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"Bedroom tax" is still hitting Stoke-on-Trent families hard

22 June, 2018

The so-called "bedroom tax" is continuing to hit Stoke-on-Trent hard - with demand for smaller council homes far outstripping supply and families forced into hardship, councillors have said

Sheffield's 'danger flats' risk to tenants' lives

22 June, 2018

Tenants in a part of Sheffield are living in such bad conditions their lives are being put at risk, a council report has warned

Government to consult on RLA housing court plan

22 June, 2018

Plans to establish a new housing court are moving forward, with a Government consultation into plans to be held later this year

Universal Credit and recent welfare changes

22 June, 2018

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has delivered an oral statement setting out the benefits of welfare reform (check against delivery)

Government must 'wake up to universal credit flaws'

22 June, 2018

MPs criticise government for dismissing audit that revealed failings in welfare scheme

SSAC consultation on moving existing claimants onto universal credit

22 June, 2018

The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) is consulting on proposals to move existing claimants in receipt of a working age income-related benefit to Universal Credit

Universal Credit rollout to roll on

22 June, 2018

The Government has no plans for any U-turn, delay or halt in the rollout of universal credit, placing its faith in a flexible business plan and the 'evangelical' zeal of its jobcentre staff

Lenders and brokers 'too quiet' over buy to let changes

22 June, 2018

NLA says just 8% of landlords said their lender had been in touch about the changes, with 16% contacted by their broker

Tenant jailed for illegally subletting house

22 June, 2018

A private tenant occupying a three-bedroom house in north-west London has been jailed after he was caught illegally subletting the property to 35 men.

Online Universal Credit bid 'awful'

22 June, 2018

A woman unable to apply for Universal Credit online said she was left having to ask for food parcels.

Families make 'good, reliable, and long-term tenants'

21 June, 2018

Properties rented to families take up the least amount of property management time when compared to other types of tenants, fresh research by the National Landlords Association (NLA) shows.

Government publishes new licensing changes in bid to protect tenants and announces review of selective licensing

21 June, 2018

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has published new guidelines which aim to protect tenants from poor living conditions.

Landlord fined for renting out bed in shed

21 June, 2018

A landlord has been fined ordered to pay £5,000 for allowing tenants to sleep in an outbuilding in Enfield, north London.

Universal Credit: Online ID demands delaying benefits

21 June, 2018

Demands for passports or driving licences to get new benefits have left some Welsh claimants making "degrading" requests for food to survive, it is being claimed.

JRF responds to IFS report on living standards

21 June, 2018

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) today responded to a new report on living standards conducted by the Institute for Fiscal Studies and funded by the JRF.

Why tenants think their feedback is being ignored

21 June, 2018

The Social Housing Green Paper is set to redress the balance of power between residents and social landlords. Martin Hilditch investigates what tenants would like to happen next

Social care faces a 'dangerous shortfall' of staff, government warned

21 June, 2018

More than 75% of people say they would not like to begin a career in social care, survey finds

The cost of housing for low-income renters

21 June, 2018

The 'affordability' of housing is one of the most prominent domestic public policy issues of the day, and for good reason.

Rise in homelessness applications in Scotland reverses nine-year trend

21 June, 2018

The number of applications for homelessness status in Scotland has gone up for the first time nine years, according to official figures.

New research reveals rental comparison between benefit recipients and families

21 June, 2018

Welfare 'reform' making rental payments from recipients more difficult for landlords to manage.

Universal credit flaws inflict childcare costs on new workers

20 June, 2018

Parents forced to borrow money while waiting for funds, says Save the Children

Tories make disability benefits climbdown as they change reassessment rules - but campaigners warn it's not enough

20 June, 2018

More PIP claimants will be able to wait 10 years for reassessment - but Parkinson's UK branded it "a piecemeal solution for a broken system"

HB Direct newsletters: 2018

20 June, 2018

These HB Direct newsletters for local authority staff provide information that affects Housing Benefit.

Number of people winning PIP benefit appeals hits all-time high - and Tories are told to get a grip

20 June, 2018

Some 14,805 people (71%) had their assessment for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) overturned by a tribunal in the first three months of this year

Momentum improves as there is a rise in both 'to let' and 'let' properties

20 June, 2018

Following a slowdown in rental market activity in April, new letting data from the Agency Express Property Activity Index has revealed nationwide increases in both 'to let' and 'let' properties.

Universal Credit - landlords agree reform is needed

20 June, 2018

The RLA continues to call for the roll out of Universal Credit to be paused in the wake of a report by the National Audit Office.

Government announces selective licensing review

20 June, 2018

The Government has announced a review into the use and effectiveness of selective licensing.

Scam Awareness Month: Top tips for landlords

20 June, 2018

This month is Scams Awareness Month, and the RLA is helping members to protect themselves against being the victim of a scam.

Buck Bill passes Commons committee stage

20 June, 2018

Bill empowering tenants over unsafe homes inches closer towards statute.The Fitness for Human Bill has come through the committee stage of the Commons this morning

'Laudable' licensing changes stifling councils, landlords and tenants alike

20 June, 2018

ARLA Propertymark chief executive ramps up policy criticism as government announces latest PRS regulation.

Social care needs a cash injection now

19 June, 2018

Squeezing council funding in this area is ultimately a false economy

Broken care: Hunt puts social care reform on hold again meaning pensioners face catastrophic bills and spending their savings

19 June, 2018

Another delay to social care reform means pensioners will continue to face crippling bills.

Consultation on 'exciting' housing merger plan launched

19 June, 2018

TORUS' tenants and leaseholders are being asked for their views over proposals to 'amalgamate' the group with Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH).

Urgent action is required to prevent more people dying on the streets

19 June, 2018

New research released today from St Mungo's reveals a dramatic increase in the proportion of people sleeping rough who have died with mental health support needs from 2010 to 2017.

Children in temporary accommodation in Scotland

19 June, 2018

Children in temporary accommodation in Scotland hits 10 year peak

Why won't ministers come clean about the impact of cuts on disabled people?

19 June, 2018

Being hit by the bedroom tax is bad enough, but losing your sickness benefits too is even harder

Universal Credit: information for stakeholders and partners

19 June, 2018

This collection brings together information for stakeholders and partners relating to Universal Credit.

Tory MPs challenge Theresa May to adopt radical housing agenda in bid for younger voters support

19 June, 2018

MPs will tell PM that housing is the 'defining' issue holding back Conservative support from under-40s

New research reveals rental comparison between benefit recipients and families

19 June, 2018

Welfare 'reform' making rental payments from recipients more difficult for landlords to manage.

Wales gets closer to full implementation of Housing First

19 June, 2018

New youth homelessness task group has the future for Housing First in Wales in its remit.

The great leasehold rip off

18 June, 2018

How firms are cashing in on housebuyers with charges that DOUBLE every decade

Legislation alone will not eliminate homelessness

18 June, 2018

Local authorities need government funding to help them make a success of the act recently brought in to prevent and reduce homelessness

Universal Credit risks furthering domestic abuse

18 June, 2018

Campaigners call for new payment arrangements where present payment system 'empowers abusers'.

Rightmove House Price Index

18 June, 2018

The largest monthly sample of residential property prices

Raft of safety flaws listed at Grenfell Tower Inquiry

18 June, 2018

A list of failed safety regulations has been presented to a public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower blaze.

Council 'inaction' leaves renters at risk of revenge evictions

18 June, 2018

Just one in six private tenants living in an unsafe home is getting council protection from a revenge eviction, new figures show.

Deaths of mentally ill rough sleepers in London rise sharply

18 June, 2018

Research finds 80% of rough sleepers who died in capital in 2017 had mental health needs compared with 29% in 2010

'Grenfell' cladding: couple could sue after £600,000 flat now worth £90,000

18 June, 2018

Nerisa Ahmed and husband threaten to sue government agency that helped them buy home

Universal credit: fix this cruel, expensive fiasco

18 June, 2018

Ministers promised it would save money and cut fraud. But welfare reform has failed to deliver - and brought misery to many

Glasgow block blaze shows 'no scope for complacency' over fire safety

18 June, 2018

The SFHA says the fire that ripped through a top floor of a Glasgow tower block on the anniversary of Grenfell was a 'sharp reminder' against any scope for complacency over fire safety in social housing.

Warnings emerge of a 'rental drought' as lettings listings drop amid landlord exodus

15 June, 2018

An exodus of landlords from the buy-to-let market has caused a 12% drop in rental property listings over the past 12 months

Universal Credit has not delivered value for money

15 June, 2018

Universal Credit has not delivered value for money and it is uncertain if it ever will

How Grenfell put the past, present, and future of social housing into focus

15 June, 2018

From Ronan Point to the Ledbury estate, Kieran Yates speaks to tower block residents about living in fear and being neglected by the state

Civitas Social Housing Acquires Seven Properties For GBP5.4 Million

15 June, 2018

Civitas Social Housing PLC said on Thursday it has acquired six specialist supported living properties and one residential care property for GBP5.4 million

Social housing regulator 'constrained' by government before Grenfell

15 June, 2018

The social housing regulator was "constrained" in its ability to investigate residents' fire safety concerns by the direction of travel imposed by government

Disabled men on universal credit discriminated against

15 June, 2018

Both men lost £178 a month on new benefit, leaving them unable to meet basic needs

London boroughs considering establishing temporary accommodation joint company

15 June, 2018

Councils in London are working on plans to establish a joint company to source temporary accommodation for homeless households

Living standards continue to stagnate as cuts to benefits outweigh gains from the National Living Wage

15 June, 2018

New research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies shows the introduction of the National Living Wage has resulted in fast wage growth for low-paid workers

Consultation response: Selective licensing proposal

14 June, 2018

Consultation response: Selective licensing proposal

The biggest ever survey of fire risk assessments has revealed widespread safety problems

14 June, 2018

Inside Housing has obtained and analysed risk assessments for 1,584 tower blocks

Social landlords have shown leadership following Grenfell and the government must back them

14 June, 2018

A year on from the Grenfell Tower fire, Sadiq Khan gives his message to the social housing sector

Grenfell housing: Finding a new home

14 June, 2018

In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire a year ago, a series of promises were made to the survivors, especially concerning rehousing. Have they been delivered?

My Universal Credit diary

14 June, 2018

I spent today in bed. I need to save my food parcel for the kids as I only get the size designed for a single person.

Universal Credit introduced in first Belfast areas

14 June, 2018

Universal Credit will begin in the first areas of Belfast from Wednesday 13 June

Where do we stand a year after the Grenfell Tower fire?

14 June, 2018

From rehousing and trauma to inquiries and cladding, how much has changed?

Listening to tenants could help prevent a second Grenfell disaster and we must start now

13 June, 2018

The Hackitt Review called for a "national culture of engagement" with tenants

Rise in rental costs drive up guarantor numbers

13 June, 2018

The latest figures from Countrywide have shown that there has been a surge in the number of students and young professionals applying for a UK guarantor to secure accommodation

A year of reporting on the Grenfell Tower fire and its far-reaching consequences for social housing

13 June, 2018

The fire at Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017 led to the deaths of 72 people and was a profound shock to the whole country

Landlords again urged to make sure residential tower blocks are safe a year on from Grenfell fire

13 June, 2018

Housing Secretary James Brokenshire has again urged private sector landlords to step up and make sure homes are safe in tower blocks one year on from the Grenfell fire

Social Housing Green Paper expected in next six weeks

13 June, 2018

The government's Social Housing Green Paper will be published within the next six weeks

It's war - council on the attack over To Let boards

13 June, 2018

Letting agents and landlords will have to win planning consent to erect To Let signs in student areas of Leicester from next month

Fury as housing associations redevelop and sell affordable homes

13 June, 2018

With many Grenfell Tower survivors still displaced a year after the fire that killed 72 people, figures reveal millions being made from selloffs

Tenancy fees ban in Wales takes step closer with new Bill

13 June, 2018

Letting agents and landlords in Wales are set to be banned from charging tenants fees

Two million tenants likely to be clobbered by rent hikes as landlords face further costs

12 June, 2018

Two million tenants across the UK could be hit with rent rises totalling £46m a month, as 40% of landlords say they will increase rents in 2018

Tenants hit out at cost of rent and fees - and poor communication from agents and landlords

12 June, 2018

Rental costs remain the key concern for tenants in the PRS but increasing numbers have worries about fees and communication with their lettings agent

Grenfell one year on

12 June, 2018

Statement by the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

Just look at housing to see the true cost of privatisation

12 June, 2018

Right to buy has been a success for landlords but a disaster for those most in need of a home

Letting agent fees for tenants in Wales face ban under new law

12 June, 2018

Landlords and letting agents could be banned from charging fees to private rental tenants in Wales under plans for a new law

Rehousing Grenfell Survivors

12 June, 2018

Since the Grenfell Tower fire of 14/15th June 2017, North Kensington Law Centre has provided free legal advice to around 250 households from Grenfell Tower

Huge rise in agents' insurance claims as ambulance chasers help tenants win deposit money

11 June, 2018

There has been a huge increase in the number of claims agents are making on their professional indemnity insurance about tenancy deposits

Landlords' Barometer - #59: There are Leavers and Remainers in the private landlord sector

11 June, 2018

Welcome to another edition of the Landlords Barometer, bringing you a round-up of trending topics for landlords from the Property Tribes forum

RTB replacements 'all but eliminated' in five years

11 June, 2018

Homes built to replace those sold through the Right to Buy could be "almost eliminated" in five years time unless the policy is reformed

More than a million on social housing waiting lists

11 June, 2018

Grandfather and commercial engineer Freddy Emmanuel has been on the waiting list for social housing for 18 years

Southwark Council questions Wandle housing association over purchase of faulty buildings

11 June, 2018

Southwark Council's planning committee questioned affordable housing association Wandle over the purchse of faulty buildings

Police 'fail to act' as tenants are illegally thrown out

11 June, 2018

Officers wrongly treat threats and violence by landlords as a civil matter

Landlords should not panic after Metropolitan was taken to court over harassment claims

11 June, 2018

Metropolitan Housing Trust recently lost an appeal against a damages claim brought by two tenants

In a wheelchair and want your benefits? You'll need to take the stairs

11 June, 2018

Sending disabled people to inaccessible centres causes pain and distress. Worse, it leads to them being denied benefits

Regulator talks tenant voice and landlord self-assurance at national tenant conference

11 June, 2018

Tenant voice and landlord self-assurance were the focus of the Regulator's opening session at the Tenant Information Service national conference

The DWP just quietly revealed the staggering scale of misery caused by Universal Credit

11 June, 2018

The DWP has quietly revealed the extent to which Universal Credit is throwing claimants into arrears, debt, and poverty

Grenfell: One year on

08 June, 2018

It's been a year since 72 people tragically lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower Fire

Universal Credit full service claimant survey

08 June, 2018

This report presents findings from a telephone survey of Universal Credit full service claimants

Councils spend near £500m on temporary accommodation

08 June, 2018

FoI responses expose eye-watering sums spent by sample councils alone on temporary accommodation over the past year

Private sector rents in UK up 2% in year to May 2018

08 June, 2018

Rents in the UK's private rented sector increased by 2% in the 12 months to May 2018 to an average of £919 per month

Push back to full roll out of Universal Credit

08 June, 2018

Government needs time to implement changes to the 'reform'

DWP silence over new PIP backdating call

08 June, 2018

Work and pensions secretary Esther McVey has refused to say how many disabled claimants are likely to receive backdated benefit payments

Housing association under investigation over fire safety concerns

08 June, 2018

The housing regulator has launched an investigation into a Merseyside landlord after fire safety concerns were raised

Monitoring the private rented sector in Northern Ireland is essential if we are to prevent rising homelessness

08 June, 2018

The social sector in Northern Ireland does not have the resources to meet the needs of all those who are homeless or in housing stress

A very brief history of council housing

08 June, 2018

The story of Britain's council estates begins in Shoreditch

Universal credit tips poor into hardship

07 June, 2018

Joseph Rowntree Foundation says cuts, debts and housing costs push poor over the edge

Tenant Fees Bill Committee: Increased costs to landlords will hit vulnerable tenants

07 June, 2018

Earlier this week, Richard Lambert gave evidence in Parliament to the MPs' Tenant Fees Bill Committee on the impact of the proposed bill on landlords

Universal Credit: understanding its impact on the labour market

07 June, 2018

This document sets out how the Department for Work and Pensions will examine evidence for how Universal Credit is working in the labour market

Universal Credit programme full Business Case summary

07 June, 2018

Provides a summary of the Universal Credit full Business Case

Government faces high court challenge over 'right to rent' scheme

07 June, 2018

Campaigners win permission to fight landlords' immigration checks on prospective tenants

Nearly 4 million UK adults forced to use food banks

07 June, 2018

One in 14 Britons has used a food bank amid 'shocking' levels of deprivation

Labour seeks law change to reduce maximum deposit landlords can charge renters

07 June, 2018

New parliamentary motion seeks to reduce cap from six weeks' rent to three weeks' rent

'Absurd' £1,100 monthly rent for tiny flat leads to calls for reform

07 June, 2018

Renters despair at "converted utility cupboard" in Hampstead

Temporary accommodation in Scotland: where are we now, and where do we go from here?

07 June, 2018

What is the state of play for temporary accommodation in Scotland?

The 'poverty' of Grenfell lay in how tenants and residents were treated

06 June, 2018

Inquiry hears of lack of concern shown by local and central government, contractors predisposed against regulations and red-tape and society as a whole

Crowdfunding platform enters social housing sector

06 June, 2018

A crowdfunding investment platform has entered the social housing sector with plans to finance a scheme in Liverpool

MPs urge home secretary to review 'right to rent' policy

06 June, 2018

Cross-party group says there has been no assessment of impact of immigration scheme

Benefit sanctions failing to treat claimants with dignity

06 June, 2018

The current system of benefit sanctions is failing to treat claimants with dignity and respect and causing severe hardship for some of the most vulnerable people in society

Drugs gangs 'exploited bedroom tax' to use homes of vulnerable tenants for crimes

06 June, 2018

Legitimate housing provision in the form of good quality housing association accommodation is a "critical resource" for supporting vulnerable tenants at risk of being exploited from serious organised crime

Universal Credit hits single parents

06 June, 2018

One Parent Families Scotland has called for a re-think after seeing a surge in calls about benefits

The changing benefits system in the UK and Scotland

06 June, 2018

The ways in which people receive welfare benefits are changing across the UK as the Westminster government continues to roll out its new benefits system and Scotland gains control of some social security powers

HB Direct issue 184

05 June, 2018

These HB Direct newsletters for local authority staff provide information that affects Housing Benefit

Union warns that businesses will face staff shortages if pay doesn't keep up with rising rents

05 June, 2018

Employers need to pay higher wages to help staff as rents are growing at almost double the rate of pay

Private Rented Sector Report - April 2018

05 June, 2018

A record number of landlords were selling their BTLs in April

Khan calls for tenant to be national commissioner for social housing

05 June, 2018

Mayor of London says social housing residents' voices must be heard in corridors of power

Grandmother and girl, 4, face homelessness after being denied Universal Credit - because she was born in America

05 June, 2018

Gwendolyn Banks was born in America but moved to England with her parents at the age of five

MP backs 'fantastic' tenant training scheme

05 June, 2018

House2Home offers training in a range of tenancy matters from sourcing affordable furnishing to accessing rent statements online

Prime London Letting Index

05 June, 2018

This report analyses the performance of single-unit rental properties in the second-hand prime central and prime outer London markets between £250 and £5,000+ week

Legal challenge to Right to Rent due in High Court this week

04 June, 2018

A legal challenge to Right to Rent is due to be heard in the High Court this week

Grenfell survivor blames landlord's 'cancerous' decisions for disaster

04 June, 2018

In his first newspaper interview, Edward Daffarn explains how his repeated safety warnings were ignored

Places for People targets UK private rented sector with £300m joint venture

04 June, 2018

Places for People has entered into a £330m joint venture with USS to acquire a range of private rented residential assets

99% of councils feel LHA cap restricts young people's access to housing

04 June, 2018

Councils feel their efforts to help young homeless people are being hampered by welfare reforms

Legal challenge says 'right to rent' rules discriminate against non-UK nationals

04 June, 2018

The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants argues that status checks make landlords favour those with British passports

Universal credit changes will bar 2.6 million children from free school meals

04 June, 2018

Eligibility changes mean 1.1 million children receive free school meals but 2.6 million would be entitled by 2022 if they had been kept the same

Do you live in shoddy housing that costs a fortune? Time to join the renters' union

04 June, 2018

Faced with soaring rents and mouldy rooms, Bristol's angry tenants have formed the Acorn renters' union

Councils warn Homelessness Reduction Act hampered by welfare restrictions

04 June, 2018

New survey shows nearly all 119 councils responding think the level of housing benefit for young people isn't enough for PRS

Single parents suffering from Universal misery

04 June, 2018

The Universal Credit scheme has hit lone carers disproportionately

Letting agents report record numbers of landlords heading for the exit

01 June, 2018

A record number of landlords are now exiting the market

Pilot scheme launches to enable letting agents to contact emergency contractors 24/7

01 June, 2018

Repairs reporting software company Fixflo has announced a joint pilot scheme with AXA Partners, a home emergency specialist with an in-house managed network of contractors

Buy-to-let lending tumbles by almost half since introduction of Stamp Duty surcharge

01 June, 2018

Buy-to-let lending is down 47% on levels before the introduction of the 3% Stamp Duty surcharge levied on the purchase of additional properties

New homes for displaced Ledbury tenants 'unaffordable'

01 June, 2018

Ledbury campaigners have also said new homes offered to tenants who wanted to leave the Peckham estate were 'unaffordable'

Revealed: the London boroughs topping the tables for getting rid of council homes

01 June, 2018

Figures have revealed the extent of the loss of council housing across London between 2016 and 2017

Piloting the Right to Buy extension

01 June, 2018

With the Right to Buy extension pilot due to land this summer, Nathaniel Barker unpicks two sticking points

UK: Rights Of Access For Housing Associations

01 June, 2018

Sometimes, housing associations have rights of access over land owned by others

Homelessness expected to rise once universal credit arrives in Guildford

01 June, 2018

A borough council report says the welfare reform presents "major risks" ahead of its introduction in Guildford in October

Bromley universal credit: Concerns raised over looming roll out

31 May, 2018

There are "concerns" about how the roll-out of a new benefits system will hit the most vulnerable in Bromley

Large Scottish housing associations offer to 'flip' tenancies to tackle temporary accommodation delays

31 May, 2018

Large housing associations around Glasgow have offered to work with the local council to immediately switch temporary accommodation tenancies to permanent ones in an effort to tackle the problem of families stuck in insecure housing

Landlord says it has saved tenants £3m after scrapping (and returning) deposits a year ago

31 May, 2018

A large landlord which decided to scrap deposits a year ago says the move has saved its tenants close to £3m

Less than half of £4.8bn Right to Buy receipts used for replacement housing

31 May, 2018

Less than half the £4.8bn raised through selling off council housing at giant discounts since 2012 has gone to replacement housing

Council welfare assistance schemes failing those in crisis

31 May, 2018

As Universal Credit rolls out, new report says need for coordinated, consistent support is "increasingly urgent"

Social housing boards at growing risk over independence and conflicts of interest

31 May, 2018

The shape of the sector is changing rapidly as new operating and funding models emerge and existing structures mature

The housing association helping fathers play a positive role

31 May, 2018

Why did a Welsh housing association set out to help local dads?

Treasury defends tax changes for landlords as petition sails past 14,000 signatures

30 May, 2018

A petition calling on the reintroduction of full mortgage interest relief for landlords and the abolition of the 3% Stamp Duty surcharge has attracted over 14,000 signatures

Landlord of housing 'hell-hole' made more than £2m profit in one year

30 May, 2018

The owner of a controversial housing development 'hell-hole' in Mitcham made almost £2.5 million profit in just one year

Brokenshire dodges Right to Buy question

30 May, 2018

Housing secretary James Brokenshire has refused to disclose how much councils have been required to pay back to the Treasury in RTB receipts

London losing 'thousands' of social rented homes

30 May, 2018

Latest housing stock stats said to show the capital going backwards for the first time in three years

The hostile environment: what social landlords need to know

30 May, 2018

Some people have been wrongly told they're not eligible for social housing - it's essential that staff are aware of the rules

Call to let councils compete with private sector over housebuilding

30 May, 2018

Survey shows just 2% of councils in England say new development in their area meets policy requirements for affordable housing

Meeting the 2020 Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing is going to require a major push over the next two years

30 May, 2018

The Scottish Government is currently consulting on a future strategy to further improve the energy efficiency of Scotland's social housing stock beyond 2020

Transforming temporary accommodation

29 May, 2018

Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group recommendations

MPs are warned that use of unregulated tenancy deposit replacements could spark new mis-selling scandal

29 May, 2018

MPs who are considering alternatives to tenancy deposits have been warned of the dangers of a major mis-selling scandal that could emerge months or even years down the line

1.75m private renters believe they will never buy a house

29 May, 2018

Number of households not expecting to buy has grown by 50% under Tories

The devastating impact the bedroom tax is still having in Teesside - five years on

29 May, 2018

The policy was a flagship of the coalition government, but new figures show how many on Teesside have lost out

Government on housing: 'Our priorities have not changed'

29 May, 2018

Government has hit back at claims that it has dropped key pledges from its housing policy

Housing association loses appeal in tenant harassment case

29 May, 2018

A large housing association has lost a Court of Appeal challenge to a finding that it unlawfully harassed two tenants

Huge rise in number of desperate Dundee households seeking help after benefit reforms

29 May, 2018

The number of hard-pressed Dundonians who have had to seek emergency help from the council has increased more than tenfold since controversial benefit changes were introduced

Social landlord and support service merge

29 May, 2018

A Ceredigion social landlord and a support service have announced that they have merged voluntarily

Scottish Housing Market

25 May, 2018

Figures from UK Finance shows that BTL lending for purchases has fallen 8.8% in February compared to the previous year

The disability system is blocking people like Jaki from their benefits

25 May, 2018

Those most in need are being refused benefits because their disability means they can't physically get to their assessment

Strategies to sustain tenancies

25 May, 2018

Support to sustain tenancies is increasingly important for tenants and landlords

Government turned down an offer to test the RTB in a rural area

25 May, 2018

A housing association offered to run a test of how the Right to Buy extension would work in rural areas as part of the regional pilot but was rebuffed by government

Regulator investigates 'sham transactions' association following pressure from councils

25 May, 2018

The regulator has launched an investigation into a housing association previously accused of "sham transactions" by a London council

1,000-home threshold for Right to Buy extension pilot

25 May, 2018

Housing associations with fewer than 1,000 homes will not be asked to take part in the Midlands pilot of the Right to Buy extension

Government reveals how landlords can avoid minimum energy efficiency measures

25 May, 2018

The Government has unveiled guidance on how landlords can get exemptions to new rules on minimum energy efficiency on rental properties

Number of agents will 'undoubtedly' fall as legislative changes and fees ban bite

25 May, 2018

The number of agencies will 'undoubtedly' fall because of legislative changes and the tenant fees ban

Private rented sector loses 46,000 homes as landlord-bashing tax clampdowns kick in

25 May, 2018

There were 23.9m dwellings in England at March 31, 2017, the latest official figures show, with a fall in the number of private rented sector homes

Changes in the Private Rented Sector

25 May, 2018

Since 1 December 2017, all new tenancies in the Private Rented Sector have been private residential tenancies

Housing Benefit subsidy initial pre-audit final claims: Apr 2017 to Mar 2018

24 May, 2018

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

PEARL Rental Index - May 2018

24 May, 2018

Rental price growth weakening for Great Britain, with the latest rental index showing rents had increased by 1.0% in the 12 months to April 2018, down from 1.1% in March 2018

England and Wales Rental Tracker

24 May, 2018

South West sees fastest rising rents

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, Great Britain: April 2018

24 May, 2018

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

Cladding ban plan in Wales after Grenfell Tower fire

24 May, 2018

Plans to ban inflammable cladding on high-rise buildings in Wales will go out to public consultation

The need for better data in social housing

24 May, 2018

Data sharing and new technologies are offering great benefits for the social housing sector

Government moves closer to flammable cladding ban

24 May, 2018

PMQs hears Theresa May defend consultation over a ban as a legal obligation

Average rents up by just £1 but growth still outpaces inflation

24 May, 2018

The south west was the fastest growing rental market in England and Wales last month as rent rises stumbled but remain above the rate of inflation

Letting agents in Scotland reminded they will be criminals if they do not register within six months

24 May, 2018

Letting agents in Scotland have been sent a crucial reminder by the Government - that in less than six months' time, it will be a criminal offence to do letting agency work without having applied to join the SLAR

May 2018: Touchbase edition 127

23 May, 2018

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

HB G5/2018

23 May, 2018

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit (HB) staff

Flood of homes for sale as landlords quit buy to let

23 May, 2018

Up to 380,000 landlords are thinking about selling rental property in the next 12 months

Final findings: Social Housing (fixed-term tenancies)

23 May, 2018

Social housing has been argued to be a key arena for various forms of conditionality aimed at regulating the conduct of low-income populations

Final findings: Homelessness

23 May, 2018

Homeless people have been affected by the increased use of enforcement measures and associated penalties that aim to combat rough sleeping and problematic 'street culture' activities

Scottish councils spend £59.2m on housing payments

23 May, 2018

Councils in Scotland made 122,660 emergency housing benefit payments to tenants in 2017/18

All London boroughs signed up to rogue landlord checker

23 May, 2018

Some 2.4 million renters across the capital can now check their prospective landlord and agent and report rogue practices online

The battle to sustain tenancies

23 May, 2018

Welfare reforms have made affording the rent much trickier for some tenants

Homes built with government Growth Deal funding will be subject to the Right to Buy

23 May, 2018

Councils with Growth Deal funding from the government will be expected to make any affordable housing they build subject to the Right to Buy, including homes constructed through their privately owned companies

Student entrepreneur refocuses review site to concentrate on 'future of tenancy referencing'

23 May, 2018

A business started by a university student aimed at providing a review site of landlords and agents has changed its business model to concentrate on tenant referencing

Final Findings: Welfare Conditionality project (2013-2018)

22 May, 2018

Report which summarises the final findings of the Welfare Conditionality project (2013-2018).

Universal Credit and students

22 May, 2018

Guidance on claiming Universal Credit if you're a student

Abolition of tenancy fees charged by agents gets another step closer: But can ban get more draconian?

22 May, 2018

The second reading of the Tenant Fees Bill took place in the House of Commons yesterday evening

Buy-to-let property no longer a good punt, say more than half of investors

22 May, 2018

Over half of UK investors no longer see property as a good investment

Benefit sanctions found to be ineffective and damaging

22 May, 2018

Study concludes that punishing claimants triggers profoundly negative outcomes

Government drops scheme to stop people being wrongly stripped of their benefits because it is a 'burden'

22 May, 2018

'Yellow card' reform was intended to prevent benefits being removed for trivial reasons - inflicting hunger and homelessness on vulnerable people

Households in Temporary Accommodation Rise by 60%

22 May, 2018

78,930 households were placed in temporary accommodation at the end of 2017

Yorkshire and Humber now identified as the BTL hotspot

22 May, 2018

It is discovered that landlords owning property in the Yorkshire and Humberside region are set to purchase more buy-to-let property in the next five years than any other region

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

21 May, 2018

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

Landlords selling up due to tax changes could benefit first time buyers

21 May, 2018

A significant number of homes suitable for first time buyers could flood the UK market in the coming year as new research suggests hundreds of thousands of landlords are looking to sell up

James Carthew: I hope Horizon revives faith in social housing

21 May, 2018

HZN real estate investment trust is the latest launch in the burgeoning social housing sub-sector

Raab commits to ban of combustible cladding

21 May, 2018

Housing minister Dominic Raab committed to a ban of combustible cladding products last night, ahead of a government consultation on the issue which will run until July

2018 Annual Review of Social Housing

21 May, 2018

Welcome to the latest Beever and Struthers' review of social housing

Fury at claim a quarter of Bristol landlords considering quitting and selling up because of 'problem tenants'

21 May, 2018

They cite 'damage' and tenants not paying the rent - but their claims are 'offensive' according to tenants

DWP Housing Partnership backs scheme to keep tenants in homes

21 May, 2018

Dorset's biggest private landlord is backing a government-funded scheme that aims to prevent tenants losing their homes

The lost homes of Hull's council estates and streets - and how losing them changed everything

21 May, 2018

From tower blocks to maisonettes, we take a look at the housing areas that have disappeared

Plymouth Community Homes helps new tenants find health and wellbeing

21 May, 2018

The organisation's New Home, New You project is brightening the futures of new residents

Housing Matters podcast: Housing associations' work to tackle domestic abuse

21 May, 2018

In this episode, we talk about domestic abuse and the positive difference housing associations can make

Council rent arrears soars for Dundee tenants on Universal Credit

21 May, 2018

Social rent arrears run up by Dundee council tenants on Universal Credit have doubled since the start of the year

The DPS Rent Index

18 May, 2018

Average rent across the UK during the first quarter of 2018 was £772

Scottish Housing Market

18 May, 2018

Building on strong social housing delivery figures GCC have signed an agreement with GHA & Keepmoat Homes for the delivery +900 homes at the Sighthill TRA

Getting worse: complaints to TPO about letting agents soar 11%

18 May, 2018

The actual number of complaints received by the Ombudsman, Katrine Sporle, increased by three per cent to 3,658

8,000 win appeals over benefit cuts across Wales in 2017

18 May, 2018

Three-quarters of disabled people who challenged a decision to stop or reduce their main benefit were successful in Wales last year

Councils' use of arm's-length organisations

18 May, 2018

The use of ALEOs by Scottish local authorities has reduced costs and improved standards of care issues of governance and accountability can still exist

The Unaffordable Private Rented Sector: Why it's time to thaw the LHA freeze

18 May, 2018

Last week, the Scottish Government published its third report into the impact of welfare reform

Calls for stronger rent controls to help tenants struggling under universal credit regime

18 May, 2018

Campaigners say rent controls would help renters struggling under universal credit regime

West Midlands associations seek Right to Buy solutions ahead of pilot

18 May, 2018

West Midlands housing associations are working to devise a workable method of transferring Right to Buy discounts between homes

DWP sanctions claimants 'by any means necessary'

18 May, 2018

A disabled campaigner has told MPs how she was thrown out of a shelter and forced to sleep in her college library after she was unfairly sanctioned by the DWP

Grenfell-style cladding could be banned on tower blocks

18 May, 2018

Housing secretary announces consultation on ban on combustible material

Repairs and maintenance spend tracker: what did your association do in 2016/17?

18 May, 2018

How have associations in England reacted to the 1% annual rent cut?

Fees ban Bill to be heard on Monday

18 May, 2018

The second reading of the Tenant Fees Bill is due to be heard on Monday

New boss of Martin & Co hits out at deposit replacement schemes, saying they will cost tenants more

18 May, 2018

The new managing director of Martin & Co has hit out at 'zero' tenancy deposit schemes

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

17 May, 2018

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

Shelter Parliamentary Briefing: Second Reading of Tenant Fees Bill

17 May, 2018

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness - and we campaign to prevent it in the first place

Universal Credit process too complex for applicants

17 May, 2018

Rejected applications are blamed on an overly complicated process

Mortgage and Landlord Possession Statistics in England and Wales, January to March 2018 (Provisional)

17 May, 2018

All mortgage possession actions remain within a range consistent with volumes across the previous two years

Housing association secures £50m funding line for almost 1,500 homes

17 May, 2018

A West Midlands social housing provider is set to build 1,400 homes across the region in the next two years after securing a £50m funding package

Falls in mortgage lending across entire market including first-time buyers, home movers and buy-to-let

17 May, 2018

The value of mortgages lent to first-time buyers increased slightly amid a fall in approvals across the whole of the market

Concern over plan to drop social rent from official definition of affordable housing

17 May, 2018

Trade bodies for housing associations and councils have voiced concerns over a proposal to change the definition of 'affordable housing' in a new draft version of government planning policy

'We are getting better', says Teesside's biggest landlord after criticism

17 May, 2018

Thirteen Group came under fire for failing to link with councillors and not meeting previous standards

Understanding what tenant engagement means

17 May, 2018

The Welsh social housing regulator is looking closely at social landlords' tenant involvement

The true extent of Bristol's housing crisis: Council home wait list numbers and times revealed

17 May, 2018

There are more than 11,000 families waiting for just a handful of empty properties

HB A6/2018

16 May, 2018

Housing Benefit operational information, performance support and engagement 2018-19

Aberdeen City Council spends £23,000 per day on temporary accommodation

16 May, 2018

Aberdeen City Council is paying out more than £23,000 per day to put up residents in temporary accommodation

'Pension mountain' needed by older tenants

16 May, 2018

Tenants who will still be paying rent when they retire will need a pension pot of up to £445,000 to avoid falling living standards

Making The Connection Between Social Housing And Economic Growth

16 May, 2018

Social housing is often viewed as a burden on the public purse

Universal Credit: Benefit 'flaw' penalises Derry mother

16 May, 2018

A mother from Londonderry has received no benefits for seven weeks due to the roll out of a new Universal Credit process in Northern Ireland

Ronan Point 50 years on: are tenants being listened to on safety?

16 May, 2018

On the 50th anniversary of the collapse of Ronan Point, tower block safety campaigner Frances Clarke questions whether Dame Judith Hackitt is really listening to tenants

Grenfell Tower: lives remembered, but fire safety lessons still not learned

16 May, 2018

David P Sugden says the construction industry cannot be trusted to improve standards

Partnership to help landlords find trusted builders

16 May, 2018

New partnership between the Residential Landlords Association and the National Federation of Builders, set up to give landlords confidence they are hiring reputable firms

Benefit sanctions statistics to January 2018

15 May, 2018

Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit sanctions, data to January 2018

Housing Benefit caseload statistics

15 May, 2018

Statistics on numbers of Housing Benefit claimants

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 12 April 2018

15 May, 2018

These experimental statistics cover numbers of claims made, starts and people on Universal Credit to 12 April 2018

Club charging monthly fees to members says it is not an agent letting to tenants

15 May, 2018

A membership club that rents rooms out is charging its members fees. However, it has hit back at claims in a national newspaper story and says it has found a new concept

New rent-to-rent business reveals plans to shake up online lettings sector

15 May, 2018

A new business which says it will shake up the online lettings sector has announced long-term plans to become the sector's largest international brand

Petition launches urging Government to reverse tax clampdowns on buy-to-let sector

15 May, 2018

A petition has been launched on the Government website demanding the reintroduction of full mortgage interest relief for private landlords, and the dropping of the 3% Stamp Duty surcharge when additional properties are bought

Grenfell rally demands urgent removal of flammable cladding

15 May, 2018

Protesters express continued distrust of the authorities as MPs debate terms of public inquiry

Funding for social housing is 'nuts' top developer says

15 May, 2018

Roger Madelin believes government should directly fund the building of affordable homes - backed by higher corporation tax

Housing association raises hoarding issues

15 May, 2018

One association wants to help lose the stigma around the condition

London's lack of housing supply is pushing rents up by five per cent annually

15 May, 2018

London's property prices are dropping, but a lack of housing is pushing rents up five per cent a year

Broadband and Sky TV supplier to letting sector signs deal with tenancy referencing firm

15 May, 2018

Home Telecom, a specialist broadband supplier to the letting sector, acquired by Spark Energy, has signed a major partnership agreement with property services company Let Alliance

Now Wales looks set to introduce fees ban legislation 'imminently'

14 May, 2018

A draft Bill to introduce a fees ban in Wales looks set to be published imminently

Private renting in some areas 'completely unaffordable'

14 May, 2018

Private renting has become "completely unaffordable" in some areas of Scotland

There's no such thing as a 'for-profit' housing association (and anyone who says different is wrong)

14 May, 2018

A number of organisations have appeared, calling themselves 'housing associations' but with business models completely contrary to the core values of housing associations - this is extremely dangerous

Complex rules for universal credit see one in five claims fail

14 May, 2018

Thousands feared to be out of pocket after applications turned down for 'non-compliance with the process'

Top government housing official links welfare reform as 'relevant' to rising homelessness

14 May, 2018

Further blow to the credibility of homelessness minister Heather Wheeler, who rules out welfare reform and cuts as a cause

RLA calls for 'comprehensive review' of PRS capacity

14 May, 2018

Sector now housing tenants in categories it was "never intended or structured to do"

The Housing Podcast: are we too hard on private landlords?

14 May, 2018

We talk to David Smith from the Residential Landlords Association about the private rented sector

Scottish Government could be hit with £1m charge to improve welfare payments

14 May, 2018

The Scottish Government could be hit with a £1 million bill for making it easier for claimants to budget with Universal Credit welfare payments

Scottish HA uses wearable technology to detect tenants at risk of falls

14 May, 2018

A Scottish housing association has become the first to offer tenants wearable technology that can predict the risk of them suffering falls by monitoring vital signs

Housing benefit bill set to double as renters get older

14 May, 2018

Taxpayers are facing a multibillion-pound bill to support renters in retirement because the proportion of middle-aged workers who do not own a home has doubled in a decade

The rise of middle-aged renters exposes empty Tory promises

14 May, 2018

Policies like right to buy have boosted housing insecurity, not reduced it

I live in a five-bedroom council house which I don't need, yet I'm not allowed to swap with an overcrowded family

14 May, 2018

No one should be forced to move just because their circumstances have changed, but many tenants would like to downsize to escape the effects of the bedroom tax yet are unable to do so, because of draconian regulations on 'under-occupation'

Charedi housing group facing discrimination legal challenge

11 May, 2018

A leading Jewish housing association is being taken to court over its policy of providing homes only for Orthodox Jews

Disabled people in housing crisis

11 May, 2018

Disabled people have been left frustrated and trapped by a chronic shortage of suitable housing

Number of middle-aged renters doubles in a decade

11 May, 2018

Forty-somethings are now almost twice as likely to be renting from a private landlord than they were 10 years ago

Mortgage arrears at record low in Q1 2018

11 May, 2018

There were 78,800 homeowner mortgages in arrears of 2.5 per cent or more of the outstanding balance in the first quarter of 2018

The 37% - food banks, the housing crisis and London's child poverty epidemic

11 May, 2018

I don't tell her. I don't tell her but she's starting to feel that we're poor

Energy efficiency in social housing

11 May, 2018

£3.5m fund to help social landlords

Criminals banned from renting out homes in Glasgow

11 May, 2018

Glasgow City Council has banned six people with convictions for serious crimes from operating as landlords in the city

Reality Check: How much do we spend on rent?

11 May, 2018

In the UK, people are renting for longer periods of time, as buying a property has become more expensive and wages have struggled to keep up

Universal credit rules risk 'crushing' self-employed and startups

11 May, 2018

Committee of MPs says benefit 'designed with little regard' for sixth of UK workforce

Secure Tenancies Bill passes third reading amid concerns over Universal Credit

11 May, 2018

Opposition amendments aiming to ease financial pressure on women fleeing violent partners are voted down

Tenant who left behind jar of peanut butter charged £3 'default fee' for its removal

10 May, 2018

So-called 'default' fees are allowing landlords and agents to charge outgoing tenants for petty acts such as leaving a jar of peanut butter in a cupboard

Government urged to hold parliamentary debate on minimum room sizes

10 May, 2018

Letting agent groups are warning that the private rental sector is set to lose vital stock as the Government presses ahead with plans for minimum room sizes for Houses in Multiple Occupation

Planning deregulation reduces the ability of councils to secure affordable homes

10 May, 2018

New report finds 63% of UK councils now describe their need for affordable homes as 'severe'

Associations respond to rent cut with 'impressive' margins

10 May, 2018

Housing associations have boosted their core margins since the rent cut was introduced

'I have sleepless nights': the looming mental health crisis facing generation rent

10 May, 2018

One in three millennials will never own their own home, and renters can be evicted with just two months' notice

Welsh housing associations back in the private sector

10 May, 2018

The Welsh Assembly has unanimously passed its Regulation of Social Landlords Bill

HomeLet Rental Index - April 2018

09 May, 2018

Rents in the UK rose by 1.5% in April

The rise and fall of council housing

09 May, 2018

In an extract from his new book, historian John Boughton explains how council housing became 'welfarised'

More action needed to protect renters against unfair evictions

09 May, 2018

Many renters in the private rented sector put up with unacceptable conditions in their homes because they are too afraid of being evicted to speak out

TV poll shows frontline DWP staff want Universal Credit roll-out paused

09 May, 2018

"Universal Credit, it's just taken my life, ripped it apart and flushed it down the toilet"

Leasing council homes to charities

09 May, 2018

Bristol council homes earmarked to be sold off have instead been handed over to charities, to house refugees and other vulnerable groups

Government official reveals HRA £1bn can be used with Right to Buy receipts

09 May, 2018

Councils will be able to blend funding from the government's £1bn HRA borrowing programme with grant and Right to Buy receipts

MP warns domestic abuse victims face huge rent arrears on Universal Credit

09 May, 2018

Victims of domestic violence who claim Universal Credit can find themselves in thousands of pounds of rent arrears if their abuser leaves their home and the payment is split

Conservative stock transfer councils keen to set up HRAs

09 May, 2018

Labour launched a social housing policy document which pledged to "help councils that have transferred all their housing stock to a housing association establish a Housing Revenue Account and get building"

Landlords' Barometer - #58: Is buy-to-let dead?

08 May, 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of the Landlords Barometer

New rents edge up - with London prices now 108% higher than rest of the UK

08 May, 2018

Average newly agreed rents climbed to £918 a month in April, up 1.5% from the £904 a month recorded in April last year

Council sitting on £3.7m of unspent affordable housing cash

08 May, 2018

More than £3million of cash given to the council from developers that do not build enough affordable housing has not been spent

Thirty years on from the 1988 Housing Act, the private rented sector is out of control

08 May, 2018

In 1988, Margaret Thatcher's government introduced the Housing Act in a bid to expand the private rented sector in the United Kingdom

Challenging tenants forcing landlords in Manchester to sell

08 May, 2018

One in three landlords in Manchester are considering selling their rental properties due to problem tenants

London tenants spending £300 million a year on repairs landlords fail to carry out

08 May, 2018

London renters are spending almost £300 million a year on repairs their landlords failed to carry out

Faifley rat problem costing housing association thousands

08 May, 2018

Thousands of pounds have been spent tackling a "rat problem" in Faifley caused by residents dumping rubbish in the wrong bins - or in no bin at all

The Housing Podcast: Peabody's new approach to rents

08 May, 2018

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

LIN member report May 2018 - Welfare Reform A Round-Up Post 2015

08 May, 2018

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

HB U1/2018

04 May, 2018

Urgent information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Universal Credit and prison leavers

04 May, 2018

Information for prison leavers, work coaches and probation officers about Universal Credit

Fears of landlord 'loophole' in Tenant Fees Bill

04 May, 2018

Generation Rent sees scope for landlords to include unfair clauses in tenancy agreements

Tenant fee ban could cost my firm £10m a year in lost revenue - so has the Government got its figures wrong?

04 May, 2018

The impact over a full year would see a loss of revenue of £10m

Client Money Protection to be compulsory for all letting agents in England from next April

04 May, 2018

Compulsory Client Money Protection will be the law from next April 1

Social housing provider responds to concerns over apartments plan - which has no affordable housing

04 May, 2018

A social housing provider has responded to concerns over its involvement in plans for 144 town centre apartments - which do not contain any affordable housing units

HBF reports big rise in social housing units approved

04 May, 2018

"There is still a long way to go, but this feels like a breakthrough moment in the years following the housing white paper"

RLA sounds its own warning over Tenant Fees Bill

04 May, 2018

Ministers told there is greater and earlier impact in using existing powers to improve the transparency of fees charged by agents

Tenants 'fundamental to the running of ALMOs'

04 May, 2018

As the NFA holds its annual conference, member bodies showcase their commitment to tenants being at the heart of the business models

Will one third of millennials rent for their entire lives?

04 May, 2018

Up to a third of millennials 'face renting their entire life'

Benefit cap: number of households capped to February 2018

03 May, 2018

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

Benefit cap leading to "working role-models in families": Esther McVey

03 May, 2018

New figures released today show that 48,000 households have moved into work after being subject to the benefit cap

Housing associations Right to Buy pilot 'will not charge local authorities'

03 May, 2018

MHCLG confirms the pilot will be fully funded from government

Housing associations will mitigate rent cuts with a range of cost savings

03 May, 2018

New report says savings on the likes of repairs and maintenance and jobs should be "significant" to soak some 70% of revenue lost

Tenant fees ban to cost agents up to £4bn plus job losses and closures

03 May, 2018

The tenant fees ban will cost agents anywhere between £1bn and £4bn over the first ten years

Furious landlord makes his tax protest clear by placing billboard on busy main road

03 May, 2018

An infuriated landlord has put up a large billboard in a prominent street location to protest about Section 24

Rip-off debts soar as rent-to-own, catalogue credit and doorstep lending surge after payday loan crackdown

03 May, 2018

Debts from catalogue credit, doorstep lending and rent-to-own have all more than doubled in recent years even as regulators cracked down on payday loans

ARLA Propertymark attacks introduction of Tenant Fees Bill

03 May, 2018

"We do not believe the Bill will achieve its aims - tenants will end up worse off"

Restricting the use of B&Bs and unsupported hostels in Scotland could save £29m in public funds this year

02 May, 2018

Moving all homeless people out of unsuitable temporary accommodation, such as bed and breakfasts or unsupported hostels, after seven days could save £29m in public money this year alone

HB S10/2018

02 May, 2018

Payment for the Verify Earnings and Pension Alerts service 2018

New law lets tenants claim back their rent

02 May, 2018

A change in housing law that lets tenants claim back up to a year's rent if a landlord has committed a housing offence is gaining popularity after a year on the statute book

'Non-committal committal' over release of social housing Green Paper

02 May, 2018

Commons told the Green Paper will be published "in the next few months"

Major association's 'bold' move to cut rents praised by sector

02 May, 2018

A major association's "bold" move to cut its rents has been praised by sector leaders, with some landlords revealing they are looking at their own rent policies

Increasing rent arrears and rising homelessness causing concerns across the north of Scotland

02 May, 2018

Increasing rent arrears and homelessness across Ross & Cromarty gave local councillors cause for concern at yesterday's Highland Council area meeting in Dingwall

Peabody plans to stop charging affordable rent

02 May, 2018

Peabody will freeze or cut rents on "thousands" of its affordable rented homes while converting market rent tenancies to social rents

Gobsmacked tenants in Salford high-rises just got a cleaning bill for their 'self-cleaning' windows

02 May, 2018

Housing association City West installed 'the world's first self-cleaning windows' on a string of blocks across Eccles - but now they've got grubby

Why we are freezing or cutting rents on thousands of homes

02 May, 2018

Peabody has embarked on a process to make its rents fairer

Sheffield housing association fined over 'dangerous, substandard' properties

02 May, 2018

A Sheffield housing association has been fined after four of its properties were found to be dangerous and substandard

One-week limit on temporary accommodation could save £29m

02 May, 2018

Scottish councils could save £29m this year if they moved all single people out of unsuitable temporary accommodation after a week

Let's create the future of social housing together

02 May, 2018

Many people across Scotland face struggles just to get through each day, which means that they can't think about or plan for their futures

Rent freedom day finally draws near after 86 working days

01 May, 2018

A year's rent takes up all the net pay earned by full-time workers until now - the first week of May

Municipal Dreams: The Rise and Fall of Council Housing

01 May, 2018

John Boughton traces the vexed history of social housing in this timely, persuasive study

Social Housing IPOs: Horizon tries after Fundamentum fails

01 May, 2018

Fundamentum Property has pulled the flotation of its Supported Housing fund after failing to convince investors to back the high yielding REIT

Rent pause pays off for provider

01 May, 2018

Debt relief scheme praised for innovative approach to housing costs and mental health

Young or old, we private renters are being locked out of our dream homes

01 May, 2018

Millennials are not the only ones in overpriced housing. Baby boomers are among the landlords' victims too

New Guidance Published for Landlords on Right to Rent Checks on Undocumented Commonwealth Citizens

01 May, 2018

In a change to government policy, the Home Office have released a statement acknowledging that "some people who have lived in the UK for most of their lives are having difficulty providing the necessary evidence of their status"

Rising rent arrears a major risk to building new affordable homes

01 May, 2018

Fife families are struggling to pay their rent due to universal credit, posing a threat to construction of affordable housing in the region

The rentquake will punish the Tories at the ballot box

01 May, 2018

The effects of our broken housing system are felt most strongly in London

Rent costs full-time workers every penny earned until May

30 April, 2018

A year's rent takes up every penny earned by full-time workers until the first week of May

'Baby boomer' tenants forced to take 'drastic' measures to pay rent

30 April, 2018

Almost half of private renters aged 50 and over have taken 'drastic' measures to combat rising rent costs

What it's really like living in a council house in Bransholme

30 April, 2018

From rats in their homes to dodgy doors and living weeks without a bathroom, residents have had their say

Private landlords rake in £1.6m for temporary homeless flats

30 April, 2018

Private landlords have earned more than £1.6m for providing temporary homeless accommodation in Glasgow over the last five years

Social housing is not just a safety net for the few

30 April, 2018

With more and more people made homeless or forced to pay excessive rents, the charity Shelter is investigating how to help them

The Observer view on the government's punitive and repugnant benefits policy

30 April, 2018

From immigration to disability, the Conservatives have sought to draw a line between the deserving and undeserving

Windrush shows it's easy to fall foul of Right to Rent

27 April, 2018

As the stories from people affected by the Windrush scandal continue to emerge, the government's 'hostile environment' strategy faces growing scrutiny

Scottish Monthly Rent Analysis Q1 2017-Q1 2018

27 April, 2018

Scottish average rises 1.6% to £780 per month

Scotland - Rental Tracker

27 April, 2018

Stability in Scottish rental market in March

Rogue landlord sentenced to six months in prison for unlawful evictions

27 April, 2018

An Oxford landlord with a history of criminal and non-compliant behaviour was given a six-month custodial sentence for a series of housing offences at Oxford Magistrate's Court on 25 April 2018

Hertsmere Borough Council can now fine landlords up to £30,000

27 April, 2018

Landlords could be be fined thousands of pounds after the council introduced tough new measures

Councils spend millions using Right to Buy flats as temporary accommodation

27 April, 2018

Town halls are spending millions of pounds a year renting ex-council flats from private landlords to provide accommodation for homeless households

Government rushes out new advice on Right to Rent - but is it any help at all?

27 April, 2018

The Government has issued updated guidance about letting property to 'Windrush' people - long-term residents of the UK but who do not have documents to demonstrate their status

Tenants making more use of rent repayment orders than local councils in first year of new powers

27 April, 2018

Tenants have made more applications for rent repayment orders against their landlord than local authorities in the first year of new powers that allow renters to initiate RROs

Make buy-to-let fairer and more professional

26 April, 2018

Landlords can expect more protection against rogue letting and management agents who run off with their money or charge rip-off fees

Personal Independence Payment customer journey films

26 April, 2018

DWP has published 5 short videos to help give people an overview of the process of claiming Personal Independence Payment

Funding supported housing for all

26 April, 2018

Specialised Supported Housing for people with a learning disability

Public attitudes to social housing in Wales: Report for the Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru

26 April, 2018

This work has been commissioned by the Tyfu Tai Cymru project which is a 5-year policy project seeking to provide insightful analysis and address gaps in evidence to inform current and future housing policy

A tinted view: negative media portrayals of social housing

26 April, 2018

Since Grenfell, serious questions have been asked about the way social housing is portrayed by the media and politicians

Labour local branch pledges limit on Right to Buy rents

26 April, 2018

Southwark's Labour Party has promised to force future leaseholders of Right to Buy flats to charge affordable rents when letting their property

Housing association warns cladding costs will impact capital projects

26 April, 2018

A South West housing association has warned it cannot meet the cost of removing dangerous cladding from its tower blocks without serious knock-on effects to its new build and refurbishment programmes

Tenants to leave Rugby tower blocks over fire safety fears

26 April, 2018

All tenants from two Warwickshire tower blocks are to be moved from their homes over serious fire safety concerns

Landlords trying to make up for their tax losses with rent hikes

26 April, 2018

The number of tenants experiencing rent hikes has hit a six month high

Average rents fall across the UK for first time in six years, suggesting this is more than a correction

26 April, 2018

Average rents in the UK decreased for the first time since 2012 during the first quarter of 2018

Housing Benefit: statistics on speed of processing 2017 to 2018

25 April, 2018

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

England and Wales Rental Tracker

25 April, 2018

East Midlands leads rental market in England and Wales

Government-backed REIT on track to own more than 6,000 homes

25 April, 2018

The private rented sector REIT, backed by the government, is on track to own more than 6,000 homes across the country

'We will work with you': Andy Burnham urges private landlords to get on board with GM's housing plans

25 April, 2018

Andy Burnham told a disgruntled crowd of private landlords and property professionals that he wants to work with them to develop the region's housing strategy at a conference in Manchester today

Even social housing is unaffordable now in some parts of England

25 April, 2018

Councils are under pressure as homelessness grows and housing options dwindle

Enough squabbling over supply versus demand. Let's build the social housing that Britain needs

25 April, 2018

In the long fight to fix the housing market, it's Supply versus Demand

Scottish Welfare Fund Statistics: Update to 31 December 2017

25 April, 2018

More than 285,000 households in financial difficulty have received welfare assistance from the Scottish Government over the past five years

Glasgow landlords facing restrictions on power to increase rent

25 April, 2018

Restrictions on how much a landlord can increase rent by are on the cards for Glasgow

Going green could make your buy-to-let more appealing to tenants

25 April, 2018

When choosing a rental property 42% of tenants consider whether a building is eco-friendly

End of year foodbank stats

24 April, 2018

Between 1st April 2017 and 31st March 2018, The Trussell Trust's foodbank network distributed 1,332,952 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis

"Benefit levels must keep pace with rising cost of essentials" as record increase in foodbank figures is revealed

24 April, 2018

For the first time, new national data highlights the growing proportion of foodbank referrals due to benefit levels not covering the costs of essentials

More than half of PIP decisions overturned

24 April, 2018

Over 8,000 Scots were successful in appeals against disability benefit decisions

Why food banks must never become the norm

24 April, 2018

The new Trussell Trust chief executive on the food bank charity's alarming 'success', and partnering with Asda

Councils Urged To Reveal Full Figures Of Unspent Affordable Homes Cash

24 April, 2018

HuffPost UK revealed at least £375million is yet to be spent

Number of zero-hours contracts in UK rose by 100,000 in 2017

24 April, 2018

Employment contracts without a minimum number of guaranteed hours increased to 1.8m

This is the impact of universal credit

23 April, 2018

The number of people on universal credit is set to double this year

Letting agents in Scotland where fees are banned are 'continuing to charge tenants'

23 April, 2018

A group of tenants in Scotland is alleging that agents in Glasgow are breaking the law by continuing to charge fees to tenants, six years after the ban

Housing associations' 'diminished role' limiting social housing development

23 April, 2018

Cuts to grant for housing associations has "diminished their role" and limited their ability to develop social housing at scale

Councils Have Failed To Spend £375m Earmarked To Ease The Housing Crisis

23 April, 2018

The council responsible for Grenfell is sitting on £21million

A third of landlords with just one buy-to-let are considering selling up - but bigger landlords want to invest more

23 April, 2018

Tax hit on buy-to-let is taking its toll on both new purchases and existing owners

Ministers urged to go further in disability benefits reform after major review

23 April, 2018

The Government has committed to making recordings of Personal Independence Payment assessments a standard part of the process

High demand sees Northern Ireland rents rise faster than UK average

23 April, 2018

The average monthly rent in Northern Ireland has risen by more than the UK average to £629

HB G4/2018

20 April, 2018

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Why Right to Rent should be suspended at once after Windrush fiasco

20 April, 2018

Agents have been among the enforcers of the Government's 'hostile environment' policy which has led to the Windrush scandal

Landlords becoming more professional as 'amateurs' turn away from buy-to-let

20 April, 2018

Almost a third of amateur landlords are looking to sell up while those with bigger portfolios are still feeling positive

Housing associations are at the heart of Labour's social housing plans - as they should be

20 April, 2018

The Labour Party's social housing green paper is a clear indicator of the party's determination to tackle the housing crisis

Calls for improved electrical safety standards in PRS

20 April, 2018

Charity reports that homes in the private rented sector are most at risk from electrical fires

Landlords struggling with regulation changes

20 April, 2018

Survey sheds light on the scale of the challenge that landlords say they face in coping with compliance

Rogue landlord ordered to pay ground-breaking fine

20 April, 2018

Thirty-five offences related to lack of HMO licences and breaches of the HMO management regulations

Bedroom tax delay leads to concerns over Scottish benefits devolution

20 April, 2018

Scottish ministers have raised concerns over delays to the handover of welfare powers to Holyrood

Municipal Dreams by John Boughton review - the rise and fall of council housing

20 April, 2018

An important and timely book, in the wake of Grenfell Tower, which emphasises how public investment enriches lives

More landlords in the UK voted to stay in the EU than leave

20 April, 2018

More than half of landlords in the UK voted to remain in the European Union and are more likely to see Brexit as a threat than an opportunity

Rogue landlords

19 April, 2018

The government could do more to protect tenants from rogue landlords

Split universal credit payments between partners to curb abuse

19 April, 2018

Experts tell MPs single household payments make it easier for domestic abusers to seize and regulate family income

PEARL Rental Index - April 2018

19 April, 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 bulletin

Labour proposes scrapping affordable rent in social housing review

19 April, 2018

Labour has proposed scrapping the affordable rent tenure in its social housing review

Criminal landlords should have their properties confiscated

19 April, 2018

Criminal landlords should have their properties confiscated

House to home: giving social housing tenants a place to call home

19 April, 2018

A case for the provision of basic decoration and floor covering in social housing, along with access to furniture packages

Social sharing: expansion of shared housing in the social sector

19 April, 2018

A case for social landlords to expand their provision of shared accommodation using conversion of existing homes

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, Great Britain: March 2018

19 April, 2018

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

Michael McDonnell, Choice, on Rethinking Social Housing

18 April, 2018

Northern Ireland's housing associations must reconsider their purpose in a changing world

The Property Ombudsman warns that agents will still have duty of care for tenants' complaints after fee ban

18 April, 2018

The Property Ombudsman has warned that letting agents must not forget about their duty to tenants once the fee ban comes in

Government slates tenant fee ban for early next year but not before April 2019

18 April, 2018

The Government is aiming to introduce the tenant fee ban early next year but it is unlikely to be before April 2019

Think tank calls for rent caps as it warns of 'cradle to grave' renters

18 April, 2018

A think tank has called for rent controls, saying that rises should be limited to the Consumer Prices Index of inflation

Government urged to focus on improving conditions in the PRS

18 April, 2018

The government must focus on urgently improve dangerous housing across the country after new figures revealed that thousands of private tenants are at risk of death in their properties

London council to set up housing association for Right to Buy funds

18 April, 2018

Enfield Council is set to establish a housing association to spend funds it receives from council tenants exercising their Right to Buy

Consultation launched in Scotland on making landlord registration more robust

18 April, 2018

A consultation is underway in Scotland about making private sector landlord registration more robust by expanding the information provided by applicants

Universal Support

17 April, 2018

Universal Credit claimants can get help to make a claim and manage their payments of Universal Credit. This help is called Universal Support

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 8 March 2018

17 April, 2018

Official experimental statistics including the number of people on Universal Credit, starts and claims

Westminster investigating ALMO for ex-council buy-back practices

17 April, 2018

Westminster Council's trading standards team is investigating its own ALMO for the second time in six months

Dartford councillors claim KCC cuts putting strain on sheltered housing for 550 over 55s

17 April, 2018

Borough councillors have claimed cuts made by their counterparts at Kent County Council are putting sheltered housing services for 550 people at risk

2,000 social housing units for Belfast this year, but supply can't meet demand

17 April, 2018

NIHE'S Head of Place Shaping for Belfast, stressed that while they are potentially delivering around 2,000 homes this year, the demand is "significantly higher" than the reality of what they can supply

Child poverty: Fears welfare changes could hit 50,000

17 April, 2018

Efforts to tackle child poverty and low incomes in Wales are being "damaged" by UK government welfare and tax reforms

Countrywide plc Monthly Lettings Index - April 2018

17 April, 2018

In the last 12 months 9,523 landlords who re-mortgaged their buy-to-let withdrew money for home improvements

Landlords 'doing up' rather than 'trading up'

16 April, 2018

Landlords are choosing to invest in their existing properties rather than take on the extra transaction costs of adding to their portfolios

Hundreds Of Thousands Put Up With Unsafe Homes For Fear Of Eviction

16 April, 2018

About 250,000 renters are living in sub-standard properties

Family had to live in hotels for three years after landlord accidentally let out their home

16 April, 2018

A mum and her two children had to live in hotels and temporary housing for three years after their landlord accidentally let their home to other people

Seven Boroughs Account For Nearly Half Of London's Social Housing Waitlist

16 April, 2018

Seven of London's boroughs make up for nearly half (49.5% to be exact) of London's social housing waiting list

Welfare reforms 'exacerbating' youth homelessness

16 April, 2018

Changes to benefits and lack of affordable housing accounts for half of young homeless people

Social housing fraudster caught illegally sub-letting Islington flat

16 April, 2018

A social housing fraudster has been found guilty of illegally sub-letting a home in Islington

Disabled people lose legal aid in 99% of benefits disputes

16 April, 2018

Official figures show that cuts have caused a massive drop in claimants granted help for welfare battles

McVey faces further SFHA calls for Universal Credit pause

16 April, 2018

Delaying system changes to allow bedroom tax to be abolished at source until at least May 2020 will be "fraught with difficulty"

Private let costs in Scotland have risen faster than workers' wages

16 April, 2018

The cost of private rented accommodation in Scotland is rising faster than workers' wages

Fixing the broken Right to Buy replacements machine

16 April, 2018

Last month, the government finally fell behind on its pledge to replace additional Right to Buy homes sold on a 'one-for-one' basis

MPs launch yet another benefit sanctions inquiry

13 April, 2018

The Work and Pensions Committee has launched an inquiry into benefit sanctions

'Modest' rise in UK rental prices over first quarter of 2018

13 April, 2018

Rents up by 0.9% in the last twelve months - an average monthly increase of £3 per property

English landlords increasingly seeking buy-to-lets in Scotland

13 April, 2018

Landlords living in England are increasingly looking north of the border for buy-to-lets

HomeLet Rental Index - March 2018

13 April, 2018

Rents in the UK rose by 0.9% in March compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £912 a month

Scotland sees 430% increase in English landlords

13 April, 2018

And the trend continues - registrations already 226% up on last year

Huge 'reverse' gender pay gap at Scotland's largest housing association

13 April, 2018

Scotland's largest housing association has a huge "reverse" gender pay gap which sees its female staff earn 46% more than their male colleagues

Thousands of Newcastle households are still losing money every week due to bedroom tax

13 April, 2018

Latest figures show the average yearly loss of income per household in Newcastle is £751.19 due to bedroom tax

More than £30k in rent paid for 'unsafe' illegal HMO

13 April, 2018

Hunt now on for owner of the rundown three-bedroom property raided this morning

HB A5/2018

12 April, 2018

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

The Homelessness Monitor: England 2018

12 April, 2018

This annual report funded by Crisis and JRF analyses the impact of economic and policy developments on homelessness

Universal credit 'flaws' mean thousands will be worse off

12 April, 2018

Analysis shows that self-employed workers could receive less over a year than employees in "traditional" jobs who earn the same amount

Cardiff's first council houses in a generation set to be ready this winter

12 April, 2018

Some 600 council houses for rent or assisted purchase are being built

Woman forced to sleep on camp bed for three years waiting for council house

12 April, 2018

Christine Goode and her elderly mother have been sharing a one-bedroom bungalow for three years

Sorry! Housing association apologises to mum over flooded flat

12 April, 2018

A housing association has apologised to a mum-of-two after it failed to promptly deal with urgent repairs after her boiler blew up and flat flooded, leaving her without a cooker or heating

Thousands will have to travel to Halifax as Huddersfield sickness benefit centre shuts

12 April, 2018

Crown House earmarked for closure as part of Department for Work and Pensions shake-up

Housing association tenant wrongly charged nearly £3,000 after 'admin error'

12 April, 2018

Social housing company Torus admitted errors were made with tenant direct debits

UK buy-to-let mortgages riskier than before crisis

12 April, 2018

Buy-to-let mortgages in Britain, especially those issued recently, are more risky than loan deals signed before the 2008 financial crisis

LIN member report April 2018 - Landlords and the Courts

12 April, 2018

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

Rent boost for millions of claimants moving onto Universal Credit

11 April, 2018

People in receipt of Housing Benefit will receive an extra 2 weeks' support with their rent when they move onto Universal Credit from 11 April 2018

Extra rent support for new Universal Credit claimants

11 April, 2018

Esther McVey said the additional support was being made available to allow people to "adjust" from fortnightly to monthly payments

Housing associations overcome challenges to exceed building targets

11 April, 2018

Northern Ireland's housing associations have once again surpassed building targets despite challenging economic conditions and political uncertainty

New Ballymena social housing homes released

11 April, 2018

Social housing provider Choice Housing has completed the first phase of an £8.5m scheme in Ballymena

Housing association tenant's appeal for 'right to buy' property dismissed

11 April, 2018

A housing association tenant whose application to purchase her home under "right to buy" legislation was refused has had her appeal against the decision dismissed

Fight fair when challenging housing associations

11 April, 2018

David Bookbinder reacts to "personal" criticism of housing associations

Landlords in the North of England hit by voids more than in rest of the country

11 April, 2018

More landlords with property in the North of England experienced a void period in the past three months than in any other UK region

Hackney Council Approves Additional & Selective Licensing Schemes

10 April, 2018

Landlords with property in Hackney should now be aware that Hackney Council have approved a five year selective licensing pilot scheme of all non-HMOs

Six leading landlords exceed average gender pay gap

10 April, 2018

More than a quarter of the top 20 housing associations by stock owned have reported gender pay gaps larger than the national average

2,000 take part in CIH social housing research project

10 April, 2018

More than 2,000 people have taken part in the CIH project to gather research for the upcoming Social Housing Green Paper

Landlords remain confident about BTL

10 April, 2018

Almost two-fifths of landlords are feeling positive about the future of the rental market, and are thinking about buying more properties to rent in the future

The government is taking action to protect private renters (part 2)

10 April, 2018

This is the second post in a two-part blog exploring how the government is taking action to improve protections for private renters

Performance of the Attendance Allowance Unit and Disability Living Allowance 65+: Apr 2017 to Mar 2018

10 April, 2018

Performance of the Attendance Allowance Unit and Disability Living Allowance 65+ against customer service targets for complaints and compliments

More support for disabled people plus other welfare and pension reforms start in April

10 April, 2018

A number of welfare reforms have come into effect from April 2018

How one Norfolk council has cut its housing waiting list by 95%

10 April, 2018

Allowing staff to think creatively about people's needs is a risk, but it's paid off in Great Yarmouth

Number of buy-to-let landlords soared to new high in 2016

09 April, 2018

The number of buy-to-let investors in the UK hit a record high of 2.5m in the latest tax year for which the information is available

Ministers told to expect backlash as millions lose out from universal credit

09 April, 2018

Senior government adviser warns of effect of cuts to welfare budget

Home Office accused of turning 'blind eye to discrimination' in housing immigration crackdown

09 April, 2018

Fury after ministers quietly throw out an inspector's call to act on fears that 'Right to Rent' scheme is triggering 'racial discrimination, exploitation and homelessness'

Westminster delays Holyrood action against bedroom tax

09 April, 2018

Tory backsliding will stop the Scottish Government from scrapping the controversial bedroom tax until at least May 2020

Fundamentum launch tests appetite for social housing

09 April, 2018

Investor appetite for high-yielding social housing funds faces a new test today as plans are unveiled to launch the sector's fourth Reit in 18 months

Housing market: Number of buy-to-let landlords reaches record high despite tax hike

09 April, 2018

Government has introduced 3% Stamp Duty levy, new stress tests for home loans, and ended mortgage interest tax relief

Remove two-child benefit cap

09 April, 2018

Sixty Church of England bishops along with leaders of other religious groups, are urging ministers to rethink the two-child benefits cap

Will Labour win the next election thanks to the private rental sector?

09 April, 2018

A new analysis by campaigning housing organisation Shelter claims the changes within the private rental sector could indirectly lose the next election for the Conservatives and win it for Labour

Criminal landlord database 'could fail' if not open to tenants

09 April, 2018

Generation Rent calls for "proper naming and shaming" as database goes live

Channel 5's new social housing programming

09 April, 2018

Channel 5 have started a new series of films about social housing, and from the outset it feels like this might be a bit of a challenge

Fife Council steps up homelessness and temporary accommodation measures

09 April, 2018

Councillors in Fife have discussed moves to protect some of the council's most vulnerable tenants

The Government is taking action to protect private renters (part 1)

06 April, 2018

The Government's drive to improve private renting has got a spring in its step

Housing Benefit subsidy guidance manual 2017 to 2018

06 April, 2018

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

Database of rogue landlords and property agents under the Housing and Planning Act 2016

06 April, 2018

Guidance for local housing authorities on the database of rogue landlords and property agents

Councils encouraged to make public when agents and landlords are banned

06 April, 2018

Letting agents who are banned should be named and shamed

Councils call for Right to Buy flexibility after Raab criticism

06 April, 2018

The councils with the largest deficits between Right to Buy sales and replacements have blamed the government's lack of flexibility for the gap

Housing associations promise action following gender pay reports

06 April, 2018

Major housing associations are revealed to have gender pay gaps of more than 25%

New banning orders part of fresh crackdown on rogue landlords

06 April, 2018

Landlords guilty of a range of housing and immigration offences will be added to a new national database

Green party pledge to 'protect' social housing

06 April, 2018

Promise comes as part of its local election launch

Renters Surge Among Under 45s Could Throw Tories Out Of Office

06 April, 2018

The number of renters and mortgage payers could be equal by the next election

Leicester council planning to buy back 'Right to Buy' homes

06 April, 2018

It has earmarked £440k for re-acquiring homes it used to own

Council launches crackdown on town's rogue landlords, but housing union thinks it will fail

05 April, 2018

North Somerset Council has vowed to crack down on rogue landlords in Weston-super-Mare after a report revealed the town has the 'worst housing conditions' in North Somerset

'My fight to change attitudes towards social housing tenants'

05 April, 2018

Claire Hughes tackles some of the misconceptions faced by social housing tenants

Benefits mistakes affect more than 8,000 in NI

05 April, 2018

Mistakes in paying sickness benefits are likely to have affected more than 8,000 claimants in Northern Ireland

Tenants outside of London spend over half of disposable income on rent

05 April, 2018

And in London almost 89% of disposable income is spent on rent - now standing at an average of £1,879 per month

Social housing company plans £150m float

05 April, 2018

A property company that invests in social housing is planning to launch a £150m float on the London Stock Exchange next month

Gender Pay Gap in the Social Housing Sector

05 April, 2018

The Gender Pay Gap reporting deadline was 4th April, so we've compiled tables for Housing Associations and Local Authorities

Rogue lettings agent database to launch tomorrow, but ARLA is questioning the point of it

05 April, 2018

A database of rogue lettings agents and landlords goes live tomorrow but there is concern at how effective it will be, given that it won't be made public

Bad tenants and rogue landlords - plus an agent expelled by the Ombudsman

05 April, 2018

A new property series launches tonight on Channel 5, Bad Tenants, Rogue Landlords. Judging from its title, you might think that agents wouldn't be featured - but you'd be wrong

Sweeping rent controls set to be introduced via Private Member's Bill in Scotland

04 April, 2018

The Scottish Labour party is planning to introduce a 'Mary Barbour' law which, if passed, will bring in strict rent controls

Landlords' Barometer - #57: Taxing times for the private rented sector

04 April, 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of the Landlords Barometer

Government admits falling behind on Right to Buy replacement pledges

04 April, 2018

The Government has admitted falling short on its commitment to replace council housing units sold under the Right to Buy scheme

Social housing REIT shares fall amid market uncertainty

04 April, 2018

Shares in social housing investment funds have fallen and investor interest waned, as markets react to trouble at a housing association which has deals with several trusts

Should council-owned land be used to solve Gloucestershire's social housing crisis?

04 April, 2018

There are 14,000 families on the waiting list

Housing associations are skewing satisfaction rates

04 April, 2018

Tommy Lusk, housing campaigner, says tenant satisfaction surveys published by housing associations hide more than they reveal

Cheltenham bus attacks: 'we'll evict people behaving anti-socially' say housing bosses

04 April, 2018

New crack-down planned in response to incidents on town's troubled Springbank estate

Buy-to-Let Index Quarterly Report

04 April, 2018

With special feature 'House price growth slowdown'

Top 10 regular Colchester claims number one spot

Funding for Supported Housing

04 April, 2018

Response to Two Consultations

Supported housing helps some of our country's most vulnerable people to lead independent lives in the community

New crackdown - including possible criminal sanctions - on letting and managing agents announced

03 April, 2018

With bizarre timing the Government released an Easter parade of three important new updates relating to the private rented sector

Discretionary housing payments: Councils criticised for unspent money

03 April, 2018

Three councils have been criticised for handing back money intended for people who are struggling to pay their rent

Government U-turns on 18-21s housing benefit cut

03 April, 2018

The government has U-turned on a controversial policy to scrap housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds under Universal Credit

Returns on buy-to-let rose in all regions of the UK except London last year - and this map shows where the biggest gains were

03 April, 2018

Landlords have seen returns rise across the UK outside of London in spite of warnings that profits have been hit by recent tax changes

Government will consult on Right to Buy flexibility after breaking pledge

03 April, 2018

The government will consult on "greater flexibility" for councils to use Right to Buy receipts, but remains committed to the policy despite breaking its pledge on replacing homes

Welfare payments that are 'lifelines' for people being 'hacked away'

03 April, 2018

New figures show more than £300m axed from funds that serve as 'safety net' for poor claimants

New crackdown on rogue agents to protect renters and leasehold homeowners

03 April, 2018

Private rented and leasehold sectors will receive stronger protection from unfair rogue letting and managing agents thanks to new government proposals

Social Housing Update:Written statement - HCWS614

03 April, 2018

Nearly 2 million households have been helped to realise aspirations to own their homes through the Right to Buy since 1980

Call for tax deductible PRS energy efficiency improvements

03 April, 2018

Such a policy seen as supporting landlords to go beyond what is required to bring properties up to the Government's target

Plans for new law to tackle rising rent prices and overcrowding in Scotland

03 April, 2018

Calls are being made for new legislation to tackle rising private rent prices, as figures show the number of overcrowded properties more than doubled in four years

Benefit rates 2018-19

03 April, 2018

The benefit rates for 2018-2019

New benefits system 'demeaning and degrading'

02 April, 2018

A new system of assessing benefits is degrading and demeaning

Support for 18 to 21 year olds claiming Universal Credit

29 March, 2018

Find out about the help available for Universal Credit claimants aged 18 to 21 to find employment, work-related training or an apprenticeship

MPs urge Government to reduce deposit cap to five weeks to ease financial burden for tenants

29 March, 2018

MPs have called for the security deposit cap proposed in the Draft Tenant Fees Bill to be reduced from six to five weeks as part of a range of changes to the legislation

Landlords taking rentals off the market as thousands are set to miss Sunday's deadline on minimum EPC ratings

29 March, 2018

Thousands of landlords are unprepared for new energy efficiency measures being introduced in just days, and many are taking properties off the market to gain more time to implement changes

Row over deposit demands on tenants

29 March, 2018

MPs and landlords are at loggerheads over the acceptable level of deposits demanded of tenants in England

Right to Rent 'doesn't demonstrate its worth'

29 March, 2018

Flagship policy torpedoed by damning finding from independent inspector as RLA calls for suspension

PEARL Rental Index: March 2018

29 March, 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 bulletin

MPs call on government to give councils funding for letting fees ban

29 March, 2018

Councils should be given extra funding by government to enforce a letting agent fees ban

'Significant' PRS transformation tips balance towards tenants

29 March, 2018

Major project in Manchester recognizes tenant voices as "conspicuously absent" from related debate

100 households around Grenfell still in temporary accommodation

29 March, 2018

Victims evacuated from surrounding blocks await permanent rehousing nine months on

169 evictions in Britain a day: "I knocked every door, and no one helped me"

29 March, 2018

From 2010 to 2017, the official number of evictions rose by 53 percent

New research aims to improve Universal Credit claims for thousands of homeless people

29 March, 2018

New research could challenge current government thinking that housing costs for supported housing cannot remain within the welfare system

Ten myths about council housing - and one ask

29 March, 2018

Everyone seems to agree that we have a housing crisis in London and that we need to increase the supply of genuinely affordable homes

England and Wales Rental Tracker

29 March, 2018

Beast from the East didn't halt rental market growth

Private Rented Sector Report - February 2018

29 March, 2018

The supply of rental properties fell by five per cent from January to February

Unsuitable, insecure and substandard homes: The barriers faced by older private renters

28 March, 2018

Growing numbers of older people are living in private rented accommodation

Regulator to intervene in Welsh housing association

28 March, 2018

The Welsh social housing regulator is to intervene in a Cardiff housing association due to governance concerns

Sheffield housing officer abused by landlord over her physical appearance

28 March, 2018

A Sheffield housing manager subjected to vile online abuse from a rogue landlord says she feels she was targeted over her physical appearance because she is a woman

The disappearing HMOs

28 March, 2018

Houses in multiple occupation are often far from ideal lodgings - but a trend to convert them to more profitable houses is leaving residents with few options

Property fund strikes second housing association deal

28 March, 2018

A Bristol-based housing association has formed a partnership with Cheyne Social Property Impact Fund, the second deal the fund has done with a housing association

Government to allow councils to charge double council tax on empty homes

28 March, 2018

New legislation lets councils levy additional charges on homes empty for two years or more

Growth in asking rents slows since last quarter but has soared in past ten years

28 March, 2018

Rightmove has shed light on just how much asking rents have changed in the past decade

HB A4/2018

27 March, 2018

Short-term specified accommodation - New LA IT functionality requirement

HB A3/2018

27 March, 2018

The Social Security (Miscellaneous Amendments No.4) Regulations 2017

Food and beyond: exploring the food bank experience

27 March, 2018

Foodbank usage has been growing in Scotland since 2012

London firms 'should offer deposit guarantees' for employees who rent

27 March, 2018

New report calls on Sadiq Khan to set up such a scheme borough-wide as a boost for low-income renters

Credit card debt growth at 12-year high

27 March, 2018

Debt on UK credit cards is growing at the fastest rate since before the financial crisis

LGA responds to Independent Age report on older private renters

27 March, 2018

With housing for elderly people currently accounting for just 6 per cent of our existing stock, and more older people and families renting privately than ever before

The Homelessness Reduction Act is a key step towards homelessness prevention

27 March, 2018

The legislation comes into force on April 3, but only if local authorities can afford it

More than 40 housing associations back planned £1bn bond issue

27 March, 2018

There are 45 housing associations backing aggregator Morhomes' plan to launch a £1bn bond issue.

Affordable housing: why current plans to invest don't go far enough

27 March, 2018

Building more low-cost rented homes that people can afford will loosen the grip of poverty.

Bishop of Durham 'deeply concerned' over universal credit plan

26 March, 2018

The Bishop of Durham has criticised the government over its implementation of universal credit and called for it to 'revisit' aspects of the payment.

LGA: Focus on 'invisible' older renters

26 March, 2018

Housing for the elderly accounts for just 6% of existing stock - with more older people and families renting privately than ever before.

Poll pushes impact of PRS energy performance

26 March, 2018

Survey released ahead of new standards for EPC ratings coming into effect on April 1.

Debate on the construction of council housing - House of Commons - 27 March 2018

26 March, 2018

The national housing shortage is one of the most pressing issues we face.

DWP accused of 'clumsy' attempt to defend Universal Credit using IFS research

26 March, 2018

MPs criticise 'airy and irrelevant' responses from the department after committee raises questions over the projected employment boost from benefit reform

Welfare policies having 'huge impact' on domestic abuse victims

26 March, 2018

Conference on Housing and Domestic Abuse hears that government policy is making it harder for domestic abuse victims to get support.

Landlord's lack of action over pigeons comes home to roost

23 March, 2018

Court rules on complaints about cooing pigeons after improvement notices ignored

Incentivise associations to provide supported housing properties

23 March, 2018

It is time for specialist and developing associations to join forces and provide the NHS with much-needed accommodation-based support

Home Office subcontractors force asylum seekers to share bedrooms

23 March, 2018

Home Office subcontractors force asylum seekers to share bedrooms in breach of council policy

Pressure on social landlords set to rise as Universal Credit rolls out

23 March, 2018

Report reveals rent being collected directly from tenants by housing officers will increase by 63.1% on average

A Poor tax: Council tax in London

23 March, 2018

Report proposing council tax reform

Deposit cap a 'charter for rent cheats'

23 March, 2018

'Ministers need to address the problem of tenants failing to pay rent every bit as strongly as rogue landlords.'

Statutory homelessness and prevention and relief

23 March, 2018

October to December (Q4)2017: England

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