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Tower block blaze 'caused by faulty dryer'


A huge blaze that ripped through five floors of a council-owned tower block was caused by a faulty tumble dryer, the London Fire Brigade has confirmed.


The gas fright homes Video

28/07/2016 | By Simon Brandon

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

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Blame the victims

28/06/2016 | By John Gray

Too many housing associations do not support the victims of workplace violence, says John Gray


Carbon monoxide alert

15/06/2016 | By Ross Fraser

Carbon monoxide deaths are preventable, but safety measures vary across the sector, says Ross Fraser


Association to demolish new blocks due to defects

25/05/2016 | By Carl Brown

A housing association is to demolish 48 homes just six years after they were built after uncovering a wide range of defects in the development.

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Winning the battle for gas access Video

25/03/2016 | By Martin Hilditch

The Health and Safety Executive is considering how often landlords must conduct gas safety checks. Martin Hilditchexamines how this fits with a long-running sector campaign and what is likely to happen next


Death at housing association sheltered housing complex

22/02/2016 | By Heather Spurr

A woman has died after being rescued from a fire at a housing association’s sheltered housing complex in Norfolk.

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Landlord failed to carry out gas safety checks

27/01/2016 | By Heather Spurr

A housing association has been criticised by the English social housing regulator for failing to carry out gas safety checks on 160 properties.


New standards for all Welsh association homes

18/01/2016 | By Pete Apps

The Welsh Government is planning to introduce new mandatory quality standards for all social landlord homes.

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Call for 'agreed approach' on NI flags

05/11/2015 | By Jonathan Bunn

Northern Irish housing associations have called for an “agreed approach” to deal with a mounting problem of new developments being targetted with sectarian flags.

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A gas safety reminder

28/09/2015 | By Chris Green

A recent case has highlighted the hefty financial implications of health and safety failures, says Chris Green from Weightmans

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ALMO fined over gas breach

18/09/2015 | By Corin Williams

An arm’s-length management organisation has been fined £6,660 after its contractor caused a build-up of gas in two properties by capping chimneys used to vent gas boilers and fires.


A burning issue


Social housing has the power to improve fire safety - starting with fire safety doors, says Peter Gannaway

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Mears fined £15,000 for gas safety breach

19/08/2015 | By Emily Twinch

A court has fined repairs contractor Mears £15,000 for leaving the life of an elderly social housing tenant at risk from a dangerous gas heater.

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Association assisting police following child death

17/08/2015 | By Sarah Graham

Aster Group is assisting police with their investigation following the death of a five-year-old girl in one of the housing association’s Weymouth properties.

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Housing association fined £6,000 for carbon monoxide breach

14/08/2015 | By Corin Williams

The Health and Safety Executive has fined North Devon Homes £6,000 after a tenant’s life was put at “immediate risk” from carbon monoxide poisoning.


Testing times

24/07/2015 | By Steve Lorriman

Landlords need to think about water safety checks following changes in guidance, says Steve Lorriman

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What lies beneath

22/07/2015 | By Martin Hilditch

Built in 2009, the 64 council houses in Gorebridge’s Newbyres Crescent should have been a dream destination. Instead, they exposed familes to such serious health risks the homes are now being demolished. Martin Hilditch investigates.

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Fire officers monitoring timber frame use

26/06/2015 | By Corin Williams

The Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) is stepping up surveillance of fires at timber frame buildings because of the material’s increased use.


One in six private rented homes 'unsafe'

21/05/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Nearly one in six privately rented homes in England is physically unsafe, a report published today has said.

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Death on Hyde estate sparks HCA intervention

20/05/2015 | By Heather Spurr

The death of a woman hit by a truck has prompted the English social housing regulator to investigate whether other tenants are at risk of harm on an estate owned by a large housing association.

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Bin company installs cameras to prevent rough sleeper deaths

19/05/2015 | By Heather Spurr

A refuse company has installed cameras on its lorries in a bid to prevent the deaths of homeless people sleeping in bins.

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Housing association fined over gas safety

05/05/2015 | By Carl Brown

A London housing association has been fined £2,500 for carrying out unsafe gas work.

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Fob watch Video

23/04/2015 | By Martin Hilditch

Liverpool Mutual Homes thinks it has found the key to guaranteeing gas safety in its homes. Martin Hilditch reports

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New guidelines for social landlords on asbestos

23/04/2015 | By Heather Spurr

A watchdog is to endorsing new guidance on how housing providers manage asbestos, following concerns that residents are increasingly taking more social landlords to court.


Tenant group u-turns over gas access campaign

21/04/2015 | By Carl Brown

A tenants’ group has dropped its opposition to a campaign for greater gas access powers for housing associations.

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Landlords downgraded over gas safety

25/02/2015 | By Carl Brown

Three housing associations that missed gas safety checks have been given regulatory downgrades but still comply with the Homes and Communities Agency’s governance standard.

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Number of owner-occupiers falls while private renter stats rise

25/02/2015 | By Pete Apps

The number of owner-occupiers has fallen while those renting privately continue to rise, according to the latest government analysis of the English housing market.

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HCA raps another landlord over gas safety

19/02/2015 | By Carl Brown

A Gloucestershire housing association has become the latest English landlord rapped by the regulator for failing to carry out annual gas safety checks.

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Southwark introduces connected fire alarms

12/02/2015 | By Pete Apps

A London borough has unveiled plans for groundbreaking wirelessly connected fire alarms with LED displays, six years on from a flat fire which killed six tenants.

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Tech away menu

05/02/2015 | By Nick Duxbury

Landlords have been awaiting the arrival of a tech-revolution in housing for years. A survey by Inside Housing and asset management and digital software provider, Capita, asks is it any closer, and will organisations put their money where their mouths are and invest? Nick Duxbury reports

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Councillors call for legal action against Circle

03/02/2015 | By Carl Brown

Councillors have called on the Mayor of Tower Hamlets to explore taking legal action against Circle Housing Group over its repairs performance.

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Regulator raps landlord over gas safety failures

20/01/2015 | By Carl Brown

A 20,500-home housing association has become the latest social landlord rapped by the English social housing regulator for failing to carry out sufficient gas safety checks.

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ALMOs back gas access law change

13/01/2015 | By Carl Brown

The National Federation of Arm’s Length Management Organisations (NFA) has become the latest body to sign up to a campaign to improve gas access for housing associations.

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Giant housing association at risk of downgrade over repairs

12/01/2015 | By Carl Brown

One of England’s largest social landlords has been placed on a regulatory ‘watch-list’ due to problems with its repairs and maintenance service.

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Landlords 'exposed tenants to potential serious harm'

12/01/2015 | By Carl Brown

Two social landlords exposed tenants to potential serious harm in breach of regulatory standards, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) said today.

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Blaze leaves one man dead and five families homeless

02/01/2015 | By Heather Spurr

A fire in a Plymouth tower block left one man dead and five families living in temporary accommodation.

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Labour backing for gas access law change

16/12/2014 | By Carl Brown

Emma Reynolds is backing a change to the law to make it easier for housing associations to access homes for gas safety checks.

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Research finds link between energy efficient homes and asthma

12/12/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

The drive for energy efficient homes could increase asthma risks, according to new research by the University of Exeter Medical School

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Extinguishing risk

05/12/2014 | By Dawn Foster

Are care home providers doing enough to ensure correct fire safety procedures are implemented? Dawn Foster finds out

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Landlord missed 'a significant number' of gas safety checks

02/12/2014 | By Carl Brown

A 16,000-home housing association has become the latest landlord to miss a ‘significant number’ of gas safety checks, the English social housing regulator has announced.

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Overheating of homes an 'emergency' situation, warns landlord

27/11/2014 | By Jess McCabe

Overheating of homes in summer is becoming an ‘emergency’ situation, with many social landlords getting regular complaints about new or recently retrofitted properties, the Homes 2014 conference in London heard yesterday.

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The Internet of Things


Are housing providers ready for the Internet of Things?, asks Stewart Davison

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Home destroyed in gas explosion

19/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

A four-year-old girl and her father were pulled alive from the rubble after a family home was destroyed in a gas explosion in Southampton yesterday.

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Fixing the future

19/11/2014 | By Martin Hilditch

First the good news – the majority of people working for social landlords think their repairs and maintenance services are good or adequate.

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The enemy within

19/11/2014 | By Martin Hilditch

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.

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Making a house a home again

18/11/2014 | By Nick Duxbury

John Taylor, managing director of housing management services at Mears Group, talks to Nick Duxbury about how the contractor’s recent £40m purchase of lettings management business, Omega Group, will help councils house homeless families

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Florrie's law

18/11/2014 | By Keith Searle

The recently introduced cap on the amount social landlords can charge leaseholders could discourage major work on properties, warns Keith Searle

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Gas Access group denies minister is in industry 'dialogue'

13/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr

A group of social landlords campaigning for better access to homes for gas inspections has refuted Brandon Lewis’ claim to be in dialogue with the sector.

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Thousands of wheelchair users waiting for social housing

11/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

Almost 24,000 wheelchair users in the UK are waiting for social housing because of a ‘massive shortfall’ in accessible homes, a national charity has warned. 

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Step on the gas


Founding member of the Gas Access Campaign Mark Henderson explains why he is delighted the government rejected landlords’ call for greater powers to access homes for gas safety checks

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Inside hoarding

31/10/2014 | By Dawn Foster

Buried within the homes of social landlords all over the country are hundreds, if not thousands, of hoarders. Dawn Foster visits Magenta to find out how the housing association is helping tenants

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Tenant body concern over gas access call

28/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

England’s largest social housing tenant body has spoken out against a campaign to give housing associations more powers to access homes for gas inspections.

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Time for common sense on gas safety

24/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

The social housing sector often sends the government inconsistent or complicated messages, but the latest campaign on gas safety is both clear and deserves to be heard

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Government rejects social landlords' gas access call

24/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

Campaign to allow housing associations greater access to homes to save £500m receives major blow

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Out of sight, out of mind

24/10/2014 | By Emma Maier

Social landlords need to step up and make sure that social housing isn’t forgotten in the debates about the housing crisis

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Tenant to receive 'maximum payment' for emergency repair delay

22/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

An ombudsman has recommended that Waverley Housing pays a tenant the ‘maximum amount’ under the landlord’s policy for ‘unreasonable delay’ in completing an emergency repair.

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Gas safety campaign hits 1 million mark

08/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

A campaign to change the law to make it easier for housing associations to access homes to check gas appliances is now backed by organisations owning one million homes in total.

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Ticking time bomb of gas safety


A survey of gas engineers published this week found that experts dealt with more than 70,000 unsafe appliances during emergency call-outs in the past year. That equates to 191 families being saved from a faulty gas appliance every day.

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Anchor pays out £170,000 after care home fire death

23/09/2014 | By Heather Spurr

England’s largest social landlord for older people has been ordered to pay more than £170,000 for breaching fire safety laws after a woman died in a care home fire.

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