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Housing Crisis: The Grim Reality For Families On Short-Term Tenancies

13 August, 2018

From a mum forced to move when nine months' pregnant to a chemotherapy patient kicked out at Christmas

'Crippling bedroom tax has left me penniless, starving and buying charity shop clothes' says Hull grandmother

13 August, 2018

Sue Wheeldon feels like she is being punished but says she cannot downsize for the sake of her granddaughter

Third of UK's universal credit claimants hit by deductions from payments

13 August, 2018

Cuts to pay rent and utility bill arrears drive people into poverty, warn campaigners

The Housing Podcast: the supported housing saga

13 August, 2018

The Housing Podcast is a production of Inside Housing magazine

Landlord Fergus Wilson says untrue that he evicted four single mothers

13 August, 2018

High-profile landlord Fergus Wilson has told EYE that it is completely untrue that he has evicted four single mothers with young babies

Renters warned of scam which asks for viewing deposits by fake landlords

13 August, 2018

An extraordinary property scam is apparently gaining ground, whereby prospective tenants are being asked for "viewing deposits" by people who do not own the property in question

Damning new report says that tenancy deposit protection system is broken

13 August, 2018

Renters are struggling to move home because they face weeks of waiting for their deposits to be returned

UK rents don't have to rocket - just look at Berlin

10 August, 2018

It's time to join the fightback in the UK as renters' unions take the battle to the landlords

The Plymouth families forced out of their homes because of the bedroom tax

10 August, 2018

More than 50 families have had to leave their homes because of the bedroom tax and a tougher new benefits cap

Housing associations and sector bodies welcome 'certainty' of supported housing announcement

10 August, 2018

The housing sector has warmly welcomed the government's decision to abandon controversial plans to reform the funding of sheltered housing

The supported housing funding saga: a timeline

10 August, 2018

The government's decision to drop a shake-up of supported housing funding brings an end to uncertainty that's lasted for nearly three years

Landlords raise concerns of EU nationals losing their homes

10 August, 2018

The Residential Landlords Association, representing private landlords, say Brexit could see a wave of EU nationals losing their homes

Landlords' Barometer - #61: Buy-to-let becomes cry-to-let

10 August, 2018

Welcome to another edition of the Landlords Barometer, bringing you the landlord buzz!

Date is set for High Court challenge to Right to Rent

10 August, 2018

Right To Rent is to be challenged in the High Court just before Christmas

Arrears and repossessions fall to an all-time low

10 August, 2018

Arrears and repossessions are at an all-time low since the data began to be collected 24 years ago

All supported housing funding to be retained in welfare system

09 August, 2018

Housing benefit will be kept in place for all those living in supported housing

Funding for supported housing - two consultations

09 August, 2018

This is the full government response to the two joint consultations on the design of the new funding models for the housing costs for supported accommodation

Rents in UK will rise for next five years

09 August, 2018

Rics says falling supply of rental properties and increased demand will lead to 15% rise

Private landlords still quitting sector all over country - RICS urgently calls on Government to review Osborne's reforms

09 August, 2018

Private landlords are continuing to quit the sector all over the country, while tenancy demand continues to rise

'Disappointed' councils miss out on social housing funding

09 August, 2018

'Disappointed' councils across Greater Lincolnshire are set to miss out on a share of £1 billion worth of social housing support after just one authority in the county was deemed eligible to bid for the extra cash

HomeLet Rental Index - July 2018

09 August, 2018

Rents in the UK rose by 1.3% in July compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £937 a month

Housing benefit retained for all in supported housing as grant funding plan ditched

09 August, 2018

All supported housing funding will be covered by the welfare system, ending a plan to fund short-term accommodation through council grants

Supply shortage could push rents up 15%

09 August, 2018

Rents could rise 15% by 2023 as the supply of new rental properties dries up

New HMO rules come into effect in England on 1 October 2018

08 August, 2018

New regulations to bring mandatory licensing to all multi-occupied properties where there are five or more people, forming two or more separate households

The impact of welfare reforms on housing associations

08 August, 2018

Welfare reforms introduced since 2010 in the United Kingdom represent a major challenge for housing associations

Another agent reveals they are refusing to pay easyProperty for licence after five leads went nowhere

08 August, 2018

A second agent has spoken out to say that he is refusing to pay for an easyProperty licence

Landlords call for more energy efficiency measures in PRS

08 August, 2018

Landlords are urging the Government to be more ambitions when it comes to the energy efficiency of rented housing

On universal credit, ministers were wrong to ignore us

08 August, 2018

Former top civil servant says his committee raised genuine concerns about the controversial new benefit that weren't listened to

Jobcentre Staff Told By DWP Not To Record Number Of People They Send To Foodbanks

08 August, 2018

DWP directive masks extent of welfare system's reliance on charities

Landlords call for energy improvements to be made tax-deductible

08 August, 2018

The Residential Landlords Association is calling on the Chancellor to make all energy upgrades to rental property a tax-deductible expense

New rents shoot up to all-time record high in London - and rise across much of UK

08 August, 2018

Average new rents in London have jumped to over £1,600 a month for the first time, and new rents across the whole UK are up by 1.3% on this time a year ago

Private renting is broken. Now's our chance to fix it

07 August, 2018

The government has proposed giving private renters more protections by changing the minimum length of tenancies to three years, and they're running a consultation until 26 August

How have welfare reforms impacted the private rented sector? A review of our research & policy work

07 August, 2018

The PRS has grown significantly in size over the last twenty years and now plays a vital role in providing a home for those on low-incomes and the homeless

easyProperty licensee being chased by debt collection agency says he will not pay up after 'so few leads'

07 August, 2018

An agent who is trying to have his contract with easyProperty rescinded says his small family business will be forced into insolvency if the debt is pursued

Serco halts evictions as housing associations offer support

07 August, 2018

Legal bid halts evictions as third sector housing providers join to offer tenancy agreements

Urgent council home repairs leaves £666,000 hole in finances

07 August, 2018

A new team formed last year to carry out repairs and maintenance on council homes has cost £666,000 more than expected

South West association and house builder agree £28m Section 106 package deal

07 August, 2018

A housing association in the South West has agreed a £28m affordable housing 'package deal' with a house builder

Government urged to change 'unfair' PRS deposit system

07 August, 2018

A new report by Centre for Policy Studies has called on the government to change the system

Bank of England Interest Rate Hike Could Lead to Rent Rises

07 August, 2018

The Bank of England interest rate hike could leave landlords passing on the costs to tenants

Mayor calls for 'watered down' Tenant Fees Bill to go much further

06 August, 2018

London mayor Sadiq Khan has called for the fees ban to go much further than is currently proposed

Hammond urged not to launch "tax attack" on second home owners with new buy-to-let levy

06 August, 2018

Philip Hammond has been warned against hiking levies on buy-to-let properties over fears the move would result in lower revenues for the Treasury

Mayor brands Tenant Fees Bill 'a missed opportunity'

06 August, 2018

Bill must go further to end 'rip-off fees' and extortionate deposits for renters

Civitas Social Housing net asset rise in Q2

06 August, 2018

Civitas Social Housing reported Friday a higher net asset value in the second quarter of the year

Vulnerable children facing 'catastrophe' over crisis-hit councils

06 August, 2018

Vulnerable children cannot get help from some cash-strapped councils

Universal credit flaws leaving families in debt

06 August, 2018

Low-income households being wrongly benefit-capped

Council considers selling off excess homes bought for Grenfell survivors

06 August, 2018

Kensington and Chelsea Council is considering selling off some of the homes it bought for survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire

The Housing Podcast: a brief history of council housing

06 August, 2018

The Housing Podcast is a production of Inside Housing magazine

'Slugs came through the floorboards': what it's like to be a millennial renting in Britain

06 August, 2018

Surveillance cameras, kitchen-cupboard toilets and unscrupulous landlords: for millennials looking for affordable rents in the UK's cities, farcical living conditions are becoming the norM

Soaring rents rose 60% faster than pay since 2011

03 August, 2018

Many English towns out of reach for workers, whose pay rose only 10% in seven years

Report calls for new approach to customer satisfaction in social housing

03 August, 2018

A new report from HACT has called on social housing providers to adopt a different approach to customer satisfaction

'They hadn't eaten all day': food banks tackle holiday hunger

03 August, 2018

Gap in school meals provision means demand spikes during summer just as donations dry up

Food banks appeal for help to feed children during school holidays

03 August, 2018

Trussell Trust raises alarm about shortage of donations

Tory MPs In Leafy Middle England Warned They Could Fall Victim To A 'Rentquake'

03 August, 2018

Research reveals housing crisis has spread far beyond London

Alarm bells for tenants as landlords are either hiking rents or selling up

03 August, 2018

Half of renters are facing a rent increases due to landlords both hiking prices and exiting the market due to tax and legislative changes

Rate rise likely to have minimal impact on housing market

03 August, 2018

Yesterday's rate rise should have little effect on the property market or buyers' intentions

Government updates fire door guidance after doors fail tests

02 August, 2018

A number of fire doors have been found to fall short of expected standards in testing carried out following the Grenfell Tower fire

Benefit cap: number of households capped to May 2018

02 August, 2018

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

CIH hits out at 'unfair' benefit cap

02 August, 2018

Latest figures from the Department of Work and Pensions shows the impact of the benefit cap on families across the country

London temporary housing costs up by half in four years

02 August, 2018

Temporary housing costs in London have risen by half in the past four years

Why we set up our own council housing company

02 August, 2018

Across London there is a desperate need for affordable homes, and this is especially true in Haringey

Landlords in London are embracing Airbnb

02 August, 2018

A new piece of research reveals that landlords are embracing the culture of Airbnb in London rather than letting out properties on more traditional longer term tenancies

'Keyworkers' could pay discount rent in Southwark housing shake-up

02 August, 2018

Council wants to hear your views

Southern councils selling off homes through Right to Buy

02 August, 2018

Social housing in the south of England is being sold off four times as fast as it is being replaced

Charity expresses concern over delay in reversing 'deeply flawed policy'

01 August, 2018

Centrepoint has issued a strongly worded statement as parliament has done nothing to reverse the removal of automatic eligibility of 18-21 year olds housing benefit

North East housing associations announce merger details

01 August, 2018

Coast & Country Housing and Yorkshire Coast Homes have confirmed the two organisations will merge to form a new company, Beyond Housing, in early October 2018

Labour set to include pilot of radical basic income policy in next manifesto

01 August, 2018

The shadow chancellor said: 'I think it's one of those things I think we can get into the next manifesto and see, it's worth a try'

Fire Doors Made By Five Companies Fail Post-Grenfell Safety Tests

01 August, 2018

Products removed from sale as building owners urge to consider removal

Government must act on Universal Credit domestic abuse risk

01 August, 2018

Single payments of Universal Credit to households put people living with domestic abuse at risk of harm

Ministers' plan to research effect of policies on food bank use

01 August, 2018

Ministers want to identify policies or practices that may have contributed to rise in demand for food banks

Housing association judged non-compliant following fire safety failures

01 August, 2018

Knowsley Housing Trust has been downgraded to non-compliant status by the RSH following major fire safety failures "potentially affecting hundreds" of tenants

Breaking the silence: a council insider shines a light on the homelessness crisis

01 August, 2018

Councils have a number of homelessness duties - but their decisions can be difficult to scrutinise

Thousands of teens 'face homelessness' after Tory benefit changes delayed by six months

01 August, 2018

Many young people in Merseyside could suffer because the government has dragged its heels

Our concerns over timetable for moving existing disabled claimants to UC

31 July, 2018

Disability Organisations raise concerns regarding the Government's timetable for moving existing disabled claimants onto Universal Credit

'When these kids say they are starving, they mean it. Having no food in the house is normal for them'

31 July, 2018

Many youngsters who rely on breakfast clubs and school meals during term time don't eat properly during the summer holidays, prompting one youth worker to set up a food bank for struggling kids

Provider wins court case and sets precedent for social housing

31 July, 2018

Case centred on an eviction that ended eight years of anti-social behaviour by a single tenant

Agency networks tie up with tenancy deposit replacement scheme

31 July, 2018

Nick Dunning Associates has partnered with Zoopla-backed Zero Deposit to offer tenants and landlords an alternative to the traditional security deposit

Shadow Housing Secretary Wrong on Scarborough Social Housing

31 July, 2018

Claims by the Shadow Housing Secretary that no social housing has been built in the Scarborough Borough are wrong according to a local Councillor

Borough slammed for dumping vulnerable families in poor accommodation miles from home

31 July, 2018

Vulnerable families have been uprooted and dumped in poor accommodation on the Essex coast

Government to pay thousands to disabled men who had benefits cut

31 July, 2018

DWP was found to have unlawfully discriminated against men who were forced on to universal credit

Housing association borrows £75m from large US investor

30 July, 2018

A giant US investor has signed a £75m loan to a housing association, marking its third deal with the sector

S&P downgrades five large associations' credit ratings

30 July, 2018

S&P has downgraded five large associations' credit ratings over increased sales risk

Former manager at agent escapes jail after stealing over £34,000 of tenants' deposits

30 July, 2018

A trusted ex-manager at an estate agent has escaped jail after stealing over £34,000 of tenants' deposits

Grenfell Tower site to be handed to council despite local anger

30 July, 2018

Borough of Kensington and Chelsea owns site of tower, which is expected to be demolished

This mum's tears show the terrible cost of living in 'nightmare' housing

30 July, 2018

We have mice running around - I think they are coming in through a hole in the wall. At least they are not rats

Call for extra action over council housing arrears

30 July, 2018

Council house tenants should pay their rents or face being kicked out of their homes

Nottingham starts Selective Licensing

27 July, 2018

A new licensing scheme, which aims to improve homes and raise standards across Nottingham's private rented sector, comes into force in many areas of the city on 1 August 2018

Campaigners see off Grenfell 'tenancy stripping'

27 July, 2018

Tenants in the shadow of Grenfell Tower faced a council-imposed deadline to either return or relinquish tenancies and pay for their own temporary accommodation

The benefits of using peer support models in shared housing

27 July, 2018

A new report says landlords should seriously consider peer support models in shared housing

Universal Credit 'Wrecking Lives' As Thousands Take Out Emergency Loans

27 July, 2018

70,000 taking out DWP's 'Budgeting Advance'

Private Rented Sector Report - June 2018

27 July, 2018

The number of tenants experiencing rent hikes increased

Housing associations 'require 138,000 more plots of land'

27 July, 2018

Savills calculates amount of extra land associations need to achieve their development ambition

Rental supply hits highest level so far this year

27 July, 2018

Supply of rental properties has hit the highest level so far this year

Sheltered housing residents at Newmarket's Barlings Court 'abandoned' by landlords

26 July, 2018

Residents living in sheltered housing in Newmarket claim they have been abandoned by their landlords since their wardens were made redundant four months ago

Regulator downgrades housing associations over risk management and safety

26 July, 2018

The Regulator of Social Housing has downgraded three housing associations this morning, including two for struggles with managing risk and one for 'electrical safety' issues

Universal Credit will 'inflict pain on Nottingham families'

26 July, 2018

The government says the aim is to simplify the benefits system

PEARL Rental Index: July 2018

26 July, 2018

We have rounded up all of the latest housing statistics, rental index updates, and data on renting from across the sector and compiled them into one easy to digest monthly bulletin

Fire doors which failed tests not third-party accredited

26 July, 2018

Fire doors which have been withdrawn from sale after test failures were not part of a third-party accreditation scheme

New site for self-managing landlords has its membership reviewed by Rightmove

26 July, 2018

A site has been launched for self-managing landlords who specifically want to cut the cost of having a letting agent, while listing on both Rightmove and Zoopla

Social housing used to be a national asset. Let's rebuild that attitude

25 July, 2018

Our commission has revealed the scale of working people who cannot get a home

Housing Benefit: statistics on speed of processing 2017 to 2018

25 July, 2018

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

Funding application to build more social housing turned down

25 July, 2018

Sheffield City Council has been told that it won't be eligible to borrow more money to provide much needed social housing in Sheffield

Fixed Term Tenancies: Revealing Divergent Views on the Purpose of Social Housing

25 July, 2018

Since 2012, social landlords in England have been permitted to offer fixed term rather than 'lifetime' tenancies to new tenants

Government restores 'social rent' to definition of affordable housing

25 July, 2018

The government has restored the term 'social rent' to the definition of affordable housing in its national planning rulebook after housing and council bodies voiced concerns

Most Grenfell Tower survivors show signs of PTSD

25 July, 2018

Two-thirds of adults involved in the fire believed to need stress disorder treatment

Belvoir franchisees engage with project to help them replace lost income after fees ban

25 July, 2018

A partnership between Belvoir and Let Alliance has resulted in 10,000 rent guarantees - and a trip to New York for those who topped the leader board

Political foes unite over a future for social housing

24 July, 2018

A former Labour leader and former Tory treasury minister together set an example as to how the housing crisis can be tackled

Social housing green paper goes back to September - unless released over recess

24 July, 2018

Fears off a summer 'slip out' after days of speculation over publication come to nothing

Tenancy deposit replacement scheme Reposit explains why it went quiet

24 July, 2018

Reposit, first of the tenancy deposit replacement schemes, has returned to the market - declaring that it never really went away

New housing minister criticises councils over unused borrowing capacity

24 July, 2018

The new housing minister has said he is "at a loss" to understand why councils are not using Housing Revenue Account borrowing headroom

The Peabody Index: Tracking the experiences of London's social housing tenants

24 July, 2018

At Peabody we want to more than help our tenants directly through affordable homes and support services

Could tenancy agreements be next in government's agency clampdown? Which? calls for review of tenant contracts

24 July, 2018

Which? is calling for a review of tenancy agreements used by lettings agents as part of its latest investigation into the sector

Homeless and Working

24 July, 2018

Dispatches goes behind the scenes in two homeless shelters to reveal the growing number of people who are in work but homeless, because they can't afford expensive private rents in a low-wage economy

Further evidence of government failure on Grenfell re-housing

24 July, 2018

MHCLG admits just two households moved out of blocks beside Grenfell Tower have been found permanent accommodation

In work - but out of a home

23 July, 2018

60,852 families are currently homeless in England. But, we don't know much about their lives, and what could be causing them to be unable to find a safe, stable, affordable home

Britain's most controversial landlord due to be prosecuted again after 'evicting' single mums with babies

23 July, 2018

Controversial landlord Fergus Wilson is set to be taken to court by the Equality and Human Rights Commission for a second time

Which? urges private rented sector reform

23 July, 2018

Our report reveals tenants under financial and emotional stress, and a sector facing a critical need for reform

May's housing cash pledge is not enough

23 July, 2018

PM's promise undermined by borrowing controls as social home building hits a new low

Universal credit IT system 'broken'

23 July, 2018

Service centre staff say glitches having harmful effect on huge number of claimants

More than half of temporary accommodation residents in work

23 July, 2018

More than half of families living in temporary accommodation are in work and there has been a 73% increase in the number of working homeless families since 2013

'Shameful': More than 100 council homes in Grenfell Tower borough lying empty

23 July, 2018

Kensington and Chelsea council must 'get a grip' on housing stock, says law centre

NHF calls for housing associations to play larger role in Universal Credit rollout

23 July, 2018

The NHF has called for housing associations to have a larger role in the migration of benefit claimants to Universal Credit

A buy-to-let register by the back door? Councils are introducing landlord licence schemes costing up to £1,000

23 July, 2018

More and more landlords may have to sign up to council licensing

Agent jailed for a year after children's fire deaths in rental home with no smoke alarms

20 July, 2018

A letting agent has been jailed for 12 months after two young children died in a fire in a rental home his firm managed and where he failed to fit smoke alarms

PRS electrical safety checks welcomed

20 July, 2018

"We are delighted the government has finally recognised the importance of regular electrical checks in the PRS, which protects both tenants and landlords"

London needs 40,000 new social rented homes a year

20 July, 2018

"London has consistently failed to build enough homes but social housing has taken the biggest hit"

Government moves to review building regulations fire safety guidance

20 July, 2018

James Brokenshire says he will "go further" with a full-scale review of the guidelines starting in the autumn

Esther McVey admits ongoing problems with universal credit

20 July, 2018

Changes in pipeline as DWP is accused of failing to respond promptly or take expert advice

Tenant who sub-let rooms in 'death trap' bungalow hit with bill of over £26,000

20 July, 2018

The head tenant of a 'death trap' bungalow into which he crammed other tenants has been ordered to pay over £26,000

Government to introduce mandatory five-year electrical safety checks for rental homes

20 July, 2018

The Government has backed introducing a mandatory requirement on landlords with properties in England to ensure that electrical installations in their property are inspected every five years

Tenants angry after housing association takes away trampoline - but leaves scaffolding up for over a year

19 July, 2018

Housing association tenants in St John's Wood are furious after landlords banned a communal trampoline on health and safety grounds but left scaffolding up for over a year

Grenfell Tower: Minister admits 'mistakes were made' in rehousing scheme for victims as dozens remain in temporary accommodation

19 July, 2018

Administrators 'being asked to perform roles that they are not used to under very difficult circumstances'

The staggering amount Bristol council taxpayers are paying to bail out people hit by Government's benefit cap

19 July, 2018

The cap was meant to be a way to save the Government money - but the city council is picking up the bill

Southall housing association told to tackle antisocial behaviour or face prosecution

19 July, 2018

PA Housing could be prosecuted if steps aren't taken to deter the behaviour at Victory Mews

Ministers consider sector 'league tables' for Social Housing Green Paper

19 July, 2018

Ministers have been exploring the idea of 'league tables' of housing associations as a key policy recommendation in the imminent Social Housing Green Paper

Government 'must do more' after revelation housing associations pay tens of millions to help unemployed

19 July, 2018

Nationally commissioned employment and skills services have failed to work with them, and have failed to support people who face the greatest barriers to work

Landlords' Barometer - #60: Forget the heatwave - it's scorching for landlords

19 July, 2018

Welcome to another edition of the Landlords Barometer, bringing you the latest trending topics and news that have engaged landlords over the past month and which is just as scorching as the weather!

Government will pay arrears to thousands of benefit claimants

18 July, 2018

U-turn means repayments owed as a result of errors will be backdated to 2011

Dispatches episode was not a balanced documentary

18 July, 2018

Self-funding has helped housing associations to create homes and communities in the face of declining government subsidy

Landlords nervous about adding to portfolios even in areas where rents are rising

18 July, 2018

Landlords are operating a "buy and hold" strategy with even areas with strong rental growth suffering from a dip in transactions

90 per cent rise in Swindon families in temporary accommodation

18 July, 2018

Homeless households living in temporary accommodation in Swindon have almost doubled in the last five years

Disability claimants owed £340m after DWP blunder

18 July, 2018

'Indifferent' department tried to shift the blame and took six years to correct error

Government urged to 'baffling' housing complaints system

18 July, 2018

More calls for a single housing ombudsman

Grenfell fire: Ban on combustible material 'not enough'

18 July, 2018

The government's proposed ban on using combustible materials for new high-rise buildings does not go far enough

HB G7/2018

17 July, 2018

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit (HB) staff

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 14 June 2018

17 July, 2018

These experimental statistics cover the number of people on Universal Credit to 14 June 2018

Social housing allocations policy 'discriminates against Travellers'

17 July, 2018

A High Court judge has branded a London council's housing allocation policy "unlawful" as it discriminates against Irish Travellers

Canterbury social housing deal stopped London 'gazumpers'

17 July, 2018

Canterbury City Council claims it outwitted big-spending London boroughs to land a secret deal to convert properties into affordable local homes

Taxpayers to foot £8,000 bill for benefit claimant no-one can find

17 July, 2018

Officials first noticed the overpayments on October 8 2012

Stock transfer landlord secures £95m bank loan

17 July, 2018

A stock transfer housing association has secured bank finance of £95m - including a restructuring of its previous debt and £40m of new borrowing

Social Housing Green Paper expected by recess

17 July, 2018

The Social Housing Green Paper is still expected to be published before parliament breaks up for summer recess either next Tuesday or on Thursday this week

Landlords waiting 118 days to evict problem tenants but are losing up to six months' rent

17 July, 2018

Private landlords are potentially facing six months without rent due to the length of time it is taking to initiate and complete eviction proceedings against tenants

Judge rules that letting agent which only handled deposits and took first month's rent was 'managing' illegal property

17 July, 2018

Two agencies have been hit with a total bill of over £42,000 after being found guilty of managing three unsafe flats that required a HMO licence but were not licensed

Rents continue to climb amid fears of reducing rental supply as landlords quit sector

16 July, 2018

Wales was the only region to see rents decline annually in June as rental growth remained below the rate of inflation

Rented property licensing: crackdown on rogue landlords or money grab?

16 July, 2018

Owners are angry with councils for demanding hundreds of pounds for licences and claim it's just to boost coffers

Why rental fraud is on the rise

16 July, 2018

Demand outstripping supply helps fraudsters play a particularly cruel game

Scrap eviction powers and restrict landlords' right to sell, government told

16 July, 2018

The pressure group Generation Rent has joined forces with other critics of the private rental sector to demand an end to Section 21 evictions and further limitations on the new three year tenancies favoured by the government

56,000 in region on waiting lists for social housing

16 July, 2018

More than 56,000 people or families are on waiting lists for social housing in the North East and North Yorkshire

Scottish landlord seals £50m private placement

16 July, 2018

Scottish landlord Cairn Housing Association has raised £50m through a private placement deal with an unnamed US insurance company to support

Almost a fifth of Countrywide rental properties are now let through landlord companies

16 July, 2018

The proportion of homes let by a company landlord through the Countrywide group has reached new highs

Housing associations face being stuck with dangerous cladding on leased blocks

13 July, 2018

Housing associations may be stuck with dangerous cladding on blocks of flats leased from private owners

The latest English Housing Survey lays bare the perils of private renting

13 July, 2018

It lays bare the insecure and expensive reality for households forced to rent privately

The fall and rise of social rent

13 July, 2018

Will the comeback of state-funded socially rented housing deliver the homes Britain needs?

It's official: DWP cuts are so bad councils just spent record amounts mopping them up

13 July, 2018

The DWP has cut some welfare so near to the bone that local authorities had to spend record amounts last year to make up the shortfall

One in five English households live in private rented homes - but home ownership still biggest tenure

13 July, 2018

Home ownership remains the most common form of tenure in England at 63% of households

Here's why government plans for longer tenancies don't go far enough

13 July, 2018

When the modern private rental market was devised as part of the 1988 Housing Act, flexibility was the theme

First-time buyers on the rise as buy-to-let mortgage market falls

13 July, 2018

Number of new homeowners rose 8% in May as mortgages for landlords dropped 10%

Is Universal Credit ready for an expansion?

13 July, 2018

Universal Credit recently made the headlines for the wrong reasons

Figures show first-time buyers on the up

13 July, 2018

But Buy to Let is on a down with the RLA fearing a net loss of 133,000 PRS homes over the next year

English Housing Survey 2016 to 2017: variations in housing circumstances

12 July, 2018

This report explores the link between housing circumstances and household characteristics

English Housing Survey 2016: stock condition

12 July, 2018

Report on the condition of housing stock in England, how this has changed over time, and how poor housing is distributed by tenure and household type

English Housing Survey 2016 to 2017: social rented sector

12 July, 2018

Report on the characteristics and circumstances of social renters in England, and how this has changed over the last 20 years

English Housing Survey 2016 to 2017: private rented sector

12 July, 2018

Report on the characteristics and circumstances of private renters in England, and how this has changed over the last 20 years

English Housing Survey 2016 to 2017: fire and fire safety

12 July, 2018

Report on fire incidents, fire safety equipment and fire hazards in different types of households and dwellings in England

English Housing Survey 2016: energy efficiency

12 July, 2018

Report on the energy efficiency of the English housing stock using present-day statistics, time-series analysis and profiling of hard-to-treat dwellings

English Housing Survey shows huge increase in families renting privately

12 July, 2018

The English Housing Survey is a national survey commissioned by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments: financial year 2017 to 2018

12 July, 2018

Analysis of the use of Discretionary Housing Payment funds by local authorities

Benefit cap calculator

12 July, 2018

There's a limit on the total amount of benefits that most people aged 16 to 64 can get

RLA challenges government to 'recognise the good' in PRS provision

12 July, 2018

Debate opens up over interpretation of private rental stats from the latest English Housing Survey

Private landlords face £30,000 fine under new powers granted to councils and police

11 July, 2018

Cornwall Council says it wants to raise standards of privately rented accommodation

Universal Credit claimants make up 25% of council rent arrears

11 July, 2018

Universal Credit households now account for 25% of unpaid council rent despite representing just 4% of tenants

How to contact HMRC - updated information for housing associations

11 July, 2018

HMRC has issued new guidance for housing associations wishing to contact HMRC. There are now two distinct routes, depending on your query

Full migration of UC by March 2023 a viable plan

11 July, 2018

The Director General of Universal Credit gives a cagey response on universal credit rollout to members of the Public Accounts Committee

Cross border raid on Universal Credit

11 July, 2018

Welsh housing and regeneration minister Rebecca Evans gunning for Esther McVey over the impact on vulnerable claimants in Wales

NFA and ARCH now want Universal Credit slow down

11 July, 2018

New report stresses a belief that it will not be possible for landlords to sustain present levels of support

Labour wants McVey 'sanctioned' over Universal Credit

11 July, 2018

Opposition to call for arbitrary, vindictive DWP approach to be turned on secretary of state embarrassed by her own attack on damning NAO report

Calls to 'sanction' Esther McVey over Universal Credit rejected

11 July, 2018

Labour's attempts to "sanction" Esther McVey for her handling of the rollout of Universal Credit have failed

Anti-poverty coalition calls for overhaul of universal credit

11 July, 2018

End Hunger UK says payment delays and errors are pushing vulnerable people into destitution, hunger and debt

How to become a trans-inclusive landlord

11 July, 2018

Trans people can face discrimination when it comes to housing

Update: How to Guides corrected and reissued

10 July, 2018

The Government has corrected errors in the recently updated How to Guides in England, and has reissued them on their website

Housing Federations unite to fight 'flawed' Universal Credit

10 July, 2018

SFHA, NHF, CHC and NIFHA demand change for tenants in England alone facing more than £21m of debt

APPG launched to tackle unemployment in social housing

10 July, 2018

A response to Centre for Social Justice finding social housing households four times more likely to be workless than those in private housing

How to Rent guide updated - make sure you issue THIS version

10 July, 2018

The Government's How to Rent guide has been updated, just two weeks after the previous update

DWP Universal Credit newsletter for landlords

10 July, 2018

The Department of Work and Pensions has published the first quarterly newsletter on Universal Credit

Scottish Government blames Tory welfare cuts for 38% rise in Council Tax warrants over past 5 years

10 July, 2018

Shelter Scotland says "more should be done" to help people meet their payments as opposition parties renew calls for council tax abolition

Social Housing Pension Scheme - significant changes on the horizon

10 July, 2018

KPMG summarises two recent updates on the Social Housing Pension Scheme

Will three-year tenancies become the norm?

09 July, 2018

On 2 July 2018 the UK Government launched a consultation inviting views and comments on the benefits and barriers of landlords offering longer tenancies in England

Administrators appointed to social housing specialist

09 July, 2018

Deveron Construction Limited offered design and build contracts to associations across the North of Scotland

London rents rise for the first time in almost two years

09 July, 2018

But new stats show overall rental growth has been fairly subdued in H1 of 2018

Universal Credit roll-out forces some Ashford claimants to travel to Folkestone to sign on

09 July, 2018

A bungled Universal Credit roll-out is forcing some Ashford claimants to travel more than two hours on public transport to sign on - in Folkestone

Universal credit row: DWP official has 'full confidence' in NAO

09 July, 2018

Permanent secretary says DWP has good relationship with National Audit Office despite watchdog's critical report

Revealed: the DWP drove through a controversial welfare reform off the back of some very scant evidence

09 July, 2018

The DWP just quietly revealed that it had scant evidence to support a controversial change to the benefits system

Length of payment delays for new claims to Universal Credit

09 July, 2018

Statistics on the length of payment delays for new claims to Universal Credit that are paid late

Housing 'shake-up' could save £3bn on the welfare budget

09 July, 2018

Government already giving serious consideration to a CSJ proposal that rewards housing associations for turning tenant lives around

Universal Credit: Labour says Esther McVey should resign

09 July, 2018

Esther McVey has faced calls to quit over "inadvertently misleading" the Commons about the official NAO spending watchdog's view of Universal Credit

Urgent Question - Universal Credit

09 July, 2018

Live coverage of work and pensions secretary Esther McVey answering an urgent question on Universal Credit

Two Letting Agents Banned by Property Ombudsman

06 July, 2018

The Property Ombudsman has booted two letting agents out of the redress scheme

June 2018:Universal Credit landlord engagement newsletter

06 July, 2018

We regularly update our information for landlords, read the up-to-date version of the Universal Credit & Rented Sector Housing Guide and use the latest UC47 form to request payment of rent from tenant's Universal credit

Awaiting Right to Buy replacements

06 July, 2018

Homes sold under the Right to Buy are simply not being replaced. Could the government's plans to partially lift the council debt cap bring relief?

Scrap the surcharge! Strong support for petition to repeal buy to let taxes

06 July, 2018

There has been strong support for an e-petition calling for the scrapping of the stamp duty surcharge on buy to let properties and the reintroduction of full mortgage interest relief for landlords

Rent collection service aims to offer landlords 'financial security'

06 July, 2018

Unpaid rent and rent arrears are the main reason for tenant evictions, according to Belvoir's Q1 rental index

Hinckley & Rugby extends BTL deals to portfolio landlords

06 July, 2018

Hinckley & Rugby Building Society is now offering its full range of buy-to-let mortgage products to portfolio landlords

London Assembly agrees motion to scrap Section 21 notices

06 July, 2018

The London Assembly Members yesterday agreed a unanimous motion calling on the Mayor of London to back a campaign to abolish section 21 and to lobby the government for a change in the law

Universal Credit: Complaints - and sticking to your guns

06 July, 2018

RLA trainer and Universal Credit expert Bill Irvine shares one of his latest cases

Disabled people could slip through net in universal credit move, says charity

06 July, 2018

Mind raises concerns that safeguards for vulnerable claimants will not be in place

Safety products for the elderly need to be updated

06 July, 2018

People are put off making home adaptations due to the stigma of unattractive products available

Special administration regime for English housing associations comes into force

05 July, 2018

A new special administration regime which allows the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) to deal with insolvent housing associations will come into force today

British government imposes collective punishment by evicting families from public housing

05 July, 2018

The British government intends to roll out nationally a scheme piloted in north London, whereby the families of gang members and violent criminals are evicted from their public housing residences

Less than four weeks until introduction of selective licensing in Nottingham

05 July, 2018

BTL landlords in Nottingham will soon face tougher rules with new rental licensing conditions set to be introduced in the city

Strong support for petition calling for BTL tax relief changes to be reversed

05 July, 2018

An online petition calling for buy-to-let tax relief changes to be reversed has received almost 16,500 signatures

Government slammed for failing to act on report that suggests improvements to PRS

05 July, 2018

The government has been criticised for continuing to drag its heels over taking on key recommendations made in a recent report designed to improve standards in the private rented sector

Universal Credit: Labour says Esther McVey should resign

05 July, 2018

Esther McVey has faced calls to quit over "inadvertently misleading" the Commons about the official NAO spending watchdog's view of Universal Credit

Social care system 'seizing up' under strain

05 July, 2018

Northern Ireland's social care system could seize up unless it receives more funding, the chief social worker has warned

Wales fee ban will lead to increased costs

05 July, 2018

Banning fees in Wales will drive up costs and change the way landlords interact with letting agents, RLA Director for Wales Douglas Haig told the Senedd today

CIH Northern Ireland: Right to Buy a 'double edged sword'

05 July, 2018

Early findings from a project looking to shape the future of housing in Northern Ireland have been released

Calls to end no-fault evictions

05 July, 2018

London Assembly looks to Sadiq Khan to back the campaign.

Long tenancies won't stop landlords wanting a CV, 12 months' rent - or a date

04 July, 2018

Proposed three-year agreements do little to change oppressive demands from landlords charging extortionate rents

Northern Ireland student wins landmark case against Belfast letting agent

04 July, 2018

A landmark court ruling has closed a loophole for letting agents to levy extra charges on tenants, it was claimed today

Risks to children 'the biggest social justice challenge of our time

04 July, 2018

Children's commissioner seeks more help for young people in vulnerable family situations

Smoke alarm 'would have saved Huddersfield fire-death boys

04 July, 2018

A house fire which killed two boys was "eminently avoidable", had the letting agent provided smoke alarms, a court has heard

Landlord couple want to see letting agent banned over unpaid rent

04 July, 2018

A couple who claim they are owed thousands of pounds in unpaid rent have called for a ban on the letting agency accused of withholding the money

RLA gives evidence to HCLG committee on Hackitt report

04 July, 2018

The Hackitt report into building regulations should include more information about the lifetime management of buildings once occupied, RLA Policy Manager John Stewart told a committee of MPs this week

Right to Rent: Windrush guidance for landlords

04 July, 2018

Landlords renting to Windrush immigrants, who have a right to live in the UK, but may not have the documents to prove it, can apply for a Positive Right to Rent Notice (PRRN).

Government urged to update HHSRS system

04 July, 2018

Government 'refusing' to take on key recommendations for safety in the private rented sector

Minister apologises over 'inadvertently misleading' parliament

04 July, 2018

Esther McVey apologises for her comments over Universal Credit

HB Direct newsletters: 2018

04 July, 2018

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

'Stock up on tins' - Universal Credit is on its way to Carlisle and Barrow

03 July, 2018

The switch to the controversial government benefit is on the way for thousands of residents

London first-time buyers put down £19k extra per bedroom

03 July, 2018

New report makes case for shared ownership in the capital as an FTB option.

Shock results as 30 lettings agencies probed by undercover teams

03 July, 2018

A consumer group which conducted 30 undercover viewings in five different UK cities claims letting agents are showing potential tenants around mouldy properties and not informing them about important safety details.

Families hit by crippling cost of living need a third more income to make ends meet

03 July, 2018

Our latest research reveals how low-income families need a third more disposable income than a decade ago to make ends meet

National Housing Federation response to Homes England deals with housing associations

03 July, 2018

Homes England has agreed first wave of strategic partnerships to ramp up building of affordable homes. These include deals with eight housing associations.

Japanese Knotweed: a warning

03 July, 2018

Landlords are being warned to keep a close eye on the gardens of their rental homes after it was revealed homeowners will be able to sue their neighbours for damages if Japanese Knotweed grows onto their land.

New research exposes factors that lead to people returning to sleeping rough

03 July, 2018

Today, St Mungo's publishes peer led research outlining reasons why some people can find themselves sleeping rough after time away the streets.

Regulator highlights importance of providing good quality, accessible information on homelessness services

03 July, 2018

A report highlighting the importance of easy access to homelessness services information for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness has been published by the Scottish Housing Regulator.

How Labour Will Act On Unhealthy Homes

03 July, 2018

In this NHS anniversary year, we are committing Labour to new action to rekindle Bevan's vision and end the scourge of substandard homes

More than one in ten privately-rented homes are unfit to live in

03 July, 2018

Shocking figures reveal homes with problems such as mould, damp, a faulty boiler or freezing cold in winter

Landlords welcome tax incentives for longer tenancies

02 July, 2018

Landlords are today welcoming proposals being considered by the Government to provide financial incentives for those offering longer tenancies.

More tenants faced rent rises in May

02 July, 2018

There was an increase in the number of tenants in the private rented sector experiencing a rent increase in May compared with a month earlier at a time when supply of rented homes on offer is rising.

Top tips for landlords for clearing out at end of tenancy

02 July, 2018

It's time for many students up and down the country to clear-out their properties, so now is a good time to make sure they know how to correctly clear out their properties.

Homes for social rent 'have to be' part of new national planning policy

02 July, 2018

Call from LGA comes as the number of such homes tips towards historic low.

New report highlights benefits of short-term rentals in Scotland

02 July, 2018

Scotland's short-term rental sector generates £723 million of economic activity every year, a new report has claimed.

Report criticises new PIP benefits payment system

02 July, 2018

A Stormont department has been urged to start recording assessments of those applying for the Personal Independence Payment after a report criticised the current process.

More than 600 'affordable homes' built in Merseyside were NOT affordable

02 July, 2018

New data shows many houses do not meet the guidelines to be classed as affordable

Labour says government plans to provide renters with greater stability are 'meaningless'

02 July, 2018

'Any fresh help for renters is welcome but this latest promise is meaningless if landlords can still force tenants out by hiking up the rent'

Longer-term tenancy plans proposed

02 July, 2018

Compulsory three-year contracts would give more protection to renters.

Abuser could 'take control of family finances' under Universal Credit

01 July, 2018

A group of MPs have warned government that Universal Credit could see an increase in abusers controlling the finances of their partners

Government policy forced 190 women to prove they were raped in order to get child benefits, figures show

29 June, 2018

Tens of thousands of low income families miss out on child benefits under 'poverty-producing' measure, while mothers forced to disclose rape in order to put food on the table

London council launches Housing First pilot as part of £500,000 homelessness package

29 June, 2018

Newham Council has unveiled a wave of new projects to tackle homelessness, including a Housing First pilot aimed at tackling rough sleeping.

Scrap the new homes tax argue landlords

29 June, 2018

Ministers need to scrap the tax on new homes which is punishing those in need of a home to rent, the UK's leading landlord body argues

Report salutes housing support provided by Armed Forces charities

29 June, 2018

Reasearch reveals the extent of a home front providing £40m of housing support to over 11,000 people a year

Landmark legislation gives communities right to buy abandoned land

29 June, 2018

New legislation has been introduced which in some instances will give communities the right to buy land that is abandoned, neglected or detrimental

Heatwave leaves homeless 'fighting' over water

29 June, 2018

How do the homeless cope with a heatwave? While many of us are basking in the summer sun, many people on the streets face dehydration, heat exhaustion and severe sunburn, say charities.

'Two-child policy' cuts benefits of more than 70,000 families

29 June, 2018

Campaigners warn poverty will rise as low-income families lose financial support

CIH Housing 2018

29 June, 2018

Keynote speech by the Housing Minister Dominic Raab MP

Research finds tax changes leading to private renting sell-off

29 June, 2018

Ministers need to scrap the tax on new homes which is punishing those in need of a home to rent, the UK's leading landlord body argues.

Deprived areas 'have five times more fast food outlets'

29 June, 2018

Deprived areas such as Blackpool and parts of Manchester and Liverpool have five times more fast food outlets than affluent areas, a survey suggests.

Tories forced to rewrite obscure benefits law after court finds it breaches human rights

28 June, 2018

The DWP admitted a "small group" of jobseekers had been denied a fair hearing when they tried to appeal against a benefit sanction

Social care in Wales 'could be funded by age-related tax'

28 June, 2018

An income tax increase of between 1% and 3% could be used to fund elderly social care in Wales, according to an independent report.

Tougher electrical safety standards needed to protect private tenants

28 June, 2018

Tougher electrical safety standards for rented properties north of the border are needed to protect private tenants

New government lettings documents include updated 'How To Rent'

28 June, 2018

Tenant, landlords and buy to let investors are the targets for new online rental guides

Housing 2018: Green paper 'to give regulator teeth'

28 June, 2018

Housing minister Dominic Raab says regulator will gain powers in the Social Housing Green Paper and stresses government commitment to Right to Buy

Understanding your citizens to beat the Universal Credit challenge

28 June, 2018

Understanding your citizens to beat the Universal Credit challenge

Call of the week: Section 21 documents

28 June, 2018

This week, a landlord called us with a question about serving a Section 21 notice and when he needed to serve the documents on his renewal tenancy.

Random rental property spot checks could improve standards in the PRS

28 June, 2018

Most private landlords would oppose the idea of arbitrary checks of their rental properties by local authorities, but that has not stopped PayProp supporting the contentious proposal.

English councils warn 'worst is yet to come' on cuts

28 June, 2018

Authorities risk going bust unless steps are taken to shore up budgets, ministers told

'Silver splitters' fuel rising homelessness

28 June, 2018

Number of over-60s presenting as homeless at a 10-year high

Government publishes new and updated 'how to' guides

27 June, 2018

The Government has today (Tuesday 26th June) published new and updated information to help landlords and tenants who live and work in private rented housing.

Universal Credit: In Work Progression Randomised Control Trial

27 June, 2018

Information about Universal Credit trials and pilots

Domestic abuse survivors and children sleeping rough' survey finds

27 June, 2018

Women unable to get refuge place also having to sofa-surf or stay with abuser

Benefit or burden? The cities trying out universal basic income

27 June, 2018

Cities around the world are experimenting with basic income schemes. The benefits for residents seem obvious - but what's in it for the cities?

Child homelessness in England at highest level since 2007

27 June, 2018

123,130 children were in temporary accommodation in first quarter of 2018 - an increase of nearly 80% since 2011

Latest stats show temporary accommodation numbers are up

27 June, 2018

Overall the numbers have increased by 56% from 2010 – rising to 190% for those in B&B over the same period

Online guides will help renters and leaseholders to know their rights

27 June, 2018

New 'how to' guides include checklists for new and existing tenants, landlords and letting agents

Most associations do not treat domestic violence as a tenancy breach, research reveals

27 June, 2018

Almost one in 10 social landlords do not consider perpetrating domestic abuse as a breach of tenancy, delegates at Housing 2018 in Manchester heard

Regulator warns social landlords that bail-outs are not guaranteed

27 June, 2018

The Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) would allow a housing association to fail if there was 'limited or no value' in its business, its executive director has said

Housing body with 12,000 London tenants has been placed under review

27 June, 2018

London social housing management body CityWest Homes has been placed under review, and its chief executive has stepped aside

Families feast in the Forest

26 June, 2018

An innovative project between Two Rivers Housing and the Salvation Army is teaching basic cooking skills to families and building community relationships

Arhag needs landlords for Syrian refugees

26 June, 2018

Specialist association offering incentives including carrying out and funding repairs and guaranteed monthly rental income for 3-5 years

LIN member report June 2018 - Benefit Sanctions

26 June, 2018

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Experiences of Living with Visual Impairment: Matching Income with Needs

26 June, 2018

Six existing benefits have been consolidated into Universal Credit - which the Government says will make the transition between welfare and work, more simple. But a new report from Thomas Pocklington Trust is highlighting changes which it feels will leave future blind and visually impaired claimants worse off

Angus Council welcomes move to install sprinkler systems in all social housing

26 June, 2018

As the first Scottish local authority to install sprinkler systems as standard in its new build housing, Angus Council welcomes the move by Scottish Government to make sprinkler systems compulsory in new social housing

Flying the standard

26 June, 2018

HACT is excited to announce that Housemark, L&Q and Metropolitan, as well as a number of other housing associations, have signed up to support the development of the full version of the UK housing data standard

What is social housing for?

26 June, 2018

In the aftermath of Grenfell, and with many people priced out of homeownership, Nathaniel Barker finds out how social housing fits into the current climate

High Court overturns housing legal aid changes

26 June, 2018

The High Court has overturned controversial planned changes to legal aid for housing support

Manchester named as best buy to let option for landlords in England

26 June, 2018

Manchester currently has the best yields for landlords in England and Wales and the highest rental growth, making it the best location for buy to let, according to new research

Here's ARLA's guide through the red tape for accidental landlords

25 June, 2018

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has provided a check-list for so-called accidental landlords.

Brent Council aims to 'foster good relationships with private landlords'

25 June, 2018

Brent Council insists that it wants to build better relationships with private landlords after successfully winning close to 150 prosecution cases against rogue landlords' helping to raise more than £1m in fines.

Onward report riddled with errors

25 June, 2018

A new think tank is fundamentally wrong in its analysis of private rented housing - and the number of buy-to-let mortgages is falling, not rising.

A dozen councils to receive social care innovation funding

25 June, 2018

A dozen councils to receive social care innovation funding Twelve councils have been awarded funding to explore how technology can improve social care services.

New shocking report reveals more families on breadline, benefits shambles, Homelessness rising and foodbank crisis

25 June, 2018

Rising levels of working and unemployed poverty, the housing crisis, cuts to public services, insecure work and hunger

Call for more council homes in Stockton to tackle homeless problem

25 June, 2018

Middlesbrough Council has already said it will consider building houses to tackle a shortage of affordable homes

Social housing is a vanishing option for families who cannot afford to buy

25 June, 2018

Depleted stock forces young adults to pay private rents or live with their parents

Tax breaks for landlords price younger buyers out of housing market

25 June, 2018

Think tank says it's time to get community-led development on track.

Over 10 years to save for a deposit as first-time buyers forced to rent for longer

25 June, 2018

Many would-be first-time buyers are being forced to rent longer despite a slowdown in house prices as new figures reveal that it takes an average of more than 10 years to save for a 15% deposit.

PRA changes will affect landlords' ability to provide 'quality affordable housing'

25 June, 2018

Mortgage brokers and lenders have been slammed by the National Landlords Association (NLA) for failing to do enough to communicate changes by the Prudential Regulation Authority to landlords.

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

22 June, 2018

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

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

22 June, 2018

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

Government to consult on RLA housing court plan

22 June, 2018

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

Universal Credit and recent welfare changes

22 June, 2018

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

Government must 'wake up to universal credit flaws'

22 June, 2018

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

SSAC consultation on moving existing claimants onto universal credit

22 June, 2018

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

Universal Credit rollout to roll on

22 June, 2018

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

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

22 June, 2018

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

Tenant jailed for illegally subletting house

22 June, 2018

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

Online Universal Credit bid 'awful'

22 June, 2018

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

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

21 June, 2018

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

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

21 June, 2018

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

Landlord fined for renting out bed in shed

21 June, 2018

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

Universal Credit: Online ID demands delaying benefits

21 June, 2018

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

JRF responds to IFS report on living standards

21 June, 2018

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

Why tenants think their feedback is being ignored

21 June, 2018

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

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

21 June, 2018

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

The cost of housing for low-income renters

21 June, 2018

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

Rise in homelessness applications in Scotland reverses nine-year trend

21 June, 2018

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

New research reveals rental comparison between benefit recipients and families

21 June, 2018

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

Universal credit flaws inflict childcare costs on new workers

20 June, 2018

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

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

20 June, 2018

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

HB Direct newsletters: 2018

20 June, 2018

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

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

20 June, 2018

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

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

20 June, 2018

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

Universal Credit - landlords agree reform is needed

20 June, 2018

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

Government announces selective licensing review

20 June, 2018

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

Scam Awareness Month: Top tips for landlords

20 June, 2018

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

Buck Bill passes Commons committee stage

20 June, 2018

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

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

20 June, 2018

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

Social care needs a cash injection now

19 June, 2018

Squeezing council funding in this area is ultimately a false economy

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

19 June, 2018

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

Consultation on 'exciting' housing merger plan launched

19 June, 2018

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

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

19 June, 2018

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

Children in temporary accommodation in Scotland

19 June, 2018

Children in temporary accommodation in Scotland hits 10 year peak

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

19 June, 2018

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

Universal Credit: information for stakeholders and partners

19 June, 2018

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

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

19 June, 2018

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

New research reveals rental comparison between benefit recipients and families

19 June, 2018

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

Wales gets closer to full implementation of Housing First

19 June, 2018

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

The great leasehold rip off

18 June, 2018

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

Legislation alone will not eliminate homelessness

18 June, 2018

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

Universal Credit risks furthering domestic abuse

18 June, 2018

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

Rightmove House Price Index

18 June, 2018

The largest monthly sample of residential property prices

Raft of safety flaws listed at Grenfell Tower Inquiry

18 June, 2018

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

Council 'inaction' leaves renters at risk of revenge evictions

18 June, 2018

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

Deaths of mentally ill rough sleepers in London rise sharply

18 June, 2018

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

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

18 June, 2018

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

Universal credit: fix this cruel, expensive fiasco

18 June, 2018

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

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

18 June, 2018

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

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

15 June, 2018

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

Universal Credit has not delivered value for money

15 June, 2018

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

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

15 June, 2018

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

Civitas Social Housing Acquires Seven Properties For GBP5.4 Million

15 June, 2018

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

Social housing regulator 'constrained' by government before Grenfell

15 June, 2018

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

Disabled men on universal credit discriminated against

15 June, 2018

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

London boroughs considering establishing temporary accommodation joint company

15 June, 2018

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

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

15 June, 2018

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

Consultation response: Selective licensing proposal

14 June, 2018

Consultation response: Selective licensing proposal

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

14 June, 2018

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

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

14 June, 2018

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

Grenfell housing: Finding a new home

14 June, 2018

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

My Universal Credit diary

14 June, 2018

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

Universal Credit introduced in first Belfast areas

14 June, 2018

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

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

14 June, 2018

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

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

13 June, 2018

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

Rise in rental costs drive up guarantor numbers

13 June, 2018

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

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

13 June, 2018

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

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

13 June, 2018

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

Social Housing Green Paper expected in next six weeks

13 June, 2018

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

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

13 June, 2018

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

Fury as housing associations redevelop and sell affordable homes

13 June, 2018

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

Tenancy fees ban in Wales takes step closer with new Bill

13 June, 2018

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

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

12 June, 2018

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

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

12 June, 2018

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

Grenfell one year on

12 June, 2018

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

Just look at housing to see the true cost of privatisation

12 June, 2018

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

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

12 June, 2018

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

Rehousing Grenfell Survivors

12 June, 2018

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

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

11 June, 2018

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

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

11 June, 2018

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

RTB replacements 'all but eliminated' in five years

11 June, 2018

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

More than a million on social housing waiting lists

11 June, 2018

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

Southwark Council questions Wandle housing association over purchase of faulty buildings

11 June, 2018

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

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

11 June, 2018

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

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

11 June, 2018

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

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

11 June, 2018

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

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

11 June, 2018

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

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

11 June, 2018

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

Grenfell: One year on

08 June, 2018

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

Universal Credit full service claimant survey

08 June, 2018

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

Councils spend near £500m on temporary accommodation

08 June, 2018

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

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

08 June, 2018

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

Push back to full roll out of Universal Credit

08 June, 2018

Government needs time to implement changes to the 'reform'

DWP silence over new PIP backdating call

08 June, 2018

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

Housing association under investigation over fire safety concerns

08 June, 2018

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

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

08 June, 2018

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

A very brief history of council housing

08 June, 2018

The story of Britain's council estates begins in Shoreditch

Universal credit tips poor into hardship

07 June, 2018

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

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

07 June, 2018

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

Universal Credit: understanding its impact on the labour market

07 June, 2018

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

Universal Credit programme full Business Case summary

07 June, 2018

Provides a summary of the Universal Credit full Business Case

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

07 June, 2018

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

Nearly 4 million UK adults forced to use food banks

07 June, 2018

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

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

07 June, 2018

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

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

07 June, 2018

Renters despair at "converted utility cupboard" in Hampstead

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

07 June, 2018

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

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

06 June, 2018

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

Crowdfunding platform enters social housing sector

06 June, 2018

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

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

06 June, 2018

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

Benefit sanctions failing to treat claimants with dignity

06 June, 2018

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

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

06 June, 2018

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

Universal Credit hits single parents

06 June, 2018

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

The changing benefits system in the UK and Scotland

06 June, 2018

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

HB Direct issue 184

05 June, 2018

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

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

05 June, 2018

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

Private Rented Sector Report - April 2018

05 June, 2018

A record number of landlords were selling their BTLs in April

Khan calls for tenant to be national commissioner for social housing

05 June, 2018

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

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

05 June, 2018

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

MP backs 'fantastic' tenant training scheme

05 June, 2018

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

Prime London Letting Index

05 June, 2018

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

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

04 June, 2018

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

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

04 June, 2018

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

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

04 June, 2018

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

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

04 June, 2018

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

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

04 June, 2018

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

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

04 June, 2018

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

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

04 June, 2018

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

Councils warn Homelessness Reduction Act hampered by welfare restrictions

04 June, 2018

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

Single parents suffering from Universal misery

04 June, 2018

The Universal Credit scheme has hit lone carers disproportionately

Letting agents report record numbers of landlords heading for the exit

01 June, 2018

A record number of landlords are now exiting the market

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

01 June, 2018

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

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

01 June, 2018

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

New homes for displaced Ledbury tenants 'unaffordable'

01 June, 2018

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

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

01 June, 2018

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

Piloting the Right to Buy extension

01 June, 2018

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

UK: Rights Of Access For Housing Associations

01 June, 2018

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

Homelessness expected to rise once universal credit arrives in Guildford

01 June, 2018

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

Bromley universal credit: Concerns raised over looming roll out

31 May, 2018

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

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

31 May, 2018

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

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

31 May, 2018

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

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

31 May, 2018

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

Council welfare assistance schemes failing those in crisis

31 May, 2018

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

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

31 May, 2018

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

The housing association helping fathers play a positive role

31 May, 2018

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

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

30 May, 2018

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

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

30 May, 2018

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

Brokenshire dodges Right to Buy question

30 May, 2018

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

London losing 'thousands' of social rented homes

30 May, 2018

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

The hostile environment: what social landlords need to know

30 May, 2018

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

Call to let councils compete with private sector over housebuilding

30 May, 2018

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

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

30 May, 2018

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

Transforming temporary accommodation

29 May, 2018

Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group recommendations

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

29 May, 2018

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

1.75m private renters believe they will never buy a house

29 May, 2018

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

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

29 May, 2018

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

Government on housing: 'Our priorities have not changed'

29 May, 2018

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

Housing association loses appeal in tenant harassment case

29 May, 2018

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

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

29 May, 2018

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

Social landlord and support service merge

29 May, 2018

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

Scottish Housing Market

25 May, 2018

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

The disability system is blocking people like Jaki from their benefits

25 May, 2018

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

Strategies to sustain tenancies

25 May, 2018

Support to sustain tenancies is increasingly important for tenants and landlords

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

25 May, 2018

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

Regulator investigates 'sham transactions' association following pressure from councils

25 May, 2018

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

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

25 May, 2018

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

Government reveals how landlords can avoid minimum energy efficiency measures

25 May, 2018

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

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

25 May, 2018

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

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

25 May, 2018

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

Changes in the Private Rented Sector

25 May, 2018

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

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

24 May, 2018

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

PEARL Rental Index - May 2018

24 May, 2018

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

England and Wales Rental Tracker

24 May, 2018

South West sees fastest rising rents

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

24 May, 2018

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

Cladding ban plan in Wales after Grenfell Tower fire

24 May, 2018

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

The need for better data in social housing

24 May, 2018

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

Government moves closer to flammable cladding ban

24 May, 2018

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

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

24 May, 2018

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

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

24 May, 2018

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

May 2018: Touchbase edition 127

23 May, 2018

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

HB G5/2018

23 May, 2018

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit (HB) staff

Flood of homes for sale as landlords quit buy to let

23 May, 2018

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

Final findings: Social Housing (fixed-term tenancies)

23 May, 2018

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

Final findings: Homelessness

23 May, 2018

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

Scottish councils spend £59.2m on housing payments

23 May, 2018

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

All London boroughs signed up to rogue landlord checker

23 May, 2018

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

The battle to sustain tenancies

23 May, 2018

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

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

23 May, 2018

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

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

23 May, 2018

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

Final Findings: Welfare Conditionality project (2013-2018)

22 May, 2018

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

Universal Credit and students

22 May, 2018

Guidance on claiming Universal Credit if you're a student

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

22 May, 2018

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

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

22 May, 2018

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

Benefit sanctions found to be ineffective and damaging

22 May, 2018

Study concludes that punishing claimants triggers profoundly negative outcomes

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

22 May, 2018

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

Households in Temporary Accommodation Rise by 60%

22 May, 2018

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

Yorkshire and Humber now identified as the BTL hotspot

22 May, 2018

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

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

21 May, 2018

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

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

21 May, 2018

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

James Carthew: I hope Horizon revives faith in social housing

21 May, 2018

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

Raab commits to ban of combustible cladding

21 May, 2018

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

2018 Annual Review of Social Housing

21 May, 2018

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

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

21 May, 2018

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

DWP Housing Partnership backs scheme to keep tenants in homes

21 May, 2018

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

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

21 May, 2018

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

Plymouth Community Homes helps new tenants find health and wellbeing

21 May, 2018

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

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

21 May, 2018

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

Council rent arrears soars for Dundee tenants on Universal Credit

21 May, 2018

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

The DPS Rent Index

18 May, 2018

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

Scottish Housing Market

18 May, 2018

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

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

18 May, 2018

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

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

18 May, 2018

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

Councils' use of arm's-length organisations

18 May, 2018

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

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

18 May, 2018

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

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

18 May, 2018

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

West Midlands associations seek Right to Buy solutions ahead of pilot

18 May, 2018

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

DWP sanctions claimants 'by any means necessary'

18 May, 2018

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

Grenfell-style cladding could be banned on tower blocks

18 May, 2018

Housing secretary announces consultation on ban on combustible material

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

18 May, 2018

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

Fees ban Bill to be heard on Monday

18 May, 2018

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

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

18 May, 2018

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

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

17 May, 2018

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

Shelter Parliamentary Briefing: Second Reading of Tenant Fees Bill

17 May, 2018

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

Universal Credit process too complex for applicants

17 May, 2018

Rejected applications are blamed on an overly complicated process

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

17 May, 2018

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

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

17 May, 2018

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

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

17 May, 2018

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

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

17 May, 2018

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

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

17 May, 2018

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

Understanding what tenant engagement means

17 May, 2018

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

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

17 May, 2018

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

HB A6/2018

16 May, 2018

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

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

16 May, 2018

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

'Pension mountain' needed by older tenants

16 May, 2018

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

Making The Connection Between Social Housing And Economic Growth

16 May, 2018

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

Universal Credit: Benefit 'flaw' penalises Derry mother

16 May, 2018

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

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

16 May, 2018

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

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

16 May, 2018

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

Partnership to help landlords find trusted builders

16 May, 2018

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

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