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The housing headwind

30 June, 2016

Income gains for private renters have been absorbed by rising housing costs more than twice over in just over a decade

The impact of rising housing costs on UK living standards

MP presents petition in Commons calling for letting agent fees to be capped

30 June, 2016

An MP has presented a petition to the House of Commons calling for letting agents' fees to be capped

UK borrowing rises at fastest rate in more than a decade

30 June, 2016

Value of credit cards, personal loans and overdrafts rose by 9.9% on a year earlier in May

New figures show for the first time the alarming lack of government investment in affordable housing to rent

30 June, 2016

CIH reveal for the first time the extent to which government investment is being directed towards the private market and home ownership

Reforms to support social sector tenants

30 June, 2016

Lord Freud spoke about the benefits of working together to improve people’s lives at the Chartered Institute of Housing conference

Welfare

30 June, 2016

Support for government welfare reform

Little support for reducing spending for most groups

Making welfare for Wales: Should benefits for people of working age be devolved?

30 June, 2016

Social security payments totaling approximately £10 billion are distributed in Wales every year

Kerslake urges ministers to revise view of social housing

30 June, 2016

The former head of the civil service has called on ministers to change their view of social housing

Serial fraudster who ran string of letting agencies jailed for four and a half years

29 June, 2016

A letting agent who scammed dozens of tenants and landlords out of more than £220,000 of rents and deposits has been jailed for four and a half years

Universal Credit expands to all claimants in 5 more areas

29 June, 2016

Universal Credit becomes available to all types of claimant in Harrogate, Richmond (North Yorkshire), Inverness, Hammersmith and Ryedale

Breaking: Wales ready to abolish Right to Buy

29 June, 2016

Right to Buy is running out of time in Wales

Another lender clamps down on landlords - but could Brexit rescue buy-to-let?

29 June, 2016

TSB has become the latest lender to make it harder for landlords to borrow buy-to-let mortgages, by reducing the amount it is prepared to lend relative to a landlords' rental income

Banks suspend deals for landlords: Buy-to-let lenders pulling loans in case homes slip into negative equity

29 June, 2016

Buy-to-let lenders are temporarily pulling loans for borrowers with small deposits until the dust from the Brexit vote settles

Hold out for lowest home loans ever! Best mortgage deals tipped to become even cheaper after Brexit rate cut

29 June, 2016

Interest rates forecast to be cut to 0.25% by Bank of England after Brexit

This is how the EU referendum vote could impact on UK households

29 June, 2016

Housing and banking, petrol and pensions will all feel the effects of the Brexit vote

New research links energy efficient homes to savings for landlords

29 June, 2016

Potential for £2.4 million savings per year for social landlords identified. Costs from rent arrears and voids saved by efficient stock highlighted by new study involving 25 social landlords managing 500,000 homes

CIH bid to mend 'tense' local government relationships

29 June, 2016

CIH has announced a drive to fix the "tension" between councils and housing associations following the extension of the Right to Buy

Cut in number of homeless in Scotland

28 June, 2016

The number of people in Scotland assessed as homeless or under the threat of being homeless went down by 5% in 2015/16

Comparing private rented sector policies in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

28 June, 2016

There is no overarching statutory regulation of private sector letting or managing agents in England nor any legal requirement for them to belong to a trade association

Britain's biggest landlord caught in Brexit turmoil - as he attempts to sell 1,000 properties

28 June, 2016

Britain's biggest landlord has been caught in Brexit turmoil as he attempts to sell 1,000 properties just as buyers are stalling and pulling out of deals en-mass over market fears

Tenant chances boosted by co-operation deal

28 June, 2016

The employment prospects of housing association tenants’ are being boosted by closer co-operation between training and social housing providers

Majority of social housing tenants 'voted to leave the EU'

28 June, 2016

A majority of social housing tenants voted to Leave the European Union, according to an analysis by polling expert Lord Ashcroft

Several large landlords planning for Pay to Stay adoption

28 June, 2016

A clutch of leading landlords have begun planning for the introduction of Pay to Stay

Income-related benefits: estimates of take-up: financial year 2014/15

28 June, 2016

Estimates of take-up of income-related benefits for Great Britain for the financial year 2014/15

Proposal for a strong and sustainable future for supported and sheltered housing

28 June, 2016

The Federation has consulted extensively with our housing association members and stakeholders to develop our recommendation for a secure, sustainable funding model for supported and sheltered housing

The Impact of Welfare Reform in Scotland - Tracking Study - Sweep 4 Report

27 June, 2016

The aim of this study was to explore the impact of ongoing welfare changes on a range of working age households in Scotland

New £80m class action against Foxtons could affect almost all letting agents

27 June, 2016

A new class action is being assembled against Foxtons over its charging of fees to tenants

Austerity is the cause of our economic woes. It's nothing to do with the EU

27 June, 2016

The referendum shows how far Britain's economic failures have divided the country, but Brexit will only make them harder to address

Landlords in UK urged to stay calm in face of EU exit vote

27 June, 2016

Residential landlords in the UK are being urged not to read too much into the decision by the country to leave the European Union, having gone through a turbulent period recently

What impact will Britain's vote to leave the EU have on the PRS?

27 June, 2016

Today marks a very important day in Britain's history

Councils' cash from EU 'should be guaranteed' if withdrawn

27 June, 2016

The government should guarantee English councils will still receive the £5.3bn they had been allocated from EU funds

EIB 'stands by' funding commitments following Leave vote

27 June, 2016

The EIB has said it will honour social housing funding commitments already in place with the UK following the vote to leave the European Union

The accidental landlord:'the Chancellor's solution to the housing crisis is a "dog's dinner" - but it's tenants who will suffer'

27 June, 2016

The Chancellor's bid to hit private landlords in the pocket will only worsen the misery of rocketing rents

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain, results: May 2016

27 June, 2016

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

Could front line workers hold the key to improving care in social housing?

27 June, 2016

From gas engineers to neighbourhood officers, rent collectors to handy-people; promoting health isn't the first thing that springs to mind when you think about these roles

Future of the welfare state

27 June, 2016

As one of the key challenges facing the nation, successfully tackling the housing crisis is a critical litmus test for politicians and policy makers

15 things Brexit may mean for property

24 June, 2016

Reactions coming in thick and fast follwing today's Brexit vote

Economic uncertainty means renters need security

24 June, 2016

We haven't commented on the EU referendum as a debate about the future of the country was all a bit above us. Renters are a mixed bunch and have different reasons for voting Remain or Leave

Property market lull may follow vote to leave EU

24 June, 2016

Commentators suggest the lull in the UK property market will continue following the UK's vote to leave the EU

Landlords prosecuted for poor standards at Gloucester HMO under crackdown by council and fire and rescue service

24 June, 2016

Two more landlords have been prosecuted for poor standards at Houses in Multiple Occupation

Every week Charlotte sees desperation at first hand - outside the job centre

24 June, 2016

Her group have been helping jobseekers exposed to the vagaries of Britain's benefit system. She says people feel like criminals in a culture of fear

Buy-to-let mortgage rates take a tumble on Brexit fears as lenders scramble to tempt landlords stalling on investing

24 June, 2016

A stamp duty hike hangover and fears that Britain will vote to abandon the European Union today have pushed lenders to slash buy-to-let rates and bump up how much they'll lend to landlords who are delaying investment

Personal Independence Payment: Official Statistics

24 June, 2016

This summary contains official statistics on PIP registrations, clearances and awards, clearance and outstanding times and mandatory reconsiderations

Birmingham landlord ordered to pay nearly £4,000

24 June, 2016

A Birmingham landlord has been ordered to pay nearly £4,000 after being found guilty of failing to apply for a House in Multiple Occupation licence

Whose Right to Buy Is It Anyway?

24 June, 2016

Around 2.5m council tenants across the UK have bought their homes since Right to Buy started in 1980

Councils sound warning over Pay to Stay timetable

24 June, 2016

The government is facing pressure from councils over the "horrendously short" timescale required to implement its controversial Pay to Stay policy by April next year

PIP figures fuel concerns over cuts, while activists plan day of action

24 June, 2016

DWP figures show that just 71 per cent of DLA recipients who applied for the new PIP were successful with their claim in April 2016

Scottish landlords now making paper losses of nearly £3,800 per year

23 June, 2016

Falling house prices and higher tax on purchases have seen landlord returns on buy-to-let drop in the 12 months to May

Regardless of today's referendum result, lettings market to be 'unaffected' in short term

23 June, 2016

Whatever the outcome of today's EU referendum, lettings agents do not believe supply, demand or rental costs will be shaken or stirred - in the short term, at least

Need to cut the use of foodbanks

23 June, 2016

The second meeting of Motherwell and Wishaw Poverty Action Network discussed how foodbank use in the area could be slashed

Rent increases and rent lawfully due

23 June, 2016

A few years ago now, I was instructed by Luton Law Centre in a series of possession cases brought by BPHA in Luton and Bedford County Courts

Conference examines role of how customer service can save social housing

23 June, 2016

The role of customer service in "saving" social housing was on the agenda at Omfax System's annual user conference in Warwickshire

Residents offered help to furnish their new homes

23 June, 2016

Tenants on low incomes are being helped to make their house into a home

HCA urges bids for supported housing grant

23 June, 2016

Landlords have been urged to bid for supported housing funding despite the government's benefit changes

Who gets housing benefit and what does it cost?

23 June, 2016

The government spent £24bn on housing benefit in 2014. More than half of claimants under 35 are single mothers and many live in deprived coastal towns

Scottish rents hit record high as LBTT surcharge bites

22 June, 2016

Rents jump 1.3% month-on-month in April - the fastest growth on record, after new LBTT surcharge

Mapped: the tenancy fees faced nationwide by 'generation rent'

22 June, 2016

Tenancy fees can vary by more than 1,500pc depending on the agent and by hundreds of pounds between towns

Impact of Universal Credit

22 June, 2016

Average level of rent arrears of Universal Credit claimants in participating organisations has risen by 41.1% since roll out

Tenants have their say on housing strategy

22 June, 2016

Residents of Edinburgh have influenced the city council on its housing budget strategy

Landlords call for supported housing funding changes

22 June, 2016

The government should cap supported housing management costs and stop funding them through housing benefit

Labour calls for answers over RTB fraud claims

22 June, 2016

Labour has tabled urgent questions and threatened to call for a National Audit Office investigation over Inside Housing's research into Right to Buy fraud

ARLA PRS report

22 June, 2016

Letting agents don't anticipate major shift in rental market if UK votes for Brexit says ARLA report

Rent reduction : service cost de-pooling

22 June, 2016

This note examines the potential effects of de-pooling service costs from the rent for social landlords in England

A short guide on right to rent

22 June, 2016

What is the right to rent?

Buy-to-let mortgage fraudster escapes jail after £750,000 scam

21 June, 2016

A fraudster has escaped jail after a £750,000 mortgage scam

Campaign against buy to let 'tax grab' extends fund-raising deadline

21 June, 2016

The landlords campaigning for a judicial review of the legislation curtailing mortgage interest tax relief for buy to let landlords have extended their fund-raising deadline until the end of August

Why is renting such a pain?

21 June, 2016

The United Kingdom is now the most expensive place to rent in Europe, with accommodation costing, on average, 43% of a tenant's income

Here's what £1,000 a month in rent gets you in British cities

21 June, 2016

Can you get more for your property pound in Welsh cities compared to the English equivalent?

The effect of UK welfare reforms on the distribution of income and work incentives

21 June, 2016

As well as reducing expenditure, the UK government hopes that its welfare reforms will encourage work

Tenants arrears tracker

21 June, 2016

Serious tenant arrears fall 4% as jobs boom

Families now most common household in private rented sector

21 June, 2016

Families are the most common household type in the private rented sector for the first time

Letting agents and ghost listings

21 June, 2016

We were recently contacted by a homeowner that had fallen victim to fraudulent activity by a letting agent

DWP spending on IT contractors rockets amid Universal Credit delays

21 June, 2016

Spending on external IT contractors by the Department for Work and Pensions has rocketed to £8m every month in a desperate attempt to get the heavily delayed Universal Credit scheme back on track

16% of RTB purchasers 'on housing benefit'

21 June, 2016

Around 16% of council homes sold by 10 councils under the boosted Right to Buy have been to tenants on housing benefit

'Flash flood' in lettings market as rents dip amid increasing supply

20 June, 2016

Landlords are experiencing a short-term chill as rents fall amid increasing supply of rental properties that came to the market ahead of the Stamp Duty deadline

Fury as Shadow Housing Minister claims 'landlords cause homelessness'

20 June, 2016

A furious landlord has written an open letter to a senior politician who claimed that landlords cause homelessness

Tax changes prompt a fall in rent

20 June, 2016

Rents have reversed their spring trajectory as a tide of homes to let bought before the Stamp Duty Surcharge have reached the private rented sector

£10bn worth of benefits go unclaimed each year in the UK

20 June, 2016

Has social stigma gone too far?

Rent deals, housing hot-spots and sneaky ways to save money

20 June, 2016

Rents have reversed their Spring trajectory as a tide of homes to let bought before the April Stamp Duty surcharge have reached the private rented sector

Major changes to the private rented sector

20 June, 2016

The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 was recently passed by the Scottish Parliament

Charity condemns councils' £30m in 'sweeteners' to private landlords

20 June, 2016

An anti-poverty charity today attacked the millions of pounds in sweeteners paid by cash-strapped London boroughs to private landlords to persuade them to rent to council tenants

Starving and depending on foodbanks: why we need to rethink choice, deservingness, and stigma

20 June, 2016

With the growing foodbank queues came a growing interest towards their users

How do you solve a problem like LHA?

20 June, 2016

The 'LHA problem' has become wide and far-reaching - and is hitting the vulnerable and those on low incomes the most

Tenants launch union to challenge private landlords

20 June, 2016

New union aims to be antidote to landlords' industry bodies

Abolish tenancy deposits, says agent, to release £3.2bn into economy

17 June, 2016

A lettings agent has called for deposits to be abolished, saying it would release money into the economy and help stamp out rogue landlords and agents who help themselves to tenants' money

Making it Real for Supported Housing

17 June, 2016

A guide for providers and commissioners

£17 million needed to repair 1,140 rented homes with 'serious hazards'

17 June, 2016

More than 1,100 private rented homes in parts of North Staffordshire have 'serious' hazards

Disrupt Social Housing: Before Someone Disrupts It For You

17 June, 2016

All organisations face common challenges in coming years

Scottish landlords edge towards 'remain' though UK-wide vote is split

17 June, 2016

Landlords in Scotland intend to vote in favour of the UK remaining in the European Union in the upcoming referendum

Landlords welcome Supreme Court ruling that right to family life does not trump right to reclaim property

17 June, 2016

RLA has welcomed a Supreme Court ruling it says will boost investor confidence in the private rented sector by clarifying a point of law

Council saves money on costly temporary accommodation by purchasing homes

17 June, 2016

A London council claims its has saved almost £1 million in two years by purchasing homes to use as an alternative to nightly accommodation for vulnerable families

Number of retired renters soars by more than 200,000 in 4 years

17 June, 2016

The number of people living in private rented accommodation in retirement has soared by more than 200,000 in the last four years, according to a poll of private renters

DWP payments over £25,000 for 2016

17 June, 2016

Payments over £25,000 that DWP has made in 2016, including invoices, grants and expenses

HB Bulletin: G6/2016

17 June, 2016

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Landlord ordered to refund tenants of unlicensed HMOs

17 June, 2016

A legal tribunal has ruled that a landlord must refund his tenants rent totalling £2,934 because he housed them in unlicensed HMOs

More evictions, more homelessness: what's the government's response?

17 June, 2016

Every new set of homelessness figures shows that the ending of a private tenancy is the biggest reason why people are losing their homes

On a knife's edge - how landlords view next week's EU poll

16 June, 2016

The results of next week's EU poll look far too close to call

Buy-to-let market like watching a train crash in slow motion

16 June, 2016

The buy-to-let market has been described as a slow motion train crash with a landlord exodus and much higher rents

Landmark case as tenant loses after claiming Human Rights should prevent eviction

16 June, 2016

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by a private tenant who claimed a possession order on her home was a breach of her human rights

European court backs UK curbs on child benefit rights

16 June, 2016

A challenge to the UK's right to deny some EU migrants child benefit and child tax credits has been rejected by European judges

Netherlands landlord offers tenants 100 Euro rent cut for helping refugees

16 June, 2016

Trudo housing corporation residents to get monthly discount if they guide new arrivals through Dutch customs and rules

'I'm at the mercy of my landlord': life as a young renter

16 June, 2016

If you're under 30, you could spend half your income on renting a one-bedroom flat. How do our readers cope?

HB S7/2016

16 June, 2016

Rent Rebate Subsidy Limitation information - 2016/17

Over four-fifths of benefit claimants with disabilities worried about benefit changes

16 June, 2016

Nearly three-quarters of people with disabilities said they would feel more stressed about their financial situation if their benefits were to be cut or reduced

Under 35, on housing benefit, and impossible to house?

16 June, 2016

The 'Local Housing Allowance cap' is already narrowing the housing options for under-35s, Inside Housing reveals, with many housing associations planning to tighten allocation rules

Landlords cite high capital gains tax as their biggest issue

15 June, 2016

Landlords have ranked the decision to maintain the old capital gains tax rate on property while cutting it elsewhere as their biggest challenge

Rental arrears fall as tenants get their finances back on track

15 June, 2016

Rental arrears fell by 4% in the first three months of the year

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to April 2016

15 June, 2016

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

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 2 Jun 2016

15 June, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 2 June 2016

Welfare support 'vital lifeline'

15 June, 2016

The majority of tenants claiming benefits are worried about future welfare changes

Spend half of your pay on rent? That's nothing out of the ordinary, you're just an average young single tenant in Britain

15 June, 2016

Young single tenants typically see half of their pay packet swallowed up in rent

Three-quarters of Benefit Claimants Worried about Future Welfare Changes

15 June, 2016

New research by the national charity Turn2us has found that 73% of low income households claiming means-tested benefits are worried about the welfare system

Borough bids for HMO control

15 June, 2016

A council coping with a rapid rise in HMOs is ready to "take back control"

NFA floats switch to monthly rent collection

15 June, 2016

NFA is gathering the views of its members on moving from weekly to monthly rent collection

350,000 renters put at risk of eviction in the last year - equivalent to more than the population of Leicester

15 June, 2016

Alarming new figures from housing charity Shelter have revealed more than 148,000 renting households in England were put at risk of losing their home in the past year

Restoring a Nation of Home Owners

14 June, 2016

Report by Civitas

What went wrong with home ownership in Britain, and how to start putting it right

Right-wing think tank calls for Right to Buy to be extended to private tenants

14 June, 2016

A right-wing think tank has called for Right to Buy to be extended to private tenants

'We have been treated like garbage. We are not garbage'

14 June, 2016

A man watched as his house was sold at auction

Implementing 'Right to Rent' immigration checks in Scotland: a recipe for confusion, complexity and discrimination?

14 June, 2016

There is fear that the UK government's latest round of immigration reforms could increase discrimination against some people wanting to rent privately and ride roughshod over Scottish housing law

Average Scottish tenancy deposits '£100 cheaper than England and Wales'

14 June, 2016

New renters in Scotland paid out on average almost £800 for a tenancy deposit over the last year

SNP falls short of socially-rented housing manifesto target

14 June, 2016

The SNP has missed a manifesto target to build more than 6,000 new socially-rented houses a year

Punishing landlords will not help more people onto the property ladder

14 June, 2016

It is demonstrably possible to promote home ownership whilst at the same time creating the environment needed for the rented sector to grow

Moody's: 'Brexit could be negative for associations'

14 June, 2016

A ratings agency has issued fresh warnings about the impact on housing associations if the UK votes to leave the European Union

Should private renters get the Right to Buy?

14 June, 2016

This is my second blog in response to Civitas's excellent new report Restoring a Nation of Homeownership

Landlord and letting agent both fined over illegal HMO

13 June, 2016

A landlord and his letting agent have both been fined for a number of offences relating to an illegally established house in multiple occupation

Cost of renting one-bed property soars in UK

13 June, 2016

Workers under 30 pay almost half of monthly wages in rent, while those in London pay even more

Regulator's new advisors help keep tenants at the heart of its work

13 June, 2016

The Scottish Housing Regulator has recruited a team of tenant advisors as one way of bringing a tenant perspective to the Regulator's scrutiny of landlords' services

CIH responds to HCA analysis of cost variation in the social housing sector

13 June, 2016

It is pleasing to see that the regulator's analysis shows housing associations have continued to reduce their costs over the last five years

Kent Reliance Buy To Let Britain report

13 June, 2016

Limited company lending rockets but tenants bear brunt of buy to let tax changes

From the County Courts - deposits, evictions and introductory tenancies

13 June, 2016

Some county court cases reported in the indispensable 'Housing: Recent Developments' in Legal Action for May 2016

Rent fees are a step closer to being scrapped

13 June, 2016

If you rent in England, Wales or Northern Ireland then you'll know all about those fees you have to pay when you sign a rental contract with a letting agent

Our tenants will pay the new taxes, say buy-to-let investors, as they push up rents by 6pc

13 June, 2016

Landlords will make tenants bear the brunt of increased buy-to-let taxation

HB A5/2016

13 June, 2016

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

Home free: when 'adverse possession' can mean good news for squatters

10 June, 2016

A Sydney man has used the old common law right of 'adverse possession' to take over an empty terrace house. In 12 years it could be his

UK startup offers landlords continuous, deep surveillance of tenants' social media

10 June, 2016

New Startup That Sends Dossiers On Your Private Social Media Profiles To Potential Landlords

Landlord left family at 'serious risk' in dangerous house

10 June, 2016

A landlord refused to repair a house that council enforcement officers said put a family at serious risk

Debt and food banks: the legacy of universal credit's Long Hello

10 June, 2016

There is fresh evidence that lengthy waits for a first benefit payment faced by universal credit claimants trigger hunger and rent arrears

What Does the EU Referendum Mean for Private Renters?

10 June, 2016

As a 'disabled' privately renting female in London, you may think that I have one foot in and one foot out when it comes to the upcoming EU Referendum

Men's domestic violence refuge

10 June, 2016

The first north Wales refuge for men fleeing domestic abuse has opened in Flintshire

Tread carefully

10 June, 2016

Housing associations considering a move into the care home market should tread carefully

NLA donates to judicial review of clause 24

10 June, 2016

The NLA is to donate £10k to support the Judicial Review against the Government's controversial decision to remove Finance Costs for individual landlords

Bill gains support to outlaw letting fees for renters

10 June, 2016

A Private Members Bill to ban estate agents from charging tenants letting fees and to clamp down on rogue landlords is gathering wide support

The EU referendum and Fiscal impact on low income households

10 June, 2016

Report by National Institute of Social and Economic research

Low income families could receive hundreds of pounds less in benefit payments if the UK leaves the EU, according to report

Buy-to-let Britain

10 June, 2016

Buy-to-let landlords likely to increase rents to offset higher costs - report by Kent Reliance

Council to pay a £26.8m water bill refund to tenants

09 June, 2016

Many landlords with similar arrangements could also face large bills.

A London council faces paying a £26.8m refund to tenants who were overcharged for water, in a case that could have implications for many other landlords.

Universal Credit Leads to Rent Arrears

09 June, 2016

Universal Credit is to blame for 79% of rent arrears since its roll-out in England.

One year on from the roll-out of Universal Credit (UC) in England, new research shows that 79% of council tenants in receipt of Universal Credit (UC) are in rent arrears.

Lender to go into loss this year through having to refund £27.5m to buy-to-let borrowers

09 June, 2016

The West Bromwich Mortgage Company will have to refund £27.5m to thousands of buy-to-let borrowers who had tracker mortgages

Stamp Duty surcharge starting to hit buy-to-let sector

09 June, 2016

The Stamp Duty surcharge on buy-to-let properties may be starting to bite

Delivering better value for money: understanding differences in unit costs

09 June, 2016

Analysis of unit costs in the social housing sector

Buy-to-let landlords win multimillion payout from West Bromwich

09 June, 2016

Court of appeal judges say building society was not entitled to raise tracker interest rates, ending 'David and Goliath' legal battle

Number of homes to rent decreases

09 June, 2016

The repercussions of the government's stamp duty hike on second homes may already be starting to bite

Benefit cap puts supported housing at risk

09 June, 2016

Council leaders have called for supported housing to be exempt from the housing benefit cap to prevent the most vulnerable people from losing their homes

90% of Welsh private tenants 'satisfied'

09 June, 2016

Welsh private sector tenants are more satisfied than those in the social rented sector

Landlords check Facebook and other social media to vet tenants

09 June, 2016

Landlords and letting agents are paying for "personality reports" of potential tenants based on details obtained by trawling Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and other sites

ESA Work Capability Assessment mandatory reconsiderations: data to April 2016

09 June, 2016

Numbers of ESA Work Capability Assessment mandatory reconsiderations received and cleared by decision type and outcome

New rents still rising - but rate of growth slows

08 June, 2016

New rents across the UK continued to rise during May, but the rate of increase slowed

Mortgage valuations up despite large drop in buy-to-let

08 June, 2016

Demand in the UK housing market is still strong despite the impending EU referendum

Financial adviser wins appeal court ruling on buy-to-let mortgages

08 June, 2016

A financial specialist has won the latest round of a legal battle with a mortgage company which he says could affect around a million people who own buy-to-let properties

Use of Equality and Diversity In formation by Scottish Social Landlords

08 June, 2016

This report presents the findings of our thematic inquiry on the information submitted by social landlords against the Charter standard and outcome for equalities

New tenancy laws not enough

08 June, 2016

Pressure groups call for further powers to improve quality of rental property and keep rent increases sustainable

Learning from testing times

08 June, 2016

Early evidence of the impact of universal credit in Scotland's CAB network

The biggest irony of all? Cutting someone's welfare makes them even less likely to get a job

08 June, 2016

Now we have the stats to prove what we knew all along - welfare cuts are based on stereotypes not evidence

HomeLet Rental Index - May 2016

08 June, 2016

When London is excluded, the average UK rental value was £771pcm - this is 4.4% higher than the same period last year (£738pcm)

If housing's your problem, Universal Basic Income isn't the answer

07 June, 2016

A lot of young people support a universal basic income

Vicars, teachers and soldiers: The latest victims of buy-to-let stamp duty

07 June, 2016

A new stamp duty surcharge introduced earlier this month has affected a range of people from "accidental landlords" to parents helping their children buy a home

Move by Tower Hamlets to grab back council housing from 'failing' social landlords

07 June, 2016

Talks are under way to try bring social housing estates in London's deprived East End back under local authority control

Universal Credit leads to rent arrears

07 June, 2016

Universal Credit is to blame for 79% of rent arrears cases

The Guardian view on a universal income: the high price of free money

07 June, 2016

Schemes to pay every citizen a stipend have much to commend them in theory. But a crashing defeat in a Swiss referendum shows they will go nowhere unless and until the practical details are got right

Mortgage lenders open up buy-to-let to longer tenancies

07 June, 2016

A significant, silent shift has taken place in the buy-to-let mortgage market

New benefits change causing 'serious detriment' to vulnerable Scots

07 June, 2016

The UK government's much-heralded change to the social security system contains a number of inherent flaws which are causing serious problems for people in need

Annual house price growth unchanged at 9.2%

07 June, 2016

Prices in the three months to May were 9.2% higher than in the same three months a year earlier

Letting agency that found tenants for illegal HMO fined almost £12,000

06 June, 2016

A letting agent has been fined nearly £12,000 after finding tenants for an illegal House in Multiple Occupation, and for using the ARLA logo when it was not a member

FRC comments on issues arising in relation to accounting for social housing loans

06 June, 2016

Many entities are currently in the process of applying FRS 102 The Financial Reporting Standard applicable in the UK and Republic of Ireland for the first time

New Law Proposed to Stop Councils Forcing Tenants to Wait for Bailiffs

06 June, 2016

The proportion of all repossession claims that have to be resolved by bailiffs in the last 12 months has shot up to 40%

Labour considering backing universal basic income as official party policy

06 June, 2016

'It's not official Labour Party policy. It's in the mix... we're considering it and looking at it and the feasibility of it'

Docking welfare payments is not incentive to work

06 June, 2016

Government-backed employment project found benefit cuts that push claimants further into poverty also create barriers to finding work

Welfare Reform European Social Fund project evaluation report

06 June, 2016

The aims of the project were to support unemployed and underemployed local people to find work or to increase their working hours

Buy-to-let stamp duty loophole: flats above shops

06 June, 2016

Buy-to-let landlords are investing in commercial and semi-commercial property in an effort to beat the stamp duty rise

Tories ignore the need for social housing and switch money from the poor to the rich

06 June, 2016

The term "housing crisis" is so well used in London that you cannot ignore it

Residents facing new benefits cap warned of "pressing need" for them to get a job

03 June, 2016

Residents set to be hit by a new benefits cap are being warned there is "a pressing need" for them to find a job

Personal Independence Payment assessment guide for assessment providers

03 June, 2016

Guidance for providers carrying out assessments for Personal Independence Payment

Room rents in commuter towns rising seven times faster than in London

03 June, 2016

Landlords may traditionally see London as the place where the highest rents are charged, but new data shows prices in commuter town are rising seven times faster than in the capital

Property investors look for HMOs to boost profits

03 June, 2016

Investors planning to expand their property portfolios are looking to do so with the purchase of complex property types

Councils consider applying for rent cut exemption

03 June, 2016

Two councils are considering applying for an exemption to a government-imposed 1% rent cut for social housing tenants

Brandon Lewis issues eviction warning to councils

03 June, 2016

The Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis, has written to all local councils in England to underline government guidance on the advice that councils give to tenants when seeking re-housing on the grounds of "homelessness" when faced with an eviction notice

Ashamed to claim? Just how common is benefits stigma?

03 June, 2016

Ever since the first benefits systems came into being, they have been accompanied by debates about benefits stigma

UK Immigration, EU Referendum and Britain's Housing Crisis - How to Get a Council House

03 June, 2016

The reality of Britain's housing crisis can be easily lost in the statistics

Is it really all over for social housing?

03 June, 2016

Is it true though? Is it true that we are so conditioned to strive for homeownership and spurn social housing that we are willing to stand by while it disappears?

Abandonment a problem for almost half of Scottish landlords

03 June, 2016

Almost half of private landlords in Scotland have had one of their properties abandoned by tenants

Right to Rent Code of Practice

02 June, 2016

Scheme for landlords and their agents

Housing illegal immigrants in the private rented sector allows such people to establish a settled life in the UK and frustrate the necessary process of returning them to their home country

Review of the Scottish Social Housing Charter

02 June, 2016

This consultation seeks your views on the Scottish Social Housing Charter, which remains in force until 31 March 2017

Council is accused of disregarding the views of local people on 70,000 housing target

02 June, 2016

Community campaigners are accusing Leeds City Council of disregarding the views of residents and riding roughshod over evidence against its 70,000 housing target

Does right to buy extension add up?

02 June, 2016

The government announced last year that the "right to buy" would be extended to housing association tenants

Telford Homes reports 42% revenue rise thanks to 'built for rent' homes

02 June, 2016

Housebuilder sells 150 homes in east London to M&G Real Estate for £63m, reflecting demand for rental properties

Index of private housing rental prices in Great Britain, results: Apr 2016

02 June, 2016

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

How will Sadiq Khan help London's private renters?

02 June, 2016

The capital's new mayor is starting to flesh out some of his manifesto pledges in a key area of housing policy

Universal Basic Income: Dream or Nightmare?

02 June, 2016

We look at a radical economic plan being put forward by Swiss campaigners - free cash for everyone

Fair Food Fund to be set up as part of welfare reforms

02 June, 2016

The Scottish government is to establish a "Fair Food Fund" as part of efforts to tackle poverty and inequality

EU court to back UK limits on migrants' access to child benefits

01 June, 2016

European court of justice set to throw out challenge by European commission over right to residence requirement

Government's clampdown on buy-to-let 'backfiring'

01 June, 2016

The Government's efforts to free up housing stock for first-time buyers through a clampdown on buy-to-let may be backfiring

'Boris ignored repeated warnings over launch of failed London Rental Standard'

01 June, 2016

The new Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has hit out at the London Rental Standard - a flagship programme launched by his predecessor Boris Johnson

Why landlords should pass a fitting person test and criminal record checks

01 June, 2016

Being a landlord is a privilege, and it shouldn't be available to everybody: with the power they have over their tenants should come a sense of responsibility

Charity bemoans 'shocking scale' of DHP recipients

01 June, 2016

New DHP statistics from the Scottish Government reveal the "shocking scale" of people struggling to pay housing costs

HB Direct Issue 168

01 June, 2016

The HB Direct newsletter provides latest information on policy changes, good practice and initiatives that affect Housing Benefit

ARLA reports temporary rise in supply of rented housing

01 June, 2016

The supply of rented housing has increased from March this year but overall it is down from April 2015

Call for rent controls by Scottish nurses priced out of homes near hospitals

01 June, 2016

A union of nurses is calling for action to help NHS staff in Scotland find accommodation in the areas they provide hospital care

The people dumped in "temporary" housing for more than a decade

01 June, 2016

Councils are dumping homeless people in "temporary accommodation" for more than a decade

Housing & Planning Act offers scope to improve electrical safety in private rented sector

01 June, 2016

The trade association for electrical testing has welcomed measures in the Housing & Planning Act it says will improve safety in the private rented sector

Welfare cuts will lead to rise in suicides

01 June, 2016

Government welfare cuts will lead to an increase in suicides

Number of UK landlords rises to 1.75 million

31 May, 2016

The rapid pace of growth in buy-to-let investments has been illustrated by new figures showing the number of landlords rising by 7% in 2013-14 to reach 1.75 million

Personal budgets allow people to control their own support and their own lives

31 May, 2016

Over the past decade, personal budgets have completely changed social care in England, despite unprecedented local authority cuts

Bradford Council criticised for having more than 4,000 empty homes in Bradford

31 May, 2016

Bradford Council has been criticised over the thousands of homes standing empty in the district

DCLG reveals council rent cut exemption criteria

31 May, 2016

The government has published guidance for councils on how to apply for an exemption from the 1% rent cut

Social housing: the end of 'lifetime' tenancies in England?

31 May, 2016

Long-term security of tenure was introduced for most social housing tenants by the Housing Act 1980

When sky-high repair bills can make right to buy the wrong choice

31 May, 2016

Former local authority tenants who bought their properties for as little as £44,000 are facing demands of up to £50,000, which they can't afford to pay

Nearly £50 million awarded under Discretionary Housing Payments scheme in Scotland

31 May, 2016

Nearly £50 million was spent to support housing costs for those in financial hardship in Scotland during 2015/16

Landlords remind tenants of forthcoming benefit cap

31 May, 2016

Three County Durham landlords are advising tenants of a limit that may be placed on their benefit allowance later this year

Universal Credit is on the way for everyone claiming benefits in East Hampshire

27 May, 2016

The man behind the roll out of the new Universal Credit benefit in East Hampshire, says he would rather help people back into work than earn much more working in the private sector

Buy-to-let index - April 2016

27 May, 2016

Rents rise at fastest rate since September

'Shocking' safety breaches at HMO

27 May, 2016

Council officers found 'shocking' safety breaches at an unlicensed multiple occupation property that fire inspectors had already flagged up as a risk

London councils spend near £500m on temporary accommodation

27 May, 2016

London councils spent nearly £500m on temporary accommodation over the past 18 months

SHR updates guide for landlords on carrying out surveys of tenants and service users

27 May, 2016

The SHR has published an updated guide that simplifies and clarifies some of the steps for landlords to take when designing and carrying out surveys of their tenants and service users

Information for local authorities on exemptions from the requirements of the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 and related regulations

27 May, 2016

The Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 ("the Act") contains provisions which introduce a new rent regime for registered providers of social housing

Research: Unlocking strategic asset management in social housing

27 May, 2016

The operating environment for housing associations has changed in the face of an evolving policy environment over rent levels, right to buy and funding for new housing delivery

Innovation in Scottish housing is delivering improved value for money

27 May, 2016

Scottish social landlords are modernising services and making use of new technology to deliver real, quantifiable savings and improved productivity

HCA downgrades two landlords

26 May, 2016

The Homes and Communities Agency has today issued two housing associations with regulatory downgrades

Leith flats eviction suspended

26 May, 2016

The eviction of hundreds of residents from Leith flats has been suspended after the trust that owns them failed to find a buyer

'Homeless' man sublet council house for 16 years

26 May, 2016

A council tenant who presented he and his family as homeless has to pay almost £130,000 for illegally subletting his council home over 16 years

Conducting surveys of tenants and service users - a guide

26 May, 2016

The passing of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2010 and Social Housing Charter formed part of the legislation changes that introduced an obligation on landlords to regularly undertake surveys of their tenants

2016 Wandsworth Food Poverty Report Launched

26 May, 2016

Our third annual Food Poverty Report is now published, looking at the triggers and causes of crisis leading to 4078 people receiving emergency food and support from Wandsworth Foodbank in the last year

Benefit tenants set to lose out in race for private rented homes

26 May, 2016

Housing benefit tenants are set to lose out on private rented homes as landlords look to tenants less prone to missing rental payments, in order to minimise the impact of last year's Budget

Universal Credit if you have a disability or health condition: quick guide

26 May, 2016

The support that is available for Universal Credit claimants who have a disability or health condition

HB S6/2016

26 May, 2016

New Burdens payment 2016/17 for the Pension Credit Assessed Income Period Reform

Universal Credit expands to all claimants in 5 areas today

26 May, 2016

Bath, Newcastle, Bridgwater, Rugby and Lowestoft all expand Universal Credit

Half of housing associations won't back a 'rogue list'

26 May, 2016

An exclusive survey by 24 housing has shown half of housing associations would not back plans to create a rogue housing associations list

PRS remains "fundamental part" of housing market despite uncertain outlook

26 May, 2016

With tenant demand continuing to rise, the PRS will remain a "fundamental part" of the UK's housing market moving forward

Rogue 'landlord' illegally evicted tenant from illegally sub-let flat

25 May, 2016

A tenant has told of being illegally evicted by a 'landlord' who was illegally sub-letting his council flat

Aldingbourne landlords fined for breaching housing standards

25 May, 2016

Three landlords have been fined nearly £5,000 for breaching housing standards and letting their Aldingbourne property fall into disrepair

Find out how much rent your spare room could make you - and it's not London seeing the fastest rises

25 May, 2016

With rents rising Britons across the country could rake in unexpected amounts renting out their spare room

The rental trap: soaring costs mean tenants are half as likely to afford monthly outgoings as homeowners

25 May, 2016

Soaring rents are making it impossible to save for the future, trapping tenants in a precarious financial situation

Scottish landlords expect cost rises to outstrip turnover

25 May, 2016

More than a third of Scottish social landlords expect cost rises to increase at a faster pace than revenue over the next year

Tenants are being notified about the impact of the Benefit Cap

25 May, 2016

Tenants that will be affected by the Benefit Cap from the autumn have been identified by the Department for Work and Pensions, and will receive a letter outlining the impact of the cap on their income

Benefit sanctions lead claimants to suicide, crime and destitution

25 May, 2016

Benefit sanctions are "devastating" for claimants and can lead to destitution, crime, suicide, and throw up barriers to employment

Two bed flats considered a good bet for rental yields

25 May, 2016

One bedroom flats are considered a good bet for the most attractive capital returns over the next year

Canterbury: 200 London families to move to council homes at Howe Barracks

25 May, 2016

More than 200 families from a London borough are set to move to council homes in east Kent after social housing bosses outbid the local authority to capture the ex-army properties

Housing Benefit expenditure and subsidy data

24 May, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit expenditure and subsidy data

Housing Benefit subsidy mid-year estimates: Apr 2013 to Mar 2014

24 May, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit mid-year estimates expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2013 to 2014

Housing Benefit subsidy initial pre-audit final claims: Apr 2013 to Mar 2014

24 May, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit initial pre-audit final claims expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2013 to 2014

Housing Benefit subsidy audited final claims: Apr 2013 to Mar 2014

24 May, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit audit final claims expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2013 to 2014

Housing Benefit subsidy initial estimates: Apr 2013 to Mar 2014

24 May, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit initial estimates expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2013 to 2014

Benefit Cap External Partner High Level Briefing

24 May, 2016

The Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 is bringing in welfare reforms that are about incentivising work and ensuring we have a welfare system that is fair

The effects of taxes and benefits on household income: financial year ending 2015

24 May, 2016

The redistribution effects on households of direct and indirect taxation and benefits received in cash or kind analysed by household type

Landlords seek to deregister from charity regulator

24 May, 2016

Housing associations are considering changing their legal status to avoid Charity Commission rules in the wake of the government's deregulation drive

Two thirds of the British public support a universal basic income

24 May, 2016

The policy also has significant support across the European Union

How you can start preparing for Voluntary Right to Buy - advice from the pilots

24 May, 2016

Back in November, Chancellor George Osborne announced Sovereign would be one of five housing associations given the challenge of piloting the new Voluntary Right to Buy

Benefits system 'a cruel bureaucracy', says Ken Loach after Cannes win

24 May, 2016

Fresh from winning Palme d'Or with I, Daniel Blake, director says he hopes it will affect government policy in the same way as earlier film Cathy Come Home

Government won't reach its employment target for disabled people until 2030

24 May, 2016

The government is "years behind schedule" in delivering its manifesto commitment to halve the employment gap between disabled and non-disabled people by 2020

Rents on the up again - breaking records in three regions

24 May, 2016

Rents are now rising at the fastest rate for six months, standing last month at an average of £793 across England and Wales

Landlords using Airbnb to bypass legal responsibilities as well as agents

24 May, 2016

Landlords and other property owners are potentially seeking to avoid their legal responsibilities by advertising the property as a holiday let on sites such as Airbnb

Part 2: Essential guide to the new Immigration Act

24 May, 2016

The new Act also contains substantial new powers for landlords to evict tenants where they have been found to be in the country illegally

Local councils to be handed powers to cap private rents under Labour

23 May, 2016

Local councils will be given the power to limit "skyrocketing" rent increases in the private sector if Labour came to power

Essential legal update for agents: Right to Rent checks

23 May, 2016

On May 12, the Immigration Bill became the Immigration Act 2016

Osborne 'Pinocchio' over Brexit house price fall: IDS

23 May, 2016

Former cabinet minister Iain Duncan Smith has compared George Osborne to "Pinocchio" over his claim that a vote to leave the EU would cause an economic shock to UK house prices

Private renting developer Grainger profits up as buy-to-let squeezed by the Government

23 May, 2016

Profits at Grainger, an institutional landlord, have grown as the UK government puts the squeeze on amateur buy-to-let investors

UN asks government to explain two-child cap on child tax credits

23 May, 2016

SNP raised concerns about 'medieval' clause that only allows exemption from cap for children conceived through rape

Councils 'forcing homeless families to relocate miles away'

23 May, 2016

Overstretched local authorities unlawfully moving people up to 100 miles from schools and support networks

Social landlords expect to manage more homes this year - but minority expect net revenue gains

23 May, 2016

More than two thirds of Scottish social housing landlords responding to a new survey expect the number of units they manage to increase over the next 12 months

How bad is the housing crisis in Bristol? Nearly 10,000 people waiting for just 41 council homes

23 May, 2016

Nearly 10,000 people are waiting for a council home in Bristol - but only a few dozens are available for rent

Wales' first fuel bank is giving free gas and electricity credit vouchers to eligible families

23 May, 2016

The scheme will provide credits worth £30 to eligible families in Cardiff

Lack of social housing 'pushing thousands into poverty and homelessness'

23 May, 2016

Thousands of Scots are being pushed into poverty and homelessness because of higher private rental costs as a direct result of failures to protect the country's social housing stock

Extraordinary increases driven by buy-to-let boom

20 May, 2016

The latest data revealed by the Agency Express Property Activity Index has shown a spike in activity for the UK lettings market

Housing Benefit caseload statistics

20 May, 2016

Statistics on numbers of Housing Benefit claimants

UK landlords looking for cheaper properties due to stamp duty surcharge

20 May, 2016

Landlords in the UK are looking for cheaper properties in response to the new 3% stamp duty charge on additional homes

The Cheapest And Most Expensive Places To Rent In London: Mapped

20 May, 2016

If you want to rent a cheap room in London, you're best off looking in Havering or Croydon according to new government statistics

Benefit fraud and error at record low level

20 May, 2016

New figures show that fraud and error in the benefits system remains at the lowest level ever recorded

HB G5/2016

20 May, 2016

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Fraud and error in the benefit system: financial year 2015/16 preliminary estimates

20 May, 2016

Preliminary estimates of fraud and error levels in the benefit system in Great Britain in the financial year 2015/16

Liverpool Licensing Woes Continue

20 May, 2016

Landlords with property in Liverpool should take note that a local NLA member has apparently uncovered a number of flaws in the Council's licensing application form

Housing benefit savings will disappear under their own complexity

20 May, 2016

Commentators may have been left scraping around to fill the space where substantive parts of the Queen's Speech should have been

Landlord must accept pets (tenant has a walrus and flamingo)

19 May, 2016

If you are a letting agent in the Cardiff area, you may have had a letter from a keeper at Bristol Zoo inquiring about accommodation

Landlord reveals findings of direct payment 'pilot'

19 May, 2016

A housing association is calling for changes to Universal Credit, after its unofficial 'pilot' showed tenants receiving housing benefit payments direct are more likely to fall into arrears

Implementing Direct Payment of Housing Benefit: An Evaluation of Circle Housing's HB2U Pilot Project

19 May, 2016

This report provides findings from the evaluation of Circle Housing's HB2U Housing Benefit Direct Payment Pilot project

The HB2U project was created to provide learning for Circle Housing in preparation for the full introduction of Universal Credit

Rents and property values would drop after Brexit

19 May, 2016

Associations for estate and letting agents say average UK house would be worth £2,300 less in 2018 if Britain leaves the EU

Housing associations own 40,000 PRS units

19 May, 2016

Housing associations own 40,000 private rented sector units - but it remains a fringe activity confined to a handful of providers

Number claiming unemployment benefits drops by 600

19 May, 2016

The number of people claiming unemployment-related benefits in Northern Ireland has fallen by 600

Buy-to-let to become 'rich person's game' as another lender introduces harsher criteria for landlords

19 May, 2016

Barclays has become the latest lender to impose tougher checks on landlords looking for mortgages

Angela Constance given welfare and housing brief as new cabinet unveiled

19 May, 2016

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has tasked Angela Constance with overseeing the Scottish Government's pledge to deliver 50,000 new affordable homes

Fire safety in social housing - what can we learn?

19 May, 2016

For landlords and housing providers, ensuring the safety of client groups and tenants may not be as straightforward as it would first seem

Bill of Rights could have 'implications' for social landlords

19 May, 2016

A British Bill of Rights could have implications for social housing landlords

Council's rogue landlords scheme 'has teeth'

19 May, 2016

Three 'rogue' landlords have to pay over £4,000 in fines and costs for not signing up to a selective licensing scheme

Chancellor George Osborne has 'insulted' private landlords

18 May, 2016

National Landlords Association chief executive Richard Lambert has accused the Government of "directly insulting" the body's members through its buy-to-let crackdown

Taking stock

18 May, 2016

Understanding the effects of recent policy measures on the private rented sector and Buy-to-Let

This report clarifies the role of the private rented sector in the UK and the contribution made to it by the Buy-to-Let subsector

Fitch warns of EU exit impact on social landlords

18 May, 2016

A vote to leave the European Union could lead to a pause in social landlords taking out new finance as the housing market slows down

Circle Housing urges Government to commit to extra support for residents moving to Universal Credit

18 May, 2016

A leading housing association is calling on the Government to commit to additional face to face support for residents before they are moved on to Universal Credit

Social housing tenants who feel 'demonised as second-class citizens' - in pictures

18 May, 2016

People in temporary accommodation and council housing explain how the Housing and Planning Act will affect their lives, communities and homes

Benefit and pension rates: April 2016

18 May, 2016

A list of benefit and pension rates from April 2016. Most rates change in April every year

Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to December 2015

18 May, 2016

Data on Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions decisions made to December 2015

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 5 May 2016

18 May, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 5 May 2016

Queen's Speech: the key housing and social reforms

18 May, 2016

A pledge to "increase the life chances for the most disadvantaged" was the main message

A home for just 18 months

17 May, 2016

On average, tenants get the moving itch after 18 months

Landlord's inhumane properties 'had no place in modern Britain'

17 May, 2016

A criminal landlord who had tenants living and sleeping in "inhumane" conditions and who ignored numerous warnings to improve his property has been fined £35,000 and ordered to pay over £4,000 in costs

Facing up to defeat: why was social housing an easy target?

17 May, 2016

Housing campaigners need to acknowledge the uncomfortable quandary about the passing of the Housing and Planning Act

Iain Duncan Smith's plan to draft in job advisers to food banks quietly shelved by DWP

17 May, 2016

Owen Smith, the Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said: 'It has now been revealed that the DWP has quietly given up on the national trial'

Labour minister calls for independent probe into benefit claimant deaths after DWP publishes reviews

17 May, 2016

'The Government are too worried about the facts it would uncover'

The Housing and Planning Act 2016 - what it means for ALMOs and their councils

17 May, 2016

Now it's been passed, what does the Housing and Planning Act 2016 mean for ALMOs and their councils?

Torbay benefits claimants among UK's most reliant on private lettings

17 May, 2016

Torbay has the UK's second highest density of housing benefit claimants reliant on the private rental market

The government is skewing benefits appeals against disabled people

17 May, 2016

A new army of 'presenting officers' is to help the Department of Work and Pensions at benefit tribunals, while the disabled person making the appeal is left to struggle alone

Hackney rents set to 'skyrocket' after housing bill is passed

17 May, 2016

Council tenants could see their rent "skyrocket" after the government's controversial housing bill was given Royal Assent

Newcastle MP raises concerns over 'impossible' struggle of getting a council house

17 May, 2016

Labour MP Chi Onwurah says private rents have shot up in the city and that many people are struggling to get a council home

Hastings leader wants double council tax on holiday homes

16 May, 2016

The owners of holiday homes in Hastings should pay double the amount of council tax

Landlords should be 'squealing' under George Osborne's crackdown

16 May, 2016

Buy-to-let landlords are being hit by a significant crackdown

DWP to change Universal Credit procedures

16 May, 2016

The government has pledged to improve Universal Credit procedures this summer, following concerns from social landlords that they are frequently not informed that their tenants are claiming the benefit

Average asking price for first-time buyer home jumps 6.2% in a month

16 May, 2016

Prices pushed up by 'property drought' caused by buy-to-let investors diving in before rise in stamp duty

Peer reviews of handling of benefit claims

16 May, 2016

DWP Freedom of Information (FOI) releases published in May 2016

'Worse than the bedroom tax': Cambridge MP blasts plan that may force city to sell hundreds of homes

16 May, 2016

New laws that sound "the death knell of social housing" in Cambridge have been branded worse than the bedroom tax by the city's MP

Average renter stays just 18 months in a property

16 May, 2016

Renters spend an average of 18 months in a rented property before moving on

Just asking for trouble

16 May, 2016

On a recent programme about getting a council house one of the people in trouble with her rent said something that came as no surprise

Hinckley and Bosworth gets cash to combat bedroom tax

16 May, 2016

The Government has set aside £160 million over the next five years for discretionary housing payments

"Reckless" landlord put lives at risk

13 May, 2016

Magistrates have fined the leaseholders and landlords of a ten-flat property £120,000 after finding they had put the lives of up to 20 vulnerable tenants at risk

Partially paralysed man missing half his head 'declared fit for work by DWP'

13 May, 2016

A partially paralysed man who is missing part of his head has been told he is 'fit to work'

Crawley landlord rented out unsafe former garage as home for £600 a month

13 May, 2016

A Crawley landlord has been fined after renting out a home - which used to be a garage - for £600 a month that was not safe to live in

Help with housing costs isn't aligning with rent for private tenants

13 May, 2016

Tenants face an increasingly widening gap between the LHA they receive to help with their housing costs and the actual rent they pay

Government urged to hand housing control back to councils

13 May, 2016

With the housing bill set for Royal Assent, government is now being pressed to put related investment plans, rents and assets back in the hands of local authorities

Mind the gap: the growing shortfall between private rents and help with housing costs

13 May, 2016

People on low incomes living in the PRS may be able to get help towards paying their rents

Single people under 35 only receive an amount equivalent to the cost of a room in a shared house

Why you should research your potential landlord's credentials

13 May, 2016

Alex Johnson's round-up of the week's property news, including why sales fall through, closing garden gates, and the costs of running a home

New London Mayor finds property industry support for rent controls

12 May, 2016

Sadiq Khan, the newly elected Mayor of London, has found senior industry figures who back his campaign for rents tied to inflation

Tax experts warn of unexpected effects of buy-to-let tax changes on affordable housing

12 May, 2016

The government's stamp duty land tax surcharge could lead to unexpected consequences for the affordable housing sector

Plans to force workers on universal credit to take second job 'risky'

12 May, 2016

MPs warn that sanctions against low-paid workers claiming benefits could be counterproductive or leave them worse off

Why council waiting lists are shrinking, despite more people in need of homes

12 May, 2016

The number of families on lists for council housing has fallen because of stricter rules on who can apply

New DWP secretary Stephen Crabb signals further disability benefit changes to cut spending

12 May, 2016

Mr Crabb said the Government would adopt 'smart strategies' for reducing expenditure

Universal credit is working, insists work and pensions secretary

12 May, 2016

Stephen Crabb rejects claim UC no longer serves original purpose of making people better off in work than on benefits

The role of social letting agents should be expanded in Scotland

12 May, 2016

Private renting in Scotland has changed

Private renter eviction rates soar

12 May, 2016

Private renters are being evicted at a record rate, housing campaigners have warned

Half of low income households at risk of missing out on vital support

12 May, 2016

Low income households are not claiming the welfare benefits and tax credits they could be entitled to

Buy-to-let valuation instructions plummet 40% as 'dodgy' deals put in an appearance

11 May, 2016

Buy-to-let valuation instructions have dropped like a stone since the Stamp Duty surcharge kicked in on second properties - and there are signs of a sharp rise in potentially 'dodgy' deals

Tenant evictions up in England and Wales

11 May, 2016

But homeowner repossessions fell to record low in first quarter of 2016

Another agent reported to advertising watchdog over display of letting fees

11 May, 2016

Another complaint about the way an agent shows its letting fees has been made to the Advertising Standards Authority

Heartbreak for tenants made homeless after being ripped off by fake letting agent

11 May, 2016

A bogus letting agent has conned members of the public out of thousands of pounds, making some of them homeless in the process

Forced council sales - hampering local authorities' fight against homelessness

11 May, 2016

Last week, we published research showing the Housing and Planning Bill could force the sale of 23,500 vacant council houses each year

Landlords raise awareness of forthcoming benefit cap

11 May, 2016

Three County Durham landlords are advising tenants of a limit that may be placed on their benefit allowance later this year

£13bn in unclaimed welfare? It's just fuel for the Tories' Big Benefits Myth

11 May, 2016

Almost half of families on low incomes are going hungry by not taking up benefits, we learn today

The government's "welfare revolution" has forgotten something important: where we live

11 May, 2016

the "welfare revolution" started by Iain Duncan Smith has failed to change the fundamental condition of many poorer people's live

For whom the bells toll: Housing Bill sounds "death knell" for social housing

11 May, 2016

The Housing & Planning Bill sounds the "death knell" for social housing in England

Yes, London Has A Housing Problem: Let's Not Make It Worse With Idiocy Like Rent Controls

11 May, 2016

It's seriously astonishing how terrible, lousy, no good and idiotic economic policy keeps turning up in response to the same old questions

Campaigners admit defeat as Tories push through mass council homes sell-off with hours to spare

11 May, 2016

The Housing Bill cleared its final hurdle tonight as former housing chief Sir Bob Kerslake gave up his long battle

Peers 'to back down over housing reforms'

11 May, 2016

Peers are set to back down in their battle with the Government over its flagship housing reforms and they are now expected to become law

Universal Credit will increase child poverty

11 May, 2016

Research has warned that cuts to the new benefit system undermine its stated purpose

House price rises see buy-to-let returns outstrip FTSE 100

11 May, 2016

House price rises see buy-to-let returns outstrip FTSE 100

Forced council sales: looking at the homes that may actually be sold off

10 May, 2016

The Housing and Planning Bill is now nearing the end of its passage through parliament

HB S5/2016

10 May, 2016

Payment of New Burdens relating to the Single Fraud Investigation Service Project for 2016/17

Adding £2.3bn of debt to the accounts - social housing deregulation as an early test for the minority Welsh Government

10 May, 2016

Before the elections to the Welsh Assembly last week, Steffan Evans outlined how housing might be a key policy area around which bridges could be built in the Senedd

Landlords must take safety obligations seriously

10 May, 2016

After a spate of fines for landlords who have broken gas safety rules, the AIIC is urging those renting out properties to ensure they are complying with Government legislation

Council campaign aims to ensure that tenants put Rent 1st

10 May, 2016

Perth and Kinross Council's housing service has launched a new drive to ensure that all its tenants are clear about their responsibilities to pay rent

Bexley Council accused of 'burying head in the sand' over lack of social and affordable housing

10 May, 2016

A Crayford resident has accused Bexley Council of burying its head in the sand, over a lack of affordable and social housing

Cheaper to buy than rent in over half of UK cities

10 May, 2016

It is now cheaper to buy than rent in more than half of UK cities, according to property developer Strata Homes

Housing and Planning Bill

10 May, 2016

Before I call the Minister, I wish to repeat what Mr Speaker said on 25 April

Our rent strike at UCL has caught fire in the capital - and here's why

10 May, 2016

The threat to education access posed by university rent-setting policies isn't just a local issue. No wonder students everywhere are clamouring to join us

Middle-class 'buy-to-let dream' is over - as mortgage lenders to demand 40pc deposits

09 May, 2016

Investing in buy-to-let property is on the verge of becoming unaffordable for middle-class savers

Too Poor to Eat: 8.4 million struggling to afford to eat in the UK

09 May, 2016

8.4 million struggling to afford to eat in the United Kingdom

Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle

09 May, 2016

A documentary exploring the failures and deception behind the social housing crisis in Britain

Scottish rents rising faster than rest of UK

09 May, 2016

Average private rents in Scotland are rising faster than anywhere else in the UK

Leader of Sutton Council apologises for sending mock eviction notices to thousands of people

09 May, 2016

The leader of Sutton Council has apologised for sending "crass and irresponsible" mock eviction notices to thousands of people to promote a Liberal Democrat petition

Whose homes are they anyway?

09 May, 2016

While publicity on the Housing and Planning Bill has been rightly focussed on the forced sale of council homes and Right to Buy, there has been little mention of a late Government amendment

'Heads up' on benefit cap

09 May, 2016

Three County Durham landlords are advising tenants of a limit that may be placed on their benefit allowance later this year

House prices fall as stamp duty changes cool buy-to-let market

09 May, 2016

Halifax says April saw prices drop by 0.8% after highly volatile pricing and a big rise in transaction numbers in February and March

Housing association gets European investment for social housing

09 May, 2016

A housing association has secured £80 million to support construction of social housing and shared ownership

Harlow groups defy report to support Universal Credit

06 May, 2016

Clients of support charity Home-Start Harlow have welcomed Universal Credit after a think tank criticised the benefit reform

Empty Housing (England)

06 May, 2016

High levels of empty properties are recognised as having a serious impact on the viability of communities

Agent who conned 'vulnerable' tenants out of deposits is jailed

06 May, 2016

A former agent with Reeds Rains has been jailed after conning overseas student into paying deposits for accommodation that he knew he could not let to them

You can rent a house in London for £700 a month

06 May, 2016

The 'one bedroom house' is in south-east London's Abbey Wood

DCLG: Tenancies change will not hit protected groups

06 May, 2016

The phasing out of lifetime tenancies will not negatively impact protected demographic groups overall

The benefits capital of Britain is revealed: New map shows which parts of the country guzzle the biggest chunks of UK's £161 billion welfare bill

06 May, 2016

This map reveals the areas which receive the biggest chunks of Britain's £161billion welfare bill, with some guzzling six times more in handouts than other parts of the nation

Report argues buy-to-let crackdown will damage UK's rental market

06 May, 2016

A new report from a political consultancy has warned that the Government's efforts to crack down on buy-to-let investment will have "major consequences" for the UK rental market

In which British cities is renting the norm?

06 May, 2016

We write about rents a lot around here

Birmingham forced to sell more than 1,000 council houses - every year

06 May, 2016

Housing charity Shelter's warning about the impact of housing policy on Birmingham

Rents continue to rise across the UK and in London

05 May, 2016

Latest figures show average rent outside London rose to £764 a month, while within the capital it hit £1,543

Leading government figures see social housing as toxic

05 May, 2016

The Lords debate on the unfair housing and planning bill is soon coming to end, but the debate in the country should not

Benefit cap: number of households capped to February 2016

05 May, 2016

Statistics on households that have had their benefits capped between 15 April 2013 and February 2016

Benefit cap statistics: background information and methodology

05 May, 2016

Information about benefit cap statistics and methodology including the purpose, source, definitions and limitations of statistics covered

Ban for Glasgow landlord who kept almost £7,000 of deposits

05 May, 2016

An "appalling" landlord who kept tenants' deposits worth almost £7,000 has been barred from renting out his property by Glasgow City Council

Call for rent caps when properties let to tenants on benefit

05 May, 2016

A local politician claims to be in talks with the Government about introducing rent caps when landlords let to tenants on benefit

New call for estate agents to be licensed as MPs probe money laundering

05 May, 2016

MPs have been told that estate agents should be licensed as billions of pounds 'slosh' through London, with some of the world's vilest dictators buying up property

Rising rents ease landlord fears over tax increases

05 May, 2016

Fears that higher Stamp Duty charges on buy-to-let rental property purchases might destabilise the market have so far proved unfounded

You won't believe this totally mind-blowing method of reducing your letting agent fees!

04 May, 2016

Letting agent fees are one of the most painful aspects of renting

'High' to 'higher' forced sales mean 23,500 council homes lost per year and an average annual £26m bill

04 May, 2016

We previously sounded the alarm that a subtle amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill allows the Secretary of State to force the sale of a much broader range of council homes than before

Tory MP calls for end to 'exploitative fees' charged by letting agents

04 May, 2016

The Government have rejected a bid to have letting agent fees capped or banned in a debate called by a Tory MP who hit out out at letting agents charging "arbitrary and exploitative fees"

Debt charities see record Council Tax arrears problems

04 May, 2016

Council Tax arrears problems among clients have hit a new high

Buy-to-let clampdown could hurt challenger banks

04 May, 2016

Challenger banks could be hit hard by a tax hike targeting Britain's landlords

Renter help

04 May, 2016

The role of social letting agents should be expanded in Scotland

Baroness Thomas: I'm not holding my breath for DWP changes to PIP

04 May, 2016

Lib Dem peer Baroness Thomas of Winchester writes on the topic of her Lords debate

Concern over use of bailiffs to chase council tax debts

04 May, 2016

Charities have raised concerns over councils' "aggressive" use of bailiffs to chase people in council tax arrears

The Aspiration Tax

03 May, 2016

Equality Trust report

Plight of family where landlords refuse point blank to consider tenants on benefits

03 May, 2016

What happens to tenants who have to leave their home because the landlord is selling up?

HCA-backed £1bn housing fund launches

03 May, 2016

A new £1bn fund to help cash-strapped councils build 10,000 mixed-tenure homes has been launched with the support of the HCA

Rollout of flagship welfare reform Universal Credit reaches historic milestone

03 May, 2016

Universal Credit is now in every jobcentre across the country for single jobseekers

Extending the Right to Buy to housing association tenants

03 May, 2016

Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report

Call for new tax and welfare department at Holyrood

03 May, 2016

The next Scottish government should set up a new department for tax and welfare powers coming to Holyrood

A Warm Deal for London's Renters

03 May, 2016

The need for a London-wide minimum energy efficiency standard

Nationwide tightens lending criteria for buy-to-let landlords

03 May, 2016

Building society's changes come as the Bank of England attempts to rein in buy-to-let lending

New Work and Pensions Secretary must reclaim Universal Credit from the Treasury

03 May, 2016

Resolution Foundation calls for major reforms as full roll-out of Universal Credit begins this month

HB S4/2016

03 May, 2016

Additional New Burdens funding to meet the costs of implementing welfare reform changes in 2016/17

Changes to DWP Family and Household Income Statistics 2014/15: statistical notice

03 May, 2016

Statistical notice giving details of proposed changes to future DWP Family and Household income statistics data and publications

Scottish Buy-to-Let Index

03 May, 2016

Biggest monthly drop in Scottish rents on record

Stamping out buy-to-let is a dangerous move

03 May, 2016

The buy-to-let boom has grown at a rapid pace in recent years, doubling the size of the private rented sector since 2004

More Trap Than Trampoline: Universal Credit Is Failing To Help People Progress

03 May, 2016

Although the new Work and Pensions Secretary has stopped cuts to disability benefits he seems to be in lock-step with his predecessor in worrying that the benefit system "locks people into workless-ness"

DWP payments over £25,000 for 2016

29 April, 2016

Payments over £25,000 that DWP has made in 2016, including invoices, grants and expenses

Rent rise fears after letting agents reveal fall in available supply

29 April, 2016

The supply of rental housing on letting agents' books has "nosedived"

Buy-to-let landlords blamed for decline in DIY among under-30s

29 April, 2016

Figures suggesting spending on DIY among 'generation rent' has fallen by third since 1996 coincide with report showing age of first-time buyers still rising

Lloyds Banking Group reveals surge in buy-to-let lending

29 April, 2016

Mortgage lender pins rise on rush to beat new stamp duty charges as bank group reveals profits nearly halved in first quarter

Gap widens between LHA and rent costs

29 April, 2016

Private tenants face a growing gap between help with housing costs and rent

Peers vote for inflation-linked Pay to Stay threshold

29 April, 2016

Peers have voted for Pay to Stay 'high-income' thresholds to be increased in line with inflation every three years

How many council homes are left in England after 20 year sell-off

29 April, 2016

Figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government have revealed the number of local authority owned social houses

Benefit sanctions handed out to thousands of people 'unlawful'

29 April, 2016

The Court of Appeal dismissed a legal challenge by the Government

Many landlords 'will stop renting to tenants on Universal Credit'

28 April, 2016

The Government's new Universal Credit payments could have a disastrous impact on the private rented sector, with more and more landlords refusing to let to tenants on benefits

Petition against letting agent fees gathers over 250,000 signatures

28 April, 2016

A petition against letting agent fees has now gathered some 250,000 signatures

Housing Bill defeat on council house replacements

28 April, 2016

The House of Lords has delivered a 12th defeat for the government on the Housing and Planning Bill over the type of homes that will replace the sale of higher-value council stock

Foxtons braced for revenue slump after stamp duty surcharge

28 April, 2016

Estate agent reported 28.5% rise in property sales in first quarter amid rush to complete deals before deadline but Brexit fears weigh down expectations

Rogue landlord's failed eviction plans cement his place in court

28 April, 2016

A rogue managing agent who tried to force out his tenants by filling the stopcock chamber with cement so that they would have no running water has been sentenced in court

Council tenant discount card launches in Edinburgh

28 April, 2016

A new City of Edinburgh Council tenant discount scheme has been launched which will save tenants money

Food bank warehouse opens doors to tackle food poverty across Wythenshawe

28 April, 2016

The Unit-E food storage warehouse, based in the town centre, will distribute food to seven food banks in the area

Monthly ARLA Private Rented Sector Report March 2016

28 April, 2016

The supply of rental housing stock on letting agents' books fell in March, to the lowest level since the start of last year

Race to the bottom for low income tenants as gap between rents and local housing allowance widens

28 April, 2016

Low income tenants in the private rented sector face a widening gap between the actual rent they must pay and the help they receive to meet their housing costs

Are we facing an evictions crisis?

28 April, 2016

Imagine knowing that you are going to lose your home but not knowing when the bailiffs will come knocking

Destitution in the UK

27 April, 2016

JRF report

This report defines destitution in the UK, looking at how many people are affected, who they are, and the main pathways in and out of destitution. It looks at the impact and experience of those people directly affected

Tenants complain as more licensing pushes up rents

27 April, 2016

It is unlikely that the policy makers at Whitehall read the Fenland Citizen - but it would be no bad thing if they did

Tumbleweed as property investors desert the market

27 April, 2016

Property investors are deserting the market, with estate agents haart reporting a 55% monthly drop in buy-to-let sales during the first two weeks of April

Struggling families will soon be able to get free fuel vouchers from Cardiff foodbank

27 April, 2016

Npower is to give credits worth two weeks' worth of energy

Scottish Welfare Fund: £24.5 million spent during April to December 2015

27 April, 2016

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

More than a million people in UK living in destitution

27 April, 2016

Research by Joseph Rowntree Foundation finds 668,000 households unable to afford essentials such as food, heating and clothes

Landlords welcome Govt's "pragmatic" shift on landlord protections in Immigration Bill

27 April, 2016

Landlords have welcomed MPs' approval of measures intended to provide greater protection to responsible landlords wanting to evict illegal immigrants

Londoners urged to share the horrors of renting with #ventyourrent campaign

27 April, 2016

A campaign group is encouraging London's renters to take to social media and share their horror stories on the realities of renting using the hashtag #ventyourrent

Government increases fixed-term tenancy limit to 10 years

27 April, 2016

Government increases fixed-term tenancy limit to 10 year

Holyrood election 2016: Where the parties stand on welfare

26 April, 2016

Voters in Scotland go to the polls on Thursday 5 May to choose their next MSPs. But where do the parties stand on key issues?

New scheme launched to help people who rely on foodbanks

26 April, 2016

Employees at a Dundee organisation are set to donate some of their salaries in a bid to help out people who rely on foodbanks in Dundee

Responsible landlords to get protection from Immigration Bill

26 April, 2016

Members of parliament have approved measures that will give greater protection to responsible landlords wanting to evict illegal immigrants

Is universal basic income too simplistic to meet housing need?

26 April, 2016

For supporters of basic income, Beveridge's 'problem of rent' is an even bigger headache today than it was in the 40s

Landlords on the ladder feel financial boost of buy-to-let tax dash

26 April, 2016

Flurry of buy-to-let property interest in March pushes total annual returns to 12.2% for existing landlords

All Scottish jobcentres now offer Universal Credit

26 April, 2016

Last 5 offices in Scotland switch over to offer the new service

More homes, more social housing - how Welsh Labour will lead the way

26 April, 2016

I have never understood why, but in election after election, housing is the dog that never quite barks

Situation for first-time buyers little better despite waning buy-to-let competition

26 April, 2016

With the passing of the buy-to-let rush to avoid stamp duty, the pressure on first time buyers may seem to ease at first

Housing Bill should also include rogue tenants list

26 April, 2016

The Housing and Planning Bill, which includes measures to tackle criminal landlords and letting agents, should also address the issue of problem tenants

Rent to buy: Council tenants could be given chance to pay off mortgages

26 April, 2016

Council tenants could be given the chance to get on the housing ladder by paying a mortgage instead of cut-price rent

More rent than pay a mortgage: the Tory dream for London has crashed and burned

26 April, 2016

The capital is now a city of tenants, proof that the Thatcherite property hegemony has had its day

LIN member report April 2016 - The Welfare Reform and Work Act

25 April, 2016

LIN member report written by Neil Merrick

This report will ensure you discover everything you need to know about this important piece of legislation

GBP 1 billion EIB backing for UK social housing

25 April, 2016

The European Investment Bank has agreed to provide GBP 1 billion for new social housing investment across the UK

The social landlords stepping in to help computer-illiterate residents

25 April, 2016

Universal credit will hugely increase demand for digital access - so housing associations have started doing more for tenants without the internet

Call to ban letting agency fees for those renting homes

25 April, 2016

Fears about the impact of a booming property market in parts of the UK are often in the headlines, as are the various initiatives to give people a foot up onto the housing ladder

Making welfare work for Wales

25 April, 2016

The Bevan Foundation has just completed an investigation of the future of the welfare system in Wales. Victoria Winckler looks at some of the issues on housing benefit

Letting agents jailed for total of seven years after £400,000 thefts

25 April, 2016

A couple who ran a lettings agency have been jailed for a total of seven years after stealing over £400,000

Five cabinet ministers' constituencies 'least hit by council budget cuts'

25 April, 2016

Theresa May, Michael Gove and Jeremy Hunt among ministers whose areas escape brunt of austerity measures

Housing Bill: 16 Defeats And U-Turns Inflicted On Government's Flagship Reforms

25 April, 2016

A bumpy ride for "pay-to-stay" charges and ending lifelong council homes

Allocations policy favouring workers ruled unlawful

25 April, 2016

A council's policy to ringfence 20% of its lettings for people in work has been found discriminatory and unlawful by the High Court

Cheaper mortgages could sweeten pill for landlords

25 April, 2016

Lenders are cutting the cost of buy-to-let mortgages in a move that will bring some relief to Scotland's army of amateur landlords

UK: Millions of low income families will be poorer under welfare reforms

25 April, 2016

This month, cuts to Universal Credit - the Tory government's cover scheme for slashing welfare - were implemented for some 80,000 households

More than 225,000 households claiming Universal Credit

25 April, 2016

More than 225,000 people are now claiming the government's Universal Credit benefit

The Welfare stigma which is leaving the poorest homeless

22 April, 2016

It's hard to think of a worse time in the last 50 years to be on benefits and living in London

Landlords count their happy returns as property prices rise

22 April, 2016

Landlords starting or building their buy-to-let portfolios may have been clamouring to beat the Stamp Duty deadline in March, but this has helped boost existing property investors

York council consults on strategy to improve private housing

22 April, 2016

York Council has opened a public consultation on its a draft strategy intended to tackle poverty and disadvantage among people living in private sector housing

Housing, energy efficiency and welfare feature high on SNP manifesto

22 April, 2016

The SNP has unveiled plans for 50,000 new affordable homes, a Warm Homes Bill to help tackle fuel poverty and a social security system based on dignity and respect

Aberdeen slipping but Scotland's rents remains on the up to an all-time high

22 April, 2016

Average private sector rents in Scotland have hit an all time high according to the latest quarterly report from rental property portal Citylets

DWP drew up plans to charge disabled people for fit-to-work appeals

22 April, 2016

Charities warned the plans reflected badly on DWP officials

What could a Citizen's Income do for the housing crisis?

22 April, 2016

There's been an upsurge of interest in Universal Basic Income (UBI), or Citizen's Income

UK housing: Spring rent rises are the 'calm before the storm' in the private rental market

22 April, 2016

Renters should prepare for a "calm before the storm" as recent tax increases on landlords take effect

HB G4/2016

22 April, 2016

Information for all housing benefit staff

Welfare reform newsletter

21 April, 2016

National housing federation newsletter on welfare reform

Impact of capping Housing Benefit at Local Housing Allowance rates

21 April, 2016

The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in his Autumn Statement that housing benefit and housing costs within Universal Credit for social housing tenants will be capped

Oil crisis brings rents in Aberdeen crashing down 20% in a year

21 April, 2016

Shortly after the passing of the Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill in the Scottish Parliament, average rents in the country have hit an all time high

Six in ten London tenants enduring daily living hazards

21 April, 2016

Six in ten private tenants in London are forced to endure hazards such as mould, leaks or pest infestations

British surveyors report weakest private housing growth in nearly three years

21 April, 2016

Construction of private homes slowed sharply in the first three months of 2016, reflecting planning delays and possibly uncertainty linked to Britain's upcoming referendum on European Union membership

Government defends Pay to Stay after Lords defeats

21 April, 2016

The government has pledged to ensure the social housing sector only supports those 'who genuinely need it', in response to a hat-trick of heavy defeats in the Lords on Pay to Stay

Can you rent out a home bought with a Help to Buy ISA/Lifetime ISA?

21 April, 2016

The Help to Buy ISA is a huge boon for first-time buyers. It means when you save in it for a mortgage deposit, you'll get up to £3,000 added on top

Generation Rent - Living to Let

21 April, 2016

Richard Hill is one of three million young adults in the UK still living with their parents. He meets others who've gone to extreme lengths to find somewhere affordable to live

Angry protests as council houses go under the hammer

21 April, 2016

There was a heavy police presence as protesters tried to disrupt an auction of council homes in Bristol tonight

Generation Rent most at risk from criminal landlords

21 April, 2016

Nearly 3,000 landlords have faced prosecution under the Housing Act over the past five years - with resulting fines running into the millions, writes Bill Tanner

Wales - The PRS in 2016 and Beyond

21 April, 2016

A lot of change is happening in Wales this year, and it is important that landlords stay up to date. Below are the main issues of which members with property in Wales should be aware

Buy-to-let: Massive scale of investor 'frenzy' to beat stamp duty hike revealed

21 April, 2016

New mortgage lending and property transaction figures reveal the scale of a "frenzy" in March of buy-to-let investors trying to close deals and beat a stamp duty hike in April

If the DWP is forced to publish its secret records on benefits claimants' suicides, everything could change

21 April, 2016

In cases like suicide, stories are important. If we let a government keep our stories secret, we give it permission to rewrite history

DWP may have to publish details of benefit claimant deaths

20 April, 2016

Disability rights campaigners win appeal against government's refusal to publicise investigations into alleged suicides

Measuring the Impact

20 April, 2016

2015 NFA & ARCH Welfare Reform Survey Findings

These are the 9 areas of the UK where letting fees are highest - and seven are in London

20 April, 2016

The areas with the highest letting fees in the UK have been uncovered by the National Private Tenants Organisation, also known as "Generation Rent"

Lifeline for London families facing eviction after charity sold their flats

20 April, 2016

Residents of Walthamstow estate unaware their homes had been sold until eviction notices were handed out

2 out of 3 ain't bad!

20 April, 2016

Too often, renting is unsafe. Our Fix Renting campaign , launched in January, focuses on three ways to make renting safer

Universal Credit statistics: background information and methodology

20 April, 2016

Information about Universal Credit statistics methodology including the purpose, source, definitions and limitations of statistics covered

Landlords claim Universal Credit is 'shambolic'

20 April, 2016

Universal Credit payments could have a disastrous impact on the private rented sector

'We are losing the case on social housing'

20 April, 2016

Crisis chief executive Jon Sparkes has claimed the housing sector is "losing the case of social housing"

The startup that wants to replace letting agents

20 April, 2016

Digital disruptor RentSquare uses open data to identify the rent 'sweet spot' for landlords and tenants

Council will not appeal water charge ruling

19 April, 2016

A council will not appeal a landmark court ruling, meaning social landlords could have to repay millions of pounds to tenants in water charges

Housing Bill: Government Faces U-Turn Over 'Pay To Stay' After Hat-Trick Of House of Lords Defeats

19 April, 2016

Housing and Planning Bill has now lost six times after peers voted to alter 'vindictive' charge

Selling off affordable homes 'would add £4bn to housing benefit bill'

19 April, 2016

Labour says sale of council and housing association property will force poorer people into expensive private rented accommodation

Call to ban letting agents' fees

19 April, 2016

Generation Rent is calling on the government to ban letting agents from charging fees to tenants

Rising Bristol rents are forcing people to live on the streets

19 April, 2016

The city's housing crisis is forcing more and more people onto the streets with 235 families currently living in B&Bs to prevent them from becoming homeless

Top 10 cheapest areas to rent:Londoners are heading to Bexley borough where rents are half the average price

19 April, 2016

Londoners in search of cheaper rents should head to Bexley in the south-east corner of the capital where costs are half the average price

Discretionary Housing Payment underspend explained by councillors

19 April, 2016

Funds given to Oxford City Council to help individuals pay their rent have jumped back up this year despite the fact that it was not all spent in 2015/16

Tories' Pay to Stay rent hikes smashed to bits in humiliating triple defeat

19 April, 2016

Pay to Stay in the Housing Bill would have forced 215,000 households earning £30,000 to pay the full market rent - but it's been bludgeoned

Political short-termism: the buy-to-let housing market

19 April, 2016

Over the past year you may have heard about a 'war' being waged against the buy-to-let market

Benefit sanction statistics: publication strategy

19 April, 2016

Details of planned changes to official statistics on benefit sanctions

Duration on working-age benefits: April 2010 to March 2015

19 April, 2016

Annual statistics on the total time claimants spent on one or more the main DWP working-age benefits

Talking point: Is the Government killing off buy-to-let?

18 April, 2016

From the end of mortgage interest relief to extra Stamp Duty surcharges, there is plenty to suggest the Government is trying to kill off the buy-to-let sector

Landlords launch new crowdfunding campaign in legal challenge to Osborne

18 April, 2016

A second round of crowdfunding has been launched in a bid to raise money for a legal battle against the Government

Buy-to-let landlord surge ignites chain reaction in housing market

18 April, 2016

Rightmove claims landlord rush to beat stamp duty surcharge fuelled rise in homeowners selling up and trading up

Victory for vulnerable tenants

18 April, 2016

The Government has agreed a Liberal Democrat amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill, which protects vulnerable tenants from being wrongly evicted

'Political warfare' over food bank group's million users claim hurting hungry people - MPs

18 April, 2016

The "political warfare" over discredited suggestions that more than one million people in Britain rely on food banks may have harmed the chances of genuinely hungry people getting help

Housing organisations say ministers should think again about unfair rent hikes for hard-working council tenants

18 April, 2016

As the Government's Housing Bill approaches the next stage in its bumpy ride through the House of Lords, tenant and housing campaigners have called on Ministers to drop proposals announced in George Osborne's 2015 Budge

Rush to beat buy-to-let tax rise pushes cost of a house to a record high: Average property price jumps to more than £307,000

18 April, 2016

Average asking price across all homes increased by 7.3 per cent this year

Lib Dems pledge more homes for rent and 'fair' Scottish welfare system

18 April, 2016

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have set out plans to increase in housing supply by expanding the Housing Fund for Scotland model and tackle youth homelessness through mediation

Why the housing bill could give the Lords another victory

18 April, 2016

This badly-drafted and timed bill won't address sky-high rents or house prices - expect peers to win concessions

How to help residents trapped by financial exclusion

18 April, 2016

Join us on Tuesday 26 April 11:30 - 13:00 BST, to discuss how professionals in councils, charities and housing can promote financial inclusion

Every jobcentre in Yorkshire now offers Universal Credit

18 April, 2016

Last 4 offices in Yorkshire switch over to new service

Most landlords considering hiking rent after tax 'assaults' on sector

15 April, 2016

Almost all landlords are considering increasing rents to pay for the higher taxes they now face

New trade body launches today in rental sector

15 April, 2016

A new trade body launches on the 15th April, aimed at the professional 'build to rent' sector

1% of tenants take up the Right to Buy

15 April, 2016

Less than 1% of the housing association tenants offered the chance to purchase their home under a pilot of the Right to Buy have so far made a formal application to buy

Foodbank use remains at record high

15 April, 2016

Trussell Trust says that one million three day food supplies a year must not become the new normal

Interest in buy-to-let drops by over a quarter as tax changes begin

15 April, 2016

Interest in new purchases from buy-to-let investors dropped 27% in March compared to the same month last year as April 1st tax change starts to bite

This is how 'poor landlords' will be tackled to help solve housing issues in studentville Treforest

15 April, 2016

Landlords would have to show their properties meet an acceptable standard

Buy-to-let loses ground as first-time buyers 'find their feet'

15 April, 2016

First time buyers are the new 'frontline' for a housing market buoyed by its best opening quarter lending figures in nine years

DWP 'punishing' low-paid full-time workers under new benefits rule

15 April, 2016

Critics say scheme under which working people claiming universal credit can be fined for failing to do enough to find more work is 'political dynamite'

No vote, no voice: Renters need to register!

15 April, 2016

Over a third of renters in London have moved 3 or more times in the last five years

Government to review Right to Rent guidelines

14 April, 2016

The Government is reviewing its guidance on Right to Rent and the immigration status checks that landlords and agents must by law make on all prospective tenants

Mortgage lending dips as buy-to-let purchasers take foot off pedal

14 April, 2016

Mortgage lending dipped during March as buy-to-let activity eased

EU migrants coming to UK for higher wages but no evidence of 'benefits tourism'

14 April, 2016

Higher wages and a lack of a jobs in the eurozone are listed as 'pull factors'

Housing market 'to cool' as buy-to-let rush dies and Brexit worries mount

14 April, 2016

The UK's housing market is set for a slowdown as the buy-to-let rush of the first three months of the year dies away

Reduced PCSO cover in parts of Cheshire 'caused by rent cuts'

14 April, 2016

Two housing associations in Cheshire have stopped funding Police Community Support Officers, blaming rent reductions imposed by the government

Benefit fraud or tax evasion: row over the Tories' targets

14 April, 2016

Figures show thousands more government inspectors are employed tackling benefits fraud than dealing with abuse of tax system

DHP (Dysfunctional Housing Payments)

14 April, 2016

When you're on the brink of eviction, what do you think it takes to get your council's attention? A lot, it transpires.

Landlords warn of rent increases

14 April, 2016

Almost all landlords are considering increasing rents to pay for the higher taxes they now face

Home-owner house purchase lending up 21% year-on-year in February

13 April, 2016

Home-owners borrowed £8.7bn for house purchase, up 4% month-on-month and 21% year-on-year. They took out 48,000 loans, up 4% on January and 12% on February 2015

Fresh fears of housing price crash as buy-to-let purchases plunge

13 April, 2016

Prospective buy-to-let owners have fallen by more than a quarter amid a punishing new tax on landlord buyers, fuelling fears of a price crash in parts of the country

Government should ditch social housing benefit cap 'as a matter of basic humanity'

13 April, 2016

A Wirral MP has warned some of the most vulnerable people in the borough could be plunged into crisis under Government plans to cap housing benefit payments

Testing times ahead for Universal Credit

13 April, 2016

The government's scheme to overhaul the welfare system has been the subject of much scrutiny in Westminster, but now the same is happening outside a north London job centre

£100 Council Tax cut for greener homes

13 April, 2016

Welsh households could receive £100 towards their council tax by going green

HMO landlord fined

13 April, 2016

An unlicensed East Barnet landlord has been fined over £3,000

Housing minister denies Government is trying to kill off buy-to-let

13 April, 2016

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has rejected claims that the Government is "choking off the buy-to-let sector"

Ministers seek to reduce councils' influence over HAs

13 April, 2016

The government has taken further steps to deregulate the sector by limiting the influence of councils over housing associations

HomeLet Rental Index - March 2016

13 April, 2016

When London is excluded, the average UK rental value was £755pcm - this is 4.9% higher than the same period last year

Weeks later... and council letting agency still has just one home listed

13 April, 2016

It's several weeks on from our story about a local authority setting up its own private letting agency and having only one property - and it STILL has only one property

Generation rent is losing the battle to buy its own homes

13 April, 2016

Couples and individuals struggling to get on the local housing ladder are being forced to pay the highest rental costs in the county

'As a landlady, I can see what needs to change in our rental market'

13 April, 2016

Maureen is a London landlady; here she tells us why she feels renting needs fixing

Getting tenants off to a flying start

12 April, 2016

Finding somewhere to live is difficult enough at the best of times, but without the right information and advice it can be an even more daunting prospect

HB U1/2016

12 April, 2016

Judgment of the Court of Appeal judicial review decision concerning the maximum rent (social sector)

Claim tax credits before Universal Credit arrives

12 April, 2016

Low-income workers are being urged to claim any tax credits sooner rather than later

Stephen Crabb 'committed' to Universal Credit

12 April, 2016

Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb has said he is "absolutely committed" to the government's flagship Universal Credit reform

Buy-to-let providers slash mortgage rates

12 April, 2016

The buy-to-let market has been under extra pressure in the last few months thanks to the stamp duty hike

Gracehill Housing Scheme gets the green light from planners despite 70 letters of objection

12 April, 2016

A proposal for a social housing development in Gracehill, which attracted 70 letters of objection, has been approved by Council's Planning Committee

Why it's time for Generation Rent to fight back against letting agents' fees

12 April, 2016

Journalist and nomadic Londoner Vicky Spratt on why the capital's twenty-somethings are living in constant fear of rent hikes

Buy-to-let landlords keep benefiting from cheaper mortgages

12 April, 2016

Finance website Moneyfacts says buy-to-let mortgage rates continue to fall despite Bank of England moves to dampen market

Revealed: which Dorset councils have built the most affordable homes (and you might be surprised)

12 April, 2016

Christchurch and Purbeck built fewer homes than their neighbouring authorities

Universal credit cuts to lose low-income families up to £200 a month

11 April, 2016

Changes to be introduced on Monday will push more low-paid working families into poverty

Is Universal Credit doomed to fail?

11 April, 2016

Later this month Universal Credit will finally roll across the country, but the Department of Work and Pensions is being challenged in court to release files about its management in the early days

End of long-term tenancies will 'damage family life'

11 April, 2016

Calls to scrap Tory plans to reform social housing as fears grow over damage to communities and children's education

Bill change 'could increase council home sales further'

11 April, 2016

Sector figures fear councils may have to sell more of their stock to fund the Right to Buy extension than previously expected

Tory local government leader asks Lords to block housing reforms

11 April, 2016

Peers are being urged to reject amendments to bill forcing councils to sell their most expensive properties

Three practical amendments Shelter is fighting for on the Housing Bill

11 April, 2016

The Housing and Planning Bill returns to the House of Lords for Report stage today

Watch: how we can make renting better by stabilising rents

11 April, 2016

Last week, in the run-up to the London elections, Shelter published new research showing that over half of renters in the capital are struggling to pay the rent

The Housing and Planning Bill risks missing out half of England's young private-renting households

11 April, 2016

This afternoon, the House of Lords will kick-off the first round of voting on key amendments to the Housing and Planning Bill

£300 million childcare boost for hard-working families under Universal Credit

11 April, 2016

Parents on Universal Credit will now be able to claim back 85% of their childcare costs when they move into work - up from 70%

Record number of families with nine or more children are claiming housing benefit handouts costing taxpayers £6million a year

11 April, 2016

447 nine-child families received £4m last year; £2m for those with ten plus

What do you think of private rental market statistics?

11 April, 2016

Statistics on the Private Rented Sector (PRS) can be an invaluable resource

RICS calls for mandatory licence for all estate agents

08 April, 2016

The RICS has called for the introduction of a mandatory, recognised licence for all estate agents in the UK

Human rights watchdog to review welfare reforms

08 April, 2016

A human rights watchdog is to launch an inquiry into the effects of the government's welfare reforms on minority groups

Over half London's private renters are struggling. Renting needs fixing now

08 April, 2016

When does a city's housing problem get so bad that it's legitimate to describe it as a 'crisis'?

Buy-to-let's "last hurrah" blamed for 10.1% annual house price rise

08 April, 2016

Double digit growth in house prices over the last year has been blamed on the "last hurrah" of buy-to-let investors as they seek to head off the rise in stamp duty

'Pay £78 a week for heating and hot water', disabled tenants in Holloway sheltered accommodation told

08 April, 2016

Disabled pensioners in Holloway were sent letters by their housing association threatening a 450 per cent increase in bills

Families renting privately twice as likely to have moved in the last year

08 April, 2016

Almost one in five of London's privately renting families have moved in the last 12 months

The effects of taxes and benefits on income inequality: 1977 to financial year ending 2015

08 April, 2016

The redistribution effects on households of direct and indirect taxation and benefits received in cash or kind analysed by household type, and the changing levels of income inequality over time

A guide to Rent Repayment Orders: Part 1

07 April, 2016

This is part one of a three-part guide on Rent Repayment Orders outlining what you need to know

New rental properties surge on to market as Stamp Duty bites

07 April, 2016

A large number of new rental properties came on stream at the end of March, with the influx due to a significant number of buy-to-let purchases completed by investors before the Stamp Duty hike

Counting the cost of becoming a nation of renters

07 April, 2016

Proof, if proof was needed, earlier this week that property prices in the capital are out of control

The Tories are promising to freeze council tax for five years if they win the Assembly election

07 April, 2016

The Tories say they would provide funding for councils to make up for the shortfall when council tax is frozen

Home benefits: the SFHA's Mary Taylor explains why welfare reform is a concern for housing associations

07 April, 2016

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations chief executive tells Holyrood of her concerns about the LHA cap, changes to benefits and the potential reclassification of social housing

Thousands of disabled claimants wrongly barred from Personal Independence Payments

07 April, 2016

Three in five Brits who contest a decision to reject their Personal Independence Payment win on appeal

Tax credit change 'may cause hardship'

07 April, 2016

Families who have been overpaid tax credits will have to repay the money at a much faster rate from now on

Benefit expenditure and caseload tables 2016

07 April, 2016

Historic and forecast benefit expenditure and caseload data usually consistent with the annual Budget and Autumn Statement

Landlords' Barometer - #35: Why are landlords being singled out by Osborne?

06 April, 2016

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #35", with all the latest news and trending topics from the world of landlords!

Whew! Over 1,200 deals completed by conveyancer on eve of Stamp Duty change

06 April, 2016

In the 24 hours before the Stamp Duty surcharge kicked in, Britain's largest conveyancer completed a record number of transactions

Buying cheaper than renting in nearly half of Britain's major cities

06 April, 2016

Glasgow, Coventry and Birmingham topped the list of places where buying beats renting

Balance becomes 'relative' as Southwark tackles empty homes

06 April, 2016

A London council that has placed over 1,000 households beyond its borough boundaries over the past year has an estimated 2,000 empty private sector homes

Tenants who complain being 'bullied' by landlords

06 April, 2016

Tenants are being threatened and bullied by landlords if they make a complaint

The great service debate

06 April, 2016

From this month, social landlords will see revenues from rents fall by 1% each year for four years

Know your rights when dealing with lousy landlords

06 April, 2016

If you're like me and have bounced around rented accommodation in your student days and beyond, you've probably encountered your fair share of worn down flats and colourful landlords

Labour claims scrapping council tax would save people money

06 April, 2016

Scots will save more than £100 a year on average under Labour's plans to scrap the council tax

Bedroom tax and benefit sanctions: social workers must get to grips with welfare law

06 April, 2016

People who use services are feeling the impact of cuts and welfare reform. To make a difference to their lives, professionals need to understand these issues

Green Party pledge to push for rent controls

05 April, 2016

Sian Berry, the Green mayoral candidate for London, has issued her manifesto

Lib Dems call for immediate ban on letting agent fees

05 April, 2016

The Lib Dems have called for an immediate ban on letting fees charged by agents

Rapid rise in single parent debt problems

05 April, 2016

The number of single parents approaching StepChange Debt Charity for help has doubled over the last four years and they are now the fastest growing group among its clients

Housing and Inequality in London

05 April, 2016

Over the past 20 years the price of housing in London has quadrupled, and the number of people renting privately has grown dramatically

Free heat meter surveys for social landlords

05 April, 2016

At Sustainable Homes we know that the recent heat metering regulations have concentrated effort on installing meters in heat networks

Key Changes to Council Tax Support in 2016/17

05 April, 2016

April 2016 marks the beginning of the fourth year since Council Tax Benefit

Housing Benefit subsidy guidance manual 2015 to 2016

05 April, 2016

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

The Positive Impact of Social Housing Provision

05 April, 2016

It is evident that social housing supports individuals and households with pressing housing needs

Reduction in social housing rents

05 April, 2016

This note provides an outline of The Social Housing Rents (Exceptions and Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2016

UK buy-to-let is broken - and change will be good for investors

04 April, 2016

New stamp duty hikes on second homes, seen by many as a clamp down on buy-to-let, could pave the way for a revolution in Britain's rental market

Survey reveals tenants' rent cut concerns

04 April, 2016

More than half of social tenants to answer a survey said they are concerned about a reduction in services from their landlord as a result of the rent cut

Minimum energy efficiency standards become law for private rentals

04 April, 2016

The Energy Efficiency Regulations 2015 will bring into force minimum energy efficiency standards for the residential private rented sector

Half of private rented properties checked 'below standards'

04 April, 2016

Almost half of private rented properties visited during a crackdown against problem landlords were found to be falling below acceptable standards by the council

Lender concerns prompt Housing Bill change

04 April, 2016

Ministers are set to change the Housing and Planning Bill following concerns that a new system of managing sector insolvencies would lead to lenders asking social landlords for more security

Top UK earners to receive as much in handouts as poorest by 2020

04 April, 2016

The wealthiest 20% of Britain's earners will receive almost as much support from the state through the "shadow welfare"

How Cambridge development with just 6% social housing is making £17m in extra sales

04 April, 2016

One of the most controversial developments in Cambridge is set to make millions of pounds more in profit than forecast when the original builder avoided hitting the city council's affordable housing target

Cutting housing benefit reduces property prices

04 April, 2016

House prices fall when Housing Benefit is cut

UK Government's housing policy targeting homeless families is 'tantamount to social cleansing'

04 April, 2016

Charities and politicians demand urgent safeguards after Independent investigation uncovers cases of homeless children dying from neglect and abuse

Struggling generation rent is being driven into debt

04 April, 2016

Figures from charities reveal how people unable to get on the housing ladder are under pressure from overdrafts, loans and arrears in rent

Fears council house evictions could rise due to benefits changes

01 April, 2016

Aberdeenshire's local authority has raised concerns that the number of council house evictions in the area may rise under the government's new universal credit scheme

Questor share tip: bet on Grainger as buy-to-let crackdown begins

01 April, 2016

Buy-to-let investing has been dealt a blow with higher rates of stamp duty kicking in

EEA migrants: access to social housing (England)

01 April, 2016

Part 1 of this briefing gives a broad overview of the law governing the rights of EEA migrants to access social housing in England

MPs launch inquiry into 'disability employment gap' and impact of ESA cuts

01 April, 2016

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) will be cut from £103 to £73 a week in April 2017

Why stamp duty isn't the end for your second home dreams

01 April, 2016

For second-home buyers, whether they are looking for holiday homes or buy-to-let, April 1 2016 is a crucial date

Rental prices in UK up by 2.6% in year to February 2016

01 April, 2016

Private rental prices paid by tenants in Great Britain rose by 2.6% in the 12 months to February 2016

Buy-to-let stamp duty hike begins as landlords warn rents will soar 'through the roof'

01 April, 2016

Chancellor George Osborne's controversial hike of stamp duty for buy-to-let investors is now in force, as the new tax year begins

Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit back to work schemes

01 April, 2016

Guidance about the different back to work schemes available to JSA and Universal Credit claimants

Index of private housing rental prices: February 2016

31 March, 2016

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

2016 Annual Review of Social Housing

31 March, 2016

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

We discuss the accounts and annual reports of the largest 100 Registered Providers

Without supported housing, a lot of people will be left outside to die

31 March, 2016

A proposed change to housing benefit rules will spell disaster for many of societys most vulnerable people

Possession Court Fees Increase

31 March, 2016

Unfortunately, there are occasions when landlords must resort to using the courts in order to regain possession of their property

Standard of ESA and PIP assessments unacceptable says Public Accounts Committee

31 March, 2016

Standard of ESA and PIP assessments unacceptable says Public Accounts Committee

Charity workers fear benefit claimants will struggle as Universal Credit is rolled out in SE1

31 March, 2016

It is revealed that new applicants will have to wait six weeks for first payment, and will need a bank account

Bedroom Tax Year 3 (How IDS stole my home)

31 March, 2016

As the third anniversary of the introduction of the bedroom tax passes, events over the preceding weekends took a poignant turn for Rob Gershon

From bad to worse

31 March, 2016

It is naive to think that the rental and homeownership markets are not intimately linked

Largest council tax rises this decade loom for English householders

31 March, 2016

Households across England will face the biggest council tax rises this decade from Friday

Latest clampdown on landlords to cut buy-to-let lending by up to 20%

30 March, 2016

Lending to buy-to-let borrowers is to be tightened up, with 'stress' levels raised

Landlords at risk of missing asset register deadline

30 March, 2016

A large number of housing associations are in danger of failing to meet Thursday's deadline for completing a register of assets and liabilities

Can the new work and pensions secretary win back trust on welfare?

30 March, 2016

After the furore over disability benefits and the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith, Stephen Crabb's challenge is to rebuild the Conservatives' credibility on social justice

En-suite education: the unstoppable rise of luxury student housing

30 March, 2016

The UK's student boom has seen a spate of new, expensive, high-spec studio flats for them to live in

LendInvest research reveals tenants and landlords alike face stamp duty squeeze

30 March, 2016

The 3% stamp duty rise coming into effect on 1 April is set to put the squeeze is likely to see landlords passing on the extra cost to tenants

Gaps in welfare safety net still pose risk Committee says

30 March, 2016

The Work and Pensions Committee has published the Government's response to its report on the Local welfare safety net

Homelessness statistics make uncomfortable reading for politicians worried about welfare cuts

30 March, 2016

Last weekend's news was dominated by the political fallout from Iain Duncan Smith's resignation and by signs of growing political unease around the latest proposed cuts to welfare

Buy to Let 'big risk' to UK economy

30 March, 2016

The Bank of England has warned Britain must burst its Buy to Let bubble to ward off future financial risk

Explainer: what are rent controls - and who benefits from them?

30 March, 2016

New York, San Francisco and Stockholm have them. And now some Londoners are calling for them to curb rising rents

Mother claims she is forced to live with no electricity, crumbling walls and rats because her housing association landlord will not carry out proper repairs to her home

30 March, 2016

A mother says she is being forced to live with rats, crumbling walls and no electricity in the downstairs of her home because her housing association will not carry out proper repairs

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