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Vivid seeks US investors following merger completion

28/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

A new 30,000-home social landlord is in talks with foreign investors about loans of up to £200m as it scales up its development ambitions.

housing finance

Hyde issues £400m bond at 3% interest rate

27/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

A London housing association has issued a £400m bond at an interest rate of 3%, putting it among the cheapest individual deals secured in the sector.

Sanctuary Group secures European Investment Bank funding

Bristol launches £57m grant package for local associations

27/04/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Bristol City Council will launch a £57m package of grant funding for local social landlords today as it seeks to boost affordable housing in the city.

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Clarion reports reduced surplus to investors

26/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

The UK’s largest social landlord is expecting a reduced annual surplus this financial year due to a planned smaller sales programme.

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Lenders need 'assurance' over modular homes, CML says

26/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Banks need “assurance” over the longevity and viability of modular homes as the government seeks to increase offsite housebuilding, the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has said.

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Newly merged association plans 1,200 homes per year

24/04/2017

A 30,000-home housing association has formed in the South East with plans to build 1,200 homes per year.

housing finance

Hertfordshire housing association secures £65m Lloyds lending

24/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

A South East social housing provider has secured a £65m funding package from Lloyds Bank Commercial Bank to help deliver plans to build 800 new houses.

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Newly merged association retains credit rating

21/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

A newly merged housing association has retained its strong credit rating.

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Troubled Scottish association seeks larger partner

20/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

A troubled Scottish housing association has put out a tender looking for a larger housing association to partner with.

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Snap election unlikely to halt bond deals, experts say

18/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The snap general election on 8 June is unlikely to have the same chilling impact on the housing association bond market as the 2015 poll, finance experts have said.

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Social housing REIT makes £11.5m purchase

18/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Civitas Social Housing has bought a portfolio of social housing stock for a total consideration of £11.5m, yielding 6.3%.

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Investment group launches supported housing joint venture

10/04/2017 | By Luke Barratt

A giant investment group has launched a joint venture to buy up new build supported housing schemes for people with learning disabilities.

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North East housing associations complete merger

06/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

Three housing associations in the North East have launched a 24,000-home landlord, following the completion of a merger.

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New Northern Irish landlord sets 500-home development target

05/04/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Northern Ireland’s newest and largest housing association, Radius, will aim to build up to 500 homes in its first year, the landlord’s chief executive has said.

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Midlands housing association collapses subsidiaries

05/04/2017 | By Luke Barratt

Midlands housing organisation the Accord Group has merged all seven of its subsidiaries to become a single business.

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Octopus returns to housing with retirement scheme

05/04/2017 | By Luke Barratt

The private investor that recently disbanded its affordable housing venture has launched a new £200m business to provide homes for retirees.

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Your Housing Group plots major stock rationalisation

04/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Your Housing Group is preparing to offload around 4,000 units over the next four years, as it goes on a drive for liquidity in order to fund more building.

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Fold and Helm merge to form NI’s largest association

31/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Two Northern Ireland providers have merged to form the largest housing association in the region.

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Investors: associations should publish half-yearly accounts

29/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

Housing associations should publish half-year accounts and report all market-sensitive disclosures on their website to comply with the needs of investors.

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Scottish housing associations use majority of loan facilities

28/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Scottish housing associations drew down 86% of the loan facilities available to them in 2015/16, according to the Scottish Housing Regulator.

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AHF bond breaks £1bn issuance barrier

28/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The Housing Finance Corporation (THFC) has priced an £88m tap of its second long-term bond under its government-backed finance scheme today, bringing the total bond to more than £1bn invested for the first time.

funding

DCLG announces £16.5m capacity fund allocations

28/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

A new £16.5m round of funding for councils to support housebuilding has been announced by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

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DCLG opens talks with associations over rent setting post-2020

28/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

Civil servants have opened talks with the sector over rent setting post-2020, with a return to an inflation-linked deal among the options discussed.

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Bond aggregator completes first deal since 2015

24/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

A bond aggregator has completed its first deal for more than a year, with a £40.2m bond for four housing associations.

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Barwell: 5% of Starter Homes Land Fund invested

24/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has invested 5% of its £1.2bn Starter Homes Land Fund in 27 sites, the housing minister has revealed.

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Shared ownership company buys housing association

23/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

A shared ownership specialist company has bought a housing association, as it seeks £1bn of institutional investment to fund new homes.

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Moody's: sales exposure to rise in future years

21/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

Debt, capital expenditure and exposure to the sales market will all rise as housing associations step up their development in the coming years, Moody’s has said.

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Association debt to exceed £80bn by 2019

21/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Ratings agency S&P has said that housing association debt will exceed £80bn by 2019.

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Cumbrian associations in breakaway merger talks

20/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Two Cumbria-based housing associations are in merger talks after one was given the green light to break away from its parent organisation.

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Government shifts funding focus to greatest homelessness demand areas

16/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has announced that £402m of funding over the next two years will be targeted at the councils with the greatest homelessness demand.

funding

HCA agrees loans for 10,250 homes

16/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The Homes and Communities Agency has agreed two loans with developers totalling £98.8m to kick-start projects which will provide 10,250 new homes.

regulation

S&P: deregulation 'will not damage credit ratings'

15/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

Impending deregulation will not damage credit ratings for English housing associations, a major ratings agency has confirmed.

funding

Council company targets institutional cash

15/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Croydon Council’s housing company Brick by Brick is expected to launch a bid for institutional investment over the next six months – to finance its ambitious development plans.

economy

Economic sentiment among associations 'at highest point since crash'

15/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

Economic sentiment among housing associations is at its highest level since the financial crisis, with landlords scaling up delivery plans despite the looming threat of Brexit.

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Scottish Government announces £590m affordable housing funding

13/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government will make £590m available this year to increase the supply of affordable homes in Scotland.

house building

Bovis rejects two merger bids, but remains in talks with Galliford Try

13/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Bovis Homes has rejected two merger bids from major house builders Redrow and Galliford Try, but will continue talks with Galliford Try.

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PfP launches fund management arm with £150m acquisition

10/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

A housing association has launched a new fund management business with an acquisition of 1,379 units valued at £150m.  

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Associations will not build supported housing without LHA cap certainty

10/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Housing associations will not spend government funding earmarked for supported housing schemes unless more certainty is given over the Local Housing Allowance cap.

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Government moves grant funding forward a year to improve borrowing outlook

08/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

THE BUDGET: The government has moved £200m in housing association grants forward a year, which has helped lower its borrowing outlook from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR).

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Paragon credit rating upheld ahead of merger

07/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

A South East housing association has had its credit rating upheld ahead of a planned merger, which is due to complete next month.

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SFHA warns Scottish DHP budget will be 'overwhelmed'

06/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government has increased Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) funding to almost £58m to mitigate the impact of welfare cuts in the first year it has control over DHPs.

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Three quarters of associations want rent freedom

02/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

More than three quarters of housing associations support having rent freedom, a National Housing Federation survey has found.

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Co-op Bank demands repayment of association loan due to technical breach

01/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

A Scottish housing association’s bank demanded early repayment of a loan after regulatory intervention triggered a technical breach of its covenants.

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The benefits and risks of 'medium-merging'

28/02/2017

As a flurry of mid-sized associations embark on mergers, Lee Clarke of Capsticks looks at the pros and cons

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Two homelessness charities to merge

27/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Two London-based homelessness charities, Evolve Housing and Support and Grenfell Housing and Training, have agreed to merge.

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Why medium-mergers in the sector are motoring

27/02/2017

Greg Campbell and David Williams of Campbell Tickell explain more about the trend towards ‘medium-mergers’

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Councils seek to plug budget holes as rent cut bites

24/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Councils are boosting their income through service charge rises and other fee increases as pressure from the 1% rent cut on Housing Revenue Accounts ramps up.

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Barratt boosts profits despite dip in homes built

22/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

The UK’s largest house builder has announced boosted profits in the six months to the end of December, despite a dip in the number of homes it built.

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Orr hits out at government supported housing proposal

21/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The chief executive of the National Housing Federation (NHF) has hit out at a government proposal to hand supported housing funding to councils because he fears it will create geographical inequalities.

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Aberdeen association secures £12.5m loan

21/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

An Aberdeen housing association has secured a £12.5m loan to build 147 homes in the city and the surrounding area.

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Galliford Try reports 23% profit boost

21/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

House builder Galliford Try has reported a 23% profit boost in its half-year results through to the end of December.

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NHF warns of 'significant risks' in deal-based rents approach

20/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

The National Housing Federation (NHF) has warned of “significant risks” to a deal-based approach for future rent settlements.

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NHF calls for rent freedom in Budget

17/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The National Housing Federation (NHF) is calling for rent freedom and for housing to play a part in the government’s industrial strategy, ahead of next month’s Budget.

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Global Accounts: associations' sales activity soars 39%

17/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Just 10 housing associations were responsible for three-quarters of the sale activity carried out by UK landlords in 2015/16, while the total proceeds from such sales grew by 39%.

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North East associations plan three-way merger

16/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

Three North East housing associations have announced plans to merge to create a 23,500-home association.

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Cala on course for record profits

16/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

The house builder part-owned by giant institutional investor Legal and General (L&G) is set to deliver record profits and new homes, a trading update said.

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Lincolnshire associations agree merger

15/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Two Lincolnshire housing associations have agreed merger plans to form a new 12,700-home landlord in principle.

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Housing association merger supported by HCA

13/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

Two Hampshire-based housing associations have had their merger backed by the housing regulator.

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Sovereign secures £150m European investment

13/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Sovereign, the UK’s sixth-largest housing association, has signed a £150m funding deal with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support its plans to build 4,500 new homes over the next three years.

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£30.5m loans for Bron Afon to build 450 homes

13/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Welsh association Bron Afon Community Housing has pledged to build 450 homes after securing £30.5m in loan deals.