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Housing crisis: Dover's 10% drop in empty homes linked to district council's renovation scheme

19 August, 2019

A 10% drop in the number of empty homes in the Dover district has been recorded

Licensing specialist warns that council's advice could land agents and landlords in trouble

19 August, 2019

A specialist on licensing schemes is warning that agents and landlords in a London borough could find themselves in breach of the law if they follow advice given by the council's own staff

Half of current landlords would not go near buy-to-let now

19 August, 2019

Half of current landlords would not enter the buy-to-let market for the first time now

Wirral council to consult on selective licensing

16 August, 2019

Wirral Council has started their consultation on selective licensing in the area which will close on 14 October 2019

Report dismisses DWP 'scaremongering' claims over Universal Credit

16 August, 2019

Work and Pensions Committee sees DWP struggling to reassure sceptical claimants that they will be well-supported in moving to UC

DWP rejected chance to take 200,000 people out of poverty

16 August, 2019

Commons report confirms DWP refused a request to ease the benefits freeze earlier this year - despite overachieving on related savings

Middlesbrough partnership plans social housing redevelopment

16 August, 2019

"This is a real socialism in action policy and the first really big social housing programme in the town centre in a long time"

'Estate is totally unacceptable for residents' - Basildon Council leader calls for action

16 August, 2019

Basildon's council leader has demanded a housing association acts now and cleans up a residential estate

Section 21: More fierce criticism for government over its scrapping

16 August, 2019

Claims that the use of Section 21 'no fault' eviction notices is the leading cause of homelessness in the UK are "factually incorrect, misleading and just plain wrong"

Are Social Housing Green Paper proposals on ice? We look at what has happened since last year

16 August, 2019

One year on from the publication of the Social Housing Green Paper

Eric Walker becomes consultant to firm getting set to launch tenants' passports

16 August, 2019

A business planning to roll out a tenants' passport has appointed ex-Belvoir and Northwood managing director Eric Walker as a consultant

Landlords face paying up to £55k to evict rogue tenants

16 August, 2019

New research has revealed the cost of evicting a rogue tenant

Tenancy deposit replacement scheme raises over £9m in financial backing

16 August, 2019

Former Savills chief executive Jeremy Helsby is among backers who have helped deposit replacement scheme flatfair raise $11m

Sutton completes first council house programme in 30 years

15 August, 2019

93 new homes were built across the borough thanks to changes in financial regulations

SFHA pushes for key changes to 'welfare reform'

15 August, 2019

DWP Minister noted for non-answers challenged to face-to-face meeting

CIH partners with Welsh Government to scale up council building

15 August, 2019

To ensure everyone has a safe place to call home, there can be no underestimating the role of local authorities

Skye housing association tenants warned over tourist sub-letting

15 August, 2019

A housing association is writing to tenants on Skye, warning them against sub-letting their homes to tourists

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, UK: July 2019

15 August, 2019

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

Agents expecting to lose a third of their revenue from tenant fees ban

15 August, 2019

Letting agents in England are planning to increase their rental stock or hike their management charges to make up for lost revenue from the tenant fees ban

Welsh government sets out its guidance on fees ban now just over two weeks away

15 August, 2019

The Welsh government has released its fees ban guidance for agents

Agent wins after mounting challenge to council demanding £15,000 penalty over HMO

15 August, 2019

An agent hit with a demand for £14,999 for allegedly operating an illegal, unlicensed HMO has won its appeal

Chap wins Aberdeen house-building contract

15 August, 2019

Chap Group has been appointed by Aberdeen City Council to build a major development of council homes

'This is real socialism in action': Housing groups to build social homes on council land in Gresham

15 August, 2019

Middlesbrough Council-owned land in Gresham and across the town will be developed by Thirteen and North Star Housing

Landlord vs tenant: Mental health

14 August, 2019

At PA Housing, we view any eviction as a failure, because we will have always done whatever we can to avoid a tenancy ending in this way

The case for stamp duty reform

14 August, 2019

In recent weeks there has been much speculation that Boris Johnson's government will look again at the stamp duty system

Average adult will spend more than £60,000 in rent before reaching housing ladder

14 August, 2019

Being a home owner is distant dream for many

Reading tenants charged thousands for non-existent lift

14 August, 2019

Tenants living in a block of flats paid out thousands of pounds over a number of years for a non-existent lift

The battle to save social rent

14 August, 2019

Half a decade ago, social rent was on its last legs and shadow housing minister John Healey accused landlords of barely putting up a fight to save it

Barking fire: social tenants told to return despite safety fears

14 August, 2019

Residents of east London flats say they are being forced back before safety assessments

Goodlord goes against the grain with claims that rents are declining in some regions

14 August, 2019

New tenancies processed through lettings platform Goodlord may be bucking the trend as the firm's data suggests rents fell in five out of eight regions in England and Wales last month

Landlords' confidence collapses to a record low after 'abolition of Section 21' announcement

14 August, 2019

Landlord confidence has fallen to a record low

Domestic violence victim 'appalled' at state of £800 emergency housing

14 August, 2019

The woman who has just had a baby has been quickly housed in temporary accommodation

Benefit sanctions statistics to April 2019

13 August, 2019

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

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 11 July 2019

13 August, 2019

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

Sovereign Housing Association reports strong performance

13 August, 2019

Despite a challenging operating environment, Sovereign Housing Association has delivered on its commitment to build more quality, affordable homes

Calls for investigation as quarter of a million people have been sanctioned under Universal Credit

13 August, 2019

CAS has called for an urgent investigation into the sanctions system as new figures released by the DWP today reveal a quarter of a million people across the UK have been sanctioned under Universal Credit

Housing 2019

13 August, 2019

CIoH report

Peabody's self-imposed rent cut hits margin

13 August, 2019

Large London housing association Peabody has seen the first impact of its self-imposed rent cut

Government says no to city's controversial selective licensing scheme

13 August, 2019

A city has been refused permission to introduce a licensing scheme that would have affected some 3,000 rental homes

Tenant in despair after she pays out over £1,200 to get landlord's possessions removed from flat

13 August, 2019

A tenant who moved into a flat she was renting through Purplebricks only to find it full of the landlord's possessions has told of her ongoing struggle

Lettings agent fined £40,000 for 'membership club' scam in landmark prosecution

13 August, 2019

The director of a lettings agency that tried to pass itself off as a membership club to dodge the law while leaving tenants in the lurch has been hit with a bill of more than £40,000 in the first prosecution of its kind in the UK

Housing association strikes £190m bond deal to receive funds immediately after Brexit

13 August, 2019

Large housing association Moat Homes has agreed an innovative bond deal worth up to £190m to provide it with funds immediately after the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union

August 2019: Touchbase edition 136

12 August, 2019

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

Housing association with ex-First Priority leases breaches regulator's Home Standard

12 August, 2019

A housing association that took on some of First Priority's homes after that association nearly went insolvent failed to check its homes were safe

New housing benefit applicants in Lancaster are waiting longer than legal response time

12 August, 2019

New housing benefit applicants in Lancaster are waiting more than two weeks for their claims to be processed - beyond the legally advised response time

How a big French bank helped London tenants get back to work

12 August, 2019

L&Q social housing association secured loan by BNP Paribas under condition it helped its unemployed residents find jobs

Ankor fined for breaching 36 housing rules at Colchester homes

12 August, 2019

A folded property firm has been fined after breaching 36 housing regulations which left tenants in two homes in Colchester living in dangerous conditions

Housing association residents 'refused' fire assessments

12 August, 2019

Some housing association residents are still not routinely being given fire risk assessments

Newly agreed rents shoot up - and time to let a property is the quickest yet

12 August, 2019

Newly agreed rents have leapt up across England in the wake of landlords exiting the market and the tenancy fees ban, while the average time it now takes to let a property has fallen to just 20 days - a record

NHF becomes latest member of Women in Social Housing

09 August, 2019

The two organisations will work together to address the issue of gender equality across the housing sector

NLA looks to improve accessibility in the PRS

09 August, 2019

The NLA has joined with key players in the aged and disability sectors to promote the need for accessible housing within the private rented sector

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 8/2019

09 August, 2019

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

Government faces third legal challenge to Universal Credit migration arrangements

09 August, 2019

Two men with severe disabilities, known as TP and AR, have twice already successfully challenged the government in relation to the migration arrangements

Capita in U-turn over contesting compensation payment ordered after PIP claimant's tragic death

09 August, 2019

Victoria Smith tragically died months after her personal independence payments were stopped following a Capita assessment

First Abu Dhabi Bank enters UK social housing

09 August, 2019

The United Arab Emirates' biggest lender First Abu Dhabi Bank has entered UK social housing

The housing association financial statements round-up

09 August, 2019

As housing associations release their accounts for the year, Luke Barratt looks at the results of nine landlords operating across the country

GMB London calls for direct provision of council housing

09 August, 2019

London receives £2.17bn in housing benefit per year, of which Brent gets the largest share

Special report: pre-tax surplus drops 11% among British associations

09 August, 2019

Social Housing's analysis of the sector's global accounts finds that housing associations' pre-tax surplus fell last year - driven by drops in England, Scotland and Wales

Birmingham's temporary accommodation tower

08 August, 2019

Birmingham City Council has turned an unloved high-rise block into temporary housing for homeless people

Discretionary Housing Payments funding for Maidstone reduced by government

08 August, 2019

A councillor has hit out at the government's decision to cut a vital budget used to prevent families from becoming homeless

Goldman and BNP Paribas sign deals with housing associations

08 August, 2019

Goldman Sachs, the global investment bank, has entered the UK social housing sector's lending landscape with a £50m loan to PfP

Council submits application to develop 2,300 homes in London

08 August, 2019

A minimum 40% of the new homes will be affordable

'Innocent people caught up' in UK welfare state surveillance system

08 August, 2019

UN investigator's warning comes as disabled rights activists claim police and DWP are sharing data on protesters

Social landlords face huge admin burden over Universal Credit issue

08 August, 2019

Social landlords have warned they face a huge administrative burden next year unless the government implements reforms to the way rent changes for tenants claiming Universal Credit are processed

Fraudulent 'agent' jailed after conning six victims into parting with over £12,000 in deposits

08 August, 2019

A fraudster who conned six victims into paying a total of £12,318 for deposits on rental properties has been jailed

How a social home changed my life

07 August, 2019

It's unbelievable how many families are forced to rent privately because they can't secure a social home and have no hope of buying

Call to plough North Yorkshire council's profits into social housing

07 August, 2019

A conservative-led council which has launched a property development firm to generate funding for key services has agreed to investigate a Liberal Democrat proposal to donate some of the profits to help build council houses

Together Housing ordered to pay £250 to sheltered housing residents

07 August, 2019

Residents in sheltered housing have been awarded compensation from their landlord after it was found to have breached the terms of a contract over the way it removed support services

Government consultation could result in generational change in law around private renting

07 August, 2019

Currently, landlords can evict tenants living under a residential AST with only two months notice, and without having to give any legal grounds for doing so

Civitas Social Housing Quarterly Assets Flat; Expects Debt Extension

07 August, 2019

Social housing real estate investment trust Civitas Social Housing PLC said Tuesday its net assets were broadly unchanged in the first quarter

Wales looks at thousands of new council homes by 2040

07 August, 2019

More urban living - and thousands of new council homes - are part of a development vision for Wales by 2040

Housing associations' merger to create 2,000 new homes and 100 jobs

07 August, 2019

Stafford and Rural Homes took on Stafford Borough Council's social housing stock in 2006

Landlords body tells city council that its plans for licensing could break the law

07 August, 2019

A major local authority has been warned that its licensing scheme could be in breach of the law

Over four in ten tenancy deposits are higher than new cap

07 August, 2019

The Deposit Protection Service has revealed that more than four out of ten of the tenancy deposits it manages are currently higher than the new tenancy deposit cap

Waltham Forest Council approves additional and selective licensing

06 August, 2019

Waltham Forest Council has confirmed that the cabinet has passed proposals to introduce borough-wide additional licensing

Welfare safety net is broken

06 August, 2019

As a nation, I believe we all want a decent safety net: if you're facing a difficult moment in life, the state should be there to help you

Four in 10 deposits higher than government cap

06 August, 2019

Most new assured shorthold tenancy deposits in England are capped at five weeks' rent

Council tenant dies in hospital after Wandsworth explosion

06 August, 2019

A council tenant taken to hospital after an explosion on an estate in Wandsworth has died

Isle Of Wight Council Promises To Tackle Issue Of Empty Housing

06 August, 2019

The local authority has launched its Empty Property Strategy 2019-2022 to focus on those homes which have stood empty for more than two years

Landlords across Islington could soon need licences due to rise of 'dodgy operators'

06 August, 2019

Landlords in Finsbury Park could be forced to get licensed because it has the highest number of complaints from renters in Islington

Capita seeks to reverse 'reputational damage' after death of claimant

06 August, 2019

Benefit-assessment company Capita is going to court to try to reverse the "reputational damage" it says it suffered after a claimant died

Right To Rent guidance 'breaks the law'

06 August, 2019

RLA criticises document that states landlords will only be required to see passports and airline tickets as proof to rent a property

How to Rent guide is 'silently' updated - and not even the Government seems to know

06 August, 2019

Letting agents should be aware that there have been two recent changes to the How to Rent guide

First the fees ban - and now tenants throw down successful challenge to renewal fee

06 August, 2019

Two tenants who refused to pay a renewal fee have been let off the payment - even though the agency was entitled to it

Rent-a-room blamed for housing crisis

05 August, 2019

But is a tax break really forcing tourists and tenants to fight it out for the same space?

Charter Housing tenant who reported mould and sunken bedroom floors in June yet to see problems fixed

05 August, 2019

A woman from Cwmbran has said her situation is "beyond a joke" after issues including black mould and a sunken floor remained unfixed more than a month after reporting them to her housing association

Surge in EU citizens unfairly refused access to universal credit

05 August, 2019

'Hostile environment' of benefits system leads EU nationals to destitution

Gorton landlord fined for making 11 tenants share customer toilet

05 August, 2019

A landlord was fined more than £47,000 after cramming 11 tenants into a house with one toilet they had to share with shop customers

Four things we learned from London housing associations' accounts

05 August, 2019

The past seven days have seen London housing associations begin to publish their annual accounts

Letting fees ban: Renters confused after change in law

05 August, 2019

I was worried about the ridiculous charges mentioned, so I tried to get a second opinion. That alerted me to the fact that they were doing something illegal

Low-income Britons 'more vulnerable to recession than in 2008'

05 August, 2019

Weak wage growth and years of austerity mean Brexit downturn will be harder for poor

Housing association wins 'cuckooing' eviction case in Court of Appeal

05 August, 2019

A housing association has won a court case over its decision to evict a disabled man who police suspected was a victim of so-called 'cuckooing'

Letting fees ban is now just four weeks away in Wales

05 August, 2019

The tenants' fee ban is now four weeks away from being enacted in Wales under the Renting Homes

Two-child benefits limit hurts the poor

02 August, 2019

The cap pushes a million children deeper below the poverty line

George Clarke's rallying cry for more social housing

02 August, 2019

George Clarke's Council Housing Scandal is a rallying cry for everyone who believes Britain desperately needs more social housing

Benefit Cap: number of households capped to May 2019

02 August, 2019

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

Benefit cap statistics: background information and methodology

02 August, 2019

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

Boris Johnson and the housing crisis

02 August, 2019

The new PM acknowledges the challenge but housing appears far down the list of priorities

London's largest housing associations alter development plans amid 'tough' market

02 August, 2019

Some of London's largest housing associations are making changes to their development plans in a bid to combat the effect of a waning property market in the capital

Landlords spending £3,000 a year maintaining their properties

02 August, 2019

New research has found that landlords spend more than £3,000 each year looking after their rental properties

Agent ordered to pay over £37,000 after nine HMO failings

02 August, 2019

An agent has been hit with heavy costs for property offences

What happens when all in the garden is not quite rosy at the end of a tenancy?

02 August, 2019

A dispute arose between the landlord and tenant due to the condition of the garden at the end of the tenancy

The Thinkhouse review: are social lettings agencies the key to a fairer PRS?

01 August, 2019

In this month's Thinkhouse review, Philip Brown hails a report looking at solutions to an unfair private rented sector

Cornwall Council 'unacceptable' over tent complaint

01 August, 2019

A council has been criticised for being "un-cooperative" in how it dealt with a complaint about a decision to give a homeless teenager a tent to sleep in

Getting rents under control

01 August, 2019

How to make London rents affordable

Tenants hit by rising rents as fees ban bites

01 August, 2019

New survey stats show rent prices rose to highest on record in June

The private rented sector in the UK

01 August, 2019

The UK private rented sector has grown and evolved substantially over the last decade and a half

A quarter of A2 Dominion's new homes were affordable last year

01 August, 2019

Housing association reports 74% of 875 homes built in the past year were for private sale or rent

Council denies claims that tenants have been forced out of Milton Keynes sheltered housing scheme

01 August, 2019

Residents accused council officers of using strong arm-style tactics to persuade elderly tenants to move out of a sheltered housing scheme so they can redevelop the site

Four injured after explosion on council estate

01 August, 2019

Four people have been injured after a suspected gas explosion in a block of council flats in Wandsworth

Rental platform already backed by Google raises a further £1.5m in bid to shake up sector

01 August, 2019

A proptech firm, askporter, has raised a further £1.5m in seed funding

Tenants bear the brunt of fall-out in wake of tenancy fees ban

01 August, 2019

ARLA is reporting record rent rises in the immediate wake of the tenancy fees ban which came into force in England on June 1

Successful housing markets are built on social homes

31 July, 2019

It's obvious that there is no solution to our housing emergency that doesn't include many more social homes

Child Tax Credit and Universal Credit claimants: statistics related to the policy to provide support for a maximum of 2 children, April 2019

31 July, 2019

This information is about the policy of providing support for a maximum of 2 children in Child Tax Credit and Universal Credit, which came into effect in April 2017, and includes statistics relating to the exceptions to the policy

The welfare safety net is not fit for purpose says Work and Pensions Committee

31 July, 2019

The welfare safety net is not fit for purpose for people living on the breadline

DWP 'carefully considering' latest legal reverse

31 July, 2019

The Department had cleared thousands suffering from mental health conditions as eligible for disability benefits

PRS landlords 'dissatisfied' with the courts over evictions

31 July, 2019

RLA says survey findings show the need for a properly resourced housing court

UK: Penniless father of three commits suicide while waiting for welfare payment

31 July, 2019

Phillip Herron, a single parent from Durham, England, is another victim of the UK's punitive benefits system and the decades-long onslaught against the working class

Five housing associations get credit downgrades from S&P

31 July, 2019

Five housing associations have received credit downgrades from ratings agency Standard & Poor's in a flurry of actions over the past month

Government urged to scrap 'nasty' two-child limit on benefits

31 July, 2019

Figures show nearly 600,000 children are adversely affected by policy

24 'ghost tenants' found living in Hull in £432,000 benefit fraud

31 July, 2019

Hull council has pledged to continue to crackdown on tenancy fraud

Purplebricks says sorry after tenant moves into flat filled with owner's possessions

31 July, 2019

Purplebricks has apologised after a tenant claimed that they moved into a flat only to find it filled with the landlady's belongings

Landlords' Barometer - #72: Hot topics among the landlord community

31 July, 2019

Welcome to the July edition of the Landlords' Barometer, where the trending topics for landlords have been as hot as our summer!

Council housing is the bedrock of the future, not a relic of the past

30 July, 2019

Lloyd George never promised 'Homes for Heroes', and the 1919 Housing and Town Planning Act didn't create the first 'council' housing

Let's build a cross-party consensus on funding desperately needed homes

30 July, 2019

On the centenary of council housing, the ideals and state intervention of the 1919 Addison Act are as relevant as ever

A hundred years of social housing: how standards and quality got lost along the way

30 July, 2019

The UK general election that followed the end of the First World War was in part fought on the key issue of "homes fit for heroes"

Milton Keynes Council to form its OWN COMPANY to build 2,000 'affordable' homes

30 July, 2019

MK Council is planning to set up its own housing company to build 2,000 "truly affordable" homes for people to rent or buy

RBKC to bring back lifetime tenancies

30 July, 2019

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is set to bring back lifetime tenancies for its council tenants

Councils 'could seek criminal action' against contractor following gas safety issues

30 July, 2019

Four Kent councils could seek "criminal or legal action" against a contractor that managed gas services for their under-fire ALMO

LIN member report July 2019 - Universal Credit

30 July, 2019

LIN member report is written by Neil Merrick

Number of complaints to Housing Ombudsman rises by 12%

29 July, 2019

The total number of complaints received by the Housing Ombudsman this year has risen by more than 10%

DWP again ducks behind 'disproportionate cost' over Commons question

29 July, 2019

Repeating a familiar pattern, "cost" is cited as the reason why a Parliamentary Question on Universal Credit can't be fully answered

Private sales 'transformation' drives credit rating drop for housing associations

29 July, 2019

The shift to "riskier market-based activities" has led to a fall in the average credit rating of England's social housing providers

Airbnb host fined £100,000 for letting council flat

29 July, 2019

An Airbnb host who rented out his central London council flat to tourists has been fined £100,000 and evicted

Plans to build more than 750 new council houses across Wiltshire

29 July, 2019

More than 750 new council houses could be built across Wiltshire to give households extra support to pay for housing

UK's largest social landlord starts sprinklers trial

29 July, 2019

Clarion, the UK's largest housing association, has started a trial of a new sprinkler-type system as part of a ramping-up of fire safety initiatives

London tenants demand an end to 'stay put' advice during fires

29 July, 2019

A group of London tenants are calling for an end to the 'stay put' policy as a default when there is a fire in a high-rise block

Councils need 'emergency settlement' from new government

29 July, 2019

At the moment, councils have no idea how they will be funded this time next year

Universal Credit Claimants blocked from challenging DWP decisions

26 July, 2019

Britains poorest forced to jump through hoops to obtain benefits justice

Seven people in a one bed property

26 July, 2019

Seven people in a one bed property - hefty fine for buy to let investor

House values: the UK's best and worst regions for price growth

26 July, 2019

The average property increased in value by £2,046 during the first half of 2019, led by gains in the West Midlands

Changes to possession rules

26 July, 2019

Changes to possession rules and their impact on landlords and tenants

NFA plans for engaging with the new Government

26 July, 2019

A brief summary of the NFA's plans to engage with Mr Johnson, and his administration, on the sector's behalf

Highest homelessness figures recorded in Wales under new legislation

26 July, 2019

The number of households threatened with homelessness increased by 18% in 2018-19

Government hiding behind 'meaningless' definitions of affordable housing

26 July, 2019

Commons debate on future for Local Housing Allowance sees support for sum covering at least the cheapest third of local rents

Licensing scheme to improve Bristol's rental housing standards

26 July, 2019

An initiative that aims to improve housing and management standards for multiple occupancy, privately rented properties in 12 of Bristol's central wards started this week

Esther McVey - who is the new housing minister?

26 July, 2019

ormer TV presenter Esther McVey MP has been named the new housing minister, taking over the reins from Kit Malthouse

Boris Johnson promises investment in housing

26 July, 2019

New prime minister Boris Johnson has promised investment in housing, listing it among other pieces of "vital infrastructure"

Johnson's reshuffle looks like a disaster for social housing

25 July, 2019

The sea change in the government's attitude towards social housing seems to have gone into reverse

Call to recognise housing as factor in preventing mental health distress

25 July, 2019

An all-party Parliamentary report recently criticised the limitation of medical approaches to mental health care

Johnson doesn't see housing in 'vision' for future UK

25 July, 2019

No direct reference to housing as a policy priority in first Commons statement from new PM

Redress scheme warning for estate and letting agents

25 July, 2019

Following a recent tribunal where an agency was not signed up to a redress scheme for its property management work, only its letting agency work, all estate and letting agents are being urged to check they are signed up with an approved redress scheme that covers the full remit of their work

Calls for councils to help people move home in later life

25 July, 2019

Report also outlines the need for national government to prioritise accessible housebuilding and reinstall funding for a "national advice service"

Robert Jenrick: Who is the new Housing Secretary?

25 July, 2019

Robert Jenrick MP has been named as the new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) replacing James Brokenshire who has left the position

UK Build to Rent Market Update

25 July, 2019

The Build to Rent (BTR) sector has performed strongly during the second quarter of 2019

Man spent housing benefit on 'other things' - then demanded compensation from council

25 July, 2019

Watchdog said council failed over payments notification but ruled resident was responsible for his own finances

'Vilified' McVey moves into housing

25 July, 2019

Her "boss" will be a 37-year-old former corporate lawyer and Christie's director fresh from the Treasury

Landlord ordered to pay more than £5k for overcrowded property in Nottingham

25 July, 2019

A private landlord in Nottingham has appeared at Nottingham Magistrates' Court where he pleaded guilty to breaching a prohibition order

Property remains a good 'long-term investment'

25 July, 2019

Although new capital gains tax rules could cost some landlords thousands of pounds when they sell up, property is still a relatively safe long term investment

Jenrick named new Housing Secretary

25 July, 2019

Robert Jenrick has been named the new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

Housing sector calls on Johnson to step up development investment and fix Universal Credit

24 July, 2019

Housing bodies and sector figures have reacted to the imminent appointment of Boris Johnson as the new prime minister

Redcar and Cleveland Council to axe £150k chief exec job

24 July, 2019

A council is to scrap its £150,000 chief executive role as part of cost-cutting measures

Rudd stresses work with PRS over application of Local Housing Allowance

24 July, 2019

Work and Pensions Secretary says reassessment of LHA should be a priority with benefits freeze thawed

DWP admits it's interviewed 1,400 benefit claimants under caution over Universal Credit scam

24 July, 2019

A scam ensnared supposedly innocent benefit claimants - but now it emerges they have been given a vigorous assessment by the DWP

Company landlords now own almost 650,000 rental properties

24 July, 2019

Some 12% of properties in the private rented sector are now owned by a company as tax changes make private landlords feel the pinch

National Housing Federation response to new Conservative Party leader

24 July, 2019

We congratulate Boris Johnson MP on his election as leader of the Conservative Party

Universal Credit pilot to launch

24 July, 2019

Today, regulations will come into force to enable the delivery of a Universal Credit migration pilot based in Harrogate

Call of the Week-responsibility for maintaining gardens

24 July, 2019

Summer is here and with that there are bound to be a plethora of barbeques, swimming pools and sun-loungers filling the gardens up and down the country

Government 'squanders' once-in-a-generation chance to ease housing crisis

24 July, 2019

Key Commons committee says it is unacceptable MHCLG pays so little attention to how the release of public land could deliver social housing

ALMO under review following Home Standard breach

24 July, 2019

A council in the North East has placed its ALMO under review after the regulator identified serious fire, asbestos and electrical safety failings among its housing stock

Edinburgh calls for short-term lets licensing regime

23 July, 2019

The City of Edinburgh Council has set out its case for a licensing regime to be introduced for properties being rented out for more than 28 days in a calendar year

Inequality and 'affordable' housing

23 July, 2019

How university students have a role to play in the shortage of affordable housing

Report urges Stamp Duty abolishment to help thousands up property ladder

23 July, 2019

The move is said to save a normal family buying an average priced home of £228,000 around £2,080 on their purchase

How to solve the United Kingdom's housing crisis

23 July, 2019

IEA Current Controversies papers are designed to promote discussion of economic issues and the role of markets in solving economic and social problems

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments

23 July, 2019

Analysis of end of year returns from Local Authorities

Revealed: the safest BTL investment areas based on crime levels and rental yields

23 July, 2019

Rental yields tend to increase in areas with higher crime rates, according to new research

Poor universal credit advice costs claimants thousands, MPs say

23 July, 2019

DWP accused of failing to help those who unnecessarily signed up for the benefit

Universal credit: Disabled people to get backdated benefit payments

23 July, 2019

More than 13,000 disabled people are to receive backdated benefit payments after the government accepted a court ruling over universal credit

Boris to be PM, so what can we expect on housing?

23 July, 2019

Boris Johnson will become the UK's next Prime Minister, so what does this mean for housing - and in particular the private rented sector?

Universal Credit among worst examples of welfare reform 'in the history of humankind

23 July, 2019

Commons Work and Pensions Committee says Universal Credit application process should come with a health warning

New homeless families outnumber new social homes by 8 to 1

22 July, 2019

Analysis of the latest homelessness statistics by the National Housing Federation has found that for every one new social home built in England, eight families are accepted as homeless by their local council

Industry rages against Labour's

22 July, 2019

Calls by Labour's London Mayor Sadiq Khan to secure powers to implement private sector rent controls are facing increasing opposition

High demand for rental homes following introduction of the tenant fee ban

22 July, 2019

There has been a significant rise in tenant demand in recent weeks after the change to tenant fees came in on 1st June, new figures show

The Section 21 Consultation

22 July, 2019

Over the weekend the Government published a consultation on plans to axe Section 21-so called 'no fault' repossessions in the private rented sector

New Universal Credit report: MPs back RLA suggestions

22 July, 2019

Plans to improve the Universal Credit system by ending the benefits freeze and promoting direct payments to landlords have been put forward by a cross-party group of MPs

West Midlands Mayor goes 'blue on blue' to battle homelessness

22 July, 2019

Tory West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has gone 'blue on blue' to back an urgent rethink part of the benefits system to tackle homelessness

Food banks scramble to stop a million children going hungry over holidays

22 July, 2019

More families turn to food parcels to make up for loss of free school meals, extra childcare costs and benefit payment delays

Regulator urges providers to address accountability to tenants

22 July, 2019

The Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) has urged social housing providers to consider how accountable they are to tenants, as it published its Consumer Regulation Review today

DWP urged to option direct Universal Credit payments to landlords

22 July, 2019

Parliamentary report also says direct payment should be by default where there is a history of rent arrears or debt

Renters may get access to rogue landlord database

22 July, 2019

A database of rogue landlords would be opened up to prospective tenants under government plans

Developing proposals for London rent control

19 July, 2019

The Mayor of London's review of rent control has concluded with a call for new powers to cut rents in the capital

Sadiq Khan's vision for a post-Section 21 world

19 July, 2019

In a hopeful day for London's renters, the Mayor has shared his vision for private renting

DWP urged to option direct Universal Credit payments to landlords

19 July, 2019

Parliamentary report also says direct payment should be by default where there is a history of rent arrears or debt

DWP ready to spend millions on marketing and advertising

19 July, 2019

Commons question confirms the sum as thousands are driven to destitution by 'welfare reform'

Money laundering - how can housing associations mitigate the risks?

19 July, 2019

Housing associations are particularly vulnerable to money laundering, yet the sector doesn't report its suspicions as much as it perhaps should

Section 21: don't scrap it just yet

19 July, 2019

Section 21 needs to remain, at least until any new system provides landlords with assurance and confidence that they can swiftly repossess properties for legitimate reasons

Westminster Council defend social housing sales amid opposition criticism

19 July, 2019

Westminster Council has defended its policy of selling off "unsuitable" council homes after opposition councillors criticised the "unacceptable" policy

Royal Mail and Amazon 'can deliver' for social housing

19 July, 2019

New report references both as examples for meeting customer expectation

Rent control: London Mayor Sadiq Khan calls for more powers

19 July, 2019

The mayor of London has called on the government to hand him extra powers so he can cap rents in the capital

New fund plans £100m of loans for supported housing providers

19 July, 2019

A £100m social investment fund backed by private equity is looking to finance UK charities and organisations providing accommodation to vulnerable people

Vulnerable tenants 'hardest hit' by scrapping of Section 21

19 July, 2019

RLA warns over findings from largest ever non-government surveys of landlords and agents

Tenancy demand shoots up as renters look to avoid fees post-ban

19 July, 2019

The uplift in tenancy demand in the month before the fees ban was implemented was seven times the norm, as tenants looked to move after June 1 and avoid paying fees

New affordable housing definition could halve rural rents

18 July, 2019

CPRE analysis suggests huge savings for rural communities if affordable rents are based on income

PRS standards get Parliamentary once-over in North

18 July, 2019

APPG inquiry aims to explore current standard of fast-rising northern PRS

Accent achieves UK social housing's lowest ever coupon for a long-dated bond

18 July, 2019

Accent Group has achieved the UK social housing sector's lowest ever price on a long-dated public bond

Large city council more than doubles building plans as result of new financial freedoms

18 July, 2019

Sheffield City Council has doubled the number of council homes it is planning to build, following the government's decision to remove the HRA borrowing cap on local authorities

Ban on new home short-term or sub-lets trialled in Manchester

18 July, 2019

A scheme to stop new home owners sub-letting or offering short-term lets is being trialled in Manchester

English Housing Survey

18 July, 2019

Social rented sector, 2017-18

Grenfell scrutiny group could be scrapped by council

18 July, 2019

The council responsible for Grenfell Tower is proposing to shut down a scrutiny committee set up to look at its response to the fatal fire in 2017

Majority of private renters say they have no savings

18 July, 2019

But RLA says updated English Housing Survey stats "dispel the myth" that the PRS means insecure tenancies and increasing costs

Housing data reveals renter confusion over deposit protection

18 July, 2019

A fifth of renters are unsure if their tenancy deposit has been protected by their landlord or lettings agent

Council backs abolition of Section 21 after hearing how one of its own members was evicted

18 July, 2019

A local authority is to lobby for Section 21 to be abolished after hearing from one its own councillors who was evicted twice

Parliamentary report finds older residents face 'private rent catastrophe'

17 July, 2019

New report stresses a need for more than one million low cost rented homes to adequately house older people by the late 2040s

Welsh social landlords evicting 'too many people into homelessness'

17 July, 2019

Shelter Cymru says study confirms what it sees in casework

Poor tenants pay for landlords to live like kings. It doesn't have to be this way

17 July, 2019

Britain has enough housing - it's just that a series of outrageous policies makes it accessible only to the rich

I've seen the future and it's Norwich: the energy-saving, social housing revolution

17 July, 2019

The 100 homes on Goldsmith Street aren't just smart and modern

UK's renting millennials face homelessness crisis when they retire

17 July, 2019

Report finds at least 630,000 will be unable to afford private rents on their pension income

Councillors who are tenants or landlords warned not to vote on licensing plans

17 July, 2019

A bid to introduce licensing of private landlords in a major city could prove problematic because so many councillors are either landlords or tenants

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 13 June 2019

16 July, 2019

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

Foodbanks need stock to face 'busiest ever summer'

16 July, 2019

Many foodbanks ready to extended their offer to "holiday clubs" where parents can't cover childcare costs

Housing health and safety standards in the PRS being modernised

16 July, 2019

The Housing Health Safety Rating System used to assess health and safety in residential properties it to be reformed to make it more accessible for landlords and tenants

Tories rule out ringfencing funds for Local Welfare provision

16 July, 2019

DWP minister says there are are "no plans" to ringfence funding for local welfare provision despite evidence of rising destitution

Young key workers in London spend more than half of pay on rent

16 July, 2019

Harder for teachers, nurses and police to keep pace with England's housing costs

Council tenants on Universal Credit 16 times more likely to abandon tenancies

16 July, 2019

Council tenants on Universal Credit are 16 times more likely to abandon their tenancies and three times more likely to be evicted than those receiving housing benefit

Andrews backs fourth home in social housing project to support people leaving care

16 July, 2019

Andrews has unveiled the fourth home in its social housing project

Next PM 'needs to end benefit freeze' with destitution on the rise

15 July, 2019

Call from Amber Rudd coincides with report exposing the extent of families routinely unable to afford regular meals, wash clothes or provide children with basics

Councils struggle to sustain cash draining Universal Credit 'subsidies'

15 July, 2019

Fourth annual Universal Credit survey from NFA and ARCH warns already unsustainable situation could be even worse

'I tell a homeless 18-year-old he can't have a council house. I hate this part of the job'

15 July, 2019

My job as housing officer for a local authority in London keeps me awake with worry at night. I can see the system isn't fair

Moaning mum brands new private development a 'council estate' because of 'social housing'

15 July, 2019

A MUM has slammed a property developer after she claims it sold her a home in a new-build private housing development - which "has turned into a council estate"

LGA: HHSRS update doesn't account for 'statistical evidence'

15 July, 2019

Government review recommends an option assessing whether some hazard profiles can be removed or combined and to improve the guidance given to landlords and tenants

Two million workers could become eligible for statutory sick pay

15 July, 2019

Two million low-paid workers could receive statutory sick pay for the first time

Tenant who pretended to be landlord carved up five houses into illegal homes

15 July, 2019

A tenant pretending to be a landlord has been ordered to pay more than £21,000 after he carved up five family homes he rented into unsafe bedsits - putting the lives of at least 40 vulnerable residents at risk

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments: financial year 2018 to 2019

12 July, 2019

Analysis of local authorities' use of Discretionary Housing Payment funds, based on end-of-year monitoring and financial returns

July 2019: Touchbase edition 135

12 July, 2019

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

MSPs fear Universal Credit pilot 'punishes the working poor'

12 July, 2019

The roll out of Universal Credit has been littered with mistakes and it is vital that this latest pilot is put on hold

PRS holds 'less appeal for amateurs'

12 July, 2019

Though landlord yields are up, new stats show a PRS stifled by government intervention and Brexit uncertainty

Cowboy landlords and slum housing a problem on Isle of Wight - council meeting hears

12 July, 2019

Cowboy landlords and slum housing are part of a systemic housing problem on the Isle of Wight

How many rural homes did housing associations deliver in 2018/19?

12 July, 2019

Housing associations completed 5,402 in rural areas in 2018/19 which is an increase of 4% compared with 2017/18

Why social housing in Nottinghamshire could be coming back under control of the council

12 July, 2019

The service is currently run by Newark and Sherwood Homes which was set up by the council 15 years ago in order to secure national funding to improve council houses

'Halt universal credit pilot,' MSPs tell UK government

12 July, 2019

MSPs are calling for a stop to the next stage in the rollout of universal credit over fears about the impact it will have

10% rise in housing association homes built over 2018/19

12 July, 2019

NHF says result is well over its Ambition to Deliver target of increasing supply by 6% each year

Just £10m allocated in Voluntary Right to Buy pilot

12 July, 2019

Only 5% of a £200m pot for a pilot scheme to extend the Right to Buy to housing association tenants has been spent since its launch last summer

ARLA voices total opposition to introduction of rent controls and begs law-makers to reconsider

12 July, 2019

ARLA has said it is totally opposed to the introduction of rent controls in Scotland

DWP to review how the benefits system supports those with a terminal illness

11 July, 2019

Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd announced today that the DWP will set up an "honest and in-depth evaluation" of how the benefits system supports people nearing the end of their life

Hunt and Johnson accused of not supporting social housing

11 July, 2019

Leading sector specialist says both candidates lack commitment to the cause

10% rise in housing association homes built over 2018/19

11 July, 2019

NHF says result is well over its Ambition to Deliver target of increasing supply by 6% each year

DWP climbs down on climb down over 'a bit of a muddle'

11 July, 2019

24housing story reveals the "muddle" to be the application of DWP policy towards victims of Universal Credit advance loan scams

Northern Ireland and South West see strongest rent rise

11 July, 2019

Northern Ireland and the South West saw the strongest annual rental growth of all UK regions

Welfare failures and cuts fuelling extreme poverty

11 July, 2019

Heidi Allen and Frank Field say families haunted by 'constant spectre of destitution'

Plans outlined to introduce 'property MOT' for the rental sector

11 July, 2019

Savills is to integrate a minimum standards-style checklist into its systems as part of plans to introduce a "property MOT" for the rental sector

Police warn after fraudsters take down For Sale board, steal property and con would-be tenants

11 July, 2019

In an extraordinary new case of fraud, a house that was for sale was 'stolen' and then rented out

Unpaid bill leaves Derbyshire social housing tenants battling rodents

11 July, 2019

A block of bungalows in Kirk Hallam has been overrun by mice due to a standoff between a former resident and their housing association

Benefits system for terminally ill people to be reviewed

11 July, 2019

Amber Rudd calls for 'honest evaluation' of widely criticised regime of special rules

Universal credit: Fraud victims may still have to pay money claimed

11 July, 2019

Victims of a Universal Credit scam may still have to repay money fraudulently claimed on their behalf

Landlords to speak out over 'failed' Right To Rent

10 July, 2019

Court of Appeal puts PRS landlords at the centre of latest government legal challenge to a policy the High Court says breaches human rights

DWP faces urgent questions over Universal Credit fraud

10 July, 2019

Universal Credit was supposed to reduce error. Instead it is the most error-riddled of all benefits, and it's only getting worse

Opposition MPs claim climbdown by DWP over Universal Credit fraud

10 July, 2019

Commons hears claimant victims would not have to cover losses and could even see legacy benefits restored

Bridging the digital divide

10 July, 2019

11.3 million adults in the UK are digitally excluded, 37% of whom live in social housing

Council to claw back 260 Right to Buy homes

10 July, 2019

A Midlands council is to buy back 260 homes it previously sold through the Right to Buy

Local authorities accuse government of 'sleight of hand' over post-Hackitt regulation

10 July, 2019

Local authorities have accused the government of "sleight of hand" over the involvement of the private sector in post-Hackitt regulation

Mixed picture for rent rises in first month of the tenant fees ban

10 July, 2019

Average rents climbed slightly in the first month of the tenant fees ban but are still lower than at the start of the year

Government urged to hold off on further buy-to-let interventions

10 July, 2019

The Government is being urged to hold a moratorium on further buy-to-let interventions after analysis found the market has swung in favour of large institutional landlords

Grenfell survivor: 'We fear being badly let down by Social Housing Green Paper'

10 July, 2019

Grenfell survivors fear being "badly let down" by the government's proposals to reform social housing in the wake of the tragedy

CIEH calls for cross-party commitment to landlord registration scheme

10 July, 2019

Letters go out to leading politicians saying scheme as operated in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland now "absolutely necessary" in England

Housing crisis: Could London learn from Europe's housing schemes?

10 July, 2019

Amsterdam is setting aside farmland for self-build homes

Councils without homes approach government over return to development

10 July, 2019

More than 10 local authorities that had sold all their stock are looking to start from scratch and build a new generation of council housing

DWP in a 'distressing pattern' facing fresh questions over its future

09 July, 2019

Select committee lands another blow on Universal Credit amid revelations of massive organised fraud

Widow takes on council and wins

09 July, 2019

RLA trainer and Universal Credit and Housing Benefit expert Bill Irving shares a recent case from his files, examining issues around renting to family members

DWP faces sanction over £200k Universal Credit 'propaganda' campaign

09 July, 2019

Department under investigation by the Advertising Standards Authority with campaign branded "misleading" and "highly damaging"

DWP continues to deny Universal Credit information requests

09 July, 2019

Department offers familiar response to a series of written Commons questions

'Council housing is coming back with a vengeance'

09 July, 2019

Kit Malthouse celebrates a year in his job as housing minister this week

Universal credit: Multi-million pound scam targets claimants

09 July, 2019

Tens of millions of pounds of public money is believed to have been stolen, with claimants left owing hundreds

Ditching Section 21 will hit benefits tenants most

09 July, 2019

The Government has been urged to think twice about its proposal to abolish Section 21, because the biggest casualties would be tenants on benefits

Plans to extend 'no fault' notice period to six months come under fire

09 July, 2019

Proposals to extend the notice period for so-called 'no fault' evictions have come under fire

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 7/2019

08 July, 2019

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

Southend Council to buy private properties for council housing

08 July, 2019

Southend councillors have agreed to spend £4.3m buying private properties for use as council housing

West Midlands housing association announces 220 new homes

08 July, 2019

Housing Plus Group is set to deliver more than 200 much-needed homes in South Staffordshire, after completing the purchase of residential development land in the village of Perton

Nottingham City Council to buy back more than 300 council houses to tackle growing housing need

08 July, 2019

The authority has said the purchase is a good value way to address Nottingham's housing need and help achieve its target of 1,000 new council or social homes to rent by 2023

Nearly two-thirds of housing association workers unhappy with pay

08 July, 2019

Nearly two-thirds of housing association workers believe they are not being properly rewarded for their work

DWP staff cut by 21% since universal credit rollout began

08 July, 2019

Ministers accused of making 'reckless and irresponsible' reductions to workforce amid rise in staffing errors that leave claimants 'cleaning out their savings to survive'

UK housing crisis deepens as benefit claimants priced out by high rents

08 July, 2019

Benefit freeze is making London and Manchester increasingly unaffordable

Energy supplier that let down private tenants is ordered to pay £350,000

08 July, 2019

An energy supplier has been fined and ordered to pay £350,000 for failings that affected almost 2,000 private tenants

Foxtons agent 'threatened with acid attack' after helping to investigate gang of fraud tenants

08 July, 2019

An estate agent at Foxtons who started warning landlords about a gang specialising in sub-letting scams received anonymous late-night threats on her mobile phone

Tenants on state benefits likely to be "the biggest casualties" of the government's "ill-thought-out" plan to abolish Section 21

05 July, 2019

The government should "think twice" before changing the rules on eviction in the private rented sector

Shelter's prescription to end the housing emergency

05 July, 2019

Building social housing is the only effective, long-term cure for the housing crisis

Putting affordability at the heart of how we set rents in Wales

05 July, 2019

Housing associations share a vision for Wales to be a place where good housing is a basic right for all

DWP has a 'systemic problem' dealing with the disabled

05 July, 2019

Commons hears call for an independent review into deaths linked to DWP activity and cover up claims over fitness-for-work reviews

DWP accused of 'incompetence or cover up' over claimant deaths

05 July, 2019

DWP minister already branded "flippant" denies key documents were kept hidden from independent reviews of fitness-for-work tests

Civitas: Regulator of Social Housing doesn't hate us!

05 July, 2019

Civitas has appealed to investors to see the bigger picture when considering the regulatory concerns hanging over its stock

Large housing association closes most generous pension scheme

05 July, 2019

Hampshire-based housing association Vivid has closed its most generous pension scheme due to the deficit in the social housing sector's multi-employer pension scheme

Brexit could jeopardise £5bn 'lifeline' of EU cash

05 July, 2019

Funds for regional projects dry up at the end of 2020 but Treasury yet to offer alternative

Affordable rent levels rise in six out of nine regions in England

05 July, 2019

The affordable rents paid by housing association tenants in England rose in six out of nine regions last year

Fraudulent tenant applications on the increase

05 July, 2019

London agent Benham and Reeves has warned of an increasing level of fraudulent rental applications

The fight for fair housing is finally shifting power from landlords to residents

04 July, 2019

In the UK and beyond, movements targeting housing injustice are gathering momentum

The NLA Wins Government Support Over Hull City Council's "Unfair" Treatment Of Landlords

04 July, 2019

The NLA Wins Government Support Over Hull City Council's "Unfair" Treatment Of Landlords

PIP administrative exercise: progress on cases cleared, at 14 June 2019

04 July, 2019

DWP management information about an ongoing administrative exercise looking at PIP claims following 2 Upper Tribunal judgements

New national strategy needed on supported and specialist housing

04 July, 2019

Cross-party parliamentary report pushes case for closer integration of housing, health, and care

Club loans return to social housing as banks agree £400m deals

04 July, 2019

Banks have joined up to deliver £400m of club loans, marking a return of the approach for the sector as well as the first unsecured deal of its kind

When council estates were a dream

04 July, 2019

Joanne has lived in Wythenshawe for half a century

Deposit schemes fund research into tackling low standards in private rented sector

04 July, 2019

The charity arms of the TDS and its sister brand SafeDeposits Scotland have joined forces to fund a UK-wide research programme with the aim of improving standards in the PRS

New online system for agents and landlords to receive tenant benefit payments set for launch

04 July, 2019

A new online system for landlords and lettings agents to receive direct payments from tenants on Universal Credit is set to be launched before the end of this year after a successful trial

Local authorities 'should prosecute more letting agents'

04 July, 2019

Local authorities should prosecute more letting agents

Landlords want 'fast track' tribunal if Section 21 abolished

03 July, 2019

Around four in 10 respondents to sector survey call for quicker court process - from serving notice to taking possession

One Housing to end Fixed Term Tenancies

03 July, 2019

The decision was taken after "extensive" consultation with resident panels

MPs 'short-changed' on Universal Credit questions

03 July, 2019

DWP says written Commons questions too expensive to answer

Social house building programme could stave off economic downturn

03 July, 2019

Construction sector survey outlines No Deal fears with social house building pitched as a priority for the new PM

Landlords say new council scheme to rent out flats in Portsmouth will not work

03 July, 2019

Portsmouth City Council is trying to get more affordable housing in the city on the market

UK: 'Bedroom tax' case to be heard at Supreme Court

03 July, 2019

An appeal is to be heard in the UK's highest court on Wednesday in an important constitutional case on the powers of specialist tribunals and local authorities relating to the 'bedroom tax'

Labour calls on government to fund retrofitting of tower block sprinklers

03 July, 2019

Ten years on from Lakanal and 95% of high-rise social housing blocks are still without sprinklers

Government minister intervenes in enforcement row between landlords and local authority

03 July, 2019

Housing minister Heather Wheeler has waded into a row between landlords and Hull City Council over its approach to enforcement in the private rental sector

One in three councils fear inability to fulfil statutory duties

02 July, 2019

LGA conference underway with councils now facing "real risk" to future financial viability

Would-be housing ombudsman quizzed on 'derogatory' view of tenants

02 July, 2019

Past comments come back to haunt Richard Blakeway as Commons select committee tests his suitability for the role

London temporary accommodation firm appoints former housing association director as chief executive

02 July, 2019

A temporary accommodation company jointly owned by 13 London councils has appointed Sue Coulson as its chief executive

Six-year wait on council to replace mouldy bathroom

02 July, 2019

Janet Elder's bathroom is thought to be 30 years old and mould grows back no matter how often it is cleaned

Council looking for temporary accommodation for homeless "rather than shipping them out to Slough"

02 July, 2019

Underspend on project as nothing suitable available

When builders become landlords

02 July, 2019

More and more private developers are setting up registered providers of affordable and social housing

The Deposit Diaries: Case of the tenant allowed to return to property to clean and decorate

02 July, 2019

This case concerns a landlord allowing a tenant to retain a key to the property after the check-out report had been carried out

Landlords holding back from further purchases over next 12 months

02 July, 2019

Fewer than a third of landlords would add to their buy-to-let portfolio over the next 12 months

Landlords challenge would-be PMs over rental reforms

01 July, 2019

RLA urges Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt to engage with five-point PRS revival plan

Scottish Housing Association gets a digital-care first

01 July, 2019

Wristbands matter more than the "big red button"

DWP payment errors reach record levels

01 July, 2019

New stats show benefit overpayments and underpayments have topped their highest total since records began

Hearthstone confirms completion of PRS deals worth a combined £31m

01 July, 2019

Over 100 new homes added to growing portfolio

Housing association joins Matrix Housing Partnership

01 July, 2019

One of the largest housing associations in the Midlands has joined a group of affordable housing providers in the region

Met police flag up 700 welfare and abuse cases a day over five years

01 July, 2019

FoI request reveals litany of alleged crimes including child exploitation

How many homes didhousing associations deliverin 2018/19?

01 July, 2019

Housing associations completed 45,604 homes in 2018/19 which is a 10% increase compared to 2017/18

Crown estate faces tenants' anger over rent hikes, evictions and repair delays

01 July, 2019

Guardian finds Queen's £14bn property portfolio has had more than 100 complaints over management of housing

New tenants' passports to be trialled with 25 letting agents

01 July, 2019

A new 'rental CV' is to be trialled with 25 letting agents

Association secures £5m loan to alleviate homelessness and social housing shortage

28 June, 2019

The development comes after a meeting between Lewisham Council and the Lewisham Mayor earlier this week

Housing association settles with contractors after sinkhole opened up beneath homes

28 June, 2019

A housing association has reached a settlement with two contractors on a scheme after suing them over a 35ft-wide sinkhole that opened up underneath some of its homes

Orthodox housing association defeats legal challenge over catering solely to strictly observant

28 June, 2019

Appeal Court judges dismiss claim that Agudas Israel policy is discriminatory

Housing 2019: Accelerated Green Paper will 'dramatically improve' planning process

28 June, 2019

James Brokenshire's keynote address will outline a number of measures to "remove bureaucracy" from the system

Next PM will be committed to social housing

28 June, 2019

James Brokenshire has insisted that the next Conservative leader will be committed to delivering social housing

Agents divided over whether rents rose ahead of tenant fees ban

28 June, 2019

Agents are split over whether rents rose in the run-up to the tenant fees ban

Landlords' Barometer - #71: Are landlords really lucky if they get 2.5% yields?

28 June, 2019

Welcome to the June edition of the Landlords' Barometer, curating the hottest trending topics and content from propertytribes.com over the past month

Housing Secretary supports allowing tenants to transfer their deposits between rental properties

28 June, 2019

Controversial proposals to allow tenants to 'passport' their deposits are back on the political agenda

Section 21 could be outlawed within months, says outgoing prime minister Theresa May

28 June, 2019

Legislation banning reforming Section 21 could be introduced within six months

Britain's private rented sector isn't fit for purpose. It's unfair and unsafe

27 June, 2019

With landlords holding all the cards and tenants in substandard housing, regulation hasn't kept pace with market conditions

Further education for benefit claimants in England: 2017 to 2018

27 June, 2019

Experimental statistics on further education learners receiving benefits in England using government data for the 2017 to 2018 academic year

Social tenants 'burn through' rent money to maintain smoking habits

27 June, 2019

Campaign group calculates stopping smoking could clear arrears within nine weeks

Sector warned that fire safety costs could eat up HRA cap windfall

27 June, 2019

Ambitious plans to build new council homes following the abolition of the HRA cap could be curtailed if local authorities need to allocate more funds to improving fire safety

Housing association downgraded following health and safety failings

27 June, 2019

A 12,000-home housing association has been downgraded by the regulator following an investigation into health and safety issues

Social housing landlord undertakes IoT trial across city-wide fibre

27 June, 2019

Cross Key Homes in Peterborough has partnered with CityFibre to deploy a network of sensors throughout its estate to test a number of different scenarios

Twelve held in Blackburn tenant benefit scam probe

27 June, 2019

Twelve people have been arrested amid concerns that unscrupulous landlords have stolen welfare benefits from homeless people

Non-compliant supported housing association posts £4.7m loss

27 June, 2019

A supported housing association that has breached five regulatory standards has posted a £4.7m loss

Hundreds of thousands of tenants in unsafe homes

27 June, 2019

Citizens Advice research finds half of landlords don't know or understand legal obligations

Landlord hit with £66,000 bill after sending in heavies to kick tenant out

27 June, 2019

A rogue landlord has been ordered to pay a £60,170 fine and £6,000 court costs after being found guilty of making tenants' lives a misery

Tenancy passport firm raises over £3m to accelerate partnerships with agents

27 June, 2019

A firm which supplies tenancy deposit replacement products and rent passports has raised £3.1m in the first few weeks of a new funding campaign

Citizens Advice calls for new national housing body to oversee private rented sector

27 June, 2019

Citizens Advice has called for a new national housing body to regulate the private rented sector in England

Tenant avenges eviction by 'heavies' for overcrowding complaint

26 June, 2019

London borough secures biggest fine yet against rogue landlord

Call for new national body to police PRS

26 June, 2019

Against the backdrop of Housing 2019, report says "hundreds of thousands" now endure health-affecting and dangerous PRS properties

Housing 2019: Sector urged to go further in being 'a force for social good'

26 June, 2019

Former housing minister Alok Sharma tells conference housing associations are vital to employment prospects in the UK

Mentally ill universal credit claimant receives less than £6 for month after £312 deducted for sanctions

26 June, 2019

This poverty has no prejudice. This is the kind of thing that drives people to homelessness, and to suicide

Council housebuilding 'at its highest level since 1990'

26 June, 2019

Key message for Housing 2019, as applied research estimates over 13,000 new homes were delivered by English councils last year

Homes England: 'We've got funding' for council housing

26 June, 2019

At Housing 2019, Homes England calls on councils to say "show us the money"

Breaking: National register of landlords proposed

26 June, 2019

Proposals for a national register of landlords have been included in a report on selective licensing out today

A million pensioners in poverty because of unclaimed benefits

26 June, 2019

Charity says government failing to act as £3.5bn a year in pension credit goes unpaid

Two-child benefit limit pushes families further into poverty

26 June, 2019

Parents report stress and strained relationships as a result of benefit cut

Manchester tower block residents to sue in fire safety row

26 June, 2019

Exclusive: residents say it is unfair there is money to fix cladding but not other issues

ARLA warns ministers that 'landlord licensing schemes do not work and never will'

26 June, 2019

Agents and landlords have slammed recommendations made in an official review of selective licensing schemes

CIEH and RLA at odds over future for selective licencing schemes

25 June, 2019

New review recommends retention of schemes with suggestions for improvements

Selective licensing review

25 June, 2019

Findings from an independent review into the use and effectiveness of selective licensing

Conservative leadership contenders urged to scrap Right to Rent

25 June, 2019

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are facing calls to scrap the controversial Right to Rent scheme if they become Prime Minister - despite the Home Office still appealing a court ruling against the policy

Government selective licensing review backs creation of national landlord register

25 June, 2019

A Government-commissioned review into selective licensing has backed the creation of a national landlord register

Malthouse accused of 'misleading' MPs over fire tests

25 June, 2019

Labour leaps on Commons response to cladding question saying minister has "serious questions to answer"

Social housing REIT Civitas posts £20m profit

25 June, 2019

Social housing REIT Civitas made a profit of nearly £20m in the last financial year before the company's share price experienced a significant drop

Survey shows landlords 'struggling' to keep up with reforms

25 June, 2019

30% didn't understand HMO regulations, 28% in the dark over the abolition of Section 21, and 27% unaware of letting fees ban

PIP: Ombudsman to start benefits investigation

25 June, 2019

The Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman is to investigate how Stormont's Department for Communities administers PIP

Government pitches higher accessibility standards for new homes

24 June, 2019

Up to 300,000 new accessible homes could be delivered each year through new policy drive

Major housing associations eye 3,000-home stock swap

24 June, 2019

The Guinness Partnership and Paradigm Housing Group have laid out plans to swap 2,898 homes in a bid to make better use of their estate portfolios

Tower block resident tests fire doors with smoke experiment

24 June, 2019

A resident left traumatised by his view of Grenfell Tower carried out a safety test in his block of flats which he claims shows fire doors are not working properly

Liverpool is building council houses for the first time in 30 years - here's how you can get one for just £76 a week

24 June, 2019

Mayor Joe Anderson launches landmark scheme after government waive £735 million debt

BME housing associations: how specialist providers changed the sector

24 June, 2019

Four decades on from their birth, BME housing associations have had a lasting impact on the sector

New PM urged to scrap 'failed' Right To Rent

24 June, 2019

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt challenged over the future for a policy the High Court calls a breach of human rights law

Wood cladding linked to Barking fire identified on multiple housing association developments

24 June, 2019

Housing associations are urgently investigating developments using the same material found covering the Barking block partly destroyed by a fire two weeks ago

Lewisham council consults on borough-wide licensing

21 June, 2019

The London Borough of Lewisham has announced proposals to consult on borough-wide licensing that would cover all private rented properties

Crisis and Newcastle City Council join forces to end homelessness across the city within 10 years

21 June, 2019

We're incredibly proud to announce that Crisis and Newcastle City Council will be forming a new partnership that will seek to make Newcastle the first city to end homelessness within the next 10 years

DSS discrimination means renters are punished for their circumstances

21 June, 2019

Kyrstyna and her husband, Geoff, had been homeowners. But when they lost their jobs due to redundancy, they were forced to go back to renting privately in their 50s

Fees ban a possible factor in only 2% of available rental properties now accepting pets

21 June, 2019

Only 2% of available rental properties in the UK are explicitly advertised as being open to pets - with the situation appearing to worsen because of the tenancy fees ban

Council documentary reveals homelessness reality

21 June, 2019

Documentary highlighted that only 45% of the 600 statutory homeless applications are prevented every month in Birmingham

The Addison Act - celebrating 100 years of council housing

21 June, 2019

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Addison Act - which paved the way for council house building on a large scale

DWP followed policy in denying dying man benefits

21 June, 2019

Stephen Smith, 64, from Liverpool, weighed 38kg and was gravely ill at time of death

Row over plan to move tenants into homes next to toxic waste site

21 June, 2019

A waste management firm has said it is "extremely concerned" at a Staffordshire council's decision to move tenants into housing association homes at a development next to one of its hazardous sites

Insurance giant and Mortgage Advice Bureau unveil new insurance products for tenants

21 June, 2019

Legal & General has announced the completion of the pilot phase of its new 'rental protection plan' for tenants

Living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK: 2019

20 June, 2019

This report examines how living standards - most commonly measured by households' incomes - have changed for different groups in the UK

Universal Credit Local Housing Allowance rates

20 June, 2019

Monthly Universal Credit Local Housing Allowance rates for England, Scotland and Wales from 2014 to 2019

Corbyn says 'it shouldn't take long' to put housing associations under FoI

20 June, 2019

At PMQs, Labour leader presses the case for Freedom of Information applying to housing associations to strengthen tenant rights

Agents can keep incentive payments from councils - but only if the landlord agrees

20 June, 2019

Already well documented in the press, rising rents in the private rented sector combined with cuts to housing benefits following the introduction of Universal Credit, have made letting to councils a less attractive proposition for private landlords

Rents rise as buy-to-let clampdown begins to hit landlord pockets

20 June, 2019

Landlords are raising rents after being hit by the buy-to-let clampdown in their tax bills

Council housing: it's back, it's booming - and this time it's beautiful

20 June, 2019

A broad arched entranceway leads into a tree-lined courtyard where a playground is overlooked by balconies full of plants

Research has future social housing on a high

20 June, 2019

Two new reports pitch high-rise construction as playing a major part in future social housing provision

Disability Charities Lodge Complaint Over DWP's 'Myth-Busting' Universal Credit Ads

20 June, 2019

The group has dubbed the adverts "deliberately misleading"

Staff at social landlords under pressure to favour cost savings over quality in procurement

20 June, 2019

Cost savings are a bigger concern to procurement professionals working for UK social landlords and other public sector organisations than quality of work as pressure on budgets intensifies

Five week Universal credit wait having a devastating impact on disabled people

19 June, 2019

Disabled people face unavoidable costs as a result of their disability

Association becomes latest to join Housing First scheme

19 June, 2019

Owning and managing more than 22,500 homes, Longhurst Group pledge to tackle the issue of homelessness in Nottingham

Minister tells councils to 'get on with it' over building social housing

19 June, 2019

Commons hears government expects at least 10,000 new council houses built with the cap off housing revenue accounts

Life insurance cover gap for UK renters

19 June, 2019

A study by Sainsbury's Bank has found tenants are significantly less likely to have life insurance or critical illness cover than homeowners

Welsh Government £85m for social housing and roads

19 June, 2019

The Welsh Government has made £85m available to be spent on social housing and roads to "boost" resilience in the event of a no-deal Brexit

Inequality and deprivation 'strongly linked' to tenure

19 June, 2019

Research finds that the average outright home owner has more than 40 times the wealth of the average social tenant

Weak pay rises and dearer housing fuel jump in working poor

19 June, 2019

Number in poverty rises to 8m, with 60% living in households where someone works

Letting agency given just seven days to pay £7,000 after prosecution

19 June, 2019

A letting firm was given seven days to pay £7,000 in fines and costs after repeatedly failing to provide information on who owned and occupied flats

LIN member report June 2019 - The Tenant Fees Act

19 June, 2019

LIN member report is written by Neil Merrick

Wales gets £50m to see social housing schemes through 'no deal'

18 June, 2019

But extra investment comes with a warning of how bad for Wales a no-deal Brexit will be

Crammed illegal HMO earned landlord around £68,400 a year

18 June, 2019

Dawn raid reveals some tenants charged up to £800 a month in rent were sharing a garden shed

DWP 'followed policy' over death of ill claimant found fit for work

18 June, 2019

But Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd acknowledges internal review identified areas where policy needed to change

Disabled people receiving Support for Mortgage Interest will now be able to transfer this when moving home

18 June, 2019

Disabled people and others receiving Support for Mortgage Interest will now be able to transfer this support to their new property when moving home

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

18 June, 2019

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

Universal credit is failing military veterans

18 June, 2019

Veterans with complex needs report overwhelmingly negative experiences of benefits system

Tenants quitting houses leaves Barrow council counting the cost

18 June, 2019

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

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

18 June, 2019

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

The new private rental tenancies: Evaluating changes to rental agreements in Scotland

17 June, 2019

On 1st December 2017,a new type of private rental tenancy came into law in Scotland

Scotland is proof we must abolish Section 21

17 June, 2019

New research by Shelter shows that Scottish renters have been reaping the benefits of open-ended tenancies since the introduction of the Private Residential Tenancy in December 2017

Land reform: the key to ambitious social housing

17 June, 2019

The next Prime Minister must put social housing at the heart of their solution to our housing emergency

Government defensive over Supreme Court ruling on housing benefit

17 June, 2019

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

Scrapped tenancy fees will 'liquidate' landlords and letting agents

17 June, 2019

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

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

17 June, 2019

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

Land reform foundation for a new generation of social housing

17 June, 2019

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

Malthouse calls on social landlords to step up delivery

17 June, 2019

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

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

17 June, 2019

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

Pilot scheme to land older tenants 'home'

14 June, 2019

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

Midlands housing group to consolidate as single organisation

14 June, 2019

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

Letting fees ban: agents urge landlords to increase rents

14 June, 2019

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

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

14 June, 2019

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

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

14 June, 2019

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

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

14 June, 2019

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

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

14 June, 2019

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

Government to seek volunteers for first switch to Universal Credit

14 June, 2019

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

Housing associations can lead on building 'a new Scotland'

13 June, 2019

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

Councils budget for 21% increase in spending on housing

13 June, 2019

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

Ground rent costing homeowners £447m a year

13 June, 2019

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

British children in poverty denied basic benefits by Home Office

13 June, 2019

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

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

13 June, 2019

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

Universal credit delays a factor in sex work

13 June, 2019

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

Sheffield council backs universal basic income trial

13 June, 2019

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

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

13 June, 2019

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

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

13 June, 2019

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

Single mum wins court challenge to change welfare system

12 June, 2019

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

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

12 June, 2019

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

Holyrood challenges Westminster on Universal Credit rent arrears

12 June, 2019

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

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

12 June, 2019

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

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

12 June, 2019

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

Enderby caravan families face eviction as 'not travellers'

12 June, 2019

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

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

12 June, 2019

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

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

12 June, 2019

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

Major bank ends 'no DSS' mortgages

12 June, 2019

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

Universal Credit responsible for increasing rent arrears

12 June, 2019

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

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 9 May 2019

11 June, 2019

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

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to April 2019

11 June, 2019

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

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council cabinet approves selective licensing

11 June, 2019

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

Slough Borough Council approves selective and additional licensing

11 June, 2019

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

How Grenfell survivors came together - and how Britain failed them

11 June, 2019

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

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

11 June, 2019

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

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

11 June, 2019

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

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

11 June, 2019

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

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

11 June, 2019

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

Over half of social tenants have suffered problems with repairs

10 June, 2019

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

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

10 June, 2019

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

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

10 June, 2019

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

533 proposed flats recommended for approval by Cambridge City Council

10 June, 2019

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

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

10 June, 2019

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

Labour urges end-of-year deadline for cladding removal

10 June, 2019

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

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

10 June, 2019

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

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

07 June, 2019

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

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

07 June, 2019

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

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

07 June, 2019

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

Council plans to deliver 350 social homes in Colchester

07 June, 2019

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

What does the sector want from the next prime minister?

07 June, 2019

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

Minister slammed for speaking 'DWP waffle' during Commons debate

07 June, 2019

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

Government funding does not represent 'end' to cladding scandal

07 June, 2019

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

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

07 June, 2019

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

Landlords blamed for making younger generation less mobile

07 June, 2019

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

JETS powers tenants into jobs

06 June, 2019

Provider employment programme takes off to see 35 tenants land roles

Rising rents leave millennials 'stuck where they grew up'

06 June, 2019

Resolution Foundation report exposes extent of mobility decline

Landlord confidence key to possession reforms

06 June, 2019

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

Universal Credit Advance Payments are pushing people to use food banks

06 June, 2019

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

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

06 June, 2019

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

Revealed: hundreds still face huge cladding bills despite government fund

06 June, 2019

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

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

06 June, 2019

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

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

06 June, 2019

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

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

05 June, 2019

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

Landlords supported to clear rough sleepers off streets of Cheshire West

05 June, 2019

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

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

05 June, 2019

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

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

05 June, 2019

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

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

05 June, 2019

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

Fund launched to help charities buy homes from housing associations

05 June, 2019

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

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

05 June, 2019

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

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

05 June, 2019

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

Energy efficiency workshops for landlords

04 June, 2019

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

LA Welfare Direct Bulletin 6/2019

04 June, 2019

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

Hardship now or hardship later?

04 June, 2019

Universal credit, debt and the five week wait

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

04 June, 2019

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

Council receive £700,000 homelessness prevention boost

04 June, 2019

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

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

04 June, 2019

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

Repossessions under Section 21 should be 'retained' in PRS

04 June, 2019

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

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

04 June, 2019

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

How to rent

04 June, 2019

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

Housing campaigners celebrate banning of letting fees for tenants

03 June, 2019

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

Tower block sale to fund social housing developments

03 June, 2019

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

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

03 June, 2019

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

Agents' outrage over government handling of Fees Ban documents

03 June, 2019

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

Equity-linked housing association first ever to breach tenant standard

03 June, 2019

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

Spike in landlords exiting rental market as fees ban enforced

03 June, 2019

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

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

03 June, 2019

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

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

03 June, 2019

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

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

03 June, 2019

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

Listening to tenants has climbed back up the agenda

31 May, 2019

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

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

31 May, 2019

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

Universal Credit claimants with tax credit overpayments

31 May, 2019

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

Private Rented Sector Report - April 2019

31 May, 2019

Spike in landlords leaving rental market as fees ban approaches

Agency 'locking out tenants and taking belongings'

31 May, 2019

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

Nationwide house price index

31 May, 2019

UK house price growth slows in May

Hoarders in Exeter council homes could be evicted

31 May, 2019

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

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

31 May, 2019

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

Buy to let: exploding the first-time buyer myth

31 May, 2019

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

More landlords fleeing the private rented sector or hiking rents

31 May, 2019

Letting agents have reported a spike in landlords selling up

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

31 May, 2019

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

Tenant Fees Act limits access

30 May, 2019

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

Councils are now on the radar of the regulator

30 May, 2019

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

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

30 May, 2019

The improvements include stairlifts and ramps

Universal Credit: charity launches complaint over DWP ad campaign

30 May, 2019

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

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

30 May, 2019

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

Family of five stuck in one-bed flat

30 May, 2019

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

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

30 May, 2019

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

England and Wales Rental Tracker

30 May, 2019

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

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

30 May, 2019

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

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

30 May, 2019

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

North Lincolnshire Council to landlords - help us house the homeless

29 May, 2019

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

Council spending on housing services halved over eight years

29 May, 2019

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

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

29 May, 2019

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

Labour must be more ambitious on building council housing

29 May, 2019

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

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

29 May, 2019

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

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

29 May, 2019

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

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

29 May, 2019

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

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

29 May, 2019

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

Letting agents 'flouting' existing consumer laws

28 May, 2019

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

London councils turn heat on government over fire safety

28 May, 2019

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

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

28 May, 2019

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

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

28 May, 2019

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

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

28 May, 2019

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

£240m social housing repairs framework out to tender

28 May, 2019

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

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

28 May, 2019

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

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

24 May, 2019

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

DWP probes universal credit fraud case

24 May, 2019

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

Universal credit scam leaves vulnerable UK families penniless

24 May, 2019

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

May 2019: Touchbase edition 134

24 May, 2019

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

Temporary accommodation tenants in Custom House hold protest against Newham Council

24 May, 2019

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

Notting Hill Genesis seeks to offload temporary accommodation near Grenfell

24 May, 2019

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

Triple Point Social Housing Declares 1.27 Pence Quarterly Dividend

24 May, 2019

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

'Faster benefits needed' to stop more child poverty

24 May, 2019

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

How fire safety works are hitting HAs and their tenants

24 May, 2019

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

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

24 May, 2019

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

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

23 May, 2019

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

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

23 May, 2019

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

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, UK: April 2019

23 May, 2019

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

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

23 May, 2019

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

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

23 May, 2019

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

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

23 May, 2019

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

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

23 May, 2019

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

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

22 May, 2019

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

NUJ condemns DWP adverts as an insult to disabled people

22 May, 2019

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

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

22 May, 2019

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

Soaring rents widely expected with scrapping of tenancy fee

22 May, 2019

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

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

22 May, 2019

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

Universal credit hardship 'linked to prostitution'

22 May, 2019

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

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

22 May, 2019

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

The 2018 Financial Statements of Welsh Housing Associations

22 May, 2019

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

Rental growth stalls as previously strong regions falter

22 May, 2019

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

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

22 May, 2019

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

HB A9/2019

21 May, 2019

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

HB A8/2019

21 May, 2019

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

Provider exposed as unable to trace evicted tenants

21 May, 2019

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

Universal Credit loan company fraud claim: Minister intervenes

21 May, 2019

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

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

21 May, 2019

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

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

21 May, 2019

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

More tenancy deposit disputes being resolved without adjudication

21 May, 2019

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

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