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HB G2/2017

17 February, 2017

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit (HB) staff

Majority of UK landlords not planning to buy or sell property in next five years

17 February, 2017

The majority of residential landlords in London and elsewhere in the UK do not intend to buy or sell more properties to let in the next five years

Landlord ordered to use letting agent after being handed Criminal Behaviour Order

17 February, 2017

A notorious landlord has been banned from managing her own rental properties, and must instead use an agent

Government considers development commitments in return for rent increases

17 February, 2017

The government is considering deals with housing associations to link rent increases to commitments to increase housebuilding in its post=2020 rent settlement

Tenants face Rent Bombshell

17 February, 2017

Tenants face potential rent increases of twenty to thirty per cent as a result of tax rises hitting the private rented sector says a former independent member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee

New film on social housing launches

17 February, 2017

Tenants TV have launched a new film 'Born into social housing' to look at how young people will be affected by social housing

Basic income pilot considered in Glasgow

17 February, 2017

Glasgow could be the first city in the UK to pilot a basic universal income for every citizen

Law to scrap right to buy to be proposed by Welsh Government

17 February, 2017

Tenants' rights to buy their own council homes would be scrapped under a proposed new law by the Welsh Government

Social housing can be beautiful and sustainable, like the Kings Road Affordable Flats

17 February, 2017

Correspondent Donna asks "Is there any one out there willing to work with those who are not of the 1%?"

Insecure private renting leaves families worried and unsettled. Let's fix it

16 February, 2017

Private renting in England is exceptionally insecure

Universal Basic Income: best choice for the job?

16 February, 2017

What could possibly be wrong with a periodic cash payment unconditionally delivered to all on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement?

Susan Park appointed as Director General, Universal Credit operations

16 February, 2017

Susan Park has been appointed Director General Universal Credit Operations, accountable for its operation in jobcentres and service centres

Shelter calls for fees ban to be outright, demanding no loopholes 'for agents to exploit'

16 February, 2017

Lobbying organisation Shelter is calling on the Government make sure that the forthcoming ban on letting agent fees is outright, comprehensive and unequivocal

Landlords baffled by EPC changes and Right to Rent scheme

16 February, 2017

Landlords are unaware of several current and incoming regulations that could affect their portfolio

More than 240 associations sign up to Sector Scorecard pilot

16 February, 2017

Housing associations covering more than half of all housing association stock have signed up to a pilot of pioneering efficiency metrics being developed by the sector

Labour council pushes ahead with massive attack on council housing

16 February, 2017

A Labour council in north London took a step closer to launching a massive attack on council housing tenants on Tuesday

Benefit freeze tenants 'shouldn't be taken to court for rent arrears'

16 February, 2017

Council tenants should not be taken to court if they cannot pay their rent due to benefit freezes

32% of people on housing benefit are employed

16 February, 2017

It's not good enough that a third of people on housing benefit also have to work in Aylesbury Vale

Help to Buy scheme's impact across England revealed

15 February, 2017

One in three new build properties outside London were bought through a flagship scheme for first-time buyers, but just one in 10 in the capital

Right to Buy extension to companies could reduce affordable development

15 February, 2017

Councils could reassess plans to build affordable rented homes through housing companies after the government said the Right to Buy should apply to these homes

Calls for long-term funding for supported housing

15 February, 2017

Supported housing for older people should be excluded from new funding proposals until at least 2022

Just about managing: Four million more people living on inadequate incomes in modern Britain

15 February, 2017

Four million more people are living below an adequate standard of living and are just about managing at best

Social Tenants in Scotland, 2015

15 February, 2017

This is a new statistical publication that presents an overview of social tenants and social rented housing in Scotland for the year 2015

Kent social housing provider joins national financial awareness project

15 February, 2017

One of Kent's leading social housing providers is playing a vital role in a nationwide search to find the best way to help people make the best use of their money

Characteristics of London landlords

15 February, 2017

Historically, the private rented sector has always played a significant role in London's varied housing landscape

Focus on tenancies

15 February, 2017

The Housing White Paper has been received positively by the Private Rental Market, and it's reassuring to see standards in the rental sector being given the attention it deserves

Could a Supported Housing Allowance offer a solution to the threat imposed by the LHA Cap?

15 February, 2017

It is very unclear exactly what problem the Government is trying to fix with its proposal to introduce a LHA cap for supported housing

Landlords refuse to take on new Universal Credit claimants in Great Yarmouth

15 February, 2017

Landlords are refusing to take on tenants who are in the process of claiming for benefits

Government's private rental sector reforms 'self-defeating'

14 February, 2017

Conveyancer trade body criticises approach to boosting private rental supply

Almost half of UK tenants frustrated by landlord issues

14 February, 2017

Poor communication and taking too long to resolve property issues are among the major frustrations reported by private sector tenants in the UK

DWP admits it hasn't assessed impact of closing 78 local jobcentres despite announcing policy last month

14 February, 2017

Ministers have denied Google MPs was used to draw up a list of potential closures

'Unfit' council home payouts and legal fees hit £35m in five years

14 February, 2017

Councils in England have paid out more than £35m in compensation and legal fees in the past five years to tenants living in "unfit" council homes

Birmingham seeks to remove 4,000 from housing waiting list

14 February, 2017

Birmingham City Council is set to remove an estimated 4,000 households from its housing waiting list by changing its allocation policy

£1m raided from tenants' deposits by letting agents

14 February, 2017

Letting agents raided more than £1m from tenants' deposit schemes last year

New rents in UK up 2.6% in January, but falling in London

14 February, 2017

New rents in the UK increased by 2.6% in January overall year on year, the fastest rise for the month in two years but continued to fall in London

LIN member report February 2017 - The Housing White Paper

13 February, 2017

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

More must be done to end fuel poverty

13 February, 2017

Currently 2.38 million families - that is 10.6% of UK households cannot afford to keep their home warm; this is defined as being in 'fuel poverty'

Standards in the private rented sector 'must improve'

13 February, 2017

Government must do more to protect the millions of people renting in the private sector

Campaigning association calls for buy to let change in March Budget

13 February, 2017

A campaigning landlord organisation is calling for UK Chancellor Philip Hammond to scrap planned changes to taxation for the buy to let sector

New budgeting support for Universal Credit claimants

13 February, 2017

Free online support to help Universal Credit claimants with their personal finances has been launched.

Passport Please: The impact of the Right to Rent checks on migrants and ethnic minorities in England

13 February, 2017

The Right to Rent scheme is part of a package of legislative measures adopted in recent years to create a 'hostile environment' for irregular migrants

Increasing number of landlords 'buying property with cash'

13 February, 2017

The proportion of landlords paying in cash for a property reached a ten-year high in January

LHA cap: £64m funding gap risks breaking service

13 February, 2017

The Local Housing Allowance cap for supported housing risks "breaking" sheltered housing, three major specialist housing providers have warned

Right to Rent 'failing on all fronts'

13 February, 2017

A crackdown on 'illegal' immigrants is leading to discrimination against Britons - especially ethnic minorities - in the housing market

Out of the box: councils try innovative projects to provide social housing

13 February, 2017

Constrained by government and with a lack of funding, local authorities are becoming developers to tackle the homes crisis

'Terrorised' tenants take on drugs den

13 February, 2017

Residents praised for evidence that saw a property shut down over allegations of drug-related anti-social behaviour

Cardiff council likely to put a stop to right-to-buy

13 February, 2017

Tenants are likely to lose the right to buy their council houses in Cardiff in a bid to tackle the city's growing housing need

How renting can fix the UK's broken housing market

13 February, 2017

How to fix the UK's housing crisis has been the subject of national debate for decades

Associations could save £1.6bn in repairs costs

10 February, 2017

A new survey has shown housing associations could save a huge amount of money if they sharpen up their repairs and maintenance contracts

Does a low rental yield put you in the buy-to-let danger zone?

10 February, 2017

Many buy-to-let investors who bought their properties under old affordability rules may now find that they can't remortgage

The government's assault on buy-to-let landlords is hurting tenants

10 February, 2017

The bill for the government's misguided war on buy-to-let is coming due

Bedford foodbank funds frozen 'because of US law'

10 February, 2017

A fundraiser had £400 in donations for a UK foodbank charity frozen after his "very common name" appeared on a restriction list for the US Treasury

Mother of 'fit for work' victim calls for ministers to face criminal charges

10 February, 2017

The mother of a disabled man who starved to death after he was found "fit for work" and lost his out-of-work disability benefits has called for ministers to face criminal charges

Renewed calls to halt Universal Credit pilots

10 February, 2017

The controversial benefits reform pilot scheme should be halted

Agent claims that Airbnb can be a nice little earner for landlords

10 February, 2017

Landlords could make just over £100 a day using Airbnb at times when they are facing tenant voids

G4S to take over welfare support for families facing deportation

10 February, 2017

Home Office expected to announce controversial contractor will provide services rather than Barnardo's charity

Benefit cap hitting single parents hardest in Nottingham

10 February, 2017

More than half of the 404 Nottingham households hit by the Government's spending cap are run by single parents

15 renters an hour 'at risk of eviction'

10 February, 2017

In 2016, 53,201 private renting households in England were put at risk of eviction - equivalent to 131,938 renters, which is 15 renters per hour

Welfare reform 'will cost Dundee economy £100m a year'

09 February, 2017

The UK government's welfare reform measures are set to cost Dundee's economy almost £100 million every year by 2021

The demise of the welfare state is now the defining issue of our time

09 February, 2017

There are four ways to spend money, as the great economist Milton Friedman once explained

Letting agent jailed after fleecing vulnerable tenants of holding deposits

09 February, 2017

A letting agent who cheated over 100 tenants and worked other scams has been jailed for 45 months

Councils' Local Plan targets cast doubt on key White Paper measure

09 February, 2017

More than half of councils currently set Local Plan targets below assessed need, casting doubt on the government's plan to tackle town halls "ducking" housing responsibility

Revenge eviction law 'not working'

09 February, 2017

A new law designed to help protect people renting homes from rogue landlords isn't working

High street banks 'charging more than payday lenders' on overdrafts

09 February, 2017

Borrowers who need as little as £100 could be charged up to £156 more by their bank than a payday lender would demand

Barwell: no tenancy length increases for buy-to-let landlords

09 February, 2017

Gavin Barwell made longer private sector tenancies the headline announcement of an offer to renters in the White Paper

Associations must properly consult tenants before selling properties

09 February, 2017

The social housing regulator is calling on housing associations to properly consult tenants before disposing of properties or making a change in management

Benefits shake-up causing rent arrears

09 February, 2017

The pressure on councils to find the cash for more homes could not come at a worse time for many

'I borrowed money from my mum to buy food': life on universal credit

09 February, 2017

Recipients are falling into rent arrears because of payment delays, forcing some to rely on food banks

Landlords expected to scale-back portfolios

09 February, 2017

The results of the January 2017 RICS UK Residential Market Survey again point to a sales market that is lacking momentum

Prices and rents continue to rise with shortage of stock a key factor

Are you a landlord, first-time buyer, renter or would-be downsizer? How the Government's Housing White Paper plans will affect you

08 February, 2017

The Government has finally unveiled its plans to fix the 'broken housing market' in a white paper spanning 104 pages

Freud says Universal Credit figures 'incomprehensible'

08 February, 2017

Lord Freud has defended the scheme in an evidence session, saying there is an "obsession" to find things wrong with policy

Benefit overpayment recovery: staff guide

08 February, 2017

A DWP staff guide about how overpayments of benefits are recovered

Strengthening the case for supported housing: the cost consequences

08 February, 2017

This report looks at the shortfall in supported housing place for working age people in England and considers the cost to the taxpayer of not taking action to meet this need

Policy changes welcomed by UK lettings industry but landlords still feel battered

08 February, 2017

New housing policies affecting the private rented sector in the UK have been widely welcomed regarding longer tenancies and clamping down on rogue landlords

Government to set new post-2020 rent standard for housing associations

08 February, 2017

The government announced it would continue with the 1% rent cut through the life of this parliament but would introduce a new standard to help them borrow against future income thereafter

Barwell: we will balance 'fiscal consequences' with calls for rent flexibility

08 February, 2017

The government will balance the "fiscal consequences" of higher rents against housing associations' calls for full flexibility

Council housing company homes could be subject to the Right to Buy

08 February, 2017

A growing number of councils have set up housing companies to directly build homes for affordable rent, private rent and market sale

These pictures show vulnerable people are living in shocking conditions because of slum landlords

08 February, 2017

Pictures showing some of Manchester's worst rented homes are revealed as part of a major crackdown on landlords

Families to stay in emergency accommodation for maximum of one week

08 February, 2017

Families with children and pregnant women will spend no more than a week in emergency accommodation when a cap is introduced by the Scottish Government

Making the cap fit

07 February, 2017

The new benefit cap, the latest welfare reform, is providing a stern test to our sector and we are starting to see its impact on many of our residents

White Paper: Right to Buy could apply to council housing companies

07 February, 2017

White Paper 'welcomes' council housing companies and related initiatives, but says tenants placed in such homes should be offered equivalent terms to those in council housing

Government promises more security for renters. Should we believe the hype?

07 February, 2017

We have long been campaigning for private renters to get more security from eviction, so they can make their house or flat a proper home

Universal credit flaws pushing claimants towards debt and eviction

07 February, 2017

Recipients falling into rent arrears because of payment delays, forcing them to turn to food banks

Housing White Paper: "The private rented sector is finally coming of age"

07 February, 2017

With 4.3 million people relying on the private rented sector, it increasingly caters for all, not just generation rent

Tenants lacking financial back-up for loss of income

07 February, 2017

Almost a third renters would have no financial back-up plan if their household lost its main source of income

Longer PRS tenancies in White Paper

07 February, 2017

The government will look to increase the availability of longer rental tenancies as it seeks to boost institutional investment in Build to Rent in tomorrow's Housing White Paper

The way Birmingham allocates social housing is changing

07 February, 2017

Birmingham is changing the way it allocates social housing

The use of temporary accommodation in Scotland - 2016

07 February, 2017

This data report is intended to improve our understanding of the use of temporary accommodation in Scotland

Energy (in) efficiency: what tenants expect and endure in private rented housing

07 February, 2017

This research sought to afford tenants a voice in the urgent debate about energy (in) efficiency in the private rented sector

Housing white paper

07 February, 2017

Housing white paper and supporting documents setting out the government's plans to reform the housing market and boost the supply of new homes in England

The influence of buy-to-let on UK housing

06 February, 2017

The rise of buy-to-let in the UK has been a phenomenon of the last 20 years

Benefit Cap

06 February, 2017

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

City council forced to admit plans to scrap sheltered housing completely

06 February, 2017

The budget for sheltered housing in Glasgow is to be scrapped completely

Mid Ulster housing tenants 'worried' by bedroom tax letters

06 February, 2017

Patsy McGlone has said that there is understandable confusion about the introduction of the bedroom tax on housing benefit payments in Northern Ireland

Concentrix tax credit cases to be reviewed

06 February, 2017

Thousands more families who were wrongly stripped of their tax credits by the US contractor Concentrix are to have their cases reviewed

Trowbridge tenants say lives will be put at risk by move

06 February, 2017

Residents have accused Selwood Housing of putting people's lives at risk after it revealed plans to remove fire safety sprinklers from over 200 homes

91 landlords punished under right to rent rules

06 February, 2017

A total of 91 landlords have been issued with civil penalties since the Government's controversial right to rent scheme was rolled out a year ago today

Council to invest £5m in sheltered housing

06 February, 2017

A London Council is to invest nearly £5m in new sheltered housing schemes

Affordable rent measures promised in housing White Paper

06 February, 2017

The government is promising a new emphasis on people who rent their homes when it unveils its housing strategy for England this week

London leads association building rates in 2015/16

06 February, 2017

London housing associations set the pace for development in the sector in 2015/16

Details of hundreds of landlords and agents leaked in official email

06 February, 2017

In what looks like a massive breach of data protection, contact details of hundreds of landlords and agents were revealed in an email sent by the compulsory registration programme

Santander to review clause suggesting landlords hike rents to 'maximum' achievable

03 February, 2017

The Government may be focusing on letting agent fees to make renting fairer for tenants, but an interesting story has emerged regarding landlord contracts with their lenders

HomeLet Rental Index - January 2017

03 February, 2017

Average rents in the UK continue to see a slower rate of rental growth compared to last year

Landlords tighten up affordability criteria under lower benefit cap

03 February, 2017

An increasing number of housing associations are making more stringent checks into the ability of new tenants to pay their rent, as the new lower benefit cap takes effect

Cut to disability benefits may make return to work harder

03 February, 2017

Government warned cutting benefits by almost £30 a week may push many disabled people into poverty, instead of incentivising them back into work

Benefit cap: number of households capped to November 2016

03 February, 2017

Number of households capped from 15 April 2013 to November 2016

Benefit cap restores fairness to the system

03 February, 2017

Figures published on 2 February 2017 show that 26,000 households who had their benefits capped have moved into work

Shifting attitudes to welfare: why knowing your audience is key to any campaign strategy

03 February, 2017

This is the second in a series of blogs talking about Shelter's campaign to change public attitudes towards welfare

The Right to Buy public housing in Britain: a welfare analysis

03 February, 2017

We investigate the impact on social welfare of the policy introduced in 1980 by which public housing tenants had the right to purchase their houses at heavily discounted prices

What letting agents do to earn their fees

03 February, 2017

Agent Calculating FeesLetting agents want to offer tenants easy repayment plans rather than see a fee ban

Disability employment gap

03 February, 2017

The Government is aiming to halve the disability employment gap

How Landlords can help in the Refugee Crisis

02 February, 2017

UK unlikely to reach target to resettle 20,000 refugees

New welfare advice centre opens at Dundee hospital

02 February, 2017

A new Advice Centre in Dundee means that visitors, staff and patients can access information on issues including welfare and financial topics without having to leave the hospital

Private rented sector has vital role in addressing shortage of housing

02 February, 2017

With so many tumultuous political events on the news agenda, we can lose sight of the more mundane issues that can have a huge impact on our day-to-day lives

Commuter zone landlords: what to expect in 2017

02 February, 2017

Prime commuter rental markets proved more resilient than those in neighbouring London last year, with only a small decrease in values of 0.9 per cent, compared with a 5.1 per cent fall in London

PlaceShapers lobby to sustain supported housing

02 February, 2017

PlaceShapers response to the DCLG and DWP consultation sets proposals to help sustain and develop supported housing for elderly and vulnerable people

Havering's Informal Licensing Consultation Draws to a Close

02 February, 2017

The London Borough of Havering has joined the recent spate of local authorities attempting to introduce new licensing schemes

Technology in Social Housing Part 2

02 February, 2017

In the second event in the Technology for Social Housing series we invited UK housing providers to meet the technologies that have the potential to transform housing

Letting agents' fees ban: Industry bodies continue their fight

02 February, 2017

ARLA has called for an end to up-front fees

L&Q's Gallagher purchase could unlock 5,000 homes per year

02 February, 2017

L&Q's landmark £505m acquisition of one of the country's largest strategic land companies could result in the delivery of 5,000 new homes every year

Housing associations quadruple land buying in 2016

02 February, 2017

Housing associations bought four times as much land last year as they did in 2015, as the sector geared up for large development ambitions

CIH president calls for more homes for social rent

02 February, 2017

The president of the Chartered Institute of Housing has called for the government to build homes for social rent, slamming its limited focus on homeownership

Renting in London: room prices may be falling, but a quarter of house sharers in London still spend more than half their wages on rent

02 February, 2017

The capital's growing number of renters may find small relief to hear that rents across London fell by a modest one per cent - from an average of £755 a month to £748

Stamp duty windfall must lead to rethink on tax changes

01 February, 2017

Landlords are calling on the Government to rethink tax changes to the private rented sector after citing figures that show the taxman has received an unexpected windfall from the stamp duty surcharge

How much top-up funding will be required under the Government's proposed model, and what might a different cap look like?

01 February, 2017

Research briefing: supported housing

The significant variation in the Local Housing Allowance (LHA)cap across the country means that the new system for funding supported and sheltered housing will operate very differently in different parts of the country

Social housing and the shared society

01 February, 2017

In her second major foray into public policy outside of Brexit - the first being an intention to found new grammar schools - Prime Minister Theresa May announced on 8th January that her Government would be committed to enabling a 'shared society'

Scottish welfare fund helps low income households

01 February, 2017

Total of £116m allocated since the scheme was established

UK faces return to inequality of Thatcher years

01 February, 2017

Resolution Foundation says inflation, welfare cuts and squeeze on pay will punish least well-off hardest

Personal injury? Get in touch, urges DWP minister

01 February, 2017

Think you're entitled to money back for supported housing? Get in touch

Landlord-led domestic abuse initiative gets £30,000 of government funding

01 February, 2017

A landlord-led initiative to tackle domestic abuse in the social housing sector has been awarded £30,000 of funding from the government

Right to rent immigration checks put vulnerable people at risk

01 February, 2017

Daily, 11,300 checks are made on potential tenants in England. But the proven benefits are limited - and the damage is very real

Glasgow calls for rent rises as it cuts sheltered housing budget by third

01 February, 2017

Glasgow City Council has asked the city's associations to implement rent rises to help cover the cost of a forthcoming £1m cut to sheltered housing services

Average tenancy deposit still just below £1,000

31 January, 2017

New figures from the Deposit Protection Service put London properties at an all time peak of nearly £2,000

ARLA wants lettings fees spread as alternative to full ban

31 January, 2017

Association of Residential Letting Agents releases its research on of the impact a full ban will have on tenants, letting agents and the wider housing market

Britain's buy-to-let tax regime will be one of the toughest around, landlord chairman warns, as he calls for crackdown to be reversed

31 January, 2017

Mortgage interest change in April will see landlords taxed on revenue not profit

'More must be done to tackle fuel poverty'

31 January, 2017

According to National Energy Action, fuel poverty now affects over four million households, up from one million in 2004

Police search for bogus landlord who used Airbnb and Gumtree to operate rental scam

31 January, 2017

Police have launched an investigation after a man who appears to have rented an Airbnb property in Dulwich, south-east London, then posed as the landlord to set up a rental scam

Scottish councils warn lower benefit cap putting pressure on DHP budgets

31 January, 2017

A number of Scottish councils have warned they may not be able to afford the full cost of DHPs to cover tenants' rent in the future because of the new lower benefit cap

CML supports launch of new social housing regulator

31 January, 2017

The Council of Mortgage Lenders says it supports moves to set up a new regulator for the social housing sector

Conservative MPs attack Government for plans to close dozens of local jobcentres

31 January, 2017

MPs accused the DWP of using Google Maps to close the jobcentres

Britain's housing crisis could be solved - if only the government wanted to

31 January, 2017

Private builders will never meet the demand for homes. We need more social housing, denser cities and new suburbs - and those require real political will

When will Wales finally ban letting agent fees?

31 January, 2017

There have been some curious developments in the Assembly recently on whether Wales should ban letting agency fees

Letting Agent fees research

31 January, 2017

Association of Residential Letting Agents research

Landlords 'rent loss' bid to get more cash

30 January, 2017

Peterborough taxpayers were asked to give compensation through "the public purse" to the housing firm which is evicting dozens of residents from a single estate

Transparency and Trust: A guide to data protection and privacy for landlords and tenants

30 January, 2017

We are living in a new digital age and it is continually evolving

In the social housing sector, many organisations are seeking to realise the value of the data they hold, particularly that relating to their customers, and are therefore investing more in analysing it

Tower Hamlets social housing boss slams call centres for taking control away from tenants

30 January, 2017

A former social housing boss in London's deprived East End has hit out at the trend for estates being swallowed up in "mega housing groups" that lose touch with tenants and families in their care

Conman hired AirBnB property then showed would-be tenant round pretending it was his before fleecing him of £1,600 rent deposit

30 January, 2017

Swindler hired an AirBnB property in Haringey, north London in simple scam

As you cut repairs spend, prepare for the worst

30 January, 2017

Many social landlords are planning to cut their maintenance spend over the next three to four years - one of a number of steps being taken by the sector to cope with the 1% annual rent reductions

Universal Credit move 'to benefit 700,000 homes'

30 January, 2017

The Scottish government has said up to 700,000 homes will benefit from its plans to make Universal Credit payments more flexible

Universal basic income 'worrying and expensive'

30 January, 2017

Paying everyone in Wales a universal basic income would be a "worrying and extremely expensive socialist experiment"

UK rental property demand falls to two-year low

30 January, 2017

Rise in supply sees rent flattening or falling in many parts of the country including London

Letting agent hit with bill of over £20,000 after HMO breaches

30 January, 2017

A landlord and letting agency have together been fined more than £26,000 after being found guilty of housing offences following a multi-agency operation carried out at two properties in Luton last year

First Minister of Wales confirms no decision on fees ban

30 January, 2017

In a letter from Carwyn Jones, it has been confirmed that no decision has yet been taken on introducing a ban on letting agent fees

LIN Member Report January 2017 - Housebuilding

27 January, 2017

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

This briefing, which includes details of housebuilding schemes elsewhere in the UK, looks at the picture in early 2017 and considers whether the government is on target to build one million new homes by the end of the decade.

Work starts on new housing scheme in Sacriston aimed at helping people stuck in rental trap to buy their own homes

27 January, 2017

Work is underway on a housing development aimed at helping people stuck in the rental trap to buy their own home

Reducing homelessness: The bill and beyond

27 January, 2017

In 2015, Wales changed the way it provides support to people threatened with homelessness

Rent reductions: Supporting implementation

27 January, 2017

This revised briefing sets out the practical implications of implementing the -1% rent cut in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill

Scottish government 'interested' in universal basic income

27 January, 2017

The concept of a universal basic income is of "interest" to the Scottish government as one potential option to reducing poverty and inequality

Growth of private sector renting and poverty 'closely linked'

27 January, 2017

Is the story about poverty and housing in the UK now dominated by the problems of one housing tenure - the private rented sector - and poverty?

Tackling the under-supply of housing in England

27 January, 2017

Estimating the need for housing depends on making a judgement about the amount of housing space people should live in

There is no strict definition of housing need, but it can be understood as the amount of housing required for all households to live in accommodation that meets a certain normative standard

Welsh government 'yet to make a decision on banning letting agent fees' but will review evidence

27 January, 2017

The Welsh Assembly has yet to make any decision as to whether a ban on letting agent fees should be introduced in Wales

Landlords demand that Chancellor waters down hammering of private rented sector

27 January, 2017

The Residential Landlords Association is first off the blocks in issuing what have become statutory Budget wish lists

Over half of renters fear they will never own a home

26 January, 2017

More than half of renters do not believe they will ever be able to afford to buy their own home

Buy-to-let nightmare: my battle to evict tenant from hell

26 January, 2017

When Fergus Wilson drew up a list of the types of tenant he was no longer prepared to house, there was predictable outrage

Alternatives to local welfare schemes - because being unable to afford a fridge should not mean losing your home

26 January, 2017

Making a new tenancy work after a period of homelessness is near on impossible if you have no cooker, fridge, carpets or curtains

Once the biggest housing associations own 90% of social homes, tenants will lose out

26 January, 2017

As social housing moves inexorably towards mega-mergers and consolidation, it should heed a warning from history: big is not always beautiful

Hundreds of letting agents pre-sign up to new service which will launch tenants' 'passports'

26 January, 2017

Hundreds of letting agents have signed up to a new site which will review tenants and could potentially help agents 'reference' prospective renters ahead of the ban on letting agent fees

Rough sleeping: time to overhaul the way we understand homelessness?

26 January, 2017

The latest rough sleeping data has been released by DCLG and it shows that yet again the number of people forced to sleep on the streets has gone up

The return of the Bedroom Tax monster?

26 January, 2017

Four years ago, when the first wave of welfare cuts was breaking, Shelter Scotland ran a high profile campaign to Banish the Bedroom Tax Monster

Landlord facing prosecution for housing 18 tenants in dangerous property

25 January, 2017

A landlord is facing prosecution for failing to comply with various HMO regulations

Lord Kerslake: Rent cut drop would give sector 'confidence'

25 January, 2017

In an exclusive interview, Lord Kerslake opens up to 24housing on all things housing - and his hopes for the future

Calls to increase energy efficiency in homes

25 January, 2017

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations is calling on the Scottish government to decrease the amount of carbon emissions in houses

HB S1/2017

25 January, 2017

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

Housing Benefit Speed of Processing Statistics

25 January, 2017

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

Housing Benefit Entitlement Reductions: Caseload Management Information

25 January, 2017

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

Council tax support schemes in 2017-18: what are the key issues ahead of councils' decisions?

25 January, 2017

The main change between the national Council Tax Benefit scheme and the local Council Tax Support scheme is that now working-age claimants may have to pay some of their council tax liability

Movebubble app to help letting agents identify 'serious renters'

25 January, 2017

An app that claims to speed up finding a London home for tenants has launched a new feature for negotiators to assess potential renters for landlords and distinguish between time wasters and serious viewings

Catalyst downgraded by regulator following management breaches

25 January, 2017

Catalyst Housing Group has been downgraded by the regulator following breaches in the management of its sales and marketing team

Calls for minimum standards for private rented sector

25 January, 2017

New minimum standards should be introduced for the private rented sector and landlords should receive tax incentives for signing up to accreditation schemes

Caroline Nokes MP commits to supporting tenants

24 January, 2017

The welfare reform minister has urged housing leaders to lobby her own government over benefits changes

Touchbase - edition 117

24 January, 2017

January 2017

Supporting housing tenants

24 January, 2017

Caroline Nokes reiterates her commitment to working with the social housing sector to best support claimants

Early warnings about the lower benefit cap

24 January, 2017

The reduction of the benefit cap from £23,000 to £20,000 per household is currently being rolled out across Scotland

Belvoir set to swoop on buying up businesses as letting agents' fees ban draws near

24 January, 2017

Franchise chain Belvoir has said that it believes it can substantially mitigate the impact of the proposed ban on letting agent fees

Campaigners aiming to stop 'racist' Right to Rent

24 January, 2017

A campaign group has emerged opposing Right to Rent legislation on the grounds that it is racist

Areas with rising waiting lists see falls in social housing

24 January, 2017

Councils with the fastest rising housing waiting lists are areas which saw above average decreases in the amount of social housing coming available

Hate crime a 'major concern' for migrant tenants

24 January, 2017

Specialist migrant HA Arhag now offering detailed guidance on how to recognise and report hate crime - staff have also been given guidance on how to help victims

Rental growth slowed down in Scotland at end of 2016 but demand is high

24 January, 2017

Residential rents in Scotland fell in the fourth quarter of 2016, down 0.9% year on year to an average of £739 per month

'Rogue' landlords receive £2.3bn in housing benefit

24 January, 2017

One in every £10 spent on housing benefit in England goes to a private landlord letting a sub-standard home

Buy to let landlords affected by lending and tax changes

23 January, 2017

Tougher lending criteria and rising house prices are having an impact on buy to let borrowing in the UK

Private rents not rising above inflation - unlike social housing rents

23 January, 2017

The cost of private rented housing is roughly mirroring changes in earnings across England - but in the social rented sector rents have increased faster than wages

Falling rents 'a small positive' for tenants on Southern railway route

23 January, 2017

Growth in rental prices has slowed or dipped in some areas where commuters have been affected by the Southern railway strikes

Councils could provide homelessness prevention support beyond 56 days

23 January, 2017

Councils could be required to work with households to prevent them becoming homeless beyond the 56-day time period set out in the Homelessness Reduction Bill

Housing benefit claimants increasingly shut out of private rental market

23 January, 2017

Campaigners say growing instances of 'No DSS' are problematic

Perth & Kinross Council continues home improvements despite rents freeze

23 January, 2017

Significant investments in council houses in Perth and Kinross over recent years has seen the percentage of council houses achieving the SHQS reach an all time high

Right to Buy: dreams and nightmares

23 January, 2017

An analysis of the Right to Buy extension pilot contains stark warnings about affordability and communication around exemptions

Making the Most of Build to Rent

23 January, 2017

Build to Rent isn't a panacea for London's housing crisis, but momentum is building

Landlords and tenants leaving the lettings market in central London as costs rise

20 January, 2017

Tenant demand in the residential lettings market in central London is showing signs of slowing and landlords are looking outside the city for higher yielding investment

Fact check: Do lenders really oppose longer tenancies?

20 January, 2017

As market conditions have steadily improved in the aftermath of the financial crisis, lenders have continued to make funding more readily available for housing in all tenures

Disabled and cold: Sandra is penalised for being poor. Fuel poverty is harsh

20 January, 2017

Their freezing home makes her asthmatic son sick, but she can't access a cheaper energy tariff. So she rations heat, cuts out food and goes to bed early

Associations slash spend on major repairs as rent cut bites

20 January, 2017

Housing associations in England slashed spend on major repairs work to their estates as the government enforced its policy of cutting social rents

Buy-to-let lenders deny claims that they are a 'stumbling block' to longer tenancies

20 January, 2017

The Council of Mortgage Lenders has hit back at claims that it is a "stumbling block" to longer tenancies in the rental sector

Letting agents' fee ban consultation gets icy reception from industry bodies

20 January, 2017

The timing of the consultation on the ban on letting agent fees in England, announced out of the blue in the Autumn Statement, has been given the chilliest of receptions by the industry bodies

Slight decrease in average PRS rents

20 January, 2017

Average rents in Scotland's private rented sector fell in the final quarter of 2016 by 0.9 per cent on the year to stand at £739 per month

Man dies from heart attack on way home from Jobcentre after being ruled 'fit to work'

19 January, 2017

A man collapsed and died in the street after being ruled "fit to work" and forced to sign on

Landlords looking beyond London's 'saturated' rental market as tenant demand declines

19 January, 2017

London's high-pressured rental market may be squeezing out demand, prompting landlords to look towards investment opportunities in areas beyond the capital

Review: Top 10 buy-to-let hotspots of 2016

19 January, 2017

The focus of buy to let hot spots is continuing to move away from London

Taxing times for landlords as changes come into effect in 2017

19 January, 2017

2016 was a tough year for landlords and as 2017 progresses and some of the planned tax changes come into force, things are not about to get any easier

Sheffield named as Britain's low pay capital

19 January, 2017

Sheffield is Britain's "low pay capital" with hourly rates 10% below the national average

Combating food poverty

19 January, 2017

£350,000 to make fresh and healthy food available

Council landlords welcome Scottish Government's use of new welfare powers

19 January, 2017

Council housing staff across Scotland have welcomed the news that the Scottish Government will use its new welfare powers to allow the housing element of Universal Credit to be paid directly to landlords

Social rents have increased faster than earnings

19 January, 2017

Social housing rents have increased faster than earnings over the last 15 years

Data reveals empty council garages could create 16,000 homes

19 January, 2017

Councils are sitting on more than 22,000 empty garages in London that could be turned into at least 16,000 homes

Disused council building 'ideal for social housing'

18 January, 2017

A county council complex which has lain derelict in the heart of Bridgetown for more than five years should be converted into affordable homes for young people

DWP slammed for "shambolic" Universal Credit roll-out

18 January, 2017

MP demands figures on how many people are being put on Universal Credit in error

All change in Northern Ireland's private rented sector

18 January, 2017

The DfC has published its proposals for change to help make the private rented sector a more attractive housing option

Agents told not to fight letting fees ban but concentrate on making it work

18 January, 2017

Civil servants have stressed that it is the "political will" of Government to ban letting agent fees and that the industry's focus should be not on preventing the ban but on how it will work

New buy-to-let lending remains flat as housing market remains subdued in 2016

18 January, 2017

Home movers and first-time buyers dominated mortgage lending in November 2016, while remortgages made buy-to-let look better than it is

'250,000 social homes lost by 2020'

18 January, 2017

Almost 250,000 social rented homes could be sold or converted to other tenures by 2020

Changing how we think about repairs

18 January, 2017

Some housing associations are challenging received thinking about the way the sector approaches repairs and maintenance

Benefit freezes and "poverty premium" leave struggling families out in the cold

18 January, 2017

Rises in the cost of living will outstrip meagre increases in child benefit by 17 times by 2020

Rise in children in temporary accommodation in Scotland

18 January, 2017

The number of children in temporary accommodation in Scotland has soared by 17% in a year

Projection of social rented stock from April 2012 to April 2020 on various assumptions

18 January, 2017

Housing Association social rented stock (figures to 2015 from HCA statistics)

Home counties lettings index

18 January, 2017

Demand jumps but prime home counties rents see slight fall in 2016

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 8 Dec 2016

18 January, 2017

These experimental statistics cover the total live caseload, starts and claims for Universal Credit

10-year wait for a council house

17 January, 2017

Research shows tens of thousands of people have been on social housing waiting lists for a decade

Doubts around ring-fenced funding for supported housing

17 January, 2017

Housing professionals have stated they are not sure how long the ring-fenced funding for supported housing will last for

Benefit expenditure and caseload tables 2017

17 January, 2017

Historic and forecast benefit expenditure and caseload data usually consistent with the annual Budget and Autumn Statement

Disabled claimant takes DWP to court over email

17 January, 2017

Claimant believes DWP is breaching disability legislation

Concentrix claimant 'taking out payday loans to cope'

17 January, 2017

A benefit claimant has told the BBC she is still suffering as a result of having her payments wrongly blocked by the US contractor Concentrix

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain: Dec 2016

17 January, 2017

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

Council-owned homes drop by 10% in six years

17 January, 2017

The number of council-owned homes has dropped by more than 10% in six years, with a 1.9% decrease since last year

'Buy-to-let is dead', say landlords, as they start buying shops instead

17 January, 2017

The number of buy-to-let investors moving to commercial property has tripled in the past three years

HMRC criticised over spiralling payments to outsourcing firm

17 January, 2017

Watchdog says tax officials increased commission paid to outsourcing firm Concentrix despite evidence of failure

Government yet to introduce bedroom tax exemption despite court ruling

17 January, 2017

The government is yet to exempt certain people with a disability from the bedroom tax despite a Supreme Court ruling two months ago

Stormont votes for bedroom tax mitigation payments

17 January, 2017

Northern Irish politicians have voted for regulations that will mitigate the effect of the upcoming bedroom tax despite the political turmoil taking place in the country

Contradictory advice of civil servants has ministers at odds on welfare cash

16 January, 2017

The two ministers at the centre of the row over a 'bedroom tax' relief scheme have published conflicting advice from their most senior civil servants

Universal Credit tenants in arrears increases to 86%

16 January, 2017

The percentage of council tenants on Universal Credit in rent arrears has increased to a "critically high" 86% over the past year

Rents 'rose at slowest rate for seven years at 1.6% across Britain'

16 January, 2017

Rents increased at their slowest pace in seven years in 2016

Universal Credit to be paid more regularly in Scotland

16 January, 2017

The Scottish Government plans to use its new social security powers for the first time to make Universal Credit payments more regular

Universal Credit - Progress Update

16 January, 2017

This publication sets out the results of a survey launched in November 2016 of 33 stock retaining councils and Arm's Length Management Organisations

Which west London borough has the highest cost social housing rents?

16 January, 2017

Unsurprisingly, west London has some of the most expensive social housing costs in England, but which borough has seen the biggest rise in the last year?

Woking landlord ordered to pay £8K for mould ridden flat with leaking toilet

16 January, 2017

Tenants in Woking were left to live among mould and with a leaking toilet after the landlord failed to maintain the property

Welsh Social Landlords take new approach to January Debt

16 January, 2017

New data solution identifies those at risk to loan sharks

Landlords' Barometer - #45: Reasons to feel positive about this year

16 January, 2017

Welcome to the first "Landlords' Barometer" of 2017

Lenders report buy-to-let demand increased at end of 2016, but is set to fall this year

16 January, 2017

Lenders reported that demand for secured lending for house purchase increased slightly in the final three months of 2016, partly driven by landlords, but the mortgage market is expected to be flat in the first quarter of this year

Smart meters are really changing tenants' lives

13 January, 2017

The National Housing Federation has been promoting the smart meter rollout for nearly six months and what is interesting is the interest from our members

First use of new Scots welfare powers over Universal Credit

13 January, 2017

The Scottish government plans use its new social security powers for the first time to increase the frequency of Universal Credit payments

Resolution in sight for NI mitigation measures

13 January, 2017

Political wrangling over Stormont's plan to mitigate the impact of the so-called bedroom tax seems to be ending

Deadlock in Stormont could spell turmoil for social housing tenants

13 January, 2017

The resignation of Martin McGuinness jeopardises Northern Ireland's plans to delay the bedroom tax - introducing it now wouldn't just be cruel, but dangerous

Government reveals councils on fixed-term tenancies working group

13 January, 2017

The government has revealed the names of the 20 councils it is working with to look at how to implement fixed-term tenancies

Concerns that thousands of private landlords are unaware of laws

12 January, 2017

Shelter Scotland has raised concerns that thousands of private landlords may be operating without full knowledge of their legal responsibilities

Welfare claimants, schools and hospitals to pay price of Northern Ireland's political meltdown

12 January, 2017

Up to £91m pounds set aside to mitigate the impact of the "bedroom tax" on Northern Ireland is at risk following the collapse of the Executive

The Pilot Programme for the Voluntary Right to Buy for Housing Associations: An Action - Learning Approach

12 January, 2017

This research report assesses the aims, operation and outcomes so far of the pilot programme for the voluntary Right to Buy

71% unsure of Right to Buy purchase price

12 January, 2017

Concerns have been raised about affordability and clarity in a new report looking into the Right to Buy pilot

Rents to rise by 4% outside London this year

12 January, 2017

Rightmove is forecasting asking price rents to rise 4% outside London this year

UK rental price inflation more than halved in 2016

11 January, 2017

UK rents in December are just 1.7% higher than a year ago, down from 3.8% last year

'Bedroom tax' impact mitigation scheme 'not a way forward'

11 January, 2017

The communities minister has said a scheme proposed by the finance minister to mitigate the impact of the 'bedroom tax' is not possible

More than half of tenants in UK private rented sector cannot afford to buy

11 January, 2017

More than half of people who rent a home in the UK are doing so because they cannot afford a deposit to buy a property

Affordable housing definition explained: From homes for social rent to shared ownership

11 January, 2017

Despite a housing crisis and calls for more affordable housing, 2015-16 saw the fewest built for 25 years

Citizen's Advice wants action on short-term tenancies

11 January, 2017

One in three private renters would like their tenancy to be longer - rising to two in five amongst those with children

Returns on rental properties will 'fall below five-year average' in 2017

11 January, 2017

Rental yields should be sustained in 2017 by a reduction in supply of housing stock and moderate house price growth

Letting agents hit with fines after council crackdown on display of fees

11 January, 2017

Letting agents in one borough have been fined over £14,000 after a crackdown by the local authority on the display of fees

Total of 31 illegal immigrants removed from UK as a result of Right to Rent

11 January, 2017

A total of 31 people have been removed from the UK following implementation of the Right to Rent regime which showed they were illegal immigrants with no right to live in private rented accommodation

Remove new tax on buy-to-let homes call by landlords

10 January, 2017

Landlords are calling for the Welsh Government to partially remove a charge on people buying houses to let

Land transaction tax 'likely to reduce supply' of rentals

10 January, 2017

Welsh assembly members are to consider the impact of a new Land Transaction Tax on vulnerable people's ability to access rented housing

Rents outside London rise to £750 a month milestone as wages fail to keep pace

10 January, 2017

The average rent in the UK outside of London hit £750 a month in December, rising by 2.04% over 2016

Landlords call for Government to repeal mortgage interest relief changes

10 January, 2017

Most New Year's resolutions have probably already been broken by now but Simple Landlords Insurance is hoping the Government is still feeling receptive about change

Tory MP warns lettings fee ban could increase rents in 'unintended consequence'

10 January, 2017

A Tory MP who is also a buy-to-let landlord has voiced concerns over his own party's plans to introduce a ban on letting agent fees charged to tenants

HA launches innovative recruitment for tenants

09 January, 2017

'Aspire2work' gives all young people under 25 living in an Aspire home access to training or a job opportunity

Kent landlord bans 'battered wives' and single mothers from renting properties

09 January, 2017

Landlord says he wants to protect properties from abusive partners who might smash his doors down

Bid to stop people refusing social housing

09 January, 2017

A scheme will be introduced across all local authorities within the next six months in a bid to crack down on those refusing social housing

No children, no pets, no battered wives - tenants banned by Britain's best known landlord

09 January, 2017

He keeps saying he is selling up but Britain's best known buy-to-let landlord Fergus Wilson is still apparently very much in business - and has issued new letting criteria

Purplebricks boss says traditional agents have charged too much for too long, for too little

09 January, 2017

Purplebricks boss Michael Bruce has said that traditional estate agents "have been able to charge people too much for too long for too little"

Nama defends social housing efforts as campaigners demand action

06 January, 2017

The state's bad-bank Nama said it has delivered 2,378 social houses and apartments a mid renewed calls for it to make more property available for the homeless

Housing chief's concerns amid welfare overhaul

06 January, 2017

A Dundee housing chief has warned that "horrendous" changes to welfare payments could plunge some of the city's poorest people further into poverty

Scotland labels UK welfare changes 'damaging'

06 January, 2017

Minister Jeane Freeman has expressed strong opposition to the UK Government on its changes to the welfare system

January is the cruellest month for families with just 50p to pay the rent

06 January, 2017

Theresa May isn't helping 'just about managing' families - she's hammering them in an ideological crusade by slashing the benefit cap

SNP and Labour unite against Westminster 'Bedroom Tax Two' welfare cuts

06 January, 2017

Scotland's government and opposition parties have attacked Whitehall plans for fresh welfare cuts dubbed 'Bedroom Tax Two' with one prominent figure the proposals "must be stopped"

Tenants to lose £1.9m in benefits

06 January, 2017

Luton tenants are expected to lose around £1.9m a year in housing benefit after a new Benefit Cap was enacted by the government on Boxing Day

Police voice concerns over pop-up brothels in the private rented sector

06 January, 2017

There has been a significant increase in 'pop-up' brothels in private rented accommodation

Brokers record increasing limited company buy-to-let applications

06 January, 2017

More than two-thirds of buy-to-let mortgage applications came from limited companies in the fourth quarter of 2016

Mortgages hit an eight-month high: More than 67,500 loans approved in November as house-buyers return to the market following Brexit

05 January, 2017

Mortgage lending has hit an eight-month high as house buyers return to the market following the Brexit vote

Welfare changes 'damaging' to low income families

05 January, 2017

Minister for Social Security Jeane Freeman has expressed strong opposition to the UK Government on its proposal to limit the number of children in families who can qualify for Child Tax Credit

Building our homes, communities and future

05 January, 2017

Local government shares the collective national ambition to build one million new homes

The secretly homeless social worker who used welfare services she offered others

05 January, 2017

Just a few thousand pounds of debt say Theresa Yemisi Williams sleeping in her car and dealing with the mental breakdown of her daughter

Labour calls for PRS reform amid £2bn housing benefit spend to private landlords

05 January, 2017

New figures which reveal that private landlords in Scotland have made billions of pounds from housing benefit claimants in five years have led to calls for reform in the sector by Scottish Labour

Further Parliamentary engagement on supported housing

05 January, 2017

One of our Parliamentary champions, Peter Aldous MP, has put forward an Early Day Motion on supported housing

Families left with just 50p a week in housing benefit after cuts

05 January, 2017

Forty-two Grimsby-area families have been left with 50p or less a week in Housing Benefit, following rules that brought in a lower cap for claimants

Good letting agents can save a landlord almost £2,000 a month

05 January, 2017

Almost of half of private rented sector landlords use a letting agent because it gives them peace of mind and a quarter communicate with then on a weekly basis

Families with children hit by insecurity in the private rented sector

04 January, 2017

Two in 5 people living with their children in privately rented homes have a tenancy of 6 months or less

41% of Scots 'would struggle to pay small increase in rent or mortgage'

04 January, 2017

Two-fifths of tenants or homeowners in Scotland would struggle to afford their monthly housing bills if they increased by up to £50

What does 2017 hold for social housing?

04 January, 2017

Our panel of experts on the housing, homelessness and policy issues the year ahead holds

New Year Sees Tougher Standards for Buy-to-Let Borrowers

04 January, 2017

The first tranche of tougher lending criteria for buy-to-let mortgages, set by the Bank of England's Prudential Regulation Authority, took effect from 1st January

Petrol and food prices expected to continue rising in 2017

04 January, 2017

With prices at pumps starting the year at their highest since 2014, cost of food and other essentials is also predicted to go up

Buy-to-let landlords struggling to pay mortgages hit a two-year high... before tax grab even kicks in

04 January, 2017

Rising numbers of landlords are struggling to pay their mortgage

Landlords planning more limited company purchases to get round buy-to-let changes

04 January, 2017

More than half of landlords are planning to purchase further buy-to-lets through limited companies

Charity calls for major overhaul of England's private rented sector

04 January, 2017

Two in five people living with their children in privately rented homes have a tenancy of six months or less

Midland Heart has deployed rostrvm for Housing to tackle the impact of Universal Credit

04 January, 2017

Midland Heart is a leading UK housing, care and support business, providing 33,000 high quality affordable homes to over 70,000 customers

More than 2.3m families living in fuel poverty in England

03 January, 2017

Tories urged to act as one in 10 households is fuel poor, rising to about one in five for those renting from private landlords

Number of private renters made homeless has trebled since 2010

03 January, 2017

Private renters account for 96 per cent of the rise in homelessness since 2010

Universal basic income trials being considered in Scotland

03 January, 2017

Two councils, Fife and Glasgow, are investigating idea of offering everyone a fixed income regardless of earnings

Is Buy to Let Dead?

03 January, 2017

The buy to let market in the UK really gained traction in 1996, with the opening of the mortgage market

Shock over private landlords' £2bn housing benefits bonus

03 January, 2017

Private landlords have raked in more than £2 billion in housing benefits in the last five years

Need for rethink on Bedroom Tax II

03 January, 2017

Some were always sceptical about Theresa May's speech on the steps of Downing Street about helping families who are just about getting by

Zero hours contract staff earn £1,000 a year less than other staff doing the same job

30 December, 2016

A new report shows zero hours workers suffer a 'precarious pay penalty'

Council suffering from lack of homes

29 December, 2016

There is a continuing shortage of council-owned properties in the Caerphilly county borough

New benefits cap affecting 3,500 Sheffield children 'is despicable'

29 December, 2016

A Government crackdown on the amount of benefits one family can claim affecting 3,500 Sheffield children is 'despicable'

Homelessness group worker suspended for sleeping rough in council garage

28 December, 2016

Arleen Matthews suspended by organisation that manages homes for London's Haringey council after she was evicted for falling behind with rent

Council targets rogue Sheffield landlords after highest ever number of convictions

28 December, 2016

Sheffield Council has promised to carry on targeting rogue landlords after bringing its highest-ever number of successful prosecutions

HomeLet Rental Index - November 2016

23 December, 2016

2016 to date has seen a slower rate of rental growth, compared to the same period last year

Renters wanting to start a family face impossible housing costs

23 December, 2016

London has become so expensive that couples who are renting and wanting to start a family would need to fork out over half their combined average monthly salary to afford an average three bed home

Judge tells benefit fraudster she is taking money from 'people like me'

23 December, 2016

A mother who stole almost £80,000 in welfare handouts has been condemned by a judge for taking money from "people like me"

New Universal Credit benefits system in East Lothian linked to petty crime

22 December, 2016

A controversial new benefits system has been cited as an increased factor in instances of petty crime

Benefits are Changing

22 December, 2016

Did you know the benefit system has been changing?

Will 2017 be doom & gloom for landlords?

22 December, 2016

Another turbulent year is coming to a close and 2017 is not gearing up to be much of an improvement

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain: Nov 2016

22 December, 2016

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

Property and housing in 2016: Brexit, buy-to-let tax hikes and slowing London house prices

22 December, 2016

We look back on a property year where the dynamics of UK house prices shifted and Brexit began

Where to rent in London in 2017:Tube map charting average rental costs and journey times reveals Mile End as the best-value spot for fast commutes

22 December, 2016

New Tube map displays the average rent for a one-bedroom flat near each station along the Underground, revealing Londoners pay £6.60 for each minute shaved off journey times

Half of people on emergency food supplies may go without heating this winter

21 December, 2016

Almost half of people referred to foodbanks are at risk of going cold as well as hungry this winter

London's temporary housing population is expanding

21 December, 2016

London has the severest housing crisis; one third of all homeless households in England are accepted by local authorities in the capital

Charity calls for major changes to Bedroom Tax

21 December, 2016

Anti-poverty commission proposes major changes to the Bedroom Tax

HB A12/2016

21 December, 2016

This circular advises you of the rates so you can take the appropriate action

Council house replacements

21 December, 2016

Council homes are being sold off without being replaced

New homelessness duties could cost London councils millions

21 December, 2016

New duties introduced through proposed homelessness laws will cost town halls millions, councils in London have calculated

Transactions to fall in 2017 but Housing White Paper could be 'defining moment'

21 December, 2016

RICS has described the release of the long awaited Housing White Paper next month as a "defining moment" for 2017

Government not expecting the end of mortgage interest relief to increase rents

21 December, 2016

The Government has appeared unconcerned at the prospect of increasing numbers of landlords incorporating to get around buy-to-let taxation changes

Can the UK benefit from following the American model for PRS?

20 December, 2016

Over the last 20 years the US multifamily market has blossomed into a key sector of the US residential market

'Rising landlord costs' are to blame for private rent hikes driving Britsol's housing crisis

20 December, 2016

Rising costs to private landlords are forcing them to put up rents in cities like Bristol

22,000 social rented homes lost in last two years

20 December, 2016

Department for Work and Pensions data shows new social housing lettings by private registered providers and councils decreased by nearly 22,000 homes in the last two years

2016: Huge Changes in Housing

20 December, 2016

2016 was a monumentally busy year for Shelter. It was our 50th anniversary, but we hardly took a moment to acknowledge it

East Lothian rent arrears up 20 per cent in first three months of Universal Credit

20 December, 2016

Universal Credit has caused a 20 per cent rise in rent arrears from East Lothian Council tenants in just three months

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

20 December, 2016

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

Nine in ten tenants and landlords do not ask agents how their money will be handled

20 December, 2016

A nationwide survey carried out by The Property Ombudsman has revealed that 90% of tenants and 89% of landlords fail to ask how their money will be handled by their letting agent

Housing minister claims lettings fee ban will make it easier for tenants to shop around

20 December, 2016

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has failed to address concerns that the tenant fee ban will cause letting agents to pass on costs to landlords or just redefine charges

Campaigners catch council out over social housing commitments

19 December, 2016

The Local Government Ombudsman finds a London borough council failed "for years" to monitor whether developers were providing promised social housing in accordance with Section 106 Agreements

Fifth of Scots struggling on pay below real living wage

19 December, 2016

The number of Scots struggling to get by on low pay is on the rise prompting fresh calls for the Scottish Government to "get to grips" with poverty among people in work

Fuel poverty in the UK

19 December, 2016

When a household can't afford adequate heating this is referred to as 'fuel poverty'

JV to develop Newcastle's first PRS scheme in £37m deal

19 December, 2016

Worthington Construction is set to start work on Newcastle's first major private rented sector development

Landlords identify mortgage relief changes as their biggest challenge ahead

19 December, 2016

Martin & Co has registered 15 new tenants for every property instructed to let in the first seven months of the year and conducted 12.4 viewings for each one, underlying demand in the sector

Labour's Lisa Forbes: Yes, we do need more social housing

19 December, 2016

It is a strange set of circumstances in which a relatively wealthy society, the sixth largest economy in the world, is prepared to accept homeless people living and sleeping on its streets

Why politicians must listen to people on low incomes

16 December, 2016

One reason UK poverty persists is that people on low incomes are often marginalised. They must have a stronger voice in democracy

What 2017 has in store for the UK's private rental market

16 December, 2016

We look at the key themes in 2017 for the private rented property market

The Welfare State is an extension of us, not a replacement for us

16 December, 2016

The Welfare State is an important extension of our human community's capacity to care; not a replacement for it

Right to Rent penalties and expectations for a landlord

16 December, 2016

Having ran numerous workshops on this legislation around England this year, there still appears to be much confusion about the penalties and expectations placed upon landlords

Clampdown on buy-to-let 'will send home sales plunging'

16 December, 2016

The housing market will suffer a slowdown next year as fewer people are expected to buy homes owing to economic uncertainty and changes to taxes for buy-to-let landlords

Inquiry into supported housing funding reform launched

16 December, 2016

The Work and Pensions Committee and the Communities and Local Government Committee launch a joint inquiry into the Government's funding reform for supported housing

Enfield council homes for rent at £2,000 a month spark row

16 December, 2016

Council-built family homes are being offered for rent for up to £2,000 a month, and have sparked a political row

Help to Buy helps over 220,000 people buy a new home

16 December, 2016

Over 180,000 supported by the schemes have been first time buyers

2016 Rental Market Trends

16 December, 2016

The National Rent Review 2016 Rental Property Market Analysis

This report reviews property data through analysis by bedroom number and postcode level from the Landbay Rental Index

Fees ban - and why this firm thinks it is a cause for seasonal cheer

16 December, 2016

Each year, London agent Stanley Chelsea gets out a political Christmas card

LGA seeks legal advice for councils caught in water bill scandal

15 December, 2016

The LGA is seeking legal advice on behalf of councils exposed to multi-million pound compensation claims for overcharging tenants for water

Landlord research for Council of Mortgage Lenders shows picture of relative stability but reveals Government tax changes set to impact on buy-to-let landlords

15 December, 2016

Almost half (49%) of landlords own all of their properties outright, with no mortgage debt at all

Affordable homes: residents' views of quality

15 December, 2016

Eight out of ten Housing Association residents remain pleased with their homes

London council accused of 'social cleansing' over plans to deposit lowest paid tenants on edge of capital

15 December, 2016

Westminster Council buys 24 homes in Hounslow for its social housing tenants - without telling Hounslow Council

Tenant wins appeal over council bid to terminate tenancy agreement

15 December, 2016

A council tenant who claimed that his occupancy agreement should be treated as a Scottish secure tenancy because it did not contain an express provision stating that it was for a term of less than six months

Call for universal basic income trail in the West Midlands

15 December, 2016

Unison's 20-point manifesto also calls for the building of genuinely affordable housing, fair public transport fares and English language lessons for new arrivals

Energy companies urged to tackle 'poverty premium' paid by low income households

15 December, 2016

Representatives from the 'Big Six' energy companies attended a summit yesterday looking at ways to help low income households living in fuel poverty

Gov report finds council 'failed' for years to monitor developers on broken promises to provide social housing

15 December, 2016

Southwark now pledges to start running annual audits of section 106 agreements, to check promised social housing will be delivered

Borough moves to protect renters

15 December, 2016

New measures approved by Hammersmith & Fulham Council also back the 'better' landlords in a borough where a third of residents rent

Judge backs landlord as letting agent claims fee for no work

14 December, 2016

A judge rejected a claim from a letting agent who tried to claim a £1,123 tenancy renewal fee from a landlord without carrying out any work

Right to Buy sales outpace development

14 December, 2016

Councils in England sold almost six times more homes than they built in first nine months of this year

Hard-pressed private tenants need a union to stand up for their rights

14 December, 2016

Revenge evictions, nonexistent repairs, legal terror - landlords hold all the cards. But thanks to groups like Acorn and Living Rent things are beginning to change

Bereaved unmarried mother loses benefits test case

14 December, 2016

A "groundbreaking" ruling which gave an unmarried mother entitlement to a widowed parent's allowance after her partner's death has been overturned

Landlord possession claims fall by 26%

14 December, 2016

The number of claims made by private sector landlords to repossess a property has fallen by 26% over the past two years

Private Renting: We're in the business of providing homes, just like you

14 December, 2016

The private rented sector has come in for some stick lately, but it's currently meeting housing needs other tenures are failing to address

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 10 Nov 2016

14 December, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 10 November 2016

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to October 2016

14 December, 2016

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

Women have suffered 86% of the impact of tax and benefit changes since 2010

14 December, 2016

Labour accuses the Government of a 'woeful record' towards women - and a complete disinterest in the issue

Labour pledges housing association deal to end rough sleeping

14 December, 2016

The Labour Party has pledged to end rough sleeping through a voluntary deal with housing associations to reserve 4,000 properties for the street homeless

Landlords are undeterred by buy-to-let changes

14 December, 2016

More than a third of landlords have never used a letting agent

Have cuts to Council Tax Support in England led to rising council tax arrears?

13 December, 2016

Council Tax arrears have risen in the years since the introduction of Council Tax Support

This briefing paper looks at the relationship between the generosity of council tax support schemes and council tax arrears

Scottish Buy-to-let index - November 2016

13 December, 2016

Scottish rental prices outperform expectations

Council consulting on selective licensing

13 December, 2016

Landlords in parts of East Staffordshire may have to spend £680 per property on licensing their PRS homes

New banning orders to stop rogue landlords in their tracks

13 December, 2016

New public consultation launched as part of a wider package of measures to crack down on rogue landlords and property agents

Half of landlords would ditch their agent if profits began to fall

13 December, 2016

Almost half of landlords (47 per cent) say they would forego the services of their letting agent if their profits began to fall

Welfare Reform Impact report

13 December, 2016

This report considers the impact of the changes in welfare support on social landlords' income, arrears and collection costs

When reform of the UK welfare benefits system started in the wake of the 2010 election, much was expected to be complete by the end of 2017

Private rental can be game changer

13 December, 2016

Institutional investors buying up land to build flats for rental could be the defining characteristic of the Scottish housing market in the near-term

Discretionary Housing Payments guidance manual

13 December, 2016

This guidance is for local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales who are responsible for administering Discretionary Housing Payments

Jobseeker's Allowance: statistics on claim duration and sanctions

13 December, 2016

Information about the length of time individuals have claimed Jobseeker's Allowance and the number of sanctions imposed

Blaenau Gwent to see launch of fuel bank to help foodbank users

13 December, 2016

It is only the second area in South Wales to provide the service

The benefits of going digital

13 December, 2016

As the lead for digital at North Wales Housing, I am always shouting about the virtues of doing more things digitally

90% of councils 'won't meet Government housing targets'

13 December, 2016

Nearly 90% of local authorities believe they will not be able to meet the Government's housing targets because of a lack of resources in their planning departments

Too many council websites overcomplicating social housing applications

13 December, 2016

Too many councils are making it unnecessarily difficult for people seeking social housing to find out if they are eligible and then apply

Council tax bills set for further inflation-busting rises

12 December, 2016

Council tax bills across England are set for a second year of inflation-busting rises in April

Unpaid benefits at record level

12 December, 2016

A total of £1.7bn in benefits was not paid to those entitled to the money in 2015-16 owing to fraud and error, a new record rate of underpayment

How a healthy buy-to-let profit could soon become a painful loss

12 December, 2016

Major changes to the way income from property rentals is taxed could see some people paying up to three times more

Government will intervene if councils fail on homelessness prevention

12 December, 2016

The government will intervene with councils which are not meeting their homelessness prevention duties if a new law is passed

Days of the buy-to-let landlord are numbered

12 December, 2016

Britain's biggest landlord believes tax changes and tougher mortgage rules will sound the death knell for buy to let

NI government to scrap housing association Right to Buy

12 December, 2016

The Northern Irish Government plans to scrap Right to Buy for housing associations as part of a package of measures to take associations off the national balance sheet

Buy to let: 'We landlords are being vilified'

12 December, 2016

With a lending crackdown and a massive tax hike due, many landlords could soon find themselves moving from profit to loss

Tenant fees - the fight continues

12 December, 2016

23 November 2016 was a grim day for the industry as lettings agents across the country heard for the first time that the Government intend to ban letting agent fees

Gap between London rents and rest of the UK starts to close

12 December, 2016

New rents outside the capital have risen faster than in London for the first time since 2010

Claimants win 60 per cent of benefit appeals

09 December, 2016

Tribunals and gender recognition certificate statistics quarterly: July to September 2016

Buy-to-let transactions crash at haart amid 'war on landlords'

09 December, 2016

National Housing Market Monitor report from haart shows sharp fall in number of landlords buying property

The housing poverty trap means work doesn't pay

09 December, 2016

A toxic trio of high rents, low pay and cuts to in-work benefits have created a perfect storm, with housing costs fueling poverty

Dame Kate Barker offers Treasury Select Committee "sober reminder" of true cost of taxing landlords more

09 December, 2016

Dame Kate Barker's warning that families could lose their homes as a result of changes to landlord taxation is a "sober reminder" of what's at stake

Moray tenants to be consulted on rent rises

09 December, 2016

Council house tenants in Moray are to be consulted over the level of rent increase for the next three years

Professionalising the PRS whilst supporting its 'accidental' landlords

09 December, 2016

In my role as private landlord support officer in Dundee, I work with many different landlords and letting agents

Buy to let valuations fall as landlords react to lettings fee ban in England

09 December, 2016

First time buyers, home movers and those looking to remortgage are active in the UK housing market but valuations in the buy to let sector have fallen

2,000 disabled people wrongly declared 'fit to work' by DWP in just three months

09 December, 2016

Most appeals found the original decision was wrong

Rogue landlords busted in Birmingham

09 December, 2016

Three ordered to pay over £8k in fines and costs for breaching tenant protection basics

Fees ban latest: MP demands assurances that letting agents will not pass costs on to landlords

09 December, 2016

An MP has tabled a written question asking for reassurances that English letting agents will not pass costs on to landlords when the fees ban kicks in

Shock as sales to buy-to-let landlords are decimated by nearly 65% in a year

09 December, 2016

The Government's 'war on landlords' has seen buy-to-let sales collapse 64% in 12 months - and 8.2% on a one-monthly basis in November

Landlords' Barometer - #44: Rent rises will not be automatic solution for landlords

09 December, 2016

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #44" - a guide to trending landlord topics which has got the PropertyTribes.com community talking!

Fraud and error in the benefit system: financial year 2015/16 estimates

08 December, 2016

Final estimates of fraud and error levels in the benefit system in Great Britain in the financial year 2015/16

ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals: December 2016

08 December, 2016

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

Recovery of overpaid benefits hits record high of £1 billion

08 December, 2016

A record £1 billion in overpaid benefits through fraud and error was recovered in 2015/16, latest figures show

Sarsfield: social housing commitment drives merger ambition

08 December, 2016

Peabody and Family Mosaic's merger plans were driven by a joint commitment to providing low-cost rental units

LHA cap: supported schemes remain on ice

08 December, 2016

Supported housing providers are keeping development schemes on hold

Regulator cautions against taking private lending for granted

08 December, 2016

The Scottish Government's target to deliver 50,000 affordable homes over the current parliament presents opportunities for some RSLs but could throw up financial challenges for others

Coping with the cap

08 December, 2016

After a year of rumours, promises and fears, Simon Brandon asks what the future will look like for supported housing once the new funding mechanism kicks in

Databases of private tenants as proposed by the RICS already exist

08 December, 2016

This week, the RICS called on the Government to introduce an online database of good and bad tenants, to replace the referencing service for which letting agents currently charge tenants

Why landlords must take care if opposing a tenancy renewal

07 December, 2016

In a growing market landlords and developers alike may take the opportunity to develop their holdings

Universal Credit roll out to begin in September 2017

07 December, 2016

Communities Minister Paul Givan today announced plans for the roll out of Universal Credit in Northern Ireland

Staggering £800,000 weekly bill for benefit fraud in Northern Ireland

07 December, 2016

The cost of fraud in Northern Ireland's benefits system has reached its highest level for more than a decade

The rent gap: what is the local housing allowance?

07 December, 2016

The LHA benefit helps tenants renting privately who can't afford their full housing costs

Lettings agency fee ban must be loophole-free

07 December, 2016

A lettings agency fee ban has been welcomed by the London Assembly

Right to Rent: Tenants are footing the bill in fees

07 December, 2016

Last week the government tightened its Right to Rent rules, making it a criminal offence for a landlord to let to anyone they know is an illegal immigrant

Rented Sector Policy Paper for England

07 December, 2016

Since the 1990s, the UK has undergone significant demographic change: people are settling down later and living longer

Raw year for renters ahead but first time buyers may find some respite

07 December, 2016

Pressure on first time buyers may ease off next year, allowing some of them to escape the private rental sector as it faces a drop in the number homes to let

L&Q to launch £47m supported housing subsidiary

07 December, 2016

L&Q is planning a return to the supported accommodation sector with a new subsidiary called L&Q Living, which will manage more than 6,600 homes

Study finds 7m Britons in poverty despite being from working families

07 December, 2016

More than 7 million people in the UK are living in poverty despite being part of a working family

This has been an 'annus horribilis' for landords

07 December, 2016

Buy-to-let landlords are holding off their purchases and home-movers are reluctant to move

Treasury urged to stop landlords raising rents to cope with tax changes

07 December, 2016

Labour's shadow housing spokesman has urged the Government to detail how it will stop landlords raising rents to offset changes to buy-to-let taxation

How many homes did housing associations build in quarter two 2016/17?

06 December, 2016

We have recently completed an important survey of developing housing associations to capture the full scale and breadth of their homebuilding activity

Landlords found unfit to rent out property

06 December, 2016

Glasgow City Council removes six landlords from its register - one convicted of assault with intent to rape

HB Direct issue 173

06 December, 2016

The HB Direct newsletter provides latest information on policy changes, good practice and initiatives that affect Housing Benefit

New style Jobseeker's Allowance

06 December, 2016

Depending on your circumstances you may be able to claim new style Jobseeker's Allowance

Sheltered housing in Mid Suffolk and Babergh set to change

06 December, 2016

Sheltered housing in Babergh and Mid Suffolk is set to change following a major review of the needs of older people in the two districts

Almost 100,000 households move out of fuel poverty

06 December, 2016

Charities warn against complacency with around 748,000 Scottish households still fuel poor

Overpaid housing benefits 'funded terrorism'

06 December, 2016

Cash held in a housing benefit account was handed to a suspect in the Brussels airport bombing during a meeting in a Birmingham park

Nottingham announces city-wide licensing plan

06 December, 2016

Nottingham City Council is planning to introduce a citywide selective licensing scheme - with landlords expected to fork out £600 for each of their rental homes

Best-buy mortgages if you set up as a company

06 December, 2016

Lending to landlords who have set themselves up as limited companies has shot up this year as buy-to-let investors prepare for tax changes applying from April

One in three people claiming sickness benefits have conditions which are fuelled by obesity

06 December, 2016

One in three people claiming benefits because they are too sick to work have conditions which are fuelled by obesity, a government review has found

Don't forget meaning of social

06 December, 2016

The Northern Ireland Executive is consulting on its draft programme for government

Sheffield associations and councils sign housing deal

06 December, 2016

Social landlords and local authorities across the Sheffield City Region have signed a compact which they hope could lead to a devolution deal on housing

No 10 rules out forcing obese people to undergo treatment to get benefits

06 December, 2016

Theresa May's spokesman says sanctioning obese people who refuse help is not under consideration after report dismissed idea

Government working with councils on fixed-term tenancies

06 December, 2016

The government has set up a working group of 20 councils to look at how to implement fixed-term tenancies, a key plank of the Housing and Planning Act

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain: Oct 2016

05 December, 2016

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

The more the State has withdrawn from housebuilding, the more it has found itself propping up the private market

05 December, 2016

Margaret Thatcher recorded in her memoirs that, by the mid-1980s, 'everything in housing pointed to the need to roll back the existing activities of government'

Abolish right-to-buy schemes that are depleting social stock: McCann

05 December, 2016

The social housing stock in Derry is being depleted by landlords acquiring multiple properties from former housing association tenants who have bought under market rates

Landlords trapped in ground rent nightmare

05 December, 2016

Banks and building societies are refusing to lend money to landlords trying to mortgage new build homes with automatic ground rent rises written into lease agreements

The Sheffield City Region Social and Affordable Housing Compact

05 December, 2016

The Sheffield City Region Social and Affordable Housing Compact is a landmark collaboration between local authorities, social and affordable housing providers in the Sheffield City Region

Casey review raises alarm over social integration in the UK

05 December, 2016

Study attacks attempts by governments to boost ethnic integration as 'saris, samosas and steel drums for the well-intentioned'

Industrial dispute over supported housing restructure

05 December, 2016

One of England's largest housing associations is facing union action after warning supported housing staff could be dismissed and re-engaged on new terms as part of a major restructure

500 new council homes? It's not all it seems to be

05 December, 2016

Cambridge City Council voted to proceed with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution proposal

We must fight to overturn 'monstrous' ban on tenants' fees

05 December, 2016

As if our industry had not already been in trouble enough, the Government has blasted us with both barrels between the eyes by introducing a ban on lettings agents' tenant fees within the Autumn Statement

Three-month-old lettings platform that aims to eliminate agents is now worth over £3.5m

05 December, 2016

No Agent, a proptech lettings platform that launched only in September and which cuts agents out of the equation, has been valued at over £3.5m

Landlords banned from industry after being found unfit

05 December, 2016

Six landlords have been banned after their licences were withdrawn and now face criminal prosecution with fines of up to £50,000 if they try to let their properties

Kayleigh is on universal credit. Her first payment arrives next year

02 December, 2016

The built-in delay in universal credit payments means she and her two young children will have to rely on £34/week child benefit over Christmas

Theresa May appears to have 'historically obsolete' view on welfare

02 December, 2016

Despite her claim to govern not in the interests of the privileged few Ms May is continuing austerity with further welfare

The displaced tenants paying the true cost of an inhumane housing policy

02 December, 2016

Councils must commit to a more humane, thoughtful and cost-effective social housing policy than moving people away from jobs and homes

Social landlords 'require additional capacity' to deliver 50,000 homes target

02 December, 2016

Around two thirds of social landlords in Scotland have insufficient in-house skills and capacity to deliver an expanded programme of new affordable housing

Quarterly Survey for Q2 (July to September) 2016 to 2017

02 December, 2016

Our quarterly survey report is based on responses from private registered providers of social housing who own or manage more than 1,000 homes

Minister who helped create the Universal Credit leaves government

02 December, 2016

A minister instrumental to Conservative welfare reform has left his government post after more than six years

BHP launches first new homes supporting vulnerable tenants to live independently

02 December, 2016

BHP has completed the refurbishment on a six bedroom house in Wembley, which has been developed into six apartments for Brent residents with learning disability and special needs

Welfare reform update

02 December, 2016

National Housing Federation welfare reform update

FOI extension will lead to cost burden

02 December, 2016

The Scottish Government's U-turn on the FOI Act extension to housing associations will burden associations with additional costs

Kent Reliance Buy To Let Britain report - fifth edition

02 December, 2016

Welcome to the fifth edition of Kent Reliance's half-yearly Buy to Let Britain report

This report examines the key trends in the private rented sector and the Buy to Let mortgage market

LIN Member Report December 2016 - Autumn Statement

01 December, 2016

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

ARLA says it is avoiding 'knee-jerk reactions' over lettings fee ban

01 December, 2016

ARLA has hit back at claims that it isn't standing up for the industry after it emerged it didn't attend the Fair Fees Forum's working group

Emergency housing package for young needed

01 December, 2016

An emergency package to house young working Londoners is urgently needed in the capital

Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary at August 2016 published

01 December, 2016

The Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary, providing an overview of the main DfC administered benefits, has been published

Transparency and accountability in the housing association sector

01 December, 2016

In recent years there has been a strong push from the Government to improve transparency in the public sector at the national and local level

Airbnb announce plans to block hosts exceeding 90-day rental limit

01 December, 2016

AirBnB is to block hosts in London from renting out homes for more than 90 days a year without official consent

Government opens consultation into extending FOI to social landlords

01 December, 2016

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation proposing the extension of Freedom of Information legislation to RSLs in Scotland

Princess Anne hails £3million social housing project at official opening in Bury St Edmunds

01 December, 2016

The Princess Royal officially opened a £3.1million affordable housing project in Bury St Edmunds December 1

Ways for UK landlords to cut taxes

01 December, 2016

Landlords should be thinking about reducing taxes and learn more about the consequences of scrapping renters' fees

Campaign launched to move beyond foodbanks in Scotland

01 December, 2016

Charities awarded cash to find more dignified solution

Landlord Right to Rent criminal sanctions come into effect Thurs 1 December

01 December, 2016

New regulations contained in The Immigration Act 2016 will come into force from 1st December

Tenant Information Pack

01 December, 2016

The pack gives information to tenants in privately rented housing

Proposal on using a Legislative Reform Order to establish the social housing regulator as an independent body

01 December, 2016

This consultation paper sets out the proposal for amending the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 so that responsibility for social housing regulation is transferred HCA to a new standalone public body

Tax credit benefit removals criticised by MPs

01 December, 2016

A "cut first, think later" attitude plunged tax credit claimants into humiliating hardship and debt

Agents must display their fees properly ahead of ban

01 December, 2016

The announcement by the Chancellor that the Government intends to remove letting agents' ability to charge fees to tenants came as a surprise to many in the industry

Lettings fee ban unlikely until 2018

01 December, 2016

The lettings agent tenant fee ban won't come in until at least 2018 DCLG has revealed, with the consultation to be launched in the New Year

Buy-to-let mortgages may cost £7k-a-year more as New Year crackdown pushes landlords to long-term deals

30 November, 2016

Rules tweaked to push landlords away from cheap two-year fixed rates

One in four Jobseeker's Allowance claimants caught abusing benefits system as watchdog reveals chaos

30 November, 2016

One in four people on Jobseeker's Allowance has been punished for abusing the benefits system in the last five years

Benefits sanctions don't work and plunge claimants 'hunger and depression'

30 November, 2016

The benefit sanctions system has become a 'postcode lottery' and is doing more harm than good, according to the public spending watchdog

Financial Conduct Authority must not hand payday lenders a Christmas present

30 November, 2016

The City watchdog is planning a review of the cap it imposed on charges. The ideal result would see it extended to other types of high cost credit

Discretionary Housing Payments in Scotland: as at 30 September 2016

30 November, 2016

Following consultation with users, the frequency of Discretionary Housing Payments publications has reduced from quarterly to six-monthly

How Licensing is Changing your Role as a Landlord

30 November, 2016

What does a landlord actually do? I know, perhaps a stupid question, but every once in a while it could be worth asking

'Limited evidence' for benefit sanctions

30 November, 2016

Benefit sanctions leading to "hardship, hunger and depression" are being imposed on people despite "limited evidence" on how well they work

Furious activists protest top architect over call to evict central London council tenants

30 November, 2016

Furious activists gathered outside the office of leading architect Patrik Schumacher today to protest his calls for "free-riding" council tenants to be moved out of central London

Rents increases in England and Wales levelled off in October

30 November, 2016

Residential rent increases in England and Wales levelled off in October, with the average property being let for £900 per calendar month

Evidence shows benefit sanctions are not fit for purpose

30 November, 2016

The sanctions system is in urgent need of reform

Benefit sanctions

30 November, 2016

This report examines the Department for Work & Pensions' administration of benefit sanctions in Great Britain

Over 3.5 million people rely on out-of-work benefits including Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit and Income Support

Letting agent hit hard in deposit protection clamp down Letting agent hit hard in deposit protection clamp down

30 November, 2016

A letting agent has been hit by fines totalling £15,000 following successful prosecutions for failing to protect tenancy deposits

Building society survey examines buy-to-let landlords' voids experience

30 November, 2016

More than a fifth of buy-to-let landlords have to wait longer than four months before signing up their first tenants

Autumn Statement 2016

29 November, 2016

This briefing covers the main announcements relevant to housing and housing associations in the 2016 Autumn Statement

Touchbase - Edition 116

29 November, 2016

November 2016 edition

Rise in 'child benefit loans' to cover Christmas costs

29 November, 2016

Parents struggling to access affordable credit are turning to a co-operative for an 'advance' on their welfare payments

UK fuel poverty to last a lifetime

29 November, 2016

A child born in Britain today may never see fuel poverty eradicated

A toxic concoction means women of colour are hit hardest by austerity

29 November, 2016

Minority-ethnic working-class women experience triple discrimination through class, race and gender - but their voices are never heard in the austerity debate

A quarter of renters in Scotland say they have a slum landlord

29 November, 2016

A quarter of tenants that rent in Scotland have described their current renting conditions as a "nightmare", higher than anywhere else in the UK

Top architect blasts 'free-riding' tenants living in council houses in central London and says they should be moved, to make way for HIS staff

29 November, 2016

A top London architect has triggered a ferocious storm by calling for "free-riding" council tenants to be moved out of central London

Councils could face new duty to prevent homelessness

29 November, 2016

As rents rise and benefits fall, more people face losing their home

Buy to Let index - November 2016

29 November, 2016

Rents in England and Wales hit second highest peak ever recorded by Your Move

Landlords are under fire from a tax-hiking Treasury - but buy-to-let is far from dead

28 November, 2016

Higher stamp duty and an end to tax relief for mortgage interest costs; being a landlord is getting expense

Is your tenant a Bubble Gazer or a Homing Pigeon?

28 November, 2016

It is always hard to predict the right type of tenant for a landlord, but Strutt & Parker has had a go

Proposed benefit and pension rates 2017 to 2018

28 November, 2016

A list of the proposed benefit rates and pension rates for 2017 to 2018

HB A11/2016

28 November, 2016

Payment Deduction Project interface: local authority user guidance

The long road to shifting attitudes on welfare

28 November, 2016

There is little doubt that when it comes to the question of welfare the public aren't exactly flag waving supporters

Rent Smart Wales: Fears landlords letting properties illegally

28 November, 2016

More than 13,000 private landlords in Wales may be letting properties illegally after the Welsh Government's Rent Smart Wales scheme became law

HCA launches social housing regulation fees consultation

28 November, 2016

HCA has published a statutory consultation on introducing a fee-charging scheme for the regulation of private registered providers of social housing

Landlords join forces to create efficiency metrics

28 November, 2016

A group of housing associations have joined forces in an attempt to create an authoritative set of metrics to measure efficiency

Flagship council housebuilding scheme quietly axed

28 November, 2016

A flagship £100m scheme, designed to give smaller local authorities the opportunity to borrow collectively to build housing, has been wound down

The Autumn Statement was a let-down for 'just about managing' families. How do we talk about poverty in a way that makes politicians listen?

28 November, 2016

The Autumn Statement contained some measures aimed at helping the so-called 'just about managing' in society

A statement of intent on the LHA

28 November, 2016

Paul Langley blogs on the far-reaching implications of the UK government's latest announcement on the LHA and social housing

The rise in buy-to-let through limited companies

28 November, 2016

There has been an increase in the number of residential property investors who manage their portfolio as a limited company

Rental licence operators threaten 'sensible, proportionate' enforcement

28 November, 2016

The controversial Welsh private lettings sector scheme called Rent Smart Wales had around 65 per cent of agents and landlords register by last week's deadline

Tenancy Deposit Scheme - Tenants win recent court case

28 November, 2016

We are often asked by clients whether it is worth their while to take action when their landlord isn't doing what they should be

I'm an estate agent. Philip Hammond ought to cap letting fees, not ban them

25 November, 2016

Most of us offer a good service, and a ban will only mean higher rents. The government should instead regulate the sector properly

Sanctuary Housing rolls out first-of-its-kind social housing platform using SAP

25 November, 2016

The large social housing authority is transforming the way it communicates with tenants

Mum-of-four faces losing home after 75% housing benefit cut

25 November, 2016

Keiley Messham, from Rhewl, has had her support cut from £124 a week to just £34 since benefit cap brought in

Remortgage now to shield profit ahead of the new buy-to-let rules

25 November, 2016

Remortgaging onto a lower rate could save a landlord from having their profits obliterated by tax changes effective from next year

2% rise in Insurance Premium Tax from July 2017

25 November, 2016

Insurance Premium Tax is set to rise again by 2% to a new high of 12%

Scotland could trial giving each citizen a universal basic income

25 November, 2016

Development of radical scheme, which would see welfare benefits including child and tax credits replaced with universal flat-rate payment, due to be tested in Fife

Right to Buy extension delayed until at least 2018

25 November, 2016

The national roll-out of Right to Buy for housing association tenants will not take place until after April 2018 at the earliest

Rent cut hiatus blamed for affordable housing drop

25 November, 2016

A hiatus in housing association building following the 1% rent cut announcement has been blamed for the lowest growth in affordable housing witnessed in a generation

Local Housing Allowance cap U-turn 'creates new bedroom tax'

25 November, 2016

Housing association leaders have compared a shift in the government's Local Housing Allowance cap policy to the controversial bedroom tax because it will hit tenants in their current circumstances

Affordable rented homes could be prioritised over social rented

25 November, 2016

Housing associations could be expected to prioritise affordable rented homes over social rented in an effort to drive up housing numbers

Meeting of Fair Fees Working Group to go ahead today despite ban

25 November, 2016

A meeting of the newly-formed Fair Fees Working Group is to go ahead today

Town identified as buy-to-let hotspot for rental yields and growth

25 November, 2016

Luton has been named as the top spot for rental yield and price growth

Call for Welsh letting agency fee ban after England move

24 November, 2016

Letting agency fees for tenants should be abolished in Wales as soon as possible

Widened scope of LHA cap 'to affect over 240,000 more tenancies in Scotland'

24 November, 2016

The SFHA has highlighted that 241,000 more tenants in Scotland will be affected by the announcement that all social housing tenants on Universal Credit will be brought under the new LHA cap

'I worry about money all the time': the Jam reality in Birmingham

24 November, 2016

The households Theresa May promised to help in her first speech on the steps of Downing Street are waiting nervously

Autumn Statement 2016: Iain Duncan Smith tells Philip Hammond to do more to reverse welfare cuts

24 November, 2016

The former Work and Pensions Secretary welcomes moves to cushion cuts to universal credit - but says they must be a 'downpayment' only

Rent rise from agents fees not necessarily true

24 November, 2016

The Chancellor's announcement of a ban on letting agents charging fees to tenants marks a significant shift in the industry - but should not come as a surprise

Right to Buy delay fears after second pilot announcement

24 November, 2016

The National Housing Federation is seeking clarity "as soon as possible" on the national roll-out of the Right to Buy extension

Housing gets £4bn boost to increase number of new homes

24 November, 2016

Government aims to build 40,000 additional affordable homes by 2021 - but OBR says it expects 13,000 fewer homes to be built over next five years

Scotland's experience of abolishing letting agent fees

24 November, 2016

The Chancellor's Autumn Statement yesterday has brought some good news for tenants across England

Buy-to-let and second home stamp duty hike to rake in £3.1bn tax windfall - as landlords continue to snap up homes

24 November, 2016

Since April the tax has been applied to anyone buying a second property

Banning letting agent fees is good news for renters but here's what's needed to unlock private renting for homeless people

24 November, 2016

Chancellor Phillip Hammond's announcement that letting agent fees are to be banned in England is great news for renters

Letting agent fees ban is great news, but will it push up rents?

24 November, 2016

The forthcoming ban on letting fees is great news for England's private renters

Government's £500,000 legal bill over Bedroom Tax

24 November, 2016

Figures show massive bill for legal proceedings over 'bedroom tax'

Failure to drop SDLT 'disappointing news' for landlords

23 November, 2016

The failure to drop the 3% SDLT surcharge on additional properties will come as disappointing news to the purpose-built rented sector

Letting fees crackdown in Autumn Statement: what will it mean for renters and landlords?

23 November, 2016

Four million households in England and Wales are hoping to benefit from the abolition of letting fees, which currently add as much as £500 to the costs of renting a home

Further 216 social housing units will be located in East Londonderry

23 November, 2016

A question recently tabled by MLA Maurice Bradley asked the minister of communities to outline where the further 216 social housing units will be located in East Londonderry

Four ways the Autumn Statement could help those who are just about managing

23 November, 2016

How can the Chancellor improve the prospects of people who are struggling to make ends meet while boosting the economy?

Rates for private rented homes in need of reform

23 November, 2016

Students living at university should be treated the same as students renting privately, since everyone benefits from local services

Rent Smart Wales delays admitted by minister Carl Sargeant

23 November, 2016

A Welsh Government minister has admitted that a system registering all residential landlords across Wales for the first time has faced delays

Will rents go up if unfair letting fees are banned?

23 November, 2016

Tenants will welcome the end of eye-watering charges - but that could simply mean they pay more each month instead

Chancellor to crack down on letting fees in autumn statement

23 November, 2016

Philip Hammond will also announce £1.4bn investment in affordable housing in bid to help 'just about managing' families

Autumn Statement: Philip Hammond to invest £1 billion in welfare to ease impact of George Osborne's cuts

23 November, 2016

More than £1 billion will be diverted into the welfare system in a move designed to ease the impact of cuts introduced by George Osborne

Philip Hammond rejects calls to reverse £3bn annual cut to work allowance

23 November, 2016

While the chancellor will soften the impact of in-work benefits cuts by reducing taper rates, Osborne's other key pledge will remain in place

Call to reform private rented housing sector in Scotland

23 November, 2016

Private landlords in Scotland have made billions of pounds from housing benefit claimants in five years according to official figures

Millions affected by universal credit cuts to be partly compensated by chancellor

22 November, 2016

Philip Hammond will attempt in the autumn statement to fulfil PM's pledge to support families who are 'just about managing'

Government delays plans to cap housing benefit by a year

22 November, 2016

The Government has delayed its plans to cap housing benefit by a year, as it unveiled plans for a radical overhaul of the system

Government backtracks on a new 'bedroom tax' set to hit thousands of poorer pensioners

22 November, 2016

The proposal to penalise older people in social housing who 'underoccupy' their homes - revealed by The Independent - will be delayed by one year

Councils react to Pay to Stay decision

22 November, 2016

Local authorities up and down the country have been celebrating the government decision to make Pay to Stay voluntary for them

Government scraps compulsory Pay to Stay

22 November, 2016

The government has scrapped its plans to force councils to charge higher-income tenants rents of up to market rates

LHA cap will hit existing Universal Credit tenants

22 November, 2016

The government has announced the Local Housing Allowance cap will apply to all tenants who receive Universal Credit, in a significant change that could affect thousands of tenants

Universal Credit pilot council calls for suspension

22 November, 2016

One of the councils piloting the roll-out of Universal Credit has written to the Department for Work and Pensions calling for the immediate suspension of the housing benefit part of the new system

Landlords and tenants are a working partnership

22 November, 2016

Old style conflicts between tenants in rented properties and their private sector landlords are largely the stuff of fading legend these days

A survey of the UK benefit system

22 November, 2016

This briefing note provides a survey of the benefit system in Great Britain

In 2015-16, over £200 billion was spent on the welfare system in Great Britain, making it the largest single area of government spending

The end of letting agent fees? Renters' Rights Bill passes Lords committee stage

22 November, 2016

Peers have come a step closer to getting lettings agent fees in England banned

Hammond unlikely to undo Osborne's tax assault on private landlords

22 November, 2016

Chancellor Philip Hammond looks extremely unlikely to reverse his predecessor's 'Section 24' tax assault on private landlords in tomorrow's Autumn Statement

Funding for Supported Housing

21 November, 2016

One of the Government's key commitments is to protect the most vulnerable

Housing Benefit and Universal Credit: Written statement - HCWS273

21 November, 2016

One of the Government's key commitments is to protect the most vulnerable

No wonder people are being forced to live in caravans - housing benefit bears no relation to reality anymore

21 November, 2016

Housing benefit has been subject to repeated cuts since 2011 and is only set to get worse with Local Housing Allowance rates frozen until 2020

Concentrix was wrong to stop tax credits in 90 per cent of appealed cases

21 November, 2016

Appeals have been overwhelmingly successful

We must reform Universal Credit to prevent it from penalising low-earners

21 November, 2016

When the government announced plans to cut £4bn of in-work social security in its summer budget last year, it was widely condemned by commentators and organisations for hitting some of the poorest working families hardest

Buy-to-let lending falls as tougher rules bite

21 November, 2016

Nationwide says new affordability tests introduced ahead of tax changes have made life more difficult for landlords

Second London borough launches Right to Part Buy

21 November, 2016

Conservative-controlled Wandsworth Council is set to give its secure tenants the opportunity to buy a share in the equity of their home

Gateshead furniture charity warning over benefit cap

21 November, 2016

A cap on benefit payments to people in social housing could leave some tenants unable to furnish their homes

Austerity effect hits women 'twice as hard as it does men'

21 November, 2016

Tax and benefit changes since 2010 have increased equality gap

New-build ground rent scandal could spark legal battles

21 November, 2016

With thousands of homebuyers caught out by rapidly rising rents, the solicitors they used may face claims of professional negligence

Luton homeless rent hike led council to move tenants

21 November, 2016

Tenants were moved out of homeless accommodation after a council claimed a property developer put charges up by thousands of pounds

'Just about managing' families to be £2,500 a year worse off by 2020

21 November, 2016

Cost of austerity shown in research as PM prepares to announce cutting corporation tax to lowest of top 20 economies

Look at allAgents before making rental decisions

21 November, 2016

A Labour councillor has advised prospective tenants to check out allAgents before deciding whether to go with a particular agency

Landlords' Barometer - #43: One in four landlords considering quitting the sector

21 November, 2016

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #43" an insight into what is on landlords' minds from the Property Tribes community!

Landlords held to be not responsible for paying council tax if a tenant moves out early

21 November, 2016

Landlords have welcomed an Appeal Court judgement that they are not responsible for paying the council tax on a property after a tenant has moved out before a tenancy agreement has expired

LIN member Report December 2016 - Pay to Stay - A Review

20 November, 2016

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

Consultation on a Review of the Scottish Social Housing Charter: An Analysis of Responses

18 November, 2016

Ministers are required to set standards and outcomes that social landlords should achieve for tenants and other customers through their housing activities

The changing landscape for social housing

18 November, 2016

The social housing landscape has, and continues to be, shaped dramatically by a number of shifting elements, including central government policy

Councils spent £3.5bn on temporary housing in last five years

18 November, 2016

Councils in Britain have spent more than £3.5bn on temporary accommodation for homeless families in the last five years

Tory MPs call for welfare cuts rethink after pause motion passed

18 November, 2016

No MPs voted against motion to stop cuts to employment support allowance, with 127 in favour, but it is only symbolic

Number of care workers on zero-hours contracts jumps to one in seven

18 November, 2016

The latest in a series on the increasingly precarious world of work finds accusations of 'endemic' abuse of minimum wage laws

Scottish tenants and associations say charter has improved landlord services

18 November, 2016

A majority of tenants and housing associations to respond to a consultation believe the quality of social landlord services has improved since the Scottish Government introduced a social housing charter

Talking about poverty: how experts and the public understand UK poverty

18 November, 2016

The idea of poverty and the meaning of the term in the UK is contested, and those working to tackle poverty are finding it difficult to shift negative public attitudes and cultivate broad public support for policies to solve it

Affordable Housing Supply: April 2015 to March 2016 England

18 November, 2016

An additional 32,110 affordable homes were delivered in England in 2015-16

The impact of new policies on the social housing market: an interview with Susan Coulson

17 November, 2016

Big changes are ahead in social housing following the introduction of the 2016 Housing and Planning Act

Landlords' performance against the Scottish Social Housing Charter 2013-2016

17 November, 2016

This paper brings together publicly available evidence from our range of publications about how landlords have performed against the Scottish Social Housing Charter

£30 week cut to ESA intolerable says Disability Rights UK

17 November, 2016

A £30 a week cut in income is intolerable, especially when disabled people often live in deep poverty

Unemployment drops to fresh 11-year low but rise in benefit claims signals jobs slowdown ahead

17 November, 2016

Britain's jobless rate fell to a fresh 11-year low in the quarter to September

Scottish Social Housing Charter Performance 2015/16

17 November, 2016

This report covers; comparing GWSF members against other RSLs, stock-retaining councils and Glasgow Housing Association, (LAs), and the sector as a whole

Fuel poverty: How can UK tackle cold homes and high bills?

17 November, 2016

One in ten families in the UK face heating bills they cannot afford this winter

Regulator to reveal individual landlords' cost data

17 November, 2016

The English social housing regulator will publish data showing named individual housing associations' costs this year

Richmond faces huge homeless bill: London's richest borough to spend £3.5m with more than 100 families in need of emergency housing

17 November, 2016

The maximum allowed in benefits falls short of the cost of renting in London's richest borough

Free up councils to build homes

17 November, 2016

The government must free up local authorities to take more decisions on how and where housing can be delivered

Housing Ladder arcade game has players dodging buy-to-let investors

17 November, 2016

Game by cartoonist Tim Hunkin features villains such as second-home owners as players try to buy a house before they're 80

'Rent costs mean we keep having to move home'

17 November, 2016

"We've basically never had a family home. We've never been anywhere where we could actually put our stamp on."

Mortgage costs at record low

16 November, 2016

Mortgages are now more affordable than they have ever been

As Theresa May's housing crisis deepens, one council is evicting 2,000 people from a single estate

16 November, 2016

On Tuesday 15 November, the Conservative government revealed that the UK housing crisis is deepening

How students are striking for affordable university rent - and winning

16 November, 2016

What exactly does it take to run a successful rent protest? Student activists explain it's all about strength in numbers

Devolution of Scottish welfare 'being used as political football'

16 November, 2016

Social security minister Jeane Freeman accuses opponents of 'careless disregard for the impact their words'

Benefits transfer delay claims 'utter nonsense'

16 November, 2016

Nicola Sturgeon has dismissed as "absolute utter nonsense" suggestions the Scottish Government is delaying taking responsibility for new welfare powers

Bank of England to get powers to regulate buy-to-let mortgages

16 November, 2016

The Bank of England will receive the power early next year to regulate mortgages used by small landlords to purchase rental property

One in four landlords selling up due to MIR changes

16 November, 2016

A week ahead of the Autumn Statement the RLA can reveal that a quarter of all buy-to-let landlords are selling homes as a result of Government tax changes

How our benefit and housing policies forced a 60-year-old woman onto the streets

16 November, 2016

What happens when the welfare state shuts its doors

Buy to let lending in UK still well below levels a year ago

16 November, 2016

Lending to buy to let landlords in the UK is recovering from a dip but the value and number of mortgages in this sector is still significantly lower than a year ago

SNP Social Security Minister denies ducking welfare powers

16 November, 2016

The SNP's Social Security Minister denied her government was trying to duck new powers over welfare after it emerged there will be a three-year delay in her taking responsibility for making payments

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 13 Oct 2016

16 November, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 13 October 2016

From welfare state to welfare system

16 November, 2016

A welfare state is not enough. We need a system that involves many players - health professionals, employers and voluntary organisations

Benefit sanctions statistics: background information and methodology

16 November, 2016

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

Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to June 2016

16 November, 2016

Data on Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions decisions made to June 2016

Long benefit payment delays affect 92,000 claimants in one year, forcing many to use food banks

15 November, 2016

People are turning to emergency food parcels because the Government is still failing to process new claims quickly enough

Under-Occupancy Charge Urgent Question

15 November, 2016

Recorded coverage of the urgent question in the House of Commons on the recent Supreme Court decision on the Under-Occupancy Charge applied to housing benefit

Brum landlord to pay £7k and do 150 hours community service

15 November, 2016

A Birmingham landlord has been ordered to pay more than £7,000 and given 150 hours of community service at Birmingham Magistrates Court

Renting in the UK: number of tenants with a spare room falls to lowest level on record

15 November, 2016

The number of tenants with a spare bedroom has halved over the past six years

Spike in food bank usage blamed on delays in benefit claims

15 November, 2016

MP Frank Field calls for five-day target to process applications, saying too many being left for too long without support

Fraudster dodges jail after renting out Notting Hill housing association home while claiming benefit tax

15 November, 2016

Soran Karimi was given a suspended prison sentence when he appeared at Isleworth Crown Court

The RightMove House Price Index

15 November, 2016

No respite for first-time buyers - can the Chancellor help?

No excuses for missing licensing deadline, Rent Smart Wales warns

15 November, 2016

The deadline for licensing and registration for landlords and agents in Wales will not be extended and enforcement will be taken against those who don't comply

Landlords incorporating to get round buy-to-let tax hikes

15 November, 2016

Increasing numbers of landlords are looking to get around the mortgage interest relief changes by incorporating, and its tenants who will bear the brunt of extra stamp duty

Landlord fined for intimidating tenants at unlicensed HMO

14 November, 2016

Magistrates hear that HMO was also unsafe

Britons with no passport struggling to rent due to immigration checks

14 November, 2016

Survey shows 43% of private landlords say right to rent scheme has made them less likely to let to those without a UK passport

Most renters feel they're unlikely to buy home in next five

14 November, 2016

Labour-backed study also finds two-thirds of general population think government should do more to help first-time buyers

The Right to Buy public housing in Britain: a welfare analysis

14 November, 2016

We investigate the impact on social welfare of the UK policy introduced in 1980 by which public housing tenants had the right to purchase their houses

One in four buy-to-let investors sell up due to new tax

14 November, 2016

Tenants will bear the brunt of the upcoming tax changes, campaigners say

Tory MP Attacks Theresa May On Bedroom Tax And Disability Cuts

14 November, 2016

Ken Loach urges Chancellor to drop cuts

Criticism of Cardiff council's plan to end tenants' right to buy

14 November, 2016

The Labour-run cabinet today approved a move to approach the Welsh Government

HomeLet Rental Index - October 2016

14 November, 2016

2016 to date has seen a slower rate of rental growth

Landlord possession claims down by 21%

14 November, 2016

The number of claims made by private sector landlords to re-possess a property have fallen by 21% over the past two years

Employees £3,500 a year worse off under Tories

14 November, 2016

Party says slow wage growth means chancellor should not go ahead with 'damaging cuts' to universal credit

NHF criticises fees proposal

14 November, 2016

The National Housing Federation has criticised the English social housing regulator's proposal to charge fees

Hundreds of new homes in Sefton in massive boost for social housing

14 November, 2016

One Vision plan more than 700 homes to rent and buy all over the borough

Housing Benefit subsidy mid-year estimates: Apr 2016 to Mar 2017

11 November, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit mid-year estimates expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2016 to 2017

Consultation on amendments to the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 (GSIUR)

11 November, 2016

HSE is consulting on changes to the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 (GSIUR)

The fight goes on to free more families from the bedroom tax nightmare

11 November, 2016

Forcing people to pay for 'extra' rooms is deliberately cruel and punishes people who, through no fault of their own, have nowhere else to go

Pay to Stay meetings cancelled as policies face delays

11 November, 2016

Meetings of the government's Pay to Stay working group have been cancelled as several key measures in the Housing and Planning Act look set to be delayed

Liverpool plans referendum on 10% council tax rise

11 November, 2016

Mayor says 'desperate' council needs £90m over next three years amid government cuts

London boroughs prepare for impacts of lowered benefit cap

11 November, 2016

The cap is not being lowered as much in London as in the rest of the country, but even so the numbers left worse off will more than double

Supreme Court's rulings mean bedroom tax 'will still unfairly hit thousands'

11 November, 2016

The government's "bedroom tax" discriminates unlawfully against some disabled people who need an extra bedroom because of their impairment, but not against others

Renting in London:rent rises show signs of cooling off - but the capital remains the UK's most expensive city

11 November, 2016

Room rent price hikes stall as Londoners "simply can't afford to keep paying more"

Is Rent Smart Wales heading for last minute chaos?

11 November, 2016

The Rent Smart Wales scheme could be heading for chaos as figures suggest that significant numbers of letting agents and landlords are yet to sign up

Rental supply in rebound this autumn

11 November, 2016

The rental market rebounded in October with an 11.4% increase in new properties for rent

Mortgage arrears rate still at 20-year low in third quarter

11 November, 2016

The overall arrears rate in the third quarter was the same as in the second quarter

Dozens of Welsh councillors failed to pay their council tax in time last year

10 November, 2016

The figures were revealed following freedom of information requests by Private Eye magazine

Moray tenants' downsizing incentive scheme to be revised

10 November, 2016

Changes are to be made to a scheme introduced by Moray Council four years ago to encourage tenants to downsize from under-occupied council houses

Property Partner claims rental market rebounded in October with 11% rise in new listings

10 November, 2016

The rental market has climbed out of a post-Brexit lull with more buy-to-let properties being advertised in October compared to the previous month

Bristol family denied priority housing because TV showed mum carrying son up stairs - and making it

10 November, 2016

Council housing chiefs saw a video of a mum struggling to carry her four-year-old with muscular dystrophy up two flights of stairs

Why we need a broader approach to house building than ever before

10 November, 2016

The Prime Minister Theresa May wants to use the power of Government to repair the 'dysfunctional housing market'

Families win supreme court appeals over 'unfair' bedroom tax

10 November, 2016

Panel upholds claim of Jacqueline Carmichael, who is disabled, and carers Paul and Susan Rutherford against housing law

Social Housing Lettings : April 2015 to March 2016, England

10 November, 2016

Social housing lettings by private registered providers decreased by 3% to 261,000 in 2015/16

How social landlords consult tenants about rent increases

10 November, 2016

This report is the outcome of our assessment of how social landlords consult tenants about proposed rent increases

Mhairi Black slams "shameful" rise in foodbank use

10 November, 2016

500,000 three-day emergency food supplies were given out in the first half of this year - over 188,500 were for children

The new benefit cap will not only make people poorer - it will harm their health

10 November, 2016

For many families living on very low incomes who rely on state support to help pay their rent, it's just got even harder to make ends meet

More than £1.3 million lost in rent because of empty council homes in Aberdeen

09 November, 2016

Aberdeen City Council lost out on more than £1.3 million in rent in the last financial year due to properties being empty

Maximum 5 Year Jail Sentence for Landlords Failing Immigration Checks

09 November, 2016

At the Conservative Party conference last month the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, made a speech about immigration

Two cases won against housing benefit cut

09 November, 2016

A woman who suffers from spina bifida and a couple who look after their severely disabled grandson have won their Supreme Court appeals against the so-called "bedroom tax"

Theresa May has kept George Osborne's most callous and stupid welfare cut in place

09 November, 2016

The benefit cap doesn't address the underlying reason why a small minority of families receive outsize benefit payments, which is that rents have soared due to a chronic shortage of new housing supply

Benefits rethink urged as 24% of NI children 'living in poverty'

09 November, 2016

Almost one in four children lives in poverty in Northern Ireland

Average 2 bedroom private rents up by 1%

09 November, 2016

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

Biggest buy to let lender tightens landlord lending rules

09 November, 2016

The way landlords qualify for buy to let mortgages is changing fast thanks to new affordability rules put in place by the Bank of England

Win for 'bedroom tax' fight at Supreme Court

09 November, 2016

Court finds for two families - but other challenges to the policy are dismissed despite 'profound sympathy' from senior judges

Allow councils to borrow to build new homes

09 November, 2016

Allowing local authorities to borrow to build homes could help tackle the housing crisis and mitigate any emerging economic uncertainty

Benefit cap 'not designed as cost-saving measure'

08 November, 2016

The lowered overall household benefits cap was never "designed as a cost-saving" measure

Trussell Trust to deliver more emergency food parcels than ever before

08 November, 2016

UK's biggest food bank highlighted delays with social security payments and benefit sanctions as factors behind record use

Millions of pounds unclaimed in tenancy deposits

08 November, 2016

Millions of pounds worth of deposits remain unclaimed by tenants who have left rented properties in Scotland

Landlord registration facing major challenges

08 November, 2016

Figures that emerged during one of the first legal cases brought under the Housing (Wales) Act raise serious questions about the new system of landlord registration

Benefits squeeze

08 November, 2016

The lower benefit cap has kicked in, a day that many households may have been anxiously awaiting, faced with the prospect of losing up to £100 a week.

Former DWP minister Stephen Crabb admits disability benefit test is 'traumatic'

08 November, 2016

Ex-Work and Pensions Secretary urges the Government to 'fix' the assessment process for Personal Independence Payments

The extended benefit cap is a cynical ploy by the UK government

08 November, 2016

It will simply foster division and prejudice, without tackling the roots of the problems

Bexley consults on 'rent it right' landlord licensing scheme for smaller HMOs

08 November, 2016

A public consultation is underway in the London Borough of Bexley to gain feedback on the council's proposals to introduce a new licensing scheme for the private rented sector

Buy-to-let regulation and taxation has gone too far

08 November, 2016

Laura Lamb, director of The Mortgage Company, wants to see the removal of the 3% stamp duty penalty on second homes

UK austerity policies 'amount to violations of disabled people's rights'

08 November, 2016

UN says measures aimed at reducing public spending since 2010 have affected disabled people disproportionately

Damian Green says government's benefits cap is a 'real success'

07 November, 2016

Work and pensions secretary hails cap, set to be lowered at a cost for 88,000 families of an average of more than £2,000 a year

Cabinet Office laments "disappointing" drop in social housing fraud detection

07 November, 2016

Latest National Fraud Initiative report shows 37% fall in properties recovered

We can't provide social housing, say Bristol chocolate factory developers, we're already giving £1m

07 November, 2016

The firm developing one of Bristol's iconic former chocolate factories says they can't afford to include social housing for local people in their plans

Brutal reality of lower benefit cap hits home for struggling UK families

07 November, 2016

Tens of thousands more UK households will see their benefits capped on Monday despite little proof it grows employment

Average UK rental growth slows in October

07 November, 2016

The average growth in rental prices for the UK has slowed as it carries the 'dead weight' of shrinking rents in London prime areas

Building Social rent Homes

07 November, 2016

The economic case for building 100,000 new social rent homes a year in the light of Brexit

A tighter benefit cap

07 November, 2016

A lower cap on the total amount of benefits that households can receive comes into force on 7th November

Lower benefit cap comes into effect

07 November, 2016

Changes to the benefit cap come into effect on 7 November 2016, reducing the total amount of benefits a household can receive

New benefit cap starts amid fears for single parents

07 November, 2016

A single mother has told the BBC she fears losing her home, on the day the new benefits cap is introduced

Thanks George! But will buy-to-let market really be so badly hit?

07 November, 2016

Rents are to shoot up in the next five years, easily outstripping inflation, two major agency groups have forecast - but a poll of landlords has drawn very different conclusions

Right to Buy extension delayed by Brexit vote

04 November, 2016

The Right to Buy extension to housing association tenants is set to be delayed due to the EU referendum result

Pay-to-stay uncertainty leaves tenants too little time

04 November, 2016

Mayor of Hackney says families could have just a few weeks' notice to meet higher rents if government is not clear about rules

Airbnb could face tighter rules amid concerns over London housing crisis

04 November, 2016

There are concerns it's driving up rent for locals

Notting Hill promises to look again at St James Estate tenants' accounts after threats of eviction

04 November, 2016

Resident says the way Notting Hill answered their questions was "like a comedy show"

Lower benefit cap will hit 11,000 children

04 November, 2016

The homes of about 11,000 children in Wales will lose hundreds of pounds a month under a new lower cap on benefit payments

Social landlords fund research into Universal Credit

04 November, 2016

A London council has commissioned independent research into the effects of Universal Credit on social housing tenants

New benefits cap will force single parents to 'choose between a roof over their child's head and food'

04 November, 2016

It is more difficult for single parents to find work because of childcare duties

DWP head denies sanctions and suicide link

04 November, 2016

Welfare minister defends sanctions regime, despite evidence it is hurting the vulnerable

Landlords will make 'benefit cap' tenants even poorer

04 November, 2016

Despite his ongoing protestations about the bedroom tax, even Rob Gershon can see that the impending reduction in the overall benefit cap is a more damaging policy for tenants

HB Direct November 2016: Issue 172

04 November, 2016

The HB Direct newsletter provides latest information on policy changes, good practice and initiatives that affect Housing Benefit

The benefit cap: time for a rethink

04 November, 2016

The reduction to the benefit cap starts on Monday, putting more families at risk of losing their home

NHF backs new English social housing regulator

03 November, 2016

Housing associations are backing the principle of moving regulation into a separate agency

How the progressive aims of housing associations are being subverted

03 November, 2016

Some housing associations have become more like private landlords

Benefit cap makes large parts of UK unaffordable

03 November, 2016

Benefit cap undermines the government's housebuilding plans

Government to unveil fuel poverty action plan

03 November, 2016

Scottish Housing Minister Kevin Stewart is set to outline his plans to tackle fuel poverty

Number of empty Aberdeen council homes halved

03 November, 2016

The number of empty council properties in Aberdeen has been halved in the past year

New benefits cap may force 300,000 families to move

03 November, 2016

Fall-out from the new benefit cap is expected to trigger a surge in families seeking cheaper homes to rent

Benefit cap: number of households capped to August 2016

03 November, 2016

Number of households capped from 15 April 2013 to August 2016

Record homeless toll results in £23m bill for temporary housing

03 November, 2016

More than £23m has been spent on emergency housing in the last five years as the number of homeless people hit a record high

Rallying round to help victims of benefit cuts

03 November, 2016

The impact of the new, lower benefit cap on Birkenhead's vulnerable human underbelly is powerfully described by Aditya Chakrabortty

Benefits system fails people with mental health problems

03 November, 2016

New social security system must work for people with mental health problems

Theresa May to slash major benefit for 157,000 families next week

02 November, 2016

"HORRENDOUS" housing benefit cuts will plunge more than 157,000 of Britain's poorest homes into crippling poverty

Tory MPs launch fresh revolt against looming disability benefits cuts

02 November, 2016

A group of Conservative MPs is threatening to challenge Budget legislation over a £30-a-week cut to employment and support allowance - coming in next April

How council cuts are devastating the poorest communities

02 November, 2016

The poorest Scots who are most dependent on the voluntary sector are being disproportionately hit by council cuts

Here we go again with a new independent social housing regulator

02 November, 2016

For the past five years the social housing regulator has been embraced by the Homes and Communities Agency, but a forthcoming review is likely to change that

What is the new benefit cap and will it affect me? The government's cuts explained

02 November, 2016

Soon thousands of families will start losing up to £115 a week. So what is it, how did we get here, and will it affect you?

NHF urges councils to share data ahead of lower benefit cap

02 November, 2016

Some councils are not sharing information about tenants with housing associations ahead of the introduction of a lower benefit cap

S&P warns of 'more volatile' housing association sector

02 November, 2016

Housing associations that increasingly rely on market sales and shared ownership to bring in income are exposing themselves to a "riskier and more volatile sector"

Home Office announces date when breaching Right to Rent rules can give agents criminal records

02 November, 2016

Agents are warned that new criminal offences are being created on December 1 - less than a month away - under the Immigration Act 2016

Benefit Cap rollout

01 November, 2016

The new Benefit Cap will be introduced from 17 November through to the end of January 2017

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain: Sept 2016

01 November, 2016

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

Direct payment to landlords could be six years away

01 November, 2016

The direct payment of the housing element of Universal Credit to social landlords may not happen until 2022

Housing Revenue Account Statistics: Scottish Local Authority Housing Income and Expenditure 1997-98 to 2016-17

01 November, 2016

This bulletin presents statistics on Local Authority housing income and expenditure in Scotland from their Housing Revenue Accounts

Citizens Advice calls for fund to help landlords make energy efficiency improvements

01 November, 2016

It costs private renters living in poor quality homes £1,000 more than the national average on their energy bills to heat their homes to a comfortable standard

Nearly half of social housing tenants 'can't afford to eat'

01 November, 2016

Survey shows four in 10 tenants on benefits go hungry and half turn off winter heating because they're strapped for cash

Tory and SNP MPs demand benefit cut debate

01 November, 2016

Some Conservative MPs are to join the SNP in demanding a debate on postponing disability benefit cuts

Foxtons fined after ten-month breach over display of letting agent fees

01 November, 2016

Foxtons has been fined after breaching requirements to show letting agents' fees

Understanding the Role of Private Renting

01 November, 2016

After decades of decline, private renting has started to expand again in some European countries, often as owner-occupation falls

Housing benefit overpayments are costing Plymouth taxpayers £1 million a year

01 November, 2016

Housing benefit overpayments are expected to cost Plymouth taxpayers an estimated £1million this year

Benefit cap: actions taken by local authorities and DWP staff

01 November, 2016

Local authorities and DWP staff share actions they have taken to support claimants that are affected by the benefit cap changes

The likely impact of the lower over all benefit cap

01 November, 2016

The overall benefit cap was introduced between April and September 2013

This report summarises CIH's analysis of the likely impact of the new lower cap

Buying a home cheaper than renting in almost two-thirds of Britain's cities - if you can raise the deposit

31 October, 2016

Property website Zoopla found that was now the case in 60% of UK cities

These charts show just how tough it is being a member of Generation Rent

31 October, 2016

Generation Rent is ever-growing: the number of households under the age of 35 in the private rented sector rose by more than one million over the past decade

Buy-to-let and second homes made up a QUARTER of all property sales this summer

31 October, 2016

HMRC data shows 56,100 sales in July to September were second homes

Universal Credit: and welfare cuts effect on incomes

31 October, 2016

Universal Credit is a single payment made to welfare claimants that rolls together six existing benefits whilst encouraging people into work by making work pay

Tenant evictions fuelled by rising house prices

31 October, 2016

Since 2010, tenant evictions have tripled - and tenants are not to blame

Housing Benefit subsidy initial estimates: Apr 2016 to Mar 2017

31 October, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit initial estimates expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2016 to 2017

Time for reform: how our neighbours guarantee stability for renters

31 October, 2016

This new legal research examines the protections for renters across Europe

Over the last decade, private renting in England has changed beyond recognition

Powys council homes: Bid to halt right to buy

31 October, 2016

People living in council and housing association homes in Powys could be stopped from buying them in future

Chancellor challenged to make renting more affordable

31 October, 2016

Government urged to scrap stamp duty surcharge for buy-to-let properties to make renting more affordable as private rental prices rise by 2.3%

London councils failing to tackle rogue landlords

31 October, 2016

A London Assembly member is calling for mandatory landlord licensing across the capital after a Freedom of Information request revealed a lack of prosecutions of rogue landlords by councils

Anger of IDS over £3.4bn welfare cuts: Former minister to call for cuts imposed by George Osborne to be reversed

28 October, 2016

Iain Duncan Smith resigned from Cabinet shortly before EU referendum

A man falsely claimed £40,000 in benefits after failing to declare he owned a house

28 October, 2016

Christopher Prole, who owned a house worth £65,000, falsely claimed Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction and Employment and Support Allowance

It's councils who push tenants into emergency housing

28 October, 2016

As winter sets in, thoughts will turn to the plight of those who find themselves without a place to call home

59-year-old declared fit for work - while he has brain surgery

28 October, 2016

A former chef had his sickness benefits stopped - while he was in hospital recovering from emergency brain surgery

New regulator likely following HCA review

28 October, 2016

A new English social housing regulator is likely to be created following a government review of the Homes and Communities Agency

English associations' sales income breaks £2bn

28 October, 2016

English housing associations generated more than £2bn through properties developed for sale last year, with the vast majority of the activity in London

Iain Duncan Smith urges PM to reverse Universal Credit cuts

28 October, 2016

Former Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith is urging Theresa May to reverse cuts to Universal Credit

Average price of a Scottish home increases 0.6 per cent

28 October, 2016

The average price of a residential property in Scotland has shown an increase of 0.6 per cent during the second quarter of the financial year

The clock is ticking for private landlords

27 October, 2016

How will the introduction of Rent Smart Wales impact housing providers?

Welfare reform could price tenants out of social housing

27 October, 2016

House prices are increasing in comparison to wages, meaning it's harder and harder to afford a home

A problem shared

27 October, 2016

Cuts in housing benefit for young single people under 35 have forced shared housing on to the agenda for social landlords

Behind the Headlines

27 October, 2016

Older people who privately rent their homes

The media often reports high figures for the amount of housing wealth owned by older people, with one estimate putting the figure at £1.28 trillion

Scottish renters among most at risk from dangerous gas appliances

27 October, 2016

More than a third of landlords in Scotland are unaware of their responsibility to check gas appliances, despite dangerous appliances being found in a fifth of privately-rented accommodation

Record low interest rates help fuel demand for personal loans and credit cards

27 October, 2016

Record low interest rates are helping to fuel a strong demand for personal loans and credit cards, as consumer credit grows at its fastest levels in nearly a decade

Housing association downgraded over fire safety

27 October, 2016

The social housing regulator has downgraded a Manchester housing association following failures to do with its fire risk assessments

Landlords making millions renting out freezing houses

27 October, 2016

Hundreds of thousands of tenants are living in cold, draughty houses, faced with higher than average energy bills

Landlords' Barometer - #42: What will the tax onslaught on landlords really mean for the sector?

27 October, 2016

Welcome to Landlords' Barometer #42 - bringing you a range of trending topics from PropertyTribes.com, ranked as the No. 1 landlord community in the U.K. by Alexa

The impact of benefit sanctioning on food insecurity: a dynamic cross-area study of food bank us age in the UK

27 October, 2016

Household food security, which may be compromised by short-term income shocks, is a key determinant of health

Last call in Scots devolved welfare system consultation

26 October, 2016

Ministers have issued a final call for views on how benefits should be delivered in Scotland's devolved social security system

Jobcentre areas where couples and families can claim Universal Credit

26 October, 2016

Universal Credit is already available to single people throughout Great Britain. It is also available to couples and families in some jobcentre areas

Housing Benefit: statistics on speed of processing 2016 to 2017

26 October, 2016

Speed of processing is a measure of the average time it takes to process a new claim or a change in circumstance of an existing claimant

Housing Benefit: entitlement reductions, 2016 to 2017 (experimental)

26 October, 2016

Quarterly statistics on Housing Benefit entitlement reductions identified by local authorities as a proportion of expected reductions

Housing Benefit: Speed of Processing overview

26 October, 2016

Speed of processing is the mean average processing time in calendar days, rounded to the nearest day

Falkirk Council launches bid to secure nearly 800 homes for social rent

26 October, 2016

A bid to make nearly 800 affordable homes available to rent over the next five years is being launched by Falkirk Council this month

I've been a tourist in benefits land. I know what it does to you

26 October, 2016

Like the hero of Ken Loach's film, I, Daniel Blake, I faced a box-ticking assessment designed to thwart and frustrate the people it's supposed to support

More support for low income households

26 October, 2016

£9.2 million given out during times of crisis

Hotel bills for homeless people run into billions

26 October, 2016

Councils have spent billions of pounds putting homeless people up in bed and breakfasts, hotels and private rented homes

Two vital changes to TPO new code flagged up by compliance expert

26 October, 2016

Letting agents may be unaware of two particularly important changes in The Property Ombdsman's revised code, an industry expert has warned

Most landlords want to see compulsory CMP for letting agents

26 October, 2016

An overwhelming majority of landlords believe Client Money Protection insurance should be made compulsory for letting agents

License to thrill - new changes to HMO licensing are worth getting excited about

25 October, 2016

The government is extending mandatory licensing for houses in multiple occupation so 870,000 additional private tenants have extra protection from rogue landlords, including through minimum space standards

Givan vows to do all he can to help meet social housing need in Lagan Valley

25 October, 2016

Communities Minister Paul Givan has vowed to do all he can to ensure that new social housing development opportunities are brought forward

A third of Scots are now living in fuel poverty

25 October, 2016

Hundreds of thousands of households struggle to heat their homes - despite a pledge to eradicate the problem by November

Cost of rent in London highlights squeeze on workers and families

25 October, 2016

Average rents for two-bedroom apartments in London have jumped to more than 50% of earnings across the capital

Rent warning to Enfield tenants in advance of new benefits cap

25 October, 2016

Tenants are being warned to ensure they keep up their rent payments when government benefit cap changes come into force on November 7

How Brexit Could Hit the U.K. Buy-to-Let Property Sector

25 October, 2016

There is one sector of the U.K. economy that is set to suffer the consequences of the Brexit vote that almost nobody really talks about: buy-to-let property

Rising supply of unlet properties curbing rent hikes

25 October, 2016

Proportion of landlords hiking bills tumbles to lowest level this year at 24%, providing some relief to tenants

Government to support new legislation to reduce homelessness

25 October, 2016

The Homelessness Reduction Private Members Bill is to be supported by the government, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed today

Show us evidence that you display fees or we'll report you

25 October, 2016

The Property Ombudsman Scheme has launched a new national campaign with the Chartered Trading Standards Institute to tackle letting agents that are breaking the law by not displaying their fees

New tax avoidance schemes emerging after Stamp Duty 3% surcharge

25 October, 2016

New tax avoidance schemes are emerging in the wake of the Stamp Duty 3% surcharge on the purchase of second homes that came into force on April 1

Use text messages to talk to tenants in arrears, letting agents advised

25 October, 2016

Letting agents should make much greater use of text messages to communicate with tenants in arrears

Council rents could more than double as part of housing business plan

24 October, 2016

Tenants in social housing looking to upgrade to a new home as part of the council's £40m investment could have to fork out more than double in rental costs as part of a new business plan

Employment support cuts could affect 45,000 disabled jobseekers

24 October, 2016

Association warns schemes set to replace current government programmes are dramatically smaller

An independent Scotland would protect vulnerable welfare claimants claims I

24 October, 2016

An independent Scotland would not allow welfare claimants to be persecuted and humiliated in the same way as the main characters as in the newly-released film, I Daniel Blake

Silver Renters on the rise

24 October, 2016

Four in ten people currently renting a property in the UK are now aged over 46 - with 18% aged over 55

Housing Benefit subsidy initial estimates: Apr 2015 to Mar 2016

24 October, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit initial estimates expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2015 to 2016

Housing Benefit subsidy mid-year estimates: Apr 2015 to Mar 2016

24 October, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit mid-year estimates expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2015 to 2016

Housing Benefit subsidy initial pre-audit final claims: Apr 2015 to Mar 2016

24 October, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit initial pre-audit final claims expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2015 to 2016

'Can a charity help me pay my utility bills?'

24 October, 2016

There are some charitable grants available for people who are having problems affording some utility bills

Exceptions to the limiting of the individual Child Element of Child Tax Credit and the Child Element of Universal Credit to a maximum of two children

24 October, 2016

The consultation seeks views and evidence in relation to the detailed design and implementation of the exceptions to the policy to limit the Individual Child Element of Child Tax Credit and the Child Element of Universal Credit to a maximum of two children

The crooked 'landlords' who are finding new ways to cheat desperate renters

24 October, 2016

Intense competition for sought-after properties means it's all too easy to be taken in by fraudsters

Families evicted for Peterborough homeless centre

24 October, 2016

More than 70 families are to be evicted from a housing complex to make way for homeless people

Theresa May 'raiding' childcare fund for poor families to fulfil election promise

24 October, 2016

Disadvantaged children paying the price as ministers struggle to fund election promise of extra childcare hours for the better-off

Letting agency couple deny 38 counts of fraud

24 October, 2016

Two letting agents have denied fraud

Sales of social housing increase by 8%

21 October, 2016

English social landlords sold nearly 22,000 homes in 2015/16, an increase of 8% on the previous year

HMRC to take over work of tax credits firm Concentrix

21 October, 2016

US firm that was hired to handle UK claims and prevent fraud - but was accused of 'targeting families' - loses contract renewal

Private rents climbing in Scotland as English move in to invest

21 October, 2016

Rents in Scotland are continuing to climb

Givan announces campaign to raise awareness of Personal Independence Payment

21 October, 2016

Communities Minister Paul Givan MLA has announced an advertising campaign to raise public awareness of the new Personal Independence Payment benefit

Landlord report

21 October, 2016

How your landlord told us it performed in 2015/2016

London landlords advised not to be greedy and value tenants in period of stagnation

21 October, 2016

Landlords in London are being advised not to seek rent increases and to even consider reducing rents for particularly good tenants as the sector is currently stagnating

Landlords urge UK to follow Irish example and abolish change to tax relief

21 October, 2016

A decision by Ireland to reverse its policy preventing residential landlords from claiming full mortgage interest tax relief on their rental income should send a powerful message to the UK

£800 a month rent charged for rooms in 'dangerous' subdivided flat

21 October, 2016

Enforcement officers find single flat subdivided into small units that 18 tenants were paying an average rent of £800 a month for

Fining homeless people for being homeless is cruel and unworkable

21 October, 2016

One in 10 councils are using their powers to criminalise rough sleepers - let's hope public anger can translate into pressure to end homelessness, for good

DWP to create new Universal Credit tech lead role

21 October, 2016

Recruitment underway for entirely new position to oversee technology scope of the new digital service gradually being trialled as part of government's delayed welfare reforms

Theresa May faces Tory backlash over planned cuts to in-work benefits

21 October, 2016

Backbenchers girding themselves' for campaign to make new system of universal credit fairer before chancellor's autumn statement

DWP must end harmful welfare conditionality

20 October, 2016

The Behavioural Insights Team says using the threat of sanctions may be counterproductive

Falling sterling, rising prices and the benefits freeze

20 October, 2016

This morning the Office for National Statistics announced that inflation, as measured by the CPI, was 1.0% in the year to September

More than 5,000 council homes 'at risk' in Rotherham

20 October, 2016

More than 5,000 council homes could be lost in Rotherham over the next 30 years

Free Online Maintenance and Repair Reporting Tool for Tenants Launches

20 October, 2016

The NLCE has launched a free online maintenance and repair reporting tool for private tenants in a bid to tackle the problem of maintenance/repair issues between landlords and tenants

The Private Rented Sector in Scotland

20 October, 2016

A Private Rented Sector provides good quality homes and high management standards, inspiring consumer confidence, and encourages growth through attracting investment

Landlords 'must not be taxed on turnover'

20 October, 2016

Scottish landlords take case against 'harmful' tax changes to the Treasury

Touchbase - Edition 115

20 October, 2016

This month we launch our Touchbase stakeholder survey

Scottish Buy-to-let index - August 2016

20 October, 2016

Strong summer performance for Scottish rental properties

London's 2m private renters 'let down' over spiralling costs

20 October, 2016

Sadiq Khan called out over survey of London renters

Welfare reform criticised as social housing changes approved

20 October, 2016

Government welfare reform came under fire as a council approved changes to its letting policy for social housing

The London borough with a '50-year waiting list' for council houses

20 October, 2016

Candid admission appears in documentary on housing officials and people they are trying to help in deprived London borough

Third of letting agents in major city face fines over failure to display fees

20 October, 2016

Nearly a third of letting agents in a major city are failing to comply with legislation despite being advised only last year of the need to display their fees

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 6 Oct 2016

19 October, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 6 October 2016

Are you on the waiting list for a council house? Share your story

19 October, 2016

A new documentary shows people in parts of London being told to expect a 50-year wait for a council home

Universal Credit opened up work for Beverley and now she's really enjoying her job

19 October, 2016

Here's how Beverley was offered the job and has continued to receive support from Universal Credit since

BME communities 'disproportionately impacted' by Universal Credit

19 October, 2016

With the BME National conference later this week, 24housing are publishing a series of pieces to mark the occasion

Houses in Multiple Occupation and residential property licensing reforms

19 October, 2016

The Government values the private rented sector. It is a very important part of the country's housing market, housing around 4.3 million households in England

Majority of Londoners would pay for renters union

19 October, 2016

'When we asked for things to be fixed like the fire alarms the landlord would agree but then suddenly remember he hadn't put up the rent in a while'

Government set to extend mandatory licensing of HMOs throughout England

19 October, 2016

The Government is planning to extend mandatory licensing for Houses in Multiple Occupation, removing the current three-storey rule

Tenant fees - why the industry needs to act NOW

19 October, 2016

There is little doubt our industry is under attack from all sides

Food banks 'a poor solution' as hungry families stay away

18 October, 2016

For every person who uses a food bank in Glasgow almost another four face going hungry

Welsh Government will not axe 3% surcharge on buy-to-let homes

18 October, 2016

The 3% surcharge on buy-to-let homes will continue to be levied in Wales - despite hopes it would be ditched when the new Land Transaction Tax comes into force

440,000 landlords forced up tax bracket from April 2017

18 October, 2016

More than four hundred-thousand landlords who pay the basic rate of tax will be forced into a higher tax bracket from April 2017 as planned changes to landlord taxation come in to force

Tax changes for private landlords are "complete tosh"

18 October, 2016

The head of a trade body representing private landlords has described the Government's position on tax changes it is applying to the sector as "complete tosh"

Rogue landlord crackdown

18 October, 2016

Government announces proposals to stop 'rabbit-hutch' properties by introducing a minimum bedroom size for homes in multiple occupation

Tenants need safe homes and landlords should be forced to provide them

18 October, 2016

Shelter's research showing four out of 10 British homes are substandard is no surprise to those of us at the mercy of owners in the private rented sector

Self-employed earn less than in 2001 - and will be hit by welfare cuts

18 October, 2016

Number of people working for themselves up by half in 15 years but their average pay down £60 a week

Ireland's scrapping of buy-to-let tax is 'warning to Britain'

18 October, 2016

Ireland is reversing its 2009 policy that stopped landlords from claiming full mortgage interest tax relief on their rental income

Crackdown on rogue landlords to include new minimum bedroom size

18 October, 2016

Government proposes mandatory standard of 6.52 sq metres and licensing wider range of properties to stop exploitation of tenants

Letting agents urged to cap fees to fair levels, as fears over outright ban continue

18 October, 2016

The National Approved Letting Scheme is launching a Fair Fees Forum

Immigration Act: Essential update for agents on Right to Rent checks

18 October, 2016

In this new article for EYE, I am warning that a new Immigration Act upgrade is to come into force before the end of this year, with serious legal implications for both letting agents and private landlords

New homes to encourage council house tenants to "downsize"

17 October, 2016

Poole Mayor Xena Dion has welcomed residents to the borough's newest council homes, built as part of a scheme to encourage tenants to 'downsize' to smaller properties

HB G10/2016

17 October, 2016

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Scrapping right-to-buy will cause social housing stock blocking

17 October, 2016

Right-to-Buy has now been suspended in Anglesey with the rest of Wales set to follow suit and has been brought in by assembly ministers as a means to protect the stock of social housing

Managing Generation Rent

17 October, 2016

More housing associations are building sizeable private rent portfolios, with a customer base with different needs from its social tenants

The law is finally protecting renters from rogue landlords. Now ministers must enforce it

17 October, 2016

With home ownership a distant dream for a growing number of people, and access to social housing increasingly rationed, more and more people are being forced to rent from a private landlord

People with experience of benefits to design new social security system

17 October, 2016

At least 2,000 people who have direct experience of receiving benefits are to help shape Scotland's first ever social security system

Property rentals to outstrip sales for first time since 1930s

17 October, 2016

Low supply and rising prices leads to more new lets than purchases, says estate agency

Autumn Statement representation to HM Treasury From the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) October 2016

17 October, 2016

The growth of the private rented sector has led to a greater focus on property conditions

Pressure rises on calls to ban letting agent fees as petition handed to housing minister

17 October, 2016

An MP has presented a petition at Parliament calling for a ban on letting agent fees

Deadline looms for lettings agent licensing in Wales

17 October, 2016

Lettings agents have just under six weeks to comply with new licensing rules in Wales as data reveals thousands of Welsh landlords face missing the deadline

Tenant citing human rights to avoid eviction set to pursue case at European court

17 October, 2016

The Residential Landlords Association is warning that a landmark case of a tenant using the Human Rights Act to avoid eviction could make it harder to enforce Section 21 notices if the tenant wins her case at the European Court of Human Rights

Rape victims who give birth to be forced to report their abuse or face losing child benefits

14 October, 2016

Women's charities condemn 'unacceptable' and 'deeply flawed' plans

Universal state pension age review 'a breath of fresh air'

14 October, 2016

The possibility of replacing the universal state pension age with something more tailored to people's individual needs has been raised

Are sky-high rents finally running out of steam?

14 October, 2016

Rental prices have slowed to their lowest annual growth rate this year

Welfare reforms not made expected savings

14 October, 2016

Big headline-grabbing reforms of the welfare system have not been very good at saving money

Thousands of housing association tenants could be about to get a new landlord

14 October, 2016

Thousands of housing association tenants could be about to get a new landlord if a merger deal between Boston Mayflower and North East Lincolnshire housing provider Shoreline goes ahead

Firm used by Experian in private rented sector conceived by online estate agent

14 October, 2016

Experian, the giant credit ratings agency, is using a private company to collect data and rents that is owned by an online estate agent

HomeLet Rental Index - September 2016

14 October, 2016

2016 to date has seen a slower rate of rental growth, compared to the same period last year

Universal Credit - and help with budgeting

14 October, 2016

Universal Credit is opening up work for people across the North West by making more opportunities available than ever before

HB A10/2016

13 October, 2016

Administration of the benefit cap 2016

Private rented sector called a "ticking time bomb" as survey suggests tenants' finances are close to breaking

13 October, 2016

The co-founder of a property listings website claims the UK's private rented sector is a "ticking time bomb", with tenants' ability to absorb rent increases at breaking point

Bath residents living with social housing provider Curo face up to £5-a-week service charge

13 October, 2016

Curo residents are set to be charged for communal services previously provided for free by the Bath social housing group

Joint ministerial welfare group discusses progress of transfer of powers

13 October, 2016

UK and Scottish government ministers met again this week as part of the on-going process to transfer the remaining welfare powers under the Scotland Act 2016

How benefit cuts will hit the 50,000 homes programme

13 October, 2016

LHA restrictions will hamper the Scottish Government's plan to deliver 50,000 homes over the next five years

UK housing: Why buy-to-let has failed Generation Y

13 October, 2016

While investors & the government may finally be realising buy-to-let's limitations, for a generation of tenants its drawbacks have been evident for years

Shelter needed

13 October, 2016

There's an irony that the £5bn pledge to increase housing supply made at the Conservative Party conference coincides with benefit proposals that risk having the opposite effect

Universal Credit is "less generous" than tax credits

13 October, 2016

For the first time, an authoritative statutory body has recognised that the cuts to Universal Credit announced in last summer's Budget will mean that it is much less generous than was originally planned

ARLA slams 'secret' database of rogue letting agents and landlords

13 October, 2016

A 'secret' list of banned letting agents and landlords will be of very little use

Research reveals a third of tenants steal from rented property

13 October, 2016

Landlords beware, a third of tenants have stolen items from a rented property in the past five years

Rent rises are inevitable after tax clampdown on buy-to-let

12 October, 2016

Landlords may have failed last week in their legal battle against planned government tax relief changes for homes set to be introduced next year, but the real losers will be tenants

Will disability benefits appeals become less fair?

12 October, 2016

Plans to scrap in-person tribunals and remove expert panel members risk skewing the system further against disabled claimants

Few landlords registering under Rent Smart Welsh law

12 October, 2016

There are fears that thousands of residential landlords in Wales will be breaking the law without realising it, with just six weeks to go until all will have to be registered

Bedroom tax: Pensioners in Somerset could be hit by change to subsidy

12 October, 2016

Pensioners in Somerset will be hit by changes to the way older people get housing benefit

From bedroom tax to business owner in one year

12 October, 2016

A housing association tenant has turned her life around with help from a self-employment course

The role of social housing in Northern Ireland's divided communities

12 October, 2016

As talks start in Ireland over post-Brexit border control, other physical barriers - the notorious peace walls - between communities are coming down

Buy-to-let enquiries up 30% since May as investors return to the market

12 October, 2016

Buyer enquiries from potential landlords and investors are now up 30% since May, following a short-term dip as additional stamp duty changes came in on April 1st

Sharp increase in sales of social stock

12 October, 2016

English housing associations have reported a 48% annual increase in sales of social rented homes out of the sector, as they seek greater value for money from their assets

Agents failing to make tenants aware of their rights to switch energy supplier

12 October, 2016

Landlords and lettings agents are failing to make tenants aware of their rights when it comes to energy bills

Private registered provider social housing stock in England

12 October, 2016

PRPs reported 2,761,690 units/bedspaces owned at 31 March 2016, an increase of 2.0% on the total for 2015 and the largest increase in total stock owned by PRPs since 2012

Bath councillor Joe Rayment: 'More social housing investment needed' to slash house prices in Banes

12 October, 2016

A Bath councillor wants more investment in social housing to help bring down the cost of living in Bath and North East Somerset

Office for Budget Responsibility: Welfare trends report

12 October, 2016

This is our third Welfare trends report, in which we examine trends in public spending on different elements of the welfare system, including those subject to the Government's 'welfare cap'

Third of landlords worried about Brexit effect

11 October, 2016

More than a third of landlords think that leaving the EU will have a negative impact on their ability to attract tenants in the future

Central Belt Drives Scottish PRS Engine

11 October, 2016

Strong gains in Scotland's central belt continue to drive the national average upwards

May's focus on the power of government is an opportunity for private renters

11 October, 2016

"We should employ the power of government for the good of the people."

Landlords not up to speed with regulations

11 October, 2016

Concerns are being raised about a high number of landlords and letting agents failing to get to grips with several legislative changes

New funding allows Link to extend project for tenants affected by welfare reform

11 October, 2016

Link Group has been awarded an additional £40,715 to extend its Welfare Reform project until March 2017

HMRC urges landlords in UK to make tax disclosures sooner rather than later

11 October, 2016

Landlords in the UK have made 13,000 disclosures through the tax man's let property campaign was launched in 2013 to encourage those owing tax to get their affairs in order

Single mother had to give up her job when her £140-a-week tax credits were stopped after Government-hired scandal-hit firm wrongly claimed she was living with people she had never met

11 October, 2016

A single mother lost her job when her tax credits were stopped by scandal-hit firm Concentrix after it wrongly claimed she was living with people she'd never met

Council cuts push specialist housing for vulnerable people into the cold

11 October, 2016

Charities say 14% fall in spending by councils on supported housing for people with mental health issues is short-sighted and will cost more in the long run

York's council house system is about to undergo a huge change

10 October, 2016

Housing officers at York council are proposing major changes to the way council homes are given out in York

'I have £47 a week to pay for all of my food and my bills' This is what happens at a Cardiff food bank

10 October, 2016

One group has helped more than 1.1m people in the UK over the last year

500 Welsh children homeless due to social housing evictions

10 October, 2016

The Welsh Government has said it will 'study closely' a new report from Shelter Cymru showing some 500 children were made homeless last year through social housing evictions

Value for Money

10 October, 2016

We've put together guidance on the Regulator's recent changes that place greater emphasis on Value for Money, and advice on producing self-assessments

More Social Housing required

10 October, 2016

North Antrim Sinn Fein MLA Philip McGuigan has said more Social Housing is required across North Antrim

London's private renters are seriously fed up with the experience

10 October, 2016

London Assembly member Sian Berry has released a new report she claims lays bare the scale of dissatisfaction among renters in the capital

We need a rock-solid commitment to council housing

10 October, 2016

he government's Housing and Planning Act casts a long shadow over the future of all non-profit housing

Buy-to-let lenders shelter existing borrowers from strict lending rules

10 October, 2016

Britain's two largest buy-to-let mortgage lenders have promised their existing borrowers that they can remortgage without being subject to higher rental cover requirements

General needs tenants would 'face income shortfalls'

10 October, 2016

Up to 26,000 new general needs tenants a year would be hit by a proposed welfare cut if current allocations trends continue

More than 700 Liverpool families to be hit by £44 a week cut in benefits

10 October, 2016

Liverpool's poorest families hit by 'tsunami' of Government benefit cuts

New petition launches calling for mandatory licensing of agents

10 October, 2016

An online petition has been launched calling for the introduction of mandatory licensing of estate agents

Rent reductions: Supporting implementation

07 October, 2016

This revised briefing sets out the practical implications of implementing the -1% rent cut in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill

Loophole that lets landlords dodge buy-to-let curbs: Six in ten invest through limited companies to avoid the new rules

07 October, 2016

More and more landlords exploiting loophole in buy-to-let crackdown

Annual Report and Accounts 2015/16

07 October, 2016

Regulating to protect the interests of tenants and other users of social housing services in Scotland

Moving Up

07 October, 2016

Higher wages for social housing tenants

This research looks at the employment challenges among a group in society for whom the economy has too often not worked: namely social housing tenants

Tribunal verdict may hit Airbnb-type sub-letting

07 October, 2016

Sharing economy pioneers, such as Airbnb, have enjoyed huge success over the past few years, however, this has not come without negative ramifications

Temporary accommodation numbers rise despite fund

07 October, 2016

A government fund targeted at tackling the number of families in temporary accommodation has not halted the rise

Average rent for one-bed property grows by 0.12%

07 October, 2016

Average one-bed property rents in the UK grew by 0.12% in September, the Landbay Rental Index has found

Landlords lose legal fight to get Osborne's tax changes overturned

07 October, 2016

Landlords are licking their wounds after a Judge yesterday ruled against a Judicial Review of former Chancellor George Osborne's capping of the amount of mortgage interest that they can offset against tax

Landlords' Barometer - #41: How landlords feel about court ruling

07 October, 2016

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #41" - bringing you a "Tenant Tax" special with exclusive content from yesterday's procedural hearing into whether there can be a Judicial Review into Section 24

Calls for major review of council housing to cope with law changes

06 October, 2016

City of York Council bosses want to start a whole-scale review of council housing because of major, impending law changes

Baroness Warwick: 'We can still build for social rent'

06 October, 2016

Baroness Warwick has only been the Chair of the National Housing Federation for a year but she has already seen two governments and a Housing Act

Most landlords unaware tenant fees may be scrapped

06 October, 2016

Tenant fees may be scrapped in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Impact of applying Local Housing Allowance rates to general needs social tenants

06 October, 2016

Our analysis shows the potential numbers of people affected and the amount of shortfall between benefit levels and rents charged

Inexperienced investors turn to property as a safe haven investment

06 October, 2016

A growing number of investors are choosing to invest in the UK housing market

Key day as landlords seek judicial review of buy to let tax change

06 October, 2016

Legal represenatives for two landlords will today make the case for a judicial review of Section 24 of the Finance (No.2) Act 2015 - a bid to stop the phased reduction of mortgage interest tax relief for landlords, sscheduled to be introduced from next April

Four star hotel for gas row tenants in Londonderry

06 October, 2016

A housing association is footing the bill for tenants to stay in a four-star hotel while work is carried out on their homes

Buy to let boom continues, yet first time buyers struggle

06 October, 2016

The buy to let sector continues to go from strength to strength

ALMO Governance: The inside track

06 October, 2016

Arms-Length Management Organisations now manage over 500,000 homes in England, nearly a third of all council housing

No ban on letting agent fees for now

06 October, 2016

New housing minister Gavin Barwell has said he will not ban letting agent fees - for the time being

Landlord ordered to pay over £100,000 after flouting safety laws

05 October, 2016

A landlord has been hit with a bill of over £100,000 after flouting safety requirements at five flats

Cherie Booth to represent landlords fighting changes to tax regime

05 October, 2016

Former PM's wife, who owns with her family 10 houses and 27 flats, will challenge attempt to stop buy-to-let costs being a claimable business expense

Council tenant's legal challenge to rent agreement rejected

05 October, 2016

A council house tenant who challenged an occupancy agreement after falling into arrears has had her petition dismissed

Ministers consider Pay to Stay exemption

05 October, 2016

The DCLG will consider exempting council tenants from Pay to Stay in areas where social rents and market rents are similar

The council house that nobody wants to live in

05 October, 2016

Why Sheffield council houses have been empty for over a year

Social housing the key to future election wins

05 October, 2016

When SHOUT was launched as a cross-party campaign in June 2014 our primary aim was to make the economic and social case for investing in social-rented housing

Harsher penalties for landlords renting to illegal immigrants

05 October, 2016

Landlords that knowingly let homes to illegal immigrants could be sent to prison, the home secretary has announced

Rent arrears: Lost in translation

05 October, 2016

New research has claimed an indisputable link between the introduction of Universal Credit and tenants getting behind in their rent

Trading Standards swoop on student letting agents

05 October, 2016

Trading Standards in the midlands are targeting letting agents over their service to students

We can supercharge the power of new building by giving private renters more security

04 October, 2016

The government's continuing commitment to building new homes is welcome

£9m funding for fuel poverty in Scotland

04 October, 2016

The Scottish Government is to allocate over £9m to help drive down energy bills

Welsh landlords fail to register as Rent Smart Wales deadline looms

04 October, 2016

For those of you living East of the Marches last November, the Welsh government introduced a scheme to licence all property managing landlords and letting agents in Wales

Hanging on

04 October, 2016

The stresses and strains of Britain's 'just managing' families

LGA chief hits out at supported housing duty proposal

04 October, 2016

The chair of the Local Government Association has pledged to oppose proposals for a new duty on councils to provide supported housing

Barwell hints at funding for sub-market rent

04 October, 2016

Gavin Barwell has given his strongest hint yet that the Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes Programme will be changed to allow funding for sub-market rented homes

Get out your hard hat Theresa: UK facing a 1.8m shortage of rental properties

04 October, 2016

The Government must urgently deliver 1.8 million new rental homes for UK families

Landlord hit with record £700,000 bill after illegal lettings

04 October, 2016

A landlord has received a record fine after illegally dividing a semi into nine flats. However, the case has dragged on for ten years and involved numerous court appearances

Tory housing minister says building more council homes will increase inequality

03 October, 2016

Gavin Barwell dismissed Jeremy Corbyn's policy as 'remarkable'

Peterborough landlords side with council over MPs in dispute over £1 million Travelodge bill for homeless families

03 October, 2016

Two landlords have dismissed arguments made by the city's MPs in the row over a £1 million hotel bill to put up homeless families

Douglas Carswell slams housing association as "Victorian landlord" over eviction of caring Clacton couple

03 October, 2016

Douglas Carswell has blasted Colne Housing for acting "disgracefully" for trying to evict a Clacton couple from a two-bed flat they had lived in for several years, while caring for an elderly relative

600,000 London renters at risk of moving home if jobless or sick

03 October, 2016

The number of Londoners renting privately at risk of having to move home if they become jobless or lose their income due to sickness has soared to nearly 600,000

I won't miss help to buy. It only made the housing market worse

03 October, 2016

Most beneficiaries of George Osborne's scheme didn't need the help. Those unable to save a deposit have been left further behind

NI has 'no solution' for bedroom tax

03 October, 2016

As Bedroom Tax in Northern Ireland nears implementation date, the Housing Executive has said it is not ready

In Liverpool, 840 families risk losing their homes because of benefits cuts

03 October, 2016

The government is cutting £37,200 a week from housing benefit for our city's most vulnerable residents. It's a policy that doesn't add up

Chancellor urged to hit 'reset' on landlord tax changes to avoid further rises in rents

03 October, 2016

Tenants in the private rented sector face the prospect of higher rents as landlords pass on the costs of tax increases

Putting it into practice: how to raise standards across Scotland's private rented sector

03 October, 2016

The private rented sector's growth in Scotland is well documented: the most up to date statistics show that the number of households renting in the sector has tripled since 1999

'Buy-to-let is my pension - but do the numbers stack up?'

03 October, 2016

If you listen to the pensions industry you'll be bombarded with statistics on compound growth, the generosity of Government top-ups and neat ways to avoid inheritance tax

HB Direct October 2016: Issue 171

03 October, 2016

The HB Direct newsletter provides latest information on policy changes, good practice and initiatives that affect Housing Benefit

DWP scraps retesting for chronically ill sickness benefits claimants

03 October, 2016

Department for Work and Pensions says those with severe, lifelong conditions will no longer face six-monthly reassessments

Knight Knox launches buy-to-let development in centre of Sheffield

03 October, 2016

Knight Knox - a provider of buy-to-let developments to the private investor market - has launched a new development in Sheffield

"Accidental landlords" freeze out first-time buyers

03 October, 2016

Would-be first-time buyers are being frozen out of the market by richer households who cling on to their old home as a rental investment when trading up

6.5m households put health and welfare at risk by failing to save

01 October, 2016

Millions of British households face financial disaster if their incomes dry up

Universal Credit: In Work Progression Randomised Control Trial

30 September, 2016

Universal Credit will support people in work to earn more

Want an affordable rented home? Don't rely on a Labour council

30 September, 2016

Too many Labour local authorities are alienating residents over regeneration and compulsory purchase

Six million low-income 'worse off than 10 years ago'

30 September, 2016

Rising costs to housing and childcare have hit 'just managing' families, as identified by Theresa May in her maiden Downing Street speech

Buy-to-let investors 'may have to stump up more equity'

30 September, 2016

Buy-to-let investors face having to inject much bigger amounts of cash into their properties due to changes to the market

Compulsory purchase orders on London's council estates a "form of social cleansing"

30 September, 2016

The threat of Compulsory Purchase Orders has become one of the biggest perils to ex-local authority leaseholders in London

Association of residential letting agents private rented sector report

30 September, 2016

Demand from prospective tenants rose in August

Council blasts 'false economy' of lowering benefit cap

30 September, 2016

A study by welfare chiefs at Liverpool City Council has revealed an additional 710 families will be affected by the government's lowering of the benefit cap from November

Buy-to-let landlords to face tougher mortgage test: New rules will ensure owners can survive interest rate rise

30 September, 2016

Tougher rules will ensure landlords can survive a rise in interest rates

Tougher buy-to-let lending criteria designed to scare off more landlords

30 September, 2016

New and tougher under-writing standards are to be adopted for almost all buy-to-let mortgages

UK lenders approve fewest mortgages in nearly two years

29 September, 2016

British lenders approved the fewest mortgages in nearly two years last month as the housing market continued to slow after June's vote to leave the European Union

ONS figures reveal private rents in Great Britain increased by 2.3% in the 12 months to August with England seeing largest increase

29 September, 2016

Private rents increased by 2.3% in Great Britain in the 12 months to August

Why a ban on letting agent fees would be good news for tenants

29 September, 2016

At Shelter we believe that tenants shouldn't be charged up-front fees by letting agents

Rising rents outpace pay as private rental market 'remains in good shape' despite Brexit

29 September, 2016

Housing costs continue to grow more quickly than wages, though the supply of rental property rises

Underwriting standards for buy-to-let mortgage contracts

29 September, 2016

This SS is relevant to all firms regulated by the PRA that undertake buy-to-let lending that is not already subject to FCA regulation

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain, results: Aug 2016

29 September, 2016

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

Bristol's private housing landlords fight back against expanding council licensing schemes

29 September, 2016

Landlords across Bristol are coming together to fight proposals for more licensing schemes to regulate the private rented housing sector, as battle lines are drawn in the Bristol Housing Crisis

The banking needs of Universal Credit claimants: the potential role of budgeting accounts

29 September, 2016

This report presents evidence on the potential role of budgeting accounts for Universal Credit claimants

Corbyn wants councils to deliver 500,000-home plan

29 September, 2016

Jeremy Corbyn wants Labour's 500,000 'social' homes target to be delivered entirely by local authorities

August saw 15% drop in number of advertised buy-to-lets

29 September, 2016

A property crowdfunding business has expressed concern that a shortage of new buy-to-let properties is in the offing

MPs urged to act on eviction 'crisis'

29 September, 2016

The number of households made homeless after eviction from a privately rented home is now at the highest since records began

The effect of stamp duty changes on housing market activity: April 2016

29 September, 2016

Article exploring a monthly extract of Land Registry property transaction data to analyse the impact of stamp duty changes up to and including April 2016

Nearly 5,000 households move from private rental sector into homelessness

29 September, 2016

Local authorities in England accepted 15,170 households as statutorily homeless in the second quarter of this year

Labour MPs debate universal basic income policy for the first time

28 September, 2016

An audience heard from supportive, undecided, and critical MPs

Not just rogues but crooks, Shelter speaks out against minority of law-breaking landlords

28 September, 2016

Over one million tenants in the private rented sector are suffering at the hands of a landlord who has broken the law

Continued growth in PRS indicative of 'dysfunctional' housing supply

28 September, 2016

Statistics showing that the Scottish private rented sector has almost tripled since Holyrood was established

'Nudge' techniques could reduce housing benefit fraud and error

28 September, 2016

Housing benefit overpayments are more likely to be identified when residents receive a separate communication written in clear language

Debt problems with high cost credit products on the rise as payday loan issues fall

28 September, 2016

Citizens Advice says cap on payday loans should be extended to other high cost credit

Burnham: give Manchester its own welfare budget

28 September, 2016

Andy Burnham has called on the government to devolve welfare spending to Greater Manchester

Labour still calculating cost of 500,000 social home pledge

28 September, 2016

Labour is still calculating the cost of its pledge to build 500,000 'social' homes in its first five years of government

Money laundering - legal responsibilities for letting agents come closer

28 September, 2016

The Government has released a new consultation on the Fourth Money Laundering Directive

Housing associations and 'right to rent' document checks

28 September, 2016

This aims to give guidance to housing associations on how 'right to rent' document checks affect their procedures, such as their allocations and lettings policies, their policies on lodgers and their procedures for verifying tenancies.

How many homes did housing associations build in quarter one 2016/17?

27 September, 2016

We have recently completed an important survey of developing housing associations to capture the full scale and breadth of their homebuilding activity

"A horrible way to live": how short-term renting affects family life

27 September, 2016

We recently received this e-mail from Rachel, a mother of a young son who had heard about our campaign for longer rental contracts

'I feel ashamed in a way I never did before': your stories of PIP assessment

27 September, 2016

Changes to benefits mean people with disabilities who had been told their support was lifelong are being forced through reassessment

Agents and landlords reminded of importance of fire doors

27 September, 2016

This week those working in the Private Rented Sector are being reminded of the importance of fire doors in rental properties

HB A9/2016

27 September, 2016

Personal Details Verification Report

The benefit cap and the myth of work incentives

27 September, 2016

As the 7th November looms ever closer nearly a quarter of a million children will face the threat of homelessness as their parents benefit's are due to be arbitrarily capped

Tackling discrimination in housing

27 September, 2016

There is no doubt that the introduction of document checks has increased the incentive for landlords to discriminate

Here's how we can translate London's housing benefit bill into affordable housing

27 September, 2016

London's housing market is an anomaly

Stoke-on-Trent councillors raise concerns over Universal Credit

27 September, 2016

Dozens of benefit claimants have fallen into debt after being hit by the introduction of Universal Credit

Public back landlords' campaign for better enforcement of PRS laws

27 September, 2016

An overwhelming majority of Scottish people believe councils should do more to enforce laws which protect the safety of tenants

Tenure and Deposits in England and Wales

27 September, 2016

The tenancy deposit protection legislation was introduced in April 2007 in England and Wales as a result of the 2004 Housing Act

Summer slowdown in rentals was still a sizzler

27 September, 2016

The number of To Let and Let By boards predictably fell during August but bucked the usual annual trend

Scotland's People Annual Report: Results from the 2015 Scottish Household Survey

27 September, 2016

The SHS is a continuous survey based on a sample of the general population in private residences in Scotland

Footballers' £400m social housing dream unveiled

26 September, 2016

Brighton's Bobby Zamora, West Ham's Mark Noble and Rio Ferdinand, now retired, present project to build 1,300 homes near Luton

Long-term value of social housing falls post rent cut

26 September, 2016

The long-term value of social housing properties has slipped significantly across most of the country as a result of the rent cut

Social housing is alive and kicking but providers must fight harder

26 September, 2016

There is a clear need for social housing now and into the future, but if it is to remain "alive and kicking", then the providers must get off the ropes and come out fighting

AXA survey finds financial optimism among tenants

26 September, 2016

AXA have released a report claiming that despite the average tenant expecting to rent for a further decade, there is financial optimism

Disabled family forced to sleep on sofas for years as authorities can't get them house they need

26 September, 2016

A Belfast man is being forced to sleep on a living room sofa with his disabled wife and son every night because of a severe lack of suitable housing

The future funding of supported housing - what do we need to know?

26 September, 2016

CIH's senior policy and practice officer Sarah Davis talks us through what we need to know about the future funding of supported housing

Labour would scrap Right to Buy in England

26 September, 2016

Labour has dropped its support of the Right to Buy, calling for the controversial policy to be indefinitely suspended in England

In-depth briefing on the Local Housing Allowance cap for Supported Housing

26 September, 2016

Supported Housing will be exempt from the LHA cap until March 2019

Social housing in hot water?

26 September, 2016

The water is slowly getting hotter for social housing

London's turning

26 September, 2016

Towards a sustainable private rented sector under the new Mayor

Moment neighbours form a human chain around a mother's house to stop her being kicked out of the home where she has lived for 12 years

23 September, 2016

Nimo Abdullahi was told she would be kicked out of her home of 12 years

Right to Buy Sales in England: April to June 2016

23 September, 2016

In April to June 2016-17 (Q1), local authorities sold an estimated 3,362 dwellings under the Right to Buy scheme

Million private renters suffer under rogue landlords

23 September, 2016

More than a million private renters across England have suffered at the hands of law-breaking landlords over the last year

HCA warns stock sales risk damaging sector's reputation

23 September, 2016

The social housing regulator has warned that housing associations risk damaging the reputation of the sector if they sell stock inhabited by social tenants

New home starts under Right to Buy scheme 'not enough to meet Government pledge'

23 September, 2016

The number of new homes begun under the Government's flagship Right to Buy scheme is lagging behind the amount needed to deliver its "one-for-one" promise

A local problem?

23 September, 2016

Many social landlords are not happy with the government's plans for the future funding of supported housing

Borough estimates £100k Pay to Stay bill

23 September, 2016

Kingston Council cites £100k as the 'at least' spend on temporary staffing costs alone to assess tenant income ahead of Pay to Stay implementation day

PM needs to 'get a grip of Universal Credit roll-out'

23 September, 2016

Labour hit back on new Universal Credit guidance from the Department of Work and Pensions, which shows people's award drop if they get paid twice in one month

Universal Credit: different earning patterns and your payments

23 September, 2016

This guide provides information about different earnings patterns and how these may affect your Universal Credit payment

NLA responds to Shelter's report on law-breaking landlords

23 September, 2016

We believe that no one should have to put up with a criminal landlord

Housing minister signals change in government social housing policy

23 September, 2016

Gavin Barwell pledges government will 'maximise number of affordable homes', but concerns and divisions remain within social housing sector

Tenant launches 'TripAdvisor for renters' amid fury at letting agents

22 September, 2016

A tenant angry at receiving "misleading" service from letting agents has decided to start an online review site for rental properties

Evening Standard comment: Dealing with food poverty: here's how

22 September, 2016

The scandal that people in struggle to feed themselves and their families while enormous amounts of food goes for animal feedis the basis of the Food for London campaign

Ambition to Deliver

22 September, 2016

Back in 2013, the housing association sector came together to shape its vision for the future

The vision laid out what housing associations can do to make the future better than the present - and how we could take control in the face of the challenges we saw ahead

Affordability a concern for RTB pilots

22 September, 2016

For the past few months, five housing associations have been piloting the Right to Buy scheme

HB G9/2016

22 September, 2016

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

The tenants paying the price so landlords don't have to

22 September, 2016

A charity has spoken out against the high fees being charged to tenants who can't take their business elsewhere

'LHA cap' will apply to existing supported housing tenants

22 September, 2016

A new housing benefit cap will apply to existing as well as future supported housing tenants

National living wage 'failing to provide basic needs for lowest paid'

22 September, 2016

Living Wage Commission says £7.20 an hour for over-25s needs to take into account rising rents and slow wages growth

Government Money to Tackle Rogue Landlords Is Being Used to Arrest Tenants

22 September, 2016

It's worth remembering what the housing crisis actually means in practice for some people

Industry is 'sleep-walking' into outright ban on letting agent fees, warning

22 September, 2016

The National Approved Letting Scheme has warned that the industry could be sleep-walking into a ban on letting agent fees

Landlords' Barometer - #40: Is the private rented sector bleeding to death?

22 September, 2016

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #40" - bringing you trending landlord and property topics

Debate around buy-to-let tax changes points to general need for extra safeguards for tenants

21 September, 2016

The new government looks set to press ahead with controversial changes to the tax regime for small landlords that were set in motion last year

Private Rental Sector Moving Towards Hotel-Style Rentals

21 September, 2016

The private rental sector is moving towards hotel-style rentals, as the proptech industry develops and caters to the needs of private tenants

New tenancy scheme to launch in London to help renters save home deposit

21 September, 2016

The first details of plans for a London Living Rent, a new type of tenancy for newly built affordable homes have been confirmed by Mayor Sadiq Khan

Private sector tenants getting older, with middle aged spread hinting at rise of the 'silver renter' says Your Move

21 September, 2016

The UK's private renters are showing signs of middle aged spread, with nearly half of them now aged over 46, according to a survey from lettings agent Your Move

The Spread of the Bedroom Boom

21 September, 2016

The use of Airbnb in the UK has exploded over the last 12 months

Council tax reductions will continue to protect the most vulnerable

21 September, 2016

Local Government Secretary Mark Drakeford has confirmed that vulnerable and low income households will continue to be supported by Council Tax Reduction schemes until at least the end of 2017-18

Mother forced to use food banks after tax agency ruled she was living with famous 19th century quaker Joseph Rowntree

21 September, 2016

The blunder has affected other benefits the woman depends on

How to get the deposit back from your student house

21 September, 2016

Students and those renting for the first time are easy targets for landlords and estate agents eager to hold on to large deposits

Our response to the PIP second independent review call for evidence

21 September, 2016

The Department for Work and Pensions appointed Paul Gray CB to undertake the second independent review of the PIP assessment

Value For Money - Five tips to identify hidden value for money savings

20 September, 2016

Are boards confident in their skills and training? Inside Housing and Capsticks carried out a survey of housing association board members to find out

Scottish Government promises to reform hated disability benefit

20 September, 2016

A Scottish Government minister has committed to reforming Personal Independence Payment assessment procedures when powers are devolved in the spring

Tenants spend two thirds of their take-home pay on rent as average monthly cost of a one-bed passes £1,000

20 September, 2016

Tenants paid £1,010 on average for a one bedroom home in August

I remember the welfare state being built. A divided Labour cannot save it

20 September, 2016

The threat to the NHS and the social safety net is real, and our best chance of fighting back is a Labour party that fights the Tories, not itself

HB A8/2016

20 September, 2016

The Secondary Annuities Market and Housing Benefit

Renters need a stable home too

20 September, 2016

Not convinced short-term contracts are unfair on renters? We think much can be done to improve rental contracts

Khan confirms end to affordable rent conversions

20 September, 2016

Conversions of homes from social to affordable rent will end under Sadiq Khan's new housing programme

Success, Satisfaction and Scrutiny: The Business Benefits of involving residents

20 September, 2016

The benefits of engagement far outweigh the costs

TDS Rents Briefing August 2016

20 September, 2016

Latest data issued by the Tenancy Deposit Scheme shows new rents registered across England and Wales in August 2016, with new average monthly rents in London just over £1,765

Rise of the 'silver renter' as tenants under 35 are in the minority

20 September, 2016

Almost half of tenants living in private rental accommodation across the UK are aged over 46, signalling the rise of the 'silver renter'

Concerns raised at government level over landlords' illegal use of Airbnb

20 September, 2016

Concerns have been raised at government level over the illegal use of Airbnb by private landlords

One in ten agents unaware of change in law on tenant repair requests

20 September, 2016

Over 10% of agents remain unaware of what is required to provide a statutorily defined 'adequate response' to a tenant repair request

HAs 'better than job centres' for jobs

19 September, 2016

Social housing tenants find their housing associations more help than job centres at putting them on the first step of the career ladder

Policy Exchange: large landlords should raise rents to build

19 September, 2016

The largest housing associations should be allowed to raise rents in exchange for agreeing to build more homes

Charity calls for end to letting fees for tenants

19 September, 2016

All UK letting agency fees should be paid by landlords who can shop around, rather than tenants - as is the case in Scotland

No more welfare cuts to come under Theresa May

19 September, 2016

Damian Green, the work and pensions secretary, hints at end to austerity agenda, promising no further raids on benefits

Land trusts and refuges among rent cut exemptions

19 September, 2016

Community land trusts, co-operatives, fully mutuals, refuges and alms house will be exempt from the government's four-year rent cut

The social housing sector has become dangerously divided

19 September, 2016

The only hope of reuniting the sector is if the government ditches its obsession with home ownership and invests in genuinely affordable homes

Homeless charity hands out eviction notices to its own tenants

19 September, 2016

A leading homeless charity has come under fire after handing out eviction notices to tenants living in properties it owns in the capital

Supported accommodation LHA funding to transfer to Holyrood

19 September, 2016

The UK government has announced that its policy to cap LHA for supported accommodation will be put on ice until 2019 when the funding for Scotland will then be transferred to Holyrood

New benefit to helped disabled people is 'deeply flawed'

19 September, 2016

A new benefit to help disabled people needs "radical" reform across the UK as nearly two-thirds of claimants who challenge awards are successful

The future of social housing - take aways from our recent roundtable

19 September, 2016

A former Head of Policy at No 10, Taylor looked at the issue of 'why policy fails and how it might succeed'

An endless summer is no good for social housing tenants worried about a rent rise

19 September, 2016

The introduction of Pay to Stay from April 2017 will see some higher income social tenants required to pay more rent

Thousands due back-dated tax credit payments after HMRC contractor blunders

16 September, 2016

HMRC has allocated 150 staff to help those who may have been affected and said it will assess cases as quickly as possible

Court date set for Cherie Blair's challenge to buy-to-let tax

16 September, 2016

A court date has been set for a legal challenge to tax changes set to hit landlords from April next year

No LHA cap on supported housing ahead of 'new funding formula'

16 September, 2016

The government has confirmed it will not impose the LHA cap on supporting housing ahead of a new funding formula for the sector

Ministers back down with a (partial) fix for Help to Buy Isa rules

16 September, 2016

The Government appears to have backed down over its flawed Help to Buy rules, fixing the problem in the design of a second savings scheme

Housing Benefit:Written statement - HCWS154

16 September, 2016

Supported accommodation plays a vital role in the lives of many vulnerable people

Department of Communities creating 170 jobs for benefits contract

16 September, 2016

The Department of Communities is to recruit 170 staff to work on a contract it has been awarded by the UK's Department for Work and Pensions

Scottish private renters are 'happier' than those in England and Wales

16 September, 2016

Scotland's rental culture is happier, friendlier and more settled than that south of the Border

Welsh Women's Aid 'delighted' refuges are exempt from housing benefit cap

16 September, 2016

Last year 2,973 survivors of abuse were accommodated in refuges in Wales

Many UK landlords live within 10 miles of their buy to let property

16 September, 2016

Two thirds of landlords live within ten miles of their rented property

A second SFHA report on the capping of social rents to the rate of local allowance

16 September, 2016

This is SFHA's second report on the impact of the policy to cap the amount of rent that HB will cover in the SRS at the relevant LHA rate

Olive branch or figleaf? Sector far from reassured by Govt's new funding proposal for supported housing

16 September, 2016

Questions remain over the future viability of a host of supported housing services, despite a Government statement today that appears to offer concessions on funding

Scam 'landlords' using fake Rightmove email to get tenants to hand over money

16 September, 2016

Scammers have been using the Rightmove brand to dupe tenants out of rental deposits

Two and three-bed buy-to-lets 'will become unviable'

15 September, 2016

Two and three-bed buy-to-let properties will become more difficult to buy under lenders' plans to apply far tougher checks on landlords

Imposing rent controls 'do nothing' to resolve 'housing crisis'

15 September, 2016

The "housing crisis" would be worsened if rent controls were imposed

Bromsgrove social housing provider bdht defends its chief's £124,693 salary

15 September, 2016

Bromsgrove District Housing Trust has defended its chief executive's salary after new figures revealed he earned almost £130,000 in the financial year 2015-2016

More tenants in UK believe they can own their own home

15 September, 2016

British tenants are feeling more optimistic about their finances and regard buying their own home as a more realistic prospect due to being able to save for a deposit

'Ambitious' plans for social housing

15 September, 2016

Dundee has one of the lowest rates of social houses being completed in Scotland

G15 calls for benefit system overhaul

15 September, 2016

London's largest housing associations have urged the government to overhaul the benefits system to ensure that "work pays"

Jeremy Corbyn to investigate idea of universal basic income

15 September, 2016

Labour leader to 'research and test' policy that would give every citizen a taxpayer-funded income

End to council tax discount for second homes

15 September, 2016

Council tax reform legislation to tackle empty second homes

Start of the end for Right to Buy in Wales

15 September, 2016

The Right to Buy will be suspended in Anglesey to ensure social housing is available for those who need it

Agent and landlord both convicted of failing to license property

15 September, 2016

A landlord and his letting agent have both been fined and given criminal records for failing to license his rental property and ignoring their tenants' pleas for essential repairs

Fewer 'dinner party' landlords as private rented sector becomes more professional

15 September, 2016

There will be fewer 'dinner party' landlords following changes to the sector, which include a hike in Stamp Duty and the impending changes to mortgage interest tax relief

'Deeply unfair' fees of up to £900 for the poorest energy customers should be scrapped

14 September, 2016

Ofgem calls for £150 cap and blanket ban on fees for vulnerable

I lead a mutual-owned housing association - and it's working for tenants

14 September, 2016

Merthyr Valleys Homes proves there is an alternative to bully landlords

Questions about social housing as council housing companies to be set up

14 September, 2016

Questions have been raised about the amount of social housing to be provided as part of a new development as two new housing companies are set to be established

Social Housing Evictions Higher than in Private Housing

14 September, 2016

You may have noticed that privately rented accommodation is not always held in the highest regard

Healey: "Council tenants to face tax rates of over 80% under Tory plans"

14 September, 2016

New analysis for Labour MP and former Treasury Minister John Healey has revealed that thousands of working families living in council homes will pay effective tax rates of over 80%

Big percentage drop in new rental properties listed across UK

14 September, 2016

Almost nine out of ten major towns and cities in the UK saw falls in the number of new buy-to-let properties being advertised

HAs successes threatened by LHA cap

14 September, 2016

The good work of two housing associations has been highlighted in Parliamentary motions by MSPs

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 1 Sept 2016

14 September, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 1 September 2016

PIP postcode map (UK)

14 September, 2016

Map showing postcode areas for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment providers

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to July 2016

14 September, 2016

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

Revealed: the cost of bad eviction advice

14 September, 2016

The average cost to a landlord of their tenant being advised to ignore an eviction notice stands at nearly £7,000, according to a recent survey of landlords

'Failing' welfare contractor Concentrix will still be paid tens of millions before its contract runs out

14 September, 2016

The firm is being dropped by HMRC but not until May 2017

Nearly half of working families are cutting back on food or clothing to pay rent or mortgage

14 September, 2016

Almost 50 per cent of working families have had to cut back on essential items

Meeting housing demand, raising standards: social landlords and the private rented sector

14 September, 2016

Firstly, any social landlord looking to make the move into the private rented sector needs to study their local market very carefully

Website has to amend 'rent to rent' advice after lawyer condemns it as 'completely wrong'

14 September, 2016

A website has had to amend its advice to landlords about 'rent to rent' after a lawyer condemned it as being completely wrong

Scottish Housing Regulator highlights importance of landlord openness

13 September, 2016

The Scottish Housing Regulator has highlighted the importance of social landlords being open and accessible about their services and decision-making

Reductions in the United Kingdom's Government Housing Benefit and Symptoms of Depression in Low-Income Households

13 September, 2016

Housing security is an important determinant of mental ill health

Government housing benefit cuts directly linked to rise in depression in low income households

13 September, 2016

Cuts to housing benefit by the UK coalition government have led to a 10 per cent increase in people from low income households reporting poor mental health and helped propel an additional 26,000 people into depression

The housing minister just suggested the government's 200,000 starter homes pledge might include rental properties

13 September, 2016

The remit of the government's promise to deliver 200,000 so-called starter homes by 2020 could be expanded so it includes purpose-built rental homes in the figure

Housing Statistics for Scotland 2016: Key Trends Summary

13 September, 2016

This annual publication presents statistics on housing supply and public sector housing in Scotland up to 31st March 2016

Charity aims to help create better standards for Scotland's 700,000 private renters

13 September, 2016

Shelter Scotland conference brings together third sector organisations with landlords, letting agents and tenants to discuss the implications of new legislation

Touchbase - Edition 114

13 September, 2016

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

Minister reveals 'Trusted Partner' landlords

13 September, 2016

The government has revealed the social landlords piloting a scheme to stop vulnerable Universal Credit claimants falling into debt

Midlands landlord hits back over cost analysis

13 September, 2016

A major Midlands landlord has hit back at the regulator over its cost analysis of the sector, claiming it does not account for large care and support businesses

Social cleansing: The mums at the sharp end of the housing crisis

13 September, 2016

Boundary House in Welwyn Garden City is the not sort of the place you would want to raise your children

Britain's rental property market is counter-intuitively warped

13 September, 2016

Rents in Britain are counter-intuitively cratering despite a severe housing shortage

Magenta Living's investment in Rentsense helps to mitigate Universal Credit

12 September, 2016

Magenta Living invested in Mobysoft's predictive analytical tool Rentsense to help create efficiencies within their income function

Housing Benefit Recoveries and Fraud Statistics

12 September, 2016

£1.88 billion Housing Benefit overpayments outstanding at January 2016

Councils should provide alternative to payday lenders

12 September, 2016

Local authorities should provide alternatives to payday lenders through credit unions

New data shows rise in tenant complaints

12 September, 2016

The number of tenant complaints received by social landlords surveyed by benchmarking experts Housemark has steadily increased during the past three financial years

First right-to-buy sales go through after pilots

12 September, 2016

The first sales have taken place under the government's controversial right-to-buy policy for housing association tenants

Policy change soon? Minister meets buy to let tax campaigners

12 September, 2016

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has met campaigners to scrap anti-buy to let measures introduced by the Cameron government in the past two years

Welsh Government mulls removing rental stamp duty hike

12 September, 2016

The Welsh Government could lift the 3% tax hike imposed on private landlords, as it designs its own stamp duty system for the first time

New Government working group looking at letting agent fees

12 September, 2016

The existence of a new body investigating costs for private tenants - including letting agent fees - has been revealed in the Commons by housing minister Gavin Harwell

Almost 80% of tenants paying the asking price

12 September, 2016

Most rental homes are being let at asking price, Countrywide has reported. The proportion nationally is 78%, up 13% compared with a year ago

No sign of post-Brexit slowdown in rental market

09 September, 2016

Average rent in England and Wales reached an all-time high of £846 in July 2016

Couple who sub-let unlicensed property rented through agent successfully prosecuted

09 September, 2016

A couple have been ordered to pay over £10,000 after sub-letting a property

Buy-to-let rents rise to all-time high as demand for homes outstrips supply

09 September, 2016

Average landlord rents increased 5.2% in a year reaching average of £846 in England and Wales

One in five landlords too embarrassed to admit it

09 September, 2016

One in five landlords are too embarrassed to admit it, according to a recent poll of almost 800 residential property investors

London Rental Index

09 September, 2016

Cha-Ching! These Are The Cheapest Areas To Rent In London Right Now

London HA's challenge Secretary of State over "unfit" benefit system

09 September, 2016

A group of London's largest housing providers is calling on the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to undertake a fundamental review of an "unfit for purpose" welfare benefit system

Contracts that do not guarantee a minimum number of hours: September 2016

09 September, 2016

Estimates of the number of employment contracts that do not guarantee a minimum number of hours are derived from our twice-yearly survey of businesses

Quarterly Rental Index

09 September, 2016

The average rent recorded for Q2 2016 in England forall Belvoir offices, including new ones, is £827 per month

ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals: September 2016

09 September, 2016

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

Universal credit is undeliverable: but who'll tell ministers the truth?

09 September, 2016

The Tories' flagship welfare reform has been bedevilled by their determination to make the poor suffer

HB U3/2016

09 September, 2016

The Supreme Court judgment: MA and others, A and Rutherford

Newham prepares to fight for licensing scheme

09 September, 2016

An east London borough is preparing its bid to persuade the government to allow it to extend its flagship borough-wide licensing scheme for private landlords beyond 2018

Housing Benefit recoveries and fraud data: April 2015 to March 2016

08 September, 2016

Twice-yearly National Statistics publication on Housing Benefit overpayments and fraud

Tenants crammed into illegal sublet

08 September, 2016

More than 20 tenants could have been crammed into a illegally sublet four-bedroomed property in Hounslow, London

HomeLet Rental Index - August 2016

08 September, 2016

2016 to date has seen a slower rate of rental growth, compared to the same period last year

DWP Secretary of State called upon to fundamentally review welfare benefit system

08 September, 2016

A group of London's largest housing providers is calling on the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to undertake a fundamental review of the welfare benefit system

Work won't pay without social housing, says London's g15, in call for review of welfare benefit system

08 September, 2016

Some of London's largest housing associations have urged Government to invest in social housing and review welfare benefit system in an effort to "ensure work really does pay"

Social landlords urged to adopt new voluntary carbon monoxide safety standard

08 September, 2016

Scotland's social landlords could do more to prevent fire, gas and carbon monoxide fatalities and injuries

Prime Minister confirms women's refuges to be exempt from benefits cap

08 September, 2016

Safe houses for women and children escaping domestic violence are to be exempted from the Government's planned welfare cuts

Trade body restates how buy to let sector could solve housing crisis

08 September, 2016

The chairman of the Residential Landlords' Association has restated how he sees the private rental sector could help solve the country's housing crisis

How are property prices and rents influencing buy to let returns in 2016?

08 September, 2016

As we head out of the summer season into autumn, the latest market data gives us a good indication of how well property has been performing as an investment so far this year

Terror for agents as fake viewer pulls sawn-off shotgun during viewings

08 September, 2016

A man has been jailed after using a sawn-off double barrelled shotgun during two terrifying robberies involving agents on viewings. He had posed as someone interested in viewing the properties

Universal basic income 'not a credible' idea, says Labour leadership contender Owen Smith

07 September, 2016

'I don't think talking about universal basic income, however attractive an idea it is, is the answer'

Letting agents pioneer product designed to help tenants boost credit rating

07 September, 2016

A small number of letting agents are pioneering a product designed to help private tenants boost their credit histories

Market 'reacting to buy-to-let reforms'

07 September, 2016

Houses used for student lets are going on the market in growing numbers as a crackdown on buy-to-let takes effect

Reality check: are right-to-buy homes being replaced as promised?

07 September, 2016

Theresa May says government is meeting pledge to replace properties sold through the scheme - but data suggests otherwise

Certainty for private landlords on Article 8 defences

07 September, 2016

The recent Supreme Court judgement of McDonald v McDonald has brought about certainty for private landlords with respect to whether Article 8 defences may be raised by tenants as a defence

Pay to Stay - A bureaucratic nightmare?

07 September, 2016

Since the idea of pay to stay was introduced by the Housing and Planning Act 2016 there has discussion as to how it would work

Local council decides not to go ahead with licensing scheme

07 September, 2016

A local authority has decided against bringing in a new landlord licensing scheme

One letting agent a month signing up to 'ethical' charter devised by tenants' rights campaign

06 September, 2016

One letting agent a month has been signing up to an ethical lettings charter in Bristol and more than 10,000 renters have pledged to take part

Council's plan to buy houses in Cheltenham to provide social rented housing

06 September, 2016

Houses on the open market could be bought by Cheltenham Borough Council to be rented as council housing

I run a social housing swap shop - but couldn't make it work for my own mum

06 September, 2016

Work, illness, love: when tenants want to move, my job is to help them match up homes to exchange

Projects get £900,000 to tackle food poverty

06 September, 2016

Twenty-one projects to tackle food poverty will benefit from over £900,000 through a new fund established by the Scottish Government

How the PRS can solve the Housing Crisis

06 September, 2016

Research by The Resolution Foundation has shown the biggest falls in home ownership of over the last 10 years. The alternative is renting

Scotland to abolish 'bedroom tax'

06 September, 2016

The Scottish government are to aim to abolish the bedroom tax

Wandsworth Council rejects landlord licensing plan

06 September, 2016

The RLA has welcomed news that Wandsworth Council has abandoned plans to introduce landlord licensing

Learning the lessons from Universal Credit

06 September, 2016

This report looks at the failure and potential recovery of Universal Credit, the ambitious government project to simplify the welfare system

Housing associations should be more than just landlords

06 September, 2016

Community programmes transform lives and improve communities, so housing associations should keep investing in them as part of the work they do

Scottish landlords support move to measure impact of tax changes on supply of affordable housing

05 September, 2016

The impact of tax changes for landlords in the PRS on the availability of affordable housing will be debated in the House of Commons

Funding to tackle food poverty

05 September, 2016

21 projects get share of £900,000

HB Direct Issue 170

05 September, 2016

The HB Direct newsletter provides latest information on policy changes, good practice and initiatives that affect Housing Benefit

The impact of accidental landlords on the private rented sector

05 September, 2016

With the growth in the PRS, there has been a rise in the number of 'accidental landlords', people who are letting out their property more through circumstance and need than purely profit

Scunthorpe tenants owe £835,000 but evictions are down

05 September, 2016

Rent arrears owed by tenants of the Scunthorpe-based housing association Ongo Homes increased last year to £835,000 - but fewer debtors are being evicted

Borough puts £1m admin cost estimate on first year of pay to stay

05 September, 2016

A London borough estimates that Pay to Stay could cost it £1 million in first year administration costs alone to make IT and other system and process changes happen

Landlords freeze pay following rent cut

05 September, 2016

A greater proportion of social landlords surveyed have frozen pay for staff since the 1% annual rent cut came into effect

Scottish Parliament gets power to introduce higher benefits

05 September, 2016

The Scottish Parliament has today assumed new powers to increase state benefits so they are higher than in the rest of the UK

Welfare cap would decimate women's refuges

05 September, 2016

More than two-thirds of refuges for victims of domestic abuse in England and Wales will close unless these lifeline services are made exempt from a new government welfare spending cap

Fewer homes for rent, as landlords move flats onto Airbnb

05 September, 2016

Landlords are taking their flats off the open market, and advertising them instead on holiday websites like Airbnb

Clegg: Osborne casually cut welfare for poorest to boost Tory popularity

05 September, 2016

Former deputy PM says 'cynical' ex-chancellor was not bothered about human consequences

Victory for tenants in sub-letting case

05 September, 2016

A landlord has failed to gain immediate possession of his property after it was sub-let by his tenant

Associations submit 'cautious' bids for grant

02 September, 2016

Housing associations have submitted "cautious" bids under the government's main affordable housing grant programme

May is urged to consider policy of 'living rents' linked to wage levels

02 September, 2016

As PM's social reform committee meets for first time, report says rental sector needs to be looked at urgently

'This will cause massive hardship': social housing tenants on 'pay to stay'

02 September, 2016

We heard from readers affected by the government's 'pay to stay' policy, set to be introduced from April next year

Council Tax Reduction for around half a million Scots

02 September, 2016

The Scottish Government's Council Tax Reduction scheme is giving support to almost 500,000 low income households across the country

Increase in Londoners facing bailiffs for council tax arrears

02 September, 2016

The number of low-income Londoners referred to bailiffs for council tax debt rose to nearly 20,000 last year, with people facing millions in court costs

Landlord fined over 'dangerous, defective' HMO

02 September, 2016

The HMO in Cardiff that landed its landlord to court didn't have much going it

Supported housing and the impact of capping Housing Benefit

02 September, 2016

This evidence paper looks at the distribution of supported housing by region across England nationally

'Pay to stay' is Robin Hood in reverse for thousands of hard-working people

02 September, 2016

These rent hikes are a direct attack on working people in social housing by a government as numerically illiterate as it is disingenuous

Rents and Value for Money

02 September, 2016

Many tenants pay rent for their homes and rarely question whether it equates to value for money for the services they receive

Tenants forget to claim back £500,000 of their own deposit money

02 September, 2016

Staff at a tenancy deposit scheme in Scotland are searching for thousands of tenants who appear to have forgotten to claim back their deposits

Supported housing helped build a better life for Amy and her son

01 September, 2016

Amy, a young woman living with her mother, had suffered from anxiety and depression following her experiences of domestic violence and abuse

Too poor to pay

01 September, 2016

The impact of the second year of localised council tax support in London

The lower overall benefit cap: what do we need to know?

01 September, 2016

Last week the government confirmed that the new, lower overall benefit cap will be introduced from the 7 November

Scottish tenants due half a million pounds in rental deposits

01 September, 2016

Staff at tenancy deposit scheme SafeDeposits Scotland are on the hunt for Scottish tenants who have forgotten to claim back their deposits

National Report on the Scottish Social Housing Charter: Headline Findings 2015/16

01 September, 2016

The general picture is one of strong performance and continued improvement over the first three years of the Charter

Tenancy deposits 'threatening to break £1,000 threshold'

01 September, 2016

Deposits on new rental properties are creeping closer to £1,000 and may soon be more

RLA claims holiday letting websites are making London's housing crisis worse

01 September, 2016

The growth of listings on holiday letting websites is making London's housing shortage worse

Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary at May 2016 published

01 September, 2016

The Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary, providing an overview of the main DfC administered benefits, was published by the Department for Communities today

Driving Installation of Energy Efficiency Measures: Customer Research Findings

01 September, 2016

This research sought to establish what would work best and what would not work well in the design of incentives to encourage consumers to install energy efficiency measures

The left has lost its nerve on welfare. It needs a new agenda

31 August, 2016

Labour needs a long-term plan to raise living standards for low- and middle-income families

Landlords fined £3,800 in council's first rented homes licensing prosecution

31 August, 2016

A council's first prosecution over HMO licenses cost two landlords nearly £4,000

Council launches Pay to Stay attack on government

31 August, 2016

Southwark Council has written to ask the Government to use its own tax office to pick up the bureaucracy that Pay to Stay will generate

What is pay to stay and who will be affected?

31 August, 2016

The government's policy of rent hikes for working people in social housing will hit thousands of low earners across the country

Future of Welfare Reform Group update

31 August, 2016

The third meeting of the Federation's Future of Welfare Reform group was held on 15 July and had a well-informed agenda on the key issues the housing sector is facing

For us all

31 August, 2016

Redesigning social security, for the 2020s

This report is about reforming social security for children and working-age adults, in the 2020s

Social security system fast becoming unfit for purpose

31 August, 2016

Most low-income working households to be worse off by 2020, and families on out-of-work benefits face losing fifth of income

Social housing sector reports continued strong financial performance

31 August, 2016

The social housing sector remains in a strong financial position with access to sufficient finance

Poorest in Scotland 'pay more for services'

31 August, 2016

Poorer people in Scotland are paying more than others for essential services

Calls for fuel poverty plan after key target missed

31 August, 2016

Efforts to tackle fuel poverty must be redoubled after it emerged a key Scottish Government target would be missed

Merger fever: the tenants' view

31 August, 2016

Tenants are helping to devise an alternative merger code

'Pay to stay' is just another way to punish social housing tenants

30 August, 2016

When the government talks about its 'pay to stay' policy, ministers usually point to all those greedy social housing tenants who earn mega bucks but continue living in a council house

Lower benefit cap to hit a quarter of a million poor children

30 August, 2016

Changes coming in this autumn will take an average of £60 a week from households affected

Life after community death: this food bank has a lesson for Labour

30 August, 2016

Two women who restored pride to a blighted town can show Jeremy Corbyn and his colleagues what a social movement could be used for

Should Wales Ban Letting Agent Fees?

30 August, 2016

Between late January and early March 2016, Shelter Cymru and their supporters carried out a mass participative mystery shop of 85 letting agents across Wales looking into what tenants were charged in agency fees

LGA calls on Government to rethink pay to stay policy

30 August, 2016

LGA is urging new ministers to rethink the Pay to Stay policy which will require councils to charge some of their tenants higher rents from April 2017

The social housing tenants miles from home

30 August, 2016

Councils, particularly those in London, are choosing to tackle a shortage of affordable social housing by investing in accommodation in other parts of the country

Theresa May urged to reshape welfare with 'social insurance'

30 August, 2016

Firmer link between contributions and receipts is on table as PM calls first cabinet meeting since summer break

Fury as major buy-to-let tax amendments are 'slipped in' by stealth

30 August, 2016

Major amendments to the Finance Bill have been "slipped in" at committee stage

Police step up hunt for bogus letting agent who robbed tenants of thousands

30 August, 2016

Police have issued a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak in connection with an investigation in which a number of people fell victim to a suspected bogus letting agent

New Bill set to change the moment that private tenants become homeless

30 August, 2016

A new Bill aimed at reducing homelessness has been published

Man behind allAgents review site to keep his landlord licence after jail sentence

30 August, 2016

Vincent Friel, the letting agent behind agents review site allAgents, has been allowed to keep his licence to continue as a private landlord

Merseyside RTB sales increased due to low demand elsewhere

26 August, 2016

The number of homes sold in Merseyside under the Right to Buy extension pilot was upped to compensate for low sales elsewhere

Housing benefit pumped into the private rented sector is dead money

26 August, 2016

If the government truly cared about value for money for taxpayers rather than the profits of private landlords, they'd build social housing

Half of Mid Suffolk's sheltered homes could be axed in council's proposals

26 August, 2016

Nearly half of Mid Suffolk Council-run sheltered housing schemes could be axed if new proposals go ahead

Low wages and bills 'thwart 18-35s' savings ambitions'

26 August, 2016

The under-35s are not a spendthrift generation, but are struggling to save owing to daily financial pressures and low wages

Homelessness changes: more evidence on how it really works in Wales

26 August, 2016

Last week a cross-party committee of MPs identified the principal cause of homelessness as the cost and availability of housing

Landlord handed £15,000 bill

26 August, 2016

A company has been ordered to pay more than £15,000 for failing to licence a large block of flats in Rotherham

MP asks letting agent to sign petition to get letting agent fees abolished

26 August, 2016

A letting agent has been invited by his MP to support a campaign to have "rip off" letting agent fees banned

70,000 social housing tenants face £1,000 a year average rent rises under pay to stay

26 August, 2016

The LGA is urging new ministers to rethink the Pay to Stay policy which will require councils to charge some of their tenants higher rents from April 2017

New Housing Benefit Limits For Claimants Going Abroad

26 August, 2016

People living in Great Britain can now only receive Housing Benefit for 4 weeks if they are out of the country. Previously, housing benefit claimants could continue having their rent paid for up to 13 weeks

Welfare Reform and Work Act: impact assessment for the benefit cap

25 August, 2016

Impact assessment for the benefit cap to be implemented from November 2016 under the Welfare Reform and Work Act

Analysis of EEA migrants' access to income-related benefits measures

25 August, 2016

Analysis relating to the measures introduced to restrict access to income-related benefits for EEA migrants from December 2013

Nationality at point of NINo registration of DWP working age benefit recipients: data to Feb 2016

25 August, 2016

Nationality at point of National Insurance number (NINo) registration of DWP working age benefit recipients

Mortgage approvals by UK banks fall to lowest level so far this year

25 August, 2016

Approvals were down in July but credit growth was up, suggesting people delaying large not small purchases after Brexit vote

OneSavings more keen on lending to professional landlords after EU vote

25 August, 2016

OneSavings Bank said it had increased its focus on professional landlords and tightened lending criteria for financing smaller residential developments after Britain voted to leave the EU

Universal credit delays forcing people to food banks

25 August, 2016

Delays in government's flagship welfare reform has caused debt, rent arrears and health problems

Of Letting Fees and Rent Controls - Landlords being pushed into a trap

25 August, 2016

A lot was made of letting agent fees in the run up to last year's general election, and the issue is back again as the fix-all cure of the ills of private renting

Guidance issued to landlords on how they should treat refugees

25 August, 2016

The Scottish Refugee Council has launched a guide for housing professionals to ensure that all refugees and asylum seekers are treated with dignity and fairness

Private rents up by 2.4% over past year

25 August, 2016

The ONS' latest index of private housing rental prices has found that rents grew by 2.4% in the year to July 2016

Housing associations cancel merger

24 August, 2016

Genesis and Thames Valley have cancelled their merger plans at the eleventh hour citing "differences in style and approach"

Home Group ISA scheme 'will help with deposits'

24 August, 2016

A housing association's homeownership scheme will help tenants raise cash for deposits, despite controversy this week over the government scheme on which it is modelled

Poorer renters at risk from homelessness as benefit shortfall grows

24 August, 2016

Hundreds of thousands of households face a £100-a-month gap between private rents and housing benefit by 2020

More needs to be done to increase housing supply for all tenures

24 August, 2016

The Resolution Foundation recently reported that home ownership figures in Northern Ireland have fallen significantly by 10% in just over 10 years

'Rogue landlords' exploit vulnerable families in Govanhill

24 August, 2016

Vulnerable families are being exploited by "rogue landlords" in the midst of the first minister's constituency

Demand for buy-to-let mortgages and loans boosts OneSavings Bank profits but lender set to slash standard rates

24 August, 2016

Specialist lender OneSavings Bank was the biggest riser on the FTSE 250 at lunchtime as demand for mortgages and loans saw it post above-forecast profits

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain, results: July 2016

24 August, 2016

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

Agents accused of kicking out tenants in order to earn 'inflated' fees

24 August, 2016

'Inflated' fees give letting agents an incentive to churn tenants - kicking them out, and in the process distorting the whole housing market

Landlord power sees off introduction of licensing scheme

24 August, 2016

A west country council has dropped its plans for a licensing scheme after local landlords came up with "a number of other alternatives"

More than 1.5m UK households in extreme debt

23 August, 2016

Britain in the Red study finds that people are struggling to make repayments as wages have fallen since financial crisis

Landlords to challenge Redbridge Council's planned licensing schemes

23 August, 2016

Landlords in Redbridge are being invited to put any questions they have over new controversial licensing schemes to council officers at a meeting being held tomorrow

Building affordable homes is the way to control the housing benefit bill

23 August, 2016

Housing benefit payments to tenants in the private rented sector have doubled in the last ten years, to £9.3 billion a year

Consumer regulation review 2015 to 2016

23 August, 2016

The report sets out the social housing regulator's approach to consumer regulation and includes case studies and lessons learned

Wages standstill sees over a million low-income families struggle with extreme debt

23 August, 2016

More than a million families with a household income below £30,000 are in extreme debt

Government launches review into letting agent fraud

23 August, 2016

The Government is to review whether renters' and landlords' money is adequately protected from letting agent fraud or bankruptcy

Social Impact Report

23 August, 2016

The Real Lettings Property Fund is a property investment fund designed for a social purpose: to help people at risk of homelessness to become more independent

Landlords' Barometer - #39: Ten predictions and one has already come true!

23 August, 2016

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #39" ... a round-up of trending topics on PropertyTribes.com

The working renters whose homes are 'at risk'

22 August, 2016

Penny and Rich Baker, who live near Bristol, have decided they have no choice but to move to a smaller house

NHF crowdfunds Pay to Stay data tool

22 August, 2016

NHF has called on members to help crowdfund £70,000 for a data project estimating tenants' incomes ahead of the voluntary introduction of Pay to Stay

The face of social housing in Renfrewshire is set to change with a £34million deal

22 August, 2016

It is hoped the plan will be rubber-stamped in days

New council houses are welcome but we need a lot more to solve housing crisis

22 August, 2016

Shelter Scotland reacts as North Lanarkshire Council reveals it is to build 1,000 council homes

Welfare 'Dependency': Hard Right Keeps Up the Pressure to attack the less Well Off

22 August, 2016

The Centre for Policy Studies has a thing about 'welfare dependency'

Treasury and banks could face legal action over Help to Buy Isa scandal

22 August, 2016

The Government and banks could face legal action from thousands of savers over the Help to Buy Isa scandal

How Might the Chancellor's Autumn Statement Affect Landlords?

22 August, 2016

The year 2016 has definitely been a turbulent one for Britons, especially landlords

My challenge to Lord Freud, Minister of State for Welfare Reform: Can you live on 63pence per week for nearly seven weeks?

22 August, 2016

If the answer to that question is No, then why are you imposing a policy on Universal Credit claimants that achieves just this?

The growing Housing Benefit spend in the private rented sector

22 August, 2016

This briefing examines the reasons and factors behind the recent growth in Housing Benefit expenditure in the private rented sector

Private landlords 'lining their pockets' with housing benefit

22 August, 2016

Private landlords "are lining their pockets" with housing benefit

Help to Buy ISA: the real scandal

22 August, 2016

Over the weekend the Telegraph reported that there is a Help to Buy ISA "scandal" because "first-time buyers will not be able to use it on an initial deposit on their new home"

Even dukes support social housing - so why doesn't the government?

19 August, 2016

Both the second and sixth Dukes of Westminster understood that social housing will always be needed: now is the time to build, not sell it off

Greater Maryhill Foodbank founder charged with fraud

19 August, 2016

The founder of a high-profile Glasgow foodbank has been charged with fraud

Gloucester Foodbank to continue at new storage site

19 August, 2016

A food bank which was under threat of closure will continue to operate after a deal was made to use a storage site

And how much do you earn? Public pressure for government regulation of pay

19 August, 2016

Economics teaches that freely determined pay arrangements are likely to lead to optimal output and employment, with benefits to both employers and employees

'This is a scandal', we need to do far better than this' - more than 4,000 children are in temporary accommodation across Barnet

19 August, 2016

A report has revealed that more than 4,000 children are in temporary accommodation in Barnet - three times more than previously stated

Rental expert calls on new Housing Minister to reverse tax changes

19 August, 2016

Reverse 'punitive tax policies' in order to increase supply and demand in the rental sector

Concern over plans to withhold Right to Buy payments

19 August, 2016

Ministers are set to insist on withholding 30% of compensation payment for Right to Buy discounts until replacement homes are started

Less than 2% of social tenants apply for Right to Buy in trial of scheme

19 August, 2016

Only 1.6% of households in the pilot to extend the Right to Buy to housing associations have applied to purchase their social home

Tenant satisfaction: is it still relevant?

18 August, 2016

As housing associations transform themselves, is customer service still important - and if so, why?

NHF propose Pay to Stay data solution

18 August, 2016

The National Housing Federation have set out how they feel associations can best collect data for Pay to Stay

Be prepared, landlords, there's a new Government regime on energy efficiency standards coming your way

18 August, 2016

Landlords need to prepare for the introduction of the Government's new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards now if they want to avoid legal headaches and potential fines

The student towns where buy-to-let returns are as high as 10pc

18 August, 2016

Yields of more than 10pc are still obtainable from buying properties to let to students

I can't prepare a meal or walk and talk normally. But the Government has just cut my benefits

18 August, 2016

A woman from York who was diagnosed with early onset dementia in her 50s has spoken of her devastation that her disability payments have been cut

Rogue landlord fined £40k for 'squeezing' tenants into unsafe HMO

18 August, 2016

A rogue landlord faces a court bill of almost £40,000 after being caught cramming 24 people into an unsafe, cockroach infested £3,700 a month HMO intended for seven

HB G8/2016

18 August, 2016

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Belvoir calls on ministers to reverse Osborne's 'disastrous' taxes on landlords

18 August, 2016

Franchise chain Belvoir is calling for the Government to reverse "punitive" tax policies that are hitting the private rented sector

Andy Burnham calls for councils to be able to buy poor quality private rented homes

18 August, 2016

Councils should receive a fund to help them purchase private rented homes in a poor state of repair

Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to March 2016

17 August, 2016

Data on Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions decisions made to March 2016

£66k bill for illegal sub-letting

17 August, 2016

Busted for illegal sub-letting, a tenant has been landed with a £66,600 bill

Benefits rule change forces 500 disabled people to give back vehicles every week

17 August, 2016

'Having a progressive illness is difficult enough without being treated as though you are exaggerating,'

Sheltered housing and extra care housing by LA in Wales

17 August, 2016

The Welsh Government's annual report on the number of dwellings owned by local authorities and registered social landlords

Our housing associations can build more homes - if the government will let us

17 August, 2016

With housebuilding plans hard hit by the Brexit vote and uncertain economic times, there's an urgent need to shift support from ownership to renting

Buy to let property investors in UK still positive post Brexit

17 August, 2016

Confidence in the lending environment remains unchanged for buy to let property investors in the UK after the historic vote to leave the European Union

Bank of mum and dad dealt tax blow: New rules mean parents could be hit by higher stamp duty rates

17 August, 2016

Coventry Building Society scraps 'Step Up' mortgage deal for families

Bedroom tax fails on objectives

17 August, 2016

Research shows the government's Bedroom Tax is failing in its aim of freeing up larger homes

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 4 Aug 2016

17 August, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 4 August 2016

Housing Benefit caseload statistics

17 August, 2016

Statistics on numbers of Housing Benefit claimants

G15: Bedroom tax failing to free up larger homes

17 August, 2016

The bedroom tax is failing to free up larger social homes in London, according to research by the G15 group of housing associations

New start-up offering alternative to tenancy deposit protection announces seed investment

17 August, 2016

A London-based property and financial technology start-up, Reposit, is aiming to offer an alternative to tenancy deposit protection

As a landlady, I can see what needs to change in our rental market

16 August, 2016

We recently received the following guest blog from a Shelter supporter, Maureen, and we thought we'd share it

Benefit gaps put half a million working renters at risk

16 August, 2016

More than half a million working renters in Yorkshire are at risk of being unable to cover housing costs should they lose a wage

Five million private renters 'risk housing crisis without wage'

16 August, 2016

More than five million working rental sector tenants are at risk of being unable to cover their housing costs if they lost their wage

BPF build to rent map of the UK

16 August, 2016

The BPF build to rent map plots build to rent schemes across the UK aimed at the institutional investment market

Law student illegally sub-let her council flat to private tenant

16 August, 2016

A law student illegally sub-let her council flat to a private tenant when she started a university degree 120 miles away

Are you one of the 1 in 10 legally compliant landlords in Wales?

16 August, 2016

All landlords with property in Wales are legally required to register with Rent Smart Wales and undergo training to obtain a license if you self-manage your property

Arrears and repossessions fall to lowest level in 20 years but rental evictions soar

16 August, 2016

While the number of people falling into arrears is at its lowest level in 20 years, rising rents and living costs have seen rental evictions soar

London rents drop for first time since November 2010

15 August, 2016

Rents in London have fallen annually for the first time in nearly six years as the pace of price increases has slowed across Britain

Energy policy a 'tax on tenants'

15 August, 2016

Tenants may face higher rents due to the impact of energy efficiency

Another buy to let lender encouraging longer tenancies

15 August, 2016

Leeds Building Society has changed its mortgage criteria in a bid to encourage longer-term private rentals

New licensing scheme for HMOs

15 August, 2016

The London borough of Bexley is developing a new local licensing scheme for Houses of Multiple Occupation

Council action leaves landlord with £14k bill for unlicensed flats

15 August, 2016

A London council has left a landlord with a bill of over £14,000 for letting unlicensed "overcrowded, poorly managed, fire hazard" flats

Pace of rent rises slows across country - and drop in central London for first time in six years

15 August, 2016

Rental growth has slowed across the country. And while rents still went up in most regions, last month there were drops in the south-east, Scotland, Wales and London

Emboldened tenants refuse to move

15 August, 2016

Residents of the Butterfields estate in Walthamstow are up in arms about a neighbour's eviction

Scottish landlords launch new campaign against tax changes

15 August, 2016

Tax increases being imposed by the UK and Scottish governments will make it easier for irresponsible landlords to provide sub-standard housing to tenants

22,592 private renting households evicted over the past 12 months

12 August, 2016

Shelter says the "terrible impact" of welfare cuts and "chronic lack" of affordable homes is reflected in the 22,592 private renting households in England evicted by bailiffs in the last twelve months

Latest universal credit roll out schedule announced

12 August, 2016

The department of work and pensions have announced the next stages of the universal credit rollout schedule

Arrears and possessions continue to fall

12 August, 2016

The number of mortgages in arrears continued to fall in the second quarter of this year, and is now at its lowest level since records began more than 20 years ago

Right to buy is a stake in the heart of social housing - now more than ever

12 August, 2016

Despite the fact that flogging off national assets at below market value is brainless, the social housing fire sale continues apace

Buy-to-let market plateaus in Q2 as tenant demand stabilises

12 August, 2016

Tenant demand for private rental property is plateauing across the UK, as 45% of landlords report no change during the second quarter of 2016

Sustainable buildings pay in terms of rent and occupancy

12 August, 2016

A new study draws a direct correlation between green building certification and increased financial benefits to property owners

Number of private tenants evicted by bailiffs soars 88% in five years

12 August, 2016

The number of households living in the private rented sector in England evicted by bailiffs has gone up 88% in the past five years

Government facing calls for Right to Buy to be scrapped

12 August, 2016

The Green Party has called for Right to Buy to be scrapped after only 20% of homes bought under the scheme last year have been replaced

Disability and Poverty

11 August, 2016

Reducing poverty among disabled people has to be at the heart of any attempts to reduce poverty overall in the United Kingdom

This is because, first, disabled people have higher poverty rates than the rest of the population

Right to buy rules 'restricting councils replacing homes sold under scheme'

11 August, 2016

Less than 20% of homes sold under the right to buy scheme were replaced by councils last year

Social Housing Stock and Rents, as at 31 March 2016

11 August, 2016

Social housing stock are dwellings, bedsits and bed spaces owned or partly owned by local authorities and RSLs, otherwise known as social landlords

Northern Ireland beats social housing target

11 August, 2016

The number of new social homes started in Northern Ireland last year has exceeded the government's 1,500-homes target, but it is still down on the previous year

Tenants hit by short supply of family housing

11 August, 2016

The majority of franchise owners in the Group's 170-strong network are reporting a shortage in family housing for the rental market

New scheme to help tenants buy their social homes

11 August, 2016

One of the UK's largest housing associations plans to discount tenants' rents, freeze property prices and top up savings in a pioneering bid to help tenants buy their social home

Right-to-buy reform urged as council leaders fear for social housing

11 August, 2016

Figures show that replacements for homes sold under the right-to-buy scheme fell by 27% last year, worsening the housing crisis

Mortgage and landlord possession statistics: April to June 2016

11 August, 2016

Quarterly National Statistics on possession claim actions in county courts by mortgage lenders and social and private landlords

EU tenants worried Brexit will leave them homeless

10 August, 2016

Three in ten European Union citizens living in the private rented sector say they are worried that the result of the referendum will make it harder for them to rent in the UK

The stigma of renting and the legacy of new towns

10 August, 2016

Jonn Elledge's article is mostly a realistic picture of the rental v ownership situation in the UK

Rogue landlord 'couldn't afford' to fix unsafe HMO

10 August, 2016

Failing to provide safety precautions... a dangerous kitchen layout... defective windows and waste pipes... rogue landlord Kowser Ahmed Chowdhury claimed he couldn't afford to fix any of them

With supported housing in limbo, vulnerable people face homelessness

10 August, 2016

The government delay on reforms to supported housing funding means a miserable summer for tenants and difficult decisions for us providers

Paying rent without work 'a very scary place to be'

10 August, 2016

What is it like to lose your job and not have enough money to cover your rent and childcare?

Our welfare state shouldn't be a source of shame, but of pride - and fury

10 August, 2016

With so many working families a month's pay away from losing their homes, Labour's duty isn't to get tough on benefit claimants, it's to rid the system of its stigma

Most private landlords are part-timers with just one property

10 August, 2016

The large majority of private landlords still consider property rental to be a part-time activity, and most manage their portfolios as private individuals rather than as companies

Landlords may have to spend up to £5,000 to keep rental homes in the market

10 August, 2016

Government officials have estimated it could cost landlords between £1,800 and £5,000 to bring energy-inefficient properties up to an EPC rating of E

Concern that landlords who apply for direct rental payments having emails deleted

10 August, 2016

The Residential Landlords Association is to call on the Government for better guidance to stop emails applying for rent payments to go straight to landlords being deleted

Still small but growing: How have landlord characteristics changed since 2010?

09 August, 2016

The modern rise of the private rented sector needs little introduction

PRS revolution is well and truly under way

09 August, 2016

Build to rent is finally blossoming, with more than 60,000 units in the pipeline

Many families could not afford a month's rent if they lost job

09 August, 2016

One in three families in England could not pay their rent or mortgage for more than a month if they lost their job

Housing minister says he backs longer private rental tenancies

09 August, 2016

The new housing minister, Gavin Barwell, says he is behind the concept of longer tenancies for renters in the private sector

Redefining social rent

09 August, 2016

Morphing social into affordable rent

Banning letting agent fees is not the answer

09 August, 2016

The National Approved Lettings Scheme has spoken out against calls by housing charity Shelter to ban letting agent fees in Wales

HomeLet Rental Index - July 2016

09 August, 2016

16 to date has seen a slower rate of rental growth, compared to the same period last year

'Biased' fit for work tests penalise poorer people

09 August, 2016

New study finds that disabled people living in deprived areas are more likely to lose their benefits under the government's controversial assessments system

Jeremy Corbyn Looking At 'Universal Basic Income'; Says House Price Fall Could Help Tackle Housing Crisis

08 August, 2016

Adds house price fall could help tackle housing crisis

Bristol landlord couple fined for breaching new licensing scheme for Easton's Stapleton Road

08 August, 2016

The Stapleton Road area of Easton is the first to be subject to a special landlord's licence

Government cuts to supported housing could force services to close

08 August, 2016

The plans to restrict housing benefit for vulnerable people living in supported housing are one of the most pernicious proposals from this Tory government

360,000 families afflicted by council tax poverty trap

08 August, 2016

Previously exempt households in arrears crisis as benefits are cut; while Liverpool city council is owed £10m in council tax

'My 20pc per year buy-to-let returns: here's how it works'

08 August, 2016

Despite having had to pay higher stamp duty from April, buy-to-let investors still claim to be capturing ultra-high yields - including some of more than 20pc

DR UK says all ESA claimants should be exempt from the benefit cap

08 August, 2016

While some disabled people are exempt from the benefit cap - including those receiving DLA or PIP or support component - those in the ESA work related activity group are not

Is the increase in private renters a lifestyle choice we should come to accept?

08 August, 2016

Last week, the Resolution Foundation found that home ownership is at its lowest in 30 years

Rise in number of landlords helps calm post-Brexit lettings fears

08 August, 2016

One of Scotland's biggest letting agencies has reported a "significant rise" in interest from landlords in the weeks following the referendum

Benefit Cap

08 August, 2016

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

This means that, in general, households on out-of-work benefits no longer receive more in welfare payments than the average weekly wage for working households

Luton HMO Landlord Fined

08 August, 2016

A Luton landlord has been fined over £1,300 after failing to ensure his tenants were equipped with the correct firefighting equipment

Mortgage lenders delay moves to pass on interest rate cut

05 August, 2016

Bailed-out banks NatWest and Lloyds are reticent about cutting SVR rates despite warning from Bank of England governor

UK interest rate cut: how it will affect you

05 August, 2016

With the Bank of England reducing the base rate to just 0.25%, we look at the likely impact on mortgage and savings rates, pensions and house prices

23,000 in work thanks to Iain Duncan Smith's benefits cap

05 August, 2016

Households impacted by rules are 41 per cent more likely to find a job, new figures reveal

Rent rises with a week's notice: we can no longer afford our 'affordable' housing

05 August, 2016

We hoped that being on an affordable rent scheme would mean we could save to buy our own place. L&Q's sudden rent increase comes as a shock and a blow

£1.2m to boost ethnic minority and migrant job prospects

05 August, 2016

£1.2m will be spent on a project to improve the job prospects of migrants and ethnic minorities

Going lower

05 August, 2016

Record low interest rates have been great for people with mortgages but terrible for the housing system as a whole

Is it time to abandon the dream of owning a home?

05 August, 2016

Some have argued that we should focus on improving renting rather than obsessing over house ownership - readers share their opinions on this

An empty home = an extra family in temporary accommodation or homeless

05 August, 2016

Half full or half empty? CIH knowledge management and research co-ordinator Sara Graves blogs about how vacant homes could tackle our housing crisis

Benefit Cap statistics

05 August, 2016

Data to May 2016

Affordable housing: 'affordable for who'?

05 August, 2016

Every time I hear the term 'affordable housing' being used - whether in a conversation with friends, family, Shelter clients or in a focus group - the same comment is always made: 'yes, but affordable for who...?'

Pre-payment meter price cap is watershed moment, says Ofgem

04 August, 2016

Regulator says new measures will help the most vulnerable customers but critics say they do not go far enough

DWP will not say whether it is going to cut disability supported housing, women's refuges, and homeless hostels

04 August, 2016

Fifteen of the UK's leading disability charities have written to the Department for Work and Pensions calling on it to end the 'shadow of uncertainty' cast on vulnerable people by its latest round of housing benefit cuts

LGA to develop advice for councils on out-of-area placements

04 August, 2016

The Local Government Association will develop best practice guidelines for councils moving people into other local authority areas

Southampton multi-occupancy tenants 'may face eviction'

04 August, 2016

Tenants in Southampton may face eviction because landlords are holding incorrect paperwork, Shelter claims

Call for evidence: radical new approach to housing policy

04 August, 2016

The Tory Reform Group (TRG) has launched a public call for evidence over innovative policy proposals to address the two-fold challenge of availability and affordability of homes to rent and buy

Squalid property used to house asylum seekers receives second inspection

04 August, 2016

A London council revisits Home Office house after Guardian uncovered dozens of people living in overcrowded and potentially dangerous conditions

Funding Homelessness Services in Scotland

04 August, 2016

This study was commissioned by Shelter Scotland as a follow-up from previous 2012 research examining the sources and trends of funding Scottish LA homelessness services

'Slumlord' fined for flat found not fit to live in

04 August, 2016

A 'slumlord' assumed cheap rent kept tenants happy in a flat a court found was not fit to live in

Interest rate cut to record low

04 August, 2016

The Bank of England has cut interest rates to a record low of 0.25%

Nine in 10 renters do not have the savings for 5% home deposit

03 August, 2016

Vast majority of people who rent are locked out of home ownership through a lack of income and savings, says Equality Trust

Minister criticised for response to rent cut question

03 August, 2016

A Labour peer has blasted a minister's response to a parliamentary question about the impact of the 1% social housing rent cut as 'completely unsatisfactory'

'Home ownership is unrealistic': five readers on England's housing crisis

03 August, 2016

England is in the middle of a housing crisis. We asked people to share where, and how, they live and what their hopes are for the future

Spare Room London Rental Index

03 August, 2016

SpareRoom.com report

Cheapest And Most Expensive Places To Rent A Room Revealed

UK home ownership rates are at their lowest for 30 years

03 August, 2016

Handwringing about the housing crisis has become a national pastime. Not surprising perhaps, with home ownership becoming an increasingly unrealistic dream for many younger families

The dream of owning your own home is over. Let's improve renting

03 August, 2016

We've been obsessed with house buying since the days of Thatcher. But now if tenancies were longer and tenants' rights stronger, we'd more happily rent

Legal Eagle: There is no right to housing

03 August, 2016

One of the most common misconceptions in housing law is that the council owes everyone a duty of accommodation and you would never end up sleeping on the streets. Sadly, this isn't quite right

This is a housing crisis

03 August, 2016

Locked out of home ownership for a lifetime, the state would be left to foot the bill for Generation Rent when they are retired and still living in the high-cost, high-turnover private rented sector

Home ownership in England hits 30-year low

03 August, 2016

London isn't the only city suffering a housing crisis

CH 1124 2016

02 August, 2016

Housing and council tax benefits tribunal decision - Recovery of overpayments

Princes trust report

02 August, 2016

Young people lack optimism about their future report finds

Top award for groundbreaking council project tackling homelessness

02 August, 2016

A Croydon Council initiative that has helped thousands of people at risk of homelessness has been named one of three winners

Overhaul planned for Scots benefits system could also mean ban on use of private firms

02 August, 2016

Scottish ministers may stop private companies carrying out vital welfare assessments as Holyrood prepares to take charge of social security, it has emerged

We overspend to counter the bedroom tax in Glasgow because we have to

02 August, 2016

Discretionary payments help to mitigate the government's cruel and punitive benefits cuts. We chose not to put this burden on the backs of the poorest

Council calls on ministers to protect renters

02 August, 2016

A London council is delivering a petition to government ministers in a bid to protect private renters

Opinion: The Virtues of Worklessness

02 August, 2016

Rob Gershon thinks it's time to look at what buying into the worklessness myth and using free labour says about housing providers

Dozens of asylum seekers crammed into single Home Office property

02 August, 2016

Eighteen women and 15 children seeking asylum are living in filthy and dangerous conditions, Guardian investigation finds

Can't work or won't work

02 August, 2016

Quasi-experimental evidence on work search requirements for single parents

Current registered providers of social housing

01 August, 2016

1st August 2016

English Housing Survey

01 August, 2016

Quality Report 2014-15

Impact of poverty costs the UK £78bn a year

01 August, 2016

Joseph Rowntree Foundation estimates that dealing with the effects of deprivation costs £1,200 for each person in Britain

UK interest rates set to be cut by Bank of England on Thursday

01 August, 2016

Bank will publish latest inflation report and growth forecasts this week, as downgrade of Britain's economic prospects is expected

Green tax' to hit landlords with £5,000 bill on buy-to-let homes

01 August, 2016

Hundreds of thousands of buy-to-let homeowners will have to pay a 'green tax' of up to £5,000 to make their properties more energy efficient

No Place Like An Accessible Home

01 August, 2016

LSE Report

Hundreds of thousands of disabled people are feeling hopeless and isolated, trapped in unsuitable housing according to report

Social Landlord Support Pack

01 August, 2016

Getting social tenants ready for direct payment of housing costs

Universal Credit and rented housing

01 August, 2016

Guide for landlords

Scottish house price index

01 August, 2016

May 2016

Not a moment too soon

01 August, 2016

The end of Scotland's Right to Buy gives social landlords the opportunity to replenish the stock of social housing

HB A7/2016

29 July, 2016

The Housing Benefit and State Pension Credit (Temporary Absence) (Amendment) Regulations 2016

Analysis: housing initiative in Brent

29 July, 2016

Enforcement officers were shocked to see a 'shanty town shack' in the back garden of an overcrowded HMO in Brent, London

How over-65 workforce has doubled in 15 years: More than one million are still in full or part-time work

29 July, 2016

The number of people over 65 who are still working has more than doubled since the beginning of the century, official figures showed yesterday

North Yorkshire's rural broadband target to be missed, council says

29 July, 2016

Some remote communities in North Yorkshire will not get high-speed broadband despite being promised 100% access by 2017, a council has admitted

'Injustice' of shorter, unhealthy lives in poorer areas

29 July, 2016

More needs to be done to tackle the inequality that leads to people living shorter and less healthy lives in poorer parts of Wales

Home thoughts From: Inside Edge 2

29 July, 2016

A housebuilding slump? Rising homelessness? Unaffordable house prices and rents? The housing crisis faced by the new government in Ireland is every bit as serious as the one confronting the new administration on this side of the Irish Sea

Rent to debt

29 July, 2016

Ed Miliband's recent investigation into rent-to-own suppliers for the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme showed how easily those in financial need can find themselves committed to unsustainable credit agreements

Four million working people to face affordable housing crisis by 2024

28 July, 2016

Millions of working people will no longer be able to afford somewhere decent to live by 2024 and will need access to some type of affordable housing according to new research

Owen Smith pledges to end austerity in radical pitch to Labour's left

28 July, 2016

Policies include scrapping Department for Work and Pensions, ending public-sector pay freeze and boosting spending on NHS

Record 31.7 million in work, as unemployment rate falls below 5%

28 July, 2016

The number of children growing up in homes in which nobody has a job has plummeted by 170,000 in a single year to the lowest total on record

Social Landlord Leaders: No more right to buy and 'not a moment too soon'

28 July, 2016

End of right to buy policy in Scotland

Legal aid cuts 'causing advice desert and homelessness'

28 July, 2016

Cuts in legal aid have led to an advice 'desert' that means more people are becoming homeless according to the Law Society

Get in on the Act

28 July, 2016

Housing and Planning Act 2016

Brick by Brick

28 July, 2016

What do we know about the demand for private renting?

Hundreds of residents helped into work

28 July, 2016

The initiative, set up to support households affected by the benefit cap has been credited with turning hundreds of people's lives around

'Homeless' woman hid property in Italy to get a council home

28 July, 2016

Loubna Hamidouch wanted a council home in Cambridge – when she owned a property in Italy

Council consults on property licensing schemes

28 July, 2016

A London council has launched a consultation on property licensing schemes

Government urged to delay Pay to Stay

27 July, 2016

Councils and arm's length management organisations are calling on ministers to delay the introduction of Pay to Stay to avoid a 'tight' timetable

Brexit migrant 'spike' warning from MPs

27 July, 2016

There could be a spike in UK migration ahead of Britain's withdrawal from the European Union and the possible end to free movement rights

Councils demand reassurance on universal broadband pledge

27 July, 2016

Councils have urged the government to 'reaffirm its commitment' to a minimum broadband speed

Council Tax: Stock of Properties

27 July, 2016

England and Wales, 2016

Bromsgrove District Council warns housing benefit claimants cash will stop if they are away for four weeks

27 July, 2016

RESIDENTS going abroad for more than four weeks are being warned they will no longer be able to claim housing benefit because of new national rules coming into force later this month

Domestic violence victims are disappearing from homeless statistics

27 July, 2016

Just 1,390 people are counted as homeless because of domestic violence, but government figures tell only half the story

House raid finds 'shanty shack'

27 July, 2016

Enforcement officers thought 31 people crammed into a dilapidated four-bedroomed house was bad enough - then they found the 'shanty town shack' out the back

Rents fall as landlords remain nervous over Brexit

26 July, 2016

Letting market hit by uncertainty over the future of Britain's role in Europe, but London continues to benefit from high demand for homes

Welfare Reform and Work Bill House of Lords second reading submission

26 July, 2016

Joseph Rowntree Foundation Report

Lone child refugees 'left in squalor' by EU nations

26 July, 2016

Thousands of lone migrant children are living in squalid conditions after being let down by European countries including the UK

Some supported housing could avoid 'LHA cap'

26 July, 2016

Associations could lessen the impact of the government's 'Local Housing Allowance (LHA) cap' by leasing their supported housing to a non-registered subsidiary

Housing benefit powers 'could tackle poverty in Wales'

26 July, 2016

Devolving housing benefits to Wales could help boost affordable homes and tackle poverty, an independent think-tank has said

June property transaction count down by 10% on last year

26 July, 2016

The number of residential property transactions increased by 4.9% between May and June 2016, but is down 10.2% compared with the same month last year

Tackling poverty from the DWP

26 July, 2016

A briefing for the Secretary of State from JRF

Helping hand

26 July, 2016

Social landlords have a duty to help tenants into work

Rent call

26 July, 2016

Social landlords must make the case for affordable rent to the new government

Tell National Audit Office of benefit sanction harm

26 July, 2016

The NAO is undertaking a study to examine whether the DWP is achieving value for money from its administration of benefit sanctions

English Housing Survey

25 July, 2016

Social Rented Sector Report, 2014-15

Delay likely on key Housing Act regulations

25 July, 2016

Publication of the Higher Value and Pay to Stay Regulations is likely to be delayed

London housing: Lambeth's Pockets of affordability

25 July, 2016

A new kind of compact home for middle income Londoners looks to be part of the new mayor's plans

Taxing tenants: how taxes on landlords end up hitting tenants

25 July, 2016

TaxPayers' Alliance report

Good Housing - Better Health

25 July, 2016

Report by The Academic - Practitioner Partnership

Government sneaks out report revealing 57,000 Bedroom Tax victims fell behind on rent

25 July, 2016

The report was slipped out in a mountain of more than 300 documents on the day MPs leave Westminster for their six-week summer holiday

The Tory sheltered housing benefit tax

25 July, 2016

Blog from SPeye

Still Hungry

25 July, 2016

Research report from West Cheshire Food Bank

In Depth: Government urged to back Help to Buy through Brexit

25 July, 2016

A new report urges the May government to back Help to Buy and ease the housing market through the uncertainty of Brexit

HCA probes landlords over market risk

22 July, 2016

The English social housing regulator is probing housing associations that are particularly exposed to a housing market downturn following the Brexit vote

Extending a voluntary Right to Buy to housing association tenants (England)

22 July, 2016

The statutory Right to Buy came into effect on 3 October 1980

Private rented sector in UK seeing rapid growth

22 July, 2016

The private rented sector is continuing its rapid growth across the UK and is now well established as the second biggest form of tenure after home ownership

Hundreds of private tenants to benefit from Charity Commission move

22 July, 2016

Hundreds of private tenants in rented homes in County Down and Belfast stand to benefit after an intervention by the Charity Commission

Don't hold your breath for social housing

22 July, 2016

The calm, sound, unwavering economic case for funding, and promoting the funding of homes let at rents that people can meet from their incomes has not changed

'£4.5bn a year up for grabs if Londoners rent out their homes'

22 July, 2016

A total of £4.5 billion a year could be earned if Londoners were to rent out their homes when going on holiday

London renters trying to move to flat shares to save money 'pay £2,000 in fees'

22 July, 2016

Hard-pressed Londoners who rent their homes have to shell out more than £2,000 in fees when moving into flatshare in order to save money

Landlord fined over unsafe log burner

22 July, 2016

An unsafe log burner has cost a landlord over £1,000

Reduce 'LHA cap' impact

21 July, 2016

Scottish ministers should use their new welfare powers to ease the impact of UK government cuts to housing benefit

Half of tenants would leave town to achieve dream of homeownership

21 July, 2016

More than half of tenants would move or consider moving to a different town or city in order to buy a home

Housing Benefit Cap to be debated in House of Commons

21 July, 2016

An Opposition Day Debate on the proposals to cut housing benefit for vulnerable people in supported housing is to be held on the 20 July 2016

Universal Credit scheme delayed

21 July, 2016

Ministers have announced a further delay to the government's flagship Universal Credit scheme

Theresa May is right to highlight families' struggle with housing costs - but rent is the worry, not mortgages

21 July, 2016

Theresa May's first speech as Prime Minister included a promise to empower 'working class' families

Housing benefit cuts 'risk damaging UK's international reputation'

21 July, 2016

New PM's will "jeopardise the safety" of people fleeing domestic violence and also affect the elderly, people mental health difficulties and the homeless

Supported housing announcement in Autumn

21 July, 2016

Vulnerable people living in social housing will know if they are to be included in benefit cuts later this year

Northern landlords raise doubts over minister's new role

21 July, 2016

Social landlords in the north of England have raised concerns about the new housing minister's extra role as minister for London

Universal credit falls five years behind schedule

21 July, 2016

Troubled welfare scheme will now not be completed until 2022, the seventh announced delay since 2013

Landlord allowed to pay £50 weekly instalments could take 15 years to pay fine

21 July, 2016

A landlord could take nearly 15 years to clear a £40,000 bill after a court agreed to let him pay weekly instalments

Renting to students, particularly those from overseas, may be more rewarding than risky for landlords

20 July, 2016

Are a few bad apples spoiling it for the whole bunch?

No phones, low pay, sent home for purple hair - life on a zero-hours contract

20 July, 2016

Nearly 1 million workers in the UK face the insecurity of unguaranteed shift work. Here, one agency employee reveals the trials they face, from unpaid lunch breaks to strict check-in procedures

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 7 Jul 2016

20 July, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 7 Jul 2016

HB A7/2016

20 July, 2016

The Housing Benefit and State Pension Credit (Temporary Absence) (Amendment) Regulations 2016

Giving renters back control over their lives

20 July, 2016

It's worth pausing for a moment on the promise Theresa May made in her first speech as prime minister

Private rental sector is the 'new home of poverty' in the UK

20 July, 2016

Urgent action is needed to empower local authorities to drive up the standards of privately owned homes

Landlords should seek advice about the tax changes ahead

20 July, 2016

With several tax changes for residential properties announced over the past 12 months, landlords need to be aware of how these could affect their tax bill

Properties run as Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) are earning double-digit returns for London landlords - if they can navigate the rules

20 July, 2016

Running a property as a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) could provide double-digit returns for London's landlords

'Vastly more' affordable housing needed to tackle Scotland's 'sobering' housing crisis

20 July, 2016

The only long-term solution for Scotland to help its struggling first time buyers is to build vastly more affordable, quality housing in the places where people want to live

The valuation of buy to let and HMO properties guidance

20 July, 2016

Over the past 25 years there has been a major shift in the housing market in the UK that has led to an increased bias to private renting, both out of choice and out of need

No room

20 July, 2016

Despite extensive cuts to local authority budgets, millions of pounds are pouring from the public purse into youth homelessness services without any way of knowing what does and doesn't work

Cameron 'worst ever' PM for housing

19 July, 2016

David Cameron has been branded the 'worst ever' PM for housebuilding in a survey commissioned from the independent House of Commons Library

Over 87,000 London children without a permanent home

19 July, 2016

Since 2010 there has been a 44% increase in the number of London children living in temporary accommodation

House Price Index

19 July, 2016

June 2016

Middle-income families in UK resemble the poor of years past, says IFS

19 July, 2016

Households on middle incomes receive 30% of income from benefits and tax credits, a rise on 20 years ago, report finds

MPs face questions about post-Brexit housing

19 July, 2016

The chancellor will decide whether the government remains committed to social housing

Complaints about social landlords ease off

19 July, 2016

The number of complaints and enquiries about social landlords received by the Housing Ombudsman Service has levelled off following a huge increase over the last few years

Will Theresa May try to fix the broken housing market?

19 July, 2016

Some Tory MPs worry that poorer families have been denied decent homes through the government's obsession with subsidising home ownership - at the expense of social housing

Paying for Supported Housing

19 July, 2016

House of Commons Briefing paper

EU migrants may face 'right to stay' curbs

18 July, 2016

EU migrants who come to the UK as Brexit nears may not be given the right to stay, David Davis has said

New housing minister appointed

18 July, 2016

Gavin Barwell has been appointed as the new housing minister

Freud orders 'urgent' review into Universal Credit arrears

18 July, 2016

Lord David Freud has commissioned an 'urgent' review into the high rate of rent arrears owed by Universal Credit claimants

Bank of Mum and Dad is now paying the rent, too

18 July, 2016

Parents in Britain put hand into pocket to the tune of £1bn a year, as housing crisis grows

Landlords urge Welsh government to introduce a new tax to boost rented housing supply

18 July, 2016

Assembly members in Wales are being asked to scrap the 3% stamp duty hike and instead introduce a new Land Transaction Tax

Millennials paying more rent than Baby Boomers

18 July, 2016

Resolution Foundation report

Millennials will have paid around £53,000 in rent by the time they reach 30

Falling short: the experiences of families below the Minimum Income Standard

18 July, 2016

Joseph Rowntree report

More than one in three families in the UK now have incomes below the Minimum Income Standard (MIS), a benchmark based on what the public agrees a household needs as a minimum to live on

NLA launches tenancy management software

18 July, 2016

The NLA has launched its newest service, Landlord Vision, which uses cloud-based software to help landlords manage almost every aspect of their tenancies

Councils free to decide on Pay to Stay rents

15 July, 2016

Ministers have said it is up to councils to decide how they determine 'market rent' levels under the Pay to Stay policy

MPs press Government for LHA cap safeguards

15 July, 2016

The Government has made positive reassurances about the future funding of supported housing, despite stopping short of extending its exemption from the looming LHA cap

Fire, Gas and Carbon Monoxide Safety Regulations:

15 July, 2016

What English social landlords need to know

Understanding your tenants

15 July, 2016

Different tenants different circumstances

May day signals

15 July, 2016

Freshly installed prime minister Theresa May has already signalled she is a social reformer

Still time for Bacs campaign

15 July, 2016

Social housing providers still have time to take advantage of a national housing rents campaign, which aims to deliver vital time and cost savings for those in the sector

Housing and Planning Act 2016: business as usual - wide-ranging measures to boost supply of new homes now one step closer

15 July, 2016

New Regulations set out additional Housing and Planning Act 2016 provisions to commence on 13 July, and others coming into force on 1 or 31 October 2016

How much does it cost UK councils to take in refugees?

15 July, 2016

Britain pledged to take in 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020. How close are we to that target and how does the current initiative match up to previous schemes?

Vilifying the asylum seeker next door is just plain racist

15 July, 2016

Brexit has emboldened people who publicly campaign for people fleeing torture and war to be denied even poor, cramped housing

Council building power diminished 92% by government policies

14 July, 2016

Councils' capacity to fund building through their rent accounts has shrunk from 550,000 homes over 30 years to just 45,000 as a result of government policies

Interest rates could be cut to new low

14 July, 2016

The Bank of England could make the first cut to UK interest rates in more than seven years

Theresa May told: "start building social housing"

14 July, 2016

New PM Theresa May is urged to honour her words on dealing with the housing deficit

DWP benefit Blockchain trial slammed by digital experts

14 July, 2016

The DWP trial, which began in May and will run for three to six months, currently involves eight benefits claimants but may increase to up to 24

The business case for affordable housing

14 July, 2016

Peabody Trust and CBI report

This report reveals that Londoners living in social housing contributed at least £15bn to the capitals economy in 2015 alone

Faster internet to be rolled out to more communities

14 July, 2016

Households in several rural communities across Scotland are to be given access to high-speed fibre broadband

Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 Overview of the Act and implications for the sector

14 July, 2016

Report by Community Housing Cymru

The Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 was enacted in response to increased numbers of people currently accessing the rented market in Wales and in an effort 'to make it simpler and easier to rent a home, replacing various complex pieces of legislation with one clear legal framework'

2014 - based Household Projections: England, 2014 - 2039

14 July, 2016

DCLG statistical release

Cash strapped councils turn down 21% of DHP applications

13 July, 2016

English councils with tenants hit hardest by welfare cuts are turning down one in five applicants for a hardship fund

Residents to benefit from housing associations home swap

13 July, 2016

More than 1,400 households will have a new landlord and a more local service, after two leading housing associations completed a major stock exchange

LIN press release - DHP underspend 2015-16

13 July, 2016

LIN press release

HB A6/2016

13 July, 2016

DWP circular - Payment Deductions Project

Citizens Advice Scotland: Welfare system 'not working'

13 July, 2016

The most vulnerable people in Scotland are falling into destitution because the benefits system is 'simply not working', according to a charity

Universal Credit Statistical Ad Hoc: Data on Alternative Payment Arrangements

13 July, 2016

This publication provides ad hoc statistics on Managed Payment to Landlord (MPTL) Alternative Payment Arrangements (APAs) in Universal Credit Live Service

The future of supported housing

13 July, 2016

An adjournment debate on the future of supported housing

The secret life of a benefits officer: we are the human face of bad government decisions

13 July, 2016

We fall into two camps: those who want to help people keep a roof over their heads and those who seek to weed out fraudulent claimants

The fall and rise of the council estate

13 July, 2016

For decades, the Aylesbury estate in south London has been seen as a symbol of the failure of British social housing. But now - just as it is being demolished - many people are starting to think again

UK welfare state 'mediocre' and in need of reform

12 July, 2016

Region ranks 15th out of 23 countries in terms tackling poverty and social exclusion

Renting in London: £500-a-month rooms are 'on the verge of extinction' as demand continues to soar

12 July, 2016

New figures reveal that nearly half the rooms in London flatshares now cost more than £750 a month

Tenancy Deposit Schemes: could a landmark case lead to more prosecutions?

12 July, 2016

Last week, a landmark case in Scotland highlighted the need for deposit protection, after a letting agent in North Ayrshire became the first in the country to be prosecuted for its breach of the rules

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment: second independent review call for evidence

12 July, 2016

We are seeking feedback on how the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment is working

Scots rent rises among largest in UK

12 July, 2016

Tenants in Scotland have had to meet rent increases that are among the highest in the UK and accelerating at almost twice the countrywide average

Squalor still endemic in Britain as UK welfare state judged 'mediocre' to other European countries

12 July, 2016

With approximately 15 million people classified by Eurostat as at 'risk of poverty or social exclusion', the UK is ranked 15th of 23 European countries on the ILC-UK's Poverty and Social Exclusion Index

Property valuations rise for first-time buyers but sharply down for buy-to-let landlords

12 July, 2016

Predictions of property price cuts since the Brexit vote have yet to ring true

Newly agreed rents continue to rise - but how much will be too much?

12 July, 2016

Rents continue to rise but landlords are getting conscious about tenant affordability amid uncertainty following the Brexit vote and ahead of further tax changes next year

Landlords' pet hate when it comes to tenants - and it's not pets

12 July, 2016

A YouGov survey has found that smokers are the least popular type of tenants with landlords

Financial specialist wins battle over -to-let mortgages

11 July, 2016

A financial specialist who won a legal fight over buy-to-let mortgages says borrowers have started to collect compensation

'I'll build 10,000 council houses' says Labour man battling to become region's first mayor

11 July, 2016

Former Birmingham councillor Steve Bedser launches bid to become Labour candidate for West Midlands mayor with a dig at his 'career politician' rival Sion Simon

Buy-to-let: Why you'll need a 60pc deposit

11 July, 2016

The most risk-averse lenders could start to offer special 40pc mortgages as the buy-to-let market becomes more tightly regulated

Landlord crammed 28 tenants into house with one toilet

11 July, 2016

If the flashbacks to your squalid uni house share make you shudder, you might not want to read this

Prisoners to help build social housing

11 July, 2016

A Trafford social housing consortium has employed eight inmates from HM Hindley Prison

Universal Credit evaluation framework: 2016

11 July, 2016

This document updates the original framework by reviewing what we have done so far and setting out future evaluation plans

Universal Credit online channel usage

11 July, 2016

This publication provides ad hoc statistics on the online completion of tasks by claimants in the Universal Credit full service

Universal Credit: Data on alternative payment arrangements

11 July, 2016

Statistics on Managed Payment to Landlord (MPTL) Alternative Payment Arrangements (APAs) in the Universal Credit live service

Major banks 'charging more to borrow money than payday lenders'

11 July, 2016

The magazine found that some RBS customers could face costs of £90, while customers at Lloyds, HSBC and TSB could face £80

Councillors told that response of just 58 gives 'clear mandate' for blanket licensing scheme

11 July, 2016

A council which is planning to introduce a blanket licensing scheme of all rental properties in the city received just 58 responses to a consultation on its proposals

Steep rise in private tenants seeking help with illegal evictions

11 July, 2016

There has been a 50% rise in private tenants appealing for help with illegal evictions

DWP plans longer-term supported housing exemption

08 July, 2016

Ministers plan to extend an exemption for supported housing from the 'Local Housing Allowance cap' as they seek a long-term solution to the problem

Third of U.K. Councils Say No to Housing Refugees

08 July, 2016

London and Greater Manchester have taken in the fewest number of refugee families

Senior judges block tenant's eviction despite cannabis farm

08 July, 2016

A housing associations' bid to evict a tenant who had 300 cannabis plants in her spare bedroom has been dismissed by senior judges

Suffolk Housing Society takes steps to mitigate Universal Credit

08 July, 2016

Suffolk Housing Society, a social landlord in East Anglia with over 2,500 properties, has invested in Mobysoft's Rentsense solution to help them mitigate the rent cut and Universal Credit

Councils spend £100m helping renters hit by benefit cuts

08 July, 2016

Discretionary payments of £85.3m made to close gap left by bedroom tax while just over £14m paid to those squeezed by cap on benefits

The myth of Bristol's benefit claimants exposed - the city's missing millions going unclaimed

08 July, 2016

The amount of money being stolen by benefit cheats in Bristol is 20 times smaller than the amount of benefits people are entitled to claim but haven't

HB S8/2016

08 July, 2016

New Burdens payment for the implementation of the 2016 benefit cap changes

LIN Press Release - Evaluation of the Universal Support delivered locally trials

08 July, 2016

This report presents findings from the evaluation of the 'Universal Support - delivered locally' trials, which ran in eleven areas of Great Britain between September 2014 and August/November 2015

Third of councils top up housing benefits after cap

07 July, 2016

About a third of English councils have spent additional money topping up a government fund aimed at cushioning the impact of welfare changes

Credit agency 'monitoring' landlords with London sales exposure

07 July, 2016

A credit ratings agency is "monitoring" London providers with large exposures to the sales market

Landlords to answer VFM questions

07 July, 2016

Housing associations will have to defend higher than usual costs or demonstrate they are making savings in future 'in-depth assessments'

Londoners fear 'Pay to Stay' law will price poor tenants out of the capital

07 July, 2016

From the moment Jan Sweeney first got the keys to her council flat in west London 35 years ago, she hoped she had found a sanctuary from the economic unrest gripping the city

The towns where buy-to-let landlords could be 'locked out' if new strict lending rules are applied

07 July, 2016

59 out of 85 towns and cities analysed would not be accessible to landlords if tighter lending criteria is applied

The end of Buy to Let - blessing or disaster?

07 July, 2016

Buy to Let has been the subject of much impassioned rage from the housing sector, claiming it only makes the housing crisis gripping the nation worse

Wirral landlord fined £10,000 for renting out unsafe bedsits

07 July, 2016

Mohammed Fiaz rented out the property on Borough Road, Seacombe to vulnerable adults

Universal Credit forcing landlords into evictions

07 July, 2016

The Universal Credit system that replaced six means-tested benefits and tax credits is causing people to be unnecessarily evicted

The Housing Benefit and State Pension Credit (Temporary Absence)(Amendment) Regulations 2016: SSAC report and government statement

07 July, 2016

A SSAC report on regulations to change how long someone absent from Great Britain can remain entitled - and the government's response

Repent at leisure? Why the introduction of Pay to Stay should be slowed right down

07 July, 2016

It would be easy to imagine that all of Government is focused on the possible implications of leaving the EU

Evaluation of the Universal Support delivered locally trials

07 July, 2016

This report presents findings from evaluation of the Universal Support delivered locally trials

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments: financial year 2015/16

06 July, 2016

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

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment: second independent review

06 July, 2016

The second independent review of the Personal Independence Payment assessment process

Pay to Stay for housing associations

06 July, 2016

Pay to Stay is not compulsory for housing associations, but some may wish to introduce their own scheme for higher income households

We're scrapping right to buy in Wales to protect vulnerable families

06 July, 2016

People should be able to get on the property ladder without it depleting our social housing stock. We must ensure everybody has a decent place to live

Crisis launches £150k fund for projects helping homeless people to rent

06 July, 2016

A two year funding programme has been launched offering a total of £150k to local projects supporting homeless people or those at risk of homelessness to rent a home

Landlords forced to pay more upfront to meet stricter buy-to-let lending rules

06 July, 2016

A property crowdfunding platform is claiming that stricter rules on lending to buy-to-let landlords could "choke off" access to potential investors in the market

Listen: how can we fix renting for families?

06 July, 2016

Welcome to this Shelter podcast, presented by myself and John Bibby, taking a look at unstable private renting in England

Unexpected rental costs leave tenants out of pocket

06 July, 2016

A disgruntled minority of private tenants say they are being left out-of-pocket after being hit by unexpected costs not covered by their landlord

Executive confirms plans for new social housing scheme in Rathcoole

06 July, 2016

The Northern Ireland Housing Executive has confirmed plans for a new social housing development in the heart of the Rathcoole estate

Carney warns of housing crisis if landlords leave the market

06 July, 2016

A mass sell-off by landlords could amplify a property market crash and pose problems for vulnerable households

Money Box Live: Benefits - is the system too complex?

06 July, 2016

Is our welfare benefit system too complex?

Illegal sub-letting scams 'being done with landlord's consent'

06 July, 2016

A new sub-letting scam has been identified by housing lawyer Ben Reeve Lewis

First Scots prosecution over failure to protect tenants' deposits expected to lead to more

05 July, 2016

First prosecution in Scotland over failure to protect tenants' deposits expected to lead to more

Will EU exit mean higher food prices and staff shortages?

05 July, 2016

With sterling sliding and fuel costs rising, farmers, producers and retailers face up to rising input and sourcing costs

Birmingham landlord fined over £3k for harassing a tenant

05 July, 2016

A landlord was fined £3,100 at Birmingham Magistrates Court for harassing a tenant at his home in Russell Road, Moseley

Landlords warned over purchasing deposit hikes

05 July, 2016

Concerning new claims from crowdfunding platform Property Partner suggest that tighter lending criteria from the Bank of England could have a severe impact on deposits required from buy-to-let landlords

Mentally ill man was 'let down by the mental health and benefits systems'

05 July, 2016

The family of a mentally ill man who was found dead in his home say he was let down by the system

Court Shorts: Landlords fined for harassment and unlicensed HMO

05 July, 2016

A landlord looking for a quick house sale tried to harass a tenant out of the property with loud music

Jobs to go as Coast & Country Housing deals with fall in rental income

05 July, 2016

Redcar-based Coast & Country Housing are also closing a district office as 2015 Budget change kicks in

ARLA President says online letting agents expensive for what they do

05 July, 2016

As the new President of ARLA, Nik Madan can expect a busy year

The tax avoidance schemes luring landlords hit by new 3pc stamp duty

04 July, 2016

The Government's new "landlord tax" has created an industry of tax avoiders who are luring victims into schemes which could leave them thousands of pounds out of pocket

Conservative PM challengers pledge social housing

04 July, 2016

Conservative leadership hopeful Stephen Crabb has pledged to create a £100bn "Growing Britain Fund" for infrastructure projects including social housing

HB Direct Issue 169

04 July, 2016

The HB Direct newsletter provides latest information on policy changes, good practice and initiatives that affect Housing Benefit

Housing associations press ahead with "pay to stay"

04 July, 2016

It is estimated that there are over 6,000 households renting in the social housing sector where the household income is over £100,000

Tory tax and benefit plans 'widen generation divide'

04 July, 2016

Split seen in EU referendum will worsen as cash redistributed to the old, independent analysis finds

Falling profits on buy-to-let? Landlords converting family homes to student digs or shared properties for young professionals to boost rent

04 July, 2016

Buy-to-let landlords have been hit by a barrage of changes in the past year, facing tax reliefs cuts, stamp duty bills hikes and a consequent clampdown on mortgage availability

Weathering the Brexit storm: What the UK voting to leave the EU means for buyers, sellers and renters

04 July, 2016

A week on from its biggest economic shock in a generation, the housing market is coming to terms with the UK leaving the EU

Divorce 'driving rise in over-50s who have to rent': Nearly a third now lease property after strong increase over the past five years

04 July, 2016

More than a third of people aged 50 and over rent, up from a quarter in 2011

Councils step up raids on housing budgets

04 July, 2016

Cash-strapped councils are increasingly drawing cash from their housing budgets to plug gaps in back-office costs

Ending of private tenancies responsible for almost a third of homelessness

04 July, 2016

The ending of an assured shorthold tenancy with a private landlord was the most common reason for homelessness in the first quarter of this year

Underwriting standards for buy-to-let mortgage contracts

01 July, 2016

Buy-to-let reforms should reflect wider market conditions

London council launches 'right-to-invest' for low-income tenants

01 July, 2016

Barking and Dagenham's version of right-to-buy scheme aimed at retaining housing stock while letting tenants buy a share in their property at discount

The Scottish Government will not meet its target to end fuel poverty

01 July, 2016

The Scottish Government has recently stated that it will not meet its target to end fuel poverty in Scotland

Poverty after housing costs by housing tenure

01 July, 2016

Since 2002/03 the number in poverty in all but owned with mortgage tenure types has decreased

easyProperty boss calls for a £100 cap on letting agent fees

01 July, 2016

easyProperty CEO Rob Ellice is backing a call for letting agent fees to be capped

Right to Buy to be abolished in Wales

01 July, 2016

Right to Buy is to be abolished in Wales

Landlords' Barometer - #37: Landlords put their plans on hold after Brexit

01 July, 2016

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #37"

Touching the voids

01 July, 2016

The impact of energy efficiency on social landlord income and business plans

Touchbase - Edition 112

01 July, 2016

As with every other part of Government, following the EU referendum result last week, the day to day business of the Department for Work and Pensions continues as usual

Kerslake urges ministers to revise view of social housing

30 June, 2016

The former head of the civil service has called on ministers to change their view of social housing

Making welfare for Wales: Should benefits for people of working age be devolved?

30 June, 2016

Social security payments totaling approximately £10 billion are distributed in Wales every year

Welfare

30 June, 2016

Support for government welfare reform

Little support for reducing spending for most groups

Reforms to support social sector tenants

30 June, 2016

Lord Freud spoke about the benefits of working together to improve people's lives at the Chartered Institute of Housing conference

New figures show for the first time the alarming lack of government investment in affordable housing to rent

30 June, 2016

CIH reveal for the first time the extent to which government investment is being directed towards the private market and home ownership

UK borrowing rises at fastest rate in more than a decade

30 June, 2016

Value of credit cards, personal loans and overdrafts rose by 9.9% on a year earlier in May

MP presents petition in Commons calling for letting agent fees to be capped

30 June, 2016

An MP has presented a petition to the House of Commons calling for letting agents' fees to be capped

The housing headwind

30 June, 2016

Income gains for private renters have been absorbed by rising housing costs more than twice over in just over a decade

The impact of rising housing costs on UK living standards

CIH bid to mend 'tense' local government relationships

29 June, 2016

CIH has announced a drive to fix the "tension" between councils and housing associations following the extension of the Right to Buy

New research links energy efficient homes to savings for landlords

29 June, 2016

Potential for £2.4 million savings per year for social landlords identified. Costs from rent arrears and voids saved by efficient stock highlighted by new study involving 25 social landlords managing 500,000 homes

This is how the EU referendum vote could impact on UK households

29 June, 2016

Housing and banking, petrol and pensions will all feel the effects of the Brexit vote

Hold out for lowest home loans ever! Best mortgage deals tipped to become even cheaper after Brexit rate cut

29 June, 2016

Interest rates forecast to be cut to 0.25% by Bank of England after Brexit

Banks suspend deals for landlords: Buy-to-let lenders pulling loans in case homes slip into negative equity

29 June, 2016

Buy-to-let lenders are temporarily pulling loans for borrowers with small deposits until the dust from the Brexit vote settles

Another lender clamps down on landlords - but could Brexit rescue buy-to-let?

29 June, 2016

TSB has become the latest lender to make it harder for landlords to borrow buy-to-let mortgages, by reducing the amount it is prepared to lend relative to a landlords' rental income

Breaking: Wales ready to abolish Right to Buy

29 June, 2016

Right to Buy is running out of time in Wales

Universal Credit expands to all claimants in 5 more areas

29 June, 2016

Universal Credit becomes available to all types of claimant in Harrogate, Richmond (North Yorkshire), Inverness, Hammersmith and Ryedale

Serial fraudster who ran string of letting agencies jailed for four and a half years

29 June, 2016

A letting agent who scammed dozens of tenants and landlords out of more than £220,000 of rents and deposits has been jailed for four and a half years

Proposal for a strong and sustainable future for supported and sheltered housing

28 June, 2016

The Federation has consulted extensively with our housing association members and stakeholders to develop our recommendation for a secure, sustainable funding model for supported and sheltered housing

Income-related benefits: estimates of take-up: financial year 2014/15

28 June, 2016

Estimates of take-up of income-related benefits for Great Britain for the financial year 2014/15

Several large landlords planning for Pay to Stay adoption

28 June, 2016

A clutch of leading landlords have begun planning for the introduction of Pay to Stay

Majority of social housing tenants 'voted to leave the EU'

28 June, 2016

A majority of social housing tenants voted to Leave the European Union, according to an analysis by polling expert Lord Ashcroft

Tenant chances boosted by co-operation deal

28 June, 2016

The employment prospects of housing association tenants' are being boosted by closer co-operation between training and social housing providers

Britain's biggest landlord caught in Brexit turmoil - as he attempts to sell 1,000 properties

28 June, 2016

Britain's biggest landlord has been caught in Brexit turmoil as he attempts to sell 1,000 properties just as buyers are stalling and pulling out of deals en-mass over market fears

Comparing private rented sector policies in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

28 June, 2016

There is no overarching statutory regulation of private sector letting or managing agents in England nor any legal requirement for them to belong to a trade association

Cut in number of homeless in Scotland

28 June, 2016

The number of people in Scotland assessed as homeless or under the threat of being homeless went down by 5% in 2015/16

Future of the welfare state

27 June, 2016

As one of the key challenges facing the nation, successfully tackling the housing crisis is a critical litmus test for politicians and policy makers

Could front line workers hold the key to improving care in social housing?

27 June, 2016

From gas engineers to neighbourhood officers, rent collectors to handy-people; promoting health isn't the first thing that springs to mind when you think about these roles

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain, results: May 2016

27 June, 2016

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

The accidental landlord:'the Chancellor's solution to the housing crisis is a "dog's dinner" - but it's tenants who will suffer'

27 June, 2016

The Chancellor's bid to hit private landlords in the pocket will only worsen the misery of rocketing rents

EIB 'stands by' funding commitments following Leave vote

27 June, 2016

The EIB has said it will honour social housing funding commitments already in place with the UK following the vote to leave the European Union

Councils' cash from EU 'should be guaranteed' if withdrawn

27 June, 2016

The government should guarantee English councils will still receive the £5.3bn they had been allocated from EU funds

What impact will Britain's vote to leave the EU have on the PRS?

27 June, 2016

Today marks a very important day in Britain's history

Landlords in UK urged to stay calm in face of EU exit vote

27 June, 2016

Residential landlords in the UK are being urged not to read too much into the decision by the country to leave the European Union, having gone through a turbulent period recently

Austerity is the cause of our economic woes. It's nothing to do with the EU

27 June, 2016

The referendum shows how far Britain's economic failures have divided the country, but Brexit will only make them harder to address

New £80m class action against Foxtons could affect almost all letting agents

27 June, 2016

A new class action is being assembled against Foxtons over its charging of fees to tenants

The Impact of Welfare Reform in Scotland - Tracking Study - Sweep 4 Report

27 June, 2016

The aim of this study was to explore the impact of ongoing welfare changes on a range of working age households in Scotland

PIP figures fuel concerns over cuts, while activists plan day of action

24 June, 2016

DWP figures show that just 71 per cent of DLA recipients who applied for the new PIP were successful with their claim in April 2016

Councils sound warning over Pay to Stay timetable

24 June, 2016

The government is facing pressure from councils over the "horrendously short" timescale required to implement its controversial Pay to Stay policy by April next year

Whose Right to Buy Is It Anyway?

24 June, 2016

Around 2.5m council tenants across the UK have bought their homes since Right to Buy started in 1980

Birmingham landlord ordered to pay nearly £4,000

24 June, 2016

A Birmingham landlord has been ordered to pay nearly £4,000 after being found guilty of failing to apply for a House in Multiple Occupation licence

Personal Independence Payment: Official Statistics

24 June, 2016

This summary contains official statistics on PIP registrations, clearances and awards, clearance and outstanding times and mandatory reconsiderations

Buy-to-let mortgage rates take a tumble on Brexit fears as lenders scramble to tempt landlords stalling on investing

24 June, 2016

A stamp duty hike hangover and fears that Britain will vote to abandon the European Union today have pushed lenders to slash buy-to-let rates and bump up how much they'll lend to landlords who are delaying investment

Every week Charlotte sees desperation at first hand - outside the job centre

24 June, 2016

Her group have been helping jobseekers exposed to the vagaries of Britain's benefit system. She says people feel like criminals in a culture of fear

Landlords prosecuted for poor standards at Gloucester HMO under crackdown by council and fire and rescue service

24 June, 2016

Two more landlords have been prosecuted for poor standards at Houses in Multiple Occupation

Property market lull may follow vote to leave EU

24 June, 2016

Commentators suggest the lull in the UK property market will continue following the UK's vote to leave the EU

Economic uncertainty means renters need security

24 June, 2016

We haven't commented on the EU referendum as a debate about the future of the country was all a bit above us. Renters are a mixed bunch and have different reasons for voting Remain or Leave

15 things Brexit may mean for property

24 June, 2016

Reactions coming in thick and fast follwing today's Brexit vote

Who gets housing benefit and what does it cost?

23 June, 2016

The government spent £24bn on housing benefit in 2014. More than half of claimants under 35 are single mothers and many live in deprived coastal towns

HCA urges bids for supported housing grant

23 June, 2016

Landlords have been urged to bid for supported housing funding despite the government's benefit changes

Residents offered help to furnish their new homes

23 June, 2016

Tenants on low incomes are being helped to make their house into a home

Conference examines role of how customer service can save social housing

23 June, 2016

The role of customer service in "saving" social housing was on the agenda at Omfax System's annual user conference in Warwickshire

Rent increases and rent lawfully due

23 June, 2016

A few years ago now, I was instructed by Luton Law Centre in a series of possession cases brought by BPHA in Luton and Bedford County Courts

Need to cut the use of foodbanks

23 June, 2016

The second meeting of Motherwell and Wishaw Poverty Action Network discussed how foodbank use in the area could be slashed

Regardless of today's referendum result, lettings market to be 'unaffected' in short term

23 June, 2016

Whatever the outcome of today's EU referendum, lettings agents do not believe supply, demand or rental costs will be shaken or stirred - in the short term, at least

Scottish landlords now making paper losses of nearly £3,800 per year

23 June, 2016

Falling house prices and higher tax on purchases have seen landlord returns on buy-to-let drop in the 12 months to May

A short guide on right to rent

22 June, 2016

What is the right to rent?

Rent reduction : service cost de-pooling

22 June, 2016

This note examines the potential effects of de-pooling service costs from the rent for social landlords in England

ARLA PRS report

22 June, 2016

Letting agents don't anticipate major shift in rental market if UK votes for Brexit says ARLA report

Labour calls for answers over RTB fraud claims

22 June, 2016

Labour has tabled urgent questions and threatened to call for a National Audit Office investigation over Inside Housing's research into Right to Buy fraud

Landlords call for supported housing funding changes

22 June, 2016

The government should cap supported housing management costs and stop funding them through housing benefit

Tenants have their say on housing strategy

22 June, 2016

Residents of Edinburgh have influenced the city council on its housing budget strategy

Impact of Universal Credit

22 June, 2016

Average level of rent arrears of Universal Credit claimants in participating organisations has risen by 41.1% since roll out

Mapped: the tenancy fees faced nationwide by 'generation rent'

22 June, 2016

Tenancy fees can vary by more than 1,500pc depending on the agent and by hundreds of pounds between towns

Scottish rents hit record high as LBTT surcharge bites

22 June, 2016

Rents jump 1.3% month-on-month in April - the fastest growth on record, after new LBTT surcharge

16% of RTB purchasers 'on housing benefit'

21 June, 2016

Around 16% of council homes sold by 10 councils under the boosted Right to Buy have been to tenants on housing benefit

DWP spending on IT contractors rockets amid Universal Credit delays

21 June, 2016

Spending on external IT contractors by the Department for Work and Pensions has rocketed to £8m every month in a desperate attempt to get the heavily delayed Universal Credit scheme back on track

Letting agents and ghost listings

21 June, 2016

We were recently contacted by a homeowner that had fallen victim to fraudulent activity by a letting agent

Families now most common household in private rented sector

21 June, 2016

Families are the most common household type in the private rented sector for the first time

Tenants arrears tracker

21 June, 2016

Serious tenant arrears fall 4% as jobs boom

The effect of UK welfare reforms on the distribution of income and work incentives

21 June, 2016

As well as reducing expenditure, the UK government hopes that its welfare reforms will encourage work

Here's what £1,000 a month in rent gets you in British cities

21 June, 2016

Can you get more for your property pound in Welsh cities compared to the English equivalent?

Why is renting such a pain?

21 June, 2016

The United Kingdom is now the most expensive place to rent in Europe, with accommodation costing, on average, 43% of a tenant's income

Campaign against buy to let 'tax grab' extends fund-raising deadline

21 June, 2016

The landlords campaigning for a judicial review of the legislation curtailing mortgage interest tax relief for buy to let landlords have extended their fund-raising deadline until the end of August

Buy-to-let mortgage fraudster escapes jail after £750,000 scam

21 June, 2016

A fraudster has escaped jail after a £750,000 mortgage scam

Tenants launch union to challenge private landlords

20 June, 2016

New union aims to be antidote to landlords' industry bodies

How do you solve a problem like LHA?

20 June, 2016

The 'LHA problem' has become wide and far-reaching - and is hitting the vulnerable and those on low incomes the most

Starving and depending on foodbanks: why we need to rethink choice, deservingness, and stigma

20 June, 2016

With the growing foodbank queues came a growing interest towards their users

Charity condemns councils' £30m in 'sweeteners' to private landlords

20 June, 2016

An anti-poverty charity today attacked the millions of pounds in sweeteners paid by cash-strapped London boroughs to private landlords to persuade them to rent to council tenants

Major changes to the private rented sector

20 June, 2016

The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 was recently passed by the Scottish Parliament

Rent deals, housing hot-spots and sneaky ways to save money

20 June, 2016

Rents have reversed their Spring trajectory as a tide of homes to let bought before the April Stamp Duty surcharge have reached the private rented sector

£10bn worth of benefits go unclaimed each year in the UK

20 June, 2016

Has social stigma gone too far?

Tax changes prompt a fall in rent

20 June, 2016

Rents have reversed their spring trajectory as a tide of homes to let bought before the Stamp Duty Surcharge have reached the private rented sector

Fury as Shadow Housing Minister claims 'landlords cause homelessness'

20 June, 2016

A furious landlord has written an open letter to a senior politician who claimed that landlords cause homelessness

'Flash flood' in lettings market as rents dip amid increasing supply

20 June, 2016

Landlords are experiencing a short-term chill as rents fall amid increasing supply of rental properties that came to the market ahead of the Stamp Duty deadline

More evictions, more homelessness: what's the government's response?

17 June, 2016

Every new set of homelessness figures shows that the ending of a private tenancy is the biggest reason why people are losing their homes

Landlord ordered to refund tenants of unlicensed HMOs

17 June, 2016

A legal tribunal has ruled that a landlord must refund his tenants rent totalling £2,934 because he housed them in unlicensed HMOs

HB Bulletin: G6/2016

17 June, 2016

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

DWP payments over £25,000 for 2016

17 June, 2016

Payments over £25,000 that DWP has made in 2016, including invoices, grants and expenses

Number of retired renters soars by more than 200,000 in 4 years

17 June, 2016

The number of people living in private rented accommodation in retirement has soared by more than 200,000 in the last four years, according to a poll of private renters

Council saves money on costly temporary accommodation by purchasing homes

17 June, 2016

A London council claims its has saved almost £1 million in two years by purchasing homes to use as an alternative to nightly accommodation for vulnerable families

Landlords welcome Supreme Court ruling that right to family life does not trump right to reclaim property

17 June, 2016

RLA has welcomed a Supreme Court ruling it says will boost investor confidence in the private rented sector by clarifying a point of law

Scottish landlords edge towards 'remain' though UK-wide vote is split

17 June, 2016

Landlords in Scotland intend to vote in favour of the UK remaining in the European Union in the upcoming referendum

Disrupt Social Housing: Before Someone Disrupts It For You

17 June, 2016

All organisations face common challenges in coming years

£17 million needed to repair 1,140 rented homes with 'serious hazards'

17 June, 2016

More than 1,100 private rented homes in parts of North Staffordshire have 'serious' hazards

Making it Real for Supported Housing

17 June, 2016

A guide for providers and commissioners

Abolish tenancy deposits, says agent, to release £3.2bn into economy

17 June, 2016

A lettings agent has called for deposits to be abolished, saying it would release money into the economy and help stamp out rogue landlords and agents who help themselves to tenants' money

Under 35, on housing benefit, and impossible to house?

16 June, 2016

The 'Local Housing Allowance cap' is already narrowing the housing options for under-35s, Inside Housing reveals, with many housing associations planning to tighten allocation rules

Over four-fifths of benefit claimants with disabilities worried about benefit changes

16 June, 2016

Nearly three-quarters of people with disabilities said they would feel more stressed about their financial situation if their benefits were to be cut or reduced

HB S7/2016

16 June, 2016

Rent Rebate Subsidy Limitation information - 2016/17

'I'm at the mercy of my landlord': life as a young renter

16 June, 2016

If you're under 30, you could spend half your income on renting a one-bedroom flat. How do our readers cope?

Netherlands landlord offers tenants 100 Euro rent cut for helping refugees

16 June, 2016

Trudo housing corporation residents to get monthly discount if they guide new arrivals through Dutch customs and rules

European court backs UK curbs on child benefit rights

16 June, 2016

A challenge to the UK's right to deny some EU migrants child benefit and child tax credits has been rejected by European judges

Landmark case as tenant loses after claiming Human Rights should prevent eviction

16 June, 2016

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by a private tenant who claimed a possession order on her home was a breach of her human rights

Buy-to-let market like watching a train crash in slow motion

16 June, 2016

The buy-to-let market has been described as a slow motion train crash with a landlord exodus and much higher rents

On a knife's edge - how landlords view next week's EU poll

16 June, 2016

The results of next week's EU poll look far too close to call

350,000 renters put at risk of eviction in the last year - equivalent to more than the population of Leicester

15 June, 2016

Alarming new figures from housing charity Shelter have revealed more than 148,000 renting households in England were put at risk of losing their home in the past year

NFA floats switch to monthly rent collection

15 June, 2016

NFA is gathering the views of its members on moving from weekly to monthly rent collection

Borough bids for HMO control

15 June, 2016

A council coping with a rapid rise in HMOs is ready to "take back control"

Three-quarters of Benefit Claimants Worried about Future Welfare Changes

15 June, 2016

New research by the national charity Turn2us has found that 73% of low income households claiming means-tested benefits are worried about the welfare system

Spend half of your pay on rent? That's nothing out of the ordinary, you're just an average young single tenant in Britain

15 June, 2016

Young single tenants typically see half of their pay packet swallowed up in rent

Welfare support 'vital lifeline'

15 June, 2016

The majority of tenants claiming benefits are worried about future welfare changes

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 2 Jun 2016

15 June, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 2 June 2016

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to April 2016

15 June, 2016

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

Rental arrears fall as tenants get their finances back on track

15 June, 2016

Rental arrears fell by 4% in the first three months of the year

Landlords cite high capital gains tax as their biggest issue

15 June, 2016

Landlords have ranked the decision to maintain the old capital gains tax rate on property while cutting it elsewhere as their biggest challenge

Should private renters get the Right to Buy?

14 June, 2016

This is my second blog in response to Civitas's excellent new report Restoring a Nation of Homeownership

Moody's: 'Brexit could be negative for associations'

14 June, 2016

A ratings agency has issued fresh warnings about the impact on housing associations if the UK votes to leave the European Union

Punishing landlords will not help more people onto the property ladder

14 June, 2016

It is demonstrably possible to promote home ownership whilst at the same time creating the environment needed for the rented sector to grow

SNP falls short of socially-rented housing manifesto target

14 June, 2016

The SNP has missed a manifesto target to build more than 6,000 new socially-rented houses a year

Average Scottish tenancy deposits '£100 cheaper than England and Wales'

14 June, 2016

New renters in Scotland paid out on average almost £800 for a tenancy deposit over the last year

Implementing 'Right to Rent' immigration checks in Scotland: a recipe for confusion, complexity and discrimination?

14 June, 2016

There is fear that the UK government's latest round of immigration reforms could increase discrimination against some people wanting to rent privately and ride roughshod over Scottish housing law

'We have been treated like garbage. We are not garbage'

14 June, 2016

A man watched as his house was sold at auction

Right-wing think tank calls for Right to Buy to be extended to private tenants

14 June, 2016

A right-wing think tank has called for Right to Buy to be extended to private tenants

Restoring a Nation of Home Owners

14 June, 2016

Report by Civitas

What went wrong with home ownership in Britain, and how to start putting it right

HB A5/2016

13 June, 2016

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

Our tenants will pay the new taxes, say buy-to-let investors, as they push up rents by 6pc

13 June, 2016

Landlords will make tenants bear the brunt of increased buy-to-let taxation

Rent fees are a step closer to being scrapped

13 June, 2016

If you rent in England, Wales or Northern Ireland then you'll know all about those fees you have to pay when you sign a rental contract with a letting agent

From the County Courts - deposits, evictions and introductory tenancies

13 June, 2016

Some county court cases reported in the indispensable 'Housing: Recent Developments' in Legal Action for May 2016

Kent Reliance Buy To Let Britain report

13 June, 2016

Limited company lending rockets but tenants bear brunt of buy to let tax changes

CIH responds to HCA analysis of cost variation in the social housing sector

13 June, 2016

It is pleasing to see that the regulator's analysis shows housing associations have continued to reduce their costs over the last five years

Regulator's new advisors help keep tenants at the heart of its work

13 June, 2016

The Scottish Housing Regulator has recruited a team of tenant advisors as one way of bringing a tenant perspective to the Regulator's scrutiny of landlords' services

Cost of renting one-bed property soars in UK

13 June, 2016

Workers under 30 pay almost half of monthly wages in rent, while those in London pay even more

Landlord and letting agent both fined over illegal HMO

13 June, 2016

A landlord and his letting agent have both been fined for a number of offences relating to an illegally established house in multiple occupation

Buy-to-let Britain

10 June, 2016

Buy-to-let landlords likely to increase rents to offset higher costs - report by Kent Reliance

The EU referendum and Fiscal impact on low income households

10 June, 2016

Report by National Institute of Social and Economic research

Low income families could receive hundreds of pounds less in benefit payments if the UK leaves the EU, according to report

Bill gains support to outlaw letting fees for renters

10 June, 2016

A Private Members Bill to ban estate agents from charging tenants letting fees and to clamp down on rogue landlords is gathering wide support

NLA donates to judicial review of clause 24

10 June, 2016

The NLA is to donate £10k to support the Judicial Review against the Government's controversial decision to remove Finance Costs for individual landlords

Tread carefully

10 June, 2016

Housing associations considering a move into the care home market should tread carefully

Men's domestic violence refuge

10 June, 2016

The first north Wales refuge for men fleeing domestic abuse has opened in Flintshire

What Does the EU Referendum Mean for Private Renters?

10 June, 2016

As a 'disabled' privately renting female in London, you may think that I have one foot in and one foot out when it comes to the upcoming EU Referendum

Debt and food banks: the legacy of universal credit's Long Hello

10 June, 2016

There is fresh evidence that lengthy waits for a first benefit payment faced by universal credit claimants trigger hunger and rent arrears

Landlord left family at 'serious risk' in dangerous house

10 June, 2016

A landlord refused to repair a house that council enforcement officers said put a family at serious risk

UK startup offers landlords continuous, deep surveillance of tenants' social media

10 June, 2016

New Startup That Sends Dossiers On Your Private Social Media Profiles To Potential Landlords

Home free: when 'adverse possession' can mean good news for squatters

10 June, 2016

A Sydney man has used the old common law right of 'adverse possession' to take over an empty terrace house. In 12 years it could be his

ESA Work Capability Assessment mandatory reconsiderations: data to April 2016

09 June, 2016

Numbers of ESA Work Capability Assessment mandatory reconsiderations received and cleared by decision type and outcome

Landlords check Facebook and other social media to vet tenants

09 June, 2016

Landlords and letting agents are paying for "personality reports" of potential tenants based on details obtained by trawling Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and other sites

90% of Welsh private tenants 'satisfied'

09 June, 2016

Welsh private sector tenants are more satisfied than those in the social rented sector

Benefit cap puts supported housing at risk

09 June, 2016

Council leaders have called for supported housing to be exempt from the housing benefit cap to prevent the most vulnerable people from losing their homes

Number of homes to rent decreases

09 June, 2016

The repercussions of the government's stamp duty hike on second homes may already be starting to bite

Buy-to-let landlords win multimillion payout from West Bromwich

09 June, 2016

Court of appeal judges say building society was not entitled to raise tracker interest rates, ending 'David and Goliath' legal battle

Delivering better value for money: understanding differences in unit costs

09 June, 2016

Analysis of unit costs in the social housing sector

Stamp Duty surcharge starting to hit buy-to-let sector

09 June, 2016

The Stamp Duty surcharge on buy-to-let properties may be starting to bite

Lender to go into loss this year through having to refund £27.5m to buy-to-let borrowers

09 June, 2016

The West Bromwich Mortgage Company will have to refund £27.5m to thousands of buy-to-let borrowers who had tracker mortgages

Universal Credit Leads to Rent Arrears

09 June, 2016

Universal Credit is to blame for 79% of rent arrears since its roll-out in England.

One year on from the roll-out of Universal Credit (UC) in England, new research shows that 79% of council tenants in receipt of Universal Credit (UC) are in rent arrears.

Council to pay a £26.8m water bill refund to tenants

09 June, 2016

Many landlords with similar arrangements could also face large bills.

A London council faces paying a £26.8m refund to tenants who were overcharged for water, in a case that could have implications for many other landlords.

HomeLet Rental Index - May 2016

08 June, 2016

When London is excluded, the average UK rental value was £771pcm - this is 4.4% higher than the same period last year (£738pcm)

The biggest irony of all? Cutting someone's welfare makes them even less likely to get a job

08 June, 2016

Now we have the stats to prove what we knew all along - welfare cuts are based on stereotypes not evidence

Learning from testing times

08 June, 2016

Early evidence of the impact of universal credit in Scotland's CAB network

New tenancy laws not enough

08 June, 2016

Pressure groups call for further powers to improve quality of rental property and keep rent increases sustainable

Use of Equality and Diversity In formation by Scottish Social Landlords

08 June, 2016

This report presents the findings of our thematic inquiry on the information submitted by social landlords against the Charter standard and outcome for equalities

Financial adviser wins appeal court ruling on buy-to-let mortgages

08 June, 2016

A financial specialist has won the latest round of a legal battle with a mortgage company which he says could affect around a million people who own buy-to-let properties

Mortgage valuations up despite large drop in buy-to-let

08 June, 2016

Demand in the UK housing market is still strong despite the impending EU referendum

New rents still rising - but rate of growth slows

08 June, 2016

New rents across the UK continued to rise during May, but the rate of increase slowed

Annual house price growth unchanged at 9.2%

07 June, 2016

Prices in the three months to May were 9.2% higher than in the same three months a year earlier

New benefits change causing 'serious detriment' to vulnerable Scots

07 June, 2016

The UK government's much-heralded change to the social security system contains a number of inherent flaws which are causing serious problems for people in need

Mortgage lenders open up buy-to-let to longer tenancies

07 June, 2016

A significant, silent shift has taken place in the buy-to-let mortgage market

The Guardian view on a universal income: the high price of free money

07 June, 2016

Schemes to pay every citizen a stipend have much to commend them in theory. But a crashing defeat in a Swiss referendum shows they will go nowhere unless and until the practical details are got right

Universal Credit leads to rent arrears

07 June, 2016

Universal Credit is to blame for 79% of rent arrears cases

Move by Tower Hamlets to grab back council housing from 'failing' social landlords

07 June, 2016

Talks are under way to try bring social housing estates in London's deprived East End back under local authority control

Vicars, teachers and soldiers: The latest victims of buy-to-let stamp duty

07 June, 2016

A new stamp duty surcharge introduced earlier this month has affected a range of people from "accidental landlords" to parents helping their children buy a home

If housing's your problem, Universal Basic Income isn't the answer

07 June, 2016

A lot of young people support a universal basic income

Tories ignore the need for social housing and switch money from the poor to the rich

06 June, 2016

The term "housing crisis" is so well used in London that you cannot ignore it

Buy-to-let stamp duty loophole: flats above shops

06 June, 2016

Buy-to-let landlords are investing in commercial and semi-commercial property in an effort to beat the stamp duty rise

Welfare Reform European Social Fund project evaluation report

06 June, 2016

The aims of the project were to support unemployed and underemployed local people to find work or to increase their working hours

Docking welfare payments is not incentive to work

06 June, 2016

Government-backed employment project found benefit cuts that push claimants further into poverty also create barriers to finding work

Labour considering backing universal basic income as official party policy

06 June, 2016

'It's not official Labour Party policy. It's in the mix... we're considering it and looking at it and the feasibility of it'

New Law Proposed to Stop Councils Forcing Tenants to Wait for Bailiffs

06 June, 2016

The proportion of all repossession claims that have to be resolved by bailiffs in the last 12 months has shot up to 40%

FRC comments on issues arising in relation to accounting for social housing loans

06 June, 2016

Many entities are currently in the process of applying FRS 102 The Financial Reporting Standard applicable in the UK and Republic of Ireland for the first time

Letting agency that found tenants for illegal HMO fined almost £12,000

06 June, 2016

A letting agent has been fined nearly £12,000 after finding tenants for an illegal House in Multiple Occupation, and for using the ARLA logo when it was not a member

Abandonment a problem for almost half of Scottish landlords

03 June, 2016

Almost half of private landlords in Scotland have had one of their properties abandoned by tenants

Is it really all over for social housing?

03 June, 2016

Is it true though? Is it true that we are so conditioned to strive for homeownership and spurn social housing that we are willing to stand by while it disappears?

UK Immigration, EU Referendum and Britain's Housing Crisis - How to Get a Council House

03 June, 2016

The reality of Britain's housing crisis can be easily lost in the statistics

Ashamed to claim? Just how common is benefits stigma?

03 June, 2016

Ever since the first benefits systems came into being, they have been accompanied by debates about benefits stigma

Brandon Lewis issues eviction warning to councils

03 June, 2016

The Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis, has written to all local councils in England to underline government guidance on the advice that councils give to tenants when seeking re-housing on the grounds of "homelessness" when faced with an eviction notice

Councils consider applying for rent cut exemption

03 June, 2016

Two councils are considering applying for an exemption to a government-imposed 1% rent cut for social housing tenants

Property investors look for HMOs to boost profits

03 June, 2016

Investors planning to expand their property portfolios are looking to do so with the purchase of complex property types

Room rents in commuter towns rising seven times faster than in London

03 June, 2016

Landlords may traditionally see London as the place where the highest rents are charged, but new data shows prices in commuter town are rising seven times faster than in the capital

Personal Independence Payment assessment guide for assessment providers

03 June, 2016

Guidance for providers carrying out assessments for Personal Independence Payment

Residents facing new benefits cap warned of "pressing need" for them to get a job

03 June, 2016

Residents set to be hit by a new benefits cap are being warned there is "a pressing need" for them to find a job

Fair Food Fund to be set up as part of welfare reforms

02 June, 2016

The Scottish government is to establish a "Fair Food Fund" as part of efforts to tackle poverty and inequality

Universal Basic Income: Dream or Nightmare?

02 June, 2016

We look at a radical economic plan being put forward by Swiss campaigners - free cash for everyone

How will Sadiq Khan help London's private renters?

02 June, 2016

The capital's new mayor is starting to flesh out some of his manifesto pledges in a key area of housing policy

Index of private housing rental prices in Great Britain, results: Apr 2016

02 June, 2016

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

Telford Homes reports 42% revenue rise thanks to 'built for rent' homes

02 June, 2016

Housebuilder sells 150 homes in east London to M&G Real Estate for £63m, reflecting demand for rental properties

Does right to buy extension add up?

02 June, 2016

The government announced last year that the "right to buy" would be extended to housing association tenants

Council is accused of disregarding the views of local people on 70,000 housing target

02 June, 2016

Community campaigners are accusing Leeds City Council of disregarding the views of residents and riding roughshod over evidence against its 70,000 housing target

Review of the Scottish Social Housing Charter

02 June, 2016

This consultation seeks your views on the Scottish Social Housing Charter, which remains in force until 31 March 2017

Right to Rent Code of Practice

02 June, 2016

Scheme for landlords and their agents

Housing illegal immigrants in the private rented sector allows such people to establish a settled life in the UK and frustrate the necessary process of returning them to their home country

Welfare cuts will lead to rise in suicides

01 June, 2016

Government welfare cuts will lead to an increase in suicides

Housing & Planning Act offers scope to improve electrical safety in private rented sector

01 June, 2016

The trade association for electrical testing has welcomed measures in the Housing & Planning Act it says will improve safety in the private rented sector

The people dumped in "temporary" housing for more than a decade

01 June, 2016

Councils are dumping homeless people in "temporary accommodation" for more than a decade

Call for rent controls by Scottish nurses priced out of homes near hospitals

01 June, 2016

A union of nurses is calling for action to help NHS staff in Scotland find accommodation in the areas they provide hospital care

ARLA reports temporary rise in supply of rented housing

01 June, 2016

The supply of rented housing has increased from March this year but overall it is down from April 2015

HB Direct Issue 168

01 June, 2016

The HB Direct newsletter provides latest information on policy changes, good practice and initiatives that affect Housing Benefit

Charity bemoans 'shocking scale' of DHP recipients

01 June, 2016

New DHP statistics from the Scottish Government reveal the "shocking scale" of people struggling to pay housing costs

Why landlords should pass a fitting person test and criminal record checks

01 June, 2016

Being a landlord is a privilege, and it shouldn't be available to everybody: with the power they have over their tenants should come a sense of responsibility

'Boris ignored repeated warnings over launch of failed London Rental Standard'

01 June, 2016

The new Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has hit out at the London Rental Standard - a flagship programme launched by his predecessor Boris Johnson

Government's clampdown on buy-to-let 'backfiring'

01 June, 2016

The Government's efforts to free up housing stock for first-time buyers through a clampdown on buy-to-let may be backfiring

EU court to back UK limits on migrants' access to child benefits

01 June, 2016

European court of justice set to throw out challenge by European commission over right to residence requirement

Landlords remind tenants of forthcoming benefit cap

31 May, 2016

Three County Durham landlords are advising tenants of a limit that may be placed on their benefit allowance later this year

Nearly £50 million awarded under Discretionary Housing Payments scheme in Scotland

31 May, 2016

Nearly £50 million was spent to support housing costs for those in financial hardship in Scotland during 2015/16

When sky-high repair bills can make right to buy the wrong choice

31 May, 2016

Former local authority tenants who bought their properties for as little as £44,000 are facing demands of up to £50,000, which they can't afford to pay

Social housing: the end of 'lifetime' tenancies in England?

31 May, 2016

Long-term security of tenure was introduced for most social housing tenants by the Housing Act 1980

DCLG reveals council rent cut exemption criteria

31 May, 2016

The government has published guidance for councils on how to apply for an exemption from the 1% rent cut

Bradford Council criticised for having more than 4,000 empty homes in Bradford

31 May, 2016

Bradford Council has been criticised over the thousands of homes standing empty in the district

Personal budgets allow people to control their own support and their own lives

31 May, 2016

Over the past decade, personal budgets have completely changed social care in England, despite unprecedented local authority cuts

Number of UK landlords rises to 1.75 million

31 May, 2016

The rapid pace of growth in buy-to-let investments has been illustrated by new figures showing the number of landlords rising by 7% in 2013-14 to reach 1.75 million

Innovation in Scottish housing is delivering improved value for money

27 May, 2016

Scottish social landlords are modernising services and making use of new technology to deliver real, quantifiable savings and improved productivity

Research: Unlocking strategic asset management in social housing

27 May, 2016

The operating environment for housing associations has changed in the face of an evolving policy environment over rent levels, right to buy and funding for new housing delivery

Information for local authorities on exemptions from the requirements of the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 and related regulations

27 May, 2016

The Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 ("the Act") contains provisions which introduce a new rent regime for registered providers of social housing

SHR updates guide for landlords on carrying out surveys of tenants and service users

27 May, 2016

The SHR has published an updated guide that simplifies and clarifies some of the steps for landlords to take when designing and carrying out surveys of their tenants and service users

London councils spend near £500m on temporary accommodation

27 May, 2016

London councils spent nearly £500m on temporary accommodation over the past 18 months

'Shocking' safety breaches at HMO

27 May, 2016

Council officers found 'shocking' safety breaches at an unlicensed multiple occupation property that fire inspectors had already flagged up as a risk

Buy-to-let index - April 2016

27 May, 2016

Rents rise at fastest rate since September

Universal Credit is on the way for everyone claiming benefits in East Hampshire

27 May, 2016

The man behind the roll out of the new Universal Credit benefit in East Hampshire, says he would rather help people back into work than earn much more working in the private sector

PRS remains "fundamental part" of housing market despite uncertain outlook

26 May, 2016

With tenant demand continuing to rise, the PRS will remain a "fundamental part" of the UK's housing market moving forward

Half of housing associations won't back a 'rogue list'

26 May, 2016

An exclusive survey by 24 housing has shown half of housing associations would not back plans to create a rogue housing associations list

Universal Credit expands to all claimants in 5 areas today

26 May, 2016

Bath, Newcastle, Bridgwater, Rugby and Lowestoft all expand Universal Credit

HB S6/2016

26 May, 2016

New Burdens payment 2016/17 for the Pension Credit Assessed Income Period Reform

Universal Credit if you have a disability or health condition: quick guide

26 May, 2016

The support that is available for Universal Credit claimants who have a disability or health condition

Benefit tenants set to lose out in race for private rented homes

26 May, 2016

Housing benefit tenants are set to lose out on private rented homes as landlords look to tenants less prone to missing rental payments, in order to minimise the impact of last year's Budget

2016 Wandsworth Food Poverty Report Launched

26 May, 2016

Our third annual Food Poverty Report is now published, looking at the triggers and causes of crisis leading to 4078 people receiving emergency food and support from Wandsworth Foodbank in the last year

Conducting surveys of tenants and service users - a guide

26 May, 2016

The passing of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2010 and Social Housing Charter formed part of the legislation changes that introduced an obligation on landlords to regularly undertake surveys of their tenants

'Homeless' man sublet council house for 16 years

26 May, 2016

A council tenant who presented he and his family as homeless has to pay almost £130,000 for illegally subletting his council home over 16 years

Leith flats eviction suspended

26 May, 2016

The eviction of hundreds of residents from Leith flats has been suspended after the trust that owns them failed to find a buyer

HCA downgrades two landlords

26 May, 2016

The Homes and Communities Agency has today issued two housing associations with regulatory downgrades

Canterbury: 200 London families to move to council homes at Howe Barracks

25 May, 2016

More than 200 families from a London borough are set to move to council homes in east Kent after social housing bosses outbid the local authority to capture the ex-army properties

Two bed flats considered a good bet for rental yields

25 May, 2016

One bedroom flats are considered a good bet for the most attractive capital returns over the next year

Benefit sanctions lead claimants to suicide, crime and destitution

25 May, 2016

Benefit sanctions are "devastating" for claimants and can lead to destitution, crime, suicide, and throw up barriers to employment

Tenants are being notified about the impact of the Benefit Cap

25 May, 2016

Tenants that will be affected by the Benefit Cap from the autumn have been identified by the Department for Work and Pensions, and will receive a letter outlining the impact of the cap on their income

Scottish landlords expect cost rises to outstrip turnover

25 May, 2016

More than a third of Scottish social landlords expect cost rises to increase at a faster pace than revenue over the next year

The rental trap: soaring costs mean tenants are half as likely to afford monthly outgoings as homeowners

25 May, 2016

Soaring rents are making it impossible to save for the future, trapping tenants in a precarious financial situation

Find out how much rent your spare room could make you - and it's not London seeing the fastest rises

25 May, 2016

With rents rising Britons across the country could rake in unexpected amounts renting out their spare room

Aldingbourne landlords fined for breaching housing standards

25 May, 2016

Three landlords have been fined nearly £5,000 for breaching housing standards and letting their Aldingbourne property fall into disrepair

Rogue 'landlord' illegally evicted tenant from illegally sub-let flat

25 May, 2016

A tenant has told of being illegally evicted by a 'landlord' who was illegally sub-letting his council flat

Part 2: Essential guide to the new Immigration Act

24 May, 2016

The new Act also contains substantial new powers for landlords to evict tenants where they have been found to be in the country illegally

Landlords using Airbnb to bypass legal responsibilities as well as agents

24 May, 2016

Landlords and other property owners are potentially seeking to avoid their legal responsibilities by advertising the property as a holiday let on sites such as Airbnb

Rents on the up again - breaking records in three regions

24 May, 2016

Rents are now rising at the fastest rate for six months, standing last month at an average of £793 across England and Wales

Government won't reach its employment target for disabled people until 2030

24 May, 2016

The government is "years behind schedule" in delivering its manifesto commitment to halve the employment gap between disabled and non-disabled people by 2020

Benefits system 'a cruel bureaucracy', says Ken Loach after Cannes win

24 May, 2016

Fresh from winning Palme d'Or with I, Daniel Blake, director says he hopes it will affect government policy in the same way as earlier film Cathy Come Home

How you can start preparing for Voluntary Right to Buy - advice from the pilots

24 May, 2016

Back in November, Chancellor George Osborne announced Sovereign would be one of five housing associations given the challenge of piloting the new Voluntary Right to Buy

Two thirds of the British public support a universal basic income

24 May, 2016

The policy also has significant support across the European Union

Landlords seek to deregister from charity regulator

24 May, 2016

Housing associations are considering changing their legal status to avoid Charity Commission rules in the wake of the government's deregulation drive

The effects of taxes and benefits on household income: financial year ending 2015

24 May, 2016

The redistribution effects on households of direct and indirect taxation and benefits received in cash or kind analysed by household type

Benefit Cap External Partner High Level Briefing

24 May, 2016

The Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 is bringing in welfare reforms that are about incentivising work and ensuring we have a welfare system that is fair

Housing Benefit subsidy initial estimates: Apr 2013 to Mar 2014

24 May, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit initial estimates expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2013 to 2014

Housing Benefit subsidy audited final claims: Apr 2013 to Mar 2014

24 May, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit audit final claims expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2013 to 2014

Housing Benefit subsidy initial pre-audit final claims: Apr 2013 to Mar 2014

24 May, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit initial pre-audit final claims expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2013 to 2014

Housing Benefit subsidy mid-year estimates: Apr 2013 to Mar 2014

24 May, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit mid-year estimates expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2013 to 2014

Housing Benefit expenditure and subsidy data

24 May, 2016

This is the local authority Housing Benefit expenditure and subsidy data

Lack of social housing 'pushing thousands into poverty and homelessness'

23 May, 2016

Thousands of Scots are being pushed into poverty and homelessness because of higher private rental costs as a direct result of failures to protect the country's social housing stock

Wales' first fuel bank is giving free gas and electricity credit vouchers to eligible families

23 May, 2016

The scheme will provide credits worth £30 to eligible families in Cardiff

How bad is the housing crisis in Bristol? Nearly 10,000 people waiting for just 41 council homes

23 May, 2016

Nearly 10,000 people are waiting for a council home in Bristol - but only a few dozens are available for rent

Social landlords expect to manage more homes this year - but minority expect net revenue gains

23 May, 2016

More than two thirds of Scottish social housing landlords responding to a new survey expect the number of units they manage to increase over the next 12 months

Councils 'forcing homeless families to relocate miles away'

23 May, 2016

Overstretched local authorities unlawfully moving people up to 100 miles from schools and support networks

UN asks government to explain two-child cap on child tax credits

23 May, 2016

SNP raised concerns about 'medieval' clause that only allows exemption from cap for children conceived through rape

Private renting developer Grainger profits up as buy-to-let squeezed by the Government

23 May, 2016

Profits at Grainger, an institutional landlord, have grown as the UK government puts the squeeze on amateur buy-to-let investors

Osborne 'Pinocchio' over Brexit house price fall: IDS

23 May, 2016

Former cabinet minister Iain Duncan Smith has compared George Osborne to "Pinocchio" over his claim that a vote to leave the EU would cause an economic shock to UK house prices

Essential legal update for agents: Right to Rent checks

23 May, 2016

On May 12, the Immigration Bill became the Immigration Act 2016

Local councils to be handed powers to cap private rents under Labour

23 May, 2016

Local councils will be given the power to limit "skyrocketing" rent increases in the private sector if Labour came to power

Housing benefit savings will disappear under their own complexity

20 May, 2016

Commentators may have been left scraping around to fill the space where substantive parts of the Queen's Speech should have been

Liverpool Licensing Woes Continue

20 May, 2016

Landlords with property in Liverpool should take note that a local NLA member has apparently uncovered a number of flaws in the Council's licensing application form

Fraud and error in the benefit system: financial year 2015/16 preliminary estimates

20 May, 2016

Preliminary estimates of fraud and error levels in the benefit system in Great Britain in the financial year 2015/16

HB G5/2016

20 May, 2016

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Benefit fraud and error at record low level

20 May, 2016

New figures show that fraud and error in the benefits system remains at the lowest level ever recorded

The Cheapest And Most Expensive Places To Rent In London: Mapped

20 May, 2016

If you want to rent a cheap room in London, you're best off looking in Havering or Croydon according to new government statistics

UK landlords looking for cheaper properties due to stamp duty surcharge

20 May, 2016

Landlords in the UK are looking for cheaper properties in response to the new 3% stamp duty charge on additional homes

Housing Benefit caseload statistics

20 May, 2016

Statistics on numbers of Housing Benefit claimants

Extraordinary increases driven by buy-to-let boom

20 May, 2016

The latest data revealed by the Agency Express Property Activity Index has shown a spike in activity for the UK lettings market

Council's rogue landlords scheme 'has teeth'

19 May, 2016

Three 'rogue' landlords have to pay over £4,000 in fines and costs for not signing up to a selective licensing scheme

Bill of Rights could have 'implications' for social landlords

19 May, 2016

A British Bill of Rights could have implications for social housing landlords

Fire safety in social housing - what can we learn?

19 May, 2016

For landlords and housing providers, ensuring the safety of client groups and tenants may not be as straightforward as it would first seem

Angela Constance given welfare and housing brief as new cabinet unveiled

19 May, 2016

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has tasked Angela Constance with overseeing the Scottish Government's pledge to deliver 50,000 new affordable homes

Buy-to-let to become 'rich person's game' as another lender introduces harsher criteria for landlords

19 May, 2016

Barclays has become the latest lender to impose tougher checks on landlords looking for mortgages

Number claiming unemployment benefits drops by 600

19 May, 2016

The number of people claiming unemployment-related benefits in Northern Ireland has fallen by 600

Housing associations own 40,000 PRS units

19 May, 2016

Housing associations own 40,000 private rented sector units - but it remains a fringe activity confined to a handful of providers

Rents and property values would drop after Brexit

19 May, 2016

Associations for estate and letting agents say average UK house would be worth £2,300 less in 2018 if Britain leaves the EU

Implementing Direct Payment of Housing Benefit: An Evaluation of Circle Housing's HB2U Pilot Project

19 May, 2016

This report provides findings from the evaluation of Circle Housing's HB2U Housing Benefit Direct Payment Pilot project

The HB2U project was created to provide learning for Circle Housing in preparation for the full introduction of Universal Credit

Landlord reveals findings of direct payment 'pilot'

19 May, 2016

A housing association is calling for changes to Universal Credit, after its unofficial 'pilot' showed tenants receiving housing benefit payments direct are more likely to fall into arrears

Landlord must accept pets (tenant has a walrus and flamingo)

19 May, 2016

If you are a letting agent in the Cardiff area, you may have had a letter from a keeper at Bristol Zoo inquiring about accommodation

Queen's Speech: the key housing and social reforms

18 May, 2016

A pledge to "increase the life chances for the most disadvantaged" was the main message

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 5 May 2016

18 May, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 5 May 2016

Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to December 2015

18 May, 2016

Data on Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions decisions made to December 2015

Benefit and pension rates: April 2016

18 May, 2016

A list of benefit and pension rates from April 2016. Most rates change in April every year

Social housing tenants who feel 'demonised as second-class citizens' - in pictures

18 May, 2016

People in temporary accommodation and council housing explain how the Housing and Planning Act will affect their lives, communities and homes

Circle Housing urges Government to commit to extra support for residents moving to Universal Credit

18 May, 2016

A leading housing association is calling on the Government to commit to additional face to face support for residents before they are moved on to Universal Credit

Fitch warns of EU exit impact on social landlords

18 May, 2016

A vote to leave the European Union could lead to a pause in social landlords taking out new finance as the housing market slows down

Taking stock

18 May, 2016

Understanding the effects of recent policy measures on the private rented sector and Buy-to-Let

This report clarifies the role of the private rented sector in the UK and the contribution made to it by the Buy-to-Let subsector

Chancellor George Osborne has 'insulted' private landlords

18 May, 2016

National Landlords Association chief executive Richard Lambert has accused the Government of "directly insulting" the body's members through its buy-to-let crackdown

Newcastle MP raises concerns over 'impossible' struggle of getting a council house

17 May, 2016

Labour MP Chi Onwurah says private rents have shot up in the city and that many people are struggling to get a council home

Hackney rents set to 'skyrocket' after housing bill is passed

17 May, 2016

Council tenants could see their rent "skyrocket" after the government's controversial housing bill was given Royal Assent

The government is skewing benefits appeals against disabled people

17 May, 2016

A new army of 'presenting officers' is to help the Department of Work and Pensions at benefit tribunals, while the disabled person making the appeal is left to struggle alone

Torbay benefits claimants among UK's most reliant on private lettings

17 May, 2016

Torbay has the UK's second highest density of housing benefit claimants reliant on the private rental market

The Housing and Planning Act 2016 - what it means for ALMOs and their councils

17 May, 2016

Now it's been passed, what does the Housing and Planning Act 2016 mean for ALMOs and their councils?

Labour minister calls for independent probe into benefit claimant deaths after DWP publishes reviews

17 May, 2016

'The Government are too worried about the facts it would uncover'

Iain Duncan Smith's plan to draft in job advisers to food banks quietly shelved by DWP

17 May, 2016

Owen Smith, the Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said: 'It has now been revealed that the DWP has quietly given up on the national trial'

Facing up to defeat: why was social housing an easy target?

17 May, 2016

Housing campaigners need to acknowledge the uncomfortable quandary about the passing of the Housing and Planning Act

Landlord's inhumane properties 'had no place in modern Britain'

17 May, 2016

A criminal landlord who had tenants living and sleeping in "inhumane" conditions and who ignored numerous warnings to improve his property has been fined £35,000 and ordered to pay over £4,000 in costs

A home for just 18 months

17 May, 2016

On average, tenants get the moving itch after 18 months

Hinckley and Bosworth gets cash to combat bedroom tax

16 May, 2016

The Government has set aside £160 million over the next five years for discretionary housing payments

Just asking for trouble

16 May, 2016

On a recent programme about getting a council house one of the people in trouble with her rent said something that came as no surprise

Average renter stays just 18 months in a property

16 May, 2016

Renters spend an average of 18 months in a rented property before moving on

'Worse than the bedroom tax': Cambridge MP blasts plan that may force city to sell hundreds of homes

16 May, 2016

New laws that sound "the death knell of social housing" in Cambridge have been branded worse than the bedroom tax by the city's MP

Peer reviews of handling of benefit claims

16 May, 2016

DWP Freedom of Information (FOI) releases published in May 2016

Average asking price for first-time buyer home jumps 6.2% in a month

16 May, 2016

Prices pushed up by 'property drought' caused by buy-to-let investors diving in before rise in stamp duty

DWP to change Universal Credit procedures

16 May, 2016

The government has pledged to improve Universal Credit procedures this summer, following concerns from social landlords that they are frequently not informed that their tenants are claiming the benefit

Landlords should be 'squealing' under George Osborne's crackdown

16 May, 2016

Buy-to-let landlords are being hit by a significant crackdown

Hastings leader wants double council tax on holiday homes

16 May, 2016

The owners of holiday homes in Hastings should pay double the amount of council tax

Why you should research your potential landlord's credentials

13 May, 2016

Alex Johnson's round-up of the week's property news, including why sales fall through, closing garden gates, and the costs of running a home

Mind the gap: the growing shortfall between private rents and help with housing costs

13 May, 2016

People on low incomes living in the PRS may be able to get help towards paying their rents

Single people under 35 only receive an amount equivalent to the cost of a room in a shared house

Government urged to hand housing control back to councils

13 May, 2016

With the housing bill set for Royal Assent, government is now being pressed to put related investment plans, rents and assets back in the hands of local authorities

Help with housing costs isn't aligning with rent for private tenants

13 May, 2016

Tenants face an increasingly widening gap between the LHA they receive to help with their housing costs and the actual rent they pay

Crawley landlord rented out unsafe former garage as home for £600 a month

13 May, 2016

A Crawley landlord has been fined after renting out a home - which used to be a garage - for £600 a month that was not safe to live in

Partially paralysed man missing half his head 'declared fit for work by DWP'

13 May, 2016

A partially paralysed man who is missing part of his head has been told he is 'fit to work'

"Reckless" landlord put lives at risk

13 May, 2016

Magistrates have fined the leaseholders and landlords of a ten-flat property £120,000 after finding they had put the lives of up to 20 vulnerable tenants at risk

Half of low income households at risk of missing out on vital support

12 May, 2016

Low income households are not claiming the welfare benefits and tax credits they could be entitled to

Private renter eviction rates soar

12 May, 2016

Private renters are being evicted at a record rate, housing campaigners have warned

The role of social letting agents should be expanded in Scotland

12 May, 2016

Private renting in Scotland has changed

Universal credit is working, insists work and pensions secretary

12 May, 2016

Stephen Crabb rejects claim UC no longer serves original purpose of making people better off in work than on benefits

New DWP secretary Stephen Crabb signals further disability benefit changes to cut spending

12 May, 2016

Mr Crabb said the Government would adopt 'smart strategies' for reducing expenditure

Why council waiting lists are shrinking, despite more people in need of homes

12 May, 2016

The number of families on lists for council housing has fallen because of stricter rules on who can apply

Plans to force workers on universal credit to take second job 'risky'

12 May, 2016

MPs warn that sanctions against low-paid workers claiming benefits could be counterproductive or leave them worse off

Tax experts warn of unexpected effects of buy-to-let tax changes on affordable housing

12 May, 2016

The government's stamp duty land tax surcharge could lead to unexpected consequences for the affordable housing sector

New London Mayor finds property industry support for rent controls

12 May, 2016

Sadiq Khan, the newly elected Mayor of London, has found senior industry figures who back his campaign for rents tied to inflation

House price rises see buy-to-let returns outstrip FTSE 100

11 May, 2016

House price rises see buy-to-let returns outstrip FTSE 100

Universal Credit will increase child poverty

11 May, 2016

Research has warned that cuts to the new benefit system undermine its stated purpose

Peers 'to back down over housing reforms'

11 May, 2016

Peers are set to back down in their battle with the Government over its flagship housing reforms and they are now expected to become law

Campaigners admit defeat as Tories push through mass council homes sell-off with hours to spare

11 May, 2016

The Housing Bill cleared its final hurdle tonight as former housing chief Sir Bob Kerslake gave up his long battle

Yes, London Has A Housing Problem: Let's Not Make It Worse With Idiocy Like Rent Controls

11 May, 2016

It's seriously astonishing how terrible, lousy, no good and idiotic economic policy keeps turning up in response to the same old questions

For whom the bells toll: Housing Bill sounds "death knell" for social housing

11 May, 2016

The Housing & Planning Bill sounds the "death knell" for social housing in England

The government's "welfare revolution" has forgotten something important: where we live

11 May, 2016

the "welfare revolution" started by Iain Duncan Smith has failed to change the fundamental condition of many poorer people's live

£13bn in unclaimed welfare? It's just fuel for the Tories' Big Benefits Myth

11 May, 2016

Almost half of families on low incomes are going hungry by not taking up benefits, we learn today

Landlords raise awareness of forthcoming benefit cap

11 May, 2016

Three County Durham landlords are advising tenants of a limit that may be placed on their benefit allowance later this year

Forced council sales - hampering local authorities' fight against homelessness

11 May, 2016

Last week, we published research showing the Housing and Planning Bill could force the sale of 23,500 vacant council houses each year

Heartbreak for tenants made homeless after being ripped off by fake letting agent

11 May, 2016

A bogus letting agent has conned members of the public out of thousands of pounds, making some of them homeless in the process

Another agent reported to advertising watchdog over display of letting fees

11 May, 2016

Another complaint about the way an agent shows its letting fees has been made to the Advertising Standards Authority

Tenant evictions up in England and Wales

11 May, 2016

But homeowner repossessions fell to record low in first quarter of 2016

Buy-to-let valuation instructions plummet 40% as 'dodgy' deals put in an appearance

11 May, 2016

Buy-to-let valuation instructions have dropped like a stone since the Stamp Duty surcharge kicked in on second properties - and there are signs of a sharp rise in potentially 'dodgy' deals

Our rent strike at UCL has caught fire in the capital - and here's why

10 May, 2016

The threat to education access posed by university rent-setting policies isn't just a local issue. No wonder students everywhere are clamouring to join us

Housing and Planning Bill

10 May, 2016

Before I call the Minister, I wish to repeat what Mr Speaker said on 25 April

Cheaper to buy than rent in over half of UK cities

10 May, 2016

It is now cheaper to buy than rent in more than half of UK cities, according to property developer Strata Homes

Bexley Council accused of 'burying head in the sand' over lack of social and affordable housing

10 May, 2016

A Crayford resident has accused Bexley Council of burying its head in the sand, over a lack of affordable and social housing

Council campaign aims to ensure that tenants put Rent 1st

10 May, 2016

Perth and Kinross Council's housing service has launched a new drive to ensure that all its tenants are clear about their responsibilities to pay rent

Landlords must take safety obligations seriously

10 May, 2016

After a spate of fines for landlords who have broken gas safety rules, the AIIC is urging those renting out properties to ensure they are complying with Government legislation

Adding £2.3bn of debt to the accounts - social housing deregulation as an early test for the minority Welsh Government

10 May, 2016

Before the elections to the Welsh Assembly last week, Steffan Evans outlined how housing might be a key policy area around which bridges could be built in the Senedd

HB S5/2016

10 May, 2016

Payment of New Burdens relating to the Single Fraud Investigation Service Project for 2016/17

Forced council sales: looking at the homes that may actually be sold off

10 May, 2016

The Housing and Planning Bill is now nearing the end of its passage through parliament

Housing association gets European investment for social housing

09 May, 2016

A housing association has secured £80 million to support construction of social housing and shared ownership

House prices fall as stamp duty changes cool buy-to-let market

09 May, 2016

Halifax says April saw prices drop by 0.8% after highly volatile pricing and a big rise in transaction numbers in February and March

'Heads up' on benefit cap

09 May, 2016

Three County Durham landlords are advising tenants of a limit that may be placed on their benefit allowance later this year

Whose homes are they anyway?

09 May, 2016

While publicity on the Housing and Planning Bill has been rightly focussed on the forced sale of council homes and Right to Buy, there has been little mention of a late Government amendment

Leader of Sutton Council apologises for sending mock eviction notices to thousands of people

09 May, 2016

The leader of Sutton Council has apologised for sending "crass and irresponsible" mock eviction notices to thousands of people to promote a Liberal Democrat petition

Scottish rents rising faster than rest of UK

09 May, 2016

Average private rents in Scotland are rising faster than anywhere else in the UK

Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle

09 May, 2016

A documentary exploring the failures and deception behind the social housing crisis in Britain

Too Poor to Eat: 8.4 million struggling to afford to eat in the UK

09 May, 2016

8.4 million struggling to afford to eat in the United Kingdom

Middle-class 'buy-to-let dream' is over - as mortgage lenders to demand 40pc deposits

09 May, 2016

Investing in buy-to-let property is on the verge of becoming unaffordable for middle-class savers

Birmingham forced to sell more than 1,000 council houses - every year

06 May, 2016

Housing charity Shelter's warning about the impact of housing policy on Birmingham

In which British cities is renting the norm?

06 May, 2016

We write about rents a lot around here

Report argues buy-to-let crackdown will damage UK's rental market

06 May, 2016

A new report from a political consultancy has warned that the Government's efforts to crack down on buy-to-let investment will have "major consequences" for the UK rental market

The benefits capital of Britain is revealed: New map shows which parts of the country guzzle the biggest chunks of UK's £161 billion welfare bill

06 May, 2016

This map reveals the areas which receive the biggest chunks of Britain's £161billion welfare bill, with some guzzling six times more in handouts than other parts of the nation

DCLG: Tenancies change will not hit protected groups

06 May, 2016

The phasing out of lifetime tenancies will not negatively impact protected demographic groups overall

You can rent a house in London for £700 a month

06 May, 2016

The 'one bedroom house' is in south-east London's Abbey Wood

Agent who conned 'vulnerable' tenants out of deposits is jailed

06 May, 2016

A former agent with Reeds Rains has been jailed after conning overseas student into paying deposits for accommodation that he knew he could not let to them

Empty Housing (England)

06 May, 2016

High levels of empty properties are recognised as having a serious impact on the viability of communities

Harlow groups defy report to support Universal Credit

06 May, 2016

Clients of support charity Home-Start Harlow have welcomed Universal Credit after a think tank criticised the benefit reform

Rising rents ease landlord fears over tax increases

05 May, 2016

Fears that higher Stamp Duty charges on buy-to-let rental property purchases might destabilise the market have so far proved unfounded

New call for estate agents to be licensed as MPs probe money laundering

05 May, 2016

MPs have been told that estate agents should be licensed as billions of pounds 'slosh' through London, with some of the world's vilest dictators buying up property

Call for rent caps when properties let to tenants on benefit

05 May, 2016

A local politician claims to be in talks with the Government about introducing rent caps when landlords let to tenants on benefit

Ban for Glasgow landlord who kept almost £7,000 of deposits

05 May, 2016

An "appalling" landlord who kept tenants' deposits worth almost £7,000 has been barred from renting out his property by Glasgow City Council

Benefit cap statistics: background information and methodology

05 May, 2016

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

Benefit cap: number of households capped to February 2016

05 May, 2016

Statistics on households that have had their benefits capped between 15 April 2013 and February 2016

Leading government figures see social housing as toxic

05 May, 2016

The Lords debate on the unfair housing and planning bill is soon coming to end, but the debate in the country should not

Rents continue to rise across the UK and in London

05 May, 2016

Latest figures show average rent outside London rose to £764 a month, while within the capital it hit £1,543

Concern over use of bailiffs to chase council tax debts

04 May, 2016

Charities have raised concerns over councils' "aggressive" use of bailiffs to chase people in council tax arrears

Baroness Thomas: I'm not holding my breath for DWP changes to PIP

04 May, 2016

Lib Dem peer Baroness Thomas of Winchester writes on the topic of her Lords debate

Renter help

04 May, 2016

The role of social letting agents should be expanded in Scotland

Buy-to-let clampdown could hurt challenger banks

04 May, 2016

Challenger banks could be hit hard by a tax hike targeting Britain's landlords

Debt charities see record Council Tax arrears problems

04 May, 2016

Council Tax arrears problems among clients have hit a new high

Tory MP calls for end to 'exploitative fees' charged by letting agents

04 May, 2016

The Government have rejected a bid to have letting agent fees capped or banned in a debate called by a Tory MP who hit out out at letting agents charging "arbitrary and exploitative fees"

'High' to 'higher' forced sales mean 23,500 council homes lost per year and an average annual £26m bill

04 May, 2016

We previously sounded the alarm that a subtle amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill allows the Secretary of State to force the sale of a much broader range of council homes than before

You won't believe this totally mind-blowing method of reducing your letting agent fees!

04 May, 2016

Letting agent fees are one of the most painful aspects of renting

More Trap Than Trampoline: Universal Credit Is Failing To Help People Progress

03 May, 2016

Although the new Work and Pensions Secretary has stopped cuts to disability benefits he seems to be in lock-step with his predecessor in worrying that the benefit system "locks people into workless-ness"

Stamping out buy-to-let is a dangerous move

03 May, 2016

The buy-to-let boom has grown at a rapid pace in recent years, doubling the size of the private rented sector since 2004

Scottish Buy-to-Let Index

03 May, 2016

Biggest monthly drop in Scottish rents on record

Changes to DWP Family and Household Income Statistics 2014/15: statistical notice

03 May, 2016

Statistical notice giving details of proposed changes to future DWP Family and Household income statistics data and publications

HB S4/2016

03 May, 2016

Additional New Burdens funding to meet the costs of implementing welfare reform changes in 2016/17

New Work and Pensions Secretary must reclaim Universal Credit from the Treasury

03 May, 2016

Resolution Foundation calls for major reforms as full roll-out of Universal Credit begins this month

Nationwide tightens lending criteria for buy-to-let landlords

03 May, 2016

Building society's changes come as the Bank of England attempts to rein in buy-to-let lending

A Warm Deal for London's Renters

03 May, 2016

The need for a London-wide minimum energy efficiency standard

Call for new tax and welfare department at Holyrood

03 May, 2016

The next Scottish government should set up a new department for tax and welfare powers coming to Holyrood

Extending the Right to Buy to housing association tenants

03 May, 2016

Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report

Rollout of flagship welfare reform Universal Credit reaches historic milestone

03 May, 2016

Universal Credit is now in every jobcentre across the country for single jobseekers

HCA-backed £1bn housing fund launches

03 May, 2016

A new £1bn fund to help cash-strapped councils build 10,000 mixed-tenure homes has been launched with the support of the HCA

Plight of family where landlords refuse point blank to consider tenants on benefits

03 May, 2016

What happens to tenants who have to leave their home because the landlord is selling up?

The Aspiration Tax

03 May, 2016

Equality Trust report

Benefit sanctions handed out to thousands of people 'unlawful'

29 April, 2016

The Court of Appeal dismissed a legal challenge by the Government

How many council homes are left in England after 20 year sell-off

29 April, 2016

Figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government have revealed the number of local authority owned social houses

Peers vote for inflation-linked Pay to Stay threshold

29 April, 2016

Peers have voted for Pay to Stay 'high-income' thresholds to be increased in line with inflation every three years

Gap widens between LHA and rent costs

29 April, 2016

Private tenants face a growing gap between help with housing costs and rent

Lloyds Banking Group reveals surge in buy-to-let lending

29 April, 2016

Mortgage lender pins rise on rush to beat new stamp duty charges as bank group reveals profits nearly halved in first quarter

Buy-to-let landlords blamed for decline in DIY among under-30s

29 April, 2016

Figures suggesting spending on DIY among 'generation rent' has fallen by third since 1996 coincide with report showing age of first-time buyers still rising

Rent rise fears after letting agents reveal fall in available supply

29 April, 2016

The supply of rental housing on letting agents' books has "nosedived"

DWP payments over £25,000 for 2016

29 April, 2016

Payments over £25,000 that DWP has made in 2016, including invoices, grants and expenses

Are we facing an evictions crisis?

28 April, 2016

Imagine knowing that you are going to lose your home but not knowing when the bailiffs will come knocking

Race to the bottom for low income tenants as gap between rents and local housing allowance widens

28 April, 2016

Low income tenants in the private rented sector face a widening gap between the actual rent they must pay and the help they receive to meet their housing costs

Monthly ARLA Private Rented Sector Report March 2016

28 April, 2016

The supply of rental housing stock on letting agents' books fell in March, to the lowest level since the start of last year

Food bank warehouse opens doors to tackle food poverty across Wythenshawe

28 April, 2016

The Unit-E food storage warehouse, based in the town centre, will distribute food to seven food banks in the area

Council tenant discount card launches in Edinburgh

28 April, 2016

A new City of Edinburgh Council tenant discount scheme has been launched which will save tenants money

Rogue landlord's failed eviction plans cement his place in court

28 April, 2016

A rogue managing agent who tried to force out his tenants by filling the stopcock chamber with cement so that they would have no running water has been sentenced in court

Foxtons braced for revenue slump after stamp duty surcharge

28 April, 2016

Estate agent reported 28.5% rise in property sales in first quarter amid rush to complete deals before deadline but Brexit fears weigh down expectations

Housing Bill defeat on council house replacements

28 April, 2016

The House of Lords has delivered a 12th defeat for the government on the Housing and Planning Bill over the type of homes that will replace the sale of higher-value council stock

Petition against letting agent fees gathers over 250,000 signatures

28 April, 2016

A petition against letting agent fees has now gathered some 250,000 signatures

Many landlords 'will stop renting to tenants on Universal Credit'

28 April, 2016

The Government's new Universal Credit payments could have a disastrous impact on the private rented sector, with more and more landlords refusing to let to tenants on benefits

Government increases fixed-term tenancy limit to 10 years

27 April, 2016

Government increases fixed-term tenancy limit to 10 year

Londoners urged to share the horrors of renting with #ventyourrent campaign

27 April, 2016

A campaign group is encouraging London's renters to take to social media and share their horror stories on the realities of renting using the hashtag #ventyourrent

Landlords welcome Govt's "pragmatic" shift on landlord protections in Immigration Bill

27 April, 2016

Landlords have welcomed MPs' approval of measures intended to provide greater protection to responsible landlords wanting to evict illegal immigrants

More than a million people in UK living in destitution

27 April, 2016

Research by Joseph Rowntree Foundation finds 668,000 households unable to afford essentials such as food, heating and clothes

Scottish Welfare Fund: £24.5 million spent during April to December 2015

27 April, 2016

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

Struggling families will soon be able to get free fuel vouchers from Cardiff foodbank

27 April, 2016

Npower is to give credits worth two weeks' worth of energy

Tumbleweed as property investors desert the market

27 April, 2016

Property investors are deserting the market, with estate agents haart reporting a 55% monthly drop in buy-to-let sales during the first two weeks of April

Tenants complain as more licensing pushes up rents

27 April, 2016

It is unlikely that the policy makers at Whitehall read the Fenland Citizen - but it would be no bad thing if they did

Destitution in the UK

27 April, 2016

JRF report

This report defines destitution in the UK, looking at how many people are affected, who they are, and the main pathways in and out of destitution. It looks at the impact and experience of those people directly affected

More rent than pay a mortgage: the Tory dream for London has crashed and burned

26 April, 2016

The capital is now a city of tenants, proof that the Thatcherite property hegemony has had its day

Rent to buy: Council tenants could be given chance to pay off mortgages

26 April, 2016

Council tenants could be given the chance to get on the housing ladder by paying a mortgage instead of cut-price rent

Housing Bill should also include rogue tenants list

26 April, 2016

The Housing and Planning Bill, which includes measures to tackle criminal landlords and letting agents, should also address the issue of problem tenants

Situation for first-time buyers little better despite waning buy-to-let competition

26 April, 2016

With the passing of the buy-to-let rush to avoid stamp duty, the pressure on first time buyers may seem to ease at first

More homes, more social housing - how Welsh Labour will lead the way

26 April, 2016

I have never understood why, but in election after election, housing is the dog that never quite barks

All Scottish jobcentres now offer Universal Credit

26 April, 2016

Last 5 offices in Scotland switch over to offer the new service

Landlords on the ladder feel financial boost of buy-to-let tax dash

26 April, 2016

Flurry of buy-to-let property interest in March pushes total annual returns to 12.2% for existing landlords

Is universal basic income too simplistic to meet housing need?

26 April, 2016

For supporters of basic income, Beveridge's 'problem of rent' is an even bigger headache today than it was in the 40s

Responsible landlords to get protection from Immigration Bill

26 April, 2016

Members of parliament have approved measures that will give greater protection to responsible landlords wanting to evict illegal immigrants

New scheme launched to help people who rely on foodbanks

26 April, 2016

Employees at a Dundee organisation are set to donate some of their salaries in a bid to help out people who rely on foodbanks in Dundee

Holyrood election 2016: Where the parties stand on welfare

26 April, 2016

Voters in Scotland go to the polls on Thursday 5 May to choose their next MSPs. But where do the parties stand on key issues?

More than 225,000 households claiming Universal Credit

25 April, 2016

More than 225,000 people are now claiming the government's Universal Credit benefit

UK: Millions of low income families will be poorer under welfare reforms

25 April, 2016

This month, cuts to Universal Credit - the Tory government's cover scheme for slashing welfare - were implemented for some 80,000 households

Cheaper mortgages could sweeten pill for landlords

25 April, 2016

Lenders are cutting the cost of buy-to-let mortgages in a move that will bring some relief to Scotland's army of amateur landlords

Allocations policy favouring workers ruled unlawful

25 April, 2016

A council's policy to ringfence 20% of its lettings for people in work has been found discriminatory and unlawful by the High Court

Housing Bill: 16 Defeats And U-Turns Inflicted On Government's Flagship Reforms

25 April, 2016

A bumpy ride for "pay-to-stay" charges and ending lifelong council homes

Five cabinet ministers' constituencies 'least hit by council budget cuts'

25 April, 2016

Theresa May, Michael Gove and Jeremy Hunt among ministers whose areas escape brunt of austerity measures

Letting agents jailed for total of seven years after £400,000 thefts

25 April, 2016

A couple who ran a lettings agency have been jailed for a total of seven years after stealing over £400,000

Making welfare work for Wales

25 April, 2016

The Bevan Foundation has just completed an investigation of the future of the welfare system in Wales. Victoria Winckler looks at some of the issues on housing benefit

Call to ban letting agency fees for those renting homes

25 April, 2016

Fears about the impact of a booming property market in parts of the UK are often in the headlines, as are the various initiatives to give people a foot up onto the housing ladder

The social landlords stepping in to help computer-illiterate residents

25 April, 2016

Universal credit will hugely increase demand for digital access - so housing associations have started doing more for tenants without the internet

GBP 1 billion EIB backing for UK social housing

25 April, 2016

The European Investment Bank has agreed to provide GBP 1 billion for new social housing investment across the UK

LIN member report April 2016 - The Welfare Reform and Work Act

25 April, 2016

LIN member report written by Neil Merrick

This report will ensure you discover everything you need to know about this important piece of legislation

HB G4/2016

22 April, 2016

Information for all housing benefit staff

UK housing: Spring rent rises are the 'calm before the storm' in the private rental market

22 April, 2016

Renters should prepare for a "calm before the storm" as recent tax increases on landlords take effect

What could a Citizen's Income do for the housing crisis?

22 April, 2016

There's been an upsurge of interest in Universal Basic Income (UBI), or Citizen's Income

DWP drew up plans to charge disabled people for fit-to-work appeals

22 April, 2016

Charities warned the plans reflected badly on DWP officials

Aberdeen slipping but Scotland's rents remains on the up to an all-time high

22 April, 2016

Average private sector rents in Scotland have hit an all time high according to the latest quarterly report from rental property portal Citylets

Housing, energy efficiency and welfare feature high on SNP manifesto

22 April, 2016

The SNP has unveiled plans for 50,000 new affordable homes, a Warm Homes Bill to help tackle fuel poverty and a social security system based on dignity and respect

York council consults on strategy to improve private housing

22 April, 2016

York Council has opened a public consultation on its a draft strategy intended to tackle poverty and disadvantage among people living in private sector housing

Landlords count their happy returns as property prices rise

22 April, 2016

Landlords starting or building their buy-to-let portfolios may have been clamouring to beat the Stamp Duty deadline in March, but this has helped boost existing property investors

The Welfare stigma which is leaving the poorest homeless

22 April, 2016

It's hard to think of a worse time in the last 50 years to be on benefits and living in London

If the DWP is forced to publish its secret records on benefits claimants' suicides, everything could change

21 April, 2016

In cases like suicide, stories are important. If we let a government keep our stories secret, we give it permission to rewrite history

Buy-to-let: Massive scale of investor 'frenzy' to beat stamp duty hike revealed

21 April, 2016

New mortgage lending and property transaction figures reveal the scale of a "frenzy" in March of buy-to-let investors trying to close deals and beat a stamp duty hike in April

Wales - The PRS in 2016 and Beyond

21 April, 2016

A lot of change is happening in Wales this year, and it is important that landlords stay up to date. Below are the main issues of which members with property in Wales should be aware

Generation Rent most at risk from criminal landlords

21 April, 2016

Nearly 3,000 landlords have faced prosecution under the Housing Act over the past five years - with resulting fines running into the millions, writes Bill Tanner

Angry protests as council houses go under the hammer

21 April, 2016

There was a heavy police presence as protesters tried to disrupt an auction of council homes in Bristol tonight

Generation Rent - Living to Let

21 April, 2016

Richard Hill is one of three million young adults in the UK still living with their parents. He meets others who've gone to extreme lengths to find somewhere affordable to live

Can you rent out a home bought with a Help to Buy ISA/Lifetime ISA?

21 April, 2016

The Help to Buy ISA is a huge boon for first-time buyers. It means when you save in it for a mortgage deposit, you'll get up to £3,000 added on top

Government defends Pay to Stay after Lords defeats

21 April, 2016

The government has pledged to ensure the social housing sector only supports those 'who genuinely need it', in response to a hat-trick of heavy defeats in the Lords on Pay to Stay

British surveyors report weakest private housing growth in nearly three years

21 April, 2016

Construction of private homes slowed sharply in the first three months of 2016, reflecting planning delays and possibly uncertainty linked to Britain's upcoming referendum on European Union membership

Six in ten London tenants enduring daily living hazards

21 April, 2016

Six in ten private tenants in London are forced to endure hazards such as mould, leaks or pest infestations

Oil crisis brings rents in Aberdeen crashing down 20% in a year

21 April, 2016

Shortly after the passing of the Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill in the Scottish Parliament, average rents in the country have hit an all time high

Impact of capping Housing Benefit at Local Housing Allowance rates

21 April, 2016

The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in his Autumn Statement that housing benefit and housing costs within Universal Credit for social housing tenants will be capped

Welfare reform newsletter

21 April, 2016

National housing federation newsletter on welfare reform

The startup that wants to replace letting agents

20 April, 2016

Digital disruptor RentSquare uses open data to identify the rent 'sweet spot' for landlords and tenants

'We are losing the case on social housing'

20 April, 2016

Crisis chief executive Jon Sparkes has claimed the housing sector is "losing the case of social housing"

Landlords claim Universal Credit is 'shambolic'

20 April, 2016

Universal Credit payments could have a disastrous impact on the private rented sector

Universal Credit statistics: background information and methodology

20 April, 2016

Information about Universal Credit statistics methodology including the purpose, source, definitions and limitations of statistics covered

2 out of 3 ain't bad!

20 April, 2016

Too often, renting is unsafe. Our Fix Renting campaign , launched in January, focuses on three ways to make renting safer

Lifeline for London families facing eviction after charity sold their flats

20 April, 2016

Residents of Walthamstow estate unaware their homes had been sold until eviction notices were handed out

These are the 9 areas of the UK where letting fees are highest - and seven are in London

20 April, 2016

The areas with the highest letting fees in the UK have been uncovered by the National Private Tenants Organisation, also known as "Generation Rent"

Measuring the Impact

20 April, 2016

2015 NFA & ARCH Welfare Reform Survey Findings

DWP may have to publish details of benefit claimant deaths

20 April, 2016

Disability rights campaigners win appeal against government's refusal to publicise investigations into alleged suicides

Duration on working-age benefits: April 2010 to March 2015

19 April, 2016

Annual statistics on the total time claimants spent on one or more the main DWP working-age benefits

Benefit sanction statistics: publication strategy

19 April, 2016

Details of planned changes to official statistics on benefit sanctions

Political short-termism: the buy-to-let housing market

19 April, 2016

Over the past year you may have heard about a 'war' being waged against the buy-to-let market

Tories' Pay to Stay rent hikes smashed to bits in humiliating triple defeat

19 April, 2016

Pay to Stay in the Housing Bill would have forced 215,000 households earning £30,000 to pay the full market rent - but it's been bludgeoned

Discretionary Housing Payment underspend explained by councillors

19 April, 2016

Funds given to Oxford City Council to help individuals pay their rent have jumped back up this year despite the fact that it was not all spent in 2015/16

Top 10 cheapest areas to rent:Londoners are heading to Bexley borough where rents are half the average price

19 April, 2016

Londoners in search of cheaper rents should head to Bexley in the south-east corner of the capital where costs are half the average price

Rising Bristol rents are forcing people to live on the streets

19 April, 2016

The city's housing crisis is forcing more and more people onto the streets with 235 families currently living in B&Bs to prevent them from becoming homeless

Call to ban letting agents' fees

19 April, 2016

Generation Rent is calling on the government to ban letting agents from charging fees to tenants

Selling off affordable homes 'would add £4bn to housing benefit bill'

19 April, 2016

Labour says sale of council and housing association property will force poorer people into expensive private rented accommodation

Housing Bill: Government Faces U-Turn Over 'Pay To Stay' After Hat-Trick Of House of Lords Defeats

19 April, 2016

Housing and Planning Bill has now lost six times after peers voted to alter 'vindictive' charge

Council will not appeal water charge ruling

19 April, 2016

A council will not appeal a landmark court ruling, meaning social landlords could have to repay millions of pounds to tenants in water charges

Every jobcentre in Yorkshire now offers Universal Credit

18 April, 2016

Last 4 offices in Yorkshire switch over to new service

How to help residents trapped by financial exclusion

18 April, 2016

Join us on Tuesday 26 April 11:30 - 13:00 BST, to discuss how professionals in councils, charities and housing can promote financial inclusion

Why the housing bill could give the Lords another victory

18 April, 2016

This badly-drafted and timed bill won't address sky-high rents or house prices - expect peers to win concessions

Lib Dems pledge more homes for rent and 'fair' Scottish welfare system

18 April, 2016

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have set out plans to increase in housing supply by expanding the Housing Fund for Scotland model and tackle youth homelessness through mediation

Rush to beat buy-to-let tax rise pushes cost of a house to a record high: Average property price jumps to more than £307,000

18 April, 2016

Average asking price across all homes increased by 7.3 per cent this year

Housing organisations say ministers should think again about unfair rent hikes for hard-working council tenants

18 April, 2016

As the Government's Housing Bill approaches the next stage in its bumpy ride through the House of Lords, tenant and housing campaigners have called on Ministers to drop proposals announced in George Osborne's 2015 Budge

'Political warfare' over food bank group's million users claim hurting hungry people - MPs

18 April, 2016

The "political warfare" over discredited suggestions that more than one million people in Britain rely on food banks may have harmed the chances of genuinely hungry people getting help

Victory for vulnerable tenants

18 April, 2016

The Government has agreed a Liberal Democrat amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill, which protects vulnerable tenants from being wrongly evicted

Buy-to-let landlord surge ignites chain reaction in housing market

18 April, 2016

Rightmove claims landlord rush to beat stamp duty surcharge fuelled rise in homeowners selling up and trading up

Landlords launch new crowdfunding campaign in legal challenge to Osborne

18 April, 2016

A second round of crowdfunding has been launched in a bid to raise money for a legal battle against the Government

Talking point: Is the Government killing off buy-to-let?

18 April, 2016

From the end of mortgage interest relief to extra Stamp Duty surcharges, there is plenty to suggest the Government is trying to kill off the buy-to-let sector

No vote, no voice: Renters need to register!

15 April, 2016

Over a third of renters in London have moved 3 or more times in the last five years

DWP 'punishing' low-paid full-time workers under new benefits rule

15 April, 2016

Critics say scheme under which working people claiming universal credit can be fined for failing to do enough to find more work is 'political dynamite'

Buy-to-let loses ground as first-time buyers 'find their feet'

15 April, 2016

First time buyers are the new 'frontline' for a housing market buoyed by its best opening quarter lending figures in nine years

This is how 'poor landlords' will be tackled to help solve housing issues in studentville Treforest

15 April, 2016

Landlords would have to show their properties meet an acceptable standard

Interest in buy-to-let drops by over a quarter as tax changes begin

15 April, 2016

Interest in new purchases from buy-to-let investors dropped 27% in March compared to the same month last year as April 1st tax change starts to bite

Foodbank use remains at record high

15 April, 2016

Trussell Trust says that one million three day food supplies a year must not become the new normal

1% of tenants take up the Right to Buy

15 April, 2016

Less than 1% of the housing association tenants offered the chance to purchase their home under a pilot of the Right to Buy have so far made a formal application to buy

New trade body launches today in rental sector

15 April, 2016

A new trade body launches on the 15th April, aimed at the professional 'build to rent' sector

Most landlords considering hiking rent after tax 'assaults' on sector

15 April, 2016

Almost all landlords are considering increasing rents to pay for the higher taxes they now face

Landlords warn of rent increases

14 April, 2016

Almost all landlords are considering increasing rents to pay for the higher taxes they now face

DHP (Dysfunctional Housing Payments)

14 April, 2016

When you're on the brink of eviction, what do you think it takes to get your council's attention? A lot, it transpires.

Benefit fraud or tax evasion: row over the Tories' targets

14 April, 2016

Figures show thousands more government inspectors are employed tackling benefits fraud than dealing with abuse of tax system

Reduced PCSO cover in parts of Cheshire 'caused by rent cuts'

14 April, 2016

Two housing associations in Cheshire have stopped funding Police Community Support Officers, blaming rent reductions imposed by the government

Housing market 'to cool' as buy-to-let rush dies and Brexit worries mount

14 April, 2016

The UK's housing market is set for a slowdown as the buy-to-let rush of the first three months of the year dies away

EU migrants coming to UK for higher wages but no evidence of 'benefits tourism'

14 April, 2016

Higher wages and a lack of a jobs in the eurozone are listed as 'pull factors'

Mortgage lending dips as buy-to-let purchasers take foot off pedal

14 April, 2016

Mortgage lending dipped during March as buy-to-let activity eased

Government to review Right to Rent guidelines

14 April, 2016

The Government is reviewing its guidance on Right to Rent and the immigration status checks that landlords and agents must by law make on all prospective tenants

'As a landlady, I can see what needs to change in our rental market'

13 April, 2016

Maureen is a London landlady; here she tells us why she feels renting needs fixing

Generation rent is losing the battle to buy its own homes

13 April, 2016

Couples and individuals struggling to get on the local housing ladder are being forced to pay the highest rental costs in the county

Weeks later... and council letting agency still has just one home listed

13 April, 2016

It's several weeks on from our story about a local authority setting up its own private letting agency and having only one property - and it STILL has only one property

HomeLet Rental Index - March 2016

13 April, 2016

When London is excluded, the average UK rental value was £755pcm - this is 4.9% higher than the same period last year

Ministers seek to reduce councils' influence over HAs

13 April, 2016

The government has taken further steps to deregulate the sector by limiting the influence of councils over housing associations

Housing minister denies Government is trying to kill off buy-to-let

13 April, 2016

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has rejected claims that the Government is "choking off the buy-to-let sector"

HMO landlord fined

13 April, 2016

An unlicensed East Barnet landlord has been fined over £3,000

£100 Council Tax cut for greener homes

13 April, 2016

Welsh households could receive £100 towards their council tax by going green

Testing times ahead for Universal Credit

13 April, 2016

The government's scheme to overhaul the welfare system has been the subject of much scrutiny in Westminster, but now the same is happening outside a north London job centre

Government should ditch social housing benefit cap 'as a matter of basic humanity'

13 April, 2016

A Wirral MP has warned some of the most vulnerable people in the borough could be plunged into crisis under Government plans to cap housing benefit payments

Fresh fears of housing price crash as buy-to-let purchases plunge

13 April, 2016

Prospective buy-to-let owners have fallen by more than a quarter amid a punishing new tax on landlord buyers, fuelling fears of a price crash in parts of the country

Home-owner house purchase lending up 21% year-on-year in February

13 April, 2016

Home-owners borrowed £8.7bn for house purchase, up 4% month-on-month and 21% year-on-year. They took out 48,000 loans, up 4% on January and 12% on February 2015

Revealed: which Dorset councils have built the most affordable homes (and you might be surprised)

12 April, 2016

Christchurch and Purbeck built fewer homes than their neighbouring authorities

Buy-to-let landlords keep benefiting from cheaper mortgages

12 April, 2016

Finance website Moneyfacts says buy-to-let mortgage rates continue to fall despite Bank of England moves to dampen market

Why it's time for Generation Rent to fight back against letting agents' fees

12 April, 2016

Journalist and nomadic Londoner Vicky Spratt on why the capital's twenty-somethings are living in constant fear of rent hikes

Gracehill Housing Scheme gets the green light from planners despite 70 letters of objection

12 April, 2016

A proposal for a social housing development in Gracehill, which attracted 70 letters of objection, has been approved by Council's Planning Committee

Buy-to-let providers slash mortgage rates

12 April, 2016

The buy-to-let market has been under extra pressure in the last few months thanks to the stamp duty hike

Stephen Crabb 'committed' to Universal Credit

12 April, 2016

Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb has said he is "absolutely committed" to the government's flagship Universal Credit reform

Claim tax credits before Universal Credit arrives

12 April, 2016

Low-income workers are being urged to claim any tax credits sooner rather than later

HB U1/2016

12 April, 2016

Judgment of the Court of Appeal judicial review decision concerning the maximum rent (social sector)

Getting tenants off to a flying start

12 April, 2016

Finding somewhere to live is difficult enough at the best of times, but without the right information and advice it can be an even more daunting prospect

What do you think of private rental market statistics?

11 April, 2016

Statistics on the Private Rented Sector (PRS) can be an invaluable resource

Record number of families with nine or more children are claiming housing benefit handouts costing taxpayers £6million a year

11 April, 2016

447 nine-child families received £4m last year; £2m for those with ten plus

£300 million childcare boost for hard-working families under Universal Credit

11 April, 2016

Parents on Universal Credit will now be able to claim back 85% of their childcare costs when they move into work - up from 70%

The Housing and Planning Bill risks missing out half of England's young private-renting households

11 April, 2016

This afternoon, the House of Lords will kick-off the first round of voting on key amendments to the Housing and Planning Bill

Watch: how we can make renting better by stabilising rents

11 April, 2016

Last week, in the run-up to the London elections, Shelter published new research showing that over half of renters in the capital are struggling to pay the rent

Three practical amendments Shelter is fighting for on the Housing Bill

11 April, 2016

The Housing and Planning Bill returns to the House of Lords for Report stage today

Tory local government leader asks Lords to block housing reforms

11 April, 2016

Peers are being urged to reject amendments to bill forcing councils to sell their most expensive properties

Bill change 'could increase council home sales further'

11 April, 2016

Sector figures fear councils may have to sell more of their stock to fund the Right to Buy extension than previously expected

End of long-term tenancies will 'damage family life'

11 April, 2016

Calls to scrap Tory plans to reform social housing as fears grow over damage to communities and children's education

Is Universal Credit doomed to fail?

11 April, 2016

Later this month Universal Credit will finally roll across the country, but the Department of Work and Pensions is being challenged in court to release files about its management in the early days

Universal credit cuts to lose low-income families up to £200 a month

11 April, 2016

Changes to be introduced on Monday will push more low-paid working families into poverty

The effects of taxes and benefits on income inequality: 1977 to financial year ending 2015

08 April, 2016

The redistribution effects on households of direct and indirect taxation and benefits received in cash or kind analysed by household type, and the changing levels of income inequality over time

Families renting privately twice as likely to have moved in the last year

08 April, 2016

Almost one in five of London's privately renting families have moved in the last 12 months

'Pay £78 a week for heating and hot water', disabled tenants in Holloway sheltered accommodation told

08 April, 2016

Disabled pensioners in Holloway were sent letters by their housing association threatening a 450 per cent increase in bills

Buy-to-let's "last hurrah" blamed for 10.1% annual house price rise

08 April, 2016

Double digit growth in house prices over the last year has been blamed on the "last hurrah" of buy-to-let investors as they seek to head off the rise in stamp duty

Over half London's private renters are struggling. Renting needs fixing now

08 April, 2016

When does a city's housing problem get so bad that it's legitimate to describe it as a 'crisis'?

Human rights watchdog to review welfare reforms

08 April, 2016

A human rights watchdog is to launch an inquiry into the effects of the government's welfare reforms on minority groups

RICS calls for mandatory licence for all estate agents

08 April, 2016

The RICS has called for the introduction of a mandatory, recognised licence for all estate agents in the UK

Benefit expenditure and caseload tables 2016

07 April, 2016

Historic and forecast benefit expenditure and caseload data usually consistent with the annual Budget and Autumn Statement

Tax credit change 'may cause hardship'

07 April, 2016

Families who have been overpaid tax credits will have to repay the money at a much faster rate from now on

Thousands of disabled claimants wrongly barred from Personal Independence Payments

07 April, 2016

Three in five Brits who contest a decision to reject their Personal Independence Payment win on appeal

Home benefits: the SFHA's Mary Taylor explains why welfare reform is a concern for housing associations

07 April, 2016

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations chief executive tells Holyrood of her concerns about the LHA cap, changes to benefits and the potential reclassification of social housing

The Tories are promising to freeze council tax for five years if they win the Assembly election

07 April, 2016

The Tories say they would provide funding for councils to make up for the shortfall when council tax is frozen

Counting the cost of becoming a nation of renters

07 April, 2016

Proof, if proof was needed, earlier this week that property prices in the capital are out of control

New rental properties surge on to market as Stamp Duty bites

07 April, 2016

A large number of new rental properties came on stream at the end of March, with the influx due to a significant number of buy-to-let purchases completed by investors before the Stamp Duty hike

A guide to Rent Repayment Orders: Part 1

07 April, 2016

This is part one of a three-part guide on Rent Repayment Orders outlining what you need to know

Bedroom tax and benefit sanctions: social workers must get to grips with welfare law

06 April, 2016

People who use services are feeling the impact of cuts and welfare reform. To make a difference to their lives, professionals need to understand these issues

Labour claims scrapping council tax would save people money

06 April, 2016

Scots will save more than £100 a year on average under Labour's plans to scrap the council tax

Know your rights when dealing with lousy landlords

06 April, 2016

If you're like me and have bounced around rented accommodation in your student days and beyond, you've probably encountered your fair share of worn down flats and colourful landlords

The great service debate

06 April, 2016

From this month, social landlords will see revenues from rents fall by 1% each year for four years

Tenants who complain being 'bullied' by landlords

06 April, 2016

Tenants are being threatened and bullied by landlords if they make a complaint

Balance becomes 'relative' as Southwark tackles empty homes

06 April, 2016

A London council that has placed over 1,000 households beyond its borough boundaries over the past year has an estimated 2,000 empty private sector homes

Buying cheaper than renting in nearly half of Britain's major cities

06 April, 2016

Glasgow, Coventry and Birmingham topped the list of places where buying beats renting

Whew! Over 1,200 deals completed by conveyancer on eve of Stamp Duty change

06 April, 2016

In the 24 hours before the Stamp Duty surcharge kicked in, Britain's largest conveyancer completed a record number of transactions

Landlords' Barometer - #35: Why are landlords being singled out by Osborne?

06 April, 2016

Welcome to "Landlords' Barometer #35", with all the latest news and trending topics from the world of landlords!

Reduction in social housing rents

05 April, 2016

This note provides an outline of The Social Housing Rents (Exceptions and Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2016

The Positive Impact of Social Housing Provision

05 April, 2016

It is evident that social housing supports individuals and households with pressing housing needs

Housing Benefit subsidy guidance manual 2015 to 2016

05 April, 2016

This guidance is for local authorities. It explains the subsidies DWP pays them for certain costs of the Housing Benefit scheme

Key Changes to Council Tax Support in 2016/17

05 April, 2016

April 2016 marks the beginning of the fourth year since Council Tax Benefit

Free heat meter surveys for social landlords

05 April, 2016

At Sustainable Homes we know that the recent heat metering regulations have concentrated effort on installing meters in heat networks

Housing and Inequality in London

05 April, 2016

Over the past 20 years the price of housing in London has quadrupled, and the number of people renting privately has grown dramatically

Rapid rise in single parent debt problems

05 April, 2016

The number of single parents approaching StepChange Debt Charity for help has doubled over the last four years and they are now the fastest growing group among its clients

Lib Dems call for immediate ban on letting agent fees

05 April, 2016

The Lib Dems have called for an immediate ban on letting fees charged by agents

Green Party pledge to push for rent controls

05 April, 2016

Sian Berry, the Green mayoral candidate for London, has issued her manifesto

Struggling generation rent is being driven into debt

04 April, 2016

Figures from charities reveal how people unable to get on the housing ladder are under pressure from overdrafts, loans and arrears in rent

UK Government's housing policy targeting homeless families is 'tantamount to social cleansing'

04 April, 2016

Charities and politicians demand urgent safeguards after Independent investigation uncovers cases of homeless children dying from neglect and abuse

Cutting housing benefit reduces property prices

04 April, 2016

House prices fall when Housing Benefit is cut

How Cambridge development with just 6% social housing is making £17m in extra sales

04 April, 2016

One of the most controversial developments in Cambridge is set to make millions of pounds more in profit than forecast when the original builder avoided hitting the city council's affordable housing target

Top UK earners to receive as much in handouts as poorest by 2020

04 April, 2016

The wealthiest 20% of Britain's earners will receive almost as much support from the state through the "shadow welfare"

Lender concerns prompt Housing Bill change

04 April, 2016

Ministers are set to change the Housing and Planning Bill following concerns that a new system of managing sector insolvencies would lead to lenders asking social landlords for more security

Half of private rented properties checked 'below standards'

04 April, 2016

Almost half of private rented properties visited during a crackdown against problem landlords were found to be falling below acceptable standards by the council

Minimum energy efficiency standards become law for private rentals

04 April, 2016

The Energy Efficiency Regulations 2015 will bring into force minimum energy efficiency standards for the residential private rented sector

Survey reveals tenants' rent cut concerns

04 April, 2016

More than half of social tenants to answer a survey said they are concerned about a reduction in services from their landlord as a result of the rent cut

UK buy-to-let is broken - and change will be good for investors

04 April, 2016

New stamp duty hikes on second homes, seen by many as a clamp down on buy-to-let, could pave the way for a revolution in Britain's rental market

Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit back to work schemes

01 April, 2016

Guidance about the different back to work schemes available to JSA and Universal Credit claimants

Buy-to-let stamp duty hike begins as landlords warn rents will soar 'through the roof'

01 April, 2016

Chancellor George Osborne's controversial hike of stamp duty for buy-to-let investors is now in force, as the new tax year begins

Rental prices in UK up by 2.6% in year to February 2016

01 April, 2016

Private rental prices paid by tenants in Great Britain rose by 2.6% in the 12 months to February 2016

Why stamp duty isn't the end for your second home dreams

01 April, 2016

For second-home buyers, whether they are looking for holiday homes or buy-to-let, April 1 2016 is a crucial date

MPs launch inquiry into 'disability employment gap' and impact of ESA cuts

01 April, 2016

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) will be cut from £103 to £73 a week in April 2017

EEA migrants: access to social housing (England)

01 April, 2016

Part 1 of this briefing gives a broad overview of the law governing the rights of EEA migrants to access social housing in England

Questor share tip: bet on Grainger as buy-to-let crackdown begins

01 April, 2016

Buy-to-let investing has been dealt a blow with higher rates of stamp duty kicking in

Fears council house evictions could rise due to benefits changes

01 April, 2016

Aberdeenshire's local authority has raised concerns that the number of council house evictions in the area may rise under the government's new universal credit scheme

Benefit Rates 2016-17

01 April, 2016

The benefit rates for 2016 to 2017

Largest council tax rises this decade loom for English householders

31 March, 2016

Households across England will face the biggest council tax rises this decade from Friday

From bad to worse

31 March, 2016

It is naive to think that the rental and homeownership markets are not intimately linked

Bedroom Tax Year 3 (How IDS stole my home)

31 March, 2016

As the third anniversary of the introduction of the bedroom tax passes, events over the preceding weekends took a poignant turn for Rob Gershon

Charity workers fear benefit claimants will struggle as Universal Credit is rolled out in SE1

31 March, 2016

It is revealed that new applicants will have to wait six weeks for first payment, and will need a bank account

Standard of ESA and PIP assessments unacceptable says Public Accounts Committee

31 March, 2016

Standard of ESA and PIP assessments unacceptable says Public Accounts Committee

Possession Court Fees Increase

31 March, 2016

Unfortunately, there are occasions when landlords must resort to using the courts in order to regain possession of their property

Without supported housing, a lot of people will be left outside to die

31 March, 2016

A proposed change to housing benefit rules will spell disaster for many of societys most vulnerable people

2016 Annual Review of Social Housing

31 March, 2016

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

We discuss the accounts and annual reports of the largest 100 Registered Providers

Index of private housing rental prices: February 2016

31 March, 2016

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

Mother claims she is forced to live with no electricity, crumbling walls and rats because her housing association landlord will not carry out proper repairs to her home

30 March, 2016

A mother says she is being forced to live with rats, crumbling walls and no electricity in the downstairs of her home because her housing association will not carry out proper repairs

Explainer: what are rent controls - and who benefits from them?

30 March, 2016

New York, San Francisco and Stockholm have them. And now some Londoners are calling for them to curb rising rents

Buy to Let 'big risk' to UK economy

30 March, 2016

The Bank of England has warned Britain must burst its Buy to Let bubble to ward off future financial risk

Homelessness statistics make uncomfortable reading for politicians worried about welfare cuts

30 March, 2016

Last weekend's news was dominated by the political fallout from Iain Duncan Smith's resignation and by signs of growing political unease around the latest proposed cuts to welfare

Gaps in welfare safety net still pose risk Committee says

30 March, 2016

The Work and Pensions Committee has published the Government's response to its report on the Local welfare safety net

LendInvest research reveals tenants and landlords alike face stamp duty squeeze

30 March, 2016

The 3% stamp duty rise coming into effect on 1 April is set to put the squeeze is likely to see landlords passing on the extra cost to tenants

En-suite education: the unstoppable rise of luxury student housing

30 March, 2016

The UK's student boom has seen a spate of new, expensive, high-spec studio flats for them to live in

Can the new work and pensions secretary win back trust on welfare?

30 March, 2016

After the furore over disability benefits and the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith, Stephen Crabb's challenge is to rebuild the Conservatives' credibility on social justice

Landlords at risk of missing asset register deadline

30 March, 2016

A large number of housing associations are in danger of failing to meet Thursday's deadline for completing a register of assets and liabilities

Latest clampdown on landlords to cut buy-to-let lending by up to 20%

30 March, 2016

Lending to buy-to-let borrowers is to be tightened up, with 'stress' levels raised

Bank Of England Set For New Buy-To-Let Powers

29 March, 2016

George Osborne says it is "highly likely" the Bank will be given powers over the buy-to-let mortgage market "later this year"

Stephen Crabb urged to overhaul 'salami-sliced' universal credit system

29 March, 2016

Shadow work and pensions secretary Owen Smith says the welfare policy will hit millions of low-paid workers in the pocket

Government spends £100,000 on lawyers to defend the bedroom tax

29 March, 2016

The DWP is fighting a rape victim and the family of a severely disabled child

Consternation as Lewisham Council approved new landlord licensing fee of £500 per bedroom

29 March, 2016

Following approval of a new additional landlord licensing scheme on 2 March, Lewisham Council's Licensing Supplementary Committee met on 22 March and approved proposals for a dramatic increase in HMO licence application fees

Has there been a rush of buy-to-let investment in PRS?

29 March, 2016

An earlier post at the beginning of March 1st touched on the 'B2L investment rush' we are apparently experiencing

Tenants' lives put at risk by lack of smoke alarms

29 March, 2016

Fifth of privately rented homes not fitted with device despite law requiring landlords install them on every floor

Osborne's war on buy-to-let: Further clampdowns to come

29 March, 2016

The Chancellor is set for a new crackdown on buy-to-let mortgages

Universal Credit Support in Bradford

24 March, 2016

Social Housing provider Incommunities and Bradford District Credit Union talk to BCB Radio about their partnership with Bradford Council to support those receiving Universal Credit

Rent Smart Wales slashes license-fee rates following concerns

24 March, 2016

UKALA has persuaded Rent Smart Wales to revise the cost of its licence for letting and managements agents after expressing concerns the proposed fee would have a detrimental impact on standards

Landlords face £5k fines for not fitting smoke alarms

24 March, 2016

Hackney has become one of the first London boroughs to impose a maximum penalty fine in a bid to protect tenants

Campaign launched to help housing benefit tenants get a fairer deal

24 March, 2016

Is blame for DSS discrimination being pointed at the wrong people? Is it landlords or letting agents who make the process difficult?

HB S3/2016

24 March, 2016

Final New Burdens payment 2015/16 for the Real Time Information Bulk Data Matching Initiative, reduction in Housing Benefit backdating and removal of Family Premium

Government 'writes off' £40 million of overpaid housing benefit

24 March, 2016

Around £40 million in housing benefit overpayments has been written off, new figures have shown

BBC banned from broadcasting disability benefit cuts protest in Parliament

24 March, 2016

The broadcaster was forced to terminate a broadcast from a protest outside the House of Commons chamber

Buy-to-let market will 'drop like a stone' after Stamp Duty surcharge

24 March, 2016

The Stamp Duty surcharge on buy-to-let purchases which comes into effect next week will increase rent costs for tenants and trigger a decline in the supply of available properties

Landlords in one borough to be hit with licensing fee rising by nearly 300%

24 March, 2016

Landlords of bedsits above shops in a London borough could be clobbered with a licensing fee that is set to rise by 278%

Housing Benefit recoveries and fraud data: April 2015 to September 2015

23 March, 2016

Twice-yearly National Statistics publication on Housing Benefit overpayments and fraud

A crucial step towards a secure future for Scotland's private renters

23 March, 2016

Last week, the Scottish Parliament passed landmark legislation to boost the legal rights that private tenants have to stay in their homes

Association of residential letting agents private rented sector report

23 March, 2016

The number of prospective tenants registered per branch increased by a fifth (19%) in February to 37

Damage done by cuts and sanctions brings Oxfam to Wales

23 March, 2016

The international aid charity hopes to tackle Welsh poverty head on and help victims of austerity in the country

The My Home Finance loan scheme is in trouble, but tenants still need affordable finance

23 March, 2016

Whatever the causes of the My Home Finance scheme's crisis, it highlights the difficulty of providing genuinely affordable loans for those who need them

Failures and u-turns: the Conservative Party's record on welfare

23 March, 2016

Welfare reform and its implementation has been a crucial test for the Conservative Party's rebrand

The fight to claim back council housing from this poisonous Tory attack

23 March, 2016

At the Unite union we've taken the fight for social housing to Great Yarmouth, the very doorstep of housing minister Brandon Lewis

Billions of pounds of welfare cuts on way despite PIP U-turn

23 March, 2016

Ministers say no more social security cuts - but have approved a huge package of savings for this parliament already

MPs approve Chancellor George Osborne's Budget

23 March, 2016

MPs have approved the Budget after Chancellor George Osborne was forced to shelve planned cuts to disability benefits

Sales go up as landlords scrabble ahead of Stamp Duty surcharge

23 March, 2016

HMRC has reported that there were 94,590 residential property transactions in the UK in February

What IDS really thinks about disability cuts (according to one of his own colleagues)

22 March, 2016

Stephen MacPartland says the sanctification of IDS has been "absolutely disgraceful"

New minister faces call to re-think 'LHA cap'

22 March, 2016

New work and pensions secretary Stephen Crabb is facing immediate calls to re-examine plans to apply a new housing benefit cap to supported housing

New benefits boss Stephen Crabb is fighting his OWN constituents in the Supreme Court

22 March, 2016

Paul and Sue Rutherford are being dragged through the Supreme Court over the Bedroom Tax by their own MP

Latest council offers cash for downsizing

22 March, 2016

Hackney are the latest local authority to offer residents a cash incentive if they downsize

How Osborne's budgets have changed the welfare bill - interactive

22 March, 2016

Chancellor's decision to ringfence pensions has seen welfare spending grow since his first budget in 2010

Households underestimate monthly bills by £700 - while many consider themselves 'in debt' only if they owe £45k

22 March, 2016

Monthly outgoings typically £1,505 - £693 less than estimated

The effect of forthcoming housing policy changes on social-tenant employment and the London economy

22 March, 2016

London is facing an unprecedented housing crisis

The expected reduction in the amount of social housing in inner London due to the Housing and Planning Bill will affect local infrastructure and employers

Disability benefits U-turn leaves Cameron with £4.4bn to find

22 March, 2016

Prime minister forced to concede that black hole will not be filled by further cuts

High-income tenants exempt from rent cut

22 March, 2016

The 1% annual rent cut will not apply to households with household income of £60,000 or more

Local authorities 'no confidence' in dealing with rogue landlords

22 March, 2016

Rogue landlords often escape punishment from local councils as the authority has "no confidence in their legal support"

Rent Smart Wales licensing fees revised

22 March, 2016

New licence fees for Letting and Management Agents will range from £1,890 to £6,600 for five years depending on number of properties

Buy-to-Let Index - February 2016

22 March, 2016

Spring heat from rental market - as tenants feel first rent rises since September

Iain Duncan Smith was 'isolated' in government over welfare

21 March, 2016

Conservative Party infighting dramatically escalated last night in the wake of Iain Duncan Smith's resignation as he delivered a stinging attack on the direction of the party leadership's austerity drive

Succession rights and social housing (England)

21 March, 2016

Within the current statutory framework there can only be one statutory succession to a council or housing association tenancy in England

All Welsh jobcentres switch over to Universal Credit

21 March, 2016

Wales becomes the first nation in the UK to complete the rollout of Universal Credit

40,000 to be hit by cuts to disability benefits

21 March, 2016

Opposition voiced at UK Government plans

New rental income guarantee to drive 'significant expansion' of Scottish private rental market

21 March, 2016

Although the UK's PRS market is presently immature, it is expected to expand significantly in the near future

Nadine Dorries slams Iain Duncan Smith for begging her to vote for disability cuts before resigning

21 March, 2016

The outspoken backbencher claims Iain Duncan Smith 'begged and bribed' her not to vote against his cuts to Employment Support Allowance

IDS loses legal challenge to keep Universal Credit problems secret

21 March, 2016

Iain Duncan Smith has lost his latest attempt to keep potentially damning Universal Credit documents secret

Robin Hood Gardens and the demise of Britsh social housing

21 March, 2016

The rise and fall of Robin Hood Gardens echoes the fate of British social housing, as developers take from the poor to house the rich

'Generation rent' have given up hope of buying own home

21 March, 2016

Three-quarters of people in Britain fear it will be impossible for future generations to have a home to settle down in

It was the PM himself who wanted Right to Rent checks

21 March, 2016

It was David Cameron himself who wanted Right to Rent checks on tenants' immigration status - despite overwhelming lack of support from his ministers

LIN member report March 2016 - The Budget

21 March, 2016

LIN member report written by Neil Merrick

Who will disability 'cuts' impact?

18 March, 2016

Behind the frantic number-crunching and political fallout from Wednesday's Budget lies a large group of disabled people who will be affected by the latest benefit reform

Tackling fuel poverty

18 March, 2016

Bromford is working towards developing a service offer around affordable warmth and fuel poverty

MSPs approve new regulations for tenants and landlords

18 March, 2016

MSPs have approved new rules for landlords and tenants to regulate the private rental sector

Work alongside private landlords, politicians in Wales are urged ahead of Assembly election

18 March, 2016

An election hustings on housing was held in Cardiff Bay on Tuesday evening

Government not backing down on disability cuts despite minister's words

18 March, 2016

Suggestions by a Cabinet minister that the government may back down over cuts to disability benefit have been played down amid a growing Conservative row

UK housing: Landlords making best returns in 17 months as rents and house prices rise

18 March, 2016

Rents are picking up in England and Wales as landlords begin to pass on higher taxes from the Treasury to tenants

A crucial step towards a secure future for Scotland's private renters

18 March, 2016

Yesterday, the Scottish Parliament passed landmark legislation to boost the legal rights that private tenants have to stay in their homes

HB G3/2016

18 March, 2016

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Iain Duncan Smith quits over planned disability benefit changes

18 March, 2016

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has resigned citing pressure to make cuts to disability benefits

8 things you didn't know about private landlords

17 March, 2016

The number of private landlords has exploded in recent years with the growth of the private rented sector

Disability Benefits

17 March, 2016

The day after a Budget is usually a difficult one for any Chancellor, but this year, George Osborne has been subject to sustained and withering scrutiny

The women who escape domestic abuse but lose their social housing

17 March, 2016

Women and their children often have to forfeit their homes to escape violent partners. One housing association is offering an answer

Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016

17 March, 2016

An Act to make provision about reports on progress towards full employment and the apprenticeships target

Budget 2016: The Disabled Are 'Paying The Price For George Osborne's Tax Breaks For The Rich'

17 March, 2016

Labour and charities say it's a 'bleak day' as £4.4bn slashed

The property market battle lines are drawn: Buy-to-let landlords denied tax break by the Chancellor as homebuyers get a savings boost

17 March, 2016

Buy-to-let landlords have been denied a tax break on their property profits as the Chancellor excluded them from a big capital gains tax cut

Ministers to 'explore ways of getting social tenants into homeownership'

17 March, 2016

The government has announced it will look at ways of further increasing homeownership levels among social tenants

Despair as ARLA slams Osborne's 'outright assault' on PRS in 'catastrophic' Budget

17 March, 2016

Yesterday's Budget was attacked as a clobbering of the private rented sector

Not what the Government wanted - but 'more landlords will go corporate'

17 March, 2016

New Capital Gains Tax rules will encourage property investors to operate as companies

Cambridge needs social housing to correct an 'imperfect' market

16 March, 2016

Cambridge needs to build more social housing to correct an "imperfect" property market here in the city

Benefit cuts threaten independent living for thousands of disabled people

16 March, 2016

Budget announcements by George Osborne set to be 'last straw' for many who fear heavy impact from tighter assessments and benefit cuts

What next for disabled claimants who face welfare reform?

16 March, 2016

The changes to the way Personal Independence Payment or PIP is assessed are unpopular measures where I am

It's not just Blair raking in rental profits. Nearly a third of MPs are landlords

16 March, 2016

For the many people who can't afford to buy, it's galling that so many MPs are profiting from renters - and have an interest in keeping house prices high

SFHA comments on LHA cap delay for supported tenants

16 March, 2016

Commenting on today's UK Budget announcement and the reiteration by the UK Government that it will delay the LHA cap for tenants in supported accommodation by a year

Budget 2016: George Osborne extends buy-to-let stamp duty hike to large-scale purchases

16 March, 2016

George Osborne will extend a planned stamp duty hike on purchases of additional property to include those who buy more than 15 properties

Government 'damaging supply' of rented housing

16 March, 2016

A former Conservative shadow cabinet member has criticised the government's approach to the private rented sector

The future of social housing in the North West

16 March, 2016

The legal implications and financing of building new homes in the North West to meet George Osborne's plans for a "Northern powerhouse" are being discussed at a major conference in Liverpool this week

Call for mandatory electrical checks for all social housing and owner-occupied flats

16 March, 2016

A charity which led the successful call for mandatory electrical checks in Scotland's PRS has called for these to be extended to all social housing and owner occupied flats

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to January 2016

16 March, 2016

Statistics on claims in payment, new claim registrations, decisions and awards made and other aspects of Personal Independence Payment

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 3 Mar 2016

16 March, 2016

Statistics on Universal Credit claims from 29 April 2013 to 3 March 2016

A sharing economy as rents rise and tenants pile in together

16 March, 2016

The average rent for new tenancies in the UK, excluding London, is now £744 per month - up 4.8% on a year ago

A tale of two cities: winners and losers in London's social housing divide

15 March, 2016

In one part of London, residents are being bulldozed out of council-built homes to make way for a privately led development most cannot afford

Council takes on 'rip off' private rental sector

15 March, 2016

A London council is ready to fight a "rip off" private rental sector - on its own terms

Housing Minister writes to councils over evictions advice following NLA pressure

15 March, 2016

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has written to all local councils in England in order to clarify homelessness guidance

As the Mayoral election nears, London renters are demanding change

15 March, 2016

In just eight weeks, London will have a new Mayor. Will they have a plan to fix London's renting crisis?

There are now 157 foodbanks operating in Wales compared to 16 between 1998 and 2010

15 March, 2016

Austerity has been blamed for the rise and it's warned that their use was now becoming 'institutionalised'

The 200 landlords making £1MILLION a year from housing benefits

15 March, 2016

One letting agent made £2million from the taxpayer in the last three years

Young families priced out of rental markets in two-thirds of the UK

15 March, 2016

Figures suggest soaring rents make having children financially prohibitive for young couples in southern England and beyond

Letting agents accused on TV of milking benefits system

15 March, 2016

Over 200 millionaires have been created among landlords and agents in the last three years by the housing benefits system

Number of rough sleepers in Barrow revealed as lack of social housing is labelled 'monstrous'

14 March, 2016

People are being forced to sleep on the streets of Barrow as waiting lists for the area's council houses reach crisis point

Property tax reform could encourage landlords to sell to private tenants

14 March, 2016

Our new report has indicated that the Chancellor should help generation rent to own their current properties through the reform of Capital Gains Tax

Tories must reverse Universal Credit cuts to show they're serious about helping savers

14 March, 2016

The Tories have been criticised for inconsistency following the announcement of their 'Help to Save' scheme

Every jobcentre in London and home counties switched to Universal Credit

14 March, 2016

Over 95% of jobcentres now offer Universal Credit

'Prices are rising at a terrifying rate': the rent worries that keep you up at night

14 March, 2016

The stress of keeping up rent or mortgage payments has sent more than a million people in the UK to the doctor

Disability benefit change to affect half a million

14 March, 2016

More than half a million disabled people could lose out as a result of further changes over the next four years to welfare payments

Universal Credit cuts will leave millions of families worse off

14 March, 2016

A single mum working full time on the minimum wage and who has two kids will be stripped of £554 a year

How landlords are using companies to dodge the stamp duty crackdown on property purchases

14 March, 2016

Surge in landlord purchases through companies as tax hike looms

Social housing benefit cap will put thousands on streets

14 March, 2016

Limit for local housing allowance would lead to widespread bed closures in hostels and supported housing

Housing Bill: From pay to stay to right to rent - the controversial legislation explained

14 March, 2016

The Housing and Planning Bill is approaching its final stage in parliament before - if all goes to the government's plan - passing into law

Battling the bedroom tax: the wider implications of the Supreme Court hearing

14 March, 2016

Following the recent 'bedroom tax' hearing in the UK Supreme Court, Jed Meers from the University of York considers the potential implications of the upcoming judgment for policies relying on elements of conditionality

Councils told to stop telling tenants in process of eviction to stay put

14 March, 2016

Local authorities must stop routinely advising tenants to stay put until the bailiff arrives before they can be accepted as homeless

Leeds campaigners rally against new law which will 'effectively end social housing'

11 March, 2016

A group of campaigners in Leeds will be holding a Housing Summit this weekend to oppose the government's planned cuts in social housing

Buy-to-let tax changes: A perfect storm for landlords and tenants

11 March, 2016

Upcoming tax changes have ignited debate about the role private landlords should play in meeting the UK's housing needs

'Broken' disability benefits need total overhaul

11 March, 2016

Fit-for-work tests and sanctions for those with chronic illness or disability should be scrapped

Personal Independence Payment consultation response announced

11 March, 2016

The government is changing the assessment criteria for the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment

Average length of time in PRS rises to 14 years

11 March, 2016

A survey of more than 800 Private Rented Sector tenants has found high levels of satisfaction with rented accommodation

Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3

11 March, 2016

This briefing provides a summary of the parliamentary scrutiny of the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill prior to the Stage 3 proceedings which are scheduled to take place on Thursday 17 March 2016

Families face biggest council-tax increase in eight years

11 March, 2016

Authorities able to raise council-tax charges by up to 3.99 per cent in 2016-17 without having to call a local referendum

Landlords rein in pay ahead of rent cut

11 March, 2016

Housing associations are reining in pay and cutting back on previously protected tenants' services in a bid to cope with the impact of government policy

London mayoral election: Sadiq Khan pledges to name 'bad' landlords

10 March, 2016

Labour's mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan announced a number of measures aimed at protecting private renters as he launched his election manifesto

London council launches letting agency for private renters

10 March, 2016

A London council has launched a letting agency for private renters, in a move it said would protect tenants from "the scourge of rip-off fees and charges"

DWP not snubbing Scottish Government over welfare reforms

10 March, 2016

There is no reluctance for DWP ministers to appear before the Scottish Parliament, despite 11 requests to go to Holyrood being refused

Social housing: 'pay to stay' at market rents

10 March, 2016

Following a consultation exercise in 2012 the Coalition Government gave social landlords in England the discretion to charge market or near market rents to tenants with an income of £60,000 or more a year

ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments: claims made to Jun 2015 and appeals to Dec 2015

10 March, 2016

Outcomes of Work Capability Assessments for Employment and Support Allowance claims made to June 2015 and appeal outcomes to December 2015

UK housing: Millions more face higher rents in 'perfect storm for a major renting crisis'

10 March, 2016

The number of renters in England and Wales soar will over the coming decade as millions more people are caught in a trap of high rents and house prices

UK workers on zero-hours contracts rise above 800,000

10 March, 2016

Workers on zero-hours contracts more likely to be young, part-time, women, or in full-time education

Conveyancers report 'turbo-charged' increase in Buy-to-Let activity as SDLT change looms

10 March, 2016

Buy-to-Let and second-home activity increased by 46% since the additional Stamp Duty Land Tax announcement was made in November 2015

Bye bye! One in five tenants expects to lose deposits

10 March, 2016

One in five tenants expects never to see their deposit money again after handing it over

Agents who turn down tenants on benefits 'are not breaking law'

10 March, 2016

It is not unlawful discrimination for an agent or landlord to refuse to let to a prospective tenant who is on benefit

Adam Perkins: 'Welfare dependency can be bred out'

09 March, 2016

The author and academic argues that workless people breed children with job-resistant traits

Fixed term tenancies failing on everyone's terms

09 March, 2016

The government's plan to remove security from social tenants and restrict tenancies to 2-5 years will hopefully get the scrutiny it deserves this week

Credit cards are pushing people into damaging long-term debt

09 March, 2016

They were introduced as a convenient way to borrow over the short term, but have become dangerous debt builders

The uneven impact of welfare reform

09 March, 2016

The financial losses to places and people

Pay to Stay: Fairer Rents in Social Housing

09 March, 2016

Consultation response

Welfare reforms 'will worsen regional inequalities'

09 March, 2016

Government welfare reforms will "further entrench deep-seated regional inequalities across Britain"

Coalition of 60 national disability charities condemn Tory cuts to ESA

09 March, 2016

'The cuts to employment and support allowance and universal credit mark a step backwards for disabled people'

The phantom benefit cheat is the perfect patsy for austerity

09 March, 2016

It's in the government's interests to keep promoting the very myths that keep the benefit fraud hotline ringing - and distract us from real social problems

Scottish property industry expresses concern about Sturgeon's council tax reforms

09 March, 2016

Scotland's property industry has warned that tax proposals underlying the Scottish Government's reform of council tax could harm developers and landowners

Criticism as £30-a-week disability benefit cuts go ahead

08 March, 2016

Peers have backed down in their battle with MPs over cuts to disabled people's benefits after ministers invoked special powers to push them through

37,000 tenants 'overcharged for water by south London council'

08 March, 2016

Thousands of council tenants have been overcharged for water and sewage services

Tenants Must Be Protected From Wrongful Evictions

08 March, 2016

The Lib Dems have a good track record on fighting for tenants against wrongful evictions

Tenant arrears tracker

08 March, 2016

Tenants reverse trend to serious rent arrears

The women leading the charge in Britain's 150 year fight for social housing

08 March, 2016

From Octavia Hill in 1866 to the women of New Era estate in 2014, female campaigners have often been the driving force for better housing rights

Pay to Stay tapers - a policy not for u-turning

08 March, 2016

The front page of this weekend's Observer newspaper declared that "ministers are planning to modify hugely contentious elements of the housing reforms the chancellor announced last summer"

New Powers new Scotland

08 March, 2016

How the Scottish parliament could use its new tax and benefit responsibilities

Buy-to-let landlords 'can make £100 more a week renting property on Airbnb'

08 March, 2016

London now has the third highest number of Airbnb listings in the world

Homelessness advocates call for evictions ban to protect older women

08 March, 2016

Anna Bligh calls for rental subsidies to help the growing number of women over the age of 55 at risk of becoming homeless

Universal Credit work allowances

08 March, 2016

Information about changes to the Universal Credit work allowances from April 2016

Tory climbdown over pay-to-stay plan to raise social housing rents

07 March, 2016

Partial U-turn part of bid to clear decks ahead of Europe referendum poll day

"Buy-to-let-to-retire" is the new downsizing

07 March, 2016

One in five over 55s are considering buying their ideal retirement home now and letting it out until they retire

Food for fought: Politicians to face public grilling on food banks and poverty at conference set up by Trussell Trust

07 March, 2016

Food bank users are being given a voice today when they get to quiz leading politicians

Landlords unhappy with London Housing Commission's licensing proposals

07 March, 2016

A landlords' body said the LHC is just plain wrong with its proposals that councils be given greater leeway to create landlord licensing schemes

Landlords must prepare for longer tenancies

07 March, 2016

Landlords and property managers must prepare for long-term tenancies

Think tank calls for single Scottish department for tax and welfare

07 March, 2016

The Scottish Government should have a single department responsible for both new tax and welfare powers due to be devolved

Lords ESA cuts debate: latest ping pong

07 March, 2016

The Welfare Reform and Work Bill returns to the House of Lords today for consideration of Commons amendments in 'ping pong'

A deeply dehumanising experience

07 March, 2016

M.E./CFS journeys through the PIP claim process in Scotland

This in-depth report, based on interviews with people with M.E./CFS in Scotland, demonstrates that one of the measures designed to mitigate this impact is failing

Participation pays

07 March, 2016

Tenant involvement praised by minister

Plans for wide-ranging cap on energy bills expected to be scrapped

04 March, 2016

Competition watchdog likely to ditch price curbs for customers on standard tariffs amid pressure from UK's biggest suppliers

Tories block plan to look at the impact of their disability benefit cuts

04 March, 2016

The Government says the cuts to Employment and Support Allowance will help disabled people

Assembly calls for rent regulation devolution

04 March, 2016

London Assembly members have called for the next mayor of London to seek devolved powers to introduce three-year default tenancies for private renters

Numbers claiming housing benefit tumbles in Cambridge - social cleansing or economic success?

04 March, 2016

The number of people claiming housing benefit has plummeted in Cambridge and around the county - prompting different explanations from across the political divide

UCL rent strike: Student support in fight against 'social cleansing' and soaring accommodation costs increases

04 March, 2016

Strike organisers say amount of rent now being withheld is at over £1 million, something which could rise as more students decide whether to join the cause or not

One in six tenants has sub-let with more likely to do so

04 March, 2016

Research by landlord insurance provider Direct Line for Business reveals that one in six tenants in the UK admits to having rented out part or all of their property to someone not on the lease agreement

House price inflation fails to take off despite claims buy-to-let investors are racing to snap up homes ahead of stamp duty hike

04 March, 2016

House prices remained steady in February, despite a steep increase in mortgage approvals since the turn of the year ahead of the looming stamp duty hike for buy to let investors this April

Buy to Let and household debts are risks

04 March, 2016

The rapidly growing Buy to Let market is increasing risks to the housing market

Gloucester Foodbank appeals for depot for 25 tonnes of food

04 March, 2016

Food bank volunteers in Gloucestershire are "desperately" trying to find somewhere to store 25 tonnes of food

Opinion: Buy to Let needs level playing field

04 March, 2016

Since the government's election in May 2015 the Chancellor has had the buy-to-let market in his sights

New landlord licensing scheme in Peterborough

04 March, 2016

A new landlord licensing scheme approved today, will mean that private landlords operating in designated areas of Peterborough will have to apply for a licence or face potential fines of up to £20,000 and prosecution

Changes to Immigration Bill will 'protect' landlords

03 March, 2016

Landlords taking 'reasonable steps' are now protected from failing to pick up illegal tenants

'Rent trap' catches aspiring first-time buyers who paid over £40,000 to landlords in five years

03 March, 2016

Renters in England forked out to landlords since 2010 the equivalent of almost a fifth of the average price of a first-time buyer's property

Financial stability in the social housing sector continues

03 March, 2016

Latest quarterly survey published

IDS urges Tory MPs to vote through cuts to disability benefits - despite his own watchdog warning they are unfair

03 March, 2016

The plans have been accused of causing 'unnecessary hardship'

Iain Duncan Smith: the latest MP to pretend council cuts are not his fault

03 March, 2016

It's bad enough that the secretary of state used his position to hammer Enfield council on efficiency, but let's not forget the damage caused by welfare reform

Landlords warn on one year 'LHA cap' exemption

03 March, 2016

Supported housing developments stalled due to uncertainty will stay frozen

Right to rent checks in the social housing sector now in force

03 March, 2016

The introduction of right to rent checks on 1 February 2016 will have important implications for social housing providers

The tax credit cut that Osborne sneaked through

03 March, 2016

It would have been impossible to miss the furore last year regarding George Osborne's proposed changes to tax credits arising from the Budget 2015

HB A4/2016

02 March, 2016

Housing Benefit operational information, performance support and engagement 2016/17

Equalities watchdog criticises planned cuts to work support allowance

02 March, 2016

Equalities and Human Rights Commission says cutting £30 a week from ESA benefits will disproportionately hit disabled people

Greater Manchester sees record number of evictions

02 March, 2016

A record number of people were forced out of their homes after falling behind with rent, according to government stats

Scottish government to set up benefits agency to streamline welfare

02 March, 2016

Nicola Sturgeon hopes strategy, which will see new agency running benefits devolved to Holyrood, will boost SNP lead in polls

Highest council tax bands 'to pay more' says Nicola Sturgeon

02 March, 2016

People in Scotland's four highest council tax bands are to pay more under new Scottish government proposals

Landlord satisfaction across UK highest in Wales

02 March, 2016

More renters in Wales are satisfied with their landlord than in any other part of the UK

Incomes of the poor being boosted by strong employment growth, but will be hit by benefit cuts

02 March, 2016

Strong employment growth has reduced the number of people living in households with incomes below a fixed poverty line over the last two years

The Bank of England: Assessing Risks on a B2L Near You

02 March, 2016

Those with a genuine interest in the functioning of the housing and private rental markets may well be aware of the important research being carried out by the Bank of England into financial stability risks and the buy-to-let market

Current buy to let changes won't help first time buyers

01 March, 2016

Not one of the raft of buy to let rule changes being introduced by Chancellor George Osborne will actually directly help first timers

Scottish government to set up new welfare delivery agency

01 March, 2016

The Scottish government is to set up a new agency to deliver social security payments when new powers are devolved

Bedroom tax cases heard in Supreme Court

01 March, 2016

Two bedroom tax decisions are being appealed to the Supreme Court

JSA sanction decisions relating to Universal Jobmatch: Jun 2013 to Jun 2015

01 March, 2016

Number of Jobseeker's Allowance sanction decisions relating to Universal Jobmatch

HB Direct Issue 165

01 March, 2016

The HB Direct newsletter provides latest information on policy changes, good practice and initiatives that affect Housing Benefit

Compromised and under pressure: social housing in the wake of universal credit

01 March, 2016

Welfare reform has spurred record levels of debt among tenants, with 25% of council tenants on universal credit facing legal action in some areas

Shelter Scotland launches advice hub for private renters

01 March, 2016

A new online hub has been launched to help renters in Scotland's private rented sector navigate their rights and responsibilities

Lords rebuff Tory plan to cut ESA for second time

01 March, 2016

Peers defeat government again over proposed £30-a-week cut to benefits for ill and disabled found 'unfit to work'

Rental prices force residents away

01 March, 2016

Renters are being driven out of Brighton and Hove by spiralling housing costs

Rents in social housing: the trade-offs

01 March, 2016

The cost of housing has risen rapidly, largely due to constrained housing supply

There are no easy answers for welfare policy: either the state spends increasingly large amounts subsidising housing costs, or it lets housing costs push increasing numbers of people into hardship

Supported and sheltered housing exempt from LHA cap for one year

01 March, 2016

Government announces delay to introduction of the Local Housing Allowance cap to allow for a proper strategic review

U.K. Mortgage Approvals Jump in Rush to Beat Tax Increase

01 March, 2016

U.K. mortgage approvals reached a two-year high in January as buy-to-let landlords rushed to beat a tax increase

Housing benefit changes causing 'heartache' Supreme Court told

29 February, 2016

The husband of a disabled woman has told the Supreme Court of the "heartache" they have suffered following changes to housing benefits

BT accused of 'shameless profiteering' over universal credit helpline

29 February, 2016

Tim Farron estimates the telecoms company has made a minimum of £1.49m from calls made by people struggling with the new benefits system

Tories blocked social housing as it produced Labour votes

29 February, 2016

David Cameron opposed increased funding for social housing in the last parliament because it would "produce more Labour voters"

Plan to build 700 new homes shelved - after tenants get rents slashed

29 February, 2016

Plans to build 700 new properties across North Lincolnshire have been shelved

In London, Renters Now Outnumber Homeowners

29 February, 2016

Over the next decade the ratio will tip even further, with wide-ranging consequences

Joshua Rozenberg: Supreme Court to sort out bedroom tax mess - but it won't be easy

29 February, 2016

The background to this week's human rights showdown explained by Britain's best-known commentator on the law

Landlords 'forced into debt' if interest rates rise by 2.5%

29 February, 2016

Buy to let in seven out of 10 UK towns and cities could become unprofitable if interest rates rise by just 2.5%

Universal Credit in all jobcentres in the Humber and north-east Yorkshire

29 February, 2016

New milestone reached as over 660 jobcentres now offer Universal Credit

Scottish Buy-to-Let Index - January 2016

29 February, 2016

Scotland's tenants move back into the black

Disability campaigners gather at supreme court for bedroom tax cases

29 February, 2016

Women's rights groups also among activists outside court where judges will consider appeals claiming tax is discriminatory

Crisis warns of 'homelessness trap'

26 February, 2016

The vast majority of landlords are reluctant to rent to the homeless and people on benefits, according to Crisis

Councils axe build programmes after rent cut

26 February, 2016

Councils have axed thousands of homes planned under fledgling development programmes, as they battle to accommodate the 1% rent reduction imposed by the government

Digs campaign slams 'discrimination' against renters on housing benefit

26 February, 2016

'No DSS' policy affects disabled and low income workers

Four million children in fuel poverty which costs the NHS £27,000 a day

26 February, 2016

Cold homes caused by unaffordable heating are having serious consequences

Asda backs down over food bank ban

26 February, 2016

Supermarket chain to allow collection points back into its UK supermarkets after backlash

Claims abuses need curtailed

26 February, 2016

One in nine people in Northern Ireland are drawing Disability Living Allowance

ARLA finds supply of rented homes at its lowest ebb

26 February, 2016

The supply of rental properties has dropped to its lowest level in a year, according to the Association of Residential Letting Agents

Lambeth council's campaign to hammer home the reality of cuts

26 February, 2016

The London borough's chief executive has tough choices to make and wants to get residents on side

HB A3/2016

25 February, 2016

HB Circular - Abolition of the Family premium and limiting backdating from 6 months to 3 months with effect from 1 April 2016

Garages and laundry rooms converted to flats by council

25 February, 2016

Kingston Council and the Greater London Authority have converted garages and disused laundry rooms into flats under a joint funding initiative

New rules: PIP and terminal illness

25 February, 2016

New amending regulations have been issued that modify the requirement for a terminally ill claimant transferring from DLA to PIP to wait a minimum of 28 days after the first pay day for PIP to be paid

IMF urges G20 to take 'bold action' on global economy

25 February, 2016

Fund's report says risks of more severe downturn are mounting as UK government battles sluggish productivity growth

Could supported housing survive a 68% loss of income?

25 February, 2016

If the LHA caps come in, how will supported housing services survive such severe reductions to their rental income

LHA maxima cuts - worse than stated

25 February, 2016

Joe Halewood Blog

Are letting agents helping to lock renters out?

25 February, 2016

Low income renters are in a precarious position. The help they get to pay the rent is shrivelling, whilst rents are blossoming. Its little surprise that half of private renters say they are already struggling or falling behind with their rent

What's pushing Charlotte and Jayson over the edge? £12 a week bedroom tax

25 February, 2016

It wouldn't be much money to a politician. But to the Carmichaels, struggling with Charlotte's severe spinal condition, it's a supreme court case against the government

More families are renting and fewer people expect to ever own a home

25 February, 2016

Seven things we've learned from the 2016 English housing survey about how tenures have changed in the past 10 years

Home - No less will do campaign

25 February, 2016

Shelter campaign

Are letting agents helping to lock renters out?

24 February, 2016

Low income renters are in a precarious position

Buy-to-Let Index - January 2016

24 February, 2016

Best buy-to-let - let returns since 2014

January 2016 figures for the high street banks

24 February, 2016

The start of the year has seen a significant rise in mortgage borrowing

Unions threaten HA strike over restructure

24 February, 2016

Unions are threatening one of the largest industrial actions in the housing association sector's history over Circle's plans to restructure ahead of the rent cut

Charities slam Tories for forcing through disability benefit cuts despite House of Lords defeat

24 February, 2016

MPs voted 306-279 to cut Employment and Support Allowance by £30 a week - ignoring peers and a Tory backbencher

How can social landlords help people at risk of becoming homeless?

24 February, 2016

Homelessness is on the increase again and the number of families in temporary accommodation is also rising

Britain's "disqualified adults": No passport equals no home

24 February, 2016

The new 'Right to Rent Scheme' creates a hostile environment for those without immigration status

Discretionary Housing Payments in Scotland: as at 31 December 2015

24 February, 2016

Statistics released today by Scotland's Chief Statistician show that during the period 1 April to 31 December 2015

Value for Money pilot shows the value of small social landlords

24 February, 2016

Smaller housing associations are providing more efficient management and maintenance services than larger or medium sized organisations

The UK's top 10 benefits hotspots

23 February, 2016

New numbers on joblessness reveal the dramatic divide between neighbouring towns and cities

Has the death of buy-to-let been greatly exaggerated? We take a look at the storm clouds for property investors

23 February, 2016

Buy-to-let has long provided double-digit bumper returns for investors, but a number of clouds on the horizon have prompted concern the sector may be doomed

Rented housing energy efficiency schemes 'too complex'

23 February, 2016

MPs and peers are calling for tenants to be given clearer up-front information on the cost of all utility bills

Landlords set out steps to improve efficiency & reduce impacts

23 February, 2016

The recent climate change agreement in Paris has shown a world appetite for reducing impacts and operating more sustainably

London buy-to-let hotspots offering biggest rental returns from Docklands to Brentford

23 February, 2016

Where prospective landlords can find the balance between rentability and potential price growth

The Future of Family Incomes

23 February, 2016

How key tax and welfare changes will affect families to 2020

Residents protected from 'revenge evictions'

23 February, 2016

Tower Hamlet residents complaining of disrepair in their property can now be protected from so-called revenge evictions by private landlords

Landlords in Thanet urged to renew licences early!

23 February, 2016

Thanet's selective licensing scheme requires private landlords to obtain a licence and comply with a range of licence conditions to ensure good property management

Nomadic renting - those who don't want to move suffer the most

23 February, 2016

The headline finding was that well over a quarter of renters have moved at least three times in the last five years

Survey of Private Landlords

23 February, 2016

The results of a Shelter and YouGov survey of over 1,000 UK landlords

Social housing: tenants will need to live in an area for four years to be eligible

23 February, 2016

White paper says the change - double the current two-year requirement - will apply to anyone moving within Britain as well as new immigrants

Millions of children face benefits freeze

23 February, 2016

More than seven million children live in families facing a four-year freeze to their benefits