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LIN member report June 2019 - The Tenant Fees Act

19 June, 2019

LIN member report is written by Neil Merrick

Harrogate's great migration: why the leafy district has been chosen to trial Universal Credit

18 June, 2019

Picturesque Harrogate is the first area chosen to trial migration to Universal Credit

Universal credit is failing military veterans

18 June, 2019

Veterans with complex needs report overwhelmingly negative experiences of benefits system

Tenants quitting houses leaves Barrow council counting the cost

18 June, 2019

More than 200 council properties across the borough were quit by tenants last year - costing Barrow council thousands of pounds

Shelter says scrapping Section 21 would be vote winner for the next Prime Minister

18 June, 2019

Shelter has urged whoever becomes the next Prime Minister to take advantage of the "tenant vote" and get on with scrapping Section 21 eviction notices in England

Government defensive over Supreme Court ruling on housing benefit

17 June, 2019

DWP minister speaks of "the same considerations and choices faced by people not in receipt of benefits should also face those claiming benefits"

Scrapped tenancy fees will 'liquidate' landlords and letting agents

17 June, 2019

Survey shows 42% of responding landlords predict landlords and letting agents will be forced out of business

Commons hears councils should have 'formal' oversight of housing associations

17 June, 2019

Debate also renews argument for applying FoI to associations made remote by "under the table" mergers

Land reform foundation for a new generation of social housing

17 June, 2019

"If we want to build high-quality social homes in this country, we need reasonably priced land to do it

Malthouse calls on social landlords to step up delivery

17 June, 2019

Housing associations and councils need to increase the delivery of new homes

NHF tells housing associations not to wait for tests before removing non-ACM cladding

17 June, 2019

Social landlords should take action on potentially dangerous cladding "as soon as possible" and not wait for long-delayed government tests

Pilot scheme to land older tenants 'home'

14 June, 2019

Cumbria based provider trials engagement app to tackle social isolation - with the results likely to influence national policy

Midlands housing group to consolidate as single organisation

14 June, 2019

One of the largest associations in the Midlands will be as one

Letting fees ban: agents urge landlords to increase rents

14 June, 2019

The government has banned agencies from ripping off tenants - but there is evidence that rents are rising to offset the losses

Homeless crisis as people waiting 35 years for Brum council house - and B&B spending hits record £29m

14 June, 2019

Birmingham City Council spent staggering £28.9 million on temporary accommodation in 2018

"Cartel" of landlords converting homes to one-bed flats in Lewisham

14 June, 2019

Mayor Damian Egan has described the "cartel" of London landlords buying properties to convert to one-bed flats in Whitefoot, Downham and Bellingham

The big changes that could shake up social housing rules in Manchester

14 June, 2019

Volunteers could be stripped of their priority status and the earning threshold lowered under major new plans being considered by Manchester Council

United in grief and anger, Grenfell families gather two years on

14 June, 2019

Amid frustration at the slow pace of justice, survivors mark anniversary of the fire with vigil and silent march

Government to seek volunteers for first switch to Universal Credit

14 June, 2019

The government will seek volunteers to become the first people to switch directly from the old benefits system to Universal Credit

Housing associations can lead on building 'a new Scotland'

13 June, 2019

Housing Scotland 2019 hears: "You can't change something by fighting existing reality"

Councils budget for 21% increase in spending on housing

13 June, 2019

Housing will this year displace highways and transport as the largest area of council capital spending

Ground rent costing homeowners £447m a year

13 June, 2019

Homeowners under a leasehold are paying a total of £447m a year in ground rent

British children in poverty denied basic benefits by Home Office

13 June, 2019

Policy of no recourse to public funds for some immigrants makes their children second-class citizens

'No place to call home' - Massive rise in homelessness applications leaves councils reliant on B&Bs

13 June, 2019

A huge rise in homelessness applications has seen councils spend six-figure sums placing people in emergency B&Bs

Universal credit delays a factor in sex work

13 June, 2019

Minister apologises for DWP memo dismissing link between long waits and survival sex work

Sheffield council backs universal basic income trial

13 June, 2019

City moves closer to hosting pilot of 'radical' scheme Labour has vowed to trial if in power

Single mother wins court battle after being forced into homelessness due to housing benefit shortfall

13 June, 2019

Supreme Court rules it was unlawful for Birmingham Council to try force mother-of-four to spend money intended for basic daily living needs on rent because housing benefit had been reduced

There will be no U-turn on tenancy fees ban - it is here to stay

13 June, 2019

The Government is keen to hear feedback on the tenant fees ban but has ruled out ever scrapping the policy

Single mum wins court challenge to change welfare system

12 June, 2019

Supreme Court ruling shows it's unlawful to expect families to rely on funds for basic living expenses when housing benefit can't

Scottish social housing gets extra £3.5m to fight fuel poverty

12 June, 2019

Sum confirmed at Housing Scotland 2019 as Scottish Parliament passes pioneering fuel efficiency legislation

Holyrood challenges Westminster on Universal Credit rent arrears

12 June, 2019

But delegates at Housing Scotland 2019 get talk of "compassion" from DWP boss

Around 1 in 2 Universal Credit claimants have benefit deducted to repay an Advance Payment

12 June, 2019

Around 1 in 2 of Universal Credit claimants have a deduction to repay an Advance Payment

Supreme Court rules that subsistence benefits should not be used to cover rent shortfalls

12 June, 2019

The Supreme Court has just given judgment in the case of Samuels v Birmingham City Council, where the court was asked to consider whether a home should have been considered affordable where the housing benefit did not meet the full rent

Enderby caravan families face eviction as 'not travellers'

12 June, 2019

Residents who live on licensed travellers' sites are facing eviction because they are not travellers

Anger at Newham Council as people in temporary housing say they live in state of disrepair

12 June, 2019

Demonstrators have taken to the streets to protest against Newham Council's housing system as people in temporary accommodation say they face living in a state of disrepair

Council's investment in commercial property instead of social housing stock questioned

12 June, 2019

If there's a waiting list of over 2,000 at present, does that not indicate under-supply and over-demand?

Major bank ends 'no DSS' mortgages

12 June, 2019

The latest industry pledge comes amid bids to end discriminatory practices to those claiming benefits

Universal Credit responsible for increasing rent arrears

12 June, 2019

Universal credit has greatly increased rent arrears, with immediate action now needed in order to tackle the issue

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 9 May 2019

11 June, 2019

These experimental statistics cover the number of people and households on Universal Credit, starts and claims

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to April 2019

11 June, 2019

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

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council cabinet approves selective licensing

11 June, 2019

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council has approved plans for selective licensing for Thurcroft and Parkgate at a cabinet meeting on 10 June 2019

Slough Borough Council approves selective and additional licensing

11 June, 2019

Slough Borough Council has approved plans to introduce selective and additional licensing which will come into effect on 1 July 2019

How Grenfell survivors came together - and how Britain failed them

11 June, 2019

The strongest campaign group to emerge from the disaster is facing its most devastating challenge: government inaction

Grenfell victims' families warned there's 'no guarantee' criminal charges will be brought despite 'fearless' police probe

11 June, 2019

There is no guarantee criminal charges will be brought over the Grenfell Tower fire

Government unveils £142m fund for 8,500 new homes

11 June, 2019

Government will spend £95m in Woking and £47m in Truro in a bid to deliver thousands of extra homes under the Housing Infrastructure Fund

Landlord seeking return of deposit money reported to police for 'harassing agent'

11 June, 2019

A landlord who reported an agent to police over missing deposit money has himself been reported to police

New tenant's passport goes live in wake of fees ban

11 June, 2019

A new tenant's passport app has gone live in the wake of the fees ban

Over half of social tenants have suffered problems with repairs

10 June, 2019

New research into social housing repairs in England has shown that many tenants are experiencing a host of problems

Breakthrough claimed in same day referencing based on tenant's full credit file

10 June, 2019

Same day referencing based on a tenant applicant's full credit file is being made available - in what is described as an industry first

Rogue letting agent that pocketed £16,000 of rent set to be exposed on TV

10 June, 2019

A letting agent is set to be featured in tonight's TV episode of 'Nightmare Tenants Slum Landlords'

533 proposed flats recommended for approval by Cambridge City Council

10 June, 2019

Five developments that would create 533 new flats to Cambridge are recommended for approval at Cambridge City Council's planning committee on June 11

DWP accused of 'rewarding failure' after companies given £630m for more disability benefit tests

10 June, 2019

Contracts condemned as 'nonsensical' by campaigners who point to flaws in medical assessments

Labour urges end-of-year deadline for cladding removal

10 June, 2019

John Healey calls for council confiscation of private blocks if work is not done

Social housing residents 'second-class citizens' over home repairs

10 June, 2019

Homeless charity Shelter says approximately 2.5 million people have had a problem with their homes

Millions more Universal Credit claimants to have rents paid straight to landlord

07 June, 2019

Under new rules, private renters will be offered the chance to enrol in a system that could make their budgeting a lot simpler

Universal Credit blasted for 'turning families into Government guinea pigs'

07 June, 2019

Spiralling debts and suicide attempts - MP lays bare the horror of Universal Credit in savage new attack

Esther McVey sparks Universal Credit fury on Andrew Marr by claiming she's not to blame for flaws

07 June, 2019

The MP was asked whether she regretted the effects of the controversial benefits system

Council plans to deliver 350 social homes in Colchester

07 June, 2019

Colchester Council has confirmed plans to deliver up to 350 social homes for those on the housing register

What does the sector want from the next prime minister?

07 June, 2019

As Theresa May prepares to leave Number 10, Tim Clark finds out what the social housing sector wants from the her successor

Minister slammed for speaking 'DWP waffle' during Commons debate

07 June, 2019

Rent arrears raised at Westminster Hall session on Universal Credit and debt

Government funding does not represent 'end' to cladding scandal

07 June, 2019

In a letter, Labours Sarah Jones MP voices a concern that the funding is seen as a 'panacea' to the cladding scandal

Social landlords hold off removal of potentially dangerous cladding until government test decisions

07 June, 2019

Social landlords are waiting for results from government tests before taking action to remove potentially dangerous cladding from 24 blocks

Landlords blamed for making younger generation less mobile

07 June, 2019

Landlords have come under renewed criticism for reduced mobility among younger people and a lack of housing affordability

JETS powers tenants into jobs

06 June, 2019

Provider employment programme takes off to see 35 tenants land roles

Rising rents leave millennials 'stuck where they grew up'

06 June, 2019

Resolution Foundation report exposes extent of mobility decline

Landlord confidence key to possession reforms

06 June, 2019

Section 21 repossessions should be retained in the private rented sector unless and until a new system is in place that provides landlords with the same level of confidence about repossessing properties in legitimate circumstances

Universal Credit Advance Payments are pushing people to use food banks

06 June, 2019

A quarter of all Universal Credit claimants had payments reduced by above 20% to pay back a debt, including Advance Payments. Four in ten were paying over 10%

House-building in London:number of council homes started at highest level since the Eighties but some borough starts in single figures

06 June, 2019

New data from the Mayor's office reveals huge gulf in how many new affordable homes were started by London's 32 councils - with just seven new homes started in Lambeth

Revealed: hundreds still face huge cladding bills despite government fund

06 June, 2019

Hundreds of leaseholders living in blocks with dangerous cladding are still facing bills of tens of thousands of pounds despite the government putting £200m towards the removal of ACM cladding last month

High rents in English cities forcing young to stay in small towns

06 June, 2019

Young people can no longer afford to move to cities where wages are higher

Four in ten renters 'stuck' with landlords who won't do repairs

06 June, 2019

Four in ten renters are "stuck" with landlords who refuse to repair their "problem-riddled" properties

How can housing professionals get the most out of social media?

05 June, 2019

Guest editor and Rising Stars competition winner Oliver Harling has commissioned two articles for Inside Housing this week

Landlords supported to clear rough sleepers off streets of Cheshire West

05 June, 2019

Cheshire West and Chester Council has received a share of £2.3m worth of funding

Universal Credit: ever-growing number of people left in arrears

05 June, 2019

Universal Credit is still pushing tens of thousands into financial crisis just weeks ahead of the second half of its introduction

Homeless pregnant woman shocked by request to leave hotel to make way for D-Day guests in Portsmouth

05 June, 2019

A pregnant woman has spoken of her 'shock' after being told to leave her temporary hotel accommodation that day due to high demand for rooms during D-Day week

Croydon mum driving creation of renters' union to help tenants needing support

05 June, 2019

A Croydon mum of two is joining forces with activists to build a renters' union after she claims she was evicted twice in a year

Fund launched to help charities buy homes from housing associations

05 June, 2019

A £26m fund has been launched to help charities buy homes to accommodate vulnerable people, including properties belonging to social landlords

4 in 10 renters stuck with landlords who refuse to repair problem-riddled properties

05 June, 2019

While 6 in 10 renters fear they will never afford to own a home

Renters would no longer have to pay Council Tax under new plans put to Labour

05 June, 2019

Renters would no longer have to pay Council Tax under new plans being considered by the Labour party

Energy efficiency workshops for landlords

04 June, 2019

The Department for Business, Energy, Industry and Strategy (BEIS) has confirmed a series of five roadshows that will be focused on discussing options for future Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) within the private sector

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 6/2019

04 June, 2019

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

Hardship now or hardship later?

04 June, 2019

Universal credit, debt and the five week wait

Disabled woman refused spot on Thanet council housing register after doctor's letter ignored

04 June, 2019

A disabled woman was refused a spot on a council's housing register despite being rendered housebound because her home is not accessible using a wheelchair

Council receive £700,000 homelessness prevention boost

04 June, 2019

The City of Wolverhampton has seen a 22% in the number of households in temporary accommodation

There is a vital need to build more homes for social rent

04 June, 2019

The Conservative Government may have supported the Liberal Democrat commitment to build 300 thousand new homes a year

Repossessions under Section 21 should be 'retained' in PRS

04 June, 2019

A coalition have warned that plans to abolish the act without a system in place could 'undermine' the sector

Landlords worried about anti-social tenants protest against abolition of Section 21

04 June, 2019

Landlords have warned against the proposed abolition of Section 21, saying it will leave them powerless to deal with anti-social tenants who may be distressing neighbours and disrupting local communities

How to rent

04 June, 2019

This guide is for people who are looking for a house or flat to rent

Housing campaigners celebrate banning of letting fees for tenants

03 June, 2019

But rent activists are concerned that some agents intend to flout new laws

Tower block sale to fund social housing developments

03 June, 2019

Social landlord Together Housing has sold off a tower block in Calderdale that will help fund its investment programme

£7million set to be invested to provide new council housing in city

03 June, 2019

Leicester City Council is set to invest a further £7million on building and buying properties which can be used to provide much-needed affordable housing in the city

Agents' outrage over government handling of Fees Ban documents

03 June, 2019

Agents have reacted angrily to the way in which the government released a new set of rental documents updated to include Fees Ban information

Equity-linked housing association first ever to breach tenant standard

03 June, 2019

Equity-linked association Westmoreland Supported Housing breached the English regulator's standard on empowering tenants for the first time

Spike in landlords exiting rental market as fees ban enforced

03 June, 2019

New stats show letting agents reported a rise in the number of landlords selling up in April

Letting agency denies illegal evictions and leaving tenants' belongings in black bags on the street

03 June, 2019

A letting agency has been under further scrutiny by the BBC amid claims that it has been illegally evicting tenants and taking their belongings

Landlords' Barometer #70: Time for landlords to get militant - or get out

03 June, 2019

Welcome to this edition of the Landlords' Barometer, bringing you trending topics from propertytribes.com which unsurprisingly have something of a political slant!

Local authority becomes first to receive official go-ahead for huge licensing scheme

03 June, 2019

A local authority says that it is the first to receive government approval for a licensing scheme that covers every single private rented property in the borough

Listening to tenants has climbed back up the agenda

31 May, 2019

With the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018, tenants have been empowered to take action if their homes are unsafe

Housing Benefit subsidy initial pre-audit final claims: Apr 2018 to Mar 2019

31 May, 2019

This is the local authority Housing Benefit initial pre-audit final claims expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2018 to 2019

Universal Credit claimants with tax credit overpayments

31 May, 2019

This publication provides ad hoc statistics about Universal Credit customers with tax credit overpayment debts

Private Rented Sector Report - April 2019

31 May, 2019

Spike in landlords leaving rental market as fees ban approaches

Agency 'locking out tenants and taking belongings'

31 May, 2019

A letting agency has been illegally evicting tenants and taking their belongings

Nationwide house price index

31 May, 2019

UK house price growth slows in May

Hoarders in Exeter council homes could be evicted

31 May, 2019

Exeter City Council's People Scrutiny Committee, next week are being asked to recommend to the executive to adopt a new hoarding in council properties policy

Council to buy houses where private tenants in Milton Keynes have been threatened with homelessness

31 May, 2019

Private sector tenants who are at risk of being made homeless by their landlords could be saved from the fate by Milton Keynes Council buying their homes

Buy to let: exploding the first-time buyer myth

31 May, 2019

Phil Rickards, head of BM Solutions, asks if buy-to-let landlords really triumphed at the expense of first-time buyers

More landlords fleeing the private rented sector or hiking rents

31 May, 2019

Letting agents have reported a spike in landlords selling up

Fees ban now just hours away - and still the warnings pour in

31 May, 2019

Warnings about the consequences of the Tenant Fees Act, which comes into force a second after midnight tonight, continue to pour in

Tenant Fees Act limits access

30 May, 2019

The National Landlords Association (NLA) is concerned the Tenant Fees Act 2019 may limit access to rented property for tenants in areas with selective licensing

Councils are now on the radar of the regulator

30 May, 2019

The RSH has written to councils that own homes to tell you to keep tenants safe. Why is this? Of course the Grenfell fire is at the root of it

Disabled council house tenants face 23-week wait for vital home improvements

30 May, 2019

The improvements include stairlifts and ramps

Universal Credit: charity launches complaint over DWP ad campaign

30 May, 2019

An anti-poverty charity has lodged an official complaint over a government-backed Universal Credit ad campaign, claiming the content is "deliberately misleading"

Councils need 100% of sales receipts to help domestic violence survivors

30 May, 2019

LGA responds to Crisis/APPGEH report saying receipts could be re-invested in initiatives adapting to welfare reform

Family of five stuck in one-bed flat

30 May, 2019

A family of five, squeezed into a one-bed flat, has been told nowhere larger is available, in another example of Reading's housing shortage

Triple Point Social Housing REIT acquires UK assets for combined £39.5m

30 May, 2019

Triple Point Social Housing REIT said it had completed the acquisition of 12 supported housing properties in the UK

England and Wales Rental Tracker

30 May, 2019

West Midlands steps ahead as the total rental market posts slight Easter growth

Fees ban will make rents go up, say half of tenants and landlords

30 May, 2019

Four in ten tenants and landlords are unaware of the fees ban which comes into effect this Saturday

Deposit scheme warns of 'danger of falling foul of the law' as tenant fees ban approaches

30 May, 2019

The TDS has reported a boom in visits to its DepositCap.com website as landlords and letting agents rush to ensure they are compliant ahead of the tenant fees ban

North Lincolnshire Council to landlords - help us house the homeless

29 May, 2019

North Lincolnshire Council (NLC) is actively looking for private sector landlords to sign up to their Private Sector Leasing scheme (PSL) arrangement

Council spending on housing services halved over eight years

29 May, 2019

Institute for Fiscal Studies says future for council funding now needs "proper political and public debate"

Number of households in temporary accommodation up 5% on last year

29 May, 2019

There were 83,700 households in temporary accommodation at the end of last year, a 5% increase on the end of 2017

Labour must be more ambitious on building council housing

29 May, 2019

We need 155,000 council homes a year - not what Labour is currently offering

Universal Credit in Crisis: Hundreds of struggling Sussex residents leave councils with £1million deficit

29 May, 2019

Struggling Sussex Universal Credit claimants are in financial crisis with unpaid bills leaving them hundreds of pounds in debt

Fees ban countdown: Generation Rent tells agents 'We're watching you'

29 May, 2019

Lobby group Generation Rent has found 21 agents that it says are breaking the law by failing to display fees

Tune in to the very latest in advice on tenancy fees ban

29 May, 2019

Agents can watch the Propertymark roadshow in Exeter live on the Rightmove Hub

Fees ban countdown: Agents warned that failure to provide reference checks could cost them their customers

29 May, 2019

A landlords' membership body is warning that the tenant fees ban could stop tenants from renting properties in areas of selective licensing

Letting agents 'flouting' existing consumer laws

28 May, 2019

In 2017, Generation Rent research of 1088 agents found 131 were failing to display their fees

London councils turn heat on government over fire safety

28 May, 2019

With experts warning of test failure, the body representing London's boroughs wants a more transparent process

Private rental sector continues to grow amid buy-to-let market uncertainty

28 May, 2019

The proportion of privately rented homes has fallen below 20% of all tenure types for the first time in three years, despite the number of rental properties actually increasing

Fees ban countdown: Agents warned of 'unintended consequence' as tenants make multiple applications

28 May, 2019

Agents who fear that the tenancy fees ban could result in tenants making multiple applications have been warned that exactly this is happening in Scotland

'Mummy, are we poor?': the destitute children denied help by councils

28 May, 2019

Chantel had to fight for support her council is legally required to give due to her immigration status

£240m social housing repairs framework out to tender

28 May, 2019

Procure, a social housing regeneration consortium based in Yorkshire, is advertising for contractors for a housing repairs & maintenance framework valued at £240m

Edinburgh food bank users 'on brink of starvation as supplies run low amid soaring demand'

28 May, 2019

Benefit payment delays one of most common reasons why food banks are only choice

Universal Credit delays left nurse so desperate for cash she sold her kids' toys and racked up thousands in debts - and says it's 'destroyed' her

24 May, 2019

Therese Nakitende says receiving the Universal Credit she is owed has been like "getting blood from a stone"

DWP probes universal credit fraud case

24 May, 2019

A Department for Work and Pensions minister will investigate a fraudulent loan company that stole an applicant's identity to apply for universal credit

Universal credit scam leaves vulnerable UK families penniless

24 May, 2019

Councils and police warn of fraudsters posing as officials to steal claimants' details

May 2019: Touchbase edition 134

24 May, 2019

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

Temporary accommodation tenants in Custom House hold protest against Newham Council

24 May, 2019

Frustrated tenants living in temporary accommodation in Custom House have held a protest against the council

Notting Hill Genesis seeks to offload temporary accommodation near Grenfell

24 May, 2019

Large housing association Notting Hill Genesis is looking to offload the temporary accommodation it manages near Grenfell Tower

Triple Point Social Housing Declares 1.27 Pence Quarterly Dividend

24 May, 2019

Triple Point Social Housing REIT PLC declared Thursday a 1.27 pence per share dividend for the first quarter ended March

'Faster benefits needed' to stop more child poverty

24 May, 2019

A classroom of children a day could fall into poverty unless benefits changes are brought in sooner

How fire safety works are hitting HAs and their tenants

24 May, 2019

As cladding is removed from towers in the aftermath of Grenfell, many tenants are having to leave their homes

RLA calls on Mayor of London to ban short-term lettings ads on transport network

24 May, 2019

The Mayor of London has been urged to remove adverts on the Tube and buses that call on landlords to provide short-term lets for tourists and holidaymakers

Social renters 'less confident' of ability to cover household bills

23 May, 2019

Survey suggests housing associations need to stay flexible on payment methods and frequencies

East Anglian housing association in talks to merge with non-compliant landlord

23 May, 2019

The East Anglian housing association Flagship Group has revealed it is in talks to merge with a small housing association which was declared non-compliant with the English regulator's standards last year

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, UK: April 2019

23 May, 2019

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

The DWP's Universal Credit propaganda tells you everything you need to know about this government

23 May, 2019

The DWP have spent £250,000 on an advert attempting to depict criticism of Universal Credit as fake news

Higher rental costs on their way as landlords withdraw investment in market

23 May, 2019

Monthly rental growth remained unchanged across the UK in April, ONS data shows, but rent prices were up annually and there are warnings that large increases are on their way

Agents could charge landlords nearer 18% when tenant fees ban comes in

23 May, 2019

A firm launching a service aimed at helping landlords avoid having to use agents, is predicting that lettings firms will charge close to 18% after the fees ban comes in next week

Tenant sues agent for £100,000 after injuries when trying to climb security gate

23 May, 2019

An agent is being sued for £100,000 by a tenant who was hurt as he tried to get into his flat by climbing over a spiked security gate

The DWP's "Universal Credit Uncovered" newspaper advert backfires

22 May, 2019

A four-page "advertisement feature" in Metro attempts to bust myths - but simply reinforces the welfare system's problems

NUJ condemns DWP adverts as an insult to disabled people

22 May, 2019

The National Union of Journalists has condemned the DWP for running a misleading PR campaign about Universal Credit

Half of landlords 'more likely' to leave PRS under government plans

22 May, 2019

New stats stoke fears of a collapse in private renting if abolition of Section 21 goes ahead

Soaring rents widely expected with scrapping of tenancy fee

22 May, 2019

Survey shows 59% of the UK are unaware of the Tenant Fees Act and 17% believe fees are being introduced not removed

Mayor urged to ban ads that 'encourage' breach of short-term lets

22 May, 2019

Tom Copley AM says allowing "unscrupulous" property companies to advertise on the tube "sends the wrong message"

Universal credit hardship 'linked to prostitution'

22 May, 2019

Benefits reform forcing women to sell sex for cash, food or shelter, MPs' committee told

Housing association apologies after failing to fix stairlift for two weeks due to difficulty getting parts

22 May, 2019

Housing association Vivid Homes has apologised to a disabled woman who has been left without a working stairlift in her home for over two weeks, citing difficulties sourcing the appropriate parts needed for the repair

The 2018 Financial Statements of Welsh Housing Associations

22 May, 2019

We know that good housing makes a real difference to people's lives

Rental growth stalls as previously strong regions falter

22 May, 2019

Rental growth last month was almost flat across England and Wales despite regional variations

Nearly half of landlords and letting agents likely to bow out of market

22 May, 2019

Nearly half of landlords and letting agents are more likely to remove their investment - some or all of it - in the private rented sector as a result of the Government's plans to end so-called 'no fault' evictions by the abolition of Section 21

HB A9/2019

21 May, 2019

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

HB A8/2019

21 May, 2019

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

Provider exposed as unable to trace evicted tenants

21 May, 2019

Report reveals provider failed to consult with tenants, provide advice and assistance, and consider what would happen to them

Universal Credit loan company fraud claim: Minister intervenes

21 May, 2019

A minister is urgently investigating how a woman was duped by an online loan company that pocketed her benefits

Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis warns couples they could be losing £7,000 a year to DWP benefits changes and to take action now

21 May, 2019

Financial expert Martin Lewis has issued a warning to couples and says they need to make themselves aware of big changes to their benefits

Scottish Labour party launches new bid to outlaw 'unfair' rents

21 May, 2019

Labour has introduced a Bill in Scotland which will introduce a further clampdown on rents

More tenancy deposit disputes being resolved without adjudication

21 May, 2019

Increasing numbers of tenancy disputes are being resolved through mediation rather than adjudication

HB U2/2019

20 May, 2019

Urgent information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Government has 'fingerprints all over' soaring UK food poverty

20 May, 2019

Human rights report into UK hunger released after a week when Tory backbenchers jeered a Commons reference to a food bank for government staff

Social housing sector has 'significant impact' on employment

20 May, 2019

New report backs a business case for housing associations supporting tenants into work

HMO Licensing: Six months on

20 May, 2019

Six months on from the introduction of licencing that regulates Homes for Multiple Occupation, and awareness of the new laws remains limited

I'm a perfect tenant but landlords avoid me because I'm on housing benefits

20 May, 2019

For all intents and purposes, I'm a great tenant

Housing association linked to Grenfell Tower left tenant without light for weeks

20 May, 2019

London-based Notting Hill Genesis didn't repair one tenant's rotten window for six months and still collected rent from one tenant for five years after he died

Council says its own lettings agency 'saves hundreds of thousands'

20 May, 2019

A council claims that its decision to set up its own lettings agency has prevented homelessness for almost 50 families and avoided £275,000 expenditure on emergency housing

Universal credit: 10% deducted from claimants

20 May, 2019

Our benefits system was created to anchor people from being swept into poverty - so why is the government clawing back £1 in every £10 paid to people most in need of our support?

Angry landlords set to confront Government over scrapping of Section 21

20 May, 2019

Furious landlords are due to meet in London tomorrow to draw up battle lines over the proposed scrapping of the so-called no fault evictions, Section 21

Council lettings initiative saves thousands on finding homes

17 May, 2019

In under a year, the scheme has seen 47 households faced with eviction moved into more affordable rented properties

Buy-to-let purchase loans in melt-down as landlords beat their retreat

17 May, 2019

The number of mortgage approvals for all types of house purchase has dropped sharply, with a drop of almost 10% in buy-to-let loans

Landlords turn their backs on the Conservative Party

17 May, 2019

Polling conducted by the National Landlords Association suggests that private landlords have lost faith in the Conservative Party

Home Office releases Brexit guidance on Right to Rent

17 May, 2019

The Home Office has confirmed that landlords and agents should continue to undertake Right to Rent checks for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens as they do now

Hackney Council tells pregnant mum in homeless shelter: Move 160 miles away or face eviction

17 May, 2019

Jess is seven months pregnant and receiving prenatal care at a hospital in Hackney

Regulator: prospective supported housing providers not budgeting for enough support

17 May, 2019

Prospective providers of specialised supported housing are not budgeting for the support they claim they will provide

'Last resort' Universal Credit deductions top £39m

17 May, 2019

Figure for sums taken for essential services in October last year is up from a £9m statistical start in April 2017

Repairs and maintenance tracker 2019

17 May, 2019

Housing associations' spending on repairs and maintenance has ticked up again for the first time in three years

MPs demand details of DWP's universal credit advertorials

17 May, 2019

Amber Rudd challenged on cost of campaign and accuracy of its claims about new benefit

VRTB pilot: more than half of tenants drop out after ballot

17 May, 2019

More than half the tenants successful in the ballot for the Midlands Voluntary Right to Buy pilot have failed to apply to buy their home or have had their application cancelled

Section 21 survey response breaks RLA record

16 May, 2019

Previous record smashed, with more than 6,000 responses already in and still days to go

What would scrapping 'no fault' evictions mean for landlords?

16 May, 2019

For private landlords, the key change outlined in the government's response is the proposed removal of 'no fault' evictions

A recipe for social housebuilding

16 May, 2019

With more than 270,000 people currently experiencing homelessness in England, we're undoubtedly seeing the impact of 40 years of failure in housing policy

PRS reform means many housing cases 'will not to go to law'

16 May, 2019

MHCLG minster offers the Lords "reassurance" over legal aid provision in housing cases, saying "the law will be absolutely clear"

Lone parents lose benefits cap challenge at supreme court

16 May, 2019

Justices reject appeal despite Lord Wilson saying impact of cap was 'undoubtedly harsh'

Tenants evicted for £43m Birmingham scheme will get 'option' to return

16 May, 2019

Residents in Druids Heath will be the first to benefit

New social housing in Birmingham comes with Right to Buy stipulations

16 May, 2019

City Council plans major 10-year house building programme with would-be RtB purchasers facing full property construction costs

Housing associations are more vulnerable to market downturn than ever

16 May, 2019

Housing associations are now more vulnerable to housing market fluctuations than ever before

Proportion of EU tenants renting in the UK plummets by a fifth

16 May, 2019

The number of EU nationals looking to rent in the UK has dropped by a fifth

Benefit cap: 'undoubtedly harsh' yet not unlawfully discriminatory

15 May, 2019

Today, the Supreme Court has acknowledged that the household benefit cap is not achieving its stated aims and is inflicting poverty on people

Londoners discriminated against 'because they're on benefits'

15 May, 2019

Having interviewed tenants on housing benefits before, I knew that calling round estate agents trying to find properties to rent to them was going to be difficult

Anti-poverty charities want 'urgent investment' in Local Housing Allowance

15 May, 2019

Nine out of 10 English councils now fear further rises in homelessness because of LHA freeze

Digitisation still a challenge for housing associations

15 May, 2019

A new survey of housing association senior managers has found that they're slow to catch up to customer's expectations around digital services and start benefiting from the efficiency gains of digital

Exclusion of poor tenants highlights fatal flaw in housing policy

15 May, 2019

The government's pledge to tackle rough sleeping is utterly thwarted by its welfare reforms and spending cuts

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act: how will social landlords respond?

15 May, 2019

A new piece of legislation will enshrine tenants' right to an improved standard of housing

Payday loan complaints reach five-year high

15 May, 2019

Complaints against payday lenders have soared to a five-year high

Homeless people in UK 'denied social housing as risky tenants'

15 May, 2019

Housing associations under fire for focus on commercial goals instead of social mission

DWP benefits statistics: May 2019

14 May, 2019

Statistics on DWP-administered benefits

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 11 April 2019

14 May, 2019

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

Benefit sanctions statistics to January 2019

14 May, 2019

Sanctions statistics for Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit, data to January 2019

Universal Credit sparks rent arrears crisis as council's housing income falls by £28m

14 May, 2019

Council chiefs launched pilot scheme to slow down mounting debts from tenants

Housing associations must be handed bigger role to free private renters from 'poor deal'

14 May, 2019

Housing associations must be given a bigger role by government in tackling the housing crisis as private renters are getting an increasingly "poor deal"

Wheeler pledges court reforms to support landlords

14 May, 2019

Announcement comes in wake of government's decision to abolish section 21 "no explanation" repossessions

Universal Credit debt advice tool gets 9,000+ visits in three months

14 May, 2019

Money and Pension Service's money guidance contact centre was also received around 1,100 enquiries regarding Universal Credit

HomeLet Rental Index - April 2019

14 May, 2019

Rents in the UK rose by 2.0% in April compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £936 a month

Dozens of residents forced to leave their homes as flat evacuation deadline looms

14 May, 2019

It is understood residents have until end of play today to leave

Landlords find profits are on the slide when selling up

14 May, 2019

The average landlord who sold a buy-to-let property last year made nearly £80,000 pre-tax profit - less than in previous years

Ex-Countrywide agent says landlords signing onerous conditions

14 May, 2019

A former Countrywide employee trying to start up their own business has claimed that landlords who would like to become customers of the new firm are being hit by onerous 'release' fees

For-profit provider signs management agreement with housing association

13 May, 2019

Places for People has agreed a new 10-year deal to manage for-profit provider Residential Secure Income's 2,219 retirement homes

Pan-London solutions needed for temporary accommodation crisis

13 May, 2019

New report calls for a specific Mayoral-led project that could press MHCLG and DWP on collaboration to improve housing security undermined by welfare reform

Labour would trial universal basic income if elected

13 May, 2019

Shadow chancellor says pilot schemes would be held in Liverpool, Sheffield and the Midlands

Housing association spends £2m on staff restructuring and consultants then puts rents up

13 May, 2019

A cash-strapped housing association has increased rents despite spending nearly £2 million on restructuring

London's residential market stalls while private renters see rises

13 May, 2019

New stats show flats saw the sharpest fall in transactions, down almost 20% in the final quarter of 2018 compared to the previous year

Welfare shake-up 'will double number of children in poverty'

13 May, 2019

Half of low-income families will lose thousands of pounds a year

Average new rents continue to rise ahead of fees ban

13 May, 2019

The average new rental price is still rising, ahead of the imminent tenant fees ban

Housing Secretary rejects rent controls but defends abolition of 'no fault' evictions

13 May, 2019

Housing Secretary of State James Brokenshire has rejected suggestions that the Conservatives could bring in rent controls

100 years of Newcastle council housing - from homes for heroes to homes of the future

12 May, 2019

To celebrate 100 years of council housing in Newcastle, the city council is asking residents to share memories and photographs

Association calls for amendment to Universal Credit shortfall

10 May, 2019

Curo has identified many tenants struggling to cover the cost of their weekly rent

Social landlords offered 'solution' to Universal Credit arrears

10 May, 2019

Study of five registered landlords finds an £60,000-£130,000 increase in rent arrears per thousand tenants

HB A7/2019

10 May, 2019

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

HB A6/2019

10 May, 2019

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

Hackitt legislation: what does it mean for housing associations?

10 May, 2019

As Inside Housing reveals that draft legislation to implement a new post-Grenfell system of building regulation is imminent

Housing benefits should be 'at least' 30% of market rates

10 May, 2019

London boroughs have called on Whitehall to lift the Local Housing Allowance to at least 30% of local market rates for private sector accommodation to help ease the pressure on councils

Mortgage and Landlord Possession Statistics in England and Wales, January to March 2019 (Provisional)

10 May, 2019

Since January to March 2018, all mortgage possession actions have increased, whereas landlord possession actions have generally decreased

RLA: Courts are 'failing' landlords and tenants

10 May, 2019

Average time taken for a property to be repossessed from the initial claim is over 17 weeks

Rudd announces Universal Credit sanction changes

10 May, 2019

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has ended financial sanctions for claimants that last for three years - the longest length will now be six months

Buy-to-let regulation blamed as landlord arrears increase

10 May, 2019

Buy-to-let mortgage arrears increased in the first quarter of 2019, prompting concerns that disgruntled tenants are stopping paying rent as a result of landlords giving them notice and exiting the sector

Courts 'failing landlords' as repossessions timescales increase

10 May, 2019

The Government's plans to scrap Section 21 notices have come under scrutiny after its own data shows it is taking longer for landlords to repossess properties through the courts

LIN member report May 2019 - Tenancies in the private rented sector

10 May, 2019

LIN member report is written by Neil Merrick

NHF unveils Tenant Advisory Panel

09 May, 2019

Announcement comes amid bids to create a more balanced relationship between tenants and housing associations

Catalyst tenants forced to move out over fire safety issues in London block

09 May, 2019

Tenants at a Catalyst-owned block in London will be moved out of their homes after the housing association found a series of fire safety issues with the building

England and Wales Rental Tracker

09 May, 2019

Rental market shows stability in March as landlords look north

People in Derbyshire are living on '£2 a day' because of Universal Credit

09 May, 2019

The system has also caused significant problems for the Trust including a "large increase" in arrears

Low Universal Credit levels leaving people at risk of homelessness

09 May, 2019

The money residents on Universal Credit are receiving through benefit payments is falling behind renting costs in London and putting people across the capital at risk of becoming homeless

Surplus service homes could still boost social housing stock

09 May, 2019

Commons committee told such a boost depends on a balance between military personnel projections and social housing need

Benefit cuts 'have made private renting unaffordable'

09 May, 2019

Renting privately across most of England has become unaffordable for people on benefits, housing charities have warned, with people in some areas short of at least £100 a month

Landlords threaten legal action over 'unfair' licensing scheme

09 May, 2019

Oxford City Council is being threatened with legal action over its landlord licensing scheme

LIN Welfare Benefits Rates Card 2019-20

09 May, 2019

The benefit rates for 2019-2020

DWP staff 'do not grasp' UC guidance

08 May, 2019

Council says its staff had to tell Universal Credit staff how their own rules and regulations worked

Government changes to renting laws have fuelled housing discrimination

08 May, 2019

Xenophobia has been increasing in the UK over the past five years, spurred on by fear mongering about immigration whether in regards to the refugee crisis or Brexit

Shelter launches £600,000 PRS fund in Manchester

08 May, 2019

The Fair Housing Futures project seeks to address the challenges of accessing housing in Manchester's private sector

Council-led incentive aims to tackle housing waiting lists

08 May, 2019

The scheme is due to be launched at a series of events targeted at private landlords and housing

Housing benefit payments not made confirm Isle of Wight council

08 May, 2019

Households across the Isle of Wight have not received payment of housing benefit as expected

Government delays publishing lower benefit cap evaluation

08 May, 2019

Publication pushed back to autumn to test methodological approach

Providers and tenants short-changed over UC

08 May, 2019

Issue initially ignored by DWP now seen as posing a serious problem for housing providers and tenants

Basic Income As Common Dividends: Report Launch with Guy Standing

08 May, 2019

Every adult in the UK should receive a weekly basic income of £48

LA Welfare Direct bulletins: 2019

07 May, 2019

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

Housing bosses 'letting down' Edinburgh council tenants over repairs

07 May, 2019

Housing chiefs have been accused of "letting down tenants" after it was revealed there were more than 3,700 outstanding repairs for council homes

Thousands of buy to let homes are dangerous, claims compliance firm

07 May, 2019

A compliance company has accused "thousands" of buy to let investors of failing to address major household hazards which render properties dangerous

Slow response to universal credit errors 'bizarre'

07 May, 2019

DWP officials took months to correct payment mistakes

Property: is this an ethical alternative to buy-to-let?

07 May, 2019

If you're keen to invest your cash but want to be sure it's doing some good, Reap is worth a look

Labour-backed report urges trials of universal basic income

07 May, 2019

John McDonnell, who commissioned study, hints a form of UBI could become policy

Benefits and bulgur wheat

07 May, 2019

Inside the UK's food banks

More than a dozen supported housing tenants 'not receiving services' paid for

07 May, 2019

More than a dozen supported housing tenants in Gloucester are not being provided the services that have been paid for

Get out while you can, private landlords told - and buy shares in build to rent instead

07 May, 2019

The chief executive of Grainger, one of Britain's biggest rental firms, has said that amateur landlords should give up and buy shares in her company instead

Seconds away - Government leaves it to literally the last minute on fees ban

03 May, 2019

In a literally last minute move, and as the industry entered an era of huge change, the Government waited until 60 seconds before the fees ban came in before it issued the final and vital paperwork

Universal credit regulations ruled unlawful by high court

03 May, 2019

Terms would leave thousands with severe disabilities worse off by about £100 a month

What do Amazon and social housing have in common?

03 May, 2019

The very nature of social housing means that customer service can be a more complex affair than other sectors

Are we seeing the demise of the 'rogue' landlord?

03 May, 2019

There are many good landlords in the UK, but there is a small minority of 'rogue' operators that have become a major scourge for renters

UC support to those with severe disabilities 'unlawful'

03 May, 2019

The High Court declaration represents the latest blow to the DWP and Universal Credit

Tenants hit by 'unfair' practices which could breach consumer law

03 May, 2019

A letting agent with almost 200 branches required a holding deposit before tenants had even reviewed a contract

Anger as Grenfell boss is invited to speak at housing safety event

03 May, 2019

Woman in charge of TMO at time of fire quits conference after criticism from survivors

Agent Provocateur: Politicians and the strangling of the private rental sector

03 May, 2019

We live in a world of unintended consequences

Which? accuses agents of breaking law over tenancy agreements

03 May, 2019

A mystery shopping investigation of 20 letting agents by consumer watchdog Which? claims to have identified practices that could be illegal

There are no easy answers to the 'trilemma' faced by housing organisations

02 May, 2019

A recent conference on housing brought home the triple challenge faced by organisations trying to battle the housing crisis

Benefit Cap: number of households capped to February 2019

02 May, 2019

Statistics on households that have had their benefits capped between 15 April 2013 and February 2019

Former top judge says UC 'breaches rule of law'

02 May, 2019

Further scathing criticism for the reform said to show a systemic failure to meet basic legal standards

Why people on Leicester housing register haven't been able to bid on council properties

02 May, 2019

'It's a disgrace, the system is bad enough as it is'

Why are so many housing associations turning their backs on fixed-term tenancies?

02 May, 2019

In 2011 the Localism Act gave social landlords the option to issue fixed-term tenancies for the first time

Airbnb introduces Donations to help with temporary housing

02 May, 2019

Hosts can give money to nonprofits that help displaced people find a place to stay

Quarter of landlords looking to 'sell up' over next year

02 May, 2019

Survey reveals a third reported low levels of confidence in the private rented sector

Leaseholders in London block pay nearly £3.5m for Grenfell-style cladding removal

02 May, 2019

Leaseholders living at a major development in central London have been forced to pay out millions of pounds to remove dangerous Grenfell-style cladding despite no work starting on the block

Universal credit claimants left in the dark about their entitlements

01 May, 2019

Universal credit claimants are routinely in the dark about how much they should receive

Benefit claimants at risk of 'destitution' if DWP fails to prepare for Universal Credit roll-out

01 May, 2019

The DWP risks leaving benefit claimants "destitute" if it fails to properly prepare for the roll-out of Universal Credit

Universal credit claimants being underpaid as they are 'left in the dark' about entitlements

01 May, 2019

'Inadequate' communications and administrative errors risk claimants being underpaid

Associations merge to deliver 1,300 homes

01 May, 2019

Aldwyck Housing Group is set to become a subsidiary of Catalyst

Propertymark Housing Report - March 2019

01 May, 2019

Supply of available properties hit the lowest level on record for the month of March

Nationwide house price index

01 May, 2019

UK house price growth remained weak in April

Likelihood of poorer adults struggling to buy food is rising

01 May, 2019

Food insecurity affected one in five adults in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2016

New four and five-bedroom council houses to be built in Milton Keynes for 'larger' homeless families

01 May, 2019

The first stream of 91 new council houses has been submitted to the planning department

Universal credit is 'Orwellian'

01 May, 2019

Sir Stephen Sedley says digital benefits system is also failing to meet legal obligations

HB S10/2019

30 April, 2019

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

Khan urged to 'ease the squeeze' on family-sized social rented homes

30 April, 2019

London mayor urged to set a target for 50% of new social rented homes to have three bedrooms or more to address overcrowding in social housing

Why we scrapped our ALMO

30 April, 2019

This month Westminster City Council scrapped the management company which had been looking after its council homes for 17 years

MPs ramp up pressure on government to fund private cladding removal

30 April, 2019

MPs have increased the pressure on government to fund the removal of Grenfell-style cladding from private residential blocks

Chester: Landlords fined for letting flat with no windows or heating

30 April, 2019

Two landlords have been fined for letting out a death-trap flat which had no heating or windows

Property demand and supply hits a six-year low but are landlords returning to the market?

30 April, 2019

The number of properties available to buy has hit the lowest level on record for March

Opinion: Tinkering politicians will only trap landlords for years to come

30 April, 2019

Margaret Thatcher is credited with the Right to Buy legislation which allowed long-term council tenants to purchase their homes at a discounted price

Associations announce merger plans

29 April, 2019

Between them, the two groups manage 38,000 units across the UK

Landlords increasingly look to the north for better investments

29 April, 2019

Rents across England and Wales have barely moved in the last year

Zoopla warns against rent controls becoming policy

29 April, 2019

Zoopla has cautioned against the use of rent controls

Opinion: Abolishing Section 21 and restoring rent controls could return us to bad old days?

29 April, 2019

The Government has announced its intention to abolish Section 21 - the so-called no fault eviction, by which landlords can claim possession of their property without having to give a reason

Landlords shocked to be told their costs will rise because of tenancy fees ban

29 April, 2019

With just over a month to go, some landlords are apparently only just waking up to the price of the tenancy fees ban

More homes for rent

29 April, 2019

Rental market to benefit from £30 million investment

Rushanara Ali MP: Gov't must move fast to replace flammable cladding on every building

29 April, 2019

Fire does not discriminate between private and public housing

'Hassle no longer worth it' for private landlords

29 April, 2019

New research shows the likely post-tax gain for the typical private landlord has declined substantially, as corporate residential equivalent sees strong returns

Charities stress need for urgent reform of welfare reform

26 April, 2019

DWP maintains denial of reform driving poverty as one food bank charity alone distributes well over one million emergency parcels

Association warns of changes to pension credit

26 April, 2019

The household incomes of those affected could leave some as much as £7,000 a year worse off

Challenges in delivering social housing

26 April, 2019

Housing providers are coming under increasing scrutiny and indeed pressure to deliver the number of affordable homes that are going to make a lasting impact in solving the nation's housing crisis

Was section 21 such a bad thing?

26 April, 2019

The repealing of the government legislation will have come as no surprise to anyone involved in housing

Three systems we can redesign to end food poverty

26 April, 2019

To unlock children and families from poverty, we must redesign our housing and labour markets and our social security system

Location of 2,780 new council homes revealed for the first time

26 April, 2019

Council housing is a prestigious tenure and we want to lead the race to the top

Report reveals UC pressures on frontline staff

26 April, 2019

Concerns are raised around the "managed migration" process of placing benefit claimants onto Universal Credit

Private Rented Sector Report - March 2019

26 April, 2019

Supply of rental properties letting agents managed rose by three percent in March,to the highest figure on record

Man with mental health problems evicted in his slippers - and he can't get back in to retrieve his belongings

25 April, 2019

Paul Bradley, 64, was evicted from his Cromwell Road flat on Tuesday by Lincolnshire Housing Partnership with just the clothes on his back and slippers

Regulatory judgements: London housing association downgraded for giving regulator inaccurate information

25 April, 2019

London housing association Origin Housing has been downgraded for providing "consistently inaccurate" information to the Regulator of Social Housing

Great Yarmouth rundown housing to be bought by council

25 April, 2019

A £2m scheme that will let a council buy rundown bedsits and guest houses and renovate them has been approved

Home Office urges social housing to 'know the signs' of gang exploitation

25 April, 2019

A series of posters set to raise awareness around urban drug activity expanding to smaller town markets

Australia's biggest bank enters sector with £250m of loans to housing associations

25 April, 2019

Australia's biggest bank has made a significant move into the UK social housing sector with loans worth over £250m to four large housing associations

MPs call on landlords to scrap 'no DSS' clauses in rental ads

25 April, 2019

Critics compare refusal of people on benefits to 'no blacks, no Irish, no dogs' signs

Children Going Hungry As Figures Show One Third Of Foodbank Packages Going To Youngsters

25 April, 2019

Record number of foodbank parcels handed out in the past year, with a huge number going to struggling families

MHCLG considers second Right to Buy pilot ballot after low take-up

25 April, 2019

The government is mulling a second ballot of the Right to Buy pilot for housing associations in the Midlands following unexpectedly low take-up

Landlords' Barometer - #69: Abolition of Section 21 is the big talking point

25 April, 2019

Welcome to the April edition of the Landlords' Barometer, where, unsurprisingly, the demise of Section 21 is a key trending topic!

Tinder-style property rental platform announces expansion plans

25 April, 2019

A new rental property platform that allows prospective tenants to 'swipe' in Tinder style for rooms and homes has had 100,000 searches

Agents defend housing benefit restrictions in rental adverts to MPs

25 April, 2019

Lettings agents have defended the use of "No DSS" phrases in property listings, claiming landlords are often following instructions from their mortgage lenders or insurer

Scrapping Section 21: a victory for every housing campaigner

24 April, 2019

Renters won an important campaign which will change the way all private tenants are treated in our country

Almost two million people will lose £1,000 a year with UC

24 April, 2019

Those claiming disability benefits will be the worst affected

London Mayor calls for short-let landlord register

24 April, 2019

The Mayor of London and local authorities in the capital are calling for the Government to introduce a registration system for short-let landlords

Mayor calls for system to enforce short-term letting law

24 April, 2019

Since 2015, the law has capped short-term lets in London at a total of 90 nights per year

London council's housing allocations policy is discriminatory

24 April, 2019

A west London council has been told by the Court of Appeal that its housing allocations policy is unlawfully discriminatory

Newcastle landlords condemn 'sledgehammer' licensing plan

24 April, 2019

Private landlords have branded a new licensing policy as "a sledgehammer to crack a nut"

Universal credit and its impact on household incomes: the long and the short of it

24 April, 2019

n this research we investigate who wins and loses from universal credit, and by how much

Seriously ill, emaciated man who was denied benefits by DWP dies

23 April, 2019

Stephen Smith's case sparked outrage after his benefits were cut and he was told to find a job

Treasury delays reclassification of NI housing associations until 2020

23 April, 2019

The UK Treasury has agreed to delay legislation that would shift the debt of Northern Irish housing associations onto the public balance sheet until March 2020

House Price Index March 2019

23 April, 2019

A split across England and Wales

FOI requests detail impact of the Homelessness Reduction Act

23 April, 2019

The Big Issue contacted 354 local authorities to get a clear picture of the new legislation's progress

Benefits claimant 'disgusted' by DWP after 'lying bitch' comment

23 April, 2019

Woman forced to appeal against incorrect PIP decisions three times in five years

Association which developed electrical safety code slammed for putting tenants at risk

23 April, 2019

A housing association involved in developing an electrical safety code of practice has been slammed for electrical safety issues by the regulator

Cost of re-homing Appleton Point tenants is revealed

23 April, 2019

Rwhousing almost one hundred people after a block of flats was evacuated cost Bradford Council £12,410

Hackitt 'concerned' Grenfell recommendations will fall away

23 April, 2019

Author of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety post-Grenfell, has warned not to let Grenfell slip off the agenda

Private investors cash in on social housing boom

23 April, 2019

Triple Point investment trust buys six developments including one in south of Scotland

REIT to set up company to advise supported housing association partners

23 April, 2019

Civitas has announced plans to set up a company to advise the housing associations it leases homes to

Believing in the future of social housing

18 April, 2019

When we set out to create a new identity for County Durham Housing Group, we kept coming back to the same thing; our view that social housing should drive positive change

Landlords urged to shape future of rental sector

18 April, 2019

The launch of a new survey to help assess landlord rights comes ahead of a government consultation over section 21

Section 21 and why landlords will still hold all the keys in housing

18 April, 2019

SP Chakravarty says the market is inherently rigged against renters

Tories refuse to support £8m housing plan

18 April, 2019

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

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

18 April, 2019

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

Lack of lettings supply pushes rental growth to record highs

18 April, 2019

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

New regulatory body will oversee both letting and sales agents

18 April, 2019

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

Government to drop plans to create a national tenant voice

17 April, 2019

Government may not be going ahead with a national tenants voice - pitched as a key element of the Social Housing Green Paper

Association secures £500k Warm Homes funding

17 April, 2019

The grant will enable 250 homes to be connected to mains gas

In full: Tenants letter to Malthouse over communication snub

17 April, 2019

Below is the full letter sent by the National Voice for Tenants Steering Group, who have voiced their disappointment over lack of progress on creating a national tenants' voice

Ending unfair evictions will help prevent homelessness

17 April, 2019

This week, the government announced plans to abolish Section 21 evictions

New building safety knowledge hub for social landlords

17 April, 2019

The Federation and the Local Government Association have launched a new building safety knowledge hub for social landlords

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

17 April, 2019

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

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

17 April, 2019

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

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

17 April, 2019

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

Grenfell family placed on council house waiting list

17 April, 2019

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

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

17 April, 2019

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

Our lack of social housing is failing those in desperate need

16 April, 2019

At Shelter, we see many people who've had bad experiences renting privately, but Tom's experiences are exceptionally bad

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 14 March 2019

16 April, 2019

Official experimental statistics for the number of people on Universal Credit

MS Society campaigns to scrap the PIP 20 metre rule

16 April, 2019

The PIP 20 metre rule is failing people with MS. And people are losing their independence as a result

New guidance to help identify tenants at risk of county lines exploitation

16 April, 2019

New guidance from the Home Office and CrimeStoppers aims to help housing association staff identify and support vulnerable tenants

Government criticised for sidelining plans for national tenant voice

16 April, 2019

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

Rightmove House Price Index - April 2019

16 April, 2019

The largest monthly sample of residential property prices

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

16 April, 2019

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

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

16 April, 2019

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

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

16 April, 2019

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

From the frontline - Universal Credit officer Trevor Davies

16 April, 2019

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

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

16 April, 2019

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

LIN member report April 2019 - The benefit cap

16 April, 2019

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Onus on Government to avoid chaos in the courts

15 April, 2019

The National Landlords Association is lambasting the Government's proposal to remove Section 21 'no fault' evictions, essentially creating indefinite tenancies

JRF responds to Government promise to ban no-fault evictions

15 April, 2019

Following today's news that the Government plans to ban no-fault evictions, Campbell Robb, chief executive of the independent Joseph Rowntree Foundation, responds

Controlling house prices and the need to be able to evict bad tenants

15 April, 2019

Carolyn Hayman says action must be taken to bring prices back into an affordable ratio with incomes, while Tom Booth says section 21 should not be abolished

No rogue landlords issued with banning orders in 12 months

15 April, 2019

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

Housing groups welcome plans to abolish Section 21 evictions

15 April, 2019

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

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

15 April, 2019

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

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

15 April, 2019

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

LSA: Landlord-tenant firm criticised by housing charity

15 April, 2019

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

Calls for Universal Credit housing benefit to automatically go to landlords

15 April, 2019

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

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

15 April, 2019

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

Government announces end to unfair evictions

15 April, 2019

Biggest change to the private rental sector for a generation

The private renters trapped in Britain's new slums

12 April, 2019

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

Average UK rent down again in Q1 2019

12 April, 2019

Imminent tenancy fees ban may be slowing house moves

Report provides tenant perception on 'value for money'

12 April, 2019

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

Reap relaunches to tackle 'unsustainable' housing market

12 April, 2019

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

County's housing targets are already met

12 April, 2019

Northumberland is building almost double the number of required homes

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

12 April, 2019

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

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

12 April, 2019

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

Local enforcement of crooked landlords set to be beefed up

12 April, 2019

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

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

12 April, 2019

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

April 2019: Touchbase edition 129

11 April, 2019

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

DWP accused of treating UC inquiry 'like dirt'

11 April, 2019

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

Warrington approves £80m housing association loan facilities

11 April, 2019

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

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

11 April, 2019

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

For-profit association seeks new investors to buy more homes

11 April, 2019

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

England and Wales Rental Tracker

11 April, 2019

Tenants drawn to the South West in February

Regulator to meet with equity investors in supported housing

11 April, 2019

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

Rent analysis sparks conflict over impact of impending tenant fees ban

11 April, 2019

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

City unveils worst rental homes as it looks to extend licensing

11 April, 2019

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

Bristol City Council approves additional licensing

10 April, 2019

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

HomeLet Rental Index - March 19

10 April, 2019

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

Government launches support for rogue landlord crackdown

10 April, 2019

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

Malthouse wants planning laws to stop social housing segregation

10 April, 2019

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

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

10 April, 2019

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

Brokenshire 'turns back time' over social housebuilding

10 April, 2019

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

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

10 April, 2019

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

Landlords count the cost of tax changes

10 April, 2019

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

BTL research reveals lower remortgage activity going forward

10 April, 2019

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

London association promises improvement after concerns in Grenfell borough

10 April, 2019

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

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

10 April, 2019

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

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

09 April, 2019

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

September date set for Welsh letting fees law

09 April, 2019

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

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

09 April, 2019

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

Greater Manchester housing association secures £100m funding deal

09 April, 2019

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

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

09 April, 2019

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

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

09 April, 2019

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

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

09 April, 2019

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

Average rent for UK property now £1,217

09 April, 2019

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

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

08 April, 2019

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

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 4/2019

08 April, 2019

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

Benefits freeze costs families three months of food shopping

08 April, 2019

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

Brexit confusion could hit EU tenants in UK

08 April, 2019

Residential Landlords Association blames lack of clarity over settled status scheme

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

08 April, 2019

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

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

08 April, 2019

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

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

08 April, 2019

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

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

08 April, 2019

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

Major affordable housing projects announced for London

05 April, 2019

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

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

05 April, 2019

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

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

05 April, 2019

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

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

05 April, 2019

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

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

05 April, 2019

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

TSB adds to its BTL mortgage range

05 April, 2019

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

Two landlord in West Sussex lose appeal against CPNs

05 April, 2019

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

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

05 April, 2019

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

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

04 April, 2019

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

Study found universal credit causing hardship a year and half ago

04 April, 2019

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

UC creates 'systematic indebtedness' for new claimants

04 April, 2019

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

Councils say homelessness act not adequately funded

04 April, 2019

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

Peers call for tax relief for rental home improvements

04 April, 2019

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

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

04 April, 2019

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

Rental fraud warning after shocking scam attempts

04 April, 2019

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

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

04 April, 2019

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

'Fleecehold' : Calls to regulate homeowner charges

04 April, 2019

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

Study reveals threat of unregulated short-term lets to PRS

04 April, 2019

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

HB A7/2018

03 April, 2019

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

Rogue landlords to stop exploiting students minister warns

03 April, 2019

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

Three million homes needed to end homelessness

03 April, 2019

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

New landlord management platform to pay tenants to find their replacement

03 April, 2019

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

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

03 April, 2019

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

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

03 April, 2019

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

For-profit housing association blocked from NHF membership

03 April, 2019

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

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

03 April, 2019

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

Housing First gathers pace in Scottish cities

03 April, 2019

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

The DWP claims it costs too much to confirm UC deaths

03 April, 2019

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

Gas Safe Register responds to NLA concerns

02 April, 2019

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

Call of the Week: Letting agents and court applications

02 April, 2019

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

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

02 April, 2019

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

Platform removes housing benefit lending restrictions

02 April, 2019

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

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

02 April, 2019

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

Horsham to set up affordable housing company

02 April, 2019

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

Private sector hits out at 'arbitrary rent caps'

02 April, 2019

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

'Flippant' DWP minister apologises to Parliament

02 April, 2019

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

Tenant fee ban - 10 top tips for letting agents

02 April, 2019

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

Housing association completes first Right to Buy pilot sale

01 April, 2019

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

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

01 April, 2019

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

DWP Alternative Payment Arrangements

01 April, 2019

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

New HMO Licensing Scheme in Northern Ireland from 1 April

01 April, 2019

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

Changes to MEES Regulations

01 April, 2019

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

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

01 April, 2019

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

Client Money Protection now mandatory for letting agents in England

01 April, 2019

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

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

01 April, 2019

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

Green paper sector league tables 'unlikely'

29 March, 2019

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

Regulating the Standards - March 2019

29 March, 2019

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

Grenfell: tenants voice health fears in wake of contamination report

29 March, 2019

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

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

29 March, 2019

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

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

29 March, 2019

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

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

29 March, 2019

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

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

29 March, 2019

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

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

29 March, 2019

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

Welsh Bill to ban lettings fees becomes law

29 March, 2019

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

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

29 March, 2019

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

London borough rules 1000+ residents can't be wrong

28 March, 2019

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

Man dies after association tower block blaze

28 March, 2019

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

3 breakthroughs to help renters on benefits

28 March, 2019

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

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

28 March, 2019

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

Half of babies born to families renting

28 March, 2019

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

DWP could face imposition of regulator and standards

28 March, 2019

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

Softening the blow: how social landlords are helping Honda workers

28 March, 2019

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

Private Rented Sector Report - February 2019

28 March, 2019

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

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

28 March, 2019

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

LGA: 200,000 households in temporary accommodation

27 March, 2019

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

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

27 March, 2019

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

Homelessness Reduction Act increasing temporary accommodation numbers

27 March, 2019

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

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

27 March, 2019

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

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

27 March, 2019

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

Rental growth slows as landlords look beyond London for returns

27 March, 2019

Rental growth slowed to almost zero in February

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

27 March, 2019

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

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

27 March, 2019

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

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

27 March, 2019

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

Pitch to remove domestic abusers from socially rented homes

26 March, 2019

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

My disabled daughter has had 14 different homes

26 March, 2019

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

Evicted for complaining about a gas leak

26 March, 2019

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

How we're fighting the national housing emergency

26 March, 2019

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

Warning over EU tenant rights after Brexit

26 March, 2019

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

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

26 March, 2019

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

New Landlords from Hell

26 March, 2019

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

Strip DWP of responsibility for ill and disabled people

26 March, 2019

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

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

26 March, 2019

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

Brexit and the social housing sector: the key risks

26 March, 2019

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

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

26 March, 2019

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

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

26 March, 2019

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

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

25 March, 2019

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

Landlords not meeting student standards 'must face justice'

25 March, 2019

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

Rogue landlords must stop exploiting students

25 March, 2019

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

DWP document refers to benefit claimant as 'lying bitch'

25 March, 2019

Welfare advisers say slip highlights culture of contempt towards disabled people

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

25 March, 2019

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

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

25 March, 2019

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

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

25 March, 2019

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

Agent appears at Crown Court in tenancy deposits fraud case

25 March, 2019

An agent has appeared in court in a fraud case

Landlords With Tenants On Universal Credit Should Get A Tax Break

22 March, 2019

Property barons who let homes to social tenants should be encouraged

'Racist' Right to Rent now a 'farce'

22 March, 2019

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

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

22 March, 2019

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

The deposit diaries: The importance of covering your tracks

22 March, 2019

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

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

22 March, 2019

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

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

22 March, 2019

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

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

22 March, 2019

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

Here we go again: More councils want licensing schemes

22 March, 2019

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

Residents and landlords team up to better communicate building safety

21 March, 2019

Pilot takes off to push for culture change across the sector

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

21 March, 2019

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

Civitas Social Housing Boosts Rental Income By 10% After Acquisitions

21 March, 2019

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

Welsh government eyes no-deal Brexit social housing stimulus package

21 March, 2019

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

Regulator bars for-profit housing associations from entering Scottish sector

21 March, 2019

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

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

21 March, 2019

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

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

21 March, 2019

Tenants saw rents increase for the third consecutive month in February

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

21 March, 2019

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

Housing associations will borrow extra £17bn by 2021

20 March, 2019

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

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

20 March, 2019

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

5.8m tenants reported to experience damp in the home

20 March, 2019

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

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

20 March, 2019

A charity fears some claimants could be pushed dangerously into debt

Government gives no ground over 'racist' Right To Rent

20 March, 2019

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

Licensing 'fails' tenants and good landlords

20 March, 2019

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

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

20 March, 2019

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

Landlords facing a licensing postcode lottery

20 March, 2019

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

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

20 March, 2019

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

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

20 March, 2019

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

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