It is important to take the correct approach with unreasonable tenants, says Kirsty Varley, of law firm Croftons
The sector must renew its commitment to supporting people in hardship, says Wheatley Group’s Martin Armstrong
There has been a 24% increase in evictions from social housing in Scotland over the past two years, a new report by Shelter Scotland has revealed.
Thirteen Group is aiming to help prevent homelessness on behalf of five councils across the North East. The group’s director Chris Smith explains more
The Housing White Paper’s affordable private rent model is a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done for those on low incomes, says Campbell Robb of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation
The LHA cap is set to leave Welsh landlords and tenants in a sticky situation. Jules Birch investigates what is likely to happen as a result
Welsh social landlords in low-rent areas have revealed capping benefits at Local Housing Allowance (LHA) will leave hundreds of their tenants unable to pay their rent.
The next government could turn the tide on rising homelessness and end rough sleeping, says Matt Downie
There is an urgent need for more flexibility in lettings cycles, says Simon Hollingsworth, managing director at Housing Partners
Landlords must think again about how they allocate homes to meet need, says Barry Marlow
How two social landlords are looking to alter their approach to allocating homes
Jules Birch looks at the problems encountered by leaseholders and suggests an alternative system.
Ministers would do well to back a pilot of supported housing funding offered by housing associations, says Emma Maier
Where the axe will fall Video
Pete Apps and Sophie Barnes assess the potential impact of the forthcoming cut to housing benefit for young people
The claims management industry is increasingly encouraging tenants to seek compensation from social landlords, warns Sian Evans of law firm Weightmans
Councils need powers and access to funding to build genuniely affordable homes, says Lord Gary Porter, chair of the Local Government Association.
Paradigm Housing’s chief executive Matthew Bailes calls for an easier and less costly method of evicting anti-social tenants
Dame Clare Tickell outlines the challenges facing social landlords as consumer complaints become more complex
The perversity of the lowered benefit cap is that it trumps all other judgements about what is fair in the benefits system, observes Jules Birch
Councils will receive new powers to deal with rogue landlords from today, the government has announced.
Richard Peacock of Soha Housing writes in defence of the ‘bread and butter work’ associations like his do every day
The government has refused to reconsider its decision to freeze the Local Housing Allowance (LHA), the rate which sets how much housing benefit can be claimed by private tenants.
The Local Housing Allowance was originally intended to help tenants ‘shop around’, but that has now all changed due to cuts, says Jules Birch
As the HCA and Housing Ombudsman open talks about joint working, Leslie Channon of Tpas outlines the challenges they need to resolve
Digital services promote self-confidence and esteem among tenants, says Catriona Simons of The Guinness Partnership
Welfare policy for private tenants no longer fulfils its basic aim, says Sam Lister of the Chartered Institute of Housing
Discretionary Housing Payments are seen as the ‘gift that keeps on giving’ but they are insufficient, argues Mike Owen of Merthyr Valley Homes
Don’t underestimate the opportunities T-levels can offer for forward-looking housing providers, says New Charter Group’s Karyn Kay
A London housing association is set to start lifting rents by up to 40% at a key worker scheme in east London from next week, amid local opposition.
Price controls often fail to achieve their objectives and hit supply, argues Home Group’s Mark Henderson
From next Thursday associations will face less regulation. But as consultant Steve Douglas explains, they will also take on the added burden of protecting the sector’s reputation
Housing association Curo will this week launch a consultation on the principle of building a cable car system for tenants. Victor Da Cunha explains more
Housing organisations need to change and make new alliances to survive the upheavals hitting the sector, says Liz Cook
A major dementia charity is calling for social landlords to sign up to a dementia charter to make housing friendly to sufferers of the condition.
The Scottish Government will extend its welfare fund to include all 18 to 21-year-olds hit by the removal of housing benefit, set to be introduced from April.
Lambeth Borough Council has approved the redevelopment of a council estate which could pave the way for up to 1,300 homes.
Housing homeless people before they receive treatment could end rough sleeping, but the policy must not disrupt existing allocations, says Matt Downie
What choices are landlords making when they allocate housing - and how well are they working out? Inside Housing and Housing Partners surveyed industry professionals for answers
The government’s welfare reforms risk undermining its aim to make housing more accessible, the chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing has warned.
BME households are still subject to some of the worst housing conditions in the UK and they need someone to fight their corner, says Cym D’Souza
A hardening of public attitudes towards migrants and refugees has prompted Arhag Housing Association to widen its range of services. Chief executive Cedric Boston explains more
The Scottish Government has urged tenants to use a new guide to scrutinise social landlords in order to improve services.
Stonewall Housing, the housing advice service for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, has received a £180,000 boost from the L&Q Foundation to preserve its future after falling local authority funding.
We need to go beyond ‘bricks and mortar’ to help boost tenants’ potential, says Michael McDonnell of Choice Housing
Housing is at the core of the solution on social care, says Kevin Beirne of One Housing
As Wales consigns the Right to Buy to history, Westminster seems hellbent on the destruction of value created in the past, says Jules Birch
As Southwark Council pleads guilty to four criminal charges relating to the Lakanal House fire, Sophie Barnes looks at what went wrong and whether it could happen again
Testing the water Video
The ‘full-service’ Universal Credit roll-out is being road tested in pilots across the country. As an official at the Scottish local authority involved, Michael Lloyd has a front row seat
Glasgow’s Govanhill district has been described as Scotland’s “biggest slum”, with private sector properties in dire conditions. James Andrew Smith meets the people set on turning it around
Removing housing benefit from young people could see 9,000 left unable to access accommodation and placed at risk of homelessness, a charity has estimated.
With housing associations growing larger through merger, the sector must do its best to retain its links with its tenants and local communities, says Brendan Sarsfield
Jules Birch scrutinises the figures in the English Housing Survey, which was published this morning.
Some Scottish social landlords need to be “more open and responsive” to complaints, the Scottish Housing Regulator has cautioned.
A growing trend of high-pressure doorstep utility selling is causing headaches for tenants and housing officers, says Mr Anonymous
As the sector prepares to debate rent-setting post-2020, Abigail Davies of Savills warns that a less consistent system could affect confidence in the sector
Being able to measure and act on customer satisfaction scores is increasingly important given growing pressures on landlords, says Jane Ashcroft
The capping of housing benefit in line with Local Housing Allowance is just one part of a much wider issue, says Jules Birch
Breaking the cycle Video
Gang violence is a growing problem in our inner cities but councils’ youth services budgets have been cut. Can housing associations fill the void? Steve Sampson finds out
The Homelessness Reduction Bill comes before the House of Lords today. Lord Richard Best says this presents an opportunity to air some wider concerns.
The government has revealed it is undertaking a review of associations’ powers to evict anti-social tenants, as MPs heard calls for greater powers to protect neighbours yesterday.