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

17 November, 2017

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

Scrutiny of Government plans to ban landlord and letting agents fees

17 November, 2017

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

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

17 November, 2017

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

Chancellor urged to remove barriers to council house building

17 November, 2017

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

Eviction threat over complaints about crying baby

17 November, 2017

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

ONS confirms reclassification of housing associations

17 November, 2017

The Office for National Statistics has reclassified housing associations as private

Ditch tax cuts to fund universal credit

17 November, 2017

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

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

17 November, 2017

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

Government can no longer ignore impact of Stamp Duty on transactions

17 November, 2017

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

The Budget must improve living standards for struggling families

16 November, 2017

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

Why social landlords need to think seriously about smart meters

16 November, 2017

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

May rejects Corbyn's call for sprinkler funding

16 November, 2017

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

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

16 November, 2017

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

Universal Credit: Architect of welfare shake-up urges changes

16 November, 2017

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

Six-week wait for universal credit set to be reduced

16 November, 2017

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

Landlord defends sending eviction letters ahead of universal credit rollout

16 November, 2017

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

Regulator downgrades nine associations over financial viability

16 November, 2017

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

Social housing: Ministers move debt to boost building

16 November, 2017

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

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

16 November, 2017

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

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

16 November, 2017

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

PMQs: Universal credit families risk Christmas eviction

16 November, 2017

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

Tenants face 'insurmountable barriers' in sorting disrepair

15 November, 2017

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

Big rents rise adds to cost of living squeeze

15 November, 2017

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

Average 2 bedroom private rents up by 4.4%

15 November, 2017

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

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

15 November, 2017

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

50 years of the English Housing Survey

15 November, 2017

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

Unfreeze public sector pay and cut benefits bill

15 November, 2017

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

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

15 November, 2017

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

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

15 November, 2017

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

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

15 November, 2017

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

House insurance 'unaffordable' for social housing tenants

15 November, 2017

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

Benefit sanctions statistics 2017

15 November, 2017

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

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 12 Oct 2017

15 November, 2017

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

Benefit destinations of claimants receiving a benefit sanction: methodology

15 November, 2017

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

Housing Benefit caseload statistics: data to August 2017

15 November, 2017

Statistics on numbers of Housing Benefit claimants

Landlord threatens mass evictions ahead of universal credit rollout

15 November, 2017

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

Living in Fear - Experiences of Older Private Renters in London

14 November, 2017

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

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

14 November, 2017

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

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

14 November, 2017

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

Council tax debt: Concern over use of bailiffs

14 November, 2017

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

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

14 November, 2017

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

Ombudsman continues crackdown on letting agents breaking law over fees

14 November, 2017

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

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

14 November, 2017

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

Hamptons set to trial deposit replacement insurance product for tenants

14 November, 2017

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

UK Government must take responsibility for consequences of UC implementation

14 November, 2017

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

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

13 November, 2017

For tenants, paying the rent is the biggest monthly outgoing

Call to fix 'fundamental flaws' in Universal Credit

13 November, 2017

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

PIP disability benefit: Concerns raised over NI assessments

13 November, 2017

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

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

13 November, 2017

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

English Housing Survey 2015 to 2016: headline report

13 November, 2017

The latest findings from the English Housing Survey 2015 to 2016

Building fire safety 'must improve'

13 November, 2017

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

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

13 November, 2017

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

People left without heating due to spending cuts

13 November, 2017

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

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

13 November, 2017

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

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

10 November, 2017

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

New research outlines ground rent risks for associations

10 November, 2017

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

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

10 November, 2017

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

Call for tough new targets after fuel poverty failure

10 November, 2017

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

Affordable Housing Supply: April 2016 to March 2017 England

10 November, 2017

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

Priced Out: Affordable housing in England

10 November, 2017

England is in the midst of a housing crisis

Mortgage arrears fell in third quarter

10 November, 2017

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

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

10 November, 2017

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

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

10 November, 2017

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

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

10 November, 2017

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

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

10 November, 2017

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

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

10 November, 2017

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

Bournemouth Council rejects scheme to license landlords

09 November, 2017

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

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

09 November, 2017

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

Discussions start on future shape of housing association sector

09 November, 2017

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

Temporary Accommodation

09 November, 2017

House of Commons Hansard

Government considers separate rates for extra care and sheltered housing

09 November, 2017

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

HomeLet Rental Index - October 2017

09 November, 2017

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

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

09 November, 2017

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

Kettle packs and extreme overcrowding: the realities of temporary accommodation

09 November, 2017

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

Third of NI DLA claimants' benefits stopped

08 November, 2017

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

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

08 November, 2017

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

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

08 November, 2017

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

Low-income families will be biggest losers in next recession

08 November, 2017

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

Landlords warn of lack of accountability over fire safety failings

08 November, 2017

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

New tenants' passport business reveals ambitions to launch property portal

08 November, 2017

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

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

08 November, 2017

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

The tenants fees bill doesn't go far enough

08 November, 2017

Britain needs longer tenancies and caps on rent increases

Scottish food banks report record demand

07 November, 2017

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

Speak up for supported housing

07 November, 2017

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

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

07 November, 2017

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

£10m raised in housing association retail charity bond

07 November, 2017

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

Deregulation measures pass committee stage

07 November, 2017

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

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

07 November, 2017

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

Council 'advised private tenant to return to former property'

07 November, 2017

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

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

07 November, 2017

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

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

07 November, 2017

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

The long-awaited letting fees ban

07 November, 2017

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

Renters fear 'constant threat' of losing their home

06 November, 2017

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

Homeless placed in 'tiny' flats to be investigated

06 November, 2017

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

Funding for supported housing: update

06 November, 2017

In summary the proposals split supported housing into three strands

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

06 November, 2017

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

North of England sees rise in buy to let activity

06 November, 2017

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

Families thousands of pounds worse off after years of cuts

06 November, 2017

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

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

06 November, 2017

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

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

06 November, 2017

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

New bill bans landlord and letting agent upfront fees for renters

06 November, 2017

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

Landlord prosecutions are a postcode lottery

03 November, 2017

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

Toblerones and Tenancies - Shrinkflation in the Private Rental Sector

03 November, 2017

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

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

03 November, 2017

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

What's the modern purpose of the welfare state?

03 November, 2017

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

Lower benefit cap pitching 'thousands' into poverty and homelessness

03 November, 2017

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

Halt right to buy to ease housing crisis

03 November, 2017

There is a housing crisis in Brighton and Hove

Freeze on LHA rates risks increasing homelessness

03 November, 2017

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

Bill to force landlords into fixing health and safety issues proposed

03 November, 2017

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

UK interest rates rise for first time in 10 years

03 November, 2017

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

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

03 November, 2017

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

Foodbank fears soaring demand as Universal Credit rolled out in Dundee

02 November, 2017

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

LGA responds to Government announcement on letting agent fees

02 November, 2017

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

Guinness to pay compensation after estate went 18 days without water

02 November, 2017

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

Sector welcomes supported housing policy change, but flags concerns

02 November, 2017

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

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

02 November, 2017

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

DWP launches legal challenge to release of Universal Credit reports

02 November, 2017

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

A year on lower benefit cap is pushing thousands into poverty

02 November, 2017

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

Benefit Cap

02 November, 2017

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

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

01 November, 2017

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

Agents urged to support foodbanks in run-up to Christmas

01 November, 2017

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

Government sets out plans for future supported housing funding

01 November, 2017

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

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

01 November, 2017

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

Government to introduce bill on letting agent fees ban

01 November, 2017

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

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

01 November, 2017

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

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

01 November, 2017

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

Funding Supported Housing: Policy Statement and Consultation

01 November, 2017

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

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

01 November, 2017

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

October 2017: Touchbase edition 122

01 November, 2017

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

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

01 November, 2017

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

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

01 November, 2017

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

Right to Buy: Flagship Government housing scheme in trouble

31 October, 2017

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

Reverse cuts or backing for universal credit may collapse

31 October, 2017

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

Social housing sector has 'largely strengthened' its financial position

31 October, 2017

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

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

31 October, 2017

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

Councils put aside millions for universal credit debt

31 October, 2017

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

Impact of UK Welfare Policy on Disabled People

31 October, 2017

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

Renting in Wales - what does the future hold?

31 October, 2017

Private renting in Wales is experiencing massive change

Universal Remedy - Ensuring Universal Credit is fit for purpose

31 October, 2017

Making Universal Credit fit for 21st Century Britain

Scotland Buy-to-let index - September 2017

31 October, 2017

Scottish rents edge up in August

Funding for supported housing

31 October, 2017

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

Funding for supported housing - policy statement

31 October, 2017

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

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

31 October, 2017

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

Association has raised suicide alerts for some UC tenants

30 October, 2017

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

Housing lawyers draft bill to empower tenants

30 October, 2017

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

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

30 October, 2017

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

Private Rented Sector Report - September 2017

30 October, 2017

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

Rogue landlords enjoy an easy ride as councils fail to prosecute

30 October, 2017

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

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

30 October, 2017

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

Another build-to-rent landlord drops tenancy fee charges

30 October, 2017

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

Draft Tenant Fees Bill

30 October, 2017

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

Scottish Welfare Fund Statistics: Update to 30 June 2017

30 October, 2017

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

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

27 October, 2017

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

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

27 October, 2017

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

Scale of potential Stamp Duty refunds might be bigger than expected

27 October, 2017

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

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

27 October, 2017

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

DWP quietly drops Universal Credit child poverty forecast

27 October, 2017

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

Government housing benefit climbdown won't help private renters

27 October, 2017

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

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

27 October, 2017

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

Universal credit left Port Talbot woman 'penniless'

27 October, 2017

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

Universal Credit: the six week wait

27 October, 2017

First Report of Session 2017-19

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

26 October, 2017

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

Quarter of renters spending half their income on housing

26 October, 2017

YouGov survey shows how wages are the biggest cost every month

AMs call for pause to universal credit roll-out

26 October, 2017

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

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

26 October, 2017

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

Young Scots hit by housing benefit cap

26 October, 2017

Scottish Government says thousands of young Scots will lose out

Evictions raised at PMQs

26 October, 2017

May and Corbyn continue to clash over Universal Credit

Universal credit: MPs urge government to cut waiting time

26 October, 2017

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

Universal Credit arrears could limit new build

25 October, 2017

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

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

25 October, 2017

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

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

25 October, 2017

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

Universal credit rollout not expected to increase food bank use

25 October, 2017

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

Labour urges government to scrap LHA plans for supported housing

25 October, 2017

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

Housing association rents fall by 1.3% in 2016/17

25 October, 2017

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

Family lettings firm launches tenancy referencing app for the industry

25 October, 2017

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

Housing Benefit Speed of Processing Statistics

25 October, 2017

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

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

24 October, 2017

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

Social housing benefit policy 'flawed'

24 October, 2017

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

Labour and rebel Tories secure debate on universal credit rollout

24 October, 2017

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

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

24 October, 2017

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

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

24 October, 2017

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

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

24 October, 2017

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

Universal Credit advances

24 October, 2017

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

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

24 October, 2017

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

Disrepair claims against social landlords are on the rise

24 October, 2017

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

What the private residential tenancy means for tenants

23 October, 2017

Big changes to private renting are on the way

MPs and ministers out to tackle rogue landlord and letting agents

23 October, 2017

MPs are worried that councils do not have enough powers to deal with rogue landlords and letting agents

Making Fair Rent Homes a reality

23 October, 2017

The need for a new wave of Fair Rent Homes is clear. But how do we build them? And where is the money coming from?

Keeping more of what you earn

23 October, 2017

JRF is calling for people to be able to keep more of what they earn under Universal Credit in order to reduce in-work poverty, delivered by increasing the work allowance

Welfare questions for Wales

23 October, 2017

It was certainly hard to find much good news on offer at the session on welfare reform

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

23 October, 2017

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

Young tenants hit by tax hike on landlords

23 October, 2017

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

Archbishop calls for cut to universal credit delays

23 October, 2017

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

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

23 October, 2017

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

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

23 October, 2017

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

Model tenancy agreement for new private residential tenancy published

23 October, 2017

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

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

23 October, 2017

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

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

23 October, 2017

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

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

23 October, 2017

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

Emergency debate on UC waiting times

23 October, 2017

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

Learning the lessons from Grenfell

20 October, 2017

The tragedy at Grenfell Tower four months ago shocked the country and threw the country's relationship with social housing into sharp relief

Tories warned UC defeat can't be 'shrugged off'

20 October, 2017

Government defiant after humiliating commons crushing over welfare reform

Wales continues fight against Universal Credit

20 October, 2017

The Welsh housing sector has continued to pile pressure on Westminster over the controversial policy

Connecting People, Improving Lives: A Digital Future for TEC?

20 October, 2017

There is an urgent need for government, regulators, telecoms and the TEC sector to agree and mobilise a plan to manage the transition and realise the full potential of digital connectivity

Universal credit isn't about saving money - it's about disciplining unemployed people

20 October, 2017

The scheme has cost a fortune and done nothing but cause suffering. So why does it exist at all?

Over 40% of low earners are eating and buying clothes less to pay their rent

20 October, 2017

Shelter calls for new type of home to help tacking housing crisis

Associations having to give food parcels to tenants on Universal Credit

20 October, 2017

Housing associations are having to hand out food parcels and vouchers to tenants on Universal Credit as well as helping with utility bills

Chesterfield council tenants may have to change their own lightbulbs

20 October, 2017

Chesterfield Borough Council tenants could soon be expected to carry out minor repairs themselves to help save the authority money

Housing summit: LGA 'hopeful' of action on borrowing caps

20 October, 2017

The LGA is "hopeful" that the Autumn Budget will see a relaxation of council borrowing restrictions

No government funding for councils to take action against private tower block landlords

20 October, 2017

The government will not provide funding for councils to take enforcement action against private landlords of tower blocks with ACM cladding

Seven in ten letting agents say their landlords will not accept Universal Credit tenants

19 October, 2017

Private landlords across the country are refusing to let their properties to Universal Credit claimants

Labour inflicts symbolic defeat over universal credit rollout

19 October, 2017

Tories under fire for abstaining from vote hours after work and pensions secretary David Gauke ends helpline charges

Gauke: 'unacceptable' for social landlords to evict Universal Credit tenants

19 October, 2017

It is "simply unacceptable" for social landlords to evict tenants due to arrears built up when switching to Universal Credit

Two in ten landlords willing to house Universal Credit tenants

19 October, 2017

Just two in 10 landlords say they are willing to let to tenants in receipt of housing benefit or universal credit

Universal credit: My five-year-old searched bins for food

19 October, 2017

Anna says she had to visit a food bank after the changes to her benefits left her without any money

Your tenants are gay, get over it!: How housing services discriminate against LGBT+ users

19 October, 2017

Are public services delivering equality for LGBT+ service users?

Welsh Secretary calls on Welsh Government to crackdown on rogue landlords

19 October, 2017

The UK Government has today announced plans to crackdown on unfair management agents in England

Yes, you're (still) better off working than on benefits

19 October, 2017

New analysis shows that you're still better off in low paid work than on benefits, but the financial advantages have shrunk for some

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 14 Sep 2017

19 October, 2017

These experimental statistics cover numbers of claims made, starts and people on Universal Credit to 14 September 2017

HB G10/2017

19 October, 2017

For all Housing Benefit (HB) staff

Four landlords who breached licensing requirements made subject of Criminal Behaviour Orders

18 October, 2017

A landlord has been handed what is the largest fine issued in this country for renting out properties without a selective licence

'Universal Credit isn't a fair system'

18 October, 2017

Gillian Garriock has worked in several jobs throughout her adult life to provide for her children

Theresa May to scrap universal credit helpline charges

18 October, 2017

People will be able to call the government's universal credit helpline without being charged, within weeks

PM will not reduce six-week wait for universal credit despite MPs' warnings

18 October, 2017

Government says it believes advance payments solve problems with delays as Labour urges Tories to support motion to pause rollout of benefit

'Rogue' property agents to be targeted

18 October, 2017

Plans to protect leaseholders and tenants in England from unfair costs have been outlined by ministers

Associations could be forced to pay backdated VAT

18 October, 2017

More than 500 housing associations could be forced to pay four years' worth of backdated VAT, depending on the outcome of ongoing legal proceedings

Two-child limit on benefit claims to be challenged in court

18 October, 2017

Campaigners are granted permission to apply for judicial review of policy, which stops benefits being paid for more than two children

'We went days without eating properly': how universal credit brought misery to Inverness

18 October, 2017

People who were never in debt before have been catapulted into crisis in trial of benefit whose rollout continues despite concerns

Comparing measures of private rental growth in the UK: Quarter 3 (July to September) 2017

18 October, 2017

This article compares growth in the Index of Private Housing Rental Prices with other measures of private rental growth

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

18 October, 2017

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

Government under fire after abstaining on Universal Credit vote

18 October, 2017

Government have dodged a humiliating defeat, by not turning up to the vote on pausing the roll-out of Universal Credit

Mind the (housing benefit) gap - it's growing

17 October, 2017

The Autumn Budget must end the benefits freeze

Written Statement - Introduction of the Regulation of Registered Social Landlords (Wales) Bill

17 October, 2017

The Regulation of Registered Social Landlords (Wales) Bill and Explanatory memorandum have today been laid before the National Assembly for Wales

Buying a house made 'impossible' by rental costs

17 October, 2017

Rental costs combined with high house prices means it is impossible to save a deposit to buy a home

Bare cupboards and nobody to help buy food - the forgotten welfare gap in older age

17 October, 2017

Isolated older people living in poverty are suffering from food insecurity

Oxford City Council plans to improve standards in the private rented sector

17 October, 2017

Oxford City Council has announced plans to tackle poor housing conditions in the private rented sector

Major housing associations launch commission into future of sector

17 October, 2017

Three of the largest housing associations in the UK have launched a commission to look at how the sector should change over the next 10-15 years

Universal credit: DWP withholding bad news

17 October, 2017

Frank Field, work and pensions committee chair, believes department has not revealed scale of problems with welfare changes

Landlord in court accused of sending threatening email via letting agent

17 October, 2017

Controversial buy-to-let landlord Fergus Wilson has appeared in court, denying sending a threatening email to a family via his letting agent

Letting agents secretly filmed by BBC accepting fake IDs from tenants

17 October, 2017

Letting agents were secretly filmed by the BBC accepting fake IDs from tenants, with innocent firms said to be "easily duped" into thinking that the paperwork was authentic

The private sector has failed. Only councils can be trusted to build the homes we need

16 October, 2017

Focused on profit, not people, private developers will never help us out of the housing crisis, but local authorities are coming up with ideas that can help

Transition Rollout Schedule - October 2017 to September 2018

16 October, 2017

In May 2016 the full Universal Credit service for all claimant types began to rollout nationally (beyond London) and in July 2016 it was announced that this rollout will complete by September 2018

ForViva to fit sprinklers in tower blocks

16 October, 2017

ForViva has announced plans to fit sprinkler systems at all of its 17 high-rise blocks across the North West

Universal credit: Plaid Cymru offers to pay for claimants' calls

16 October, 2017

People claiming universal credit have been offered free use of Plaid Cymru phones to avoid helpline charges

Bedroom tax hits Northern Ireland despite political pledges

16 October, 2017

The 'bedroom tax' is hitting dozens of homes across the Northern Ireland despite years of Stormont pledges to prevent the controversial welfare cut

Forged IDs: Landlord laws 'fuelling black market'

16 October, 2017

Legislation aimed at preventing illegal immigrants from renting properties is fuelling a black market in forged IDs

Halton Housing calls for a slow down to Universal Credit roll out

16 October, 2017

July 2016 saw the introduction of Universal Credit in Halton

The future social housing provider

16 October, 2017

Social housing in England is at a critical juncture

Chancellor urged to lower tax rate on universal credit

16 October, 2017

Conservative MP calls on Philip Hammond to cut rate to allow people receiving in-work benefits to work more hours without facing such heavy tax

Khan under pressure on 'controversial' rent controls

16 October, 2017

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is under pressure from opposition in the GLA about rent controls in London

Why Philip Hammond should revisit the benefit freeze in next month's Budget

16 October, 2017

The weather might be un-seasonally warm just now, but millions of household budgets are in the grip of a four-year freeze that's about to get colder still

Buy to let ban for homes that fail green test

13 October, 2017

Landlords may have to pull 200,000 buy to let homes off the lettings market within months if they fail a minimum energy efficiency test

New inquiry into private rented sector will look at whether enforcement is working

13 October, 2017

A new inquiry has been launched into the private rented sector

Low-income tenants battle soaring rents

13 October, 2017

Low-income tenants are now spending an average of 28% of their wages on rent, up from 21% in the mid-1990s

Pressure grows to make universal credit helpline free of charge

13 October, 2017

Campaigners are concerned that complexity of new benefit and poor staff training are contributing to long and repeated calls

Could landlords be offered tax relief for offering longer-term tenancies? Government set to announce new incentives to support renters

13 October, 2017

Calls have been made for tax incentives for landlords offering longer-term tenancies

Government resists calls to lift council borrowing cap

13 October, 2017

The government has held firm on its position against raising or removing caps on the amounts local authorities can borrow against their HRA

Corbyn challenged over UC eviction rates claim

13 October, 2017

The housing association cited for UC evictions at PMQs throws its figures back at the commons

Everyone who lives in social housing needs action, not this chaos

13 October, 2017

People in social housing have been denigrated for too long. We need an urgent focus on safety, but all we have is a government dragging its heels

The cost of housing for low-income renters

13 October, 2017

The 'affordability' of housing is one of the most prominent domestic public policy issues of the day, and for good reason

The CPI+1% rent settlement: sector reactions

13 October, 2017

The government last week announced a post-2020 inflation-linked rent settlement

Universal Credit: Landlord request for a managed payment or rent arrears deduction

13 October, 2017

If a tenant is having difficulty paying their rent, fill in the UC47 form to request payment of rent from a tenant's Universal Credit

The housing crisis will only get worse until England scraps right to buy

12 October, 2017

Selling off council homes is economically and morally reprehensible. The government needs to halt its kneejerk support for home ownership

Is Universal Credit leading to rent arrears?

12 October, 2017

Half of all council tenants on Universal Credit are at least a month in arrears in their rent

Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 - Fitness for Human Habitation

12 October, 2017

This consultation is seeking views on the regulations determining a dwelling's fitness for human habitation, and the accompanying guidance

Welfare reform a major challenge for Welsh housing

12 October, 2017

The government's green paper on social housing needs to provide answers for Wales over the LHA cap and Universal Credit

Minister promises new LHA cap proposals this autumn

12 October, 2017

The government will have new proposals for supported housing "this autumn"

HRA borrowing cap can be lifted for fire safety

12 October, 2017

Communities secretary, Sajid Javid, has confirmed that local authorities will be able to have "flexibility" to improve fire safety

Corbyn tells May to 'wake up' on universal credit complaints

12 October, 2017

Theresa May has defended the expansion of the government's flagship welfare reform as Jeremy Corbyn said it was increasing poverty and homelessness

Almost half of landlords would reject a tenant based on their credit score

12 October, 2017

Paying rent on time should be counted towards a tenant's credit score to make them more appealing as applicants for rental property

HB S12/2017

11 October, 2017

Final payment for RTI BDM files issued for May 2017 to August 2017 and advance payment for RTI BDM files for September 2017 to January 2018

Alienating, insecure and unaffordable

11 October, 2017

Living in Scotland's Private Rented Sector

The findings of this analysis paper are based on data in the Scottish Households Survey 2016

HomeLet Rental Index - September 2017

11 October, 2017

Rents in the UK rose by 2.1% in September compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £927 a month

Why UK housing associations are failing to use data as an asset

11 October, 2017

As demand surges and issues within the system persist, it's become clear that the current methods for managing data are no longer fit for purpose

The Private Rented Property minimum standard - landlord guidance documents

11 October, 2017

Guidance to landlords of privately rented domestic and non-domestic property on complying with the 2018 'Minimum Level of Energy Efficiency' standard

Discretionary housing payments: the under-spenders

11 October, 2017

Every year the Government offers councils millions of pounds to help households struggling to pay their rent - so why does so much of it remain unspent?

Half of Landlords Would Refuse Tenant over Poor Credit Score

11 October, 2017

Almost half of landlords would refuse an application from a new tenant if they had a poor credit score

The introduction of the LHA cap to the social rented sector: impact on young people in Scotland

11 October, 2017

This research was commissioned by CIH Scotland in partnership with the Scottish Government and was conducted by the Indigo House Group

This research seeks to improve understanding of the impact that the introduction of Local Housing Allowance caps will have on single people aged under 35 in the social rented sector in Scotland

Single Parent Families, Benefit Conditionality and Wellbeing

11 October, 2017

Why conditionality is unnecessary, unjust and ineffective

To reach their full potential, single parents need to have the conditions which support their health and wellbeing

'I can't even charge my wheelchair': the impact of universal credit delays

10 October, 2017

UC was meant to simplify benefits, but readers have told us of their confusion and anguish in dealing with the system

'Changes could make life easier for millions renting in private sector'

10 October, 2017

In a big week for housing it would have been easy to miss some changes which could have a big effect on the millions of people renting privately

First Autumn rental price standstill as South East records annual fall

10 October, 2017

National asking rents outside London dropped by 0.2% in the third quarter of 2017, the first drop recorded at this time of year

Universal Credit's impact on the two HRAs

10 October, 2017

The Universal Credit roll-out raises questions for councils around meeting the requirements of the Homelessness Reduction Act and managing their Housing Revenue Accounts

Council tax benefits in Wales extended

10 October, 2017

A benefit scheme resulting in thousands of Welsh households paying only partial or no council tax at all has been extended by the Welsh government

'Who is going to feed my kids?' - stress, hunger and dire warnings amid 'chaotic' Universal Credit roll-out

10 October, 2017

As the Universal Credit roll-out continues across Greater Manchester, ministers and charities are warning it could be a catastrophe for the poorest in society

Disrepair claims: a losing battle for landlords?

10 October, 2017

I recently attended a seminar aimed at RPs defending disrepair claims

Major cities falling short on Right to Buy replacements

10 October, 2017

Major city councils are failing to replace homes sold through the Right to Buy since the government introduced a larger discount for tenants

Half a million more people in poverty if Government maintains benefits freeze

10 October, 2017

Real terms cuts to working-age benefits and tax credits - imposed before Prime Minister Theresa May took office - are set to drive almost half a million more people into poverty in 2020

Death of social rent properties in Salford?

10 October, 2017

New accounts for City West Housing Trust show a loss of 259 social rent properties last year

Grenfell Tower: Safety cash not released

09 October, 2017

The government has not released funds to make tower blocks safe following the Grenfell Tower fire

Councils fear surge in evictions as universal credit rollout accelerates

09 October, 2017

Housing federation says new system poses challenge to landlords, and Guardian investigation reveals claimants' frustration

The UK housing market's perfect storm, and five steps to avoid it

09 October, 2017

With ownership plummeting, rents unaffordable and homelessness on the rise, action is needed to stave off a crash

More than 25 Tory MPs prepared to rebel over Universal Credit roll-out

09 October, 2017

More than 25 Tory MPs are now prepared to rebel over the Government's flagship welfare reforms

Hammond urged to scrap benefit cap as 1 million face homelessness

09 October, 2017

Shelter calls on chancellor to act in next month's budget while council leaders attack failure to fix 'broken' housing market

Government confirms 25,000 homes figure is 'an estimate'

09 October, 2017

The government has confirmed that the 25,000 homes it expects to be built with £2bn of new funding is an "estimate"

£30million of council houses sold off in Leicester in two years

09 October, 2017

815 homes have been sold under the Right to Buy scheme

Rent control could deepen the housing crisis in UK's most expensive cities

09 October, 2017

To tackle the housing crisis, we need to dramatically increase house-building - which rent control could hamper

Scotland ready to pay housing element of Universal Credit direct to landlords

09 October, 2017

Now UK government is being urged to follow the Scottish government lead

Welsh landlords make advances on housing quality standard compliance

06 October, 2017

Numbers of social homes meeting the Welsh Government's housing quality standard have reached record levels

'In a year, not one payment correct': a council tenant on the misery of universal credit

06 October, 2017

In a revealing video, visually-impaired council tenant Jo King explains the impact of delays and mistakes since she's been on universal credit

One in 20 rental properties in UK do not yet meet minimum energy standards

06 October, 2017

The private rental sector in the UK has seen rapid energy efficiency improvements in recent years

Bedroom tax: Clydebank worst hit in entire UK by governmental charge

06 October, 2017

Clydebank residents are the worst hit in the entire UK by the so-called "bedroom tax"

Right to Buy sales drop off

06 October, 2017

Right to Buy sales of council homes have dropped in recent months

Grenfell: Confusion as experts contradict Hackney Council on Fire Risk Assessment gaps

06 October, 2017

Surveyors and Town Hall at odds over documents which appear to counter Mayor's claim that FRAs 'up to date'

Rent settlement will get associations building

06 October, 2017

The new settlement on social rent will "enable social landlords to build many more houses"

Universal Credit choices for Scottish claimants begin

05 October, 2017

Recipients of Universal Credit in Scotland will be offered two new ways to help them manage their money

Tenants pile on pressure over lack of RTB announcements

05 October, 2017

A group of housing association tenants are growing increasingly frustrated by a lack of information on the scheme

Government announces five-year rent settlement

05 October, 2017

The government has announced a return to Consumer Price Index plus 1% rent rises for five years after 2020

Theresa May's £2bn for social housing unlikely to solve problem

05 October, 2017

As No 10 aides admit cash helps create just 5,000 extra homes a year, it is no surprise the funds are being tagged 'chicken feed'

Ban on letting agent fees charged to tenants branded 'dangerous move'

05 October, 2017

A ban on letting agency fees charged to tenants in Wales would be a dangerous move

Landlords' Barometer - #53: Politics, politics, politics - it's all a bit much

04 October, 2017

Welcome to a special "themed edition" of the Landlords' Barometer where we showcase landlord reactions to the latest political announcements about the private rented sector

Theresa May Set To Unveil Council House Building Boom

04 October, 2017

Local authorities to be given new freedoms and new demands

Javid announces PRS shake-up - but what are the details?

04 October, 2017

There were a number of surprises in store for landlords and letting agents in Sajid Javid's speech at the Conservative Party Conference yesterday

Work and Pensions Committee calls for more detail on UC changes

04 October, 2017

The chair of the Work and Pensions Select Committee has asked how the government will decide if a Universal Credit claimant is in "immediate need" for a same-day payment

The supported housing flats that weren't built

04 October, 2017

Most new supported housing projects have been put on ice

Grenfell Tower: Are North East tower blocks any closer to getting sprinklers fitted?

04 October, 2017

North East councils are open to the idea of retro-fitting the life-saving systems but are yet to make concrete commitments

The Landlord: Inside the Housing Executive

04 October, 2017

Following staff at Northern Ireland's biggest social landlord, the Housing Executive, as they struggle to cope with rising numbers of those presenting as homeless and tenants behind with their rent

A rent pressure zone for Edinburgh?

04 October, 2017

In response to concern about rising private rents, the Scottish Parliament has passed new legislation which allows councils to designate areas as rent pressure zones

Scottish rental market more than doubles since 1999 while home ownership is flat

03 October, 2017

The proportion of people in private rented accommodation has more than doubled since the turn of the century, while the numbers of those owning has been broadly flat

DCLG issues new interim fire safety advice

03 October, 2017

The Department for Communities and Local Government has updated fire safety advice for owners if high-rise buildings with failed cladding systems

Government slammed for pushing ahead with Universal Credit roll-out

03 October, 2017

The government has been slammed for failing to pause the roll-out of Universal Credit, despite claimants struggling with debt because of delayed payments

Right to Buy stopped us bidding for build grant

03 October, 2017

Government rules on how councils spend their money prevented London boroughs from bidding for Sadiq Khan's housing programme

Housing association downgraded over evictions process

03 October, 2017

A West Midlands-based housing association has had its governance rating downgraded by the regulator due to its eviction processes at a temporary accommodation scheme

UC roll-out will have 'catastrophic consequences'

03 October, 2017

Scottish Federation of Housing Associations calls for the roll-out to be halted

Rent bill more than double mortgage interest rate bill

03 October, 2017

More homes urgently to rent needed to boost rental affordability

Universal Credit: Advance payments offered as rollout continues

02 October, 2017

Benefit claimants struggling to pay their bills will be able to get cash advances upfront

Next phase in rollout of Universal Credit confirmed

02 October, 2017

The next stage of the rollout of Universal Credit to all claimants starts on Wednesday 4 October 2017

7 things to consider when communicating about welfare

02 October, 2017

Campaign to soften public attitudes towards welfare

The Waitrose effect: boom times for homeowners but evictions for tenants

02 October, 2017

How the the arrival of Britain's favourite supermarket in an area emphasises the growing gap between those who own property and those who rent it

Universal Credit 'fundamentally the right thing to do'

02 October, 2017

Universal Credit is "fundamentally the right thing to do" but there are concerns about how it might impact living standards

At last! Victory for industry campaigners as ministers finally bow to demands for letting agents to be regulated

02 October, 2017

All letting agents across England will have to be registered under new legislation

Landlords urged to prepare for new HMO rules - but they haven't been introduced yet

02 October, 2017

An insurer is warning landlords to get ready for new licensing and room size laws regarding HMOs, despite the fact the proposals have yet to be finalised

Conservatives pledge 'complete rethink' of social housing in the wake of the Grenfell disaster

02 October, 2017

Sajid Javid was speaking less than a week after Jeremy Corbyn put the implications of Grenfell at the heart of his own speech

The social housing that never got built

02 October, 2017

"Claustrophobic" is how Llyle describes living in a studio flat with his girlfriend, Mehreen, and their toddler

Odile Guzy Architectes covers social housing scheme with wooden slats and diamond patterned roofs

01 October, 2017

French firm Odile Guzy Architectes has completed a social housing project in the city of Chalon-sur-Saone

Brokers claim first-time buyers are starting to reap rewards of buy-to-let clampdown

29 September, 2017

There was little sign of the traditional "summer lull" during August, with first-time buyers starting to take advantage of fewer landlords adding to their portfolios

Buy-to-let Index - September 2017

29 September, 2017

Rents rise across much of England and Wales

Tory rebellion throws Universal Credit reforms into chaos

29 September, 2017

The Government's flagship welfare reforms have been thrown into jeopardy after 12 Conservative MPs wrote a private letter to the Work and Pensions Secretary demanding a pause in the roll-out of Universal Credit

Theresa May urged to halt Universal Credit roll-out

29 September, 2017

Families could be left homeless and destitute if Theresa May insists on pressing ahead with Universal Credit

Borough worst hit by housing benefit cap revealed as more than 4,000 families in west London affected

29 September, 2017

More than 4,000 families in west London families have had their housing benefit capped

The big squeeze: central London rents rocket as number of rental homes drops by 17% in a year

29 September, 2017

Young London renters are being pushed out of Zones 1 and 2 as average rents rise to £1,785 a month

More will rent than buy a home with a mortgage within 10 years

29 September, 2017

More people will privately rent a home than own one with a mortgage in less than 10 years

Twelve Conservative MPs demand pause in Universal Credit

29 September, 2017

The policy at the heart of welfare reform has been thrown into doubt with 12 MPs writing a private letter calling for a halt

Corbyn pledges Labour to 'radical action' on social housing policy

29 September, 2017

Party conference hears Grenfell Tower described as a monument to social policies that had failed housing

Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit: changes to the Work Capability Assessment

29 September, 2017

Changes to the Work Capability Assessment reassessment criteria from 29 September 2017

Corbyn's pledge to introduce rent controls comes under fire

28 September, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn's confirmation that a Labour government would introduce rent controls has come under attack

Average earners priced out as landlords favour higher paid tenants over those with the best credit score

28 September, 2017

Average earners in the UK risk being priced out of the rental market

Corbyn announces social housing review

28 September, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn has used his leader's speech at this year's Labour Party conference to launch a party review into social housing policy

Regulator of social housing consults on Value for Money Standard

28 September, 2017

The regulator is proposing to revise and strengthen the existing Value for Money Standard and publish a supporting new Code of Practice

Midlands-based association evicted tenants without legal notice period

28 September, 2017

Tenants of a Midlands housing association may have been forced to sleep rough after they were evicted with very little notice

Housing associations should require less rent upfront to combat debt

28 September, 2017

Housing associations in Scotland have been urged to require less rent upfront to combat growing arrears under Universal Credit and the benefit cap

£2m housing benefits 'error' by Bridgend council

28 September, 2017

Housing benefits mispayments totalling £2m may have been made by Bridgend council

Twice as many renters in the North West opt for comfy cushions over a neighbourly chat when setting up home

28 September, 2017

Twice as many renters in the North West opt for comfy cushions over a neighbourly chat when setting up home

Universal credit is a mean, flawed scheme. Its rollout must be blocked

28 September, 2017

In my Southwark constituency, the Tories' benefits system has already forced many into debt, food poverty and eviction. Others should be saved from it

Lettings fee ban to result in job losses and lack of morale

27 September, 2017

Jobs will be lost when the letting fees ban comes in, and morale among remaining staff will drop like a stone

'Bleak picture' for tenants as a third of agents report landlords increasing rents

27 September, 2017

The number of letting agents seeing landlords increasing rents has hit a two-year high

Buy-to-let property purchases plummet one-third in two years

27 September, 2017

High street banks approved 11% more mortgages for home buyers during August compared with last year as the market shifts away from buy-to-let and cash purchases

Bradford Council rapped over backlog of more than 500 housing benefit appeal cases

27 September, 2017

An investigation has uncovered a huge backlog in housing benefit appeals in Bradford, some dating back more than two years

Milton Keynes Council to invest £54 million in council housing stock

27 September, 2017

Milton Keynes Council has announced that it will be investing close to £54 million in its council housing stock in 2017/18

Private Rented Sector Report - August 2017

27 September, 2017

The number of letting agents who saw rents rise for tenants stood at 35 per cent in August

Buy to let lending standing still

27 September, 2017

The latest buy to let mortgage data shows the market is standing still even though lenders completed more than 20,000 loans

Old fashioned rent control: what is it good for?

27 September, 2017

Eye-catching retail offers on housing have become a party conference tradition, as much part of the furniture as the stuffy airless room or terrible phone signal

Majority of tenants say landlords have not discussed fire safety after deadly Grenfell disaster

27 September, 2017

The vast majority of private landlords in the UK have not been in touch with tenants to discuss fire safety

Public believes housing inspections should be in hands of council

26 September, 2017

The majority of the public believes housing safety inspections should be in the hands of local councils

Rebuilding social housing

26 September, 2017

Why the UK needs a new approach

Advice NI: 'Suspend introduction of Universal Credit'

26 September, 2017

A charity has called for this week's major changes in how benefits are paid in Northern Ireland to be suspended

Why you should be talking Value for Money

26 September, 2017

It seems like you can't move in the social housing sector in Wales without hearing talk of 'value for money'

Landlords call for PRS on public land

26 September, 2017

Calls for government to support small-scale landlords by redeveloping unused public land and cutting mortgage interest relief

Grenfell survivors 'forced to use foodbanks'

26 September, 2017

Labour MP wants answers over what's happened to the £20m raised in the wake of the disaster

Universal benefit changes driving more people to doorstep loans says debt manager

26 September, 2017

The woman who heads up a debt management service in the Northern Ireland town where Universal Credit will be first implemented tomorrow has expressed serious concerns about the impact

Private rents still rising - but at a slower rate

26 September, 2017

Buy to let rents rose in the UK by 1.6% in the year to August, while the rate of increase slumped from 1.8% measured in the previous month

Housing associations urged to be as flexible as possible over payment of first month's rent

26 September, 2017

More and more social tenants in Scotland are struggling to pay the first month's rent in advance as a result of welfare reforms

Universal credit 'making financial abuse easier'

25 September, 2017

Changes to benefit payments have made it easier for abusive partners to withhold money

Social landlords staying silent on fire safety

25 September, 2017

Three months on from Grenfell, new research reveals that tenants still feel left in the dark when it comes to fire safety

Foodbanks can't cope with universal credit fallout

25 September, 2017

Charity warns that new benefit is leading more people to seek emergency food parcels

Letting agent fined record amount after appalling conditions at HMO

25 September, 2017

A letting agent has been fined a record amount after 15 people were found crammed into an overcrowded building infested with cockroaches

Ministers told to cut wait for new benefit amid evidence it is causing debt

25 September, 2017

Report raised 'very serious concerns' with government over delay before first payment

Council slammed over social housing ambiguity

25 September, 2017

Liberal Democrat councillors have been accused of "not telling the whole truth" about the replacement of 96 socially rented homes in South Oxhey

Concerns about how Universal Credit deals with changes of circumstances

25 September, 2017

Elements of Universal Credit will pose significant challenges for claimants, advisers and landlords

The university towns and cities that have been named as Britain's best places for buy-to-let

25 September, 2017

As students turn up at universities across the country in the next few weeks, their landlords will be hoping for another bumper year

Shock research reveals 'little action' by social landlords on fire safety

25 September, 2017

According to a survey, just 10% of social landlords have been in touch with tenants in person to talk through safety measures such as escape routes and fire doors

Rise and rise of private rental sector: 'More renting than mortgaged households within eight years'

22 September, 2017

A major cultural shift in home ownership is on the horizon, with more private renters than mortgaged home owners within just a few years

Parliament to receive £118m fire safety upgrade as funding for tower blocks refused

22 September, 2017

The government will spend more than £100m on fire safety upgrades to parliament, including sprinklers, despite turning down requests from councils for cash to fund fire safety works on tower blocks

Ledbury Estate residents protest over lack of heating in tower blocks

22 September, 2017

Residents of the Ledbury Estate have protested after being left without heating, after safety fears resulted in the gas supply being switched off in the tower blocks

Tackling homelessness together

22 September, 2017

The importance of local authorities and housing associations working in partnership

Why we need the welfare state more than ever

22 September, 2017

Shocked by the 'poverty cycle', British reformers created a safety net for casual workers

Upper end of prime central London market sees sales rise, buy to let declines

22 September, 2017

Sales of homes towards the upper end of the prime property market in central London increased by 23% in the second quarter of 2017 and have tripled compared to last year

Social housing is back on the agenda

22 September, 2017

Ministers are increasingly becoming interested in social housing and landlords must make the most of the opportunity

Helping social tenants improve or furnish their homes

22 September, 2017

Offering discounted surplus paint to tenants is just one example of how organisations can help tenants with decorating costs

DWP to roll out landlord portal to help associations deal with Universal Credit

22 September, 2017

The Department for Work and Pensions has written to the National Housing Federation to notify them they will be rolling the portal out

HB G9/2017

22 September, 2017

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit (HB) staff

Sector demands inflation-linked rent deal

21 September, 2017

Sector leaders have called for the power to set inflation-linked rent increases after Sajid Javid promised "certainty" at the NHF conference

Young people worst affected by debt crisis

21 September, 2017

Rent arrears, benefit changes and insecure work contributing to rise in number of young people seeking advice

Labour MP confirms DUP talks over LHA future

21 September, 2017

Homelessness forum event in Manchester hears housing doesn't need more legislation - it needs a complete change of policy

Social housing providers say welfare policy 'undermines efforts to tackle homelessness'

21 September, 2017

Of 106 councils responding to survey, 84% said welfare policy has hit homelessness work - 70% of housing associations agreed

'Housing crisis? We've got four empty council homes on our street'

21 September, 2017

"I feel all this is an utter scandal. The council have lost years of rent and council tax"

Keepmoat looks to private rented sector

21 September, 2017

After a year of growth, restructured Keepmoat homes is looking to expand into the private rented housing sector and modular housing

London council finds 35 men living in one three-bedroom house

21 September, 2017

Brent council says it is cracking down on exploitative landlords after shocking case in which every room was filled with mattresses

We will give tenants clarity over RTB

21 September, 2017

Alok Sharma has said he will seek to give clarity to housing association tenants over Right to Buy

Social housing: haunted by Grenfell, hemmed in by cuts, left in limbo

21 September, 2017

Warm words for social housing providers from communities secretary Sajid Javid can't make up for a lack of a coherent housing policy

Licensing scheme which has brought 1,200 landlords and 25 lettings to book could be cancelled

20 September, 2017

England's first compulsory borough-wide licensing scheme is under threat

Lettings fees ban will be our biggest challenge

20 September, 2017

Letting agents consider the impending fees ban to be their most significant challenge in the coming months

Why are housing association flats lying empty when Grenfell survivors need them?

20 September, 2017

Properties owned by Kensington and Chelsea housing associations are being earmarked for redevelopment rather than providing much-needed homes

Housing leaders call for input into social housing green paper

20 September, 2017

Housing leaders have welcomed the government's green paper on social housing, but said providers must be given a chance to have their say

Supported housing: getting people back onto their own feet

20 September, 2017

Their work is crucial, but supported housing providers are feeling anxious about the future

Proposed changes to benefit payments will impact private rented sector landlords - not just social landlords

20 September, 2017

Proposed changes to housing benefit will not only have significant and severe implications for the tenant in receipt of benefit

Belfast mum 'goes without food for days so she can afford rent'

20 September, 2017

A Belfast mum-of-two who has been on the Housing Executive's waiting list for nine years has revealed she regularly goes without food for up to three days to keep a roof over her children's heads

Majority of tenants in UK not asked to provide proof of income and only half ID

20 September, 2017

Landlords and letting agents in the UK are failing to carry out sufficient financial checks on new tenants with 75% not asked to provide proof of income

Tougher buy to let borrowing on the way for portfolio landlords

20 September, 2017

Portfolio buy to let landlords will find mortgages harder to find and more expensive as strict new borrowing rules bite from the end of the month

Ending stigma could produce immeasurable benefits

19 September, 2017

The Benefit to Society campaign is one with the greatest potential to change the tide for social housing

How much will the lettings fee ban cost your business? Here's where you can find out

19 September, 2017

How much will the impending fees ban cost you?

How public money is spent on housing

19 September, 2017

As a nation, we just aren't building enough homes

Government attempts to tackle growing rent arrears under Universal Credit

19 September, 2017

The government will attempt to tackle a sharp increase in rent arrears under Universal Credit by rolling out initiatives that give landlords more control over their tenants' rental payments

Ten more councils join request to spend RTB receipts on shared ownership

19 September, 2017

A further 10 councils have joined a consultation with the government to be allowed to spend Right to Buy receipts on shared ownership

Sajid Javid should give councils free rein to tackle rogue landlords

19 September, 2017

In Newham,the council's licensing scheme for private landlords has uncovered abuses and exploitation. So why isn't the government interested?

Council could buy homes from rogue landlords as full extent of disrepair and mismanagement revealed

19 September, 2017

Glasgow City Council has set aside almost £50 million to bring up to 500 properties under public ownership

Welsh housing association development soars

19 September, 2017

Housebuilding by housing associations surged 56% in the last quarter

The Tories have failed, says Healey, as social housing spending hits a record low

19 September, 2017

The Tories have "washed their hands" of responsibility by failing to build the houses needed by ordinary families

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

19 September, 2017

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

Common households - landlords celebrate tribunal win

19 September, 2017

Landlords in Doncaster are celebrating after tenants successfully challenged the council in a row over the level of benefit paid to landlords providing homes to common households

The future of social housing design and build in Scotland is all about virtual reality

18 September, 2017

You've just been informed that there's a new development planned in your neighbourhood, but rather than leaf through the image of a brochure, you reach for a pair of VR goggles

Buy-to-let lending squeeze: 'some banks won't lend at all'

18 September, 2017

Stringent new rules for mortgage lending to buy-to-let investors with multiple properties could mean that some can no longer borrow to fund their business

Tenants paying more as annual rate of rental inflation rises

18 September, 2017

New rents rose 2.4% across the UK in August on an annual basis

Local authority in search of private landlords further afield who can house its tenants

18 September, 2017

In recent years the Government has hit landlords with extra Stamp Duty and the removal of several tax reliefs

HomeLet Rental Index - August 2017

18 September, 2017

Rents in the UK rose by 2.4% in August compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £939 a month

Universal credit sends rent arrears soaring

18 September, 2017

Housing chiefs' warning on effect of flagship Tory welfare reform

Universal credit a train wreck that must be stopped

18 September, 2017

Liberal Democrat work and pensions spokesman to call for next month's rollout to be cancelled until overhaul takes place

How having access to social housing helped my mental health and got me back on my feet

18 September, 2017

Growing up, I was told that all council estates were dirty and that social housing tenants were lazy scroungers who were likely to steal anything that wasn't nailed down

Tenants' approval rating of Thenue value for money drive soars

18 September, 2017

Tenants have given Thenue Housing a huge endorsement of its drive to deliver value for money with soaring approval ratings

Growth Slows As Controls Beckon

18 September, 2017

Rents in Scotland eased slightly in Q3 2017 which may be a welcome surprise to many who fear an overheating market

'Direct link' between welfare changes and rough sleeping rise

15 September, 2017

Labour responds to the mayor of London's comments that there is a 'direct link' between welfare changes and the rise in rough sleeping.

Councils warn of cuts to housing budgets due to fire safety works

15 September, 2017

Social landlords could be forced to cut back spend on repairs and new build as they scramble to fund fire safety works on tower blocks.

Stereotypes of social housing tenants are isolating and damaging

15 September, 2017

Housing association tenant explains why the Fair Press for Tenants guide for media is needed

2017 UK HOUSING REVIEW

15 September, 2017

New housing supply continues to fall behind new household growth across Great Britain.

Poor people pushed into debt by harsh benefit deductions

15 September, 2017

Poor people on benefits are being pushed into destitution by having direct deductions taken from their benefit payments. 

We need to change how we talk about homelessness

15 September, 2017

People often have a limited view of homelessness and are fed 'typical' media

Universal Credit payment advances: May 2016 to June 2017

15 September, 2017

This publication provides ad hoc statistics on payment advances for claims to Universal Credit for May 2016 to June 2017.

Government debate on rent repayments and mortgages

15 September, 2017

Parliament will debate a call for rent payments to be taken into account when applying for a mortgage.

80% of government housing funding is on private housing

14 September, 2017

The government is due to spend almost 80% of its housing budget in England through to 2020/21 on private housing through programmes such as the Help to Buy

Study finds 'shocking' lack of support for young people leaving care

14 September, 2017

Children's charity Barnardo's finds 65% of young care leavers with mental health issues get no support from government

RICS UK Residential Market Survey August 2017

14 September, 2017

August 2017: UK Residential Market Survey

RLA secures £1.5million energy funding pot for members

14 September, 2017

The RLA has secured a £1.5m funding pot from energy company E.ON to install energy efficiency improvements in members’ properties

Universal Credit forcing PRS tenants into rent arrears

14 September, 2017

More than a third of private landlords with tenants receiving Universal Credit say they are owed rent, up by over 10% since last year

Build-to-rent - the solution to Britain's housing crisis?

14 September, 2017

Purpose-built block of rental homes, including affordable units and extensive facilities, are fast becoming a hot investment

Commons confirms date for rental payment debate

14 September, 2017

The issue of adding rental payments to tenant credit histories is back in the Commons next month - the response to a major public petition

It's getting harder for those on low incomes to make ends meet

14 September, 2017

Responding to today's Monetary Policy Committee's interest rates decision

Homelessness rise 'likely to have been driven by welfare reforms'

14 September, 2017

The number of homeless families in the UK has risen by more than 60% and is "likely to have been driven" by the government's welfare reforms, the public spending watchdog has said

Homelessness rise 'likely to have been driven by welfare reforms'

13 September, 2017

The number of homeless families in the UK has risen by more than 60% and is 'likely to have been driven' by the government's welfare reform

English councils' local welfare schemes in 'meltdown'

13 September, 2017

New report reveals that two-thirds of English councils have closed or cut emergency funds, causing greater hardship to low-income families

Landlords urged to get ahead of new laws

13 September, 2017

Research by top sector insurer shows the impact of new legislation on the UK's 1.75 million landlords.

RLA presents Universal Credit evidence to Select Committee

13 September, 2017

The RLA has given evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee on the troubled roll out of Universal Credit.

English councils' local welfare schemes in 'meltdown'

13 September, 2017

New report reveals that two-thirds of English councils have closed or cut emergency funds, causing greater hardship to low-income families

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain: August 2017

13 September, 2017

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

Local housing allowance cuts are too deep for renters to work their way out

13 September, 2017

Housing benefit freezes are putting renters at risk of homelessness.

UK House Price Index (HPI) for July 2017

13 September, 2017

The UK House Price Index shows house price changes for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

APPG: 'We must get housing options right for older people in the countryside'

13 September, 2017

Parliamentary group urges action on LGA analysis outlining the need for more specialist homes.

Councils have 'urgent' concerns over Homelessness Reduction Act delays

12 September, 2017

London council leaders have 'urgent concerns' over delayed government guidance on the Homelessness Reduction Act.

Are rented micro-homes the future for young singles?

12 September, 2017

Are you young-ish, single and thoroughly fed up with paying a high level of rent for a room in a house, miles away from where you work?

Joint effort to weed out tenant cannabis use

12 September, 2017

Housing providers warn of eviction risk if tenants smoke the drug in their homes.

Civitas set to raise more capital for supported housing buys

12 September, 2017

REIT hopes to tap into a 'significant pipeline' of further opportunities which exceed remaining investible equity and proposed debt finance.

Severe weather warning - are your tenants safe?

12 September, 2017

Rain and high winds have been battering the country over the last few days - with gales of up to 75mph set to hit the UK this week.

New clean energy projects set to power 3.6 million homes

12 September, 2017

Record amount of renewable capacity secured to power our homes following second contracts for difference auction.

Anglesey council's financial outlook 'remains bleak'

12 September, 2017

Councillor Llinos Medi said the authority has had to save £19m over the last five years and have to save another £8m over the next three.

A new urban eyesore: Britain's shamefully shoddy student housing

12 September, 2017

Free to ignore building standards for dwellings, student housing isn't just ruining British cities - it's damaging student life.

DWP to procure 'off the shelf' appointment booking system for Universal Credit

12 September, 2017

Solution for a five year contract expected to be a 'seven figure sum' for cloud-based system providing 99.9% availability supporting UC.

Two million UK families face £50-a-week cut in income

11 September, 2017

Households with children make up more than 80% of those set to lose out as pressure grows for end to austerity

Squeeze on living standards is down to welfare cuts, not the fall in the pound

11 September, 2017

Love it or loathe it, the long shadow of Brexit dominates our political weather. With good reason, of course.

'Is my smart meter charging me for the energy generated by my solar panels?'

11 September, 2017

Smart meters and solar panels are incompatible and can even cause householders to pay for electricity generated by solar panels rather than receiving money for it

'Bank of Mum and Dad' shoulders burden of high cost of renting

11 September, 2017

Parents will pay £2.3bn this year helping children with rent, as the 'Bank of Mum and Dad' stretches beyond helping with house deposits.

Universal basic income: Half of Britons back plan to pay all UK citizens regardless of employment

11 September, 2017

Nearly half of Britons would support giving all citizens a cash allowance, regardless of whether they were employed, according to a new survey.

Government buying into affordable homes

11 September, 2017

Evidence of Downing Street testing fresh housing initiatives to win over younger voters.

I see housing officers do all they can to refuse homeless applications

11 September, 2017

Faced with growing demand and dwindling supply, councils have become experienced in using the law to keep homeless people off their waiting lists

Universal Credit expansion is 'a disaster waiting to happen' says Citizens Advice

11 September, 2017

Citizens Advice is warning that the expansion of Universal Credit is 'a disaster waiting to happen'.

Bread for All: The Origins of the Welfare State

11 September, 2017

A new account shows how Attlee's reforms built on foundations laid down decades earlier - and that was the key to their success

Supported housing: bottom of the pile?

08 September, 2017

An overstuffed political agenda has meant supported housing funding has been pushed aside.

Where should housing and social care overlap?

08 September, 2017

Do housing providers need to play a more active role in assessing the housing needs of vulnerable individuals

Loophole that offers couples a chance to dodge second-home stamp duty

08 September, 2017

A clash between official Government 'guidance' and the law could provide a loophole for couples looking to purchase a second home without paying stamp duty.

Quarter of private-renting families slipping into 'bad debt' as they are frequently forced to move

08 September, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of private renting families paying average of £1,619 in added costs when they move, findings show

Quarter of private-renting families slipping into 'bad debt' as they are frequently forced to move

08 September, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of private renting families paying average of £1,619 in added costs when they move, findings show

DWP launches new helpline for landlords

08 September, 2017

The DWP has issued a new guide that includes a helpline for landlords who have had their Universal Credit Alternative Payment Arrangement approved and whose tenants will still not communicate with them.

Landlords fined over Right to Rent triples in a year

08 September, 2017

Hundreds of landlords have been fined in a crackdown on illegal immigration.

Glimmer of hope as MPs say they must 'look at' deposit cap plan

08 September, 2017

MPs have debated the proposed lettings fee ban - with a glimmer of hope for landlords as even those backing the move raised questions about capping deposits.

We're addicted to debt and headed for a crash. It could be worse than 2007

07 September, 2017

When Provident Financial lost £1.7bn in share value a week ago, a handful of people asked whether this was a Northern Rock moment.

Liverpool Mutual Homes mitigates Universal Credit through predictive analytics

07 September, 2017

Liverpool Mutual Homes have created efficiencies, driven down arrears and helped reduce the impact of Universal Credit

SFHA: UC roll-out will have 'catastrophic consequences'

07 September, 2017

Scottish Federation of Housing Associations warns the continued roll-out of the benefit will hurt some of the most vulnerable in society

Keep exploring different options to improve services

07 September, 2017

Mergers may grab the headlines, but there are lots of other opportunities for associations to deliver real benefits

Landlords admit turning away EU citizens to avoid Government regulations

07 September, 2017

Almost one in five landlords say they would be reluctant to let property to an EU national, due to checks they must now complete

Property entrepreneur turned MP backs ban on letting agent fees

07 September, 2017

Tory Kevin Hollinrake tells Commons the compromise of a cap would start 'a race to the top'.

Government tells landlords to fix fire safety breaches in large panel system blocks

07 September, 2017

The government has told social landlords to take action to seal up any cracks found in large panel system tower blocks.

Campaign calls for increasing number of accessible homes

07 September, 2017

Champion of accessible and inclusive housing, Habinteg is campaigning for the government, councils and developers to recognise the importance of increasing the supply of accessible homes to meet national demand.

Tenants let down by lack of letting fee enforcement

06 September, 2017

RLA calls for better enforcement of existing regulation of letting agent fees rather than outright ban being debated today

Why getting a loan will be harder for landlords

06 September, 2017

Landlords who have four or more properties could find it impossible to get a mortgage under tough new checks by banks.

How will councils survive the funding abyss?

06 September, 2017

From struggling northern councils to seemingly prosperous counties, talk of a financial meltdown is getting louder.

Council tax reduction for around half a million Scots

06 September, 2017

Scotland's Council Tax Reduction scheme supported 491,180 households and the total weekly income foregone by local authorities was £6.5m.

How Tenant Management Organisations have wrongly been associated with Grenfell

06 September, 2017

Tenant Management Organisations are small, tenant-led organisations that take on a number of landlord functions from local councils.

Flexibility 'needed for the future of payments'

06 September, 2017

'Flexibility, greater automation and mobile payments' crucial to future payments strategy according to payments collection specialists.

Grenfell: social housing policy issues 'dealt with in due course'

06 September, 2017

In the Commons, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid acknowledges that such issues need to be addressed

Life on the job in social housing: 'it's always important to remember our social purpose'

06 September, 2017

Empathy and resilience are a must for frontline housing sector staff

The future of supported housing must be top priority

05 September, 2017

With MPs back at the House of Commons today after the summer recess, the government must take an urgent look at the future funding of supported housing

Majority of charity's supported housing under threat from LHA cap

05 September, 2017

More than 90% of shelters run by a major homelessness charity face a risk from the government's proposed supported housing funding changes.

Benefit sanctions shoot up 50% in six months

05 September, 2017

The number of sanctions imposed rose from 18,994 last July to 33,860 in December, before falling back to the 30,000 mark by March this year.

London developer to allow rental tenants to pay deposits in bitcoin

05 September, 2017

The Collective says there is international demand to accept cryptocurrency, and will take it for rent payments from autumn

New benefits system planned for Dundee is 'broken and should be halted'

05 September, 2017

That's the view of the director of Dundee CAB after several national bodies expressed concerns about the introduction of Universal Credit

How will Universal Credit claimants experiencing homelessness be paid?

05 September, 2017

With the roll out of Universal Credit Full Service set to accelerate in October, what options will ensure people can receive their UC?

Can buy-to-let investors get more by Airbnbing their properties?

05 September, 2017

An increasing number of landlords are turning away from long-term rentals in favour of using Airbnb

Buy-to-let alterations could result in stock surge

05 September, 2017

Alterations to buy-to-let lending criteria being introduced at the end of September are set to entice a surge of rental stock

DWP publishes Universal Credit guidance

04 September, 2017

The Department for Work and Pensions has published a guidebook for landlords to help them prepare for the roll-out of Universal Credit.

Increase in evictions are result of renters facing 'impossible choices'

04 September, 2017

Rising evictions are being driven by a toxic mix of low wages and reductions in benefits

Housebuilding boom front and centre for resumed parliament

04 September, 2017

The need for new homes and where they can be built now seen as crucial to government strategy beyond Brexit.

Solar power deal will lower social tenants' energy bills

04 September, 2017

Solar panels are to be installed in 800,000 low-income homes across England and Wales over the next five years, as part of a new government scheme.

No interest rate rise for at least a year, economists say

04 September, 2017

Many economists do not expect UK interest rates to rise until 2019 despite inflation remaining above target

Scottish Greens say more than 11,200 children will be affected by new benefit cap

01 September, 2017

More than 11,000 children in Scotland are being hit by the UK Government's new lower benefit cap

Scottish charities call for halt to roll-out of 'flawed' Universal Credit

01 September, 2017

A group of 24 Scottish charities have come together to urge the UK government to stop the roll-out of the Universal Credit system in Scotland

Hundreds of landlords who let illegal immigrants stay in their properties are fined total of £163,000 in crackdown

01 September, 2017

Owners of 236 properties fined under the government's Right to Rent scheme

REITs target small housing associations

01 September, 2017

All identified housing associations that are involved with a new index-linked funding method have fewer than 1,000 units

Cigarettes cause majority of deadly council housing fires

01 September, 2017

Cigarettes were the most common cause of deadly fires in council housing in the seven years preceding the Grenfell Tower fire

Landlords call on Government to revolutionise tenancy deposit system

01 September, 2017

The Residential Landlords Association is calling for the creation of a new insurance-based scheme that would allow tenants to transfer deposits between properties

Letting agents who fail to display fees 'should be fined not £5,000 but £30,000'

01 September, 2017

The Government should make better use of current legislation on letting agents rather than banning tenant fees

Homeowners 'happier than renters' with their standard of living

01 September, 2017

Homeowners are happier about their standard of living than renters

Situation critical for supported housing

01 September, 2017

Emma Maier calls for government to rethink the LHA cap

PRS Statistics Bulletin - August 2017

31 August, 2017

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

Streets Apart: A History of Social Housing

31 August, 2017

In the wake of the fire at Grenfell Tower, Lynsey Hanley tells the story of social housing in Britain

Mind the pay gap

31 August, 2017

What will be revealed when social landlords publish new data on their gender pay gaps?

Shrinking lettings supply pushes up rents

31 August, 2017

Your Move says a shrinking supply of properties, in part created by government measures against the lettings sector, has led to rent rises

Buy to Let index - August 2017

31 August, 2017

Bottleneck of housing supply sees rents rise in July

Scottish charities say 'stop' to UC roll-out

31 August, 2017

Twenty-four charities and individuals sign an open letter urging UK government to 'fix flaws' seen in the system

Universal credit has caused untold hardship. But the worst is yet to come

31 August, 2017

The Conservatives' flagship welfare reform programme is a deeply flawed and damaging scheme

First signs of rising rents as buy-to-let investors pass on higher tax

31 August, 2017

The first widespread evidence of landlords raising rents in response to a range of tax increases has led to commentators insisting that buy-to-let remains a viable investment for many

Valerie Grant took her own life after son lost benefits

31 August, 2017

A mother killed herself after her disabled son lost a string of benefits and support

Credit card lenders 'targeting people struggling with debt'

30 August, 2017

Citizens Advice finds almost one in five people struggling with debts have had their card limit raised without request

Tenants to be charged for damage

30 August, 2017

Council tenants are to be charged for damage caused to their homes and gardens "beyond fair wear and tear" under new cost-cutting plans unveiled by Waverley Borough Council

Alison Inman: 'Some who experience domestic abuse will live in social housing'

30 August, 2017

Tenant champion and incoming Chartered Institute of Housing president says domestic violence needs to be centre of housing policy

Scottish housing leaders raise DHP concerns

30 August, 2017

Housing leaders have spoken out against the Scottish Government's plan to make Discretionary Housing Payment schemes voluntary for councils

Housing association given governance upgrade

30 August, 2017

A housing association that was previously downgraded for seeking to restrict an internal review has had its governance rating upgraded by the social housing regulator

Further education for benefit claimants: 2015 to 2016

30 August, 2017

Analyses training for learners on benefits in England using government data for the 2015 to 2016 academic year

Landlords signing up to council scheme helping find new homes for Milton Keynes families in need

30 August, 2017

More than 50 private landlords in MK have signed up to a council scheme to let their properties for a guaranteed rent each month - helping more families in need of homes

Fining rogue landlords up to £30,000

30 August, 2017

It could keep thousands in Pendle safe from rogue landlords

Quarter of a million working age people on benefits in NI

30 August, 2017

Tax credits and housing benefit not included in the latest figures

Council gets more rogue landlord powers in Govanhill

29 August, 2017

Glasgow City Council has been given more powers to tackle rogue landlords in an area plagued by squalid living conditions

No 'pause' in universal credit

29 August, 2017

The government are pressing ahead with the welfare changes, saying it is 'making work pay and transforming lives'

DWP spends £39m defending decisions to strip benefits from sick and disabled people

29 August, 2017

Government appeal process condemned as 'traumatic' and a 'waste of time and money'

Council gets more powers to tackle private sector

29 August, 2017

Powers include right of entry, enhanced criminal record checks and document demands

Bank of Mum and Dad now playing vital role in private rented sector

29 August, 2017

The Bank of Mum and Dad has long been an active lender in helping offspring buy their homes - but a new report says it is also playing a pivotal role in the rental market

David Gauke signals he will press on with universal credit

29 August, 2017

Work and pensions secretary says benefit changes are 'transforming lives' after MPs called for a pause in their introduction

Council to fit sprinkler systems themselves to get them into high-rises 'as quickly as possible'

29 August, 2017

The move comes in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy

Private Rented Sector Report - July 2017

29 August, 2017

Almost one third of letting agents saw rents rise for tenants in July

A cut in stamp duty this autumn is highly unlikely

29 August, 2017

Speculation that the Chancellor will take a fresh look at stamp duty charges in November's Autumn Budget is again circulating the housing market

Increasing benefit uptake

25 August, 2017

Roun-table meeting to agree next steps

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

25 August, 2017

Housing associations started 9,063 homes in 2017/18 Q1

National Audit Office to re-assess Universal Credit roll-out

25 August, 2017

New report will examine progress after two previous assessments identified key areas of poor performance hindering an 'overly ambitious' programme

Associations pull 85% of planned supported housing developments

25 August, 2017

Housing associations have slashed the number of supported housing homes they plan to build by 85%, as uncertainty around government reforms to the sector stymie development

Airbnb tenants who decide against staying can now leave bad reviews

25 August, 2017

Airbnb customers who take one look at their accommodation and decide against it, or who leave early after finding it unacceptable, will now be able to leave bad reviews

Kevin Hollinrake says it is important that MPs understand implications of fees ban

25 August, 2017

MP Kevin Hollinrake has confirmed that agents will be able to attend the forthcoming Parliamentary debate on the proposed ban letting agent fees

Cash offer fails to entice council tenants to move

24 August, 2017

Increased incentives, designed to persuade council house tenants in Moray to downsize, have failed to boost housing stock

Regulator writes to tenant groups over Grenfell

24 August, 2017

The social housing regulator has written to tenants' groups to explain its role in the sector, following the Grenfell Tower disaster

From Long-Term Lets to Short-Term Lets: Is Airbnb becoming the new buy-to-let?

24 August, 2017

Homes are no longer being used for long term accommodation

New stamp duty charge on landlords and investors raises significantly more than expected

24 August, 2017

Rising revenues suggest policy is failing in aim of stopping people buying multiple homes

Half of new association homes funded privately

24 August, 2017

Housing associations are funding almost half their affordable housing from their own balance sheets

Properties vanishing from mainstream rental market as more landlords switch to Airbnb

24 August, 2017

An increasing number of rental properties in London are being used for short-term holiday lets using websites such as Airbnb and are no longer available for long-term renting

Analysis of migrants' access to income-related benefits

24 August, 2017

Analysis relating to the access to income-related benefits for European Economic Area and non-EEA migrants

Nationality at point of NINo registration of DWP working age benefit recipients: data to Feb 2017

24 August, 2017

Nationality at point of National Insurance number (NINo) registration of DWP working age benefit recipients

Court hears housing benefit assessors ran £1m false claims racket

23 August, 2017

Seven assessors working for London borough councils committed to Crown Court on fraud charges

A quarter of all UK households will be private tenants within eight years

23 August, 2017

The average tenancy length in the UK is getting longer - and by 2025, 25% of all households will be living in the private rented sector

Grenfell residents' call for fire safety checks refused five weeks before blaze

23 August, 2017

A request by Grenfell Tower residents for an independent review of fire risk to the building was refused just five weeks before the deadly blaze

Two housing associations under review by regulator

23 August, 2017

Two housing associations are being investigated by the social housing regulator for governance issues

National Panel of Tenants and Service Users

23 August, 2017

This theme considered views on what value for money means for users of social landlord services

Universal credit: ID issues with Irish passport

22 August, 2017

Irish passports and the Northern Ireland driving licence have been posing problems for the computer system processing a new benefits system

Bringing private and social housing together can be the key to successful regeneration

22 August, 2017

John Gallacher champions the use of mixed tenure developments to create thriving and sustainable communities as he looks back on four decades spent in the housing industry

Landlords Being Urged to Remortgage Ahead of Tougher Lending Criteria

22 August, 2017

Landlords are being urged to remortgage ahead of tougher buy-to-let lending criteria due to be introduced in September, which will make it more difficult to obtain finance

Protest called amid homes loss fears after housing associations merger plan announced

22 August, 2017

Tenants and resident from Notting Hill Housing and Genesis Housing oppose the plan, which would create one of the country's largest housing associations

Calls to widen Help to Buy in Wales

22 August, 2017

Critics say scheme as it stands does not stimulate the housing market

Why replacing Right to Buy homes is so difficult

22 August, 2017

In 2012, the government announced it was revitalising the Tory party's most famous council housing policy

Letting fees: MP Kevin Hollinrake initiates Parliamentary debate on ban

22 August, 2017

MP Kevin Hollinrake - who co-founded Hunters of which he is now chairman - is sponsoring a Parliamentary debate on the proposed ban on letting agency fees in England

Brexit 'cuts off' cash for social housing

22 August, 2017

European Investment Bank has frozen its UK operations

Landlords: concerned about letting to international students?

22 August, 2017

There are so many benefits to renting your property out to students

What housing associations want from contractors

21 August, 2017

Social housing does not stay still for long

Vulnerable people 'being forced to use foodbanks because of benefits system problems'

21 August, 2017

Vulnerable people are being driven into destitution and reliance on foodbanks because of major flaws in the benefits system

Sharp rent arrears rise in Ross-shire blamed on new Universal Credit benefit system

21 August, 2017

Rent arrears for council house tenants have doubled in some areas of Ross-shire in just two years - and the controversial universal credit scheme has been blamed for the sharp rise

Letting agent handed £20,000 court bill after giving tenants 'sham licences'

21 August, 2017

A letting agent which gave tenants licences rather than tenancy agreements has been landed with a bill of over £20,000

DCLG considering allowing shared ownership for RTB replacements

21 August, 2017

The government is considering proposals from a group of 50 councils to allow them to spend Right to Buy receipts on purchasing properties for shared ownership

Parents on low incomes 'can't afford basics'

21 August, 2017

Higher inflation and a freeze on state benefits mean low-income parents cannot meet the basic costs of raising a child

Tower Hamlets Council to roll out free wi-fi in town centres and social housing

21 August, 2017

Mayor John Biggs says the plan will tackle inequality and poverty with businesses and homes around Brick Lane, Watney Market and Chrisp Street the first to get online

Scoping research on supply and demand for short term lets in Scotland

21 August, 2017

Scottish Government April 2017

Scottish Ministers have recently established an independent expert panel to advise them on the opportunities that the collaborative economy brings, as well as the challenges that it presents

Welfare reforms allowing government to "massage down" true figures of those sanctioned

21 August, 2017

A freedom of Information request shows that new welfare reforms are allowing the government to distort the true figures of those sanctioned on welfare, disability and in receipt of pensions

Why a new Waitrose means more evictions, and what should be done

18 August, 2017

Landlords shouldn't be able to kick people out when a new shop pops up in the area. We need a change in the law

Bristol council tax relief cuts could be 'illegal' say opponents

18 August, 2017

Controversial plans to cut council tax relief in Bristol are "potentially illegal" local politicians have said

Shrinking buy-to-let market triggers mortgage rate war

18 August, 2017

The rapidly shrinking buy-to-let market is driving lenders to a mortgage price war as they compete for dwindling demand from borrowers

Agency board provider sees signs of slowdown in rental market

18 August, 2017

The number of rental properties coming to market has hit a four-year low

Fees ban 'will help online student lettings agent launch into mainstream market'

18 August, 2017

An online agency aimed at the student lettings market is to expand into the mainstream market

HB G8/2017

18 August, 2017

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit (HB) staff

The way residents and tenants are treated is a stain on modern Britain

18 August, 2017

The Ledbury and Grenfell residents were repeatedly dismissed when they raised safety concerns. Frontline housing staff must do more to listen and act

Licensing scheme uncovers 13,000 landlord tax cheats in one borough

18 August, 2017

Thousands of landlords have had to hand over millions in unpaid tax and penalties for failing to tell HM Revenue & Customs about their rental profits

Welsh Government: Landlords should pay letting agent fees, not tenants

18 August, 2017

A new report into letting agent fees by Welsh Government has found there is "no compelling evidence" for tenants to pay letting agent fees

Crunch time for Universal Credit

17 August, 2017

The pace of the roll-out of 'full' Universal Credit is set to ramp up in a few months' time

Landlords want rent payments in credit scores

17 August, 2017

RLA calls for rent payments to be included when calculating credit scores to support tenants wanting to buy a home of their own

Sadiq Khan fails to build any social housing in year as Mayor

17 August, 2017

Sadiq Khan has failed to build any social housing in London in the past 12 months despite promising to construct thousands of houses every year during his election campaign

Welsh Government to review social rents ahead of LHA cap

17 August, 2017

The Welsh Government has brought forward a review of its social housing rent policy as it looks for ways to offset the impact of the LHA cap

'Austerity causes a lot of suffering': record number of food banks report stock shortage

17 August, 2017

Trussell Trust, Britain's biggest food bank network, says supplies dwindling this summer as welfare sanctions bite

Almost 90% of Universal Credit tenants are in rent arrears

17 August, 2017

South Lanarkshire Council says tenants in receipt of universal credit have accrued rent arrears totalling more than half a million pounds

Developers 'underestimating profits' to avoid building social housing

17 August, 2017

Petition mobilised across England and Wales urging councils to make development assessment documents public

Income-related benefits: estimates of take-up: statistical notice

17 August, 2017

Statistical notice about changes in the Income-related benefits: estimates of take-up publication

'My picture is proof that healthcare professionals lie in benefit assessments'

17 August, 2017

A furious disability benefit claimant has produced what she says is the clearest evidence yet that healthcare professionals working for the DWP are writing dishonest assessment reports

Rents 'not spiralling out of control' - Belvoir boss condemns 'sensationalist' press stories

16 August, 2017

Rental price inflation was flat across Great Britain for the fourth consecutive month in July

Buy-to-let property platform hits £50m milestone

16 August, 2017

A platform allowing investors to join together to fund the purchases of residential rental properties has hit the £50m fundraising milestone

Study shows social benefit of housing investment

16 August, 2017

Research values social return on investment for social housing

National conversation needed about the value of social housing

16 August, 2017

It is unacceptable that in such a wealthy society such as ours, we have so many people who are forced to live on the streets or live in unsuitable accommodation

Housing Benefit caseload statistics: data to May 2017

16 August, 2017

Statistics on numbers of Housing Benefit claimants

Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit sanctions: decisions made to March 2017

16 August, 2017

Data on Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit sanctions decisions made to March 2017

Listen to the tenants in social housing

16 August, 2017

If you live in a tower block, your home is visible but you are not

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 13 Jul 2017

16 August, 2017

These experimental statistics cover numbers of claims made, starts and people on Universal Credit to 13 July 2017

Quarterly Benefits Summary

16 August, 2017

This release aims to give users a structured overview of National Statistics on DWP administered benefits and sanction

Social housing firm Mears hit by Grenfell Tower fall out

15 August, 2017

Safety checks in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy will hit profits this year as building works are delayed

Urgent decisions on welfare and housing required: UUP MLA

15 August, 2017

Crunch decisions on welfare reform and housing are in limbo as a result of the ongoing Stormont stalemate

20% of NI housing now private rented

15 August, 2017

Almost 49,000 landlords have now registered just over 97,000 properties across Northern Ireland

The Grenfell Inquiry must address the powerlessness social tenants feel

15 August, 2017

All too often social housing residents tell us that they feel like second-class citizens

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain: July 2017

15 August, 2017

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

Social media and social housing - four tips for housing professionals

15 August, 2017

While social media can be very successfully used to build a more direct and personal connection with tenants, housing associations and social landlords need to be prepared to respond meaningfully when things aren't going to plan

Some Right to Buy owners now 'property millionaires'

15 August, 2017

Over 1.5 million council homes in the UK have been sold to council tenants, making millions for some

One in five buy-to-let investors plan to sell up

15 August, 2017

One in five buy-to-let investors plan to sell their properties

Buy-to-let slump:the cost of renting in London rises for the first time this year as the number of rental homes drops by 18 per cent

15 August, 2017

One in 10 homes sold in July was bought by a landlord, which is the lowest proportion of buy-to-let sales recorded in seven years

Universal credit and the risk of digital failure

14 August, 2017

With UC being rolled out across the country, a strong digital inclusion strategy can be the difference between successful adoption and a potentially devastating impact on housing associations' income

Barriers to setting up council-owned housing companies

14 August, 2017

Difficulties spending Right to Buy receipts and confusion over the Housing Revenue Account, planning and rent-setting

Rent Arrears and the Sweet Science

14 August, 2017

As Digital Transformation Manager for Housing Services at Hackney Council, I get to run some really fun and interesting projects

Welfare Reform and Universal Credit: The impact on the private rented sector

14 August, 2017

Over the past 2 years there has been significant political attention provided to the private rented sector

The other Waitrose effect: rapidly increasing evictions

14 August, 2017

Study shows the arrival of a new store associated with an 25%-50% increase in the number of evictions

PRS will not solve the housing crisis

14 August, 2017

Government claims that renting is key to fixing the country's broken housing market are misplaced

Private rental sector gets a 'perfect storm' warning

14 August, 2017

RLA survey of almost 3,000 landlords shows 22% plan to sell as demand for rental homes rises

Nationwide mortgage lending hit by fall in buy-to-let loans

14 August, 2017

Nationwide has reported a sharp fall in mortgage lending, mainly due to making fewer buy-to-let loans

HCA urges caution over REIT deals

14 August, 2017

Housing associations should be aware of the risks involved in taking money from real estate investment trusts

Rogue landlords warned to expect stiffer penalties in wake of landmark ruling

11 August, 2017

A landmark court ruling against a Fife private landlord could have major implications for scores of other cases across the country

DWP 'is using lost benefit assessment letters to cut spending'

11 August, 2017

The DWP is using lost appointment letters for face-to-face assessments as an excuse for turning down disabled people's benefit claims, to help it cut spending on social security

People shouldn't have to feel grateful for social housing - it's a basic human right

11 August, 2017

We should stop seeing social housing as scarce or precious. It's as much a necessity as good healthcare and education

Third of private rented homes fail basic health and safety standards

11 August, 2017

Millions of UK people living in rented properties with dangerous hazards, despite private rents soaring

London will fall further behind on new council homes without more action from Mayor

11 August, 2017

Sian Berry told the Mayor he has 'a lot of catching up to do' after revealing that no new council homes funded by the Mayor have started on site since he took office 16 months ago

The Shocking Increase In Rents On London's Two-Bedroom Homes

11 August, 2017

The London housing market is obviously out of control

'Home-owning hopelessness' as private renters fear they'll never get on property ladder

11 August, 2017

Nearly two thirds (59 per cent) of private renters on the lowest incomes in England never expect to buy their own property

HB G7/2017

11 August, 2017

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit (HB) staff

Rise of the retired renter

11 August, 2017

Stats suggest that almost half of UK over 65s would consider downsizing - a level of demand that far outstrips retirement housing available

Landlords' Barometer - #51: Hammered! Why landlords are feeling so negative

10 August, 2017

Welcome to another edition of the "Landlords Barometer" with all the trending topics that have been engaging landlords on the propertytribes.com forum over the past few weeks

UK tenants don't have much faith in private rented sector

10 August, 2017

People renting a home in the UK feel that not enough is being done to help them onto the housing ladder with those in London forced to rent because of the high price of property

Lettings agency 'took tenants' holding deposits and never returned them'

10 August, 2017

An anonymous article on young consumer website the Debrief claims that tenants' holding deposits disappeared into the coffers at a mystery Fitzrovia office of a London lettings agent

Concerned tenants offered chance to move out of tower blocks

10 August, 2017

Southwark Council has offered tenants on one of its estates the chance to move out after compartmentation breaches were found in two of its tower blocks

Truth at last: What really happened in Scotland after letting agent fees were banned

10 August, 2017

What follow is an opinion piece but I believe it to be the factual truth

Are cuts to Council Tax Support in England a false economy for councils?

10 August, 2017

Total uncollected council tax is £400m higher than in 2013-14 when Council Tax Benefit was abolished

Salford Council Approves Fourth Selective Licensing Scheme

10 August, 2017

Following a consultation earlier this year Salford Council's City Mayor and Cabinet have now formally approved a fourth selective licensing scheme

Tenancy deposit replacement products will be 'as popular as Christmas trees in January'

09 August, 2017

The boss of the Property Franchise Group says he does not think there will be a market for tenancy deposit replacement products once the tenancy fees ban comes in

Proptech firm comes up with real-time facial recognition to help agents with Right to Rent

09 August, 2017

A new firm is using real-time facial recognition technology with the aim of helping letting agents meet their Right to Rent obligations

Helping journalists portray social housing tenants fairly

09 August, 2017

A group of housing associations is working to produce a guide for journalists on how to avoid stereotyping

Joint response - Terms of Reference to the Public Inquiry on the Grenfell Tower fire - ARCH, CIH, Inside Housing and NFA

09 August, 2017

This is a joint submission into the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry to ensure we provide a consistent message accross the trade and professional bodies across the housing sector

August 2017: Touchbase edition 120

09 August, 2017

This edition of Touchbase focusses on initiatives that support disabled people and those with health conditions back into work

If social housing is precious, tenancies should be time-limited

09 August, 2017

Without means testing and fixed tenancies, someone on a high income could end up in secure housing while those on lower incomes struggle

Abolition of Right to Buy Scheme 'Progressing'

08 August, 2017

Proposals which would see the Right to Buy policy scrapped in Wrexham and across Wales have moved a step closer

Enough Empty Council Flats In One Chelsea Block To House All Grenfell Families

08 August, 2017

Council flats in the same borough as Grenfell Tower which could house all the survivors are lying empty because the owners want to demolish them

Government recommit to Help to Buy

08 August, 2017

Statement shrugs off reports of the scheme being shelved and stresses support until 2021

Local Housing Allowance Direct Payments - changing the "payee"

08 August, 2017

Landlords have been left horrified - and out of pocket - after local authorities re-directed direct payments from landlords to tenants

Landlords losing confidence in rental profits

08 August, 2017

Landlords are losing confidence in their ability to rely on steady rental yields

Impact of applying Local Housing Allowance rates to general needs social tenants

08 August, 2017

Our analysis shows the potential numbers of people affected and the amount of shortfall between benefit levels and rents charged

Grenfell must be a turning point in housing - for staff and residents

07 August, 2017

Making social housing more commercial has eroded workers' skills and knowhow

MPs urge government to delay universal credit rollout

07 August, 2017

MPs' letter calls for extension of universal credit to be postponed until next year to avoid people suffering Christmas hardship

HomeLet Rental Index - July 2017

07 August, 2017

Rents in the UK rose by 1.1% in July compared to the same month a year ago

HCA could de-register 'sham transactions' housing association

07 August, 2017

An association sued by Southwark Council for alleged "sham transactions" that helped it avoid building affordable housing could lose its status as a registered provider

Annual rental inflation returns to growth as average new rents hit new high

07 August, 2017

Annual rental inflation on new tenancies returned to growth for the first time in two months during July

Opposition MPs call for Universal Credit pause

07 August, 2017

A group of opposition MPs have called for the planned rollout of UC in their constituencies to be delayed because of delays in claimants receiving payments

Redbridge Council launches private property licensing scheme to crack down on rogue landlords

07 August, 2017

Absentee landlords who fail to deal with poor conditions may be a thing of the past thanks to a new borough-wide Redbridge Council scheme

Tenants 'struggling to put a roof over their head'

07 August, 2017

Thousands are unable to hold down a tenancy due to rising costs, lack of affordable housing and welfare reforms

Right to Buy: Whose interest does it serve?

04 August, 2017

Right to Buy, the policy no one wants to talk about, is decimating local councils' housing stock and costing us all dearly in state subsidy

Britain's 11 million renters are crying out for an end to the housing crisis

04 August, 2017

A recent book on the scandal that is our private rented sector raises some big questions after the Grenfell disaster

Give us a paintbrush! Ten ways to make the housing market work for tenants

04 August, 2017

It may seem trivial, but giving renters more control over where they live and what they pay is essential to tackling bad landlords

Support of last resort: alternatives to local welfare schemes to prevent and relieve homelessness

04 August, 2017

The safety net that local welfare schemes provide is stretched to breaking point

Lower annual welfare cap affects 68,000 families

04 August, 2017

The first six months of the new lower benefit cap has seen 68,000 families having their welfare cut for the first time, losing each around £50 a week

Landlords 'avoid paying millions in tax' with short-term Edinburgh festival lets

04 August, 2017

Over £10 million of taxes are being avoided this year due to the boom in private homes being let out as holiday accommodation during the Edinburgh festival

Universal Support-Universal Credit

04 August, 2017

Universal Support is part of Health & Work Programme contained in the government's Green Paper and Universal Credit

Shared housing: the solution?

04 August, 2017

Shared housing for social tenants could be the next big thing due to government plans to cap housing benefit for single under-35s

An ode to social housing

04 August, 2017

Sometimes words alone aren't enough to explain the issues

Council which set up first borough-wide licensing scheme to publish star ratings of all letting agents

03 August, 2017

The local authority which set up the first borough-wide mandatory licensing scheme of every rental property is to launch the UK's first letting agents' rating scheme

'Damaging' Right to Buy policy is suspended in city for five years

03 August, 2017

Right to Buy is to be suspended for a period of five years in Cardiff

Letting agents accused of 'fraudulent listings' and 'treating renters like students'

03 August, 2017

Almost 30,000 London tenants claim they have been a victim of lettings fraud

The state of private renting

03 August, 2017

In the second in a series of pieces examining findings from the English Housing Survey, Jules Birch looks at the private rented sector

Benefit cap: number of households capped to May 2017

03 August, 2017

Statistics on households that have had their benefits capped between 15 April 2013 and May 2017

Renting becomes cheaper than buying, particularly in the South East

03 August, 2017

For many years, rent has been called "dead money" and young people have been urged to "get on the housing ladder"

Bursting the buy-to-let bubble

03 August, 2017

The buy-to-let mortgage sector has been bombarded with reforms resulting in a slowdown of lending to landlords

Housing calls for a review after latest benefit cap statistics

03 August, 2017

The housing sector has said the latest figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions show there is a need for government to re-look at welfare policies

Three-year tenancy plan to stabilise rental market

03 August, 2017

Ministers are to change the national planning rules to put pressure on landlords to offer tenancies of three years rather than one

Make Social Housing Our Nation's Badge Of Honour

03 August, 2017

In the wake of the appalling fire at Grenfell Tower there has been a torrent of public comment

David Webster: 'Benefit sanctions should be a thing of the past'

02 August, 2017

The economist and Glasgow research fellow on why stopping benefit payments is counterproductive and must not be rolled out more widely

Young people are shut out of private renting

02 August, 2017

Shelter has said it, local government has said it, former ministers have said it

Inquiry into Regulatory oversight of Housing Associations

02 August, 2017

The National Assembly for Wales is the democratically elected body that represents the interests of Wales

The Committee welcomes steps to make housing association regulation more open

Welsh associations urged to further empower tenants

02 August, 2017

Associations in Wales welcome a report from the Welsh Public Accounts Committee praising the increasing transparency in the sector but setting out robust recommendations

How have attitudes changed towards social housing?

02 August, 2017

Does the Welfare State still have an obligation to house everyone who can't afford to buy or rent their own home?

Green space v social housing: the fight for the future of London's oldest allotments

02 August, 2017

A charity's plans to build social housing threaten allotments established in 1832 for the working poor of Ealing

Councils 'can't hide' fire safety reports

02 August, 2017

The information commissioner is urging councils to proactively publish fire information 'in full' for residents to see

Bringing repairs in-house

02 August, 2017

An increasing number of housing associations are improving services and efficiencies by setting up their own repairs and maintenance companies

Clock is ticking in Scotland for all letting agents to be registered and hold CMP

02 August, 2017

Scottish housing minister Kevin Stewart is writing to all letting agents to warn them that the clock is ticking towards the implementation of a mandatory new regime

Council to let associations bid for RTB receipts

01 August, 2017

Housing associations are invited to bid for the £16m pot - as long as it is spent on easing Hackney council's 12,000-plus waiting list

Access to homes for under-35's: The impact of Welfare Reform on Private Renting

01 August, 2017

As the dust settles after the general election there is a clear need for policy and practical solutions that have cross-party support

Anger as Scottish Government leaves 130,000 disabled Scots at the mercy of PIP assessments

01 August, 2017

New figures reveal 130,000 are still to be subjected to humiliating PIP assessments - but SNP won't halt them

Landlords cut back on renting to young people

01 August, 2017

Younger people will have more difficulty finding rented accommodation in coming months as a substantial proportion of landlords actively cut back on renting to under-35s

Council secures long-term housing strategy

01 August, 2017

Transaction will reduce the council's rent obligations by approximately 30% over the next 10 years

Landlord portfolio management - past and future

01 August, 2017

This research, funded by Shelter, explores how landlords manage their portfolios and make decisions over buying and selling stock

Housing Benefit Entitlement Reductions: Caseload Management Information (CMI)

01 August, 2017

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

Mortgage and Landlord Possession Statistics in England and Wales, January to March 2017 (Provisional)

01 August, 2017

The number of mortgage possession claims made to county courts has increased

Renters can't wait for the government to scrap letting fees - so Hackney council is stepping in

01 August, 2017

Four homes, four landlords and four completely different experiences: in my 15 years as a renter in London, I've experienced first-hand the good, the bad and the ugly of the private rented sector

Older people worst culprits when it comes to benefit fraud

31 July, 2017

Londoners more likely to cheat too

New council homes planned in Walthamstow as clock ticks in council's race to spend £16.5m Right to Buy cash

31 July, 2017

The council made more than £41 million selling social housing between April 2014 and April this year

Poverty group calls for an end to the benefits freeze

31 July, 2017

The Poverty Alliance has written to every MP in Scotland

Technology adoption in social housing: what's your scorecard?

31 July, 2017

We're entering an age of unprecedented technological, social and political disruption that will create a great deal of unpredictability and risk

Government urged to end letting fees

31 July, 2017

Hackney council is calling for immediate action over the failure to introduce clear timescales on the measure

Extra Stamp Duty 'has not deterred landlords so far' as HMRC receipts rise again

31 July, 2017

Landlords may be complaining about the extra Stamp Duty charges but that doesn't seem to be stopping people buying additional properties

Swansea food bank runs out 'due to school holiday'

31 July, 2017

A Swansea food bank has run out of supplies, with volunteers making an urgent appeal to help restock it

Right to Buy suspended in Cardiff

31 July, 2017

The Right to Buy will be suspended in Cardiff to ensure social housing is available for those who need it

From the archive - benefit fraud plan criticised

31 July, 2017

Inside Housing looks back at what was happening in the sector this week 10, 20 and 30 years ago

I know what it's like to spend school holidays hungry. So do today's kids

28 July, 2017

Visiting a food bank may be as far some families get this summer. This needless hunger, and its effect on childhood, should cause a national outcry

Buy to let crackdown has not finished yet

28 July, 2017

Buy to let mortgages are about to get more expensive for landlords as new lending rules take effect from September 2017

HB A7/2017 (revised)

28 July, 2017

Right Benefit Initiative 2017/18

Six months left for letting agents to meet statutory code requirements

28 July, 2017

Housing minister Kevin Stewart is writing to all commercial letting agents to highlight a new statutory Code of Practice and the need to comply by January 31 2018

'It's social cleansing': the 93-year-old fighting east London demolitions

28 July, 2017

In Whitechapel, residents say their campaign against the possible bulldozing of their council homes is a battle over the future of housing

Grenfell Tower: Sixty blocks 'fail new fire test'

28 July, 2017

Cladding and insulation used in at least 60 tower blocks will be deemed to have failed a new fire safety test

Tenants pay the price as rental rises become more widespread

28 July, 2017

Rent hikes became more common last month

Rightmove launches trial of Face Messenger bot to help renters find their next home

28 July, 2017

Rightmove is testing out new ways for home hunters to interact when searching for a home to rent

DWP to look at RLA proposals on Universal Credit

28 July, 2017

The DWP has said it will address problems faced by landlords who house Universal Credit tenants following a meeting with the RLA

Private landlords in Glasgow 'profiting from homelessness crisis and housing shortage'

27 July, 2017

Private landlords are profiting from a homelessness crisis and housing shortage in Glasgow

Social housing residents have changed: landlords must now adapt

27 July, 2017

The sector must get away from the legacy notions of a 'typical' social housing tenant and to understand the breadth and scope of people who now live in affordable housing

Union warns more social housing is needed in WIltshire

27 July, 2017

Just over a third of new homes built in Wiltshire last year were for social housing, but a union is calling for more

Private Rented Sector Report - June 2017

27 July, 2017

A third of letting agents saw rents rise for tenants in June

Private Rental Market Summary Statistics - April 2016 to March 2017

27 July, 2017

The median monthly rent recorded between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017 in England was £675

Reassuring tower block tenants post-Grenfell

27 July, 2017

The Grenfell fire has caused anxiety among tower block tenants

Temporary short-term let 'not comparable to renovation'

27 July, 2017

Using a residential flat as a short-term Airbnb-style let for a temporary period is not comparable to removing it from the housing supply for other reasons

Facebook backs campaign to tackle social housing stigma

27 July, 2017

'Benefit to Society' will benefit from backing from one of the largest organisations in the world, social media giant Facebook

Landlords fear buy-to-let regulation and taxation, but no worries over Brexit

27 July, 2017

Landlords have identified regulation and economic uncertainty as their key concerns when running their buy-to-let portfolio

Victims of ground rent scandal demand action on existing abuses

26 July, 2017

As government plans to ban leaseholds on new-build houses, there are claims up to 100,000 people own 'unsellable' properties

Consultation on recognising residents' associations, and their power to request information about tenants

26 July, 2017

This consultation seeks views on proposed secondary legislation under section 29A Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 - Tenants' Associations: power to request information about tenants

Housing Benefit Speed of Processing Statistics

26 July, 2017

Data for Quarter 4 (January 2017 to March 2017)and the full financial year 2016/17

Housing Benefit Entitlement Reductions: Caseload Management Information

26 July, 2017

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

Landlords hit out at evictions report

26 July, 2017

The Residential Landlords Association has said a recent piece of research into evictions is 'misleading and distorted'

Landlords' action on fire safety

26 July, 2017

In the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, over half of the UK's landlords have taken steps to check the fire safety of their Buy to Let properties

How to ensure your rental deposit is properly protected

26 July, 2017

It may surprise you to know that anyone can set up a lettings agency - you don't need a licence or a qualification

Is buy to let dead?

26 July, 2017

Property expert Kate Faulkner looks at the facts behind the headlines - and what the future holds for the private rented sector

Five ways to help your tenants with the roll-out of universal credit

26 July, 2017

The 'full service' version of universal credit is on its way - so what do social landlords need to be doing differently?

Hardship payments to be available immediately to JSA claimants who are homeless

25 July, 2017

From October 2017, JSA claimants who are homeless will have immediate access to hardship payments if their benefit is reduced because of a sanction

Tenants satisfied with Clydebank Housing Association services

25 July, 2017

The result of an independent poll commissioned by CHA has revealed that 94% of its tenants are satisfied with the overall service they receive

Landlords are turfing people out of their homes without reason - and it's completely legal

25 July, 2017

No fault evictions allow private landlords to turf tenants out without any reason. It's legal but its use is on the rise and it needs to stop

Buy-to-let: how many properties do I need to own to set up as a company?

25 July, 2017

Several key tax changes have hit buy-to-let investors' profits

Rise in personal loans dangerous

25 July, 2017

A sharp rise in personal loans could pose a danger to the UK economy

Half of children needing summer food bank support are in primary school

25 July, 2017

Under-fours made up 27% of the children receiving emergency food supplies last July and August

A blueprint for Scotland's future

25 July, 2017

The Scottish Government should strengthen and clarify the links between housing and the various outcomes of the National Performance Framework

Scottish Welfare Fund Statistics: Annual update: 2016/17

25 July, 2017

Following feedback from users, we have decided to continue publishing Scottish Welfare Fund statistics on a quarterly basis until summer 2017

Pause for Thought

25 July, 2017

Measuring the impact of Welfare Reform on tenants and landlords - 2017 Survey Results

Poverty, evictions and forced moves

24 July, 2017

This report explores the rapid increase in evictions over the last 12 years, and the impact these have had on the lives of tenants who lose their homes

100 tenants a day lose homes as rising rents and benefit freeze hit

24 July, 2017

Charities demand action to tackle toll of soaring housing costs, welfare cuts and 'no fault' evictions

Councils house extra secondary school's worth of homeless children each month

24 July, 2017

The numbers of homeless children councils are having to house in temporary accommodation has increased by more than a third in the last three years

Almost one in five MPs are landlords

24 July, 2017

Parliament has published its register of MPs' financial interests for the first time since the election

The social housing system is being demolished without a whimper

24 July, 2017

Housing associations are beset by cuts, but will survive - the real victims of the crisis are the most vulnerable people in society

Council 'remains committed to delivery of homes' partly through 'arms-length' £60m housing company

24 July, 2017

Warrington Borough Council 'remains committed' to setting up a £60 million housing company

Energy efficiency in privately rented homes: you talked, we listened

24 July, 2017

In June 2017 we gathered the views of over 200 private tenants on the Scottish Government's proposal to introduce a minimum energy efficiency standard for private rented homes

Nottingham's landlord licensing plan gets green light

24 July, 2017

Controversial plans to introduce landlord licensing across swathes of Nottingham have been given the go-ahead

Cardiff bus station developer moots scrapping PRS homes

24 July, 2017

The developer behind Cardiff's new bus interchange is looking to scrap 195 rental homes from the scheme and replace them with offices or student housing

Council Granted Sum to Protect Migrant Families from Rogue Landlords

21 July, 2017

Thanet District Council has been granted over half a million pounds to protect migrant families and other vulnerable residents from being exploited by rogue landlords

New social homes are first in rural village for decades

21 July, 2017

Work has started on the first new social homes to be built in a small upper Weardale village for more than 50 years

Local councils to receive £15m in extra funding

21 July, 2017

Communities secretary Sajid Javid announces grants totaling £15m to local councils to help ease the pressures on local services

Building society Nationwide to pump millions into building homes for sale and rent in bid to ease UK's housing crisis

21 July, 2017

Britain's biggest building society is to pump millions into building and rental schemes in a bid to ease the nation's housing crisis

Scottish Housing Regulator updates regulation plans for three RSLs

21 July, 2017

The Scottish Housing Regulator has published updated regulation plans for three RSLs as each undergo various changes within their organisations

Nottingham City Council Reduces Size of Proposed Selective Licensing Scheme

21 July, 2017

Nottingham City Council has revised its proposal for selective licensing of PRS property in the City

Tenants move into brand new affordable homes in Glasgow

21 July, 2017

Housing association says the rented flats are state-of-art

BBC landlord show serving as eye-opener to industry

21 July, 2017

A BBC One landlord programme should serve as an eye-opener for the entire lettings industry

Landlords in UK say long term growth is more important than tax efficiency

21 July, 2017

Buy to let landlords have dismissed concerns about the impact of changes to mortgage tax relief and consider long term growth as more important

That's rich! New breed of 'uber' tenants splash the cash on weekly rents of £25,000

20 July, 2017

An unprecedented new breed of renter has emerged - the international mega-rich 'uber tenant'

Landlords warn buy-to-let clampdown will hit retirement incomes

20 July, 2017

Buy-to-let tax changes could be the next pensions crisis

Tenant complaints rise

20 July, 2017

Complaints by social housing tenants have increased

Scammers 'making millions' off desperate renters

20 July, 2017

Estimates show some 250,000 renters have fallen victim to rental fraud and scams in the past five years - almost 50,000 in the past year alone

The Housing Ombudsman Annual Report and Accounts 2016-7

20 July, 2017

Housing Matters: Fairness Matters

Views sought on lettings agents' fees

20 July, 2017

Communities and Children Secretary Carl Sargeant has today launched a formal consultation on legislative proposals to remove the ability of lettings agencies to charge fees to tenants

Landlords in UK don't understand what tenants want

20 July, 2017

Landlords in the UK are generally out of touch with what their tenants want with new research indicating a wide gulf between the two

Selective Licensing begins in Scarborough

20 July, 2017

Scarborough Council has introduced selective licensing to the wards of Castle and North Bay

Luton Council Proposes Selective Licensing

20 July, 2017

Luton Council is consulting on plans to introduce a selective licensing scheme in parts of the borough

Duncan Smith demands that George Osborne's war on landlords is called off

19 July, 2017

Prominent Tory MP Iain Duncan Smith has said the Government should call off the fight against private landlords

MP launching new bid to make rental accommodation 'fit for human habitation'

19 July, 2017

Labour MP Karen Buck is planning to reintroduce her Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill in Parliament today

Grenfell cladding '14 times combustibility limit'

19 July, 2017

Burning cladding on Grenfell Tower would have released 14 times more heat than a key government test allows

Make housing associations subject to FoI says industry bosses

19 July, 2017

A proposed law making housing associations subject to the Freedom of Information Act has won the backing of the regional and national press trade body

Plans to scrap right to buy policy are met with mixed reaction in Senedd

19 July, 2017

Plans which would see the Right to Buy policy scrapped in Wales have been met with a mixed reaction

Statutory protection for the future funding of supported housing

19 July, 2017

New report exploring the options around increased statutory protection

Winsford housing developments make council one of leading housing developers in north west

19 July, 2017

Winsford housing developments make council one of leading housing developers in north west

Rise of older renters: 'I sold up at 60 and will be a tenant for life'

19 July, 2017

The number of retirees and older people moving into rented accommodation has increased by 13pc in the last four years

'The city desperately needs council housing': Mill Road depot protesters want a 'less posh' Cambridge

19 July, 2017

Campaigners say the the first housing site built using devolution cash must be at least 50 per cent council housing

Power to the renters: Turning the tide on our broken housing system

18 July, 2017

Our national obsession with home ownership is absolute

Making it count: proving the economic value of housing associations in their local area

18 July, 2017

Housing associations are key drivers of economic growth and have a huge impact on the local communities where they operate

Double amputee could lose specially adapted car because benefits assessment finds he can walk 20m

18 July, 2017

'I've not lived off the state and claimed other benefits and this was because my mobility payments helped me get a car and drive to work'

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain: June 2017

18 July, 2017

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

Agents express frustration over plans to cap tenants' deposits

18 July, 2017

Agents have expressed their frustration over plans unveiled in the Queen's Speech to cap tenants' deposits to no more than a month's rent

More than half a million social homes in England do not meet basic health and safety standards

18 July, 2017

New figures reveal hundreds of thousands of homes with serious safety hazards

Permanent homes for Grenfell survivors will be ready 'very shortly' amid anger over 'unsuitable' temporary accommodation

18 July, 2017

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid claims many families had turned down temporary accommodation

THE NEXT PENSIONS CRISIS: Are middle-income landlords driven out of the private rented sector?

18 July, 2017

According to HMRC, approximately 3.25 million individuals in the UK declare an income from letting residential property each year

Don't blame landlords - renters move because they want to

18 July, 2017

Private renters move home because they want to, not because their landlords evict them

Overseas landlords shun the UK, as tax changes bite

17 July, 2017

The proportion of foreign landlords owning property in the UK has fallen to a new low

Social landlords could recover cladding costs

17 July, 2017

Associations and councils enquire about legal routes open to them against contractors

Benefit sanctions are increasing hunger and depression not driving down unemployment

17 July, 2017

Why everything you thought you knew about poverty and its causes was wrong

Government welfare cuts blamed for 50% surge in mental health issues among unemployed

17 July, 2017

Benefit freezes and sanctions 'are having a toxic impact on mental health'

Government must work with landlords, not against them

17 July, 2017

As the dust settles on the general election and politicians both in Westminster and Cardiff Bay get back to the job of government, there is a lot of uncertainty about the future direction of housing policy

How many rural homes did housing associations deliver in 2016/17?

17 July, 2017

Housing associations started 3,769 homes in rural areas in 2016/17

Scottish PRS Reset To Positive Growth

17 July, 2017

After 2 consecutive quarters without meaningful positive growth at National level, the Scottish PRS returned to the black

Consultation on an amendment to the Tenant Involvement and Empowerment Standard

17 July, 2017

The deregulatory measures in the Housing and Planning Act 2016 amend the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 by removing the requirement for private registered providers to seek the regulator's consent to the disposal of social housing and to some constitutional changes

HB G7/2017

17 July, 2017

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit (HB) staff

Agent who helped himself to tenants' deposits is jailed for three years

14 July, 2017

An agent who failed to pay tenants' deposits into a protection scheme and spent the money has been jailed for three years

Private rented sector continuing its growth - but don't expect all tenants to be happy

14 July, 2017

The latest English Housing Survey shows the private rented sector continuing to grow

The number of BTL landlords registering to buy property is down 30% y-o-y

14 July, 2017

There has been a sharp decline in the number of buy-to-let property acquisitions, following the government's decision to introduce the 3% stamp duty surcharge and phase out mortgage interest relief

Rent caps could be introduced in Aberdeen

14 July, 2017

Council bosses will begin monitoring private rent levels in Aberdeen - with the possibility of capping them

13 housing associations trial Glasgow Housing Register

14 July, 2017

A new pilot project is set to reduce the amount of applications social housing applicants have to fill out in the Glasgow area

Associations 'could increase development by a third'

14 July, 2017

Housing associations in Wales have been told they could increase development without harming their business model

Whether it's teachers' pay or disability benefits - the freeze is chilling

14 July, 2017

We need to challenge the punitive capitalist narrative that only certain categories of people deserve to be able to afford to eat and pay the rent

Victory for landlords as weakened Govt U-turns on digital taxation plans

14 July, 2017

We are pleased that the Government has finally listened to the concerns raised by the NLA on behalf of landlords

Hard cash is needed to make social housing residents feel safe

14 July, 2017

Even after the terrible tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire, central government is still refusing to fund councils and housing associations to do their job

Lambeth Council starts 'more intrusive' fire risk assessments

13 July, 2017

Lambeth Council has begun carrying out "more intrusive" Fire Risk Assessments on its tower blocks in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, one of its directors has told an all-party parliamentary group

Theresa Maybe - PRS Regulations left up in the air?

13 July, 2017

Last month's Queen's Speech saw the promise of a draft Bill to enact the ban on letting fees to tenants

English Housing Survey (PRS)

13 July, 2017

Private rented sector, 2015-16

English Housing Survey (SRS)

13 July, 2017

Social rented sector, 2015-16

Labour needs to develop an alternative to Universal Credit and the Benefit Freeze

13 July, 2017

Labour has finally spoken about Universal Credit

Making Tax Digital U-Turn

13 July, 2017

Making Tax Digital was announced by then-Chancellor George Osborne in the 2015 Autumn Statement

Social Landlord Housing Sales, 2016-17

13 July, 2017

The overall number of housing sales by social landlords decreased during 2016-17 and remained well below the levels seen in years prior to 2008-09

End distance, tenants tell associations and councils

13 July, 2017

Tenants have called for better communication from associations and councils

Rents WILL rise after fees ban and our profitability will be hit

13 July, 2017

A majority of letting agents believe that rents will rise by 5% to 10% per month once the fees ban is introduced

Social housing in Europe: legacies, new trends and the crisis

12 July, 2017

What is considered social housing varies across Europe

Council called out over £2bn housing privatisation plan

12 July, 2017

Hugely ambitious Haringey plan branded "out of touch and high-handed" but council says it "couldn't be clearer" over right of return for tenants

Councils may have to cover cost of high rise fire safety measures

12 July, 2017

Response from first secretary of state, Damian Green, at PMQs taken as suggesting councils may be expected to pay for recommended work

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 8 Jun 2017

12 July, 2017

These experimental statistics cover numbers of claims made, starts and people on Universal Credit

Delay to Supported Housing Green Paper a 'blow'

12 July, 2017

The housing sector has responded to reports the Supported Housing Green Paper has been delayed by the government

Abused women face homelessness after eviction notice is served on St Albans refuge

12 July, 2017

Abused women and escapees from arranged marriages face being made homeless following the eviction of a St Albans refuge

Grenfell Tower fire: Government 'too slow to reassure residents' living in similar blocks

12 July, 2017

'It is totally unacceptable that four weeks on ministers still don't know and can't say how many other tower blocks are unsafe'

How easy is it to fake a tenant reference? Very!

12 July, 2017

As has been reported, agencies are being warned about tenants faking documents to pass referencing checks. But how easy is it to fake a reference?

Grenfell fire: councils to foot bill for fire safety work 'in first instance'

12 July, 2017

Announcement that councils will be 'first port of call' to pay for improvements raises fears that vital work will be delayed

Council proposes restrictions to control HMO growth

11 July, 2017

Bath & North East Somerset Council has revealed new proposals which seek to better control the growth of HMOs in Bath

Policy Response: Impact of the LHA freeze

11 July, 2017

Frozen Local Housing Allowance is freezing people out of the housing market

Landbay announces new Buy to Let partnership

11 July, 2017

Specialist Buy to Let mortgage lender links up with Legal & General on a new 'point of demand' insurance venture

Private landlords and developers urged to check cladding after Grenfell Tower fire

11 July, 2017

Council chiefs are urging all private landlords and developers to check the cladding on any buildings they own in Plymouth following the horrendous Grenfell Tower fire in London last month

Most agents 'support impending ban on tenant fees'

11 July, 2017

Agents support the impending ban on letting fees charged to tenants and would like to see the end of Section 21

JRF Response to the Housing White Paper consultation

11 July, 2017

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is an independent organisation working to inspire social change through research, policy and practice

Understanding cladding safety tests after Grenfell Tower fire

11 July, 2017

After the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower, the Government ordered an audit of high-rise social housing tower blocks across the country

The time for social housing and tenant engagement is now

11 July, 2017

Chief Executive of Tpas, Jenny Osbourne, says now is the time for tenants to grasp the initiative and drive engagement

Private landlords warn of enforcement divide

11 July, 2017

Private landlords have warned licencing schemes could create a divide between councils and housing providers

Abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights (Wales) Bill

10 July, 2017

The National Assembly for Wales is the democratically elected body that represents the interests of Wales and its people, makes laws for Wales, agrees Welsh taxes and holds the Welsh Government to account

Rental growth and rental affordability

10 July, 2017

Residential rental growth over the last decade has ranged from +45% to -7% across regions. The variance is largely explained by local economic factors

Fife 'bedroom tax' campaigners claim to have scored arrears victory

10 July, 2017

Activists in Fife fighting the controversial 'bedroom tax' are claiming victory after Fife Council confirmed it will no longer pursue tenants with a "static balance" of arrears

Landlord who is barrister hit with bill of nearly £5,000 after HMO breach

10 July, 2017

A barrister has been ordered to pay £4,740 at Birmingham Magistrates Court for failing to obtain an HMO licence and for breaching management regulations at a three-storey property

Landlords rank reversing mortgage interest relief as key buy-to-let priority for Government

10 July, 2017

The Government is facing yet more pressure to reverse controversial changes to mortgage interest relief

Limited company landlords facing higher mortgage costs

10 July, 2017

Landlords rushing to incorporate in order to preserve mortgage interest relief on their buy-to-let portfolio may still end up paying more

Council reveals £4m post-Grenfell costs to tower blocks

10 July, 2017

Figures from a single London borough indicate the huge costs councils face over tower block safety post Grenfell

Despair of the families forced into temporary housing

10 July, 2017

A perfect storm of boom and bust in the housing market has forced record numbers of children into temporary accommodation in parts of Scotland

Right to Buy ban in Wales needs to be explained

10 July, 2017

People who live in social housing in Wales must be given clear information about plans to end the right to buy their homes

Councils'discretionary payment spend on benefit cap doubles

07 July, 2017

The amount of DHP funding spent by councils on mitigating the benefit cap has more than doubled year-on-year

Local councils launch voluntary scheme that benchmarks letting agents and landlords

07 July, 2017

Councils in the west of England have relaunched a scheme that sets a benchmark for letting agents and landlords

Rents are still rising but properties are taking longer to let

07 July, 2017

The number of properties available to rent has increased across the UK but there are fewer new properties coming to the market

Citizens Advice calls for Universal Credit rollout to be paused as research reveals people left facing financial difficulty

07 July, 2017

The rollout of Universal Credit should be paused until significant problems with it are fixed

Labour urges benefits cap rethink as 20,000 families hit by 'unlawful' policy

07 July, 2017

Shadow work and pensions secretary Debbie Abrahams said the lower cap "is pushing more children into poverty"

Housing association stands firm amid calls to 'shame' them into fitting sprinklers at The Tannery in Canterbury

07 July, 2017

Dozens of properties were destroyed after a blaze ripped through buildings in July 2015

Measuring the impact on housing associations of applying Local Housing Allowances to the social rented sector in Northern Ireland

07 July, 2017

In November 2015 the Chancellor announced in the Spending Review and Autumn Statement that the amount of rent housing benefit will cover in the social rented sector would be capped

Universal Credit 'failing' Welsh families

07 July, 2017

Benefit system changes are failing families in Wales and pushing them into debt

These are the areas with the most choice of rental properties in the UK

07 July, 2017

Increased supply of rental properties has put a dent in London asking rents

Under-occupation the potential impact on housing benefit

06 July, 2017

As LHA rates are based on the number of bedrooms that a tenant and their household needs and not the size of the property occupied, work was required to establish the impact of under-occupancy on Housing Benefit

Councillor backs move to improve housing standards for private tenants

06 July, 2017

Aim is to distinguish between good landlords and letting agents from bad ones

Rental sector now needs '360-degree protection'

06 July, 2017

Owner of rent-hub says tenants shouldn't need to set up protest sites to have their voices heard

Book review: For whose benefit?

06 July, 2017

For Whose Benefit? The everyday realities of welfare reform

New student accommodation rental platform aims to 'disrupt' university lets

06 July, 2017

A 22-year-old student has come up with a new lettings platform in the latest attempt to "disrupt" the rental sector

Tenancy referencing firm becomes latest to offer a zero deposit scheme

06 July, 2017

Specialist tenant referencing and insurance provider Let Alliance is the latest to enter the zero deposit market

Just 14 Grenfell Tower families have accepted rehousing offers

06 July, 2017

Disaster response spokesperson says many of 158 affected families had turned down temporary offers in order to wait for permanent homes

The estimated impact of the benefit cap on parents, by age of youngest child

06 July, 2017

The benefit cap was first introduced in April 2013 as part of the Welfare Reform Act of 2012

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments - Analysis of End of Year returns from Local Authorities

06 July, 2017

DHP is a discretionary scheme that allows local authorities to make monetary awards to people experiencing financial difficulty

Putting the "social" back in "social housing"? Thoughts from Housing 2017

05 July, 2017

Political circumstances hung heavy over this year's Chartered Institute of Housing conference

Challenging the myth: Two thirds of landlords pay basic rate tax

05 July, 2017

Two thirds of individual landlords are only liable for the basic rate of income tax according to data released by the government

Universal Credit labelled 'minefield of issues'

05 July, 2017

The heavily criticised policy has once again come under fire from housing professionals

HomeLet Rental Index - June 2017

05 July, 2017

Rents in the UK fell by 0.3% in June compared to the same month a year ago, the second month in row in which rents fell; the average monthly rent now stands at £908 a month

Buy-to-let crackdown: more rules to hit landlords in September

05 July, 2017

Buy-to-let investors are braced for another assault as the Bank of England prepares to impose yet more rules on private landlords

How to solve the UK's housing crisis: Government should let councils buy land, grant it planning permission and then sell it off

05 July, 2017

Devolving power to local councils could help yield £30bn to pay for public services

DCLG urged to back new national tenant voice

05 July, 2017

All four NTOs want a 'coherent, legitimate and empowered' voice for tenants to communicate directly with government and other agencies

NI social housebuilding threatened by new benefit cuts

05 July, 2017

Social housebuilding in Northern Ireland is being threatened by benefit cuts planned by the UK Government

Impact of welfare changes on rented housing in Northern Ireland

05 July, 2017

The benefits system is changing

Over the next three years a number of changes will be introduced that will adversely affect housing affordability for more people living on low incomes in social and private rented accommodation, as well as social housing providers' ability to build new homes and deliver a broad range of services

HB S11/2017

04 July, 2017

Additional New Burdens payments for 2017/18

Tax changes and red tape leads to fewer homes to rent

04 July, 2017

Tax changes and red tape have led to a slump in the number of buy to let and shared homes available to rent privately

Marks Out Of Tenancy - Aiding the Private Rental Sector

04 July, 2017

One in every twelve private rental tenants is an older person

Social Housing Provider Upgrades Smoke Alarms to Aico Multi-Sensors

04 July, 2017

Northwards Housing in Manchester is undertaking a major smoke alarm upgrade programme across its entire housing stock of 13,500 properties

Labour MPs urge Haringey council to rethink housing sell-off

04 July, 2017

North London MPs David Lammy and Catherine West call for pause in £2bn plan, amid fears residents could be forced out

Housing funds 'wasted' by councils

04 July, 2017

Money which is supposed to help people struggling to pay their rent is being wasted by some councils

Tax change hits landlord confidence in UK as they put up rents to cope

04 July, 2017

Landlords' confidence in the UK has fallen as they face the prospect of higher tax costs and weakening house prices, although rents are climbing, pushing up yields

Time to ban letting fees

04 July, 2017

With plans to end letting fees in England, it's time scrap them in Northern Ireland

YUK! Student video revealing mess at end of a tenancy goes viral

04 July, 2017

The end of tenancy cleanup can often make or break the decision to hand back a deposit so spare a thought for this student whose video of the mess he was left to clean after his housemates left has gone viral

Trouble in the Dales as holiday homes become the new buy-to-let

03 July, 2017

Holiday homes are attracting investors with returns of up to 12% a year, but will it make life more difficult for local people?

Landlords Should be Cautious of Using Family Members as Rent Guarantors

03 July, 2017

Landlords should be cautious of using family members as rent guarantors post-Brexit, urges Housing Hand, the UK's only secured and reliably insured guarantor service for students and working professionals

Tenant safety and housing regulation

03 July, 2017

Tenant safety is precious. The Cave Review highlighted tenant protection as one of its guiding principles for the Social Housing Regulator

HB Direct issue 177

03 July, 2017

We are finally out the other side of (double) Purdah and, although work didn't stop for any of us in the interim, certain aspects may have been paused

Scots families made homeless by Tory benefit cuts

03 July, 2017

Scottish families facing eviction due to the Westminster Tory government's benefits cap are ramping up a series of actions in their battle for justice

Grenfell Tower: Private landlords offered cladding tests

03 July, 2017

Private landlords of high-rise buildings in Wales have been urged to take up an offer of cladding safety checks after the Grenfell Tower fire

Rental logjam as one in seven private renters spend half their income on rent: LGA analysis

03 July, 2017

When one in seven private renters are spending half their income on rent, it's no wonder we have a rental logjam

Landlords get £250 a day to house Grenfell victims: Estate agents told to offer deals at five times the market value because of a lack of properties

03 July, 2017

Landlords are being offered up to £250 a day to house Grenfell Tower survivors in one-bedroom flats

Cladding crisis deepens as 181 towers fail tests

03 July, 2017

The Government's expert fire advisory panel is now seeking further advice on whether cladding must be stripped from towers where basic fire tests confirm cladding is combustible

The Week the Landlords Moved In review - mould, rats and tears

30 June, 2017

The life-swap TV format gets more than a fresh lick of paint on the frontline of Britain's housing crisis

Housing 2017, day three: How are landlords making tower blocks safer?

30 June, 2017

Grenfell Tower was often the only subject on everyone's lips at the Chartered Institute of Housing's annual event in Manchester this week

Working together to meet housing need: local authority and housing association partnerships in a changing environment

30 June, 2017

The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

Landlords face confusion over new shorthold tenancy agreements

30 June, 2017

Landlords in the UK may be unwittingly issuing incorrect Section 21 notices, resulting in thousands of pounds being wasted on aborted possession claims and extensive delays in recovering property

Private Rented Sector Report

30 June, 2017

May 2017

More than a quarter of agents witness rent hikes for tenants

Scottish Government Response to the Consultation on Universal Credit (Claims and Payments) (Scotland) Regulations 2017

30 June, 2017

On 16 January 2017, the Scottish Government launched a consultation seeking views on draft regulations on Universal Credit

The Universal Credit (Claims and Payments) (Scotland) Regulations 2017

30 June, 2017

The Scottish Ministers make the following Regulations

'Inadequate' welfare payments push households into profound destitution

29 June, 2017

The inability to pay rent, heat homes, buy clothes and toiletries and secure sufficient food should now be a "serious" national health concern

Shut out: The barriers low-income households face in private renting

29 June, 2017

A total of 4.5m households now live in privately rented housing

The inability to access a new home after losing a property in the private rented sector has become one of the main drivers of homelessness

Sheltered housing saves NHS and social care services £486m per year

29 June, 2017

Think tank report urges Government to exclude older people's housing from future Housing Benefit cap

Legal aid cuts 'may have stopped Grenfell tenants pursuing safety concerns'

29 June, 2017

Law Society chief suggests fire in London tower could be stark example of dangers of lack of provision for less well off

Landlords warned to prepare for huge growth in Universal Credit claimants

29 June, 2017

Landlords could see the number of their tenants claiming Universal Credit multiply by up to nine times when their area moves to full digital roll-out

Grenfell: Five Welsh social landlords test cladding

29 June, 2017

Five Welsh social landlords are testing cladding on tower blocks following the Grenfell Tower fire

Limited company status could see buy to let landlords worse off financially

29 June, 2017

Buy to let landlords in the UK who use a limited company for buying property could be £1,000 a year less well-off due to higher mortgage costs

UK welfare cuts causing £4 billion fall for benefits in Scotland

29 June, 2017

Women, disabled people and the young in Scotland are being harmed by UK Government welfare cuts

Housing campaigners to protest at Edinburgh City Council over benefit cap evictions

29 June, 2017

Local protest pressure builds to stop cuts at point of implementation

Right to Buy Sales in England: January to March 2017

29 June, 2017

In January to March 2016-17(Q4), local authorities sold an estimated 2,890 dwellings under the Right to Buy scheme

Real Time Information (RTI) awareness aid for local authorities

29 June, 2017

This RTI guide provides information on how this process works and helps local authority staff in the processing of RTI referrals

Social Housing High-Rise Data for England & Wales

28 June, 2017

On HousingNet.co.uk we work predominantly with Land Registry Data and we have tried calculating the number of floors in a building with it but there are too many variables for any degree of accuracy

Government not calling for insulation samples despite Grenfell test failure

28 June, 2017

Government not calling for insulation samples despite Grenfell test failure

Grenfell Tower cladding scandal could cost councils millions after Government says no guarantee of extra funding

28 June, 2017

'There is no way we can afford to reclad our tower blocks. If we have to find that money, it will come from other projects'

CIH: Inaugural Savills Housing Sector Survey finds focus on social rents

28 June, 2017

More than 90% of housing associations say their number one priority is providing discounted rental properties

Majority back proposed energy efficiency rules for private landlords

28 June, 2017

An overwhelming majority of the public support stricter laws requiring private landlords to bring their properties to a minimum energy efficiency rating before letting them out

Grenfell Tower response: a Q&A for housing associations

28 June, 2017

What should happen if I think the cladding on our building is made of aluminium composite material (ACM)?

High-Rise in England & Wales

28 June, 2017

Tower blocks that have failed combustibility tests

Research shows renters have higher risk of depression

28 June, 2017

A team of researchers at a university in England have revealed that people who rent their homes for longer have more symptoms of depression

Thousands more people should be evacuated from tower blocks while cladding is tested

27 June, 2017

Thousands more residents in high-rise blocks should be evacuated if necessary to keep them safe even before tests on cladding come back

Cheap rent and no dodgy landlords: What it's like living in a housing co-op

27 June, 2017

With the average rent in Britain being around £900-a-month, people are looking for new options

Landlords reveal the types of cladding on their tower blocks

27 June, 2017

Social landlords have shared details of the type of cladding they have on their tower blocks in a snap survey by Inside Housing

Northern Ireland Government cuts social housing target

27 June, 2017

Northern Ireland Government cuts social housing target

Council tower block cladding tests demanded by Welsh Government

27 June, 2017

All social landlords in Wales are being told to carry out fire safety tests on tower block cladding similar to the material used at Grenfell Tower

Week of action demands end to disability benefit cuts

27 June, 2017

Anti-austerity groups are planning a week of action to demand an end to disability benefit cuts

Social housing target lowered due to Stormont impasse

27 June, 2017

More families in need of social housing will have to wait longer for a home

The British housing crisis, in five charts

26 June, 2017

If you've followed this debate at all, you'll probably be familiar with this one, but it never stops being shocking

Market commentary June 2017

26 June, 2017

The housing market has stalled over the past few months, with volumes in line with our forecast

PRS confidence falls as tax costs rise and house prices weaken

26 June, 2017

Latest Kent Reliance report says just 41% of landlords are upbeat about the prospects for their portfolios

Era of cheap mortgages is almost over: Lenders warn rates have hit rock bottom after price war and can now only go back up

26 June, 2017

Households are currently benefiting from the cheapest home loans on record

Households put at risk of homelessness by the housing benefit freeze

26 June, 2017

The inability to find a new place to live, once a short term tenancy ends is the leading cause of homelessness in England and a major cause of homelessness in Scotland and Wales

Dispossession: A vital new film on the social housing crisis

26 June, 2017

The housing crisis is a term we've all heard

PRS Fire and Electrical Safety - are we doing enough to protect tenants?

26 June, 2017

The fire at Grenfell Tower surely shocked us all

Housing Benefit: The Black Hole That Continues To Grow

26 June, 2017

Something deeply worrying has happened to our private rented market

Labour may SCRAP the benefits cap but have not yet worked out how much it would cost

26 June, 2017

Shadow DWP secretary said Labour could scrap cap if they get into No 10

Man cries at food bank after eating first proper meal in two weeks

26 June, 2017

'Something so simple can make them break into tears'

HB U3/2017

23 June, 2017

Discretionary Housing Payments to former residents of Grenfell Tower for assistance associated with a housing need

Thousands warned their blocks clad with same panelling as Grenfell Tower

23 June, 2017

Guardian inquiries suggests 25 buildings in London, Salford and Plymouth are covered in aluminium composite

Homelessness surges 34% under Tory Government, with 100,000 more families losing their home compared with 2010

23 June, 2017

120,000 children are living in temporary homes as councils illegally place families in unfit accommodation

Catalogue of failings show housing association misled tenants

23 June, 2017

A catalogue of "fundamental failings" stemming from systemic weaknesses led to Scotland's housing regulator taking control of a troubled housing association

London social housing, eco-friendly homes and the world's first 'vertical pier' in running for top prize

23 June, 2017

The RIBA national award winners are revealed today, and the shortlist for the coveted Stirling Prize for the UK's best building of the year will be drawn from the 49 winners

Benefit cap on lone parents of under-twos is unlawful

23 June, 2017

Policy has caused 'real misery to no good purpose' as parents of children under two do not qualify for free childcare

Buy to Let Britain Report

23 June, 2017

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

Landlords' confidence falls back in the first quarter, with 41% optimistic about their portfolios

Landlords' confidence knocked as government and Bank of England changes take effect

23 June, 2017

Landlords' confidence falls back as tax burden rises and house prices growth slows; 41% hold a positive outlook for their portfolios, down from just 67% three years ago

Queen's Speech 2017: Lettings fees to be banned

22 June, 2017

More than six months after first suggesting the idea, the government has announced plans to ban fees to lettings agents in England

Safety checks on private residential blocks

22 June, 2017

This letter is intended for owners, landlords and managers of private residential blocks in England

A guide to tenants' housing rights around safety and repairs

22 June, 2017

In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire, here's where to get help and advice if you're a social housing tenant with questions about your own home

Report on statutory intervention at Wellhouse Housing Association

22 June, 2017

We are the independent regulator of social landlords in Scotland

This report shows the many and serious failings at Wellhouse which led to our statutory intervention

Tory Government's benefit cap is unlawful and causes 'real misery for no good purpose'

22 June, 2017

Flagship Conservative welfare policy does 'real damage' to single parents and 'exacerbates poverty'

Jump in number of homeless households in temporary accommodation 'staggering'

22 June, 2017

Today's figures are extremely worrying but sadly not surprising

Universal credit rollout in North Kensington halted after tower fire

22 June, 2017

New benefit system will not be introduced in full in July so jobcentre staff can focus on claimants affected by Grenfell blaze

Unfair tenant buy to let fees to be scrapped within 2 years

22 June, 2017

Landlords and letting agents face a ban on charging tenants fees to rent a buy to let home

HB U2/2017

22 June, 2017

Judicial Review concerning the inclusion of lone parents with children aged under 2 in the benefit cap

East Staffordshire Borough Council Approve Selective Licensing

22 June, 2017

Following a period of consultation, East Staffordshire Borough Council has designated the following areas subject to selective licensing

Grenfell Tower: 16 council inspections failed to stop use of flammable cladding

22 June, 2017

Officials tasked with enforcing strict fire regulations didn't prevent use of material effectively banned on tall buildings

"The power of Generation Rent was felt for the first time": did renters cost Theresa May her majority?

21 June, 2017

As the dust settles on last week's election results, attention has turned to trying to understand some of the demographic trends behind the results

Fee ban will leave the market in limbo

21 June, 2017

Plans to ban fees paid by tenants to both landlords and letting agents will leave the market in limbo

After Grenfell: Glasgow tower tenants set up safety panel

21 June, 2017

Housing association to recruit tenants from 14 of its towers to address safety concerns

Queen's Speech 2017 - Briefing

21 June, 2017

A summary of the measures announced that will impact upon the private rented sector and landlords' businesses

Hopes punitive welfare cuts will end as Scots social security system is introduced

21 June, 2017

First payments from new agency will be made in 2018

Woman 'forced to sit in her own urine for two hours' by PIP assessor

21 June, 2017

A disabled women says she was left to sit in her own urine for nearly two hours after her plight was ignored by a healthcare professional carrying out a disability benefit assessment

Statement on Key Inequalities in Housing and Communities in Northern Ireland

21 June, 2017

The provision of housing faces new as well as existing and persistent challenges

Are new rules leading to discrimination against migrants?

21 June, 2017

Immigrants often bear the brunt of the blame for housing shortages

DWP suspends rules for Grenfell Tower residents

21 June, 2017

Those who miss appointments won't be sanctioned

Why my new agency will NOT be charging tenants any letting fees

21 June, 2017

Election, referendum, election; Stamp Duty reform, tax reform and the rise of the online agent - one could be forgiven for believing that the golden age of agency has been and gone

Migrants are wrongly being made homeless. Housing associations must act

20 June, 2017

Seven years of anti-migrant policies have resulted in people with rights to housing losing out

North of England offers best efficiency for buy to let landlords

20 June, 2017

The Northern half of England offers the best investment for buy to let landlords due to a combination of affordable prices and rental return

Social housing and rise of 'streets in the sky'

20 June, 2017

The deficiencies of the tower block model for lower-income housing go far beyond the problems of cladding

End demonising of poorest

20 June, 2017

Shocked housing leaders and politicians have vowed to challenge 'relentless' demonising of migrants and benefits claimants

ESA by condition and Work Capability Assessment outcome: May 2016

20 June, 2017

Number of Employment and Support Allowance claimants by condition and Work Capability Assessment outcome for May 2016

Government will cover costs of fire safety work

20 June, 2017

LGA chair says minister made funding promise in private conversation about implications of Grenfell Tower fire

Grenfell Tower fire: Theresa May snubs Jeremy Corbyn's call to seize private properties to house high-rise victims

20 June, 2017

Downing Street says: 'We don't support proposals to seize private property'

Communities Secretary statement: safety checks following the Grenfell Tower fire

20 June, 2017

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has given the following statement regarding safety checks following the Grenfell Tower fire

Anglesey housing tenants could be made homeless over new licence

20 June, 2017

Housing tenants in Burton could be made homeless if a new licence to improve the condition of private rented accommodation is triggered

Regulator issues fire safety advice to social landlords

20 June, 2017

The Scottish Housing Regulator written to all social landlords in Scotland to issue fire safety advice following the recent tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in London

Angus Housing Association calls for overhaul of housing subsidy system

20 June, 2017

A housing association director has called on the Scottish Government to review the way in which it subsidises councils who want to build new homes

What is it that residents really want?

20 June, 2017

The nature of resident feedback is changing as housing associations realise the benefits of minute-by-minute feedback systems

Homes and Communities Agency Housing Statistics

20 June, 2017

1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017

London has highest landlord costs in UK but this is offset by higher rent

19 June, 2017

London has been identified as the most expensive part of Britain to be a landlord, followed by the South East while the North East of England is the cheapest

Actual use of spare room irrelevant in 'bedroom tax' assessment

19 June, 2017

A disabled woman who converted a bedroom in her rented housing association property into a second living room so she could have a living space separate from her carers was still liable for the higher rate of the so-called 'bedroom tax'

FactCheck Q&A: how much do we spend on social housing?

19 June, 2017

Who pays for new social housing?

Tories did not build new social housing over fears it would 'create Labour voters'

19 June, 2017

Social housing was not built under the Conservative-led coalition because of fears it would 'create Labour voters'

Tenants without passports 'less likely to access homes to rent'

19 June, 2017

Nearly half of landlords are less likely to rent homes to tenants without a British passport as a result of the immigration tests they have to make

Wales should resist plans to turn Landlords into Immigration Police

19 June, 2017

Wales should resist efforts to roll out plans to turn landlords into immigration police

Government orders landlords to carry out tower block cladding tests

19 June, 2017

The government has told social landlords to carry out tests of cladding on their tower blocks

Fire safety information requests may be diverting landlords

19 June, 2017

The extremely tight deadlines attached to Scottish Government requests to local authorities for information on high rise stock, following last week's tragic fire in West London, may be diverting landlords from even greater priorities over fire safety

HB G6/2017

19 June, 2017

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit (HB) staff

London fire: Council seeks to reassure tenants about homes

16 June, 2017

Highland Council has sought to reassure its tenants on the safety of their homes following London's Grenfell Tower fire

Call to cut cost of evictions

16 June, 2017

Housing group says the approach of social landlords to sanctions against tenants can play a pivotal role in preventing eviction and easing costs

Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle review - balanced look at a dysfunctional market

16 June, 2017

Paul Sng's clear-headed documentary successfully crunches vast amounts of material on the history and reality of affordable housing in Britain

Universal Credit now fully running in Burnley

16 June, 2017

The number of people claiming out of work benefits in Burnley has increased from this time last year, but is still less than in 2010

'Fit for human habitation' amendment may be reconsidered after London fire

16 June, 2017

A proposed amendment to the government's Housing and Planning Bill which suggests landlords are required to make homes 'fit for human habitation' may be reconsidered following the fire at 27-storey residential block Grenfell Tower this week

Sector calls on government to delay supported housing changes

16 June, 2017

Housing figures have called on the new government to put back controversial plans to change the funding of supported housing, due to the current political hiatus

People in poverty don't just need feeding. They should have the dignity of a good meal

16 June, 2017

Those who use street kitchens and food banks deserve more than our sympathy

London blaze cladding material NOT used in Glasgow flats

16 June, 2017

Glasgow's largest housing association has confirmed none of its buildings are insulated using the same material as that in the stricken Grenfell Tower

Housing Association bosses promise 'no cuts' to sheltered housing services

16 June, 2017

Campaigners have pledged to continue their fight against the loss of services to sheltered housing despite bosses assuring there are no plans to make cuts

DWP fit-for-work tests cost more than they save

15 June, 2017

Figures show UK government is spending more than its saves on controversial tests

FCA denies plans to end payday loan price cap

15 June, 2017

The Financial Conduct Authority has denied claims that it will lift the price cap on short-term or "payday" loans

This is a Pip disability assessment: intrusive, humiliating and completely pointless

15 June, 2017

I have a permanent disability. Even after the election, the Conservative government is forcing people like me through this broken system

Corporations to oust private landlords from buy to let dominance

15 June, 2017

Buying a home will still beyond the reach of many as prices outpace wage rises leaving one in four households renting home by the end of 2021, says a new survey

Levels of child hunger and deprivation in UK among highest of rich nations

15 June, 2017

Unicef report finds that one in three British children are in 'multi-dimensional poverty' and says gaps between rich and poor are widening around the world

Full list of landlord Tory MPs who voted against making properties 'fit for human habitation'

15 June, 2017

List of Conservatives who voted against amendment to force landlords to make properties habitable

£73m of Wales council tax written-off as debt in 10 years

15 June, 2017

More than £73m of unpaid council tax has been written off by Welsh councils as "bad debt" over the last decade

Buy-to-Let Index Quarterly Report

15 June, 2017

Luton reclaims top spot from Romford, which falls to tenth place in our BTL Index top 10

Homelessness fund ready for applications

14 June, 2017

Charities and organisations are now able to apply for funding from the mayor of Greater Manchester's new homelessness appeal

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 11 May 2017

14 June, 2017

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

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to April 2017

14 June, 2017

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

HB S10/2017

14 June, 2017

Rent Rebate Subsidy Limitation information - 2017/18

HB S9/2017

14 June, 2017

Initial Payment for Real Time Information Bulk Data Matching Initiative 2017/18

Families expected to be allowed to keep benefits after Manchester attack

14 June, 2017

New policy will mean those affected by bombing at Manchester Arena can receive compensation without losing benefits

Three-quarters of all UK social housing blocks found to be 'potentially unsafe in a fire' in 2011 report

14 June, 2017

Hundreds of managers raised concerns following 2009 Camberwell tragedy which killed six people

Associations move to reassure tenants after Grenfell fire

14 June, 2017

Housing associations reassure tenants over fire safety measures for tower blocks

Local authorities to share £1.75bn affordable housing investment

14 June, 2017

More than £1.75 billion is being allocated to councils in a major Scottish Government commitment to stimulate investment in affordable housing

The Mayor of London has asked LSE London to investigate the impact of foreign investment on London's housing market

14 June, 2017

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has asked LSE London to conduct one of the most thorough investigations into the impact of foreign investment in London

Glasgow Housing Association provides lifeline for residents saving them over £360,000

13 June, 2017

"The fuel advice service makes a real difference to people's lives"

How can councils secure the delivery of more affordable homes?

13 June, 2017

New models, partnerships and innovations

Scottish housing output continues to flatline

13 June, 2017

Whilst the Scottish Government highlights a 29 per cent increase in funding approvals for 'affordable housing', allocating grant is very different to actually building homes

Payday loan complaints see sharp rise despite new rules

13 June, 2017

Complaints about payday loans have risen sharply for the second consecutive year despite strict new regulations limiting interest charges

Affordable Passivhaus service set for Scottish social housing sector

13 June, 2017

A new service will be launched tomorrow which aims to provide affordable, Passivhaus-standard social housing in Scotland

Tenant dies in fire at sheltered housing block

13 June, 2017

A man has died in a fire at a sheltered housing block managed by Housing & Care 21

55 sheltered housing fires recorded in Aberdeenshire last year

13 June, 2017

Aberdeenshire is the worst place in the north of Scotland for sheltered housing fires

New £600m social housing procurement framework invites bids

13 June, 2017

Specialist contractors invited to bid for work across Scotland's social housing sector - with support promised to smaller firms

Private rented sector set for significant growth

13 June, 2017

Number of households in the sector expected to rise by to 24% by 2021 as investment accelerates to £70bn

Social housing trust targets £300m listing

12 June, 2017

An investment trust focused on social housing is expected to launch plans for a £300m stock listing on Monday despite the market's volatility since the chaotic snap election

DUP has previously voted against supported housing changes

12 June, 2017

Controversial plans to cap housing benefit in supported housing could come under pressure if the DUP continues to vote against the reforms

Deposit-free renting sounds good - or could tenants lose out?

12 June, 2017

New plans aim to ease the burden of having to find an average £967. But they come with a warning

Scottish housing figures call for welfare reform re-think post election

12 June, 2017

Leading Scottish housing sector figures are calling on the potential new UK government to re-think welfare reforms

Tenancy deposits for Manchester properties less than national average

12 June, 2017

Tenancy deposits for properties with Manchester's 'M' postcode averaged £721.92 during the first quarter of 2017, 25.41% less than the national average of £967.84

Bedroom Tax and reconciliation

12 June, 2017

It would be fair to say I often deploy sarcasm or humour in the things I write

Multihousing 2017

12 June, 2017

Private rented sector research

The proportion of households living in the Private Rented Sector has doubled in the last 10 years or so

First landlord fined under new Rent Smart Wales laws

09 June, 2017

Magistrates have fined the first property investor for breaking new laws demanding landlords are licensed in Wales

Renters make themselves heard at the ballot box

09 June, 2017

Generation Rent finds Tories lost seats with higher than average renter populations

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

09 June, 2017

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

Labour Party launches 'New Deal' for private renters

09 June, 2017

Shadow housing minister John Healey announced the Labour Party's 'New Deal' for private renters

Housing minister promises review of fees to slash red tape in property market

09 June, 2017

Housing Minister Gavin Barwell today promised a review of fees for buyers and renters in a bid to slash red tape in the UK property market

Shared ownership good for HAs but has risks

09 June, 2017

Housing associations can fill unmet capacity for shared ownership but must guard against a fall in house prices

LHA cap will transform social housing in Scotland

09 June, 2017

It's fair to say that we have all been slow to understand the implications of the LHA maxima being applied to social housing

Rents in Scotland rose 6% last year

09 June, 2017

Private rent levels in Scotland were up 6% in the year to May 2017

Making the private rented sector work for people in poverty

09 June, 2017

The private rented sector is where people in poverty increasingly live

Rental growth was flat across the UK in May

08 June, 2017

Rents in the UK's private rented sector grew by just 0.02% in May, the slowest pace for over half a decade

Housing First

08 June, 2017

Guidance for Social Landlords

Housing First is an approach that is evidenced to successfully support people with repeat histories of homelessness

Dundee council homes to benefit from £4m external wall insulation work

08 June, 2017

A near £4 million programme of external wall insulation is to be installed into Dundee City Council homes

Labour or Tory: who should buy-to-let landlords vote for in the General Election 2017?

08 June, 2017

The accidental landlord weighs up the policies and concludes private landlords will get a bashing, whatever the election outcome

Owners in UK more happy with their home than private rented sector tenants

08 June, 2017

The majority of owners in the UK are happy with their home with those aged over 55 the happiest, but tenants are not so pleased with where they live

George Osborne's stamp duty hike on buy-to-let and second homes has seen property sales drop by a fifth

08 June, 2017

Land Registry data reveals the tax rises have 'shattered' the housing market

Decline in living standards for social housing tenants

08 June, 2017

A third of social housing tenants have seen their standard of living decline in recent years as above-inflation increases have hit food, fuel and transport

Heartbreaking letter handed over by seven-year-old reveals nightmare of food poverty in Merseyside

08 June, 2017

'We used to send food parcels to Third World countries - now we are giving them to people who live here'

Axe the tenant tax?

08 June, 2017

Recent tax changes for private landlords work against improving energy efficiency in rented accommodation

UK house prices rise for first time in five months

08 June, 2017

Shortage of properties on market inflates prices as buyers shrug off uncertainty over general election and Brexit

Associations plan £750m joint bond deal

08 June, 2017

Thirteen housing associations are in talks to create a pioneering new borrowing group which would seek to issue a joint bond of up to £750m - a record for the sector

Hanover Scotland draws on tenant engagement

07 June, 2017

For the last year, staff, customers and representatives from the Board of Hanover Scotland have been working on a strategy to enable more innovative, meaningful and fun ways of engaging with residents

Newly merged association receives permission for first development

07 June, 2017

Newly merged housing association Vivid has secured planning permission for 560 homes in its first development since its merger

Tories restate the belief that work is best way out of poverty - an expert view on the manifestos

07 June, 2017

Guardian experts give their view on the main parties' public service manifesto pledges

UK polls: Little hope for people reliant on food banks

07 June, 2017

With food insecurity a hot-button issue in UK politics, the individuals who survive on food aid share their stories

London Living Rent

07 June, 2017

A 'London Living Rent' is being rolled out to improve rental affordability within the capital

Affordable Rent Special Edition: A cunning plan

07 June, 2017

In 2015, Conservatives promised housing association tenants the right to buy

Encouraging signs for PRS schemes in Scotland

07 June, 2017

With increasing populations comes increasing demand for infrastructure, services and housing

HomeLet Rental Index

06 June, 2017

The average rental value in the UK (£901) has reduced by 0.3% compared to the same period last year (£904)

Landlord Survey - 2017

06 June, 2017

Survey of the UK's landlords provides key insights into the UK's private rented sector

Tenant survey - 2017

06 June, 2017

Survey of the UK's tenants provides key insights into the UK's private rented sector urvey

Labour publishes housing mini-manifesto

06 June, 2017

Labour has published a mini-manifesto setting out more detail on its housing policies ahead of Thursday's election

Agents breaking letting fees ban 'should receive robust fines'

06 June, 2017

Larger agents flouting the ban on letting agent fees should receive £30,000 fines to ensure greater levels of compliance with the new laws

Tories would keep winter fuel payments universal, but only in Scotland

06 June, 2017

Guardian experts give their view on the main parties' public service manifesto pledges

The Politics of Poverty

06 June, 2017

Dr Simon Duffy explores the facts behind poverty and inequality in the UK

Modular construction can make a real difference if social landlords embrace its potential

06 June, 2017

Modular construction methods have come a long way since the post-war heyday of prefabrication

'I'm pleased we have foodbanks': Tory candidate faces backlash after comments filmed at hustings

06 June, 2017

A Conservative candidate was booed at an election hustings after telling the audience that she is "really pleased we have food banks"

Fees Ban - Regional letting agents propose radical alternative levy

05 June, 2017

A group of letting agencies in Yorkshire have proposed to the government a radical alternative to the proposed fees ban

Five myths about migrants and housing

05 June, 2017

What do you know about migrants and where they live? Here are five things often said about migrants' housing rights that are untrue or only partially true

Don't let UK profiteering landlords set generations against one another

05 June, 2017

Today's housing market is rigged by landlords, for landlords. We need to build strong alliances to fight back, regardless of age or income

Rent controls part of Labour's New Deal on Housing

05 June, 2017

Rent caps form part of Labour's new housing plan

Manchester still a hotspot for buy-to-let

05 June, 2017

Average yields in the city were found to total nearly 9%

Tory peer calls for new Government to ditch ill-conceived tax hikes on PRS

05 June, 2017

A Tory peer has attacked current Conservative policy on the private rented sector and called for a new government to ditch 'ill-conceived tax hikes on private rented homes which are stifling investment

Reality Check: How much benefit money is lost to fraud?

05 June, 2017

What percentage of benefit payments do you think is lost to fraud?

Barwell: new homes for 'social rent' will be let at affordable rent levels

02 June, 2017

A "new generation of homes for social rent" promised by the Conservatives will be at affordable rent levels which can be up to 80% of the market rate

New report forecasts challenging times for buy to let in the UK

02 June, 2017

The buy to let market in the UK will continue to provide good investment opportunities looking ahead but there are challenges

Nottingham ALMO to set up new housing association

02 June, 2017

The largest developing ALMO is planning to set up a registered housing association as it looks to step up its development of affordable homes

Housing in manifestos: the good, the bad, and the implications

02 June, 2017

On Monday 22 May LSE London convened a round table of London policy experts

Living Rent action halts eviction of Glasgow single mum

02 June, 2017

Tenants' union Living Rent has secured a new home for single mum Amanda Gallagher who was facing imminent eviction from her and her son's family hom

Scottish landlords round on 'brutal' Universal Credit

02 June, 2017

Housing associations and local authorities in Scotland have urged the UK government to reconsider on the policy

Top 50 Social Landlords: The Top 10

02 June, 2017

With entries closed, here's our top 10 - and how to vote for your winner

Does landlord accreditation really raise standards?

02 June, 2017

Councils and housing groups like to push the idea of landlord accreditation as a way to raise standards in private rented homes - but does the idea really work?

Councils called out over letting fee enforcement

02 June, 2017

Research exposes extent to which councils have failed to tackle non-compliance

Right Benefit Initiative

02 June, 2017

Financial support for local authorities from the Right Benefit Initiative to reduce Housing Benefit fraud and error

Letting agents found charging tenants more than £800 in fees

01 June, 2017

Despite likely fees ban, agents seek £404 on average from new tenants and £117 for tenancy renewals, finds Generation Rent

Cumbrian housing association judged non-compliant over financial issues

01 June, 2017

The housing regulator has issued a heavy downgrade for a Cumbria-based housing association, warning it was failing to mitigate risks and could have placed its financial viability in danger

May: I want to work with local authorities and housing associations

01 June, 2017

Theresa May has said she wants to work with the public sector on housing to get more homes built

Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary at February 2017 is published

01 June, 2017

The number of Jobseeker's Allowance claimants was 31,930

LHA cap could jeopardise Scotland's 50,000 homes target

01 June, 2017

Senior council staff in Scotland have warned linking LHA to social housing could jeopardise the Scottish Government's target to build 50,000 affordable homes

My experience of being on benefits

01 June, 2017

In 2011 I became part of a research project called 'the lived experiences of welfare reform'

Time is running out for landlords to become energy efficient

01 June, 2017

It is now less than a year until regulations surrounding the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) are set to change

Aberdeen event aims to soften looming tax blow for private sector landlords

01 June, 2017

Private housing landlords are facing a huge increase in tax in the biggest shake-up of Scotland's letting industry in 30 years

Havering Announce Plans For £1180 Landlord Licence

01 June, 2017

After an informal consultation earlier this year, the London Borough of Havering has taken the decision to start a consultation on two additional licensing proposals

LIN member report June 2017 - Universal Credit Update

01 June, 2017

LIN member report by Rebecca Wilkie

Outrage as council pays out 69p for stamp to recover 29p in overpaid benefits

31 May, 2017

A man has been left outraged as the council paid 69p for a postage stamp to recover an overpayment of 29p

Right to Buy is costing the public purse millions of pounds

31 May, 2017

David Baybut, Head of Real Estate at the national law firm Stephensons shares insight into the government's Right to Buy scheme

Sudden spike in the use of letting agents

31 May, 2017

Six in 10 landlords say they currently use a letting agent to manage their properties - a rise so far of 7% on last year

Discretionary Housing Payments topped £50m over past year

31 May, 2017

Almost 113,000 awards have been made under the Discretionary Housing Payments scheme over the past year

Deregulation: A limited new dawning for housing associations

31 May, 2017

A brave new world of deregulation apparently dawned for Housing Associations on 6 April this year when provisions from the Housing and Planning Act 2016 came into force

British buy to let landlords face 13% rise on average in tax profit

31 May, 2017

Buy to let landlords in the UK could see an average 13% increase in their taxable profit due to the reduction in mortgage relief and other change which will have a substantial effect on their profits

Scottish Government to bring forward reclassification bill in September

31 May, 2017

The Scottish Government will bring forward legislation to reverse the reclassification of housing associations in Scotland this September

London rents keep falling on election jitters

31 May, 2017

Rents in London have dropped for a fifth successive month amid political uncertainty

Election 2017: what do the manifestos say about housing?

31 May, 2017

Although Brexit was the driving force behind the Prime Minister's decision to call an early election, it has provided an opportunity to draw attention to the serious housing issues we're facing

Newport landlord fined in first Rent Smart case

31 May, 2017

A property owner from Newport has become the first to be prosecuted for breaching new laws demanding private landlords in Wales must be licensed

Scotland Buy-to-let index

31 May, 2017

Lack of supply drives price rises in Edinburgh

Housing group says more than £3m of benefits went unclaimed in County Durham last year

30 May, 2017

One of the North-East's largest landlords says more than £3m of welfare benefits have gone unclaimed in County Durham in the last 12 months

Cashflow problems? That's not what brings people to my food bank

30 May, 2017

If the former justice minister visited us at Coventry Foodbank, he would see the people left desperate after falling through the cracks in the system

SNP focus on tackling welfare cuts in manifesto

30 May, 2017

The Scottish National Party has released details of its manifesto, with tackling Conservative cuts a key pillar

Private Rented Sector Report

30 May, 2017

Supply of rental properties in London drops by a third while rest of market plateaus

Smaller housing associations can play their part in delivering new homes

30 May, 2017

Through new approaches, smaller housing associations make a valuable contribution to new supply in this country

Average tenancy deposits stay 'just below' £1,000

30 May, 2017

The Deposit Protection Service releases figures for the first quarter of 2017

Student housing tempts wealthy investors

30 May, 2017

Demand for investment grows despite worries that Brexit might cut number of high-spending foreign students coming to UK

Housing For Older People

30 May, 2017

Rented sheltered housing does not meet the needs of 25% of older households

Low-paid must cover rent by working equivalent of morning per day, says Shelter

30 May, 2017

Low-paid workers are slogging for the equivalent of a morning per day just to cover the cost of their rent

Report reveals scale of food bank use in the UK

30 May, 2017

Project by Independent Food Aid Network finds at least 2,000 food banks giving out parcels, with demand continuing to grow

Charities call on associations to provide Housing First accommodation

26 May, 2017

A homelessness charity has called on social landlords to provide homes for Housing First programmes across the country

Major UK landlord scraps rental deposits

26 May, 2017

Get Living to abolish deposit-taking and return security deposits to its 3,000 residents

Private rented sector REIT raises £250m in 'oversubscribed' fundraising

26 May, 2017

The UK's first real estate investment trust dedicated to the private rented sector has raised £250m in an "oversubscribed" fundraising

Rental supply fell by a third in London last month

26 May, 2017

The supply of properties for rent in the UK fell by a third in London in April and only increased marginally in the rest of the country

Revealed: less than half of Right to Buy replacements are for social rent

26 May, 2017

Less than half of the council homes built to replace those sold under the Right to Buy are at social rents

Benefit overpayment recovery guide

26 May, 2017

A reference guide to the recovery of overpaid DWP administered Social Security benefits and penalties

UKIP slams housing associations as 'unaccountable' in manifesto

26 May, 2017

The UK Independence Party has set out its housing proposals in a manifesto - with a section on reviewing housing associations

The RLA's Manifesto: A fairer approach to Welfare Reform

26 May, 2017

There are a growing number of tenants in receipt of benefits now living in the PRS

DWP tests market for appointments booking system for Universal Credit

26 May, 2017

The Department for Work and Pensions is considering procuring a dedicated appointment booking system for Universal Credit claimants

May's manifesto pledge on free school breakfasts 'undercosted'

25 May, 2017

Costs would far exceed Tory estimate of £60m a year, with a 20% takeup costing more than £170m

The snap Election at a glance - what does it mean for the housing industry?

25 May, 2017

When it comes to the Snap Election, distinguishing the political jargon from the facts can be a tricky task

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

25 May, 2017

A briefing on the number of homes housing associations developed last year

Pledge to migrants signed by 18 housing associations

25 May, 2017

Backed by the NHF and BMENational, the pledge is launched at the Migrants' Access to Housing Conference next month

Homeless families 'told to sleep in Garda stations'

25 May, 2017

Several homeless families were advised to stay overnight in Garda (Irish police) stations earlier this week due to a lack of emergency accommodation

UK Government expecting pregnancies terminated after welfare reform

25 May, 2017

A charity has claimed that the UK Government seems to "be expecting that women will terminate pregnancies" in response to the two-child cap for tax credits and the so-called rape clause

Universal credit 'must be halted' argues Scottish social security minister after Inverness meeting

25 May, 2017

How many people have to suffer before the UK Government freezes the roll out of problematic new benefit changes

Landlords call for help as tenants can go almost a year without having to pay rent due to lengthy eviction process

25 May, 2017

Strict laws about evicting a tenant means it can months for a landlord to repossess a property

No one's noticed, but the Tories are quietly killing off the smart meter revolution

24 May, 2017

Last week brought a rare example of the converse: a manifesto burying a huge policy change that will save every household in Britain fifty pounds a year

Landlords with lets in Wales who don't live there must still register under new law

24 May, 2017

Landlords in the UK are being reminded that new legislation means that if they own a letting property in Wales they are breaking the law if they are not registered

Benefit sanctions leaving pupils hungry, Michael Gove's former right-hand man warns

24 May, 2017

Sam Freedman says some teachers were reduced to feeding pupils with their own money

Basic Income: A timely solution to the imminent welfare crisis?

24 May, 2017

Universal Basic Income, or Citizen's Income, is the idea of guaranteed a monthly payment, paid equally to all citizens, what some are calling 'money for free'

Comms teams to 'step back' and let tenants speak

24 May, 2017

Communications teams should be taking a step back and letting tenants tell their own tales, a conference has agreed

Rent Arrears: The human element

24 May, 2017

Rent arrears is a perennial issue for social landlords, as welfare reforms hit tenants and increases the risk they'll fall behind with their payments

Councils defend record after Tory manifesto criticism

24 May, 2017

Councils have defended their housebuilding record, after the Conservative Party manifesto branded them among the "worst offenders" in "failing to build sustainable and integrated communities"

"Associations haven't lost their social purpose"

24 May, 2017

Sasha Deepwell is one of the sector's newest chief executives

Record 60% of Britons in poverty are in working families

23 May, 2017

In-work poverty disproportionately concentrated in households in private rented housing as rising living costs bite

Councils warn of now 'severe' need for affordable homes

23 May, 2017

Survey of 166 local authorities in Britain highlights the pressure to meet demand for affordable housing - and the cumulative impact of present policy

Government review to order zero-hours contracts overhaul

23 May, 2017

The government-commissioned inquiry into controversial working practices is set to call for employees on zero-hours contracts to be given the right to request a move onto fixed hours

Renters could swing the election in 93 seats

23 May, 2017

Private renters could cast the deciding vote in one in seven constituencies

Councils 'not informed' when receiving homeless Londoners

23 May, 2017

Councils in south-east England say they are often not told when homeless families are sent to their areas by London boroughs who cannot house them

'Tenant' slept in HMO boiler cupboard

23 May, 2017

Landlord convicted and fined over 'worst case' overcrowding

We cannot be tempted by a Universal Basic Income - it would do huge damage to the economy

23 May, 2017

Even more than most elections, the 2017 campaign has been marked by one thing in particular - some genuinely terrible economic ideas

Housing Benefit subsidy initial pre-audit final claims: Apr 2016 to Mar 2017

23 May, 2017

This is the local authority Housing Benefit initial pre-audit final claims expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2016 to 2017

Greens to unveil plans for universal basic income in manifesto launch

22 May, 2017

Party will promise to scrap Trident to help fund NHS, promise a final Brexit referendum and scrap all existing student loan debts at Monday's launch

General election 2017: Labour will 'in effect' end benefit freeze

22 May, 2017

Labour would "in effect" end the freeze on benefits through a package of reforms in its first Budget in government

Social housing is good. But let's make it beautiful too

22 May, 2017

The big parties speak only of practicalities. Perhaps they should try focusing on aesthetics for a change

What are the characteristics of a good landlord?

22 May, 2017

Over two thirds of landlords surveyed said they have a good relationship with their tenants, while 33% believe they are good friends

The parties' manifestos prove housing associations are key to ending the housing crisis

22 May, 2017

Last week saw the three major political parties publish their manifestos ahead of the general election

Single property landlords say they will be pushed into higher income tax bracket by new taxation rules

22 May, 2017

16% of landlords with a single property believe new taxation rules for buy to let will push them into a higher income tax bracket

The introduction of the LHA cap to the social rented sector: impact on young people in Scotland

22 May, 2017

21,000 young Scots face losing over £22m in rent from planned LHA cap

Associations call for rent freedom after Tories pledge 'flexibility'

22 May, 2017

Housing association bosses have urged the next government to let them set their own rents

DWP pilot failure on WCA 'calls into question willingness to learn from suicides'

19 May, 2017

The DWP appears to have gone back on its promise to a tribunal to address a fatal flaw in its "fitness for work" test that has led to the deaths of multiple benefit claimants with mental health conditions

Delivering social housing on a budget: can Housing Delivery Vehicles lead to a resurgence of affordable housebuilding?

19 May, 2017

Between 2010 and 2015 local government faced upwards of £18bn in real terms cuts, losing on average 20% of its spending power

Government plans to extend 'right to rent' documents checks face legal challenge

19 May, 2017

John Perry says the impact of the 'right to rent' scheme needs an urgent review ahead of its planned roll-out across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Not for profit sector 'should provide affordable rented homes'

19 May, 2017

Housing associations should provide non-profit rented housing to tackle soaring rents, Maria Bailey TD tells audience at Dublin Castle housing conference

One house landlords fear tax changes

19 May, 2017

Landlords with one house are feeling the squeeze

Letting agent fees ban now promised in all three of the major manifestos

19 May, 2017

The Conservatives have pledged to bring in the ban on letting agent fees charged to tenants

ARLA Propertymark backs holding deposits to stop 'time-wasting tenants'

19 May, 2017

A holding deposit capped at two weeks' rent would help ease the burden on agents of tenants shopping around for multiple properties

Renting a home is cheaper than buying in 54% of British cities

19 May, 2017

To own a home in London costs nearly double the amount it would cost to rent, but in Glasgow it's more cost-effective to buy

All landlords need to know about the Conservative Manifesto

19 May, 2017

Unlike in 2015, this one actually references the PRS several times

Election 2017: What the manifestos have to say on housing policy

19 May, 2017

Home ownership in England is at its lowest since the 1980s, with soaring deposits and house prices leaving many unable to get a foot on the property ladder

Conservatives must reform tax to help landlords

18 May, 2017

The Conservatives must reform tax to support landlords if they want to hit housing targets

Sustainable Social Housing... How an eco cabin built entirely from waste shows it can be done

18 May, 2017

Scottish recycling expert, Angus Carnie has built an eco cabin in his native Carnoustie, Dundee, using only materials that were free

Housing element of Universal Credit for 18-21 year olds

18 May, 2017

This briefing provides an overview of the UK Government's policy of removing entitlement to the housing costs element of Universal Credit for some 18-21 year olds

Nightmare Tenants programme to show agent shutting eviction specialist in his office

18 May, 2017

Thursday evening's Channel Five's Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords is due to show a letting agent shutting eviction expert Paul Shamplina in his office

Liberal Democrats support cap on tenancy deposits

18 May, 2017

A Liberal Democrat Government would press ahead with the tenant fee ban but would go even further with a cap on upfront deposits

Buy-to-let valuations severely down in aftermath of mortgage tax changes

18 May, 2017

Buy-to-let valuations have fallen in the aftermath of the mortgage interest relief changes, while first-time buyer instructions continue to sustain the market

Tory social housing 'deals' plan builds on existing work with three councils

18 May, 2017

Ongoing behind-the-scenes work with three councils will form the basis of flagship Conservative plans for 'bespoke deals' to build social rented housing

Department for Work and Pensions 'has outrageous target' to reject 80% of benefits appeals

18 May, 2017

Hidden 'mandatory reconsideration' performance indicator criticised by Parkinson's charity and former judge

Landlord Fergus Wilson facing legal action

18 May, 2017

A buy-to-let tycoon who banned Indian and Pakistani tenants from renting his homes "because of the curry smell" is facing legal action

Luxury development boss calls Right to Buy a 'catastrophe'

17 May, 2017

Dean Clifford of Great Marlborough Estates says today's Tories must avoid "Margaret Thatcher's mistakes" over social housing

Lib Dems unveil 'rent to buy' pledge for first time homeowners

17 May, 2017

Party's manifesto contains wealth of offers aimed at enticing young voters back after tuition fees furore, including referendum on final Brexit deal

Labour admits it would not end benefits freeze, after day of confusion

17 May, 2017

'I don't think we can reverse it entirely. We shouldn't be promising things we cannot afford'

Up to £32,500 available to private sector landlords in Scotland

17 May, 2017

Private rented sector landlords and homeowners can now apply for an interest free green home loan up to £32,500 as part of plans to increase the energy efficiency of under-performing homes

Are private rents in England going up or down?

17 May, 2017

Some newspapers have got very excited recently about reports that private rents in England are dropping

General Election fact watch: Food bank use has risen under the Conservatives

17 May, 2017

Claim: Food bank use has shot up under the Conservatives

New tenants' passport service goes into beta mode ahead of fees ban

17 May, 2017

An innovative new tenants' passport service has launched in beta mode, a few months before it is due to go fully live

Labour manifesto pledges lettings fee ban and rent caps

17 May, 2017

A Labour government would still implement a tenant fee ban and has vowed to give tenants more consumer rights to deal with "sub standard" homes

Associations in merger talks to form largest social landlord in South West

17 May, 2017

South West landlords DCH and Knightstone are in talks over a merger to form the region's largest housing association

Greens make 500,000 new social rented homes pledge

17 May, 2017

The Green Party makes a manifesto commitment to a national programme of home insulation and retrofitting

East Hertfordshire chief inspector warns drug dealers in social housing will lose their homes

16 May, 2017

Anyone dealing drugs from social housing in breach of their tenancy agreements will lose their homes

Labour Manifesto 2017 - What's in it for landlords?

16 May, 2017

Below is a summary of key pledges which would impact upon landlords and the private rented sector

Scots politicians urged to lift Westminster's benefits freeze

16 May, 2017

Benefit have been frozen until 2020

More than 2,000 people recruited to benefits experience panel

16 May, 2017

Thousands of people with direct personal experience of the current benefits system have signed up to help shape the delivery of benefits in Scotland's new social security system

Jeremy Corbyn makes benefits U-turn as he back-pedals on promise to reverse freeze

16 May, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of U-turning on the promise he made at the Labour manifesto launch to axe the benefits freeze brought in by the Conservative government

Conservatives' flagship CPO plans for social rent 'could face legal challenge'

16 May, 2017

Tory plans to overhaul compulsory purchase laws to boost social housing provision could be challenged in parliament and through the courts

Government threatened with legal action over immigration checks

16 May, 2017

Campaign group presses home secretary to order full evaluation of 'right to rent' immigration status checks by landlords

Conservatives' social rent plans: 10 unanswered questions

16 May, 2017

The big announcement about a "new generation of social rent" by the Conservatives has produced more questions than answers

General election 2017: The case for living rent homes

16 May, 2017

There is consensus across all parties that England's housing market is broken

'Each year the benefit system is more heartless'

16 May, 2017

In the run-up to the general election, six Guardian reporters are writing from constituencies across the country to find out what matters to you and in your area

Tenant Survey 2017

15 May, 2017

The UK Private Rented Sector continues to grow with estimates that by 2025 over a quarter of all households will privately rent

Tenant happiness on the rise as more opt to rent long-term

15 May, 2017

A study of over 3,000 tenants has found that an increasing number of renters are 'very happy' with their living situation

"Massive opportunity" for buy-to-let brokers

15 May, 2017

Brokers have a "massive opportunity" from the many recent changes that have affected the buy-to-let market

Cost cutting by UK landlords to affect the wider property industry

15 May, 2017

As their tax burden increases, over a third of landlords in the UK are looking to cut their annual spending, a move that is described as being a blow to the wider industry

'I can't live off £100 a month': Furious voter confronts Theresa May over benefits cuts

15 May, 2017

Theresa May was confronted by a furious voter over cuts to disability benefits while on a walkabout in a market town

Vendor who hoped to raise £3.75m through house sale raffle 'bought it cheaply under Right to Buy'

15 May, 2017

A home owner who hoped to raise £3.75m by raffling her property reportedly bought it for £360,000 just three years ago under the Right to Buy scheme

Agent scraps all tenant fees - and launches 0% management offer to woo new landlords

15 May, 2017

A letting agent has removed all admin fees for tenants and scrapped renewal charges, while simultaneously launching a 0% management fee offer for new landlords

Vast majority of social rents could increase without breaching LHA levels

15 May, 2017

At least 88% of social rented homes in England could have their rents increased without exceeding the LHA cap

Sturgeon pins blame for foodbank growth squarely on Tory cuts

15 May, 2017

Tory policies are directly to blame for the growth of foodbanks in Scotland

New blow for buy-to-let landlords as mortgage rates rise

12 May, 2017

Landlords already hit by punitive stamp duty and new restrictions on mortgage interest tax relief are now facing rising borrowing costs

Shelter's general election call: help for the growing army of hard pressed private renters

12 May, 2017

Today Shelter has launched our campaign calling on the new government to deliver 500,000 homes in the next Parliament at 'living rents'

Landlords 'will drop letting agents as costs rise'

12 May, 2017

Letting agent fees are the second biggest cost for buy-to-let landlords and could rise further if tenant charges are banned

The end of tenancy deposits? New insurance app claims to have a solution

12 May, 2017

A UK startup which claims to have the solution to the contentious issue of tenancy deposits has introduced the concept of tenants' passports

One in three 'rent-burdened Brits' borrow to cover home costs

12 May, 2017

One in three low-earning tenants in Britain has had to borrow money to cover rent

If people in work struggle with rent, what hope for people out of work?

12 May, 2017

Millions of hard-working people can't afford to move. They are trapped by a housing system that has sold off social housing

LHA cap 'would lock 84% of young renters out of market in South East'

12 May, 2017

The government's plans to cap housing benefit at LHA levels would lock 84% of young people in low-paid, insecure jobs out of all housing options in the South East

Capping aspiration: The millennial housing challenge

12 May, 2017

Young people in low-paid, insecure jobs are being locked out of all housing options in the south east, including social housing

Regulator proposes using Sector Scorecard to assess value for money

12 May, 2017

The social housing regulator will launch a consultation on its Value for Money Standard, which will propose using the newly developed Sector Scorecard to police efficiency

To improve mental health, politicians must start with the benefits system

12 May, 2017

Depression and anxiety haunt the people who use our food bank. We need a safety net to support people in poverty, not penalise them

Welfare reform conference: 'How am I going to feed my children'

12 May, 2017

What communities need to know is how much am I going to lose... and how am I going to feed my children

General Election factwatch: Are a million people on a zero hours contract?

11 May, 2017

A million people are on a zero hours contract

Dropping UK house prices won't dent our confidence in buy-to-let

11 May, 2017

As property prices drop for the first time in years, why are we still in love with property?

Theresa May refuses to rule out further disability benefits cuts

11 May, 2017

'I know there are some issues that people continue to raise about assessments that are made on those payments'

Labour's 100,000 homes pledge makes 'leaked' manifesto

11 May, 2017

Draft manifesto references ordering councils to build 100,000 new council homes a year under a new Department for Housing

Social landlords have duty to protect the majority from smoke

11 May, 2017

Professor John Middleton defends his controversial proposal for a smoking 'ban' in social housing developments

Government warned that lettings fee ban may lead to time-wasting tenants

11 May, 2017

Landlords and agents are urging the Government to ensure the lettings fee ban doesn't unnecessarily increase workloads

West Midlands associations consider using choice-based lettings for Right to Buy

11 May, 2017

Housing associations in the West Midlands are considering using the region's choice-based lettings system to help those in ineligible properties for the Right to Buy identify alternative homes

YMCA wants housing support back for 18 to 21-year-olds

11 May, 2017

New government urged to abolish regulations that remove automatic entitlement

Landlords in England and Wales urged to check energy ratings ahead of 2018 change

11 May, 2017

Landlords in England and Wales are being reminded than in just under a year it will be illegal to rent a property in the private rented sector that does not meet a minimum energy rating

Many of the 1,000 richest people in Britain are property moguls - paid for by the rest of us

10 May, 2017

A dysfunctional British housing market, propped up by housing benefit and public investment, is making a few people very, very rich

Kick-starting the social housing programme

10 May, 2017

The social housing sector in the UK is big, valued at more than £300bn

Slum landlords are a target, say enforcement teams

10 May, 2017

Enforcement against slum landlords is vital to improve housing, health professionals have warned

Fighting fit: the sheltered housing schemes adapting to new challenges

10 May, 2017

Cuts to supported accommodation can lead to a sense of community and tackle isolation if residents pull together and have a say in new services

Thousands face energy bill hikes of more than £400 this month

10 May, 2017

If customers fail to take action when fixed deals end in May they will end up on tariffs criticised by Theresa May, says Which?

Housing Associations and Mental Health support to tenants in Wales

10 May, 2017

The relationship between housing and mental health is one that has been shown, in numerous studies, to have several causal links

Council to build shared affordable housing due to welfare reform

10 May, 2017

The first Welsh authority to experience full roll-out of Universal Credit is planning to build more shared accommodation

Tenants facing 'extortionate' fees to rent home from high street agents

10 May, 2017

High street letting agents were today accused of being behind some of the most "extortionate" fees demanded from renters

Outspoken critic of Shelter says charity should change its name and stop hounding landlords

10 May, 2017

A landlord who has previously criticised Shelter says she appears to have been banned from its Facebook page

Election 2017: what we're asking for on welfare

10 May, 2017

As the build up to next month's General Election continues our policy and practice officer Sam Lister takes a closer look at what we're asking for on welfare policy

Scotland's first urban right to buy

10 May, 2017

A community group in Edinburgh is set to become the first organisation in an urban area to benefit from community right to buy powers

People in Derry living in temporary accommodation as social housing provides cannot compete with private developers for land

09 May, 2017

People in Derry are being forced to live in temporary accommodation because social housing providers cannot compete with private developers when buying vacant land

Is work 'fair and decent'? That's not how the voters see it

09 May, 2017

The head of the government's review into zero-hours contracts and the less secure world of work has said that too many businesses still allow "bad work" to flourish

Regulatory Reform of Registered Social Landlords

09 May, 2017

In September 2016, the Office of National Statistics reclassified Registered Social Landlords for UK national accounting purposes as public, non-financial corporations

Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) are Welsh Housing Associations registered with the Welsh Ministers under Part 1 of the Housing Act 1996

Legal firm launches new service to support landlords

09 May, 2017

Statistics show an average of 43 weeks for a landlord to regain possession of a property through the courts - and court fees topping £2,000

Shelter not letting up on pressure to make sure 'fees ban goes through'

09 May, 2017

Shelter is keeping up the pressure on the Government - whichever it may be - to ban letting agent fees

Sector bosses warn against social housing smoking ban

09 May, 2017

Housing association bosses have warned against a leading public health figure's call to impose non-smoking conditions on social housing tenants

Help us face down lethal landlords

09 May, 2017

An East London council has urged Whitehall chiefs to strengthen powers to tackle rogue landlords

The benefits system dial is set to brutal

08 May, 2017

It's tricky venturing into the deserving/undeserving poor debate

Should landlords fear a Conservative landslide?

08 May, 2017

After last week's local elections, everyone is working on the assumption that the Prime Minister Theresa May and the Conservatives are on the way to a massive win

London rents fall for first time since 2009 amid post-Brexit vote slowdown

08 May, 2017

Year-on-year fall of 1.2% is good news for tenants looking to move or negotiate with landlords as recent new-build property comes onto rental market

Councils accused of leaving houses empty to get grants

08 May, 2017

Councils are deliberately leaving houses vacant for long periods of time to qualify for Department of Housing funding schemes

Smoking should be banned in council housing

08 May, 2017

Housing association tenants would sign non-smoking agreement under proposed plans

Private Rented Sector Report

08 May, 2017

A quarter of letting agents saw landlords increasing rents in March

Sector tells government it is time to listen on LHA cap

08 May, 2017

The government has been urged to listen to the recommendation of two cross-party committees and ditch controversial plans to cap benefit for supported housing tenants at LHA rates

Buy to Let index - April 2017

08 May, 2017

April 2017 - March sees booming rental market in the East of England

Tenants - second class citizens of the property world?

05 May, 2017

The rental market has been given a roasting in recent months

A Conservative election victory could spell the end of council housing

05 May, 2017

The Tories have declared war on social housing - yet we have an ownership system so broken that inheritance is the only answer

Buy to let cools as tax and borrowing curbs slow market

05 May, 2017

The great buy to let boom may be over as measures to cool the market begin to bite

LGA: 'make councils home builders again'

05 May, 2017

Election call for political parties to commit to councils resuming their 'historic role' as the builders of affordable housing

Poverty risk for 50,000 low-income households at lower benefit cap

05 May, 2017

More than half of the families hit by the cap will face a shortfall of over £50 a week

Liberal Democrats back more Build To Rent and more online

05 May, 2017

A Liberal Democrat spokesman has used a lettings sector trade body website to outline his party's support for a range of private rental initiatives

Tenants can help us change the narrative

05 May, 2017

Here at Tpas we believe a big part of our role is to create the conversations that matter, be that on a local, regional or national level

How many people use food banks?

05 May, 2017

The number of people using food banks since 2010 has gone from the tens of thousands to the millions

Welsh Government considering LHA top-up alternatives

05 May, 2017

The Welsh Government is looking for alternatives to the top-up system proposed by central government to help offset the LHA cap's impact on supported housing

Fife landlord given first disqualification order

04 May, 2017

A disqualification order against a Fife private landlord has been granted - the first to be agreed by a Scottish court

Pushing people to the brink of suicide: the reality of benefit assessments

04 May, 2017

Department for Work and Pensions assessments are damaging people's lives. And they don't even provide the predicted savings

Council spend on temporary housing now five times more than in 2011/2012

04 May, 2017

We're seeing a real shortage in supply of affordable temporary accommodation and it is becoming increasingly difficult to find any places in Southwark

Benefit cap: number of households capped to February 2017

04 May, 2017

Statistics on households that have had their benefits capped between 15 April 2013 and February 2017

Fair Fees Forum calls for compulsory registration of all letting agents

04 May, 2017

Concerns have been voiced that as a result of the fees ban, more landlords will decide to self-manage when they have limited experience and knowledge

West Midlands 'selected' as Right to Buy pilot region

04 May, 2017

The government is understood to have chosen the West Midlands as the area for its regional Right to Buy pilot prior to calling the snap election

Buy-to-let mortgage providers discourage landlords from renting to people on housing benefit

04 May, 2017

Buy-to-let landlords are being barred by their mortgage providers from renting property to tenants receiving housing benefit

Socially rented homes can help tackle north-east's housing shortage

04 May, 2017

A north-east developer has called for a rethink on how the housing crisis is tackled and says more socially rented homes can be built

Exploring clusters in social housing data

04 May, 2017

There is growing interest in the social housing sector in learning more about customers and properties using 'data mining' techniques applied to combinations of data held by landlords and external agencies

Eviction trends reveal human cost of Universal Credit roll-out and welfare reform

03 May, 2017

Eviction by social landlords may have increased in recent years

SFHA welcomes Select Committees' call to scrap use of LHA rates to fund supported housing

03 May, 2017

Two House of Commons committees have called on the UK Government to scrap plans to base rent allowances for supported housing tenants on LHA rates

It Is Time For Rent Controls To Help The Most Deprived Coastal Communities

03 May, 2017

Sometimes markets go wrong. They break. They are dysfunctional or erratic

Tenant Evictions; 9 Months, £2,000 Eviction Fees and No End in Sight

03 May, 2017

Landlords are left in the lurch as the cost of legally evicting non-paying tenants costs nearly £2000 in court eviction fees, and takes at least half a year to remove the tenant

Buy-to-let market's "stellar" performance means higher rents for Scottish tenants

03 May, 2017

Tenants will doubtless be less than jubilant, but Scotland's rental market had a "stellar" performance in March

Town halls buy back Right-to-Buy homes

03 May, 2017

Councils have spent millions buying back homes they sold at a discount under Right-to-Buy laws to meet housing shortages

The fight goes on: Tenant referencing MUST be exempt from letting fees ban, plea

03 May, 2017

ARLA Propertymark is calling for referencing to be exempt from the letting agents' fees ban

Record numbers of PIP assessments being overruled on appeal

02 May, 2017

Thousands who receive zero points during PIP assessments have ended up winning their appeals

Welfare reform is not only cruel but chaotic. Theresa May must address this

02 May, 2017

The Conservatives' benefit cap is an abject failure at getting people into work and the universal credit system isn't working

Could letting agents' fee ban stop tenants being able to complain to Ombudsman?

02 May, 2017

The impending ban on letting agent fees charged to tenants could severely limit the ability of renters to complain to redress schemes about agents

Labour pledges 'tougher' standards for rented houses

02 May, 2017

Labour has promised a "consumer rights revolution" for renters in England if it wins the general election, with the introduction of new legal standards for rented homes

MPs urge government to drop LHA cap plan for supported housing

02 May, 2017

MPs are calling on the government to abandon plans to base supported housing funding on Local Housing Allowance rates

Landlord expansion plans at all-time low

02 May, 2017

The number of landlords looking to expand their portfolio has dropped to an all-time low as demand from tenants continues to shrink

Government fails to deliver £4bn savings after cutting disability benefit

02 May, 2017

The Government has failed to deliver the £4bn of savings it was expecting to make after cutting disability benefit

Renters on housing benefit barred from buy-to-let homes

02 May, 2017

Banks are pushing families to the brink of homelessness by banning buy-to-let landlords from renting to people on housing benefit

London council investigates mistaken call for temporary accommodation payment

02 May, 2017

Westminster Council has launched an urgent investigation after a letter was sent to households in temporary accommodation telling them their possessions could be destroyed if they did not pay a weekly storage charge

Renters 'at risk' over TV licence fee

02 May, 2017

Risk to renters raised in Commons committee report critical of current TV licence collection and enforcement contract

Innovative scheme recruits letting agents to help renters

02 May, 2017

Private renters who are struggling with money worries, health or other tenancy sustainment issues are to be given greater access to advice and support

Abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights (Wales) Bill

02 May, 2017

An Act of the National Assembly for Wales to make provision for the abolition of the right to buy, the right to acquire and associated rights; and for connected purposes

HB U1/2017

02 May, 2017

Decision of the Upper Tribunal concerning spare room subsidy

LIN member report May 2017 - The Homelessness Reduction Act

01 May, 2017

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Landlords call out council over unfair waste disposal charges

28 April, 2017

Bournemouth Council's plans to charge privately rented households for waste disposal have been criticised by the NLA for being unfair to tenants

The Housing Association Right to Buy - how to get out of a manifesto pickle

28 April, 2017

It was a Conservative manifesto commitment to extend the Right to Buy to housing association tenants

Landlords' Barometer - #48: So, what is the biggest threat to landlords?

28 April, 2017

Welcome to another edition of the "Landlords Barometer" - trending topics and issues for landlords

London rents fall sharply as monthly bill drops across UK

28 April, 2017

Lettings agents say new tenants in capital are paying £100 per month less than a year ago, with demand from tenants falling, possibly because of Brexit vote

Government defeated in bedroom tax case

28 April, 2017

A couple who had their housing benefit reduced because they were unable to share a bedroom due to a severe disability have defeated the government in court for the second time

Wales ponders alternative LHA model

28 April, 2017

Cabinet secretary for communities and children has said maybe now is the time for a "made in Wales" solution

Housing: State of the Nation

28 April, 2017

Sixty-third Report of Session 2016-17

The number of homes built in England has lagged behind demand for housing for decades

HomeLet Rental Index - March 2017

28 April, 2017

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

The impact of tax and benefit reforms on household incomes

27 April, 2017

While cuts to benefits have been small as yet, government plans for future cuts would significantly reduce the incomes of low-income working-age households

Britain needs urgent change to the way we regulate our social housing sector

27 April, 2017

Complaints about the country's 2,500 housing associations are growing. We need better ways to check they are still fit for purpose

Some social sector evictions 'unavoidable' due to political and economic climate

27 April, 2017

Social landlords can't immunise themselves against the impact of the political and economic landscape

Victory for bedroom tax couple as DWP defeated in court again

27 April, 2017

The government's attempt to block a legal route which is used by many people to appeal against benefits decisions has been defeated at the Upper Tribunal

Is it still possible to make money as a landlord?

27 April, 2017

Since the twin onslaughts of George Osborne's Section 24 tax raid and the wholly unfounded negative hype surrounding Brexit, the talk has all been about woe is me

Private firms barred from benefits assessments

27 April, 2017

Profiteers will have no place in Scotland's new welfare landscape

The role of housing in determining living standards and life chances

27 April, 2017

Living in social housing is strongly associated with various types of disadvantage

Landlord fined £57,000 over 'deathtrap' unlicensed HMO

27 April, 2017

Court told a medical condition meant landlord could not manage the property properly

Councils sitting on 23,000 vacant residential properties

27 April, 2017

Local authorities are holding onto over 23,000 vacant residential properties

Three-quarters of social landlords implementing major change

27 April, 2017

Three-quarters of social landlords will be implementing a "major change programme" such as a merger, restructure or overhaul of IT systems over the next year

It's not perverse of housing associations to build homes - that is their purpose

27 April, 2017

We'd all love more public money going into genuinely affordable rented homes, but that's not going to happen. We have found our own way forward

Labour councils outbuild Tory authorities

27 April, 2017

Labour councils are building 50% more houses than their Conservative counterparts

Have the Conservatives really built twice as much council housing as Labour?

27 April, 2017

Not for the first time, today's Prime Minister's Questions featured a Jeremy Corbyn question on housing

Evictions by social landlords in Scotland 2012-2016

27 April, 2017

This research report looks at social sector evictions due to rent arrears in Scotland over the last four years

It recognises that great progress was made in reducing evictions up until 2013/14

LIN member report April 2017 - Housing Associations: Past, Present and Future

26 April, 2017

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

Rising number of landlords leaving Buy to Let

26 April, 2017

Rise in the number of BTL landlords selling up - but the number of tenants negotiating rent reductions rose also

Scottish Welfare Fund pays out £26m to struggling Scots in nine months

26 April, 2017

More than £26 million in grants have been issued in nine months through the Scottish Welfare Fund to help Scottish households in need

London to 'name and shame' criminal landlords

26 April, 2017

Sadiq Khan sets out partnership with the capital's councils to crackdown on rogue landlords and letting agents

HB S7/2017

26 April, 2017

Additional New Burdens funding to meet the costs of implementing welfare reform changes in 2017/18

HB S8/2017

26 April, 2017

Payment of New Burdens relating to the Single Fraud Investigation Service Project for 2017/18

Housing Benefit Speed of Processing Statistics

26 April, 2017

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

Cut in housing benefit may mean rise in foodbank use

26 April, 2017

The manager of a foodbank has stressed the need to help vulnerable people following a government policy that some claim could see youngsters facing homelessness

Call for new housing court for landlords and tenants

26 April, 2017

Court is one of six policy suggestions pitched in Residential Landlords Association election manifesto

Government should rethink welfare changes

26 April, 2017

Former civil service chief and crossbench peer Lord Bob Kerslake has called on the government to look again at welfare changes in light of increasing homelessness and the rising cost of support

Councils will soon have a legal duty to prevent homelessness. What can they do?

26 April, 2017

With very little extra cash, councils need new ideas to join up local services and tackle the growing challenge of homelessness

Suspend or extend: Agents back request over letting fees consultation

26 April, 2017

A number of influential agents have backed an official request by ARLA Propertymark asking the Government to suspend or extend the consultation on the fees ban

Tenants locking in lower rents ahead of lettings fees ban

26 April, 2017

Letting agents have reported an increasing number of landlords selling their buy-to-let properties during March

One in four renters try not to pay for buy to let damage

25 April, 2017

Buy to let tenants would rather pay a professional to repair damage to their rented home or keep quiet and hope the landlord does not ask them for any money

UK foodbank use continues to rise

25 April, 2017

UK foodbank use continues to rise as new report highlights growing impact of Universal Credit rollout on foodbanks

Lawyer fined £10,000 over letting out unlicensed HMO

25 April, 2017

The owner of a property has been fined for failing to license the property and building an illegal extension at the rear

Food banks report record demand amid universal credit chaos

25 April, 2017

Charity calls for immediate reduction in six-week wait for first benefit payment after handing out 1,182,954 emergency parcels

Court finds housing association not liable in water bill claim

25 April, 2017

The High Court has ruled that a housing association is not liable to compensate tenants for water bills, in the latest case in a saga over alleged overpayments

Liberal Democrats pledge to bring back housing benefit for nearly 3,000 London youngsters

25 April, 2017

Almost 3,000 young Londoners would be able to claim housing benefit again under a Liberal Democrat government

These People Say They're Going Hungry Because Of The Government's Welfare Reforms

25 April, 2017

Neal Jones hasn't eaten for 24 hours. Sitting in a makeshift cafe in a church food bank on the outskirts of Rugby

Food bank use rises 20% in Cardiff in one year

25 April, 2017

The number of emergency meals handed out by a city food bank has risen by 20% in one year

Effects of taxes and benefits on UK household income: financial year ending 2016

25 April, 2017

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

Newly merged association retains credit rating

24 April, 2017

A newly merged housing association has retained its strong credit rating

Housing associations are critically important, but have lost their way

24 April, 2017

Too many housing associations have focused on being developers. They have lost sight of their mission to provide good homes at genuinely affordable prices

Buy-to-let slump puts first-time buyers in the driver's seat

24 April, 2017

Buy-to-let landlords are finally in retreat in the housing market

This area of Birmingham will be worst hit by Tory housing benefit cut for youngsters

24 April, 2017

Charities have already warned the policy, which came into force this month, could force youngsters onto the streets

One in three low income Scots can't afford to eat

24 April, 2017

Living costs are pushing low income Scots further into poverty

What does the election mean for the PRS?

24 April, 2017

If you have been on a desert island over the last few days you may not be aware that a UK general election has been called for 8 June

Upper Tribunal rules in Council's favour on use of planning status in property licence decisions

24 April, 2017

An Upper Tribunal hearing has ruled that Waltham Forest Council can consider the planning status of a property when determining an application for a Private Rented Property Licence

Rent hike threat for tenants over FoI laws

24 April, 2017

Rents could be hiked to meet housing association FoI costs

The LHA cap raises problems for general needs housing too

21 April, 2017

If you were looking to design a policy to penalise the poorest families paying the cheapest rents, it would be very hard to come up with something better than the LHA cap.

The social value of sheltered housing

21 April, 2017

The study has put a conservative estimate on the social value saving made by sheltered housing at close to half a billion pounds a year

No Stormont deal could see welfare reform with hard edge

21 April, 2017

The Government may have to step in to prevent a further postponement of the long-delayed welfare reforms in Northern Ireland

Housing costs for 18 to 21 year olds

21 April, 2017

This guidance explains the rules for housing costs for 18 to 21 year olds getting Universal Credit from 1 April 2017

Consultation on letting fees ban in disarray after election called

21 April, 2017

The consultation on the ban on letting agent fees has been thrown into disarray by the snap General Election

Landlord with 'connection to estate agency' ordered to pay £235,000 after raid

21 April, 2017

A landlord has been ordered to pay £235,000 after letting four flats in "filthy conditions", inside an illegal extension

Clarion plots 10,000-home sale amid growing rationalisation

21 April, 2017

The UK's largest housing association is making plans to sell up to 10,000 units over the coming years, as social landlords step up stock rationalisation amid an efficiency drive

Labour's framing of public services as universal benefits is a canny move

21 April, 2017

If more people become stakeholders in the welfare state it becomes so much more difficult for the Tories to lay waste to it

Regulation of the private rented sector in England using lessons from Ireland

21 April, 2017

This study compares the effectiveness of different forms of private rented sector regulation in Ireland with existing approaches in England

Social Housing: Definitions and Design Exemplars, by Alexander Boxill

21 April, 2017

Alexander Boxill has designed a book and accompanying exhibition titled Social Housing: Definitions and Design Exemplar

Housing benefit nightmare: Newcastle council tenants rack up massive rent arrears after changes

20 April, 2017

MP criticises introduction of new Universal Credit benefits system after it was tested in Newcastle - and did not go down well

Landlords offered refugee deal

20 April, 2017

Renovations, new furnishings and appliances, and guaranteed rent for up to five years to secure homes for Syrian families

Social housing is becoming 'increasingly commercialised'

20 April, 2017

The social housing sector has become 'increasingly commercialised' as housing associations look for new ways to make money

There are 13 million disabled people in Britain. If we don't vote together, the DWP will tighten the screws on us

20 April, 2017

Ministers need to be taught that there is a price to be paid for the way they have behaved

West of England mayoral election: Liberal Democrat pledges to establish housing association

20 April, 2017

The Liberal Democrat candidate in the race to become the first West of England mayor has pledged to set up a new state-owned housing association if elected

Metro mayors: ten ways to tackle poverty through housing policy

20 April, 2017

The new metropolitan mayors who are being elected in the UK in May will wield significant power

Half of voters think welfare changes have gone too far

20 April, 2017

Half of voters think the government's benefit cuts have gone too far, an Ipsos Mori poll published today has revealed

Statistical shift against benefit cuts

19 April, 2017

New poll puts the proportion of voters who disagree with the extent of the benefit cuts at its highest level in four years

'Accidental landlords' sitting on a near £1m property goldmine

19 April, 2017

And new research reveals many such landlords don't know how much potential profit they're sitting on

Right to Buy: Should It Stay or Should It Go?

19 April, 2017

Leading Bridging Loans Provider Discusses UK Gov's Increasingly Debated Scheme for Council Tenants

Over 60 fines handed out in first eight months of Right to Rent - and just 31 people deported in almost two years

19 April, 2017

Financial penalties totalling £37,000 were handed out in the first eight months of the Right to Rent scheme's roll-out across England

ELECTION 2017: what are the housing battlegrounds likely to be?

19 April, 2017

Theresa May has surprised everyone by calling a general election - so where are the differences in housing policies between the parties likely to lie?

Civitas announces £11.5m buy of social housing portfolio

19 April, 2017

Acquisition includes 10 care homes and 79 tenancies across the Midlands

Campaign to encourage landlords to ensure repairs meet required standards

19 April, 2017

Scotland's largest landlord membership organisation has urged landlords across the country to ensure all repairs or upgrades meet required standards

Women 'hardest hit' by UK welfare cuts

19 April, 2017

Women are being unfairly impacted by recent UK government cuts to benefits and welfare eligibility

Social Housing Vacancies, Lettings and Rent Arrears, 2015-16 - Revised

19 April, 2017

Social housing refers to dwellings, bedsits and bed spaces owned, or partly owned, by Local Authorities and Registered Social Landlords

Social housing places for rent in Wales dip

18 April, 2017

Places available for social housing in Wales have dropped for the first time in five years

Freezes to benefits mean that 'just about managing' families are bearing the brunt of Brexit

18 April, 2017

In normal circumstances the annual uprating of benefits and tax credits each April would offset the losses from a weak pound, price rises, and the economic turbulence created by the Brexit vote

Jeremy Corbyn defends 'credible' policies amid grilling on poll ratings

18 April, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn joked he had made "too many" mistakes to mention but insisted voters would begin to understand his party's anti-austerity message

DWP's unfair twist for disabled people

18 April, 2017

In light of figures showing 900 disabled people are losing their Motability cars each week I would like to challenge the response of DWP ministers when they have been pressed on the issue of PIP

ARLA Propertymark comes out fighting against letting fees ban

18 April, 2017

ARLA Propertymark has swung into full campaign mode on the letting fees ban, sending out a 'battle kit' to all its members

Dozens of landlords fined after roll-out of new Right to Rent immigration checks

18 April, 2017

Dozens of landlords have been fined under a crackdown on illegal immigration

Record 20% of homes rented this year owned by company landlords

18 April, 2017

One in five homes let this year is owned by a company landlord, marking a record high for a rental index

Guilt by association: the housing developments that went sour

18 April, 2017

Housing associations have been run for the good of tenants and communities since the 19th century

Private Rented Sector in Northern Ireland - Proposals for Change

18 April, 2017

Response from ARLA Propertymark

With greater control over rent-setting, housing associations could deliver more

13 April, 2017

How far do I think the Government trusts housing associations to deliver? A year ago, I would have replied 'not at all', but the political landscape is shifting

Young people benefit cut to hit hardest in North

13 April, 2017

The cut to housing benefit for young people will have its largest impact in deprived areas of the North of England

Buy-to-let investors targeting smaller, cheaper properties

13 April, 2017

The opening quarter of the year saw a shift in the buy-to-let market, from remortgaging to purchasing

Billions of pounds more in welfare cuts are enforced in Britain

13 April, 2017

The start of the UK's new financial year saw the introduction by the Conservative government of some of the most severe and punitive welfare benefit cuts seen for decades

Salford council is going to start buying up homes to tackle the city's housing crisis

13 April, 2017

Town hall bosses will have first dibs at any former Right to Buy properties before they're offered to private buyers

The Tory housing benefit cuts will make more young people homeless

13 April, 2017

One morning, when Catherine Geddes was 16, her mother dropped her off at college, informed her that she'd changed all the locks, and told her daughter she would never be allowed to return home

One in three Londoners hit by benefits cap have found work

13 April, 2017

More people have found work after having their benefits capped in London than anywhere else in the UK

UK Residential Market Survey

13 April, 2017

The UK Residential Market Survey is used by the Government, the Bank of England and other key institutions, including the IMF, as an indicator of current and future conditions in UK residential sales and lettings

Stormont impasse threatens Northern Ireland benefits deal

12 April, 2017

The Stormont power-sharing stalemate jeopardises work to protect vulnerable people from benefit cuts

50,000 disabled people 'have adapted vehicles removed after benefits assessment'

12 April, 2017

Muscular Dystrophy UK says 900 cars are being taken away every week, as more people are rejected for PIP

Social tenants struggling with unaffordable lives

12 April, 2017

That one in four low-income households struggle to eat regularly or healthily because of food costs, and that inflation in food and fuel are about to soar, should flash a warning light to the social housing sector

Manchester providers offer to pilot alternative to LHA cap

12 April, 2017

Social landlords in Greater Manchester have offered to run a regional pilot of an alternative to the controversial Local Housing Allowance cap

Housing associations face storm of complaints over new-build homes

12 April, 2017

Residents of London developments built with public funding tell of damp, lack of security, rats and poor customer service

Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 9 Mar 2017

12 April, 2017

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

Busted over £100k right to buy scam

12 April, 2017

Bogus would be bedsit buyer lands himself a cell

Over 1,000 social housing tenants evicted in London

12 April, 2017

In just one year, thousands of social housing tenants have been evicted - but our exclusive investigation has some worrying undertones, such as data collection

Three tricks to escape the buy-to-let clampdown: Tax hikes mean many investors will be thousands of pounds worse off

12 April, 2017

In the past, landlords could deduct all their mortgage interest from rental income before working out their tax bill

Taking steps towards electrical safety in the private rented sector

12 April, 2017

Trade association NAPIT has produced safety record documentation to help inspectors and customers improve electrical safety in the private rented sector

Reputation of good landlords being tarnished by the bad

12 April, 2017

Local councils have called on the Government to close a legal loophole permitting landlords to covert properties into multi-units that are marketed as self-contained flats

Benefit changes that cause the innocent to suffer

12 April, 2017

There's understandable anger at the "Rape Clause" that's is being applied in child tax credit applications

Concerns over Right to Rent checks in Wales

12 April, 2017

Right to Rent checks are currently in place across England following a trial period in 2015

MPs call for sweeping changes to housing association regulation

12 April, 2017

Demand comes after Guardian investigation uncovered issues including damp and rats at newbuild developments

Birmingham braced for thousands of housing association sales

11 April, 2017

As many as 3,111 socially-rented homes in the West Midlands could be sold by 2023

One in five LGBT+ people expect to be treated worse when applying for social housing

11 April, 2017

Social housing providers perform well in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index

Campaigners call for PIP to be scrapped and DLA reintroduced

11 April, 2017

Petition wants the controversial system to be halted to be replaced with the old one

Homeless 18-21 year olds still entitled to housing cost element of Universal Credit

11 April, 2017

A memo for the DWP decision makers outlines that homeless people, including those moving on, are still entitled to the housing cost element of Universal Credit

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain: Mar 2017

11 April, 2017

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

How much Universal Credit can I claim? The benefits have changed this week

11 April, 2017

Millions of people who claim a benefit called Universal Credit will see a big change this week

Civil penalties under the Housing and Planning Act 2016

11 April, 2017

Guidance for Local Housing Authorities

Letting agent fees consultation commits to wide ranging ban

11 April, 2017

The ban on letting fees for tenants has moved a step closer with publication of the government's consultation on how the ban will operate

'No one calls the housing association repairs line. There's no point'

11 April, 2017

Victoria Musguin says she has suffered flooding and loss of hot water for weeks at a time at her newly built flat

Why agents should not attempt to circumvent the fees ban

11 April, 2017

I've been touring the City the last few days and investors keep asking me, what will be the impact of a tenant fee ban?

Housing association 'let waste pile up in estate because residents fought parking charge hike'

11 April, 2017

Stockwell Gardens Residents' Association in Lambeth says the company put up the price of parking permits and increased enforcement hours to evenings and weekends

You'll never fix the broken market without social housing

11 April, 2017

The Government's much-anticipated repair-plan for Britain's broken housing market is missing a critical part of the fix

The potential impact of Brexit on housing associations in Scotland

11 April, 2017

Summary report and next steps

This summary briefing provides the results of a membership survey undertaken between November and December 2016

Filling the Void: Empty Homes Strategy 2016/19

11 April, 2017

Addressing long term empty homes, those empty for more than six months, is a priority for the Council and partners

3 million households set to benefit from Universal Credit changes

10 April, 2017

Three million households across the country to keep more of what they earn due to a £700 million boost to Universal Credit

Welfare reform: Government must press ahead with Universal Credit, but crucial changes needed to support struggling families

10 April, 2017

As a raft of changes to the tax and benefit system come into effect, the Government is being urged to press ahead with the rollout of Universal Credit

Renting in London: rents in the capital continue to fall thanks to a greater choice of homes available for London tenants

10 April, 2017

London rents have dropped 4.2 per cent in a year, but prices are on the rise in cheaper areas

Stop PIP reassessments for patients with progressive diseases

10 April, 2017

MPs and charities say rising number of retesting claimants with incurable diseases such as Parkinson's or multiple sclerosis makes little sense

'Rape clause' in family welfare cap harms mothers and children

10 April, 2017

Most mothers who have children as a result of a rape manage, admirably, to have a bond equal to that with children conceived by choice

MS sufferer slams 'awful' benefits chiefs who axed her Motability car in favour of £65,000 taxis

10 April, 2017

Benefits bosses axed a disabled woman's Motability car to save cash - but then agreed to pay out £65,000 to taxi her to and from work

Government could curb deposits as well as impose outright ban on tenant fees

10 April, 2017

The Government has received widespread criticism following the long-awaited release of its consultation paper on banning tenant fees

Stamp duty rise hits rental growth

10 April, 2017

The pace of UK rental growth has more than halved since the introduction of an additional 3% stamp duty on second homes

Oxford academics: 'House prices can keep rising only if the Government backs mass buy-to-let'

10 April, 2017

Every so often a social statistic is released that confirms that something extraordinary has occurred, something so strange that it cannot continue

'Dirty flat' protest lands Bedford social housing tenant in the dock

10 April, 2017

A bible studies group leader could be kicked out of his social housing flat after refusing to pay rent in protest at poor living conditions

Energy efficiency regulation a 'Golden Opportunity'

10 April, 2017

Scottish Government launches consultation into the establishment of minimum energy efficiency standards for those living in privately rented homes

Ending the Right to Buy: Abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights (Wales) Bill

10 April, 2017

A Bill is a draft law. Once a Bill has been considered and passed by the Assembly and given Royal Assent by the Monarch, it becomes an 'Act of the Assembly'

Council ramps up action against rogue landlords

07 April, 2017

An enforcement team with an already strong record of action has the go-ahead to get tougher

Consultation on improving energy efficiency and condition standards in Scotland's PRS

07 April, 2017

New proposals to ensure all privately rented homes in Scotland meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency have been published today for consultation

Universal Credit's right - but we must take stock

07 April, 2017

Three priorities need immediate action to ensure Universal Credit achieves its goals and helps reduce poverty and increase living standards

Enforcement of letting agents a 'postcode lottery' and a 'shambles'

07 April, 2017

Enforcement of letting agents in London has been branded a shambles

Rental properties taking 10% longer to let due to 'Stamp Duty overhang'

07 April, 2017

Rents have grown by their slowest rate since the end of 2014 buoyed by a 12% jump in buy-to-let properties coming to market

L&G: confidence in associations has dropped

07 April, 2017

Legal & General's confidence in housing association lending has dropped on the back of deregulation and rent cuts

Government set out plans to ban letting agent fees

07 April, 2017

New measures to ban letting agent fees and encourage greater competition in the rental sector have been set out by the government

Sajid Javid to make changes to Help to Buy loans

07 April, 2017

Sajid Javid has told housebuilders that he will make changes to Help to Buy loans to help boost the housing market

Students challenged to cut cost of housebuilding

07 April, 2017

University students are being challenged by Bromford to come up with innovative ways to slash the cost of building supported living homes

The Tories are failing the poorest through benefit cuts - by choice

07 April, 2017

If the government truly wants to reduce expenditure on housing benefit it should tackle the root causes, not force young people and families from their homes

Redbridge Council pledges better temporary accommodation as mother shares her horror story

07 April, 2017

A mother of four says she feels helpless after spending five years in temporary accommodation

Social Security Minister: families with children hardest hit by UK welfare changes

07 April, 2017

Scottish Government will not apply two child cap to Council Tax Reduction Scheme

Eight things you should know about the benefit cap

06 April, 2017

'Fairness' was the word Lord Freud used to justify the lowering of the benefit cap

Universal Credit: a briefing

06 April, 2017

This briefing provides information and evidence on the latest developments as Universal Credit rolls out across the UK

The Benefits Cap: Is It Working?

06 April, 2017

How far should we go to force unemployed people back into work?

Call for evidence for housing intervention evaluations

06 April, 2017

A non-profit organisation has issued a call for evidence to housing associations, local authorities, housing charities or any other organisations for evaluations of housing interventions

A new name and an exciting new era

06 April, 2017

Three of the North's leading social landlords have today launched a new regionwide landlord known as Karbon Homes

Landlords 'heading for the exit' as mortgage interest relief restrictions begin

06 April, 2017

Tenants are set to face anything from a lack of access to rental properties to increasing rents from today as mortgage interest relief gets rolled back from today

New legal crackdown on letting agents and landlords comes into force

06 April, 2017

While there has been much focus on the so-called 'tenant tax', agents are warned that new legislation coming into force today has been largely overlooked despite its potential significance

HB A5/2017

06 April, 2017

The Social Security (Restrictions on Amounts for Children and Qualifying Young Persons) Amendment Regulations 2017

Universal Credit and families with more than 2 children: information for stakeholders

06 April, 2017

This guidance will help you in your conversations with claimants who may be effected by the Universal Credit 2 child policy

2 child limit: claiming benefits for 2 or more children

06 April, 2017

Information about the 2 child limit for claimants

Universal Credit and families with more than 2 children: information for claimants

06 April, 2017

Information on the two child limit in Universal Credit for existing and new Universal Credit claimants

Tax rises and tougher regulation kick in for private rented sector

06 April, 2017

Critics claim new measures now active will raise rents and stifle investment in much-needed PRS accommodation

The disastrous new tax on buy to let landlords is really a tax on tenants

06 April, 2017

80 per cent of landlords own only one property, perhaps relying on their property for an income in retirement

Labour slam 'punitive cuts' to benefits

06 April, 2017

Labour have slammed cuts to benefits, including housing benefit for those under-22

Tougher measures to target rogue landlords

06 April, 2017

New rules will help crackdown on rogue landlords that flout the rules and improve safety and affordability for renters

Housing benefit slashed to 50p-a-week - and Birmingham is worst-hit

05 April, 2017

Almost 600 claimants picking up less than the price of a chocolate bar

How can housing associations help to reduce reoffending?

05 April, 2017

Scottish Prison Service details how housing associations can help those leaving

Spending government money on broken relationships isn't going to help families torn apart by new benefit cuts

05 April, 2017

What's the point of spending £30m to help families to stay together when you're going to cut benefits at exactly the same time?

Government has broken vow on bereavement benefit cuts

05 April, 2017

Frank Field wants ministers to explain why policy will save £100m a year despite pledge not to slash funding for parents

Increased taxes for landlords over the last 12 months

05 April, 2017

David Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark comments on the increased taxes landlords have incurred over the last 12 months

Government rejects CLG committee recommendation on Right to Buy

05 April, 2017

In a response to a CLG committee report on housing associations and the Right to Buy, the government has rejected appeals to fund the policy

Key changes to council tax support in 2017/18

05 April, 2017

CTS gives low-income working-age families a discount on the amount of council tax they have to pay

Thousands on 50p-a-week housing benefit

05 April, 2017

More than 7,500 households have lost their housing benefit and instead receive a nominal 50p a week because of the welfare cap

Up to 11,000 affected by under-21 benefit cap by 2021

05 April, 2017

Around 1,000 young people will be affected by the cut to housing benefit for under-21s this year, rising to 11,000 by 2020/21

Idris Elba savages housing benefit cuts at Shelter fund-raiser

05 April, 2017

Actor Idris Elba has attacked government cuts to housing benefits for 18-21-year-olds

Tackle poverty through housing and planning interventions

05 April, 2017

City regional institutions should play a bigger part in helping reduce the risk of poverty

Is buy-to-let becoming less attractive?

04 April, 2017

It is no doubt that the past year has been extremely challenging for buy-to-let landlords

Social housing boost for Galliford Try

04 April, 2017

Galliford Try Partnerships has signed a £128m contract with Notting Hill Housing to build phase two of the Great Eastern Quays development at the Royal Docks in London

Disabled students fear for their future as independence payments cut

04 April, 2017

With a clampdown on PIP and related benefits, students such as Lauren Hall are struggling to finish their degrees

Tax reform will 'put many agents out of business'

04 April, 2017

The rolling back of mortgage interest relief is just days away but campaigners are still having a stab at raising the unfairness of the changes dubbed the tenant tax

Housing lawyer calls for total rethink of 'unfair' private rented sector

04 April, 2017

Housing lawyer Tessa Shepperson has called for a total rethink of the way the private rented sector operates

Government will not reconsider LHA rate freeze

04 April, 2017

The government has refused to reconsider its decision to freeze the Local Housing Allowance

Labour and Ukip Thurrock councillors bid to scrap sheltered housing tax charges

04 April, 2017

Thurrock Council is bidding to scrap an "unfair" proposal to charge residents in sheltered housing up to £780

Private rented sector in Northern Ireland - Proposals for change

04 April, 2017

CIH Northern Ireland supports the proposal to gauge the appetite of institutional investors and particularly the conditions required for investment

Right to Rent rules: if a tenant's UK visa expires, will landlords be prosecuted?

03 April, 2017

Landlords needn't worry about Right to Rent checks, so long as their tenants have the right to live in the UK at the start of the tenancy

How to finance a buy-to-let project

03 April, 2017

Many people like the idea of a buying a property, letting it out and watching the cash come in but sadly it's not as simple as many would like you to believe

Northern university cities dominate student Buy to Let investment yields

03 April, 2017

Research reveals half of the top 20 best Buy to Let university towns are in the north of England

Tax changes put more pressure on buy-to-let landlords

03 April, 2017

On 6 April, buy-to-let landlords will begin to feel the direct effects of the next tightening of taxation of the sector

Scottish Government gains control over Discretionary Housing Payments

03 April, 2017

Control over DHPs has been transferred to the Scottish Government as of Saturday 1 April under the Scotland Act 2016

Gifted deposits on the rise amid buy-to-let slowdown

03 April, 2017

Buy-to-let investment has halved in the first 12 months since the additional Stamp Duty surcharge was introduced, but it's not career landlords being affected

Welfare shakeup 'will push a quarter of a million children into poverty'

03 April, 2017

Analysis for the Guardian finds changes due on 6 April will also wipe thousands off payments for bereaved families

Poorest third of households will be worse off from tax and benefit changes starting this week, despite a £1bn giveaway

03 April, 2017

Four-fifths of the gains from tax and benefit changes coming into effect later this week (6 April) will go to the richest half of households

Mortgage tax relief cut doesn't add up for buy-to-let landlords

03 April, 2017

Tenants are being turfed out as tax changes beginning in April make it increasingly hard for owners to profit

Universal credit risks destitution in Newcastle claim

03 April, 2017

People in one of the first areas where a major benefits system change has been introduced are at risk of "destitution" and "homelessness"

Housing costs element for UC claimants aged 18 to 21

03 April, 2017

This memo provides guidance on the Universal Credit Regulations 2017

How affordable is housing for people in lower-income occupations ?

03 April, 2017

This briefing explores housing affordability for lower-income occupations in the context of rising housing costs

'Distrust' in PIP system

31 March, 2017

Claimants of the government's disability benefits programme have an "inherent distrust" of the system

The Big Idea: Universal Basic Income

31 March, 2017

The concept of a Universal Basic Income is currently attracting attention

Nowhere left to go: five million low-income workers priced out of renting and buying

31 March, 2017

Carers, teaching assistants and nursery nurses are just some of the low-income workers overburdened by private rents

Welfare reforms and £330 million employment package start from April 2017

31 March, 2017

Employment help for people with health conditions will roll out from April, along with wider reforms to ensure a fair welfare system

HB S6/2017

31 March, 2017

Right Benefit Initiative 2017/18 Funding

HB A7/2017

31 March, 2017

Right Benefit Initiative 2017/18

Significant cuts to two parts of the benefit system to be phased in from next week

31 March, 2017

Next week will see the introduction of significant cuts to the generosity of two parts of the working-age benefits system

Record Help to Buy equity loans in last quarter of 2016

31 March, 2017

The government made more than 12,000 Help to Buy equity loans in the last three months of 2016

Housing benefit changes 'put young Scots at risk of homelessness'

31 March, 2017

Changes to housing benefit will put more young people in Scotland at risk of homelessness

Troubled housing association put tenants at risk

30 March, 2017

Serious governance failure identified at Glasgow HA

Gap between LHA and cheapest rents making housing unaffordable for under-35s

30 March, 2017

The gap between LHA rates and rents has widened to the point where private rented housing is "out of reach" for under-35s

Healey warns housebuilders over Help to Buy figures

30 March, 2017

With Help to Buy figures out, Shadow Housing Secretary warns housebuilders: improve or risk losing cash

Brexit and Beyond

30 March, 2017

Making a success of EU exit in housing

The decision to leave the European Union has implications for every corner of British industry, including the housing sector

Court orders agent who stole £221,000 from landlords and tenants to repay just £50

30 March, 2017

A Proceeds of Crime case has resulted in the recovery of just £50 out of £221,000 stolen from members of the public by a crooked letting agent

Help to Buy used by over a million

30 March, 2017

More than 259,000 people have already bought a home using one of the government's flagship Help to Buy schemes, and over 868,000 have opened a Help to buy: ISA

Money manager tool for Universal Credit claimants

30 March, 2017

An online budgeting tool for people who claim Universal Credit has been launched by the Department for Work and Pensions

Personal Independence Payment evaluation: wave 1 claimant survey findings

30 March, 2017

This research seeks to understand claimants' experiences of making a claim for Personal Independence Payment

DWP payments over £25,000 for 2017

30 March, 2017

Payments over £25,000 that DWP has made in 2017, including invoices, grants and expenses

Housing Benefit Assurance Process (HBAP)

30 March, 2017

These Housing Benefit (subsidy) Assurance Process modules are for reporting accountants and local authorities to use

Some more renting good news!

30 March, 2017

In another step forwards in increasing rights for tenants the Government announced that it will use its powers to make Client Money Protect mandatory for all letting and managing agents

Change afoot for homeless families on Universal Credit?

30 March, 2017

Paying housing costs through Universal Credit is causing problems for tenants, landlords and local councils alike

Council to invest £1bn in social housing

30 March, 2017

Stevenage Council are set to invest £1bn in council housing, in a 30-year investment plan

Painting disabled people as 'workshy': that's what benefits cuts are all about

30 March, 2017

The latest government changes equate illness with a lack of motivation, as welfare becomes a tool to modify behaviour

Lettings fee ban risks 'up to 16,000 agency jobs'

29 March, 2017

The tenant fees ban will hit loyal renters the hardest, while between 4,000 and 16,000 letting agent jobs could be at risk

Associations should publish half-yearly accounts

29 March, 2017

Housing associations should publish half-year accounts and report all market-sensitive disclosures on their website to comply with the needs of investors

West Ham tenants' anger over 40 per cent rent hike

29 March, 2017

A group of tenants is up in arms after their landlord announced a 40 per cent rent hike

Fee ban costs 'loyal' PRS tenants

29 March, 2017

The Government's proposed ban on letting agent fees could cost tenants who stay in properties the longest hundreds of pounds

Government rejects calls to halt Universal Credit roll out

29 March, 2017

The government has rejected calls to halt the roll out of Universal Credit

Councils welcome government's Universal Credit U-turn

29 March, 2017

Councils have welcomed the government's move to make households that are made homeless exempt from Universal Credit following reports rent arrears bills have started to rack up

Government will use Help to Buy to police leasehold practices

29 March, 2017

The government will only support builders which adopt "acceptable terms" to leasehold properties with its Help to Buy Equity Loan programme

New Rugg to cover private rented sector

29 March, 2017

Confirmation of an updated independent review of the sector follows Propertymark conference

Disability benefits: MPs granted emergency debate in final attempt to halt controversial curbs

29 March, 2017

Ministers to be accused of a 'troubling subversion of democracy' after sneaking through the changes to Personal Independence Payments

Lenders are continuing to invest in social housing

29 March, 2017

Lenders are continuing to invest in the Scottish social housing sector and registered social landlords continue to have access to sufficient finance

Buy to Let index - March 2017

29 March, 2017

March 2017 - East and South East rents rise as demand outside London rockets

Agents throwing in the towel because of financial difficulties and other worries

29 March, 2017

Agents are quitting the industry because of the state of their own finances and amid concerns over the future

It's a housing class war as the Tories set their sights on young people

29 March, 2017

Britain today: the Treasury gives away thousands to young people saving up to buy, but most young single people find housing almost completely out of reach

Show your fees! Campaign to get letting agents to obey law steps into second phase

28 March, 2017

Almost 180 letting agents in parts of Berkshire and Hampshire are now being targeted in a campaign to find out if they are displaying fees correctly

Letting agents urged to help stop tenant fees ban confusion

28 March, 2017

The private rental sector will suffer if the industry doesn't work together to end confusion around the tenant fees ban, Endsleigh has warned

DCLG opens talks with associations over rent setting post-2020

28 March, 2017

Civil servants have opened talks with the sector over rent setting post-2020, with a return to an inflation-linked deal among the options discussed

Client Money Protection set to become compulsory

28 March, 2017

Compulsory Client Money Protection schemes are set to be introduced for agents under recommendations from a government working group

Nearly £2billion worth of housing benefit owed to the Government due to 'overpayment' errors to tenants

28 March, 2017

The Department of Work and Pensions sparked fresh uproar over wasting taxpayers' cash

Blackburn man stripped housing association flat after eviction notice

28 March, 2017

A man who was told he was being kicked out of his housing association flat responded by stripping the property

Hard Brexit could hit rented sector: Chartered Institute of Housing

28 March, 2017

A 'hard' Brexit would disproportionately hit the UK private rented sector if immigration volumes from the rest of the European Union fell

Letting the market down?

28 March, 2017

Assessing the economic impacts of the proposed ban on letting agents fees

Total turnover in the residential lettings sector in England and Wales is around £4 billion and it employs around 58,000 workers

Homes for social house sharing

28 March, 2017

Development pilot in Kent sees homes built for social tenants to share

Housing Benefit quality assurance process: good practice guide

28 March, 2017

Good practice to help local authorities ensure the processing of Housing Benefit claims is accurate and secure

Why private renters in England worry about losing their home

28 March, 2017

In England, a shocking three in ten private renters worried about losing their home in the last year

Private landlords need a better deal from Universal Credit

27 March, 2017

Tenants and landlords rightly want to ensure that rents are paid in full and on time

UC policy to be reversed for homeless families

27 March, 2017

Homeless families set to receive housing benefit rather than universal credit due to design flaws in the new benefits system

Scotland extends welfare fund to help 18-21 year olds with housing costs

27 March, 2017

Interim assistance for Scottish 18 to 21-year-olds at risk through Westminster imposed changes to housing benefit

Housing Benefit subsidy initial estimates: Apr 2017 to Mar 2018

27 March, 2017

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

Welfare reform update - March 2017

27 March, 2017

Future funding of Supported Housing Inquiry update

Nine homes by the age of nine - housing instability marks lives of children in poverty

27 March, 2017

The stress and uncertainty of repeatedly packing up their lives and moving home is becoming a worryingly normal part of life for some children growing up in poverty

Council tax bills to rise in nine out of 10 English local authorities

27 March, 2017

Figures are in stark contrast to five years ago when 90% of local authorities froze or cut council tax

How one council is beating Britain's housing crisis

27 March, 2017

Fancy a three-bed semi with a garden for £152,000? Or rent at less than £500 per month? Sheffield is showing other local authorities how to build again

What Would Help Older Private Tenants?

27 March, 2017

We're just over halfway through Age UK London's project to raise awareness and find solutions for older private tenants in London

Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) in Great Britain: Feb 2017

27 March, 2017

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

High Court leaves council's affordable housing policy in limbo

24 March, 2017

Ruling has implications for authorities across the country over the interpretation of development policies

HB S5/2017

24 March, 2017

Removal of temporary accommodation management fee in Housing Benefit subsidy from 1 April 2017

HB A6/2017

24 March, 2017

The Pensions Act 2014 (Consequential, Supplementary and Incidental Amendments) Order 2017

Disability benefit spending and the recent change to regulations

24 March, 2017

PIP is the main working age benefit paid to disabled people who may face additional costs of living

Proportion of private rented homes to fall as landlord property sales are set to outstrip purchases

24 March, 2017

The private rented sector could be set to contract in size as property sales by existing landlords are predicted to outstrip purchases by the end of the year

The future is private

24 March, 2017

The current level of grant funding in Scotland is a fantastic opportunity for housing associations to drive up the delivery of new affordable homes

Right to Buy extension pilot could damage supply in West Midlands

24 March, 2017

A West Midlands pilot of the Right to Buy for housing associations could add to stock pressures in the region

Civil servant quizzed over supported housing funding rationale

24 March, 2017

The government plans to use LHA rates as a measure for capping benefit in supported housing because they are "already there" a senior civil servant has admitted

Total mortgage lending in UK still affected by weakness in buy to let

24 March, 2017

Gross mortgage lending in the UK reached £18.2 billion in February, down 8% on January's lending total of £19.8 billion but not far from the £18.1 billion lent in February last year

Tenants would pay an extra £200 a month on rent for perfect flatmate

24 March, 2017

What is the price of the perfect tenant? According to other renters it can be up to an extra £200 on top of the current rent

Rogue landlords round-up

23 March, 2017

Cases from Glasgow and Worcester lead to banning orders and fines

Want to reduce homelessness? We need longer tenancies

23 March, 2017

With the passing of Bob Blackman's Homelessness Reduction Bill, there is a renewed emphasis on preventing homelessness

Agents and landlords set to be given new responsibilities for policing immigration post-Brexit

23 March, 2017

The private rented sector will take on much of the 'heavy lifting' in terms of immigration control after Brexit

Charities criticise 'woefully insufficient' government fund to address LHA rate freeze

23 March, 2017

Charities have slammed a government fund intended to mitigate the worst effects of the Local Housing Allowance freeze

LibDem's Farron condemns right-to-buy figures as selling a city to build a village

23 March, 2017

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has hit out at the lack of replacement council homes built or acquired to replace those sold off under the Government's reinvigorated right-to-buy policy

In Liverpool, Tory cuts have brought a city and its people to breaking point

23 March, 2017

Adding up the impact of slashed benefits and a 58% reduction in central funding, the council says it's England's poorest wards that are being hit again and again

Pressure mounts on UK government to halt universal credit

23 March, 2017

New system is leaving people destitute, renewing calls for its roll-out to be halted

The homelessness monitor: England 2017

23 March, 2017

The Homelessness Monitor: England 2017 is the sixth annual report of an independent study

It considers both the consequences of the post-2007 economic and housing market recession, and the subsequent recovery, and also the impact of policy changes

Universal Credit arrears 'frightening'

22 March, 2017

The deliberate exclusion of social landlords from the Universal Credit system means arrears levels are even worse than was originally feared

End of Help to Buy needs to be managed carefully to protect the market

22 March, 2017

The Government must work out a way to "sensibly exit" its Help to Buy home buying policy in order to protect housebuilders

Councils warn housing shortfall and benefit cuts fuel rising homelessness

22 March, 2017

Report calls on the government to invest in schemes that support people into the private rented sector such as a national rent deposit guarantee

SFHA welcomes Scottish Government call to halt Universal Credit full service roll-out

22 March, 2017

Feedback from SFHA members has revealed the system is causing hardship to vulnerable households and has resulted in unprecedented levels of rent arrears

Renters in far worse financial health than home owners

22 March, 2017

Private renters go on fewer holidays, save less money and are more likely to make forced cutbacks than those with a mortgage

How clean is clean? How to avoid a filthy problem at the end of a tenancy

22 March, 2017

Our figures on disputes tell us that cleaning is the most common issue that will cause a dispute to arise. Although less than 1% of tenancies end in dispute, of these, cleaning is mentioned in 57%

Mhairi Black: benefit sanctions don't work. And Westminster knows it

22 March, 2017

Mhairi Black says the Tories' system of benefit sanctions is designed to victimise the most vulnerable in society

Are pantry schemes the new food banks?

22 March, 2017

More than 4 million people in Britain regularly go a whole day without eating. For just £2.50 a week, food clubs are filling their cupboards

Rising food and fuel prices hoist UK inflation rate to 2.3%

21 March, 2017

Standard of living fears build as wage growth slows and inflation leaps from 1.8% in January to highest level since September 2013

Four rogue landlords in Govanhill barred from renting properties

21 March, 2017

Four landlords from Govanhill in Glasgow have been barred from the Scottish Landlord Register

Buy-to-Let Watch: BTL is not the only fruit

21 March, 2017

Listening to the Budget earlier this month I found myself feeling something I had never expected to feel: actual frustration that housing was not being given a mention

Bid to ban private contractors from hated PIP assessments

21 March, 2017

Amendments to be tabled to social security bill banning private companies undertaking assessments on disabled people

UK rental growth slowest in four years

21 March, 2017

The pace of UK rental growth has slowed to its lowest level since 2013 as the government begins to shift its stance away from homeownership

We need to talk about the private rented sector

21 March, 2017

In the last 10 years we have seen rapid growth in the private rented sector

Letting Agent Plus: helping letting agents support private tenants to sustain their tenancies

21 March, 2017

With 14% of all households in Scotland now calling the private rented sector home compared with just 5% back in 1999, more people than ever are looking to the private rented sector for long-term housing solutions

Tax change is biggest issue for UK buy to let landlords

21 March, 2017

Tax change is the biggest issue for buy to let landlords in the UK with many having concerns about how they will manage their business with the changes to mortgage relief finance

CMA says it cannot review letting agent fees because of 'insufficient time before ban'

21 March, 2017

The Competition and Markets Authority has rejected calls for a review of the lettings industry market, including the fees charged by agents, saying there is no time

Tory benefits boss slammed after dismissing concerns welfare system is forcing people into rent arrears

21 March, 2017

Damian Green claimed "teething problems" had cleared up despite council figures showing average rent arrears of more than £900 among some Universal Credit claimants

The state of the UK rental market

20 March, 2017

Rents across the UK continued to grow in 2016, rising by 1.12% between January and November, but the pace of growth slowed to half the 2.34% seen over the same period in 2015

Landlords stand by agents following tenant fees ban

20 March, 2017

The majority of landlords who use a letting agent will continue to do so even if they see their premiums rise following a ban on tenant fees

Wales: abolition of Right to Buy heads 'home'

20 March, 2017

Major consultation targets social housing tenants, prospective tenants and those who have bought homes under the scheme

HB G3/2017

20 March, 2017

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit (HB) staff

Ban on letting fees to cost single-office business £85,000 a year

20 March, 2017

A ban on letting agent fees charged to tenants will result in a loss of income of £85,000 for a single-office business and over £850,000 for a multi-branch network

Agents beware - failure to show letting fees is resulting in penalties being issued all over country

20 March, 2017

The obligation to display your letting agency fees on your website and within branches has been a requirement for almost two years now, through section 83 of the Consumer Rights Act in 2015

Barwell: West Midlands 'strong contender' for Right to Buy pilot

20 March, 2017

Gavin Barwell has said the West Midlands is a "strong contender" for the regional pilot scheme of the Right to Buy extension

Tory cuts to housing benefit show the "nasty party" lives on

20 March, 2017

In the Tories' cuts to young people's housing benefit, the nasty legacy of Cameron and Osborne lives on

I am a legal aid lawyer for people facing eviction - they are the real Daniel Blakes

20 March, 2017

From the care leaver paying £650 a month to live in a shed to the tenant with one light bulb, I never get used to the stories - and they are increasingly desperate

Buy-to-let bonds could be hit by falling rents in London and the south east

17 March, 2017

Falling rents in London and the south east could hurt buy-to-let bonds

Woman jailed after dishonestly claiming more than £40,000 in benefits

17 March, 2017

Julie Gillard was overpaid income support, council tax support and housing benefits over a period of more than four years

Rogue landlord fitted with electronic tag after 'unforgivable' campaign of harassment against single mum

17 March, 2017

A landlord has been fitted with an electronic tag after a "campaign of harassment" against a tenant that including switching off her heating and electricity in the middle of winter

Housing Benefit subsidy guidance manual 2016 to 2017

17 March, 2017

This guidance is for local authorities. It explains the subsidies DWP pays them for certain costs of the Housing Benefit (HB) scheme

Landlords' Barometer - #47: 'Buy-to-let is dead'?

17 March, 2017

Welcome to my first Landlords' Barometer following the Spring Budget 2017. Here is some of our latest content from what is the UK's busiest landlord community

Government replaces just 1 in 5 affordable homes sold under Right to Buy

17 March, 2017

Lib Dems seize on newly released DCLG Right to Buy stats to go at the government again - soon after winning a crucial concession

Bedford MP presses government to deliver 'right to buy' for housing association tenants

17 March, 2017

Mr Fuller urged the Minister to fulfil the government's manifesto pledge to remove the unfairness in law that denies housing association tenants the right to buy their home

Proposals for regulations and policy supporting the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016

17 March, 2017

Analysis of responses to the public consultation exercise

Government 'head in the sand' over Universal Credit

16 March, 2017

"Flabbergasting" response from DWP to the Commons Work and Pensions Committee downplays the impact of issues around the roll out

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to January 2017

16 March, 2017

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

Housing Benefit subsidy audited final claims: Apr 2015 to Mar 2016

16 March, 2017

This is the local authority Housing Benefit audit final claims expenditure and subsidy data for the financial year 2015 to 2016

The Personal Independence Payment (Amendment) Regulations 2017: SSAC correspondence

16 March, 2017

A letter to the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work about the Personal Independence Payment (Amendment) Regulations 2017

Housing body shares its concerns over implementation of Universal Credit

16 March, 2017

Housing professionals in Scotland have expressed concern at the potential for a negative social impact and spiralling costs as a result of implementing Universal Credit

Pay-to-Stay changes stopped

16 March, 2017

Pay-to-Stay - a proposal to increase local authority housing rents for higher earners - will not be implemented by St Albans City and District Council

Welfare reforms risk undermining housing aims

16 March, 2017

The government's welfare reforms risk undermining its aim to make housing more accessible

A dozen associations 'have 2,000 supported housing units on hold'

16 March, 2017

A dozen housing associations have almost 2,000 partially developed supported housing units on hold due to uncertainty over funding

New crackdown on rogue agents and landlords set to come in - with £30,000 penalties

16 March, 2017

A new crackdown on rogue agents and landlords will come into force within weeks

Crooked letting agent jailed for 19 months after fleecing would-be tenants

16 March, 2017

A crooked agent who kept over £15,000 in holding deposits has been jailed for 19 months and banned from being a company director for five years

Government welfare experts slam ministers for denying PIP disability benefits to 160,000 vulnerable people

16 March, 2017

Anger as Damian Green, the Work and Pensions Secretary, refuses to allow MPs to vote on the changes - insisting that is "above my pay grade"

Government urged to tackle zero-hours work as job figures reveal 'record high'

16 March, 2017

Unions are calling for the Government to tackle the rise in zero-hours work after new figures showed a record 905,000 people are employed on the controversial contracts in their main job

Shifting attitudes to welfare: Insights into our 'change audience'

15 March, 2017

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

Future proofing housing supply

15 March, 2017

A report from the housing forum working group on new solutions to boost housing supply

Universal Credit Statistics

15 March, 2017

Universal Credit aims to reduce poverty, by making work pay, and to help claimants and their families to become more independent

The cost of landlord licensing

15 March, 2017

Almost one in five local authorities in England have at least one discretionary licensing scheme - but at what cost?

MPs must now debate calls for rent payments to be used for mortgage affordability

15 March, 2017

MPs are to debate a petition calling for rental payments to be deemed as enough proof that a borrower can afford a mortgage

Civil penalties date for landlords

15 March, 2017

Landlords can be issued with civil penalty notices for housing breaches as of April 6th the government has now confirmed

Economic sentiment among associations 'at highest point since crash'

15 March, 2017

Economic sentiment among housing associations is at its highest level since the financial crisis

Housing associations and councils to give LHA evidence to UK parliamentary committees

15 March, 2017

The UK Parliament's work and pensions and communities and local government committees will hear from housing associations and local authorities

March for homes planned to take on Tories attack on social housing

15 March, 2017

Housing activists have called a national demonstration for 24 June to go on the offensive against Tory attacks on social housing

DWP 'tells disability benefits assessors to discriminate against people with mental health conditions'

15 March, 2017

It comes after ministers suggested people with anxiety do not really need help

Scottish Government launches scrutiny guide for tenants

15 March, 2017

The Scottish Government has urged tenants to use a new guide to scrutinise social landlords in order to improve services

Discretionary Housing Payments and long term awards

15 March, 2017

This was a judicial review of H&F's refusal of Discretionary Housing Payments to Ms H. Ms H has severe autism and learning and behavioural difficulties

Finding the Fix: Why we must protect housing benefit for 18-21 year olds

14 March, 2017

On a quiet Friday afternoon, the DWP laid draft regulations to end automatic entitlement to housing benefit for 18-21 year olds

Social housing retrofit survey shows data 'key to success'

14 March, 2017

Social housing providers put £120m into retrofitting projects over the past year

Within eight years, as many private tenants as home owners in London

14 March, 2017

Private renting in London is predicted to catch up with owner-occupation by 2025

Is this the beginning of the end for Right to Buy in the UK?

14 March, 2017

The Welsh Government has introduced legislation to end the Right to Buy scheme in the country, triggering suggestions that England could follow suit as social rental housing continues its decline

Lack of robust thinking on affordable housing

14 March, 2017

The co-leader of the Green Party says the leading opposition parties are not doing enough to make the case for genuinely affordable housing

Crime In The Private & Social Housing Sectors

14 March, 2017

Paul Shamplina from Landlord Action, Stephen Gabriel of Sandwell Borough Council & Katrina Robinson join Richard Blanco to explain the nature of crime in the private and social housing sectors

Northern Irish tenants could be hit with surprise bedroom tax

14 March, 2017

Up to 1,500 social housing tenants could be hit by the bedroom tax if they move home

Why Right to Buy was 'the only good thing Thatcher did for Wales', according to the people it helped

14 March, 2017

More than 139,000 housing units in Wales have been bought by tenants since 1980

Lettings administrator who stole over £14,000 in deposits is spared jail

13 March, 2017

A lettings administrator who stole over £14,000 in tenants' deposits has escaped jail

Abolition of the right to buy and associated rights (Wales) bill

13 March, 2017

The Abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights (Wales) Bill will end all variations of the Right to Buy and the Right to Acquire

Civitas Social Housing buys supported living properties for £9.1m

13 March, 2017

London-listed investment trust Civitas Social Housing has bought a portfolio of supported living properties across Britain for £9.1m

Brexit to have minimal impact on buy-to-let market

13 March, 2017

As the government prepares to invoke Article 50 to leave the EU, very few experts forecast that Brexit will have an adverse affect on the buy-to-let market

Call for affordable housing in London amid rent squeeze

13 March, 2017

The high cost of renting a house in London has fuelled a huge increase in the number of people in the capital who do not have enough income for a decent standard of living

Associations will not build supported housing without LHA cap certainty

13 March, 2017

Housing associations will not spend government funding earmarked for supported housing schemes unless more certainty is given over the Local Housing Allowance cap

Landlords slam Chancellor's 'undermining' of efforts to solve Scotland's housing crisis

13 March, 2017

Scotland's largest membership organisation for landlords has strongly criticised Hammond for not reversing tax changes which will result in a reduced supply of affordable housing in Scotland

Revealed: every benefit cut to hit families in Liverpool since Tories elected

13 March, 2017

Groundbreaking study reveals huge cost of welfare cuts for 55,000 families in the city

Buy to Let index - February 2017

13 March, 2017

Rental market has strong start to 2017

The end of Right to Buy in Wales

13 March, 2017

As Wales consigns the Right to Buy to history, Westminster seems hellbent on the destruction of value created in the past

Poplar HARCA drives down arrears with RentSense

10 March, 2017

Poplar HARCA have created efficiencies, reduced arrears and prepared themselves for Universal Credit by investing in Mobysoft's RentSense application

Council commits to mitigating Bedroom Tax

10 March, 2017

The City of Cardiff Council has reaffirmed its commitment to assisting council tenants affected by the Bedroom Tax

Benefits cuts are the biggest worry after the Budget

10 March, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of families will be hit

Budget 2017 is a big disappointment for landlords

10 March, 2017

Chancellor Phillip Hammond's Budget 2017 was his last chance to offer a financial olive branch to landlords braced to pay more tax when they lose mortgage interest relief in April

HB S4/2017 (REVISED)

10 March, 2017

New Burdens funding: Changes to Work-related Activity Group payments in Employment and Support Allowance

Selective licensing in Newham: a local scheme of national significance

10 March, 2017

When Newham Council introduced the first borough-wide licensing scheme in 2013, it looked like a novel way to improve their booming private rented sector

How private landlords' tax bills will rocket after 'unjust legislation'

10 March, 2017

There will be an enormous leap in tax bills for private landlords when tax reforms kick into place

Two councils publish league tables on how much agents charge tenants

10 March, 2017

New data on how much local letting agents charge in tenants' fees has been published by the councils of Bournemouth and Brighton & Hove

Councils should be able to borrow against existing properties

10 March, 2017

Councils should be able to borrow against existing properties to increase housebuilding at a local level

Scrapping housing benefit for 18-year-olds? The Tories have Cone Syndrome

10 March, 2017

Hammond's budget leaves the housing crisis unsolved and this bad plan to cut housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds will cost more than it saves

How housing benefit cuts for the young will hit the North East's grandparents too

10 March, 2017

No housing benefit for under 21s will put more young people on the streets - and strain grans who have to care for three generations of their family

I'm 82 and MPs need to hear my views on this devastating housing benefit cap

10 March, 2017

If this cap goes ahead, my wife and I face a shortfall of £609 a year. I don't know how we'd cope if we have to leave our sheltered home

The sector in stats

10 March, 2017

The UK Housing Review, published by the Chartered Institute of Housing this week, consists of more than 200 charts and tables

No DSS: Most flat shares refuse benefit claimants

09 March, 2017

Landlords are more likely to accept potential renters who own pets than people claiming benefits

Hammond is hoping nobody notices benefits freeze

09 March, 2017

The real significance of the Budget was the decision not to ease the effects of the government's benefits freeze

Budget 2017: housing cuts in spotlight

09 March, 2017

Funding for social care and apprenticeships were the winners in a low-key Budget

Tax reforms harming access to rented housing for 'vulnerable tenants'

09 March, 2017

Vulnerable tenants are finding it harder to access rented housing because of tax changes being introduced by the Government

Rent a room allowance review hidden in budget small print

09 March, 2017

The government will review the way rent a room relief operates - in what appears to be a bid to tackle the rise of short term lettings

Damaging Welfare Reforms Not Addressed in Spring Budget

09 March, 2017

Chancellor Philip Hammond's Spring Budget announced an increase of £350million to the Scottish Budget

Testing the water

09 March, 2017

The 'full-service' Universal Credit roll-out is being road tested in pilots across the country

Rental growth expectations strengthen further

09 March, 2017

Lack of landlord instructions drives rental growth expectations higher

The Experience of Universal Credit: A Tenant's Perspective

09 March, 2017

Housing Associations in Wales provide 158,000 affordable homes and housing related services to around 10% of the Welsh population

This report captures the voice of tenants of housing associations, who were or were going to soon be receiving universal credit payments

Rules stopping MPs helping benefit claimants to be scrapped

09 March, 2017

U-turn by ministers comes after Guardian revealed DWP was preventing MPs from pursuing individual universal credit cases

The government is 'wiping out the buy-to-let economy'

09 March, 2017

Philip Hammond's failure to reverse the previous chancellor George Osborne's deeply unpopular tax reforms will have far-reaching implications for the buy-to-let industry

What does the Budget mean for buy-to-let landlords?

09 March, 2017

This Budget was mooted as the last chance for the Chancellor to reverse changes to tax relief for landlords which is set to be cut next month

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

09 March, 2017

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

The government's welfare cuts are hurting their efforts to stop homelessness

08 March, 2017

Renters on a low income breathed a sigh of relief last year when the government said it would not make any additional benefit cuts

NLA Budget response: No news still bad news for landlords

08 March, 2017

We're pleased the Government has listened to our calls to delay the implementation of the Making Tax Digital programme

It's for their own good, says Govt, as MPs debate

08 March, 2017

Young people affected by the Government's housing benefit cut for 18-21 year olds will be expected to change their behaviour and live with their parents

Universal Credit in crisis: Calls for roll-out to be halted

08 March, 2017

Claimants on low incomes being left destitute with the introduction of the controversial system

Philip Hammond urged to pause cut in benefits for widowed parents

08 March, 2017

More than 3,200 people write to MPs to say reforms to bereaved support payments will leave 75% of people worse off in cash terms

Government refuses to publish housing benefit cut assessment

08 March, 2017

The government has refused to publish its equalities assessment into the removal of housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds

Government will not legislate for Right to Buy extension

08 March, 2017

The government will not legislate to force councils to extend the Right to Buy to affordable homes built through their housing companies

£70 million to build new council homes and ease Cambridge's housing crisis

08 March, 2017

The cash would pay for 500 new homes to be built in the city within five years

Benefit changes could cost working single parents up to £2,850 a year

08 March, 2017

The Chancellor said there is no spending spree in the 2017 Budget - as figures make new claims about the devastating impact of welfare cuts

Scotland's tidiest and most green-fingered renters revealed

08 March, 2017

One in four private tenants has deductions taken from their deposit when they leave the property but almost all successfully claim the cash back

A state of disrepair

08 March, 2017

Housing is the largest outgoing most people will have in their lifetime

Universal Credit: changes to limited capability for work payments

08 March, 2017

This guide explains changes to Universal Credit limited capability for work payments from 3 April 2017

Bracing for Impact: How aware are buy-to-let landlords of changes?

07 March, 2017

Recent YouGov Reports survey data suggests that mortgaged buy-to-let landlords are fairly well informed of new tax and regulatory measures

Disabled people failed by labyrinthine benefits system

07 March, 2017

Many disabled benefits claimants are 'liable to face years of illness in dire poverty'

Government guidance on complying with 2018 energy regulations

07 March, 2017

Guidance for landlords and enforcement authorities on the minimum level of energy efficiency required to let non-domestic property under the Energy Efficiency Regulations 2015

Redress scheme left us 'high and dry' after expulsion of rogue agent

07 March, 2017

Landlords and tenants who say they have been defrauded by a rogue letting agent have hit out at one of the government-authorised redress schemes

Housing benefit cuts 'put young people at risk of homelessness'

07 March, 2017

Tenants aged 18 to 21 face exclusion from private rental market if stripped of benefit entitlement

Budget 2017: Will the Chancellor have a trick up his sleeve for buy-to-let?

07 March, 2017

On 8th March, Philip Hammond will deliver his first and last Spring Budget before the Autumn Statement becomes the calendar's main fiscal policy event

Budget 2017 (background): welfare changes in April

07 March, 2017

In September 2016 Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Damian Green reaffirmed the Government's commitment to make "no new cuts" to social security and tax credits

Extra £47m to tackle hated bedroom tax

07 March, 2017

Ministers announce more funding to counteract bedroom tax in Scotland

HB Direct issue 175

06 March, 2017

Wider Use of Real Time Information Service Rollout

Welfare mitigation 'overwhelmed' by further social security cuts

06 March, 2017

Scottish HAs say a boost to DHP offered by Holyrood cannot fully mitigate the impact of the Benefit Cap

Over three-quarters of landlords have no plans to expand this year

06 March, 2017

Over three-quarters of landlords have no intention of expanding their property portfolios within the next year, with 10.5% saying they will be selling off properties amid concerns over impending tax changes

Housing shortage forces councils to spend £2 million a day on temporary accommodation

06 March, 2017

A chronic shortage of affordable housing is forcing cash-strapped councils to spend more than £2 million a day on temporary accommodation for homeless families

Benefit freeze leaves families facing steep rent rise or eviction

06 March, 2017

Teachers and other public sector workers risk homelessness

London Councils claim extra £470m could be spent on housebuilding if boroughs were allowed to keep all RTB receipts

06 March, 2017

If the Government slashed red tape and let them keep receipts from right-to-buy sales, then London's borough councils would have an extra £470 million to spend on building new homes

Scheme to combat rogue lettings agents under attack

06 March, 2017

Landlords and tenants who have been defrauded by a rogue letting agent say a government-approved scheme set up to protect them is useless

Everything you need to know about a cut to housing benefit, which leave young people on the streets

06 March, 2017

The move has been condemned by campaigners and charities who fear it will lead to more young people on the streets

Scrapping housing benefit for 18- to 21-year-olds won't even save us that much money - it's ideological cruelty

06 March, 2017

When just 11,000 people will be affected - small fry in financial terms - it's hard to escape the conclusion that the goal isn't really to help people at all, but to punish them

Philippa Stroud: Hammond should boost Universal Credit now - and cut the deficit through more welfare reform later

03 March, 2017

Budgets should be, and always have the potential to be, nation-changing, nation-shaping events

Zero hours contracts reach record levels

03 March, 2017

The number of people on controversial zero hours contracts has reached a record high of 910,000

Social landlords need to be 'more open' to complaints

03 March, 2017

Some Scottish social landlords need to be "more open and responsive" to complaints

Three quarters of associations want rent freedom

03 March, 2017

More than three quarters of housing associations support having rent freedom

House sellers 'should pay stamp duty'

03 March, 2017

Stamp duty should be a tax on property sellers, rather than buyers, to help those trying to buy their first home

Home ownership in England at a 30-year low

03 March, 2017

English Housing Survey finds private rented sector doubled in size since 2004, with ownership at lowest level since 1985

Letting agents face six months in prison or £50,000 fines if they don't sign up to mandatory register

03 March, 2017

Letting agents in Scotland face criminal sanctions if they do not sign up to a mandatory register, laying down a marker for what could happen in England if licensing were introduced south of the border

Landlord confidence drops as tax cuts approach

03 March, 2017

One of Britain's biggest mortgage lenders has released a snapshot of the buy to let market that reveals landlord confidence is ebbing

Living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK: 2016-17 to 2021-22

03 March, 2017

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

Impact of Universal Credit

03 March, 2017

Over four-fifths of respondents say that people on zero-hour contracts have difficulty meeting their housing costs

Almost all respondents were aware of tenants turning to food banks

Councils forced to pay £800m in RTB cash back to Treasury

02 March, 2017

Labour on the attack saying the sum could have built more than 12,500 new homes

PRS: so much more than a roof over your head

02 March, 2017

Significant investment into the UK's Private Rented Sector is seeing new developments provide far more than just a roof over occupants' heads

English Housing Survey

02 March, 2017

Headline Report, 2015-16

The English Housing Survey (EHS) is a national survey of people's housing circumstances and the condition and energy efficiency of housing in England

HB A4/2017

02 March, 2017

The Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit (Miscellaneous Amendments and Transitional and Savings Provisions) Regulations 2017

Private landlord association hits 30,000 members

02 March, 2017

30,000 landlords are now members of the Residential Landlords Association - just 18 months after membership hit the 20,000 mark

Government to make bedroom tax change five months after court judgment

02 March, 2017

The government will change its bedroom tax regulations five months after the Supreme Court ruled the policy was discriminatory for some households with a disabled person

Theresa May admits Government's social security experts were not consulted about disability benefits cuts

02 March, 2017

But The Independent can reveal the Social Security Advisory Committee will consider the new Personal Independence Payments regulations next week

'Affordable housing'? Not in Manchester. So we have made our own rules

02 March, 2017

Residents with an income under the national average can't afford rent at 80% of market rate

Single-parent families launch benefit cap legal challenge

02 March, 2017

The High Court has granted a legal challenge of the lower benefit cap brought by four single-parent families

Where are UK renters most satisfied?

02 March, 2017

A new survey has revealed whereabouts in the UK renters are most and least satisfied

Universal Credit: Rollout speeds up but leaves problems in its wake

01 March, 2017

A key parliamentary committee has re-launched an inquiry into Universal Credit

Broken promises: What has happened to support for low-income working families under universal credit?

01 March, 2017

This briefing presents some of the analysis to be published in a forthcoming report assessing the impacts of cuts to benefits from 2010 to 2020

Tenants terminating tenancies as Universal Credit rolls out

01 March, 2017

Northern Housing Consortium releases its latest findings on the impact of Universal Credit

Tenant fees ban slammed as 'populist policy' that will help no one

01 March, 2017

Only a minority of tenants want longer-term tenancies

Economist warns that Government assault on buy-to-let could result in rents 30% higher

01 March, 2017

House-price linked mortgages could help lenders address the balance of solvency and helping buyers to get on the property ladder

Right to Buy 'only justifiable' if replacements built

01 March, 2017

The housing minister has pledged to look again at Right to Buy rules after he said the policy is "only politically justifiable" if the government is delivering replacement homes

MP slams new scheme aimed at helping slum landlords

01 March, 2017

A new scheme designed to assist landlords with housing repairs in Peterborough has been slammed by a local MP

Barwell: 1% rent cut unhelpful for development plans

01 March, 2017

The housing minister has admitted the 1% rent cut has not helped housing associations and councils increase the number of homes they can build

LIN member report March 2017 - The Budget and beyond

01 March, 2017

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

Chartered Institute of Housing welcomes clarification on registration of letting agents

28 February, 2017

New Scottish Government guidance offers advice on who is and isn't required to registered

The five stages of renting

28 February, 2017

For many renting is the only realistic option

Freeze on Local Housing Allowance rates 'must be scrapped'

28 February, 2017

The freeze on Local Housing Allowance rates must be scrapped to open up the private rented sector to the homeless

Volunteer - you won't lose your benefits

28 February, 2017

New guidance produced by Scottish charities and the UK government clarifies the rules around volunteering when on benefits

South West social landlord securing rent intelligently

28 February, 2017

North Devon Homes is using data to collect rent efficiently whilst also keeping tenants in their homes

Wales already licenses all letting agents, Scotland is about to - so how about it, Mr Hammond!

28 February, 2017

ARLA has called on the Chancellor to introduce licensing of letting agents in England

Landlords urged to hold off from incorporating until after Budget

28 February, 2017

The NLA is urging members to hold off from incorporating in case the Government tries to clamp down on limited companies being formed to mitigate income mortgage interest relief changes

May adviser regrets saying benefits should only go to 'really disabled' people

28 February, 2017

Tory policy chief George Freeman says he 'hugely regrets' remarks suggesting funds should not go to people with anxiety

Calls for government to abandon housing benefit cuts

28 February, 2017

Housing and homeless organisations are concerned the cutback will lead to further hardship for the homeless

Scottish ministers demand 'urgent reassurance' over housing benefit changes

28 February, 2017

Scottish ministers have demanded "urgent reassurance" from the UK government over the scrapping of housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds

Housing associations call for long-term plan for supported housing

28 February, 2017

Three of Scotland's largest housing associations have joined together to urge the Scottish Government to find a solution on how to fund supported housing

Pressure mounts on DWP to replace sanctions with warnings

27 February, 2017

Influential committee of MPs urge DWP to trial warning system in place of punitive benefit sanctions

Oxford City Council plans to guarantee private tenants' rent

27 February, 2017

Oxford City Council is planning to guarantee the rent of people at risk of becoming homeless, as it prepares for the introduction of the Homelessness Reduction Bill

Universal Credit and you

27 February, 2017

This document gives an introduction to Universal Credit for people who are claiming it

HB S2/2017

27 February, 2017

Final New Burdens payment 2016/17 for the Real Time Information Bulk Data Matching Initiative

Time to drop the 'hated' ban on housing benefit for 18-21s

27 February, 2017

Reports over the weekend suggest Ministers and advisers are looking again at controversial plans to bar 18-21s from claiming housing benefit

Alafat welcomes MPs' inquiry into impact of DWP's lower benefit cap on low-income families

27 February, 2017

An inquiry into the impact the Government's lowered benefit cap is having on Britain's households has been welcome by the CIH

Buy to Let index - February 2017

27 February, 2017

Rental market has strong start to 2017

MSPs call for action to address 'systematic problems' with Universal Credit

27 February, 2017

Serious systematic problems exist with the new Universal Credit system which will only get worse as a result of the UK government's planned closure of job centres in Scotland

Disability benefits: PIPs should be for 'really disabled'

27 February, 2017

Disability benefits should go to "really disabled people" not those "taking pills at home, who suffer from anxiety"

Council pleads guilty to Lakanal House fire safety failures

27 February, 2017

Southwark Council expressed its "sincere regret" today as it pleaded guilty to fire safety failures relating to a tower block fire that killed six people

Letting agent jailed for over three years after stealing tenants' deposits

27 February, 2017

The boss of a letting agency has been jailed for stealing £140,000 of tenants' deposits

Councils seek to plug budget holes as rent cut bites

24 February, 2017

Councils are boosting their income through service charge rises and other fee increases as pressure from the 1% rent cut on Housing Revenue Accounts ramps up

Bristol Council forced to cut housing target

24 February, 2017

Bristol City Council has been forced to cut its target to build 1,000 homes as it seeks to make savings in its Housing Revenue Account

Welsh councils hike rents to boost investment

24 February, 2017

Welsh councils are raising rents by up to 5.2% next year to fund investment of almost £200m in existing and new homes

Welsh Government ends councils Right to Buy duty

24 February, 2017

Right to Buy is to be suspended in Flintshire for five years to ensure social housing is available for those who need it

Breaking the Cycle

24 February, 2017

Gang violence is a growing problem in our inner cities but councils' youth services budgets have been cut. Can housing associations fill the void?

Ministers must be prepared to listen to the evidence of rent cut impact

24 February, 2017

Inside Housing's annual look at councils' Housing Revenue Accounts reflects the growing divergence in policy across the UK - and the different impacts that policy decisions are having on the ground

Melissa and millions like her are just one unpaid bill away from the abyss

24 February, 2017

As the cocktail of long-term austerity, rising living costs and a slumping post-Brexit economy hits, what's really frightening is the crisis that is brewing but is barely being noticed

Landlords look to commercial loans to sidestep buy-to-let changes

24 February, 2017

The proportion of landlords intending to take out commercial loans to fund their property purchases has doubled over the last 18 months as they look for ways to avoid the impact of forthcoming changes to landlord taxation

Committee launches double benefits inquiry

23 February, 2017

The Work and Pensions Committee has launched two new inquiries into the benefit cap and Universal Credit, as concern mounts from the sector

Reports show state of BTL and PRS sectors

23 February, 2017

LendInvest and ARLA release latest survey findings.

MPs to debate associations' duties to private neighbours

23 February, 2017

Ministers will be asked to require housing associations to offer compensation to neighbours affected by their tenants at a House of Commons debate

Let's build the social rent homes we need

23 February, 2017

First Wessex and Sentinel have announced they plan to merge to form VIVID

Smoke alarms 'fail to wake children'

23 February, 2017

Forensic scientists and fire investigators have warned that smoke alarms may not wake children

Ministers seek alarm improvements after tenant death

23 February, 2017

Ministers have promised to take steps to improve alarm services in social housing, after a man died waiting for an ambulance after contacting a housing association's emergency call line

Legal aid shakeup hands lifeline to domestic violence victims

23 February, 2017

Exclusive: Removal of five-year limit for applications follows vow by prime minister to increase domestic abuse prosecutions

Changes to Personal Independence Payment regulations

23 February, 2017

DWP Information briefing

Let's build the social rent homes we need

22 February, 2017

First Wessex and Sentinel have announced they plan to merge to form VIVID

HAs market sale building overtakes social rent

22 February, 2017

New figures show market sale starts made by housing associations were higher every quarter than social rent starts

Landlords in UK more optimistic and planning to cope with tax change

22 February, 2017

Landlords in the UK are taking action ahead of mortgage relief tax changes due to come into force in April and more are optimistic about the outlook for the private rented sector

Crisis backs call to ensure sanctions do not lead to homelessness

22 February, 2017

Crisis has welcomed a report by the Committee of Public Accounts which says that 'suspending benefit payments can lead to rent arrears and homelessness'

MPs launch official inquiry into universal credit as criticism grows

22 February, 2017

Investigation into benefits system comes amid mounting evidence that payment delays have left thousands facing eviction

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

22 February, 2017

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

Landlord of illegal flats ordered to repay £100,000 in rent - or go to jail

22 February, 2017

A landlord who converted a house into two flats without planning permission has been ordered to pay £108,000 following legal action by a local authority

Orr hits out at government supported housing proposal

22 February, 2017

David Orr was giving evidence at a joint Work and Pensions Committee and Communities and Local Government Committee into supported housing

Short-term lettings industry 'to enforce 90 day limit'

22 February, 2017

Short-term letting sites suggest they will help to enforce 90-day limits, after Tom Copley forces the issue at City Hall

Leeds council tax bills to go up by £70... but social housing rents to fall

21 February, 2017

Leeds's annual local services budget is set to be rubber-stamped tomorrow, with a five per cent council tax rise forming part of a £492.67m overall financial plan for the city

Call for MOT system for rented homes in UK

21 February, 2017

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

MPs condemn 'postcode lottery in benefit sanctions'

21 February, 2017

An "unacceptable" postcode lottery in benefits sanctions must be tackled to stop claimants being treated differently depending on where they live

MPs say housing benefit is being wrongly stripped from jobseekers, threatening them with eviction and homelessness

21 February, 2017

The Public Accounts Committee cites evidence that one-third of people who were claiming housing benefit lost their money when they were given a sanction

Government must review the use and impacts of benefit sanctions

21 February, 2017

The Public Accounts Committee report say that unexplained variations in the use of benefit sanctions are unacceptable and must be addressed

Barwell hints at RTB deal for councils

21 February, 2017

The housing minister has offered a small olive branch to councils over the Right to Buy policy

Letting agent launches new Airbnb service which passes on financial benefit to landlords

21 February, 2017

A new home-sharing service has launched, allowing tenants to sub-let their homes in Airbnb-style - but passing on some of the financial benefit to the landlord

Benefit claimants face poverty at hands of erratic sanctions system

21 February, 2017

MPs call for review as PAC report finds sanctions are being unevenly applied and are forcing some people into homelessness

Bedroom tax: Westminster warned against cutting benefits

21 February, 2017

Scottish Government seeks "cast iron" commitments from Westminster benefits won't be clawed back

'Silver lining' to rental market

20 February, 2017

Silver renters on the rise as more recognise the benefits of downsizing

Westminster warned against benefits 'claw back' once 'bedroom tax' abolished in Scotland

20 February, 2017

Scottish ministers are to seek assurances from the UK government that it will not reduce the benefits of claimants in Scotland when the Scottish Government abolishes the 'bedroom tax'

Mapping benefits changes: how GIS can help housing associations

20 February, 2017

Local housing allowance caps make a huge difference to the rent our tenants pay. Electronic mapping can help us support them

Third of agents in town fined for failing to show fees - and this was after Trading Standards warning

20 February, 2017

Thirty letting agents across one of Britain's major towns have been fined by the council's Trading Standards department after failing to stick to new transparency guidelines

Landlords' Barometer - #46: Is there still a place for the small private landlord?

20 February, 2017

Welcome to my first Landlords' Barometer following the release of the Housing White Paper

NHF warns of 'significant risks' in deal-based rents approach

20 February, 2017

The National Housing Federation has warned of "significant risks" to a deal-based approach for future rent settlements

Labour hit out at 'counterproductive' Right to Buy extension

20 February, 2017

Thousands of new homes are to be brought under the Government's Right to Buy scheme, despite fears that it could hamper the creation of more affordable housing

Family of seriously ill man told housing benefit will be slashed under new bedroom tax rules

20 February, 2017

A Belfast family have spoken of their outrage after receiving a letter notifying them that their housing benefit is to be cut because their family home has been designated as under-occupied under new rules

First-time buyers '£860 a year better off' than renters

20 February, 2017

First-time buyers in Scotland are on average about £860 a year better off than those who rent

Rent campaigners claim victory over Santander buy-to-let 'rent rise clause'

20 February, 2017

Santander has confirmed that it will remove a clause in its buy-to-let mortgages which housing campaigners claimed previously forced landlords to get "the maximum increase in the rent"

Abrupt end to Help to Buy Wales would be 'disastrous'

20 February, 2017

A senior housebuilding figure has warned that the government's Help to Buy scheme remains "critical" to the market in Wales

Mortgage and Landlord Possession Statistics in England and Wales, October to December 2016

20 February, 2017

The number of mortgage possession claims made to county courts has increased

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" discrimin