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Sarah Teather

Fury as retaliatory evictions bill talked out of Commons

28/11/2014 4:23 pm

A bill to protect tenants from retaliatory eviction has failed after two Tory MPs ‘talked it out’ of the House of Commons.

Ilo of digger

EXCLUSIVE: Councils without local plans building faster Video

28/11/2014 0:00 am

Councils with no local plan in place are building homes at a faster rate than those with an adopted plan, Inside Housing research has found.

Kathleen Kelly

JRF policy and research manager moves to housing body

28/11/2014 6:16 pm

Kathleen Kelly, the policy and research manager for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, is moving to work for the National Housing Federation.

fuel poverty

Social landlord launches project to reduce fuel poverty for 4,000 tenants

28/11/2014 4:59 pm

Coastline Housing Association has started a stock audit and improvement project aimed at reducing fuel poverty for up to 4,000 tenants.

Lee Sugden

ALMO announces new chief executive

28/11/2014 4:53 pm

Salix Homes has named its new chief executive following the retirement of Joe Willis earlier this year.

Secretary of state for communities and local government

Small sites to be exempt from affordable housing requirements

28/11/2014 4:38 pm

Sites of less than 10 homes will be exempt from requirements to provide affordable housing, it has been confirmed.

Stock pic of cranes

Government has 'sold enough spare land for 89,500 homes'

28/11/2014 3:18 pm

The government has disposed of enough surplus land across its departments to support 89,500 new homes.

Managing director, Sustainable Homes

Retrofit programmes hindered by ECO cuts, government warned

28/11/2014 1:46 pm

Retrofit improvement schemes are being stalled by cuts to green funding, housing bodies have warned.

Building under construction

Residential landlord receives £51.6m HCA build to rent loan

28/11/2014 11:44 am

A residential landlord has received the first allocation of funds under the second round of the government’s flagship scheme to boost the private rented sector. 

Computers

Chance to win £500 vouchers by completing technology survey

28/11/2014 11:02 am

Inside Housing and Capita are asking housing staff to tell us about how social landlords are using new technologies in our latest survey where you are given the chance to win £500 vouchers.

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Development

Ilo of digger

EXCLUSIVE: Councils without local plans building faster Video

28/11/2014 0:00 am

Councils with no local plan in place are building homes at a faster rate than those with an adopted plan, Inside Housing research has found.

Secretary of state for communities and local government

Small sites to be exempt from affordable housing requirements

28/11/2014 4:38 pm

Sites of less than 10 homes will be exempt from requirements to provide affordable housing, it has been confirmed.

Stock pic of cranes

Government has 'sold enough spare land for 89,500 homes'

28/11/2014 3:18 pm

The government has disposed of enough surplus land across its departments to support 89,500 new homes.

Managing director, Sustainable Homes

Retrofit programmes hindered by ECO cuts, government warned

28/11/2014 1:46 pm

Retrofit improvement schemes are being stalled by cuts to green funding, housing bodies have warned.

Building under construction

Residential landlord receives £51.6m HCA build to rent loan

28/11/2014 11:44 am

A residential landlord has received the first allocation of funds under the second round of the government’s flagship scheme to boost the private rented sector. 

Chancellor of the exchequer

RICS: Autumn Statement should provide 'clarity and confidence' for construction sector

28/11/2014 9:17 am

George Osborne should use next week’s Autumn Statement to provide ‘immediate clarity and long-term confidence’ to the construction and property sectors, the representative body for chartered surveyors has said. 

Philip Hogg

Housing body praises £30m new help to buy funding

27/11/2014 5:33 pm

The Scottish Government has been praised by a key housing body for the additional £30m of funding allocated for the help to buy scheme.

Galliard Homes

Developer eyes £1bn pipeline after forming joint venture

27/11/2014 12:40 pm

A partnership between a residential developer and a private investment company will build homes worth £1bn in London and the south east.

Green social housing champion of the year

Overheating of homes an 'emergency' situation, warns landlord

27/11/2014 11:14 am

Overheating of homes in summer is becoming an ‘emergency’ situation, with many social landlords getting regular complaints about new or recently retrofitted properties, the Homes 2014 conference in London heard yesterday.

House building in Scotland

Social housing starts in Scotland fall

26/11/2014 4:54 pm

The number of social home starts in Scotland dropped in the second quarter of this year from the same period in 2013 by nearly a half, according to official statistics.

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Repairs

fuel poverty

Social landlord launches project to reduce fuel poverty for 4,000 tenants

28/11/2014 4:59 pm

Coastline Housing Association has started a stock audit and improvement project aimed at reducing fuel poverty for up to 4,000 tenants.

Green social housing champion of the year

Overheating of homes an 'emergency' situation, warns landlord

27/11/2014 11:14 am

Overheating of homes in summer is becoming an ‘emergency’ situation, with many social landlords getting regular complaints about new or recently retrofitted properties, the Homes 2014 conference in London heard yesterday.

hammersmith

Hammersmith and Fulham stock transfer 'to be led by residents'

26/11/2014 4:09 pm

A London council plotting a major stock transfer will be guided entirely by an independent commission of residents, its leader has said.

Financial district

Riverside seeking investors for £250m bond

26/11/2014 1:34 pm

One of England’s largest social landlords is roadshowing a £250m bond.

HCA regulator social housing

HCA upgrades governance ratings for three landlords

26/11/2014 10:27 am

Three housing associations have today had their governance ratings upgraded by the Homes and Communities Agency.

to let London

Private tenants living in poor accommodation 'on rise'

26/11/2014 10:23 am

More private renters are struggling to get landlords to improve the quality of their homes, according to a Citizens Advice report out today.

Book with gavel

Tribunal rules contractor employee bribery claims 'unsupported'

26/11/2014 7:57 am

An employee made unfounded allegations of bribery and corruption against a large social housing contractor in order to negotiate his exit from the company and avoid repaying a loan, a tribunal has found.

hammersmith

EXCLUSIVE: Council considers stock transfer to community-run landlord

25/11/2014 1:51 pm

One of the largest stock holding councils in London is considering transferring its 12,500 homes to a housing association or community-run landlord.

Packing cases

Government-backed bill to stop revenge evictions published

25/11/2014 10:15 am

A bill intended to outlaw ‘revenge evictions’ was published yesterday ahead of its second reading on Friday.

Gas safety

Fresh hope for Gas Access campaign as Lewis agrees to talks

20/11/2014 10:02 am

Brandon Lewis has agreed to meet campaigners calling for gas access law changes for housing associations.

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Tenancies

Sarah Teather

Fury as retaliatory evictions bill talked out of Commons

28/11/2014 4:23 pm

A bill to protect tenants from retaliatory eviction has failed after two Tory MPs ‘talked it out’ of the House of Commons.

fuel poverty

Social landlord launches project to reduce fuel poverty for 4,000 tenants

28/11/2014 4:59 pm

Coastline Housing Association has started a stock audit and improvement project aimed at reducing fuel poverty for up to 4,000 tenants.

Conservative Prime Minister

Migrants forced to wait four years for a social home

28/11/2014 9:26 am

Migrants will be forced to wait four years to get a social home under tough new curbs to be set out by the prime minister today. 

Association 'could not have prevented' machete attack

28/11/2014 0:01 am

A landlord has said it did everything in its power to protect residents following criticism by the daughter of a resident attacked with a machete in sheltered accommodation.

Green social housing champion of the year

Overheating of homes an 'emergency' situation, warns landlord

27/11/2014 11:14 am

Overheating of homes in summer is becoming an ‘emergency’ situation, with many social landlords getting regular complaints about new or recently retrofitted properties, the Homes 2014 conference in London heard yesterday.

House building in Scotland

Social housing starts in Scotland fall

26/11/2014 4:54 pm

The number of social home starts in Scotland dropped in the second quarter of this year from the same period in 2013 by nearly a half, according to official statistics.

hammersmith

Hammersmith and Fulham stock transfer 'to be led by residents'

26/11/2014 4:09 pm

A London council plotting a major stock transfer will be guided entirely by an independent commission of residents, its leader has said.

Eric Pickles

Pickles orders councils to publish stock valuations

26/11/2014 4:01 pm

Councils will be forced to publish valuations of their social homes from April, despite the majority warning that it would lead to ‘misinformed debate’.

to let London

Private tenants living in poor accommodation 'on rise'

26/11/2014 10:23 am

More private renters are struggling to get landlords to improve the quality of their homes, according to a Citizens Advice report out today.

Poole 7

Universal credit 'may not prove value for money'

26/11/2014 9:46 am

Universal credit may not prove value for money and faces a ‘challenging timetable’ with its plans to introduce a new digital service, according to Whitehall’s spending watchdog.

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Eco

fuel poverty

Social landlord launches project to reduce fuel poverty for 4,000 tenants

28/11/2014 4:59 pm

Coastline Housing Association has started a stock audit and improvement project aimed at reducing fuel poverty for up to 4,000 tenants.

Managing director, Sustainable Homes

Retrofit programmes hindered by ECO cuts, government warned

28/11/2014 1:46 pm

Retrofit improvement schemes are being stalled by cuts to green funding, housing bodies have warned.

Green social housing champion of the year

Overheating of homes an 'emergency' situation, warns landlord

27/11/2014 11:14 am

Overheating of homes in summer is becoming an ‘emergency’ situation, with many social landlords getting regular complaints about new or recently retrofitted properties, the Homes 2014 conference in London heard yesterday.

Welsh Assembly

What's happening this week: 24 - 28 November

24/11/2014 10:22 am

Homes 2014 exhibition starts this week and the Chartered Institute of Housing holds a two-day allocations, lettings and homelessness conference.

Newly built homes

EXCLUSIVE: Tenant satisfaction dips at UK's largest associations

21/11/2014 9:08 am

Research reveals 40% of the 50 biggest associations show fall

ballot box

London borough's tenants opt for council management of homes

20/11/2014 10:25 am

Council tenants in Hackney have voted for the management of their homes to return to the local authority.

westminster autumn

What's on in housing sector this week 17 - 21 Nov

17/11/2014 9:36 am

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 17 - 21 November

energy bills

Landlords owning 1m homes could join energy company

14/11/2014 0:01 am

Landlords owning a million homes are considering joining a nationwide energy company to sell low cost power to tenants.

technology

Council homes involved in 'world-first' energy pilot

14/11/2014 0:01 am

More than 300 Wigan Borough Council homes are involved in the pilot of a smart energy system, which has never been used elsewhere in the world.

Charles and Brandon

Prince of Wales: communities must be involved in regeneration

12/11/2014 4:27 pm

The Prince of Wales warned today that developers must include communities in development plans, in research launched to coincide with #HousingDay.

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Finance

Building under construction

Residential landlord receives £51.6m HCA build to rent loan

28/11/2014 11:44 am

A residential landlord has received the first allocation of funds under the second round of the government’s flagship scheme to boost the private rented sector. 

Money, surplus, annual results, financial, finance, accounts

Councils and housing bodies slam ‘cost shunting’ plans

28/11/2014

Housing bodies and councils have rejected government proposals to make councils pay for a scheme designed to help people in crisis.

Philip Hogg

Housing body praises £30m new help to buy funding

27/11/2014 5:33 pm

The Scottish Government has been praised by a key housing body for the additional £30m of funding allocated for the help to buy scheme.

Riverside logo

Social landlord breaks sector record for cheapest all-in price

27/11/2014 5:19 pm

One of England’s largest social landlords has broken the sector record for the cheapest all-in price on a long term bond with its first ever issue.

Galliard Homes

Developer eyes £1bn pipeline after forming joint venture

27/11/2014 12:40 pm

A partnership between a residential developer and a private investment company will build homes worth £1bn in London and the south east.

Kier-logo-2009-250x100

Contractor secures £120m US private placement

27/11/2014 12:28 pm

A contractor and builder has raised £120m through a US private placement.

FOR SALE

Homes in a third of London boroughs 'earned' more than a solicitor last year

27/11/2014 9:18 am

Homes in around a third of Greater London’s boroughs earned more than £70,840 in a year, exceeding the average salary of a typical solicitor in the city, research by the National Housing Federation (NHF) has found.

Wheatley Group

Bond spread widens for Wheatley Group

27/11/2014 8:48 am

Scottish landlord pays a premium as it enters bond markets

George Osborne

Social landlords hope for rent review in Autumn Statement

27/11/2014 8:39 am

A number of housing associations are hoping that the government will include greater flexibility on rent-setting in next week’s Autumn Statement.

House building in Scotland

Social housing starts in Scotland fall

26/11/2014 4:54 pm

The number of social home starts in Scotland dropped in the second quarter of this year from the same period in 2013 by nearly a half, according to official statistics.

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Legal

Association 'could not have prevented' machete attack

28/11/2014 0:01 am

A landlord has said it did everything in its power to protect residents following criticism by the daughter of a resident attacked with a machete in sheltered accommodation.

Green social housing champion of the year

Overheating of homes an 'emergency' situation, warns landlord

27/11/2014 11:14 am

Overheating of homes in summer is becoming an ‘emergency’ situation, with many social landlords getting regular complaints about new or recently retrofitted properties, the Homes 2014 conference in London heard yesterday.

Lord Smith of Kelvin

Smith Commission: Westminster should retain power over housing benefit Video

27/11/2014 10:23 am

The UK government should retain the majority of welfare powers including housing benefit as part of universal credit, the Smith Commission report has suggested today.

Supreme Court

Government to intervene on homelessness ruling

27/11/2014 8:32 am

Ministers are set to argue against homelessness charities in the Supreme Court over ‘vulnerability test’ criteria used by councils to prioritise people for homes.

to let London

Private tenants living in poor accommodation 'on rise'

26/11/2014 10:23 am

More private renters are struggling to get landlords to improve the quality of their homes, according to a Citizens Advice report out today.

Book with gavel

Tribunal rules contractor employee bribery claims 'unsupported'

26/11/2014 7:57 am

An employee made unfounded allegations of bribery and corruption against a large social housing contractor in order to negotiate his exit from the company and avoid repaying a loan, a tribunal has found.

Packing cases

Government-backed bill to stop revenge evictions published

25/11/2014 10:15 am

A bill intended to outlaw ‘revenge evictions’ was published yesterday ahead of its second reading on Friday.

John Prescott

Prescott issues devolution call to north-east housing professionals

21/11/2014 1:38 pm

Lord Prescott has called on housing professionals in the north east of England to ‘come together’ and capitalise on the political climate to secure devolution of powers to the region. 

Southwark Council is reviewing its evictions

Judgement prompts council to review evictions

20/11/2014 9:09 am

Southwark Council has slammed a court judgement which found its staff conspired to unlawfully evict a tenant- but is nevertheless reviewing all evictions since April 2013.

London

Panic rooms should be exempt from bedroom tax, court will hear

19/11/2014 10:20 am

The bedroom tax should not apply to homes where a spare room has been converted to a safe room or panic room, lawyers will argue in the High Court today.

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Care

Sarah Teather

Fury as retaliatory evictions bill talked out of Commons

28/11/2014 4:23 pm

A bill to protect tenants from retaliatory eviction has failed after two Tory MPs ‘talked it out’ of the House of Commons.

fuel poverty

Social landlord launches project to reduce fuel poverty for 4,000 tenants

28/11/2014 4:59 pm

Coastline Housing Association has started a stock audit and improvement project aimed at reducing fuel poverty for up to 4,000 tenants.

Conservative Prime Minister

Migrants forced to wait four years for a social home

28/11/2014 9:26 am

Migrants will be forced to wait four years to get a social home under tough new curbs to be set out by the prime minister today. 

Association 'could not have prevented' machete attack

28/11/2014 0:01 am

A landlord has said it did everything in its power to protect residents following criticism by the daughter of a resident attacked with a machete in sheltered accommodation.

Money, surplus, annual results, financial, finance, accounts

Councils and housing bodies slam ‘cost shunting’ plans

28/11/2014

Housing bodies and councils have rejected government proposals to make councils pay for a scheme designed to help people in crisis.

mobile phone

App created to help homeless find food and shelter

27/11/2014 6:00 pm

A charity has developed a smartphone app to help homeless people or someone at risk of becoming homeless to have ‘quick and easy access’ to relevant services in Northern Ireland.

Supreme Court

Government to intervene on homelessness ruling

27/11/2014 8:32 am

Ministers are set to argue against homelessness charities in the Supreme Court over ‘vulnerability test’ criteria used by councils to prioritise people for homes.

Open door in darkness

Refuges for domestic violence victims get £10m boost from government

26/11/2014 5:37 pm

Ministers have announced a £10m fund for councils to provide accommodation for victims of domestic violence following fears that refuges are closing down because of lack of cash.

to let London

Private tenants living in poor accommodation 'on rise'

26/11/2014 10:23 am

More private renters are struggling to get landlords to improve the quality of their homes, according to a Citizens Advice report out today.

Poole 7

Universal credit 'may not prove value for money'

26/11/2014 9:46 am

Universal credit may not prove value for money and faces a ‘challenging timetable’ with its plans to introduce a new digital service, according to Whitehall’s spending watchdog.

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Regulation

Lee Sugden

ALMO announces new chief executive

28/11/2014 4:53 pm

Salix Homes has named its new chief executive following the retirement of Joe Willis earlier this year.

Chancellor of the exchequer

RICS: Autumn Statement should provide 'clarity and confidence' for construction sector

28/11/2014 9:17 am

George Osborne should use next week’s Autumn Statement to provide ‘immediate clarity and long-term confidence’ to the construction and property sectors, the representative body for chartered surveyors has said. 

hammersmith

Hammersmith and Fulham stock transfer 'to be led by residents'

26/11/2014 4:09 pm

A London council plotting a major stock transfer will be guided entirely by an independent commission of residents, its leader has said.

HCA regulator social housing

HCA upgrades governance ratings for three landlords

26/11/2014 10:27 am

Three housing associations have today had their governance ratings upgraded by the Homes and Communities Agency.

to let London

Private tenants living in poor accommodation 'on rise'

26/11/2014 10:23 am

More private renters are struggling to get landlords to improve the quality of their homes, according to a Citizens Advice report out today.

Poole 7

Universal credit 'may not prove value for money'

26/11/2014 9:46 am

Universal credit may not prove value for money and faces a ‘challenging timetable’ with its plans to introduce a new digital service, according to Whitehall’s spending watchdog.

hammersmith

EXCLUSIVE: Council considers stock transfer to community-run landlord

25/11/2014 1:51 pm

One of the largest stock holding councils in London is considering transferring its 12,500 homes to a housing association or community-run landlord.

Packing cases

Government-backed bill to stop revenge evictions published

25/11/2014 10:15 am

A bill intended to outlaw ‘revenge evictions’ was published yesterday ahead of its second reading on Friday.

Image of thumbprint

HCA to test new 'forensic' system with associations

25/11/2014 9:42 am

The English social housing regulator will test its new system of ‘in-depth assessments’ with a number of volunteer housing associations ahead of its launch in April.

Poole 7

Job centres accept first universal credit claims for families

25/11/2014 9:16 am

Job centres have begun accepting the first universal credit claims for families, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has said.

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