The latest on social housing finance, including news, views and analysis on lending, bonds, institutional investment, grant rates, affordable rent, and regulation.
A housing association threatened with insolvency has amalgamated with another landlord in a deal that saves 1,300 homes from the risk of being seized by lenders.
The English social housing regulator has dropped a proposal to require associations to seek specific permission when on-lending to non-social housing subsidiaries.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has slashed funded for an emergency hardship fund by £40m.
Housing associations are facing ‘tough negotiations’ over the future of the sector’s £2.3bn pension scheme, as a consultation on its future closes this week.
Accent Group plans to sell 160 homes near Durham on the open market after attempts to offload them for £1 so they could stay in the social sector were unsuccessful.
A review of councils’ role in house building was ‘hamstrung’ by limitations on its scope and ignored the ‘elephant in the room’ of borrowing restrictions, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has said.
Plans to more than double the maximum fine for benefit fraud that can be offered instead of prosecution will be debated in Parliament today.
The long term cost of housing association debt has continued to plummet, as another association secured a record-breaking own name bond.
Landlords face a hike in eviction costs for a second successive year under government proposals that will cost the private and social housing sector an extra £15m a year.
This week’s Elphicke-House report raises more questions than it resolves
Council should be freed up to build more themselves as well as enabling others, says Gavin Smart
By talking to housing associations early on, and adopting standard language, developers can prevent housing associations walking away from section 106 deals at the last minute
Almost one year ago, the English social housing regulator wrote to 160 landlords warning them to improve the way they assessed value for money.
Social landlords should review donations from their subsidiaries, says James Went
The housing sector needs to look to evolution not revolution if it wants to succeed in the future, says Boris Worrall
London’s housing market is aimed at investors, says Darren Johnson, highlighting a controversial ad for a luxury tower block in Greenwich for which ‘no social housing’ is down as a selling point
The extension of the next Affordable Homes Programme should bring more players to the table