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Hunters to advertise 'super-short term' lets on Airbnb and Booking.com

18 January, 2018

Estate agent Hunters will start advertising properties available for "super-short term" lets through the likes of Airbnb, Booking.com and Expedia, after striking up a partnership with an online platform

Labour calls on government to include shared owners in stamp duty cut

18 January, 2018

Labour has echoed calls from the housing sector to end the exclusion of shared ownership buyers from the government's recent stamp duty relief

I've fought hard to make homes fit for habitation. Here's why

18 January, 2018

A pensioner suffering hypothermia because of a cold home, is just one example of why we need support for the bill on 19 January

Council worries over future for homelessness funding

18 January, 2018

Southwark Council tells 24housing that despite positive signs over homeless prevention, the future is unclear

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, Great Britain: December 2017

17 January, 2018

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

West of Scotland Housing Association moves to assure tenants amid Carillion collapse

17 January, 2018

Tenants of WSHA will not be adversely affected by the demise of the contractor which was responsible for carrying out its day-to-day repairs

DfC briefing on reclassification of housing associations as private sector bodies

17 January, 2018

NIFHA will host an important Member Briefing on the reclassification of housing associations as private sector bodies on Friday, 26th January

'Unacceptably' slow pace of Grenfell rehousing continues

17 January, 2018

The slow progress of rehousing families made homeless by the Grenfell Tower disaster has continued, with only six more having moved into permanent or interim homes in the past month

Council to set up two housing companies to 'offset drastic cuts' and deliver 500 homes

17 January, 2018

Council chiefs have taken a 'major step' by agreeing to set up two housing companies to 'offset the austerity measures inflicted' on the authority

Councillor renting out 10 ex-authority homes in 'Right to Buy to let' capital

17 January, 2018

A Conservative councillor in England's 'Right to Buy to let' capital has a private rented portfolio of 10 ex-local authority homes

Buy-to-let mortgages slip as legislative changes push more landlords away

17 January, 2018

Mortgages for new buy-to-let house purchases slid 1.5% year on year in November 2017, while buy-to-let remortgages dropped by 3.6%, amid further signs that legislative changes are causing landlords to flee the market

New reporting tool launches to help letting agents and landlords link tenant rental payments with their credit score

17 January, 2018

Tenants are being given the chance to build up their credit score by signing up to a new service that links their rental payments with the Experian referencing service

MP behind Bill that will let tenants sue landlords invites horror stories from renters on Facebook

17 January, 2018

The MP behind a Private Members Bill now being supported by the Government that could pave the way for legislation that lets tenants sue their landlords is to hold a live Facebook discussion this week

HB A1/2018

16 January, 2018

War Pensions: Uprating 2018-19

Council hits back at 'unacceptable' housing target

16 January, 2018

A London Council has tabled a motion against Sadiq Khan's housing target for the borough

Mortgage lenders urged to be 'more flexible' on interest only

16 January, 2018

Three out of four advisers say lenders should relax rules for older borrowers - with equity release a recommended solution

MSP pushes for sprinklers in new-build housing blocks

16 January, 2018

An MSP is to bring forward legislation to have sprinklers installed in all new-build social housing in Scotland

Benefit fraud 'witch-hunt': 280,000 public tip-offs led to no action taken due to lack of evidence

16 January, 2018

New figures obtained by The Independent have led to critics suggesting members of the public should not have a role in identifying and investigating fraud within the welfare state

Bad landlords and their properties are a stain on the market

16 January, 2018

While the vast majority of landlords provide properties which are safe, legal and secure, there is a minority that brings the sector into disrepute

More than 700 Scottish lettings firms complete training ahead of mandatory licensing

16 January, 2018

More than 700 Scottish firms have now undergone the training required as part of a new register of letting agents

Petition opposing lettings fee ban nears milestone of 10,000 signatures

16 January, 2018

The petition on the Government website opposing the impending fees ban has now reached almost 8,000 signatures

Rogue landlords making millions out of housing benefits

15 January, 2018

'Lockdown' is a model that can make £56,000 a year from public funds. But the scandal goes on

Tory council criticised for 'demonising' rough sleepers in posters

15 January, 2018

Campaign by Gloucester city council suggesting people who beg on street may not be homeless is termed 'shameful'

Universal Credit roll out in Northern Ireland by postcode

15 January, 2018

This page lists the postcodes in Northern Ireland where Universal Credit is being introduced and the dates

Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 - Regulations relating to Safeguarding Property in Abandoned Dwellings

15 January, 2018

This consultation is to gather views on the draft Regulations on Safeguarding Property in Abandoned Dwellings and draft Guidance on the Possession of Abandoned Dwellings and the Safeguarding of Property

18 to 21-year-old Universal Credit policy will not deliver expected savings

15 January, 2018

A controversial government policy to deny housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds has only affected 4% of claimants

Triple Point Social Housing REIT Buys 10 Properties For GBP11 Million

15 January, 2018

Triple Point Social Housing REIT PLC said Monday that it has acquired 10 supported housing properties located in the UK for GBP10.7 million in total

More legislation on the way: Tenants to be allowed to take landlords to court over poor housing

15 January, 2018

The Government has thrown its weight behind a Labour MP's proposals to allow tenants to take landlords to court if they don't ensure their property is fit for human habitation throughout their tenancy

Government supports new measures to improve the safety of tenants

15 January, 2018

The Housing Secretary confirms government support for new legislation to help ensure rented homes are safe

Savings from housing budget could lead to 500 extra council houses in Sheffield

15 January, 2018

Around 500 council properties could be built and acquired in Sheffield if savings are found in housing budgets

One in 10 renters have fire risk concerns

15 January, 2018

One in 10 renters in England have fire safety concerns about their home

Council may move homeless families out of borough following report

15 January, 2018

Moving homeless people to cheaper parts of the country is being considered SBC, in the face of soaring rental costs and tight purse strings

MPs tell tenants to ignore eviction notices

12 January, 2018

Could what's happening in Ireland happen here if tenants have nowhere else to go?

Benefit figures 'greatly reassure' landlords over renting to 18-21 year olds

12 January, 2018

But Centrepoint says restrictions to housing support could still have a chilling effect on young people's ability to secure tenancies

NLA sell-up stats: 'Perfect storm for landlords, disaster for tenants'

12 January, 2018

Future said to favour a continual consolidation of portfolios around "professionalised, large scale" landlords

More landlords 'to quit sector as mortgage relief changes start to bite and profit becomes elusive'

12 January, 2018

The number of landlords planning to sell some of their buy-to-let properties has hit its highest level for a decade

Housing association merger will lead to social cleansing

12 January, 2018

Plan by London's Notting Hill Housing and Genesis to create mega landlord fuels fears that more social housing will be sold off

Landlords planning to sell property hits 10-year high because of tax changes

12 January, 2018

The Government has unveiled a series of policies to curb buy-to-let activity in the private rented sector

Sector watchdog changes name to 'Regulator of Social Housing'

12 January, 2018

The regulation arm of the Homes and Communities Agency has today relaunched as the Regulator of Social Housing

Rent to go up by three per cent in Flintshire council properties

12 January, 2018

Council property rents are to increase by three per cent in the new financial year

Rightmove says pace of annual rent rises now lowest since 2014

12 January, 2018

The average asking rent across the UK - excluding London - rose by just 0.7 per cent in 2017

The cost of renting a property will fall - but not until 2019

12 January, 2018

Everyone knows that saving for a deposit to get onto the property ladder is an insurmountable challenge for many, but private renters are also stung by having to fork out huge amounts of cash at the outset

Removal of automatic entitlement to housing costs for 18 to 21 year olds in Universal Credit

11 January, 2018

Statistics on the number of 18 to 21 year olds awarded and refused support for housing costs, April to June 2017

Housing Benefit subsidy audited final claims: Apr 2014 to Mar 2015

11 January, 2018

This is the local authority Housing Benefit audit final claims expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2014 to 2015

NLA videos put landlords in the picture over tax changes

11 January, 2018

National Landlords Association say 20% of it members plan to reduce property portfolios this year because of tax changes

Household disposable income and inequality in the UK: financial year ending 2017

11 January, 2018

Initial insight into main estimates of household incomes and inequality in the UK, along with analysis of how these measures have changed over time accounting for inflation and household composition

Esther McVey: New DWP minister's statements about people on benefits and the policies she has voted for

11 January, 2018

Former TV presenter has said use of food banks is 'right' and benefit sanctions 'teach' job seekers to look for work seriously

One million calls to Universal Credit helpline 'abandoned' in one year

11 January, 2018

More than one million calls to the Universal Credit helpline have been abandoned without claimants getting an answer within a 12-month period

Rats, mould and broken furniture: the scandal of the UK's refugee housing

11 January, 2018

The Home Office says that asylum seekers deserve 'safe, habitable' homes. What too many of them get is filth and squalor

New rules on holding deposits set to be part of fees ban legislation

11 January, 2018

New rules over holding deposits are set to come into force in conjunction with the ban on fees

Fees ban implementation date of 'after' spring 2019 is confirmed for a second time

11 January, 2018

The ban on lettings agents' fees charged to tenants will not come into force until "after" spring next year, it has been confirmed for the second time within a month

160,000 more rented homes will need a licence

10 January, 2018

Housing minister Alok Sharma is set to continue his war against bad landlords who disregard tenant safety in shared homes

Tenants in Scotland and London most concerned about rent rises in 2018

10 January, 2018

Tenants in parts of the UK are concerned about their rents rising in 2018 with those living in London and Scotland most worried about

The devastating impact Universal Credit is already having in Hull

10 January, 2018

Council report says debts are already 'unsustainable'

Social housing tenants talk about negative media stereotyping

10 January, 2018

Three social tenants share their stories of how negative media portrayals are affecting them, as the Benefit to Society campaign to set the record straight gathers pace

Council houses are to be built in Salford for the first time in three decades

10 January, 2018

In a thrown back to old Labour policy, the council is now set to build a small estate - and manage the properties itself

'Unhelpful scaremongering' over Universal Credit is putting private landlords off

10 January, 2018

A junior government minister has criticised opposition MPs for "unhelpful scaremongering" over the issue of UC, which they say is causing landlords to flee the market

New housing minister previously voted against lettings fee ban

10 January, 2018

The Conservatives have appointed their seventh housing minister since 2010. He has in the past voted against the ban on letting agent fees

'Don't ban referral fees - but make agents declare their existence and value early on'

10 January, 2018

Referral fees paid by conveyancers to estate agents should not be banned - but their existence and their value should be disclosed

Dominic Raab: The doubt of the benefit

09 January, 2018

Track record of new housing minister signals limited horizons

'All housing associations should get Living Wage accreditation'

09 January, 2018

All housing associations and their subsidiary companies should commit to achieving living wage accreditation or risk losing public subsidy

How eviction leads to homelessness: 'My youngest child doesn't know what a home is'

09 January, 2018

Loss of tenancy - sometimes with just two months' notice - is a major cause of homelessness, forcing families into temporary accommodation

Restore lifetime tenancies to vulnerable tenants

09 January, 2018

Ministers are being urged to give councils and housing associations back the right to offer lifetime tenancies to those they consider vulnerable

Manchester council to buy new Taylor Wimpey houses to sell on to social tenants as part of plans to provide affordable housing

09 January, 2018

Manchester town hall is to borrow £10m in total, boosted by £5m in funds from the government's Homes and Communities Agency - in a programme that will mainly provide new social housing to replace homes sold under Right to Buy

Universal Credit goes back to its future

09 January, 2018

Extensive campaigning by the RLA sees landlords able to claim direct payments again - as they could under Housing Benefit

Research reveals 'true impact' of Universal Credit on the rental market

09 January, 2018

Some 73% of landlords still lack confidence in renting to UC tenants citing fears over arrears

Fees ban punishment regime could breach Human Rights Act

09 January, 2018

A legal expert has highlighted a "serious omission" in the Draft Tenant Fees Bill, which could leave local authorities able to impose fines of up to £30,000 on letting agents and landlords without a conviction

Universal Credit: MPs to debate problems caused in private rented sector

09 January, 2018

Landlords are now able to apply directly for alternative payment arrangements for tenants on Universal Credit

New tenancy deposit replacement product 'will do more than replace lost income' when fees are banned

08 January, 2018

A new tenancy deposit replacement product will put money in the pockets of letting agents each time a tenant takes up the option

Number of people requesting charitable grants to pay for basic items grows by 244% after government cuts

08 January, 2018

Demand for financial help from leading charity soars by 244 per cent since axe of community care grants under coalition government in 2013

Help on renting costs is on its way... but not until 2019

08 January, 2018

Raising enough money for a deposit plus letting fees can be a real challenge, especially for young people

British Government funds development of an app to help 11 million tenants

08 January, 2018

The British Government is to launch a £2 million competition in the coming weeks for an app to help the 11 million people who rent a home to improve credit scores and mortgage applications

Shelter to tell MPs its view of the Draft Tenants' Fees Bill

08 January, 2018

One early task is to hear oral evidence on the draft Tenants' Fees Bill

'Shockingly disgusting'

08 January, 2018

A union is targeting landlords across the UK, who it says are exploiting vulnerable people with poor housing

More than 3,000 families on East Devon council housing list

08 January, 2018

More than 3,000 families are on the waiting list for a council house in East Devon

More than a quarter of tenants would pay more to live with pet

08 January, 2018

More than a quarter of tenants would be prepared to pay more rent to live with a pet

Millions owed by Dundee council tenants in rent arrears

08 January, 2018

Millions of pounds is owed to Dundee City Council in rent arrears

Tenants widely expect rents to go up this year - and say they will struggle

05 January, 2018

More than half of tenants in London and Scotland are anticipating rent increases this year

UK social housing deal with private equity giant sparks fears for tenants

05 January, 2018

Private equity giant Blackstone has struck a deal with UK social housing association Sage, sparking fears from campaigners that it will price out low-earning, elderly and sick tenants

Pooling set to unlock more PRS investment

05 January, 2018

Five local authority pension funds in the Midlands clubbed together at the end of last year to invest £100m in Hearthstone's new private rented sector fund

Merger to bring a bright future to rural areas

05 January, 2018

2017 saw Herefordshire Housing and Shropshire Housing Group connect, as equal partners, to form Connexus, a new social housing umbrella group

Ambitious North Devon Council plan to buy housing for homeless families

05 January, 2018

An ever-increasing demand for temporary accommodation has prompted North Devon Council to consider spending half a million on its own housing stock

The government has launched a national survey to gain tenants views on social housing

05 January, 2018

The Social Tenant Engagement Questionnaire aims to highlight any issues or concerns following the Grenfell tragedy, and the results used to share good practice and inform the government's future nation

House Price Index

04 January, 2018

House prices rise by a modest 2.6% in 2017

Associations lobby over exclusion of shared ownership buyers from stamp duty cut

04 January, 2018

Housing associations have approached government to seek changes to the stamp duty cut after warnings that it currently excludes many shared ownership buyers

Rate your tenant: New app lets agents and landlords score their renters

04 January, 2018

A deposit replacement scheme has added a new service to its app that will let landlords and agents score tenants. It is currently being trialled by Countrywide brand Hamptons

Letting agent furious after social landlord escapes prosecution despite gas safety breaches in 1,000 homes

04 January, 2018

A decision not to prosecute a social landlord over breaches of gas safety in over 1,000 properties has infuriated a letting agent

Row over council's plan to build homes as SNP are branded 'unprofessional'

04 January, 2018

Council chiefs are to explore the possibility of building houses on authority-owned sites rather than selling to private developers

The National Rent Review

03 January, 2018

A detailed annual report evaluating the highs and lows of the UK private rental market

Former Home Secretary Alan Johnson on social housing post-Grenfell

03 January, 2018

Beyond of course, the enormous personal tragedies of the Grenfell fire, one of its wider legacies has been to shine an unforgiving light on Britain's social housing

KCTMO to hand over control of housing to council

03 January, 2018

Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation will temporarily hand over control of the housing stock it manages to the local council following the Grenfell Tower fire

Housing costs in Universal Credit

03 January, 2018

This Commons Library briefing paper explains the key differences between assistance with housing costs under the Housing Benefit regime and under Universal Credit

Let's give up the home-owning dream. Social renters are just as happy

03 January, 2018

Social housing provides many emotional and social benefits, our research has shown, but we still need to eliminate the stigma

Labour Warns Stamp Duty Cuts Will Fuel Surge In House Prices As Theresa May Says 16,000 Have Already Benefitted

03 January, 2018

PM to hail 'immediate impact' of attempt to woo younger voters

The Deposit Diaries: Importance to agents of providing unambiguous tenancy agreements

03 January, 2018

In this case, the agent proposed a deduction from the tenant's deposit to cover the payment of the check-out fee, referencing a clause in the tenancy agreement which outlined the tenant's responsibility for this payment

HMO licensing regime to be expanded to include low-rise homes and flats

02 January, 2018

Houses in Multiple Occupation that have to be mandatorily licensed are to include properties - regardless of height - that are occupied by five or more people from two or more households

Housing association launches unique estate agency franchise

02 January, 2018

TwoCan estate agency franchise will save housing associations money and generate new income

Council plans to become landlords and invest £10m in buying up homes across the New Forest

02 January, 2018

Plans have been revealed for major investment in residential property to protect key services across the New Forest

Council apologises as Grenfell Tower households miss out on extra cash

02 January, 2018

As 100 Grenfell households spend Christmas in hotels, payout to help with festive costs fails to arrive for 18 families

Tens of thousands of 18 to 24-year-olds tell councils of homelessness

02 January, 2018

FoI figures said to be a 'serious underestimate', with over 100 councils not responding to requests

The reasons why Dundee council evicted folk from homes in 2017

02 January, 2018

Dozens of people have been evicted from their council houses in 2017

Set Brexit aside - here are the political issues you mustn't lose sight of in 2018

01 January, 2018

With unprecedented government cuts, hard times lie ahead for millions affected by poverty, homelessness, disability, universal credit and the social care crisis

Food bank looks ahead 'with sadness' as it prepares for another busy year

01 January, 2018

'People will still continue to find themselves relying on us as they fall into crisis for a number of reasons'

The forgotten unemployed: 300,000 jobless Britons not claiming benefits

01 January, 2018

Study finds many people are not claiming support they are entitled to and warns some are put off by the benefits system

Councils set aside millions of pounds to support struggling UC claimants

01 January, 2018

Figures released over Christmas further expose the hardship and distress caused by welfare 'reform'

Top Tories 'saw social housing as toxic'

01 January, 2018

Former civil service head Bob Kerslake says Theresa May has "not grasped" the scale of what is required to tackle the housing crisis

A fitting memorial for the Grenfell Tower fire

01 January, 2018

There's been much discussion of a memorial for the dead, the survivors and the collaterally damaged of Grenfell

Universal Credit: full service and live service

01 January, 2018

This guidance explains the Universal Credit full service and live service

Councils shifting more than 2,000 families a year out of London

29 December, 2017

Three months alone accounted for 524 placements - set against an overall trend towards leaving London by choice

Councils forced to fund emergency help for universal credit claimants

29 December, 2017

Labour says its findings offer more evidence that the government should pause rollout of new benefit system

Attempted suicides by disability benefit claimants more than double after introduction of fit-to-work assessment

29 December, 2017

Proportion of those attempting to take their own lives soars from 21 per cent to 43 per cent in seven years

7 expert forecasts for the 2018 housing market

29 December, 2017

With interest rates rising, property sales slowing, and Brexit around the corner, 2018 looks set to be an interesting year for the housing market

Tory MP condemns universal basic income 'on moral grounds'

29 December, 2017

Stumping up for workers made redundant by robots is 'dangerous nonsense', says former minister Nick Boles in new book

'I just want a job - it's all I want': Foodbank users speak of their desperation

29 December, 2017

People explain why they must rely on handouts to survive

Council rents set to hike for next three years to help upgrade homes

29 December, 2017

The move, rubber-stamped by officials, will see £2.3 million spent on upgrades to 500 homes

Government to tell rogue landlords: 'shape up or ship out'

28 December, 2017

Councils to be given powers to clamp down on unscrupulous landlords, including tougher rules on bedroom sizes

Tough new powers for rogue landlords

28 December, 2017

Government announces a raft of new measures to improve standards for private sector renters

Corbyn calls for the end of Section 21 evictions

28 December, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn has called for the end of Section 21 'no fault' eviction notices and has wrongly claimed that the sector is unregulated

Rogue landlords targeted by government

28 December, 2017

Rogue landlords are the target of new measures being considered by both the government and Labour

Jeremy Corbyn pledges to scrap 'no fault' evictions to tip housing rules back in favour of renters

28 December, 2017

The Labour leader told The Independent rising homelessness is a 'moral litmus test' for the country

Universal Credit rollout sees food bank use increase across Yorkshire

28 December, 2017

Parts of Yorkshire which have introduced Universal Credit ahead of its national rollout are reporting increased food bank use from desperate clients

Poole's social housing tenants urged to share their housing concerns after Grenfell tragedy

28 December, 2017

Social housing tenants in Poole are being urged to voice any safety concerns they have about their accommodation following the Grenfell Tower tragedy

I'm being chased for rent arrears, but the student block was unfit for purpose

27 December, 2017

Mezzino, the management company for Jubilee Court in Preston, has offered paltry compensation despite major issues with the accommodation

Grenfell firm to pass responsibility for homes to council

27 December, 2017

The firm that managed Grenfell Tower says it will hand over responsibility for thousands of properties to the local council by the end of January

Tories drop two flagship housing policies from key strategy document

27 December, 2017

Plans to build 200,000 homes for first-time buyers and help more people access Right to Buy are excluded from latest plan amid 'complete rethink'

Landlords 'unwilling' to rent to universal credit recipients

27 December, 2017

Landlords' association reports huge rise in non-payment of rent in areas where universal credit has been introduced

UK government taking two months to refund stamp duty

27 December, 2017

People who buy new main home before selling existing one hit by stamp duty change meant to curb buy-to-let landlords

Those responsible for the horror of the Grenfell Tower fire must face trial

27 December, 2017

If the people who let this fire happen are not brought before a court, there will be no justice for victims and families

Letting fee ban 'will not cut the cost of renting'

27 December, 2017

"Tenants are being offered false hope that banning the fees they pay will make renting cheaper"

Scotland united in curiosity as councils trial universal basic income

27 December, 2017

Four local authorities tasked with turning utopian fantasy into reality with backing of first minister and multi-party support

Partick Housing Association refutes tenants' union's rent reduction claims

27 December, 2017

Partick Housing Association has denied claims by Living Rent that the tenants' union won a promise of "massive rent reductions" in one of the Association's block of flats

Universal credit 'will cause evictions'

22 December, 2017

Universal credit will cause a rise in evictions from privately rented homes

"It's like an ordinary day, to be honest": How the cuts stole Christmas

22 December, 2017

As foodbanks stockpile and benefits are withheld, Britain faces crisis this festive season

Government attempts to reassure short-term supported housing providers over funding plans

22 December, 2017

The government has attempted to reassure short-term supported housing providers over future funding, in a House of Commons statement this afternoon

Lords get 'read between the lines' answer on future for social housing

22 December, 2017

Peers hear of a need to balance additional Autumn budget funding between affordable homes and social housing

For disabled people like Alex, the fight for dignity is endless

22 December, 2017

After years trapped in a top-floor 'prison', Alex has finally got an accessible flat. But if this seems like a good-news story, think again

For The 128,000 Children In Temporary Accommodation, Christmas Will Be Far From Magical

22 December, 2017

Children's health suffers, behaviour problems emerge almost immediately, and untold stress and anxiety is inevitable

Technical Guidance on EESSH - December 2017

22 December, 2017

Regulator publishes updated technical guidance for landlords

Investment for South Ayrshire Council houses outlined with rent rise capped at 2%

22 December, 2017

South Ayrshire Council has unveiled a three year plan to improve existing housing properties and land, with a below inflation annual rent increase continued to help manage costs

HB A10/2017

21 December, 2017

Housing Benefit: Uprating 2018-19

May accused of 'callousness' over plight of homeless families

21 December, 2017

Labour MP says prime minister's defence of using temporary accommodation to house thousands of children is appalling

NAO wants evidence for latest examination of Universal Credit

21 December, 2017

Two previous reports found poor performance on delivery of an "over ambitious" programme

Housing association binned my dead uncle's belongings after refusing to let us collect them

21 December, 2017

"My nan, my mum, my uncle have no keepsakes, no photos, nothing to remember him by"

Northern Ireland affordability fears as benefit changes and spiralling rents produce 'perfect storm'

21 December, 2017

Average rents in Northern Ireland have increased at nearly five times the UK rate over the past 12 months

Universal credit: The first six months in Torfaen

21 December, 2017

The plan was that universal credit would help smooth the journey from being out of work to employment

Universal credit: Minister apologises for payment delays

21 December, 2017

Benefit claimants who have suffered problems because of a welfare overhaul have been given an apology by a UK government minister

PRS Statistics Bulletin - December 2017

21 December, 2017

Welcome to the December PRS Statistics Bulletin from the RLA Private renting Evidence

Tenants packed into house 'fit only for cockroaches'

20 December, 2017

Court hears 27 tenants - including six children - occupied seven converted rooms

December 2017: Touchbase edition 123

20 December, 2017

This month the DWP announced changes to Universal Credit in the Autumn Budget, details of which can be found in this edition

HB S13/2017

20 December, 2017

Indicative 2018/19 Housing Benefit administration subsidy arrangements for English, Scottish and Welsh local authorities

Grenfell Inquiry to appoint social housing complaints expert

20 December, 2017

The Grenfell Inquiry chair has announced he will appoint an expert in dealing with social housing resident complaints

No hiding place for crooked letting agents and landlords

20 December, 2017

Letting agents and landlords in London will have "nowhere to hide" if they try to exploit tenants

Mayor of London Launches Database to 'Name and Shame' Rogue Landlords

20 December, 2017

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched his Rogue Landlord & Agent Checker

Yorkshire Dales council tax rise targets second homes

20 December, 2017

Owners of second homes in the Yorkshire Dales could see council tax on their properties rise by five times the current level

Labour launches social housing review call for evidence

20 December, 2017

Labour is seeking submissions from social housing professionals, as it launches a call for evidence as part of its social housing review

Revealed: 'Horrendous' amount of housing benefit overpaid by Leicester City Council

20 December, 2017

Many millions has been paid to households who were not entitled to it

A Fundamental Review of Social Housing Allocations

20 December, 2017

Response to Consultation on Proposals

Property scam: Tenant changed name by deed poll to landlord's and sold house through agent

20 December, 2017

A taxation and accountancy firm has warned of a fraud of over £400,000.

Its online blog says: 'The individual in question owned a property which he rented out to tenants over a long period of time. One of the tenants changed his name by deed poll to that of the landlord and applied for new identification under the new name'

The draft bill banning letting fees is under scrutiny

19 December, 2017

The government's draft bill banning letting fees is currently being scrutinised by the Communities and Local Government Committee

Government accused of 'absence of empathy' over Universal Credit

19 December, 2017

In questions in the Commons, DWP ministers have been under pressure over the welfare policy in the run-up to Christmas

Tenants lose out after landlord pressure halves UK home insulation cap

19 December, 2017

Plan to make landlords improve draughtiest homes and boost energy efficiency for hundreds of thousands of tenants lay in tatters

Scottish government welfare plans flawed

19 December, 2017

Organisations 'disappointed' by lack of clarity and no pledge to uprate payments in bill to enact newly devolved powers

Grenfell Tower Fire: 'Unfit' Laws Leading To Safety 'Shortcuts'

19 December, 2017

'The mindset of doing things as cheaply as possible must stop'

Northamptonshire council tax to increase by nearly 5%

19 December, 2017

Residents face a council tax rise of 4.98% as Northamptonshire County Council looks to make cuts of £34.3m

England's councils may be doing well, or terribly. We have no way of knowing

19 December, 2017

How did a government committed to massive cuts in public spending casually get rid of the one body that could have appraised their impact?

Council prioritises building more homes to provide people with a secure place to call home

19 December, 2017

Providing more homes for people in desperate need remains a top priority for Cambridge City Council

Sadiq Khan refuses regeneration plans due to social housing loss

19 December, 2017

Sadiq Khan has refused planning permission for estate regeneration plans in Barnet due to a "completely unacceptable" net loss of 257 social homes

One million children living in poverty will miss out on free school meals under universal credit plans

19 December, 2017

The Children's Society says plans to means test free school meals under universal credit will create a 'cliff-edge' where many families are better off taking a pay cut

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment second independent review: government response

18 December, 2017

The government's response to Paul Gray's second independent review of Personal Independence Payment assessments

Personal Independence Payment evaluation: wave 2 claimant research interim findings

18 December, 2017

This research seeks to understand claimants' experience of the assessment and decision stages when making a claim for Personal Independence Payment

Mayor steps in against loss of social homes

18 December, 2017

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, today refused permission for an estate regeneration project in Barnet which would result in the net loss of 257 affordable homes

HomeLet Rental Index - November 2017

18 December, 2017

Rents in the UK rose by 0.7% in November compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £904 a month

Conveyancers call on Government to license estate agents and make offers legally binding

18 December, 2017

Conveyancers are calling for the licensing of estate agents, together with a requirement to pass a fit and proper test before they can trade

Another Welsh agent prosecuted for failure to obtain licence under regime

18 December, 2017

Another Welsh estate agent has fallen foul of the legal requirement to be licensed under the Rent Smart Wales regime

Some benefits sanctions cases 'where we got it wrong'

18 December, 2017

David Gauke stressed that people with mental health problems could be helped by the structure of being in work

Why social housing in-house repairs teams now have to procure in line with EU regulations

18 December, 2017

A court ruling in October will prevent direct labour organisations from directly buying goods from suppliers without complying with EU rules

More than 1m 'forgotten homes' in UK do not get fast enough broadband

18 December, 2017

More than 1m "forgotten homes" across the UK are unable to get sufficiently fast broadband to meet a typical family's needs

LIN member report December 2017 - General Data Protection Regulation An Overview

15 December, 2017

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

London needs 'holistic strategy' to improve its private rented sector

15 December, 2017

Report calls on boroughs, the GLA and the DCLG to help London's dominant individual landlords improve services

Rightmove to review listings for no-frills letting agent where tenants can contact landlords direct

15 December, 2017

Rightmove is to review listings for a no-frills online letting agent

Creative loan offer redefines what 'council housing' can be

15 December, 2017

A low rate finance facility backed by a district council bids to get affordable homes built

Charities urge ministers to let councils oversee asylum seeker housing

15 December, 2017

Thirty-three groups ask government to let councils provide 'independent oversight' of housing for those seeking sanctuary

Grenfell fire: Worrying number of PTSD cases among survivors and locals

15 December, 2017

A large proportion of the people living in buildings close to Grenfell Tower show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder

How many children are homeless in England, Scotland and Wales?

15 December, 2017

1 in 100 children in this country are homeless

Nearly half of Landlords less likely to rent to those without British Passports

15 December, 2017

Over 40 per cent of landlords are less likely to consider renting to someone without a British passport as a result of the Government's Right to Rent scheme

ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals: December 2017

14 December, 2017

Outcomes of Employment and Support Allowance Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals information

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments: April to September 2017

14 December, 2017

Analysis of local authorities' use of Discretionary Housing Payments (England and Wales) from April to September 2017, based on local authority mid-year returns

HB U4/2017

14 December, 2017

Universal Credit live service will stop taking new claims from 1 January 2018 but existing live service claimants will not be affected

Tenants' passport firm sails £100,000 over crowdfunding target

14 December, 2017

A start-up offering "tenants' passports" has completed its crowdfunding at £100,000 over target

Police chief: Grenfell Tower criminal inquiry may take years

14 December, 2017

Commissioner Cressida Dick says initial interviews and examination of evidence likely to take officers more than 12 months

Rental Index Report

14 December, 2017

Growth in East Midlands, as Interest Rates Rise

Social housing sector delivers 'another strong year of investment'

14 December, 2017

2017 global accounts show the sector, as a whole, is well-placed to respond to its changing operating environment

Stamp duty changes fail to boost negative housing outlook

14 December, 2017

Consumers have welcomed the decision to abolish stamp duty, but this has done little to improve the negative perceptions about the housing market

Government's own figures add up to councils keeping RTB receipts

14 December, 2017

CIH says stats show mounting evidence that RTB replacements are simply not keeping pace with the level of sales

Right to Buy Sales in England: July to September 2017-18

14 December, 2017

In July to September 2017-18 (Q2), local authorities sold an estimated 2,558 dwellings under the Right to Buy scheme

Scots forced to foodbanks for soap and toothpaste

14 December, 2017

Humiliation grows for for low-income families in Scotland hit by welfare cuts

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to October 2017

13 December, 2017

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

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 9 November 2017

13 December, 2017

These experimental statistics cover numbers of claims made, starts and people on Universal Credit to 9 November 2017

Universal Credit statistics: number of claims made 13 Jan to 14 Sept 2017

13 December, 2017

This statistical notice is about a revision to the number of claims made to Universal Credit between 13 January and 14 September 2017

Global accounts of private registered providers of social housing

13 December, 2017

An annual summary of the financial status of housing providers who own or manage at least 1,000 homes

Strong year of investment by social housing sector - HCA publishes Global accounts

13 December, 2017

The 2017 Global accounts of private registered providers has been published alongside unit cost data

Grenfell Tower fire: Soaring cost of high-rise fire safety

13 December, 2017

The cost of fire safety measures which councils and housing associations plan to introduce to high-rise buildings after the Grenfell tragedy has now reached at least £600m

Engaging London's Private Rented Sector - Report launch

13 December, 2017

In the last 10 years, the private rented sector has rarely been out of the public eye

Working together for more homes

13 December, 2017

This report looks at how housing associations and local authorities can work together to tackle the housing crisis

20pc of private rented housing in Tower Hamlets falls below basic standards

13 December, 2017

Twenty per cent of private rentals in Tower Hamlets do not meet basic standards

Food banks expected to help 'record number of children'

13 December, 2017

Record numbers of children are expected to be fed by food banks this Christmas

Fuel poverty - It helps to have a sensible target to aim at

13 December, 2017

The Scottish Government recently announced a new consultation on a Fuel Poverty Strategy for Scotland

Universal credit 'could affect building of new homes'

13 December, 2017

Rent arrears caused by delays in tenants receiving universal credit could hamper housing associations' building plans

Emergency food and fuel vouchers handed out as the latest Universal Credit rollout takes place

13 December, 2017

Swansea is the latest place in Wales where Universal Credit is being rolled out

Impact of Universal Credit - The Frontline Perspective

13 December, 2017

This report is the culmination of a year-long study and draws on the results of four surveys into the impacts of Universal Credit on housing organisations and their tenants

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, Great Britain: November 2017

13 December, 2017

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

Rising prices and the benefit freeze make families £500 worse off

12 December, 2017

Falling wages and frozen benefits mean that many families will struggle to find the money to keep up with rising inflation

The rightmove house price index

12 December, 2017

2018: A tale of different markets leads to Rightmove forecast of +1%

Budget failed to take the brakes off councils building homes

12 December, 2017

Government needs to invest significantly more in genuinely affordable homes and be far bolder in its support for councils if it is to meet the ambition to deliver 300,000 new homes a year

Return of the accidental landlord: Homeowners unable to sell flood the market with 80,000 homes to rent

12 December, 2017

In London, 12.5% of homes to let had been up for sale in the previous six months

Renting a home: How much space will £100 buy you?

12 December, 2017

Spending £100 a month on rent in London secures floor space equivalent to a small garden shed, compared with nearly five times that in parts of northern England

Corbyn: failure to rehouse Grenfell Tower survivors a disgrace

12 December, 2017

Labour leader joins David Lammy in condemning response to disaster, as public inquiry begins two days of hearings

Landlords turning to Airbnb to avoid buy-to-let tax clampdown

12 December, 2017

An increasing number of landlords have turned to offering short-term lets through Airbnb rather than dealing with the buy-to-let tax clampdown

Private rented sector could become 'wild west' after fees ban

12 December, 2017

An agent has warned that the 'wild west' is looming in the private rented sector if the Government does not require private landlords to be licensed once the fees ban comes in

Agents told to read small print in local licensing schemes as more fall foul of new rules

12 December, 2017

Landlords and agents are being increasingly caught out by having to license small shared properties as Houses in Multiple Occupation

Two new social rent houses in a year - Christchurch Council blames lack of big developments

12 December, 2017

Christchurch council says a lack of larger developments in the area in recent years is the main reason for a lack of affordable rented housing in the town

97% call for an update to Housing Health and Safety Rating System

11 December, 2017

The CIEH are calling for an update to the system which is used to take action on poor housing

Fees ban will cost 4,000 jobs and £200m loss of turnover

11 December, 2017

The Government is being urged to consider the financial burden to letting agents once the fees ban comes in, as it draws up plans to regulate the industry

Low-income households at risk as mortgage support benefit is axed

11 December, 2017

Crucial welfare payment will be turned into a loan from 2018, affecting 124,000 individuals who rely on it

Grenfell Tower fire: Inquiry 'could bring measure of closure'

11 December, 2017

It is hoped the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire will give "some measure of closure" to survivors and the bereaved

Lewisham residents fighting to save homes from demolition accuse council of 'social cleansing'

11 December, 2017

Residents and campaigners from two sites in Lewisham have accused the council of "social cleansing" over development plans which they say are threatening their homes, a public garden and their sense of community

Renting: why are we seeing the death of the living room?

11 December, 2017

Forget lounging around on the sofa: many landlords have turned shared space into more bedrooms - and it has helped drive up prices

Landlords turning to Airbnb in Cardiff as Tax Hikes Start to Hurt

11 December, 2017

More landlords in Cardiff are letting out their properties as short-term holiday lets, making them no longer available for long term renting following UK Government tax changes

UK Poverty 2017: the story behind the statistics

11 December, 2017

Following the launch of UK Poverty 2017 last week, Helen Barnard explains how this influential piece of work came about

Four in 10 right-to-buy homes are now owned by private landlords

08 December, 2017

Tenants living in homes sold under Margaret Thatcher's scheme now pay twice the rents charged by local authorities

The Guardian view on social housing: time to fight for affordable rents

08 December, 2017

Margaret Thatcher promised a property-owning democracy. She created a nation of private landlords

HMRC Consult on Adding Tax Compliance Checks to Landlord Licensing

08 December, 2017

HMRC have launched a consultation on proposals to tackle the "hidden economy" by making access to public licences conditional upon tax compliance

Universal Credit local authority bulletins 2017

08 December, 2017

Information for all local authority staff about Universal Credit

Government told to get timings right over fees ban and compulsory CMP to stop agents dipping into client money

08 December, 2017

The Government has been warned that steps must be taken to stop agents who lose income as a result of the fees ban from dipping into client funds to try and keep their businesses afloat

Landlords' Barometer - #54: A year of unprecedented challenges and threats to sector

08 December, 2017

Welcome to the final "Landlords' Barometer" of the year, and what a year it has been!

The end of the amateur landlord? Growth in private rental sector slows despite reaching record values

08 December, 2017

The 'cocktail' of tax reform and regulations for landlords has slowed the private rental sector this year

Exclusive: 7% rise in former Right to Buy homes now rented privately

08 December, 2017

The number of former council homes being let privately has soared to more than 40%

Associations confirm £1.5bn partnership talks

08 December, 2017

Bromford and Merlin Housing are looking to build 14,000 new homes over the next 10 years

Value of 'two speed' PRS now nears £1.4tn

08 December, 2017

But statistical evidence shows growth is slowing as tax reform and tighter regulation ease the rate of rise

10,000 new homes as council launches major new house building company

08 December, 2017

The company will build homes for the homeless, foster carers, large families, the elderly and people with a disability across Liverpool

Council to 'buy back' Dundee homes in bid to meet social housing demands

08 December, 2017

Dundee City Council is set to buy back some of its old properties to try and meet social housing needs

Agent launches new petition calling for cap on letting fees to replace ban

07 December, 2017

A new petition has been launched, calling for a reverse of the proposed ban on letting agency fees charged to tenants

Grudging Gauke releases Universal Credit papers

07 December, 2017

Labour uses Brexit tactics to secure UC implementation reports that Work and Pensions Secretary warns must be kept confidential

44% of councils have housing company

07 December, 2017

Nearly half of councils have set up a housing company in a bid to help deliver new homes

How selling homes for £1 empowers local councils to revive deprived communities

07 December, 2017

Only the national government can solve the housing crisis - but local authorities can make a big difference

More than £11m being invested in new social housing

07 December, 2017

More than £11 million will be spent developing new social housing schemes in the Lisburn and Castlereagh area during 2017/18

Social housing demand at record high in Northern Ireland

06 December, 2017

Statistics show a rise of 20% in ten years and 82% since 2002-03

Abolishing of Right to Buy to become law in Wales

06 December, 2017

The Bill containing the end of Right to Buy in Wales has been given final approval by the National Assembly for Wales, meaning it can now be given Royal Assent

Lenders warn switching a buy to let to holiday home is a fraud risk

06 December, 2017

Mortgage lenders are threatening a crackdown on property investors renting out homes with buy to let loans as holiday lets

Charges on tenancy agreements signed before fee ban could still be allowed

06 December, 2017

Letting agents might still be able to charge for tenancy renewals one last time even after the fees ban starts

Investors told private rented sector is one of 'hottest UK property niches'

06 December, 2017

A new report by City analysts Peel Hunt says that the private rented sector has become one of the "hottest UK property niches"

Fuel poverty levels in Scotland decrease as energy prices fall

06 December, 2017

Fuel poverty has fallen by nearly 100,000 households in a year

Conservative MP in tears after Commons speech on effects of welfare reforms

06 December, 2017

Heidi Allen was moved to tears while replying to Frank Field's emotional speech

Government to provide Universal Credit reports to committee

06 December, 2017

The government will make Universal Credit reports that were kept confidential for years available to the Work and Pensions Committee in a concession to Labour

ALMO under threat as South West council reviews housing options

06 December, 2017

A council is considering bringing its ALMO back in-house ahead of merging with two other authorities

Council ordered to pay £300 to homeless mother who complained of 'revenge eviction'

06 December, 2017

Brighton and Hove City Council has been ordered to pay £300 to a mother who claimed she was evicted from notorious temporary accommodation in revenge

Sneinton 'social supermarket' to help food bank users

06 December, 2017

A "social supermarket" has been set up in Nottingham to help people who use food banks

Bill ending Right to Buy in Wales is passed by AMs

06 December, 2017

Legislation to end tenants' right to buy council homes in Wales has been approved by the assembly

Fees ban confirmed by Welsh government with more details in 2018

06 December, 2017

The Welsh Government has confirmed that the country will ban letting agents' fees levied on tenants - the same ban still formally under consideration in England

'Large' families, poverty & welfare reform

06 December, 2017

Collecting insights from a one-day conference in Bradford on 13th November 2017

UC changes - 'good start, but more needed'

05 December, 2017

Changes to Universal Credit have made landlords more willing to rent homes to claimants, but the government needs to do more to address their concerns

Labour brings 'Brexit tactics' to Universal Credit fight

05 December, 2017

Party plans "humble address" to force Government into releasing project assessment reviews conducted into the welfare reform

HB Direct issue 180

05 December, 2017

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

Newham finally wins right to carry on with licensing scheme - after a fight

05 December, 2017

Newham Council - the first local authority in the country to introduce blanket licensing of all rental properties on its patch - has had the scheme renewed

Letting agencies 'are consolidating ahead of fee ban'

05 December, 2017

Lettings agencies are starting to consolidate ahead of the fee ban

GB Social Housing hits £250m borrowing benchmark

05 December, 2017

Bond aggregator GB Social Housing has cleared £250m worth of borrowing with a £34.5m bond tap, hitting its benchmark

Foxtons fined £35,000 for failing to prove house was safe for letting

05 December, 2017

Foxtons has been fined £35,000 for failing to prove to a local council that a house it was letting was safe for tenants

Labour bid to force publication of Universal Credit reviews

05 December, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn's party is to ask the Queen to require ministers to release the documents

Government approves council's PRS licensing scheme renewal

05 December, 2017

A London borough has been allowed to renew its groundbreaking private rented sector licensing scheme

London needs a tenant's union for 'out of control' private rented sector

05 December, 2017

Sadiq Khan's vision for housing in the capital has to focus on limiting rises and increasing affordability

Supported housing is vital. We can't make its funding discretionary

05 December, 2017

If funding decisions over supported housing are left to hard-pressed local authorities, vulnerable people will lose out

Javid: private landlords should not charge leaseholders for cladding work

05 December, 2017

Sajid Javid has said private landlords should not pass the cost of removing cladding on tower blocks onto leaseholders

Work and Pensions Select Committee PIP and ESA assessments inquiry: supporting statistics

04 December, 2017

The committee has invited evidence about how DWP determines eligibility for Personal Independence Payment and Employment and Support Allowance

Newham's selective licensing scheme renewed - except for the Olympic Park

04 December, 2017

Late last week, we learnt that the Government has decided that Newham can renew its selective licensing scheme across almost all of the borough

Government unlocks £25m to deliver more homes

04 December, 2017

A new £25m fund has been launched to help local authorities to deliver much-needed homes

Listings website aiming to 'cut out letting agents' launches £35,000 crowdfunding campaign

04 December, 2017

A lettings listings website aiming to 'cut out the middle man' by matching tenants directly with landlords is looking to raise £35,000 through crowdfunding website Kickstarter

Social Housing Financial State of the Sector

04 December, 2017

Presenting the definitive headline financial results from the Vantage Global Accounts Plus analysis

York Housing Association joins Karbon Homes

04 December, 2017

New partnership backed by residents and stakeholders

Renting in retirement: How feasible is it?

04 December, 2017

Home ownership can be a thing of beauty. Just as you don a pair of fur-lined slippers and spend more time on the golf course, you find you have paid off your mortgage

Rogues' database and banning orders to come into effect in April

04 December, 2017

A database of rogue letting agents and landlords and new banning orders are to come into effect from early April 2018

Welfare reform causing 'hardship' for disabled in NI

04 December, 2017

Changes to the benefits system are imposing "real hardship" on many disabled people across Northern Ireland

Private Rental Sector - Market Briefing

04 December, 2017

Winter 2017

The way people live has been changing significantly over the past 10 years as rising owner occupation

How much of your salary is spent on rent?

04 December, 2017

Tenants typically spend more than a quarter of their monthly salary before tax on rent, official figures show, but there are wide regional variations

Councils in Universal Credit areas dig deeper into DHP funds

01 December, 2017

Councils are having to dig deeper into their Discretionary Housing Payment funds to help residents affected by welfare reforms and homelessness

'New dawn' for Scottish private renters

01 December, 2017

Major changes to the law have come into effect for Scotland's 760,000 private renters

Housing tenure and wellbeing

01 December, 2017

Evidence shows social housing can provide the same practical and emotional benefits as other forms of housing

Genesis granted planning permission for major north London estate regeneration

01 December, 2017

A housing association has been granted planning permission for a major regeneration of an estate in north London, two months after London mayor Sadiq Khan condemned the loss of social housing in the plans

Universal Credit hitting vulnerable people hard in Solihull

01 December, 2017

The roll-out of the new Universal Credit welfare benefit is hitting people hard in Solihull

Day of rage against Universal Credit

01 December, 2017

Anti-poverty campaigners say Christmas will be cancelled for thousands of families in Scotland as a result of Universal Credit

Welsh Assembly rejects amendment to delay Right to Buy ban

01 December, 2017

Welsh Assembly members have voted down Conservative attempts to delay banning the Right to Buy in Wales

Minister tells Welsh landlords - we need your help

01 December, 2017

The Welsh Minister for Housing and Regeneration said the government needs the country's landlords to help meet the 'considerable challenges' ahead

Budget 2017: Confidence is the Key to Longer Tenancies

01 December, 2017

At the Tory Party Conference back in October, Sajid Javid announced that the Autumn Budget would "bring forward new incentives for landlords" to offer tenancies longer than 12 months

One-third of landlords could drop letting agent once fees ban comes in

30 November, 2017

Nearly one-third of landlords who currently use a letting agent may stop doing so once the fees ban comes in

How many homes did housing associations deliver in quarter two 2017/18?

30 November, 2017

Housing associations started 46,183 homes in the 12 months up to and including September 2017

Further three landlords downgraded over viability concerns

30 November, 2017

Three landlords have had their viability assessments downgraded by the Homes and Communities Agency after concerns about their development plans

Universal credit helpline closure could hit poorest over Xmas

30 November, 2017

Labour's Frank Field says 'chaos' could leave some without money for food, lighting and heating

It's now free to call universal credit lines

30 November, 2017

All calls to universal credit helplines are now free, the government has confirmed

Council claims Airbnb takes "hundreds" of homes off long-term market

30 November, 2017

A senior housing official at Bristol city council says the increasing popularity of Airbnb has had the effect of taking "hundreds" of properties and rooms off the long-term rental market

Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary at August 2017 is published

30 November, 2017

As at August, the number of Jobseeker's Allowance claimants was 29,900. This represents a decrease of 4,720 on a year earlier

Review of factoring services in Scotland

30 November, 2017

Our summary findings

We recently surveyed all 145 social landlords in Scotland that provide factoring services to find out more about the action taken since we published our report

Satisfaction low with association private property management

29 November, 2017

Satisfaction with private property management services provided by Scotland's housing associations runs far behind their tenant satisfaction levels

State of the Nation 2017: Social Mobility in Great Britain

29 November, 2017

A stark social mobility postcode lottery exists in Britain today

Conservative attempt to delay Right to Buy ban rejected

29 November, 2017

Conservative attempts to delay the scrapping of tenants' right to buy council homes in Wales have failed

Housing associations must build cross-tenure

29 November, 2017

New homes built by housing associations "have to be cross-tenure"

LGA: Let all councils borrow to build

29 November, 2017

The Local Government Association has urged government to allow all councils to borrow to build

First big association does REIT deal

29 November, 2017

Places for People has become the first named large housing association to do a deal with one of the recently formed social housing real estate investment trusts

Lowest number of grant-funded social rented homes built on record

29 November, 2017

Fewer homes for social rent were completed between April and September this year with grant funding than in any comparable period on record

Scottish rental growth stalls but continues to outpace rest of the UK

29 November, 2017

Rent increases in Scotland continued to outpace those south of the border in October, increasing 2.5% in October to £575 a month

Private Rented Sector Report - October 2017

28 November, 2017

Supply of rental stock and demand from prospective tenants was down in October

Kindliness - developing peer support within sheltered housing in Dorset

28 November, 2017

This case study focuses on a toolkit developed by Bournemouth University working in partnership with Dorset County Council and a number of housing associations

Sharma: Tenant roadshow 'best thing I've ever done'

28 November, 2017

Housing minister tells annual Savills seminar of his "unenviable and unique" start in the role

£7bn in grant funding needed to meet social rented demand

28 November, 2017

Grant funding of £7bn a year is needed to house all those in need of "sub-market" housing in social rented homes

Grenfell leaseholders concerned council valuations for their flats are not enough

28 November, 2017

Leaseholders who survived the Grenfell Tower disaster have warned they will be unable to afford to buy a new home in Kensington and Chelsea after the council started valuations of their homes at just £350,000

Benefit freeze to stay for working people costing typical family £300 a year

28 November, 2017

Tories accused of using royal engagement to bury bad news as welfare freeze remains for another 12 months from April

New money laundering regulations clause is either wrong - or means big impact for agents

27 November, 2017

Everyone in estate agency is now conducting ID checks on buyers, given the requirements of the new Money Laundering Regulations that came into force in June

Essential guidance: Ten ways for agents to prepare for new data protection rules

27 November, 2017

Estate and letting agents in the UK are six months away from the introduction of the EU-wide General Data Protection Regulation

Buy-to-let index - September 2017

27 November, 2017

The North West is home to fastest rising rents in the UK

Property unaffordable for 100,000 households a year in England

27 November, 2017

Report finds number of households priced out is up by 30,000 a year owing to shortage of affordable homes to rent or buy

Universal credit in new crisis as some claimants are denied mortgages

27 November, 2017

A standoff between banks and the government means that loan applicants could be rejected if they receive the new payment

BBC is forced to apologise for report saying 100,000 Universal Credit claimants will lose their benefits over Christmas

27 November, 2017

The BBC claimed 'up to' 100,000 claimants would go without over Christmas

Local authorities still waiting for rogue landlord database

27 November, 2017

Whitehall list has yet to be set up, two years after its announcement

Councils are sitting on a wealth of assets. Why not use them for public housing?

27 November, 2017

Local authorities need radical policies to resolve the acute shortage of affordable rental housing. One answer could be right up their own street

SNP call on Tory Government to fix problems of "utterly callous" Universal Credit

27 November, 2017

Theresa May will be urged today to tackle the "utterly callous" roll-out of Universal Credit

Proposed benefit and pension rates 2018 to 2019

27 November, 2017

A list of the proposed benefit rates and pension rates for 2018 to 2019

New careers being cooked up by Shiregreen jobseekers

24 November, 2017

A group of aspiring chefs from in and around Shiregreen are stirring up success for future careers after establishing a new catering service

The hole in the Autumn Budget

24 November, 2017

Housing took centre stage in the Autumn Budget, but it failed to address the issue of affordability

The Budget gives the housing sector a window of opportunity: take it

24 November, 2017

For the first time in decades, housing received top billing in the Autumn Budget, it is too good an opportunity to miss, argues Benjamin Clayton

Rent Smart Wales: 4,000 landlords 'letting illegally'

24 November, 2017

Almost 4,000 landlords are still illegally letting properties after failing to sign up to a Welsh Government scheme which began two years ago

Labour criticises delays to universal credit changes

24 November, 2017

Measures announced in budget will not be introduced until as late as April, leaving some families facing a tough Christmas

Autumn Budget 2017 Universal Credit changes: what next for welfare?

24 November, 2017

What Philip Hammond's Universal Credit changes mean, and more

UK faces two decades of no earnings growth and more austerity, says IFS

24 November, 2017

Thinktank's budget analysis says forecasts for lower productivity, earnings and growth until 2022 were 'pretty grim reading'

Empty homes spike in London commuter belt

24 November, 2017

London's commuter belt has seen a spike in the number of homes left long-term empty despite a downward trend across the UK since 2010.

HCA: lower viability ratings reflect increased development risk

24 November, 2017

The English social housing regulator has begun to increasingly issue second-grade ratings for viability as the sector steps up its development plans

Value of asylum housing contracts doubles after criticism of conditions

24 November, 2017

Home Office invites companies to bid for £3bn to £4bn worth of contracts, after Serco and G4s made losses on 2012 deal

LFB issues 51 enforcement notices against high rises post-Grenfell

24 November, 2017

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) has issued 51 enforcement notices against high-rise buildings in the capital in the five months since the Grenfell tragedy.

More detail on £1.5 billion package of support for Universal Credit

24 November, 2017

More details of the £1.5 billion package of support for Universal Credit were set out today by David Gauke, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Britain faces longest decline in living standards in 60 years

23 November, 2017

Resolution Foundation warns average earnings will not return to 2007 levels until 2025.

Government announces 'short term solution for temporary accommodation rent arrears

23 November, 2017

The government has announced a 'short-term measure' to tackle growing rent arrears bills for temporary accommodation providers.

Budget commitment good but crucial we build the right homes in the right places

23 November, 2017

In response to the budget, CIH's deputy chief executive Gavin Smart said the government's renewed commitment to solve the housing crisis is positive but it's crucial the homes built are homes that people can afford.

Housing homeless in hotels tops £100,000 in Gloucestershire

23 November, 2017

More than £100,000 has been spent by local authorities in Gloucestershire since January 2016 putting up homeless people in hotels.

Universal credit wait reduced to five weeks

23 November, 2017

Tories welcome changes to hardship loans and housing benefit but Labour calls for welfare rollout to be paused and fixed

Empty homes council tax rise unlikely to deter rich owners, say critics

23 November, 2017

Hammond's 100% extra tax on vacant property dismissed as 'joke' unlikely to hit wealthy buyers or spur re-use of housing

What the 2017 autumn budget means for you

23 November, 2017

We've looked at the figures to see how Philip Hammond's autumn budget will affect your finances - whether you're single, married, with or without children or retired.

'Small print' reveals reality behind UC budget offer

23 November, 2017

Changes announced by chancellor won't take effect until the New Year - with the housing benefit extension due in April.

Social housing sales up for councils and associations

23 November, 2017

Latest stats show 23,186 sales of social housing homes over 2016-17 - 13,652 by local authorities and 9,534 by housing associations.

£8bn guarantees fund could be used for affordable housing

23 November, 2017

The government's £8bn loan guarantees scheme could be used by housing associations to deliver affordable housing.

Announcing the measure in his Autumn Budget, Philip Hammond said there would be '£8bn of new financial guarantees to support private housebuilding and the purpose-built private rented sector'

AUTUMN BUDGET 2017

23 November, 2017

The United Kingdom has a bright future.

The fundamental strengths of the UK economy will support growth in the long term as the UK forges a new relationship with the European Union

Autumn Budget 2017 25 things you need to know

23 November, 2017

The Chancellor has presented his Budget to Parliament - here's a summary of what was announced.

The Universal Credit flaw forcing patients to risk a £50 prescription fine

22 November, 2017

The NHS has not caught up with the sprawling nightmare that is Universal Credit

Budget 2017: £1.5bn being spent on 'more generous' Universal Credit

22 November, 2017

New measures outlined in budget speech as a response to cross-party concerns

Budget 2017: What do Universal Credit reforms mean?

22 November, 2017

People claiming the benefit universal credit will have to wait five weeks, rather than six, to receive their first payment from February 2018

The Budget: Too little on Universal Credit and nothing on social care

22 November, 2017

Disability Rights UK welcomes the removal of the Universal Credit waiting period

What England needs is more affordable houses, not universal credit

22 November, 2017

The botched rollout of universal credit has led to £1.3m in council rental arrears in Newcastle, the city where I, Daniel Blake was set. Ministers are making the housing crisis worse

The DPS Rent Index

22 November, 2017

The DPS Rent Index is prepared from information provided to Computershare Investor Services Plc from third parties which we believe is collated with care

Landlord whose property was not on the market objects to agent's mailshot

22 November, 2017

An agent's mailshot to a property owner was reported to the Advertising Standards Authority

Just 2.5% of homes in 2016/17 for social rent

22 November, 2017

The last financial year saw the lowest percentage of social housing delivered since "net additions" records began in 2001

Lettings sector directly diminished by stamp duty surcharge

22 November, 2017

Over two thirds of landlords are reluctant to invest in new properties as a result of the stamp duty surcharge on additional properties according to a new survey

Reducing UC wait to 31 days 'would not be enough'

22 November, 2017

Social landlords have warned that a cut in the UC waiting time from six weeks to 31 days would not go far enough to help tenants reduce their arrears

Fact checker: what does the reclassification of housing association debt actually mean?

22 November, 2017

Confusion has reigned in the national media over the government's reclassification of housing association debt

Universal Credit 'a nightmare' say Flintshire couple

22 November, 2017

A Flintshire couple forced to go to a food bank after benefit changes say the new system is "worse than a nightmare"

Budget 17: CHC sets out welfare desires

21 November, 2017

Community Housing Cymru has outlined what it would like to see in tomorrow's Budget

Tax dodging landlords urged to pay what they owe

21 November, 2017

HMRC is stepping up a campaign against landlords who have failed to pay the right tax on their profits

Budget 2017: Encourage landlords to sell with capital gains tax cut

21 November, 2017

Sector commentator aims 'silver bullet' at chancellor - a tax break that frees up tens of thousands of homes for purchase

Tenants leaving it until 'last moment' to find next rental

21 November, 2017

Data shows almost one in three tenants aim to move into their new home less than two weeks after they first make an enquiry to the landlord or letting agent online

Rise in inflation reinforces importance of rent affordability

21 November, 2017

The Scottish Housing Regulator has highlighted the need for landlords to consider tenants' ability to keep paying rents in the longer term when setting rents

'It's just mistake after mistake' - stories from the universal credit catastrophe

21 November, 2017

It was introduced to simplify benefits and encourage people to work

Budget 2017: Housing plans 'fail' without council homes

21 November, 2017

Campaigners want new homes to meet appropriate definitions of affordable - with a significant proportion for rent

Labour attacks universal credit as 'not fit for purpose'

21 November, 2017

Opposition calls for major changes, including cuts to the six-week period that claimants have to wait for payments

One in seven councillors in English rental hotspots are landlords

21 November, 2017

Findings raise questions over whether dual role makes councils less inclined to regulate standards in private rental sector

Associations pitch £100bn borrowing scheme to PM

21 November, 2017

Housing associations have pitched a new borrowing scheme for sub-market housing to Number 10

Tenants snubbing letting agents to avoid fees

21 November, 2017

Younger renters are increasingly looking to cut out letting agents and go direct to landlords

Government facing calls for mandatory independent inventory checks to protect tenants from 'biased reports'

21 November, 2017

The Government is being urged to introduce mandatory independent inventory checks after the AIIC claimed it is seeing increasing cases of tenants signing biased reports

On Universal Credit, the government is ignoring the elephant in the room

20 November, 2017

As Philip Hammond prepares for this week's Budget, it looks increasingly likely that he will concede on making some changes to Universal Credit

Why do we need so many consultations? Not one will deliver more housing

20 November, 2017

There are too many consultations - and not enough action

Budget 2017 Predictions And What To Expect On Housing, Universal Credit And More

20 November, 2017

Philip Hammond is under pressure to splash the cash

Landlady left with £9,500 rent arrears by tenant on universal credit

20 November, 2017

Property owner says she will not rent to recipients again - as fears rise more will follow suit

Lifting borrowing caps would build 15,000 new council homes

20 November, 2017

Raising councils' Housing Revenue Account borrowing caps would allow them to deliver at least 15,000 new homes

Council makes 'urgent' call for extra government cash as UC arrears rise

20 November, 2017

A south London borough is has called on the government to provide "urgent" extra funding, to prevent families on Universal Credit being made homeless

Want to fix the housing crisis? Give councils more borrowing powers to build

20 November, 2017

Don't blame the 92% of English councils that haven't built enough homes. Their hands have been tied by central government

Social housing starts in Northern Ireland collapse

20 November, 2017

Social housing starts in Northern Ireland collapsed by more than half in the first quarter of this year, despite overall starts on new homes hitting their highest level in seven years

Hundreds of new HMOs approved in six years of St Andrews moratorium

20 November, 2017

More than 750 new licences for HMOs have been issued in St Andrews since a moratorium was introduced with the aim of limiting the number in the town

What do rising rents in Scotland mean for low income tenants?

20 November, 2017

Rents are rising, and in most cases, faster than incomes

Government can no longer ignore impact of Stamp Duty on transactions

17 November, 2017

Government inaction on the housing market will put the brakes on price growth next year

New universal credit claimants 'will get no money before Christmas'

17 November, 2017

Peabody Trust says 42-day wait means 60,000 households, with over 40,000 children, will receive no income until after festive season

Ditch tax cuts to fund universal credit

17 November, 2017

Centre for Social Justice urges chancellor to row back on manifesto pledge to reduce income tax and invest in benefits instead

ONS confirms reclassification of housing associations

17 November, 2017

The Office for National Statistics has reclassified housing associations as private

Eviction threat over complaints about crying baby

17 November, 2017

A family renting in London have been threatened with eviction after complaints that their baby was crying

Chancellor urged to remove barriers to council house building

17 November, 2017

NFA and ARCH call for the chancellor to free up local authority borrowing limits in the Autumn Budget

Impact of tax and welfare reforms between 2010 and 2017: interim report

17 November, 2017

This report is a summary of the first set of results from our research project looking at the effect of tax, welfare, social security and public spending

Scrutiny of Government plans to ban landlord and letting agents fees

17 November, 2017

The Communities and Local Government Committee conducts pre-legislative scrutiny of the Government's proposals to ban letting fees

Universal credit shouldn't be scrapped - it is worth salvaging

17 November, 2017

Merging six benefits into one should eventually make the system simpler and more efficient

PMQs: Universal credit families risk Christmas eviction

16 November, 2017

Hundreds of families have been issued with eviction notices by a landlord concerned about the impact of universal credit

Government refuses to investigate whether people claiming Universal Credit are forced to use food banks

16 November, 2017

Stance 'only serves to demonstrate the contempt they have for the most vulnerable in our society'

Walsall Council's Selective Licensing Proposals to Punish Energy Inefficient Properties

16 November, 2017

Walsall Council's is currently consulting on plans to introduce a Selective Licensing Scheme in two parts of the Borough, seeking to clamp down on energy inefficient properties

Social housing: Ministers move debt to boost building

16 November, 2017

Plans to encourage housing associations to borrow money to invest in new homes are being announced as part of a fresh government house-building drive

Regulator downgrades nine associations over financial viability

16 November, 2017

Nine housing associations, including two G15 landlords, have been downgraded by the social housing regulator over financial viability concerns

Landlord defends sending eviction letters ahead of universal credit rollout

16 November, 2017

Lincolnshire property firm sends formal notice of possession to all tenants in case universal credit leads to rent arrears

Six-week wait for universal credit set to be reduced

16 November, 2017

Government preparing to trim wait for new benefit after Tory backbenchers raised concerns about impact on constituents

Universal Credit: Architect of welfare shake-up urges changes

16 November, 2017

The man who invented Universal Credit has added his voice to growing calls for the benefit to be paid quicker

Major new CIH project will help to shape the future of social housing

16 November, 2017

A major new project by the Chartered Institute of Housing aims to help shape the future of social housing

May rejects Corbyn's call for sprinkler funding

16 November, 2017

Theresa May cited four Labour councils which have so far decided not to fit sprinklers in high rises

Why social landlords need to think seriously about smart meters

16 November, 2017

Smart meters in the sector have had a slower than anticipated take-up

The Budget must improve living standards for struggling families

16 November, 2017

The Government must use the Autumn Budget to lift the benefit freeze and reverse work allowance cuts to help people who are struggling

Landlord threatens mass evictions ahead of universal credit rollout

15 November, 2017

Lincolnshire property firm sends formal notice of possession to all tenants in case universal credit leads to rent arrears

Housing Benefit caseload statistics: data to August 2017

15 November, 2017

Statistics on numbers of Housing Benefit claimants

Benefit destinations of claimants receiving a benefit sanction: methodology

15 November, 2017

An explanation of the methodology used in the benefit destinations of claimants who have been sanctioned statistics

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 12 Oct 2017

15 November, 2017

These experimental statistics cover numbers of starts made and people on Universal Credit to 12 October 2017

Benefit sanctions statistics 2017

15 November, 2017

Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit sanctions: data to June 2017

House insurance 'unaffordable' for social housing tenants

15 November, 2017

Report shows majority of tenants cannot afford and do not trust the insurance sector

Lettings agency issues pre-emptive eviction notices ahead of UC roll-out

15 November, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn cites the notices at PMQs amid reports of a coming government climb down on the UC waiting time

Energy efficiency and condition standards in private rented housing: Analysis of responses to the public consultation exercise

15 November, 2017

This report presents analysis of responses to a consultation on Energy Efficiency and Condition Standards in Private Rented Housing

Successive governments have misled the public about the impact of immigration on housing demand

15 November, 2017

Successive governments have misled the public over the true extent to which immigration adds to the demand for new homes

Unfreeze public sector pay and cut benefits bill

15 November, 2017

Inflation-linked pay rise would cost £5.8bn - but £2.5bn would come in from extra tax and from benefits savings

50 years of the English Housing Survey

15 November, 2017

The EHS is a national survey of people's housing circumstances and the condition and energy efficiency of housing in England

Letting agent prosecuted after failing to obtain licence in 'first' Rent Smart Wales court case

15 November, 2017

A letting agent has been taken to court, fined and ordered to pay costs for failing to register and license

Average 2 bedroom private rents up by 4.4%

15 November, 2017

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

Big rents rise adds to cost of living squeeze

15 November, 2017

Scotland's cost-of-living squeeze has intensified as "out of control" rents have soared by up to one third in the last decade

Tenants face 'insurmountable barriers' in sorting disrepair

15 November, 2017

Tenants face "numerous and often insurmountable barriers to justice" when trying to sort out defects in their homes

UK Government must take responsibility for consequences of UC implementation

14 November, 2017

Latest call for action follows the Scottish government urging a stop on the roll-out to fix "fundamental flaws"

Hamptons set to trial deposit replacement insurance product for tenants

14 November, 2017

Countrywide brand Hamptons has identified four branches that will trial deposit replacement insurance schemes from this month

Cash purchases rise to two thirds of the buy-to-let market

14 November, 2017

Record numbers of landlords are now building their buy-to-let portfolios using cash

Ombudsman continues crackdown on letting agents breaking law over fees

14 November, 2017

The Property Ombudsman has launched phase three of its national campaign with the Chartered Trading Standards Institute to tackle lettings agents that are breaking the law by not displaying their fees

Housing law deemed 'inadequate' in research prompted by Grenfell Tower blaze

14 November, 2017

The charity said the failings the review highlighted were likely to have contributed to the blaze, thought to have killed around 80 people

Council tax debt: Concern over use of bailiffs

14 November, 2017

Bailiffs were called in to collect debts by councils in England and Wales on more than two million occasions last year

Solihull council 'wastes' £6m reserved for council housing

14 November, 2017

More than £6million of Solihull taxpayers' money reserved for replenishing council housing stock has been wasted in five years

A mother given 50p a week for housing: the benefit cap one year on

14 November, 2017

A year after the lower benefit cap was introduced, families go without food and fuel and are forced to use foodbanks

Living in Fear - Experiences of Older Private Renters in London

14 November, 2017

At Age UK London we have been running our Older Private Sector Tenants Programme funded by the Nationwide Foundation

Councils forced to sell off 'enough homes to house Oxford'

13 November, 2017

The Local Government Association is warning councils need more financial powers in the Budget to replace homes sold under the Right to Buy

People left without heating due to spending cuts

13 November, 2017

Health of low-income households at risk as funding cuts slash support for replacing and repairing boilers

Life in the rental market: what the future holds for older renters

13 November, 2017

Most debates around housing focus on young adults, the drastic fall in their rate of home ownership and ways to boost the number of first time buyers

Building fire safety 'must improve'

13 November, 2017

More serious fires such as that at Grenfell Tower could happen unless safety measures get more priority

English Housing Survey 2015 to 2016: headline report

13 November, 2017

The latest findings from the English Housing Survey 2015 to 2016

Northern Ireland foodbanks have seen an eight per cent rise in handouts

13 November, 2017

Trussel Trusts say they fear problem will get worse thanks to ongoing benefit system changes

PIP disability benefit: Concerns raised over NI assessments

13 November, 2017

More than 12,000 people in Northern Ireland have challenged the Department for Communities over the outcome of their initial PIP assessment

Call to fix 'fundamental flaws' in Universal Credit

13 November, 2017

The Scottish government is calling on the chancellor to stop the rollout of Universal Credit to enable "fundamental flaws" to be fixed

Buying and renting: Your biggest financial decision - in 10 charts

13 November, 2017

For tenants, paying the rent is the biggest monthly outgoing

Universal credit: the homeless charity that could lose a third of its income

10 November, 2017

Residents at Emmaus Greenwich face a stark choice under changes to the benefits system: lose money or lose the chance to work for the charity that supports them

Sprinklers save lives. So why, after Grenfell, isn't the government doing more?

10 November, 2017

Only 2% of tower blocks have sprinkler systems yet councils which have asked for funding to make homes safe have been turned down or ignored

Legal challenge to the way those with psychological distress are treated by PIP rules

10 November, 2017

The PLP is representing a client who is bringing a challenge to the unfair and discriminatory way those with psychological distress are treated by the PIP rules

Landlord who is director of estate agency firm hit with £9,000 bill after tenants complain of cold and damp

10 November, 2017

The director of an estate agency has been ordered to pay almost £9,000 after a court case concerning a rental property that he owns as a landlord

Fees ban: Agents 'may have to refund fees to early-booking student tenants'

10 November, 2017

Agents who deal in student lets are expressing concerns over the effect of the impending fees ban

Mortgage arrears fell in third quarter

10 November, 2017

The number of mortgages in arrears of 2.5 per cent or more of the outstanding balance fell again in the third quarter of 2017

Priced Out: Affordable housing in England

10 November, 2017

England is in the midst of a housing crisis

Affordable Housing Supply: April 2016 to March 2017 England

10 November, 2017

An additional 41,530 affordable homes were delivered in England in 2016- 17

Call for tough new targets after fuel poverty failure

10 November, 2017

Consultation will set new fuel poverty targets after Scottish Government's failure to eliminate the problem

Boom in Scottish short term lets is destroying's basic rights

10 November, 2017

Since I first raised the issue of short term lets in the Scottish Parliament in January of this year, I have been inundated by people throughout Scotland who have serious concerns about the impact on their communities

New research outlines ground rent risks for associations

10 November, 2017

New research by Network Homes published today identifies particular risks for housing associations from the onerous ground rents seen in the leasehold market in the last ten years

The Chancellor should use Universal Credit, not the tax system, to help young people in the Budget

10 November, 2017

Unfreezing working age benefits next year and rebooting Universal Credit would provide a much needed living standards boost to young families as the majority of gains would go to millennials

Kettle packs and extreme overcrowding: the realities of temporary accommodation

09 November, 2017

Having to feed your family while trapped in just one room, with nothing other than a kettle, isn't something you'd expect to hear about in Britain in 2017

'No coloureds' landlord taken to court by UK equality watchdog

09 November, 2017

Buy-to-let mogul Fergus Wilson told agent to ban 'coloured' tenants because they left curry smells in his properties

HomeLet Rental Index - October 2017

09 November, 2017

Rents in the UK rose by 0.9% in October compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £909 a month

Government considers separate rates for extra care and sheltered housing

09 November, 2017

The government is considering separate rates for sheltered housing and extra care, sector sources have been told, as the new funding model for supported housing begins to take shape.

Temporary Accommodation

09 November, 2017

House of Commons Hansard

Discussions start on future shape of housing association sector

09 November, 2017

The Future Shape of the Sector Commission - set up by three of the country's largest housing associations - has held its first meeting

Councils can help tackle the housing crisis - but government has to step up

09 November, 2017

The housing crisis is one of the most serious issues this country faces - and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets is right on the front line of that crisis

Bournemouth Council rejects scheme to license landlords

09 November, 2017

Bournemouth Council has today rejected plans to introduce a landlord licensing scheme in parts of the area

The tenants fees bill doesn't go far enough

08 November, 2017

Britain needs longer tenancies and caps on rent increases

Govt dismisses call to allow Universal Credit to be paid twice monthly in England and Wales

08 November, 2017

The government has rejected a recommendation from the Lords Select Committee on Financial Exclusion to allow flexibility so that Universal Credit payments might be made twice monthly

New tenants' passport business reveals ambitions to launch property portal

08 November, 2017

A property portal which is launching tenants' 'Passports' has gone over-target in its latest

Landlords warn of lack of accountability over fire safety failings

08 November, 2017

Landlords have warned that tower block residents are being let down by a system in which it is difficult to hold a single person or organisation to account for fire safety failings

Low-income families will be biggest losers in next recession

08 November, 2017

Watchdog warns plans for reduction in tax credits will take heavy toll on households facing cuts in hours or lower wages

Council chiefs pledge to rehouse 'every Grenfell survivor who wants a new home by Christmas'

08 November, 2017

Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire were today offered a package of support to help them move into permanent accommodation and rebuild their lives

Grenfell Tower fire: Kensington leader says council not responsible for residents' safety

08 November, 2017

Elizabeth Campbell says safety is 'under legal remit' of Kensington and Chelsea tenant management organisation

Third of NI DLA claimants' benefits stopped

08 November, 2017

More than a third of DLA claimants in Northern Ireland have had their benefit stopped after being reassessed for the new PIP

The long-awaited letting fees ban

07 November, 2017

Having campaigned for a ban on letting fees since 2013, this draft legislation is a welcome step towards finally bringing an end to these unjust fees

Food banks fear 'soaring' Christmas demand as UC rolls out

07 November, 2017

Trussell Trust says the need for its parcels in areas where full service UC operates has increased by an average of 30% since April

Private lettings platform backed by Trinity Mirror secures listings on Rightmove and Zoopla

07 November, 2017

A new lettings platform which puts landlords and tenants directly in touch with each other has been backed by newspaper group Trinity Mirror

Council 'advised private tenant to return to former property'

07 November, 2017

A local authority advised a former renter who ran up arrears to go back to the property, where she had been given notice to quit and had duly left

Food banks warn of struggle to cope this Christmas due to universal credit

07 November, 2017

Trussell Trust says six-week wait for first payment of benefit will lead to soaring demand for help from families this winter

Deregulation measures pass committee stage

07 November, 2017

Deregulation measures forming part of the package aimed at moving housing associations back into the private sector have been passed unanimously by a parliamentary committee

£10m raised in housing association retail charity bond

07 November, 2017

A housing association's retail charity bond has raised £10m and closed early due to high demand

Plea for 'full scale rescue' of Universal Credit in upcoming budget

07 November, 2017

New study shows the sinking flagship welfare reform represents a "colossal failure" of public policy if it rolls out little more than desperation and destitution

Speak up for supported housing

07 November, 2017

The sector must respond carefully to the supported housing funding consultation, or vulnerable tenants could still lose out

Scottish food banks report record demand

07 November, 2017

The use of food banks in Scotland has risen by 20% in the last year

New bill bans landlord and letting agent upfront fees for renters

06 November, 2017

A ban on private landlords and letting agents demanding upfront fees from would-be tenants has crept a step closer

Housing Benefit subsidy mid-year estimates: Apr 2017 to Mar 2018

06 November, 2017

This is the local authority Housing Benefit mid-year estimates expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2017 to 2018

Fees ban Bill brings industry to a 'fork in the road'

06 November, 2017

ARLA has said that the new draft Tenant Fees Bill brings all agents in England to a "fork in the road"

Families thousands of pounds worse off after years of cuts

06 November, 2017

Seven years of cuts to tax credits and universal credit have hugely eroded their role in supposedly rewarding people for working, leaving many families thousands of pounds a year worse off

North of England sees rise in buy to let activity

06 November, 2017

More buy to let landlords are applying for mortgages in the Northern regions of England although the highest number still come from London even although rents and yields are falling in the city

Government urged to lift housing benefits cap as 1 million families face homelessness

06 November, 2017

More than 30 homeless charities, faith leaders and MPs warn Chancellor that abandoning freeze on LHA for private is 'essential' for low-income families to avoid homelessness

Funding for supported housing: update

06 November, 2017

In summary the proposals split supported housing into three strands

Homeless placed in 'tiny' flats to be investigated

06 November, 2017

The chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee has vowed to investigate private landlords, who are housing the homeless in tiny flats

Renters fear 'constant threat' of losing their home

06 November, 2017

One in three private renters is worried they will have to move in the next year

Tenancy fees ban: Relocation agent calls for letting firms to 'cease and desist' immediately

03 November, 2017

A property finding agent who specialises in the rental market has called for letting firms to stop charging fees to tenants immediately

UK interest rates rise for first time in 10 years

03 November, 2017

For the first time in more than 10 years, the Bank of England has raised interest rates

Bill to force landlords into fixing health and safety issues proposed

03 November, 2017

MPs are set to debate a bill which would make it easier for tenants to force landlords into fixing health and safety hazards

Freeze on LHA rates risks increasing homelessness

03 November, 2017

A freeze on the amount of benefits private sector tenants can claim risks increasing homelessness

Halt right to buy to ease housing crisis

03 November, 2017

There is a housing crisis in Brighton and Hove

Lower benefit cap pitching 'thousands' into poverty and homelessness

03 November, 2017

More than 68,000 families were capped last month alone, with nearly a third losing between £50-£100 a week

What's the modern purpose of the welfare state?

03 November, 2017

Was it conceived as a necessary bulwark to a moribund, failing capitalism, or is it an active creator of destitution, or something to be cherished?

Living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK: 2017-18 to 2021-22

03 November, 2017

Debates over living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK are often hampered by the fact that official data on household incomes are available only with a significant lag

Toblerones and Tenancies - Shrinkflation in the Private Rental Sector

03 November, 2017

while it's not been added to the Oxford English Dictionary yet, shrinkflation isn't a new concept for economics or housing

Landlord prosecutions are a postcode lottery

03 November, 2017

Less than a third of councils have prosecuted poor landlords in the past year despite government cries of how they are repairing a 'broken housing market'

Benefit Cap

02 November, 2017

There is a limit on the total amount of benefit that most people aged 16 to 64 can get. This is called the benefit cap

A year on lower benefit cap is pushing thousands into poverty

02 November, 2017

A year since its introduction a cap on benefits is pushing people into poverty and putting them at risk of homelessness

DWP launches legal challenge to release of Universal Credit reports

02 November, 2017

Department says the documents fall under a Freedom of Information exemption allowing staff "free and frank" discussions in developing policy

Uncertainty and lending constraints to slow 5 year house price growth and limit house buying activity. Rents to keep pace with wages, but landlords feel the squeeze

02 November, 2017

Average UK house price growth is expected to slow to 14 per cent over the next five years, but there will be marked differences between and within regions

Sector welcomes supported housing policy change, but flags concerns

02 November, 2017

The sector has welcomed a change in direction from the government over the funding of supported housing but pointed out that there are still crucial details to be ironed out

Guinness to pay compensation after estate went 18 days without water

02 November, 2017

Guinness is to refund rent and service charges to Loughborough Park residents for the 18 days the estate spent without water

LGA responds to Government announcement on letting agent fees

02 November, 2017

"This ban on letting agent fees and a cap on holding deposits will bring much-needed clarity for the private rented sector"

Foodbank fears soaring demand as Universal Credit rolled out in Dundee

02 November, 2017

Dundee Foodbank organisers say they expects pleas for help to soar if the city is hit by a poverty crisis as the new Universal Credit benefit is rolled out

Warning that Wales could see the biggest rise in absolute poverty if benefits changes go ahead

01 November, 2017

A major report warns that child poverty in Wales could jump from 28% to 34.9%

Government needs to iron out kinks in Universal Credit roll-out

01 November, 2017

The government should not overlook the lessons that can be learnt from the roll-out of full-service Universal Credit

October 2017: Touchbase edition 122

01 November, 2017

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

Former No.10 housing adviser: 'Social housing should be a reward'

01 November, 2017

Alex Morton has said government should not allow Labour councils that are failing to build other tenures a single penny of "social housing grant"

Funding Supported Housing: Policy Statement and Consultation

01 November, 2017

Supporting the most vulnerable people in our society is a priority for the Government, and we value the important role that supported housing plays

Legal aid cuts trigger 99.5% collapse in numbers receiving state help in benefits cases

01 November, 2017

Just 440 claimants were given assistance in the last financial year, Ministry of Justice admits - down from 83,000 before almost £1bn of cuts

Javid urged to 'keep an eye' on associations flouting PRS rules

01 November, 2017

In the Commons, some housing associations are accused of believing themselves "above and beyond" regulations that govern the private sector

Government to introduce bill on letting agent fees ban

01 November, 2017

The government will introduce a bill to parliament today to ban letting agent fees

George Osborne's tax raid on buy-to-let properties nets £2.7bn: Figure is twice as much as officials expected

01 November, 2017

Government expected to raise £1.3 billion from the tax increase in first two years

Government sets out plans for future supported housing funding

01 November, 2017

The government has announced its plans for the future funding of supported housing

Agents urged to support foodbanks in run-up to Christmas

01 November, 2017

Agents are being urged to support local foodbanks in the run-up to Christmas

Buying a home has 'departed realm of reality' as Stamp Duty receipts grow 23%

01 November, 2017

Receipts from Stamp Duty Land Tax have soared as house prices continue to rise - leading one critic to say that the cost of home ownership has become 'unreal'

Funding for supported housing for older people to encourage building new homes

31 October, 2017

A tailored approach to protect and encourage the supply of a wide range of supported housing has been set out by government

Funding for supported housing - policy statement

31 October, 2017

A policy statement and two consultation documents setting out the government's proposals for a flexible funding approach for the supported housing sector

Funding for supported housing

31 October, 2017

Responses to the November 2016 'Funding for supported housing' consultation

Scotland Buy-to-let index - September 2017

31 October, 2017

Scottish rents edge up in August

Universal Remedy - Ensuring Universal Credit is fit for purpose

31 October, 2017

Making Universal Credit fit for 21st Century Britain

Renting in Wales - what does the future hold?

31 October, 2017

Private renting in Wales is experiencing massive change

Impact of UK Welfare Policy on Disabled People

31 October, 2017

This report is supplementary to the annual welfare reform report, focusing on the impact of UK welfare policy on disabled people

Councils put aside millions for universal credit debt

31 October, 2017

Scottish councils have put aside £8 million to mitigate against universal credit debt

Call for student flat landlords who 'contribute almost nothing' to pay their way

31 October, 2017

Bristol West MP Thangam Debbonaire wants private student accommodation developers to help plug the gap left by students' exemption from paying council tax

Social housing sector has 'largely strengthened' its financial position

31 October, 2017

But new report stresses it is still too early to assess the ongoing impact of the strengthening

Reverse cuts or backing for universal credit may collapse

31 October, 2017

Urgent £3bn cash injection needed to bolster confidence in failing system after welfare cuts

Right to Buy: Flagship Government housing scheme in trouble

31 October, 2017

Three years on from extending Right to Buy, Sky News has seen figures which show the scheme has barely got off the ground

Scottish Welfare Fund Statistics: Update to 30 June 2017

30 October, 2017

This publication provides information on the Scottish Welfare Fund for the latest quarter

Draft Tenant Fees Bill

30 October, 2017

Make provision prohibiting landlords and letting agents from requiring certain payments to be made or certain other steps to be taken; to make provision about the payment of holding deposits

Another build-to-rent landlord drops tenancy fee charges

30 October, 2017

Dropping fees charged to tenants, or never charging them in the first place, is becoming the norm in the government-backed build-to-rent sector

Beyond the call of duty - Why we should abolish Stamp Duty Land Tax

30 October, 2017

There is about £7.5 trillion worth of property in the UK, but we tax it in strange and inconsistent ways

Rogue landlords enjoy an easy ride as councils fail to prosecute

30 October, 2017

Most local authorities have not secured a single prosecution, figures released under Freedom of Information Act reveal

Private Rented Sector Report - September 2017

30 October, 2017

The number of letting agents who saw rents rise for tenants dropped to 27 per cent in September, from 35 per cent in August

Conservatives 'planning Budget U-turn' over rollout of Universal Credit regime

30 October, 2017

It was reported that Chancellor Philip Hammond is set to make an announcement at the autumn Budget - scheduled for 22 November

Housing lawyers draft bill to empower tenants

30 October, 2017

Housing specialists have been working on a private members bill that empowers tenants to force their landlords to fix hazards that pose a serious threat to their health and safety

Association has raised suicide alerts for some UC tenants

30 October, 2017

A housing association has been so concerned about some of its tenants on Universal Credit that it has raised suicide alerts with local GPs

Universal Credit: the six week wait

27 October, 2017

First Report of Session 2017-19

Universal credit left Port Talbot woman 'penniless'

27 October, 2017

A woman from Port Talbot said she has been left penniless since signing up to universal credit

Taking action now - first retrofitted sprinkler system in Manchester after Grenfell

27 October, 2017

One week after the Grenfell tragedy, the Board of Arcon HA decided to install a sprinkler system to its one and only tower block at Arundel Court in Blackley

Government housing benefit climbdown won't help private renters

27 October, 2017

A welcome U-turn on the housing benefit cap for supported housing still leaves private tenants to face crippling rents and being turfed out on the streets

DWP quietly drops Universal Credit child poverty forecast

27 October, 2017

The DWP has quietly dropped its estimates of how many children will be lifted out of poverty because of Universal Credit

The zombie housing policies: what has happened to the Right to Buy extension and high-value asset levy?

27 October, 2017

What has become of the Right to Buy extension and the high-value asset levy?

Scale of potential Stamp Duty refunds might be bigger than expected

27 October, 2017

How much in the way of refunds might HMRC have to pay to buyers of additional homes who will be entitled to ask for a slice back of the Stamp Duty they have paid?

Tenants' deposits covered by protection schemes spiral to over £4bn

27 October, 2017

Some 14m tenants' deposits worth over £4.1bn were covered by authorised schemes, both custodial and insurance-backed as of the end of March

Lettings fee ban unlikely by next April but legislation coming 'very shortly'

27 October, 2017

The tenant fees ban is unlikely to be in place by next April due to the legislative process

Universal credit: MPs urge government to cut waiting time

26 October, 2017

The six-week waiting time for universal credit should be cut and be a maximum of one month

Evictions raised at PMQs

26 October, 2017

May and Corbyn continue to clash over Universal Credit

Young Scots hit by housing benefit cap

26 October, 2017

Scottish Government says thousands of young Scots will lose out

LHA Cap: How it impacts one of north Wales' largest housing associations

26 October, 2017

The proposals to cap the Local Housing Allowance rates by the UK Government presents significant obstacles to helping the Welsh Government meet its target for new affordable homes

AMs call for pause to universal credit roll-out

26 October, 2017

AMs have backed calls for a pause to the roll out of universal credit in a vote

Quarter of renters spending half their income on housing

26 October, 2017

YouGov survey shows how wages are the biggest cost every month

A two-year U-turn: the rise and fall of the LHA cap

26 October, 2017

A timeline of the Local Housing Allowance cap's journey from George Osborne's brainchild to the policy's abandonment by Theresa May

Housing Benefit Speed of Processing Statistics

25 October, 2017

Housing Benefit is an income related benefit that is intended to help meet housing costs for rented accommodation

Family lettings firm launches tenancy referencing app for the industry

25 October, 2017

A new app for lettings agents has been launched - by an agent

Housing association rents fall by 1.3% in 2016/17

25 October, 2017

Housing association rents in England have dropped by 1.3% on average in the first year of rent cutting

Labour urges government to scrap LHA plans for supported housing

25 October, 2017

Labour will urge the government to drop its plans to introduce a Local Housing Allowance cap for supported housing in a parliamentary debate today

Universal credit rollout not expected to increase food bank use

25 October, 2017

Junior minister says government listening to concerns after Labour passed advisory motion calling for rollout to be paused

Government appeals against High Court ruling that benefit cap 'causes misery to no good purpose'

25 October, 2017

Department for Work and Pensions denies policy causes 'discriminatory impact' on single parent families

A London borough is transferring most of its social housing to a private developer. What is it thinking?

25 October, 2017

The Haringey Development Vehicle is thought to be one of the largest transfers of public land into a public/private partnership ever

Universal Credit arrears could limit new build

25 October, 2017

Universal Credit arrears could hamper housing associations' ability to build, a provider has warned ahead of an emergency debate in the House of Commons

Disrepair claims against social landlords are on the rise

24 October, 2017

A rise in opportunistic 'claim-farming' has led to a rise in successful disrepair claims against social landlords, but there are ways to reduce your vulnerability

Postcode lottery: The impact of applying the Local Housing Allowance rates to general needs social housing tenants in Wales

24 October, 2017

The proposed application of the Local Housing Allowance rates to general needs social housing tenants from April 2019 has the potential to cause deep and long lasting hardship for tenants right across Wales

Universal Credit advances

24 October, 2017

If you don't have enough to live on while you wait for your first payment you may be able to get an advance of your first Universal Credit payment

Dundee City Council to deliver 1,000 new social homes by 2020

24 October, 2017

Dundee City Council has increased its new build social housing target to 1,000 properties by 2020/21 and has pledged to review the use of section 75 agreements to help deliver the new homes

Budget must let councils 'take back control' of housing assets and revenue

24 October, 2017

ARCH and NFA set out key asks on allowing councils to lift the HRA debt caps for new build purposes

Tenants affected by regeneration in Haringey guaranteed 'right of return'

24 October, 2017

Residents of council estates earmarked for redevelopment in Haringey will enjoy a guaranteed right of return

Labour and rebel Tories secure debate on universal credit rollout

24 October, 2017

Three-hour parliamentary session to take place as pressure grows to reduce six-week delay before benefits payments begin

Social housing benefit policy 'flawed'

24 October, 2017

Welsh housing associations have called on the UK government to reverse the Local Housing Allowance cap

Universal credit behind rising rent arrears and food bank use, 'guinea pig' councils say

24 October, 2017

Research by Southwark and Croydon councils reveals devastating effect of new benefits system

Emergency debate on UC waiting times

23 October, 2017

There will be an emergency debate today on the six-week waiting time for Universal Credit claimants

Safe as houses: the impact of universal credit on tenants and their rent behaviour in the London boroughs of Southwark and Croydon, and Peabody

23 October, 2017

The London boroughs of Southwark and Croydon were among the first areas in the country to see the early rollout of full service universal credit

There is more landlords can learn about the needs of LGBT residents

23 October, 2017

HouseProud, the nationwide network for LGBT+ people working in social housing is spearheading the first sector-wide study to explore resident interactions with housing providers

Motion presses Highland Council to cap private rents in Inverness and other communities

23 October, 2017

A move to have private house rents capped in Inverness will be considered next week following claims of "extortionate" sums being charged

Model tenancy agreement for new private residential tenancy published

23 October, 2017

Under the Private Housing Act 2016 all private residential tenancies will be subject to core rights and obligations

U-turn on housing benefit cap for mentally ill and elderly

23 October, 2017

Move follows outcry from charities and evidence that housing projects have been axed

Theresa May plots climbdown over Universal Credit amid fears it could become her 'poll tax'

23 October, 2017

Theresa May is on the brink of a major climbdown over Universal Credit payments, having been warned it could become her "poll tax"

Archbishop calls for cut to universal credit delays

23 October, 2017

The six-week waiting time for universal credit must be cut as the idea that people have a nest egg to fall back on is "grotesquely ignorant"

Young tenants hit by tax hike on landlords

23 October, 2017

One in five private landlords now less willing to rent to young people as a result of tax increases

Gathering storm of fees ban in Scotland - and a warning to English government as Scots landlords 'flee the market'

23 October, 2017

Five years after agents' fees charged to tenants were formally banned by the Scottish government, the effects continue not just to reverberate but to worsen

Welfare questions for Wales

23 October, 2017

It was certainly hard to find much good news on offer at the session on welfare reform

Keeping more of what you earn

23 October, 2017

JRF is calling for people to be able to keep more of what they earn under Universal Credit in order to reduce in-work poverty, delivered by increasing the work allowance

Making Fair Rent Homes a reality

23 October, 2017

The need for a new wave of Fair Rent Homes is clear. But how do we build them? And where is the money coming from?

MPs and ministers out to tackle rogue landlord and letting agents

23 October, 2017

MPs are worried that councils do not have enough powers to deal with rogue landlords and letting agents

What the private residential tenancy means for tenants

23 October, 2017

Big changes to private renting are on the way

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