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Darren Johnson, Green Party member, London Assembly

Luxury developments' social tenants enter through 'poor doors'

28/07/2014 9:13 am

Social tenants are being forced to enter through separate ‘poor doors’ in multimillion-pound London developments, it has been claimed.

House keys

London house price boom continues Video

28/07/2014 7:31 pm

House prices across London have risen by 16.4% in a year, the Land Registry house price index has shown.

Steph Green

Tributes paid to 'invaluable' and 'irreplaceable' Chartered Institute of Housing conference leader

28/07/2014 4:31 pm

The events manager of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) conference, who has worked in the housing sector for around 20 years, passed away suddenly over the weekend.

Ilo for use in Sustainable Housing, Summer 14

What's on in the housing sector this week

28/07/2014 10:04 am

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 28 July to 1 August.

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Nimbys warm to new builds as 'generation rent's' needs become clearer

28/07/2014 9:15 am

Support for new house building has soared since 2010, a government survey of social attitudes has revealed.

Sold sign

Market at 'tipping point', as sellers believe now is the time to sell

28/07/2014 9:10 am

Confidence in the housing market has sunk to its lowest level in three years, a report has found.

rent increase

Private rents rise 1% in a year

25/07/2014 3:16 pm

Private rental prices increased by just 1% in the year to June, roughly a third of the rent increases faced by social tenants and well below inflation

One Hyde Park

Super-prime developments 'good for affordable housing'

25/07/2014 2:25 pm

Multimillion-pound luxury housing developments in London do not drive house price increases and actually help the delivery of affordable housing, a council-commissioned report has claimed.

Ilo

Green deal's £120m pot closes following 'surge' in demand

25/07/2014 12:09 pm

The government has closed applications to its Green Deal Home Improvement Fund because of ‘overwhelming popular demand’.

Spanners

ALMO signs £15m repairs contract

25/07/2014 10:54 am

Brent Housing Partnership (BHP) has appointed Wates Living Space to handle its repairs and maintenance under a £15m-a-year contract.

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Development

Darren Johnson, Green Party member, London Assembly

Luxury developments' social tenants enter through 'poor doors'

28/07/2014 9:13 am

Social tenants are being forced to enter through separate ‘poor doors’ in multimillion-pound London developments, it has been claimed.

House keys

London house price boom continues Video

28/07/2014 7:31 pm

House prices across London have risen by 16.4% in a year, the Land Registry house price index has shown.

PREFAB_2

Nimbys warm to new builds as 'generation rent's' needs become clearer

28/07/2014 9:15 am

Support for new house building has soared since 2010, a government survey of social attitudes has revealed.

Sold sign

Market at 'tipping point', as sellers believe now is the time to sell

28/07/2014 9:10 am

Confidence in the housing market has sunk to its lowest level in three years, a report has found.

One Hyde Park

Super-prime developments 'good for affordable housing'

25/07/2014 2:25 pm

Multimillion-pound luxury housing developments in London do not drive house price increases and actually help the delivery of affordable housing, a council-commissioned report has claimed.

Front page story, 25 July 2014

Funds shift to councils and smaller providers

25/07/2014

Dozens more councils have been allocated funding for affordable homes and smaller housing associations have become the biggest bidders, as larger landlords shunned government cash in the 2015-18 funding round.

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Scottish planning applications 'continuing to speed up'

24/07/2014 3:54 pm

The average time taken to determine major planning applications has fallen by 12 days in 2013/14, the Scottish Building Federation (SBF) has said.

Boris Johnson

Boris grilled over lack of interest in affordable homes programme

23/07/2014 7:51 pm

Boris Johnson faced a grilling today over revelations in Inside Housing that large London landlords had shunned his grant programme.

Houses made from £10 notes

Invest in housing like transport and energy infrastructure, says report

23/07/2014 8:52 am

Problems with housing finance could be improved if housing investment was treated more like other key economic infrastructure such as transport, energy and skills, a report by IPPR North has said today.

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Demolition of iconic tower blocks begins

22/07/2014 1:11 pm

A trio of Salford tower blocks, made famous by Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook, are being demolished as part of a £650m regeneration.

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Repairs

Ilo

Green deal's £120m pot closes following 'surge' in demand

25/07/2014 12:09 pm

The government has closed applications to its Green Deal Home Improvement Fund because of ‘overwhelming popular demand’.

Spanners

ALMO signs £15m repairs contract

25/07/2014 10:54 am

Brent Housing Partnership (BHP) has appointed Wates Living Space to handle its repairs and maintenance under a £15m-a-year contract.

money saving, cost-cutting

How Genesis slashed spending by £19m a year

24/07/2014 8:42 am

Genesis Housing Association has wiped £19m off its annual costs, following a two-year programme of aggressive efficiency measures.

fire

Warning to landlords and tenants after 'near miss' from communal blaze

23/07/2014 8:18 am

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has warned tenants and landlords of the dangers of leaving combustible materials in communal areas, after seven people had to be rescued from a blaze yesterday morning.

Gas hob

Government's new fuel poverty proposals 'full of holes'

22/07/2014 6:12 pm

The government has been slammed by campaigners over plans announced today to target fuel poverty.

Ilo

Green deal plans up by 14% Video

22/07/2014 4:20 pm

3,234 homes had green deal plans in progress by the end of June - a 14% rise from the end of May.

Loft insultation

£4.5m energy-efficiency pot available for Scottish landlords

17/07/2014 4:35 pm

Social landlords in Scotland are now be able to apply for a chunk of the £4.5m fund to improve energy-efficiency measures in their homes.

Neil Litherland

Retirement announcement for ALMO chief executive

16/07/2014 3:03 pm

The chief executive of Lambeth Living has announced he will retire next year.

Housing minister

Government offers £100m housing debt write-off to spark regeneration

14/07/2014 3:34 pm

The government has offered to write off an additional £100m of historic housing debt in a bid to spark estate regeneration through stock transfer.

House of Commons Westminster what's on in housing this week

What's on in the housing sector this week

14/07/2014 10:14 am

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 14 to 18 July.

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Tenancies

Darren Johnson, Green Party member, London Assembly

Luxury developments' social tenants enter through 'poor doors'

28/07/2014 9:13 am

Social tenants are being forced to enter through separate ‘poor doors’ in multimillion-pound London developments, it has been claimed.

PREFAB_2

Nimbys warm to new builds as 'generation rent's' needs become clearer

28/07/2014 9:15 am

Support for new house building has soared since 2010, a government survey of social attitudes has revealed.

rent increase

Private rents rise 1% in a year

25/07/2014 3:16 pm

Private rental prices increased by just 1% in the year to June, roughly a third of the rent increases faced by social tenants and well below inflation

EMPTY_HOMES

More than 66,000 London homes left standing empty

25/07/2014

More than 5% of residential properties in some inner London boroughs are considered empty or second homes for council tax purposes, Inside Housing research has found.

CE, National Landlords Association

Call for tenant rating system

25/07/2014

Private landlords have called for councils to rate prospective tenants’ behaviour through ‘traffic light schemes’.

Campbell Robb

Fall in under-35s owning homes

24/07/2014 9:13 am

There has been a drop in the number of young people who own their own home, the English Housing Survey has shown. 

PAUL_TENNANT

Far right group launches cyber-attack against housing association

24/07/2014 8:48 am

Orbit Group has been bombarded with hundreds of emails accusing it of discriminating against white people, as part of an orchestrated campaign by a far right group.

fire

Warning to landlords and tenants after 'near miss' from communal blaze

23/07/2014 8:18 am

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has warned tenants and landlords of the dangers of leaving combustible materials in communal areas, after seven people had to be rescued from a blaze yesterday morning.

Poole 7

Government-commissioned report slams DWP over impact of sanctions

22/07/2014 5:06 pm

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) must do more to tackle the issue of sanctions triggering a stop in housing benefit payments, according to a report published today.

Orchards demolition 2

Demolition of iconic tower blocks begins

22/07/2014 1:11 pm

A trio of Salford tower blocks, made famous by Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook, are being demolished as part of a £650m regeneration.

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Eco

Ilo

Green deal's £120m pot closes following 'surge' in demand

25/07/2014 12:09 pm

The government has closed applications to its Green Deal Home Improvement Fund because of ‘overwhelming popular demand’.

Pic of water boiler

Landlords’ multi-billion-pound fuel poverty hit

25/07/2014

The government’s fuel poverty strategy has left social landlords responsible for funding billions of pounds of improvement works, senior housing figures have warned.

Gas hob

Government's new fuel poverty proposals 'full of holes'

22/07/2014 6:12 pm

The government has been slammed by campaigners over plans announced today to target fuel poverty.

Ilo

Green deal plans up by 14% Video

22/07/2014 4:20 pm

3,234 homes had green deal plans in progress by the end of June - a 14% rise from the end of May.

Electricity pylons

Poll finds 75% of renters have never switched energy supplier

18/07/2014 12:14 pm

More than 75% of bill payers living in rented accommodation have never switched their energy supplier, a poll has revealed.

Loft insultation

£4.5m energy-efficiency pot available for Scottish landlords

17/07/2014 4:35 pm

Social landlords in Scotland are now be able to apply for a chunk of the £4.5m fund to improve energy-efficiency measures in their homes.

solar panels, right time for social landlords to invest in energy efficiency

Green light for £5m 1,500-home solar panel project

16/07/2014 9:04 am

Warrington Borough Council has approved £5.25m investment to provide 1,500 properties with solar panels and three sheltered housing schemes.

Gas hob

Energy bill complaints double

14/07/2014 12:38 pm

The number of complaints to the ombudsman about customers’ energy bills more than doubled in the first six months of this year, according to new figures.

House of Commons Westminster what's on in housing this week

What's on in the housing sector this week

14/07/2014 10:14 am

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 14 to 18 July.

Fuel cell

Fuel cell pilot hopes to slash tenant energy use

11/07/2014

Landlords trialling eco-friendly heating systems that are cheaper for tenants

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Finance

Darren Johnson, Green Party member, London Assembly

Luxury developments' social tenants enter through 'poor doors'

28/07/2014 9:13 am

Social tenants are being forced to enter through separate ‘poor doors’ in multimillion-pound London developments, it has been claimed.

House keys

London house price boom continues Video

28/07/2014 7:31 pm

House prices across London have risen by 16.4% in a year, the Land Registry house price index has shown.

Sold sign

Market at 'tipping point', as sellers believe now is the time to sell

28/07/2014 9:10 am

Confidence in the housing market has sunk to its lowest level in three years, a report has found.

Chief executive, Family Mosaic and Chair, G15

London landlords urge rent overhaul

25/07/2014

London’s 15 largest housing associations are calling for the government to review rent setting for tenants.

Pic of water boiler

Landlords’ multi-billion-pound fuel poverty hit

25/07/2014

The government’s fuel poverty strategy has left social landlords responsible for funding billions of pounds of improvement works, senior housing figures have warned.

Front page story, 25 July 2014

Funds shift to councils and smaller providers

25/07/2014

Dozens more councils have been allocated funding for affordable homes and smaller housing associations have become the biggest bidders, as larger landlords shunned government cash in the 2015-18 funding round.

Stock pic

Midlands landlord issues £25m reserve bond

24/07/2014 4:31 pm

A Midlands housing association has issued a £25m reserve bond to support its expanded development programme.

Campbell Robb

Fall in under-35s owning homes

24/07/2014 9:13 am

There has been a drop in the number of young people who own their own home, the English Housing Survey has shown. 

Mark Carney

Bank of England governor: 'wages must rise before interest rates'

24/07/2014 9:02 am

Interest rates will not rise until wages start to rise, the governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has said.

money saving, cost-cutting

How Genesis slashed spending by £19m a year

24/07/2014 8:42 am

Genesis Housing Association has wiped £19m off its annual costs, following a two-year programme of aggressive efficiency measures.

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Legal

rental agreement rent keys contract

Generation Rent hits out at tenancy deposit 'rip-off'

22/07/2014 11:19 am

Campaign group Generation Rent has criticised the fact that renters are missing out on interest on their tenancy deposits – often ‘the only savings they have’.

Rachel Reeves

Labour calls for bedroom tax vote in the autumn

21/07/2014 8:50 am

Labour plans to force a parliamentary vote on the bedroom tax in the autumn, following the Liberal Democrat’s U-turn on the policy last week. 

Unite Union offices in London

Union backs multiple legal actions on housing staff pay

18/07/2014

Union backs tribunals against St Mungo’s Broadway, One Housing and Look Ahead

Former BME National Chair

End of the road for Oyedele court action

17/07/2014 9:01 am

High Court upholds former Odu-Dua chief’s dismissal as lawful

Sign outside hotel

Ban B&Bs for teenage care leavers, says parliamentary report

17/07/2014 7:00 am

Young adults leaving care should not be placed in bed and breakfast accommodation, a report published today by the parliamentary education committee has recommended.

bedroom tax protest pickles CIH

Delayed report finds bedroom tax is failing

15/07/2014 2:18 pm

Funders are concerned about the long-term impact of the bedroom tax on ‘tenants, organisations and themselves’, according to an interim report published by the Department for Work and Pensions today.

rental agreement rent keys contract

Tenant to pay more than £12,000 over illegal subletting of council house

15/07/2014 12:20 pm

A tenant who was subletting her council property has been ordered to pay back more than £10,000 to Greenwich Borough Council.

Office conversion

London council claims office-to-resi 'undermining' affordable housing plans

14/07/2014 1:53 pm

Islington Council has failed in its attempt to be granted an exemption from office-to-residential conversions, resulting in the borough’s affordable housing plans being ‘undermined’.

House of Commons Westminster what's on in housing this week

What's on in the housing sector this week

14/07/2014 10:14 am

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 14 to 18 July.

Gavel

Association loses racism appeal

11/07/2014

Employment tribunal finds care organisation unfairly dismissed staff

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Care

Mayor of London

London mayor’s code for homeless migrants

25/07/2014 0:00 am

London mayor Boris Johnson is drawing up a ‘code of excellence’ to improve accommodation in the capital for homeless migrants who have no access to benefits.

CE, National Landlords Association

Call for tenant rating system

25/07/2014

Private landlords have called for councils to rate prospective tenants’ behaviour through ‘traffic light schemes’.

homeless woman

Homelessness prevention by councils rises

24/07/2014 12:45 pm

The number of households councils prevented from becoming homeless increased by 15% last year compared to the previous 12 months, official statistics reveal.

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

London borough to scrap 10-year housing register wait

22/07/2014 9:06 am

Proposals to make residents wait 10 years before they can get on the housing register are set to be scrapped by an east London borough.

Poole 7

Report calls for companies and charities to compete with job centres

22/07/2014 8:58 am

Private companies and charities should be allowed to compete with job centres to help people find work, a think tank close to David Cameron has said.

Computers

Association chief criticises housing sector for not embracing digital change

21/07/2014 2:38 pm

The housing sector is failing to embrace social media and communications officers are ‘boring, staid and corporate’, according to a housing chief executive.

Rachel Reeves

Labour calls for bedroom tax vote in the autumn

21/07/2014 8:50 am

Labour plans to force a parliamentary vote on the bedroom tax in the autumn, following the Liberal Democrat’s U-turn on the policy last week. 

Budget cuts

Association slams council over 70% care funding cuts

21/07/2014 8:45 am

A housing association has slammed a ‘short-sighted’ council, as cuts threaten to wipe out 70% of its £2m care contracts. 

London housing strategy

Dramatic rise of families forced out of London

18/07/2014

Dramatic rises in councils making outside London and private placements

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Migrants remain in hostels to avoid losing housing benefit

18/07/2014

Welfare reforms are causing supported housing to be ‘clogged up’

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Regulation

Steph Green

Tributes paid to 'invaluable' and 'irreplaceable' Chartered Institute of Housing conference leader

28/07/2014 4:31 pm

The events manager of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) conference, who has worked in the housing sector for around 20 years, passed away suddenly over the weekend.

HCA regulator social housing

Insolvency asset rescue proposals announced

25/07/2014

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is to draw up templates for action to try to protect housing association homes in the event of insolvency.

Gas hob

Government's new fuel poverty proposals 'full of holes'

22/07/2014 6:12 pm

The government has been slammed by campaigners over plans announced today to target fuel poverty.

Chief executive, Cross Keys Homes

'Exceptional leader' to retire after a decade as housing CEO

22/07/2014 3:14 pm

Mick Leggett, chief executive for Cross Keys Homes, has announced he will retire as soon as a successor is found

Computers

Association chief criticises housing sector for not embracing digital change

21/07/2014 2:38 pm

The housing sector is failing to embrace social media and communications officers are ‘boring, staid and corporate’, according to a housing chief executive.

HCA regulator social housing

Landlords apply for £1.6bn merger

21/07/2014 8:27 am

Two housing associations have formally requested permission to merge, in a deal that would create a 29,000-home nationwide social landlord. 

Matthew Fox

Housing chief executive resigns ahead of merger

18/07/2014 12:38 pm

The chief executive of Viridian Housing has resigned as the landlord continues preparations to merge with another housing association.

Barbara Spicer is the new chief executive for Plus Dane

New chief executive announced for north west landlord

18/07/2014 12:01 pm

Plus Dane Group has announced its new chief executive, Barbara Spicer, following the departure of the previous leader after regulatory criticism.

Stock pic

Migrants remain in hostels to avoid losing housing benefit

18/07/2014

Welfare reforms are causing supported housing to be ‘clogged up’

Iain Duncan Smith

6,000 people claiming universal credit

17/07/2014 2:20 pm

Nearly 6,000 people were claiming the new universal credit benefit payment at the end of April.

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