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May urged to give benefits claimants a choice amid PMQs

21 February, 2019

PM references Shelter to find a "solution" to those on benefits often barred from renting in the private sector

Association downgraded over 'weaknesses in governance'

21 February, 2019

The regulator says Ongo Homes did not manage risks "effectively"

Council builds first homes in more than seven years

21 February, 2019

The North Manchester project completion marks 100 years since the first wave of major council housebuilding

Regulator changes accounting requirements for housing associations

21 February, 2019

The Regulator of Social Housing has changed its accounting rules for housing associations in a new direction published today

Associations sign up to NHF plan to make boards accountable to tenants

21 February, 2019

More than 40 social landlords have signed up to a government-backed NHF scheme to ensure that housing associations are accountable to tenants

New bid launches to introduce rent controls in Scotland

21 February, 2019

A new bid to introduce meaningful rent controls throughout Scotland is to be launched today by a tenants union

Franchise firm launches new TV advert to highlight guaranteed rent scheme

21 February, 2019

Franchise firm Northwood, part of the Belvoir group, has embarked on a new TV advertising campaign to highlight its guaranteed rent scheme

Assessment shows over 100 councils falling short of targets

20 February, 2019

Stats also show 87 councils having to add more housing land to local development plans

Applications to South Tyneside Council for 'crisis loans' from struggling families have surged since the roll out of Universal Credit

20 February, 2019

The numbers appealing to South Tyneside Council's Welfare Support Team has leapt by about 200%

Leeds City Council needs £20m-a-year from government to build 200 new council houses a year

20 February, 2019

More than 200 new council homes could be built in Leeds every year

No figures for UC free prescription penalty notices

20 February, 2019

Parliamentary question raises issue of penalty notices for claimants with valid entitlement to free prescriptions

England and Wales Rental Tracker

20 February, 2019

December sees eight regions post annual price rise

DWP concedes to issue with calculating UC for social tenants

20 February, 2019

Letter to landlords confirms changes are being considered over the 53-week rent year

Scotland's housebuilding boom: can English councils emulate it?

20 February, 2019

Scotland is in the midst of the biggest council housebuilding programme since the 1970s

'It just isn't right' - Mitcham resident furious at social housing sell off

19 February, 2019

Alan Suttie has lived in Mitcham for nearly 20 years and thinks the number of social housing buildings needs to increase

Baroness Grender: Give older people who rent greater security

19 February, 2019

If the Tories fail to prepare for this growing phenomenon, it will be a failure to care for our future, older, generation

Civitas Social Housing Acquires Seven Properties For GBP7.8 Million

19 February, 2019

Civitas Social Housing PLC said on Monday it has purchased nine social housing properties comprising 42 tenancies for GBP7.8 million

Landlords' Barometer - #67: Only 'smart landlords' will survive challenges ahead

19 February, 2019

Welcome to the February edition of the Landlords' Barometer, documenting trending topics and news for landlords

London social housing block residents warn of 'death trap' conditions

18 February, 2019

Water-soaked electrics, severe damp and lift breakdowns in flats managed by A2Dominion

More than £34 million set to be injected into Flintshire's social housing

18 February, 2019

Flintshire Council is set to invest more than £34 million into its social housing stock in the next year

Error sees 700% council tax hike for residents at King's Lynn sheltered housing complex

18 February, 2019

An error in council tax banding at a 'Housing with Care' complex in Lynn has seen residents' payments increase by more than 700 per cent

Maintain EU electrical safety standards after Brexit

18 February, 2019

Campaign group fears UK becoming magnet for dangerous or counterfeit goods

Council supports new HMO licensing scheme

18 February, 2019

Haringey Council have approved proposed schemes in bids to "improve" housing standards

DWP inflexible over UC assessment flexibility

18 February, 2019

Minister references regulation to claim claimants face "uncertainty" without fixed start dates for assessment periods

Housing Benefit subsidy guidance manual 2018 to 2019

15 February, 2019

This guidance is for local authorities. It explains the subsidies DWP pays them for certain costs of the Housing Benefit (HB) scheme

Mortgage interest relief

15 February, 2019

After years of legislative changes to the lettings sector, landlords are often playing catch-up when it comes to the parameters in which they must operate

Charity evicted by housing association allowed to stay until it finds new home

15 February, 2019

A Northampton homelessness charity evicted by a housing association will be allowed to keep using the landlord's building until it finds a suitable new home

Regulator writes to housing associations with no-deal Brexit warning

15 February, 2019

The regulator has issued a warning to English housing associations over the threat of a no-deal Brexit

What housing associations are doing to stress-test for Brexit

15 February, 2019

With the UK's departure from the EU looming, Luke Barratt looks at what housing associations have been doing to prepare

People in poverty must not pay the price for Brexit

15 February, 2019

Coalition demand Government action to protect struggling families

Two-decade social home build could have saved renters billions

15 February, 2019

In 1997, over a third of households lived in council housing, compared with just one in 10 today

Agents Giving urges firms to step up support for foodbanks

15 February, 2019

Agents are being urged to help their local foodbanks, particularly with items for struggling parents with baby essentials

Skint Britain: Friends without Benefits Episode 1 Clip

14 February, 2019

When the residents of Hartlepool became guinea pigs for the roll out of Universal Credit a series of events were triggered that even the government didn't predict

Residents group calls on housing association's shareholders to act over social housing sales

14 February, 2019

A campaign group made up of Notting Hill Genesis residents has written to the group's shareholders, calling on them to stop the sale and conversion of social rent homes

Most English local authorities 'plan to raise council tax'

14 February, 2019

Almost all councils in England plan to increase council tax and many will be cutting services

Association 'put tenants at risk' with electrical safety breach

14 February, 2019

A recently merged housing association has breached the Home Standard by putting its tenants at risk over electrical safety

May winces under PMQ 'friendly fire' over UC

14 February, 2019

PM visibly uncomfortable to hear Tory MP say welfare state was "no longer holding up the most vulnerable - but dragging them down"

Managing Money on Universal Credit

14 February, 2019

How design and delivery of Universal credit affects how people manage their money

Rents fall as proportion of income

14 February, 2019

In 2017/18, average weekly rents across England in the private rented sector increased by 22%

Rents at risk without DWP data share

13 February, 2019

Welsh providers fear tenants falling behind on payments without advance notice of Universal Credit transfers

Leading supermarket to build homes with housing association

13 February, 2019

The partners are intending to gain permission for the mixed-use development - including 1,400 new homes

Welsh housing minister writes to Rudd over 53-week Universal Credit issue

13 February, 2019

A Welsh housing minister has written to work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd expressing concern that social tenants on Universal Credit will lose out next year because of a quirk in the calendar

More than 20,000 on social housing waiting list in Wakefield

13 February, 2019

More than 20,000 people are on the waiting list for social housing in Wakefield

The effect 'bedroom tax' and Universal Credit is having on people in North Tyneside

13 February, 2019

North Tyneside Council is considering building small 'starter homes' to help cash-strapped renters

Rents to go up by £40 a month at some Northampton housing association homes

13 February, 2019

A rent increase at housing association homes in Northampton has been branded "an insult"

Man wins fit-for-work appeal seven months after his death

13 February, 2019

Jeff Hayward spent last 18 months of his life fighting decision that he was fit to work

James Brokenshire heralds new law protecting tenants from unfair letting fees

13 February, 2019

Tenants will be protected from unfair letting fees and will see their tenancy deposits capped at 5 weeks' rent

Online letting agent to start charging landlords once the tenant has signed

13 February, 2019

Online agent Upad is to start charging landlords once the tenant has signed the contract

Tenant fees ban now in the statute books after Royal Assent

13 February, 2019

The Tenant Fees Bill received Royal Assent yesterday, becoming an Act which will come into force on June 1

Tenant Fees Bill becomes an Act of Parliament

12 February, 2019

The Ministry of Housing, Community and Local Government has confirmed that the Tenant Fees Bill is officially an Act of Parliament and will come into effect in England from 1 June 2019

HB A3/2019

12 February, 2019

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

Brokenshire 'heralds' new Tenant Fees Act

12 February, 2019

The ban on fees is expected to save tenants across England at least £240m a year

Government refuses to act on DWP 'inhumanity'

12 February, 2019

Potential overhaul of DWP sanctions is fobbed off, despite admission that Universal Credit has led to rocketing foodbank use

Windrush win as provider proves tenant 'exists'

12 February, 2019

Elderly tenant facing a near £100,000 told to prove he officially existed, despite his right to live in the UK

'Significant' pressures on Corby housing see waiting lists and arrears shoot up

12 February, 2019

An extra 367 people joined Corby Council's housing waiting list in the past year - up by 25 per cent

Social housing new build spend up 11% but repairs work drops

12 February, 2019

The amount of money spent on building new homes in the social housing sector increased by nearly 11% in December but repairs and maintenance spend fell by 6.6%

Universal credit rollout linked to rising food bank use

12 February, 2019

Work and pensions secretary says benefit payment delays could have led to increase

Landlords and agents at risk as 'millions of EPCs could be incorrect'

12 February, 2019

Millions of Energy Performance Certificates could be wrong due to poor training among assessors and incorrect measurements of properties

HB S1/2019

11 February, 2019

Subsidy circulars are about the money the government pays local authorities to administer Housing Benefit and other financial matters

Parents could lose their homes if they don't get their anti-social kids under control

11 February, 2019

If your child is found to be causing issues or committing criminal offences, you could face being evicted

Council backs right to buy and denies City Hall claims of £3million rent costs

11 February, 2019

The council has spent more than £3million renting back council homes sold off under right to buy

Rescued tenant energy supplier to roll out smart meters to rental properties

11 February, 2019

Tenants in properties using Spark Energy are to be given access to smart meters as well as warranty services from its new owner

Landlords and housing groups lock horns amid claims that high rents are pushing tenants into poverty

11 February, 2019

High rents are being blamed for pushing families into poverty

Letting agent who failed to publish correct fees fined £4,000

11 February, 2019

A letting agent has been fined £4,000 for failing to publish the correct fees they charge tenants and landlords

Rents on the rise again after their first fall for a decade

11 February, 2019

The amount of rent tenants paid their landlords dropped for the first time in a decade last year

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council opens consultation on selective licensing scheme

08 February, 2019

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council has begun their consultation on selective licensing in the borough which will close on 12 April 2019

Waltham Forest Borough Council consults on selective and additional licensing

08 February, 2019

Waltham Forest Borough Council has begun consultation on selective and additional licensing in the borough. The consultation will close on 29 April 2019

UC rollout to 'worsen' NI housing crisis

08 February, 2019

Recent NIHE report showed almost 20,950 children in families waiting for social housing and at least 13,636 in 'housing stress'

UC claimants refusing zero-hour jobs risk sanction

08 February, 2019

But DWP minister skirts around the issue of such sanctions as policy

Scottish housing associations to come under FoI

08 February, 2019

Scottish government approves putting associations under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act as public authorities

500,000 more children in PRS poverty than 10 years ago

08 February, 2019

"It is a disgrace that in one of the wealthiest countries in the world we cannot provide children with a secure and affordable home"

Second acquisition within months for agent as letting fees ban approaches

08 February, 2019

An independent has acquired its second small business in less than a year as part of its 'strength in numbers' strategy to overcome the effects of the tenants' fees ban

Student who handed £400,000 in 'advance rent' to agent is ordered to relinquish money

08 February, 2019

A 'kid' who arrived in Britain paid almost £400,000 in rent upfront through an agency

Benefit Cap: number of households capped to November 2018

07 February, 2019

Statistics on households that have had their benefits capped between 15 April 2013 and November 2018

Wokingham Borough Council missing out on more than £700,000 in unpaid rent debts from social housing tenants

07 February, 2019

The council is owed more than £700,000 in unpaid rent debts by social housing tenants in the borough

Families missing out on 'vital funding' under benefit cap

07 February, 2019

DWP figures show that 74% of single-parent families had their housing benefit capped last year

DWP claims 53-week year will not affect tenants on Universal Credit

07 February, 2019

The government has shifted its position to claim that the 53 rent weeks next financial year will not have an impact on social tenants receiving Universal Credit

Who's who: Islington's rough sleeping chief slams short-term tenancies

07 February, 2019

Islington' Council's new permanent street sleeping chief Sarah Turley speaks to Lucas Cumiskey about austerity, Universal Credit and short term tenancies and the impact they are having

Salix Homes to feature in new TV documentary on housing crisis

07 February, 2019

Salford housing association Salix Homes is to feature in a new BBC One daytime series shining a spotlight on Britain's empty homes crisis

Fire that killed four children was in housing association home

07 February, 2019

A house wrecked by a fire that killed four young children in Stafford this week belongs to a housing association

Over 300 landlords 'Make a Stand' against domestic abuse

07 February, 2019

Landlords under the scheme collectively own more than 2.6 million homes - more than 50% of all social housing across the UK

Associations stress-test over fear rent settlement will change post-Brexit

07 February, 2019

Housing associations are stress-testing for the possibility that the government will renege on a promise to allow plus-inflation rent increases after Brexit

Act now to fix Universal Credit

06 February, 2019

Research by the National Landlords Association has found that 73 per cent of landlords who let to tenants on Universal Credit have experienced rent arrears in the last year.

Shelter from the storm?

06 February, 2019

It can't have escaped anyone's attention that we are in the midst of a housing crisis, in particular social housing

Universal Credit: 'I've nearly lost my house twice'

06 February, 2019

A mother of three says she has nearly been made homeless twice in two years due to the new Universal Credit benefits system

LA Welfare Direct bulletins: 2019

06 February, 2019

These LA Welfare Direct bulletins provide information, that affects Housing Benefit and other areas of DWP, to local authority staff

Transfer of homes to 'protect tenants' finalised

06 February, 2019

The Scottish Regulator directed the transfer in November after 70% of Kincardine's tenants said they were in favour of the move

High Court backs association's religious allocation policy

06 February, 2019

But case pitched as a test of "wider implications" seems certain to go to appeal

RLA urges a right to direct UC rent payments

06 February, 2019

Citizen's Advice report reveals 49% of those it helps with Universal Credit are in arrears over housing payments

February 2019: Touchbase edition 129

05 February, 2019

News and articles from across government for advisers, employers and organisations that help people find jobs

Council could spend £60,000 converting home back to original condition

05 February, 2019

We want to challenge the negative stereotypes of council tenants

Kensington MP launches attack on housing associations in report on local housing

05 February, 2019

The Labour MP for the constituency where Grenfell Tower is located has published a report which launches a strongly worded attack on the performance of housing associations in the area

Call for universal credit overhaul amid fears of looming evictions crisis

05 February, 2019

Citizens Advice reveals half of claimants seeking benefits assistance are at risk of being evicted

165,000+ social rent homes lost in six years

05 February, 2019

CIH projections suggest 199,000 homes for social rent will have been lost between 2012 and 2020

Agency fees remain one of the largest property transaction costs - at 1%

05 February, 2019

Estate agency fees continued to be one of the largest property transaction costs last year despite agents not having put their charges up

Zoopla tells online agent to stop offering free listings to sellers and landlords

05 February, 2019

Zoopla was last night reviewing whether an online agent listing with it meets its membership criteria after offering some of its services for free

The lonely and destitute who will walk miles for a free meal in Birmingham

04 February, 2019

Welfare cuts and loneliness are driving people onto the streets of Birmingham in search of food

Inside the 'death trap' social houses 'failing' Liverpool's vulnerable families

04 February, 2019

Damp, mould and mice living in the walls are common issues plaguing residents

Shortage of large council homes could slow wider Grenfell rehousing

04 February, 2019

A shortage of large council homes could slow efforts to rehouse families from the wider Grenfell community, with just two such properties becoming available in the borough in the past two years.

New smoke alarm regulations to apply in Scotland after Grenfell blaze

04 February, 2019

Every home will need to have a smoke alarm in their main living room and hallways, as well as a heat alarm in the kitchen

Renters are more likely to have poor health than those who own

04 February, 2019

There are links between housing and health, and research shows that those who rent privately have worse health than those who own properties

Housing associations should be subject to FOIA

04 February, 2019

Housing associations should be subject to the Freedom of Information Act

Landlords leaving market 'in droves' with exodus intensifying in capital

04 February, 2019

Landlords in London are leaving the market "in droves"

Tenants hoping to save money from fees ban 'could already be paying more in rent'

04 February, 2019

The letting fees ban may already be too late to save tenants money

Councils urged to build on new housing solution

01 February, 2019

MetroHome offers a commercial model allowing councils to retain the freehold of their land

Tenants have so few rights, a whole street can be evicted at once - that's obscene

01 February, 2019

Other countries ensure people who rent are secure in their homes. Why can't we do the same?

Councils 'empowering and engaging' tenants

01 February, 2019

But LGA/Tpas report calls for firmer commitment to social homes from central government

Private Rented Sector Report - December 2018

01 February, 2019

The number of tenants experiencing rent hikes dropped in December to the lowest level since December 2017

Social housing contractors in crisis?

01 February, 2019

Following the collapse of construction giant Carillion and other similar financial failures, should the social housing sector brace itself for more contractor woes?

Just over half of private landlords do not use an agent at all

01 February, 2019

Just over half of landlords do not use an agent to let or manage their properties

Tenant group slams 'wild west' of deposit replacement schemes

01 February, 2019

Deposit replacement schemes have been labelled as a "wild west" by campaign group Generation Rent

Family made homeless after failing Right to Rent checks - despite having right to live in UK

01 February, 2019

A British man and his family are homeless after a letting agent turned them away under Right to Rent rules

Tipping the balance of power against private landlords

31 January, 2019

Readers discuss the problems facing tenants in the private rental sector

No excuse for no DSS

31 January, 2019

Our campaign against 'no DSS' has split the lettings industry

Gender of bank account holders on Universal Credit

31 January, 2019

Ad hoc statistics on couples claiming Universal Credit (UC), specifically the gender of the person whose bank account receives the UC payment

Overcrowding in social housing hits 24-year high

31 January, 2019

English Housing Survey shows a need to ease the squeeze with 300,000 households in too few rooms

Review of tenancy deposit schemes in Scotland

31 January, 2019

The Scottish Government has released results from research with tenants, landlords and schemes as part of a review of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme in Scotland

Tenants warned to strap in for 'rocky ride' as fees ban approaches

31 January, 2019

Tenants finished 2018 in the driving seat as fewer experienced rent increases, ARLA Propertymark claims, but has warned that the impending fees ban means many will be set for a rocky ride this year

Compulsory electric tests to be introduced every five years for rental homes

31 January, 2019

Compulsory checks are to be introduced every five years on electrical installations in private rented properties

The Deposit Diaries: The importance of taking notice

31 January, 2019

In this case, the landlord claimed £1,025 for rent arrears representing one month's unpaid rent

13,000 tenants in Wales at risk of UC underpayment

30 January, 2019

Community Housing Cymru calls on UK Government to change UC formula to account for year-on-year flexibility

A two-pronged plan for better social housing

30 January, 2019

It might sound odd to say, but the Shelter commission was not a typical housing commission

Association donates over £1,000 of food and household products to foodbanks

30 January, 2019

"It was great to be able to drop off such a fantastic amount of provisions to help those in need"

Why council house rent is dropping in Portsmouth - and the millions it is costing the city council

30 January, 2019

Council house tenants are set for further rent reductions despite the 'ridiculous' discount costing the local authority more than £7m in three years

Third of councils have more than 20% PRS residents

30 January, 2019

Generation Rent says latest ONS figures expose the extent of housing market failure

Disabled people are going hungry. Tears are not enough

30 January, 2019

Not since Margaret Thatcher have we seen such an all-out assault on our social fabric, nor one that has caused such harm

East Riding Council to spend nearly £100m on revamping houses

30 January, 2019

It is upgrading some of its 11,000 properties

New measures power up PRS electrical safety standards

30 January, 2019

Relevant competency and qualifications now a legal requirement for inspections

Hundreds on Bexley housing waiting list placed out of borough

30 January, 2019

Bexley faces "serious challenges" around housing as it is revealed that only nine per cent of people on the housing waiting list were re-homed last year

Another London borough backs fight against Section 21

30 January, 2019

Six councils across the country now support the Generation Rent campaign

Government commits to introduce mandatory five yearly electrical safety checks

29 January, 2019

After a long wait, the Government has finally released the results of a consultation on Electrical Safety Standards in the private rented sector

The impact of Tenant Fee Bans

29 January, 2019

With a start date for the tenant fee ban now in place, questions have inevitably resurfaced as to how this imminent change in legislation will impact both landlords and tenants

HB A2/2019

29 January, 2019

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

Housing Minister tightens up rules on electrical safety to better protect renters

29 January, 2019

New measures designed to ensure mandatory electrical inspections are carried out by competent and qualified inspectors

Welcome to Grice Close, the cul-de-sac evicted by Fergus Wilson

29 January, 2019

Mentions of the landlord tend to be met with a grimace on the Kent streets where he is evicting 700 households

Malthouse goes gloves off over RTB to attack Labour 'detachment'

29 January, 2019

While seemingly solving Brexit, the housing minster holds his own close to home

Landlords should not call the tune on housing court

29 January, 2019

Housing claims suffer from numerous procedural delays and system failures - but a separate specialist court is not the solution to fixing them

London tenants call for Statement of Community Involvement from Sadiq Khan

29 January, 2019

Sadiq Khan should issue a 'Statement of Community Involvement' setting out his policy on engaging with residents over development

UK council tax benefit cuts resulted in surge of unpaid bills

29 January, 2019

The rate of non-collection of tax is around 10 times higher than the 2.5 per cent under the old system

Rents on the rise while one in ten of all tenancies in arrears

29 January, 2019

Rents nudged up between November and December last year, while tenant arrears also increased

Influential think tank calls on Government to abolish 'no fault' evictions in England

29 January, 2019

An influential think tank has called for 'no fault' evictions to be abolished in England

Thurrock Council approves additional licensing of shared houses and flats

28 January, 2019

Thurrock Council has approved plans for additional licensing of HMOs in specific parts of the borough, which will affect private landlords letting to three or four tenants from more than one household

Councils in England to receive over £50 million to support Brexit preparations

28 January, 2019

Local authorities across England will receive a share of £56.5 million to help support their preparations for Brexit

Ban landlords from evicting families without good reason

28 January, 2019

England should follow Scotland's lead and introduce open-ended tenancies for private renters

Regulator investigates housing association with former First Priority leases

28 January, 2019

The social housing regulator is investigating a housing association which took on some of First Priority's homes after that association nearly became insolvent

Bristol to spend £7.3m on tower block sprinklers

28 January, 2019

Bristol City Council cabinet told of no room for complacency despite confirmation that no block has Grenfell-style cladding

Boost for tenants as rents slow annually for the first time in a decade

28 January, 2019

Rents fell annually for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis, making it more affordable for tenants to now rent

Renters to spend almost £154m on agency fees before ban comes in

28 January, 2019

Three Countrywide brands, two Connells Group brands and haart have been named as being among the most expensive 20 biggest firms for charging tenants' fees

A licence to rent

25 January, 2019

A joint research project between Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and Chartered Institute of Housing

DWP home visits to help with your benefit claim

25 January, 2019

The Department for Work and Pensions Visiting Team can visit you at home to help you with your benefit claim

Housing association presents code for safer housing

25 January, 2019

The new electrical code is due to be presented at parliament on 23rd January

Rural social housing waiting list tops 100 years

25 January, 2019

New government statistics show the number of households on rural council waiting lists continues to increase

Council accuses association linked to investment funds of not providing support services

25 January, 2019

A local authority has accused a supported housing association linked to several new investment funds of not providing support services to vulnerable tenants, despite billing for them in housing benefit

Universal Credit technicality threatens hundreds of thousands with underpayment

25 January, 2019

Hundreds of thousands of social housing tenants on Universal Credit are set to have their housing costs underpaid in the next financial year due to a quirk in the calendar which means 53 weekly rent payments will fall due

'I've absolutely had enough': Tory MP embarks on anti-austerity tour

25 January, 2019

Heidi Allen joins former Labour MP Frank Field on mission to highlight the poverty caused by her party's policies

LIN member report January 2019 - The Social Housing Commission

25 January, 2019

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Renting 'more affordable' in 2018

24 January, 2019

Stats show that 2018 was the first year since 2008 that rents decreased in the UK, with wages spent on rents dropping 0.5% to 31%

It's time to wake up on the Decent Homes Standard

24 January, 2019

Five months on from the publication of the Social Housing Green Paper, Fortem continues to consider what it and other housing service providers can do to support our clients and their communities

Housing association apologies after leaving couple with no hot water and central heating for two months

24 January, 2019

An Evesham couple has said it is a disgrace they have been left without hot water and central heating at their Hampton property for nearly two months by Rooftop Housing

Landlords of draughty homes to be fined thousands of pounds

24 January, 2019

The penalties are intended as a deterrent for 'negligent' landlords

Billionaire property family enters social housing market

24 January, 2019

The family behind a multibillion-pound property empire has made a dramatic move into the social housing sector by registering one of its companies as a social landlord

Selective licensing improves housing conditions

24 January, 2019

Selective licensing schemes are an effective way for local authorities to improve housing conditions

Landlords' Barometer - #66: A special year for Property Tribes as we reach our tenth birthday

24 January, 2019

Welcome to the first Landlords' Barometer of 2019!

Mayor set to introduce rent controls across whole of London - with precedent likely to be set for elsewhere

24 January, 2019

Rent controls could be brought in across the whole of London to tackle the 'affordability crisis'

Agents who break fees ban could be bankrupted by huge fines

24 January, 2019

Agents who charge tenants after the fees ban comes in could be bankrupted and put out of business

The letting fees ban is finally happening

23 January, 2019

Almost three years after the ban on letting fees was first announced, in Autumn 2016, the government has finally approved the Tenant Fees bill

New film champions social housing and its residents

23 January, 2019

Film frames people, not politics, as at heart of the debate on the housing crisis

Tenant Fees Bill passes final Commons hurdle

23 January, 2019

"The tenant fees ban is now an inevitability, and agents need to start preparing for a post-tenant fees world"

Commons committee launches inquiry into 'natural migration' to Universal Credit

23 January, 2019

The UK Parliament's work and pensions committee is today launching a new inquiry into the process by which people claiming existing benefits move onto Universal Credit if they have a change in their circumstances

MP seeks 'crucial' Universal Credit reforms over domestic abuse risk

23 January, 2019

An SNP MP has urged the UK Government to accept amendments to its Domestic Abuse Bill to tackle the increased risk of financial abuse under the current Universal Credit system

DWP landlord rent payment portal won't be live until Summer

23 January, 2019

With the heat on, the London Assembly Housing Committee hears the portal is still some way off

Councils need more tools to cut off rogue landlords' profits

23 January, 2019

Brent councillor Eleanor Southwood says the London borough is leading the way in cracking down on those who make tenants' lives a misery

'Councils in race for temporary accommodation forcing rents upwards'

23 January, 2019

Councils are in a race for temporary accommodation, and landlords know this and are pushing rents up

UK rents fall for first time in a decade

23 January, 2019

Yorkshire records biggest percentage decline but signs emerge rents are rising again

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 13 December 2018

22 January, 2019

These experimental statistics cover the number of people on Universal Credit to 13 December 2018

Brent Council urges government to end rogue landlord benefits

22 January, 2019

The council's callout to government follows the recent hand-out of more than £50,000 to a repeatedly convicted "rogue" landlord

Mentally ill people more at risk of losing benefits

22 January, 2019

Concerns that DLA system discriminates against those with psychiatric disorders

Pregnant single mum desperate to be re-homed after 13 months of hell in damp and mouldy house

22 January, 2019

23-year-old Yvonne says she "can't stop crying" about the state of disrepair in her cold and run-down social housing property

This is how many people are on the Sunderland social housing waiting lists

22 January, 2019

Thousands of people are stuck on waiting lists for social housing in Sunderland as bosses struggle to balance supply and demand

Loophole in law means rogue landlords are still raking in housing benefit

22 January, 2019

The Government is being urged to alter an anomaly in legislation that means housing benefit is being paid - legally - to landlords convicted of housing offences

Pressure mounts on ministers to scrap Right to Buy after councils spend millions renting back homes they used to own

22 January, 2019

Pressure is growing on the Government to scrap Right to Buy, after it emerged that councils in London are spending over £22m a year renting back homes that they once owned, to house homeless families

Agent warns of 'possible breach to fees ban law' if tenants use deposit replacement scheme in order to rent

22 January, 2019

Concerns have been raised that agents who let to tenants who can only proceed by using a deposit replacement product could be in breach of the fees ban

Universal Credit - latest news for housing associations

21 January, 2019

We set out the latest updates on Universal Credit, including a proposed change to the way rent is paid to landlords and the Christmas early payment schedule

53-week rent year, rent reduction and Universal Credit - briefing

21 January, 2019

We've produced a briefing focusing on the upcoming 53-week rent year and how this impacts on rent reduction and the calculation of Universal Credit

Council urges ban on housing benefit being paid to rogue landlords

21 January, 2019

Brent paid £500,000 to Bernard McGowan despite him failing the 'fit and proper' test

Council pays rogue landlord £500,000 in housing benefit

21 January, 2019

Bernard McGowan, who has £30m in property, received money from Brent despite being banned

Right to Buy is 'failing London'

21 January, 2019

Stats show capital's councils fork out "eye-watering" £22m-a-year renting back Right To Buy homes

Deposit scheme backs specialist Housing Court to settle tenant and landlord disputes

21 January, 2019

The UK Government is being urged to follow Scotland's lead as it considers introducing a specialist Housing Court to deal with tenant and landlord disputes

Three agents likely to serve 14 months each in prison after £105,000 fraud involving deposits and rents

21 January, 2019

Three agents who scammed the public out of over £100,000 in rent and deposits in a prolonged fraud have each been jailed for two years and four months

Housing is a women's rights issue

21 January, 2019

What does housing have to do with gender inequality?

Tenant Fees Bill provisions to come into effect June 2019

18 January, 2019

The provisions of the Tenant Fees Bill will come into effect on the 1st June 2019 for all tenancies signed on or after the date

More funding for councils to crack down on rogue landlords: but can this be properly enforced?

18 January, 2019

More than 50 councils will be allocated a £2.4 million fund to crack down on rogue landlords

Seven housing benefit assessors busted over £1m fraud

18 January, 2019

Convictions in "large, complex" case covering three London boroughs

Support visits if you need help to claim benefits

18 January, 2019

The Department for Work and Pensions Visiting Team can visit you at home to help you with your benefit claim

PIP appeal left disabled man 'stressed and humiliated'

18 January, 2019

An east Belfast man who has a long-term lung condition has been "humiliated" by a seven-month battle for Personal Independence Payment

Scotland's largest social landlord generates £2bn for economy

18 January, 2019

Around £150m of GDP to the Scottish economy, equivalent to around 2,575 jobs - that is a substantial contribution

Nearly 50 councils use unregistered fire risk assessors

18 January, 2019

Nearly 50 English councils have used unregistered fire risk assessors to check if their buildings are safe

Ban on referral fees paid to agents is on the cards if 'transparency' cannot be achieved

18 January, 2019

A ban on referral fees paid to agents is on the cards, an industry audience was told yesterday

Has the Brexit vote saved London tenants £1,800 pa in rent?

17 January, 2019

Rent rises 3% lower than forecast partly due to fewer EU migrants and price-out Londoners moving out

England: Tenant Fees Bill provisions to come into effect in June

17 January, 2019

New legislation to bring an end to costly fees imposed by landlords or letting agents in England is to come into force this summer

Group convicted of housing benefit fraud

17 January, 2019

Seven benefit assessors have been convicted of a housing benefit fraud worth £1,025,912 across three councils in London

Social housing aggregator gets A- credit rating

17 January, 2019

The social housing bond aggregator MORhomes has received an A- credit rating from agency Standard & Poor's

Lack of property supply pushing rents upwards as landlords decide to get out

17 January, 2019

Rightmove data has revealed the extent of the Government tax clampdowns on landlords

Welfare 'reform' puts new social housing in NI at risk

17 January, 2019

Report outlines risk posed by rent arrears to the building and maintenance of social housing

Tax rises hits rented housing tenants

17 January, 2019

"Whilst the Treasury seeks to dampen investment in rented housing, demand from tenants shows no signs of slowing down"

Applying for social housing as a veteran: an ex-servicewoman tells her story

17 January, 2019

As the government announces proposals for veterans with mental illnesses to be prioritised for social housing, Catherine Lough speaks to a former servicewoman who found herself homeless after fleeing domestic violence

The future of social housing - what's next?

16 January, 2019

Last week we launched the final report of our commission on the future of social housing

Changes to benefits for mixed age couples

16 January, 2019

The government announced today changes to benefits for mixed age couples that will be introduced from 15 May 2019

PIP has cost up to £2 billion more than keeping DLA

16 January, 2019

Government disability benefit spending has increased by 15% to 20% cent despite the aim of reducing it by a fifth

Housing association borrows £135m

16 January, 2019

Housing association Moat has borrowed £135m in revolving credit facilities from two banks

Rent must be pinned to local incomes, housing associations tell Burnham

16 January, 2019

Affordable rent levels must be pinned to local incomes in different parts of Greater Manchester

Government welfare watchdog questions Universal Credit managed migration pilot

16 January, 2019

Ministers' proposals for the 10,000-person pilot for moving existing benefit claimants onto Universal Credit could prove a missed opportunity

Changes to disability benefits cost £4bn in extra welfare payments

16 January, 2019

OBR's figures will bolster disability groups' calls for overhaul of PIP system

Benefits rule changes could cost pensioners in UK thousands a year

16 January, 2019

From 15 May, new pensioners with partners under 65 can no longer claim pension credit

The clock ticks down: Fees ban will apply to all tenancies signed after June 1

16 January, 2019

Fees charged to tenants are to be outlawed on all new tenancies signed after June 1

The Universal Credit (Managed Migration Pilot and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2019: SSAC correspondence

15 January, 2019

A letter to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions about the Universal Credit (Managed Migration Pilot and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2019

HB A1/2019

15 January, 2019

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

Regulator alerts social landlords to upcoming changes to consents

15 January, 2019

Reminders go out in Scotland ahead of 8th March deadline

Report highlights social housing concerns post-Brexit

15 January, 2019

Private sector investment and labour costs remain the major concerns for Scotland's social housing sector post-Brexit

More than 17,000 sick and disabled people have died while waiting for welfare benefits

15 January, 2019

Ministers accused of 'failing people at the most vulnerable point in their lives' after it emerges nine disability claimants die each day while waiting for decisions on disability support

£70m Homes England funding to bring 8,500 new homes

15 January, 2019

The schemes have a projected lifetime value of £2.5bn

Major private landlord Fergus Wilson confirms sale of portfolio - private landlords need not apply

15 January, 2019

High profile landlord Fergus Wilson has confirmed to EYE that he is selling a number of properties

Major agency offers to refund £20m to tenants who switch to deposit replacement scheme

15 January, 2019

Thousands of current tenants could be set for a refund of their deposit in a landmark move

Fees ban could be just weeks away: ARLA boss warns agents to get ready now

15 January, 2019

Agents are being warned to prepare for April 6 as the date when the lettings fees ban could kick in

Brexit costs London landlords £1.8k in rental growth

14 January, 2019

Post-referendum rental growth in London almost 3% lower than projected

Four single mothers win high court benefits battle against DWP

14 January, 2019

Women succeed with action over 'fundamental problem' with universal credit system

England and Wales Rental Tracker

14 January, 2019

Strong appetite for investment in the North

Amber Rudd announces further Universal Credit changes - at a job centre

14 January, 2019

But latest concessions still come with a defence of 'principle' and no acknowledgement of damage done

Housing association starts climb 7% to more than 10,000 in quarter

14 January, 2019

The total number of new homes started by housing associations has risen despite a fall in the number built for open market sale

Could changes to Universal Credit now persuade landlords and agents to accept housing benefit tenants?

14 January, 2019

The Government is to start working on an online system that will let private landlords access rents directly from tenants on Universal Credit

Online letting agent introduces new - and lower - charges for landlords ahead of fees ban

14 January, 2019

An online letting agent has completely dropped tenants' fees and slashed fees to landlords

'Flawed' Tenant Fees Bill means letting agents could unknowingly break fees ban law

14 January, 2019

A possible flaw has been spotted in the Tenant Fees Bill, which could mean that letting agents throughout England could unknowingly break the law after the ban comes in

High Court deals huge blow to welfare 'reform'

11 January, 2019

Judges say relevant regulations on Universal Credit have been "wrongly interpreted" at Secretary of State level

PRS landlords welcome thaw in benefits freeze

11 January, 2019

Freeze as applied to housing benefit is seen as a key driver of homelessness from PRS

Amber Rudd sets out fresh approach to Universal Credit

11 January, 2019

Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd sets out an ambitious new future for Universal Credit

Universal Credit: personal welfare

11 January, 2019

A speech delivered by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions at Kennington jobcentre about the future of Universal Credit

This single mother works full-time, but still needs housing benefit - so landlords refuse to rent to her

11 January, 2019

Limarra Sealy, 25, and her daughter Nevaeh haven't had a home for six months because landlords keep turning them away

Reality check: why are housing associations not building more social rented homes?

11 January, 2019

Associations have been accused of losing sight of their social purpose as they diversify the type of homes they offer

Giant housing associations agree deal over sale of 228 homes

11 January, 2019

Sovereign Housing Association has agreed a deal with Hyde Group to buy up 228 of its properties in the South of England

Housing associations buy up discounted homes from builders amid Brexit uncertainty

11 January, 2019

Housing associations are buying up new build homes from private builders at discounted rates, as they look to offload stock amid Brexit uncertainty in the housing market

Universal credit to be paid to main carer in attempt to help women

11 January, 2019

Work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd unveils package of changes to benefits system

Social housing 100 years on

10 January, 2019

As we mark the centenary of Dr Addison's social housing legislation, at CIH Cymru, we're asking what needs to be done to progress things further?

If you're on benefits, landlords don't want to know

10 January, 2019

A lack of social housing forces tenants on benefits to turn to private landlords

'I was that ill I thought I was going to die...' - Mum-of-four slams housing association after claiming 'damp' home leaves her fearing for her life

10 January, 2019

Carer Sue Hughes says she has complained to Midland Heart THIRTEEN times in three years

Empty Wolverhampton properties will be seized for homeless families

10 January, 2019

No-nonsense housing bosses in Wolverhampton are warning private landlords that any homes in the city left empty for long periods of time will be seized and used to provide much-needed accommodation for homeless families

Council branded 'meanest in the country' after penalising housing payment claimants over smoking and Sky TV

10 January, 2019

North Lincolnshire Council receives £350,000 from the Government for discretionary housing payments but sends much of it back

No-deal Brexit would be catastrophic for food supply

10 January, 2019

MPs told of triple threat of disruption to stocks, higher prices and farmers going bust

Appoint minister for hunger to tackle UK food insecurity

10 January, 2019

Nearly 2 million Britons may be undernourished and one in five children are in food insecurity

Clarification still demanded as to when agents can serve prescribed information to tenants

10 January, 2019

Our story yesterday on the fall-out from a legal case last year, where a landlord could not serve a Section 21 notice, aroused interest - and questions

Right To Buy running down in Wales

09 January, 2019

Abolition of RTB in Wales heads for home straight

North West housing associations complete 38,000-home merger

09 January, 2019

Two housing associations in the North West of England have completed their merger to form one of the largest providers in the region

Brokenshire pledges PTSD service personnel as social housing priority

09 January, 2019

Currently, those who split from their partner in the Forces have to move out of military accommodation and can be denied social housing

Rudd 'still considering' when to give MPs vote on Universal Credit roll-out

09 January, 2019

Amber Rudd has told MPs she is "still considering" when they will be given a vote on the full and final roll-out Universal Credit

Waltham Forest Council gave one woman a difficult decision

09 January, 2019

Liverpool or the streets - this was the decision facing one mother five days before Christmas

Brokenshire: HRA cap lift put councils 'on the frontline of housebuilding'

09 January, 2019

The Secretary of State addressed delegates at this year's Local Government Association Finance Conference

Housing association sorry for delay to repair leaking roof

09 January, 2019

A man has spent months living with damp and faulty electrics due to a huge leak in his roof

'End Right To Buy' to help build three million social homes

09 January, 2019

"It's no good building new social housing only to lose precious existing council homes to Right To Buy"

Three million new social homes needed - Stoke gets started

09 January, 2019

First-time public-private partnership pitches major building programme, as Social Housing Commission says England needs three million new social homes

All private renters should have permanent tenancies as legal norm

09 January, 2019

Shelter is calling for permanent tenancies to become the legal minimum norm for all private renters

Building for our future: A vision for social housing

08 January, 2019

In January 2018, the housing and homelessness charity Shelter brought together sixteen commissioners from across the political spectrum

Miliband: Social housing a 'national asset'

08 January, 2019

Former Labour Leader says social housing needs to be given more prominence by both leading political parties

'End Right To Buy' to help build three million social homes

08 January, 2019

"It's no good building new social housing only to lose precious existing council homes to Right To Buy"

This radical plan could be the way to get social housing back on track

08 January, 2019

Stop demonising people who need help with housing. A cross-party proposal for 3m affordable properties could allay the crisis

Oldham food bank launches fundraiser after burglary

08 January, 2019

Cash donations, iPads and food stolen in raid at Trussell Trust-run premises

How social landlords can help stop women being killed in the home

08 January, 2019

As the latest figures on 'femicide' reveal the shocking number of women killed in their homes

Midlands housing association to consolidate group structure

08 January, 2019

Longhurst Group has announced plans to consolidate its structure into a single entity

England needs 3m new social homes by 2040

08 January, 2019

Commission including Sayeeda Warsi and Ed Miliband has been researching ways to tackle housing crisis

Britain's best-known landlord 'set to put portfolio of properties up for sale today'

08 January, 2019

Britain's highest-profile private landlord, Fergus Wilson, is understood to be putting all of his properties on the sales market today

Life on Universal Credit: Father, 42, who suffered heart attack and has 4% kidney function forced to live in a freezing cold caravan

07 January, 2019

Martin Weaver says he had to give up his one-bedroom flat as he couldn't afford the rent - he now sometimes stays in lay-bys without heat

Stealthy changes mean that soon one in five families with children will be losing some Child Benefit

07 January, 2019

Six years ago today, Child Benefit was first withdrawn from families containing someone whose annual income is above £50,000 a year

Thousands of fire doors that failed at Grenfell still used across the country

07 January, 2019

Data obtained by HuffPost UK reveals at least 25,000 faulty fire doors have been installed in public housing

DWP agrees to change Universal Credit direct payments schedule

07 January, 2019

Direct rent payments to social landlords for tenants claiming Universal Credit will change to be paid on a monthly cycle

Councils have plans for more than 20,000 homes with borrowing flexibility

07 January, 2019

Councils in England estimate they will be able to build at least 20,500 homes over three years with new powers to borrow for investment in housing

Social housing report calls for massive overhaul of tenants' rights

07 January, 2019

Renters need better deal to prevent another Grenfell disaster

Universal credit: Vote to extend benefit to three million delayed

07 January, 2019

The next stage of the universal credit rollout is to be scaled back amid concerns about the controversial new benefits system

Rents remain below rate of inflation despite increases in most regions

07 January, 2019

Rents continued to rise below the level of inflation in most UK regions in November

Landlords' body sells stake in tenancy deposit scheme mydeposits to insurance firm

04 January, 2019

The National Landlords Association has sold its stake in Tenancy Deposit Solutions, which trades as mydeposits, to insurance business Hamilton Fraser

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

04 January, 2019

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

Single mums hit hardest by benefit cap

04 January, 2019

New DWP figures show single mums make up 85% of all households whose incomes have been limited by the policy

Benefit cap: single mothers make up 85% of those affected

04 January, 2019

DWP records show 134,044 households had support capped, with single mothers accounting for 114,337

Deposit replacement schemes boost offerings to gear up for tenant fees ban

04 January, 2019

Deposit replacement schemes have begun bolstering their propositions in a bid to add more value for letting agents and landlords with the tenant fee ban due at some point this year

Agents 'turning away tenants because of no clarity of Right to Rent post-Brexit'

04 January, 2019

Cautious agents are already rejecting tenants because of a lack of any official guidance on compliance with Right to Rent, rather than risk £30,000 penalties

OAP 'with no bathroom ceiling' suffers month-long battle with housing association

03 January, 2019

An OAP has endured weeks of living in the cold after a housing association left her without a roof over her bathroom

New plans to force private landlords in Slough to be licensed

03 January, 2019

People in rented property are being asked to voice their opinions on new council plans to take on landlords who ignore their responsibilities

Those claiming the Universal Credit roll-out was well intentioned aren't affected by it. My family was

03 January, 2019

My dad's phone pings at 3:40am on a Sunday. "You need to read a message in your Universal Credit journal"

Housing Benefit subsidy audited final claims: April 2017 to March 2018

03 January, 2019

This is the local authority Housing Benefit audit final claims expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2017 to 2018

On ghettos - more to do on stigmatisation

03 January, 2019

A small disturbance on Twitter at the end of 2018 prompted council home tenant Rob Gershon to reflect on whether the public discourse about social housing has moved all that far

Government benefit delays 'wreaking havoc' on disabled people's lives as nearly 100,000 wait more than two weeks

03 January, 2019

Delays branded 'recruiting sergeant for food banks and money lenders' as proportion of ESA claims taking longer than 10 working days soars to one in five

Social housing investor signs £70m funding facility

03 January, 2019

Triple Point Social Housing REIT has secured a new £70 million revolving credit facility (RCF) with Lloyds Bank

Worries after social housing firms enter private market

03 January, 2019

A private firm set up by two social housing providers is carrying out a pilot scheme which involves letting out 200 properties at market rent levels

Hard-up Walsall people suffering due to Universal Credit

02 January, 2019

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

Bron Afon residents in Torfaen are £74,000 in arrears since the introduction of Universal Credit

02 January, 2019

Social housing tenants in Torfaen have been struggling to keep up with their rent since Universal Credit was introduced in the area

Universal Credit: 250,000 parents and workers forced onto benefit WITHOUT full protection

02 January, 2019

Tories claim existing benefit claimants won't see their income drop. Yet 273,747 people were forced to leave Tax Credits and join the new system without proper protection in just one year

Universal credit: Surge in families begging for money online as benefit plunges households into destitution

02 January, 2019

Number of people crowdfunding for donations to help them afford housing, bills and other basic necessities on universal credit rises five-fold in a year

Fewer landlords looking to buy more properties, particularly in London

02 January, 2019

Fewer landlords are looking to add to their portfolios with new research suggesting the number registering to buy has fallen substantially across England and Wales

Social housing is the issue our divided country can and must unite on

02 January, 2019

We have never felt so divided as a country

Councils 'ripped off' by private landlords

02 January, 2019

New figures reveal English councils spend almost £1bn a year on temporary housing

Couple with learning difficulties promised £500 payout after housing row with council

31 December, 2018

The couple will also receive an apology after they were refused housing in South Tyneside

EU citizens in the UK: benefits and pensions in a 'no deal' scenario

27 December, 2018

This guidance explains the rights of EU citizens in the UK to benefits and pensions if the UK leaves the EU without an agreement

Housing association CEO calls for 'Brexit compromise'

27 December, 2018

Decisions politicians make in the coming weeks will impact on tenants' lives for years to come

Low-rated housing association sees credit outlook upgraded

27 December, 2018

The credit ratings agency Moody's has upgraded to positive the outlook of its lowest-rated housing association

Universal Credit's 'stark choice' for claimants with children

24 December, 2018

The Work and Pensions Select Committee says the way parents pay for childcare up front, then claim it back afterwards is a "barrier to work"

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 becomes law

24 December, 2018

The new act amends the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 to require that any property let by a landlord is fit for human habitation when a tenancy is granted and remains so for its duration

Get in debt or turn down job? Universal Credit's 'stark choice'

24 December, 2018

The Universal Credit system leaves too many UK claimants with children facing a stark choice between turning down jobs or getting into debt

Amazon holds talks with UK housing association

24 December, 2018

Amazon has met an East Anglian housing association to discuss how homes can be delivered more cheaply

Universal Credit - latest news for housing associations

21 December, 2018

We set out the latest updates on Universal Credit, including a proposed change to the way rent is paid to landlords and the Christmas early payment schedule

Right to rent update: Government's post-Brexit immigration white paper gives little clarification for landlords

21 December, 2018

Today, the Government has released a white paper outlining its future plans for immigration in post-Brexit Britain

Fitness for Human Habitation: An early Christmas present for renters

21 December, 2018

Renters received a welcome Christmas present, as the Fitness for Human Habitation Bill finally completed its journey through parliament

Legal aid: the missing cornerstone of renters' rights

21 December, 2018

Access to justice is a fundamental human right - but one that is increasingly difficult to exercise

DWP showed 'shocking disregard' for disabled claimants

21 December, 2018

Accusation a response to Commons statement confirming 4,600 disabled claimants denied rightful payments

Landlords welcome room size guidance

21 December, 2018

Guidance to councils addresses RLA concerns over inadvertent law breaches

Landlords' Barometer - #65: What will next year hold for the private rented sector?

21 December, 2018

Welcome to the final Landlords Barometer of 2018. What a year it has been for the private rented sector!

Agent who stole tenants' deposits to pay for gambling habit is spared jail

21 December, 2018

A letting agent who pocketed tenants' deposits to pay for his gambling addiction and lavish lifestyle has been convicted of fraud

Bill allowing tenants to sue over poor housing becomes law in just one day

21 December, 2018

Tenants have been given a new right to sue landlords over poor housing after The Homes

Moving from DLA to PIP: changes to PIP law from 23 November 2017

20 December, 2018

A summary of changes to PIP which affect how the Department for Work and Pensions decides PIP claims

The 'no fault' line

20 December, 2018

It's time to serve notice on Section 21

Challenge to 'two-child' benefit cap reaches Court of Appeal

20 December, 2018

Two mothers are challenging the government's controversial 'two-child' benefit cap in the Court of Appeal

New figures 'reinforce need to suspend Right to Buy'

20 December, 2018

The Chartered Institute of Housing has repeated its call for the UK Government to suspend its Right to Buy policy

Disabled woman evicted before Christmas... for highlighting the damp

20 December, 2018

Plight of Surrey resident who never missed a rent payment in 12 years puts focus on lack of tenant security

4,600 disabled people 'wrongly' lost benefit

20 December, 2018

About 4,600 disabled people wrongly lost access to a benefit payment more than a year ago after missing an assessment

Struggling with universal credit in Hartlepool

20 December, 2018

Universal credit was designed to simplify the benefits system, but its introduction has seen some people worse off, and some have had difficulty claiming their money

Deposit disputes: No smoke without fire - the case of an unswept chimney

20 December, 2018

In this case, the landlords claimed £75 to sweep the chimney at the end of the tenancy

Letting agents warn tenants that period of slow rental growth is ending as supply falters

20 December, 2018

Letting agents and broker groups are warning tenants not to be fooled by current slow rental growth

DWP made 'serious error' removing disability premiums from UC

19 December, 2018

Key Commons committee slams present transition plans as dividing disabled claimants

Right to Buy Sales in England: July to September 2018

19 December, 2018

In Q2 2018=19 (July to September 2018), local authorities sold an estimated 2417 dwellings

Housing association decide if grieving sisters can keep home

19 December, 2018

Sharni and her sister faced leaving the home they shared with their late mum

Regulator issues six governance upgrades to housing associations

19 December, 2018

Six housing associations have seen their ratings for governance upgraded by the Regulator of Social Housing

Council reviews temporary accommodation process after local government ombudsman upholds complaint

19 December, 2018

However it did not find any fault in how the council assessed her housing priority or needs

Rudd will consider Universal Credit rollout delay to boost 'public confidence'

19 December, 2018

Work and Pensions Secretary strikes conciliatory tone before Commons committee

The truth behind the shocking state of rented homes in Bristol

19 December, 2018

In just a few streets in one small area of Bristol, inspectors found almost three-quarters of homes were sub-standard

Landlords aren't renting to immigrants because of the hostile environment Sajid Javid created

19 December, 2018

Today we are in the High Court challenging Sajid Javid to justify his and Theresa May's reckless policy that increases racial discrimination in private rental housing

What's happening to rented social housing in England?

19 December, 2018

Social housing is low cost rented housing and low cost home ownership for people who may not be able to access the private market

Housing Benefit and structures and services: Local Authority Insight Survey Wave 34

18 December, 2018

This report presents findings on Housing Benefit fraud and error and limiting absences outside Great Britain, and changes to local authority structures and services

Over 200 associations commit to tackling 'unimaginable' homelessness

18 December, 2018

Commitment comes as stats show some 500 homeless have died on street or in temporary shelter since last winter

Universal Credit migration could be 'disastrous' for disabled people

18 December, 2018

Universal Credit could have "disastrous" consequences for disabled people if the managed migration goes ahead as currently planned

Attitudes harden on Right to Rent

18 December, 2018

Judicial review into Rent to Rent gets underway on 18th Dec, with the RLA pushing for the policy to be scrapped altogether

Croydon council joins temporary housing scheme

18 December, 2018

Croydon Council is the latest to join a London-wide initiative in a bid to find better deals for temporary housing

Richard Leese claims there is no demand for social housing in Manchester

18 December, 2018

Manchester's Council Leader, Richard Leese has claimed there is a lack of demand for social housing

Almost half of landlords shunning those without British passports as challenge to Right to Rent begins

18 December, 2018

A judicial review is set to begin today into the legality of the Government's controversial Right to Rent scheme as new figures claim landlords have become less likely to rent to those without British passports

Landlords continuing to bale out of the property market - as Government intended

18 December, 2018

Landlords are continuing to exit the property market

'We've seen whole families forced to share a bed': the housing emergency on your doorstep

17 December, 2018

High rents and dwindling benefits leave many families unable to heat their homes or eat

Tenancy deposit disputes in Northern Ireland under 1% for second year

17 December, 2018

Figures from TDS Northern Ireland's annual Statistical Briefing show just 0.86% ending in dispute

Social security watchdog warns on planned Universal Credit switchover

17 December, 2018

The government should not force all claimants to make a fresh application for benefits to avoid payments being cut off, when Universal Credit is rolled out to existing claimants next year

To heat or eat: Why NI food banks are busier than ever

17 December, 2018

A house with straw on the floor for warmth and a man whose only cooking appliance is a kettle - this is Christmas in two of Northern Ireland's most affluent areas

Black Country leads the way to provide free housing for rough sleepers

17 December, 2018

The Black Country has become the UK's first region to provide free housing for rough sleepers as part of a Government crackdown on homelessness

London's millennial departure fuels UK rent growth

17 December, 2018

Rent in UK's regional hubs is growing faster than both London and UK average amid rising rental costs

Workers get new rights in overhaul but zero-hours contracts remain

17 December, 2018

Measures include protections for agency workers and heavier fines for malicious employers

Gordon Brown: I didn't think I'd see child poverty again in my lifetime

14 December, 2018

Ex-chancellor's tax credits started to erase problem - but universal credit reverses trend

December 2018: Touchbase edition 129

14 December, 2018

News and articles from across government for advisers, employers and organisations that help people find jobs

HB A8/2018

14 December, 2018

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

Grant of millions given to Watford Community housing for new social housing

14 December, 2018

Funding given to a housing association is meant to pave the way for new social homes

Starting to bite: how Universal Credit is making people homeless

14 December, 2018

New figures unearthed by Inside Housing suggest Universal Credit could be pushing more people into homelessness

Slum landlord family must pay £250k under crime proceeds act

14 December, 2018

Harsha, Chandni and Sanjay Shah crammed 31 tenants into four-bedroom Wembley house

Research finds most landlords won't let to previously homeless youths

14 December, 2018

Only 19% of private landlords would let to a young person claiming Universal Credit

Three-quarters of Scots think there is a shortage of homes for social rent

14 December, 2018

Three-quarters of Scottish adults believe there is a shortage of homes for social rent

Figures suggest Universal Credit is driving homelessness and evictions

14 December, 2018

Households relying on Universal Credit may be more than twice as likely to become homeless or evicted from social housing as those on the old benefit system

Scottish Budget raises its version of Stamp Duty surcharge from 3% to 4%

14 December, 2018

The Scottish Government has proposed raising the levy on its version of the Stamp Duty surcharge, the Additional Dwelling Supplement, for purchases of additional properties, from 3% to 4%

Cross-party working closes the Tenant Fees Bill loophole

13 December, 2018

In her first party conference speech as Prime Minister, Theresa May vowed to use the 'power of government' to step in and repair markets that weren't working

Universal Credit (Managed Migration) Regulations 2018: SSAC correspondence

13 December, 2018

Correspondence between SSAC and DWP about The Universal Credit (Managed Migration) Regulations 2018

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments: April to September 2018

13 December, 2018

Analysis of local authorities' use of Discretionary Housing Payments (England and Wales) from April to September 2018, based on local authority mid-year returns

Housing providers "nervous" about taking tenants with learning

13 December, 2018

Finding suitable homes for people with learning disabilities or autism is one of the biggest challenges in making sure that they are not left to live their lives in hospital

Elizabeth, 75, has had no heating in her Northampton housing association flat since October

13 December, 2018

An elderly woman's boiler has been out of action for seven weeks at her Northampton flat after broken promises from her housing association landlords

Social housing in Plymouth is ending up on Gumtree because people are too fussy

13 December, 2018

Plymouth properties are ending up on Gumtree because people are 'waiting for their dream home'

Housing association acquires 600-home retirement portfolio from Bupa

13 December, 2018

A large network of private retirement and assisted living developments has been purchased by a national not-for-profit housing provider

Housing giant Thirteen pulls out of social housing system citing 'confusing' processes

13 December, 2018

Teesside's largest social landlord has attracted a mixed reception for pulling out of the scheme

Universal Credit: how we got here

13 December, 2018

The first stage of Universal Credit was fully rolled out this week

Three agents found guilty of £105,000 scams which defrauded tenants and landlords

13 December, 2018

Three men who ran a letting agency that failed to return tenants' deposits or pass on rent to landlords have been convicted of fraud

High profile landlord threatens to evict 300 tenants after successful council prosecution

13 December, 2018

Buy-to-let landlord Judith Wilson has this week been fined £10,000 and ordered to pay legal costs of £14,890 after failing to comply with a notice ordering her to supply hot water to a disabled tenant

A united front to ending the LHA rate freeze

12 December, 2018

Homelessness is continuing to rise

Only making longer tenancies the law will help low income renters

12 December, 2018

In the coming months, the government is due to report the results of its consultation on longer private tenancies

Universal Credit rolled out to whole of UK

12 December, 2018

Universal Credit has today reached every Jobcentre in the UK - meaning new benefit claimants will no longer be able to use the old welfare system

Property tycoon wife Judith Wilson fined for heating repair failure

12 December, 2018

A buy-to-let landlady has been fined £10,000 for failing to repair the heating system of a disabled tenant

Thousands to be left without a home as Southend Council set to come up 7,700 houses short

12 December, 2018

Thousands of people could be left without a home if Southend Council does not close its housing gap

Committee warns of 'insufficient information' on key Universal Credit regulations

12 December, 2018

A committee has warned the House of Lords has "insufficient information" to approve crucial regulations paving the way for the next stage of Universal Credit

A rock and a hard place: the Universal Credit frontline

12 December, 2018

Universal Credit was meant to simplify the welfare system and give people control over their finances

HomeLet Rental Index - November 18

12 December, 2018

Rents in the UK rose by 1.5% in November compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £918 a month

Two letting agents hit with huge costs over unlicensed HMO properties

12 December, 2018

Two letting agents have been hit with huge costs over six properties that were unlicensed Houses in Multiple Occupation

Judge lambasts Citizens Advice over its 'emotive rant' help for tenant facing eviction

12 December, 2018

Well known landlord Fergus Wilson did not harass a tenant into leaving her property

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to October 2018

11 December, 2018

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

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 8 November 2018

11 December, 2018

These experimental statistics cover the number of people on Universal Credit to 8 November 2018

MP claims Grenfell survivor seen 'begging on the street'

11 December, 2018

Commons hears 107 households from the Tower and surrounds still in hotels and temporary accommodation and not receiving survival funds

Campaigners in 'frontline fight' against Universal Credit evictions

11 December, 2018

National Housing Summit hears of a need to fight UC arrears evictions on the same terms as the fight against Section 21

Kettering council has 86 vacant homes in its housing stock

11 December, 2018

86 properties in Kettering are currently void, meaning they need work before they can be let to people

Insurance giant registers as a provider of social housing

11 December, 2018

L&G has registered its affordable housing subsidiary as a provider of social housing

Universal Credit desperation: Cash is soaked up at alarming rate

11 December, 2018

Stafford people need the financial help to survive

Vulnerable groups 'frozen out of initiatives' to keep people warm

11 December, 2018

Many disabled people and families with children on low incomes are frozen out of schemes to support fuel poor households

Annual growth slows as just two regions have rents rising above the rate of inflation

11 December, 2018

Just three regions now have average rents that are either level with or rising above the rate of inflation

Almost four in ten agents anticipate revenue drop as tenant fee ban approaches

11 December, 2018

Almost four in ten agents are expecting a drop in lettings revenue next year

Rats and anti-social neighbours: Supported living residents claim they are suffering 'unbearable' conditions

10 December, 2018

Why move me into supported living for mental health if you aren't even making it liveable for me?

Grenfell Tower MP calls for Universal Credit launch delay

10 December, 2018

The MP whose seat is home to Grenfell Tower has urged the government to delay next week's launch of Universal Credit in the area, saying it could leave survivors without income at Christmas

Universal Credit was underpaid by £30m last year

10 December, 2018

The Department for Work and Pensions underpaid Universal Credit by £30m last year, two-thirds of which was down to 'official error'

How luxury city centre flats could soon help pay for social housing and a crackdown on slum landlords

10 December, 2018

Interest on loans paid out by Greater Manchester's housing investment fund - including to upscale city centre developments - would be used to build genuinely affordable homes, as well as to tackle rogue landlords

Pensioner poverty rises as benefits freeze bites

10 December, 2018

Declining home-ownership and rising rents mean that one in six may have to choose between food and heat

Mayor Sadiq Khan to look at imposing rent controls in London

10 December, 2018

Arguments in favour of capping rent inflation 'overwhelming'

Tenant who moved out after ten days sues letting agent 'for mis-selling him noisy flat'

10 December, 2018

A tenant who says he moved into a noisy flat is suing both his landlord and letting agent

The benefit cap is harming struggling families

07 December, 2018

At Shelter, our solicitors and many other legal aid housing lawyers frequently represent families who are struggling in unimaginable ways under the household benefit cap

Children in out-of-work benefit households: 31 May 2017

07 December, 2018

The number of children who lived in households where a parent or guardian claimed an out-of-work benefit at 31 May 2017

Fraud and error in the benefit system: financial year 2017 to 2018 estimates

07 December, 2018

Final estimates of fraud and error levels in the benefit system in Great Britain in the financial year 2017 to 2018

What Personal Independence Payment (PIP) means for the health sector

07 December, 2018

PIP guidance and communication resources for people working in the health sector

Cleaning tops the list of the most common end of tenancy gripes

07 December, 2018

The Dispute Service has revealed the biggest cause of complaints across all its schemes, with cleaning come out on top

Landlords urged to spread properties across different agents as Government caps CMP payouts

07 December, 2018

Landlords with larger portfolios are being urged to spread the risk by using several different agents after it emerged yesterday that when mandatory Client Money Protection comes in next April, insurers will not have to cover all the money in an agent's client account

How would the sector cope with a 'no deal' Brexit?

07 December, 2018

As uncertainty around Brexit mounts and a no-deal looms, Inside Housing asks what it could mean for the housing sector

Mum of three shares a single, cramped room with her kids after being in temporary housing for two years

06 December, 2018

Carly Stutter, 30, shares a single room in Croydon with her three children - with just two beds between them

Why council housing could be built in Manchester city centre for the first time in decades

06 December, 2018

Manchester town hall's leadership has had a dramatic change of heart after months of pressure from backbenchers

Reading Borough Council increases social housing rates by 14 per cent for new builds

06 December, 2018

Social housing rent rates for new build properties will rise by 14 per cent, increasing the amount paid in housing benefit in Reading

Stroud council's temporary housing budget for homeless goes through the roof

06 December, 2018

Council may buy house for homeless after temporary accommodation budget rises by 240 per cent

Karen Buck MP: Government must scrap Section 21 'no fault' evictions

06 December, 2018

Scrapping Section 21 'no fault' evictions would help improve security, reduce homelessness and reduce the threat of 'retaliatory eviction'

Local authorities still unsure how many HMOs should be licensed under new rules

06 December, 2018

New analysis claims to highlight how unprepared local councils are for the extra regulations on HMO licensing

'Boxroom' landlord ordered to pay record penalty of £1.5m or go to prison for nine years

06 December, 2018

A landlord has been ordered by a judge to pay a record-breaking penalty of almost £1.5m - or spend nine years behind bars

7,000 rough sleeping households moved straight into social housing

05 December, 2018

Stats for England April 2017-March 2018 show around 7,000 households were rough sleeping immediately prior to a new social letting

RLA responds to government U-turn on tenant deposit cap

05 December, 2018

"Landlords will feel badly let down" by government

Midlands association acquires stock from London association

05 December, 2018

Futures Housing Group has added 470 homes to its housing stock following a deal with Notting Hill Genesis

Housing associations must prepare for 'disorderly Brexit'

05 December, 2018

Housing associations must be prepared for a "disorderly Brexit"

People in supported housing can't afford rent after finding jobs

05 December, 2018

Supported housing discourages people from looking for jobs as residents are unable to afford rent after securing employment

Food prices could rise 10%

05 December, 2018

Food prices could rise between 5% and 10% if there is a disorderly Brexit

Agent calls for landlord incentives amid signs that Brexit uncertainty is limiting rental supply

05 December, 2018

Haart has seen the number of landlords registering to buy with its branches drop by more than a third despite a boost in tenant demand

Tenant Fees Bill is tightened as cap on amount of deposit is reduced

05 December, 2018

As expected, the Government has introduced an amendment which will mean that most tenants will pay no more than the equivalent of five weeks worth of rent as a deposit

RTB properties re-let privately pose 'major challenges'

04 December, 2018

Report recommends government "should do more" to support the increasing provision of private rented accommodation by housing associations and councils

Disabled woman forced to live in social housing infested with giant rats for six months after agency ignores her pleas

04 December, 2018

Asia White, 37, who is mentally and physically disabled, says she is getting more sick by the day due to her living conditions

Security deposit cap reduced to save renters hundreds of pounds

04 December, 2018

Private renters are set to benefit from new measures reducing the amount tenants have to pay up front to secure a home

Private renting sector unfair to tenants

04 December, 2018

Housing sector figures says the research further proves that there needs to be an end to Section 21s or 'no fault evictions'

Labour vows to restore legal aid for benefits appeal cases if elected

04 December, 2018

Move would encourage DWP to get decisions right first time, reducing MoJ costs

Four large housing associations create new £3m social enterprise fund

04 December, 2018

Four of the UK's biggest housing associations have teamed up to create a new £3m fund aimed at providing loans to social enterprise initiatives that boost the communities in which they operate

Social Housing Lettings: April 2017 to March 2018, England

04 December, 2018

There were a total 313,000 new social housing lettings in 2017/18, a 6% decrease on the previous year

Agent denying BBC claims about charging tenants viewing fees is under renewed spotlight

04 December, 2018

An agent is under renewed spotlight after it denied charging prospective tenants viewing fees. The agent has also totally denied other suggestions

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 12/2018

03 December, 2018

These LA Welfare Direct bulletins provide information, that affects Housing Benefit and other areas of DWP, to local authority staff

BME social tenants less satisfied with their landlords than whites

03 December, 2018

BME social tenants express lower levels of satisfaction with all aspects of social landlord services

Government statistics show 37% drop in social rent conversions

03 December, 2018

The number of homes converted from social rent to affordable rent dropped sharply last year

Disabled man 'being threatened with eviction' after benefits were stopped

03 December, 2018

A disabled man from Tewkesbury says he is being 'threatened with eviction' after falling behind with his rent after his 'benefits were stopped'

Birmingham to build crime prevention into social housing developments

03 December, 2018

Birmingham City Council has become the first council to join a national police-run scheme which will see crime prevention techniques built into all its new social housing developments

Leicester council's £8m plan to cut housing waiting list

03 December, 2018

Some 6,000 people in the city are on the waiting list for a council home

Housing association explains why it has been breaking into tenants' homes and changing locks

03 December, 2018

By law they should apply for a court order before drilling through your locks

Nottingham City Council to spend £5million on social housing

03 December, 2018

The houses the city council buy will be former council houses

Housing minister: social housing grant rates would be kept 'under review' in downturn

03 December, 2018

The government would consider lifting grant rates for social housing to help the sector build through a recession

LIN member report December 2018 - "Rogue Landlords" - Recent Legislation

03 December, 2018

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

Universal credit is 'broken'

30 November, 2018

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

UC3/2018

30 November, 2018

Information for all local authority staff about Universal Credit

Putting the social into social housing

30 November, 2018

The 'big society' has been and gone as local authority funding continues its downward trajectory. It's a good job housing associations are getting better at supporting the projects that matter in their communities

HCLG committee to debate private rented sector

30 November, 2018

Debate due at Westminster Hall follows the committee's inquiry into the sector and subsequent report

Homes lost because of the benefits cap and 'bedroom tax'

30 November, 2018

Those who are deemed to have spare rooms get their housing benefit cut

East Midlands housing association in 470-home deal with G15 landlord

30 November, 2018

An East Midlands housing association has purchased 470 homes from major London landlord Notting Hill Genesis

'Futureproof PRS policy to keep pace with technological innovation'

30 November, 2018

HCLG committee debate told of emerging web-driven "grey market" in serviced lettings by which regulation could be by-passed

Power shifts to tenants as rent reductions hit record high

30 November, 2018

The number of tenants negotiating rent reductions hit a record high last month

Universal credit problems and rise of food bank use

29 November, 2018

Universal credit is a new system which rolls six benefits into one payment

RSH chief executive reflects on Social Housing Green Paper

29 November, 2018

The paper is "welcome", though league tables are "blunt instruments" that could lead to "perverse practices"

Universal Credit tenants slip back into rent arrears after long period

29 November, 2018

Tenants claiming Universal Credit for long periods persistently struggle to pay their rent and even build up more arrears despite government attempts to improve the situation

Cross-party calls for rogue landlords to lose properties

29 November, 2018

During debate, MPs from all sides urge housing minister to introduce new seizure powers

How social landlords are responding to 'county lines' drugs gangs

29 November, 2018

Gangs of drug dealers are leaving inner cities to set up shop in the countryside in ever-greater numbers, with vulnerable social tenants among their victims

More than 20,000 social housing units sold last year

29 November, 2018

More than 20,000 social homes were sold in England by housing associations and councils in the past financial year

Rogue landlords: 90% of local authorities fail to issue fines

29 November, 2018

FoI responses from 293 English councils reveal string of weaknesses in private rented market law

Large London housing association sues contractors over cladding

29 November, 2018

Housing association Notting Hill Genesis is suing four contractors over "an unacceptably poor level of design and workmanship" on cladding on six tower blocks in Brentford

Tenants happy with accommodation but why sector must not be complacent

29 November, 2018

Two thirds of councils in England and Wales responding to a Freedom of Information request by the Residential Landlords Association brought no prosecutions against private landlords in 2017/18

Nine in ten councils failing to use new powers against landlords

29 November, 2018

Two thirds of councils in England and Wales brought no prosecutions against private landlords in the year 2017/18

Stop DSS Discrimination: Live blog

28 November, 2018

This blog rounds-up everything we're doing in the fight to end DSS discrimination

UC roll-out means 100,000 children facing family hardship over Christmas

28 November, 2018

Housing provider says majority of the 110,000 UK households now moving to UC will have to borrow money to see them though the festive season

Strike called off at small London housing association

28 November, 2018

A planned strike at a small housing association in Hackney has been called off after management and workers agreed a deal over pay

Newly merged housing association censured by regulator for fire safety failings

28 November, 2018

A housing association risked 'serious detriment' to its tenants through failing to carry out or review fire risk assessments, exposing "hundreds" of residents to danger from fire

Second association ruled non-compliant for selling social housing on open market

28 November, 2018

The Regulator of Social Housing has ruled another housing association non-compliant over selling homes meant for social housing on the open market

London boroughs 'sharply divided' over Mayoral rent policy

28 November, 2018

Campaigners say FoI figures show that, for new council homes, the Mayor has agreed higher rents than the capital's council tenants have ever paid before

Workers at small London housing association to strike

28 November, 2018

Staff at a small housing association in Hackney are set to strike next week in an ongoing dispute over pay

England and Wales Rental Tracker

28 November, 2018

Autumn positives for rental market

The Deposit Diaries: When is tenant or landlord responsible for burst pipes and damage?

28 November, 2018

As many do, this particular tenant left the property for a short break over the Christmas period. On his return a ceiling had collapsed causing water damage to the property below and to its contents

Universal Credit and homeless people

27 November, 2018

Information about Universal Credit for homeless people, those at risk of homelessness and the organisations supporting them

Think tank launched to help renters with pets

27 November, 2018

Research reveals 78% of tenants have struggled to find rented accommodation that will allow pets

Poorest tenants in Leeds 'facing rent rises and evictions'

27 November, 2018

Private landlords in two of the poorest parts of Leeds have claimed tenants face rent rises or eviction if a new licensing scheme is introduced

Universal Credit: Single mums take government to court

27 November, 2018

A single mum who relies on universal credit is challenging the government's benefits scheme for being "irrational"

London Mayor blasts Creekside development plans for social housing

27 November, 2018

Sadiq Khan has told Lewisham Council an application for 393 flats in Deptford with only 10 per cent affordable housing goes against London-wide planning regulations

MHCLG tenant fire safety group accused of 'excluding tenants'

27 November, 2018

Ministry urged to reconsider criteria that specify membership applications from landlords only

DWP launches awareness campaign for Universal Credit landlord portal

27 November, 2018

The government has launched a campaign to improve the understanding of Universal Credit among landlords

Percentage of social rented housing being built is not enough

27 November, 2018

The current level of homes being built for the social rent market is not enough

Landlords wrongly refusing tenant requests to switch energy

27 November, 2018

More than three-quarters of a million tenants may be wrongly denied the right to switch their energy provider by their landlord

Is Universal Credit the Tories' number one priority?

26 November, 2018

During a Politics Live discussion on universal credit, the Times columnist Rachel Sylvester said she was shocked at the benefit system#s continued roll out

Universal credit: More than half of people denied benefit have cases overturned on appeal

26 November, 2018

Hundreds of vulnerable people left out of pocket for months due to incorrect refusals, with true number of wrong decisions likely to be far higher

Big re-boot for the Universal Credit Landlord Portal

26 November, 2018

DWP launches six-week campaign promoting the portal a month after RLA warned of rent arrears reinforcing need for urgent change

Universal Credit leaves ex-builder with just '£14 a fortnight' to live on

26 November, 2018

Mark Harris has been forced to use a Foodbank as he struggles to survive on Universal Credit

Food banks fear winter crisis as universal credit is rolled out

26 November, 2018

Charities are stockpiling emergency supplies and appealing for donations and volunteers

NatWest close branches after housing-benefit protests

26 November, 2018

Protests sparked by clause in bank's buy-to-let mortgage agreement forbidding landlords renting to 'DSS' tenants

Police Scotland link robbery rise with UK benefits changes

26 November, 2018

Police Scotland has claimed UK government benefit changes may be linked to a rise in robberies

Landlords now waiting more than five months to regain possession of their property

26 November, 2018

Private landlords are waiting more than five months on average to regain possession of a property rather than the 16-week figure the Government has previously quoted

Amber Rudd recognises 'real problems' with Universal Credit

23 November, 2018

New work and pensions secretary pledges to help out single parents who are signed up to the scheme

Social housing: more than just a roof over people's heads

23 November, 2018

Jobs advice, apprenticeships, nurseries and laundry facilities all add value to residents' lives

Benefit and pension rates 2019 to 2020

23 November, 2018

A list of the benefit rates and pension rates for 2019 to 2020

Price cap pitched to rein in rent-to-own

23 November, 2018

Financial Conduct Authority expected to announced the cap today boosting thousands of vulnerable households

'I live in disused buildings for cheaper rent'

23 November, 2018

Between them Bella and Rex have both lived in former retirement homes, empty schools and even an old pub

Housing associations have 'huge potential' to power local change

23 November, 2018

Great Places Commission publishes interim report pushing the sector's emerging collaboration theme

Landlords are boycotting companies that support homelessness charity Shelter

23 November, 2018

A group of UK landlords have launched a boycott of the likes of B&Q and Marks & Spencer over donating some of their Christmas profits to the housing charity

Councils and associations expressed 'lack of interest' in asylum seeker housing contracts

23 November, 2018

Local authorities and housing associations told the government they weren't interested in directly providing asylum seeker accommodation

From the bedroom tax to 'taking in a lodger'

22 November, 2018

Is there any 'minister' at the DWP capable of at least faking empathy?

No more social housing get-out clauses

22 November, 2018

As the Autumn budget announcements were only beginning to be digested a few weeks ago, the government released a consultation that contained substantial proposals for the future supply of social housing

CIH slams slow rate of social rent delivery

22 November, 2018

Latest MHCLG stats cited as showing a need for government to support councils and housing associations to build more homes for social rent

Construction of homes for social rent drops 80% in a decade

22 November, 2018

Figures for England show 6,463 homes built in 2017-18 despite 1.25m families on waiting lists

Welfare Reform in Northern Ireland: A Scoping Report

22 November, 2018

A number of changes to the benefits system have been applied in Northern Ireland since 2008

MPs call for government to delay parliament vote on Universal Credit roll-out

22 November, 2018

A cross-party group of MPs has urged ministers to delay the next parliamentary vote on the migration of Universal Credit until after the government's benefit policy watchdog has assessed its plans

Housing association paid £1,000 for 'sham transactions' signatures

22 November, 2018

A housing association accused of using 'sham transactions' to sell properties meant for affordable housing on the open market paid an individual £1,000 for signatures

Deposit disputes remain low despite rising number of rentals

22 November, 2018

Fewer than 1% of tenancies in England and Wales ended in a dispute in the 12 months to March 2018

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