Private Rented Sector
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.
The government has announced a ban on letting agents charging fees in the private rented sector during tomorrow’s Autumn Statement.
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
The private rented sector now houses more of us but enforcement of standards is patchy, says Caroline Pidgeon
Private landlords out to make a quick profit from rising house prices are contributing to increasing homelessness, says Dan Wilson Craw
Licensing landlords in Wales will give local authorities a true picture of the private rented sector and raise standards, says Sian Jones
Sadiq Khan is not doing enough for existing tenants living in sub-standard accommodation, says Siân Berry
The government is planning to introduce new rules enforcing a minimum bedroom size in shared private rented sector homes.
A homelessness charity has launched a ‘Living Home Standard’ to measure the acceptability of housing across all tenures.
Buy-to-let landlords are not preventing first-buyers getting on the housing ladder, says David Smith
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
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.
Property guardians are the housing equivalent of zero-hour contracts, says Siân Berry
Private landlords should welcome licensing because it is driving out the rogues, says Sir Robin Wales
Licensing will only hit good private landlords - the bad ones will ignore it, says Alan Ward
As housing associations transform themselves, is customer service still important – and if so, why? Kate Youde reports
Private landlords are wrong to claim tenancies on average last for four years, says Betsy Dillner
Inner and outer London have very different stories to tell about the housing crisis, says Lindsay Judge
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
The shortage of social housing is driving more families into the private rented sector, says Rosie Walker
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
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.
Housing benefit rates paid to claimants renting privately have fallen well below actual market rents - leaving claimants with no access to housing.
The government’s homeownership drive could be threatening the quality of choice for tenants, says Joanne Roney
The role of social letting agents should be expanded in Scotland, says Ellie Hutchinson
We must tackle growing inequalities in Cambridge to solve the spiralling house prices, says Kevin Price
Housing costs are likely to be the living standards issue of this parliament, says Lindsay Judge
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Conservative local government leader has joined his Liberal and Labour counterparts in warning that the Housing and Planning Bill will increase homelessness.
Income inequality is likely to widen over the next five years, says Andrew Hood
Housing associations must do their part to ensure society is fair for future generations, says Geeta Nanda
Das capital Video
What lessons does Berlin have for Britain on the struggle for housing that is truly affordable? Heather Spurr investigates
London mayoral candidate Caroline Pidgeon proposes to help private renters by introducing a City Hall building company
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.
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
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.
Everything is connected Video
Two councils are setting aside political differences and joining up to build homes. Simon Brandon reports
Rent debate Video
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
Housing association One Manchester has appointed Keepmoat to build 172 market rent homes for an undisclosed sum.
Jules Birch blogs on clashes over housing in the Commons featuring three different sorts of rogue
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.
The Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland has called for mandatory licensing of private landlords.
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.
New rules on immigration checks could lead to further discrimination and pressure on homelessness services, says John Perry
The Scottish Government’s move to create areas where private rent increases are capped has been questioned by a parliamentary committee.
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.
We must work with the government to stop high rents preventing stable communities, says Julia Unwin
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
We need to work out a solution for unaffordable rents, says Brendan Sarsfield
Jules Birch presents the first of a two-part review of a momentous year for housing
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 homeownership
The government has barred a London council from introducing a borough-wide licensing scheme for private landlords.
Owning their own home isn’t right for everybody, says Joanne Roney
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has predicted a 6% rise in UK house prices throughout next year, driven by stock shortages.
The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for a nationwide database of landlords covering all housing-related convictions, to help councils crack down on “serial rogue operators” in the private sector.
Measures to tackle rogue landlords in the Housing and Planning Bill lack clarity, says Jane Plant
Charities and the housing sector must combine efforts to tackle fuel poverty, says Graham Duxbury