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The benefit cap is harming struggling families

07 December, 2018

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

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

07 December, 2018

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

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

07 December, 2018

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

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

07 December, 2018

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

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

07 December, 2018

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

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

07 December, 2018

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

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

07 December, 2018

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

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

06 December, 2018

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

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

06 December, 2018

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

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

06 December, 2018

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

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

06 December, 2018

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

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

06 December, 2018

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

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

06 December, 2018

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

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

06 December, 2018

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

7,000 rough sleeping households moved straight into social housing

05 December, 2018

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

RLA responds to government U-turn on tenant deposit cap

05 December, 2018

"Landlords will feel badly let down" by government

Midlands association acquires stock from London association

05 December, 2018

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

Housing associations must prepare for 'disorderly Brexit'

05 December, 2018

Housing associations must be prepared for a "disorderly Brexit"

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

05 December, 2018

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

Food prices could rise 10%

05 December, 2018

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

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

05 December, 2018

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

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

05 December, 2018

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

RTB properties re-let privately pose 'major challenges'

04 December, 2018

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

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

04 December, 2018

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

Security deposit cap reduced to save renters hundreds of pounds

04 December, 2018

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

Private renting sector unfair to tenants

04 December, 2018

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

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

04 December, 2018

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

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

04 December, 2018

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

Social Housing Lettings: April 2017 to March 2018, England

04 December, 2018

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

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

04 December, 2018

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

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 12/2018

03 December, 2018

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

BME social tenants less satisfied with their landlords than whites

03 December, 2018

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

Government statistics show 37% drop in social rent conversions

03 December, 2018

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

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

03 December, 2018

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

Birmingham to build crime prevention into social housing developments

03 December, 2018

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

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

03 December, 2018

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

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

03 December, 2018

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

Nottingham City Council to spend £5million on social housing

03 December, 2018

The houses the city council buy will be former council houses

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

03 December, 2018

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

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

03 December, 2018

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

Universal credit is 'broken'

30 November, 2018

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

UC3/2018

30 November, 2018

Information for all local authority staff about Universal Credit

Putting the social into social housing

30 November, 2018

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

HCLG committee to debate private rented sector

30 November, 2018

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

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

30 November, 2018

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

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

30 November, 2018

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

'Futureproof PRS policy to keep pace with technological innovation'

30 November, 2018

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

Power shifts to tenants as rent reductions hit record high

30 November, 2018

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

Universal credit problems and rise of food bank use

29 November, 2018

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

RSH chief executive reflects on Social Housing Green Paper

29 November, 2018

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

Universal Credit tenants slip back into rent arrears after long period

29 November, 2018

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

Cross-party calls for rogue landlords to lose properties

29 November, 2018

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

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

29 November, 2018

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

More than 20,000 social housing units sold last year

29 November, 2018

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

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

29 November, 2018

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

Large London housing association sues contractors over cladding

29 November, 2018

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

Tenants happy with accommodation but why sector must not be complacent

29 November, 2018

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

Nine in ten councils failing to use new powers against landlords

29 November, 2018

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

Stop DSS Discrimination: Live blog

28 November, 2018

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

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

28 November, 2018

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

Strike called off at small London housing association

28 November, 2018

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

Newly merged housing association censured by regulator for fire safety failings

28 November, 2018

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

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

28 November, 2018

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

London boroughs 'sharply divided' over Mayoral rent policy

28 November, 2018

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

Workers at small London housing association to strike

28 November, 2018

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

England and Wales Rental Tracker

28 November, 2018

Autumn positives for rental market

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

28 November, 2018

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

Universal Credit and homeless people

27 November, 2018

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

Think tank launched to help renters with pets

27 November, 2018

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

Poorest tenants in Leeds 'facing rent rises and evictions'

27 November, 2018

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

Universal Credit: Single mums take government to court

27 November, 2018

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

London Mayor blasts Creekside development plans for social housing

27 November, 2018

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

MHCLG tenant fire safety group accused of 'excluding tenants'

27 November, 2018

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

DWP launches awareness campaign for Universal Credit landlord portal

27 November, 2018

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

Percentage of social rented housing being built is not enough

27 November, 2018

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

Landlords wrongly refusing tenant requests to switch energy

27 November, 2018

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

Is Universal Credit the Tories' number one priority?

26 November, 2018

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

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

26 November, 2018

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

Big re-boot for the Universal Credit Landlord Portal

26 November, 2018

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

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

26 November, 2018

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

Food banks fear winter crisis as universal credit is rolled out

26 November, 2018

Charities are stockpiling emergency supplies and appealing for donations and volunteers

NatWest close branches after housing-benefit protests

26 November, 2018

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

Police Scotland link robbery rise with UK benefits changes

26 November, 2018

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

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

26 November, 2018

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

Amber Rudd recognises 'real problems' with Universal Credit

23 November, 2018

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

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

23 November, 2018

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

Benefit and pension rates 2019 to 2020

23 November, 2018

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

Price cap pitched to rein in rent-to-own

23 November, 2018

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

'I live in disused buildings for cheaper rent'

23 November, 2018

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

Housing associations have 'huge potential' to power local change

23 November, 2018

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

Landlords are boycotting companies that support homelessness charity Shelter

23 November, 2018

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

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

23 November, 2018

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

From the bedroom tax to 'taking in a lodger'

22 November, 2018

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

No more social housing get-out clauses

22 November, 2018

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

CIH slams slow rate of social rent delivery

22 November, 2018

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

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

22 November, 2018

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

Welfare Reform in Northern Ireland: A Scoping Report

22 November, 2018

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

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

22 November, 2018

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

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

22 November, 2018

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

Deposit disputes remain low despite rising number of rentals

22 November, 2018

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

How much longer can lenders get away with DSS discrimination?

21 November, 2018

When challenged over why they discriminate against renters on benefits, landlords and letting agents often point the finger at the banks

PIP: Department 'cannot' scrap terminal illness form

21 November, 2018

A department has said it cannot scrap a requirement that terminally ill people sign a form stating they have less than six months to live to secure benefits

Fraudster who claimed £100,000 meant for Grenfell victims handed six-year term

21 November, 2018

Sharife Elouahabi falsely said he was staying with relatives at a flat on the 21st floor of the block

Poor families could take in lodger to beat benefit cap

21 November, 2018

Tory attacked as out of touch for saying families living in poverty could renegotiate rent

Co-op pension scheme to invest up to £50m into social housing

21 November, 2018

The Co-operative Group's pension scheme, Pace, will invest up to £50m into the social and affordable housing market over the next 12 months

Research reinforces benefit changes driving increase in PRS homelessness

21 November, 2018

As a UN report damns government's "callous" approach to benefits, report says LHA rates are behind a rise in evictions

Home-owners receive 'more government subsidy than social housing tenants'

21 November, 2018

The Chartered Institute of Housing states home-owners get a much bigger slice of government help than renters - whether they are social or private tenants

Letting agents offering 'guaranteed rent' told by watchdog to reveal sub-letting arrangements

21 November, 2018

Complaints against two letting firms offering guaranteed rent through the agent becoming the tenant and then sub-letting the property, have both been upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority

Rudd offers 'same old, same old' over Universal Credit

20 November, 2018

New Work & Pensions Secretary goes into denial over UN report that accused ministers of going into denial

Govan Law Centre launches Universal Credit campaign

20 November, 2018

Govan Law Centre has called for a new resilience strategy to challenge the adverse impact of Universal Credit in Scotland

Universal Credit is coming to Burton, Stafford and Cannock

20 November, 2018

It has proved controversial so far

MPs blast banks for discriminating against tenants on benefits

20 November, 2018

Government told to address 'housing blacklist' operated by mortgage lenders

Short-term housing offers extra help for Manchester rough sleepers

20 November, 2018

Rough sleepers in Manchester are being offered support to come off the streets and move into short-term housing under a new service launched by Sanctuary Supported Living

Market forces: the social landlords building homes for market rent

20 November, 2018

For most social landlords, market rent represents uncharted water

Landlords who have had enough of being 'bashed' to organise boycott of businesses that support Shelter

20 November, 2018

Disaffected landlords are to try and launch a mass boycott of the businesses that support Shelter, starting with B&Q and moving on to Marks & Spencer, with others to come

Kincardine Housing Co-operative to transfer to Grampian Housing Association following Regulator's decision

19 November, 2018

The Scottish Housing Regulator has taken the decision to transfer Kincardine Housing Co-operative's homes to Grampian Housing Association

Universal credit: Amber Rudd to listen to 'expert guidance'

19 November, 2018

Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has agreed to listen "very carefully" to concerns over universal credit, conceding the system "can be better"

'A lost generation': How austerity has created vacuum being filled by drug gangs exploiting children

19 November, 2018

'Where public services have shrunk there's a vacuum, and what's stepped into it is gangs'

Affordable rent housing schemes in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire could be withdrawn

19 November, 2018

Five housing schemes in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough with affordable rent could be withdrawn

Amber Rudd to inherit Universal Credit roll-out

19 November, 2018

New Secretary of State for Work and Pensions named on the day a damning UN report says rising UK poverty is a "political choice"

'I was forced into prostitution by Universal Credit'

19 November, 2018

The Universal Credit benefits system is forcing some women to turn to sex work

Shelter keeps up the pressure on letting agents over 'discriminating against benefits tenants'

19 November, 2018

Shelter is continuing to keep up the pressure on letting agents over the issue of tenants on benefits

Britain's worst landlord to take nine years to pay off string of fines

16 November, 2018

Property owner, with a multimillion pound portfolio, has at least 60 convictions for housing offences

Phoenix returns Right to Buy homes to social housing

16 November, 2018

The initiative aims to address the lack of social housing in the area

Renters start 'tweet fight' for change

16 November, 2018

New social media campaign follows #VentYourRent that went viral in August to take on Section 21

'Grim reading': Net loss of hundreds of social rent homes expected under Woodberry Down plans

16 November, 2018

Award-winning regeneration plans for a Hackney estate could result in the loss of hundreds of socially rented homes

League tables must consider human rights law

16 November, 2018

League tables for social housing providers proposed by the government must expand to take human rights law into account

Universal credit linked to suicide risk

16 November, 2018

Research for Gateshead council finds system increases depression and anxiety

The impact of the roll out of Universal Credit in two North East England localities: a qualitative study

16 November, 2018

"It's hitting people that can least afford it the hardest"

Strategic partners can add extra housing associations to deals

16 November, 2018

Housing associations which have secured spots on Homes England's strategic partnership programme will be allowed to add associations to their partnerships

DSS Discrimination: letting agent excuses

15 November, 2018

Our DSS discrimination campaign has lifted the lid on practices and policies many would like to believe simply didn't exist in 2018

Income-related benefits: estimates of take-up: financial year 2016 to 2017

15 November, 2018

Estimates of take-up of income-related benefits for Great Britain for the financial year 2016 to 2017

Councils face objections to accessible homes

15 November, 2018

Home Builders Federation says councils have a responsibility to ensure housing plans are viable and not subject to a 'blanket' approach

Large housing association gets downgrade after selling homes to for-profit

15 November, 2018

The Regulator of Social Housing has downgraded Moat Homes after it sold older people's homes to a for-profit provider

Wealthy landlord found guilty of failing to fix wheelchair-bound tenant's hot water for five months

15 November, 2018

Judith Wilson claimed the tenant damaged the water system

Fire door problems endemic in Grenfell Tower

15 November, 2018

Broken or deficient fire doors were endemic in Grenfell Tower

Both Rightmove and Zoopla tell agents to avoid blanket bans of tenants on benefits

15 November, 2018

Both Rightmove and Zoopla are issuing guidance that the phrase 'no benefits tenants' should not be used in blanket advertisements by agents

Draft Universal Credit (Managed Migration) Regulations 2018: SSAC report and government statement

14 November, 2018

A Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) report on the draft Universal Credit Regulations 2018, and the government's response

Healey challenges sector to deliver 'bold plans' for social housing

14 November, 2018

John Healey used his keynote address at the PlaceShapers conference to encourage housing associations to take a lead on the future

Council recovers housing benefit paid to 'house of horrors'

14 November, 2018

First Tier Tribunal Property Chamber backs use of a rent repayment order for over £60,000

Social Housing Green Paper: JRF and JRHT response

14 November, 2018

This response to the Social Housing Green Paper draws on extensive research and policy work to focus on two areas: increasing tenant voice and power, and improving affordability

Paws for thought: why landlords' differing pet policies matter for tenants' well-being

14 November, 2018

Social landlords' pet policies are anything but consistent, and this can have a big impact on tenant's well-being

Westminster council to shift affordable focus away from social housing

14 November, 2018

A flagship Conservative council in London is to insist that six in every 10 new affordable homes built in the borough are reserved for middle-income families

Landlords' Barometer - #64: Is now a good time to invest in London property?

14 November, 2018

Welcome to another edition of the Landlords Barometer, where I curate all the trending topics from the private rented sector

Benefit sanctions statistics to July 2018

13 November, 2018

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

Bereavement Support Payment statistics, April 2017 to June 2018

13 November, 2018

Statistics on DWP administered benefits

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 11 October 2018

13 November, 2018

These experimental statistics cover the number of people on Universal Credit to 11 October 2018

Rental growth hits an eight-month high but are tenants actually better off than ten years ago?

13 November, 2018

Rental growth last month hit its highest level since February

Less than half of private rented homes allow cats - so tenants miss out on joys of living with feline friends

13 November, 2018

Letting agents have been blamed for the lack of cat-friendly rental homes

Over 90% of wheelchair users struggle to find accessible PRS homes

13 November, 2018

Research reveals four in five currently living in a home that fails to fully meet their needs as a wheelchair user

Cool heads are needed as associations restructure debt to prepare for Brexit

13 November, 2018

Some housing associations are looking to refinance ahead of Brexit, but now is the time to remain calm

After Grenfell, London needs a tenants czar

13 November, 2018

A social housing commissioner should be appointed to fight for the rights of tenants in the capital

London women tell UN poverty envoy about impact of welfare cuts

13 November, 2018

Residents of deprived Newham describe domestic abuse and hunger to Philip Alston

PRS 'not fit for housing vulnerable tenants'

13 November, 2018

Debt charity says government should undertake a full review of the PRS housing vulnerable tenants

Rule changes 'risk new social housing black hole' in England

12 November, 2018

Shelter says plans create 'get-out clause' for developers to avoid providing affordable homes

Bournemouth and Poole council officials haven't yet added any names to the government's rogue landlord database

12 November, 2018

Council officials say they are continuing to tackle rogue landlords - despite failing to contribute any names to a national government database

Civitas Social Housing To Be Added To FTSE 250 Index

12 November, 2018

Civitas Social Housing PLC on Friday said it will be added to the FTSE 250 Index with effect from Tuesday next week

State of the Property Nation

12 November, 2018

Over 6,000 consumers and 660 agents have been surveyed on their views on the property market

The cost of renting in the UK in seven charts

12 November, 2018

As the number of people renting in the UK continues to rise, the BBC has taken a closer look at the state of private renting

Back in Credit? Universal Credit after Budget 2018

12 November, 2018

The Budget 2018 work allowance increase means that the number of working families that gain from the switch to UC increases by 200,000

Universal credit: Rent arrears double for benefit claimants

12 November, 2018

Council tenants on universal credit have on average more than double the rent arrears of those still on housing benefit

Universal credit will cost more than system it replaces

12 November, 2018

600,000 families could be worse off

Social rent levels in London rising 10 times faster than median incomes

09 November, 2018

We need far greater transparency as to what social landlords are actually charging their tenants, and how that money is being spent

Housing associations must change the way they fill in accounts

09 November, 2018

The Regulator of Social Housing is making minor changes to the way it requires housing associations to fill in their accounts

Landlords pushing up rents to exploit housing benefit shortfall

09 November, 2018

Benefit cuts and unscrupulous landlords have combined to create an explosion in temporary housing that is costing taxpayers more than a billion pounds a year

Regulator slams private equity-linked association which 'put tenants at risk'

09 November, 2018

A housing association linked to a new model of private equity investment has been downgraded to a non-compliant rating today for "potentially putting its tenants at risk"

Government launches £2m funding to help local councils tackle rogue landlords

09 November, 2018

The Government has made £2m of funding available for local authorities to tackle rogue landlords

UK rents outpacing house price growth but are below the cost of living

09 November, 2018

UK rents are now rising above the rate of house price growth but are just below the UK inflation rate

One in ten rental properties listed on Zoopla specify 'no benefits tenants'

09 November, 2018

One in ten rental properties being advertised on Zoopla explicitly exclude anyone who is claiming benefits

One in 10 rental properties in England 'likely to be advertised unlawfully'

08 November, 2018

New research exposes iceberg tip extent of discrimination against benefit claimants

Grenfell Tower: Unsafe cladding 'still affects thousands'

08 November, 2018

Thousands of people in England are still living in tower blocks with unsafe cladding more than a year after the Grenfell disaster

One in 10 rental homes advertised as excluding benefits claimants

08 November, 2018

Shelter says landlords insisting 'no DSS' causes misery and is likely to be unlawful

Social landlords 'should have key performance indicator' for domestic abuse

08 November, 2018

The National Housing and Domestic Abuse Group has called for more to be done by the regulator to ensure housing providers better tackle domestic abuse

Regulator should be widened 'to cover all landlords of social housing'

08 November, 2018

The National Federation of ALMOs has told government it needs to strengthen the regulator and widen its remit

League tables proposal panned in green paper consultation responses

08 November, 2018

Sector bodies have condemned the government's plan for social landlord league tables in their official responses to the Social Housing Green Paper - warning they could increase tenant stigma

Date set for 18-21s housing benefit ban reversal

08 November, 2018

The ban on housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds will be scrapped at the end of the year

£2m fund announced for councils to tackle rogue landlords

08 November, 2018

The news builds on the government's promise to improve standards in the private rented sector

Sprinklers suppress 12 social housing fires

08 November, 2018

Sprinklers have suppressed 12 social housing fires since 2010, meaning more than one in every 10 installed system has put out a blaze

League tables could 'further stigmatise social housing residents'

07 November, 2018

The Housing Ombudsman has called for a different approach to publishing Key Performance Indicators

Government open to 'data share' between housing associations and DWP

07 November, 2018

SSAC report on Universal Credit commits to "further discussions" on data sharing to help manage claimant migration

North East-based housing association gets A+ credit rating

07 November, 2018

One of the largest housing associations in the North East has received an A+ credit rating from ratings agency Standard & Poor's

Banks offering housing associations 'one-sided and unacceptable' terms post-LIBOR

07 November, 2018

Some banks have offered "one-sided and unacceptable" terms on new loans to housing associations set to mature after the end of the London Interbank Borrowing Rate

Buy-to-let mortgage lending for house purchase falls way short of forecasts

07 November, 2018

The trade body for the mortgage sector has warned that buy-to-let purchase lending is set to come in at below its forecasts for 2018

Number of homeless to die in temporary housing revealed

07 November, 2018

Thirty-one homeless people have died while being temporarily housed by Brighton and Hove City Council in the past two years

Report says London should have its own social housing commissioner

07 November, 2018

"It's imperative we avoid a breakdown between social housing landlords and their tenants"

Social Housing Green Paper - National Housing Federation response

07 November, 2018

In this response we have set out our thoughts on how the relationship between residents and landlords can be rebalanced, and how we can ensure every housing association resident has a voice that is heard

Crisis calls for review of 'pointlessly cruel' DWP benefit sanctions

07 November, 2018

Commons committee says human cost of sanctions is too high - Crisis sees a hard hit to the homeless

Housing association model of delivering social housing 'not working'

06 November, 2018

The policy of relying on housing associations rather than councils to deliver social housing is 'not working'

Sharma rejects scrutiny of new Universal Credit rules

06 November, 2018

Work & Pensions Committee won't get new rules ahead of Commons because that would "diverge from the standard process"

MPs call for review of 'pointlessly cruel' benefit sanctions

06 November, 2018

Work and pensions committee concludes that current scheme carries too high a human cost

MPs: protect housing allowance from benefit sanctions

06 November, 2018

The government must stop deducting money from Universal Credit claimants' allowances if they have already been 'sanctioned'

More landlords to be forced to improve energy efficiency

06 November, 2018

Partial climbdown means help for more tenants in coldest homes in England and Wales

Universal credit: Claimants 'to get more time to switch'

06 November, 2018

Universal credit claimants will be given more time to switch to the new benefit

Universal credit leading to rise in food bank use

06 November, 2018

Trussell Trust says benefits system is failing to protect claimants from hunger

Landlords face footing bill for EPC improvements as Government abolishes free option

06 November, 2018

Landlords will have to fund some of the changes needed to make their rental properties compliant with minimum energy efficiency requirements

Tenant fees ban: Call for incentives to encourage agents to introduce ban ahead of implementation

06 November, 2018

The Government has suggested that it could incentivise agents to ban fees ahead of implementation

LIN member report November 2018 - The Autumn Budget

06 November, 2018

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

HB S12/2018

05 November, 2018

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

McVey concedes to 'more careful planning' over UC roll out

05 November, 2018

Commons hears of new measures to ease migration following Budget announcement of an extra £2.7bn to boost the 'reform'

Benefit cap leaves poor families with mounting debt

05 November, 2018

Key welfare reform disproportionately affects ill or disabled people

Government sets out new rules for energy efficiency in PRS

05 November, 2018

Landlords to be required to install energy efficient measures in order to save tenants money and reduce carbon emissions

More than 250 social landlords sign pledge to tackle domestic abuse

05 November, 2018

More than 250 housing organisations have signed up to a campaign to tackle domestic abuse

MPs urged to consider voting down new rules on universal credit

05 November, 2018

Frank Field fears new regulations on switching to the benefit could leave many people worse off and struggling to cope

Social housing pensions must be equal for men and women

05 November, 2018

The SHPS will have to increase certain benefits so that they are equal between men and women

Budget tax on landlords could cost them £13,000

05 November, 2018

Changes could mean shock for owners who have rented out homes when they come to sell

London councils house vulnerable residents on industrial estates

05 November, 2018

London boroughs are sending people to live on industrial estates in Harlow, Essex

Government's new council house building drive will come at expense of housing associations

05 November, 2018

The independent Office for Budget Responsibility thinks housing associations' available government grants will be squeezed to accommodate new construction by councils

9,000 housing association tenants enter ballot for Midlands Right to Buy pilot

05 November, 2018

More than 9,000 housing association tenants entered the ballot to purchase their home through the Midlands Voluntary Right to Buy pilot

First-time buyer sales down as landlords exit the market

04 November, 2018

The housing sector takes a hit as buyers hold off on purchases following Brexit uncertainty

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 11/2018

02 November, 2018

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

The Value of a social tenancy

02 November, 2018

A socio-economic evaluation based on Hyde's housing portfolio

Social housing investment could heal Brexit divisions

02 November, 2018

Long-term investment in social housing will help to fix divisions in the UK caused by the country's exit from the European Union

MPs ask for clarity on plans to crack down on rogue landlords

02 November, 2018

Concerns raised after Guardian and ITV exposed unfit landlords still collecting rent

Victory for landlords as Government withdraws permission for local authority's licensing scheme

02 November, 2018

Brighton and Hove City Council has lost permission to introduce a selective landlord licensing scheme that was due to go live in February

Developing income linked rents for CHS Group

02 November, 2018

This report was commissioned to explore how the CHS Group can set rents that are genuinely affordable for its clients and to inform CHS's policy on rent setting beyond 2020

'Incompetent' council kicked out of government housing scheme

02 November, 2018

A city council has been branded "incompetent" and kicked out of a Government scheme designed to protect tenants against rogue landlords

Bromsgrove District Council set to launch its own housing firm

02 November, 2018

Bromsgrove District Council is forging ahead with plans to set up its own housing company, starting with the development of its old headquarters in Burcot Lane

Excluded tenants gain access to gym and pool in London complex

02 November, 2018

Luxury block Royal Wharf reverses decision that kept subsidised tenants from its facilities

Welfare reform success with 54,000 benefit cap households taking on more work

01 November, 2018

New figures show that around 54,000 households are no longer subject to the benefit cap, indicating more people are entering work or taking on more hours

Benefit cap: number of households capped to August 2018

01 November, 2018

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

Clydebank council tenant 'furious' his roof has not been fixed six weeks after it blew off

01 November, 2018

A Clydebank council tenant whose roof blew off during Storm Ali six weeks ago is furious that the damage has still not been fixed

Universal Credit predicted to cost more than existing benefits system

01 November, 2018

Universal Credit will cost billions more than the existing benefits system over the next five years

Associations target social rent and 'difficult sites' with strategic partnership funding

01 November, 2018

Housing associations will increase their development of social rented homes and build out "difficult" sites they wouldn't previously have tackled

Half of Scots opt for alternative Universal Credit payments

01 November, 2018

Almost half of those in receipt of Universal Credit chose the Scottish Government's alternative payment options when offered

Letting agents already hiking landlord charges despite no firm date for tenant fees ban

01 November, 2018

Letting agents are already telling landlords that their charges will increase in the coming months despite no firm date being set for the tenant fees ban

Housing Benefit statistics on speed of processing 2018 to 2019

31 October, 2018

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

PMQs: May and Corbyn clash over benefits freeze

31 October, 2018

Jeremy Corbyn used Prime Minister's Questions to question the Prime Minister over the benefits freeze

Universal credit rollout 'loads unreasonable risk' on to claimants

31 October, 2018

Government adviser Sir Ian Diamond says thousands could be pushed into hardship

Grenfell council announces plans to build hundreds of social homes

31 October, 2018

The plans have been announced in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy

Salford mayor Paul Dennett: 'We've lost around 13,000 council homes'

31 October, 2018

Salford's mayor on the fight for truly affordable, quality housing - and an end to outsourcing

New project to examine allocation of social housing in England

31 October, 2018

The project will be the next stage in the CIH's Rethinking social housing campaign

Budget 2018: 'Squeeze continues' for lower-income families

31 October, 2018

The era of austerity is not over for working families on benefits or government departments like transport

L&G to pick panels of housing associations to manage stock

31 October, 2018

Institutional investor Legal & General plans to pick panels of housing associations to manage the affordable housing it acquires through its for-profit company

Grenfell Survivors Facing Universal Credit Roll-Out Just Days Before Christmas

31 October, 2018

DWP accused of 'sneaking out' plan on Budget day

The Deposit Diaries: Was landlord's claim over wasp nest a sting at end of tenancy?

31 October, 2018

In this case, a landlord claimed £150, explaining that a pest control contractor was required to attend at the end of the tenancy in order to remove a wasp nest

From single parents to landlords: how will the budget affect people?

30 October, 2018

We talk to people with a wide range of incomes about how their finances will change

Why did the council 'house' me in a tent?

30 October, 2018

Theo had just turned 17 when he became homeless. He turned to the council for help - but was given only a one-man tent

Chancellor announces strategic partnerships with nine housing associations

30 October, 2018

Nine housing associations have signed new strategic partnerships with the government to deliver more than 13,000 homes

Budget 2018 Housing

30 October, 2018

The Budget sets out the steps being taken to keep the government on track for housing supply to reach 300,000 a year

Hammond v McDonnell on Budget 'end of austerity' claim

30 October, 2018

Philip Hammond has said there will be no "real terms" increase in public spending apart from on the NHS

Housing benefit bill 'to hit £71bn by 2050'

30 October, 2018

The housing benefit bill will rise to £71bn a year by 2050 unless levels of social housebuilding increase

Hammond announces extra funding for Universal Credit

30 October, 2018

Philip Hammond has announced plans to pump more money into Universal Credit in the Autumn Budget today

Lawyer blasts local councils for threatening well-meaning landlords over licence failures

30 October, 2018

Heavy-handed councils are driving private landlords out of areas where selective licensing schemes are in place

Shelter salutes supposed 'victory' in holding agent to account over 'DSS discrimination'

30 October, 2018

Shelter is claiming victory in its campaign against agent ludlowthompson, which it accused of banning renters on housing benefit

OBR: scrapping borrowing cap will deliver only 9,000 additional homes

29 October, 2018

Scrapping the borrowing cap will deliver only 9,000 new homes over the next five years

Homeless charity head 'gagged' over universal credit remarks

29 October, 2018

A charity head said she was told her organisation may miss out on National Lottery funding if she continued to criticise universal credit

A social justice housing strategy

29 October, 2018

Since its inception in 2004 the Centre for Social Justice has worked to identify and reverse the root causes of poverty

Housing associations sign new standard for armed forces tenants

29 October, 2018

A collective of housing associations based in Greater Manchester have signed up to a new standard for providing services to tenants from the armed forces

How universal credit is fuelling Britain's homelessness crisis

29 October, 2018

Observer investigation finds system in chaos, putting chancellor under pressure to change tack

Natwest apologises and launches review after 'No DSS' controversy

29 October, 2018

A major UK bank has said it will conduct a review after admitting it "regrets" its handling of a case where it declined a mortgage to the landlord of a tenant on housing benefit

Labour: vote down budget if it fails to halt universal credit rollout

29 October, 2018

John McDonnell urges MPs to unite to stop the chancellor 'forcing people into poverty'

Housing: MPs back legal action against rogue landlords

29 October, 2018

New rights for tenants to sue landlords if they do not properly maintain their properties have been approved by MPs

Government announces review to update minimum health and safety standards for tenants

29 October, 2018

The Government has launched yet another review into the property sector, this time on overhauling health and safety standards for rental accommodation

Exit of landlords from market pushing up asking rents as stock drops

29 October, 2018

A drop in available properties is pushing asking price rents to record highs

MPs vote to give tenants more power to fight rogue landlords

26 October, 2018

Private member's bill is sent to Lords following investigation by the Guardian and ITV News

League table ranks London boroughs' delivery of social housing

26 October, 2018

Tables show best and worst boroughs for delivery of social-rented homes as a percentage of total homes delivered between 2014-17

DWP 'adrift from the real world' over Universal Credit

26 October, 2018

As if to reinforce the damning accusation from a key Commons committee, DWP minister Alok Sharma denies that rise in food bank use is solely down to UC roll-out

NatWest to review lending after benefits criticism

26 October, 2018

The bank has been under pressure to change its practices after stories came out showing it refused to lend if the private landlord rented to a benefits claimant

MHCLG to tighten health and safety standards for rental sector

26 October, 2018

Ministry moves to update a system hasn't been updated in over 12 years

Bloxham blasts 'fundamentally flawed' social housing policy

26 October, 2018

Tom Bloxham has branded the way the UK provides social housing as 'fundamentally flawed' because it drives up home price inflation

Research shows scope for rental payment history in credit applications

26 October, 2018

Letting lenders see rental and other payment data can "greatly improve" access to affordable credit across the social housing sector

Universal credit: Ministers 'in denial'

26 October, 2018

The government has been accused of presiding over a "culture of indifference" about the hardship caused by universal credit

Councils primed for return to building after swamping £1bn programme with bids

26 October, 2018

Councils are primed to return to the housebuilding world when the cap on their borrowing is scrapped next week - with just 12 bids exhausting the entire £1bn of headroom they were previously offered

New legislation could make it requirement for lenders to take rent payments into account

26 October, 2018

Tenant rent payment recognition is likely to become standard after the matter was raised in Parliament this week

National blacklist of rogue agents and landlords to be opened up to tenants

26 October, 2018

The national 'blacklist' of rogue letting agents and landlords launched last April is to be opened up for inspection by tenants

Bleak state of Britain's private rented sector

25 October, 2018

Guardian readers respond to our investigation into rogue landlords and private rented housing conditions

Rules for landlords not fit for purpose

25 October, 2018

Shadow chancellor speaks out after Guardian and ITV News investigation revealed exploitation of loopholes

Social housing governance

25 October, 2018

An overview of the issues and evidence

Liverpool landlord with 18 houses on one street investigated by council

25 October, 2018

Local authority trying to determine if owner broke law by not having correct licences

Charity 'appalled and saddened' by housing association eviction notice

25 October, 2018

A homelessness charity handed an eviction notice by a major Midlands housing association has said it is "appalled and saddened" by the landlord's decision

The social housing being sold off on Rightmove while homelessness soars

25 October, 2018

One of the city's biggest housing associations is selling off terrace houses to private landlords because it is 'not economical' to do them up, we can reveal

Housing coalition reaches out to DWP over Universal Credit support

25 October, 2018

Plea for DWP to treat supported housing providers as 'partners' to ease the impact of the roll-out on vulnerable claimants

October 2018: Touchbase edition 129

24 October, 2018

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

Stephen Lloyd MP: Work should always pay - so why aren't we investing in Universal Credit?

24 October, 2018

The Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Work & Pensions repeats his party's stance on Universal Credit following a speech by Sir Vince Cable today

Tenants will get access to rogue landlord database

24 October, 2018

Official U-turn after revelation that database is empty and would be secret anyway

Universal credit stops parents returning to work

24 October, 2018

Group of mothers tell Commons committee that system is unwieldy

53 councils have not prosecuted a single landlord in three years

24 October, 2018

Large parts of England and Wales with many 'non-decent' homes have had no convictions

England and Wales Rental Tracker

24 October, 2018

New academic year keeps rental market ticking over

DPS stats show UK rental market 'remains in recession'

24 October, 2018

Figures released by the Deposit Protection Service have average UK rent down £14, or 1.83%, since Q3 2017 and lower than the national average for 2016

UK rents 'are heading for a full year of declines'

24 October, 2018

UK rents have fallen for the third consecutive quarter

Landlord remortgaging reaches record high

23 October, 2018

Remortgaging climbs to 57% of all buy-to-let business, with mortgages for first-time landlords representing just 10% of buy-to-let applications

Government's rogue landlord list empty after six months

23 October, 2018

Database billed as key to protecting renters is empty, and is closed to public

Banned but still in business: law fails to stop rogue landlords

23 October, 2018

Barred operators with housing convictions still renting out properties

Brent Council to join Capital Letters housing scheme

23 October, 2018

Several London councils have banded together to form a joint lettings initiative, which hopes to help tackle the city's housing crisis

Civitas Social Housing To Buy Four Properties For 8.8 Million

23 October, 2018

Property investor Civitas Social Housing PLC said Monday it purchased three social housing properties for a combined 4.6 million

'Give tenants designs on new social housing' says LGA chair

22 October, 2018

Lord Porter sees 'self-build' as the future for social housing - with tenants getting a say

NatWest, is it right to evict a woman on housing benefit?

22 October, 2018

The tenant is a vulnerable older woman who has always paid her rent on time

Flexible Right to Buy

22 October, 2018

Many in council subsidised accommodation are trapped paying rent to the state due to current prices in the UK's cities

Worries among tenants over deposit return

22 October, 2018

Nearly a fifth of tenants renting from private landlords say they have waited more than three months to get a deposit back

Universal credit is backward step in tackling domestic abuse

22 October, 2018

Home affairs committee report urges government to scrap single household payments

Thousands more homes pledged by councils under May's new rules

22 October, 2018

Sixty local authorities say they will use new powers to borrow more money to increase housing stock

Most buy-to-let lenders refuse loans when tenants are on benefits

22 October, 2018

Landlords association tells government to persuade banks to end practice by lenders representing 90% of market

Government urged to intervene over banks refusing mortgages for landlords renting to benefit claimants

22 October, 2018

RLA is urging the Government to intervene to stop mortgage lenders discriminating against Universal Credit claimants

Tenants face two-month wait for deposit refunds but some may be wrongly charged for wear and tear

22 October, 2018

Almost two in five tenants may be erroneously losing their deposit funds for claims on general wear and tear, research suggests

DSS discrimination: campaign update

19 October, 2018

Shelter supporters are a powerful bunch

Temporary accommodation no guarantee of UC transitional protection

19 October, 2018

Commons scrutiny session hears director general of the Universal Credit programme ask housing associations for help in moving tenants through the roll out

Triple Point Social Housing Raises 108.2 Million Via Share Issue

19 October, 2018

Triple Point Social Housing REIT PLC said Thursday it raised 108.2 million via a share placing, beating the target issue size of the fundraising

Borrowing cap to be removed at end of the month

19 October, 2018

Councils' Housing Revenue Account borrowing caps will be scrapped in less than two weeks' time

ESA underpayment: Who is entitled to backdated benefits?

19 October, 2018

Questions have been raised from benefits claimants after the government revealed that 180,000 people are entitled to back-payments following years of errors

Watford Borough Council approves scheme which will provide social housing boost

19 October, 2018

More social housing is on the horizon after councillors pushed through plans to provide extra cash for a new project

'We want more social homes by 2030 than 1970s Heyday': Ward politicians lobby Labour high command over Aylesbury social housing

19 October, 2018

It is testament to how far we have come as a party that improving the Aylesbury deal is such a real possibility

Reading Borough Council was spending more than £1.6m on B&Bs for homeless families just three years ago

19 October, 2018

The number of homeless households staying in temporary B&B accommodation in Reading has fallen dramatically

Speculation mounts as to how bad 'secret' government UC assessments are

19 October, 2018

Tories dogged Commons resistance to releasing briefing papers and analyses on UC impact taken as hiding damning findings

Renting in England: Paying more for less

18 October, 2018

Do you ever get the feeling that you're being ripped off?

Regulator raises governance concerns over leases at housing association

18 October, 2018

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

Disabled benefit claimants to get extra £1.7bn after underpayments

18 October, 2018

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

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

18 October, 2018

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

Over £1bn of tenancy deposits "at risk"

18 October, 2018

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

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

18 October, 2018

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

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

18 October, 2018

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

Labour fails to force government to release universal credit impact assessments

18 October, 2018

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

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

18 October, 2018

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

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

18 October, 2018

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

Social Housing Pension Scheme valuation results published

17 October, 2018

This update from KPMG summarises the main results from the valuation, and provides a useful tool for organisations to consider their next steps

Commons bid to force release of Universal Credit impact papers

17 October, 2018

Labour try Brexit tactics to expose the extent of the government's own UC assessments in special debate session

Government defeats Labour attempts to release UC impact papers

17 October, 2018

The government has narrowly triumphed in a Commons vote on Universal Credit

Swindon Tenants fear five years of above-inflation rent rises

17 October, 2018

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

New APPG to tackle employment needs of social housing tenants

17 October, 2018

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

Labour seeks to force publication of universal credit impact analysis

17 October, 2018

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

Landlords report surge in arrears among Universal Credit tenants

17 October, 2018

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

Landlord and agent both fined over unlicensed HMO

17 October, 2018

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

Online agent defends claims that landlords back the tenant fee ban

17 October, 2018

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

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

17 October, 2018

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

Housing association will not revoke homeless charity eviction notices

16 October, 2018

A Midlands housing association which handed a homelessness charity based in one of its buildings an eviction notice has said it will not review the decision

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 13 September 2018

16 October, 2018

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

Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance awards first council accreditation

16 October, 2018

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

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

16 October, 2018

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

Rental deposit pilot scheme launched by Southwark Council

16 October, 2018

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

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

16 October, 2018

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

Landlord purchases fall by £5.2 billion in 3 years

16 October, 2018

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

Payday lenders told to offer compensation for mis-sold loans

16 October, 2018

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

Landlord tax changes have 'made no difference' to rents

16 October, 2018

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

Right to Buy proposals don't go far enough

16 October, 2018

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

Universal credit rollout delayed yet again

16 October, 2018

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

£2bn to 'save' Universal Credit blows budget plans

15 October, 2018

Government has to balance between tax cuts and a simmering back-bench rebellion over the roll-out of UC

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

15 October, 2018

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

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

15 October, 2018

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

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

15 October, 2018

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

'Local welfare' schemes in England on brink of collapse

15 October, 2018

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

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

15 October, 2018

Price of small properties has fallen and landlord purchases are down

Calls for councils to pursue joint ventures after borrowing cap scrap

15 October, 2018

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

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

15 October, 2018

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

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

15 October, 2018

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

Millions to lose £52 a week with universal credit

15 October, 2018

Pressure on chancellor to announce increase in benefit funds in budget

LIN member report October 2018 - Regulating social landlords

15 October, 2018

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Investigating the effect of Welfare Reform on Private Renting

12 October, 2018

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

Former housing minister faces grilling over Universal Credit roll out

12 October, 2018

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

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

12 October, 2018

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

Tenant on coping with rising rent and housing benefit cap

12 October, 2018

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

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

12 October, 2018

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

Reputational risk for housing associations 'greater than ever'

12 October, 2018

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

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

12 October, 2018

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

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

12 October, 2018

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

Leasehold abuse rules exempt houses from Right to Buy pilot

12 October, 2018

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

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

12 October, 2018

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

Brexit wobbles could shake landlords' faith in rental sector

12 October, 2018

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

Shelter services - our view on benefit discrimination

11 October, 2018

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

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

11 October, 2018

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

MPs look to grill minister over Universal Credit as criticism mounts

11 October, 2018

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

Esther McVey: Some to be poorer under universal credit

11 October, 2018

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

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

11 October, 2018

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

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

11 October, 2018

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

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

11 October, 2018

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

UK renters politicise fast amidst 'financial anxiety epidemic'

11 October, 2018

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

Universal credit could repeat poll tax problems

11 October, 2018

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

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

11 October, 2018

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

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

11 October, 2018

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

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

11 October, 2018

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

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

11 October, 2018

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

RLA welcomes funding to support homeless people into rented housing

10 October, 2018

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

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

10 October, 2018

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

First council commits to abolition of Section 21

10 October, 2018

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

Government to launch £20m PRS access fund

10 October, 2018

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

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

10 October, 2018

Shelter launches new three-year strategy on World Homelessness Day

Halt universal credit or face summer of discontent

10 October, 2018

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

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

10 October, 2018

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

The Deposit Diaries: An open and shut case?

10 October, 2018

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

Guidance for Green Paper tenant engagement events

09 October, 2018

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

NLA slams newly launched Private Rented Sector Access Fund

09 October, 2018

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

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

09 October, 2018

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

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

09 October, 2018

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

Housing associations complete 57,000-home merger

09 October, 2018

Housing associations Thames Valley and Metropolitan have completed their merger

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

09 October, 2018

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

Haringey Council to pay out to evacuated residents

09 October, 2018

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

EU citizens could face repeat of Windrush scandal

08 October, 2018

Residential Landlords Association calls for hard copy documents for EU citizens

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

08 October, 2018

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

Labour wants abolition of 'shambolic' Universal Credit

08 October, 2018

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

Policy pitch for private renters to purchase properties from landlords

08 October, 2018

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

John McDonnell urges scrapping 'iniquitous' universal credit

08 October, 2018

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

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

08 October, 2018

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

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

08 October, 2018

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

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

08 October, 2018

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

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

08 October, 2018

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

Tory pick for London mayor under fire for remarks on benefits

08 October, 2018

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

London housing association to borrow £300m on bond market

08 October, 2018

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

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

05 October, 2018

Leading food bank provider fears soaring demand without safeguards for claimants

Government introduces licences for all HMOs

05 October, 2018

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

The cap is scrapped! Where next for council housebuilding?

05 October, 2018

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

Chancellor urged to back longer rental tenancies in budget

05 October, 2018

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

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

05 October, 2018

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

Food bank use will soar after universal credit rollout

05 October, 2018

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

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

05 October, 2018

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

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

05 October, 2018

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

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

05 October, 2018

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

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

05 October, 2018

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

Theresa May pledges end to austerity in Tory conference speech

05 October, 2018

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

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

04 October, 2018

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

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

04 October, 2018

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

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

04 October, 2018

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

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

04 October, 2018

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

Government 'heaping pressure' on councils over housing targets

04 October, 2018

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

Grenfell fire survivor says tenants were bullied over renovation

04 October, 2018

Residents were unhappy about boilers being put in corridors

Families could lose council houses if children are caught with knives

04 October, 2018

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

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

04 October, 2018

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

Charity defends its Universal Credit link

04 October, 2018

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

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

04 October, 2018

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

Councils say scrapping debt cap will boost housebuilding capabilities

04 October, 2018

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

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

04 October, 2018

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

Bradford Council team ensures that rented homes come up to standard

04 October, 2018

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

Housing benefit assessors ran £1m fake identity scam

03 October, 2018

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

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 10/2018

03 October, 2018

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

No to demolition without the tenants' permission

03 October, 2018

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

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

03 October, 2018

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

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

03 October, 2018

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

Johnson reinforces tenant stereotypes PM tried to tear down

03 October, 2018

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

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

03 October, 2018

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

2018 UK HOUSING REVIEW

03 October, 2018

Autumn Briefing Paper

Scottish government wants autumn statement to thaw benefits freeze

02 October, 2018

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

The landlord media briefing - September 2018

02 October, 2018

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

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

02 October, 2018

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

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

02 October, 2018

Esther McVey pledged £39 million for 'universal support'

Housing associations and co-operatives reclassified to private sector

02 October, 2018

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

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

02 October, 2018

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

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

02 October, 2018

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

High Court judgment paves the way for shorter eviction notice periods

02 October, 2018

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

Spa Green at 70 shows how 'council housing can be the best quality'

01 October, 2018

A Clerkenwell estate was created with "a vision that council housing can be of the best possible quality"

Civitas Social Housing to purchase three regulated social housing properties for £4.8m

01 October, 2018

Civitas Social Housing is pleased to announce that they have purchased three regulated social housing properties comprising 23 homes for £4,895,686

Citizens Advice to provide support to Universal Credit claimants

01 October, 2018

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

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

01 October, 2018

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

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

01 October, 2018

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

Concern over planned eviction of tenants from supported living scheme

01 October, 2018

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

Rented properties face clampdown - but tiny flats escape ban

01 October, 2018

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

Newly-merged housing association Connexus sees fall in surplus

01 October, 2018

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

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

01 October, 2018

LGA warns of already struggling authorities being tipped over the edge

Shared home tenants 'may face rent rises or eviction'

01 October, 2018

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

Government to confirm ban on combustible materials

01 October, 2018

Combustible materials will be banned on high-rise buildings

Harrogate Jobcentre staff seek to bust Universal Credit 'myths'

28 September, 2018

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

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

28 September, 2018

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

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

28 September, 2018

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

New ARLA stats show rents hitting record high

28 September, 2018

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

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

28 September, 2018

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

Record numbers of tenants experiencing rent hikes

28 September, 2018

Record numbers of lettings agents are reporting rent hikes for tenants

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

28 September, 2018

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

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

28 September, 2018

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

Housing tenure and costs becoming key determinants in poverty rates

27 September, 2018

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

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

27 September, 2018

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

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

27 September, 2018

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

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

27 September, 2018

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

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

27 September, 2018

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

UK asylum seekers refused housing over 'social cohesion issues'

27 September, 2018

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

More housing associations consider ditching fixed-term tenancies

27 September, 2018

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

Grenfell residents warn against plan to change tenant management body

27 September, 2018

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

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

26 September, 2018

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

September 2018: Touchbase edition 129

26 September, 2018

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

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

26 September, 2018

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

Grenfell Tower should not have been lived in

26 September, 2018

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

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

26 September, 2018

Housebuilders routinely flog freeholds to third parties which hike the cost

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

26 September, 2018

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

Average monthly rent rises to £861 in August

26 September, 2018

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

Renters ready to 'stand up and fight back'

25 September, 2018

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

Proud, not ashamed, to be in social housing

25 September, 2018

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

The premium renters pay for furnished properties

25 September, 2018

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

Why Government proposals on longer tenancies are unworkable

25 September, 2018

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

Labour promise Renters' Unions and dedicated housing department

25 September, 2018

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

'Unsung hero' of social housing Richard Farnell dies

25 September, 2018

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

Calls for London to be rent controlled city

25 September, 2018

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

Furious Portsmouth residents hit out at 'greedy' housing association

25 September, 2018

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

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

25 September, 2018

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

The DWP is now facing its fifth investigation by the UN

25 September, 2018

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

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

24 September, 2018

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

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

24 September, 2018

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

Keynsham housing association flats 'deprived'

24 September, 2018

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

Labour plans to give tenants more power

24 September, 2018

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

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

24 September, 2018

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

Plummeting lettings supply means higher rents for London tenants

24 September, 2018

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

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

24 September, 2018

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

Government 'red tape' ties up tower block safety works

24 September, 2018

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

Housing association apologises over empty house on Lincoln Court

24 September, 2018

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

Council housing: how Hackney has raised the game

24 September, 2018

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

Benefit expenditure and caseload tables 2018

21 September, 2018

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

Landlords face £95m bill as new HMO laws introduced

21 September, 2018

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

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

21 September, 2018

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

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

21 September, 2018

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

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

21 September, 2018

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

Giant housing association to offer lifetime tenancy to all residents

21 September, 2018

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

Tenancy fees ban inevitable and changes to Bill very unlikely

21 September, 2018

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

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

20 September, 2018

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

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

20 September, 2018

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

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

20 September, 2018

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

Gas Tag turns the heat on rogue landlords

20 September, 2018

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

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

20 September, 2018

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

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

20 September, 2018

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

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

20 September, 2018

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

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

19 September, 2018

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

Grenfell neighbours face higher rents or tenancy terminations

19 September, 2018

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

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

19 September, 2018

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

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

19 September, 2018

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

Theresa May throws support behind housing associations in landmark speech

19 September, 2018

Theresa May threw her backing behind the housing association sector

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

19 September, 2018

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

Conference update: Lib Dems call for mandatory licensing

19 September, 2018

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

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

19 September, 2018

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

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

19 September, 2018

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

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

18 September, 2018

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

'Tough sanctions' in the pipeline over gas safety

18 September, 2018

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

Social housing Scotland's 'best kept secret'

18 September, 2018

Poll for Scottish Housing Day shows soaring tenant satisfaction levels

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

18 September, 2018

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

What are councils spending on discretionary housing payments?

18 September, 2018

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

Jail for man who illegally sublet Hyde housing association home

18 September, 2018

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

Free workshops launched to help agents navigate the tenant fee ban

18 September, 2018

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

Barking and Dagenham Council wins award for innovative affordable housing models

17 September, 2018

Barking and Dagenham Council has won a housing award

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

17 September, 2018

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

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

17 September, 2018

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

Triple Point to tap investors as demand for supported housing grows

17 September, 2018

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

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

17 September, 2018

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

Local authorities continue to miss Right to Buy replacement targets

17 September, 2018

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

Selective Licensing Update: Great Yarmouth Council publishes recommendation report

14 September, 2018

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

HB A7/2018

14 September, 2018

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

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

14 September, 2018

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

Social landlords must consider the pros and cons of rooftop development

14 September, 2018

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

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

14 September, 2018

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

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

14 September, 2018

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

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

14 September, 2018

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

Council ready to buy homes housing associations don't want

13 September, 2018

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

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

13 September, 2018

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

Market for 'private social rent' should be explored

13 September, 2018

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

CIH supports suspension of Right to Buy

13 September, 2018

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

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

13 September, 2018

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

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

13 September, 2018

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

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

13 September, 2018

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

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

12 September, 2018

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

Universal Credit: in-work progression randomised controlled trial

12 September, 2018

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

Benefit expenditure and caseload tables 2018

12 September, 2018

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

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

12 September, 2018

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

Universal credit: one in six not paid on time

12 September, 2018

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

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

12 September, 2018

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

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

12 September, 2018

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

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

12 September, 2018

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

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

12 September, 2018

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

Avoiding discrimination - a guide for letting agents and landlords

11 September, 2018

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

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 9 August 2018

11 September, 2018

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

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to July 2018

11 September, 2018

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

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

11 September, 2018

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

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

11 September, 2018

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

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

11 September, 2018

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

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

11 September, 2018

A local agent has disappeared, apparently owing money

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

11 September, 2018

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

Leeds City Council trials free internet for social housing tenants

11 September, 2018

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

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

10 September, 2018

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

HMO licensing fees in Lincoln: New fee structure announced

10 September, 2018

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

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

10 September, 2018

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

Housing association pledges to make improvements after positive council meeting

10 September, 2018

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

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

10 September, 2018

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

Landlords told to remove Grenfell-style cladding or face action

10 September, 2018

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

New tenancy deposit replacement product launches - with tenants charged nothing

10 September, 2018

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

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

10 September, 2018

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

The Evolving Private Rented Sector: Its Contribution and Potential

10 September, 2018

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

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