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Kent Reliance Buy To Let Britain report - fifth edition

02 December, 2016

Welcome to the fifth edition of Kent Reliance's half-yearly Buy to Let Britain report

This report examines the key trends in the private rented sector and the Buy to Let mortgage market

FOI extension will lead to cost burden

02 December, 2016

The Scottish Government's U-turn on the FOI Act extension to housing associations will burden associations with additional costs

Welfare reform update

02 December, 2016

National Housing Federation welfare reform update

BHP launches first new homes supporting vulnerable tenants to live independently

02 December, 2016

BHP has completed the refurbishment on a six bedroom house in Wembley, which has been developed into six apartments for Brent residents with learning disability and special needs

Minister who helped create the Universal Credit leaves government

02 December, 2016

A minister instrumental to Conservative welfare reform has left his government post after more than six years

Quarterly Survey for Q2 (July to September) 2016 to 2017

02 December, 2016

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

Social landlords 'require additional capacity' to deliver 50,000 homes target

02 December, 2016

Around two thirds of social landlords in Scotland have insufficient in-house skills and capacity to deliver an expanded programme of new affordable housing

The displaced tenants paying the true cost of an inhumane housing policy

02 December, 2016

Councils must commit to a more humane, thoughtful and cost-effective social housing policy than moving people away from jobs and homes

Theresa May appears to have 'historically obsolete' view on welfare

02 December, 2016

Despite her claim to govern not in the interests of the privileged few Ms May is continuing austerity with further welfare

Kayleigh is on universal credit. Her first payment arrives next year

02 December, 2016

The built-in delay in universal credit payments means she and her two young children will have to rely on £34/week child benefit over Christmas

Lettings fee ban unlikely until 2018

01 December, 2016

The lettings agent tenant fee ban won't come in until at least 2018 DCLG has revealed, with the consultation to be launched in the New Year

Agents must display their fees properly ahead of ban

01 December, 2016

The announcement by the Chancellor that the Government intends to remove letting agents' ability to charge fees to tenants came as a surprise to many in the industry

Tax credit benefit removals criticised by MPs

01 December, 2016

A "cut first, think later" attitude plunged tax credit claimants into humiliating hardship and debt

Proposal on using a Legislative Reform Order to establish the social housing regulator as an independent body

01 December, 2016

This consultation paper sets out the proposal for amending the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 so that responsibility for social housing regulation is transferred HCA to a new standalone public body

Tenant Information Pack

01 December, 2016

The pack gives information to tenants in privately rented housing

Landlord Right to Rent criminal sanctions come into effect Thurs 1 December

01 December, 2016

New regulations contained in The Immigration Act 2016 will come into force from 1st December

Campaign launched to move beyond foodbanks in Scotland

01 December, 2016

Charities awarded cash to find more dignified solution

Ways for UK landlords to cut taxes

01 December, 2016

Landlords should be thinking about reducing taxes and learn more about the consequences of scrapping renters' fees

Princess Anne hails £3million social housing project at official opening in Bury St Edmunds

01 December, 2016

The Princess Royal officially opened a £3.1million affordable housing project in Bury St Edmunds December 1

Government opens consultation into extending FOI to social landlords

01 December, 2016

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation proposing the extension of Freedom of Information legislation to RSLs in Scotland

Airbnb announce plans to block hosts exceeding 90-day rental limit

01 December, 2016

AirBnB is to block hosts in London from renting out homes for more than 90 days a year without official consent

Transparency and accountability in the housing association sector

01 December, 2016

In recent years there has been a strong push from the Government to improve transparency in the public sector at the national and local level

Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary at August 2016 published

01 December, 2016

The Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary, providing an overview of the main DfC administered benefits, has been published

Emergency housing package for young needed

01 December, 2016

An emergency package to house young working Londoners is urgently needed in the capital

ARLA says it is avoiding 'knee-jerk reactions' over lettings fee ban

01 December, 2016

ARLA has hit back at claims that it isn't standing up for the industry after it emerged it didn't attend the Fair Fees Forum's working group

LIN Member Report December 2016 - Autumn Statement

01 December, 2016

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Building society survey examines buy-to-let landlords' voids experience

30 November, 2016

More than a fifth of buy-to-let landlords have to wait longer than four months before signing up their first tenants

Letting agent hit hard in deposit protection clamp down Letting agent hit hard in deposit protection clamp down

30 November, 2016

A letting agent has been hit by fines totalling £15,000 following successful prosecutions for failing to protect tenancy deposits

Benefit sanctions

30 November, 2016

This report examines the Department for Work & Pensions' administration of benefit sanctions in Great Britain

Over 3.5 million people rely on out-of-work benefits including Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit and Income Support

Evidence shows benefit sanctions are not fit for purpose

30 November, 2016

The sanctions system is in urgent need of reform

Rents increases in England and Wales levelled off in October

30 November, 2016

Residential rent increases in England and Wales levelled off in October, with the average property being let for £900 per calendar month

Furious activists protest top architect over call to evict central London council tenants

30 November, 2016

Furious activists gathered outside the office of leading architect Patrik Schumacher today to protest his calls for "free-riding" council tenants to be moved out of central London

'Limited evidence' for benefit sanctions

30 November, 2016

Benefit sanctions leading to "hardship, hunger and depression" are being imposed on people despite "limited evidence" on how well they work

How Licensing is Changing your Role as a Landlord

30 November, 2016

What does a landlord actually do? I know, perhaps a stupid question, but every once in a while it could be worth asking

Discretionary Housing Payments in Scotland: as at 30 September 2016

30 November, 2016

Following consultation with users, the frequency of Discretionary Housing Payments publications has reduced from quarterly to six-monthly

Financial Conduct Authority must not hand payday lenders a Christmas present

30 November, 2016

The City watchdog is planning a review of the cap it imposed on charges. The ideal result would see it extended to other types of high cost credit

Benefits sanctions don't work and plunge claimants 'hunger and depression'

30 November, 2016

The benefit sanctions system has become a 'postcode lottery' and is doing more harm than good, according to the public spending watchdog

One in four Jobseeker's Allowance claimants caught abusing benefits system as watchdog reveals chaos

30 November, 2016

One in four people on Jobseeker's Allowance has been punished for abusing the benefits system in the last five years

Buy-to-let mortgages may cost £7k-a-year more as New Year crackdown pushes landlords to long-term deals

30 November, 2016

Rules tweaked to push landlords away from cheap two-year fixed rates

Buy to Let index - November 2016

29 November, 2016

Rents in England and Wales hit second highest peak ever recorded by Your Move

Councils could face new duty to prevent homelessness

29 November, 2016

As rents rise and benefits fall, more people face losing their home

Top architect blasts 'free-riding' tenants living in council houses in central London and says they should be moved, to make way for HIS staff

29 November, 2016

A top London architect has triggered a ferocious storm by calling for "free-riding" council tenants to be moved out of central London

A quarter of renters in Scotland say they have a slum landlord

29 November, 2016

A quarter of tenants that rent in Scotland have described their current renting conditions as a "nightmare", higher than anywhere else in the UK

A toxic concoction means women of colour are hit hardest by austerity

29 November, 2016

Minority-ethnic working-class women experience triple discrimination through class, race and gender - but their voices are never heard in the austerity debate

UK fuel poverty to last a lifetime

29 November, 2016

A child born in Britain today may never see fuel poverty eradicated

Rise in 'child benefit loans' to cover Christmas costs

29 November, 2016

Parents struggling to access affordable credit are turning to a co-operative for an 'advance' on their welfare payments

Touchbase - Edition 116

29 November, 2016

November 2016 edition

Autumn Statement 2016

29 November, 2016

This briefing covers the main announcements relevant to housing and housing associations in the 2016 Autumn Statement

Tenancy Deposit Scheme - Tenants win recent court case

28 November, 2016

We are often asked by clients whether it is worth their while to take action when their landlord isn't doing what they should be

Rental licence operators threaten 'sensible, proportionate' enforcement

28 November, 2016

The controversial Welsh private lettings sector scheme called Rent Smart Wales had around 65 per cent of agents and landlords register by last week's deadline

The rise in buy-to-let through limited companies

28 November, 2016

There has been an increase in the number of residential property investors who manage their portfolio as a limited company

A statement of intent on the LHA

28 November, 2016

Paul Langley blogs on the far-reaching implications of the UK government's latest announcement on the LHA and social housing

The Autumn Statement was a let-down for 'just about managing' families. How do we talk about poverty in a way that makes politicians listen?

28 November, 2016

The Autumn Statement contained some measures aimed at helping the so-called 'just about managing' in society

Flagship council housebuilding scheme quietly axed

28 November, 2016

A flagship £100m scheme, designed to give smaller local authorities the opportunity to borrow collectively to build housing, has been wound down

Landlords join forces to create efficiency metrics

28 November, 2016

A group of housing associations have joined forces in an attempt to create an authoritative set of metrics to measure efficiency

HCA launches social housing regulation fees consultation

28 November, 2016

HCA has published a statutory consultation on introducing a fee-charging scheme for the regulation of private registered providers of social housing

Rent Smart Wales: Fears landlords letting properties illegally

28 November, 2016

More than 13,000 private landlords in Wales may be letting properties illegally after the Welsh Government's Rent Smart Wales scheme became law

The long road to shifting attitudes on welfare

28 November, 2016

There is little doubt that when it comes to the question of welfare the public aren't exactly flag waving supporters

HB A11/2016

28 November, 2016

Payment Deduction Project interface: local authority user guidance

Proposed benefit and pension rates 2017 to 2018

28 November, 2016

A list of the proposed benefit rates and pension rates for 2017 to 2018

Is your tenant a Bubble Gazer or a Homing Pigeon?

28 November, 2016

It is always hard to predict the right type of tenant for a landlord, but Strutt & Parker has had a go

Landlords are under fire from a tax-hiking Treasury - but buy-to-let is far from dead

28 November, 2016

Higher stamp duty and an end to tax relief for mortgage interest costs; being a landlord is getting expense

Town identified as buy-to-let hotspot for rental yields and growth

25 November, 2016

Luton has been named as the top spot for rental yield and price growth

Meeting of Fair Fees Working Group to go ahead today despite ban

25 November, 2016

A meeting of the newly-formed Fair Fees Working Group is to go ahead today

Affordable rented homes could be prioritised over social rented

25 November, 2016

Housing associations could be expected to prioritise affordable rented homes over social rented in an effort to drive up housing numbers

Local Housing Allowance cap U-turn 'creates new bedroom tax'

25 November, 2016

Housing association leaders have compared a shift in the government's Local Housing Allowance cap policy to the controversial bedroom tax because it will hit tenants in their current circumstances

Rent cut hiatus blamed for affordable housing drop

25 November, 2016

A hiatus in housing association building following the 1% rent cut announcement has been blamed for the lowest growth in affordable housing witnessed in a generation

Right to Buy extension delayed until at least 2018

25 November, 2016

The national roll-out of Right to Buy for housing association tenants will not take place until after April 2018 at the earliest

Scotland could trial giving each citizen a universal basic income

25 November, 2016

Development of radical scheme, which would see welfare benefits including child and tax credits replaced with universal flat-rate payment, due to be tested in Fife

2% rise in Insurance Premium Tax from July 2017

25 November, 2016

Insurance Premium Tax is set to rise again by 2% to a new high of 12%

Remortgage now to shield profit ahead of the new buy-to-let rules

25 November, 2016

Remortgaging onto a lower rate could save a landlord from having their profits obliterated by tax changes effective from next year

Mum-of-four faces losing home after 75% housing benefit cut

25 November, 2016

Keiley Messham, from Rhewl, has had her support cut from £124 a week to just £34 since benefit cap brought in

Sanctuary Housing rolls out first-of-its-kind social housing platform using SAP

25 November, 2016

The large social housing authority is transforming the way it communicates with tenants

I'm an estate agent. Philip Hammond ought to cap letting fees, not ban them

25 November, 2016

Most of us offer a good service, and a ban will only mean higher rents. The government should instead regulate the sector properly

Government's £500,000 legal bill over Bedroom Tax

24 November, 2016

Figures show massive bill for legal proceedings over 'bedroom tax'

Letting agent fees ban is great news, but will it push up rents?

24 November, 2016

The forthcoming ban on letting fees is great news for England's private renters

Banning letting agent fees is good news for renters but here's what's needed to unlock private renting for homeless people

24 November, 2016

Chancellor Phillip Hammond's announcement that letting agent fees are to be banned in England is great news for renters

Buy-to-let and second home stamp duty hike to rake in £3.1bn tax windfall - as landlords continue to snap up homes

24 November, 2016

Since April the tax has been applied to anyone buying a second property

Scotland's experience of abolishing letting agent fees

24 November, 2016

The Chancellor's Autumn Statement yesterday has brought some good news for tenants across England

Housing gets £4bn boost to increase number of new homes

24 November, 2016

Government aims to build 40,000 additional affordable homes by 2021 - but OBR says it expects 13,000 fewer homes to be built over next five years

Right to Buy delay fears after second pilot announcement

24 November, 2016

The National Housing Federation is seeking clarity "as soon as possible" on the national roll-out of the Right to Buy extension

Rent rise from agents fees not necessarily true

24 November, 2016

The Chancellor's announcement of a ban on letting agents charging fees to tenants marks a significant shift in the industry - but should not come as a surprise

Autumn Statement 2016: Iain Duncan Smith tells Philip Hammond to do more to reverse welfare cuts

24 November, 2016

The former Work and Pensions Secretary welcomes moves to cushion cuts to universal credit - but says they must be a 'downpayment' only

'I worry about money all the time': the Jam reality in Birmingham

24 November, 2016

The households Theresa May promised to help in her first speech on the steps of Downing Street are waiting nervously

Widened scope of LHA cap 'to affect over 240,000 more tenancies in Scotland'

24 November, 2016

The SFHA has highlighted that 241,000 more tenants in Scotland will be affected by the announcement that all social housing tenants on Universal Credit will be brought under the new LHA cap

Call for Welsh letting agency fee ban after England move

24 November, 2016

Letting agency fees for tenants should be abolished in Wales as soon as possible

Philip Hammond rejects calls to reverse £3bn annual cut to work allowance

23 November, 2016

While the chancellor will soften the impact of in-work benefits cuts by reducing taper rates, Osborne's other key pledge will remain in place

Autumn Statement: Philip Hammond to invest £1 billion in welfare to ease impact of George Osborne's cuts

23 November, 2016

More than £1 billion will be diverted into the welfare system in a move designed to ease the impact of cuts introduced by George Osborne

Chancellor to crack down on letting fees in autumn statement

23 November, 2016

Philip Hammond will also announce £1.4bn investment in affordable housing in bid to help 'just about managing' families

Will rents go up if unfair letting fees are banned?

23 November, 2016

Tenants will welcome the end of eye-watering charges - but that could simply mean they pay more each month instead

Rent Smart Wales delays admitted by minister Carl Sargeant

23 November, 2016

A Welsh Government minister has admitted that a system registering all residential landlords across Wales for the first time has faced delays

Rates for private rented homes in need of reform

23 November, 2016

Students living at university should be treated the same as students renting privately, since everyone benefits from local services

Four ways the Autumn Statement could help those who are just about managing

23 November, 2016

How can the Chancellor improve the prospects of people who are struggling to make ends meet while boosting the economy?

Further 216 social housing units will be located in East Londonderry

23 November, 2016

A question recently tabled by MLA Maurice Bradley asked the minister of communities to outline where the further 216 social housing units will be located in East Londonderry

Letting fees crackdown in Autumn Statement: what will it mean for renters and landlords?

23 November, 2016

Four million households in England and Wales are hoping to benefit from the abolition of letting fees, which currently add as much as £500 to the costs of renting a home

Failure to drop SDLT 'disappointing news' for landlords

23 November, 2016

The failure to drop the 3% SDLT surcharge on additional properties will come as disappointing news to the purpose-built rented sector

Hammond unlikely to undo Osborne's tax assault on private landlords

22 November, 2016

Chancellor Philip Hammond looks extremely unlikely to reverse his predecessor's 'Section 24' tax assault on private landlords in tomorrow's Autumn Statement

The end of letting agent fees? Renters' Rights Bill passes Lords committee stage

22 November, 2016

Peers have come a step closer to getting lettings agent fees in England banned

A survey of the UK benefit system

22 November, 2016

This briefing note provides a survey of the benefit system in Great Britain

In 2015-16, over £200 billion was spent on the welfare system in Great Britain, making it the largest single area of government spending

Landlords and tenants are a working partnership

22 November, 2016

Old style conflicts between tenants in rented properties and their private sector landlords are largely the stuff of fading legend these days

Universal Credit pilot council calls for suspension

22 November, 2016

One of the councils piloting the roll-out of Universal Credit has written to the Department for Work and Pensions calling for the immediate suspension of the housing benefit part of the new system

LHA cap will hit existing Universal Credit tenants

22 November, 2016

The government has announced the Local Housing Allowance cap will apply to all tenants who receive Universal Credit, in a significant change that could affect thousands of tenants

Government scraps compulsory Pay to Stay

22 November, 2016

The government has scrapped its plans to force councils to charge higher-income tenants rents of up to market rates

Councils react to Pay to Stay decision

22 November, 2016

Local authorities up and down the country have been celebrating the government decision to make Pay to Stay voluntary for them

Government backtracks on a new 'bedroom tax' set to hit thousands of poorer pensioners

22 November, 2016

The proposal to penalise older people in social housing who 'underoccupy' their homes - revealed by The Independent - will be delayed by one year

Government delays plans to cap housing benefit by a year

22 November, 2016

The Government has delayed its plans to cap housing benefit by a year, as it unveiled plans for a radical overhaul of the system

Millions affected by universal credit cuts to be partly compensated by chancellor

22 November, 2016

Philip Hammond will attempt in the autumn statement to fulfil PM's pledge to support families who are 'just about managing'

Landlords held to be not responsible for paying council tax if a tenant moves out early

21 November, 2016

Landlords have welcomed an Appeal Court judgement that they are not responsible for paying the council tax on a property after a tenant has moved out before a tenancy agreement has expired

Landlords' Barometer - #43: One in four landlords considering quitting the sector

21 November, 2016

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #43" an insight into what is on landlords' minds from the Property Tribes community!

Look at allAgents before making rental decisions

21 November, 2016

A Labour councillor has advised prospective tenants to check out allAgents before deciding whether to go with a particular agency

'Just about managing' families to be £2,500 a year worse off by 2020

21 November, 2016

Cost of austerity shown in research as PM prepares to announce cutting corporation tax to lowest of top 20 economies

Luton homeless rent hike led council to move tenants

21 November, 2016

Tenants were moved out of homeless accommodation after a council claimed a property developer put charges up by thousands of pounds

New-build ground rent scandal could spark legal battles

21 November, 2016

With thousands of homebuyers caught out by rapidly rising rents, the solicitors they used may face claims of professional negligence

Austerity effect hits women 'twice as hard as it does men'

21 November, 2016

Tax and benefit changes since 2010 have increased equality gap

Gateshead furniture charity warning over benefit cap

21 November, 2016

A cap on benefit payments to people in social housing could leave some tenants unable to furnish their homes

Second London borough launches Right to Part Buy

21 November, 2016

Conservative-controlled Wandsworth Council is set to give its secure tenants the opportunity to buy a share in the equity of their home

Buy-to-let lending falls as tougher rules bite

21 November, 2016

Nationwide says new affordability tests introduced ahead of tax changes have made life more difficult for landlords

We must reform Universal Credit to prevent it from penalising low-earners

21 November, 2016

When the government announced plans to cut £4bn of in-work social security in its summer budget last year, it was widely condemned by commentators and organisations for hitting some of the poorest working families hardest

Concentrix was wrong to stop tax credits in 90 per cent of appealed cases

21 November, 2016

Appeals have been overwhelmingly successful

No wonder people are being forced to live in caravans - housing benefit bears no relation to reality anymore

21 November, 2016

Housing benefit has been subject to repeated cuts since 2011 and is only set to get worse with Local Housing Allowance rates frozen until 2020

Housing Benefit and Universal Credit: Written statement - HCWS273

21 November, 2016

One of the Government's key commitments is to protect the most vulnerable

Funding for Supported Housing

21 November, 2016

One of the Government's key commitments is to protect the most vulnerable

LIN member Report December 2016 - Pay to Stay - A Review

20 November, 2016

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

Affordable Housing Supply: April 2015 to March 2016 England

18 November, 2016

An additional 32,110 affordable homes were delivered in England in 2015-16

Talking about poverty: how experts and the public understand UK poverty

18 November, 2016

The idea of poverty and the meaning of the term in the UK is contested, and those working to tackle poverty are finding it difficult to shift negative public attitudes and cultivate broad public support for policies to solve it

Scottish tenants and associations say charter has improved landlord services

18 November, 2016

A majority of tenants and housing associations to respond to a consultation believe the quality of social landlord services has improved since the Scottish Government introduced a social housing charter

Number of care workers on zero-hours contracts jumps to one in seven

18 November, 2016

The latest in a series on the increasingly precarious world of work finds accusations of 'endemic' abuse of minimum wage laws

Tory MPs call for welfare cuts rethink after pause motion passed

18 November, 2016

No MPs voted against motion to stop cuts to employment support allowance, with 127 in favour, but it is only symbolic

Councils spent £3.5bn on temporary housing in last five years

18 November, 2016

Councils in Britain have spent more than £3.5bn on temporary accommodation for homeless families in the last five years

The changing landscape for social housing

18 November, 2016

The social housing landscape has, and continues to be, shaped dramatically by a number of shifting elements, including central government policy

Consultation on a Review of the Scottish Social Housing Charter: An Analysis of Responses

18 November, 2016

Ministers are required to set standards and outcomes that social landlords should achieve for tenants and other customers through their housing activities

'Rent costs mean we keep having to move home'

17 November, 2016

"We've basically never had a family home. We've never been anywhere where we could actually put our stamp on."

Housing Ladder arcade game has players dodging buy-to-let investors

17 November, 2016

Game by cartoonist Tim Hunkin features villains such as second-home owners as players try to buy a house before they're 80

Free up councils to build homes

17 November, 2016

The government must free up local authorities to take more decisions on how and where housing can be delivered

Richmond faces huge homeless bill: London's richest borough to spend £3.5m with more than 100 families in need of emergency housing

17 November, 2016

The maximum allowed in benefits falls short of the cost of renting in London's richest borough

Regulator to reveal individual landlords' cost data

17 November, 2016

The English social housing regulator will publish data showing named individual housing associations' costs this year

Fuel poverty: How can UK tackle cold homes and high bills?

17 November, 2016

One in ten families in the UK face heating bills they cannot afford this winter

Scottish Social Housing Charter Performance 2015/16

17 November, 2016

This report covers; comparing GWSF members against other RSLs, stock-retaining councils and Glasgow Housing Association, (LAs), and the sector as a whole

Unemployment drops to fresh 11-year low but rise in benefit claims signals jobs slowdown ahead

17 November, 2016

Britain's jobless rate fell to a fresh 11-year low in the quarter to September

£30 week cut to ESA intolerable says Disability Rights UK

17 November, 2016

A £30 a week cut in income is intolerable, especially when disabled people often live in deep poverty

Landlords' performance against the Scottish Social Housing Charter 2013-2016

17 November, 2016

This paper brings together publicly available evidence from our range of publications about how landlords have performed against the Scottish Social Housing Charter

The impact of new policies on the social housing market: an interview with Susan Coulson

17 November, 2016

Big changes are ahead in social housing following the introduction of the 2016 Housing and Planning Act

Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to June 2016

16 November, 2016

Data on Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions decisions made to June 2016

Benefit sanctions statistics: background information and methodology

16 November, 2016

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

From welfare state to welfare system

16 November, 2016

A welfare state is not enough. We need a system that involves many players - health professionals, employers and voluntary organisations

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 13 Oct 2016

16 November, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 13 October 2016

SNP Social Security Minister denies ducking welfare powers

16 November, 2016

The SNP's Social Security Minister denied her government was trying to duck new powers over welfare after it emerged there will be a three-year delay in her taking responsibility for making payments

Buy to let lending in UK still well below levels a year ago

16 November, 2016

Lending to buy to let landlords in the UK is recovering from a dip but the value and number of mortgages in this sector is still significantly lower than a year ago

How our benefit and housing policies forced a 60-year-old woman onto the streets

16 November, 2016

What happens when the welfare state shuts its doors

One in four landlords selling up due to MIR changes

16 November, 2016

A week ahead of the Autumn Statement the RLA can reveal that a quarter of all buy-to-let landlords are selling homes as a result of Government tax changes

Bank of England to get powers to regulate buy-to-let mortgages

16 November, 2016

The Bank of England will receive the power early next year to regulate mortgages used by small landlords to purchase rental property

Benefits transfer delay claims 'utter nonsense'

16 November, 2016

Nicola Sturgeon has dismissed as "absolute utter nonsense" suggestions the Scottish Government is delaying taking responsibility for new welfare powers

Devolution of Scottish welfare 'being used as political football'

16 November, 2016

Social security minister Jeane Freeman accuses opponents of 'careless disregard for the impact their words'

How students are striking for affordable university rent - and winning

16 November, 2016

What exactly does it take to run a successful rent protest? Student activists explain it's all about strength in numbers

As Theresa May's housing crisis deepens, one council is evicting 2,000 people from a single estate

16 November, 2016

On Tuesday 15 November, the Conservative government revealed that the UK housing crisis is deepening

Mortgage costs at record low

16 November, 2016

Mortgages are now more affordable than they have ever been

Landlords incorporating to get round buy-to-let tax hikes

15 November, 2016

Increasing numbers of landlords are looking to get around the mortgage interest relief changes by incorporating, and its tenants who will bear the brunt of extra stamp duty

No excuses for missing licensing deadline, Rent Smart Wales warns

15 November, 2016

The deadline for licensing and registration for landlords and agents in Wales will not be extended and enforcement will be taken against those who don't comply

The RightMove House Price Index

15 November, 2016

No respite for first-time buyers - can the Chancellor help?

Fraudster dodges jail after renting out Notting Hill housing association home while claiming benefit tax

15 November, 2016

Soran Karimi was given a suspended prison sentence when he appeared at Isleworth Crown Court

Spike in food bank usage blamed on delays in benefit claims

15 November, 2016

MP Frank Field calls for five-day target to process applications, saying too many being left for too long without support

Renting in the UK: number of tenants with a spare room falls to lowest level on record

15 November, 2016

The number of tenants with a spare bedroom has halved over the past six years

Brum landlord to pay £7k and do 150 hours community service

15 November, 2016

A Birmingham landlord has been ordered to pay more than £7,000 and given 150 hours of community service at Birmingham Magistrates Court

Under-Occupancy Charge Urgent Question

15 November, 2016

Recorded coverage of the urgent question in the House of Commons on the recent Supreme Court decision on the Under-Occupancy Charge applied to housing benefit

Long benefit payment delays affect 92,000 claimants in one year, forcing many to use food banks

15 November, 2016

People are turning to emergency food parcels because the Government is still failing to process new claims quickly enough

Hundreds of new homes in Sefton in massive boost for social housing

14 November, 2016

One Vision plan more than 700 homes to rent and buy all over the borough

NHF criticises fees proposal

14 November, 2016

The National Housing Federation has criticised the English social housing regulator's proposal to charge fees

Employees £3,500 a year worse off under Tories

14 November, 2016

Party says slow wage growth means chancellor should not go ahead with 'damaging cuts' to universal credit

Landlord possession claims down by 21%

14 November, 2016

The number of claims made by private sector landlords to re-possess a property have fallen by 21% over the past two years

HomeLet Rental Index - October 2016

14 November, 2016

2016 to date has seen a slower rate of rental growth

Criticism of Cardiff council's plan to end tenants' right to buy

14 November, 2016

The Labour-run cabinet today approved a move to approach the Welsh Government

Tory MP Attacks Theresa May On Bedroom Tax And Disability Cuts

14 November, 2016

Ken Loach urges Chancellor to drop cuts

One in four buy-to-let investors sell up due to new tax

14 November, 2016

Tenants will bear the brunt of the upcoming tax changes, campaigners say

The Right to Buy public housing in Britain: a welfare analysis

14 November, 2016

We investigate the impact on social welfare of the UK policy introduced in 1980 by which public housing tenants had the right to purchase their houses

Most renters feel they're unlikely to buy home in next five

14 November, 2016

Labour-backed study also finds two-thirds of general population think government should do more to help first-time buyers

Britons with no passport struggling to rent due to immigration checks

14 November, 2016

Survey shows 43% of private landlords say right to rent scheme has made them less likely to let to those without a UK passport

Landlord fined for intimidating tenants at unlicensed HMO

14 November, 2016

Magistrates hear that HMO was also unsafe

Mortgage arrears rate still at 20-year low in third quarter

11 November, 2016

The overall arrears rate in the third quarter was the same as in the second quarter

Rental supply in rebound this autumn

11 November, 2016

The rental market rebounded in October with an 11.4% increase in new properties for rent

Is Rent Smart Wales heading for last minute chaos?

11 November, 2016

The Rent Smart Wales scheme could be heading for chaos as figures suggest that significant numbers of letting agents and landlords are yet to sign up

Renting in London:rent rises show signs of cooling off - but the capital remains the UK's most expensive city

11 November, 2016

Room rent price hikes stall as Londoners "simply can't afford to keep paying more"

Supreme Court's rulings mean bedroom tax 'will still unfairly hit thousands'

11 November, 2016

The government's "bedroom tax" discriminates unlawfully against some disabled people who need an extra bedroom because of their impairment, but not against others

London boroughs prepare for impacts of lowered benefit cap

11 November, 2016

The cap is not being lowered as much in London as in the rest of the country, but even so the numbers left worse off will more than double

Liverpool plans referendum on 10% council tax rise

11 November, 2016

Mayor says 'desperate' council needs £90m over next three years amid government cuts

Pay to Stay meetings cancelled as policies face delays

11 November, 2016

Meetings of the government's Pay to Stay working group have been cancelled as several key measures in the Housing and Planning Act look set to be delayed

The fight goes on to free more families from the bedroom tax nightmare

11 November, 2016

Forcing people to pay for 'extra' rooms is deliberately cruel and punishes people who, through no fault of their own, have nowhere else to go

Consultation on amendments to the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 (GSIUR)

11 November, 2016

HSE is consulting on changes to the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 (GSIUR)

Housing Benefit subsidy mid-year estimates: Apr 2016 to Mar 2017

11 November, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit mid-year estimates expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2016 to 2017

The new benefit cap will not only make people poorer - it will harm their health

10 November, 2016

For many families living on very low incomes who rely on state support to help pay their rent, it's just got even harder to make ends meet

Mhairi Black slams "shameful" rise in foodbank use

10 November, 2016

500,000 three-day emergency food supplies were given out in the first half of this year - over 188,500 were for children

How social landlords consult tenants about rent increases

10 November, 2016

This report is the outcome of our assessment of how social landlords consult tenants about proposed rent increases

Social Housing Lettings : April 2015 to March 2016, England

10 November, 2016

Social housing lettings by private registered providers decreased by 3% to 261,000 in 2015/16

Families win supreme court appeals over 'unfair' bedroom tax

10 November, 2016

Panel upholds claim of Jacqueline Carmichael, who is disabled, and carers Paul and Susan Rutherford against housing law

Why we need a broader approach to house building than ever before

10 November, 2016

The Prime Minister Theresa May wants to use the power of Government to repair the 'dysfunctional housing market'

Bristol family denied priority housing because TV showed mum carrying son up stairs - and making it

10 November, 2016

Council housing chiefs saw a video of a mum struggling to carry her four-year-old with muscular dystrophy up two flights of stairs

Property Partner claims rental market rebounded in October with 11% rise in new listings

10 November, 2016

The rental market has climbed out of a post-Brexit lull with more buy-to-let properties being advertised in October compared to the previous month

Moray tenants' downsizing incentive scheme to be revised

10 November, 2016

Changes are to be made to a scheme introduced by Moray Council four years ago to encourage tenants to downsize from under-occupied council houses

Dozens of Welsh councillors failed to pay their council tax in time last year

10 November, 2016

The figures were revealed following freedom of information requests by Private Eye magazine

Allow councils to borrow to build new homes

09 November, 2016

Allowing local authorities to borrow to build homes could help tackle the housing crisis and mitigate any emerging economic uncertainty

Win for 'bedroom tax' fight at Supreme Court

09 November, 2016

Court finds for two families - but other challenges to the policy are dismissed despite 'profound sympathy' from senior judges

Biggest buy to let lender tightens landlord lending rules

09 November, 2016

The way landlords qualify for buy to let mortgages is changing fast thanks to new affordability rules put in place by the Bank of England

Average 2 bedroom private rents up by 1%

09 November, 2016

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

Benefits rethink urged as 24% of NI children 'living in poverty'

09 November, 2016

Almost one in four children lives in poverty in Northern Ireland

Theresa May has kept George Osborne's most callous and stupid welfare cut in place

09 November, 2016

The benefit cap doesn't address the underlying reason why a small minority of families receive outsize benefit payments, which is that rents have soared due to a chronic shortage of new housing supply

Two cases won against housing benefit cut

09 November, 2016

A woman who suffers from spina bifida and a couple who look after their severely disabled grandson have won their Supreme Court appeals against the so-called "bedroom tax"

Maximum 5 Year Jail Sentence for Landlords Failing Immigration Checks

09 November, 2016

At the Conservative Party conference last month the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, made a speech about immigration

More than £1.3 million lost in rent because of empty council homes in Aberdeen

09 November, 2016

Aberdeen City Council lost out on more than £1.3 million in rent in the last financial year due to properties being empty

UK austerity policies 'amount to violations of disabled people's rights'

08 November, 2016

UN says measures aimed at reducing public spending since 2010 have affected disabled people disproportionately

Buy-to-let regulation and taxation has gone too far

08 November, 2016

Laura Lamb, director of The Mortgage Company, wants to see the removal of the 3% stamp duty penalty on second homes

Bexley consults on 'rent it right' landlord licensing scheme for smaller HMOs

08 November, 2016

A public consultation is underway in the London Borough of Bexley to gain feedback on the council's proposals to introduce a new licensing scheme for the private rented sector

The extended benefit cap is a cynical ploy by the UK government

08 November, 2016

It will simply foster division and prejudice, without tackling the roots of the problems

Former DWP minister Stephen Crabb admits disability benefit test is 'traumatic'

08 November, 2016

Ex-Work and Pensions Secretary urges the Government to 'fix' the assessment process for Personal Independence Payments

Benefits squeeze

08 November, 2016

The lower benefit cap has kicked in, a day that many households may have been anxiously awaiting, faced with the prospect of losing up to £100 a week.

Landlord registration facing major challenges

08 November, 2016

Figures that emerged during one of the first legal cases brought under the Housing (Wales) Act raise serious questions about the new system of landlord registration

Millions of pounds unclaimed in tenancy deposits

08 November, 2016

Millions of pounds worth of deposits remain unclaimed by tenants who have left rented properties in Scotland

Trussell Trust to deliver more emergency food parcels than ever before

08 November, 2016

UK's biggest food bank highlighted delays with social security payments and benefit sanctions as factors behind record use

Benefit cap 'not designed as cost-saving measure'

08 November, 2016

The lowered overall household benefits cap was never "designed as a cost-saving" measure

Thanks George! But will buy-to-let market really be so badly hit?

07 November, 2016

Rents are to shoot up in the next five years, easily outstripping inflation, two major agency groups have forecast - but a poll of landlords has drawn very different conclusions

New benefit cap starts amid fears for single parents

07 November, 2016

A single mother has told the BBC she fears losing her home, on the day the new benefits cap is introduced

Lower benefit cap comes into effect

07 November, 2016

Changes to the benefit cap come into effect on 7 November 2016, reducing the total amount of benefits a household can receive

A tighter benefit cap

07 November, 2016

A lower cap on the total amount of benefits that households can receive comes into force on 7th November

Building Social rent Homes

07 November, 2016

The economic case for building 100,000 new social rent homes a year in the light of Brexit

Average UK rental growth slows in October

07 November, 2016

The average growth in rental prices for the UK has slowed as it carries the 'dead weight' of shrinking rents in London prime areas

Brutal reality of lower benefit cap hits home for struggling UK families

07 November, 2016

Tens of thousands more UK households will see their benefits capped on Monday despite little proof it grows employment

We can't provide social housing, say Bristol chocolate factory developers, we're already giving £1m

07 November, 2016

The firm developing one of Bristol's iconic former chocolate factories says they can't afford to include social housing for local people in their plans

Cabinet Office laments "disappointing" drop in social housing fraud detection

07 November, 2016

Latest National Fraud Initiative report shows 37% fall in properties recovered

Damian Green says government's benefits cap is a 'real success'

07 November, 2016

Work and pensions secretary hails cap, set to be lowered at a cost for 88,000 families of an average of more than £2,000 a year

The benefit cap: time for a rethink

04 November, 2016

The reduction to the benefit cap starts on Monday, putting more families at risk of losing their home

HB Direct November 2016: Issue 172

04 November, 2016

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

Landlords will make 'benefit cap' tenants even poorer

04 November, 2016

Despite his ongoing protestations about the bedroom tax, even Rob Gershon can see that the impending reduction in the overall benefit cap is a more damaging policy for tenants

DWP head denies sanctions and suicide link

04 November, 2016

Welfare minister defends sanctions regime, despite evidence it is hurting the vulnerable

New benefits cap will force single parents to 'choose between a roof over their child's head and food'

04 November, 2016

It is more difficult for single parents to find work because of childcare duties

Social landlords fund research into Universal Credit

04 November, 2016

A London council has commissioned independent research into the effects of Universal Credit on social housing tenants

Lower benefit cap will hit 11,000 children

04 November, 2016

The homes of about 11,000 children in Wales will lose hundreds of pounds a month under a new lower cap on benefit payments

Notting Hill promises to look again at St James Estate tenants' accounts after threats of eviction

04 November, 2016

Resident says the way Notting Hill answered their questions was "like a comedy show"

Airbnb could face tighter rules amid concerns over London housing crisis

04 November, 2016

There are concerns it's driving up rent for locals

Pay-to-stay uncertainty leaves tenants too little time

04 November, 2016

Mayor of Hackney says families could have just a few weeks' notice to meet higher rents if government is not clear about rules

Right to Buy extension delayed by Brexit vote

04 November, 2016

The Right to Buy extension to housing association tenants is set to be delayed due to the EU referendum result

Benefits system fails people with mental health problems

03 November, 2016

New social security system must work for people with mental health problems

Rallying round to help victims of benefit cuts

03 November, 2016

The impact of the new, lower benefit cap on Birkenhead's vulnerable human underbelly is powerfully described by Aditya Chakrabortty

Record homeless toll results in £23m bill for temporary housing

03 November, 2016

More than £23m has been spent on emergency housing in the last five years as the number of homeless people hit a record high

Benefit cap: number of households capped to August 2016

03 November, 2016

Number of households capped from 15 April 2013 to August 2016

New benefits cap may force 300,000 families to move

03 November, 2016

Fall-out from the new benefit cap is expected to trigger a surge in families seeking cheaper homes to rent

Number of empty Aberdeen council homes halved

03 November, 2016

The number of empty council properties in Aberdeen has been halved in the past year

Government to unveil fuel poverty action plan

03 November, 2016

Scottish Housing Minister Kevin Stewart is set to outline his plans to tackle fuel poverty

Benefit cap makes large parts of UK unaffordable

03 November, 2016

Benefit cap undermines the government's housebuilding plans

How the progressive aims of housing associations are being subverted

03 November, 2016

Some housing associations have become more like private landlords

NHF backs new English social housing regulator

03 November, 2016

Housing associations are backing the principle of moving regulation into a separate agency

Home Office announces date when breaching Right to Rent rules can give agents criminal records

02 November, 2016

Agents are warned that new criminal offences are being created on December 1 - less than a month away - under the Immigration Act 2016

S&P warns of 'more volatile' housing association sector

02 November, 2016

Housing associations that increasingly rely on market sales and shared ownership to bring in income are exposing themselves to a "riskier and more volatile sector"

NHF urges councils to share data ahead of lower benefit cap

02 November, 2016

Some councils are not sharing information about tenants with housing associations ahead of the introduction of a lower benefit cap

What is the new benefit cap and will it affect me? The government's cuts explained

02 November, 2016

Soon thousands of families will start losing up to £115 a week. So what is it, how did we get here, and will it affect you?

Here we go again with a new independent social housing regulator

02 November, 2016

For the past five years the social housing regulator has been embraced by the Homes and Communities Agency, but a forthcoming review is likely to change that

How council cuts are devastating the poorest communities

02 November, 2016

The poorest Scots who are most dependent on the voluntary sector are being disproportionately hit by council cuts

Tory MPs launch fresh revolt against looming disability benefits cuts

02 November, 2016

A group of Conservative MPs is threatening to challenge Budget legislation over a £30-a-week cut to employment and support allowance - coming in next April

Theresa May to slash major benefit for 157,000 families next week

02 November, 2016

"HORRENDOUS" housing benefit cuts will plunge more than 157,000 of Britain's poorest homes into crippling poverty

The likely impact of the lower over all benefit cap

01 November, 2016

The overall benefit cap was introduced between April and September 2013

This report summarises CIH's analysis of the likely impact of the new lower cap

Benefit cap: actions taken by local authorities and DWP staff

01 November, 2016

Local authorities and DWP staff share actions they have taken to support claimants that are affected by the benefit cap changes

Housing benefit overpayments are costing Plymouth taxpayers £1 million a year

01 November, 2016

Housing benefit overpayments are expected to cost Plymouth taxpayers an estimated £1million this year

Understanding the Role of Private Renting

01 November, 2016

After decades of decline, private renting has started to expand again in some European countries, often as owner-occupation falls

Foxtons fined after ten-month breach over display of letting agent fees

01 November, 2016

Foxtons has been fined after breaching requirements to show letting agents' fees

Tory and SNP MPs demand benefit cut debate

01 November, 2016

Some Conservative MPs are to join the SNP in demanding a debate on postponing disability benefit cuts

Nearly half of social housing tenants 'can't afford to eat'

01 November, 2016

Survey shows four in 10 tenants on benefits go hungry and half turn off winter heating because they're strapped for cash

Citizens Advice calls for fund to help landlords make energy efficiency improvements

01 November, 2016

It costs private renters living in poor quality homes £1,000 more than the national average on their energy bills to heat their homes to a comfortable standard

Housing Revenue Account Statistics: Scottish Local Authority Housing Income and Expenditure 1997-98 to 2016-17

01 November, 2016

This bulletin presents statistics on Local Authority housing income and expenditure in Scotland from their Housing Revenue Accounts

Direct payment to landlords could be six years away

01 November, 2016

The direct payment of the housing element of Universal Credit to social landlords may not happen until 2022

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain: Sept 2016

01 November, 2016

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

Benefit Cap rollout

01 November, 2016

The new Benefit Cap will be introduced from 17 November through to the end of January 2017

London councils failing to tackle rogue landlords

31 October, 2016

A London Assembly member is calling for mandatory landlord licensing across the capital after a Freedom of Information request revealed a lack of prosecutions of rogue landlords by councils

Chancellor challenged to make renting more affordable

31 October, 2016

Government urged to scrap stamp duty surcharge for buy-to-let properties to make renting more affordable as private rental prices rise by 2.3%

Powys council homes: Bid to halt right to buy

31 October, 2016

People living in council and housing association homes in Powys could be stopped from buying them in future

Time for reform: how our neighbours guarantee stability for renters

31 October, 2016

This new legal research examines the protections for renters across Europe

Over the last decade, private renting in England has changed beyond recognition

Housing Benefit subsidy initial estimates: Apr 2016 to Mar 2017

31 October, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit initial estimates expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2016 to 2017

Tenant evictions fuelled by rising house prices

31 October, 2016

Since 2010, tenant evictions have tripled - and tenants are not to blame

Universal Credit: and welfare cuts effect on incomes

31 October, 2016

Universal Credit is a single payment made to welfare claimants that rolls together six existing benefits whilst encouraging people into work by making work pay

Buy-to-let and second homes made up a QUARTER of all property sales this summer

31 October, 2016

HMRC data shows 56,100 sales in July to September were second homes

These charts show just how tough it is being a member of Generation Rent

31 October, 2016

Generation Rent is ever-growing: the number of households under the age of 35 in the private rented sector rose by more than one million over the past decade

Buying a home cheaper than renting in almost two-thirds of Britain's cities - if you can raise the deposit

31 October, 2016

Property website Zoopla found that was now the case in 60% of UK cities

Average price of a Scottish home increases 0.6 per cent

28 October, 2016

The average price of a residential property in Scotland has shown an increase of 0.6 per cent during the second quarter of the financial year

Iain Duncan Smith urges PM to reverse Universal Credit cuts

28 October, 2016

Former Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith is urging Theresa May to reverse cuts to Universal Credit

English associations' sales income breaks £2bn

28 October, 2016

English housing associations generated more than £2bn through properties developed for sale last year, with the vast majority of the activity in London

New regulator likely following HCA review

28 October, 2016

A new English social housing regulator is likely to be created following a government review of the Homes and Communities Agency

59-year-old declared fit for work - while he has brain surgery

28 October, 2016

A former chef had his sickness benefits stopped - while he was in hospital recovering from emergency brain surgery

It's councils who push tenants into emergency housing

28 October, 2016

As winter sets in, thoughts will turn to the plight of those who find themselves without a place to call home

A man falsely claimed £40,000 in benefits after failing to declare he owned a house

28 October, 2016

Christopher Prole, who owned a house worth £65,000, falsely claimed Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction and Employment and Support Allowance

Anger of IDS over £3.4bn welfare cuts: Former minister to call for cuts imposed by George Osborne to be reversed

28 October, 2016

Iain Duncan Smith resigned from Cabinet shortly before EU referendum

The impact of benefit sanctioning on food insecurity: a dynamic cross-area study of food bank us age in the UK

27 October, 2016

Household food security, which may be compromised by short-term income shocks, is a key determinant of health

Landlords' Barometer - #42: What will the tax onslaught on landlords really mean for the sector?

27 October, 2016

Welcome to Landlords' Barometer #42 - bringing you a range of trending topics from PropertyTribes.com, ranked as the No. 1 landlord community in the U.K. by Alexa

Landlords making millions renting out freezing houses

27 October, 2016

Hundreds of thousands of tenants are living in cold, draughty houses, faced with higher than average energy bills

Housing association downgraded over fire safety

27 October, 2016

The social housing regulator has downgraded a Manchester housing association following failures to do with its fire risk assessments

Record low interest rates help fuel demand for personal loans and credit cards

27 October, 2016

Record low interest rates are helping to fuel a strong demand for personal loans and credit cards, as consumer credit grows at its fastest levels in nearly a decade

Scottish renters among most at risk from dangerous gas appliances

27 October, 2016

More than a third of landlords in Scotland are unaware of their responsibility to check gas appliances, despite dangerous appliances being found in a fifth of privately-rented accommodation

Behind the Headlines

27 October, 2016

Older people who privately rent their homes

The media often reports high figures for the amount of housing wealth owned by older people, with one estimate putting the figure at £1.28 trillion

A problem shared

27 October, 2016

Cuts in housing benefit for young single people under 35 have forced shared housing on to the agenda for social landlords

Welfare reform could price tenants out of social housing

27 October, 2016

House prices are increasing in comparison to wages, meaning it's harder and harder to afford a home

The clock is ticking for private landlords

27 October, 2016

How will the introduction of Rent Smart Wales impact housing providers?

Most landlords want to see compulsory CMP for letting agents

26 October, 2016

An overwhelming majority of landlords believe Client Money Protection insurance should be made compulsory for letting agents

Two vital changes to TPO new code flagged up by compliance expert

26 October, 2016

Letting agents may be unaware of two particularly important changes in The Property Ombdsman's revised code, an industry expert has warned

Hotel bills for homeless people run into billions

26 October, 2016

Councils have spent billions of pounds putting homeless people up in bed and breakfasts, hotels and private rented homes

More support for low income households

26 October, 2016

£9.2 million given out during times of crisis

I've been a tourist in benefits land. I know what it does to you

26 October, 2016

Like the hero of Ken Loach's film, I, Daniel Blake, I faced a box-ticking assessment designed to thwart and frustrate the people it's supposed to support

Falkirk Council launches bid to secure nearly 800 homes for social rent

26 October, 2016

A bid to make nearly 800 affordable homes available to rent over the next five years is being launched by Falkirk Council this month

Housing Benefit: Speed of Processing overview

26 October, 2016

Speed of processing is the mean average processing time in calendar days, rounded to the nearest day

Housing Benefit: entitlement reductions, 2016 to 2017 (experimental)

26 October, 2016

Quarterly statistics on Housing Benefit entitlement reductions identified by local authorities as a proportion of expected reductions

Housing Benefit: statistics on speed of processing 2016 to 2017

26 October, 2016

Speed of processing is a measure of the average time it takes to process a new claim or a change in circumstance of an existing claimant

Jobcentre areas where couples and families can claim Universal Credit

26 October, 2016

Universal Credit is already available to single people throughout Great Britain. It is also available to couples and families in some jobcentre areas

Last call in Scots devolved welfare system consultation

26 October, 2016

Ministers have issued a final call for views on how benefits should be delivered in Scotland's devolved social security system

Use text messages to talk to tenants in arrears, letting agents advised

25 October, 2016

Letting agents should make much greater use of text messages to communicate with tenants in arrears

New tax avoidance schemes emerging after Stamp Duty 3% surcharge

25 October, 2016

New tax avoidance schemes are emerging in the wake of the Stamp Duty 3% surcharge on the purchase of second homes that came into force on April 1

Show us evidence that you display fees or we'll report you

25 October, 2016

The Property Ombudsman Scheme has launched a new national campaign with the Chartered Trading Standards Institute to tackle letting agents that are breaking the law by not displaying their fees

Government to support new legislation to reduce homelessness

25 October, 2016

The Homelessness Reduction Private Members Bill is to be supported by the government, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed today

Rising supply of unlet properties curbing rent hikes

25 October, 2016

Proportion of landlords hiking bills tumbles to lowest level this year at 24%, providing some relief to tenants

How Brexit Could Hit the U.K. Buy-to-Let Property Sector

25 October, 2016

There is one sector of the U.K. economy that is set to suffer the consequences of the Brexit vote that almost nobody really talks about: buy-to-let property

Rent warning to Enfield tenants in advance of new benefits cap

25 October, 2016

Tenants are being warned to ensure they keep up their rent payments when government benefit cap changes come into force on November 7

Cost of rent in London highlights squeeze on workers and families

25 October, 2016

Average rents for two-bedroom apartments in London have jumped to more than 50% of earnings across the capital

A third of Scots are now living in fuel poverty

25 October, 2016

Hundreds of thousands of households struggle to heat their homes - despite a pledge to eradicate the problem by November

Givan vows to do all he can to help meet social housing need in Lagan Valley

25 October, 2016

Communities Minister Paul Givan has vowed to do all he can to ensure that new social housing development opportunities are brought forward

License to thrill - new changes to HMO licensing are worth getting excited about

25 October, 2016

The government is extending mandatory licensing for houses in multiple occupation so 870,000 additional private tenants have extra protection from rogue landlords, including through minimum space standards

Letting agency couple deny 38 counts of fraud

24 October, 2016

Two letting agents have denied fraud

Theresa May 'raiding' childcare fund for poor families to fulfil election promise

24 October, 2016

Disadvantaged children paying the price as ministers struggle to fund election promise of extra childcare hours for the better-off

Families evicted for Peterborough homeless centre

24 October, 2016

More than 70 families are to be evicted from a housing complex to make way for homeless people

The crooked 'landlords' who are finding new ways to cheat desperate renters

24 October, 2016

Intense competition for sought-after properties means it's all too easy to be taken in by fraudsters

Exceptions to the limiting of the individual Child Element of Child Tax Credit and the Child Element of Universal Credit to a maximum of two children

24 October, 2016

The consultation seeks views and evidence in relation to the detailed design and implementation of the exceptions to the policy to limit the Individual Child Element of Child Tax Credit and the Child Element of Universal Credit to a maximum of two children

'Can a charity help me pay my utility bills?'

24 October, 2016

There are some charitable grants available for people who are having problems affording some utility bills

Housing Benefit subsidy initial pre-audit final claims: Apr 2015 to Mar 2016

24 October, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit initial pre-audit final claims expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2015 to 2016

Housing Benefit subsidy mid-year estimates: Apr 2015 to Mar 2016

24 October, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit mid-year estimates expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2015 to 2016

Housing Benefit subsidy initial estimates: Apr 2015 to Mar 2016

24 October, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit initial estimates expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2015 to 2016

Silver Renters on the rise

24 October, 2016

Four in ten people currently renting a property in the UK are now aged over 46 - with 18% aged over 55

An independent Scotland would protect vulnerable welfare claimants claims I

24 October, 2016

An independent Scotland would not allow welfare claimants to be persecuted and humiliated in the same way as the main characters as in the newly-released film, I Daniel Blake

Employment support cuts could affect 45,000 disabled jobseekers

24 October, 2016

Association warns schemes set to replace current government programmes are dramatically smaller

Council rents could more than double as part of housing business plan

24 October, 2016

Tenants in social housing looking to upgrade to a new home as part of the council's £40m investment could have to fork out more than double in rental costs as part of a new business plan

Theresa May faces Tory backlash over planned cuts to in-work benefits

21 October, 2016

Backbenchers girding themselves' for campaign to make new system of universal credit fairer before chancellor's autumn statement

DWP to create new Universal Credit tech lead role

21 October, 2016

Recruitment underway for entirely new position to oversee technology scope of the new digital service gradually being trialled as part of government's delayed welfare reforms

Fining homeless people for being homeless is cruel and unworkable

21 October, 2016

One in 10 councils are using their powers to criminalise rough sleepers - let's hope public anger can translate into pressure to end homelessness, for good

£800 a month rent charged for rooms in 'dangerous' subdivided flat

21 October, 2016

Enforcement officers find single flat subdivided into small units that 18 tenants were paying an average rent of £800 a month for

Landlords urge UK to follow Irish example and abolish change to tax relief

21 October, 2016

A decision by Ireland to reverse its policy preventing residential landlords from claiming full mortgage interest tax relief on their rental income should send a powerful message to the UK

London landlords advised not to be greedy and value tenants in period of stagnation

21 October, 2016

Landlords in London are being advised not to seek rent increases and to even consider reducing rents for particularly good tenants as the sector is currently stagnating

Landlord report

21 October, 2016

How your landlord told us it performed in 2015/2016

Givan announces campaign to raise awareness of Personal Independence Payment

21 October, 2016

Communities Minister Paul Givan MLA has announced an advertising campaign to raise public awareness of the new Personal Independence Payment benefit

Private rents climbing in Scotland as English move in to invest

21 October, 2016

Rents in Scotland are continuing to climb

HMRC to take over work of tax credits firm Concentrix

21 October, 2016

US firm that was hired to handle UK claims and prevent fraud - but was accused of 'targeting families' - loses contract renewal

Sales of social housing increase by 8%

21 October, 2016

English social landlords sold nearly 22,000 homes in 2015/16, an increase of 8% on the previous year

Third of letting agents in major city face fines over failure to display fees

20 October, 2016

Nearly a third of letting agents in a major city are failing to comply with legislation despite being advised only last year of the need to display their fees

The London borough with a '50-year waiting list' for council houses

20 October, 2016

Candid admission appears in documentary on housing officials and people they are trying to help in deprived London borough

Welfare reform criticised as social housing changes approved

20 October, 2016

Government welfare reform came under fire as a council approved changes to its letting policy for social housing

London's 2m private renters 'let down' over spiralling costs

20 October, 2016

Sadiq Khan called out over survey of London renters

Scottish Buy-to-let index - August 2016

20 October, 2016

Strong summer performance for Scottish rental properties

Touchbase - Edition 115

20 October, 2016

This month we launch our Touchbase stakeholder survey

Landlords 'must not be taxed on turnover'

20 October, 2016

Scottish landlords take case against 'harmful' tax changes to the Treasury

The Private Rented Sector in Scotland

20 October, 2016

A Private Rented Sector provides good quality homes and high management standards, inspiring consumer confidence, and encourages growth through attracting investment

Free Online Maintenance and Repair Reporting Tool for Tenants Launches

20 October, 2016

The NLCE has launched a free online maintenance and repair reporting tool for private tenants in a bid to tackle the problem of maintenance/repair issues between landlords and tenants

More than 5,000 council homes 'at risk' in Rotherham

20 October, 2016

More than 5,000 council homes could be lost in Rotherham over the next 30 years

Falling sterling, rising prices and the benefits freeze

20 October, 2016

This morning the Office for National Statistics announced that inflation, as measured by the CPI, was 1.0% in the year to September

DWP must end harmful welfare conditionality

20 October, 2016

The Behavioural Insights Team says using the threat of sanctions may be counterproductive

Tenant fees - why the industry needs to act NOW

19 October, 2016

There is little doubt our industry is under attack from all sides

Government set to extend mandatory licensing of HMOs throughout England

19 October, 2016

The Government is planning to extend mandatory licensing for Houses in Multiple Occupation, removing the current three-storey rule

Majority of Londoners would pay for renters union

19 October, 2016

'When we asked for things to be fixed like the fire alarms the landlord would agree but then suddenly remember he hadn't put up the rent in a while'

Houses in Multiple Occupation and residential property licensing reforms

19 October, 2016

The Government values the private rented sector. It is a very important part of the country's housing market, housing around 4.3 million households in England

BME communities 'disproportionately impacted' by Universal Credit

19 October, 2016

With the BME National conference later this week, 24housing are publishing a series of pieces to mark the occasion

Universal Credit opened up work for Beverley and now she's really enjoying her job

19 October, 2016

Here's how Beverley was offered the job and has continued to receive support from Universal Credit since

Are you on the waiting list for a council house? Share your story

19 October, 2016

A new documentary shows people in parts of London being told to expect a 50-year wait for a council home

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 6 Oct 2016

19 October, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 6 October 2016

Immigration Act: Essential update for agents on Right to Rent checks

18 October, 2016

In this new article for EYE, I am warning that a new Immigration Act upgrade is to come into force before the end of this year, with serious legal implications for both letting agents and private landlords

Letting agents urged to cap fees to fair levels, as fears over outright ban continue

18 October, 2016

The National Approved Letting Scheme is launching a Fair Fees Forum

Crackdown on rogue landlords to include new minimum bedroom size

18 October, 2016

Government proposes mandatory standard of 6.52 sq metres and licensing wider range of properties to stop exploitation of tenants

Ireland's scrapping of buy-to-let tax is 'warning to Britain'

18 October, 2016

Ireland is reversing its 2009 policy that stopped landlords from claiming full mortgage interest tax relief on their rental income

Self-employed earn less than in 2001 - and will be hit by welfare cuts

18 October, 2016

Number of people working for themselves up by half in 15 years but their average pay down £60 a week

Tenants need safe homes and landlords should be forced to provide them

18 October, 2016

Shelter's research showing four out of 10 British homes are substandard is no surprise to those of us at the mercy of owners in the private rented sector

Rogue landlord crackdown

18 October, 2016

Government announces proposals to stop 'rabbit-hutch' properties by introducing a minimum bedroom size for homes in multiple occupation

Tax changes for private landlords are "complete tosh"

18 October, 2016

The head of a trade body representing private landlords has described the Government's position on tax changes it is applying to the sector as "complete tosh"

440,000 landlords forced up tax bracket from April 2017

18 October, 2016

More than four hundred-thousand landlords who pay the basic rate of tax will be forced into a higher tax bracket from April 2017 as planned changes to landlord taxation come in to force

Welsh Government will not axe 3% surcharge on buy-to-let homes

18 October, 2016

The 3% surcharge on buy-to-let homes will continue to be levied in Wales - despite hopes it would be ditched when the new Land Transaction Tax comes into force

Food banks 'a poor solution' as hungry families stay away

18 October, 2016

For every person who uses a food bank in Glasgow almost another four face going hungry

Tenant citing human rights to avoid eviction set to pursue case at European court

17 October, 2016

The Residential Landlords Association is warning that a landmark case of a tenant using the Human Rights Act to avoid eviction could make it harder to enforce Section 21 notices if the tenant wins her case at the European Court of Human Rights

Deadline looms for lettings agent licensing in Wales

17 October, 2016

Lettings agents have just under six weeks to comply with new licensing rules in Wales as data reveals thousands of Welsh landlords face missing the deadline

Pressure rises on calls to ban letting agent fees as petition handed to housing minister

17 October, 2016

An MP has presented a petition at Parliament calling for a ban on letting agent fees

Autumn Statement representation to HM Treasury From the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) October 2016

17 October, 2016

The growth of the private rented sector has led to a greater focus on property conditions

Property rentals to outstrip sales for first time since 1930s

17 October, 2016

Low supply and rising prices leads to more new lets than purchases, says estate agency

People with experience of benefits to design new social security system

17 October, 2016

At least 2,000 people who have direct experience of receiving benefits are to help shape Scotland's first ever social security system

The law is finally protecting renters from rogue landlords. Now ministers must enforce it

17 October, 2016

With home ownership a distant dream for a growing number of people, and access to social housing increasingly rationed, more and more people are being forced to rent from a private landlord

Managing Generation Rent

17 October, 2016

More housing associations are building sizeable private rent portfolios, with a customer base with different needs from its social tenants

Scrapping right-to-buy will cause social housing stock blocking

17 October, 2016

Right-to-Buy has now been suspended in Anglesey with the rest of Wales set to follow suit and has been brought in by assembly ministers as a means to protect the stock of social housing

HB G10/2016

17 October, 2016

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

New homes to encourage council house tenants to "downsize"

17 October, 2016

Poole Mayor Xena Dion has welcomed residents to the borough's newest council homes, built as part of a scheme to encourage tenants to 'downsize' to smaller properties

Universal Credit - and help with budgeting

14 October, 2016

Universal Credit is opening up work for people across the North West by making more opportunities available than ever before

HomeLet Rental Index - September 2016

14 October, 2016

2016 to date has seen a slower rate of rental growth, compared to the same period last year

Firm used by Experian in private rented sector conceived by online estate agent

14 October, 2016

Experian, the giant credit ratings agency, is using a private company to collect data and rents that is owned by an online estate agent

Thousands of housing association tenants could be about to get a new landlord

14 October, 2016

Thousands of housing association tenants could be about to get a new landlord if a merger deal between Boston Mayflower and North East Lincolnshire housing provider Shoreline goes ahead

Welfare reforms not made expected savings

14 October, 2016

Big headline-grabbing reforms of the welfare system have not been very good at saving money

Are sky-high rents finally running out of steam?

14 October, 2016

Rental prices have slowed to their lowest annual growth rate this year

Universal state pension age review 'a breath of fresh air'

14 October, 2016

The possibility of replacing the universal state pension age with something more tailored to people's individual needs has been raised

Rape victims who give birth to be forced to report their abuse or face losing child benefits

14 October, 2016

Women's charities condemn 'unacceptable' and 'deeply flawed' plans

Research reveals a third of tenants steal from rented property

13 October, 2016

Landlords beware, a third of tenants have stolen items from a rented property in the past five years

ARLA slams 'secret' database of rogue letting agents and landlords

13 October, 2016

A 'secret' list of banned letting agents and landlords will be of very little use

Universal Credit is "less generous" than tax credits

13 October, 2016

For the first time, an authoritative statutory body has recognised that the cuts to Universal Credit announced in last summer's Budget will mean that it is much less generous than was originally planned

Shelter needed

13 October, 2016

There's an irony that the £5bn pledge to increase housing supply made at the Conservative Party conference coincides with benefit proposals that risk having the opposite effect

UK housing: Why buy-to-let has failed Generation Y

13 October, 2016

While investors & the government may finally be realising buy-to-let's limitations, for a generation of tenants its drawbacks have been evident for years

How benefit cuts will hit the 50,000 homes programme

13 October, 2016

LHA restrictions will hamper the Scottish Government's plan to deliver 50,000 homes over the next five years

Joint ministerial welfare group discusses progress of transfer of powers

13 October, 2016

UK and Scottish government ministers met again this week as part of the on-going process to transfer the remaining welfare powers under the Scotland Act 2016

Bath residents living with social housing provider Curo face up to £5-a-week service charge

13 October, 2016

Curo residents are set to be charged for communal services previously provided for free by the Bath social housing group

Private rented sector called a "ticking time bomb" as survey suggests tenants' finances are close to breaking

13 October, 2016

The co-founder of a property listings website claims the UK's private rented sector is a "ticking time bomb", with tenants' ability to absorb rent increases at breaking point

HB A10/2016

13 October, 2016

Administration of the benefit cap 2016

Office for Budget Responsibility: Welfare trends report

12 October, 2016

This is our third Welfare trends report, in which we examine trends in public spending on different elements of the welfare system, including those subject to the Government's 'welfare cap'

Bath councillor Joe Rayment: 'More social housing investment needed' to slash house prices in Banes

12 October, 2016

A Bath councillor wants more investment in social housing to help bring down the cost of living in Bath and North East Somerset

Private registered provider social housing stock in England

12 October, 2016

PRPs reported 2,761,690 units/bedspaces owned at 31 March 2016, an increase of 2.0% on the total for 2015 and the largest increase in total stock owned by PRPs since 2012

Agents failing to make tenants aware of their rights to switch energy supplier

12 October, 2016

Landlords and lettings agents are failing to make tenants aware of their rights when it comes to energy bills

Sharp increase in sales of social stock

12 October, 2016

English housing associations have reported a 48% annual increase in sales of social rented homes out of the sector, as they seek greater value for money from their assets

Buy-to-let enquiries up 30% since May as investors return to the market

12 October, 2016

Buyer enquiries from potential landlords and investors are now up 30% since May, following a short-term dip as additional stamp duty changes came in on April 1st

The role of social housing in Northern Ireland's divided communities

12 October, 2016

As talks start in Ireland over post-Brexit border control, other physical barriers - the notorious peace walls - between communities are coming down

From bedroom tax to business owner in one year

12 October, 2016

A housing association tenant has turned her life around with help from a self-employment course

Bedroom tax: Pensioners in Somerset could be hit by change to subsidy

12 October, 2016

Pensioners in Somerset will be hit by changes to the way older people get housing benefit

Few landlords registering under Rent Smart Welsh law

12 October, 2016

There are fears that thousands of residential landlords in Wales will be breaking the law without realising it, with just six weeks to go until all will have to be registered

Will disability benefits appeals become less fair?

12 October, 2016

Plans to scrap in-person tribunals and remove expert panel members risk skewing the system further against disabled claimants

Rent rises are inevitable after tax clampdown on buy-to-let

12 October, 2016

Landlords may have failed last week in their legal battle against planned government tax relief changes for homes set to be introduced next year, but the real losers will be tenants

Council cuts push specialist housing for vulnerable people into the cold

11 October, 2016

Charities say 14% fall in spending by councils on supported housing for people with mental health issues is short-sighted and will cost more in the long run

Single mother had to give up her job when her £140-a-week tax credits were stopped after Government-hired scandal-hit firm wrongly claimed she was living with people she had never met

11 October, 2016

A single mother lost her job when her tax credits were stopped by scandal-hit firm Concentrix after it wrongly claimed she was living with people she'd never met

HMRC urges landlords in UK to make tax disclosures sooner rather than later

11 October, 2016

Landlords in the UK have made 13,000 disclosures through the tax man's let property campaign was launched in 2013 to encourage those owing tax to get their affairs in order

New funding allows Link to extend project for tenants affected by welfare reform

11 October, 2016

Link Group has been awarded an additional £40,715 to extend its Welfare Reform project until March 2017

Landlords not up to speed with regulations

11 October, 2016

Concerns are being raised about a high number of landlords and letting agents failing to get to grips with several legislative changes

May's focus on the power of government is an opportunity for private renters

11 October, 2016

"We should employ the power of government for the good of the people."

Central Belt Drives Scottish PRS Engine

11 October, 2016

Strong gains in Scotland's central belt continue to drive the national average upwards

Third of landlords worried about Brexit effect

11 October, 2016

More than a third of landlords think that leaving the EU will have a negative impact on their ability to attract tenants in the future

New petition launches calling for mandatory licensing of agents

10 October, 2016

An online petition has been launched calling for the introduction of mandatory licensing of estate agents

More than 700 Liverpool families to be hit by £44 a week cut in benefits

10 October, 2016

Liverpool's poorest families hit by 'tsunami' of Government benefit cuts

General needs tenants would 'face income shortfalls'

10 October, 2016

Up to 26,000 new general needs tenants a year would be hit by a proposed welfare cut if current allocations trends continue

Buy-to-let lenders shelter existing borrowers from strict lending rules

10 October, 2016

Britain's two largest buy-to-let mortgage lenders have promised their existing borrowers that they can remortgage without being subject to higher rental cover requirements

We need a rock-solid commitment to council housing

10 October, 2016

he government's Housing and Planning Act casts a long shadow over the future of all non-profit housing

London's private renters are seriously fed up with the experience

10 October, 2016

London Assembly member Sian Berry has released a new report she claims lays bare the scale of dissatisfaction among renters in the capital

More Social Housing required

10 October, 2016

North Antrim Sinn Fein MLA Philip McGuigan has said more Social Housing is required across North Antrim

Value for Money

10 October, 2016

We've put together guidance on the Regulator's recent changes that place greater emphasis on Value for Money, and advice on producing self-assessments

500 Welsh children homeless due to social housing evictions

10 October, 2016

The Welsh Government has said it will 'study closely' a new report from Shelter Cymru showing some 500 children were made homeless last year through social housing evictions

'I have £47 a week to pay for all of my food and my bills' This is what happens at a Cardiff food bank

10 October, 2016

One group has helped more than 1.1m people in the UK over the last year

York's council house system is about to undergo a huge change

10 October, 2016

Housing officers at York council are proposing major changes to the way council homes are given out in York

Landlords' Barometer - #41: How landlords feel about court ruling

07 October, 2016

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #41" - bringing you a "Tenant Tax" special with exclusive content from yesterday's procedural hearing into whether there can be a Judicial Review into Section 24

Landlords lose legal fight to get Osborne's tax changes overturned

07 October, 2016

Landlords are licking their wounds after a Judge yesterday ruled against a Judicial Review of former Chancellor George Osborne's capping of the amount of mortgage interest that they can offset against tax

Average rent for one-bed property grows by 0.12%

07 October, 2016

Average one-bed property rents in the UK grew by 0.12% in September, the Landbay Rental Index has found

Temporary accommodation numbers rise despite fund

07 October, 2016

A government fund targeted at tackling the number of families in temporary accommodation has not halted the rise

Tribunal verdict may hit Airbnb-type sub-letting

07 October, 2016

Sharing economy pioneers, such as Airbnb, have enjoyed huge success over the past few years, however, this has not come without negative ramifications

Moving Up

07 October, 2016

Higher wages for social housing tenants

This research looks at the employment challenges among a group in society for whom the economy has too often not worked: namely social housing tenants

Annual Report and Accounts 2015/16

07 October, 2016

Regulating to protect the interests of tenants and other users of social housing services in Scotland

Loophole that lets landlords dodge buy-to-let curbs: Six in ten invest through limited companies to avoid the new rules

07 October, 2016

More and more landlords exploiting loophole in buy-to-let crackdown

Rent reductions: Supporting implementation

07 October, 2016

This revised briefing sets out the practical implications of implementing the -1% rent cut in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill

No ban on letting agent fees for now

06 October, 2016

New housing minister Gavin Barwell has said he will not ban letting agent fees - for the time being

ALMO Governance: The inside track

06 October, 2016

Arms-Length Management Organisations now manage over 500,000 homes in England, nearly a third of all council housing

Buy to let boom continues, yet first time buyers struggle

06 October, 2016

The buy to let sector continues to go from strength to strength

Four star hotel for gas row tenants in Londonderry

06 October, 2016

A housing association is footing the bill for tenants to stay in a four-star hotel while work is carried out on their homes

Key day as landlords seek judicial review of buy to let tax change

06 October, 2016

Legal represenatives for two landlords will today make the case for a judicial review of Section 24 of the Finance (No.2) Act 2015 - a bid to stop the phased reduction of mortgage interest tax relief for landlords, sscheduled to be introduced from next April

Inexperienced investors turn to property as a safe haven investment

06 October, 2016

A growing number of investors are choosing to invest in the UK housing market

Impact of applying Local Housing Allowance rates to general needs social tenants

06 October, 2016

Our analysis shows the potential numbers of people affected and the amount of shortfall between benefit levels and rents charged

Most landlords unaware tenant fees may be scrapped

06 October, 2016

Tenant fees may be scrapped in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Baroness Warwick: 'We can still build for social rent'

06 October, 2016

Baroness Warwick has only been the Chair of the National Housing Federation for a year but she has already seen two governments and a Housing Act

Calls for major review of council housing to cope with law changes

06 October, 2016

City of York Council bosses want to start a whole-scale review of council housing because of major, impending law changes

Trading Standards swoop on student letting agents

05 October, 2016

Trading Standards in the midlands are targeting letting agents over their service to students

Rent arrears: Lost in translation

05 October, 2016

New research has claimed an indisputable link between the introduction of Universal Credit and tenants getting behind in their rent

Harsher penalties for landlords renting to illegal immigrants

05 October, 2016

Landlords that knowingly let homes to illegal immigrants could be sent to prison, the home secretary has announced

Social housing the key to future election wins

05 October, 2016

When SHOUT was launched as a cross-party campaign in June 2014 our primary aim was to make the economic and social case for investing in social-rented housing

The council house that nobody wants to live in

05 October, 2016

Why Sheffield council houses have been empty for over a year

Ministers consider Pay to Stay exemption

05 October, 2016

The DCLG will consider exempting council tenants from Pay to Stay in areas where social rents and market rents are similar

Council tenant's legal challenge to rent agreement rejected

05 October, 2016

A council house tenant who challenged an occupancy agreement after falling into arrears has had her petition dismissed

Cherie Booth to represent landlords fighting changes to tax regime

05 October, 2016

Former PM's wife, who owns with her family 10 houses and 27 flats, will challenge attempt to stop buy-to-let costs being a claimable business expense

Landlord ordered to pay over £100,000 after flouting safety laws

05 October, 2016

A landlord has been hit with a bill of over £100,000 after flouting safety requirements at five flats

Landlord hit with record £700,000 bill after illegal lettings

04 October, 2016

A landlord has received a record fine after illegally dividing a semi into nine flats. However, the case has dragged on for ten years and involved numerous court appearances

Get out your hard hat Theresa: UK facing a 1.8m shortage of rental properties

04 October, 2016

The Government must urgently deliver 1.8 million new rental homes for UK families

Barwell hints at funding for sub-market rent

04 October, 2016

Gavin Barwell has given his strongest hint yet that the Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes Programme will be changed to allow funding for sub-market rented homes

LGA chief hits out at supported housing duty proposal

04 October, 2016

The chair of the Local Government Association has pledged to oppose proposals for a new duty on councils to provide supported housing

Hanging on

04 October, 2016

The stresses and strains of Britain's 'just managing' families

Welsh landlords fail to register as Rent Smart Wales deadline looms

04 October, 2016

For those of you living East of the Marches last November, the Welsh government introduced a scheme to licence all property managing landlords and letting agents in Wales

£9m funding for fuel poverty in Scotland

04 October, 2016

The Scottish Government is to allocate over £9m to help drive down energy bills

We can supercharge the power of new building by giving private renters more security

04 October, 2016

The government's continuing commitment to building new homes is welcome

"Accidental landlords" freeze out first-time buyers

03 October, 2016

Would-be first-time buyers are being frozen out of the market by richer households who cling on to their old home as a rental investment when trading up

Knight Knox launches buy-to-let development in centre of Sheffield

03 October, 2016

Knight Knox - a provider of buy-to-let developments to the private investor market - has launched a new development in Sheffield

DWP scraps retesting for chronically ill sickness benefits claimants

03 October, 2016

Department for Work and Pensions says those with severe, lifelong conditions will no longer face six-monthly reassessments

HB Direct October 2016: Issue 171

03 October, 2016

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

'Buy-to-let is my pension - but do the numbers stack up?'

03 October, 2016

If you listen to the pensions industry you'll be bombarded with statistics on compound growth, the generosity of Government top-ups and neat ways to avoid inheritance tax

Putting it into practice: how to raise standards across Scotland's private rented sector

03 October, 2016

The private rented sector's growth in Scotland is well documented: the most up to date statistics show that the number of households renting in the sector has tripled since 1999

Chancellor urged to hit 'reset' on landlord tax changes to avoid further rises in rents

03 October, 2016

Tenants in the private rented sector face the prospect of higher rents as landlords pass on the costs of tax increases

In Liverpool, 840 families risk losing their homes because of benefits cuts

03 October, 2016

The government is cutting £37,200 a week from housing benefit for our city's most vulnerable residents. It's a policy that doesn't add up

NI has 'no solution' for bedroom tax

03 October, 2016

As Bedroom Tax in Northern Ireland nears implementation date, the Housing Executive has said it is not ready

I won't miss help to buy. It only made the housing market worse

03 October, 2016

Most beneficiaries of George Osborne's scheme didn't need the help. Those unable to save a deposit have been left further behind

600,000 London renters at risk of moving home if jobless or sick

03 October, 2016

The number of Londoners renting privately at risk of having to move home if they become jobless or lose their income due to sickness has soared to nearly 600,000

Douglas Carswell slams housing association as "Victorian landlord" over eviction of caring Clacton couple

03 October, 2016

Douglas Carswell has blasted Colne Housing for acting "disgracefully" for trying to evict a Clacton couple from a two-bed flat they had lived in for several years, while caring for an elderly relative

Peterborough landlords side with council over MPs in dispute over £1 million Travelodge bill for homeless families

03 October, 2016

Two landlords have dismissed arguments made by the city's MPs in the row over a £1 million hotel bill to put up homeless families

Tory housing minister says building more council homes will increase inequality

03 October, 2016

Gavin Barwell dismissed Jeremy Corbyn's policy as 'remarkable'

6.5m households put health and welfare at risk by failing to save

01 October, 2016

Millions of British households face financial disaster if their incomes dry up

Tougher buy-to-let lending criteria designed to scare off more landlords

30 September, 2016

New and tougher under-writing standards are to be adopted for almost all buy-to-let mortgages

Buy-to-let landlords to face tougher mortgage test: New rules will ensure owners can survive interest rate rise

30 September, 2016

Tougher rules will ensure landlords can survive a rise in interest rates

Council blasts 'false economy' of lowering benefit cap

30 September, 2016

A study by welfare chiefs at Liverpool City Council has revealed an additional 710 families will be affected by the government's lowering of the benefit cap from November

Association of residential letting agents private rented sector report

30 September, 2016

Demand from prospective tenants rose in August

Compulsory purchase orders on London's council estates a "form of social cleansing"

30 September, 2016

The threat of Compulsory Purchase Orders has become one of the biggest perils to ex-local authority leaseholders in London

Buy-to-let investors 'may have to stump up more equity'

30 September, 2016

Buy-to-let investors face having to inject much bigger amounts of cash into their properties due to changes to the market

Six million low-income 'worse off than 10 years ago'

30 September, 2016

Rising costs to housing and childcare have hit 'just managing' families, as identified by Theresa May in her maiden Downing Street speech

Want an affordable rented home? Don't rely on a Labour council

30 September, 2016

Too many Labour local authorities are alienating residents over regeneration and compulsory purchase

Universal Credit: In Work Progression Randomised Control Trial

30 September, 2016

Universal Credit will support people in work to earn more

Nearly 5,000 households move from private rental sector into homelessness

29 September, 2016

Local authorities in England accepted 15,170 households as statutorily homeless in the second quarter of this year

The effect of stamp duty changes on housing market activity: April 2016

29 September, 2016

Article exploring a monthly extract of Land Registry property transaction data to analyse the impact of stamp duty changes up to and including April 2016

MPs urged to act on eviction 'crisis'

29 September, 2016

The number of households made homeless after eviction from a privately rented home is now at the highest since records began

August saw 15% drop in number of advertised buy-to-lets

29 September, 2016

A property crowdfunding business has expressed concern that a shortage of new buy-to-let properties is in the offing

Corbyn wants councils to deliver 500,000-home plan

29 September, 2016

Jeremy Corbyn wants Labour's 500,000 'social' homes target to be delivered entirely by local authorities

The banking needs of Universal Credit claimants: the potential role of budgeting accounts

29 September, 2016

This report presents evidence on the potential role of budgeting accounts for Universal Credit claimants

Bristol's private housing landlords fight back against expanding council licensing schemes

29 September, 2016

Landlords across Bristol are coming together to fight proposals for more licensing schemes to regulate the private rented housing sector, as battle lines are drawn in the Bristol Housing Crisis

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

29 September, 2016

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

Underwriting standards for buy-to-let mortgage contracts

29 September, 2016

This SS is relevant to all firms regulated by the PRA that undertake buy-to-let lending that is not already subject to FCA regulation

Rising rents outpace pay as private rental market 'remains in good shape' despite Brexit

29 September, 2016

Housing costs continue to grow more quickly than wages, though the supply of rental property rises

Why a ban on letting agent fees would be good news for tenants

29 September, 2016

At Shelter we believe that tenants shouldn't be charged up-front fees by letting agents

ONS figures reveal private rents in Great Britain increased by 2.3% in the 12 months to August with England seeing largest increase

29 September, 2016

Private rents increased by 2.3% in Great Britain in the 12 months to August

UK lenders approve fewest mortgages in nearly two years

29 September, 2016

British lenders approved the fewest mortgages in nearly two years last month as the housing market continued to slow after June's vote to leave the European Union

Housing associations and 'right to rent' document checks

28 September, 2016

This aims to give guidance to housing associations on how 'right to rent' document checks affect their procedures, such as their allocations and lettings policies, their policies on lodgers and their procedures for verifying tenancies.

Money laundering - legal responsibilities for letting agents come closer

28 September, 2016

The Government has released a new consultation on the Fourth Money Laundering Directive

Labour still calculating cost of 500,000 social home pledge

28 September, 2016

Labour is still calculating the cost of its pledge to build 500,000 'social' homes in its first five years of government

Burnham: give Manchester its own welfare budget

28 September, 2016

Andy Burnham has called on the government to devolve welfare spending to Greater Manchester

Debt problems with high cost credit products on the rise as payday loan issues fall

28 September, 2016

Citizens Advice says cap on payday loans should be extended to other high cost credit

'Nudge' techniques could reduce housing benefit fraud and error

28 September, 2016

Housing benefit overpayments are more likely to be identified when residents receive a separate communication written in clear language

Continued growth in PRS indicative of 'dysfunctional' housing supply

28 September, 2016

Statistics showing that the Scottish private rented sector has almost tripled since Holyrood was established

Not just rogues but crooks, Shelter speaks out against minority of law-breaking landlords

28 September, 2016

Over one million tenants in the private rented sector are suffering at the hands of a landlord who has broken the law

Labour MPs debate universal basic income policy for the first time

28 September, 2016

An audience heard from supportive, undecided, and critical MPs

Scotland's People Annual Report: Results from the 2015 Scottish Household Survey

27 September, 2016

The SHS is a continuous survey based on a sample of the general population in private residences in Scotland

Summer slowdown in rentals was still a sizzler

27 September, 2016

The number of To Let and Let By boards predictably fell during August but bucked the usual annual trend

Tenure and Deposits in England and Wales

27 September, 2016

The tenancy deposit protection legislation was introduced in April 2007 in England and Wales as a result of the 2004 Housing Act

Public back landlords' campaign for better enforcement of PRS laws

27 September, 2016

An overwhelming majority of Scottish people believe councils should do more to enforce laws which protect the safety of tenants

Stoke-on-Trent councillors raise concerns over Universal Credit

27 September, 2016

Dozens of benefit claimants have fallen into debt after being hit by the introduction of Universal Credit

Here's how we can translate London's housing benefit bill into affordable housing

27 September, 2016

London's housing market is an anomaly

Tackling discrimination in housing

27 September, 2016

There is no doubt that the introduction of document checks has increased the incentive for landlords to discriminate

The benefit cap and the myth of work incentives

27 September, 2016

As the 7th November looms ever closer nearly a quarter of a million children will face the threat of homelessness as their parents benefit's are due to be arbitrarily capped

HB A9/2016

27 September, 2016

Personal Details Verification Report

Agents and landlords reminded of importance of fire doors

27 September, 2016

This week those working in the Private Rented Sector are being reminded of the importance of fire doors in rental properties

'I feel ashamed in a way I never did before': your stories of PIP assessment

27 September, 2016

Changes to benefits mean people with disabilities who had been told their support was lifelong are being forced through reassessment

"A horrible way to live": how short-term renting affects family life

27 September, 2016

We recently received this e-mail from Rachel, a mother of a young son who had heard about our campaign for longer rental contracts

How many homes did housing associations build in quarter one 2016/17?

27 September, 2016

We have recently completed an important survey of developing housing associations to capture the full scale and breadth of their homebuilding activity

London's turning

26 September, 2016

Towards a sustainable private rented sector under the new Mayor

Social housing in hot water?

26 September, 2016

The water is slowly getting hotter for social housing

In-depth briefing on the Local Housing Allowance cap for Supported Housing

26 September, 2016

Supported Housing will be exempt from the LHA cap until March 2019

Labour would scrap Right to Buy in England

26 September, 2016

Labour has dropped its support of the Right to Buy, calling for the controversial policy to be indefinitely suspended in England

The future funding of supported housing - what do we need to know?

26 September, 2016

CIH's senior policy and practice officer Sarah Davis talks us through what we need to know about the future funding of supported housing

Disabled family forced to sleep on sofas for years as authorities can't get them house they need

26 September, 2016

A Belfast man is being forced to sleep on a living room sofa with his disabled wife and son every night because of a severe lack of suitable housing

AXA survey finds financial optimism among tenants

26 September, 2016

AXA have released a report claiming that despite the average tenant expecting to rent for a further decade, there is financial optimism

Social housing is alive and kicking but providers must fight harder

26 September, 2016

There is a clear need for social housing now and into the future, but if it is to remain "alive and kicking", then the providers must get off the ropes and come out fighting

Long-term value of social housing falls post rent cut

26 September, 2016

The long-term value of social housing properties has slipped significantly across most of the country as a result of the rent cut

Footballers' £400m social housing dream unveiled

26 September, 2016

Brighton's Bobby Zamora, West Ham's Mark Noble and Rio Ferdinand, now retired, present project to build 1,300 homes near Luton

Housing minister signals change in government social housing policy

23 September, 2016

Gavin Barwell pledges government will 'maximise number of affordable homes', but concerns and divisions remain within social housing sector

NLA responds to Shelter's report on law-breaking landlords

23 September, 2016

We believe that no one should have to put up with a criminal landlord

Universal Credit: different earning patterns and your payments

23 September, 2016

This guide provides information about different earnings patterns and how these may affect your Universal Credit payment

PM needs to 'get a grip of Universal Credit roll-out'

23 September, 2016

Labour hit back on new Universal Credit guidance from the Department of Work and Pensions, which shows people's award drop if they get paid twice in one month

Borough estimates £100k Pay to Stay bill

23 September, 2016

Kingston Council cites £100k as the 'at least' spend on temporary staffing costs alone to assess tenant income ahead of Pay to Stay implementation day

A local problem?

23 September, 2016

Many social landlords are not happy with the government's plans for the future funding of supported housing

New home starts under Right to Buy scheme 'not enough to meet Government pledge'

23 September, 2016

The number of new homes begun under the Government's flagship Right to Buy scheme is lagging behind the amount needed to deliver its "one-for-one" promise

HCA warns stock sales risk damaging sector's reputation

23 September, 2016

The social housing regulator has warned that housing associations risk damaging the reputation of the sector if they sell stock inhabited by social tenants

Million private renters suffer under rogue landlords

23 September, 2016

More than a million private renters across England have suffered at the hands of law-breaking landlords over the last year

Right to Buy Sales in England: April to June 2016

23 September, 2016

In April to June 2016-17 (Q1), local authorities sold an estimated 3,362 dwellings under the Right to Buy scheme

Moment neighbours form a human chain around a mother's house to stop her being kicked out of the home where she has lived for 12 years

23 September, 2016

Nimo Abdullahi was told she would be kicked out of her home of 12 years

Landlords' Barometer - #40: Is the private rented sector bleeding to death?

22 September, 2016

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #40" - bringing you trending landlord and property topics

Industry is 'sleep-walking' into outright ban on letting agent fees, warning

22 September, 2016

The National Approved Letting Scheme has warned that the industry could be sleep-walking into a ban on letting agent fees

Government Money to Tackle Rogue Landlords Is Being Used to Arrest Tenants

22 September, 2016

It's worth remembering what the housing crisis actually means in practice for some people

National living wage 'failing to provide basic needs for lowest paid'

22 September, 2016

Living Wage Commission says £7.20 an hour for over-25s needs to take into account rising rents and slow wages growth

'LHA cap' will apply to existing supported housing tenants

22 September, 2016

A new housing benefit cap will apply to existing as well as future supported housing tenants

The tenants paying the price so landlords don't have to

22 September, 2016

A charity has spoken out against the high fees being charged to tenants who can't take their business elsewhere

HB G9/2016

22 September, 2016

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Affordability a concern for RTB pilots

22 September, 2016

For the past few months, five housing associations have been piloting the Right to Buy scheme

Ambition to Deliver

22 September, 2016

Back in 2013, the housing association sector came together to shape its vision for the future

The vision laid out what housing associations can do to make the future better than the present - and how we could take control in the face of the challenges we saw ahead

Evening Standard comment: Dealing with food poverty: here's how

22 September, 2016

The scandal that people in struggle to feed themselves and their families while enormous amounts of food goes for animal feedis the basis of the Food for London campaign

Tenant launches 'TripAdvisor for renters' amid fury at letting agents

22 September, 2016

A tenant angry at receiving "misleading" service from letting agents has decided to start an online review site for rental properties

Our response to the PIP second independent review call for evidence

21 September, 2016

The Department for Work and Pensions appointed Paul Gray CB to undertake the second independent review of the PIP assessment

How to get the deposit back from your student house

21 September, 2016

Students and those renting for the first time are easy targets for landlords and estate agents eager to hold on to large deposits

Mother forced to use food banks after tax agency ruled she was living with famous 19th century quaker Joseph Rowntree

21 September, 2016

The blunder has affected other benefits the woman depends on

Council tax reductions will continue to protect the most vulnerable

21 September, 2016

Local Government Secretary Mark Drakeford has confirmed that vulnerable and low income households will continue to be supported by Council Tax Reduction schemes until at least the end of 2017-18

The Spread of the Bedroom Boom

21 September, 2016

The use of Airbnb in the UK has exploded over the last 12 months

Private sector tenants getting older, with middle aged spread hinting at rise of the 'silver renter' says Your Move

21 September, 2016

The UK's private renters are showing signs of middle aged spread, with nearly half of them now aged over 46, according to a survey from lettings agent Your Move

New tenancy scheme to launch in London to help renters save home deposit

21 September, 2016

The first details of plans for a London Living Rent, a new type of tenancy for newly built affordable homes have been confirmed by Mayor Sadiq Khan

Private Rental Sector Moving Towards Hotel-Style Rentals

21 September, 2016

The private rental sector is moving towards hotel-style rentals, as the proptech industry develops and caters to the needs of private tenants

Debate around buy-to-let tax changes points to general need for extra safeguards for tenants

21 September, 2016

The new government looks set to press ahead with controversial changes to the tax regime for small landlords that were set in motion last year

One in ten agents unaware of change in law on tenant repair requests

20 September, 2016

Over 10% of agents remain unaware of what is required to provide a statutorily defined 'adequate response' to a tenant repair request

Concerns raised at government level over landlords' illegal use of Airbnb

20 September, 2016

Concerns have been raised at government level over the illegal use of Airbnb by private landlords

Rise of the 'silver renter' as tenants under 35 are in the minority

20 September, 2016

Almost half of tenants living in private rental accommodation across the UK are aged over 46, signalling the rise of the 'silver renter'

TDS Rents Briefing August 2016

20 September, 2016

Latest data issued by the Tenancy Deposit Scheme shows new rents registered across England and Wales in August 2016, with new average monthly rents in London just over £1,765

Success, Satisfaction and Scrutiny: The Business Benefits of involving residents

20 September, 2016

The benefits of engagement far outweigh the costs

Khan confirms end to affordable rent conversions

20 September, 2016

Conversions of homes from social to affordable rent will end under Sadiq Khan's new housing programme

Renters need a stable home too

20 September, 2016

Not convinced short-term contracts are unfair on renters? We think much can be done to improve rental contracts

HB A8/2016

20 September, 2016

The Secondary Annuities Market and Housing Benefit

I remember the welfare state being built. A divided Labour cannot save it

20 September, 2016

The threat to the NHS and the social safety net is real, and our best chance of fighting back is a Labour party that fights the Tories, not itself

Tenants spend two thirds of their take-home pay on rent as average monthly cost of a one-bed passes £1,000

20 September, 2016

Tenants paid £1,010 on average for a one bedroom home in August

Scottish Government promises to reform hated disability benefit

20 September, 2016

A Scottish Government minister has committed to reforming Personal Independence Payment assessment procedures when powers are devolved in the spring

Value For Money - Five tips to identify hidden value for money savings

20 September, 2016

Are boards confident in their skills and training? Inside Housing and Capsticks carried out a survey of housing association board members to find out

An endless summer is no good for social housing tenants worried about a rent rise

19 September, 2016

The introduction of Pay to Stay from April 2017 will see some higher income social tenants required to pay more rent

The future of social housing - take aways from our recent roundtable

19 September, 2016

A former Head of Policy at No 10, Taylor looked at the issue of 'why policy fails and how it might succeed'

New benefit to helped disabled people is 'deeply flawed'

19 September, 2016

A new benefit to help disabled people needs "radical" reform across the UK as nearly two-thirds of claimants who challenge awards are successful

Supported accommodation LHA funding to transfer to Holyrood

19 September, 2016

The UK government has announced that its policy to cap LHA for supported accommodation will be put on ice until 2019 when the funding for Scotland will then be transferred to Holyrood

Homeless charity hands out eviction notices to its own tenants

19 September, 2016

A leading homeless charity has come under fire after handing out eviction notices to tenants living in properties it owns in the capital

The social housing sector has become dangerously divided

19 September, 2016

The only hope of reuniting the sector is if the government ditches its obsession with home ownership and invests in genuinely affordable homes

Land trusts and refuges among rent cut exemptions

19 September, 2016

Community land trusts, co-operatives, fully mutuals, refuges and alms house will be exempt from the government's four-year rent cut

No more welfare cuts to come under Theresa May

19 September, 2016

Damian Green, the work and pensions secretary, hints at end to austerity agenda, promising no further raids on benefits

Charity calls for end to letting fees for tenants

19 September, 2016

All UK letting agency fees should be paid by landlords who can shop around, rather than tenants - as is the case in Scotland

Policy Exchange: large landlords should raise rents to build

19 September, 2016

The largest housing associations should be allowed to raise rents in exchange for agreeing to build more homes

HAs 'better than job centres' for jobs

19 September, 2016

Social housing tenants find their housing associations more help than job centres at putting them on the first step of the career ladder

Scam 'landlords' using fake Rightmove email to get tenants to hand over money

16 September, 2016

Scammers have been using the Rightmove brand to dupe tenants out of rental deposits

Olive branch or figleaf? Sector far from reassured by Govt's new funding proposal for supported housing

16 September, 2016

Questions remain over the future viability of a host of supported housing services, despite a Government statement today that appears to offer concessions on funding

A second SFHA report on the capping of social rents to the rate of local allowance

16 September, 2016

This is SFHA's second report on the impact of the policy to cap the amount of rent that HB will cover in the SRS at the relevant LHA rate

Many UK landlords live within 10 miles of their buy to let property

16 September, 2016

Two thirds of landlords live within ten miles of their rented property

Welsh Women's Aid 'delighted' refuges are exempt from housing benefit cap

16 September, 2016

Last year 2,973 survivors of abuse were accommodated in refuges in Wales

Scottish private renters are 'happier' than those in England and Wales

16 September, 2016

Scotland's rental culture is happier, friendlier and more settled than that south of the Border

Department of Communities creating 170 jobs for benefits contract

16 September, 2016

The Department of Communities is to recruit 170 staff to work on a contract it has been awarded by the UK's Department for Work and Pensions

Housing Benefit:Written statement - HCWS154

16 September, 2016

Supported accommodation plays a vital role in the lives of many vulnerable people

Ministers back down with a (partial) fix for Help to Buy Isa rules

16 September, 2016

The Government appears to have backed down over its flawed Help to Buy rules, fixing the problem in the design of a second savings scheme

No LHA cap on supported housing ahead of 'new funding formula'

16 September, 2016

The government has confirmed it will not impose the LHA cap on supporting housing ahead of a new funding formula for the sector

Court date set for Cherie Blair's challenge to buy-to-let tax

16 September, 2016

A court date has been set for a legal challenge to tax changes set to hit landlords from April next year

Thousands due back-dated tax credit payments after HMRC contractor blunders

16 September, 2016

HMRC has allocated 150 staff to help those who may have been affected and said it will assess cases as quickly as possible

Fewer 'dinner party' landlords as private rented sector becomes more professional

15 September, 2016

There will be fewer 'dinner party' landlords following changes to the sector, which include a hike in Stamp Duty and the impending changes to mortgage interest tax relief

Agent and landlord both convicted of failing to license property

15 September, 2016

A landlord and his letting agent have both been fined and given criminal records for failing to license his rental property and ignoring their tenants' pleas for essential repairs

Start of the end for Right to Buy in Wales

15 September, 2016

The Right to Buy will be suspended in Anglesey to ensure social housing is available for those who need it

End to council tax discount for second homes

15 September, 2016

Council tax reform legislation to tackle empty second homes

Jeremy Corbyn to investigate idea of universal basic income

15 September, 2016

Labour leader to 'research and test' policy that would give every citizen a taxpayer-funded income

G15 calls for benefit system overhaul

15 September, 2016

London's largest housing associations have urged the government to overhaul the benefits system to ensure that "work pays"

'Ambitious' plans for social housing

15 September, 2016

Dundee has one of the lowest rates of social houses being completed in Scotland

More tenants in UK believe they can own their own home

15 September, 2016

British tenants are feeling more optimistic about their finances and regard buying their own home as a more realistic prospect due to being able to save for a deposit

Bromsgrove social housing provider bdht defends its chief's £124,693 salary

15 September, 2016

Bromsgrove District Housing Trust has defended its chief executive's salary after new figures revealed he earned almost £130,000 in the financial year 2015-2016

Imposing rent controls 'do nothing' to resolve 'housing crisis'

15 September, 2016

The "housing crisis" would be worsened if rent controls were imposed

Two and three-bed buy-to-lets 'will become unviable'

15 September, 2016

Two and three-bed buy-to-let properties will become more difficult to buy under lenders' plans to apply far tougher checks on landlords

Website has to amend 'rent to rent' advice after lawyer condemns it as 'completely wrong'

14 September, 2016

A website has had to amend its advice to landlords about 'rent to rent' after a lawyer condemned it as being completely wrong

Meeting housing demand, raising standards: social landlords and the private rented sector

14 September, 2016

Firstly, any social landlord looking to make the move into the private rented sector needs to study their local market very carefully

Nearly half of working families are cutting back on food or clothing to pay rent or mortgage

14 September, 2016

Almost 50 per cent of working families have had to cut back on essential items

'Failing' welfare contractor Concentrix will still be paid tens of millions before its contract runs out

14 September, 2016

The firm is being dropped by HMRC but not until May 2017

Revealed: the cost of bad eviction advice

14 September, 2016

The average cost to a landlord of their tenant being advised to ignore an eviction notice stands at nearly £7,000, according to a recent survey of landlords

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to July 2016

14 September, 2016

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

PIP postcode map (UK)

14 September, 2016

Map showing postcode areas for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment providers

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 1 Sept 2016

14 September, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 1 September 2016

HAs successes threatened by LHA cap

14 September, 2016

The good work of two housing associations has been highlighted in Parliamentary motions by MSPs

Big percentage drop in new rental properties listed across UK

14 September, 2016

Almost nine out of ten major towns and cities in the UK saw falls in the number of new buy-to-let properties being advertised

Healey: "Council tenants to face tax rates of over 80% under Tory plans"

14 September, 2016

New analysis for Labour MP and former Treasury Minister John Healey has revealed that thousands of working families living in council homes will pay effective tax rates of over 80%

Social Housing Evictions Higher than in Private Housing

14 September, 2016

You may have noticed that privately rented accommodation is not always held in the highest regard

Questions about social housing as council housing companies to be set up

14 September, 2016

Questions have been raised about the amount of social housing to be provided as part of a new development as two new housing companies are set to be established

I lead a mutual-owned housing association - and it's working for tenants

14 September, 2016

Merthyr Valleys Homes proves there is an alternative to bully landlords

'Deeply unfair' fees of up to £900 for the poorest energy customers should be scrapped

14 September, 2016

Ofgem calls for £150 cap and blanket ban on fees for vulnerable

Britain's rental property market is counter-intuitively warped

13 September, 2016

Rents in Britain are counter-intuitively cratering despite a severe housing shortage

Social cleansing: The mums at the sharp end of the housing crisis

13 September, 2016

Boundary House in Welwyn Garden City is the not sort of the place you would want to raise your children

Midlands landlord hits back over cost analysis

13 September, 2016

A major Midlands landlord has hit back at the regulator over its cost analysis of the sector, claiming it does not account for large care and support businesses

Minister reveals 'Trusted Partner' landlords

13 September, 2016

The government has revealed the social landlords piloting a scheme to stop vulnerable Universal Credit claimants falling into debt

Touchbase - Edition 114

13 September, 2016

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

Charity aims to help create better standards for Scotland's 700,000 private renters

13 September, 2016

Shelter Scotland conference brings together third sector organisations with landlords, letting agents and tenants to discuss the implications of new legislation

Housing Statistics for Scotland 2016: Key Trends Summary

13 September, 2016

This annual publication presents statistics on housing supply and public sector housing in Scotland up to 31st March 2016

The housing minister just suggested the government's 200,000 starter homes pledge might include rental properties

13 September, 2016

The remit of the government's promise to deliver 200,000 so-called starter homes by 2020 could be expanded so it includes purpose-built rental homes in the figure

Government housing benefit cuts directly linked to rise in depression in low income households

13 September, 2016

Cuts to housing benefit by the UK coalition government have led to a 10 per cent increase in people from low income households reporting poor mental health and helped propel an additional 26,000 people into depression

Reductions in the United Kingdom's Government Housing Benefit and Symptoms of Depression in Low-Income Households

13 September, 2016

Housing security is an important determinant of mental ill health

Scottish Housing Regulator highlights importance of landlord openness

13 September, 2016

The Scottish Housing Regulator has highlighted the importance of social landlords being open and accessible about their services and decision-making

Almost 80% of tenants paying the asking price

12 September, 2016

Most rental homes are being let at asking price, Countrywide has reported. The proportion nationally is 78%, up 13% compared with a year ago

New Government working group looking at letting agent fees

12 September, 2016

The existence of a new body investigating costs for private tenants - including letting agent fees - has been revealed in the Commons by housing minister Gavin Harwell

Welsh Government mulls removing rental stamp duty hike

12 September, 2016

The Welsh Government could lift the 3% tax hike imposed on private landlords, as it designs its own stamp duty system for the first time

Policy change soon? Minister meets buy to let tax campaigners

12 September, 2016

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has met campaigners to scrap anti-buy to let measures introduced by the Cameron government in the past two years

First right-to-buy sales go through after pilots

12 September, 2016

The first sales have taken place under the government's controversial right-to-buy policy for housing association tenants

New data shows rise in tenant complaints

12 September, 2016

The number of tenant complaints received by social landlords surveyed by benchmarking experts Housemark has steadily increased during the past three financial years

Councils should provide alternative to payday lenders

12 September, 2016

Local authorities should provide alternatives to payday lenders through credit unions

Housing Benefit Recoveries and Fraud Statistics

12 September, 2016

£1.88 billion Housing Benefit overpayments outstanding at January 2016

Magenta Living's investment in Rentsense helps to mitigate Universal Credit

12 September, 2016

Magenta Living invested in Mobysoft's predictive analytical tool Rentsense to help create efficiencies within their income function

Newham prepares to fight for licensing scheme

09 September, 2016

An east London borough is preparing its bid to persuade the government to allow it to extend its flagship borough-wide licensing scheme for private landlords beyond 2018

HB U3/2016

09 September, 2016

The Supreme Court judgment: MA and others, A and Rutherford

Universal credit is undeliverable: but who'll tell ministers the truth?

09 September, 2016

The Tories' flagship welfare reform has been bedevilled by their determination to make the poor suffer

ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals: September 2016

09 September, 2016

Outcomes of Employment Support Allowance Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals information

Quarterly Rental Index

09 September, 2016

The average rent recorded for Q2 2016 in England forall Belvoir offices, including new ones, is £827 per month

Contracts that do not guarantee a minimum number of hours: September 2016

09 September, 2016

Estimates of the number of employment contracts that do not guarantee a minimum number of hours are derived from our twice-yearly survey of businesses

London HA's challenge Secretary of State over "unfit" benefit system

09 September, 2016

A group of London's largest housing providers is calling on the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to undertake a fundamental review of an "unfit for purpose" welfare benefit system

London Rental Index

09 September, 2016

Cha-Ching! These Are The Cheapest Areas To Rent In London Right Now

One in five landlords too embarrassed to admit it

09 September, 2016

One in five landlords are too embarrassed to admit it, according to a recent poll of almost 800 residential property investors

Buy-to-let rents rise to all-time high as demand for homes outstrips supply

09 September, 2016

Average landlord rents increased 5.2% in a year reaching average of £846 in England and Wales

Couple who sub-let unlicensed property rented through agent successfully prosecuted

09 September, 2016

A couple have been ordered to pay over £10,000 after sub-letting a property

No sign of post-Brexit slowdown in rental market

09 September, 2016

Average rent in England and Wales reached an all-time high of £846 in July 2016

Terror for agents as fake viewer pulls sawn-off shotgun during viewings

08 September, 2016

A man has been jailed after using a sawn-off double barrelled shotgun during two terrifying robberies involving agents on viewings. He had posed as someone interested in viewing the properties

How are property prices and rents influencing buy to let returns in 2016?

08 September, 2016

As we head out of the summer season into autumn, the latest market data gives us a good indication of how well property has been performing as an investment so far this year

Trade body restates how buy to let sector could solve housing crisis

08 September, 2016

The chairman of the Residential Landlords' Association has restated how he sees the private rental sector could help solve the country's housing crisis

Prime Minister confirms women's refuges to be exempt from benefits cap

08 September, 2016

Safe houses for women and children escaping domestic violence are to be exempted from the Government's planned welfare cuts

Social landlords urged to adopt new voluntary carbon monoxide safety standard

08 September, 2016

Scotland's social landlords could do more to prevent fire, gas and carbon monoxide fatalities and injuries

Work won't pay without social housing, says London's g15, in call for review of welfare benefit system

08 September, 2016

Some of London's largest housing associations have urged Government to invest in social housing and review welfare benefit system in an effort to "ensure work really does pay"

DWP Secretary of State called upon to fundamentally review welfare benefit system

08 September, 2016

A group of London's largest housing providers is calling on the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to undertake a fundamental review of the welfare benefit system

HomeLet Rental Index - August 2016

08 September, 2016

2016 to date has seen a slower rate of rental growth, compared to the same period last year

Tenants crammed into illegal sublet

08 September, 2016

More than 20 tenants could have been crammed into a illegally sublet four-bedroomed property in Hounslow, London

Housing Benefit recoveries and fraud data: April 2015 to March 2016

08 September, 2016

Twice-yearly National Statistics publication on Housing Benefit overpayments and fraud

Local council decides not to go ahead with licensing scheme

07 September, 2016

A local authority has decided against bringing in a new landlord licensing scheme

Pay to Stay - A bureaucratic nightmare?

07 September, 2016

Since the idea of pay to stay was introduced by the Housing and Planning Act 2016 there has discussion as to how it would work

Certainty for private landlords on Article 8 defences

07 September, 2016

The recent Supreme Court judgement of McDonald v McDonald has brought about certainty for private landlords with respect to whether Article 8 defences may be raised by tenants as a defence

Reality check: are right-to-buy homes being replaced as promised?

07 September, 2016

Theresa May says government is meeting pledge to replace properties sold through the scheme - but data suggests otherwise

Market 'reacting to buy-to-let reforms'

07 September, 2016

Houses used for student lets are going on the market in growing numbers as a crackdown on buy-to-let takes effect

Letting agents pioneer product designed to help tenants boost credit rating

07 September, 2016

A small number of letting agents are pioneering a product designed to help private tenants boost their credit histories

Universal basic income 'not a credible' idea, says Labour leadership contender Owen Smith

07 September, 2016

'I don't think talking about universal basic income, however attractive an idea it is, is the answer'

Housing associations should be more than just landlords

06 September, 2016

Community programmes transform lives and improve communities, so housing associations should keep investing in them as part of the work they do

Learning the lessons from Universal Credit

06 September, 2016

This report looks at the failure and potential recovery of Universal Credit, the ambitious government project to simplify the welfare system

Wandsworth Council rejects landlord licensing plan

06 September, 2016

The RLA has welcomed news that Wandsworth Council has abandoned plans to introduce landlord licensing

Scotland to abolish 'bedroom tax'

06 September, 2016

The Scottish government are to aim to abolish the bedroom tax

How the PRS can solve the Housing Crisis

06 September, 2016

Research by The Resolution Foundation has shown the biggest falls in home ownership of over the last 10 years. The alternative is renting

Projects get £900,000 to tackle food poverty

06 September, 2016

Twenty-one projects to tackle food poverty will benefit from over £900,000 through a new fund established by the Scottish Government

I run a social housing swap shop - but couldn't make it work for my own mum

06 September, 2016

Work, illness, love: when tenants want to move, my job is to help them match up homes to exchange

Council's plan to buy houses in Cheltenham to provide social rented housing

06 September, 2016

Houses on the open market could be bought by Cheltenham Borough Council to be rented as council housing

One letting agent a month signing up to 'ethical' charter devised by tenants' rights campaign

06 September, 2016

One letting agent a month has been signing up to an ethical lettings charter in Bristol and more than 10,000 renters have pledged to take part

Victory for tenants in sub-letting case

05 September, 2016

A landlord has failed to gain immediate possession of his property after it was sub-let by his tenant

Clegg: Osborne casually cut welfare for poorest to boost Tory popularity

05 September, 2016

Former deputy PM says 'cynical' ex-chancellor was not bothered about human consequences

Fewer homes for rent, as landlords move flats onto Airbnb

05 September, 2016

Landlords are taking their flats off the open market, and advertising them instead on holiday websites like Airbnb

Welfare cap would decimate women's refuges

05 September, 2016

More than two-thirds of refuges for victims of domestic abuse in England and Wales will close unless these lifeline services are made exempt from a new government welfare spending cap

Scottish Parliament gets power to introduce higher benefits

05 September, 2016

The Scottish Parliament has today assumed new powers to increase state benefits so they are higher than in the rest of the UK

Landlords freeze pay following rent cut

05 September, 2016

A greater proportion of social landlords surveyed have frozen pay for staff since the 1% annual rent cut came into effect

Borough puts £1m admin cost estimate on first year of pay to stay

05 September, 2016

A London borough estimates that Pay to Stay could cost it £1 million in first year administration costs alone to make IT and other system and process changes happen

Scunthorpe tenants owe £835,000 but evictions are down

05 September, 2016

Rent arrears owed by tenants of the Scunthorpe-based housing association Ongo Homes increased last year to £835,000 - but fewer debtors are being evicted

The impact of accidental landlords on the private rented sector

05 September, 2016

With the growth in the PRS, there has been a rise in the number of 'accidental landlords', people who are letting out their property more through circumstance and need than purely profit

HB Direct Issue 170

05 September, 2016

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

Funding to tackle food poverty

05 September, 2016

21 projects get share of £900,000

Scottish landlords support move to measure impact of tax changes on supply of affordable housing

05 September, 2016

The impact of tax changes for landlords in the PRS on the availability of affordable housing will be debated in the House of Commons

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