Search:

Member Login:

 
 

"Staff working at LIN have provided us with housing benefit training for our Neighbourhood Services staff. The day was extremely well received by staff, some of whom rated the training as the best they had ever received. Staff have been able to use the knowledge gained from the training daily and on a practical level, working with tenants to support them through the complexities of the benefits system, ensuring rent arrears are reducing as a direct result."

Julie Marsh
Head of Neighbourhood management,
South Liverpool Housing Group


Home > News Update >

View News Archive >>

News Update

Here you will find news items, reports, consultations and publications that will be of particular interest to LIN members, plus all the latest information from government, regulators and local authorities.

Scroll down to find the document you want.

Documents are also stored in our filing cabinet under the appropriate heading.

LIN publications are only available to members - click here to find out how to join.

Tories refuse to support £8m housing plan

18 April, 2019

Conservative councillors at Cornwall Council have refused to support providing an extra £8million to the council's housing development programme

Corporate landlords earning twice as much from buy-to-let as private owners

18 April, 2019

A new property index that tracks the fortunes of corporate landlords claims they are breathing new life into buy-to-let

Lack of lettings supply pushes rental growth to record highs

18 April, 2019

Tenants will still need to stump up a deposit ranging from £630 to £2,415 once the fees ban comes in

New regulatory body will oversee both letting and sales agents

18 April, 2019

A new regulatory body has been set up ahead of the tenant fees ban on June 1

Planners set to refuse permission for a licensed house in multiple occupation in Milton Keynes

17 April, 2019

Planners are set to refuse permission for a house in multiple occupation, despite it already being licensed by a different department at the same council

'I can't stay here' - Social housing tenant feels forced to move out over leaky boiler

17 April, 2019

A social housing tenant has hit out at her landlords due to her boiler leaking on and off for the last two years - forcing her to find alternative living arrangements

Sky News Host Jayne Secker Hits Young Woman With Patronising Rebuke Of Renters

17 April, 2019

The Sky anchor has been forced to apologise after the exchange sparked widespread anger

Grenfell family placed on council house waiting list

17 April, 2019

A family who escaped the Grenfell Tower fire have been told by their local authority they will be moved on to a general council house waiting list

Stamp Duty hikes pushing more London landlords out of their home city

17 April, 2019

Increasing numbers of landlords who live in London are looking beyond the capital for buy-to-let returns

Government criticised for sidelining plans for national tenant voice

16 April, 2019

The government has been accused of sidelining its pledge to give social housing tenants a stronger voice on the national stage following the Grenfell Tower fire

Rightmove House Price Index - April 2019

16 April, 2019

The largest monthly sample of residential property prices

Government promoting outdated guidance on how to let and rent a property

16 April, 2019

The Government is promoting outdated guidance on how to let and rent a property

Agents and landlords braced for more upheaval as Section 21 is set for scrapheap

16 April, 2019

Letting agents and landlords have reacted with dismay as the Government unveiled plans to scrap Section 21 notices

Rightmove asks for 'conversation' with housing minister over 'No DSS' listings

16 April, 2019

Rightmove has asked for a "conversation" with the Ministry of Housing about 'No DSS' lettings listings

From the frontline - Universal Credit officer Trevor Davies

16 April, 2019

Trevor Davies, Universal Credit officer at County Durham Housing Group, tells us about helping tenants to manage their finances and his frustration at having to issue food vouchers

'No-fault' eviction of tenants must end. But beware unintended consequences

16 April, 2019

The government is right to curtail landlords' powers. But too much regulation could end up hurting the poorest

LIN member report April 2019 - The benefit cap

16 April, 2019

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

No rogue landlords issued with banning orders in 12 months

15 April, 2019

Just four entries have been recorded on database in the year since its launch

Housing groups welcome plans to abolish Section 21 evictions

15 April, 2019

Housing and tenant groups have welcomed plans by the government to consult on abolishing Section 21 evictions, also known as 'no-fault' evictions

'I have PTSD and got depressed': how no-fault evictions affect tenants

15 April, 2019

Annie Goodwin, 73, says three no-fault eviction notices in six years have taken their toll

DWP to restore disability benefits of woman it called 'lying bitch'

15 April, 2019

Department does U-turn, amid calls for it to be stripped of delivering disability benefits

LSA: Landlord-tenant firm criticised by housing charity

15 April, 2019

A firm which acts as an intermediary between landlords and tenants has been criticised for charging some customers £25 for a phone call or £15 for emails

Calls for Universal Credit housing benefit to automatically go to landlords

15 April, 2019

Calls have been made for the housing element of Universal Credit to automatically go to landlords

Government to end 'no-fault' evictions in private rental shake-up

15 April, 2019

Prime minister Theresa May has announced plans to clamp down on landlords who evict tenants unfairly at short notice by abolishing so-called "no-fault evictions"

Government announcing intention to abolish Section 21 today

15 April, 2019

The Government is today announcing its intention to abolish Section 21, so-called 'no fault' repossessions in the private rented sector

The private renters trapped in Britain's new slums

12 April, 2019

Years of austerity have driven the poorest into squalid, crumbling homes

Average UK rent down again in Q1 2019

12 April, 2019

Imminent tenancy fees ban may be slowing house moves

Report provides tenant perception on 'value for money'

12 April, 2019

The online survey allows participants to provide an opinion on new legislation and regulations

Reap relaunches to tackle 'unsustainable' housing market

12 April, 2019

Ethical Buy To Let alternative returns for second round of affordable homes investment

County's housing targets are already met

12 April, 2019

Northumberland is building almost double the number of required homes

Funds agree to reduced lease payments from non-compliant housing association

12 April, 2019

Civitas and one other investment fund have agreed to reduce lease payments from a non-compliant housing association

Social tenant says he is being punished for speaking to the Guardian

12 April, 2019

Thomas Reames says Southern Housing extended probation period after he discussed segregated facilities

Local enforcement of crooked landlords set to be beefed up

12 April, 2019

Local authorities across the country are to receive new online support in what the Government has said is the latest step in its crackdown on criminal landlords

Major agent taken to task over 'no deposit' scheme that is not an insurance policy

12 April, 2019

This is Money, part of the Daily Mail, has criticised Leaders Romans Group for the 'no deposit option' scheme it introduced last year, after a single mother was left with a £1,318 bill at the end of her tenancy

April 2019: Touchbase edition 129

11 April, 2019

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

DWP accused of treating UC inquiry 'like dirt'

11 April, 2019

MPs want the Department for Work and Pensions to give a fresh response to their report on childcare

Warrington approves £80m housing association loan facilities

11 April, 2019

Warrington Borough Council has approved £80m of loans to provide borrowing facilities to two housing associations for house-building in the area

Tenants baffled by ad for London room at £572-a-month that appears to have no door

11 April, 2019

Desperate renters were left baffled when a flat listing in east London appeared to show a bedroom without a door

For-profit association seeks new investors to buy more homes

11 April, 2019

A for-profit housing association owned by a private developer is seeking new private funders to help expand its business and allow it to buy more homes

England and Wales Rental Tracker

11 April, 2019

Tenants drawn to the South West in February

Regulator to meet with equity investors in supported housing

11 April, 2019

The Regulator of Social Housing is set to meet with investors that put money into the controversial model of financing SSH to outline its concerns around how it is being operated

Rent analysis sparks conflict over impact of impending tenant fees ban

11 April, 2019

Two separate reports on rents conflict over the impact of the tenant fees ban

City unveils worst rental homes as it looks to extend licensing

11 April, 2019

A council has revealed the squalid conditions its inspectors have found when visiting rental properties as it looks to extend its landlord licensing scheme

Bristol City Council approves additional licensing

10 April, 2019

Bristol City Council has confirmed that additional licensing has been approved and further details relating implementation to will be released in due course

HomeLet Rental Index - March 19

10 April, 2019

Average rents across the UK rose by 3.3% in March 2019 when compared to the same month a year previously; the average monthly rent is now £942

Government launches support for rogue landlord crackdown

10 April, 2019

The announcement forms part of a government commitment to give greater protection to tenants

Malthouse wants planning laws to stop social housing segregation

10 April, 2019

Housing minister Kit Malthouse has asked officials to "explore strengthening" planning guidance to prevent segregation of social housing residents

Associations accused of 'nice work if you get it' sales of affordable homes

10 April, 2019

Commons hears how section 106 properties could simply be sold straight to first-time buyers on low incomes at 50% market value

Brokenshire 'turns back time' over social housebuilding

10 April, 2019

Accused of presiding over the worst two years of social housing since WWII, Housing Secretary attacks last Labour government

Housing Minister unveils new guidance for local authorities to crack down on rogue landlords

10 April, 2019

New online support as part of government's commitment to give greater protection to tenants, and reform the private rented sector for the better

Landlords count the cost of tax changes

10 April, 2019

UK's largest and most experienced landlords have adapted their approach to stay resilient to tax and regulatory change by prioritising measures to bolster financial strength over portfolio expansion

BTL research reveals lower remortgage activity going forward

10 April, 2019

Report says landlords remain engaged in the sector but are prioritising bolstering financial strength over portfolio expansion

London association promises improvement after concerns in Grenfell borough

10 April, 2019

One of London's largest housing associations has promised to improve its service in the borough where the Grenfell Tower fire happened

Two-thirds of councils say they can't afford to comply with homelessness law

10 April, 2019

A year on from the Homelessness Reduction Act, councils fear lack of funds will hamper efforts to keep people housed and off the streets

Landlords: right to rent checks on long-resident non-EEA nationals and Windrush generation

09 April, 2019

This information is for landlords wishing to rent private residential property in England to long resident Commonwealth citizens and other long resident non-EEA nationals

September date set for Welsh letting fees law

09 April, 2019

Six months until a ban on unnecessary letting fees becomes law - Royal Assent permitting

Property guardians live in legal limbo - despite new law to protect tenants from exploitation

09 April, 2019

In the midst of England's housing crisis, when many young people face rising rents in major cities, alternative forms of accommodation have emerged

Greater Manchester housing association secures £100m funding deal

09 April, 2019

Bolton at Home has secured a £100m funding package that will enable it to build 785 homes and complete its acquisition of Manchester neighbour Arcon Housing Group

Lettings organisation which calls itself a 'club' hit with huge bills

09 April, 2019

A lettings organisation which calls itself a club rather than an agency has been heavily fined

House Exchange adds over 100,000 properties to swapping service for social housing residents

09 April, 2019

House Exchange - the home swapping service - has seen rapid growth over the last twelve months, with landlords owning more than 100,000 properties joining as partners

Harlow MP describes office block re-housing as 'social cleansing'

09 April, 2019

The government is reviewing its policy of allowing the conversion of offices into homes without planning permission

Average rent for UK property now £1,217

09 April, 2019

Annual growth hotspots include Edinburgh City (5.97%), Nottingham (4.28%), and Blaenau Gwent (3.76%)

'Unjustifiable' benefits freeze means another tough year ahead for low income families

08 April, 2019

Families in poverty face another year of frozen benefits from 8th April, amid the uncertainty of Brexit

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 4/2019

08 April, 2019

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

Benefits freeze costs families three months of food shopping

08 April, 2019

Joseph Rowntree Foundation says a fourth year of freeze puts poverty-stricken families £560 worse off on average

Brexit confusion could hit EU tenants in UK

08 April, 2019

Residential Landlords Association blames lack of clarity over settled status scheme

'The power to wreck your life': Tens of thousands of disabled people denied benefits for extra month

08 April, 2019

'I couldn't understand how I'd gone from lifetime support to a reduced award when my symptoms had gotten worse'

Councils face a losing battle as they crack down on rogue landlords

08 April, 2019

Despite dawn raids and legal action, the number of unlicensed rentals in houses of multiple occupation continues to grow

"Poorly finished" new block of flats might have to be be evacuated over fire safety fears

08 April, 2019

Developer vows to work with council to fix problems found in investigations following Grenfell Tower tragedy

Ministers 'must tell agents and landlords who they can let to after Brexit'

08 April, 2019

The Residential Landlords Association is calling on the Government to issue clear advice for agents and landlords about the implications of Brexit for Right to Rent

Major affordable housing projects announced for London

05 April, 2019

The £63m transformation in the heart of the borough's Alperton Housing Zone is expected to get underway this month

New strategy aims to increase supply of housing that's affordable

05 April, 2019

A new strategy to tackle South Cambridgeshire's housing challenges has been approved by the District Council - with an emphasis on providing homes that are affordable for local workers

Nearly one in seven Britons could live alone by 2039, study shows

05 April, 2019

ONS also says those already on own are less financially secure than couples without children

Fightback Begins: council's £1,200 licensing fee provokes backlash

05 April, 2019

One of the most pro-licensing local authorities in the country has extended its own scheme to include the entire centre of Bristol - but it's now seeing a backlash

'It's going to be our little paradise': can co-ops solve the housing crisis?

05 April, 2019

For many people, bouncing between shoddy, overpriced house-shares is a fact of life. But there is a ready-made answer: the humble housing co-op

TSB adds to its BTL mortgage range

05 April, 2019

TSB has launched new buy-to-let remortgage products within its intermediary range, with rates now starting from 1.59%

Two landlord in West Sussex lose appeal against CPNs

05 April, 2019

Two landlords who let substandard properties in Lancing and Southwick have had their appeals against Civil Penalty Notices (CPNs) rejected

31% of ALMO Right to Buy stock not replaced in 2018

05 April, 2019

The latest National Federation of ALMOs annual report has shown the sector is still struggling with replacing stock sold through the Right to Buy

Newark and Sherwood District Council's policy and finance committee to consider bringing council housing back in-house

04 April, 2019

THE company that manages 5,500 council homes across Newark and Sherwood could be axed and brought back in-house by its sole shareholder, the district council

Study found universal credit causing hardship a year and half ago

04 April, 2019

Joint DWP and HMRC report was released on Thursday but dated November 2017

UC creates 'systematic indebtedness' for new claimants

04 April, 2019

A SFHA survey reveals levels of arrears for tenants is much higher when they claim Universal Credit

Councils say homelessness act not adequately funded

04 April, 2019

Up to 67% of councils feel they lack the funding to meet new duties to tackle homelessness, analysis has found

Peers call for tax relief for rental home improvements

04 April, 2019

Landlords are welcoming calls today by a parliamentary committee for tax incentives for private landlords to improve the quality of their property

TDS is latest to produce tools to help agents through Fees Ban

04 April, 2019

Tenancy Deposit Scheme is the latest player in the private rental sector to launch online tools to help letting agents cope with the Fees Ban

Rental fraud warning after shocking scam attempts

04 April, 2019

Prospective tenants are being warned about a fraud scam that cons people into paying an advance fee to rent a property

Landlord ordered to pay £29,000 for harassing two tenants out of their homes

04 April, 2019

A private landlord in Telford has been ordered to pay £29,000 in costs and fines for harassing two tenants out of their properties

'Fleecehold' : Calls to regulate homeowner charges

04 April, 2019

The amount of money homeowners can be charged for maintenance work by housing developers should be regulated by the Welsh Government, an AM has said

Study reveals threat of unregulated short-term lets to PRS

04 April, 2019

Analysis suggests that Airbnb alone has over 77,000 lets in Greater London

HB A7/2018

03 April, 2019

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

Rogue landlords to stop exploiting students minister warns

03 April, 2019

In a speech to students, Universities Minister Chris Skidmore warns that landlords who fail to meet basic standards of living for student accommodation must face justice under new regulations

Three million homes needed to end homelessness

03 April, 2019

A year ago, the government hailed the Homelessness Reduction Act as "the most ambitious legal reform in decades" - as it rolled out new duties on councils to prevent and relieve homelessness

New landlord management platform to pay tenants to find their replacement

03 April, 2019

A new property management platform, which is launching soon, is looking for landlords to sign up and test its systems for free

Britain needs decent new council houses - not just musicals about them

03 April, 2019

A new production celebrates a famous Sheffield estate but glosses over dire levels of inequality and housing waiting lists

Northampton family will withhold rent until housing association helps with black mould in their house

03 April, 2019

After trying to treat the problem themselves the couple now really want the help of their housing association to get rid of the black mould in their house

For-profit housing association blocked from NHF membership

03 April, 2019

A for-profit housing association has been told it cannot be a member of the National Housing Federation

Private landlords face £1,200 fee to rent homes in Bristol

03 April, 2019

Private landlords will need to pay £1,200 for a licence to rent their properties as part of council efforts to improve living standards for tenants

Housing First gathers pace in Scottish cities

03 April, 2019

Scotland could be free from most visible, acute forms of homelessness "within three years"

The DWP claims it costs too much to confirm UC deaths

03 April, 2019

Commons correspondence has the department ducking behind "disproportionate cost" over death rates

Gas Safe Register responds to NLA concerns

02 April, 2019

Gas Safe Register's CEO, Jonathan Samuel, has responded to the National Landlords Association's concerns about gas safe engineers' lack of knowledge about new legislation

Call of the Week: Letting agents and court applications

02 April, 2019

This week we received a call from one of our members who is new to being a letting agent

A good time to be a landlord in London as renters seek long-term tenancies

02 April, 2019

A growing number of renters in the capital are looking for longer-term tenancies as home ownership becomes increasingly out of reach for many Londoners

Platform removes housing benefit lending restrictions

02 April, 2019

Platform has removed all letting conditions that restrict landlords letting to tenants who receive housing benefit

Council says landlords should "account for their tenants' behaviour"

02 April, 2019

A buy to let investor has been hit with a £4,000 fine plus costs of over £5,000 after failing to license a property in multiple occupation

Horsham to set up affordable housing company

02 April, 2019

Horsham District Council looks set to join the ever-expanding list of local authorities with its own housing company

Private sector hits out at 'arbitrary rent caps'

02 April, 2019

The government's "tsunami of legislation" also came under fire at the ARLA Propertymark conference

'Flippant' DWP minister apologises to Parliament

02 April, 2019

Justin Tomlinson admits "inadvertent" factual blunders made during a debate on the benefits freeze

Tenant fee ban - 10 top tips for letting agents

02 April, 2019

As part of ARLA Propertymark's Tenant Fees Tool Kit, we've put together 10 of our top tips for letting agents ahead of the Tenant Fees Act 2019 coming into force on 1 June

Housing association completes first Right to Buy pilot sale

01 April, 2019

One of the UK's largest housing associations has completed its first Voluntary Right to Buy sale

DWP does not record why claimant 'commitments' aren't accepted

01 April, 2019

Parliamentary questions also reveal contracted "health assessors" are subject to independent - not departmental - audit

DWP Alternative Payment Arrangements

01 April, 2019

Universal Credit prepares claimants for the world of work in which 75% of employees are paid monthly

New HMO Licensing Scheme in Northern Ireland from 1 April

01 April, 2019

On 1 April 2019, the Housing in Multiple Occupation Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 comes into force and landlords must have a valid licence for each HMO they own

Changes to MEES Regulations

01 April, 2019

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 have passed through Parliament and come into force on 1 April

Households below average income: 1994/95 to 2017/18

01 April, 2019

Statistics on the number and percentage of people living in low income households for financial years 1994/95 to 2017/18.

Client Money Protection now mandatory for letting agents in England

01 April, 2019

All letting agents in England must now be signed up to a Government-backed Client Money Protection scheme, or they could face a £30,000 penalty.

Almost half of tenants claim poor health due to condition of their home

01 April, 2019

Nearly half of tenants in the UK claim to have suffered health problems and injury as a direct result of conditions in their home

Green paper sector league tables 'unlikely'

29 March, 2019

League tables for social housing providers are now unlikely to be introduced

Regulating the Standards - March 2019

29 March, 2019

'Regulating the Standards' outlines the regulator's operational approach to assessing providers' compliance with the economic and consumer standards

Grenfell: tenants voice health fears in wake of contamination report

29 March, 2019

Residents close to site of 2017 fire say they are being kept in the dark about potential harms

Rents growing four times faster north of the border as landlords look to Scotland for returns

29 March, 2019

Rents in Scotland are growing four times faster than those south of the border

New energy efficiency rules on rental properties kick in on Monday - but who knew?

29 March, 2019

New energy efficiency rules for rental properties in England and Wales come into force on Monday, April 1. They spell out the costs that landlords legally face in improving properties that have an EPC rating below E

New calls emerge to scrap Section 21 notices to help families out of 'rent trap'

29 March, 2019

An insurer has called for Section 21 evictions to be abolished, warning they are contributing to a lack of security for the increasing numbers of families living in rental accommodation

Local authorities accused of failing to use existing powers to target rogue landlords

29 March, 2019

Councils in England have been accused of failing to use powers to tackle rogue landlords in the private rented sector

A consensus statement on the use of sanctions in the benefits system and entitlement to personalised support

29 March, 2019

The use of sanctions in the benefits system and entitlement to personalised support

Welsh Bill to ban lettings fees becomes law

29 March, 2019

Backed by related enforcement, the Bill also caps holding deposits paid to reserve a property

Government's own stats 'add up to the end of Right To Buy'

29 March, 2019

CIH renews attack on Right To Buy as MHCLG confirms a 32% fall in starts or acquisitions from Oct-Dec last year

London borough rules 1000+ residents can't be wrong

28 March, 2019

Westminster City Council "re-possesses" housing stock from failed ALMO

Man dies after association tower block blaze

28 March, 2019

Fatal fire this week is the latest in a series of fires at the same Glasgow block

3 breakthroughs to help renters on benefits

28 March, 2019

Prejudice against people on housing benefit is leaving renters with nowhere to turn

Fears over rogue landlords 'making a quick buck' from most vulnerable

28 March, 2019

Landlords have been urged to take more care of their tenants and not just look to "make a quick buck" by letting out substandard properties

Half of babies born to families renting

28 March, 2019

Almost half of the babies born in the UK are starting their lives in rented accommodation

DWP could face imposition of regulator and standards

28 March, 2019

Minister tells Work and Pensions Committee the idea of a DWP regulator and standards is "worth exploring" as applied to other government departments

Softening the blow: how social landlords are helping Honda workers

28 March, 2019

Earlier this year, Honda announced the closure of its factory in Swindon

Private Rented Sector Report - February 2019

28 March, 2019

The number of tenants experiencing rent hikes increased in February to the highest figure seen since August

Rent hikes already hitting tenants ahead of fee ban - with more landlords quitting market

28 March, 2019

Rents are starting to rise as landlords and lettings agents prepare for the tenant fee ban

LGA: 200,000 households in temporary accommodation

27 March, 2019

Eight in 10 councils have seen an increase in homelessness presentations since the Reduction Act's introduction in 2017

The Tenant Fees Act 2019: What are the costs to the rental market?

27 March, 2019

Following the Tenant Fees Bill gaining Royal Assent earlier this year, letting agents and landlords will no longer be able to charge their tenants excessive and unfair fees

Homelessness Reduction Act increasing temporary accommodation numbers

27 March, 2019

More people are being placed in emergency and temporary accommodation as a result of the new Homelessness Reduction Act

This is when and how benefit payments will be paid over Easter

27 March, 2019

Payments will go in sooner - but people will have to make their money last longer

Social rent homes started by housing associations rise in latest NHF supply survey

27 March, 2019

The number of social rent homes delivered by housing associations in the final three months of last year is the highest since the NHF began collecting development figures in 2016

Rental growth slows as landlords look beyond London for returns

27 March, 2019

Rental growth slowed to almost zero in February

Deposit alternative seals agency proptech platform partnership to target thousands of tenants

27 March, 2019

Reposit has partnered with agency proptech platform Tenant Shop to offer its deposit replacement scheme

Deposit scheme releases inventories guidance to avoid checkout disputes after tenant fee ban

27 March, 2019

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme has teamed up with Propertymark and the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks to compile guidance on the check-in and check-out process for tenants

Agent who stole £350,000 in rent and deposits ordered to pay back £1

27 March, 2019

An agent who stole over £350,000 in rent and deposits to fund his 'lavish lifestyle' has been told to pay back £1

Pitch to remove domestic abusers from socially rented homes

26 March, 2019

CIH Scotland push for a means of "legal and permanent" removal in a protection situation

My disabled daughter has had 14 different homes

26 March, 2019

I'm a single parent with three children. My 15 year old daughter Sasha is severely disabled. For the last 15 years I've been trying to secure her suitable accommodation

Evicted for complaining about a gas leak

26 March, 2019

Tom did his best to cooperate with his landlord's 'put up and shut up' policy

How we're fighting the national housing emergency

26 March, 2019

After Grenfell, we're calling for a historic renewal of social housing

Warning over EU tenant rights after Brexit

26 March, 2019

One provider already plans special session to inform EU tenants of their rights

UK to vote in favour of ditching hardline stance on EU migrants' benefits

26 March, 2019

British to back update to bloc's social security regulation for frontier worker rights

New Landlords from Hell

26 March, 2019

A year-long investigation reveals the shocking conditions that tenants of one of Britain's biggest housing associations live in, and the effect those conditions have had on vulnerable tenants' health

Strip DWP of responsibility for ill and disabled people

26 March, 2019

Scathing report says trust has been shattered by sanctions and botched benefits reforms

Fergus Wilson hopes to sell Kent property empire to Golding Homes in £90m deal

26 March, 2019

Controversial landlord Fergus Wilson is aiming to sell off the last of his property empire to a housing association in Kent in a deal thought to be worth about £90 million

Brexit and the social housing sector: the key risks

26 March, 2019

As the tortuous process of exiting the European Union approaches its denouement, the country remains in a state of uncertainty about what exactly is going to happen

Too poor to play: children in social housing blocked from communal playground

26 March, 2019

In a move reminiscent of the 'poor doors' scandal, a London developer has segregated play areas for richer and poorer residents

Petition calling on Rightmove to ban 'No DSS' listings gathers momentum

26 March, 2019

An online petition calling on Rightmove to ban property listings which specify 'No DSS' had by yesterday afternoon received over 38,000 signatures

'Ludicrous' landlord incentives costing London councils £14m a year

25 March, 2019

FoI exposes extent of sweeteners paid to secure accommodation for those either homeless or at risk of homelessness

Landlords not meeting student standards 'must face justice'

25 March, 2019

New regulations now in force give tenants the power to take landlords to court

Rogue landlords must stop exploiting students

25 March, 2019

Rogue landlords who provide poor living conditions to students will be censured by the universities minister today as part of a crackdown on 'squalid' student housing

DWP document refers to benefit claimant as 'lying bitch'

25 March, 2019

Welfare advisers say slip highlights culture of contempt towards disabled people

London councils pay landlords £14m 'incentives' to house homeless people

25 March, 2019

Almost 6,000 payments made in 2018 to secure housing for vulnerable people

More landlords than letting agents are facing the wrath of Rent Smart Wales

25 March, 2019

Just three Welsh letting agents have had their licences revoked in the first years of the Rent Smart Wales scheme

Tenants with pets facing rent hikes after fee ban as landlords look to claw back losses

25 March, 2019

An agent is warning that having a pet could hike rents for tenants by as much as 3-4% per week once the fee ban is introduced in June

Agent appears at Crown Court in tenancy deposits fraud case

25 March, 2019

An agent has appeared in court in a fraud case

Landlords With Tenants On Universal Credit Should Get A Tax Break

22 March, 2019

Property barons who let homes to social tenants should be encouraged

'Racist' Right to Rent now a 'farce'

22 March, 2019

New High Court ruling seen as another strike against the increasingly discredited policy

Councils' powers to remove Grenfell-style cladding 'useless'

22 March, 2019

Exclusive: councils complain government's backing amounts to 'completely hollow words'

The deposit diaries: The importance of covering your tracks

22 March, 2019

In this case, the landlord claimed £300 for various items of damage, specifically £50 to replace a toilet seat, £100 to repair a split bedroom doorframe, £100 to replace two missing fire extinguishers, £30 to replace a smoke detector and £20 to replace two damaged occasional tables

Student rental accommodation so poor as to be a 'national scandal'

22 March, 2019

Student rental accommodation across the UK has been slammed in a new report

Right to Rent branded a farce after second High Court decision 'places agents and landlords in invidious position'

22 March, 2019

Right to Rent has been branded a "farce" after a second court ruling which suggests that agents and landlords following Home Office protocol could be exposed to accusations that they have breached human rights

Castles and Coasts Housing Association plan to removal fire extinguishers sparks safety fears in wake of Grenfell Tower tragedy

22 March, 2019

Social housing tenants have been left shocked after a decision to remove fire extinguishers from their communal buildings

Here we go again: More councils want licensing schemes

22 March, 2019

Leicester is the latest council to begin consultations on selective licensing in six parts of the city - with the threat that other locations could be considered in future

Residents and landlords team up to better communicate building safety

21 March, 2019

Pilot takes off to push for culture change across the sector

'Flippant' DWP minister says many tenants in rent arrears before claiming UC

21 March, 2019

But Justin Tomlinson acknowledges analysis is underway with social housing providers as to the "true level" of arrears

Civitas Social Housing Boosts Rental Income By 10% After Acquisitions

21 March, 2019

Civitas Social Housing PLC on Thursday announced approximately GBP85.6 million worth of acquisitions, as well as an increase in its rental income

Welsh government eyes no-deal Brexit social housing stimulus package

21 March, 2019

The Welsh government is in discussions with the social housing sector over a potential "stimulus package" in case the UK leaves the EU without a deal next week

Regulator bars for-profit housing associations from entering Scottish sector

21 March, 2019

Several for-profit housing associations have been barred from entering the Scottish social housing sector by the regulator

Universal credit: More than half of claimants have money deducted from payments

21 March, 2019

Deductions made when claimants have outstanding debts with their utility companies or landlord

Landlords under pressure to justify rent hikes as rate of rises increases

21 March, 2019

Tenants saw rents increase for the third consecutive month in February

Tenants who pay on time to have rent payment history matched with mortgage criteria in UK first

21 March, 2019

Tenants who are prompt payers and use a rent reporting service could find themselves ahead in the mortgage stakes

Housing associations will borrow extra £17bn by 2021

20 March, 2019

Housing associations will borrow £17bn of new debt by 2021 as they accelerate development to meet demand for new housing

Council approves two new tower blocks in Barking with ZERO social housing

20 March, 2019

The council's planning chiefs have given the thumbs up to two new tower blocks neither of which include social housing

5.8m tenants reported to experience damp in the home

20 March, 2019

Renters can take legal action against landlords from today via the Homes Act

Warning as Wiltshire Council reclaims almost £2.5m in overpaid housing benefit

20 March, 2019

A charity fears some claimants could be pushed dangerously into debt

Government gives no ground over 'racist' Right To Rent

20 March, 2019

But Home Office minister hints at further evaluation of policy the High Court called "discriminatory"

Licensing 'fails' tenants and good landlords

20 March, 2019

The cost of landlord licensing schemes in Britain are a "postcode lottery"

Landlords' Barometer - #68: Panorama and a focus on Section 21

20 March, 2019

Welcome to the March edition of the Landlords’ Barometer, where we document trending topics and news for the private rented sector

Landlords facing a licensing postcode lottery

20 March, 2019

Landlords are facing a postcode lottery when it comes to licensing costs

New Fitness for Human Habitation Act in rental homes comes into force today

20 March, 2019

A quick reminder to readers: the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 comes into force on 20.03.19

Labour leader Corbyn hints that party will scrap 'no fault eviction' if it comes to power

20 March, 2019

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has heavily hinted that his party will end Section 21 - the means by which landlords can regain possession of the properties without having to give a reason - if and when it comes to power

Revenge evictions: 'We were evicted for complaining about a roof leak'

19 March, 2019

Alicia Powell, 24, was renting a flat in north London with her boyfriend when she noticed a wet patch on the ceiling

'Flippant' DWP minister confirms measures to assist ESA and PIP appeals

19 March, 2019

Singled out for flippancy by Work and Pensions Committee, Justin Tomlinson outlines initial steps to reduce the number of successful appeals

Rental growth was subdued in the UK in the 12 months to February 2019

19 March, 2019

Rental growth in the UK has been subdued in the 12 months to February 2019, up by just 1.02% year on year to an average of £1,216 per month

'Misleading' DWP letter causing ill and disabled people to lose benefits

19 March, 2019

Advice removed for GPs to provide notes for patients challenging fit-for-work tests

Gang imprisoned for stealing more than £1m of housing benefits from London councils

19 March, 2019

Seven benefit assessors have been sentenced to prison for a total of 17 years for their roles in housing benefit fraud which saw more than £1m stolen from three councils in London

'I'm 57 and my parents have to feed me': the universal credit digital obstacle course

19 March, 2019

The digital-by-default benefit is causing problems for up to half of all claimants

Social landlords must write code of conduct to protect leaseholders

19 March, 2019

The government has been urged to introduce a code of practice for local authorities and housing associations that outlines their responsibilities to leaseholders living in social housing blocks, in a bid to crack down on unfair charges

Legal challenge on when to provide gas safety certificates to be heard in Court of Appeal

19 March, 2019

A legal challenge is to be brought in the Court of Appeal after a ruling that a landlord could not regain possession of their property because they had not served a gas safety certificate until after the tenancy started

RLA campaign to protect landlord rights

18 March, 2019

The announcement follows a recent court case in which a landlord's attempt to regain their property was deemed invalid

Fergus Wilson: Hundreds face eviction as landlord sells property empire

18 March, 2019

Hundreds of people face eviction after a controversial landlord decided to sell his entire property portfolio

Universal basic income 'would cost less than value of benefit cuts since 2010'

18 March, 2019

Economists' report follows plan from New Economics Foundation in backing proposal

Welfare funding stopped by at least 20 English councils

18 March, 2019

A welfare scheme offering emergency financial support to England's poorest families is no longer available in a host of council areas

Renters in PRS denied protection from revenge evictions

18 March, 2019

Data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act finds that councils in England are failing to use "powers" to protect tenants

Dispute rate looks similar to traditional schemes, says tenancy deposit replacement firm

18 March, 2019

A fifth of check-outs by one of the deposit replacement schemes, Reposit, have ended in some form of charge being submitted to the tenant

Agent jailed after taking £220,000 from landlords and tenants

18 March, 2019

A letting agent was sentenced to three and a half years in jail after she took £220,000 from tenants and landlords to fund a lavish lifestyle of expensive cars and foreign holidays, and to set up a tanning salon business

LIN member report March 2019 - 'Fitness for Habitation' Bill - Update

18 March, 2019

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 - what to expect

15 March, 2019

We set out what housing associations should expect when the Act comes into effect on 20 March

How I challenged DSS discrimination

15 March, 2019

Almost one in three renters receiving housing benefit haven't been able to apply for a place to live because of discriminatory 'no DSS' practices

HB U1/2019

15 March, 2019

Urgent information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Think tank demands PRS 'shake-up'

15 March, 2019

There are now 4.5m households renting in England, representing one in 5 of the population

Zoopla promises to end housing benefit discrimination

15 March, 2019

People receiving housing benefit can no longer be barred from renting properties advertised on one of the UK's largest listing sites

Major housing associations to scrap fixed-term tenancies

15 March, 2019

Housing associations across the country are reviewing their use of fixed-term tenancies as two more major landlords commit to scrapping the policy outright

Zoopla to ban all 'No DSS' property advertising from its sites

15 March, 2019

Zoopla is to ban the phrase 'No DSS' from its sites

Leicester City Council consults on selective licensing

14 March, 2019

Leicester City Council has begun its consultation on selective licensing of some parts of the city which will run until 5 May 2019

Grenfell: Ministers can and must regulate to protect social tenants

14 March, 2019

Today marks 21 long months since the devastating fire in Grenfell Tower - the biggest housing tragedy in our history

Re-sold Right To Buy homes make £6.4bn in profit

14 March, 2019

The average time people kept their Right To Buy home before selling it on was seven-and-a-half years

£5m social housing project completed in NI

14 March, 2019

The County Down development comprises 32 social housing units, made up of new-build houses, apartments and bungalows

TrustMark launches pilot to raise PRS energy standards

14 March, 2019

The Better Homes for Hastings initiative is set to bring together private landlords, housing associations, tenants and businesses

LGA survey: councils to use borrowing powers to accelerate homebuilding programmes

14 March, 2019

New powers to borrow and invest in new and existing housing look set to be used by the majority of councils but further reforms are needed to spark a genuine renaissance of social housing

Association that sold social homes on open market slammed for fire safety failings

14 March, 2019

A housing association previously censured for selling homes on the open market has been slammed by the English regulator again - this time for placing tenants at risk due to fire safety failings

More housing associations than ever think Brexit will be negative

14 March, 2019

More housing associations than ever think Brexit will have a negative impact on them

Right to Buy homes made £2.8m in profit 'in weeks'

14 March, 2019

A total of 139 former council tenants bought their homes under Right to Buy and resold them within one month

HB S3/2019

13 March, 2019

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

MP controversially names landlord and My Deposits in Parliament as 'partners in crime'

13 March, 2019

My Deposits and a landlord were both cited in Parliament yesterday afternoon by an MP who described them as 'partners in crime'

U-turn on plans to increase maximum age siblings living in social housing should share room until

13 March, 2019

Social housing bosses have made a U-turn on plans to increase the maximum age same sex siblings should be expected to share a room until to 21

HomeLet Rental Index - February 19

13 March, 2019

Rents in the UK rose by 3.8% in February compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £940 a month

Grenfell residents' rights were breached

13 March, 2019

Both central and local government strongly criticised by EHRC report into tragedy

Cladding removal from major London scheme 'delayed by developer errors'

13 March, 2019

Residents of a private London estate found to have Grenfell-style cladding have claimed that the block's developer has made a catalogue of mistakes that continue to delay the removal process

Independent agents flock to deposit replacement scheme months after it was opened to small firms

13 March, 2019

Several new firms have signed up to the Zero Deposit team after it was opened up to independent agents in January

Commons committee calls for overhaul of 'cruel' benefits cap

12 March, 2019

Damning report says government "doesn't have the objective or moral grounds" to keep the cap

Midlands family first to own home under Right To Buy pilot

12 March, 2019

The Hunt family, from Somercotes, Derbyshire, bought their two-bed home from Futures Housing Group

Consumer power hits the rental market?

12 March, 2019

To an extent, renting in the UK has been seen as a poor relation

800,000 claimants 'could have been' forced onto UC without transition cash

12 March, 2019

Work and Pensions Committee hears it's "hard to estimate" how many joining the system are existing claimants whose circumstances had changed

Rental investment trust warns of development delays ahead

12 March, 2019

The PRS REIT, a specialist listed company building and managing homes for rent, posted a large rise in first-half profits having boosted its rental income, although it warned of potential planning delays ahead

Rudd rules out early end to benefits freeze

12 March, 2019

Work and Pensions Select committee told "the freeze stays", as Rudd quashes speculation of a thaw in the Spring statement

Newly merged housing association issues £100m bond

12 March, 2019

Metropolitan Thames Valley has announced it has issued a £100m bond following a three-day roadshow across London and Edinburgh

Ministers warned 82% of households unable to escape benefit cap

12 March, 2019

Only 18 per cent of those currently affected by cap have been assessed as capable of looking for work

Labour's commitment to 'indefinite' tenancies shows misunderstanding of PRS

11 March, 2019

The Labour Shadow Housing Secretary, John Healey MP, has announced that the Labour Party is committed to new 'indefinite' tenancies, based on the current system in Germany

DWP staff face 'a taste of their own medicine'

11 March, 2019

Think tank calls for claimant compensation where errors by job centre staff cause hardship

Universal Credit pilot to launch in North Yorkshire

11 March, 2019

The Work and Pensions Secretary has announced that benefit claimants in Harrogate will be the first to move from old style benefits to Universal Credit

Anger as tenants told 'pay a little extra each week' to avoid Universal Credit rent arrears

11 March, 2019

Families say they're already struggling and will find it hard to find the money to make up the shortfall

Savills housing boss: 'for-profits not eating HAs' lunch'

11 March, 2019

The housing association sector must stop looking at for-profit providers as 'eating their lunch' and become more open to allowing other sources of capital into the sector

Third large housing association offers residents lifetime tenancies

11 March, 2019

Sanctuary Housing has become the third large housing association to offer lifetime tenancies to all its residents

Pay compensation for universal credit errors

11 March, 2019

Amends for officials mistakes' should match benefit sanctions

Agent in firing line from local council over Section 21 notice

11 March, 2019

Questions have been raised about a council's approach to Section 21 notices

Injustice of the benefits system

08 March, 2019

Anne Williams does not think she will ever recover from an experience that nearly left her homeless

Labour would force UK landlords to offer indefinite tenancies

08 March, 2019

Plan will address 'power imbalance' and insecurity of rentals

Liverpool City Council consults on selective licensing

08 March, 2019

Liverpool City Council has begun consultation on selective licensing in the city. The consultation will close on 26 May 2019

Government urged to end benefit freeze in Spring Statement

08 March, 2019

The Treasury has been urged to boost the living standards of low-income working families by ending the freeze on benefits and tax credits and increase them in line with inflation

Association to build over 1,000 homes on former prison site

08 March, 2019

Peabody has today successfully acquired the former Holloway Prison site from the Ministry of Justice

Ensuring Universal Credit doesn't disadvantage women

08 March, 2019

The structural financial inequalities faced by women in work are well documented, with the UK gender pay gap still sitting at 8.6% for full time employees

No more 'no DDS?'

08 March, 2019

The government has set its sights on tackling landlords and letting agents who (in its words) "potentially discriminate" against tenants who are on benefits

Association and council partnership tackles empty homes

08 March, 2019

The Making Homes from Houses project aims to renovate properties to be used as affordable homes

End the benefits freeze this year to boost the incomes of working families

08 March, 2019

The Treasury has been urged to boost the living standards of low-income working families by ending the freeze on benefits and tax credits and increase them in line with inflation at the Spring Statement next week

Two big wins in the fight against DSS discrimination

07 March, 2019

Over the last year we've been campaigning hard to end the discrimination people on housing benefit face when they try and rent a home

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 3/2019

07 March, 2019

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

Government opens up new scheme to 'protect renters and landlords'

07 March, 2019

All private rented property agents will have to sign up to a government-backed scheme protecting renters' and landlords' money under new laws

A quarter of landlords look to cut letting agents to reduce property running costs

07 March, 2019

A quarter of landlords would look to cut out letting agents to reduce the ever-rising taxes and running costs of their buy-to-let portfolio

Prince William expresses concern at poor state of privately rented homes during Blackpool visit

07 March, 2019

Prince William has expressed his concern at the poor state of some privately rented homes and the landlords who take the rent but fail to maintain their properties

NHF makes 'thin argument' against putting associations under FoI

07 March, 2019

Commons debate told NHF knows in its "heart of hearts" extending FoI to associations is the right thing

May unrepentant over Right to Rent rejection by High Court

07 March, 2019

PM references prospects for appeal when challenged at PMQs over a policy "fanning the flames of racism" that the High Court ruled breached human rights

PRS landlords need a 'stable platform' to balance social housing debate

07 March, 2019

New report reveals the extent to which PRS contributes to the UK economy - with many landlords set to slash spending

Fitness for Human Habitation guidance released

06 March, 2019

The Government have released the guidance for the Fitness for Human Habitation Act, with a separate guide for tenants, landlords and local authorities

Parents on benefits with child maintenance liabilities or arrears

06 March, 2019

Management information showing the number of parents on DWP benefits with ongoing child maintenance liabilities or arrears

Housing Benefit debt recoveries: April 2018 to September 2018

06 March, 2019

Twice-yearly publication on Housing Benefit debt recoveries

Welfare reforms and financial hardship leaving people 'on brink' of losing homes in Darlington

06 March, 2019

More people are on the brink of losing their homes in Darlington due to a "perfect storm" of financial hardship, welfare reforms and a reduction in public services

Is the housing association sector still protected from the ups and downs of the property market?

06 March, 2019

The housing association sector has traditionally been seen as counter-cyclical, able to deliver even in times of economic hardship. But with more commercialisation

Rudd admits disabled people feel 'put on trial for seeking support'

06 March, 2019

Minister says she wants to leave language of 'scroungers and shirkers' in the past

Large Midlands association joins Homes England strategic partnership

06 March, 2019

One of the Midlands largest housing association has struck a deal to join one of Homes England's strategic partnerships

Void periods drop but some landlords are still waiting more than a month for new tenants

06 March, 2019

Landlords are facing void periods of just over three weeks on average between tenancies

Doubling of the housing benefit bill is sign of something deeply wrong

05 March, 2019

Headlines about house prices, rent levels, the collapse in rates of owner-occupation among the younger generation and, indeed growing homelessness abound

End to unnecessary benefit reassessments for disabled pensioners

05 March, 2019

The Work and Pensions Secretary has announced new measures to support disabled people, including stopping unnecessary reassessments for disabled pensioners

Rudd makes further concessions on welfare 'reform'

05 March, 2019

An overhaul of Personal Independence Payments assessment confirmed - but campaigners call for more

Disabled pensioners freed from 'unnecessary' benefits checks

05 March, 2019

Disabled pensioners will no longer face "unnecessary" repeat assessments to continue receiving benefits

Training on tenancy deposits now offered free for agents

05 March, 2019

A new training course on the principles of tenancy deposits is being offered to letting agents and their staff

Gap between buying and renting costs narrows but it's still cheaper to be on the property ladder

05 March, 2019

The gap between the cost of buying and renting is now at its lowest for almost a decade

Housing benefits costs taxpayers £22bn a year - more than we spend on police

05 March, 2019

High rents and rising house prices could be to blame for the country's enormous housing benefit bill

'Suicidal' mum, 37, fearing homelessness after benefits 'cruelly' cut

05 March, 2019

The mum, from the West Midlands, suffers Crohn's disease and is now petrified of losing her home

Private Rented Sector Report - January 2019

05 March, 2019

The number of tenants experiencing rent hikes rose for the first time since September 2018

Property landlord is let off paying £16k fee to licence 37 houses in Stoke-on-Trent (and the council won't say why)

04 March, 2019

Stoke-on-Trent City Council says it was not in the 'public interest' to prosecute unlicensed landlord, but will not explain why

Government looks to ban 'No DSS' letting adverts

04 March, 2019

The government has called for an end to letting adverts that discriminate against tenants claiming housing benefit

Dad blasts Universal Credit over fears family 'could lose hundreds of pounds'

04 March, 2019

Gary Prince has been told if he comes off housing benefits he would forfeit the £470 per month child tax credits

Demand from landlords wanting to purchase rental homes plummets by over a third

04 March, 2019

Haart is urging the Chancellor to relax the buy-to-let taxation crackdown after its data showed the number of landlord registrations was down by more than a third during January

Crackdown on letting adverts banning 'tenants on benefits'

04 March, 2019

Rental adverts which ban tenants on benefits must end

Housing association breaches Home Standard on fire safety

04 March, 2019

An 11,000-home association has been severely criticised by the regulator for fire, gas and lift safety failings

Thousands of shared homes in Bournemouth unregistered

04 March, 2019

As many as two-thirds of shared houses in Bournemouth do not have a mandatory licence

Right to Rent's demise should spell the end for the hostile environment

01 March, 2019

One of the Home Office's flagship schemes has been found to be unlawful

£45.5 million to help house the homeless in the private rented sector

01 March, 2019

The MHCLG has announced that £19.5 million will be shared amongst local authorities in England, to help the house the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless

£19.5m to unlock private rented sector for most vulnerable

01 March, 2019

Housing Minister Heather Wheeler MP has confirmed the fund will be shared among 54 projects

DWP 'preparing answers' on Universal Credit satisfaction rates

01 March, 2019

Parliamentary question probes extent of differentiation between live and full service on overall satisfaction rates

High Court rules Right To Rent breaches human rights

01 March, 2019

There is no place for racism in the UK housing market

Three-quarters of Universal Credit claimants unaware of missed rent consequences

01 March, 2019

Three-quarters of Universal Credit claimants are unaware that their housing cost payments can be cut if they miss the rent

Peabody to scrap fixed-term tenancies

01 March, 2019

A second major housing association is to phase out fixed-term tenancies in favour of lifetime agreements

Agents told to disclose referral fees to buyers and sellers including actual amounts

01 March, 2019

Estate agents should disclose referral fees upfront to both buyers and sellers, including - for the first time - the actual amounts and who the arrangements are with

'Right to rent' checks breach human rights

01 March, 2019

Rules aimed at preventing illegal immigrants from renting properties are "discriminatory" and breach human rights laws, the High Court has ruled

Universal Credit full service omnibus survey

28 February, 2019

This report presents findings from 2 waves of tracking research with recent Universal Credit full service claimants

Mixed age couples: benefit impacts of ending access to Pension Credit and pension age Housing Benefit

28 February, 2019

This publication provides analysis relating to mixed age couples estimated to be affected by the change in policy from 15 May 2019

Four board members leave housing association that almost went insolvent

28 February, 2019

Four board members have left FPHA, which nearly went insolvent in March last year, and four more have been hired to replace them

Council delays getting tough on HMOs despite overwhelming evidence

28 February, 2019

Residents feel angry and let down by delays to protect family homes in Thornton Heath being converted in to houses of multiple occupancy which are benefitting developers but detrimental to the area

Homeless families stage protest over 'four-hour school run each day' from temporary accommodation outside Southwark

28 February, 2019

The cost finding temporary accommodation has spiralled for Southwark Council, as more people find themselves unable to keep up with private rents or are evicted by private landlords

L&Q begins 6000 Fixed Term Tenancy conversion

28 February, 2019

Reports published by the association come in bids to encourage more security in social housing

DWP to fix rent change process for Universal Credit claimants

28 February, 2019

Ministers have agreed to amend the way rent changes for social tenants claiming Universal Credit are processed, easing the administrative burden for landlords

Criminal landlord enforcement cut by a quarter

28 February, 2019

RLA calls on government to commit multi-year funding in support of enforcement action

SFHA calls for pause to Universal Credit 'natural' migration

27 February, 2019

Concern that change of circumstance claimants 'naturally' migrated will not benefit from safeguards

Housing association regains top governance rating after two years

27 February, 2019

One Housing has regained the highest possible governance rating two-and-a-half years after being downgraded

More than 235,000 Universal Credit claimants have had payments cut

27 February, 2019

The payment cuts mean more people are struggling to make ends meet

Increase of foodbank referrals causes concern in South Tyneside

27 February, 2019

Councillors concerns over borough 'poverty' as South Tyneside Homes refers nearly 2,000 residents to foodbanks in just one year

Council houses in Oldham will now only be rented to those 'in need' - meaning nearly 20,000 people on a waiting list will be ditched

27 February, 2019

The town hall has agreed to change the way it allocates social housing

Clampdown on HMOs underway in another London borough

27 February, 2019

Another London local authority is proposing to insist HMOs require planning permission in future

New rent deal to aid 'quality and quantity' of social housing

27 February, 2019

Annual rent increases capped at up to Consumer Price Index inflation +1% for five years from 2020

Scottish Government launches guide for social landlords on allocations policy

26 February, 2019

The new guide comes following the announcement of changes to social housing legislation under the Housing Act

UK income inequality increasing as benefits cuts hit poorest

26 February, 2019

Average income of the poorest fifth of the population shrunk by 1.6% last year

42 social housing mergers made in 2018

26 February, 2019

The mergers are said to have come about because of reduced government spending on social housing

Council owed £400k in rent after universal credit roll out

26 February, 2019

People on universal credit are leaving Brighton and Hove City Council almost £400,000 short when it comes to paying their rent

Understanding the growth in private rented housing

26 February, 2019

The PRS has grown phenomenally in the UK over the past two decades and this trend is apparent in all of the Core Cities

Fees ban will mean tenants facing 'a rough ride' in terms of higher rents

26 February, 2019

Tenants are being warned to expect a "rough ride" as the number facing rent hikes rose

National warning on bogus landlords stealing tenants' deposits

26 February, 2019

A national alert has been issued by Action Fraud, warning prospective tenants that fraudsters are claiming to be the owners of rental properties advertised online

Number of unsold housing association homes soars to more than 7,000

25 February, 2019

The number of English housing association homes sitting unsold has risen by 18% to more than 7,000

Quarterly survey for Q3 (October to December) 2018 to 2019

25 February, 2019

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

Hedge fund giant to launch registered provider of social housing

25 February, 2019

The world's largest publicly traded hedge fund company intends to launch its own registered provider of social housing

Five children in two-bed housing association flat told 'nowhere else to go'

25 February, 2019

A family with five children living in an overcrowded two-bed flat have been told there is nowhere else for them to go

Take action to prepare for climate change, social landlords told

25 February, 2019

Social landlords must take "significant action" to prepare for the effects of climate change

Tackling homelessness together

25 February, 2019

A consultation on structures that support partnership working and accountability in homelessness

London firms helping landlords break letting laws

25 February, 2019

Property management companies are encouraging landlords to break strict short-term letting laws in London

English councils accused of hiding scale of homelessness crisis

25 February, 2019

Critics point out change of compiling method led to decrease in total count of rough sleepers

LIN member report February 2019 - Homelessness

25 February, 2019

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Universal Credit could be overhauled after government admits rent payments problem

22 February, 2019

The move could affect thousands of Merseysiders

Childcare providers and nursery school owners hit by Universal Credit cuts

22 February, 2019

DWP rules mean funding for providing childcare is being treated as personal income

Minority of landlords offering informal short-term lets

22 February, 2019

Only three percent of landlords are currently engaged in the informal short-term lettings market

Landlords to pay £26,300 to reach energy efficiency targets

22 February, 2019

The CCC has suggested that the average landlord will have to pay £26,300 over the next 30 years to bring their properties up to carbon neutral status

Scottish regulator underlines need for RSLs to plan for Brexit

22 February, 2019

The letter highlights Regulatory Standard 3 which requires each RSL to manage its resources to ensure financial wellbeing

Repair app for housing tenants piloted by Slough Borough Council

22 February, 2019

A new app which allows housing tenants to report and book repairs online has been launched by Slough Borough Council

Extra service charges getting ridiculous

22 February, 2019

Landlords of a block of housing association flats in Northampton are imposing "excessive charges" for basic amenities

G15 landlord censured by watchdog over shared ownership advert

22 February, 2019

A large London housing association has been censured by the advertising watchdog for "misleading" marketing for its shared ownership homes

Large association has 400 unsold homes amid 'massive market slowdown'

22 February, 2019

Housing associations have warned of a "massive slowdown" in the London sales market, as it emerged that one large organisation currently has more than 400 unsold units on its books

May urged to give benefits claimants a choice amid PMQs

21 February, 2019

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

Association downgraded over 'weaknesses in governance'

21 February, 2019

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

Council builds first homes in more than seven years

21 February, 2019

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

Regulator changes accounting requirements for housing associations

21 February, 2019

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

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

21 February, 2019

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

New bid launches to introduce rent controls in Scotland

21 February, 2019

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

Franchise firm launches new TV advert to highlight guaranteed rent scheme

21 February, 2019

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

'I'm only eating one meal a day': How Universal Credit is 'failing' self-employed people

20 February, 2019

Mark Sorensen, 28, a self-employed furniture designer, says he feels 'dehumanised' by the system

Universal Credit can loosen the grip of poverty, but further reform is needed

20 February, 2019

Universal Credit has the potential to help families locked in poverty, but the Government must make urgent improvements in its design, funding and delivery if it is not to drive some towards destitution

Assessment shows over 100 councils falling short of targets

20 February, 2019

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

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

20 February, 2019

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

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

20 February, 2019

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

No figures for UC free prescription penalty notices

20 February, 2019

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

England and Wales Rental Tracker

20 February, 2019

December sees eight regions post annual price rise

DWP concedes to issue with calculating UC for social tenants

20 February, 2019

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

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

20 February, 2019

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

Benefit sanctions statistics to October 2018

19 February, 2019

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

Universal Credit statistics: revision to number of people on Universal Credit and restoration of data on durations

19 February, 2019

Notice about a revision to the people on Universal Credit figures, and the restoration of data on the durations of time spent by individuals on Universal Credit

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 10 January 2019

19 February, 2019

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

DWP benefits statistics: February 2019

19 February, 2019

Statistics on DWP administered benefits

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

19 February, 2019

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

Baroness Grender: Give older people who rent greater security

19 February, 2019

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

Civitas Social Housing Acquires Seven Properties For GBP7.8 Million

19 February, 2019

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

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

19 February, 2019

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

There's a way to change Universal Credit payments from one monthly installment

18 February, 2019

If you're struggling, there's a way to reorganise payments

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

18 February, 2019

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

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

18 February, 2019

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

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

18 February, 2019

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

Maintain EU electrical safety standards after Brexit

18 February, 2019

Campaign group fears UK becoming magnet for dangerous or counterfeit goods

Council supports new HMO licensing scheme

18 February, 2019

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

DWP inflexible over UC assessment flexibility

18 February, 2019

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

Housing Benefit subsidy guidance manual 2018 to 2019

15 February, 2019

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

Mortgage interest relief

15 February, 2019

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

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

15 February, 2019

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

Regulator writes to housing associations with no-deal Brexit warning

15 February, 2019

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

What housing associations are doing to stress-test for Brexit

15 February, 2019

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

People in poverty must not pay the price for Brexit

15 February, 2019

Coalition demand Government action to protect struggling families

Two-decade social home build could have saved renters billions

15 February, 2019

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

Agents Giving urges firms to step up support for foodbanks

15 February, 2019

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

Skint Britain: Friends without Benefits Episode 1 Clip

14 February, 2019

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

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

14 February, 2019

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

Most English local authorities 'plan to raise council tax'

14 February, 2019

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

Association 'put tenants at risk' with electrical safety breach

14 February, 2019

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

May winces under PMQ 'friendly fire' over UC

14 February, 2019

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

Managing Money on Universal Credit

14 February, 2019

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

Rents fall as proportion of income

14 February, 2019

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

Rents at risk without DWP data share

13 February, 2019

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

Leading supermarket to build homes with housing association

13 February, 2019

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

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

13 February, 2019

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

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

13 February, 2019

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

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

13 February, 2019

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

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

13 February, 2019

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

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

13 February, 2019

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

James Brokenshire heralds new law protecting tenants from unfair letting fees

13 February, 2019

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

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

13 February, 2019

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

Tenant fees ban now in the statute books after Royal Assent

13 February, 2019

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

Tenant Fees Bill becomes an Act of Parliament

12 February, 2019

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

HB A3/2019

12 February, 2019

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

Brokenshire 'heralds' new Tenant Fees Act

12 February, 2019

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

Government refuses to act on DWP 'inhumanity'

12 February, 2019

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

Windrush win as provider proves tenant 'exists'

12 February, 2019

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

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

12 February, 2019

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

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

12 February, 2019

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

Universal credit rollout linked to rising food bank use

12 February, 2019

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

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

12 February, 2019

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

HB S1/2019

11 February, 2019

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

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

11 February, 2019

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

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

11 February, 2019

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

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

11 February, 2019

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

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

11 February, 2019

High rents are being blamed for pushing families into poverty

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

11 February, 2019

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

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

11 February, 2019

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

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council opens consultation on selective licensing scheme

08 February, 2019

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

Waltham Forest Borough Council consults on selective and additional licensing

08 February, 2019

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

UC rollout to 'worsen' NI housing crisis

08 February, 2019

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

UC claimants refusing zero-hour jobs risk sanction

08 February, 2019

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

Scottish housing associations to come under FoI

08 February, 2019

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

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

08 February, 2019

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

Second acquisition within months for agent as letting fees ban approaches

08 February, 2019

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

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

08 February, 2019

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

Benefit Cap: number of households capped to November 2018

07 February, 2019

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

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

07 February, 2019

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

Families missing out on 'vital funding' under benefit cap

07 February, 2019

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

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

07 February, 2019

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

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

07 February, 2019

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

Salix Homes to feature in new TV documentary on housing crisis

07 February, 2019

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

Fire that killed four children was in housing association home

07 February, 2019

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

Over 300 landlords 'Make a Stand' against domestic abuse

07 February, 2019

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

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

07 February, 2019

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

Act now to fix Universal Credit

06 February, 2019

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

Shelter from the storm?

06 February, 2019

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

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

06 February, 2019

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

LA Welfare Direct bulletins: 2019

06 February, 2019

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

Transfer of homes to 'protect tenants' finalised

06 February, 2019

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

High Court backs association's religious allocation policy

06 February, 2019

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

RLA urges a right to direct UC rent payments

06 February, 2019

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

February 2019: Touchbase edition 129

05 February, 2019

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

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

05 February, 2019

We want to challenge the negative stereotypes of council tenants

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

05 February, 2019

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

Call for universal credit overhaul amid fears of looming evictions crisis

05 February, 2019

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

165,000+ social rent homes lost in six years

05 February, 2019

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

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

05 February, 2019

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

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

05 February, 2019

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

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

04 February, 2019

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

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

04 February, 2019

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

Shortage of large council homes could slow wider Grenfell rehousing

04 February, 2019

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

New smoke alarm regulations to apply in Scotland after Grenfell blaze

04 February, 2019

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

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

04 February, 2019

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

Housing associations should be subject to FOIA

04 February, 2019

Housing associations should be subject to the Freedom of Information Act

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

04 February, 2019

Landlords in London are leaving the market "in droves"

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

04 February, 2019

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

Right to Rent - time to end this discriminatory policy

01 February, 2019

Today, the High Court delivered a damning judgment on the Government's Right to Rent scheme, finding that the desired effects of the policy have been outweighed by its potential for race discrimination

Councils urged to build on new housing solution

01 February, 2019

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

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

01 February, 2019

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

Councils 'empowering and engaging' tenants

01 February, 2019

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

Private Rented Sector Report - December 2018

01 February, 2019

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

Social housing contractors in crisis?

01 February, 2019

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

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

01 February, 2019

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

Tenant group slams 'wild west' of deposit replacement schemes

01 February, 2019

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

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

01 February, 2019

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

Tipping the balance of power against private landlords

31 January, 2019

Readers discuss the problems facing tenants in the private rental sector

No excuse for no DSS

31 January, 2019

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

Gender of bank account holders on Universal Credit

31 January, 2019

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

Overcrowding in social housing hits 24-year high

31 January, 2019

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

Review of tenancy deposit schemes in Scotland

31 January, 2019

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

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

31 January, 2019

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

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

31 January, 2019

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

The Deposit Diaries: The importance of taking notice

31 January, 2019

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

13,000 tenants in Wales at risk of UC underpayment

30 January, 2019

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

A two-pronged plan for better social housing

30 January, 2019

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

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

30 January, 2019

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

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

30 January, 2019

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

Third of councils have more than 20% PRS residents

30 January, 2019

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

Disabled people are going hungry. Tears are not enough

30 January, 2019

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

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

30 January, 2019

It is upgrading some of its 11,000 properties

New measures power up PRS electrical safety standards

30 January, 2019

Relevant competency and qualifications now a legal requirement for inspections

Hundreds on Bexley housing waiting list placed out of borough

30 January, 2019

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

Another London borough backs fight against Section 21

30 January, 2019

Six councils across the country now support the Generation Rent campaign

Government commits to introduce mandatory five yearly electrical safety checks

29 January, 2019

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

The impact of Tenant Fee Bans

29 January, 2019

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

HB A2/2019

29 January, 2019

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

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

29 January, 2019

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

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

29 January, 2019

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

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

29 January, 2019

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

Landlords should not call the tune on housing court

29 January, 2019

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

London tenants call for Statement of Community Involvement from Sadiq Khan

29 January, 2019

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

UK council tax benefit cuts resulted in surge of unpaid bills

29 January, 2019

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

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

29 January, 2019

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

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

29 January, 2019

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

Thurrock Council approves additional licensing of shared houses and flats

28 January, 2019

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

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

28 January, 2019

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

Ban landlords from evicting families without good reason

28 January, 2019

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

Regulator investigates housing association with former First Priority leases

28 January, 2019

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

Bristol to spend £7.3m on tower block sprinklers

28 January, 2019

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

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

28 January, 2019

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

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

28 January, 2019

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

A licence to rent

25 January, 2019

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

DWP home visits to help with your benefit claim

25 January, 2019

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

Housing association presents code for safer housing

25 January, 2019

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

Rural social housing waiting list tops 100 years

25 January, 2019

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

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

25 January, 2019

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

Universal Credit technicality threatens hundreds of thousands with underpayment

25 January, 2019

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

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

25 January, 2019

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

LIN member report January 2019 - The Social Housing Commission

25 January, 2019

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Renting 'more affordable' in 2018

24 January, 2019

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

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

24 January, 2019

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

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

24 January, 2019

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

Landlords of draughty homes to be fined thousands of pounds

24 January, 2019

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

Billionaire property family enters social housing market

24 January, 2019

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

Selective licensing improves housing conditions

24 January, 2019

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

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

24 January, 2019

Welcome to the first Landlords' Barometer of 2019!

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

24 January, 2019

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

Agents who break fees ban could be bankrupted by huge fines

24 January, 2019

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

The letting fees ban is finally happening

23 January, 2019

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

New film champions social housing and its residents

23 January, 2019

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

Tenant Fees Bill passes final Commons hurdle

23 January, 2019

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

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

23 January, 2019

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

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

23 January, 2019

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

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

23 January, 2019

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

Councils need more tools to cut off rogue landlords' profits

23 January, 2019

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

'Councils in race for temporary accommodation forcing rents upwards'

23 January, 2019

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

UK rents fall for first time in a decade

23 January, 2019

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

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 13 December 2018

22 January, 2019

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

Brent Council urges government to end rogue landlord benefits

22 January, 2019

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

Mentally ill people more at risk of losing benefits

22 January, 2019

Concerns that DLA system discriminates against those with psychiatric disorders

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

22 January, 2019

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

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

22 January, 2019

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

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

22 January, 2019

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

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

22 January, 2019

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

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

22 January, 2019

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

Universal Credit - latest news for housing associations

21 January, 2019

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

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

21 January, 2019

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

Council urges ban on housing benefit being paid to rogue landlords

21 January, 2019

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

Council pays rogue landlord £500,000 in housing benefit

21 January, 2019

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

Right to Buy is 'failing London'

21 January, 2019

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

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

21 January, 2019

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

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

21 January, 2019

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

Housing is a women's rights issue

21 January, 2019

What does housing have to do with gender inequality?

View News Archive >>

©2019 Landlord Information Network - All rights reserved - Tel: 01246 413791 - Email: info@landlordinformationnetwork.co.uk

Company Registration No. 7485861 | Registered in England and Wales | VAT Registration No. GB 110791246