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Going green could make your buy-to-let more appealing to tenants

25 April, 2018

When choosing a rental property 42% of tenants consider whether a building is eco-friendly

Glasgow landlords facing restrictions on power to increase rent

25 April, 2018

Restrictions on how much a landlord can increase rent by are on the cards for Glasgow

Scottish Welfare Fund Statistics: Update to 31 December 2017

25 April, 2018

More than 285,000 households in financial difficulty have received welfare assistance from the Scottish Government over the past five years

Enough squabbling over supply versus demand. Let's build the social housing that Britain needs

25 April, 2018

In the long fight to fix the housing market, it's Supply versus Demand

Even social housing is unaffordable now in some parts of England

25 April, 2018

Councils are under pressure as homelessness grows and housing options dwindle

'We will work with you': Andy Burnham urges private landlords to get on board with GM's housing plans

25 April, 2018

Andy Burnham told a disgruntled crowd of private landlords and property professionals that he wants to work with them to develop the region's housing strategy at a conference in Manchester today

Government-backed REIT on track to own more than 6,000 homes

25 April, 2018

The private rented sector REIT, backed by the government, is on track to own more than 6,000 homes across the country

England and Wales Rental Tracker

25 April, 2018

East Midlands leads rental market in England and Wales

This is the impact of universal credit

24 April, 2018

The number of people on universal credit is set to double this year

Number of zero-hours contracts in UK rose by 100,000 in 2017

24 April, 2018

Employment contracts without a minimum number of guaranteed hours increased to 1.8m

Councils Urged To Reveal Full Figures Of Unspent Affordable Homes Cash

24 April, 2018

HuffPost UK revealed at least £375million is yet to be spent

Why food banks must never become the norm

24 April, 2018

The new Trussell Trust chief executive on the food bank charity's alarming 'success', and partnering with Asda

More than half of PIP decisions overturned

24 April, 2018

Over 8,000 Scots were successful in appeals against disability benefit decisions

"Benefit levels must keep pace with rising cost of essentials" as record increase in foodbank figures is revealed

24 April, 2018

For the first time, new national data highlights the growing proportion of foodbank referrals due to benefit levels not covering the costs of essentials

End of year foodbank stats

24 April, 2018

Between 1st April 2017 and 31st March 2018, The Trussell Trust's foodbank network distributed 1,332,952 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis

High demand sees Northern Ireland rents rise faster than UK average

23 April, 2018

The average monthly rent in Northern Ireland has risen by more than the UK average to £629

Ministers urged to go further in disability benefits reform after major review

23 April, 2018

The Government has committed to making recordings of Personal Independence Payment assessments a standard part of the process

A third of landlords with just one buy-to-let are considering selling up - but bigger landlords want to invest more

23 April, 2018

Tax hit on buy-to-let is taking its toll on both new purchases and existing owners

Councils Have Failed To Spend £375m Earmarked To Ease The Housing Crisis

23 April, 2018

The council responsible for Grenfell is sitting on £21million

Housing associations' 'diminished role' limiting social housing development

23 April, 2018

Cuts to grant for housing associations has "diminished their role" and limited their ability to develop social housing at scale

Letting agents in Scotland where fees are banned are 'continuing to charge tenants'

23 April, 2018

A group of tenants in Scotland is alleging that agents in Glasgow are breaking the law by continuing to charge fees to tenants, six years after the ban

More landlords in the UK voted to stay in the EU than leave

20 April, 2018

More than half of landlords in the UK voted to remain in the European Union and are more likely to see Brexit as a threat than an opportunity

Municipal Dreams by John Boughton review - the rise and fall of council housing

20 April, 2018

An important and timely book, in the wake of Grenfell Tower, which emphasises how public investment enriches lives

Bedroom tax delay leads to concerns over Scottish benefits devolution

20 April, 2018

Scottish ministers have raised concerns over delays to the handover of welfare powers to Holyrood

Rogue landlord ordered to pay ground-breaking fine

20 April, 2018

Thirty-five offences related to lack of HMO licences and breaches of the HMO management regulations

Landlords struggling with regulation changes

20 April, 2018

Survey sheds light on the scale of the challenge that landlords say they face in coping with compliance

Calls for improved electrical safety standards in PRS

20 April, 2018

Charity reports that homes in the private rented sector are most at risk from electrical fires

Housing associations are at the heart of Labour's social housing plans - as they should be

20 April, 2018

The Labour Party's social housing green paper is a clear indicator of the party's determination to tackle the housing crisis

Landlords becoming more professional as 'amateurs' turn away from buy-to-let

20 April, 2018

Almost a third of amateur landlords are looking to sell up while those with bigger portfolios are still feeling positive

Why Right to Rent should be suspended at once after Windrush fiasco

20 April, 2018

Agents have been among the enforcers of the Government's 'hostile environment' policy which has led to the Windrush scandal

HB G4/2018

20 April, 2018

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, Great Britain: March 2018

19 April, 2018

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

Social sharing: expansion of shared housing in the social sector

19 April, 2018

A case for social landlords to expand their provision of shared accommodation using conversion of existing homes

House to home: giving social housing tenants a place to call home

19 April, 2018

A case for the provision of basic decoration and floor covering in social housing, along with access to furniture packages

Criminal landlords should have their properties confiscated

19 April, 2018

Criminal landlords should have their properties confiscated

Labour proposes scrapping affordable rent in social housing review

19 April, 2018

Labour has proposed scrapping the affordable rent tenure in its social housing review

PEARL Rental Index - April 2018

19 April, 2018

We have rounded up all of the latest housing statistics, rental index updates and data on renting from across the sector and compiled them into one easy to digest bulletin

Split universal credit payments between partners to curb abuse

19 April, 2018

Experts tell MPs single household payments make it easier for domestic abusers to seize and regulate family income

Rogue landlords

19 April, 2018

The government could do more to protect tenants from rogue landlords

Consultation launched in Scotland on making landlord registration more robust

18 April, 2018

A consultation is underway in Scotland about making private sector landlord registration more robust by expanding the information provided by applicants

London council to set up housing association for Right to Buy funds

18 April, 2018

Enfield Council is set to establish a housing association to spend funds it receives from council tenants exercising their Right to Buy

Government urged to focus on improving conditions in the PRS

18 April, 2018

The government must focus on urgently improve dangerous housing across the country after new figures revealed that thousands of private tenants are at risk of death in their properties

Think tank calls for rent caps as it warns of 'cradle to grave' renters

18 April, 2018

A think tank has called for rent controls, saying that rises should be limited to the Consumer Prices Index of inflation

Government slates tenant fee ban for early next year but not before April 2019

18 April, 2018

The Government is aiming to introduce the tenant fee ban early next year but it is unlikely to be before April 2019

The Property Ombudsman warns that agents will still have duty of care for tenants' complaints after fee ban

18 April, 2018

The Property Ombudsman has warned that letting agents must not forget about their duty to tenants once the fee ban comes in

Michael McDonnell, Choice, on Rethinking Social Housing

18 April, 2018

Northern Ireland's housing associations must reconsider their purpose in a changing world

Countrywide plc Monthly Lettings Index - April 2018

17 April, 2018

In the last 12 months 9,523 landlords who re-mortgaged their buy-to-let withdrew money for home improvements

Child poverty: Fears welfare changes could hit 50,000

17 April, 2018

Efforts to tackle child poverty and low incomes in Wales are being "damaged" by UK government welfare and tax reforms

2,000 social housing units for Belfast this year, but supply can't meet demand

17 April, 2018

NIHE'S Head of Place Shaping for Belfast, stressed that while they are potentially delivering around 2,000 homes this year, the demand is "significantly higher" than the reality of what they can supply

Dartford councillors claim KCC cuts putting strain on sheltered housing for 550 over 55s

17 April, 2018

Borough councillors have claimed cuts made by their counterparts at Kent County Council are putting sheltered housing services for 550 people at risk

Westminster investigating ALMO for ex-council buy-back practices

17 April, 2018

Westminster Council's trading standards team is investigating its own ALMO for the second time in six months

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 8 March 2018

17 April, 2018

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

Universal Support

17 April, 2018

Universal Credit claimants can get help to make a claim and manage their payments of Universal Credit. This help is called Universal Support

Fixing the broken Right to Buy replacements machine

16 April, 2018

Last month, the government finally fell behind on its pledge to replace additional Right to Buy homes sold on a 'one-for-one' basis

Private let costs in Scotland have risen faster than workers' wages

16 April, 2018

The cost of private rented accommodation in Scotland is rising faster than workers' wages

McVey faces further SFHA calls for Universal Credit pause

16 April, 2018

Delaying system changes to allow bedroom tax to be abolished at source until at least May 2020 will be "fraught with difficulty"

Disabled people lose legal aid in 99% of benefits disputes

16 April, 2018

Official figures show that cuts have caused a massive drop in claimants granted help for welfare battles

Social housing fraudster caught illegally sub-letting Islington flat

16 April, 2018

A social housing fraudster has been found guilty of illegally sub-letting a home in Islington

Welfare reforms 'exacerbating' youth homelessness

16 April, 2018

Changes to benefits and lack of affordable housing accounts for half of young homeless people

Seven Boroughs Account For Nearly Half Of London's Social Housing Waitlist

16 April, 2018

Seven of London's boroughs make up for nearly half (49.5% to be exact) of London's social housing waiting list

Family had to live in hotels for three years after landlord accidentally let out their home

16 April, 2018

A mum and her two children had to live in hotels and temporary housing for three years after their landlord accidentally let their home to other people

Hundreds Of Thousands Put Up With Unsafe Homes For Fear Of Eviction

16 April, 2018

About 250,000 renters are living in sub-standard properties

Landlords 'doing up' rather than 'trading up'

16 April, 2018

Landlords are choosing to invest in their existing properties rather than take on the extra transaction costs of adding to their portfolios

More than £30k in rent paid for 'unsafe' illegal HMO

13 April, 2018

Hunt now on for owner of the rundown three-bedroom property raided this morning

Thousands of Newcastle households are still losing money every week due to bedroom tax

13 April, 2018

Latest figures show the average yearly loss of income per household in Newcastle is £751.19 due to bedroom tax

Huge 'reverse' gender pay gap at Scotland's largest housing association

13 April, 2018

Scotland's largest housing association has a huge "reverse" gender pay gap which sees its female staff earn 46% more than their male colleagues

Scotland sees 430% increase in English landlords

13 April, 2018

And the trend continues - registrations already 226% up on last year

HomeLet Rental Index - March 2018

13 April, 2018

Rents in the UK rose by 0.9% in March compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £912 a month

English landlords increasingly seeking buy-to-lets in Scotland

13 April, 2018

Landlords living in England are increasingly looking north of the border for buy-to-lets

'Modest' rise in UK rental prices over first quarter of 2018

13 April, 2018

Rents up by 0.9% in the last twelve months - an average monthly increase of £3 per property

MPs launch yet another benefit sanctions inquiry

13 April, 2018

The Work and Pensions Committee has launched an inquiry into benefit sanctions

LIN member report April 2018 - Landlords and the Courts

12 April, 2018

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

UK buy-to-let mortgages riskier than before crisis

12 April, 2018

Buy-to-let mortgages in Britain, especially those issued recently, are more risky than loan deals signed before the 2008 financial crisis

Housing association tenant wrongly charged nearly £3,000 after 'admin error'

12 April, 2018

Social housing company Torus admitted errors were made with tenant direct debits

Thousands will have to travel to Halifax as Huddersfield sickness benefit centre shuts

12 April, 2018

Crown House earmarked for closure as part of Department for Work and Pensions shake-up

Sorry! Housing association apologises to mum over flooded flat

12 April, 2018

A housing association has apologised to a mum-of-two after it failed to promptly deal with urgent repairs after her boiler blew up and flat flooded, leaving her without a cooker or heating

Woman forced to sleep on camp bed for three years waiting for council house

12 April, 2018

Christine Goode and her elderly mother have been sharing a one-bedroom bungalow for three years

Cardiff's first council houses in a generation set to be ready this winter

12 April, 2018

Some 600 council houses for rent or assisted purchase are being built

Universal credit 'flaws' mean thousands will be worse off

12 April, 2018

Analysis shows that self-employed workers could receive less over a year than employees in "traditional" jobs who earn the same amount

The Homelessness Monitor: England 2018

12 April, 2018

This annual report funded by Crisis and JRF analyses the impact of economic and policy developments on homelessness

HB A5/2018

12 April, 2018

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

Landlords in the North of England hit by voids more than in rest of the country

11 April, 2018

More landlords with property in the North of England experienced a void period in the past three months than in any other UK region

Fight fair when challenging housing associations

11 April, 2018

David Bookbinder reacts to "personal" criticism of housing associations

Housing association tenant's appeal for 'right to buy' property dismissed

11 April, 2018

A housing association tenant whose application to purchase her home under "right to buy" legislation was refused has had her appeal against the decision dismissed

New Ballymena social housing homes released

11 April, 2018

Social housing provider Choice Housing has completed the first phase of an £8.5m scheme in Ballymena

Housing associations overcome challenges to exceed building targets

11 April, 2018

Northern Ireland's housing associations have once again surpassed building targets despite challenging economic conditions and political uncertainty

Extra rent support for new Universal Credit claimants

11 April, 2018

Esther McVey said the additional support was being made available to allow people to "adjust" from fortnightly to monthly payments

Rent boost for millions of claimants moving onto Universal Credit

11 April, 2018

People in receipt of Housing Benefit will receive an extra 2 weeks' support with their rent when they move onto Universal Credit from 11 April 2018

How one Norfolk council has cut its housing waiting list by 95%

10 April, 2018

Allowing staff to think creatively about people's needs is a risk, but it's paid off in Great Yarmouth

More support for disabled people plus other welfare and pension reforms start in April

10 April, 2018

A number of welfare reforms have come into effect from April 2018

Performance of the Attendance Allowance Unit and Disability Living Allowance 65+: Apr 2017 to Mar 2018

10 April, 2018

Performance of the Attendance Allowance Unit and Disability Living Allowance 65+ against customer service targets for complaints and compliments

The government is taking action to protect private renters (part 2)

10 April, 2018

This is the second post in a two-part blog exploring how the government is taking action to improve protections for private renters

Landlords remain confident about BTL

10 April, 2018

Almost two-fifths of landlords are feeling positive about the future of the rental market, and are thinking about buying more properties to rent in the future

2,000 take part in CIH social housing research project

10 April, 2018

More than 2,000 people have taken part in the CIH project to gather research for the upcoming Social Housing Green Paper

Six leading landlords exceed average gender pay gap

10 April, 2018

More than a quarter of the top 20 housing associations by stock owned have reported gender pay gaps larger than the national average

Hackney Council Approves Additional & Selective Licensing Schemes

10 April, 2018

Landlords with property in Hackney should now be aware that Hackney Council have approved a five year selective licensing pilot scheme of all non-HMOs

Fife Council steps up homelessness and temporary accommodation measures

09 April, 2018

Councillors in Fife have discussed moves to protect some of the council's most vulnerable tenants

Channel 5's new social housing programming

09 April, 2018

Channel 5 have started a new series of films about social housing, and from the outset it feels like this might be a bit of a challenge

Criminal landlord database 'could fail' if not open to tenants

09 April, 2018

Generation Rent calls for "proper naming and shaming" as database goes live

Will Labour win the next election thanks to the private rental sector?

09 April, 2018

A new analysis by campaigning housing organisation Shelter claims the changes within the private rental sector could indirectly lose the next election for the Conservatives and win it for Labour

Remove two-child benefit cap

09 April, 2018

Sixty Church of England bishops along with leaders of other religious groups, are urging ministers to rethink the two-child benefits cap

Housing market: Number of buy-to-let landlords reaches record high despite tax hike

09 April, 2018

Government has introduced 3% Stamp Duty levy, new stress tests for home loans, and ended mortgage interest tax relief

Fundamentum launch tests appetite for social housing

09 April, 2018

Investor appetite for high-yielding social housing funds faces a new test today as plans are unveiled to launch the sector's fourth Reit in 18 months

Westminster delays Holyrood action against bedroom tax

09 April, 2018

Tory backsliding will stop the Scottish Government from scrapping the controversial bedroom tax until at least May 2020

Home Office accused of turning 'blind eye to discrimination' in housing immigration crackdown

09 April, 2018

Fury after ministers quietly throw out an inspector's call to act on fears that 'Right to Rent' scheme is triggering 'racial discrimination, exploitation and homelessness'

Ministers told to expect backlash as millions lose out from universal credit

09 April, 2018

Senior government adviser warns of effect of cuts to welfare budget

Number of buy-to-let landlords soared to new high in 2016

09 April, 2018

The number of buy-to-let investors in the UK hit a record high of 2.5m in the latest tax year for which the information is available

Leicester council planning to buy back 'Right to Buy' homes

06 April, 2018

It has earmarked £440k for re-acquiring homes it used to own

Renters Surge Among Under 45s Could Throw Tories Out Of Office

06 April, 2018

The number of renters and mortgage payers could be equal by the next election

Green party pledge to 'protect' social housing

06 April, 2018

Promise comes as part of its local election launch

New banning orders part of fresh crackdown on rogue landlords

06 April, 2018

Landlords guilty of a range of housing and immigration offences will be added to a new national database

Housing associations promise action following gender pay reports

06 April, 2018

Major housing associations are revealed to have gender pay gaps of more than 25%

Councils call for Right to Buy flexibility after Raab criticism

06 April, 2018

The councils with the largest deficits between Right to Buy sales and replacements have blamed the government's lack of flexibility for the gap

Councils encouraged to make public when agents and landlords are banned

06 April, 2018

Letting agents who are banned should be named and shamed

Database of rogue landlords and property agents under the Housing and Planning Act 2016

06 April, 2018

Guidance for local housing authorities on the database of rogue landlords and property agents

Housing Benefit subsidy guidance manual 2017 to 2018

06 April, 2018

This guidance is for local authorities. It explains the subsidies DWP pays them for certain costs of the Housing Benefit (HB) scheme

The Government is taking action to protect private renters (part 1)

06 April, 2018

The Government's drive to improve private renting has got a spring in its step

Bad tenants and rogue landlords - plus an agent expelled by the Ombudsman

05 April, 2018

A new property series launches tonight on Channel 5, Bad Tenants, Rogue Landlords. Judging from its title, you might think that agents wouldn't be featured - but you'd be wrong

Rogue lettings agent database to launch tomorrow, but ARLA is questioning the point of it

05 April, 2018

A database of rogue lettings agents and landlords goes live tomorrow but there is concern at how effective it will be, given that it won't be made public

Gender Pay Gap in the Social Housing Sector

05 April, 2018

The Gender Pay Gap reporting deadline was 4th April, so we've compiled tables for Housing Associations and Local Authorities

Social housing company plans £150m float

05 April, 2018

A property company that invests in social housing is planning to launch a £150m float on the London Stock Exchange next month

Tenants outside of London spend over half of disposable income on rent

05 April, 2018

And in London almost 89% of disposable income is spent on rent - now standing at an average of £1,879 per month

Benefits mistakes affect more than 8,000 in NI

05 April, 2018

Mistakes in paying sickness benefits are likely to have affected more than 8,000 claimants in Northern Ireland

'My fight to change attitudes towards social housing tenants'

05 April, 2018

Claire Hughes tackles some of the misconceptions faced by social housing tenants

Council launches crackdown on town's rogue landlords, but housing union thinks it will fail

05 April, 2018

North Somerset Council has vowed to crack down on rogue landlords in Weston-super-Mare after a report revealed the town has the 'worst housing conditions' in North Somerset

Funding for Supported Housing

04 April, 2018

Response to Two Consultations

Supported housing helps some of our country's most vulnerable people to lead independent lives in the community

Buy-to-Let Index Quarterly Report

04 April, 2018

With special feature 'House price growth slowdown'

Top 10 regular Colchester claims number one spot

Cheltenham bus attacks: 'we'll evict people behaving anti-socially' say housing bosses

04 April, 2018

New crack-down planned in response to incidents on town's troubled Springbank estate

Housing associations are skewing satisfaction rates

04 April, 2018

Tommy Lusk, housing campaigner, says tenant satisfaction surveys published by housing associations hide more than they reveal

Should council-owned land be used to solve Gloucestershire's social housing crisis?

04 April, 2018

There are 14,000 families on the waiting list

Social housing REIT shares fall amid market uncertainty

04 April, 2018

Shares in social housing investment funds have fallen and investor interest waned, as markets react to trouble at a housing association which has deals with several trusts

Government admits falling behind on Right to Buy replacement pledges

04 April, 2018

The Government has admitted falling short on its commitment to replace council housing units sold under the Right to Buy scheme

Landlords' Barometer - #57: Taxing times for the private rented sector

04 April, 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of the Landlords Barometer

Sweeping rent controls set to be introduced via Private Member's Bill in Scotland

04 April, 2018

The Scottish Labour party is planning to introduce a 'Mary Barbour' law which, if passed, will bring in strict rent controls

Plans for new law to tackle rising rent prices and overcrowding in Scotland

03 April, 2018

Calls are being made for new legislation to tackle rising private rent prices, as figures show the number of overcrowded properties more than doubled in four years

Benefit rates 2018-19

03 April, 2018

The benefit rates for 2018-2019

Call for tax deductible PRS energy efficiency improvements

03 April, 2018

Such a policy seen as supporting landlords to go beyond what is required to bring properties up to the Government's target

Social Housing Update:Written statement - HCWS614

03 April, 2018

Nearly 2 million households have been helped to realise aspirations to own their homes through the Right to Buy since 1980

New crackdown on rogue agents to protect renters and leasehold homeowners

03 April, 2018

Private rented and leasehold sectors will receive stronger protection from unfair rogue letting and managing agents thanks to new government proposals

Welfare payments that are 'lifelines' for people being 'hacked away'

03 April, 2018

New figures show more than £300m axed from funds that serve as 'safety net' for poor claimants

Government will consult on Right to Buy flexibility after breaking pledge

03 April, 2018

The government will consult on "greater flexibility" for councils to use Right to Buy receipts, but remains committed to the policy despite breaking its pledge on replacing homes

Returns on buy-to-let rose in all regions of the UK except London last year - and this map shows where the biggest gains were

03 April, 2018

Landlords have seen returns rise across the UK outside of London in spite of warnings that profits have been hit by recent tax changes

Government U-turns on 18-21s housing benefit cut

03 April, 2018

The government has U-turned on a controversial policy to scrap housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds under Universal Credit

Discretionary housing payments: Councils criticised for unspent money

03 April, 2018

Three councils have been criticised for handing back money intended for people who are struggling to pay their rent

New crackdown - including possible criminal sanctions - on letting and managing agents announced

03 April, 2018

With bizarre timing the Government released an Easter parade of three important new updates relating to the private rented sector

New research aims to improve Universal Credit claims for thousands of homeless people

29 March, 2018

New research could challenge current government thinking that housing costs for supported housing cannot remain within the welfare system

169 evictions in Britain a day: "I knocked every door, and no one helped me"

29 March, 2018

From 2010 to 2017, the official number of evictions rose by 53 percent

England and Wales Rental Tracker

29 March, 2018

Beast from the East didn't halt rental market growth

Ten myths about council housing - and one ask

29 March, 2018

Everyone seems to agree that we have a housing crisis in London and that we need to increase the supply of genuinely affordable homes

Private Rented Sector Report - February 2018

29 March, 2018

The supply of rental properties fell by five per cent from January to February

100 households around Grenfell still in temporary accommodation

29 March, 2018

Victims evacuated from surrounding blocks await permanent rehousing nine months on

'Significant' PRS transformation tips balance towards tenants

29 March, 2018

Major project in Manchester recognizes tenant voices as "conspicuously absent" from related debate

MPs call on government to give councils funding for letting fees ban

29 March, 2018

Councils should be given extra funding by government to enforce a letting agent fees ban

PEARL Rental Index: March 2018

29 March, 2018

We have rounded up all of the latest housing statistics, rental index updates and data on renting from across the sector and compiled them into one easy to digest bulletin

Right to Rent 'doesn't demonstrate its worth'

29 March, 2018

Flagship policy torpedoed by damning finding from independent inspector as RLA calls for suspension

Row over deposit demands on tenants

29 March, 2018

MPs and landlords are at loggerheads over the acceptable level of deposits demanded of tenants in England

Landlords taking rentals off the market as thousands are set to miss Sunday's deadline on minimum EPC ratings

29 March, 2018

Thousands of landlords are unprepared for new energy efficiency measures being introduced in just days, and many are taking properties off the market to gain more time to implement changes

MPs urge Government to reduce deposit cap to five weeks to ease financial burden for tenants

29 March, 2018

MPs have called for the security deposit cap proposed in the Draft Tenant Fees Bill to be reduced from six to five weeks as part of a range of changes to the legislation

Support for 18 to 21 year olds claiming Universal Credit

29 March, 2018

Find out about the help available for Universal Credit claimants aged 18 to 21 to find employment, work-related training or an apprenticeship

Growth in asking rents slows since last quarter but has soared in past ten years

28 March, 2018

Rightmove has shed light on just how much asking rents have changed in the past decade

Government to allow councils to charge double council tax on empty homes

28 March, 2018

New legislation lets councils levy additional charges on homes empty for two years or more

Property fund strikes second housing association deal

28 March, 2018

A Bristol-based housing association has formed a partnership with Cheyne Social Property Impact Fund, the second deal the fund has done with a housing association

The disappearing HMOs

28 March, 2018

Houses in multiple occupation are often far from ideal lodgings - but a trend to convert them to more profitable houses is leaving residents with few options

Sheffield housing officer abused by landlord over her physical appearance

28 March, 2018

A Sheffield housing manager subjected to vile online abuse from a rogue landlord says she feels she was targeted over her physical appearance because she is a woman

Regulator to intervene in Welsh housing association

28 March, 2018

The Welsh social housing regulator is to intervene in a Cardiff housing association due to governance concerns

Unsuitable, insecure and substandard homes: The barriers faced by older private renters

28 March, 2018

Growing numbers of older people are living in private rented accommodation

Affordable housing: why current plans to invest don't go far enough

27 March, 2018

Building more low-cost rented homes that people can afford will loosen the grip of poverty.

More than 40 housing associations back planned £1bn bond issue

27 March, 2018

There are 45 housing associations backing aggregator Morhomes' plan to launch a £1bn bond issue.

The Homelessness Reduction Act is a key step towards homelessness prevention

27 March, 2018

The legislation comes into force on April 3, but only if local authorities can afford it

LGA responds to Independent Age report on older private renters

27 March, 2018

With housing for elderly people currently accounting for just 6 per cent of our existing stock, and more older people and families renting privately than ever before

Credit card debt growth at 12-year high

27 March, 2018

Debt on UK credit cards is growing at the fastest rate since before the financial crisis

London firms 'should offer deposit guarantees' for employees who rent

27 March, 2018

New report calls on Sadiq Khan to set up such a scheme borough-wide as a boost for low-income renters

Food and beyond: exploring the food bank experience

27 March, 2018

Foodbank usage has been growing in Scotland since 2012

HB A3/2018

27 March, 2018

The Social Security (Miscellaneous Amendments No.4) Regulations 2017

HB A4/2018

27 March, 2018

Short-term specified accommodation - New LA IT functionality requirement

Welfare policies having 'huge impact' on domestic abuse victims

26 March, 2018

Conference on Housing and Domestic Abuse hears that government policy is making it harder for domestic abuse victims to get support.

DWP accused of 'clumsy' attempt to defend Universal Credit using IFS research

26 March, 2018

MPs criticise 'airy and irrelevant' responses from the department after committee raises questions over the projected employment boost from benefit reform

Debate on the construction of council housing - House of Commons - 27 March 2018

26 March, 2018

The national housing shortage is one of the most pressing issues we face.

Poll pushes impact of PRS energy performance

26 March, 2018

Survey released ahead of new standards for EPC ratings coming into effect on April 1.

LGA: Focus on 'invisible' older renters

26 March, 2018

Housing for the elderly accounts for just 6% of existing stock - with more older people and families renting privately than ever before.

Bishop of Durham 'deeply concerned' over universal credit plan

26 March, 2018

The Bishop of Durham has criticised the government over its implementation of universal credit and called for it to 'revisit' aspects of the payment.

Landlord's lack of action over pigeons comes home to roost

23 March, 2018

Court rules on complaints about cooing pigeons after improvement notices ignored

Statutory homelessness and prevention and relief

23 March, 2018

October to December (Q4)2017: England

Deposit cap a 'charter for rent cheats'

23 March, 2018

'Ministers need to address the problem of tenants failing to pay rent every bit as strongly as rogue landlords.'

A Poor tax: Council tax in London

23 March, 2018

Report proposing council tax reform

Pressure on social landlords set to rise as Universal Credit rolls out

23 March, 2018

Report reveals rent being collected directly from tenants by housing officers will increase by 63.1% on average

Home Office subcontractors force asylum seekers to share bedrooms

23 March, 2018

Home Office subcontractors force asylum seekers to share bedrooms in breach of council policy

Incentivise associations to provide supported housing properties

23 March, 2018

It is time for specialist and developing associations to join forces and provide the NHS with much-needed accommodation-based support

Local Authority Insight Survey Wave 33

22 March, 2018

This research presents findings on preparations for Universal Credit managed migration and the effects of reducing the Housing Benefit backdating period.

Universal Credit transition to full service

22 March, 2018

When local authorities and jobcentre areas will transition to the Universal Credit full service.

Who will foot the bill to prevent people becoming homeless?

22 March, 2018

New law will compel councils to prevent evictions and rough sleeping. But this comes at a price local authorities will struggle to afford

DWP wins legal case to block future benefit appeals

22 March, 2018

The government has won a legal case which could have major implications for future benefit appeals.

Spending on new homes plummets while housing benefit soars

22 March, 2018

CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE says new statistics show social housing has reached a critical point

Housing sector realises more than ever the importance of listening to residents.

22 March, 2018

As Rethinking social housing Northern Ireland continues to get underway, steering group member Colm McDaid encourages tenants and residents to make their voices heard.

Jeremy Hunt confirms individual costs for social care to be capped

22 March, 2018

Health secretary tells social workers conference the current charging system is 'far from fair'

Universal Credit: a chance to boost living standards for those on low incomes

22 March, 2018

One way to right the wrong of in-work poverty is by using Universal Credit (UC) to loosen the grip of poverty on struggling families

Conservative MP introduces fire risk transparency bill to parliament

22 March, 2018

A Conservative MP has introduced a bill to parliament which would require building owners to tell residents about fire safety risks.

More than half of tenants in London feel less able to buy than a year ago

21 March, 2018

Some 64% of tenants in London's private rented sector want to own their own home but more than half feel less able to buy than a year ago

'Housing sector realises more than ever the importance of listening to residents'

21 March, 2018

As Rethinking social housing Northern Ireland continues to get underway, steering group member Colm McDaid encourages tenants and residents to make their voices heard

The Big Interview: 'Our work to try and alleviate injustice and hardship by social housing is very rewarding'

21 March, 2018

It's been one year since Northern Ireland's two biggest social housing names joined forces to create Radius

Spending on new homes plummets while housing benefit soars

21 March, 2018

CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE says new statistics show social housing has reached a critical point with ministers facing "big decisions"

Conservative MP introduces fire risk transparency bill to parliament

21 March, 2018

A Conservative MP has introduced a bill to parliament which would require building owners to tell residents about fire safety risks

DWP wins legal case to block future benefit appeals

21 March, 2018

The government has won a legal case which could have major implications for future benefit appeals

UK House Price Index: January 2018

21 March, 2018

Monthly house price inflation in the UK, calculated using data from HM Land Registry, Registers of Scotland and Land and Property Services Northern Ireland

Largest housing associations to spend £13bn on 52,000 new homes over next three years

21 March, 2018

The largest housing associations are forecasting a jump in their market sale activity over the next three years as they spend £13bn on the construction of 52,000 new homes

Rents still on the rise across UK - but hikes are subdued

21 March, 2018

Rental increases remained subdued in February, mainly dragged down by London

Huge scale of new private rented sector survey is revealed

20 March, 2018

The enormous scale of the new English Private Landlord Survey has been revealed - together with confirmation that only invited letting agents and landlords can take part

Grenfell Tower: more than £20m spent on survivors' hotel accommodation

20 March, 2018

Sum spent by council would be enough to build the original block three times over

Pitch for deposit free renting as competition for housing associations

20 March, 2018

New survey said to send a signal to housing providers

Universal Credit claimants in Plymouth are struggling to pay rent

20 March, 2018

Official for Plymouth Community Homes admits it's a 'serious position'

From the frontline - Lucy Hancox

20 March, 2018

Lucy Hancox, housing officer at Falcon Housing Association, talks about creating positive outcomes for tenants

Holyrood committee to question work and pensions secretary over Universal Credit and welfare

20 March, 2018

Esther McVey MP is to appear before the Scottish Parliament's social security committee to discuss the ongoing problems with the roll out of Universal Credit and the devolution of welfare powers to Scotland

Rents for Swansea council tenants are rising by twice the rate of inflation

20 March, 2018

There are fears it could help push more kids into poverty but Swansea Council says many will have the rise covered in their benefits

Food bank use 'could rise after universal credit roll-out'

20 March, 2018

The full roll out of universal credit could see a significant rise in people needing emergency food supplies in Wales

How a gas safety checks ruling will make it more difficult to evict tenants

19 March, 2018

A gas safety certificate could now be a deciding factor in whether landlords can evict problem tenants

Improving the Private Rented Sector in Wales

19 March, 2018

Making it happen for landlords and tenants

Fighting discriminatory letting agents with the Equality Act

19 March, 2018

Discrimination by landlords and letting agents is nothing new

Sadiq Khan opens emergency homeless shelters to cope with freezing temperatures as 'mini beast from the East' bites

19 March, 2018

24/7 services providing shelter for rough sleepers open up across capital as temperatures stoop below zero

New HMO room size regulations to come in this autumn

19 March, 2018

From October councils will be able to set minimum bedroom size standards for HMOs - and also introduce limits on how many people can live in each bedroom

Calls to end 'widespread' evictions

19 March, 2018

A new Homeless Reduction Strategy for Peterborough calls on the Government to end the "widespread use" of an eviction process which saw a city estate cleared of almost all of its residents

'Urgent regulation needed' to stop abusive practices by letting agents

19 March, 2018

One London worker's room rented from Citiside turned out to be a health hazard, but he faces a battle to get out of his contract

Government still 'holding on' to £2bn housing fund

19 March, 2018

Five months after announcing a £2bn fund to build a new generation of council homes, the government has yet to release the money

Call for stricter rules on doorstep loans

19 March, 2018

People who borrow money from doorstep lenders should get the same protection as those with payday loans

Labour announces plan to protect social housing as figures reveal 100,000 low-cost homes have had rents hiked since 2012

19 March, 2018

Party pledges to reverse controversial policy implemented by the Tory-Lib Dem coalition government

Wales' housing crisis leaves councils with £8.6m bill for temporary accommodation

16 March, 2018

Shelter described the figures as 'a sad reflection of our worsening housing crisis'

Secure tenancies planned for domestic abuse survivors

16 March, 2018

New laws planned to ensure those who flee an abusive relationship will not lose their security of tenure if provided with a new home

Can modular housing deliver for the Private Rented Sector?

16 March, 2018

James Morris questions whether the modular delivery model could support the supply of homes to the private rented sector to the scale that policymakers hope for

Homes in Bath area now cost nearly 12 times average earnings amid 'ginormous' rise in private rentals

16 March, 2018

The council is having to put in 'more time and effort' to get families out of temporary and into permanent accommodation

England and Wales Court of Appeal (Civil Division) Decisions

16 March, 2018

By the Welfare Reform Act 2012, the Government introduced a cap on the amount of benefits which, inter alia, all non-working households could receive

Government 'should drop last year of rent cut' to fund fire safety work

16 March, 2018

Housing leaders have told government it could help fund essential fire safety work in tower blocks by dropping the 1% rent cut or choosing not to charge VAT

Crackdown on private landlords renting overcrowded and dangerous homes

16 March, 2018

Measures to improve overcrowded and dangerous living conditions of private tenants in shared homes laid before Parliament

ARLA boss hits out at 'truly ridiculous' database of rogue agents and landlords

16 March, 2018

It was yesterday confirmed that the new database of bad letting agents and landlords and the introduction of banning orders for the worst offenders will come into force next month

HMO minimum room sizes to come into force 1 October 2018

16 March, 2018

Regulations confirming that from 1 October 2018 HMOs licensed in England under part 2 of the Housing Act 2004 will be required to have a floor area no-smaller than 6.51 square metres have been published

Universal Credit - update on notifying rent changes

16 March, 2018

Social Rented Sector - Reporting April 2018 rent changes: advice for landlords

Demand for homes prompts Cardiff council to invest millions in social housing

15 March, 2018

Cardiff Council is aiming to build at least 1,000 new homes by 2022 to meet the increasing demand for social housing

'So important we explore the unique context of social housing in Northern Ireland'

15 March, 2018

Following the launch of our Rethinking social housing Northern Ireland project, director Nicola McCrudden takes a look at the unique context in Northern Ireland

Court of Appeal to rule on Government challenge against benefit cap decision

15 March, 2018

The ruling follows a High Court judge's conclusion last year that 'real misery is being caused to no good purpose'

A new energy efficiency standard for social housing in England

15 March, 2018

The government's Clean Growth Strategy announced a new target to get all housing up to Energy Performance Certificate Band C by 2030

Landlords still unaware of minimum energy efficiency standards with time running out

15 March, 2018

Just 4% of landlords and tenants are fully aware of looming legislation on energy efficiency on buy-to-let properties with just days until the changes are introduced

ARLA attacks Government for handing out 'billions' to social landlords while ignoring private rented sector

15 March, 2018

ARLA has furiously slated Government lack of support of the private rented sector while "billions of pounds" have been given in grant aid to social landlords

Councils given further powers to tackle rogue landlords

15 March, 2018

Councils are being given tough new powers to tackle the small minority of rogue landlords who rent out overcrowded properties and impose fines of up to £30,000 for those landlords who do not comply

Government wants to 'work with the sector' on Universal Credit

15 March, 2018

Neil Couling, Universal Credit Programme lead, tells NHF Finance they want to "co-produce" the welfare reform

HB A2/2018

15 March, 2018

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

More than bricks

14 March, 2018

Social housing providers offer more than bricks and mortar

The Future of Social Housing in Scotland: the discussion so far

14 March, 2018

We launched our discussion paper on the future of social housing regulation in January

One million children could go hungry under new plans for free school meals

14 March, 2018

Government proposals to limit access to free school meals will hurt struggling families, including working households

Councils can't 'abdicate responsibility' over affordable homes

14 March, 2018

But Housing minister offers councils little on lifting the debt cap - telling Commons committee only that submissions to government will be considered

HomeLet Rental Index - February 2018

14 March, 2018

Rents in the UK rose by 1.2% in February compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £906 a month

English regulator's new VfM standard praised by housing leaders

14 March, 2018

The Regulator of Social Housing's use of comparative metrics in its new value for money standard has been welcomed by housing leaders

Council ordered to give 'urgent attention' to temporary accommodation in its area

14 March, 2018

Ombudsman calls out a district council for failing a vulnerable 68-year-old women evicted from her rented home

Tackling the hidden economy through PRS licensing

14 March, 2018

The government has been consulting on a compliance known as 'conditionality', which would mean landlords will have to show that they are registered for tax with HMRC before being granted a licence to trade

How Universal Credit can help your business

14 March, 2018

How Universal Credit can help your business

Countrywide plc Monthly Lettings Index - February 2018

13 March, 2018

Average landlord who sold in 2017 gained £86,651

£51.7m lost to fraudulent benefits claims in Northern Ireland

13 March, 2018

Benefit fraud is now costing £1m every week in Northern Ireland

Two housing associations 'named and shamed' for underpaying workers

13 March, 2018

Two housing associations have been named by the government on a list of organisations which have failed to pay their staff the minimum wage

Lloyds Bank launches new £500m fund for social housing sector

13 March, 2018

Fund underpins a major commitment to the social housing sector and includes an additional pledge to raise £750m in 2018

Reverse universal credit cuts

13 March, 2018

Thinktank says 340,000 people could be taken out of poverty if Philip Hammond takes action

Housing association acquires 500 homes in £45m deal

13 March, 2018

Two London housing associations have exchanged contracts on a major sale of social housing stock worth £45m

Student tenants pushed into financial hardship as loans barely cover rents

13 March, 2018

Many student tenants are struggling to get by, with their monthly loans barely covering rents

Tax rises are slowing housing investment

13 March, 2018

Residential Landlords Association says OBR assessment demonstrates the "folly" of taxing the supply of new homes to rent

London's biggest social housing regeneration project announced

13 March, 2018

London Borough of Havering to regenerate 12 council estates over the next 12 years

Scottish Labour leader to bring forward new rent control law

12 March, 2018

Richard Leonard will promise a 'Mary Barbour law' to control private sector rents, as well as pledge to build more new council homes

'Social housing tenants are NOT benefits scroungers'

12 March, 2018

A campaign has been launched to change the public perception of people living in social housing

Green paper 'can't fold' on social housing and tenant needs

12 March, 2018

Tpas tells Government fragile tenant trust is at risk if findings from the Sharma roadshows don't drive options for future housing policy

Our landlord is demolishing 70 homes - but we won't go quietly

12 March, 2018

Mass private evictions don't make news, but families in our close-knit community in Leeds should be entitled to stay

Average landlord sells up at a profit of nearly £90,000 - but that's before tax

12 March, 2018

The average landlord in England and Wales who sold their rental property last year did so after owning it for an average of 8.7 years and sold it for nearly £90,000 than they paid

Millions of families on brink face deepest benefit cuts in years

12 March, 2018

New study confirms that the poorest are being hit hardest by continuing austerity

UK social housing market worth an estimated £11.4bn in 2017

12 March, 2018

Housing Associations account for around 60% of social housing stock in 2017-18 and also form the largest not-for-profit group in the UK, working closely with both private and public organisations

Universal Credit: Universal Support 2018/19 guidance

12 March, 2018

Guidance for Local Authorities and partners providing Universal Support (Assisted Digital and/or Personal Budgeting Support)

Rents across Britain mostly static in final quarter of 2017

09 March, 2018

Rents remained fairly static in the fourth quarter of 2017 as tenants do not have much spare cash at a time when inflation and is rising and wages depressed

Universal credit: Government to publish internal reviews of controversial benefit in new U-turn

09 March, 2018

Assessments failed to produce evidence that more people would be helped into work

Forming a 'coalition of the willing'

09 March, 2018

Homes England's directors talk to Social Housing about strategic partnerships and leveraging commercial finance

U.K social housing providers to borrow £12 billion of new debt by 2020, total debt to reach £89 billion

09 March, 2018

The U.K. government has renewed its focus on the provision of more housing

Newly agreed rents continue to rise but lag inflation

09 March, 2018

Newly agreed rents continued to rise across the UK, with a stronger increase in the east midlands than in most other areas

DWP to publish key documents on Universal Credit

09 March, 2018

The government will finally publish internal assessment reviews of the controversial Universal Credit programme under Freedom of Information laws, after years of refusing to do so

Universal Credit project warned over Gov.uk Verify performance in 2015

09 March, 2018

Government project management experts warned as long ago as 2015 that a problem with GDS's Verify online identity system could undermine the Universal Credit business plan

Financial sustainability of local authorities 2018

08 March, 2018

Since 2010, successive governments have reduced funding for local government in England as part of their efforts to reduce the fiscal deficit

How councils are using their pension funds to build homes

08 March, 2018

A handful of councils have struck deals to use their pension funds to build homes

East Anglian housing associations in merger talks

08 March, 2018

Two East Anglia-based housing associations are in merger talks to form a 28,000-home landlord

ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments including mandatory reconsiderations and appeals: March 2018

08 March, 2018

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

Report warns 10% of councils close to bankruptcy over funding shortfalls

08 March, 2018

National Audit Office says 15 councils could run out of cash to cover service costs within the next three years alone

Women helped back into work thanks to social housing group donation

08 March, 2018

Often, it is not a lack of qualifications or ability that is preventing women from securing employment, rather a lack of confidence

Increased 'high on the agenda' for social housing sector

08 March, 2018

By contrast, just 48% of providers and landlords will focus on cost-saving initiatives over the next 12 months

Social landlords and tackling child poverty

07 March, 2018

As you read this there are four million children waking up in poverty across the country from Manchester to Margate

Sanctuary Housing blasted after elderly tenants left without central heating and hot water

07 March, 2018

Residents in sheltered accommodation still don't have proper heating after several days

Celebrities back campaign to axe VAT on gas safety certificates and other landlord safety products

07 March, 2018

When Ultravox singer Midge Ure sang "It means nothing to me, oh Vienna," he probably wasn't talking about how much VAT he thought should be charged on home safety products

Housing Benefit debt recoveries: April 2017 to September 2017

07 March, 2018

Twice-yearly publication on Housing Benefit debt recoveries

HB S4/2018

07 March, 2018

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

Benefits system overhaul as Universal Credit is introduced

07 March, 2018

The way that benefits are paid in the UK is currently undergoing a complete overhaul

One in three housing applications rejected in Basildon

06 March, 2018

Basildon Council has admitted that they are struggling to meet council house demands after new figures reveal that roughly one in three applications are rejected

The Impact of Taxation Reform on Private Landlords

06 March, 2018

The past two decades has seen the rapid development and growth of the private rented sector in the UK

Housing Crisis: Renters Are Driving British Voters to Labour

06 March, 2018

The central issue in British politics is not, as you might have thought, Brexit. It's housing

Yet more evidence shows how squeeze on landlords is damaging private rented sector

06 March, 2018

There are more warning signs that the assault on landlords is adversely affecting the private rented sector

Government 'risks second Grenfell with inaction on cladding in private sector'

06 March, 2018

The Government has previously said private landlords have a 'moral duty' to pay for the cost of removing and replacing the cladding

Government response: SSAC report on in-work progression and Universal Credit

06 March, 2018

The government response to the report 'In-work progression and Universal Credit' which examined how to support working claimants into more or better paid work

So, Theresa May, renters are human beings too? It doesn't feel like it

06 March, 2018

The private rented sector is a harrowing, insecure place. If only the prime minister had asked us tenants how to fix it

Landlords say tax increases locking the young out of housing

06 March, 2018

Tax increases on the development of new homes to rent are leaving young people unable to access the homes they need

The shocking amount it is costing to temporarily house struggling Merseyside families

05 March, 2018

It is claimed taxpayers are paying for the Tory Government's 'failure on homelessness'

Angry Redditch residents hit out over rent rises at 'affordable homes'

05 March, 2018

A group of disgruntled Batchley residents say they could be left homeless after a series of rent rises on their 'affordable' homes

Using incentives to improve the private rented sector: three costed proposals

05 March, 2018

This report sets out three possible policy options for using incentives to improve the private rented sector in England for people in poverty

Ministers have shelved a plan to cut benefit sanctions, sending poorest to food banks

05 March, 2018

A 'yellow card' warning system was announced in late 2015 - but there is still no date for introducing it

Sector capacity down 9% since rent cut

05 March, 2018

Housing associations' financial capacity is down 9% since the four-year rent cut began

Landlords' Barometer - #56: Why the market is becoming more unforgiving

05 March, 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of the "Landlords' Barometer"

Court case results in warning to agents that gas safety certificates MUST be issued by time tenancy starts

05 March, 2018

A county court ruling on Section 21 notices could have drastic implications for landlords and lettings agents who haven't obtained gas safety certificates ahead of a tenancy starting, lawyers have warned

Warnings of likely rent hikes and mass exodus of small private landlords as tax changes bite

05 March, 2018

There are new warnings, including from Savills, that the buy-to-let market is looking increasingly bleak with landlords deterred from entering the sector or considering quitting it altogether

Universal Credit: detailed information for claimants

05 March, 2018

More detailed information for people on Universal Credit

HB Direct issue 182

05 March, 2018

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

Government's housing plans fall far short for low income families

05 March, 2018

Responding to the Prime Minister's speech on planning and housing

Scottish private rent costs soar in January 'in anticipation of rent controls'

02 March, 2018

Almost half of Scottish private tenants saw their rent costs rise in January

Hundreds evicted from Dundee council homes after failing to keep up with payments

02 March, 2018

Hundreds of tenants have been evicted from council homes in Dundee after struggling to keep up with rent payments

Who benefits from benefits?

02 March, 2018

Debates about welfare policy often discuss benefit recipients as though they are a fixed, relatively small group of people

Overcoming the stigma of social housing

02 March, 2018

This report was commissioned by the Benefit to Society campaign to explore the causes and impact of an increasing stigma around social housing

Private Rented Sector Report - January 2018

02 March, 2018

The supply of rental properties fell by eight per cent from December to January, while demand for these properties grew

British governments used to cough up for social housing. Not this one

02 March, 2018

If politicians treated houses like they do roads and railways, regeneration wouldn't be such a dirty word

UK mortgage approvals see biggest surge in nearly three years

02 March, 2018

Britain's housing market perked up at the start of 2018 with the sharpest increase in the number of mortgages approved for house purchase in nearly three years

Councils and housing associations urged to collaborate over new homes

02 March, 2018

Seminar hears sector should "grow up" over the potential for turf conflict between associations and council housing companies

Tenants facing higher costs as landlords prepare for rent controls - while supply in London dips

02 March, 2018

Almost half of landlords have increased rents in Scotland since the introduction of open-ended tenancies

Universal Credit starts in Cardiff today - this is what it means for you

01 March, 2018

The aim of Universal Credit is to simplify the benefits system

Universal Credit leaves thousands of Londoners in rent arrears

01 March, 2018

More than 70% of council tenants in London on Universal Credit are in rent arrears

Association downgraded after 'abortive' development schemes

01 March, 2018

A 20,000-home housing association has had its governance rating downgraded after "a series of abortive schemes" hampered attempts to scale up its housebuilding

Merger gets official launch date

01 March, 2018

Shoreline Housing Partnership and Boston Mayflower will unite to form new 12,700 home landlord - Lincolnshire Housing Partnership - known as LHP

The big interview: Rethinking social housing NI chair, Will Haire

01 March, 2018

Rethinking social housing will explore some fundamental questions about social housing, why is it important we ask these questions now?

Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary at November 2017 is published

01 March, 2018

The Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary, providing an overview of the main DfC administered benefits as at November 2017

What a difference a day makes: inequality and the tax and benefit system from a long-run perspective

01 March, 2018

Most analyses of inequality and tax and benefit reforms are based on measures of individuals' circumstances at a point in time

Grenfell Tower fire survivors to get final say over site

01 March, 2018

Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire will have the final say about what happens to the west London site

Buy to Let index - February 2018

28 February, 2018

Strong start to the year for the England and Wales rental market

'Unlock cash for social housing' Tower Hamlets mayor urges prime minister Theresa May

28 February, 2018

A new social house-building era has been ignited by Tower Hamlets Council to fill a chronic shortage and cut the desperate waiting list

Emergency shelters opened for homeless people in cold snap

28 February, 2018

Manchester leads rush to make beds available as overnight temperatures drop below zero

'We look after communities, it's not just a case of renting a property': Housing association boss retires after 21 years

28 February, 2018

People can only achieve safety and stability through having a proper place to live

Support for banning tenant fees

28 February, 2018

Welsh government's consultation shows the majority of respondents want to drop fee charges for PRS tenants

Fair press for tenants

28 February, 2018

This guide has been produced by people living in social housing to help journalists and other media workers to report fairly

Scotland - Rental Tracker

28 February, 2018

New year growth in Scottish rental market

Quarterly Survey for Q3

28 February, 2018

This quarterly survey report is based on regulatory returns from 230 PRPs and PRP groups who own or manage more than 1,000 homes

Nine in 10 social housing tenants say they are portrayed negatively by media

28 February, 2018

New report reveals a huge gap between perception and reality with regard to social housing tenants

Scottish child poverty report backs new and top-up benefits

27 February, 2018

Increasing key benefits could help to reduce child poverty in Scotland

'No better time for housing organisations to commit to tackle domestic abuse.'

27 February, 2018

Elinor Crouch-Puzey details the work the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance is doing to help housing organisations tackle the problem

'Evicted for no reason': the truth behind Section 21 notices

27 February, 2018

BBC One has aired a documentary examining unfair treatment of tenants by landlords, with interviews with renters who had been evicted through "no-fault" evictions

Government lifts LHA cap for PRS but benefit rates remain frozen

27 February, 2018

Ministers will raise the LHA cap for private sector renters for the first time since 2015 - although benefit rates will remain frozen

A sales warning for housing associations?

27 February, 2018

Parts of the South East of England's housing market are slowing

'Record profits' for housing associations

27 February, 2018

Moody's 'UK Housing Associations 2017 Results' shows a 6% turnover increase

More 'fake' landlords pilfer agents' marketing photos

27 February, 2018

A would-be fraudster posing as a landlord has been using a letting agent's photos to advertise a property they do not own

Agent rejecting potential tenant on benefits pays out after admitting discrimination

27 February, 2018

A tenant turned away by a letting agent after she said that that part of her rent would be paid out by benefits looks to have won the first round in an important legal battle

Minister Questioned on Private Rented Standards & Tenant Fees Ban

27 February, 2018

On 26th Feb the Housing, Communities & Local Government Select Committee questioned Heather Wheeler as part of their ongoing inquiries into standards in the private rented sector and the Draft Tenant Fees Bill

Big day for social housing in London

27 February, 2018

Mayor steps in to secure major affordable homes scheme; Grenfell council commits £220m to its homes; London Assembly debates strategic future for housing need

Landlords who say 'no DSS' breaking equality laws

26 February, 2018

The thousands of lettings agents and landlords around the country who reject housing benefit claimants could be flouting equality laws, due a recent legal case.

Westminster Council to take full ownership of housing association

26 February, 2018

Westminster Council is set to turn a housing association it established into a wholly owned subsidiary in response to government deregulation.

Council tax hikes will not stop cuts to local services, authorities warn

26 February, 2018

LGA says government budget cuts and the cost of higher wages will outweigh additional income

Councils 'help transform' the future for Private Rented Sector

26 February, 2018

New report shows how councils can foster investment by corporate landlords in new private rental housing.

Thatcher's crusade to wipe out council housing faces serious challenge

26 February, 2018

The right-to-buy scheme slowed construction of new homes but local authorities are exploring new funding options

Housing officer jailed for illegal subletting

26 February, 2018

Court hears how sublet scam went on for 10 years while the defendant lived in a house she had inherited.

Government urged to give those with debt problems a year's grace

26 February, 2018

Ministers are considering a 'breathing space' of six weeks - but campaigners want to go much further

We need to review the legal definition of homelessness

26 February, 2018

The death of a rough sleeper close to parliament shows the urgency of action needed to tackle homelessness

Nearly 70 councils share funding to unlock stalled housing

26 February, 2018

The Government has named the first wave of councils to be given cash to help speed up planning decisions.

'Renters in for a rough ride' in 2018

26 February, 2018

Rising rents and an increasing number of households renting meant that 2017 was a record year for rent, with the total rent bill rising to £1.8 billion

Ombudsman plan to stop landlords ignoring repairs

26 February, 2018

Private landlords may have to sign up to a new ombudsman service and will be ordered to pay tenants compensation for failing to repair their rented homes

Rogue landlords taken to court should face minimum £30,000 fines

23 February, 2018

Rogue landlords who commit housing offences should be fined a minimum of £30,000 by magistrates as part of common sentencing guidelines to improve standards in the private rental sector

Homelessness code of guidance for local authorities

23 February, 2018

Guidance on how local authorities should exercise their homelessness functions in accordance with the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 from 3 April 2018.

Council housed young homeless family in 'Dickensian' conditions

23 February, 2018

Ombudsman's report finds council at fault over "patently unsuitable" placement and subsequent response to complaints.

Greenwich Council apologises for false illegal letting accusations

23 February, 2018

Greenwich Council has had to apologise after sending out thousands of letters accusing people of illegally renting out their homes.

Residents count cost of Grenfell-style cladding

23 February, 2018

Residents of a private apartment complex could face a bill of up to £10m to remove Grenfell-style cladding from their building.

Brit star hits home over Grenfell

23 February, 2018

"You should do some jail time, you should pay some damages, we should burn your house down and see if you can manage this."

National Landlords Association launches new brand

23 February, 2018

The National Landlords Association (NLA) today launches its new brand following extensive consultation with members and stakeholders.

As a campaigner, I believe the Tories can fix homelessness

23 February, 2018

The 2008 financial crash that triggered austerity happened on Labour's watch. We've been dealing with the fallout ever since

LIN member report February 2018 - "Fitness for Habitation" Bill

22 February, 2018

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

New controls on rented homes through licensing schemes are 'illegal'

22 February, 2018

Councils urged to urgently update guidance on the Housing, Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) following Court of Appeal ruling

Time to rethink rent-setting

22 February, 2018

We need to think about how we can ensure rents are really affordable in local markets, while giving us the capacity to build much-needed new homes, says Ann Santry

Private landlords in Sandwell to face star rating scheme under council plans

22 February, 2018

Under the Assured Landlords Scheme, all privately rented accommodation, landlords and agents operating in the borough would be inspected and rated

Hospitals, jails and Jobcentres will have to refer those at risk of homelessness

22 February, 2018

The Government said prisons, Jobcentres and NHS Trusts will be legally obliged to intervene early in potential cases of homelessness

Buck Bill needs to get into 'the real world'

22 February, 2018

CLG told many PRS tenants still ran the risk of retaliatory eviction if they raised complaints under the proposed bill

Peabody pays out over gas disconnection

22 February, 2018

Housing association Peabody has paid out more than £30,000 to 57 residents who were left without gas for months.

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

22 February, 2018

A year on from the introduction of the lower benefit cap, its abiding legacy is to push people closer to homelessness.

The seven reasons why landlords won't let to tenants on benefits

22 February, 2018

Private sector landlords are accused of unfairly turning away households claiming housing benefit. So why do they refuse

Concern raised over lack of affordable homes in Dundee as social housing tenancies drop

21 February, 2018

Concern has been raised over a steady decrease in the amount of social and affordable housing available in Dundee

MSP calls on 'big six' to back energy credit foodbank scheme

21 February, 2018

Christina McKelvie MSP is calling on energy firms to follow ScottishPower's example and to set up a scheme that allows customers who are referred to foodbanks to gain fuel assistance

Government has hobbled councils' efforts to tackle criminal landlords

21 February, 2018

Mayors and leaders of five east London boroughs say the government is hindering the introduction of licensing schemes that can stop exploitation of tenants

Welsh Government to transfer HRA borrowing capacity between councils

21 February, 2018

The Welsh Government is in talks with councils to move unused borrowing capacity around the sector in a bid to boost local authority housebuilding

Tenant fees ban: Chartered Trading Standards Institute to give MPs its views today

21 February, 2018

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute will be among a number of bodies expected to share their views on the Draft Tenants' Fees Bill later this morning

BBC Panorama to investigate Section 21 'no-fault evictions' on 21st

21 February, 2018

The BBC current affairs show Panorama is set to examine Section 21 notices - so-called 'no-fault evictions' - tonight, and debate whether tenants deserve more protection

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 11 January 2018

21 February, 2018

These experimental statistics cover numbers of claims made, starts and people on Universal Credit to 11 January 2018

Benefit sanctions statistics to October 2017

21 February, 2018

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

HB G2/2018

21 February, 2018

Information for all local authority Housing Benefit staff

Government moves towards a shake-up of broken housing complaints system

20 February, 2018

Government considers options to ensure that no-one is left battling with their landlord or builder to resolve issues with their home

Government plans fall short of 600 extra low-cost rented homes a week needed

20 February, 2018

Nearly 600 additional low-cost rented homes need to be built every week in order to fix the broken housing market and help low incomes families escape poverty

Online agent defends failure to display EPC ratings on Rightmove listings

20 February, 2018

An online letting agent has defended its failure to display EPC ratings on some of its Rightmove listings

Choking off PRS investment is 'folly' as home ownership plummets for 25-34 year olds

20 February, 2018

RLA calls for a complete re-think from government on policies needed to support investment in homes to rent

£13.8 million acquisition of two regulated social housing portfolios by Civitas

20 February, 2018

The Board of Civitas Social Housing PLC is has announced the Company has completed the purchase of two regulated social housing portfolios for a total consideration of £13,771,333

Buy-to-let mortgage rates slashed in new price war as Nationwide offers the first ever five-year fix below 2% for landlords

20 February, 2018

Nationwide's buy-to-let arm, The Mortgage Works, has slashed mortgage rates and launched the first ever five-year fixed rate for landlords below 2 per cent

Landlords could need licences for shared houses in 12 new areas of Bristol

20 February, 2018

It will cover any home with three or more people living in it who aren't related

Small deposit borrowers kickstart new year

20 February, 2018

Strong growth in number of small deposit mortgages

Rightmove House Price Index

20 February, 2018

February 2018

Using the Social Housing Green Paper to boost the supply of low-cost rented homes

19 February, 2018

In his speech announcing the Social Housing Green Paper, the Secretary of State promised a 'wide-ranging, top-to-bottom review of the issues facing the sector'

National Housing Trust scheme criticised for 'reviving Right to Buy'

19 February, 2018

The Scottish Government has been accused of "reviving the Right to Buy"

Tougher benefit cap has left thousands of poorer families out of pocket

19 February, 2018

Punitive move could grow homelessness problem

More than a million benefits sanctions imposed on disabled people since 2010

19 February, 2018

Groundbreaking Demos study reveals 'culture of disbelief' about disability among jobcentre staff leads to money being docked

New tougher electrical safety standards to protect private tenants

19 February, 2018

Landlords face tougher legislation over electrical safety

Registered Social Landlords and the GDPR

19 February, 2018

The GDPR comes into force on 25th May 2018 and will change the way organisations within the EU process personal data

Rental repossession numbers set to jump

19 February, 2018

London now the hotspot for failure to pay action

Councils set up 58 housing companies since 2012

19 February, 2018

Almost a quarter of councils in England have invested £130m in setting up 58 new housebuilding companies since 2012

The scandal of sub-standard rental property

19 February, 2018

Theresa May during a visit to a London housing estate when she promised to put the issue at the top of the political agenda

Housing costs and poverty: private rents compared to local earnings

19 February, 2018

This analysis shows how affordable private sector rents are, across different English districts, by comparing them to the earnings of people who live in those areas

Housing association's fuel poverty work in North Wales wins trio of commendations

16 February, 2018

Work by energy wardens to help combat fuel poverty in North Wales has received a trio of commendations

Former UUP minister challenges approval for social housing apartments beside his home

16 February, 2018

Planning approval was given for social housing apartments beside a former Stormont minister's home without properly considering their form

Two associations breach regulatory standard after failing to do safety checks

16 February, 2018

Two housing associations have been found to have breached a regulatory standard after they failed to carry out safety checks on a number of their properties

£10,000 proposed for everyone under 55

16 February, 2018

The government should give £10,000 to every citizen under 55

Government backs one of UK's largest selective licensing schemes outside London

16 February, 2018

The government has given the go ahead to what will be one of the UK's largest selective licensing scheme outside of London

Multiple fire safety risks found at flats with Grenfell-style cladding

16 February, 2018

Residents at 11-block New Capital Quay in London tell of fears as officials raise concerns

Housing association partners with unique refuge project

16 February, 2018

The independently managed 'safe space' supports those unable to access a traditional refuge

The rent control you've never heard of (part 2)

16 February, 2018

Yesterday, we explored the fact that rent control already exists for assured and assured shorthold tenants

NLA responds to Labour proposals to make accepting pets the default

16 February, 2018

In response to Labour's animal welfare plan, which proposes to give tenants the default right to keep pets unless there is evidence the animal is causing a nuisance

Rent increase to fund more Midlothian affordable housing

15 February, 2018

Midlothian Council has outlined plans to deliver more affordable homes to meet increased demand as councillors agreed to raise housing rents by 3% to help fund the investment

Ten councils to hike rates - most by inflationary 3%

15 February, 2018

Ten of Northern Ireland's 11 district councils are hiking rates from April - most by around the 3% rate of inflation

PIP assessments: 'Lack of trust' in benefits systems

15 February, 2018

Failings in disability benefits assessments - including claimants being asked when they had "caught" Down's syndrome - have led to a "pervasive lack of trust" in the system

'Incompetence and active deceit' in the way welfare tests are conducted

15 February, 2018

New Commons report scathing over quality standards for PIP and ESA assessments

Housing association offers crucial evidence over 'distrusted' welfare tests

15 February, 2018

Commons committee heard a housing provider's experience of a testing regime said to be be riddled errors and incompetence

Research reveals safety fears of trans and LGBT*Q tenants

15 February, 2018

Major new study outlines the trans and LGBT*Q social housing experience - with worrying findings over safety and harassment

Landlords and tenants want to ditch agents ahead of fee ban

15 February, 2018

Both landlords and tenants want to move away from lettings agents in the rental market ahead of the fee ban

Online fraudsters target tenants with fake reductions

15 February, 2018

An estate and letting agency has warned that online fraudsters are targeting would-be tenants by posing as private landlords offering properties already on the market at reduced rates

The rent control you've never heard of (part 1)

15 February, 2018

Renting in the private rented sector? Think your rent is too high? You might be one of the 60% of Britain in favour of introducing rent controls

New Universal Credit rules to bring in significant changes

15 February, 2018

The DWP has published new regulations following the Universal Credit changes announced in the Autumn Budget last year

The Disability Dossier: 39 pages that could end the Tories' crushing welfare agenda

14 February, 2018

A report of disability benefit claimants' experiences exposes government cruelty and incompetence in unprecedented numbers

What causes London's eviction 'hotspots'?

14 February, 2018

Evictions have been rising quickly in London, up by 79% in the last five years - an eviction rate among renters more than twice as high as the rest of England

Rent controls would leave tenants 'worse off'

14 February, 2018

Data from the Office for National Statistics shows linking rents to inflation would leave many tenants out of pocket

Jeremy Corbyn Would Help Poorer Families Pay Vet Bills And Give Tenants The Right To Keep A Pet

14 February, 2018

Labour slams Gove's 'disposable' green credentials

Vulnerable people 'trapped in homelessness' due to law

14 February, 2018

Vulnerable people are unable to access social housing, potentially trapping them "in a cycle of homelessness"

Number of first-time buyers reaches a decade-long high but buy-to-lets stumble

14 February, 2018

The number of first-time buyers in the market has hit a decade-long high

First Universal Credit payment paid quicker

14 February, 2018

Universal Credit will be paid sooner to new claimants from 14 February 2018

Update on the future funding of supported housing

14 February, 2018

We're working to ensure that the final policy on funding for supported housing will provide security for existing schemes and future developments

Housing associations' role in tackling homelessness

14 February, 2018

We are working with the Government and our members to explore how housing associations can support the Homelessness Reduction Act

Declining number of home owners pushes total rent bill to record level

13 February, 2018

The struggle younger generations are facing to buy their own home has helped to push the total amount of rent paid by tenants in Great Britain to record levels

Regulator finds 'fundamental failure of governance' at housing association

13 February, 2018

A housing association that provides homes mainly for adults with learning disabilities or mental health problems has a "fundamental failure of governance"

RLA press for Housing Court in meeting with new Minister for the PRS

13 February, 2018

The RLA pressed for a dedicated Housing Court when it met with the new Minister for the Private Rented Sector

Greens publish legislation options to help councils tackle problem of short term lets

13 February, 2018

The introduction of a licensing scheme for homeowners who want to rent out their properties through websites like AirBnB is one of a number of legislative proposals available to help councils regulate the rapid growth of the short-term letting sector

Buy to Let index - January 2018

13 February, 2018

East of England sees fastest growth in rents

England and Wales Rental Tracker

13 February, 2018

2017 - the year of growth for the East of England

Social Tenants in Scotland, 2016

13 February, 2018

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

Telford & Wrekin Council Look Set to Abandon Selective Licensing Plans

13 February, 2018

Telford & Wrekin Council's Cabinet is set to agree to abandon its selective licensing proposals in light of alternative measures at its meeting this week

Landlord wins long-running case against agent after tenancy went wrong

12 February, 2018

A customer has won a payout from Sequence after the Connells brand was refused leave to appeal

Transactions outside London rise despite faltering buy-to-let market

12 February, 2018

Transactions on residential property outside London have started the year at increased levels

UK rental values on new tenancies start the year with an increase

12 February, 2018

Rental values on new tenancies began 2018 with a year-on-year increase, rising in nearly every region of the UK

UK tenants paid record £50bn in rents in 2017

12 February, 2018

Rents double in a decade and could eclipse entire sum paid for mortgages by homeowners

Energy firms could get claimants' names

12 February, 2018

People on state benefits could have their names passed to energy firms so they can give them special rates

Council ignores government guidelines in bid to help affordable housing crisis

12 February, 2018

Worthing Borough Council has pledged to ignore government guidelines in a bid to secure more desperately-needed affordable housing

'It's a life or death situation': why GPs are referring patients to food banks

12 February, 2018

Salford Foodbank has partnered with local medical practices to help provide care for vulnerable patients

HomeLet Rental Index - January 2018

12 February, 2018

Rents in the UK rose by 2.4% in January compared to the same month a year ago; the average monthly rent now stands at £909 a month

Cut-hit councils are going broke. Let them charge however much they like

09 February, 2018

The government should shed its Brexit paralysis and stem the escalating crisis. Reform of council funding must come quickly

Home owner mortgage arrears at record lows but more landlords struggling

09 February, 2018

Landlord mortgage arrears have begun to increase

Increasing number of landlords selling up due to buy-to-let tax changes

09 February, 2018

An increasing number of landlords are planning to offload part of their buy-to-let portfolios within months as a result of changes to the way in which they are taxed

Homeless illegally turned away by councils

09 February, 2018

People who have nowhere to sleep or are about to lose their homes are being turned away illegally by councils

Assembly calls for £5,000 cost cap on landlord funding contribution

09 February, 2018

Around 9,000 people in the UK died last winter, as a result of living in a cold home

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews

09 February, 2018

Fifth Report of Session 2017-19

Mortgage arrears and possessions

09 February, 2018

Q4 2017 Statistics show continuing decline in mortgage arrears and possessions

We want to build a culture of assurance among Scottish social landlords

08 February, 2018

The Scottish Housing Regulator is considering how best to set the direction of regulation for the next five years

Social housing is being driven by profit. Tenants must fight back

08 February, 2018

As residents of Peabody and Family Mosaic, we fear losing our rights if the two housing associations become one

Child benefit, housing benefit frozen - but pensions to rise by 3%

08 February, 2018

The Government decision will affect thousands of benefit claimants on Teesside

Universal credit all-party report raises fears over workability of system

08 February, 2018

Findings flag up 'considerable uncertainty about its costs and benefits' seven years on

UK buy-to-let investment slumps 80%

08 February, 2018

Buy-to-let investments in the UK have fallen 80% since 2015

Housing associations need 'better engagement' over future for Universal Credit

08 February, 2018

Latest Work and Pensions Committee assessment stresses the case for landlord councils and housing associations as key delivery partners for UC

Calls for changes to funding plans for supported housing

08 February, 2018

The CLG and Work and Pensions Committee have written to the Ministry of Housing over concerns about government's funding plans

Good news for avocado toast lovers: London landlords are cutting rents

07 February, 2018

One in five landlords in outer London has reduced rents over the last year

Associations must show they 'deserve' government funding

07 February, 2018

Housing associations and local authorities in Scotland have been told they must build the homes to match funding

Mayor makes plea for more government action on PRS conditions

07 February, 2018

City boss says tenants "forced" into lower end rental need better understanding from policy makers after research shows some 10% of PRS stock in his city as below a decent standard

Residents in surrounding estate told to pay rent despite one-fifth living in hotels due to no gas or hot water

07 February, 2018

'RBKC are yet again demonstrating how out of touch they are' says one tenant who says he has been unable to move back home since the tragedy

Cross-party groups of MPs call for change to supported housing plans

07 February, 2018

Two cross-party select committees have "strongly recommended" the government rethinks its plans to introduce a top-up fund for short-term supported housing controlled by councils

Dramatic slump in buy-to-let lending blamed on Government intervention

07 February, 2018

Regulatory intervention has led to a huge 80% slump in buy-to-let investment

MPs back legislation to make all homes comply with minimum EPC band C

07 February, 2018

MPs have backed a proposed Bill that could see all domestic properties bought up to a minimum energy performance certificate rating of C by 2035

Elephant and Castle developers concede to campaigners' demands for more social housing

06 February, 2018

Developer Delancey submitted a revised offer to Southwark Council today including 116 homes at social rent

The 'devastated' social housing tenants who could be kicked out of their homes due to revamp plans

06 February, 2018

Housing association bosses want to almost double the number of houses in the Cambridge cul-de-sac

Government's Universal Credit payments will be seamless

06 February, 2018

The roll-out of the Government's flagship welfare policy Universal Credit will now happen "seamlessly" after months of difficulties, a minister claimed today

Agents claimed to be sub-letting home as HMO without landlord's knowledge fined nearly £40,000

06 February, 2018

A letting agency and several of its personnel who were involved in renting a property in order to then sub-let it as a HMO without the landlords' knowledge have been slapped with fines totalling tens of thousands of pounds

Tenant in rental home for three years objects to 'Let By' board in her garden

06 February, 2018

A tenant living in her home for three years has allegedly been told that a 'Let & Managed By' board could be erected in her garden

HB S3/2018

06 February, 2018

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

Londoners weigh in over improving 'broken' rental market

05 February, 2018

Survey shows what the capital's renters think of the market they're in

A welfare generation: lifetime welfare transfers between generations

05 February, 2018

This research paper looks at what people put in and take out from the welfare state over their lifetime

Universal Credit Update January 2018

05 February, 2018

This update includes information received from DWP at the CHC and DWP Roundtable meeting, the Social Rented Sector Strategic Landlord DWP meeting, and the DWP Wales Stakeholder Board meeting

Alison Inman on social housing and domestic abuse

05 February, 2018

Alison Inman joined the team to chat about social housing, how the lack of it affects women (particularly those in abusive relationships), and what can be done to help

Stoke-on-Trent has the highest number of council homes with 'serious hazards' in the whole country

05 February, 2018

Nine per cent of Stoke-on-Trent City Council's properties were classed as 'non-decent' last year

Government rolls-out Universal Credit changes to address arrears spike

05 February, 2018

Changes to Universal Credit will come into force this month, including changes to the controversial 42 day waiting period for claimants to receive their first payment

Scrap right to buy housing scheme

05 February, 2018

The leader of the Liberal Democrats has called for a halt to the government's right-to-buy policy, describing it as the key reason for the "catastrophic shortage of homes" in England

Universal credit system faces landmark legal challenge

05 February, 2018

Lawyers for terminally ill man who say new system costs him almost £200 a month win right to judicial review

S&P: rent settlement won't change credit ratings

05 February, 2018

The new rent settlement will not boost the credit standings of UK housing associations

UK rent growth halves during 2017

05 February, 2018

Latest DPS rent index shows London rate growing slowest

Landlords back bid to overturn Right to Rent

02 February, 2018

"Landlords should not be used as scapegoats for the failures of the border agencies."

Reforms and resistance: how tenants can influence housing policy

02 February, 2018

With successive governments having failed to alleviate England's housing crisis, can tenants ever hope to influence housing policy?

Conservative council seeks to replace Right to Buy with home deposit scheme

02 February, 2018

A Conservative council hopes to scrap the Right to Buy policy and replace it with a scheme to allow tenants to "earn" a deposit to buy a house

Thousands of Universal Credit claimants unable to use Gov.uk Verify to apply for benefits

02 February, 2018

Government research shows that barely one-third of benefits claimants can successfully apply for new Universal Credit digital service using flagship online identity system

£3.5 billion Right-to-Buy discounts threatens scheme

02 February, 2018

New analysis by the LGA reveals almost £3.5 billion in RTB discounts have been handed out to council tenants over the past six years

Home Office braced for legal challenges against Right to Rent scheme

02 February, 2018

Two legal bids have been mounted against the Government's controversial Right to Rent scheme, whereby agents have to check a prospective tenant's immigration status

Landmark ruling against landlord in 'back garden shanty town' case

01 February, 2018

A council has claimed a legal first after it used the Proceeds of Crime Act against landlords for breaches of licensing conditions

Scottish rents start 2018 on a high despite December drop

01 February, 2018

Scotland's rental market started 2018 on a high, with rents up 1.7% in 2017, despite a monthly decline in December

East Anglian association downgraded to G3

01 February, 2018

A 2,900-home East Anglian housing association has been downgraded to non-compliant by the regulator because of "significant weaknesses" in its governance

Tower Hamlets Council to ask Javid for borough-wide landlord licensing

01 February, 2018

Tower Hamlets Council has decided to ask Sajid Javid if it can expand its private landlord licensing scheme to cover the whole borough

Thousands of people could receive millions in payouts after being ripped off by local councils

01 February, 2018

A landmark legal ruling could open the floodgates and force local councils to compensate thousands of people

Performance Matters

01 February, 2018

Data Accuracy Report 2016/17

Universal Credit Scottish Choices eligibility extended

01 February, 2018

More flexibility to help people manage their money

Regulation of Registered Social Landlords (Wales) Bill

01 February, 2018

Stage 1 Committee Report

Former letting agency boss charged with fraud, false accounting and theft

31 January, 2018

The former director of a letting agency has been charged with fraud, false accounting and theft totalling around £450,000

150,000 Social Rent Homes Gone Since Tories Came To Power

31 January, 2018

"It is simply unacceptable that we are losing so many of our most affordable homes"

New HMO Licensing Rules Expected in October

31 January, 2018

The Government is planning to introduce new rules on licensing Houses in Multiple Occupation this October

London council tenants in line for water payouts

31 January, 2018

Councils in London have set aside millions of pounds and thousands of tenants may be in line for payouts after a landmark legal ruling over water charges

One in ten families who get social housing are from abroad despite efforts to give long-term local residents a better chance of getting a property

31 January, 2018

Share of social housing going to foreign families has been rising since mid-2000

Tower Hamlets has reduced child poverty - by shipping it elsewhere

31 January, 2018

Statistics show a drop of 6% since 2010. But that's thanks to rising rents and benefit caps forcing families out of the borough

Powys council house rents to rise by at least 4.5%

31 January, 2018

Council house rents will rise by at least 4.5% in Powys from April

How listing of social housing costs landlords

31 January, 2018

Listing social housing preserves the architectural and historical significance of buildings - but can have costly implications for landlords

Social Housing Lettings: April 2016 to March 2017, England

31 January, 2018

Social housing lettings by private registered providers decreased by 11% to 231,000 in 2016/17, continuing the fall from the previous year

'Make rules on tenancy default fees clear or agents could face costly PPI-style claims'

31 January, 2018

The Government must provide more clarity on the planned tenant fees ban if it wants to avoid the prospect of PPI-style compensation claims against letting agents

LIN member report January 2018 - Universal Credit

30 January, 2018

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

What does the new European Energy Poverty Observatory mean for social housing?

30 January, 2018

A combination of rising energy costs, poor-quality housing or low incomes means that many households across Europe are struggling with the cost associated with heating (or cooling) their homes

Homelessness rise 'due to welfare reform'

30 January, 2018

The surge can be seen alongside an increase in homeless families housed by local authorities in temporary accommodation

Squalid homes: Corbyn says government 'in pockets of landlords'

30 January, 2018

Labour leader says Tories can't fix housing crisis after revelations that thousands live in hazardous conditions

Personal Independence payments: All 1.6 million claims to be reviewed

30 January, 2018

Every person receiving Personal Independence Payments will have their claim reviewed

The baffling change to Universal Credit for people in work that has got experts worried

30 January, 2018

The change to Universal Credit has unpredictable effects - here's what you should do about it

Report recommends 'long-term, slow, patient investments'in PRS

30 January, 2018

Researchers say social landlords can do much more to house lower income households in receipt of Housing Benefit but able to pay rent reliably

Food insecurity: a third of poorest households skip meals

30 January, 2018

Large families and jobless worst hit by rising costs and austerity, with 32% and 36% missing meals

Fire Safety in Housing Executive Tower Blocks

30 January, 2018

The Rationale for the establishment of the Independent Reference Group on Fire Safety in Housing Executive tower blocks was in response to the tragedy of the horrific Grenfell fire on 14 June 2017

Private Renting: Can social landlords help?

30 January, 2018

Report by LSE Housing and Communities

Wales is leading the way on improving tenant rights

29 January, 2018

Westminster's drive to improve standards for tenants is following the Welsh Government's lead

Why Universal Credit is prime example of UK Government getting it wrong

29 January, 2018

Universal Credit demonstrates exactly why we want to do things differently in Scotland

Our proposals to the supported housing consultation

29 January, 2018

PlaceShapers members have been campaigning hard for the past two years to secure the future of supported and sheltered housing

Bottom of the housing ladder: 'I feel like a squatter in my home'

29 January, 2018

Over 2 million people in the UK live in rented homes that actively damage their health

Renting by the room: buy-to-let investors get highest yields with HMOs

29 January, 2018

The best buy-to-let property yields in 2017 came from houses in multiple occupation with an average return on investment of 8.9%

Hundreds of thousands living in squalid rented homes in England

29 January, 2018

Estimated 338,000 properties rented by under-35s hazardous and likely to cause harm

Agents fees charged to tenants are mostly fair - says tenants group

29 January, 2018

Support for agents to be allowed to charge tenants at least some fees has come from an unlikely quarter - a tenants' group

Middle-aged and millennials move to private rented sector in droves, as baby boomers pay off mortgages

26 January, 2018

There has been a significant increase in the proportion of people below the age of 44 in the private rented sector, as they find owner occupation harder to achieve

Universal Credit presents 'significant risk' to public spending

26 January, 2018

Report from the Office of Budget Responsibility shows UC offering only marginal taxpayer savings despite the extent of related cuts

Council to expand repairs company into overall housing management

26 January, 2018

'Urgent' post-Carillion decision clears the way for a full takeover of housing services by a company originally set up to cover repairs

PEARL Rental Index - January 2017

26 January, 2018

We have rounded up all of the latest housing statistics, rental index updates and data on renting from across the sector and compiled them into one easy to digest bulletin

English Housing Survey

26 January, 2018

Headline Report, 2016-17

Private Rented Sector Report

26 January, 2018

December 2017

Universal credit: what is it and what exactly is wrong with it?

26 January, 2018

Is the unpopular benefits scheme championed by Iain Duncan Smith too big to fail?

Universal credit to save taxpayers only 2% in spite of benefit cuts

26 January, 2018

Welfare scheme a 'significant risk' to public spending, warns Office for Budget Responsibility

Wales' Right to Buy formally abolished

25 January, 2018

The abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights (Wales) Bill became an Act of the Assembly in Cardiff

'Hundreds' of social homes don't have proper fire risk assessments

25 January, 2018

NHMF Conference hears how Grenfell has forced the sector "back to basics" over stock management and safety

James Johnsen: Should you invest in social housing?

25 January, 2018

Investing with a conscience can helping alleviate the housing crisis

Tax changes to render many landlords unviable: S&P

25 January, 2018

Recent tax changes could tip many profitable buy-to-lets into loss-making businesses

London councils skirt six-week rule for homeless families

25 January, 2018

London families are being forced to share bathrooms and kitchens with strangers for long periods, as councils make use of an exemption in the law on temporary accommodation

Council plans crackdown on home owners who use short lets to rent out properties for longer than 90 days

25 January, 2018

A London council is to prepare a new licensing system after receiving 91 complaints in the last two years about home owners renting out their properties on short lets for more than the maximum of 90 days a year

Landlords delay adding to buy-to-let portfolio amid tougher mortgage rules

25 January, 2018

Almost three quarters of portfolio landlords have found it more difficult to secure a mortgage since regulatory changes imposing tougher applications were introduced last September

Ask Alexa! Hybrid agent installs digital home assistant to feed tenants' queries directly to landlords

25 January, 2018

A hybrid agent that focuses on technology rather than a branch network to provide services has developed a way for tenants and landlords to communicate through Amazon's digital home assistant Alexa

Rental stock reaches record high

25 January, 2018

Record coincides with confirmation of financing for major new PRS development

Ed Miliband Part Of Team To Investigate Social Housing In The Wake Of Grenfell Tragedy

24 January, 2018

A survivor of the tragedy is also joining the investigation

Government 'should pay to replace Grenfell-type cladding'

24 January, 2018

The government should pay to replace Grenfell Tower-type cladding so lives are not put at risk, the head of a group representing property managers said

Hackney Council sets up lettings company

24 January, 2018

Hackney Council has set up a wholly owned lettings company to get around rules that say it can't directly manage homes for London Living Rent

How social landlords can help people leave gangs

24 January, 2018

Former gang member Sephton Henry tells Danielle Aumord how social landlords can be a crucial help

Our regulation of social housing

24 January, 2018

Our role is to monitor, assess and report on social landlords' performance of housing activities and RSLs' financial well-being and standards of governance

Shelter launches new social housing commission

24 January, 2018

It will draft in a panel of high-profile figures to examine "the state of social housing in modern Britain and its future role in ending the housing crisis"

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 14 December 2017

24 January, 2018

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

Tenant fees ban campaigners Generation Rent and Citizens Advice to appear before MPs today

23 January, 2018

A group that has campaigned fervently in favour of a tenant fees ban in England will appear today to give evidence to MPs who are inquiring into the private rented sector

Why are record numbers of renters leaving London now?

23 January, 2018

Last year, Countrywide recorded a 10-year high of 65,000 renters quitting the capital. But they're no longer leaving to become first-time buyers

New guidelines for Scottish landlords

23 January, 2018

New guidance is under development to help Scotland's social landlords meet their obligations on allocations and suspensions

Neglect and abuse claims on rise in sheltered housing

23 January, 2018

"I've been left with a feeling that my mum's last months were in a place that nobody really cared about her"

London council to change housing company to management company

23 January, 2018

Barking and Dagenham Council is set to transform its wholly owned housing company into an arms-length management company

Only three out of 160 social housing towers reclad after Grenfell fire

23 January, 2018

Pace of response condemned as dispute escalates over who pays for cost of making blocks safe

'Landlords who self-manage after fees ban could do a better job than agents'

23 January, 2018

Landlords who self-manage their properties could do a better job than letting agents

AM's concern over Universal Credit impact in Torfaen

22 January, 2018

The number of people on Universal Credit in Torfaen being pushed into rent arrears is "deeply worrying"

Thousands on benefits in private rented sector face eviction

22 January, 2018

Private landlords will not be so lenient with debtors as the social housing sector

People on controversial Universal Credit scheme are 'worse off than before'

22 January, 2018

People claiming Universal Credit are worse off than before, it has been said

Universal Credit: Four people reveal their experiences as it's rolled out across Birmingham

22 January, 2018

Universal Credit is being rolled out across Birmingham

More than 17,000 UK students face university rent arrears

22 January, 2018

Figures show 16% rise in those facing housing debt and a doubling of evictions

Milton Keynes: UK capital of 'right-to-buy-to-let'

22 January, 2018

More council houses have been sold to private landlords in the town than anywhere else - then rented at up to triple the price

Councils fail to take action on 99 per cent of most dangerous rented homes, letting criminal landlords walk free

22 January, 2018

Millions of renters left in unsafe properties as local authorities struggle to cope with housing crisis

Esther McVey makes disability benefits U-turn over payments

22 January, 2018

High court ruling says policy was discriminatory against people with mental health issues

Sharma letter reveals he was told affordable rents 'unaffordable' at tenant roadshows

22 January, 2018

At his tenant roadshows, Alok Sharma was told affordable rents are "not really affordable" and a lack of government investment has seen safety standards fall

Lift councils' housebuilding cap

22 January, 2018

Government urged to allow more borrowing to help hit target of 300,000 new homes a year

Council housing rent soars to £2m in Highlands

19 January, 2018

The roll-out of Universal Credit is being blamed for Highland Council rent arrears soaring by a third, topping almost £2million

Residents living in shadow of Grenfell Tower hit back at council over plans to resume rent

19 January, 2018

Residents in blocks surrounding the Grenfell Tower have hit out at plans for them to resume paying rent and service charges from the end of January

Ministers should consider implementing universal basic income

19 January, 2018

Ministers should consider implementing the radical policy of a universal basic income

Taxpayers face £4m bill as landlord refuses to make tower block safe

19 January, 2018

Slough council poised to take over freehold of property and pay for safety work as current owner refuses to foot bill

More than half of Brits experiencing problems with 'rogue' estate or letting agents

19 January, 2018

Estate or letting agents caused problems for more than half of those consumers who bought, sold or rented a home within the last five years

DR UK welcomes Govt decision not to appeal PIP psychological distress judgement

19 January, 2018

In December 2017, a High Court decision found that PIP mobility component regulation changes, which affected those with psychological distress, were unlawful

Free HMRC help for landlords filing DIY tax returns

19 January, 2018

HMRC is urging landlords preparing their own tax returns to take advantage of free online help

Fitness for Human Habitation Bill passes second Commons reading

19 January, 2018

Leading campaigner calls for supplementary action to prevent unfair evictions and improve access to legal support

What will take longer, banning letting agent fees or Brexit?

19 January, 2018

The ban on letting agent fees is now unlikely to come into force until Spring 2019 at the earliest

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill 2017-19

19 January, 2018

To amend the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 to require that residential rented accommodation is provided and maintained in a state of fitness for human habitation

Council worries over future for homelessness funding

18 January, 2018

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

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

18 January, 2018

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

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

18 January, 2018

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

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

18 January, 2018

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

London is most expensive city in Europe to rent a middle market family home

18 January, 2018

London is the most expensive city in Europe for renting a middle market, three bedroom home and almost three time more costly than other British cities

Government commits to publish Social Housing Green Paper by spring

18 January, 2018

The government remains committed to its promise to tenants to publish its Social Housing Green Paper by the spring, despite the minister overseeing it leaving his role

Over half of buyers, sellers and renters have issues with 'rogue' agents

18 January, 2018

However, most majority didn't check if their agent was regulated or part of a professional body before signing a contract

Progress on council housing but 'more to be done'

18 January, 2018

Local Authority Housing Statistics for England 2016/17 are out and open to interpretation

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

17 January, 2018

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

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

17 January, 2018

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

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

17 January, 2018

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

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

17 January, 2018

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

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

17 January, 2018

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

'Unacceptably' slow pace of Grenfell rehousing continues

17 January, 2018

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

DfC briefing on reclassification of housing associations as private sector bodies

17 January, 2018

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

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

17 January, 2018

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

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

17 January, 2018

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

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

16 January, 2018

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

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

16 January, 2018

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

Bad landlords and their properties are a stain on the market

16 January, 2018

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

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

16 January, 2018

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

MSP pushes for sprinklers in new-build housing blocks

16 January, 2018

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

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

16 January, 2018

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

Council hits back at 'unacceptable' housing target

16 January, 2018

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

HB A1/2018

16 January, 2018

War Pensions: Uprating 2018-19

'We're so grateful for it, but it's only temporary'

16 January, 2018

According to the government's English Housing Survey, one in six private renters say that they have had a pest or vermin infestation in the last year

Council may move homeless families out of borough following report

15 January, 2018

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

One in 10 renters have fire risk concerns

15 January, 2018

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

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

15 January, 2018

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

Government supports new measures to improve the safety of tenants

15 January, 2018

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

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

15 January, 2018

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

Triple Point Social Housing REIT Buys 10 Properties For GBP11 Million

15 January, 2018

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

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

15 January, 2018

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

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

15 January, 2018

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

Universal Credit roll out in Northern Ireland by postcode

15 January, 2018

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

Tory council criticised for 'demonising' rough sleepers in posters

15 January, 2018

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

Rogue landlords making millions out of housing benefits

15 January, 2018

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

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

12 January, 2018

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

Rightmove says pace of annual rent rises now lowest since 2014

12 January, 2018

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

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

12 January, 2018

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

Sector watchdog changes name to 'Regulator of Social Housing'

12 January, 2018

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

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

12 January, 2018

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

Housing association merger will lead to social cleansing

12 January, 2018

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

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

12 January, 2018

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

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

12 January, 2018

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

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

12 January, 2018

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

MPs tell tenants to ignore eviction notices

12 January, 2018

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

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

11 January, 2018

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

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

11 January, 2018

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

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

11 January, 2018

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

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

11 January, 2018

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

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

11 January, 2018

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

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

11 January, 2018

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

NLA videos put landlords in the picture over tax changes

11 January, 2018

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

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

11 January, 2018

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

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

11 January, 2018

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

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

10 January, 2018

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

New housing minister previously voted against lettings fee ban

10 January, 2018

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

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

10 January, 2018

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

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

10 January, 2018

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

Social housing tenants talk about negative media stereotyping

10 January, 2018

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

The devastating impact Universal Credit is already having in Hull

10 January, 2018

Council report says debts are already 'unsustainable'

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

10 January, 2018

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

160,000 more rented homes will need a licence

10 January, 2018

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

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

09 January, 2018

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

Fees ban punishment regime could breach Human Rights Act

09 January, 2018

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

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

09 January, 2018

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

Universal Credit goes back to its future

09 January, 2018

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

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

09 January, 2018

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

Restore lifetime tenancies to vulnerable tenants

09 January, 2018

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

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

09 January, 2018

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

'All housing associations should get Living Wage accreditation'

09 January, 2018

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

Dominic Raab: The doubt of the benefit

09 January, 2018

Track record of new housing minister signals limited horizons

Millions owed by Dundee council tenants in rent arrears

08 January, 2018

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

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

08 January, 2018

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

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

08 January, 2018

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

'Shockingly disgusting'

08 January, 2018

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

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

08 January, 2018

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

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

08 January, 2018

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

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

08 January, 2018

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

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

08 January, 2018

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

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

08 January, 2018

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

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

05 January, 2018

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

Ambitious North Devon Council plan to buy housing for homeless families

05 January, 2018

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

Merger to bring a bright future to rural areas

05 January, 2018

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

Pooling set to unlock more PRS investment

05 January, 2018

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

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

05 January, 2018

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

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

05 January, 2018

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

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

04 January, 2018

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

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

04 January, 2018

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

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

04 January, 2018

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

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

04 January, 2018

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

House Price Index

04 January, 2018

House prices rise by a modest 2.6% in 2017

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

03 January, 2018

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

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

03 January, 2018

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

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

03 January, 2018

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

Housing costs in Universal Credit

03 January, 2018

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

KCTMO to hand over control of housing to council

03 January, 2018

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

Former Home Secretary Alan Johnson on social housing post-Grenfell

03 January, 2018

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

The National Rent Review

03 January, 2018

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

The reasons why Dundee council evicted folk from homes in 2017

02 January, 2018

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

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

02 January, 2018

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

Council apologises as Grenfell Tower households miss out on extra cash

02 January, 2018

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

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

02 January, 2018

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

Housing association launches unique estate agency franchise

02 January, 2018

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

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

02 January, 2018

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

Universal Credit: full service and live service

01 January, 2018

This guidance explains the Universal Credit full service and live service

A fitting memorial for the Grenfell Tower fire

01 January, 2018

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

Top Tories 'saw social housing as toxic'

01 January, 2018

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

Councils set aside millions of pounds to support struggling UC claimants

01 January, 2018

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

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

01 January, 2018

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

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

01 January, 2018

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

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

01 January, 2018

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

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

29 December, 2017

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

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

29 December, 2017

People explain why they must rely on handouts to survive

Tory MP condemns universal basic income 'on moral grounds'

29 December, 2017

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

7 expert forecasts for the 2018 housing market

29 December, 2017

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

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

29 December, 2017

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

Councils forced to fund emergency help for universal credit claimants

29 December, 2017

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

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

29 December, 2017

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

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

28 December, 2017

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

Universal Credit rollout sees food bank use increase across Yorkshire

28 December, 2017

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

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

28 December, 2017

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

Rogue landlords targeted by government

28 December, 2017

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

Corbyn calls for the end of Section 21 evictions

28 December, 2017

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

Tough new powers for rogue landlords

28 December, 2017

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

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

28 December, 2017

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

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

27 December, 2017

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

Scotland united in curiosity as councils trial universal basic income

27 December, 2017

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

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

27 December, 2017

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

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

27 December, 2017

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

UK government taking two months to refund stamp duty

27 December, 2017

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

Landlords 'unwilling' to rent to universal credit recipients

27 December, 2017

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

Tories drop two flagship housing policies from key strategy document

27 December, 2017

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

Grenfell firm to pass responsibility for homes to council

27 December, 2017

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

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

27 December, 2017

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

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

22 December, 2017

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

Technical Guidance on EESSH - December 2017

22 December, 2017

Regulator publishes updated technical guidance for landlords

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

22 December, 2017

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

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

22 December, 2017

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

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

22 December, 2017

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

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

22 December, 2017

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

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

22 December, 2017

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

Universal credit 'will cause evictions'

22 December, 2017

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

PRS Statistics Bulletin - December 2017

21 December, 2017

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

Universal credit: Minister apologises for payment delays

21 December, 2017

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

Universal credit: The first six months in Torfaen

21 December, 2017

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

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

21 December, 2017

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

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

21 December, 2017

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

NAO wants evidence for latest examination of Universal Credit

21 December, 2017

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

May accused of 'callousness' over plight of homeless families

21 December, 2017

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

HB A10/2017

21 December, 2017

Housing Benefit: Uprating 2018-19

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

20 December, 2017

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

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

A Fundamental Review of Social Housing Allocations

20 December, 2017

Response to Consultation on Proposals

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

20 December, 2017

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

Labour launches social housing review call for evidence

20 December, 2017

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

Yorkshire Dales council tax rise targets second homes

20 December, 2017

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

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

20 December, 2017

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

No hiding place for crooked letting agents and landlords

20 December, 2017

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

Grenfell Inquiry to appoint social housing complaints expert

20 December, 2017

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

HB S13/2017

20 December, 2017

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

December 2017: Touchbase edition 123

20 December, 2017

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

Tenants packed into house 'fit only for cockroaches'

20 December, 2017

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

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

19 December, 2017

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

Sadiq Khan refuses regeneration plans due to social housing loss

19 December, 2017

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

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

19 December, 2017

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

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

19 December, 2017

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

Northamptonshire council tax to increase by nearly 5%

19 December, 2017

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

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

19 December, 2017

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

Scottish government welfare plans flawed

19 December, 2017

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

Tenants lose out after landlord pressure halves UK home insulation cap

19 December, 2017

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

Government accused of 'absence of empathy' over Universal Credit

19 December, 2017

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

The draft bill banning letting fees is under scrutiny

19 December, 2017

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

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

18 December, 2017

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

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

18 December, 2017

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

Some benefits sanctions cases 'where we got it wrong'

18 December, 2017

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

Another Welsh agent prosecuted for failure to obtain licence under regime

18 December, 2017

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

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

18 December, 2017

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

HomeLet Rental Index - November 2017

18 December, 2017

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

Mayor steps in against loss of social homes

18 December, 2017

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

Personal Independence Payment evaluation: wave 2 claimant research interim findings

18 December, 2017

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

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

18 December, 2017

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

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

15 December, 2017

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

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

15 December, 2017

1 in 100 children in this country are homeless

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

15 December, 2017

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

Charities urge ministers to let councils oversee asylum seeker housing

15 December, 2017

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

Creative loan offer redefines what 'council housing' can be

15 December, 2017

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

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

15 December, 2017

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

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

15 December, 2017

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

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

15 December, 2017

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

Scots forced to foodbanks for soap and toothpaste

14 December, 2017

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

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

14 December, 2017

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

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

14 December, 2017

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

Stamp duty changes fail to boost negative housing outlook

14 December, 2017

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

Social housing sector delivers 'another strong year of investment'

14 December, 2017

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

Rental Index Report

14 December, 2017

Growth in East Midlands, as Interest Rates Rise

Police chief: Grenfell Tower criminal inquiry may take years

14 December, 2017

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

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

14 December, 2017

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

HB U4/2017

14 December, 2017

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

Use of Discretionary Housing Payments: April to September 2017

14 December, 2017

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

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

14 December, 2017

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

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

13 December, 2017

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

Impact of Universal Credit - The Frontline Perspective

13 December, 2017

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

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

13 December, 2017

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

Universal credit 'could affect building of new homes'

13 December, 2017

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

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

13 December, 2017

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

Food banks expected to help 'record number of children'

13 December, 2017

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

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

13 December, 2017

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

Working together for more homes

13 December, 2017

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

Engaging London's Private Rented Sector - Report launch

13 December, 2017

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

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

13 December, 2017

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

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

13 December, 2017

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

Global accounts of private registered providers of social housing

13 December, 2017

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

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

13 December, 2017

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

Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 9 November 2017

13 December, 2017

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

Personal Independence Payment: April 2013 to October 2017

13 December, 2017

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

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

12 December, 2017

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

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

12 December, 2017

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

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

12 December, 2017

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

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

12 December, 2017

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

Corbyn: failure to rehouse Grenfell Tower survivors a disgrace

12 December, 2017

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

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

12 December, 2017

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

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

12 December, 2017

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

Budget failed to take the brakes off councils building homes

12 December, 2017

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

The rightmove house price index

12 December, 2017

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

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

12 December, 2017

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

UK Poverty 2017: the story behind the statistics

11 December, 2017

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

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

11 December, 2017

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

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

11 December, 2017

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

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

11 December, 2017

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

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

11 December, 2017

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

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

11 December, 2017

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

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

11 December, 2017

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

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

11 December, 2017

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

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

08 December, 2017

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

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

08 December, 2017

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

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

08 December, 2017

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

Associations confirm £1.5bn partnership talks

08 December, 2017

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

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

08 December, 2017

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

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

08 December, 2017

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

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

08 December, 2017

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

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

08 December, 2017

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

Universal Credit local authority bulletins 2017

08 December, 2017

Information for all local authority staff about Universal Credit

HMRC Consult on Adding Tax Compliance Checks to Landlord Licensing

08 December, 2017

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

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

08 December, 2017

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

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

08 December, 2017

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

More than £11m being invested in new social housing

07 December, 2017

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

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

07 December, 2017

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

44% of councils have housing company

07 December, 2017

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

Grudging Gauke releases Universal Credit papers

07 December, 2017

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

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

07 December, 2017

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

'Large' families, poverty & welfare reform

06 December, 2017

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

Fees ban confirmed by Welsh government with more details in 2018

06 December, 2017

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

Bill ending Right to Buy in Wales is passed by AMs

06 December, 2017

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

Sneinton 'social supermarket' to help food bank users

06 December, 2017

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

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

06 December, 2017

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

ALMO under threat as South West council reviews housing options

06 December, 2017

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

Government to provide Universal Credit reports to committee

06 December, 2017

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

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

06 December, 2017

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

Fuel poverty levels in Scotland decrease as energy prices fall

06 December, 2017

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

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

06 December, 2017

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

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

06 December, 2017

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

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

06 December, 2017

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

Abolishing of Right to Buy to become law in Wales

06 December, 2017

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

Social housing demand at record high in Northern Ireland

06 December, 2017

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

Javid: private landlords should not charge leaseholders for cladding work

05 December, 2017

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

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

05 December, 2017

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

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

05 December, 2017

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

Government approves council's PRS licensing scheme renewal

05 December, 2017

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

Labour bid to force publication of Universal Credit reviews

05 December, 2017

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

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

05 December, 2017

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

GB Social Housing hits £250m borrowing benchmark

05 December, 2017

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

Letting agencies 'are consolidating ahead of fee ban'

05 December, 2017

Lettings agencies are starting to consolidate ahead of the fee ban

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

05 December, 2017

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

HB Direct issue 180

05 December, 2017

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

Labour brings 'Brexit tactics' to Universal Credit fight

05 December, 2017

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

UC changes - 'good start, but more needed'

05 December, 2017

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

How much of your salary is spent on rent?

04 December, 2017

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

Private Rental Sector - Market Briefing

04 December, 2017

Winter 2017

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

Welfare reform causing 'hardship' for disabled in NI

04 December, 2017

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

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

04 December, 2017

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

Renting in retirement: How feasible is it?

04 December, 2017

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

York Housing Association joins Karbon Homes

04 December, 2017

New partnership backed by residents and stakeholders

Social Housing Financial State of the Sector

04 December, 2017

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

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

04 December, 2017

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

Government unlocks £25m to deliver more homes

04 December, 2017

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

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

04 December, 2017

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

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

04 December, 2017

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

Budget 2017: Confidence is the Key to Longer Tenancies

01 December, 2017

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

Minister tells Welsh landlords - we need your help

01 December, 2017

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

Welsh Assembly rejects amendment to delay Right to Buy ban

01 December, 2017

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

Day of rage against Universal Credit

01 December, 2017

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

Universal Credit hitting vulnerable people hard in Solihull

01 December, 2017

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

Genesis granted planning permission for major north London estate regeneration

01 December, 2017

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

Housing tenure and wellbeing

01 December, 2017

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

'New dawn' for Scottish private renters

01 December, 2017

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

Councils in Universal Credit areas dig deeper into DHP funds

01 December, 2017

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

Review of factoring services in Scotland

30 November, 2017

Our summary findings

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

Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary at August 2017 is published

30 November, 2017

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

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

30 November, 2017

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

It's now free to call universal credit lines

30 November, 2017

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

Universal credit helpline closure could hit poorest over Xmas

30 November, 2017

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

Further three landlords downgraded over viability concerns

30 November, 2017

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

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

30 November, 2017

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

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

30 November, 2017

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

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

29 November, 2017

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

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

29 November, 2017

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

First big association does REIT deal

29 November, 2017

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

LGA: Let all councils borrow to build

29 November, 2017

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

Housing associations must build cross-tenure

29 November, 2017

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

Conservative attempt to delay Right to Buy ban rejected

29 November, 2017

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

State of the Nation 2017: Social Mobility in Great Britain

29 November, 2017

A stark social mobility postcode lottery exists in Britain today

Satisfaction low with association private property management

29 November, 2017

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

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

28 November, 2017

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

Grenfell leaseholders concerned council valuations for their flats are not enough

28 November, 2017

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

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

28 November, 2017

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

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

28 November, 2017

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

Kindliness - developing peer support within sheltered housing in Dorset

28 November, 2017

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

Private Rented Sector Report - October 2017

28 November, 2017

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

Proposed benefit and pension rates 2018 to 2019

27 November, 2017

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

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

27 November, 2017

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

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

27 November, 2017

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

Local authorities still waiting for rogue landlord database

27 November, 2017

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

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

27 November, 2017

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

Universal credit in new crisis as some claimants are denied mortgages

27 November, 2017

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

Property unaffordable for 100,000 households a year in England

27 November, 2017

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

Buy-to-let index - September 2017

27 November, 2017

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

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

27 November, 2017

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

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

27 November, 2017

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

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

24 November, 2017

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

LFB issues 51 enforcement notices against high rises post-Grenfell

24 November, 2017

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

Value of asylum housing contracts doubles after criticism of conditions

24 November, 2017

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

HCA: lower viability ratings reflect increased development risk

24 November, 2017

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

Empty homes spike in London commuter belt

24 November, 2017

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

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

24 November, 2017

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

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

24 November, 2017

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

Labour criticises delays to universal credit changes

24 November, 2017

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

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

24 November, 2017

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

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

24 November, 2017

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

The hole in the Autumn Budget

24 November, 2017

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

New careers being cooked up by Shiregreen jobseekers

24 November, 2017

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

Autumn Budget 2017 25 things you need to know

23 November, 2017

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

AUTUMN BUDGET 2017

23 November, 2017

The United Kingdom has a bright future.

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

£8bn guarantees fund could be used for affordable housing

23 November, 2017

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

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

Social housing sales up for councils and associations

23 November, 2017

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

'Small print' reveals reality behind UC budget offer

23 November, 2017

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

What the 2017 autumn budget means for you

23 November, 2017

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

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

23 November, 2017

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

Universal credit wait reduced to five weeks

23 November, 2017

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

Housing homeless in hotels tops £100,000 in Gloucestershire

23 November, 2017

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

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

23 November, 2017

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

Government announces 'short term solution for temporary accommodation rent arrears

23 November, 2017

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

Britain faces longest decline in living standards in 60 years

23 November, 2017

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

Universal Credit 'a nightmare' say Flintshire couple

22 November, 2017

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

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

22 November, 2017

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

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

22 November, 2017

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

Lettings sector directly diminished by stamp duty surcharge

22 November, 2017

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

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

22 November, 2017

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

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

22 November, 2017

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

The DPS Rent Index

22 November, 2017

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

What England needs is more affordable houses, not universal credit

22 November, 2017

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

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

22 November, 2017

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

Budget 2017: What do Universal Credit reforms mean?

22 November, 2017

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

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

22 November, 2017

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

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

22 November, 2017

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

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

21 November, 2017

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

Tenants snubbing letting agents to avoid fees

21 November, 2017

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

Associations pitch £100bn borrowing scheme to PM

21 November, 2017

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

One in seven councillors in English rental hotspots are landlords

21 November, 2017

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

Labour attacks universal credit as 'not fit for purpose'

21 November, 2017

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

Budget 2017: Housing plans 'fail' without council homes

21 November, 2017

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

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

21 November, 2017

It was introduced to simplify benefits and encourage people to work

Rise in inflation reinforces importance of rent affordability

21 November, 2017

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

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

21 November, 2017

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

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

21 November, 2017

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

Tax dodging landlords urged to pay what they owe

21 November, 2017

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

Budget 17: CHC sets out welfare desires

21 November, 2017

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

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

20 November, 2017

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

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

20 November, 2017

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

Social housing starts in Northern Ireland collapse

20 November, 2017

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

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

20 November, 2017

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

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

20 November, 2017

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

Lifting borrowing caps would build 15,000 new council homes

20 November, 2017

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

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

20 November, 2017

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

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

20 November, 2017

Philip Hammond is under pressure to splash the cash

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

20 November, 2017

There are too many consultations - and not enough action

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

20 November, 2017

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

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

LIN member report October 2017 - Airbnb: Implications for Landlords

15 October, 2017

LIN member report by Kevin McCready

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

Grenfell neighbours hit out over rehousing proposals

07 October, 2017

Evacuated neighbours of Grenfell Tower have hit out at council proposals to treat them differently to those on the general waiting list as they await rehousing

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.

LIN member report September 2017 - The household benefit cap

15 September, 2017

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

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

LIN member report July 2017 - Letting agent fees

15 July, 2017

LIN member report by Neil Merrick

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