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Regulator raises governance concerns over leases at housing association

18 October, 2018

The Regulator of Social Housing has told a specialist supported housing association to improve its governance arrangements after revealing it did not fully understand some of its lease conditions

Disabled benefit claimants to get extra £1.7bn after underpayments

18 October, 2018

Government to pay £970m arrears and £700m more in next seven years after correction

Universal credit: Should the benefit be paid weekly instead of monthly?

18 October, 2018

Universal credit is paid monthly based on the idea that the majority of people in work are paid monthly

Over £1bn of tenancy deposits "at risk"

18 October, 2018

New research has revealed that a possible 1,500,000 renters could be at risk of losing their deposits believing their bond has never been placed in a deposit protection scheme

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

18 October, 2018

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

Grenfell council accuses housing associations of 'immorality' in new policy document

18 October, 2018

Some housing associations behave "immorally" by selling off social housing in inner London and replacing it in lower-value areas

Labour fails to force government to release universal credit impact assessments

18 October, 2018

Commons votes down opposition attempt to use arcane parliamentary procedure to publish documents

Landlords' Barometer - #63: Will the Budget help landlords?

18 October, 2018

Welcome to another edition of the Landlords Barometer, documenting all the trending topics for landlords and the private rented sector

Half of all lettings agents thinking of quitting industry because of fees ban

18 October, 2018

The impending tenant fees ban could entirely wipe out some agents' profits, turning them into loss-makers - and half of letting agents are considering giving up

Swindon Tenants fear five years of above-inflation rent rises

17 October, 2018

A possible rent increase for council tenants in Swindon of one percent above inflation has not found favour with those who might have to find the extra money

New APPG to tackle employment needs of social housing tenants

17 October, 2018

Bid to better policy environment for housing providers tackling tenant unemployment or under employment

Labour seeks to force publication of universal credit impact analysis

17 October, 2018

Party to use opposition day debate to demand briefings on impact of changes

Landlords report surge in arrears among Universal Credit tenants

17 October, 2018

Almost two-thirds of landlords with tenants receiving Universal Credit have experienced a big surge in rental arrears

Landlord and agent both fined over unlicensed HMO

17 October, 2018

A private landlord and an agent guilty of managing an unlicensed House in Multiple Occupation have both been hit with large fines

Online agent defends claims that landlords back the tenant fee ban

17 October, 2018

OpenRent has defended the data in a poll it commissioned, and which was used by a peer in a House of Lords debate last week to suggest that most landlords are in favour of the tenant fee ban

UK's largest private landlord to stop letting homes as workmen go back to Europe ahead of Brexit

17 October, 2018

Well-known landlord Fergus Wilson is to stop letting properties, and end tenancies, because he cannot guarantee that his homes will be maintained and repaired to safe and legally compliant standards

Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance awards first council accreditation

16 October, 2018

MHCLG backed the accreditation, which is cited as national best practice in the national Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy

Hundreds of tenants in Gloucestershire could be hit by a massive increase in their service charge

16 October, 2018

Angry tenant hits out at Severn Vale Housing Society for doubling her charge

Rental deposit pilot scheme launched by Southwark Council

16 October, 2018

Southwark Council has announced a new pilot scheme to support homeless residents in the borough with securing accommodation in the private rental sector

Unlocking housing potential: councils must rise to the HRA cap abolition challenge

16 October, 2018

Councils could face new guidance to accompany the government's proposed lifting of the Housing Revenue Account debt cap

Landlord purchases fall by £5.2 billion in 3 years

16 October, 2018

In H1 2018 landlords spent £12.1 billion on new buy-to-let purchases, £5.2 billion or 30% less than in H1 2015 (£17.3 billion)

Payday lenders told to offer compensation for mis-sold loans

16 October, 2018

FCA says firms must pay out to settle complaints even if it threatens bankruptcy

Landlord tax changes have 'made no difference' to rents

16 October, 2018

Research suggests home ownership rises and rents fall following landlord tax changes

Right to Buy proposals don't go far enough

16 October, 2018

Government proposals to provide councils with extra freedom over Right to Buy receipts do not go far enough

Universal credit rollout delayed yet again

16 October, 2018

Ministers have bowed to pressure and are planning to further delay the rollout of the flagship welfare reform, universal credit

Affordable Housing Supply Programme: process and procedures MHDGN 2018/02

15 October, 2018

Guidance note and Housing Tender Return and SSHTPI Scottish Social Housing Tender Price Index documents

Universal credit? If Iain Duncan Smith is an architect of anything, it's misery

15 October, 2018

Only a dangerous politician favours simple fixes to complex problems - they have a way of causing hardship to millions

Rents in the UK continue to rise but landlords are concerned about impact of Brexit

15 October, 2018

Average rents in the UK have grown steadily over the last month, but the potential impact of Brexit is causing concern among landlords

'Local welfare' schemes in England on brink of collapse

15 October, 2018

Activists say cuts have ravaged network providing emergency help to poorest families

Weaker buy-to-let market gives hope to first-time buyers

15 October, 2018

Price of small properties has fallen and landlord purchases are down

Calls for councils to pursue joint ventures after borrowing cap scrap

15 October, 2018

Lord Porter of the LGA has called on councils to talk to local housing associations to get new homes built

Poorest families to lose out on £210 a year owing to benefits cap

15 October, 2018

Resolution Foundation analysis shows freeze imposed in 2015 is hitting low-income households with children

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

15 October, 2018

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

Millions to lose £52 a week with universal credit

15 October, 2018

Pressure on chancellor to announce increase in benefit funds in budget

LIN member report October 2018 - Regulating social landlords

15 October, 2018

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Investigating the effect of Welfare Reform on Private Renting

12 October, 2018

The PRS over the past twenty years has changed significantly, doubling between 2001/02 and 2011/12

Former housing minister faces grilling over Universal Credit roll out

12 October, 2018

Alok Sharma to questioned by Commons committee on government preparation for mass UC migration

Further cap scrap detail a 'maybe' for the Budget - but don't bank on it

12 October, 2018

Word out of Westminster still no more specific than the borrowing cap being lifted "sooner rather than later"

Tenant on coping with rising rent and housing benefit cap

12 October, 2018

A mother with an ill daughter described how her rent kept going up, but the housing benefit she relied on did not meet the costs

Association downgraded for fire safety was given four more tower block enforcement notices

12 October, 2018

A Merseyside housing association deemed non-compliant by the regulator for fire safety failings has been handed a further four tower block enforcement notices

Reputational risk for housing associations 'greater than ever'

12 October, 2018

The social housing sector faces a greater level of scrutiny than ever before bringing increased reputational risk

Charities working with Universal Credit claimants required to 'sign contracts to protect Esther McVey's reputation'

12 October, 2018

Department for Work and Pensions denies they are 'gagging clauses'

Nearly half of all landlords in the UK Buy to Let sector are 'Pension Pot' landlords

12 October, 2018

Nearly a quarter of 'Pension Pot' landlords have been a landlord for over 15 years

Leasehold abuse rules exempt houses from Right to Buy pilot

12 October, 2018

Rules to stop developers charging extortionate ground rents mean tenants living in leasehold housing association properties will not be able to purchase their homes in the Voluntary Right to Buy pilot

More than a million UK residents live in 'food deserts'

12 October, 2018

Experts say areas with limited access to cheap fresh food are fuelling health problems

Brexit wobbles could shake landlords' faith in rental sector

12 October, 2018

HomeLet is warning that the "steady rental growth" being enjoyed by landlords could soon change as Brexit gets under way

Shelter services - our view on benefit discrimination

11 October, 2018

At Shelter, we know how hard it can be for people to find somewhere safe and suitable to live

Universal Credit plunging Welsh housing association tenants into £2m of debt

11 October, 2018

Stats shows an overall debt increase of 150% since December last year

MPs look to grill minister over Universal Credit as criticism mounts

11 October, 2018

The minister responsible for the roll-out of Universal Credit could face a grilling from MPs amid mounting criticism of the controversial changes to the benefits system

Esther McVey: Some to be poorer under universal credit

11 October, 2018

Some people will be worse off under universal credit - but they can take on more work to increase their income

Tenants forced to play 'rental roulette': Charity reveals how renters in England have to pay up before being shown housing contracts

11 October, 2018

Over half of renters put money down before being shown tenancy agreement

St Michael's Gate: Peterborough council 'ignored' complaints

11 October, 2018

A mother has said she has to share a bed with her four children to keep them warm after a council "ignored" her complaints about temporary housing

Minister suggests housing associations will be required to share fire safety information

11 October, 2018

The housing minister has suggested the government may support proposals to require social landlords to give more fire safety information to tenants

UK renters politicise fast amidst 'financial anxiety epidemic'

11 October, 2018

Research shows turnout among private renters would rise to 69% if a snap election were called

Universal credit could repeat poll tax problems

11 October, 2018

Benefit changes coming into force next year have been compared to the poll tax - the policy that helped end Margaret Thatcher's time as prime minister

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

11 October, 2018

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

Regulator: sector league tables within two years and will include councils

11 October, 2018

League tables for social landlords could come into effect within two years

Local authorities could cover tenant rent and deposits as Government unveils £20m fund to prevent homelessness

11 October, 2018

Local councils are to be allowed to pay a tenant's deposit or rent and contact agents to procure rental properties as part of a new Government fund aimed at reducing homelessness

Trading Standards is sent list of almost 20 letting agents not displaying fees

11 October, 2018

An agent has sent a list of lettings firms which he claims are not displaying their fees to a number of organisations

RLA welcomes funding to support homeless people into rented housing

10 October, 2018

The Government has launched its £20m "PRS Access Fund" which is aimed at helping those who are faced with homelessness, to secure a tenancy

Only 16 English councils know how many properties are covered by new HMO regulations

10 October, 2018

Only a handful of English councils have said they know now many properties in their area are covered by new regulations governing safety and overcrowding

First council commits to abolition of Section 21

10 October, 2018

With support secured from Croydon, the End Unfair Evictions campaign expects other authorities to follow suit

Government to launch £20m PRS access fund

10 October, 2018

Ministers will tomorrow launch a new £20m 'Private Rented Sector Access Fund' aimed at helping those faced with homelessness to secure a tenancy

Shelter targets 500,000 supporters to defend 'the right to a home'

10 October, 2018

Shelter launches new three-year strategy on World Homelessness Day

Halt universal credit or face summer of discontent

10 October, 2018

Ex-Labour leader says Tory welfare scheme could push millions more into poverty

Tenants 'unsure what fee bans and deposit protection' means for them

10 October, 2018

Tenants have a lack of understanding when it comes to regulations that have been introduced to protect them

The Deposit Diaries: An open and shut case?

10 October, 2018

In this case, a landlord claimed £160 for the cost of replacing a utility cupboard door under the stairs in the property

Guidance for Green Paper tenant engagement events

09 October, 2018

We've produced new guidance to support our members with upcoming tenant engagement events on the Social Housing Green Paper

NLA slams newly launched Private Rented Sector Access Fund

09 October, 2018

"Just another example of the Government making a quick fix to appear as if they're doing something"

Think tank unveils detail on proposal to scrap Capital Gains Tax for landlords selling to tenants

09 October, 2018

Conservative-leaning think tank Onward has unveiled detail of the proposals rumoured to be behind Government plans to appeal to Generation Rent in this month's Budget

Agents and landlords 'could be in trouble' as most councils fail to understand new HMO rules

09 October, 2018

A series of Freedom of Information requests has found that only a minority of local authorities have established the number of properties that need to be licensed under new HMO rules

Housing associations complete 57,000-home merger

09 October, 2018

Housing associations Thames Valley and Metropolitan have completed their merger

Almost Half Of Disabled People Fear Being Stripped Of Benefits For Being 'Too Active'

09 October, 2018

'You feel that whatever you say may be taken out of context'

Haringey Council to pay out to evacuated residents

09 October, 2018

Tottenham residents set to be evacuated from their homes will receive thousands of pounds in home loss payments if council proposals go through

EU citizens could face repeat of Windrush scandal

08 October, 2018

Residential Landlords Association calls for hard copy documents for EU citizens

The 'Chance to Buy' would provide little chance of a longer tenancy

08 October, 2018

The 'Chance to Buy', harks back to the Right to Buy in name as well as design

Labour wants abolition of 'shambolic' Universal Credit

08 October, 2018

And campaigners want DWP to stop hounding carers... and a report to the UN says one in five of Britain's disabled have rights violated

Policy pitch for private renters to purchase properties from landlords

08 October, 2018

BtL landlords would not pay capital gains tax when selling to tenants who have lived in a property for three years or more

John McDonnell urges scrapping 'iniquitous' universal credit

08 October, 2018

Shadow chancellor's demands follow warnings families could lose £200 a month in benefits

Treasury weighs up tax break for landlords who sell to generation rent

08 October, 2018

Thinktank draws up plan at time when 40% of young adults are unable to buy a home

Generation Rent could take centre stage in this month's Budget

08 October, 2018

Generation Rent could be made central to the Budget later this month

The Housing Podcast: Theresa May scraps the cap - what does it mean?

08 October, 2018

The Housing Podcast is a production of Inside Housing magazine, the UK's leading publication for the social and affordable housing sector

The Universal Credit CON: Millions of British families could lose up to £200-a-month under new benefits changes

08 October, 2018

Millions of families could lose as much as £200 each month under new Universal Credit changes

Tory pick for London mayor under fire for remarks on benefits

08 October, 2018

Shaun Bailey told a Conservative event in 2008 that having babies to get council flats was a 'cottage industry'

London housing association to borrow £300m on bond market

08 October, 2018

Southern Housing Group is preparing to borrow £300m on the bond market

Poverty charity presses for 'urgent changes' to UC roll-out

05 October, 2018

Leading food bank provider fears soaring demand without safeguards for claimants

Government introduces licences for all HMOs

05 October, 2018

Government unveil new rules to "protect" those living in poor living conditions and overcrowding

The cap is scrapped! Where next for council housebuilding?

05 October, 2018

Last year, Theresa May used her speech at Conservative Party Conference to announce £2bn of new grant funding - the first money made available for building social homes since 2010

Chancellor urged to back longer rental tenancies in budget

05 October, 2018

RLA wants tax relief on rental income, which could increase each year a tenancy continues - up to a maximum of five years if the tenancy is renewed

Homeless before Christmas - 69 Oxford women evicted as social housing block put up for sale

05 October, 2018

Women living in Oxford's only all-female accommodation will be left homeless just days before Christmas after being served an eviction notice

Food bank use will soar after universal credit rollout

05 October, 2018

Trussell Trust calls for urgent changes to policy of moving 3m people on to new system

Large housing association to offer lifetime tenancies to private and social renters

05 October, 2018

A large housing association is aiming to offer lifetime tenancies to private and social renters

Chancellor urged to use Budget to introduce tax incentives for longer tenancies

05 October, 2018

The Residential Landlords Association has stepped up its campaign for the Government to help encourage longer tenancies

Agents warned they could face legal action over 'no benefits tenants' lettings adverts

05 October, 2018

Agents and landlords who state in their adverts that they will turn away housing benefits tenants could face legal action from one of the major lobbying groups

Reality Check: What are the plans to boost council homes?

05 October, 2018

Theresa May, in her party conference speech, pledged to boost council house building

Theresa May pledges end to austerity in Tory conference speech

05 October, 2018

PM makes several policy pledges in effort to show Brexit has not blown her off course

Over 90% of social housing in Wales compliant with quality standards

04 October, 2018

Homes managed by councils and housing associations up five percentage points on compliance standards as of March this year

Housing Benefit subsidy mid-year estimates: Apr 2018 to Mar 2019

04 October, 2018

This is the local authority Housing Benefit mid-year estimates expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2018 to 2019

Housing reform can't stop at 'scrapping the cap'

04 October, 2018

London deputy mayor calls for a comprehensive approach to support "true step change" in the number of council homes that can be built

Is austerity really over? Theresa May's promise lacks key details

04 October, 2018

PM's announcement doesn't reflect current Treasury policy as departments still face cuts

Government 'heaping pressure' on councils over housing targets

04 October, 2018

CPRE and MHCLG at odds over interpretation of Green Belt building stats

Grenfell fire survivor says tenants were bullied over renovation

04 October, 2018

Residents were unhappy about boilers being put in corridors

Families could lose council houses if children are caught with knives

04 October, 2018

The police have said tackling knife crime can't just be about making arrests

Five thoughts about Theresa May's promise to get councils building houses again

04 October, 2018

Housing is a policy area infested with numbers that sound big but actually aren't

Charity defends its Universal Credit link

04 October, 2018

A charity has defended its involvement with the controversial roll-out of UC after a flood of criticism from poverty campaigners

More regular work wanted by almost half those on zero-hours

04 October, 2018

'Flexible hours' was draw for only 28% taking gig economy contracts

Councils say scrapping debt cap will boost housebuilding capabilities

04 October, 2018

Council leaders have said that plans to scrap the borrowing cap would enable them to increase their building rate and replace more of the homes lost through the Right to Buy

Prime Minister paves way for whole new wave of council house building

04 October, 2018

A whole new wave of council house building is in sight after Theresa May said that the Government will scrap the cap on how much local authorities can borrow to get building again

Bradford Council team ensures that rented homes come up to standard

04 October, 2018

Anyone who has ever rented a house will know will know how vital it is for it to be safe and in good condition

Housing benefit assessors ran £1m fake identity scam

03 October, 2018

Prosecution case outlines fraud on a "grand scale" targeting three London borough councils

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 10/2018

03 October, 2018

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

No to demolition without the tenants' permission

03 October, 2018

Housing campaigners and residents in London are to protest against plans from mayor Sadiq Khan to deny them a vote on regeneration plans that affect their estates

Landlords urged to manage legionella risk after two cases reported since May

03 October, 2018

Landlords have been urged to update their plans to manage the risk of legionella after two cases were reported in social housing schemes in a four-month period

Housing benefit assessors 'invented fake claimants to steal £1m from taxpayers in decade-long scam'

03 October, 2018

Menelik Cowan, 37, and six other council workers allegedly used fake passports

Johnson reinforces tenant stereotypes PM tried to tear down

03 October, 2018

Would-be PM says social rented sector "more likely" to vote for a Labour Party that didn't understand home ownership

Boris calls for local councils to take back control of house building targets

03 October, 2018

Tory maverick Boris Johnson has attacked the big housebuilders for abusing their market positions, and said that there should be a crackdown on so-called land banking

2018 UK HOUSING REVIEW

03 October, 2018

Autumn Briefing Paper

Scottish government wants autumn statement to thaw benefits freeze

02 October, 2018

"Scotland's social security system is being built upon principles of dignity and respect - the current UK system upon the complete opposite"

The landlord media briefing - September 2018

02 October, 2018

The Evolving Private Rented Sector, Section 21, HMOs and problem tenants were the main topics covered by the media this month

Councils losing £300m a year due to Right to Buy

02 October, 2018

The UK Housing Review Autumn briefing paper has shone a bleak light on the policy

Esther McVey's Universal Credit Funding Vow Under Fire From Poverty Charities

02 October, 2018

Esther McVey pledged £39 million for 'universal support'

Housing associations and co-operatives reclassified to private sector

02 October, 2018

Registered social landlords in Scotland have been reclassified as private organisations following the enactment of the Housing (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2018

Landlord clobbered with near-record costs after failing to license four properties

02 October, 2018

A landlord has been ordered to pay over £56,000 after failing to license four properties

Ninety per cent of people on Bournemouth register will never get a council house

02 October, 2018

Only 10 per cent of people on Bournemouth's housing register can expect to receive council housing

High Court judgment paves the way for shorter eviction notice periods

02 October, 2018

Housing associations could be able to give tenants just two months' notice during probation periods regardless of the total length of their tenancy agreements after a recent High Court judgement

Citizens Advice to provide support to Universal Credit claimants

01 October, 2018

The Department for Work and Pensions will fund Citizens Advice to provide Universal Support from April 2019

The Housing Podcast: is this the end for fixed-term tenancies?

01 October, 2018

Listen to find out more about the key issues in housing today

Brothers and sisters may be forced to share bedrooms in social housing shake-up

01 October, 2018

Young brothers and sisters could be forced to share bedrooms as part of a social housing shake-up in Burton and Burton and Uttoxeter

Concern over planned eviction of tenants from supported living scheme

01 October, 2018

A group of tenants in supported living accommodation in Gloucester have expressed concern over eviction notices served by their landlord, which they say will make them homeless

Rented properties face clampdown - but tiny flats escape ban

01 October, 2018

New rules launch next week, just as thousands of students move in to shared homes

Newly-merged housing association Connexus sees fall in surplus

01 October, 2018

Newly-merged housing association Connexus has seen its surplus fall 15% from £12.1m to £10.3m

Councils face further £1.3bn government funding cut in 2019/20

01 October, 2018

LGA warns of already struggling authorities being tipped over the edge

Shared home tenants 'may face rent rises or eviction'

01 October, 2018

Tenants living in shared houses in England could face eviction or increases in rent because of changes to government rules

Government to confirm ban on combustible materials

01 October, 2018

Combustible materials will be banned on high-rise buildings

Harrogate Jobcentre staff seek to bust Universal Credit 'myths'

28 September, 2018

"We don't call it that any more" whispers Harrogate Jobcentre Plus employer and partnership leader Helen Greensit, wincing slightly after hearing the words "signing on"

The majority of people in North Tyneside who claim Universal Credit are in debt

28 September, 2018

North Tyneside Council says it predicted how the situation would unfold six months after the benefits system was introduced

Work underway to ensure smooth roll-out of Universal Credit benefits in north-east

28 September, 2018

Preparations are under way for the roll-out of a benefit which has previously led to a rise in the number of people applying for crisis loans

New ARLA stats show rents hitting record high

28 September, 2018

Percentage of tenants experiencing rent hikes was at the highest level ever recorded for August

Two days to go and half of all letting agents in 'have not applied' for Register

28 September, 2018

Letting agents in Scotland must immediately sign up to a new register in order to trade legally. It is estimated that about half have not yet signed up or even applied

Record numbers of tenants experiencing rent hikes

28 September, 2018

Record numbers of lettings agents are reporting rent hikes for tenants

Hunt on for rogue agent or landlord who let three-bed semi to 26 men

28 September, 2018

The hunt is on for a rogue landlord and/or letting agent who rented out a three-bed semi to 26 men

Agent calls on Chancellor to reverse tax changes designed to hurt landlords

28 September, 2018

Letting and estate agent haart is calling on the Chancellor to give landlords a break in the Budget, as figures show a reduction in the number of investors entering the rental market

Housing tenure and costs becoming key determinants in poverty rates

27 September, 2018

Research released by Cardiff University reveals rate at which families in PRS and social housing are experiencing working poverty

Final Countdown: Mandatory HMO licensing changes happening on 1st October

27 September, 2018

As a reminder to landlords, the long-awaited changes to mandatory HMO licensing will come into force on the 1st October

Changes from 1 October 2018 to Section 21 Notices for Letting Agents and Landlord in England

27 September, 2018

On 1 October 2018, changes to the Section 21 Notice come into force for letting agents and landlords in England

Final reminder - important changes to Section 21 notices kick in on Monday

27 September, 2018

On Monday, changes to the Section 21 notice come into force for letting agents and landlords

Bid for 596 new council houses to be built in Milton Keynes

27 September, 2018

A request to build almost 600 brand new council houses in Milton Keynes has this week been made to the government

UK asylum seekers refused housing over 'social cohesion issues'

27 September, 2018

Lawyers say north-east of England ban involving far-right activity 'discriminatory'

More housing associations consider ditching fixed-term tenancies

27 September, 2018

Several large housing associations are considering following London giants L&Q in giving their residents lifetime tenancies

Grenfell residents warn against plan to change tenant management body

27 September, 2018

Proposals for Kensington and Chelsea TMO 'could prevent proper scrutiny' by inquiry

Healey warns housing associations against 'over-reliance on government'

26 September, 2018

Calls for perspective over the PM's £2bn pledge to NHF 2018

September 2018: Touchbase edition 129

26 September, 2018

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

Buy-to-let's not dead yet: Property fund manager reveals where he's investing - and why 'a good home finds a good tenant'

26 September, 2018

'A good home finds a good tenant.' That is the advice of Alan Collett who runs one of the few residential property funds in the UK

Grenfell Tower should not have been lived in

26 September, 2018

Andrew O'Loughlin says firefighters never expected the blaze to spread as it did

Fleeced on their lease: Families are hit with soaring ground rent on their homes but face paying up to £50k to buy the freehold

26 September, 2018

Housebuilders routinely flog freeholds to third parties which hike the cost

Families forced out of their homes after arson attack still told to pay rent

26 September, 2018

It's another blow for the residents - but the housing company says it's been covering other costs

Average monthly rent rises to £861 in August

26 September, 2018

Private rents increased by 2.6% annually across England and Wales in August

Renters ready to 'stand up and fight back'

25 September, 2018

London Renters' Union hears a rallying cry in Labour's commitment to end Section 21

Proud, not ashamed, to be in social housing

25 September, 2018

Most people in housing need view social housing as the great prize, not a stigma

The premium renters pay for furnished properties

25 September, 2018

Research from property website OnTheMarket.com has found that renting a two-bedroom furnished flat can cost up to 21% more per month than renting an unfurnished property of the same size in the same area

Why Government proposals on longer tenancies are unworkable

25 September, 2018

ARLA Propertymark has responded to the Government's consultation on 'Overcoming the barriers to longer tenancies in the private rented sector'

Labour promise Renters' Unions and dedicated housing department

25 September, 2018

In his speech at the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool yesterday, Labour's Shadow Housing Secretary, John Healey MP offered support to the 11.5 million people who rent from private landlords

'Unsung hero' of social housing Richard Farnell dies

25 September, 2018

Professor Richard Farnell, the former chair of Birmingham-based housing association Midland Heart and a leading academic on regeneration, has died aged 71

Calls for London to be rent controlled city

25 September, 2018

Campaigners say London should be turned into a rent-controlled city, similar to New York

Furious Portsmouth residents hit out at 'greedy' housing association

25 September, 2018

ANGRY residents have launched a battle against a 'greedy' housing association for 'ignoring' safety fears while hiking up fees

Labour to consider scrapping universal credit in major overhaul of 'toxic' welfare system

25 September, 2018

Margaret Greenwood, the shadow work and pensions secretary, announces a major review of the 'toxic' welfare system

The DWP is now facing its fifth investigation by the UN

25 September, 2018

The DWP is once again facing the prospect of a UN investigation. Because the UN has just received a swathe of complaints about the DWP

Standards improve in British rental properties - but safety still falls short

24 September, 2018

Since 2014, a whole raft of new legislation has been introduced by the UK and devolved governments to improve tenants' lives

Welfare spending for UK's poorest shrinks by £37bn

24 September, 2018

Figures compiled after decade of austerity and obtained by Frank Field show most striking cuts are in disability benefits

Keynsham housing association flats 'deprived'

24 September, 2018

A housing association has been criticised by residents and councillors of an estate who say they feel forgotten about

Labour plans to give tenants more power

24 September, 2018

Labour says it would scrap laws allowing private landlords to evict tenants without giving a reason

'Yorkshire landlords now less likely to rent to Universal Credit claimants - and bad providers fill gap'

24 September, 2018

A policy director for the National Landlords Association has said that members are far less likely to rent to Universal Credit claimants than people entitled to benefits just six years ago

Plummeting lettings supply means higher rents for London tenants

24 September, 2018

The number of available properties to rent is falling at an alarming rate, particularly in Greater London

Housing crisis drives more than 1m private tenants deeper into poverty

24 September, 2018

Lack of social housing and rise in universal credit sanctions hit low-income families hardest

Government 'red tape' ties up tower block safety works

24 September, 2018

"The minister who signed off on this should be ashamed... Government is seemingly more concerned about setting precedent than it is about the safety of residents"

Housing association apologises over empty house on Lincoln Court

24 September, 2018

The housing association that owns a vandalised house in Newark has apologised for its impact on the community

Council housing: how Hackney has raised the game

24 September, 2018

Not everyone will be fans, but by cross-subsidising, talking to residents and valuing good design, the east London borough is investing in some of the best council housing ever built

Benefit expenditure and caseload tables 2018

21 September, 2018

Historic and forecast benefit expenditure and caseload data usually consistent with the annual Spring and Autumn Budgets or Statements

Landlords face £95m bill as new HMO laws introduced

21 September, 2018

Collective fine of up to £4.8bn if license deadline is missed

L&Q to end Fixed Term Tenancies in favour of open-assured tenancies

21 September, 2018

Research revealed FTTs to be a "crude tool that have not fixed the problems they were created to address"

Landlords are losing out by evicting tenants when they want to sell up

21 September, 2018

Over half a billion of rental income is lost annually because private landlords are evicting good tenants mistakenly believing that they need to sell their properties tenant free

New kids on the block: why for-profit providers are making housing associations nervous

21 September, 2018

As the argument about what place for-profit housing associations have in the wider industry rumbles on, traditional providers are beginning to wonder what the new kids on the block will do next

Giant housing association to offer lifetime tenancy to all residents

21 September, 2018

London's largest housing association is set to scrap fixed-term tenancies for all its tenants

Tenancy fees ban inevitable and changes to Bill very unlikely

21 September, 2018

The tenant fee ban will trigger "a seismic shift" in the way the lettings industry operates - and will put businesses under huge strain

Grenfell Tower area residents told: return home or lose council tenancies

20 September, 2018

Kensington and Chelsea council issues ultimatum to people who lived in housing near tower

Housing associations praise May's £2bn plan as 'total step change'

20 September, 2018

PM announces funding for next decade and calls for end to social housing 'stigma'

PM pledges £2bn to housing associations over next 10 years

20 September, 2018

NHF housing summit has its first ever Prime Ministerial address - with the sector told to take more initiative over housebuilding

Gas Tag turns the heat on rogue landlords

20 September, 2018

First-of-its-kind initiative in Liverpool pitched as a start to making UK the "best in the world" on gas safety

'it's not a choice between supporting rented housing and backing homeownership'

20 September, 2018

The government doesn't have to choose between supporting rented housing and backing homeownership

'False comparison' to say housing associations are capable of more than councils

20 September, 2018

It is a "false comparison" to suggest housing associations are capable of more than councils, shadow housing secretary John Healey has said in response to comments made by the prime minister yesterday

Less than a fortnight for letting agents in Scotland to apply for mandatory register

20 September, 2018

Letting agents with properties in Scotland have under two weeks to submit their applications to join the mandatory Scottish Letting Agent Register

Nearly 8m now living in council areas with no access to local welfare assistance schemes

19 September, 2018

FoI responses expose the extent to which local welfare assistance schemes have collapsed

Grenfell neighbours face higher rents or tenancy terminations

19 September, 2018

Kensington & Chelsea Council criticised for creating "inhumane climate of fear" for those feeling unable to return

Polly Neate, Shelter: 'May's words and tone on social housing mark significant change'

19 September, 2018

Natalie Elphicke, chief executive of the Housing and Finance Institute, and Polly Neate, the CEO of Shelter, discuss Theresa May's £2bn social housing pledge

LGA warns May's focus on associations 'misses the point' about council-led building

19 September, 2018

The Conservative head of the LGA has hit back after Theresa May suggested councils are not able to build at the same scale as housing associations

Theresa May throws support behind housing associations in landmark speech

19 September, 2018

Theresa May threw her backing behind the housing association sector

Bath landlord battles to avoid £5,000 bill after leak from flat above his property causes roof collapse

19 September, 2018

James Hassam says it is the fourth time this has happened since 2011

Conference update: Lib Dems call for mandatory licensing

19 September, 2018

A system of mandatory licensing, with a publicly available database of rogue landlords has been called for at the Liberal Democrat conference

Lib Dems call for Housing Act to be changed so that tenants are always given at least six months' notice

19 September, 2018

The Liberal Democrats have called for private landlords to have to give at least six months' notice after the initial fixed term

Landlords' Barometer - #62: Eye-watering tax effectively charged to landlords will be 66%

19 September, 2018

Welcome to another edition of the Landlords Barometer, bringing you all the action from the Property Tribes forum

Housing associations to get £2bn investment over next ten years

18 September, 2018

Theresa May to tell housing federation it needs to take more initiative in return

'Tough sanctions' in the pipeline over gas safety

18 September, 2018

Leading law firm says with Gas Safety Week underway landlords need to switch on

Social housing Scotland's 'best kept secret'

18 September, 2018

Poll for Scottish Housing Day shows soaring tenant satisfaction levels

Decision to be made over fate of council house which nobody wants to live in

18 September, 2018

Some 25 families on the council's housing waiting list viewed it but said they didn't want to live there

What are councils spending on discretionary housing payments?

18 September, 2018

Local authorities are spending record sums on emergency payments to households that otherwise face eviction by private or social landlords

Jail for man who illegally sublet Hyde housing association home

18 September, 2018

A housing association tenant has been sentenced to 14 months in jail after being caught subletting

Free workshops launched to help agents navigate the tenant fee ban

18 September, 2018

Lettings industry support providers and training firms have teamed up to offer agents a free one-off workshop on restructuring their business ahead of the fees ban

Barking and Dagenham Council wins award for innovative affordable housing models

17 September, 2018

Barking and Dagenham Council has won a housing award

Shelter warns that lack of engagement from accidental landlords has 'serious consequences' for tenants

17 September, 2018

Shelter has warned that 'accidental landlords' need to be more engaged in the rental sector

Calls for 'Right to Buy' policy to be suspended in Greater Manchester - after 5,000 council houses were sold off and no replacements built

17 September, 2018

Despite the government promising 'one for one' replacements for any home sold off over the last five years, nothing has in fact been built

Triple Point to tap investors as demand for supported housing grows

17 September, 2018

Triple Point Social Housing REIT is to tap its shareholders for new equity to continue investing in homes aimed at tenants with care needs

Rents on tenancy renewals now growing at more than double the rate of new contracts

17 September, 2018

Existing Countrywide tenants are seeing their rents increase at more than double the rate of new renters

Local authorities continue to miss Right to Buy replacement targets

17 September, 2018

Local authorities have failed to replace properties sold under Right to Buy with new affordable homes over the past five years

Selective Licensing Update: Great Yarmouth Council publishes recommendation report

14 September, 2018

A recommendation report on Selective Licensing by Great Yarmouth Council has just been published, announcing the scheme will come into effect on January 7, 2019 and run for five years

HB A7/2018

14 September, 2018

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

Tenant 'cooped up' in room measuring less than 6.5 square metres

14 September, 2018

Court hears how letting agent ignored council warnings that the space behind a kitchen was a fire hazard

Social landlords must consider the pros and cons of rooftop development

14 September, 2018

There is considerable interest in the provision of rooftop housing development from social landlords which could make a significant contribution to the housing supply

Half of those placed in temporary housing by council placed outside borough

14 September, 2018

Half of Waltham Forest Council's temporary housing placements are outside of the borough and many families placed there have small children

Agent who let out 'fire hazard' room in HMO is told to pay over £32,000

14 September, 2018

An agent who let a tiny room behind a kitchen to a tenant has been ordered to pay more than £32,000

Tenants' passport firm acquired 'for millions' by giant referencing firm

14 September, 2018

Movem was yesterday acquired by Barbon Insurance Group, owners of Homelet and Rentshield Direct

Council ready to buy homes housing associations don't want

13 September, 2018

Pilot project to buy back former council homes could be extended to new affordable homes

'Right to buy' for people living in some Fortis Living affordable homes gets go-ahead

13 September, 2018

Tenants in the city can now apply to buy their homes at a discount after councillors agreed to enter into a £200 million Midlands-wide Right to Buy pilot

Market for 'private social rent' should be explored

13 September, 2018

The housing minister has suggested there is a need to explore the market for "private social rent" in response to a question about boosting social housing supply

CIH supports suspension of Right to Buy

13 September, 2018

"Not only are we failing to build enough homes for social rent, we are losing them when we need them more than ever"

For-profit provider refuses to change its name from 'housing association'

13 September, 2018

A for-profit registered provider of social housing has refused to change its name, amid a row over whether or not these organisations can use the name 'housing association'

Lenders now approving six times more mortgages to first-time buyers than to landlords

13 September, 2018

There are now almost six times more mortgages approved for first-time buyers than for landlords

Estate agency group warns investors that fees ban will cost it hundreds of thousands

13 September, 2018

The Property Franchise Group has warned the City that the tenant fee ban will lose its franchisees 17% of their income, and will hit group revenue and profits

First-time renter? Here's what you need to know

12 September, 2018

Renting your own place can be really exciting, but sometimes things can go wrong

Universal Credit: in-work progression randomised controlled trial

12 September, 2018

These documents present the findings from the evaluation of the Department for Work and Pensions in-work progression trial

Benefit expenditure and caseload tables 2018

12 September, 2018

Historic and forecast benefit expenditure and caseload data usually consistent with the annual Spring and Autumn Budgets

PM accused of 'pouring petrol on Britain's burning injustices'

12 September, 2018

Heated PMQs clash sees Jeremy Corbyn launch a sustained attack on "flawed, failing" Universal Credit and the thousands it was driving to destitution

Universal credit: one in six not paid on time

12 September, 2018

Figures emerge as archbishop of Canterbury calls for benefit system rollout to be stopped

Fears for vulnerable as Universal Credit is rolled out in Boston today

12 September, 2018

The controversial new Universal Credit system of paying benefits is due to be rolled out in Boston from today

Universal Credit roll-out in Darlington proves 'a real success'

12 September, 2018

The roll-out of Universal Credit would spell disaster for a borough featuring areas with high levels of deprivation have proved unfounded

Housing fund Multifamily eyeing private rental market to kick off £175m IPO

12 September, 2018

An investment trust aiming to compete against buy-to-let landlords in the booming private rental market will fire the starting gun on its £175m London IPO on Wednesday

Strong results for Belvoir despite fall in sales and looming shadow of lettings fees ban

12 September, 2018

Belvoir is on course for a 22nd year of unbroken profit growth after reporting strong results for the first six months

Avoiding discrimination - a guide for letting agents and landlords

11 September, 2018

The launch of our campaign to end DSS discrimination against renters on housing benefit has suggested that some landlords and letting agents may not be fully up to speed on how their policies could be putting them at risk of breaching the Equality Act 2010

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 9 August 2018

11 September, 2018

These experimental statistics cover the number of people on Universal Credit to 9 August 2018

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to July 2018

11 September, 2018

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

There's a fundamental problem with the government's social housing green paper

11 September, 2018

Three months after the Grenfell Tower fire, Savid Javid, then Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government, announced a Housing Green Paper

Vulnerable Islington tenants stranded as charity landlord evicts them so it can build homes

11 September, 2018

An education charity has left tenants in its housing stock stranded after handing them eviction notices so it can build more homes

Single association's social tenancies contribute £607m a year to UK economy

11 September, 2018

Ground-breaking study of just one group said to show what the overall value of social housing can be

Concerns as agent appears to have quit owing money to landlords and tenants

11 September, 2018

A local agent has disappeared, apparently owing money

Agents and landlords 'left in dark' over new HMO requirements despite huge penalties

11 September, 2018

Letting agents are reminded that the clock is ticking towards the October 1 deadline, when the rules on mandatory HMO licensing change across England

Leeds City Council trials free internet for social housing tenants

11 September, 2018

Social housing tenants at two Leeds tower blocks have been connected to free broadband as part of efforts to combat digital exclusion

The Guardian view on tenants and landlords: private renters need more rights

10 September, 2018

A growing number of people are renting damp, unsuitable homes, and action to protect them is overdue

HMO licensing fees in Lincoln: New fee structure announced

10 September, 2018

A new HMO Licensing fee structure in Lincoln has been announced. The new structure will be in effect for all new and renewal HMO Licence applications received from 10 September 2018

'Property MOT' proposed to test poor conditions in over 1.3m PRS homes

10 September, 2018

Landmark review slams successive governments for 'unquestioning' and 'uncoordinated' policy on private renting

Housing association pledges to make improvements after positive council meeting

10 September, 2018

Council leaders and housing association bosses have heralded the success of an open meeting to air any issues

Slum landlords can be prosecuted from next month - but thousands of ordinary buy-to-lets could fall foul of new rules

10 September, 2018

Government rules to protect tenants from overcrowding and slum conditions come into force from 1 October

Landlords told to remove Grenfell-style cladding or face action

10 September, 2018

Communities secretary says there is a 'moral imperative' for private-sector landlords to remove unsafe cladding

New tenancy deposit replacement product launches - with tenants charged nothing

10 September, 2018

Another tenancy deposit replacement product has been launched - this time as part of a landlord's insurance package

Vulnerability amongst Low-Income Households in the Private Rented Sector in England

10 September, 2018

The study focuses on households in the bottom one third of incomes

The Evolving Private Rented Sector: Its Contribution and Potential

10 September, 2018

The objective of the Review is to present neutral commentary on the PRS and to draw on robust evidence

The benefits of moving: Managing the transition of existing claimants to Universal Credit

07 September, 2018

The long implementation of UC has been far from smooth and we've become all too used to negative stories about roll-out delays and, more seriously, payment problems and financial hardship for those accessing the new system

Universal Credit could be crushed if impending roll out fails

07 September, 2018

Report from the Resolution Foundation makes major recommendations as to how the 'reform' might salvage some public and political credibility

Tenant Fees Bill third reading: The Government listens to the NLA on enforcement, deposits and default fees

07 September, 2018

Landlords could be set to lose out financially as the controversial Tenant Fees bill passed its third reading at the House of Commons yesterday afternoon, meaning charging tenants fees could soon be banned alongside other regulatory changes

Personal Independence Payment: claimant experiences of the claim process

07 September, 2018

This mixed method research explores claimants' experiences of the whole Personal Independence Payment claim process, including disputes

Government weighs in to prevent 'for-profit' providers calling themselves 'housing associations'

07 September, 2018

The government has intervened to prevent a new wave of for-profit registered providers using the name 'housing association', following an appeal from the NHF

Housing association apologises to Chichester mum-of-two left without hot water for weeks

07 September, 2018

Housing association Home Group has apologised to a Chichester mum who was left without hot water for more than two weeks

Poole Housing Partnership says refurbished tower blocks will 'improve conditions for residents'

07 September, 2018

Four tower blocks in Poole are set to be modernised with new cladding

Work Programme (Universal Credit) provider guidance: 2018 contract variation

06 September, 2018

Referrals to this programme ended on 31 March 2017. This guidance is for existing Work Programme participants only

CIH 'disappointed' over rumours government will ditch three-year tenancy plans

06 September, 2018

The CIH has warned it would be "very disappointing" if the government changed its plans for mandatory three-year fixed tenancies amid rumours it is preparing to water down the policy

£2bn housing association bond aggregator prepares to launch

06 September, 2018

A new £2bn bond aggregator is preparing to launch as a subsidiary of existing aggregator The Housing Finance Corporation

How a housing association is bucking the trend on apprenticeships

06 September, 2018

The number of apprenticeships has fallen nationally, but Home Group has doubled its numbers

Labour seeks unlimited fines against rogue landlords ahead of Commons votes

06 September, 2018

Party tables amendments to stop unscrupulous landlords ripping off tenants

Universal credit could be sunk by next stage of rollout

06 September, 2018

Calls for further delays to fix flaws before million working families move on to benefit

Tenant energy supplier switches focus to lettings agents

06 September, 2018

Lettings sector energy provider Spark, which has always specialised in supplying utilities to tenants via agents, is now making a play for agents themselves

Government rumoured to be considering scrapping three-year tenancy plans

06 September, 2018

The Government is rumoured to be planning to scrap plans to introduce mandatory minimum three-year tenancies

Hunters founder MP Kevin Hollinrake backs fees ban 'although it keeps our finance director awake at night'

06 September, 2018

Hunters founder-turned-Conservative MP Kevin Hollinrake was among MPs who helped the Tenant Fees Bill sail through its report stage and third reading yesterday, despite admitting it would lose him money

One in three social housing tenants with mental health problems 'unhappy' with home

05 September, 2018

New research emphasises a need to put mental health strategies at the heart of social housing policy

Housing Benefit debt recoveries: April 2017 to March 2018

05 September, 2018

Twice-yearly publication on Housing Benefit debt recoveries

Londonderry homes: 'Not enough' to meet social housing demand

05 September, 2018

A senior Housing Executive official has said not enough social homes are being built to meet demand in the north-west

MHCLG pitches further protections against unfair letting fees

05 September, 2018

PRS tenants will no longer face excessive fees for damages deemed minor as Tenant Fees Bill passes latest Parliamentary stage

Bond aggregator completes £10m issue for Welsh housing association

05 September, 2018

Bond aggregator The Housing Finance Corporation has priced a £10m issue from its retained bond

Help calls for rent arrears treble over 10 years

05 September, 2018

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

Government rejects mandatory fixed term tenancies

05 September, 2018

Sector leader brands the decision a "baffling turnaround" that betrays "forward thinking" landlords

Councils back away from asylum seeker housing amid contract uncertainty

05 September, 2018

Local authorities have put on hold their plans to join the government's asylum seeker housing scheme after problems with the government contract

Peabody seeking investors for £350m bond issue

05 September, 2018

London housing association Peabody is gearing up for a £350m bond issue, which has received an A3 rating from credit ratings agency Moody's

London housing association outlook moved 'negative' by Moody's

05 September, 2018

Southern Housing Group has been given a 'negative' outlook by ratings agency Moody's, due to its plan to take on more debt to expand its housebuilding

Tenants with mental health problems being let down

05 September, 2018

Mind has claimed the social housing system "just isn't working" for people with mental health problems after new research highlighted significant dissatisfaction among tenants

Fight or flight? Landlords split over prospects for the buy-to-let sector

05 September, 2018

Landlords are almost evenly split between those pressing on despite tax changes and others heading for the exit

Post-It Notes Reveal Anguish Of Disabled Man Who Killed Himself After £20 Benefit Cut

04 September, 2018

Austerity Bites: 'I don't know how anyone could be expected to live on that amount of money'

Don't blame Airbnb for rise in rents

04 September, 2018

Placing restrictions on the sharing economy will not help locals and will be bad for consumers

Yorkshire: The following areas will move from Universal Credit live service to full service

04 September, 2018

Jobcentres located in Beverley, Bridlington, Hessle and Goole will shortly be asking their universal credit live customers to move over to universal credit full service

Longer tenancies - what next?

04 September, 2018

On 26 August the government closed its consultation on three-year tenancies

London renters ready to 'stand together' against exploitative landlords

04 September, 2018

Labour housing leads from 19 London Boroughs fight for strengthening the Tenant Fees Bill with a Parliament debate due Sept 5

Agent hopes for strength in numbers as it scales up ahead of tenant fees ban

04 September, 2018

A lettings business which has acquired the rental business of a local rival says it will now look to limit costs to landlords and tenants when the fees ban comes in

'Callous disregard' costs long-term landlord over £37k

04 September, 2018

Court hears council inspectors ranked the HMO regulation breaches amongst the worst they had seen

Longer-Term Tenancies in England: observations about the recent government consultation

04 September, 2018

England currently has some of the shortest leases in the advanced world: the typical assured short-hold tenancy lasts either 6 months or a year

LA Welfare Direct bulletins: 2018

03 September, 2018

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

Nearly a third of Bath HMOs are dangerous

03 September, 2018

'Significant' health and safety risks were found in more than 900 shared homes

Universal Credit claimants needing food parcels to get by as online struggles revealed

03 September, 2018

Nearly 800 people in one North Yorkshire borough have been moved onto the new benefit and are struggling

Landlords struggling to find replacements for faulty fire doors

03 September, 2018

Social landlords are facing "huge problems" finding replacements for faulty fire doors

Even after Grenfell, tower block residents are being ignored

03 September, 2018

The tragedy motivated me to become a councillor, yet my Tory counterparts are still failing to listen to those they serve

Regional differences drag down Scottish rental growth

03 September, 2018

Rental growth in Scotland was relatively flat during July despite double digit annual increases in some parts of the country

Tenant Fees Bill returns to Parliament amid calls for further crackdown on agents

03 September, 2018

The Tenant Fees Bill returns to the Parliamentary agenda this week with Shelter among those turning up the pressure for it to go further

Social Security Advisory Committee consultation on Universal Credit and next steps for managed migration

31 August, 2018

The RLA has submitted its response to the Social Security Advisory Committee consultation, on Universal Credit and next steps for managed migration

40% of Welsh PRS will not take on those on benefits

31 August, 2018

An investigation has found less than half of letting agents and landlords will rent to those on housing benefit

Sadiq Khan hits out at Universal Credit

31 August, 2018

Mayor of London has issued a warning to government over its flagship welfare reform, saying it will be "the vulnerable who suffer the most"

One of the first: landlord repays housing benefit following new legislation

31 August, 2018

An Essex council claims it is one of the first to be granted a rent repayment order - part of legislation introduced under the Housing and Planning Act 2016

Sadiq Khan calls for rollout of universal credit to be paused

31 August, 2018

London mayor says expansion poses 'significant threat of harm' to vulnerable claimants

Councils' temporary accommodation spend nears £1bn

31 August, 2018

Councils across England spent nearly £1bn on temporary accommodation last year alone

Landlords launch legal action as local authority scraps informal notices for landlords

31 August, 2018

A local authority is facing legal action after scrapping informal notices for all landlords except those who join its own accreditation scheme

August 2018: Touchbase edition 128

30 August, 2018

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

Young tenants tackle stereotypes on their own terms

30 August, 2018

'Inspirational' youngsters share what makes their London borough home

Private Rented Sector Report - July 2018

30 August, 2018

Demand from prospective tenants increased in July, to the highest level this year so far

England and Wales Rental Tracker

30 August, 2018

Prices rise fastest in South West

Government expects 3,000 Right to Buy sales in Midlands pilot

30 August, 2018

Ministers expect around 3,000 housing association homes to be sold through the Midlands Voluntary Right to Buy pilot

Rents in England and Wales remain flat despite above-inflation rises beyond London

30 August, 2018

Average rents remained flat across England and Wales in July despite inflation-beating rises in some areas

Freeze on housing aid is pushing private renting out of reach of benefits tenants

30 August, 2018

The benefits freeze has put private renting out of reach for low-income tenants, and put them at increasing risk of homelessness

UC2/2018

29 August, 2018

Information for all local authority staff about Universal Credit

Government urged to thaw benefit freeze as 'thousands' face homelessness

29 August, 2018

Report reveals the extent to which the freeze now puts private renting out of reach for low income tenants

£1,000 of rent recovered from rogue landlord in landmark case

29 August, 2018

Successful prosecution also sees council coming after costs for work on "appalling" property as a local land charge

Colne Together Housing tenant's anger at too late texting

29 August, 2018

A disabled tenant of as housing association has criticised it arranging staff visits to properties without adequate warning

Regulator downgrades two associations

29 August, 2018

The Regulator of Social Housing has downgraded its governance rating for two housing associations, covering almost 20,000 homes

Rental supply fails to keep up with demand as landlords 'are pushed out of the market'

29 August, 2018

Demand for rental property has hit its highest level so far this year, but supply has failed to keep up

One of the best-kept secrets of the UK welfare system is at risk

29 August, 2018

Campaigners are worried vital funding that keeps people out of hospital could disappear

Low-income tenants face 'heat, eat or pay rent' choices

29 August, 2018

Housing benefit freeze leaving poorest private renters with shortfall of up to £140 a week

One in three Universal Credit claimants in Brighton and Hove are in employment

28 August, 2018

Thousands of workers in Brighton and Hove are claiming Universal Credit as their low wages are not enough to live on

Green paper leaves question marks over council housing companies

28 August, 2018

Councils are seeking clarification over the government's stance on town hall housing companies after the Social Housing Green Paper hinted at plans to curb the use of subsidiary landlords to dodge Right to Buy sales

Disgruntled tenants who complain of conditions are twice as likely to face 'revenge evictions'

28 August, 2018

Almost half of tenants who have complained about their landlord have faced "revenge evictions"

Decent Homes Standard review 'threatens council business plans'

28 August, 2018

Local authority housing business plans could be rendered unsustainable if the government revises the Decent Homes Standard

Social housing bosses move to build nearly 200 new homes in Greenock on land contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals

28 August, 2018

Social housing bosses want to build nearly 200 new homes in Greenock on land that is contaminated with toxic and cancer-causing chemicals

Universal Credit Amendment Regulations: Our response to SSAC consultation

28 August, 2018

JRF's response to a SSAC consultation on proposals in the draft Universal Credit (Transitional Provisions) (Managed Migration) Amendment Regulations 2018

Calls for urgent reviews of legislation over revenge evictions

24 August, 2018

A new report by Citizens Advice has shone a light on the "murky world" of revenge evictions

Survey shows 'widespread public support' for unfair eviction protection

24 August, 2018

End Unfair Evictions coalition strengthened by survey findings ahead of petition presentation to James Brokenshire

Housing Benefit subsidy audited final claims: Apr 2014 to Mar 2015

24 August, 2018

This is the local authority Housing Benefit audit final claims expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2014 to 2015

Nearly half of tenants who make complaint face 'revenge eviction'

24 August, 2018

Estimate by Citizens Advice puts figure at 141,000 tenants since 2015

High-rise tenants being ignored like we were

24 August, 2018

Campaigners claim safety concerns of Salford residents are not being handled properly

Most landlords offering furnished properties despite strong tenant demand for unfurnished

24 August, 2018

A majority of tenants are seeking unfurnished properties despite a minority of landlords offering this on their listings

Branch where 17 rental households have been given notice because landlords are selling up

24 August, 2018

Belvoir is calling for the Chancellor to introduce incentives in November's Budget to encourage landlords to remain in the sector

Why the government needs to change the law on longer tenancies

23 August, 2018

Shelter has recently been talking about why the government should change the law to give all renters longer tenancies

Benefits boost due to council's Working 4U service

23 August, 2018

Almost £10 million in benefits have gone to West Dunbartonshire residents thanks to council support

Rogue landlords under the cosh in London

23 August, 2018

Raid finds 15 men crammed inside a unsafe squalid two-bedroom bungalow - each paying £3,250 a month in rent

Buy-to-let lender OneSavings warns on Brexit impact after strong first-half

23 August, 2018

Reuters warned of the potential impact of a hard Brexit on the UK housing market over the next year

Major report calls for tenants in Stoke-on-Trent's 18,400 council houses to pay rent every month

23 August, 2018

And tenants are still being hit in the pocket by the bedroom tax

Did the green paper address concerns raised by tenants on Alok Sharma's roadshow?

23 August, 2018

Did the government listen to tenants' concerns?

More landlords attack housing benefit claims

23 August, 2018

The Residential Landlords Association has added their voice to the attacks against the campaign looking to get PRS landlords to rent to those on housing benefit

Council slammed for 'reckless imagery used to justify selective landlord licensing'

23 August, 2018

Nottingham City Council has come under criticism for releasing images of shocking examples of living conditions in rental properties as justification for introducing selective licensing

haart says it DOES arrange tenancies for those claiming housing benefit

23 August, 2018

The agency chain named as having the most branches banning benefits tenants has said that this is not company policy

Universal Credit local authority bulletins 2018

22 August, 2018

Information for all local authority staff about Universal Credit

PRS hits back at Shelter and NHF campaign on housing benefit

22 August, 2018

ARLA Propertymark has responded to the launch of the campaign by National Housing Federation and Shelter against private landlords not letting to those on housing benefit

South East council breaches regulatory standard over fire safety

22 August, 2018

A council landlord in the South East has been censured by the Regulator of Social Housing for failing to carry out risk assessments or carry out the necessary work arising for them

Civitas Social Housing buys English property portfolio for £37.6m

22 August, 2018

Civitas Social Housing said it had completed the purchase of regulated social housing portfolio in England for £37.6m, comprising a freehold and long leasehold interest in 67 properties with 362 tenancies

String of top agents warned they could be breaking discrimination law as branches 'ban benefits tenants'

22 August, 2018

A string of major agents have been named this morning as actively discriminating against tenants on housing benefit after a mystery shopping exercise found outright bans in place

Inland Homes approved as social housing provider

22 August, 2018

Inland Homes has become one of the first publicly listed house builders to successfully register as a social housing provider

Undercover check finds discrimination against tenants on benefits

22 August, 2018

Shelter plans legal action after investigation with the National Housing Federation

Generation Rent launches End Unfair Evictions campaign aimed at scrapping Section 21

22 August, 2018

Activitist group Generation Rent has launched a new campaign - to End Unfair Evictions by scrapping Section 21

Tax breaks for longer tenancies - spending big for a two-tier system

21 August, 2018

The government is consulting on introducing longer tenancies for private renters

Your Housing ready for three-year tenancies

21 August, 2018

Tenancies to be offered to tenants of provider's private rental brand

Universal Credit - Inclusion London's response to the SSAC Committee's consultation on the 2018 regulations

21 August, 2018

Inclusion London believes the Universal Credit system is not fit for purpose and should be stopped and scrapped

The current Buy-to-let market

21 August, 2018

General assessment and impact of recent policy changes

Nigel Adams: How we will make social housing the path to a better life

21 August, 2018

Homes aren't just a roof over our heads but a place where we can raise our families, put down roots and build better lives

BTL market will stabilise by 2021: Shawbook

21 August, 2018

A report predicts that activity in the BTL market will continue to fall until 2021

Social Housing Green Paper one week on: the debate rages

21 August, 2018

The government's Social Housing Green Paper has prompted a huge amount of debate among Inside Housing's contributors

Revealed! The images that prompted one council to introduce landlord licensing

21 August, 2018

A Nottingham health inspector has lifted the lid on some of the worst examples of hazards he has seen in rental properties as selective licensing is introduced in the city

New accreditation scheme to target agents and landlords offering short-term lets

21 August, 2018

Letting agents are to be invited to join a new accreditation scheme for short-term lets in an attempt to tackle rogue operators

Half of homeless from private rented sector - even though only 15% of households are private tenants

21 August, 2018

Almost half of those made homeless last year because of rental arrears came from the private sector

Families in private rental face expanding 'income adequacy' gap

20 August, 2018

New report exposes the likely impact of government 'poverty policies' on those least able to absorb the impact

Security of tenure moves must end 'no fault' evictions

20 August, 2018

Generation Rent challenges government to make security of tenure mean something more than 'consultation'

Right to buy exposes the cynicism of a Tory party whose base is dying out

20 August, 2018

High rents are a gift for Corbyn, but selling off social housing in a naked attempt to buy votes can only backfire

Ending DSS Discrimination

20 August, 2018

'On benefits'. We live in a society which has given those two words an unwelcome significance they don't deserve

Extending the housing crisis to associations is not the answer

20 August, 2018

Readers respond to the latest news on the housing crisis, including right to buy for housing association tenants and the bedroom tax's impact on single people

Letter: Social housing ticking time bomb

20 August, 2018

As the Liberal Democrats have almost exclusively been the governing party of Three Rivers for the past 40 years they cannot credibly blame others for the housing crisis in this area

Council has millions to spend on affordable housing

20 August, 2018

Trafford Council has millions of unspent cash earmarked for housing, highways, parks and green spaces

World first Airbnb sanction scheme aims to expose rogue landlords

20 August, 2018

Airbnb and short-let hosts will be able to apply for national accreditation as the industry attempts to stamp out unscrupulous landlords

No-fault evictions making hundreds of families homeless each week

20 August, 2018

A law allowing landlords to throw out private tenants without giving a reason is exacerbating the crisis

Government finally unveils Right to Buy pilot scheme for housing association tenants

20 August, 2018

The Government has unveiled its long-awaited trial scheme to extend Right to Buy to housing association tenants, starting in the midlands

Independent making three acquisitions as he says there is safety in numbers ahead of fees ban

20 August, 2018

An independent letting agent is making a series of acquisitions ahead of the tenant fee ban due to come into force next year

What do rising house prices in northern England mean for social landlords?

17 August, 2018

Will surging house prices in the North pose a problem or be a route to growth for social landlords?

Government confirms NO announcement due on long term tenancies

17 August, 2018

It has been confirmed that there is NO announcement due on long term tenancies and reassured landlords all responses will be taken into account before a decision is made

Councils paid £660m for temporary homeless accommodation

17 August, 2018

Local authorities across Scotland have paid out more than half a billion pounds putting homeless people in temporary accommodation such hotels, hostels and B&Bs in the last five years

Housing association tenants in Midlands to be given right to buy

17 August, 2018

Pilot scheme will cost £200m with commitment to build new homes to replace lost stock

Housing associations plan more supported housing following LHA cap U-turn

17 August, 2018

Several large housing associations have indicated that they will increase their development of supported housing

Landlords warn Government not to jump the gun on longer tenancies

17 August, 2018

Landlords are warning that the Government must not announce any decision on longer term tenancies until the consultation process has closed and it has considered all responses

HB G8/2018

17 August, 2018

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit (HB) staff

Greenwich Council criticises social housing reform

16 August, 2018

The leader of Greenwich Council has blasted new government proposals for social housing reform

Rough sleeping strategy 'must address welfare and supply'

16 August, 2018

The government's Rough Sleeping Strategy must address issues of welfare reform and housing supply if it is to succeed

Ready and able to build more council homes

16 August, 2018

Let me be honest, in this country we are facing the worst housing crisis since the Second World War

As a social landlord, I want a proper plan to tackle homelessness

16 August, 2018

After a decade of cuts and plummeting staff levels, providers of housing and support want more than promises

A lesson in tenant engagement

16 August, 2018

Byker Community Trust has formed a partnership with Newcastle University to study tenant engagement

Government 'must decide how proactive regulator should be' on consumer standards

16 August, 2018

The government must decide how "proactive" it wants the Regulator of Social Housing to be in policing consumer standards

Tech firms win prize to help UK's renters onto the housing ladder

16 August, 2018

Renters unable to get a mortgage because of their lack of a credit rating will be able to boost their chances through one of three new start-ups backed by the government

Government floats 'street party' award to battle tenant stigma

15 August, 2018

The Social Housing Green Paper's proposal to combat the 'stigmatisation' of social housing tenants involves launching a neighbourhood competition to win funding for a street party

Longer strategic partnerships and guaranteed debt to boost social housebuilding

15 August, 2018

Strategic partnerships with housing associations and loan guarantees have been mooted as key ways to accelerate building new affordable homes in the Social Housing Green Paper

The Tories have always feared social housing - and now their actions speak louder than words

15 August, 2018

Kit Malthouse's pathetic projected levels of new supply are essentially a prescription for the sector to wither

May: Social landlords 'appear remote, unaccountable and uninterested'

15 August, 2018

In her foreword to the Social Housing Green Paper, Prime Minister Theresa May has criticised social landlords for not always treating tenants with respect

Social Housing Green Paper: Sector calls for more investment

15 August, 2018

Leading figures in the sector have responded to the government's "new deal" for tenants, calling for more investment in new social housing

Government proposes dropping one-for-one Right to Buy replacement commitment

15 August, 2018

The government has proposed scrapping its commitment to replace homes sold through the Right to Buy on a like-for-like basis

Government proposes league table for social tenants to rank landlords

15 August, 2018

Private sector landlords renting homes to social tenants could find themselves ranked in a new league tables

'Time to get big or go home' say couple planning to own 5,000 rental properties across UK

15 August, 2018

A new business has set out plans to expand across the UK by buying out smaller landlords and property management companies

A new deal for social housing

14 August, 2018

This green paper seeks views on government's vision for social housing providing safe, secure homes that help people get on with their lives

Housing Benefit caseload statistics

14 August, 2018

Statistics on numbers of Housing Benefit claimants

Benefit sanctions statistics to April 2018

14 August, 2018

Sanctions statistics for Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support and Universal Credit, data to April 2018

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 12 July 2018

14 August, 2018

These experimental statistics cover the number of people on Universal Credit to 12 July 2018

Crackdown On Bad Landlords Promised In 'New Deal' For Social Housing Tenants

14 August, 2018

Shelter says post-Grenfell plan 'doesn't commit a single extra penny' for new-builds while Labour branded it 'pitiful'

Social housing green paper pitched as 'new deal' for tenants

14 August, 2018

But the sector says the proposals merely represent a "small step" toward change

Councils hopeful of Right to Buy reform as consultation launches

14 August, 2018

Councils have welcomed a consultation on Right to Buy in the hope that the reforms will allow them to build more homes under the policy

Creating an intermediate housing list - but who gets priority?

14 August, 2018

Southwark Council is consulting on who should be eligible and prioritised for its new intermediate rent waiting list

Nigel Adams MP defensive over Universal Credit in Leeds visit for rough sleeping strategy launch

14 August, 2018

The Minister for homelessness and rough sleeping has sought to play down the impact that benefits changes may have had on the issue during the launch of a new strategy

Proportion of overseas based landlords halves since 2010

14 August, 2018

But London bucks the trend with a pickup this year

League tables and 'sharper teeth' for regulator in Social Housing Green Paper

14 August, 2018

League tables for housing associations and "sharper teeth" for the sector watchdog are among the new measures outlined in the government's much-delayed Social Housing Green Paper

Government must change course on landlord bashing and Stamp Duty

14 August, 2018

Spicerhaart boss Paul Smith is backing Boris Johnson's calls for Stamp Duty to be cut right across the housing market - and has said that the Government has got its landlord-bashing policies "badly wrong"

Tenancy deposit protection IS working, says head of TDS after Which?

14 August, 2018

The chief executive of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme has hit back at Which? over its suggestions that alternatives would work better

Court case could mean that landlords apply for licensing costs to be refunded

14 August, 2018

A case in the High Court could have major implications for landlords, letting agents and for every single local authority licensing scheme

Should Scotland worry about the right to rent?

13 August, 2018

The announcement from Serco that it will pause plans to evict asylum seeks from their homes in Glasgow has brought the UK government's asylum and immigration policies back into the headlines

Repair and maintenance is a priority for social landlords, but costs are taking a toll

13 August, 2018

Driving ongoing improvement in the quality of Scotland's social housing stock has been a consistent long term ambition of the Scottish Government

Housing Crisis: The Grim Reality For Families On Short-Term Tenancies

13 August, 2018

From a mum forced to move when nine months' pregnant to a chemotherapy patient kicked out at Christmas

'Crippling bedroom tax has left me penniless, starving and buying charity shop clothes' says Hull grandmother

13 August, 2018

Sue Wheeldon feels like she is being punished but says she cannot downsize for the sake of her granddaughter

Third of UK's universal credit claimants hit by deductions from payments

13 August, 2018

Cuts to pay rent and utility bill arrears drive people into poverty, warn campaigners

The Housing Podcast: the supported housing saga

13 August, 2018

The Housing Podcast is a production of Inside Housing magazine

Landlord Fergus Wilson says untrue that he evicted four single mothers

13 August, 2018

High-profile landlord Fergus Wilson has told EYE that it is completely untrue that he has evicted four single mothers with young babies

Renters warned of scam which asks for viewing deposits by fake landlords

13 August, 2018

An extraordinary property scam is apparently gaining ground, whereby prospective tenants are being asked for "viewing deposits" by people who do not own the property in question

Damning new report says that tenancy deposit protection system is broken

13 August, 2018

Renters are struggling to move home because they face weeks of waiting for their deposits to be returned

UK rents don't have to rocket - just look at Berlin

10 August, 2018

It's time to join the fightback in the UK as renters' unions take the battle to the landlords

The Plymouth families forced out of their homes because of the bedroom tax

10 August, 2018

More than 50 families have had to leave their homes because of the bedroom tax and a tougher new benefits cap

Housing associations and sector bodies welcome 'certainty' of supported housing announcement

10 August, 2018

The housing sector has warmly welcomed the government's decision to abandon controversial plans to reform the funding of sheltered housing

The supported housing funding saga: a timeline

10 August, 2018

The government's decision to drop a shake-up of supported housing funding brings an end to uncertainty that's lasted for nearly three years

Landlords raise concerns of EU nationals losing their homes

10 August, 2018

The Residential Landlords Association, representing private landlords, say Brexit could see a wave of EU nationals losing their homes

Landlords' Barometer - #61: Buy-to-let becomes cry-to-let

10 August, 2018

Welcome to another edition of the Landlords Barometer, bringing you the landlord buzz!

Date is set for High Court challenge to Right to Rent

10 August, 2018

Right To Rent is to be challenged in the High Court just before Christmas

Arrears and repossessions fall to an all-time low

10 August, 2018

Arrears and repossessions are at an all-time low since the data began to be collected 24 years ago

All supported housing funding to be retained in welfare system

09 August, 2018

Housing benefit will be kept in place for all those living in supported housing

Funding for supported housing - two consultations

09 August, 2018

This is the full government response to the two joint consultations on the design of the new funding models for the housing costs for supported accommodation

Rents in UK will rise for next five years

09 August, 2018

Rics says falling supply of rental properties and increased demand will lead to 15% rise

Private landlords still quitting sector all over country - RICS urgently calls on Government to review Osborne's reforms

09 August, 2018

Private landlords are continuing to quit the sector all over the country, while tenancy demand continues to rise

'Disappointed' councils miss out on social housing funding

09 August, 2018

'Disappointed' councils across Greater Lincolnshire are set to miss out on a share of £1 billion worth of social housing support after just one authority in the county was deemed eligible to bid for the extra cash

HomeLet Rental Index - July 2018

09 August, 2018

Rents in the UK rose by 1.3% in July compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £937 a month

Housing benefit retained for all in supported housing as grant funding plan ditched

09 August, 2018

All supported housing funding will be covered by the welfare system, ending a plan to fund short-term accommodation through council grants

Supply shortage could push rents up 15%

09 August, 2018

Rents could rise 15% by 2023 as the supply of new rental properties dries up

New HMO rules come into effect in England on 1 October 2018

08 August, 2018

New regulations to bring mandatory licensing to all multi-occupied properties where there are five or more people, forming two or more separate households

The impact of welfare reforms on housing associations

08 August, 2018

Welfare reforms introduced since 2010 in the United Kingdom represent a major challenge for housing associations

Another agent reveals they are refusing to pay easyProperty for licence after five leads went nowhere

08 August, 2018

A second agent has spoken out to say that he is refusing to pay for an easyProperty licence

Landlords call for more energy efficiency measures in PRS

08 August, 2018

Landlords are urging the Government to be more ambitions when it comes to the energy efficiency of rented housing

On universal credit, ministers were wrong to ignore us

08 August, 2018

Former top civil servant says his committee raised genuine concerns about the controversial new benefit that weren't listened to

Jobcentre Staff Told By DWP Not To Record Number Of People They Send To Foodbanks

08 August, 2018

DWP directive masks extent of welfare system's reliance on charities

Landlords call for energy improvements to be made tax-deductible

08 August, 2018

The Residential Landlords Association is calling on the Chancellor to make all energy upgrades to rental property a tax-deductible expense

New rents shoot up to all-time record high in London - and rise across much of UK

08 August, 2018

Average new rents in London have jumped to over £1,600 a month for the first time, and new rents across the whole UK are up by 1.3% on this time a year ago

Private renting is broken. Now's our chance to fix it

07 August, 2018

The government has proposed giving private renters more protections by changing the minimum length of tenancies to three years, and they're running a consultation until 26 August

How have welfare reforms impacted the private rented sector? A review of our research & policy work

07 August, 2018

The PRS has grown significantly in size over the last twenty years and now plays a vital role in providing a home for those on low-incomes and the homeless

easyProperty licensee being chased by debt collection agency says he will not pay up after 'so few leads'

07 August, 2018

An agent who is trying to have his contract with easyProperty rescinded says his small family business will be forced into insolvency if the debt is pursued

Serco halts evictions as housing associations offer support

07 August, 2018

Legal bid halts evictions as third sector housing providers join to offer tenancy agreements

Urgent council home repairs leaves £666,000 hole in finances

07 August, 2018

A new team formed last year to carry out repairs and maintenance on council homes has cost £666,000 more than expected

South West association and house builder agree £28m Section 106 package deal

07 August, 2018

A housing association in the South West has agreed a £28m affordable housing 'package deal' with a house builder

Government urged to change 'unfair' PRS deposit system

07 August, 2018

A new report by Centre for Policy Studies has called on the government to change the system

Bank of England Interest Rate Hike Could Lead to Rent Rises

07 August, 2018

The Bank of England interest rate hike could leave landlords passing on the costs to tenants

Mayor calls for 'watered down' Tenant Fees Bill to go much further

06 August, 2018

London mayor Sadiq Khan has called for the fees ban to go much further than is currently proposed

Hammond urged not to launch "tax attack" on second home owners with new buy-to-let levy

06 August, 2018

Philip Hammond has been warned against hiking levies on buy-to-let properties over fears the move would result in lower revenues for the Treasury

Mayor brands Tenant Fees Bill 'a missed opportunity'

06 August, 2018

Bill must go further to end 'rip-off fees' and extortionate deposits for renters

Civitas Social Housing net asset rise in Q2

06 August, 2018

Civitas Social Housing reported Friday a higher net asset value in the second quarter of the year

Vulnerable children facing 'catastrophe' over crisis-hit councils

06 August, 2018

Vulnerable children cannot get help from some cash-strapped councils

Universal credit flaws leaving families in debt

06 August, 2018

Low-income households being wrongly benefit-capped

Council considers selling off excess homes bought for Grenfell survivors

06 August, 2018

Kensington and Chelsea Council is considering selling off some of the homes it bought for survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire

The Housing Podcast: a brief history of council housing

06 August, 2018

The Housing Podcast is a production of Inside Housing magazine

'Slugs came through the floorboards': what it's like to be a millennial renting in Britain

06 August, 2018

Surveillance cameras, kitchen-cupboard toilets and unscrupulous landlords: for millennials looking for affordable rents in the UK's cities, farcical living conditions are becoming the norM

Soaring rents rose 60% faster than pay since 2011

03 August, 2018

Many English towns out of reach for workers, whose pay rose only 10% in seven years

Report calls for new approach to customer satisfaction in social housing

03 August, 2018

A new report from HACT has called on social housing providers to adopt a different approach to customer satisfaction

'They hadn't eaten all day': food banks tackle holiday hunger

03 August, 2018

Gap in school meals provision means demand spikes during summer just as donations dry up

Food banks appeal for help to feed children during school holidays

03 August, 2018

Trussell Trust raises alarm about shortage of donations

Tory MPs In Leafy Middle England Warned They Could Fall Victim To A 'Rentquake'

03 August, 2018

Research reveals housing crisis has spread far beyond London

Alarm bells for tenants as landlords are either hiking rents or selling up

03 August, 2018

Half of renters are facing a rent increases due to landlords both hiking prices and exiting the market due to tax and legislative changes

Rate rise likely to have minimal impact on housing market

03 August, 2018

Yesterday's rate rise should have little effect on the property market or buyers' intentions

Government updates fire door guidance after doors fail tests

02 August, 2018

A number of fire doors have been found to fall short of expected standards in testing carried out following the Grenfell Tower fire

Benefit cap: number of households capped to May 2018

02 August, 2018

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

CIH hits out at 'unfair' benefit cap

02 August, 2018

Latest figures from the Department of Work and Pensions shows the impact of the benefit cap on families across the country

London temporary housing costs up by half in four years

02 August, 2018

Temporary housing costs in London have risen by half in the past four years

Why we set up our own council housing company

02 August, 2018

Across London there is a desperate need for affordable homes, and this is especially true in Haringey

Landlords in London are embracing Airbnb

02 August, 2018

A new piece of research reveals that landlords are embracing the culture of Airbnb in London rather than letting out properties on more traditional longer term tenancies

'Keyworkers' could pay discount rent in Southwark housing shake-up

02 August, 2018

Council wants to hear your views

Southern councils selling off homes through Right to Buy

02 August, 2018

Social housing in the south of England is being sold off four times as fast as it is being replaced

Charity expresses concern over delay in reversing 'deeply flawed policy'

01 August, 2018

Centrepoint has issued a strongly worded statement as parliament has done nothing to reverse the removal of automatic eligibility of 18-21 year olds housing benefit

North East housing associations announce merger details

01 August, 2018

Coast & Country Housing and Yorkshire Coast Homes have confirmed the two organisations will merge to form a new company, Beyond Housing, in early October 2018

Labour set to include pilot of radical basic income policy in next manifesto

01 August, 2018

The shadow chancellor said: 'I think it's one of those things I think we can get into the next manifesto and see, it's worth a try'

Fire Doors Made By Five Companies Fail Post-Grenfell Safety Tests

01 August, 2018

Products removed from sale as building owners urge to consider removal

Government must act on Universal Credit domestic abuse risk

01 August, 2018

Single payments of Universal Credit to households put people living with domestic abuse at risk of harm

Ministers' plan to research effect of policies on food bank use

01 August, 2018

Ministers want to identify policies or practices that may have contributed to rise in demand for food banks

Housing association judged non-compliant following fire safety failures

01 August, 2018

Knowsley Housing Trust has been downgraded to non-compliant status by the RSH following major fire safety failures "potentially affecting hundreds" of tenants

Breaking the silence: a council insider shines a light on the homelessness crisis

01 August, 2018

Councils have a number of homelessness duties - but their decisions can be difficult to scrutinise

Thousands of teens 'face homelessness' after Tory benefit changes delayed by six months

01 August, 2018

Many young people in Merseyside could suffer because the government has dragged its heels

Our concerns over timetable for moving existing disabled claimants to UC

31 July, 2018

Disability Organisations raise concerns regarding the Government's timetable for moving existing disabled claimants onto Universal Credit

'When these kids say they are starving, they mean it. Having no food in the house is normal for them'

31 July, 2018

Many youngsters who rely on breakfast clubs and school meals during term time don't eat properly during the summer holidays, prompting one youth worker to set up a food bank for struggling kids

Provider wins court case and sets precedent for social housing

31 July, 2018

Case centred on an eviction that ended eight years of anti-social behaviour by a single tenant

Agency networks tie up with tenancy deposit replacement scheme

31 July, 2018

Nick Dunning Associates has partnered with Zoopla-backed Zero Deposit to offer tenants and landlords an alternative to the traditional security deposit

Shadow Housing Secretary Wrong on Scarborough Social Housing

31 July, 2018

Claims by the Shadow Housing Secretary that no social housing has been built in the Scarborough Borough are wrong according to a local Councillor

Borough slammed for dumping vulnerable families in poor accommodation miles from home

31 July, 2018

Vulnerable families have been uprooted and dumped in poor accommodation on the Essex coast

Government to pay thousands to disabled men who had benefits cut

31 July, 2018

DWP was found to have unlawfully discriminated against men who were forced on to universal credit

Housing association borrows £75m from large US investor

30 July, 2018

A giant US investor has signed a £75m loan to a housing association, marking its third deal with the sector

S&P downgrades five large associations' credit ratings

30 July, 2018

S&P has downgraded five large associations' credit ratings over increased sales risk

Former manager at agent escapes jail after stealing over £34,000 of tenants' deposits

30 July, 2018

A trusted ex-manager at an estate agent has escaped jail after stealing over £34,000 of tenants' deposits

Grenfell Tower site to be handed to council despite local anger

30 July, 2018

Borough of Kensington and Chelsea owns site of tower, which is expected to be demolished

This mum's tears show the terrible cost of living in 'nightmare' housing

30 July, 2018

We have mice running around - I think they are coming in through a hole in the wall. At least they are not rats

Call for extra action over council housing arrears

30 July, 2018

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

Nottingham starts Selective Licensing

27 July, 2018

A new licensing scheme, which aims to improve homes and raise standards across Nottingham's private rented sector, comes into force in many areas of the city on 1 August 2018

Campaigners see off Grenfell 'tenancy stripping'

27 July, 2018

Tenants in the shadow of Grenfell Tower faced a council-imposed deadline to either return or relinquish tenancies and pay for their own temporary accommodation

The benefits of using peer support models in shared housing

27 July, 2018

A new report says landlords should seriously consider peer support models in shared housing

Universal Credit 'Wrecking Lives' As Thousands Take Out Emergency Loans

27 July, 2018

70,000 taking out DWP's 'Budgeting Advance'

Private Rented Sector Report - June 2018

27 July, 2018

The number of tenants experiencing rent hikes increased

Housing associations 'require 138,000 more plots of land'

27 July, 2018

Savills calculates amount of extra land associations need to achieve their development ambition

Rental supply hits highest level so far this year

27 July, 2018

Supply of rental properties has hit the highest level so far this year

Sheltered housing residents at Newmarket's Barlings Court 'abandoned' by landlords

26 July, 2018

Residents living in sheltered housing in Newmarket claim they have been abandoned by their landlords since their wardens were made redundant four months ago

Regulator downgrades housing associations over risk management and safety

26 July, 2018

The Regulator of Social Housing has downgraded three housing associations this morning, including two for struggles with managing risk and one for 'electrical safety' issues

Universal Credit will 'inflict pain on Nottingham families'

26 July, 2018

The government says the aim is to simplify the benefits system

PEARL Rental Index: July 2018

26 July, 2018

We have rounded up all of the latest housing statistics, rental index updates, and data on renting from across the sector and compiled them into one easy to digest monthly bulletin

Fire doors which failed tests not third-party accredited

26 July, 2018

Fire doors which have been withdrawn from sale after test failures were not part of a third-party accreditation scheme

New site for self-managing landlords has its membership reviewed by Rightmove

26 July, 2018

A site has been launched for self-managing landlords who specifically want to cut the cost of having a letting agent, while listing on both Rightmove and Zoopla

Social housing used to be a national asset. Let's rebuild that attitude

25 July, 2018

Our commission has revealed the scale of working people who cannot get a home

Housing Benefit: statistics on speed of processing 2017 to 2018

25 July, 2018

Statistics on the average number of days to process a new Housing Benefit claim or a change in circumstance of an existing claimant

Funding application to build more social housing turned down

25 July, 2018

Sheffield City Council has been told that it won't be eligible to borrow more money to provide much needed social housing in Sheffield

Fixed Term Tenancies: Revealing Divergent Views on the Purpose of Social Housing

25 July, 2018

Since 2012, social landlords in England have been permitted to offer fixed term rather than 'lifetime' tenancies to new tenants

Government restores 'social rent' to definition of affordable housing

25 July, 2018

The government has restored the term 'social rent' to the definition of affordable housing in its national planning rulebook after housing and council bodies voiced concerns

Most Grenfell Tower survivors show signs of PTSD

25 July, 2018

Two-thirds of adults involved in the fire believed to need stress disorder treatment

Belvoir franchisees engage with project to help them replace lost income after fees ban

25 July, 2018

A partnership between Belvoir and Let Alliance has resulted in 10,000 rent guarantees - and a trip to New York for those who topped the leader board

Political foes unite over a future for social housing

24 July, 2018

A former Labour leader and former Tory treasury minister together set an example as to how the housing crisis can be tackled

Social housing green paper goes back to September - unless released over recess

24 July, 2018

Fears off a summer 'slip out' after days of speculation over publication come to nothing

Tenancy deposit replacement scheme Reposit explains why it went quiet

24 July, 2018

Reposit, first of the tenancy deposit replacement schemes, has returned to the market - declaring that it never really went away

New housing minister criticises councils over unused borrowing capacity

24 July, 2018

The new housing minister has said he is "at a loss" to understand why councils are not using Housing Revenue Account borrowing headroom

The Peabody Index: Tracking the experiences of London's social housing tenants

24 July, 2018

At Peabody we want to more than help our tenants directly through affordable homes and support services

Could tenancy agreements be next in government's agency clampdown? Which? calls for review of tenant contracts

24 July, 2018

Which? is calling for a review of tenancy agreements used by lettings agents as part of its latest investigation into the sector

Homeless and Working

24 July, 2018

Dispatches goes behind the scenes in two homeless shelters to reveal the growing number of people who are in work but homeless, because they can't afford expensive private rents in a low-wage economy

Further evidence of government failure on Grenfell re-housing

24 July, 2018

MHCLG admits just two households moved out of blocks beside Grenfell Tower have been found permanent accommodation

In work - but out of a home

23 July, 2018

60,852 families are currently homeless in England. But, we don't know much about their lives, and what could be causing them to be unable to find a safe, stable, affordable home

Britain's most controversial landlord due to be prosecuted again after 'evicting' single mums with babies

23 July, 2018

Controversial landlord Fergus Wilson is set to be taken to court by the Equality and Human Rights Commission for a second time

Which? urges private rented sector reform

23 July, 2018

Our report reveals tenants under financial and emotional stress, and a sector facing a critical need for reform

May's housing cash pledge is not enough

23 July, 2018

PM's promise undermined by borrowing controls as social home building hits a new low

Universal credit IT system 'broken'

23 July, 2018

Service centre staff say glitches having harmful effect on huge number of claimants

More than half of temporary accommodation residents in work

23 July, 2018

More than half of families living in temporary accommodation are in work and there has been a 73% increase in the number of working homeless families since 2013

'Shameful': More than 100 council homes in Grenfell Tower borough lying empty

23 July, 2018

Kensington and Chelsea council must 'get a grip' on housing stock, says law centre

NHF calls for housing associations to play larger role in Universal Credit rollout

23 July, 2018

The NHF has called for housing associations to have a larger role in the migration of benefit claimants to Universal Credit

A buy-to-let register by the back door? Councils are introducing landlord licence schemes costing up to £1,000

23 July, 2018

More and more landlords may have to sign up to council licensing

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