Private Rented Sector

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Where the axe will fall Video

13/04/2017 | By Pete Apps , Sophie Barnes

Pete Apps and Sophie Barnes assess the potential impact of the forthcoming cut to housing benefit for young people


Councils receive new powers to fine 'rogue' landlords

06/04/2017 | By Luke Barratt

Councils will receive new powers to deal with rogue landlords from today, the government has announced.

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Under-21 housing benefit cut 'could place 9,000 at risk of homelessness'

06/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

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.

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New Era: one year on Video

22/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

A year ago, the new landlord of a Hackney estate ripped up the rental rulebook. Sophie Barnes returns to Hoxton to find out how the personalised rents model has bedded in


Barwell: no tenancy length increases for buy-to-let landlords

08/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

WHITE PAPER: The government has no plans to force or encourage buy-to-let landlords to increase the length of their tenancies, the housing minister has confirmed.


Barwell: longer PRS tenancies in White Paper

06/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

The government will look to increase the availability of longer rental tenancies as it seeks to boost institutional investment in Build to Rent in tomorrow’s Housing White Paper.

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'Rogue' landlords receive £2.3bn in housing benefit

23/01/2017 | By Tim Clark

One in every £10 spent on housing benefit in England goes to a private landlord letting a sub-standard home, according to new analysis by the Labour Party.

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Universal Credit to be paid more regularly in Scotland

13/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government plans to use its new social security powers for the first time to make Universal Credit payments more regular, it has announced today.

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Government to ban letting agents' fees

23/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has announced a ban on letting agents charging fees in the private rented sector during tomorrow’s Autumn Statement.

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Caravan life


An Inside Housing investigation has found that thousands of people on low incomes are choosing to live in caravans and mobile homes. Martin Hilditch uncovers a hidden world that raises questions about the housing benefit system


Growing problem

07/11/2016 | By Caroline Pidgeon

The private rented sector now houses more of us but enforcement of standards is patchy, says Caroline Pidgeon


Eviction hobby

02/11/2016 | By Dan Wilson Craw

Private landlords out to make a quick profit from rising house prices are contributing to increasing homelessness, says Dan Wilson Craw


Change bringer

01/11/2016 | By Sian Jones

Licensing landlords in Wales will give local authorities a true picture of the private rented sector and raise standards, says Sian Jones

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Renting failure

28/10/2016 | By Sian Berry

Sadiq Khan is not doing enough for existing tenants living in sub-standard accommodation, says Siân Berry

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Minimum bedroom size planned for shared PRS homes

18/10/2016 | By Pete Apps

The government is planning to introduce new rules enforcing a minimum bedroom size in shared private rented sector homes.

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Shelter launches 'Living Home Standard'

17/10/2016 | By Heather Spurr

A homelessness charity has launched a ‘Living Home Standard’ to measure the acceptability of housing across all tenures.

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Don't blame us

04/10/2016 | By David Smith

Buy-to-let landlords are not preventing first-buyers getting on the housing ladder, says David Smith

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Regulating the sharing economy

28/09/2016 | By Tom Copley

Home-sharing sites provide a useful service to guests and hosts but landlords may be exploiting lax regulation to make money from short-term lets, says Tom Copley


Scottish PRS triples in size

27/09/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The private rented sector in Scotland has almost tripled in size as a proportion of total stock over the past 16 years, the latest Scottish Household Survey has revealed.

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Zero hour housing

23/09/2016 | By Sian Berry

Property guardians are the housing equivalent of zero-hour contracts, says Siân Berry


Catching the rogues


Private landlords should welcome licensing because it is driving out the rogues, says Sir Robin Wales

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Under the radar

30/08/2016 | By Alan Ward

Licensing will only hit good private landlords - the bad ones will ignore it, says Alan Ward

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Tenant satisfaction: is it still relevant? Video

18/08/2016 | By Kate Youde

As housing associations transform themselves, is customer service still important – and if so, why? Kate Youde reports

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Short term

05/08/2016 | By Betsy Dillner

Private landlords are wrong to claim tenancies on average last for four years, says Betsy Dillner


Tale of two cities

03/08/2016 | By Lindsay Judge

Inner and outer London have very different stories to tell about the housing crisis, says Lindsay Judge


Top 60: Build to rent development of the year Video


Inside Housing is showcasing the best 60 developments of the last year.  This year, our list is split into 10 categories of excellence which we will reveal over the next 10 weeks. First we introduce you to the best of the best in the build to rent sector

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The worst tenure

07/07/2016 | By Rosie Walker

The shortage of social housing is driving more families into the private rented sector, says Rosie Walker

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Has build-to-let got a future? Video

30/06/2016 | By Caroline Thorpe

When the chancellor unexpectedly raised stamp duty for institutional private sector landlords, did it spell the end of the build-to-let market? Caroline Thorpe reports


Suitable housing out of reach for young people, CIH survey reveals

28/06/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

More than three quarters of the public believe the “right kind of housing” is out of reach for young people, a survey commissioned by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has revealed.

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CIH: Low LHA rates lock out claimants

13/05/2016 | By Pete Apps

Housing benefit rates paid to claimants renting privately have fallen well below actual market rents - leaving claimants with no access to housing.

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Limited options

09/05/2016 | By Joanne Roney

The government’s homeownership drive could be threatening the quality of choice for tenants, says Joanne Roney


Renter help


The role of social letting agents should be expanded in Scotland, says Ellie Hutchinson

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Town and gown

26/04/2016 | By Kevin Price

We must tackle growing inequalities in Cambridge to solve the spiralling house prices, says Kevin Price


Cost squeeze

26/04/2016 | By Lindsay Judge

Housing costs are likely to be the living standards issue of this parliament, says Lindsay Judge

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Mortgage lending jumped 59% in March

21/04/2016 | By Carl Brown

Gross mortgage lending in March increased by 59% year-on-year due to buyers seeking to beat the deadline for a stamp duty rise on second homes and Buy to Let properties.

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£70m pension fund deal for Rent to Buy

20/04/2016 | By Carl Brown

A for-profit housing company has secured £70m from a pension fund to build 580 Rent to Buy homes that will be leased to social landlords.

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Foxtons manager warns against letting to HB claimants

18/04/2016 | By Alex Berry

An estate agent tried to persuade a private landlord to cancel an agreement with an arm’s-length management organisation (ALMO) to house people off its waiting list.

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Peers reject 'homes fit for habitation' change

12/04/2016 | By Carl Brown

The House of Lords has rejected an amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill which would have placed a new duty on landlords to ensure homes are fit for human habitation.

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Tory councillors join opposition to Housing Bill

11/04/2016 | By Heather Spurr

A Conservative local government leader has joined his Liberal and Labour counterparts in warning that the Housing and Planning Bill will increase homelessness.


In it together?

23/03/2016 | By Andrew Hood

Income inequality is likely to widen over the next five years, says Andrew Hood

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Bright futures

21/03/2016 | By Geeta Nanda

Housing associations must do their part to ensure society is fair for future generations, says Geeta Nanda

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Das capital Video

17/03/2016 | By Heather Spurr

What lessons does Berlin have for Britain on the struggle for housing that is truly affordable? Heather Spurr investigates


Decent standards

17/03/2016 | By Caroline Pidgeon

London mayoral candidate Caroline Pidgeon proposes to help private renters by introducing a City Hall building company


Stamp duty hike prompts Build to Rent viability fears

16/03/2016 | By Pete Apps

Changes to stamp duty announced in the Budget will hike the rate investors pay for Build to Rent property and could threaten burgeoning investment in the sector.


Stuck in the middle

14/03/2016 | By Alan Strickland

It’s important to spend as much time addressing pressures on private renters as making policies for social housing tenants and homeowners, says Alan Strickland

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Housing costs 'pricing teachers out of London'

07/03/2016 | By Heather Spurr

A shortage of affordable housing in London is threatening schools because teachers are being forced to move out of the capital, a union has warned.

For use in Inside Housing, 4 March 2016

Everything is connected Video

04/03/2016 | By Simon Brandon

Two councils are setting aside political differences and joining up to build homes. Simon Brandon reports


Rent debate Video

26/02/2016 | By Michael Lloyd

Scotland’s private landlords face new regulations. But will the changes protect the vulnerable, or drive good landlords out of the sector, and what will be the knock-on effect for councils? Michael Lloyd reports


One Manchester appoints Keepmoat in PRS move

16/02/2016 | By Carl Brown

Housing association One Manchester has appointed Keepmoat to build 172 market rent homes for an undisclosed sum.


Going rogue

09/02/2016 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

Jules Birch blogs on clashes over housing in the Commons featuring three different sorts of rogue

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L&G announces build to rent deal

08/02/2016 | By Carl Brown

A joint venture featuring a major institutional investor has completed the acquisition of a Bristol development site for £4.8m in one of its first major build-to-rent deals.

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CIH NI calls for PRS licensing

05/02/2016 | By Carl Brown

The Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland has called for mandatory licensing of private landlords.

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Savills: More than 1m rental homes needed

02/02/2016 | By Pete Apps

The UK will need more than a million extra rental homes to meet demand over the next five years, despite a major government drive to increase homeownership.


Scope for error


New rules on immigration checks could lead to further discrimination and pressure on homelessness services, says John Perry

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MSPs call for changes to Scottish bill

20/01/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government’s move to create areas where private rent increases are capped has been questioned by a parliamentary committee.


Right to Rent 'to prompt 2.6m immigration checks a year'

06/01/2016 | By Lucy Alderson

Private landlords could be required to check the immigration status of 2.6 million people a year when strict new measures are introduced in England next month, new analysis has revealed.

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Growing roots

05/01/2016 | By Julia Unwin

We must work with the government to stop high rents preventing stable communities, says Julia Unwin


Affordability - 2015 highlights

01/01/2016 | By IH reporters

Over the 12 days of Christmas, we are reflecting on the best of our news, analysis and opinions coverage on the website since 1 January 2015. Each day we pick a different topic. Today we focus on affordability

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Let's talk rents

01/01/2016 | By Brendan Sarsfield

We need to work out a solution for unaffordable rents, says Brendan Sarsfield

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10 things about 2015: part 1

30/12/2015 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

Jules Birch presents the first of a two-part review of a momentous year for housing