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.
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.
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.
The UK’s largest social landlord is expecting a reduced annual surplus this financial year due to a planned smaller sales programme.
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.
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.
A newly merged housing association has retained its strong credit rating.
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.
Civitas Social Housing has bought a portfolio of social housing stock for a total consideration of £11.5m, yielding 6.3%.
A giant investment group has launched a joint venture to buy up new build supported housing schemes for people with learning disabilities.
The private investor that recently disbanded its affordable housing venture has launched a new £200m business to provide homes for retirees.
Housing associations should publish half-year accounts and report all market-sensitive disclosures on their website to comply with the needs of investors.
Scottish housing associations drew down 86% of the loan facilities available to them in 2015/16, according to the Scottish Housing Regulator.
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.
A new £16.5m round of funding for councils to support housebuilding has been announced by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
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.
A bond aggregator has completed its first deal for more than a year, with a £40.2m bond for four housing associations.
The government has invested 5% of its £1.2bn Starter Homes Land Fund in 27 sites, the housing minister has revealed.
A shared ownership specialist company has bought a housing association, as it seeks £1bn of institutional investment to fund new homes.
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.
Ratings agency S&P has said that housing association debt will exceed £80bn by 2019.
The government has announced that £402m of funding over the next two years will be targeted at the councils with the greatest homelessness demand.
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.
Impending deregulation will not damage credit ratings for English housing associations, a major ratings agency has confirmed.
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.
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.
The Scottish Government will make £590m available this year to increase the supply of affordable homes in Scotland.
A housing association has launched a new fund management business with an acquisition of 1,379 units valued at £150m.
Housing associations will not spend government funding earmarked for supported housing schemes unless more certainty is given over the Local Housing Allowance cap.
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).
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.
More than three quarters of housing associations support having rent freedom, a National Housing Federation survey has found.
A Scottish housing association’s bank demanded early repayment of a loan after regulatory intervention triggered a technical breach of its covenants.
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.
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.
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.
An Aberdeen housing association has secured a £12.5m loan to build 147 homes in the city and the surrounding area.
House builder Galliford Try has reported a 23% profit boost in its half-year results through to the end of December.
The National Housing Federation (NHF) has warned of “significant risks” to a deal-based approach for future rent settlements.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
Welsh association Bron Afon Community Housing has pledged to build 450 homes after securing £30.5m in loan deals.
The government will balance the “fiscal consequences” of higher rents against housing associations’ calls for full flexibility, the housing minister has said.
WHITE PAPER: The government will set out a new rent standard for social landlords for the period after 2020 “in due course” to help housing associations build.
South Wales housing association United Welsh has secured a £25m loan from Affordable Housing Finance (AHF).
One Housing has borrowed £85m to build 1,450 homes in a long-term deal with investment manager M&G Investments.
Trafford Housing Trust’s director of finance, Helen Rourke, explains the thinking behind the major deal announced last week
A number of Scottish councils have warned they may not be able to afford the full cost of Discretionary Housing Payments to cover tenants’ rent in the future because of the new lower benefit cap.
The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has said it supports plans to establish an independent regulator for the sector.
Financial ratings agency Moody’s has upgraded a £105m secured bond issued by Places for People after admitting to a rare admin error last June.
A construction company has launched a joint venture with one of the UK’s largest pension funds to build a £200m portfolio of supported housing.
A Manchester-based housing association has struck a new £275m funding deal with two banks and two institutional investors, replacing a previous £145m facility.
The Cheyne Social Property Impact Fund has purchased a 338-unit portfolio of residential properties in Croydon, thought to be worth £51.8m.
A German bank has agreed to provide an £85m loan to fund a large private rented sector development in Manchester.
Two housing associations have secured a £114.8m bond at a record low rate under the government’s guaranteed finance scheme.
The Scottish Government has announced the recipients of £1.65m of funding for homeless services and housing providers working with vulnerable people.
Councils that were awarded the largest pots of funding from the government’s Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes Programme will spend the money largely on affordable rented homes in the supported housing sector.
The government has revealed the tenure breakdown of the homes that will be funded by part of its Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes Programme.