch union to challenge private landlords

20 June, 2016

New union aims to be antidote to landlords' industry bodies

Abolish tenancy deposits, says agent, to release £3.2bn into economy

17 June, 2016

A lettings agent has called for deposits to be abolished, saying it would release money into the economy and help stamp out rogue landlords and agents who help themselves to tenants' money

Making it Real for Supported Housing

17 June, 2016

A guide for providers and commissioners

£17 million needed to repair 1,140 rented homes with 'serious hazards'

17 June, 2016

More than 1,100 private rented homes in parts of North Staffordshire have 'serious' hazards

Disrupt Social Housing: Before Someone Disrupts It For You

17 June, 2016

All organisations face common challenges in coming years

Scottish landlords edge towards 'remain' though UK-wide vote is split

17 June, 2016

Landlords in Scotland intend to vote in favour of the UK remaining in the European Union in the upcoming referendum

Landlords welcome Supreme Court ruling that right to family life does not trump right to reclaim property

17 June, 2016

RLA has welcomed a Supreme Court ruling it says will boost investor confidence in the private rented sector by clarifying a point of law

Council saves money on costly temporary accommodation by purchasing homes

17 June, 2016

A London council claims its has saved almost £1 million in two years by purchasing homes to use as an alternative to nightly accommodation for vulnerable families

Number of retired renters soars by more than 200,000 in 4 years

17 June, 2016

The number of people living in private rented accommodation in retirement has soared by more than 200,000 in the last four years, according to a poll of private renters

DWP payments over £25,000 for 2016

17 June, 2016

Payments over £25,000 that DWP has made in 2016, including invoices, grants and expenses

HB Bulletin: G6/2016

17 June, 2016

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Landlord ordered to refund tenants of unlicensed HMOs

17 June, 2016

A legal tribunal has ruled that a landlord must refund his tenants rent totalling £2,934 because he housed them in unlicensed HMOs

More evictions, more homelessness: what's the government's response?

17 June, 2016

Every new set of homelessness figures shows that the ending of a private tenancy is the biggest reason why people are losing their homes

On a knife's edge - how landlords view next week's EU poll

16 June, 2016

The results of next week's EU poll look far too close to call

Buy-to-let market like watching a train crash in slow motion

16 June, 2016

The buy-to-let market has been described as a slow motion train crash with a landlord exodus and much higher rents

Landmark case as tenant loses after claiming Human Rights should prevent eviction

16 June, 2016

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by a private tenant who claimed a possession order on her home was a breach of her human rights

European court backs UK curbs on child benefit rights

16 June, 2016

A challenge to the UK's right to deny some EU migrants child benefit and child tax credits has been rejected by European judges

Netherlands landlord offers tenants 100 Euro rent cut for helping refugees

16 June, 2016

Trudo housing corporation residents to get monthly discount if they guide new arrivals through Dutch customs and rules

'I'm at the mercy of my landlord': life as a young renter

16 June, 2016

If you're under 30, you could spend half your income on renting a one-bedroom flat. How do our readers cope?

HB S7/2016

16 June, 2016

Rent Rebate Subsidy Limitation information - 2016/17

Over four-fifths of benefit claimants with disabilities worried about benefit changes

16 June, 2016

Nearly three-quarters of people with disabilities said they would feel more stressed about their financial situation if their benefits were to be cut or reduced

Under 35, on housing benefit, and impossible to house?

16 June, 2016

The 'Local Housing Allowance cap' is already narrowing the housing options for under-35s, Inside Housing reveals, with many housing associations planning to tighten allocation rules

Landlords cite high capital gains tax as their biggest issue

15 June, 2016

Landlords have ranked the decision to maintain the old capital gains tax rate on property while cutting it elsewhere as their biggest challenge

Rental arrears fall as tenants get their finances back on track

15 June, 2016

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

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to April 2016

15 June, 2016

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

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 2 Jun 2016

15 June, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 2 June 2016

Welfare support 'vital lifeline'

15 June, 2016

The majority of tenants claiming benefits are worried about future welfare changes

Spend half of your pay on rent? That's nothing out of the ordinary, you're just an average young single tenant in Britain

15 June, 2016

Young single tenants typically see half of their pay packet swallowed up in rent

Three-quarters of Benefit Claimants Worried about Future Welfare Changes

15 June, 2016

New research by the national charity Turn2us has found that 73% of low income households claiming means-tested benefits are worried about the welfare system

Borough bids for HMO control

15 June, 2016

A council coping with a rapid rise in HMOs is ready to "take back control"

NFA floats switch to monthly rent collection

15 June, 2016

NFA is gathering the views of its members on moving from weekly to monthly rent collection

350,000 renters put at risk of eviction in the last year - equivalent to more than the population of Leicester

15 June, 2016

Alarming new figures from housing charity Shelter have revealed more than 148,000 renting households in England were put at risk of losing their home in the past year

Restoring a Nation of Home Owners

14 June, 2016

Report by Civitas

What went wrong with home ownership in Britain, and how to start putting it right

Right-wing think tank calls for Right to Buy to be extended to private tenants

14 June, 2016

A right-wing think tank has called for Right to Buy to be extended to private tenants

'We have been treated like garbage. We are not garbage'

14 June, 2016

A man watched as his house was sold at auction

Implementing 'Right to Rent' immigration checks in Scotland: a recipe for confusion, complexity and discrimination?

14 June, 2016

There is fear that the UK government's latest round of immigration reforms could increase discrimination against some people wanting to rent privately and ride roughshod over Scottish housing law

Average Scottish tenancy deposits '£100 cheaper than England and Wales'

14 June, 2016

New renters in Scotland paid out on average almost £800 for a tenancy deposit over the last year

SNP falls short of socially-rented housing manifesto target

14 June, 2016

The SNP has missed a manifesto target to build more than 6,000 new socially-rented houses a year

Punishing landlords will not help more people onto the property ladder

14 June, 2016

It is demonstrably possible to promote home ownership whilst at the same time creating the environment needed for the rented sector to grow

Moody's: 'Brexit could be negative for associations'

14 June, 2016

A ratings agency has issued fresh warnings about the impact on housing associations if the UK votes to leave the European Union

Should private renters get the Right to Buy?

14 June, 2016

This is my second blog in response to Civitas's excellent new report Restoring a Nation of Homeownership

Landlord and letting agent both fined over illegal HMO

13 June, 2016

A landlord and his letting agent have both been fined for a number of offences relating to an illegally established house in multiple occupation

Cost of renting one-bed property soars in UK

13 June, 2016

Workers under 30 pay almost half of monthly wages in rent, while those in London pay even more

Regulator's new advisors help keep tenants at the heart of its work

13 June, 2016

The Scottish Housing Regulator has recruited a team of tenant advisors as one way of bringing a tenant perspective to the Regulator's scrutiny of landlords' services

CIH responds to HCA analysis of cost variation in the social housing sector

13 June, 2016

It is pleasing to see that the regulator's analysis shows housing associations have continued to reduce their costs over the last five years

Kent Reliance Buy To Let Britain report

13 June, 2016

Limited company lending rockets but tenants bear brunt of buy to let tax changes

From the County Courts - deposits, evictions and introductory tenancies

13 June, 2016

Some county court cases reported in the indispensable 'Housing: Recent Developments' in Legal Action for May 2016

Rent fees are a step closer to being scrapped

13 June, 2016

If you rent in England, Wales or Northern Ireland then you'll know all about those fees you have to pay when you sign a rental contract with a letting agent

Our tenants will pay the new taxes, say buy-to-let investors, as they push up rents by 6pc

13 June, 2016

Landlords will make tenants bear the brunt of increased buy-to-let taxation

HB A5/2016

13 June, 2016

Adjudication circulars provide updates to the Housing Benefit guidance manual for local authority staff

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

10 June, 2016

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

UK startup offers landlords continuous, deep surveillance of tenants' social media

10 June, 2016

New Startup That Sends Dossiers On Your Private Social Media Profiles To Potential Landlords

Landlord left family at 'serious risk' in dangerous house

10 June, 2016

A landlord refused to repair a house that council enforcement officers said put a family at serious risk

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

10 June, 2016

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

What Does the EU Referendum Mean for Private Renters?

10 June, 2016

As a 'disabled' privately renting female in London, you may think that I have one foot in and one foot out when it comes to the upcoming EU Referendum

Men's domestic violence refuge

10 June, 2016

The first north Wales refuge for men fleeing domestic abuse has opened in Flintshire

Tread carefully

10 June, 2016

Housing associations considering a move into the care home market should tread carefully

NLA donates to judicial review of clause 24

10 June, 2016

The NLA is to donate £10k to support the Judicial Review against the Government's controversial decision to remove Finance Costs for individual landlords

Bill gains support to outlaw letting fees for renters

10 June, 2016

A Private Members Bill to ban estate agents from charging tenants letting fees and to clamp down on rogue landlords is gathering wide support

The EU referendum and Fiscal impact on low income households

10 June, 2016

Report by National Institute of Social and Economic research

Low income families could receive hundreds of pounds less in benefit payments if the UK leaves the EU, according to report

Buy-to-let Britain

10 June, 2016

Buy-to-let landlords likely to increase rents to offset higher costs - report by Kent Reliance

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

09 June, 2016

Many landlords with similar arrangements could also face large bills.

A London council faces paying a £26.8m refund to tenants who were overcharged for water, in a case that could have implications for many other landlords.

Universal Credit Leads to Rent Arrears

09 June, 2016

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

One year on from the roll-out of Universal Credit (UC) in England, new research shows that 79% of council tenants in receipt of Universal Credit (UC) are in rent arrears.

Lender to go into loss this year through having to refund £27.5m to buy-to-let borrowers

09 June, 2016

The West Bromwich Mortgage Company will have to refund £27.5m to thousands of buy-to-let borrowers who had tracker mortgages

Stamp Duty surcharge starting to hit buy-to-let sector

09 June, 2016

The Stamp Duty surcharge on buy-to-let properties may be starting to bite

Delivering better value for money: understanding differences in unit costs

09 June, 2016

Analysis of unit costs in the social housing sector

Buy-to-let landlords win multimillion payout from West Bromwich

09 June, 2016

Court of appeal judges say building society was not entitled to raise tracker interest rates, ending 'David and Goliath' legal battle

Number of homes to rent decreases

09 June, 2016

The repercussions of the government's stamp duty hike on second homes may already be starting to bite

Benefit cap puts supported housing at risk

09 June, 2016

Council leaders have called for supported housing to be exempt from the housing benefit cap to prevent the most vulnerable people from losing their homes

90% of Welsh private tenants 'satisfied'

09 June, 2016

Welsh private sector tenants are more satisfied than those in the social rented sector

Landlords check Facebook and other social media to vet tenants

09 June, 2016

Landlords and letting agents are paying for "personality reports" of potential tenants based on details obtained by trawling Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and other sites

ESA Work Capability Assessment mandatory reconsiderations: data to April 2016

09 June, 2016

Numbers of ESA Work Capability Assessment mandatory reconsiderations received and cleared by decision type and outcome

New rents still rising - but rate of growth slows

08 June, 2016

New rents across the UK continued to rise during May, but the rate of increase slowed

Mortgage valuations up despite large drop in buy-to-let

08 June, 2016

Demand in the UK housing market is still strong despite the impending EU referendum

Financial adviser wins appeal court ruling on buy-to-let mortgages

08 June, 2016

A financial specialist has won the latest round of a legal battle with a mortgage company which he says could affect around a million people who own buy-to-let properties

Use of Equality and Diversity In formation by Scottish Social Landlords

08 June, 2016

This report presents the findings of our thematic inquiry on the information submitted by social landlords against the Charter standard and outcome for equalities

New tenancy laws not enough

08 June, 2016

Pressure groups call for further powers to improve quality of rental property and keep rent increases sustainable

Learning from testing times

08 June, 2016

Early evidence of the impact of universal credit in Scotland's CAB network

The biggest irony of all? Cutting someone's welfare makes them even less likely to get a job

08 June, 2016

Now we have the stats to prove what we knew all along - welfare cuts are based on stereotypes not evidence

HomeLet Rental Index - May 2016

08 June, 2016

When London is excluded, the average UK rental value was £771pcm - this is 4.4% higher than the same period last year (£738pcm)

If housing's your problem, Universal Basic Income isn't the answer

07 June, 2016

A lot of young people support a universal basic income

Vicars, teachers and soldiers: The latest victims of buy-to-let stamp duty

07 June, 2016

A new stamp duty surcharge introduced earlier this month has affected a range of people from "accidental landlords" to parents helping their children buy a home

Move by Tower Hamlets to grab back council housing from 'failing' social landlords

07 June, 2016

Talks are under way to try bring social housing estates in London's deprived East End back under local authority control

Universal Credit leads to rent arrears

07 June, 2016

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

The Guardian view on a universal income: the high price of free money

07 June, 2016

Schemes to pay every citizen a stipend have much to commend them in theory. But a crashing defeat in a Swiss referendum shows they will go nowhere unless and until the practical details are got right

Mortgage lenders open up buy-to-let to longer tenancies

07 June, 2016

A significant, silent shift has taken place in the buy-to-let mortgage market

New benefits change causing 'serious detriment' to vulnerable Scots

07 June, 2016

The UK government's much-heralded change to the social security system contains a number of inherent flaws which are causing serious problems for people in need

Annual house price growth unchanged at 9.2%

07 June, 2016

Prices in the three months to May were 9.2% higher than in the same three months a year earlier

Letting agency that found tenants for illegal HMO fined almost £12,000

06 June, 2016

A letting agent has been fined nearly £12,000 after finding tenants for an illegal House in Multiple Occupation, and for using the ARLA logo when it was not a member

FRC comments on issues arising in relation to accounting for social housing loans

06 June, 2016

Many entities are currently in the process of applying FRS 102 The Financial Reporting Standard applicable in the UK and Republic of Ireland for the first time

New Law Proposed to Stop Councils Forcing Tenants to Wait for Bailiffs

06 June, 2016

The proportion of all repossession claims that have to be resolved by bailiffs in the last 12 months has shot up to 40%

Labour considering backing universal basic income as official party policy

06 June, 2016

'It's not official Labour Party policy. It's in the mix... we're considering it and looking at it and the feasibility of it'

Docking welfare payments is not incentive to work

06 June, 2016

Government-backed employment project found benefit cuts that push claimants further into poverty also create barriers to finding work

Welfare Reform European Social Fund project evaluation report

06 June, 2016

The aims of the project were to support unemployed and underemployed local people to find work or to increase their working hours

Buy-to-let stamp duty loophole: flats above shops

06 June, 2016

Buy-to-let landlords are investing in commercial and semi-commercial property in an effort to beat the stamp duty rise

Tories ignore the need for social housing and switch money from the poor to the rich

06 June, 2016

The term "housing crisis" is so well used in London that you cannot ignore it

Residents facing new benefits cap warned of "pressing need" for them to get a job

03 June, 2016

Residents set to be hit by a new benefits cap are being warned there is "a pressing need" for them to find a job

Personal Independence Payment assessment guide for assessment providers

03 June, 2016

Guidance for providers carrying out assessments for Personal Independence Payment

Room rents in commuter towns rising seven times faster than in London

03 June, 2016

Landlords may traditionally see London as the place where the highest rents are charged, but new data shows prices in commuter town are rising seven times faster than in the capital

Property investors look for HMOs to boost profits

03 June, 2016

Investors planning to expand their property portfolios are looking to do so with the purchase of complex property types

Councils consider applying for rent cut exemption

03 June, 2016

Two councils are considering applying for an exemption to a government-imposed 1% rent cut for social housing tenants

Brandon Lewis issues eviction warning to councils

03 June, 2016

The Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis, has written to all local councils in England to underline government guidance on the advice that councils give to tenants when seeking re-housing on the grounds of "homelessness" when faced with an eviction notice

Ashamed to claim? Just how common is benefits stigma?

03 June, 2016

Ever since the first benefits systems came into being, they have been accompanied by debates about benefits stigma

UK Immigration, EU Referendum and Britain's Housing Crisis - How to Get a Council House

03 June, 2016

The reality of Britain's housing crisis can be easily lost in the statistics

Is it really all over for social housing?

03 June, 2016

Is it true though? Is it true that we are so conditioned to strive for homeownership and spurn social housing that we are willing to stand by while it disappears?

Abandonment a problem for almost half of Scottish landlords

03 June, 2016

Almost half of private landlords in Scotland have had one of their properties abandoned by tenants

Right to Rent Code of Practice

02 June, 2016

Scheme for landlords and their agents

Housing illegal immigrants in the private rented sector allows such people to establish a settled life in the UK and frustrate the necessary process of returning them to their home country

Review of the Scottish Social Housing Charter

02 June, 2016

This consultation seeks your views on the Scottish Social Housing Charter, which remains in force until 31 March 2017

Council is accused of disregarding the views of local people on 70,000 housing target

02 June, 2016

Community campaigners are accusing Leeds City Council of disregarding the views of residents and riding roughshod over evidence against its 70,000 housing target

Does right to buy extension add up?

02 June, 2016

The government announced last year that the "right to buy" would be extended to housing association tenants

Telford Homes reports 42% revenue rise thanks to 'built for rent' homes

02 June, 2016

Housebuilder sells 150 homes in east London to M&G Real Estate for £63m, reflecting demand for rental properties

Index of private housing rental prices in Great Britain, results: Apr 2016

02 June, 2016

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

How will Sadiq Khan help London's private renters?

02 June, 2016

The capital's new mayor is starting to flesh out some of his manifesto pledges in a key area of housing policy

Universal Basic Income: Dream or Nightmare?

02 June, 2016

We look at a radical economic plan being put forward by Swiss campaigners - free cash for everyone

Fair Food Fund to be set up as part of welfare reforms

02 June, 2016

The Scottish government is to establish a "Fair Food Fund" as part of efforts to tackle poverty and inequality

EU court to back UK limits on migrants' access to child benefits

01 June, 2016

European court of justice set to throw out challenge by European commission over right to residence requirement

Government's clampdown on buy-to-let 'backfiring'

01 June, 2016

The Government's efforts to free up housing stock for first-time buyers through a clampdown on buy-to-let may be backfiring

'Boris ignored repeated warnings over launch of failed London Rental Standard'

01 June, 2016

The new Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has hit out at the London Rental Standard - a flagship programme launched by his predecessor Boris Johnson

Why landlords should pass a fitting person test and criminal record checks

01 June, 2016

Being a landlord is a privilege, and it shouldn't be available to everybody: with the power they have over their tenants should come a sense of responsibility

Charity bemoans 'shocking scale' of DHP recipients

01 June, 2016

New DHP statistics from the Scottish Government reveal the "shocking scale" of people struggling to pay housing costs

HB Direct Issue 168

01 June, 2016

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

ARLA reports temporary rise in supply of rented housing

01 June, 2016

The supply of rented housing has increased from March this year but overall it is down from April 2015

Call for rent controls by Scottish nurses priced out of homes near hospitals

01 June, 2016

A union of nurses is calling for action to help NHS staff in Scotland find accommodation in the areas they provide hospital care

The people dumped in "temporary" housing for more than a decade

01 June, 2016

Councils are dumping homeless people in "temporary accommodation" for more than a decade

Housing & Planning Act offers scope to improve electrical safety in private rented sector

01 June, 2016

The trade association for electrical testing has welcomed measures in the Housing & Planning Act it says will improve safety in the private rented sector

Welfare cuts will lead to rise in suicides

01 June, 2016

Government welfare cuts will lead to an increase in suicides

Number of UK landlords rises to 1.75 million

31 May, 2016

The rapid pace of growth in buy-to-let investments has been illustrated by new figures showing the number of landlords rising by 7% in 2013-14 to reach 1.75 million

Personal budgets allow people to control their own support and their own lives

31 May, 2016

Over the past decade, personal budgets have completely changed social care in England, despite unprecedented local authority cuts

Bradford Council criticised for having more than 4,000 empty homes in Bradford

31 May, 2016

Bradford Council has been criticised over the thousands of homes standing empty in the district

DCLG reveals council rent cut exemption criteria

31 May, 2016

The government has published guidance for councils on how to apply for an exemption from the 1% rent cut

Social housing: the end of 'lifetime' tenancies in England?

31 May, 2016

Long-term security of tenure was introduced for most social housing tenants by the Housing Act 1980

When sky-high repair bills can make right to buy the wrong choice

31 May, 2016

Former local authority tenants who bought their properties for as little as £44,000 are facing demands of up to £50,000, which they can't afford to pay

Nearly £50 million awarded under Discretionary Housing Payments scheme in Scotland

31 May, 2016

Nearly £50 million was spent to support housing costs for those in financial hardship in Scotland during 2015/16

Landlords remind tenants of forthcoming benefit cap

31 May, 2016

Three County Durham landlords are advising tenants of a limit that may be placed on their benefit allowance later this year

Universal Credit is on the way for everyone claiming benefits in East Hampshire

27 May, 2016

The man behind the roll out of the new Universal Credit benefit in East Hampshire, says he would rather help people back into work than earn much more working in the private sector

Buy-to-let index - April 2016

27 May, 2016

Rents rise at fastest rate since September

'Shocking' safety breaches at HMO

27 May, 2016

Council officers found 'shocking' safety breaches at an unlicensed multiple occupation property that fire inspectors had already flagged up as a risk

London councils spend near £500m on temporary accommodation

27 May, 2016

London councils spent nearly £500m on temporary accommodation over the past 18 months

SHR updates guide for landlords on carrying out surveys of tenants and service users

27 May, 2016

The SHR has published an updated guide that simplifies and clarifies some of the steps for landlords to take when designing and carrying out surveys of their tenants and service users

Information for local authorities on exemptions from the requirements of the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 and related regulations

27 May, 2016

The Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 ("the Act") contains provisions which introduce a new rent regime for registered providers of social housing

Research: Unlocking strategic asset management in social housing

27 May, 2016

The operating environment for housing associations has changed in the face of an evolving policy environment over rent levels, right to buy and funding for new housing delivery

Innovation in Scottish housing is delivering improved value for money

27 May, 2016

Scottish social landlords are modernising services and making use of new technology to deliver real, quantifiable savings and improved productivity

HCA downgrades two landlords

26 May, 2016

The Homes and Communities Agency has today issued two housing associations with regulatory downgrades

Leith flats eviction suspended

26 May, 2016

The eviction of hundreds of residents from Leith flats has been suspended after the trust that owns them failed to find a buyer

'Homeless' man sublet council house for 16 years

26 May, 2016

A council tenant who presented he and his family as homeless has to pay almost £130,000 for illegally subletting his council home over 16 years

Conducting surveys of tenants and service users - a guide

26 May, 2016

The passing of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2010 and Social Housing Charter formed part of the legislation changes that introduced an obligation on landlords to regularly undertake surveys of their tenants

2016 Wandsworth Food Poverty Report Launched

26 May, 2016

Our third annual Food Poverty Report is now published, looking at the triggers and causes of crisis leading to 4078 people receiving emergency food and support from Wandsworth Foodbank in the last year

Benefit tenants set to lose out in race for private rented homes

26 May, 2016

Housing benefit tenants are set to lose out on private rented homes as landlords look to tenants less prone to missing rental payments, in order to minimise the impact of last year's Budget

Universal Credit if you have a disability or health condition: quick guide

26 May, 2016

The support that is available for Universal Credit claimants who have a disability or health condition

HB S6/2016

26 May, 2016

New Burdens payment 2016/17 for the Pension Credit Assessed Income Period Reform

Universal Credit expands to all claimants in 5 areas today

26 May, 2016

Bath, Newcastle, Bridgwater, Rugby and Lowestoft all expand Universal Credit

Half of housing associations won't back a 'rogue list'

26 May, 2016

An exclusive survey by 24 housing has shown half of housing associations would not back plans to create a rogue housing associations list

PRS remains "fundamental part" of housing market despite uncertain outlook

26 May, 2016

With tenant demand continuing to rise, the PRS will remain a "fundamental part" of the UK's housing market moving forward

Rogue 'landlord' illegally evicted tenant from illegally sub-let flat

25 May, 2016

A tenant has told of being illegally evicted by a 'landlord' who was illegally sub-letting his council flat

Aldingbourne landlords fined for breaching housing standards

25 May, 2016

Three landlords have been fined nearly £5,000 for breaching housing standards and letting their Aldingbourne property fall into disrepair

Find out how much rent your spare room could make you - and it's not London seeing the fastest rises

25 May, 2016

With rents rising Britons across the country could rake in unexpected amounts renting out their spare room

The rental trap: soaring costs mean tenants are half as likely to afford monthly outgoings as homeowners

25 May, 2016

Soaring rents are making it impossible to save for the future, trapping tenants in a precarious financial situation

Scottish landlords expect cost rises to outstrip turnover

25 May, 2016

More than a third of Scottish social landlords expect cost rises to increase at a faster pace than revenue over the next year

Tenants are being notified about the impact of the Benefit Cap

25 May, 2016

Tenants that will be affected by the Benefit Cap from the autumn have been identified by the Department for Work and Pensions, and will receive a letter outlining the impact of the cap on their income

Benefit sanctions lead claimants to suicide, crime and destitution

25 May, 2016

Benefit sanctions are "devastating" for claimants and can lead to destitution, crime, suicide, and throw up barriers to employment

Two bed flats considered a good bet for rental yields

25 May, 2016

One bedroom flats are considered a good bet for the most attractive capital returns over the next year

Canterbury: 200 London families to move to council homes at Howe Barracks

25 May, 2016

More than 200 families from a London borough are set to move to council homes in east Kent after social housing bosses outbid the local authority to capture the ex-army properties

Housing Benefit expenditure and subsidy data

24 May, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit expenditure and subsidy data

Housing Benefit subsidy mid-year estimates: Apr 2013 to Mar 2014

24 May, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit mid-year estimates expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2013 to 2014

Housing Benefit subsidy initial pre-audit final claims: Apr 2013 to Mar 2014

24 May, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit initial pre-audit final claims expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2013 to 2014

Housing Benefit subsidy audited final claims: Apr 2013 to Mar 2014

24 May, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit audit final claims expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2013 to 2014

Housing Benefit subsidy initial estimates: Apr 2013 to Mar 2014

24 May, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit initial estimates expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2013 to 2014

Benefit Cap External Partner High Level Briefing

24 May, 2016

The Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 is bringing in welfare reforms that are about incentivising work and ensuring we have a welfare system that is fair

The effects of taxes and benefits on household income: financial year ending 2015

24 May, 2016

The redistribution effects on households of direct and indirect taxation and benefits received in cash or kind analysed by household type

Landlords seek to deregister from charity regulator

24 May, 2016

Housing associations are considering changing their legal status to avoid Charity Commission rules in the wake of the government's deregulation drive

Two thirds of the British public support a universal basic income

24 May, 2016

The policy also has significant support across the European Union

How you can start preparing for Voluntary Right to Buy - advice from the pilots

24 May, 2016

Back in November, Chancellor George Osborne announced Sovereign would be one of five housing associations given the challenge of piloting the new Voluntary Right to Buy

Benefits system 'a cruel bureaucracy', says Ken Loach after Cannes win

24 May, 2016

Fresh from winning Palme d'Or with I, Daniel Blake, director says he hopes it will affect government policy in the same way as earlier film Cathy Come Home

Government won't reach its employment target for disabled people until 2030

24 May, 2016

The government is "years behind schedule" in delivering its manifesto commitment to halve the employment gap between disabled and non-disabled people by 2020

Rents on the up again - breaking records in three regions

24 May, 2016

Rents are now rising at the fastest rate for six months, standing last month at an average of £793 across England and Wales

Landlords using Airbnb to bypass legal responsibilities as well as agents

24 May, 2016

Landlords and other property owners are potentially seeking to avoid their legal responsibilities by advertising the property as a holiday let on sites such as Airbnb

Part 2: Essential guide to the new Immigration Act

24 May, 2016

The new Act also contains substantial new powers for landlords to evict tenants where they have been found to be in the country illegally

Local councils to be handed powers to cap private rents under Labour

23 May, 2016

Local councils will be given the power to limit "skyrocketing" rent increases in the private sector if Labour came to power

Essential legal update for agents: Right to Rent checks

23 May, 2016

On May 12, the Immigration Bill became the Immigration Act 2016

Osborne 'Pinocchio' over Brexit house price fall: IDS

23 May, 2016

Former cabinet minister Iain Duncan Smith has compared George Osborne to "Pinocchio" over his claim that a vote to leave the EU would cause an economic shock to UK house prices

Private renting developer Grainger profits up as buy-to-let squeezed by the Government

23 May, 2016

Profits at Grainger, an institutional landlord, have grown as the UK government puts the squeeze on amateur buy-to-let investors

UN asks government to explain two-child cap on child tax credits

23 May, 2016

SNP raised concerns about 'medieval' clause that only allows exemption from cap for children conceived through rape

Councils 'forcing homeless families to relocate miles away'

23 May, 2016

Overstretched local authorities unlawfully moving people up to 100 miles from schools and support networks

Social landlords expect to manage more homes this year - but minority expect net revenue gains

23 May, 2016

More than two thirds of Scottish social housing landlords responding to a new survey expect the number of units they manage to increase over the next 12 months

How bad is the housing crisis in Bristol? Nearly 10,000 people waiting for just 41 council homes

23 May, 2016

Nearly 10,000 people are waiting for a council home in Bristol - but only a few dozens are available for rent

Wales' first fuel bank is giving free gas and electricity credit vouchers to eligible families

23 May, 2016

The scheme will provide credits worth £30 to eligible families in Cardiff

Lack of social housing 'pushing thousands into poverty and homelessness'

23 May, 2016

Thousands of Scots are being pushed into poverty and homelessness because of higher private rental costs as a direct result of failures to protect the country's social housing stock

Extraordinary increases driven by buy-to-let boom

20 May, 2016

The latest data revealed by the Agency Express Property Activity Index has shown a spike in activity for the UK lettings market

Housing Benefit caseload statistics

20 May, 2016

Statistics on numbers of Housing Benefit claimants

UK landlords looking for cheaper properties due to stamp duty surcharge

20 May, 2016

Landlords in the UK are looking for cheaper properties in response to the new 3% stamp duty charge on additional homes

The Cheapest And Most Expensive Places To Rent In London: Mapped

20 May, 2016

If you want to rent a cheap room in London, you're best off looking in Havering or Croydon according to new government statistics

Benefit fraud and error at record low level

20 May, 2016

New figures show that fraud and error in the benefits system remains at the lowest level ever recorded

HB G5/2016

20 May, 2016

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

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

20 May, 2016

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

Liverpool Licensing Woes Continue

20 May, 2016

Landlords with property in Liverpool should take note that a local NLA member has apparently uncovered a number of flaws in the Council's licensing application form

Housing benefit savings will disappear under their own complexity

20 May, 2016

Commentators may have been left scraping around to fill the space where substantive parts of the Queen's Speech should have been

Landlord must accept pets (tenant has a walrus and flamingo)

19 May, 2016

If you are a letting agent in the Cardiff area, you may have had a letter from a keeper at Bristol Zoo inquiring about accommodation

Landlord reveals findings of direct payment 'pilot'

19 May, 2016

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

Implementing Direct Payment of Housing Benefit: An Evaluation of Circle Housing's HB2U Pilot Project

19 May, 2016

This report provides findings from the evaluation of Circle Housing's HB2U Housing Benefit Direct Payment Pilot project

The HB2U project was created to provide learning for Circle Housing in preparation for the full introduction of Universal Credit

Rents and property values would drop after Brexit

19 May, 2016

Associations for estate and letting agents say average UK house would be worth £2,300 less in 2018 if Britain leaves the EU

Housing associations own 40,000 PRS units

19 May, 2016

Housing associations own 40,000 private rented sector units - but it remains a fringe activity confined to a handful of providers

Number claiming unemployment benefits drops by 600

19 May, 2016

The number of people claiming unemployment-related benefits in Northern Ireland has fallen by 600

Buy-to-let to become 'rich person's game' as another lender introduces harsher criteria for landlords

19 May, 2016

Barclays has become the latest lender to impose tougher checks on landlords looking for mortgages

Angela Constance given welfare and housing brief as new cabinet unveiled

19 May, 2016

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has tasked Angela Constance with overseeing the Scottish Government's pledge to deliver 50,000 new affordable homes

Fire safety in social housing - what can we learn?

19 May, 2016

For landlords and housing providers, ensuring the safety of client groups and tenants may not be as straightforward as it would first seem

Bill of Rights could have 'implications' for social landlords

19 May, 2016

A British Bill of Rights could have implications for social housing landlords

Council's rogue landlords scheme 'has teeth'

19 May, 2016

Three 'rogue' landlords have to pay over £4,000 in fines and costs for not signing up to a selective licensing scheme

Chancellor George Osborne has 'insulted' private landlords

18 May, 2016

National Landlords Association chief executive Richard Lambert has accused the Government of "directly insulting" the body's members through its buy-to-let crackdown

Taking stock

18 May, 2016

Understanding the effects of recent policy measures on the private rented sector and Buy-to-Let

This report clarifies the role of the private rented sector in the UK and the contribution made to it by the Buy-to-Let subsector

Fitch warns of EU exit impact on social landlords

18 May, 2016

A vote to leave the European Union could lead to a pause in social landlords taking out new finance as the housing market slows down

Circle Housing urges Government to commit to extra support for residents moving to Universal Credit

18 May, 2016

A leading housing association is calling on the Government to commit to additional face to face support for residents before they are moved on to Universal Credit

Social housing tenants who feel 'demonised as second-class citizens' - in pictures

18 May, 2016

People in temporary accommodation and council housing explain how the Housing and Planning Act will affect their lives, communities and homes

Benefit and pension rates: April 2016

18 May, 2016

A list of benefit and pension rates from April 2016. Most rates change in April every year

Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to December 2015

18 May, 2016

Data on Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions decisions made to December 2015

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 5 May 2016

18 May, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 5 May 2016

Queen's Speech: the key housing and social reforms

18 May, 2016

A pledge to "increase the life chances for the most disadvantaged" was the main message

A home for just 18 months

17 May, 2016

On average, tenants get the moving itch after 18 months

Landlord's inhumane properties 'had no place in modern Britain'

17 May, 2016

A criminal landlord who had tenants living and sleeping in "inhumane" conditions and who ignored numerous warnings to improve his property has been fined £35,000 and ordered to pay over £4,000 in costs

Facing up to defeat: why was social housing an easy target?

17 May, 2016

Housing campaigners need to acknowledge the uncomfortable quandary about the passing of the Housing and Planning Act

Iain Duncan Smith's plan to draft in job advisers to food banks quietly shelved by DWP

17 May, 2016

Owen Smith, the Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said: 'It has now been revealed that the DWP has quietly given up on the national trial'

Labour minister calls for independent probe into benefit claimant deaths after DWP publishes reviews

17 May, 2016

'The Government are too worried about the facts it would uncover'

The Housing and Planning Act 2016 - what it means for ALMOs and their councils

17 May, 2016

Now it's been passed, what does the Housing and Planning Act 2016 mean for ALMOs and their councils?

Torbay benefits claimants among UK's most reliant on private lettings

17 May, 2016

Torbay has the UK's second highest density of housing benefit claimants reliant on the private rental market

The government is skewing benefits appeals against disabled people

17 May, 2016

A new army of 'presenting officers' is to help the Department of Work and Pensions at benefit tribunals, while the disabled person making the appeal is left to struggle alone

Hackney rents set to 'skyrocket' after housing bill is passed

17 May, 2016

Council tenants could see their rent "skyrocket" after the government's controversial housing bill was given Royal Assent

Newcastle MP raises concerns over 'impossible' struggle of getting a council house

17 May, 2016

Labour MP Chi Onwurah says private rents have shot up in the city and that many people are struggling to get a council home

Hastings leader wants double council tax on holiday homes

16 May, 2016

The owners of holiday homes in Hastings should pay double the amount of council tax

Landlords should be 'squealing' under George Osborne's crackdown

16 May, 2016

Buy-to-let landlords are being hit by a significant crackdown

DWP to change Universal Credit procedures

16 May, 2016

The government has pledged to improve Universal Credit procedures this summer, following concerns from social landlords that they are frequently not informed that their tenants are claiming the benefit

Average asking price for first-time buyer home jumps 6.2% in a month

16 May, 2016

Prices pushed up by 'property drought' caused by buy-to-let investors diving in before rise in stamp duty

Peer reviews of handling of benefit claims

16 May, 2016

DWP Freedom of Information (FOI) releases published in May 2016

'Worse than the bedroom tax': Cambridge MP blasts plan that may force city to sell hundreds of homes

16 May, 2016

New laws that sound "the death knell of social housing" in Cambridge have been branded worse than the bedroom tax by the city's MP

Average renter stays just 18 months in a property

16 May, 2016

Renters spend an average of 18 months in a rented property before moving on

Just asking for trouble

16 May, 2016

On a recent programme about getting a council house one of the people in trouble with her rent said something that came as no surprise

Hinckley and Bosworth gets cash to combat bedroom tax

16 May, 2016

The Government has set aside £160 million over the next five years for discretionary housing payments

"Reckless" landlord put lives at risk

13 May, 2016

Magistrates have fined the leaseholders and landlords of a ten-flat property £120,000 after finding they had put the lives of up to 20 vulnerable tenants at risk

Partially paralysed man missing half his head 'declared fit for work by DWP'

13 May, 2016

A partially paralysed man who is missing part of his head has been told he is 'fit to work'

Crawley landlord rented out unsafe former garage as home for £600 a month

13 May, 2016

A Crawley landlord has been fined after renting out a home - which used to be a garage - for £600 a month that was not safe to live in

Help with housing costs isn't aligning with rent for private tenants

13 May, 2016

Tenants face an increasingly widening gap between the LHA they receive to help with their housing costs and the actual rent they pay

Government urged to hand housing control back to councils

13 May, 2016

With the housing bill set for Royal Assent, government is now being pressed to put related investment plans, rents and assets back in the hands of local authorities

Mind the gap: the growing shortfall between private rents and help with housing costs

13 May, 2016

People on low incomes living in the PRS may be able to get help towards paying their rents

Single people under 35 only receive an amount equivalent to the cost of a room in a shared house

Why you should research your potential landlord's credentials

13 May, 2016

Alex Johnson's round-up of the week's property news, including why sales fall through, closing garden gates, and the costs of running a home

New London Mayor finds property industry support for rent controls

12 May, 2016

Sadiq Khan, the newly elected Mayor of London, has found senior industry figures who back his campaign for rents tied to inflation

Tax experts warn of unexpected effects of buy-to-let tax changes on affordable housing

12 May, 2016

The government's stamp duty land tax surcharge could lead to unexpected consequences for the affordable housing sector

Plans to force workers on universal credit to take second job 'risky'

12 May, 2016

MPs warn that sanctions against low-paid workers claiming benefits could be counterproductive or leave them worse off

Why council waiting lists are shrinking, despite more people in need of homes

12 May, 2016

The number of families on lists for council housing has fallen because of stricter rules on who can apply

New DWP secretary Stephen Crabb signals further disability benefit changes to cut spending

12 May, 2016

Mr Crabb said the Government would adopt 'smart strategies' for reducing expenditure

Universal credit is working, insists work and pensions secretary

12 May, 2016

Stephen Crabb rejects claim UC no longer serves original purpose of making people better off in work than on benefits

The role of social letting agents should be expanded in Scotland

12 May, 2016

Private renting in Scotland has changed

Private renter eviction rates soar

12 May, 2016

Private renters are being evicted at a record rate, housing campaigners have warned

Half of low income households at risk of missing out on vital support

12 May, 2016

Low income households are not claiming the welfare benefits and tax credits they could be entitled to

Buy-to-let valuation instructions plummet 40% as 'dodgy' deals put in an appearance

11 May, 2016

Buy-to-let valuation instructions have dropped like a stone since the Stamp Duty surcharge kicked in on second properties - and there are signs of a sharp rise in potentially 'dodgy' deals

Tenant evictions up in England and Wales

11 May, 2016

But homeowner repossessions fell to record low in first quarter of 2016

Another agent reported to advertising watchdog over display of letting fees

11 May, 2016

Another complaint about the way an agent shows its letting fees has been made to the Advertising Standards Authority

Heartbreak for tenants made homeless after being ripped off by fake letting agent

11 May, 2016

A bogus letting agent has conned members of the public out of thousands of pounds, making some of them homeless in the process

Forced council sales - hampering local authorities' fight against homelessness

11 May, 2016

Last week, we published research showing the Housing and Planning Bill could force the sale of 23,500 vacant council houses each year

Landlords raise awareness of forthcoming benefit cap

11 May, 2016

Three County Durham landlords are advising tenants of a limit that may be placed on their benefit allowance later this year

£13bn in unclaimed welfare? It's just fuel for the Tories' Big Benefits Myth

11 May, 2016

Almost half of families on low incomes are going hungry by not taking up benefits, we learn today

The government's "welfare revolution" has forgotten something important: where we live

11 May, 2016

the "welfare revolution" started by Iain Duncan Smith has failed to change the fundamental condition of many poorer people's live

For whom the bells toll: Housing Bill sounds "death knell" for social housing

11 May, 2016

The Housing & Planning Bill sounds the "death knell" for social housing in England

Yes, London Has A Housing Problem: Let's Not Make It Worse With Idiocy Like Rent Controls

11 May, 2016

It's seriously astonishing how terrible, lousy, no good and idiotic economic policy keeps turning up in response to the same old questions

Campaigners admit defeat as Tories push through mass council homes sell-off with hours to spare

11 May, 2016

The Housing Bill cleared its final hurdle tonight as former housing chief Sir Bob Kerslake gave up his long battle

Peers 'to back down over housing reforms'

11 May, 2016

Peers are set to back down in their battle with the Government over its flagship housing reforms and they are now expected to become law

Universal Credit will increase child poverty

11 May, 2016

Research has warned that cuts to the new benefit system undermine its stated purpose

House price rises see buy-to-let returns outstrip FTSE 100

11 May, 2016

House price rises see buy-to-let returns outstrip FTSE 100

Forced council sales: looking at the homes that may actually be sold off

10 May, 2016

The Housing and Planning Bill is now nearing the end of its passage through parliament

HB S5/2016

10 May, 2016

Payment of New Burdens relating to the Single Fraud Investigation Service Project for 2016/17

Adding £2.3bn of debt to the accounts - social housing deregulation as an early test for the minority Welsh Government

10 May, 2016

Before the elections to the Welsh Assembly last week, Steffan Evans outlined how housing might be a key policy area around which bridges could be built in the Senedd

Landlords must take safety obligations seriously

10 May, 2016

After a spate of fines for landlords who have broken gas safety rules, the AIIC is urging those renting out properties to ensure they are complying with Government legislation

Council campaign aims to ensure that tenants put Rent 1st

10 May, 2016

Perth and Kinross Council's housing service has launched a new drive to ensure that all its tenants are clear about their responsibilities to pay rent

Bexley Council accused of 'burying head in the sand' over lack of social and affordable housing

10 May, 2016

A Crayford resident has accused Bexley Council of burying its head in the sand, over a lack of affordable and social housing

Cheaper to buy than rent in over half of UK cities

10 May, 2016

It is now cheaper to buy than rent in more than half of UK cities, according to property developer Strata Homes

Housing and Planning Bill

10 May, 2016

Before I call the Minister, I wish to repeat what Mr Speaker said on 25 April

Our rent strike at UCL has caught fire in the capital - and here's why

10 May, 2016

The threat to education access posed by university rent-setting policies isn't just a local issue. No wonder students everywhere are clamouring to join us

Middle-class 'buy-to-let dream' is over - as mortgage lenders to demand 40pc deposits

09 May, 2016

Investing in buy-to-let property is on the verge of becoming unaffordable for middle-class savers

Too Poor to Eat: 8.4 million struggling to afford to eat in the UK

09 May, 2016

8.4 million struggling to afford to eat in the United Kingdom

Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle

09 May, 2016

A documentary exploring the failures and deception behind the social housing crisis in Britain

Scottish rents rising faster than rest of UK

09 May, 2016

Average private rents in Scotland are rising faster than anywhere else in the UK

Leader of Sutton Council apologises for sending mock eviction notices to thousands of people

09 May, 2016

The leader of Sutton Council has apologised for sending "crass and irresponsible" mock eviction notices to thousands of people to promote a Liberal Democrat petition

Whose homes are they anyway?

09 May, 2016

While publicity on the Housing and Planning Bill has been rightly focussed on the forced sale of council homes and Right to Buy, there has been little mention of a late Government amendment

'Heads up' on benefit cap

09 May, 2016

Three County Durham landlords are advising tenants of a limit that may be placed on their benefit allowance later this year

House prices fall as stamp duty changes cool buy-to-let market

09 May, 2016

Halifax says April saw prices drop by 0.8% after highly volatile pricing and a big rise in transaction numbers in February and March

Housing association gets European investment for social housing

09 May, 2016

A housing association has secured £80 million to support construction of social housing and shared ownership

Harlow groups defy report to support Universal Credit

06 May, 2016

Clients of support charity Home-Start Harlow have welcomed Universal Credit after a think tank criticised the benefit reform

Empty Housing (England)

06 May, 2016

High levels of empty properties are recognised as having a serious impact on the viability of communities

Agent who conned 'vulnerable' tenants out of deposits is jailed

06 May, 2016

A former agent with Reeds Rains has been jailed after conning overseas student into paying deposits for accommodation that he knew he could not let to them

You can rent a house in London for £700 a month

06 May, 2016

The 'one bedroom house' is in south-east London's Abbey Wood

DCLG: Tenancies change will not hit protected groups

06 May, 2016

The phasing out of lifetime tenancies will not negatively impact protected demographic groups overall

The benefits capital of Britain is revealed: New map shows which parts of the country guzzle the biggest chunks of UK's £161 billion welfare bill

06 May, 2016

This map reveals the areas which receive the biggest chunks of Britain's £161billion welfare bill, with some guzzling six times more in handouts than other parts of the nation

Report argues buy-to-let crackdown will damage UK's rental market

06 May, 2016

A new report from a political consultancy has warned that the Government's efforts to crack down on buy-to-let investment will have "major consequences" for the UK rental market

In which British cities is renting the norm?

06 May, 2016

We write about rents a lot around here

Birmingham forced to sell more than 1,000 council houses - every year

06 May, 2016

Housing charity Shelter's warning about the impact of housing policy on Birmingham

Rents continue to rise across the UK and in London

05 May, 2016

Latest figures show average rent outside London rose to £764 a month, while within the capital it hit £1,543

Leading government figures see social housing as toxic

05 May, 2016

The Lords debate on the unfair housing and planning bill is soon coming to end, but the debate in the country should not

Benefit cap: number of households capped to February 2016

05 May, 2016

Statistics on households that have had their benefits capped between 15 April 2013 and February 2016

Benefit cap statistics: background information and methodology

05 May, 2016

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

Ban for Glasgow landlord who kept almost £7,000 of deposits

05 May, 2016

An "appalling" landlord who kept tenants' deposits worth almost £7,000 has been barred from renting out his property by Glasgow City Council

Call for rent caps when properties let to tenants on benefit

05 May, 2016

A local politician claims to be in talks with the Government about introducing rent caps when landlords let to tenants on benefit

New call for estate agents to be licensed as MPs probe money laundering

05 May, 2016

MPs have been told that estate agents should be licensed as billions of pounds 'slosh' through London, with some of the world's vilest dictators buying up property

Rising rents ease landlord fears over tax increases

05 May, 2016

Fears that higher Stamp Duty charges on buy-to-let rental property purchases might destabilise the market have so far proved unfounded

You won't believe this totally mind-blowing method of reducing your letting agent fees!

04 May, 2016

Letting agent fees are one of the most painful aspects of renting

'High' to 'higher' forced sales mean 23,500 council homes lost per year and an average annual £26m bill

04 May, 2016

We previously sounded the alarm that a subtle amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill allows the Secretary of State to force the sale of a much broader range of council homes than before

Tory MP calls for end to 'exploitative fees' charged by letting agents

04 May, 2016

The Government have rejected a bid to have letting agent fees capped or banned in a debate called by a Tory MP who hit out out at letting agents charging "arbitrary and exploitative fees"

Debt charities see record Council Tax arrears problems

04 May, 2016

Council Tax arrears problems among clients have hit a new high

Buy-to-let clampdown could hurt challenger banks

04 May, 2016

Challenger banks could be hit hard by a tax hike targeting Britain's landlords

Renter help

04 May, 2016

The role of social letting agents should be expanded in Scotland

Baroness Thomas: I'm not holding my breath for DWP changes to PIP

04 May, 2016

Lib Dem peer Baroness Thomas of Winchester writes on the topic of her Lords debate

Concern over use of bailiffs to chase council tax debts

04 May, 2016

Charities have raised concerns over councils' "aggressive" use of bailiffs to chase people in council tax arrears

The Aspiration Tax

03 May, 2016

Equality Trust report

Plight of family where landlords refuse point blank to consider tenants on benefits

03 May, 2016

What happens to tenants who have to leave their home because the landlord is selling up?

HCA-backed £1bn housing fund launches

03 May, 2016

A new £1bn fund to help cash-strapped councils build 10,000 mixed-tenure homes has been launched with the support of the HCA

Rollout of flagship welfare reform Universal Credit reaches historic milestone

03 May, 2016

Universal Credit is now in every jobcentre across the country for single jobseekers

Extending the Right to Buy to housing association tenants

03 May, 2016

Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report

Call for new tax and welfare department at Holyrood

03 May, 2016

The next Scottish government should set up a new department for tax and welfare powers coming to Holyrood

A Warm Deal for London's Renters

03 May, 2016

The need for a London-wide minimum energy efficiency standard

Nationwide tightens lending criteria for buy-to-let landlords

03 May, 2016

Building society's changes come as the Bank of England attempts to rein in buy-to-let lending

New Work and Pensions Secretary must reclaim Universal Credit from the Treasury

03 May, 2016

Resolution Foundation calls for major reforms as full roll-out of Universal Credit begins this month

HB S4/2016

03 May, 2016

Additional New Burdens funding to meet the costs of implementing welfare reform changes in 2016/17

Changes to DWP Family and Household Income Statistics 2014/15: statistical notice

03 May, 2016

Statistical notice giving details of proposed changes to future DWP Family and Household income statistics data and publications

Scottish Buy-to-Let Index

03 May, 2016

Biggest monthly drop in Scottish rents on record

Stamping out buy-to-let is a dangerous move

03 May, 2016

The buy-to-let boom has grown at a rapid pace in recent years, doubling the size of the private rented sector since 2004

More Trap Than Trampoline: Universal Credit Is Failing To Help People Progress

03 May, 2016

Although the new Work and Pensions Secretary has stopped cuts to disability benefits he seems to be in lock-step with his predecessor in worrying that the benefit system "locks people into workless-ness"

DWP payments over £25,000 for 2016

29 April, 2016

Payments over £25,000 that DWP has made in 2016, including invoices, grants and expenses

Rent rise fears after letting agents reveal fall in available supply

29 April, 2016

The supply of rental housing on letting agents' books has "nosedived"

Buy-to-let landlords blamed for decline in DIY among under-30s

29 April, 2016

Figures suggesting spending on DIY among 'generation rent' has fallen by third since 1996 coincide with report showing age of first-time buyers still rising

Lloyds Banking Group reveals surge in buy-to-let lending

29 April, 2016

Mortgage lender pins rise on rush to beat new stamp duty charges as bank group reveals profits nearly halved in first quarter

Gap widens between LHA and rent costs

29 April, 2016

Private tenants face a growing gap between help with housing costs and rent

Peers vote for inflation-linked Pay to Stay threshold

29 April, 2016

Peers have voted for Pay to Stay 'high-income' thresholds to be increased in line with inflation every three years

How many council homes are left in England after 20 year sell-off

29 April, 2016

Figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government have revealed the number of local authority owned social houses

Benefit sanctions handed out to thousands of people 'unlawful'

29 April, 2016

The Court of Appeal dismissed a legal challenge by the Government

Many landlords 'will stop renting to tenants on Universal Credit'

28 April, 2016

The Government's new Universal Credit payments could have a disastrous impact on the private rented sector, with more and more landlords refusing to let to tenants on benefits

Petition against letting agent fees gathers over 250,000 signatures

28 April, 2016

A petition against letting agent fees has now gathered some 250,000 signatures

Housing Bill defeat on council house replacements

28 April, 2016

The House of Lords has delivered a 12th defeat for the government on the Housing and Planning Bill over the type of homes that will replace the sale of higher-value council stock

Foxtons braced for revenue slump after stamp duty surcharge

28 April, 2016

Estate agent reported 28.5% rise in property sales in first quarter amid rush to complete deals before deadline but Brexit fears weigh down expectations

Rogue landlord's failed eviction plans cement his place in court

28 April, 2016

A rogue managing agent who tried to force out his tenants by filling the stopcock chamber with cement so that they would have no running water has been sentenced in court

Council tenant discount card launches in Edinburgh

28 April, 2016

A new City of Edinburgh Council tenant discount scheme has been launched which will save tenants money

Food bank warehouse opens doors to tackle food poverty across Wythenshawe

28 April, 2016

The Unit-E food storage warehouse, based in the town centre, will distribute food to seven food banks in the area

Monthly ARLA Private Rented Sector Report March 2016

28 April, 2016

The supply of rental housing stock on letting agents' books fell in March, to the lowest level since the start of last year

Race to the bottom for low income tenants as gap between rents and local housing allowance widens

28 April, 2016

Low income tenants in the private rented sector face a widening gap between the actual rent they must pay and the help they receive to meet their housing costs

Are we facing an evictions crisis?

28 April, 2016

Imagine knowing that you are going to lose your home but not knowing when the bailiffs will come knocking

Destitution in the UK

27 April, 2016

JRF report

This report defines destitution in the UK, looking at how many people are affected, who they are, and the main pathways in and out of destitution. It looks at the impact and experience of those people directly affected

Tenants complain as more licensing pushes up rents

27 April, 2016

It is unlikely that the policy makers at Whitehall read the Fenland Citizen - but it would be no bad thing if they did

Tumbleweed as property investors desert the market

27 April, 2016

Property investors are deserting the market, with estate agents haart reporting a 55% monthly drop in buy-to-let sales during the first two weeks of April

Struggling families will soon be able to get free fuel vouchers from Cardiff foodbank

27 April, 2016

Npower is to give credits worth two weeks' worth of energy

Scottish Welfare Fund: £24.5 million spent during April to December 2015

27 April, 2016

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

More than a million people in UK living in destitution

27 April, 2016

Research by Joseph Rowntree Foundation finds 668,000 households unable to afford essentials such as food, heating and clothes

Landlords welcome Govt's "pragmatic" shift on landlord protections in Immigration Bill

27 April, 2016

Landlords have welcomed MPs' approval of measures intended to provide greater protection to responsible landlords wanting to evict illegal immigrants

Londoners urged to share the horrors of renting with #ventyourrent campaign

27 April, 2016

A campaign group is encouraging London's renters to take to social media and share their horror stories on the realities of renting using the hashtag #ventyourrent

Government increases fixed-term tenancy limit to 10 years

27 April, 2016

Government increases fixed-term tenancy limit to 10 year

Holyrood election 2016: Where the parties stand on welfare

26 April, 2016

Voters in Scotland go to the polls on Thursday 5 May to choose their next MSPs. But where do the parties stand on key issues?

New scheme launched to help people who rely on foodbanks

26 April, 2016

Employees at a Dundee organisation are set to donate some of their salaries in a bid to help out people who rely on foodbanks in Dundee

Responsible landlords to get protection from Immigration Bill

26 April, 2016

Members of parliament have approved measures that will give greater protection to responsible landlords wanting to evict illegal immigrants

Is universal basic income too simplistic to meet housing need?

26 April, 2016

For supporters of basic income, Beveridge's 'problem of rent' is an even bigger headache today than it was in the 40s

Landlords on the ladder feel financial boost of buy-to-let tax dash

26 April, 2016

Flurry of buy-to-let property interest in March pushes total annual returns to 12.2% for existing landlords

All Scottish jobcentres now offer Universal Credit

26 April, 2016

Last 5 offices in Scotland switch over to offer the new service

More homes, more social housing - how Welsh Labour will lead the way

26 April, 2016

I have never understood why, but in election after election, housing is the dog that never quite barks

Situation for first-time buyers little better despite waning buy-to-let competition

26 April, 2016

With the passing of the buy-to-let rush to avoid stamp duty, the pressure on first time buyers may seem to ease at first

Housing Bill should also include rogue tenants list

26 April, 2016

The Housing and Planning Bill, which includes measures to tackle criminal landlords and letting agents, should also address the issue of problem tenants

Rent to buy: Council tenants could be given chance to pay off mortgages

26 April, 2016

Council tenants could be given the chance to get on the housing ladder by paying a mortgage instead of cut-price rent

More rent than pay a mortgage: the Tory dream for London has crashed and burned

26 April, 2016

The capital is now a city of tenants, proof that the Thatcherite property hegemony has had its day

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

25 April, 2016

LIN member report written by Neil Merrick

This report will ensure you discover everything you need to know about this important piece of legislation

GBP 1 billion EIB backing for UK social housing

25 April, 2016

The European Investment Bank has agreed to provide GBP 1 billion for new social housing investment across the UK

The social landlords stepping in to help computer-illiterate residents

25 April, 2016

Universal credit will hugely increase demand for digital access - so housing associations have started doing more for tenants without the internet

Call to ban letting agency fees for those renting homes

25 April, 2016

Fears about the impact of a booming property market in parts of the UK are often in the headlines, as are the various initiatives to give people a foot up onto the housing ladder

Making welfare work for Wales

25 April, 2016

The Bevan Foundation has just completed an investigation of the future of the welfare system in Wales. Victoria Winckler looks at some of the issues on housing benefit

Letting agents jailed for total of seven years after £400,000 thefts

25 April, 2016

A couple who ran a lettings agency have been jailed for a total of seven years after stealing over £400,000

Five cabinet ministers' constituencies 'least hit by council budget cuts'

25 April, 2016

Theresa May, Michael Gove and Jeremy Hunt among ministers whose areas escape brunt of austerity measures

Housing Bill: 16 Defeats And U-Turns Inflicted On Government's Flagship Reforms

25 April, 2016

A bumpy ride for "pay-to-stay" charges and ending lifelong council homes

Allocations policy favouring workers ruled unlawful

25 April, 2016

A council's policy to ringfence 20% of its lettings for people in work has been found discriminatory and unlawful by the High Court

Cheaper mortgages could sweeten pill for landlords

25 April, 2016

Lenders are cutting the cost of buy-to-let mortgages in a move that will bring some relief to Scotland's army of amateur landlords

UK: Millions of low income families will be poorer under welfare reforms

25 April, 2016

This month, cuts to Universal Credit - the Tory government's cover scheme for slashing welfare - were implemented for some 80,000 households

More than 225,000 households claiming Universal Credit

25 April, 2016

More than 225,000 people are now claiming the government's Universal Credit benefit

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