In the opening investigation in our new series, IH Spotlight, Sophie Barnes unveils the first exclusive analysis of the lower benefit cap
Redbridge Council has leased 147 homes in an old army barracks in Canterbury – more than 60 miles away – to help rehouse people on its waiting list. But neither council is overjoyed about the situation. Gavriel Hollander investigates the strains pitching local authorities into competition with each other to house their homeless residents
The gas fright homes Video
In April, Conars Court received a full set of gas safety certificates. Almost immediately, the gas supply had to be cut off. Simon Brandon investigates
Raiders of the HRA Video
Councils are increasingly using their Housing Revenue Accounts to fill gaps in their back-office budgets. While this has helped cope with wider budget cuts, Keith Cooper investigates the impact on housing resources
Reported assaults on housing workers are falling, but do the figures disguise under-reporting? Heather Spurr reveals the results of Inside Housing’s research
The ‘Local Housing Allowance cap’ is already narrowing the housing options for under-35s, Inside Housing reveals, with many housing associations planning to tighten allocation rules. Jess McCabe reports
On release from prison, women face an uphill struggle to find housing. Danielle Aumord spends the day at one project which aims to help
Councils were left with £2.9bn of borrowing headroom to build new homes, following a deal with the government in 2012. Keith Cooper investigates why dreams of a large-scale return to direct development have not come to pass.
Five years ago, two women died after a fire spread from another flat in the tower block they were in. In January, a social landlord was fined for failing to carry out a regular risk assessment in the building before the blaze. Now, Sophie Barnes tells the full story for the first time and reveals the key learning for other landlords…
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the market… Nick Duxbury investigates the hidden risks of building more homes for sale
A new development of 35 homes, meant for affordable housing, stands abandoned in a Kent town. Pete Apps investigates why, despite the housing crisis, councillors want them torn down.
A private finance initiative deal in south London was meant to retrofit an ageing communal heating system and save tenents money. Keith Cooper investigates what happened next
Is the government going to succeed in its bid to speed up housebuilding? Pete Apps analyses its latest attempt.
Splash down Video
Behind the scenes, lenders and builders are concerned that David Cameron’s 200,000 ‘Starter Homes’ will distort the housing market. Nick Duxbury reports
Soaring housing costs in London are starting to damage the city’s economy. Nick Duxbury reveals how the growing affordability crisis is forcing a host of the capital’s largest employers to help house their staff.
Casting a shadow Video
As Universal Credit continues to be rolled out, Simon Brandon finds out how members of our welfare reform focus group are dealing with the changes
The UK government has committed to resettling 20,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years. Nick Duxbury investigates the challenge faced in housing the victims of war
Inside Housing reveals for the first time how many council homes are at risk of a sell-off under the extension of the Right to Buy to housing associations. Alex Turner reports
Football's coming home Video
Manchester City’s owners are planning to build 6,000 homes in partnership with Manchester Council. Martin Hilditch investigates how a wave of stadium developments have paved the way for new housing
Is the regeneration of some London estates leading to a decline in the number of social rent homes? Kate Youdeinvestigates
Hidden risks Video
Inside Housing lifts the lid on the physical and verbal abuse experienced by housing professionals every day. Jess McCabe reports, with additional research by Gene Robertson
Plans to redevelop Tottenham Hale using Housing Zone funding have divided local opinion over accusations the homes will be out of reach of existing black residents. Reni Eddo-Lodgereports
Creating a lifeline Video
The new Care Act has beefed up the focus on protecting vulnerable people. Martin Hilditch investigates landlords’ performance and examines the likely impact
A new generation of housing protesters are taking to the streets of London. Nick Duxbury and Jess McCabe investigate their aims and impact
London burning Video
Daniel Douglas investigates how much progress social landlords in London have made on improving fire safety, six years on from the Lakanal House tragedy that claimed six lives.
Merchant bank Salamanca Group is set to launch a new company to attract funders into affordable housing. Pete Apps looks at what the bank is offering and whether it is likely to be a genuine new source of funding for the sector.
Services for male victims of domestic abuse are thin on the ground, and council budget cuts are about to make the situation worse. Keith Cooper reports
The biggest pension fund in the sector is about to announce its deficit has grown even bigger. Peter Apps reports on the consequences for housing associations and staff
Thirty years after the horrific murder of six people in a house fire, a small east Glasgow housing association is finally helping to regenerate the estate that became synonymous with the tragedy. Heather Spurr visits a community haunted by the past but planning for the future
Meet the landlord building houses in its own factory. Jess McCabe finds out that homes can be built in a day
How much are housing professionals paid? Keith Cooper reports on a survey by Inside Housing and Hays which seeks to find out
The villages of Horden and Blackhall are near the beautiful Durham coastline, so why are some homes there so hard to let? Martin Hilditch finds out
Nearly 700 households in London have been living in temporary accommodation for more than a decade, Inside Housing can reveal.
Home protection Video
Housing associations may be spending more on maintenance, but for what reasons? Martin Hilditch finds out
The Department for Work and Pensions has moved a long way to assuage landlords’ fears over universal credit, as Heather Spurr finds out
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.
Inside Housing has spent the last six years investigating life-threatening dangers on a number of housing estates following the death of a young woman from carbon monoxide poisoning. Today, following the conclusion of the UK’s largest ever gas safety prosecution, Martin Hilditch tells the full story of one of the construction industry’s darkest hours.
Daniel Douglas investigates a recent increase in racist incidents in Northern Ireland and how housing providers are dealing with it
Ebola has killed thousands of people and caused widespread panic. But are social landlords considering what they would do if the worst occurred, and a tenant or staff member got sick? Jess McCabe reports
The members of our welfare reform focus group are preparing for the next round of welfare changes: universal credit. Jess McCabe and Gene Robertson find out how they are coping.
The big fish are nibbling at the little fish, general needs housing stock has reached 2 million homes for the first time and affordable rent is spreading faster than you can say ‘core purpose’. Inside Housing has picked snapshots from the Homes and Communities Agency’s 63-page statistical data return as of 31 March 2014 to compare with the previous year’s data. Daniel Douglas reports
Chief executives of the biggest housing associations in the UK received an inflation-busting 3.85% pay rise on average in the 2013-14 financial year, Inside Housing can reveal.
With risk comes reward. The chief executives of Britain’s 100 biggest housing associations are diversifying into a range of commercial activities - and their pay packets reflect this. Jess McCabe reports
An Inside Housing investigation reveals how much councils intend to spend buying existing homes to reduce their waiting lists.
An Inside Housing investigation reveals the high level of ‘churn’ on housing association boards. So why are they still made up of identikit members? Martin Hilditch reports
An Inside Housing survey last week revealed voids are dropping. Carl Brown investigates why
Social landlords defy a previously predicted rise in empty homes
Unions are stepping up action on behalf of their members who work in social housing. Heather Spurr gauges how it will affect landlords
Freedom of Information Act requests shows how single homeless people have been disproportionately hit by council budget cuts
A project in south west England is attempting the near-impossible task of combating nimbyism to get affordable homes built. Nick Duxbury returns to his rural roots in Hampshire to investigate
Local authorities are campaigning for more freedom to borrow and build. But Keith Cooper discovers that some councils still haven’t touched their £2.9 billion first course
Ready for take-off Video
The last year in housing association construction may seem a bit plodding, with just a small increase in completions, but there are healthy signs that the sector is preparing for take-off. Dawn Foster and Gene Robertson unveil the top 50 developing associations
New legislation may cause councils to cut funding for vulnerable people
As the number of notices seeking possession rises, Carl Brown investigates why landlords are taking a tougher line
Research by Inside Housing has revealed that the number of assaults against front line housing staff has risen for the third year in a row. Jess McCabe investigates why
Exclusive research by Inside Housing reveals councils across England have discovered ways to systematically raid ring-fenced housing revenue accounts to prop up other services. Keith Cooper investigates
Just how effective are social landlords at meeting their tenants’ expectations and what do residents make of their services? Kate Youde examines the findings of a housing census by Inside Housing and law firm Croftons
Over the last 18 months the proportion of new social lets to white people has risen while the proportion rented to black and ethnic minority families has dropped noticeably. Daniel Douglas investigates why
A number of housing professionals have been receiving training in how to detect extremists. Nick Duxbury investigates the implications
The government wants tenants to tell social landlords if their incomes rise to more than £60,000 a year - and then see their rents leap. Kate Youde investigates if this is workable