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Housing minister pens open letter to social housing tenants

09 July, 2020

Housing minister Kevin Stewart has moved to reassure social housing tenants of the safety measures in place as landlords plan the resumption of routine repairs and planned maintenance work

Regulator of Social Housing questions RPs acting as 'conduits'

09 July, 2020

The RSH has questioned the way some RPs are being set up "simply as a conduit" for passing rents to a third party

Mini Budget: stamp duty cut and £50m social housing decarbonisation pilot

09 July, 2020

The chancellor has confirmed £50m of funding for a social housing decarbonisation pilot and announced the immediate removal of SDLT on transactions up to £500,000 until next year

How social housing is leading ESG into a post-COVID-19 world

09 July, 2020

Social housing could become the UK's leader in its approach to ESG

Chancellor promises vouchers for landlords and home owners to fund energy efficiency improvements

09 July, 2020

Landlords and home owners will be able to fund energy efficiency improvements on their properties after a Green Homes Grant was unveiled by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak yesterday

Widespread relief that SDLT change has not been delayed until the autumn

09 July, 2020

News of the temporary suspension of SDLT for property transactions up to £500,000 caused a tsunami of comment; most of it positive but some with words of caution

House Price Index

08 July, 2020

House prices fall for fourth straight month - but new mortgage enquiries surge

A Minimum Income Standard for the United Kingdom in 2020

08 July, 2020

This update of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's MIS presents new research in which parents identified what families with children need now to meet material needs and participate in society

UK jobless rate 'could near 15% in second coronavirus wave'

08 July, 2020

OECD says unemployment is likely to triple even if a second wave is avoided

Watford Council agrees on plan to tackle homelessness

08 July, 2020

A housing scheme is among the initiatives in a new five-year plan to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping

Romford homes bought by Havering Council to be available by autumn

08 July, 2020

Havering Council has jointly purchased 82 homes in Romford, to help tackle the housing shortage for family-sized homes

Chancellor expected to announce £50m social housing retrofit pilot

08 July, 2020

Rishi Sunak is expected to unveil a new £50m funding package for the social housing sector to pilot new approaches to low-carbon retrofitting of social homes as part of his COVID-19 economic recovery statement tomorrow

COVID-19 could reduce housing association market sale income by more than half

08 July, 2020

Market sales exposure will be the most significant area of economic risk for UK housing associations in fiscal 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic

The state of the sector: five key takeaways from Moody's analysis of landlords' post-coronavirus finances

07 July, 2020

Credit ratings agency Moody's has published an in-depth analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on the UK social housing sector

Government must help young renters hit by furlough end

07 July, 2020

A lettings sector trade body, acting with homelessness charities, is urging the government to do more as young people in rented housing become more vulnerable as the furlough scheme winds down

Housing association debt held by BoE hits £630m as fifth landlord uses COVID-19 scheme

07 July, 2020

PA Housing has become the latest housing association to access the BoE CCFF and sold £30m in short-term debt to the bank

Swansea-based association completes £50m refinancing

07 July, 2020

A 2,900-home housing provider based in Swansea has completed a major refinancing exercise to remove legacy covenant constraints and free up capacity to develop new homes

Ipswich Building Society withdraws all BTL products including expat and holiday let

07 July, 2020

Ipswich Building Society has withdawn all of its buy-to-let products, including expat BTL and holiday let mortgages

Younger tenants 'in serious danger' of falling behind in rental payments

07 July, 2020

The NRLA has joined with homeless charities to call on the Government to implement a range of changes for young renters which it is claimed will be hardest hit by the phasing out of the coronavirus job retention scheme

Fear of Covid second wave is influencing London rentals

07 July, 2020

London's rental market is continuing to bounce back from the lockdown, stoked by fears of a potential 'second wave' of Covid-19

Newly-launched letting platform lets private landlords list on portals

07 July, 2020

PlanetRent, an automated letting platform, will allow private landlords to list their property directly on Zoopla and Rightmove on a pay-as-you-go basis

Housing association reveals multi million pound Bedford tower blocks revamp and cladding plan

06 July, 2020

A housing association with thousands of tenants in Bedford borough revealed a multi-million pound tower block refurbishment plan to councillors this week

"Alarming" cost of retrofitting Bristol's 28,500 council homes revealed as £600m

06 July, 2020

It is five times the city council's housing revenue budget for an entire year

Arrears management and coronavirus

06 July, 2020

Working together to sustain tenancies

Sanctuary's surplus drops 8% following bumper year of one-off sales

06 July, 2020

Sanctuary Housing Association saw its surplus drop by 8% in 2019/20 after a series of large one-off asset sales in 2018/19

Coronavirus: Number of renters in arrears doubles

06 July, 2020

The number of private tenants in England who have fallen behind on rent has doubled during the coronavirus pandemic

Landlord body refutes evictions claims by Shelter

06 July, 2020

Landlords have responded to claims made today by Shelter about rent arrears due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Rent Repayment Order claim could result in considerably higher penalties for landlords

06 July, 2020

The recent Upper Tribunal decision in the case of Vadamalay v Stewart has overturned the basis of awards in Rent Repayment Orders and made this a far more 'hostile environment' for landlords

Upfront cost of renting rises despite deposit cap

06 July, 2020

The upfront cost of renting has still increased in most regions of England despite the five-week deposit cap

Guidance launched to tackle COVID-19 rent arrears

03 July, 2020

ARLA Propertymark has joined forces with other leading organisations from across the housing sector to support tenants and landlords facing rent arrears as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak

Universal Credit UK: Benefit system has passed lockdown pressures 'with flying colours'

03 July, 2020

Universal Credit has coped outstandingly with the sharp increase in demand for the benefit during the lockdown crisis

Housing announcements in Prime Minister's recovery speech

03 July, 2020

Boris Johnson launched his 'build, build, build' approach to social and economic recovery in a speech on 30 June, and included a significant focus on housing

Blackburn's Together Housing: 'Investment in social homes will help country recover from coronavirus crisis'

03 July, 2020

Together Housing Group says housing organisations are integral in promoting social mobility in communities, but need local and national government support to make real changes

Local lettings policies are not reflecting BAME housing need

03 July, 2020

The number of BAME individuals becoming homeless in the past decade has not been reflected in an increase in BAME households being allocated social housing

Nearly 1,000 housing association 'mortgage prisoners' as cladding issues hit property sales

03 July, 2020

Nearly 1,000 leaseholders in London are unable to sell or remortgage their homes due to banks being unwilling to lend on them because of potential cladding issues

English councils warn £500m Covid-19 cash injection will not stop cuts

03 July, 2020

Government breaking promise to 'do whatever it takes' to meet coronavirus cost

Government confirms evictions will resume next month

03 July, 2020

The government has confirmed the eviction ban will end next month, with possession proceedings set to restart on 24 August

Pent-up demand for property in Scotland evident as restrictions relaxed

03 July, 2020

ESPC data from June 2020 indicates growing demand to buy and sell property in Scotland in the run up to restrictions being relaxed on the 29th of the month

Rural housing associations are the glue connecting local communities - and can play a key role in the country's recovery

02 July, 2020

Next week, the country will start to emerge out of lockdown, as shops, hairdressers and pubs will begin opening their doors in a very different world

Evictions could treble due to coronavirus rent debts

02 July, 2020

Campaigners urge government to protect tenants in arrears and widen eligibility for housing benefits

People losing work are being pitched into destitution: the government must lift the benefit cap

02 July, 2020

Last week, the work and pensions select committee published a review into the department's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Council drive has improved private rented housing in Telford

02 July, 2020

Standards of privately rented homes in Telford and Wrekin have improved in two years as a result of the council's work with landlords and letting agents

Liverpool housing associations make more than 200 homes available for rough sleepers in hotels

02 July, 2020

More than 200 housing association properties in Liverpool have been made available for homeless people who have been living in hotels during the coronavirus pandemic, as landlords commit to offering all vacant properties to rough sleepers

Are we on the brink of a new homelessness crisis?

02 July, 2020

The government's Everyone In campaign to get rough sleepers off the streets has been hailed as a success

Barometer shows 'slight softening' of rental yields

02 July, 2020

Fleet Mortgages, the buy-to-let specialist lender, has published its Buy-to-Let Rental Barometer ,covering Q2 rental yields across England

Rents up and voids down - Rental Index

02 July, 2020

Lettings market activity throughout June was significantly higher than recorded at the same time last year

Courts will hear Possession cases from 24th August says Minister

02 July, 2020

Providing some much-needed certainty for the rentals market, a Government Minister has confirmed that the courts will begin to hear possession cases from 24th August

Claiming Universal Credit and other benefits if you are a refugee

01 July, 2020

Urgent actions refugees need to do to claim Universal Credit and other benefits, once they have been granted leave to remain in the UK

People who are currently shielding can no longer get SSP on that basis from 1 August 2020

01 July, 2020

Justin Tomlinson has announced that people who are currently 'shielding' due to being clinically extremely vulnerable as a result of the coronavirus outbreak will not be eligible for SSP on that basis from 1 August 2020

Two blocks of upcoming Northampton social housing could be used as 'temporary accommodation for homeless'

01 July, 2020

The combined plans could provide up to 120 social housing flats for Northampton

Two more housing associations secure £150m through Bank of England's COVID-19 financing scheme

01 July, 2020

Platform Housing Group and Flagship Group have sold a combined £150m of short-term debt to the BoE via its CCFF to help navigate the economic impact caused by coronavirus

Nearly half of BAME UK households are living in poverty

01 July, 2020

Campaigners found that 100,000 more people were living in poverty in 2018-19 compared with the previous year

Homelessness could treble without 'coronavirus home retention scheme'

01 July, 2020

The government is being urged to introduce a 'coronavirus home retention scheme' after a new analysis predicted that more than 45,000 households could be made homeless as a result of rent arrears this year

Almost half of England's rental stock managed by ARLA Propertymark agents

01 July, 2020

ARLA Propertymark has laid claim to almost half of England's rented properties

Letter to Lord Chancellor highlights concerns over housing possession cases

01 July, 2020

ARLA Propertymark has written to the Secretary of State for Justice expressing concerns for the management of housing possession cases in England and Wales when the current stay on possessions is lifted on 23 August 2020

New 12,000 home housing association created

30 June, 2020

A trailblazing new housing association for the East of England has been formed following the merger of two Essex-based affordable homes providers

Civitas Social Housing profit jumps on rise in net rental income

30 June, 2020

Care-based housing and healthcare REIT Civitas Social Housing reported a sharp rise in profit as net rental income increased by more than a quarter

Up to 174,000 tenants at risk of eviction if ban ends

30 June, 2020

Around 174,000 tenants could be forced to leave their homes in the coming months unless the ban on evictions is extended

Petition calls on Government to fill £45million Redbridge pandemic cost shortfall

30 June, 2020

Thousands of Redbridge residents have signed a petition demanding the Government fill the "black hole" in the council's finances caused by the coronavirus

Private Rented Sector Report - May 2020

30 June, 2020

The number of agents witnessing rent increases hit an all-time low

Benefit sanctions to return in England as jobcentres reopen

30 June, 2020

Labour condemns move to restore claimant conditionality rules as 'incomprehensible'

More than 80,000 fewer homes to be delivered this year due to coronavirus

30 June, 2020

Shelter is calling on the government to accelerate funding for affordable homes after a new analysis carried out by Savills predicted that housing delivery is set to fall by a third this year

Number of tenants experiencing rent increases hits record low

30 June, 2020

Landlords are bearing the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic, agents claim, after ARLA Propertymark members reported the lowest ever number of tenants experiencing rent increases last month

Disabled student launches legal action for the right to be able claim Universal Credit

29 June, 2020

Sidra Kauser, aged 22, from Halifax, suffers severe sight impairment and mental health difficulties. As a student in full time higher education at the University of York she is not entitled to universal credit

Housing imbalances in Keighley and Bradford must be addressed

29 June, 2020

An organisation which manages homes in Keighley is calling on the Prime Minister to tackle housing imbalances

Social housing to be prioritised for veterans

29 June, 2020

New measures announced to provide improved access for members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families to social housing

Housing will be 'central' to post-coronavirus recovery

29 June, 2020

Housing will be "central" to Britain's economic recovery following the coronavirus pandemic

UK could be breaking international law over cladding

29 June, 2020

Body warns government over failure to remove flammable panels from high-rise buildings in wake of Grenfell disaster

Countrywide trading update highlight the impacts of lockdown and tenant fee ban

29 June, 2020

Countrywide PLC gave a trading update at the end of last week, highlighting the impacts of lockdown and the tenant fee ban

Landlords urged to lobby MPs on impact of repossession ban

29 June, 2020

Landlord are being rallied to lobby their Members of Parliament to highlight the consequence of the five month ban on repossessions, due to end on 23 August

Almost a third of Scots' incomes have reduced in lockdown, with half of affected renters worried about paying rent

26 June, 2020

New large-scale survey of Scottish households demonstrate the financial strain the economic impact of lockdown is putting on people in different housing tenures, and in different parts of the country

Landlords have been going without rent for months... and now Birmingham is facing a homelessness 'timebomb'

26 June, 2020

Officers fear more people will begin to lose their homes when the eviction ban is lifted - while unemployment rises

Social landlords should buy from 'over-stretched' private landlords

26 June, 2020

Social landlords should be supported to buy up homes from "overstretched" private landlords

How bereaved families are being stung by the costs of shared ownership

26 June, 2020

Housing associations are building more and more shared ownership homes

Tory MP Stephen Crabb calls for universal credit increase for families

26 June, 2020

A Conservative MP has called on the UK government to increase benefits for families for a year

DWP abandons legal battle against universal credit claimants

26 June, 2020

Government U-turn follows court ruling that payment system can be irrational

How COVID-19 has brought transparency to compliance

26 June, 2020

The Hackitt Report reiterated that tenants need to have a voice in the management of their homes - this includes monitoring repairs and compliance checks

MP and council write to housing association after key workers hit with "unaffordable and unreasonable" rent hike

26 June, 2020

An MP and council have implored a large London housing association to reconsider an "unaffordable and unreasonable" rent increase at a block built for key workers after some tenants were hit with increases of up to 20%

Landlords owed more than £4m of rent during coronavirus crunch

26 June, 2020

Almost 3,000 eviction cases are currently pending in the courts with agents and landlords owed more than £4m of rent

Home Office urged to reverse asylum seeker eviction ban decision as charities worry thousands could lose accommodation

25 June, 2020

Charities are calling on the government to urgently reverse its decision to end the ban on asylum seeker evictions during the COVID-19 crisis

Housing associations urged to focus on strengthening liquidity policies

25 June, 2020

Housing associations should aim to have clear liquidity policies to help navigate economic downturns

Private renters' housing experiences in lightly regulated markets

25 June, 2020

Review of qualitative research

Sector-wide 'Homes at the Heart' campaign launched to put social housing at centre of COVID-19 recovery

25 June, 2020

Housing groups have launched a campaign urging the government to provide a "once-in-a-generation" investment in social housing to support the economic and social recovery from the coronavirus pandemic

Out-of-work households £1,600 worse off during Covid-19 due to austerity

25 June, 2020

IFS says benefits for families hit by unemployment are worth at least 10% less than in 2011

Majority of social landlords eye return to normal repairs service by August

25 June, 2020

Social landlords are edging towards a return to normal repairs services as the coronavirus lockdown eases, with the majority expecting to have returned to a full service by August

Solicitor firm encourages commercial landlords and tenants to communicate

25 June, 2020

Midlands law firm Thursfields Solicitors is urging landlords and tenants to maintain a dialogue and work together following the government's decision to extend the ban on evictions from 30 June to 30 September 2020

Deposit disputes decline across most English regions during lockdown

25 June, 2020

Only two regions in England have seen a rise in tenancy disputes so far this year

DSS discrimination in the time of coronavirus

24 June, 2020

Discrimination against renters who receive housing benefit has long been preventing people from finding a safe home

Social housing supply must hit pre-1990s levels post-pandemic

24 June, 2020

The supply of social housing needs to return to the levels seen before the 1990s as part of the government's post-coronavirus recovery plan

Protestors to stage demo outside empty Maydew House over social housing crisis

24 June, 2020

Campaigners are calling for the block to be refurbished immediately to house homeless families

Landlords that fail to issue gas safety certificates can evict via Section 21

24 June, 2020

Tenants can be removed from properties via Section 21 no-fault evictions even if landlords fail to provide them with valid gas GSRs at the start of their tenancies

Charities warn hundreds of asylum seekers are at risk of homelessness as Home Office ends eviction ban

24 June, 2020

The government has begun the process of evicting hundreds of refugees from Home Office accommodation after deciding not to extend its ban on asylum seeker evictions

'Alarming' rise in Brighton emergency housing evictions

24 June, 2020

Dozens of vulnerable people have been evicted from emergency housing in the past year

Eight out of 10 English councils at risk of bankruptcy

24 June, 2020

131 upper-tier councils face fresh round of service cuts or going bust

£105 million to keep rough sleepers safe and off the streets during coronavirus pandemic

24 June, 2020

Interim housing for thousands of rough sleepers taken off the streets during the pandemic to be provided

Agency launches £1 letting service for private landlords to have property listed on main portals

24 June, 2020

A London estate agency has launched an online letting service for private landlords 'who want to rent out their property without using a traditional high street agent'

LA Welfare Direct bulletins: 2020

23 June, 2020

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

Around 150 people forced to evacuate after fire at block which recently had ACM cladding removed

23 June, 2020

Around 150 residents living an east London high-rise block, which had ACM cladding removed from its exterior just last year, were forced to evacuate their homes after a fire broke out yesterday evening

Government places more than 200 asylum seekers in Hornchurch hotel without consulting council

23 June, 2020

The Home Office is housing more than 200 asylum seekers in a Hornchurch hotel without having consulted Havering Council

Universal credit's five-week delay is indefensible

23 June, 2020

As work and pensions committee publishes new report, its chair says 'needlessly punitive' sanctions must be junked after lockdown

Universal credit rules irrational and unlawful

23 June, 2020

Court of appeal backs four single mothers after long legal fight by government

No evidence of housing associations setting up for-profits 'en masse'

23 June, 2020

England's social housing regulator does not expect many housing associations to follow Hyde in setting up for-profit providers

Wrexham Council to gradually resume planned works and improvements to its housing stock

23 June, 2020

Wrexham Council is to resume it planned works and improvements to its council housing stock from this week

Get in the queue now if you need to go to Court over possession

23 June, 2020

In the light of Covid-related tenancy protection measures and an impending backlog of Court cases, landlords wanting to obtain possession of their residential property should consider serving notice or issuing proceedings sooner rather than later

Raise the rates of legacy benefits not just Universal Credit

22 June, 2020

Rates of ESA and other 'legacy benefits' must be raised to provide help for those not yet moved to Universal Credit

Demand for £20-a-week benefits boost for families not receiving Universal Credit

22 June, 2020

Anyone not covered by the flagship system and basic tax credits has been denied the increase that will be paid for 12 months

Ipswich braced for dramatic rise in homelessness this winter from aftershock of coronavirus

22 June, 2020

Ipswich is braced for a stark rise in homelessness this winter, amid desperate worries the Covid-19 crisis could leave even more people out on the streets

Housing associations made more than a quarter of a million welfare calls during first two months of lockdown

22 June, 2020

Social housing organisations made over 250,000 welfare calls to residents in March and April

Government attacked for ignoring expert advice on nutrition in food parcels

22 June, 2020

Defra and Public Health England denied responsibility for meals sent to children and vulnerable adults during the pandemic

Labour group wants tenants to be let off rent during virus

22 June, 2020

A new Labour group - Labour Tenants United - has issued a four-prong attack on the current private rental sector including a demand for tenants to be let off rent indefinitely so long as the virus crisis continues

Council penalises housing applicants for 'deliberate overcrowding'

22 June, 2020

Southwark Council decided not to give two families living in overcrowded homes priority on its housing waiting list, after determining that the families had "deliberately" put themselves in overcrowded conditions

Labour councils in England hit harder by austerity than Tory areas

22 June, 2020

Analysis by Guardian and Sigoma shows poorer, Labour-held areas lost over a third of spending power

"This stinks" - renters' leader verdict on Jenrick planning scandal

22 June, 2020

The director of renters' campaign group Generation Rent says the long-running scandal of a planning decision made by the Housing Secretary and now declared illegal "stinks so much"

Support from letting agents will be crucial for landlords affected by rent arrears

19 June, 2020

Landlords will need the support of letting agencies to ensure they have a comprehensive record of all arrears and communications with tenants

Universal Credit top of list of calls for help

19 June, 2020

Citizens Advice Chesterfield has helped almost a thousand people in just one month

This Universal Credit account error could leave you hundreds of pounds worse off

19 June, 2020

Thousands of people on Universal Credit could lose money if they make costly mistake of trying to exit benefits too quickly when coronavirus restrictions are relaxed

Build 100,000 'homes for Covid-19 heroes'

19 June, 2020

An investment in social housing will create thousands of jobs and generate £320bn over 50 years

Hotels used to house rough sleepers during pandemic return to business

19 June, 2020

100 organisations sign letter and warn 'people will die' if homeless forced to return to streets

Black Lives Matter: rethinking housing's approach to racial equality

19 June, 2020

Social housing likes to talk fine words about fighting racism, but does it back that with action?

Government pays out just £1m of £200m private cladding fund in first year

19 June, 2020

The government has only paid out just £1.4m of a £200m cladding fund set up last May to speed up the removal of Grenfell-style cladding from private sector blocks

One in 20 UK workers return from furlough in recent weeks

19 June, 2020

One in twenty private-sector employees in Britain returned to work from furlough in the past two weeks

Housing association says zero carbon will cost £20,000-plus per home

18 June, 2020

A housing association in the South of England has revealed that it will cost more than £100m to retrofit its homes so they meet the government's net-zero target for carbon emissions by 2050

Brent Council approves new policies for council home tenants

18 June, 2020

Those living in council homes who engage in anti-social behaviour could be at greater risk of eviction based on new housing policies

Council approves housing for homeless in Scarborough following spike in demand during Covid-19

18 June, 2020

An agreement has been struck by Scarborough Council to provide 46 units of temporary accommodation for homeless people in the borough following an "unprecedented" spike in demand during the Covid-19 pandemic

Town Hall commits to keeping all rough sleepers in emergency housing off the streets

18 June, 2020

Hackney Council has vowed that no rough sleeper currently housed in emergency accommodation will be asked to return to the streets

Private rents in England hit record high during coronavirus lockdown

18 June, 2020

Median rent was highest in London - at £1,425 a month

Ten-year social housing funding cycles could boost construction productivity by 70%

18 June, 2020

Ten-year funding cycles for social housing could boost productivity in the UK construction industry by up to 70%

Nearly two thirds of families on Universal Credit forced into lockdown debt 'nightmare'

18 June, 2020

New research by JRF and Save the Children reveals that nearly two thirds of hard-pressed families on Universal Credit are borrowing money to stay afloat during the Covid-19 emergency

77% of landlords say their tenants can afford to continue paying rent during lockdown

18 June, 2020

A survey, which polled 200 landlords from across the UK, has revealed that 77% of property owners believe their tenants can afford to continue paying full rent rates during the Covid-19 outbreak

Rents reach highest recorded figure - Office for National Statistics

18 June, 2020

Figures from the ONS show that the median figure for private rented sector rents in England reached a record high of £700 a month as the UK headed into lockdown

Poor housing conditions exacerbate COVID-19 infection risks

17 June, 2020

Transmission, morbidity and mortality rates of COVID-19 have been exacerbated in areas where there are poor housing conditions - with BAME people disproportionately affected by the virus

107 homeless and rough sleepers in Bradford found accommodation during lockdown

17 June, 2020

Over 100 homeless people in Bradford have been found accommodation during lockdown - and now work is underway to help them find a place to stay

Investment fund passes 2,000th rental home milestone

17 June, 2020

A closed-ended real estate investment trust has announced the completion of the 2,000th home for its portfolio

More than 100,000 carers 'forced to use food banks in UK lockdown'

17 June, 2020

Report finds carers twice as likely as general public to have used food banks in Covid-19 crisis

Swindon tenants' group wants £100m of council house debt to be scrapped after pandemic

17 June, 2020

More than £100 million of debt piled upon Swindon Borough Council when it chose to retain ownership and control of its council housing should be cancelled

Marcus Rashford seeks more change after food voucher win

17 June, 2020

Footballer Marcus Rashford says he wants to do more to help those in need after winning a battle to have a free school meal voucher scheme extended

Tory councils warn coronavirus second wave could bankrupt local authorities

17 June, 2020

Report says more government help needed to avoid cuts to local services in England

Tenants demand is for outdoor space

17 June, 2020

Research from Belvoir has provided an insight into the changing world of tenant requirements, with demand for outdoor space becoming more of a priority

Evictions ban will fail abuse victims

16 June, 2020

The extension of the eviction ban could make things worse for victims of domestic violence and anti-social behaviour says the national body representing landlords

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 14 May 2020

16 June, 2020

Official experimental statistics for the number of people on Universal Credit

'Bleak future' for council as funding fears mount

16 June, 2020

Warrington Borough Council risks not being able to set a balanced budget next year - if the Government fails to reimburse it fully for coronavirus costs

Ministers urged to 'keep wolf from door of renters' as people who need benefits doubles during lockdown

16 June, 2020

Ministers have been urged to take action to protect renters as new official figures showed the number of people claiming unemployment-related benefits has surged 125.9% since the coronavirus lockdown began

Rents freeze for Hartlepool council houses after drop in interest rates

16 June, 2020

A rent freeze has been announced for council homes in Hartlepool for the coming year and plans are in place to provide up to 19 more properties over the next 12 months

Eviction ban puts domestic abuse victims at greater risk

16 June, 2020

The extension to the evictions ban will compound the suffering of victims of domestic violence and anti-social behaviour

Payback time for leaseholder caught renting out his Spitalfields council flat as a holiday let

16 June, 2020

A leaseholder unlawfully renting out his flat on a social housing estate in Spitalfields has had to pay back all the cash he earned from it over four years

Rightmove House Price Index

16 June, 2020

The largest monthly sample of residential property prices

Eviction ban has left landlords 'powerless against domestic violence and anti-social tenants'

16 June, 2020

The extension to the eviction ban is letting down victims of domestic violence and those living next door to anti-social tenants

My working week: 'A council tenant has bedbugs and is suicidal'

15 June, 2020

Isolation is difficult at the best of times, but for our vulnerable tenants, the coronavirus lockdown has made things worse

Let hotels become affordable housing, HMOs or care homes says commercial agent - sparking 'decimate' warning

15 June, 2020

Colliers International wants planning to be eased to allow hotel owners to change their use

Government offers councils six-month Right to Buy receipts repayment extension

15 June, 2020

The government has offered councils a six-month extension to the time they have to spend money made through Right to Buy sales before it returns to the Treasury

Zamo Capital to invest in UK social housing manager

15 June, 2020

Specialist impact investment firm Zamo Capital has announced it is investing in the management of Social and Sustainable Capital

Coronavirus: UK emergency housing funding running out

15 June, 2020

When COVID-19 erupted, the UK government told local authorities to find rooms for the homeless and people in shelters

Grenfell households still waiting for permanent housing three years on

15 June, 2020

Some of most vulnerable survivors still not re-housed due to 'severe lack of investment in affordable housing'

BPHA issues £125m private placement

15 June, 2020

Housing association BPHA has secured £125m by issuing its first private placement with UK, US and Canadian investors

Bank of England opens COVID-19 liquidity facility to V2 associations after sector lobbying

15 June, 2020

Housing associations previously blocked from using the UK government's COVID-19 emergency liquidity facility because of their V2 viability rating could now be eligible for the scheme

Landlords' average capital gain falls to £78,100 in 2019

15 June, 2020

While landlords derive a regular income stream from rent, a substantial proportion of an investors' overall return comes from capital growth

Benefit sanctions statistics to January 2020 (experimental)

12 June, 2020

Statistics on the number of sanctions imposed on people who receive JSA, ESA (WRAG), IS or Universal Credit

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to April 2020

12 June, 2020

Quarterly statistics including numbers of claims with entitlement, new claim registrations, decisions and awards made

£63 million for local authorities to assist those struggling to afford food and other essentials

12 June, 2020

New funding confirmed for local authorities to help those struggling financially as a result of coronavirus

Housing Benefit subsidy initial pre-audit final claims: Apr 2019 to Mar 2020

12 June, 2020

This is the local authority Housing Benefit initial pre-audit final claims expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2019 to 2020

Swindon has higher proportion of council houses than average for England

12 June, 2020

The proportion of council housing in Swindon is higher than the whole of England

Bristol City Council to transform housing department, including tackling "institutional racism"

12 June, 2020

The aim is to improve the lives of people living in council homes and create a "world class" landlord service

Three years on from Grenfell, we must move faster on fire safety

12 June, 2020

Three years on from the Grenfell Tower fire, a fit-for-purpose fire safety regime is still a long way away

Maidstone Council Leader Martin Cox says local authority is yet to hear back from Secretary of State Robert Jenrick over housing concerns

12 June, 2020

A plea made nearly six months ago from Maidstone council for lowering of housing targets is still to receive a response from the Government

Remortgage market - Increasing cancellations volumes are cause for quiet concern

12 June, 2020

LMS has published its latest remortgage market weekly update

Ban on evictions extended to August

11 June, 2020

The government has extended the ban on evictions from private and social rented homes by a further two months, until 23 August

Coronavirus nearly ended homelessness in the UK. Why can't we end it for good?

11 June, 2020

Just weeks after thousands of rough sleepers were housed for lockdown, the Tories are throwing them back on the street

The Guardian view on the Grenfell inquiry: justice delayed

11 June, 2020

Confidence in the process was shaken before Covid-19 interrupted. But three years on from the fire, the campaign continues

Fears over housing prevent domestic abuse survivors from leaving perpetrators

11 June, 2020

More than two-thirds of domestic abuse survivors who stay with their perpetrators say concerns around future housing are a barrier to leaving

Home Office ordered to pay for hotel for family in unsafe accommodation

11 June, 2020

Woman and children were 'subjected to harassment, racist abuse and overcrowding' in Home Office accommodation

Universal credit: wait for first payment a 'real shock' to new claimants

11 June, 2020

More than half claiming during lockdown suffer hardship in five-week wait

Council's five year plan to improve housing

11 June, 2020

More affordable homes, less empty houses and putting roofs over the heads of the most vulnerable are the cornerstones of a borough council's proposed new five year housing strategy

Gentoo's plans for 269 new homes in Sunderland and where they will be

11 June, 2020

The housing association are seeking feedback through public consultation for its proposal

Covid-19 crisis means England's local authorities could go bust

11 June, 2020

Councils say they need financial help now from government to avoid devastating hardship

How UK residential rents behave in a downturn

11 June, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic will have a substantial negative impact on the UK economy

Thousands of disabled universal credit claimants owed £170 each due to migration flaw

10 June, 2020

A group of 275 claimants say that they've missed out on £170 a month because they were moved over to universal credit before January 2019 when a new 'migration' system came into force

We need more social homes, says housing minister. But are we getting them?

10 June, 2020

The latest Housing Minister, Christopher Pincher, declared 'We need more homes and more affordable homes, and more socially rented homes' in Parliament this week

St Albans rough sleepers taken in during coronavirus face years-long wait for housing

10 June, 2020

Homeless Herts residents struggle to escape the streets because house prices are so high

Exeter City Council to explore setting up housing company to help fill £3.7million shortfall

10 June, 2020

Exeter City Council will explore setting a housing company to boost its coffers by offering private market rented accommodation to the public

Burnham backs housing associations' pledge to provide care leaver support

10 June, 2020

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has joined a group of housing providers from the region in pledging to provide more support for young people leaving care

Local lockdowns will require local furlough schemes

10 June, 2020

Politicians and business leaders waiting to hear what localised lockdowns will look like

Landlords' Barometer #82 - A long way to go before all the issues of Covid-19 come out in the wash

10 June, 2020

Welcome to the June edition of the "Landlords Barometer"

The consequences of the extended eviction ban will roll on - and on

10 June, 2020

Sim Sekhon, of Legal for Landlords, sent us his views on the extension to the eviction ban

Universal Credit rules could see people's existing benefits cancelled

09 June, 2020

As people return to full-time work, many are now trying to find out how to cancel their Universal Credit

Participants needed for research project examining how the benefits system has responded to Covid 19

09 June, 2020

Salford University working with University of Leeds, LSE and the University of Kent are carrying out independent research to explore how the benefits system nationally has responded to the Coronavirus pandemic

Affordable housing schemes will create 'balanced community' in affluent Merseyside town

09 June, 2020

The scheme looks to find "good balance of tenants and a healthy mix of people with different lifestyles"

Sector welcomes eviction ban extension but calls for longer-term strategy

09 June, 2020

Housing sector figures have largely welcomed the government's decision to extend its evictions ban by two months, but warned that the move is just a "stopgap" and called for a longer-term strategy

Rules for coming off Universal Credit as lockdown eases and people return to work

09 June, 2020

Some claimants have applied for Universal Credit, unaware any existing welfare payouts, such as tax credits would stop because of the new claim

UK households face £6bn debts because of Covid-19

09 June, 2020

Debt fuelled by pandemic and job losses will stifle nation's recovery

Woman who falsely claimed more than £1m in benefits is jailed

09 June, 2020

Christina Pomfrey sentenced to three years and eight months in prison for fraud

Right to Buy directly increases affordable housing supply

09 June, 2020

The Right to Buy directly boosts affordable housing supply, housing minister Christopher Pincher has said amid multiple questionable claims made to a committee of MPs

Aberdeenshire Council reports rent arrears increase to £1.8m

08 June, 2020

Aberdeenshire Council has said that it is currently dealing with £1.8 million in rent arrears as the coronavirus pandemic hinders people's ability to pay their rent

Local Housing Allowance: increased due to Covid-19

08 June, 2020

Local Housing Allowance rates have increased, but will they cover the rents of new claimants

Social landlords make commitment to carers in major new campaign

08 June, 2020

Social landlords are being asked to commit to building more accessible homes, adopt flexible working patterns, and promote care as a career choice, in a major new campaign that will launch on Monday

Return of the bailiff as banks hire hundreds to chase wave of credit defaulters

08 June, 2020

Millions expected to be out of work come October

Need that leaky tap fixing? Routine repairs are back for Stoke-on-Trent's 18,000 council houses

08 June, 2020

And you can now log repair requests 24-hours-a-day

There never was eviction crisis looming

08 June, 2020

A lettings sector group says there was never any eviction crisis looming for private tenants, contrary to a slew of recent claims

Government extends evictions ban by two months

08 June, 2020

The government ban on evictions for social and private renters has been extended by two months

Evictions ban extension 'could damage the rental market'

08 June, 2020

Landlords and agents have warned an extension to the evictions ban could dent confidence in the rental market and encourage tenants to stop paying rent even if they can afford it

Tenant eviction ban in England and Wales extended by two months

05 June, 2020

Government wants landlords to 'exhaust all options' to avoid court action once ban is lifted

Homelessness organisations unite to call for further action

05 June, 2020

Thousands of people have seen their lives torn to shreds by homelessness during the coronavirus pandemic

LA Welfare Direct 6/2020

05 June, 2020

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

Specialist housing to be provided

05 June, 2020

Greater Manchester is set to provide more specialist housing and affordable housing through two new funds

Social landlords seek to tackle PPE shortages

05 June, 2020

Social landlords across the UK are seeking suppliers of anti-infection protective gear following widespread shortages during the coronavirus pandemic

Bank of England reveals two housing associations among COVID-19 liquidity facility's £16bn of support

05 June, 2020

Two housing associations have sold £450m of unsecured commercial paper to the BoE via an emergency liquidity facility that has seen £16bn of investment to help businesses through the COVID crisis

Thousands of UK tenants face losing home when eviction ban ends

05 June, 2020

Campaigners warn that people who have not paid rent during lockdown have received landlord warning notices

Calderdale's affordable housing supply depleted

05 June, 2020

Calderdale's pool of affordable homes for rent was depleted last year

'Significant' £245m budget shortfall forecast for Kent's 14 councils

05 June, 2020

Kent's 14 councils face a mounting financial deficit of £245million from the coronavirus crisis

RSH tweaks value for money reporting rules

05 June, 2020

The RSH has changed the way housing associations in England must calculate VfM metrics in their annual accounts

A third of furloughed private renters worried about paying their rent when lockdown ends

04 June, 2020

New research by JRF finds more than a third of furloughed private renters (37%) are worried about being able to pay their rent when the coronavirus lockdown ends

Stop using Ground 8 evictions, law centres tell housing associations

04 June, 2020

Several law centres have written to housing associations asking them to commit to not using Ground 8 evictions once the current ban on possession proceedings is lifted

Housing association threatens leaseholders with possession proceedings during lockdown

04 June, 2020

NHG has sent emails to a number of leaseholders during the coronavirus lockdown threatening to start possession proceedings due to unpaid rent arrears or service charges

Raise housing benefit or risk evictions

04 June, 2020

The government needs to increase Local Housing Allowance or risk seeing evictions soar in the capital

Labour brands minister 'incompetent' over suggestion rough sleepers return to friends and family

04 June, 2020

Labour has accused a minister of "incompetence" for his suggestion that councils should encourage rough sleepers given emergency accommodation during the coronavirus pandemic to move in with friends and family

Pressure builds on government to extend evictions ban as deadline looms

04 June, 2020

Tens of thousands of renters are at risk of being evicted in the coming months unless the government's eviction ban is extended

Coronavirus: Thousands of homeless 'back on streets by July'

04 June, 2020

Thousands of homeless people who have been housed during the coronavirus pandemic could return to the streets by the end of June

Universal Credit £20 week increase must be extended to ESA

03 June, 2020

Disabled people receiving ESA have been missing out on a emergency £20 week out of work benefit top up to help them through the Covid-19 crisis as the Government says it will take too long to make changes

Bracknell Forest Council failed to accommodate more than half of homeless households last winter

03 June, 2020

Bracknell Forest council failed to find accommodation for more than half of homeless households that needed help at the end of last year

Government welfare watchdog tells ministers to suspend shared accommodation benefit rate

03 June, 2020

A cap on benefit rates for younger people living in shared private rented homes should be temporarily scrapped during the coronavirus pandemic

Town hall plans to take back control of 13,000 social homes across north Manchester

03 June, 2020

The council is proposing to bring its management arm Northwards back in-house, meaning thousands of people would have the town hall as their landlord for the first time since 2005

Kirklees Council housing to be brought back under local authority control

03 June, 2020

It would mean the end of Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing

1 in 8 renters behind on housing costs in struggle to access cash support

03 June, 2020

Tenants are being forced to cut back on essentials like fresh food while 500,000 remain at risk of financial catastrophe as a result of the pandemic

Record numbers used UK food banks in first month of lockdown

03 June, 2020

Charities say government support is failing to protect low-income families

Exclusion of ESA claimants from £20 week increase "untenable" says SSAC

02 June, 2020

The SSAC has written to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Dr Therese Coffey, recommending major changes to the DWP's emergency response to Covid-19

Key workers in Peterborough get chance to apply for affordable housing

02 June, 2020

Housing association is inviting anyone who earns below £40,200 to get in touch

Long-term strategy needed to help rough sleepers after pandemic

02 June, 2020

16 people have been evicted from emergency Covid-19 accommodation

Tenant Fees Act extended to cover existing tenancies in England

02 June, 2020

The Tenant Fees Act came into force in England last year, and from Monday 1st June it has a wider application for tenancies in England

Advisers urge ministers to review benefit cap in wake of coronavirus

02 June, 2020

Estimates suggest 108,000 families will miss out on chancellor's emergency boost due to cap

Lockdown break-ups and job changes boost rentals

02 June, 2020

Lockdown break-ups, job losses and urgent relocations are thought to have led to a surge in the rental sector

Electrical Safety Standards Regs in the PRS - important guidance published

02 June, 2020

Guidance setting out how the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 affect landlords, tenants and local authorities

Return of Ipswich social housing allocation system welcomed

01 June, 2020

The coronavirus emergency has put a strain on everyone - residents and businesses alike

Protect tenants from arrears, evictions and homelessness - An urgent call to government for action during and after the coronavirus epidemic

01 June, 2020

The government has taken welcome action to protect tenants and help them meet their housing costs in the current crisis

Accommodation for 211 rough sleepers in Newham provided during pandemic

01 June, 2020

More than 200 rough sleepers have been housed by Newham Council since the start of the coronavirus crisis, with just a handful remaining on the streets

Council with highest COVID-19 death rate brands illness a 'housing disease'

01 June, 2020

The council with the highest COVID-19 death rate in the country has branded the virus a "housing disease" and is now drawing up plans looking at how to tackle its severe impact in the area

Two-thirds of tenants in Wales are struggling pay rent during the coronavirus crisis

01 June, 2020

More than 60% of private and social tenants in Wales are struggling to pay rent or bills during the coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus: Renters struggle most with pandemic costs

01 June, 2020

Private renters are more likely to be struggling with payments than those who own their homes

Tenant fee ban for pre-June 2019 tenancies goes live today

01 June, 2020

The tenant fee ban is extended to all tenancies from today

HB S7/2020

29 May, 2020

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

Mortgage holidays are a breeze, but try taking a rent break

29 May, 2020

The coronavirus crisis highlights inequalities among homeowners and those beholden to landlords

Inquiry into "housing for those living with dementia" seeks evidence into the role of adaptations

29 May, 2020

The APPG on Housing and Care for Older People has launched a new inquiry taking a deep dive into housing for those living with dementia and is gathering submissions to inform its report

Sixty percent of homeless households in Northampton did not get temporary accommodation last year

29 May, 2020

Figures come as Northampton Borough Council launches new strategy to help homeless

Evictions ban deadline is 'a ticking time bomb'

29 May, 2020

Sadiq Khan has branded the end of the government's de facto eviction ban in four weeks "a ticking time bomb"

Rent arrears forecast to rise

29 May, 2020

Landlords are heavily exposed to the risk of rent arrears as half of tenants are aged 16 to 34 and therefore more likely to work in vulnerable jobs within the gig economy or retail sector

Food insecurity and debt are the new reality under lockdown

29 May, 2020

New data from our fourth YouGov survey since lockdown began has found that food insecurity and debt are the new reality under lockdown, with four million adults borrowing money and ethnic minorities most at risk of food poverty

Landlords heavily exposed to young renters most at risk of losing their job

29 May, 2020

With nearly one in two renters in the UK aged between 16 to 34, residential landlords are heavily exposed to younger people falling into financial distress as a high proportion of young people work in retail or the gig economy

Mounting rent arrears 'ignored by government'

28 May, 2020

Rising rent arrears in the private rented sector due to the coronavirus are being ignored by the government

Government warned limits on Building Safety Fund will reduce social housing new build

28 May, 2020

Social landlords will be forced to reduce planned development and maintenance spend if they are not allowed to reclaim their full cladding remediation costs from the new £1bn Building Safety Fund

Regulatory judgements: landlord that breached Home Standard hit with governance downgrade

28 May, 2020

A housing association which was found to have breached the Home Standard earlier this year has been hit with a governance downgrade

The growth of shared rented housing has made this crisis worse

28 May, 2020

The transformation of our housing stock from family homes to HMOs has been a damaging trend for many years

UK's most vulnerable people at risk of losing 60% of their income

28 May, 2020

Citizens Advice warns of lack of safety net for many of the 2.5 million ordered to shield at home

Social housing rent arrears up £100m since coronavirus outbreak

28 May, 2020

Rent arrears among social landlords have surged by £100m since the coronavirus pandemic hit the UK

Lettings agents must sign up for AML checks as HMRC fixes registration system

28 May, 2020

Lettings agents have been reminded that they may now need to register with HMRC for anti-money laundering supervision after a delayed IT system went live

Universal Credit: Payments will be altered for partners claiming together - what to know

27 May, 2020

Universal Credit has seen unprecedented demand in recent months as coronavirus continues to have an impact on the economy

Households in temporary accommodation hit 13-year high before pandemic

27 May, 2020

The number of homeless households in temporary accommodation across England hit a 13-year high before the coronavirus crisis

Short lets regulation options to be considered by government in June

27 May, 2020

A document outlining options for the future regulation of Airbnb and other short let platforms in the UK is to be considered by the government next month

Social housing valuers remove 'material uncertainty clause' and resume external inspections

27 May, 2020

Major sector valuers Savills and JLL have removed the use of a MUC for housing association properties valued via the EUV-SH approach following updated guidance from the RICS today

Coronavirus and the social impacts on the countries and regions of Britain: April 2020

27 May, 2020

Indicators from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey to understand the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on people, households and communities in the countries and regions of Great Britain

£1bn Building Safety Fund launches with limited availability for social housing providers

27 May, 2020

The government has published the prospectus for its new £1bn Building Safety Fund for the removal of unsafe non-aluminium composite material cladding systems

UK recession may not be as bad as feared

27 May, 2020

Andy Haldane says latest data is 'a shade better' than forecast but caution remains

London faces surge in rough sleepers as coronavirus funding runs out in June

27 May, 2020

Mayor Sadiq Khan says without extra cash homeless people staying in hotels during pandemic could return to streets

Coronavirus could end Universal Credit and usher in Universal Basic Income

26 May, 2020

A new report warns the current welfare system is "unlikely to survive" in the long term

Private landlords urged to open doors to Shrewsbury's homeless

26 May, 2020

Private landlords have been urged to open their doors to lend a hand to Shrewsbury's homeless people

Neighbours are worried new occupants of the complex's empty flats could bring the coronavirus

26 May, 2020

Neighbours are worried new occupants of the complex's empty flats could bring the coronavirus

Increased costs put 'invisible' supported housing providers under financial pressure

26 May, 2020

Supported housing providers say they have been "invisible" during the coronavirus crisis as extra costs have put pressure on an already underfunded sector

Birmingham City Council owes other councils more than £200m

26 May, 2020

A council owed other local authorities more than £200 million last year, the seventh highest total of any council in the UK

Low-income households denied coronavirus support by benefit cap

26 May, 2020

Upper limit on benefits remains static, and research shows thousands of families are losing out on £185 a month

What are tenants asking Google?

26 May, 2020

Boiler Plan has uncovered the most common questions private-renters are asking Google during the lockdown

Stamp Duty receipts plummet as lockdown dents HMRC's tax take

26 May, 2020

Property market restrictions during the lockdown period made a big dent in the Government's Stamp Duty receipts

How we're protecting residents during lockdown - and why there must be no return to rough sleeping

22 May, 2020

Responding to a global pandemic and gearing up an organisation of our size to cope with a fast-moving and evolving political and legal environment is not easy

England to provide 3,300 homes for homeless after coronavirus

22 May, 2020

£160m of rough sleeping services budget brought forward to stop return to streets

The clock is ticking: government must act now to protect renters

22 May, 2020

There are now less than five weeks to go before the government's eviction ban ends

Easy read: Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

22 May, 2020

These easy read guides explain how you can get help from Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and how to claim it

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you're already getting benefits

22 May, 2020

Guidance for people who were receiving benefits before the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

MPs call for £100m annual fund to keep rough sleepers off the streets after pandemic

22 May, 2020

Cross-party MPs have called for a dedicated annual fund of £100m to keep rough sleepers off the streets after the coronavirus pandemic

Clarity needed on long-term arrangements for rough sleepers

22 May, 2020

Labour leader Keir Starmer has added his voice to calls for greater clarity on plans for rough sleepers who have been offered emergency accommodation during the coronavirus pandemic

Extra buy to let mortgage holiday opposed by activists group

22 May, 2020

The possibility of an extended mortgage holiday being introduced, for landlords as well as home owners, has been sharply criticised by a group of activists in the capital

Do the smart thing

22 May, 2020

The future of the social smart home

Housing association committed development forecasts down by 43% as unsold units increase

22 May, 2020

Economic uncertainty brought about by coronavirus has caused registered providers revise downwards forecast expenditure on development, while unsold market and shared ownership homes increased

Landlords support MPs' calls to boost housing benefit

22 May, 2020

Private landlords are supporting calls by MPs on Parliament's Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee to boost the financial support available to tenants during the COVID-19 outbreak

Universal Credit: surplus earnings

21 May, 2020

Correspondence between SSAC and DWP about the Universal Credit surplus earnings and self-employed losses for Universal Credit claimants

Rebuilding after coronavirus: what housing wants from government

21 May, 2020

As lockdown measures begin to ease, minds are turning to how the UK will recover from the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic

Private landlords are taking hit to support tenants

21 May, 2020

Private landlords have been willing to take a temporary hit to rental income to support tenants struggling as a result of coronavirus according to new research published today

Routine repairs services cannot be resumed 'overnight'

21 May, 2020

Housing associations across the country have warned that routine repairs cannot instantly resume at normal rates after the housing minister wrote directly to social housing tenants to announce the return of non-urgent works

Coronavirus: Benefit claims fraud could be £1.5bn

21 May, 2020

Benefit officials have told the BBC they fear that as much as £1.5bn may have been lost in fraudulent claims for Universal Credit in recent weeks

'Grave injustice': Ministers urged to review 'discriminatory' universal credit rates for under-25s

21 May, 2020

Current benefit system leaving young people under 'serious financial strain' during pandemic

Homeless people to move from hotel accommodation to empty student beds

21 May, 2020

Clearly our focus now is on moving people on from the hotels

What homeless shelters could look like post-lockdown

21 May, 2020

Many services have had to close while others have had to reduce their capacity

LIN member report May 2020 - Licensing Private Landlords

21 May, 2020

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Fraud and error in the benefit system: financial year 2019 to 2020 estimates

20 May, 2020

Estimates of fraud and error levels in the benefit system in Great Britain in the financial year 2019 to 2020

Put social housing at heart of coronavirus recovery, housing bodies tell devolved nations

20 May, 2020

Social housing must be at the heart of devolved governments' plans to steer their economies through the impacts of coronavirus

Rent collection plummets in Liverpool

20 May, 2020

Landlord rental collection has fallen by 50% in Liverpool due to COVID-19

English Housing Supply Update

20 May, 2020

Growth in house building was already running out of steam when Covid-19 struck

Evictions to restart as courts get ready to open for possession hearings on June 29th

20 May, 2020

Solicitors are told to expect that both suspended and new hearings are to restart but that they will be held online or on the telephone until it is safe to hold them in person

Coronavirus: Universal credit claims hit monthly record

20 May, 2020

Claims for universal credit - the benefit for working-age people in the UK - hit a record monthly level in the early weeks of lockdown

Gas safety check advice for landlords

19 May, 2020

This page provides the latest guidance for landlords on carrying out gas safety checks during the coronavirus outbreak

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 9 April 2020

19 May, 2020

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

Claims that the homeless in Derbyshire are set to be 'moved on' from hotels

19 May, 2020

There are more than 100 rough sleepers being housed

COVID-19 letter to social housing residents

19 May, 2020

To all social housing residents in England

East Anglian housing association boss warns of 'tough times ahead' in coronavirus crisis

19 May, 2020

The boss of East Anglia's biggest housing association has warned the housing crisis may deepen in the wake of coronavirus

Buy To Lets 'should only be re-let if tenants want to move'

19 May, 2020

A consumer group wants buy to let properties to be re-let only if the tenants in them want to move

UK housing association Places for People hands £21m to Salesforce to look after CRM and job scheduling

19 May, 2020

UK housing association People for Places has awarded Salesforce a software licensing contract for CRM and job scheduling worth £21m

Housing minister says planned maintenance and void work should resume in letter to social housing tenants

19 May, 2020

Social housing landlords should resume planned external maintenance and repairs on empty properties

We've teamed up with a local social enterprise to deliver food to our most vulnerable residents

18 May, 2020

At Community Gateway, we often use the phrase 'more than just a landlord'

Coronavirus: £5bn needed to stop local cuts say county councils

18 May, 2020

English councils have called on the government to provide a £5bn "income guarantee" to prevent local authorities from having to cut services as the coronavirus hits finances

Coronavirus is showing us the shambles of UK housing standards

18 May, 2020

The first bulges in the ceiling of my bedroom appeared around mid-September

Calls for social landlords to prioritise letting to domestic abuse survivors during pandemic

18 May, 2020

Domestic abuse agencies are demanding social housing providers to prioritise survivors when allocating homes, amid reports that incidences of abuse are rising during the coronavirus lockdown

Coronavirus: Single mother left worse off by universal credit increase launches legal challenge over 'perverse' benefit rules

18 May, 2020

Solicitors say change in payments occurred due to benefits cap being 'stringently applied' despite pandemic

Food banks' stark warning to government: we can't do this alone

18 May, 2020

Volunteer networks have been resilient, but financial help for those in need is the only long-term solution

We will deliver thousands fewer affordable homes with First Homes policy

18 May, 2020

Major London housing associations will deliver up to 3,600 fewer affordable homes a year if the government pushes ahead with its First Homes policy

'It's disorienting': former Glasgow MP left claiming universal credit

15 May, 2020

Recent Labour MP Paul Sweeney awaits response to claim made as result of lockdown and losing seat in December

DWP faces pressure for Universal Credit reforms on advance loans and one-year rise

15 May, 2020

Food bank use has surged during the Covid-19 crisis amid calls for a revamp of the welfare system to address issues such as the coronavirus payment boost only lasting 12 months

North Leeds hotel now housing over 100 asylum seekers during Covid-19 pandemic

15 May, 2020

The hotel has opened every single room to those in need

Fitch Affirms 2 English Social Housing Registered Providers; Outlooks Negative

15 May, 2020

Fitch Ratings has revised Origin Housing Limited's Outlook to Negative from Stable

Government confirms 'non-essential' social housing allocations can resume

15 May, 2020

Social housing lettings deemed "non-essential" can now go ahead as part of the government's move to reopen the housing market

Activists urge tenants hit by coronavirus crisis to stop paying rent

15 May, 2020

London Renters Union among those calling on people to plege to withhold rent to meet basic needs

Coronavirus: From being an MP to claiming universal credit

14 May, 2020

A former Labour MP has spoken about being unemployed for the first time and having to apply for universal credit during the coronavirus lockdown

Millions have signed up to Universal Credit since coronavirus crisis - can they now tap into £1,200 of government money to help them save?

14 May, 2020

More than 1.8million people have signed up for Universal Credit since 16 March, just days before the country went into lockdown

Three steps to avoid a post-lockdown homelessness crisis

14 May, 2020

Renters across the country are being confronted with an economic struggle like nothing they have ever faced

How repairs teams are turning to augmented reality to cope with coronavirus

14 May, 2020

The lockdown and coronavirus risk have led to some early experiments with augmented reality video to help repairs teams avoid unnecessary visits to tenants' homes

How the pandemic is speeding up the digital transformation of housing services

14 May, 2020

During the course of lockdown, social landlords have been distributing iPads and phones, and transforming how they engage with tenants

Jenrick defends government's protection plan for renters as 'most credible' option

14 May, 2020

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has said the government's plan for protecting renters from eviction during the coronavirus crisis is the "credible" option

Councils in England fear they will have to make cuts of 20%

14 May, 2020

Councils could see a shortfall of up to £3.5bn across the local government social care sector

Government unveils online system for agents and landlords to receive tenant benefit payments

14 May, 2020

The DWP has unveiled an online system that will replace the paper-based method for landlords and lettings agents applying to receive direct payments from tenants on Universal Credit

The UK must freeze private rents now - or thousands will be made homeless

13 May, 2020

Struggling private renters cannot bear the economic burden of coronavirus

Disabled households worse off on Universal Credit breakthrough test case win

13 May, 2020

A single mother with a disabled daughter and a woman with mobility difficulties who were left worse off after they were forced to move to UC after their existing benefits were wrongly stopped have won a breakthrough case in the Court of Appeal

Non-compliant housing association undergoes restructure and rebrand

13 May, 2020

A non-compliant Merseyside housing association has undergone a major group restructure

Housing bosses warn of huge increase in evictions once coronavirus lockdown ends

13 May, 2020

South Tyneside Council is also concerned that there will be a spike in evictions because tenants have run up arrears

Homeless migrants may be offered 'voluntary repatriation' once hotels close

13 May, 2020

The homelessness minister has said that homeless migrants who are unable to access housing benefit may be offered "voluntary repatriation" following the coronavirus lockdown

Legal challenge to override government's eviction ban dismissed by Court of Appeal

13 May, 2020

A challenge to the legality of the government's decision to pause all possession proceedings during the coronavirus pandemic has been dismissed by the Court of Appeal

MHCLG suggests 'drive-by' Right to Buy valuations during pandemic

13 May, 2020

The government has suggested councils carry out "drive-by" Right to Buy valuations in order to keep the scheme running during the coronavirus pandemic

Tenant groups accuse agents of harassing renters

13 May, 2020

Agents have been accused of harassing tenants to pay rent in full as pressure grows for the payments to be suspended

Labour's two-year delay for rent arrears "not enough" say activists

12 May, 2020

A group of private rental activists says Labour proposals to give tenants two years to repay arrears accrued during the virus period do not go far enough

Homes First celebrates 100 years of Council Housing

12 May, 2020

As the urban population soared thepoor quality housing that so many relied upon had become increasingly insanitary

Coronavirus has shone a light on UK's housing crisis - here's how it can be fixed

12 May, 2020

The UK's housing crisis has been thrown into sharp relief by COVID-19

Tenants excluded from London's Covid-19 Housing Delivery Taskforce

12 May, 2020

The London Tenants Federation has expressed disbelief at tenants' exclusion from the Deputy Mayor for Housing's new taskforce for the recovery of London's housing sector after lockdown

Government's plan for rent protection after eviction ban at risk of being just 'words on a page'

12 May, 2020

Government plans to provide renters with additional protection after the eviction ban is lifted at the end of June is at risk of doing little to protect renters and could become merely "words on a page"

This cash-strapped council faces losing £3.3m as coronavirus continues to bite

12 May, 2020

It has received £1.4m Government coronavirus cash

Civitas Social Housing collects 99% of rent over March-end quarter

12 May, 2020

Civitas Social Housing has released a trading and market update, covering the quarterly period to 31 March 2020

Housing, class and Coronavirus

12 May, 2020

When the Prime Minister and the heir to the throne were struck down by Coronavirus there was a lot of guff in the media about this being a democratic disease that can strike everyone, be they high or low

Landlords' Barometer #81 Impact of Covid-19 still dominating discussions

12 May, 2020

Welcome to the May edition of the "Landlords Barometer" - where the impact of Covid19 on the private rented sector is still dominating our discussions

The benefit cap is undermining the government's response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

11 May, 2020

Ever since the government began to grapple with this public health emergency, one thing has been clear: the UK's crumbling safety net of social security was going to have to be a corner stone of the response

Over 260,000 disabled people waiting for DWP benefit assessments

11 May, 2020

Figures published by the DWP in response to a parliamentary written question show that as of 27 April there were 166,630 PIP claimants with either an assessment scheduled or awaiting scheduling

Northern Ireland government to fast-track housing association reclassification bill

11 May, 2020

Northern Ireland's government will fast-track legislation to prevent the region's housing associations being reclassified as public sector bodies

Johnson giving no clear direction on lockdown exit

11 May, 2020

Labour leader criticises PM as government struggles to answer barrage of questions

Coronavirus could halt council plans to build 1000 new homes by 2022

11 May, 2020

Plans to build 1000 new council houses in South Lanarkshire by 2022 could be scuppered by coronavirus

Coronavirus: Renters will outnumber mortgage holders by 2029

11 May, 2020

Renters aged 35 to 44 will outnumber mortgage holders by 2029

The coronavirus crisis demands urgent action to protect renters. This is Labour's plan

11 May, 2020

Millions of renters could face eviction when the current protection lifts in June

Labour sets out five-point plan for renters as evictions deadline looms

11 May, 2020

The Labour Party has set out a five-point plan to protect renters amid warnings of an "avalanche of evictions" as the end of the ban on new possession hearings approaches

Thousands of renters could be evicted in June. Will the government protect them?

07 May, 2020

The coronavirus-related freeze on evictions is ending - and the new 'pre-action protocol' relies on the kindness of landlords

Labour urges extended eviction ban amid risk of huge job losses

07 May, 2020

Five-point plan to protect renters comes as poll shows 1.7 million people fear unemployment

Keir Starmer 'failing renters' hit by coronavirus crisis

07 May, 2020

Thousands of Labour members tell party leader to back immediate cancellation of rents for those affected

Benefit cap: number of households capped to February 2020

07 May, 2020

Statistics on households that have had their benefits capped between 15 April 2013 and February 2020

Dunstable housing crisis: 91 bids made on three-bedroom home with successful applicant waiting 4 years to be rehoused

07 May, 2020

The only way is up for housing in landlocked parts of Central Bedfordshire such as Dunstable

Steve Douglas: how the sector is responding to this crisis

07 May, 2020

Steve Douglas talks to Inside Housing about how the COVID-19 response might come to define the housing sector

Regulator grants deadline extension to councils with safety issues

07 May, 2020

Councils working through health and safety issues have been granted deadline extensions by the RSH because of the coronavirus

500,000 on brink of homelessness because of pandemic

07 May, 2020

Half a million households are at risk of becoming homeless because of the coronavirus crisis

Winkworth sees AirBnb landlords turning to long-term lets

07 May, 2020

With Instagram-worthy interiors, flats and houses that were once let through platforms such as AirBnb and booking.com are now returning to the market as long-term lets

Landlords will snub Scotland's interest-free loans despite tenant payment difficulties

07 May, 2020

Half of landlords in Scotland have indicated that they will snub the Scottish Government's interest-free loans despite tenants struggling with meeting rental repayments

Renters are facing a cliff edge: government must act now

06 May, 2020

In just seven weeks, the government's eviction ban is due to be lifted, and renters will once again be at risk of eviction through the courts

Biggest number of new Universal Credit claims paid in a single day

06 May, 2020

More than 135,000 new claims were made to Universal Credit on 30 and 31 March 2020. People who claimed on these two days will receive payments today

Kingdom Housing Association secures £10m credit facility from Lloyds

06 May, 2020

Kingdom Housing Association has agreed a Revolving Credit Facility Agreement with Lloyds Bank during the coronavirus period after an open tender process run for Kingdom by ATFS

Risk of 'dole queue' future for young people after Covid-19 crisis

06 May, 2020

UK's 800,000 school leavers and graduates need jobs and education offers amid turmoil

Bank lenders 'reasonably relaxed' about new loans to housing assocations during COVID-19

06 May, 2020

Housing sector lenders are said to be being largely supportive towards clients amid the COVID-19 crisis, but HAs are being advised to allow more time around funding processes

Rishi Sunak preparing to wind down coronavirus furlough scheme from July

06 May, 2020

UK chancellor set to scale back job retention measure as coronavirus lockdown eases

Landlords may face months of delay before being able to begin evictions

06 May, 2020

Giving evidence by video link to the MHCLG Parliamentary Select Committee on Monday, Robert Jenrick said that the present lettings evictions moratorium could last for another three months

The case where the landlord claimed for Council Tax

06 May, 2020

In this case, a landlord claimed reimbursement of £23.84 for council tax due for a five-day period in February

Family swiftly re-housed after Ryde blaze thanks to housing association

06 May, 2020

Just days after a devastating fire destroyed their property, a family of 5 have found a new place to live - after their housing association turned an empty house into a furnished family home

Council branded irresponsible by lettings body for ignoring virus guidance

06 May, 2020

Coventry council has been branded as irresponsible by a leading trade body for allegedly ignoring government advice on licensing schemes during the Coronavirus crisis

Universal Credit declarations (claims) and advances: management information

05 May, 2020

Management information providing daily counts of Universal Credit declarations (claims) and advances from 1 March to 28 April 2020

UK discriminating against EU citizens

05 May, 2020

Many citizens with 'pre-settled status' are finding it hard to get benefits on offer to UK nationals

Rent increases delayed for Hartlepool council tenants amid coronavirus crisis

05 May, 2020

Plans to increase rent for council homes by 1.7% to help provide more of the properties in Hartlepool have been delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak

Ditch 'Starter Homes on steroids' project and focus on social housing

05 May, 2020

Hackney's mayor has told the government to abandon plans to give first-time buyers discount on new homes at the expense of social housing

Housing associations complete 731-home stock transfer

05 May, 2020

Two housing associations have completed the transfer of 731 homes in the South of England

Landlords report increase in anti-social behaviour injunctions as number of incidents grow

05 May, 2020

The number of injunctions being served by housing associations against tenants across the country has seen a huge spike in the past several weeks as landlords deal with an increasing number of anti-social behaviour incidents during lockdown

DWP's response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

05 May, 2020

The Secretary of State for the DWP has made an oral statement to Parliament about the DWP's response to COVID-19

Government to give renters 'added protection' after the COVID-19 evictions ban is lifted

05 May, 2020

Tenants with rent arrears will not be immediately forced from their homes after the current coronavirus eviction ban is lifted

Deposit Protection Service landords and tenants at risk from phishing email

05 May, 2020

A fraudulent email scam has targeted users of the DPS, tricking them into revealing their logins and passwords and, according to an undated DPS email message, a small group has fallen for the scam

Housing Benefit subsidy initial estimates: Apr 2020 to Mar 2021

04 May, 2020

This is the local authority Housing Benefit initial estimates of expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2020 to 2021

Further £1,500,000 spent on safe housing for domestic abuse victims in lockdown

04 May, 2020

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has pledged an extra £1.5 million to house domestic abuse victims fleeing home in London

Top marks for Dorset social housing provider

04 May, 2020

Dorset social housing provider Magna has retained the highest ratings for governance and financial viability

How housing associations are using voids during the coronavirus crisis

04 May, 2020

Despite challenges, some housing associations are managing use their vacant properties (voids) to provide housing for vulnerable people that need to move urgently

'The housing market is broken': How Scarborough Council aims to help provide homes in the borough

04 May, 2020

A specialist affordable housing unit is to be created to help Scarborough Council meet its target of creating almost 1,000 new properties before March 2021

Call made for £100m housing debt write-off

04 May, 2020

Calls have been made for the government to write off Swindon Borough Council's £100m housing debt

Two large housing associations access bond markets to raise a combined £225m

04 May, 2020

Sovereign Housing Association and Together Housing have braved the financial markets to secure bonds worth a combined total of £225m

Corporate landlord is abusing human rights

04 May, 2020

A multinational corporate landlord with more than 2,000 homes in the UK is abusing human rights around the world

Call to freeze all UK private rents to help 1m workers at risk of losing jobs

04 May, 2020

Thinktank wants three-month suspension during Covid-19 pandemic to protect financially vulnerable

Encourage rough sleepers to move in with family and friends, government tells councils

03 May, 2020

Rough sleepers given emergency accommodation during the coronavirus pandemic should be encouraged to move in with family and friends

Coronavirus: University of York urges landlords to waive rent

01 May, 2020

A landlords association says it will not ask members to waive rents or release students from tenancy agreements during the coronavirus pandemic

Huge rise in Universal Credit claims in Sheffield due to the coronavirus

01 May, 2020

Thousands of people are out of work due to the coronavirus and the government is being urged to speed up Universal Credit payments to those in dire need

Near the cliff-edge: how to protect households facing debt during COVID-19

01 May, 2020

People in the UK are already experiencing the financial impact of Covid-19

London Councils warns of evictions 'avalanche' after suspension

01 May, 2020

Local authority homelessness services could face dealing with the fallout from an "avalanche" of evictions once coronavirus protections are lifted

2.6 million renters have missed or expect to miss a rent payment

01 May, 2020

New research from Citizens Advice has revealed that over 13 million people have already been unable to pay, or expect to be unable to pay, at least one bill because of the coronavirus outbreak

Autistic teen living in shared accommodation for 10 years forced out after council decide "he might not get on with people"

01 May, 2020

A local council has been accused of "discrimination" for refusing to allow a severely autistic teenager to continue living in shared care accommodation because "he might not get on with people"

Coronavirus: 'We go hungry so we can feed our children'

01 May, 2020

Many families are struggling to put food on the table as the coronavirus lockdown robs them of their income

Five key COVID-19 questions for the housing sector

01 May, 2020

As the coronavirus crisis rumbles on, Inside Housing asks the five key questions facing the social housing sector

The government hasn't 'ended homelessness', no matter what it says

30 April, 2020

In March, the Treasury had a whip-round and cobbled together £3.2m for British councils to spend on rough sleeping

Bank of England rejects housing association applications for COVID facility due to V2 ratings

30 April, 2020

The BoE is being lobbied by sector representatives after it denied some housing associations access to its COVID-19 financing facility on the basis of their regulatory V2 ratings, Social Housing has learned

Give social landlords the powers to fight county lines, as COVID-19 makes the threat worse

30 April, 2020

Coronavirus has increased the risk of drug dealers 'cuckooing' properties

Preston housing association has given out 2,300 food parcels to those in need

30 April, 2020

A Preston housing association is helping vulnerable people put food on the table during the coronavirus pandemic

Regulatory judgements: London housing association handed governance downgrade following safety failings

30 April, 2020

A London housing association has been downgraded by the English regulator on governance grounds after breaching safety standards amid the latest round of regulatory judgements

In the long grass? Government has no current plans to introduce Renters Reform Bill

30 April, 2020

Housing Secretary Christopher Pincher has admitted no work is currently being done on the much-anticipated Renters Reform Bill

Whirpool adds 55,000 washing machines to recall - are they in your tenanted properties?

30 April, 2020

Last January, Whirlpool issued a recall notice for certain of its Hotpoint and Indesit washing machines

Housing Benefit statistics on speed of processing 2019 to 2020

29 April, 2020

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

Covid-19: What is the accounting impact for landlords?

29 April, 2020

Coronavirus has hit landlords' incomes hard, with a significant shortfall in rent collection from the March quarter day

Giant housing association increases completions by 70%

29 April, 2020

Clarion Housing Group has announced it completed more than 2,000 new homes in 2019/20, a 70% increase on the number of homes completed in the previous financial year

Local authority coronavirus funding allocations revealed

29 April, 2020

Individual councils have been told how much money they will receive from the additional £1.6bn emergency coronavirus funding pot announced by the government for local authorities earlier this month

Coronavirus pandemic puts the spotlight on poor housing quality in England

29 April, 2020

The current COVID-19 pandemic has brought the relationship between health and housing quality into sharp focus

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for social landlords on essential moves

29 April, 2020

Non-statutory guidance to support social landlords with allocations and transfers during the coronavirus outbreak

Midlands Voluntary Right to Buy pilot extended

29 April, 2020

The large-scale pilot scheme giving housing association tenants the Right to Buy has been extended

Universal Credit rent arrears deductions suspended

29 April, 2020

The process for paying back rent arrears through Universal Credit deductions has been suspended

Local authorities will need more time to spend Right to Buy receipts

29 April, 2020

Desperately-needed new social homes could go unbuilt unless councils are granted an extension to the time they are allowed to spend money from Right to Buy sales

Call for struggling tenants to benefit from landlords' mortgage payment holiday

29 April, 2020

Renters waiting for income support or not covered by government schemes should see a reduction in their rent if their landlord has secured a mortgage holiday and they risk breaching affordability criteria

Tenant confusion remains despite rental payments remaining steady

29 April, 2020

The coronavirus crunch is yet to translate into delayed rental payments but agents are warning that there is still tenant confusion about whether they are obliged to pay

Social landlords advised to pause all 'non-essential' lettings during pandemic

28 April, 2020

Social landlords must pause all 'non-essential' allocations of homes during the pandemic

Councils call for Right to Buy receipts flexibility amid crisis

28 April, 2020

Councils have demanded an extension to the time they have to spend money through Right to Buy sales before it returns to the government

Tenants renew en-masse but rents fall

28 April, 2020

Seven out of 10 (70%) tenancies that were due to end in March were renewed - as people looked to stay put amid the lockdown

London housing groups launch programme to increase diversity in the sector

28 April, 2020

A trio of housing associations have combined with house builder Hill Group and the Greater London Authority to create an "emerging talent" programme

Coronavirus: Councils vying for emergency virus cash

28 April, 2020

Ministers are facing competing demands from councils across England for a £1.6bn emergency coronavirus fund

There may be no better time than now for associations to approach the bond market

28 April, 2020

It has been a turbulent two months, but with credit spreads tightening and long-term borrowing rates low, now might be the time to move on the bond market

Public support universal basic income, job guarantee and rent controls to respond to coronavirus pandemic

28 April, 2020

Political terrain in UK seems to have opened up in wake of crisis

HMO and student landlords worst hit as buy-to-let lenders withdraw products

28 April, 2020

Landlords managing student housing and houses in multiple occupation have been hit hardest by the property market lockdown

Incapacity and disability benefit claimants feel particularly hard hit during coronavirus outbreak

27 April, 2020

The Work and Pensions Committee of MPs has published the results of a survey to find out people's experiences of the benefit system during the coronavirus outbreak

Waltham Forest Council approves housing allocation changes at virtual cabinet meeting

27 April, 2020

Residents who have lived in Waltham Forest for less than five years will no longer be able to join the council housing register after changes to the Housing Allocation Rules

East Kent Housing staff and services set to transfer to councils in Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone and Hythe, and Thanet on September 30

27 April, 2020

The staff and the services of a scandal-hit social housing firm are set to transfer to the four councils that own it across Kent on September 30

Rochdale's largest social housing landlord urged to help coronavirus effort

27 April, 2020

Rochdale's largest social housing landlord has been urged to allow empty flats at its landmark Seven Sisters blocks to be used as emergency accommodation for the homeless

UK energy firms using debt collectors despite coronavirus agreement

27 April, 2020

Companies are expected to identify struggling customers and offer them reassurance

Coronavirus crisis may leave English councils with £5bn funding shortfall

27 April, 2020

Local authorities say more government action needed after data shows massive financial blackhole

Seven out of 10 tenants renew their tenancies in March as rents fall

27 April, 2020

The Hamptons International Lettings Index in March showed that rental growth more than halved across Great Britain on both newly-let properties and on renewed tenancies

Government must go further to protect people on low incomes from impact of coronavirus

24 April, 2020

New JRF briefing briefing urges the Government to go further to protect people on low incomes from the impact of coronavirus

LA Welfare Direct lite 4/2020

24 April, 2020

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

Get help with benefits and pensions if you have accessibility needs

24 April, 2020

Get help if you have difficulties claiming benefits and pensions because of a disability or health condition

Major housing association stand firms against pressure to stop student rent charges during COVID-19 crisis

24 April, 2020

A major housing association is refusing to bow to pressure over its decision to continue charging rent on student accommodation despite university closures during the coronavirus pandemic

Rent increases permitted during coronavirus crisis

24 April, 2020

Landlords are allowed to increase rents during the coronavirus crisis

Thousands of housing association staff furloughed as government's job retention scheme opens

24 April, 2020

Housing associations across the UK have furloughed thousands of their workers as they attempt to shield their businesses from the economic impact caused by coronavirus

Rightmove says renters are returning to the search

24 April, 2020

As we entered lockdown, activity on Rightmove understandably dropped, but, according to the portal, has been slowly recovering over the past few weeks

1,000 rental enquiries a day across an 11 branch network

24 April, 2020

After we published the report yesterday on the success that Chestertons has been having with virtual viewings during lockdown, we had a note from Anthony Szabo who is Area Director of Lettings for Felicity J Lord in London

LIN member report April 2020 - Coronavirus and housing

24 April, 2020

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Selwood Housing team makes 2,000 welfare calls

23 April, 2020

Selwood Housing Group has been working hard to provide essential services for thousands of people during the Covid-19 coronavirus lockdown

Universal credit system will not change under pandemic

23 April, 2020

Welfare minister says no plans to reduce five-week wait or to turn advance payments into grants

Council land across the city to be sold to housing associations for affordable homes

23 April, 2020

Council land across Glasgow is set to be sold to housing associations so more affordable homes can be built

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, UK: March 2020

23 April, 2020

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

One in three UK households expects to need state help to weather coronavirus

23 April, 2020

One third of British households said they were likely to need government support within the next three months

Small supported housing associations 'urgently need short-term support'

23 April, 2020

The National Housing Federation is asking ministers whether housing associations can access the government's £750m charity rescue fund

NRLA welcomes Mayor's calls to increase the Local Housing Allowance

23 April, 2020

Yesterday EYE carried a report on the Mayor of London's call for a 'triple lock' of policies to protect private renters

Chestertons does thousands of virtual viewings and agrees hundreds of new tenancies

23 April, 2020

London agent Chestertons reports that it has kept busy over the lock-down period and has registered 2,369 new tenants needing to move, conducted 3,432 virtual viewings

High court judgement

22 April, 2020

It is in the public interest that a coherent immigration policy should not only set out the criteria upon which leave to enter and remain in a particular state willbe granted, but also discourage the unlawful entry

What landlords need to know about the EU's new £50bn COVID-19 state aid support scheme

22 April, 2020

Housing associations are among those that should benefit from a new £50bn EU scheme designed to support business affected by the coronavirus crisis

Universal credit claimants with larger families will lose out

22 April, 2020

Activists say two-child cap may mean hardship for families signing on after lockdown

Right to Rent scheme is legal

22 April, 2020

A government scheme aimed at preventing illegal immigrants from renting homes in England is legal

Sadiq Khan calls for 'triple-lock' protection for private renters in London during COVID-19 crisis

22 April, 2020

The mayor of London has called on the government to introduce a new "triple lock" of measures aimed at protecting private renters from eviction as a result of rent arrears caused by the coronavirus pandemic

Mayor calls for 'Triple Lock' protection for London's private renters

22 April, 2020

The Mayor of London is urging the Government to protect London's three million private renters both during and after the Coronavirus pandemic by introducing three key policies to shield those affected by Covid19 from eviction

MPs to examine effect of coronavirus on the rental sector

22 April, 2020

MPs have launched an inquiry into the impact of the coronavirus on the private rental sector as landlords report that high numbers of tenants fear struggling to pay their rent over the coming months

Inquiry launched into impact of coronavirus on homelessness and private rented sector

21 April, 2020

MPs have launched an inquiry to assess the impact of the coronavirus crisis on homelessness, rough sleeping and the private rented sector

Tenants told to use lunch and holiday savings to pay full rent

21 April, 2020

London agent for billionaire landlord turns down residents' request for coronavirus relief

Construction resumes on social housing projects

21 April, 2020

Construction is resuming on 35 social housing projects to ensure local authorities can deliver accommodation for people currently in emergency accommodation or at risk of homelessness during the current pandemic

Private housing repair scheme turns focus on Ibrox and Cessnock

21 April, 2020

A housing programme run by Glasgow City Council which renovates privately owned buildings will now focus on fixing homes in Ibrox and Cessnock

Cornwall Council uses affordable housing to support homeless during coronavirus

21 April, 2020

Cornwall Council has been using affordable homes to provide accommodation for the homeless during the coronavirus pandemic

The hidden housing budget

21 April, 2020

What it means for the sector

Labour calls for end to migrant benefit block during lockdown

21 April, 2020

Shadow immigration minister seeks change to rules that deny access to public funds

Short-Term Demand is Up for Rentals in U.K., But the Market Remains Significantly Impacted by Coronavirus

21 April, 2020

The current uncertainty will have households turning to the lettings market first to "meet any immediate housing need"

Rental Market Report 2020 Q1

21 April, 2020

The change in activity levels in the rental market due to COVID-19 have not yet filtered through to any notable adjustment in rents

Lettings supply dips as Zoopla forecasts 25% drop in rental market activity

21 April, 2020

Rental supply is falling but coronavirus won't hit lettings agents as badly as it has for sales

Maintaining tenancies - a guide for the private rented sector

20 April, 2020

Governments across the UK have announced different measures to prevent or delay the eviction of tenants from the PRS due to Coronavirus

Labour urges universal credit rethink to help low-income families

20 April, 2020

Call for five-week payment wait to be scrapped to protect families hit by coronavirus lockdown

Coronavirus UK: English councils welcome extra £1.6bn support

20 April, 2020

Announcement brings total funding for local government to £3.2bn with extra £300m for devolved administrations

Fears of 'catastrophic coronavirus outbreak among homeless in hostels

20 April, 2020

Charities accuse the government of putting cost above taking action to help isolate up to 35,000 still at risk in shelters

Tenants looking for new homes as two Preston sheltered housing schemes set to close

20 April, 2020

Tenants at two sheltered housing schemes in Preston are looking for new homes after it was revealed the buildings are set to close

British households face disposable income fall of £515 per month

20 April, 2020

UK consumers could take £43bn hit as coronavirus crisis ravages UK economyq

Sealed with a key! How one agency is still securing tenancies despite lockdown

20 April, 2020

Sealed packages and video messages may be the stuff of crime thrillers but it is keeping one agency going through the pandemic

Landlords call for extension to safety certificates

20 April, 2020

Landlords are calling for a six month extension to the validity of all gas and electrical safety certificates to cover for the impact of the coronavirus

Universal Credit claimants may be able to boost savings by £1,200 - are you eligible?

17 April, 2020

Universal credit claims have soared in recent weeks

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Tips for the housing sector onsupporting someone affected by dementia

17 April, 2020

It is estimated that 2/3 of people with dementia live in their own homes or specialist housing

The sector fights back: how the social housing sector is helping residents during the coronavirus outbreak

17 April, 2020

The country has been able to pull together during the coronavirus pandemic

Confusion over housing association supply chain payment duties during coronavirus pandemic

17 April, 2020

Confusion is spreading across the housing association sector about whether organisations are legally obliged to support contractors and suppliers during the coronavirus crisis

Agency waives fees for landlords letting empty properties to NHS workers

17 April, 2020

London agency Martyn Gerrard has offered to waive all lettings fees for landlords who let their property to NHS workers on a short-term basis

Changes in the fraud and error in the benefit system: financial year 2019 to 2020 estimates: statistical notice

17 April, 2020

Statistical notice about changes to the fraud and error in the benefit system: financial year 2019 to 2020 estimates publication

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 12 March 2020

17 April, 2020

Official experimental statistics for the number of people on Universal Credit

Universal Credit claimants to verify identity through Government Gateway

17 April, 2020

People applying for Universal Credit will now be able to use their existing Government Gateway account to confirm their identity, helping to speed up their claim

HB S6/2020

17 April, 2020

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

'No DSS, no children': Anna's DSS discrimination story

16 April, 2020

Too many renters receiving housing benefit face discrimination when looking for a home

Evidence needed from disabled students refused Universal Credit

16 April, 2020

Tessa Gregory and Lucy Cadd from the law firm Leigh Day are bringing a judicial review challenge to the DWP's policy which prevents disabled students from making a claim to UC

Housing association backs down over student accommodation rent

16 April, 2020

A housing association has backed down after previously refusing to waive rent on student blocks in Bristol despite the university being closed because of the coronavirus

One in five private renters expect to lose their job in next three months

16 April, 2020

Nearly one in five private renters in England feel they are likely to lose their job in the next three months because of the coronavirus crisis

Landlords' Barometer #80

16 April, 2020

Welcome to the April edition of the "Landlords Barometer" - where there is only one trending topic for landlords - Covid19!

1.7 million renters expect to lose their job in the next three months

16 April, 2020

Almost one in five private renters in England - an estimated 1.7 million adults - say they are likely to lose their job in the next three months because of the coronavirus crisis

How social landlords are shifting to remote working

16 April, 2020

With many more housing professionals now working from home, Kate Youde finds out how associations are adjusting to this 'new normal'

Right to Buy Sales in England: October to December 2019

16 April, 2020

In Q3 2019-20 (October to December 2019), local authorities sold an estimated 2,356 dwellings under the Right to Buy scheme

Several housing associations included in Bank of England coronavirus bond purchase scheme

16 April, 2020

The Bank of England (BoE) has included a number of housing associations in its coronavirus Corporate Bond Purchase Scheme

Hundreds of students in UK sign up to rent strike

15 April, 2020

Students protest about being trapped in accommodation due to coronavirus

Lancaster students told they must still pay rent to housing firm despite moving out of accommodation due to Covid-19

15 April, 2020

University students who have left their accommodation due to the coronavirus lockdown have been told they must continue to pay their rent

Waltham struggling to house rough sleepers

15 April, 2020

Waltham Forest Council is still struggling to obey the government and house all its rough sleepers as some refuse to engage with services

Housing fund plans £1bn equity investment into social housing

15 April, 2020

A new fund is aiming to deploy £1bn of long-dated institutional equity capital into core social housing by acquiring shared ownership and general needs homes from housing associations

UK new welfare benefit claims soar to 1.4 million

15 April, 2020

Britain has received about 1.4 million new benefit claims for welfare payments

Templates to help landords boost coronavirus communications

15 April, 2020

The National Residential Landlords Association has developed a range of templates that can be used to contact tenants about coronavirus-related issues

1.2 million customers on mortgage payment holiday from lenders

15 April, 2020

UK Finance, which represents some 250 firms in the finance and banking industries, revealed yesterday that Lenders have provided over 1.2 million mortgage payment holidays to households whose finances have been impacted by Covid-19

More than 1,000 London rough sleepers given accommodation

14 April, 2020

More than 1,000 London rough sleepers have been provided with accommodation to self-isolate from the coronavirus in just three weeks, City Hall has said

No rent rises for a year! Anti-agent group demands a ban on increases

14 April, 2020

The Generation Rent pressure group, fiercely critical of agents and landlords in recent months, wants the government to implement a 12 month ban on rent increases

Homeless charity looks to offer social housing

14 April, 2020

A homelessness charity is "moving in" to affordable housing, after successfully becoming a registered provider

FCA confirms temporary loan and credit card relief for customers impacted by coronavirus

14 April, 2020

A temporary payments freeze on loans and credit cards for up to three months are amongst a package of targeted temporary measures confirmed by the FCA today to help people negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic

Social renters most affected by coronavirus crisis

14 April, 2020

Social renters are most likely to be directly affected by the impacts of the coronavirus crisis

Millions in UK having to choose between paying rent and eating

14 April, 2020

Renters' unions call on government to suspend rents for duration of coronavirus crisis

Could more than 2 million tenants struggle to pay their rent?

14 April, 2020

A survey of over 1,000 renters conducted by flatsharing portal, ideal flatmate, has laid bare a potential collision course set to develop between tenants and their landlords and highlights the vulnerable financial position of tenants across the UK

Government urged to tell tenants they must continue paying rent during pandemic

14 April, 2020

Landlords are calling on the Government to make a clear statement that tenants must continue to pay their rent during the coronavirus pandemic where possible

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