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EXCLUSIVE: Two G15 landlords enter merger talks

23/10/2014 11:49 am | By Pete Apps

Two G15 landlords are in advanced merger talks over a deal which would create a new 40,000-home landlord in London.

High court

Landmark appeal against out-of-London placements refused

22/10/2014 4:32 pm | By Pete Apps , Daniel Douglas

Councils can house tenants outside of London without carrying out a detailed assessment of all the available properties nearby, a landmark court ruling has confirmed.

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Regulation of Northern Ireland's social landlords to become less 'intrusive'  

23/10/2014 2:49 pm | By Daniel Douglas

A loosening of the regulatory burden for housing associations in Northern Ireland may be in place by next year with an independent regulator a possibility for the longer term, the social development minister announced today.

Visiting a centre for rough sleepers

Boris refuses to confirm he will meet affordable housing target

23/10/2014 12:53 pm | By Pete Apps

Boris Johnson has been branded ‘outrageously blasé’ after refusing to answer questions from Labour politicians on whether he will hit his affordable housing target.

Northern Ireland Assembly member

Grant rate to rise above 50% in Northern Ireland 

23/10/2014 12:27 pm | By Daniel Douglas

The social housing grant rate will be set above 50% for the first time in over five years, the minister for social development has announced today at the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations (NIFHA) conference.

Cameron Watt

Global accounts reveal a combined increase in surplus of 28.6%

23/10/2014 12:17 pm | By Daniel Douglas

Housing associations in Northern Ireland reported a 28.6% increase in their combined surplus for last year.

money pot

HCA opens bidding for remaining £800m of grant funding

23/10/2014 12:17 pm | By Pete Apps

Housing associations can bid for the remaining £800m grant available under the 2015/18 affordable homes programme from today.

Cranes

NHBC: 11% drop in new public sector homes registered

23/10/2014 10:30 am | By Laurna Robertson

The number of new homes registered in the public sector has dropped by 11% in Q2 of 2014, according to statistics released by the National House Building Council (NHBC) today.

energy bills

Energy bills are Britain's 'top financial concern'

23/10/2014 9:52 am | By Laurna Robertson

A survey by a partnership of leading businesses and charities has found that energy bills are the top financial concern for people in Britain, a report published today has revealed.

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Troubled landlord set for imminent merger

23/10/2014 9:21 am | By Carl Brown

A deal under which troubled landlord Venture Housing Association will be folded into One Vision Housing (OVH) is expected to be concluded within weeks.

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Development

Visiting a centre for rough sleepers

Boris refuses to confirm he will meet affordable housing target

23/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

Boris Johnson has been branded ‘outrageously blasé’ after refusing to answer questions from Labour politicians on whether he will hit his affordable housing target.

Cameron Watt

Global accounts reveal a combined increase in surplus of 28.6%

23/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Housing associations in Northern Ireland reported a 28.6% increase in their combined surplus for last year.

money pot

HCA opens bidding for remaining £800m of grant funding

23/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

Housing associations can bid for the remaining £800m grant available under the 2015/18 affordable homes programme from today.

Cranes

NHBC: 11% drop in new public sector homes registered

23/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

The number of new homes registered in the public sector has dropped by 11% in Q2 of 2014, according to statistics released by the National House Building Council (NHBC) today.

David Cameron from Flickr

Lower benefit cap would 'push affordable rents out of reach'

23/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

Affordable rents would be out of reach for families on benefit in London if welfare is capped at £23,000 a year, landlords have warned.

Cameron Watt

Northern Ireland housing associations 'outperforming rest of the UK' Video

22/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The Northern Ireland housing association sector is growing at more than double the rate of its counterparts in the rest of the UK, according to analysis that will be launched tomorrow.

Lords reception 2014

Best warns associations to 'promote homes, not surplus'

21/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

Lord Richard Best has warned housing associations to stress their work in building new homes rather than the size of their surplus.

Financial district

Notting Hill awarded high AA rating by Standard and Poors

21/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

Notting Hill Housing Trust has been awarded an AA credit rating, putting it among the best rated landlords in the country.

money

Guinness doubles surplus through stock sales

21/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

The Guinness Partnership has almost doubled its surplus to £91.5m after selling off 1,300 homes to other social landlords.

Northern Ireland Assembly

What's on in the housing sector this week - 20 - 24 Oct

20/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 20 - 24 October

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energy bills

Energy bills are Britain's 'top financial concern'

23/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A survey by a partnership of leading businesses and charities has found that energy bills are the top financial concern for people in Britain, a report published today has revealed.

Frozen tap

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.

Northern Ireland Assembly

What's on in the housing sector this week - 20 - 24 Oct

20/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 20 - 24 October

Head of sustainable investment, Orbit Group

Social landlord invests £5m into retrofit plan

17/10/2014 | By Nick Duxbury

Orbit Group has agreed a retrofit deal with British Gas in which the association will invest £5m into the first stage of a six year energy efficiency programme.

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Sustainable Housing Awards 2014 winners revealed

17/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

The winners of the 2014 Sustainable Housing Awards have been revealed to a packed audience at a glitzy, environmentally-friendly, ceremony today in the Lancaster London Hotel.

Contractor buys Omega Group for £40m

16/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

One of the sector’s largest contractors has bought a social housing lettings and management services provider in a deal worth up to £40m.

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Services company signs housing contracts worth £6.5m

16/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

Travis Perkins Group Managed Services has signed two separate deals with south east social landlords worth a total of £6.5m.

rent increase

Rent increase blow to landlords

16/10/2014 | By Nick Duxbury

Housing experts are warning that landlords face a costs squeeze under the reformed social rent formula as a result of unprecedentedly low inflation rates.

Money

Council additional borrowing scheme terms 'too onerous'

15/10/2014 | By Pete Apps , Daniel Douglas

A government plan to allow councils to borrow £300m above their housing revenue account debt limits is unattractive due to the rigid conditions attached, councils have warned.

Solar panels

Association signs £18m solar deal

14/10/2014 | By Nick Duxbury

New Charter Housing Trust has signed what is believed to be the first solar panel licensing deal in a bid to save tenants up to £40m in electricity bills.

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Tenancies

High court

Landmark appeal against out-of-London placements refused

22/10/2014 | By Pete Apps , Daniel Douglas

Councils can house tenants outside of London without carrying out a detailed assessment of all the available properties nearby, a landmark court ruling has confirmed.

energy bills

Energy bills are Britain's 'top financial concern'

23/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A survey by a partnership of leading businesses and charities has found that energy bills are the top financial concern for people in Britain, a report published today has revealed.

David Cameron from Flickr

Lower benefit cap would 'push affordable rents out of reach'

23/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

Affordable rents would be out of reach for families on benefit in London if welfare is capped at £23,000 a year, landlords have warned.

Lord Freud

Campaign group calls for Lord Freud's resignation

23/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

The Learning Disability Alliance England has issued 10 reasons why Lord David Freud should resign following his comments about disabled people ‘not being worth’ the living wage.

Frozen tap

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.

North of England

Northern tenants hit hardest by welfare reform

22/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

Residents of the North of England are being hit hardest by a growing north/south divide in welfare reform, according to a new joint research project by three national council housing organisations.

merger

HCA gives green light to merger

22/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

A merger between two English housing associations has been given the green light by the Homes and Communities Agency and could take effect from January. 

money

Guinness doubles surplus through stock sales

21/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

The Guinness Partnership has almost doubled its surplus to £91.5m after selling off 1,300 homes to other social landlords.

Woman reading letter

Benefit overpayments linked to increase of in-work claimants

21/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

An increase in the overpayments of housing benefit could be because of an increase in the number of claimants in work, according to the spending watchdog.

Gavel and old rusty books on white background

Watchdog fines council £1,000 for pregnant woman 'gatekeeping'

21/10/2014 | By Heather Spurr

A London borough has been ordered to pay £1,000 and apologise to a homeless mother who officers told was ‘wasting their time’.

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Eco

energy bills

Energy bills are Britain's 'top financial concern'

23/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A survey by a partnership of leading businesses and charities has found that energy bills are the top financial concern for people in Britain, a report published today has revealed.

Northern Ireland Assembly

What's on in the housing sector this week - 20 - 24 Oct

20/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 20 - 24 October

Head of sustainable investment, Orbit Group

Social landlord invests £5m into retrofit plan

17/10/2014 | By Nick Duxbury

Orbit Group has agreed a retrofit deal with British Gas in which the association will invest £5m into the first stage of a six year energy efficiency programme.

SHA_2012_10

Sustainable Housing Awards 2014 winners revealed

17/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

The winners of the 2014 Sustainable Housing Awards have been revealed to a packed audience at a glitzy, environmentally-friendly, ceremony today in the Lancaster London Hotel.

Former BBC trust chair

Round-up of Inside Housing's Lyons review coverage Video

16/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A round-up of our coverage of the Lyons Housing Review, which was launched on today by Ed Miliband.

Former BBC trust chair

Lyons review: Labour announces policy to reach 200,000 homes a year

16/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

Ed Miliband will today unveil reforms set out in the Lyons Housing Review and will highlight three key policies to ‘unlock the supply of new homes’.

Solar panels

Association signs £18m solar deal

14/10/2014 | By Nick Duxbury

New Charter Housing Trust has signed what is believed to be the first solar panel licensing deal in a bid to save tenants up to £40m in electricity bills.

scottish parliament

Scottish Government pushes to tackle fuel poverty

13/10/2014 | By Emily Twinch

The Scottish Government has launched a campaign to help people reduce their winter fuel bills and called for bids for a fuel poverty contract worth £224m.

SHA_2012_10

What's on in the housing sector this week - 13 - 17 Oct

13/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A round-up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 13 - 17 October.

Liz Peace, chief executive of BPF

British Property Federation appoints new chief executive

10/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

The British Property Federation has appointed Melanie Leech to replace Liz Peace as its new chief executive.

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Finance

merger

EXCLUSIVE: Two G15 landlords enter merger talks

23/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

Two G15 landlords are in advanced merger talks over a deal which would create a new 40,000-home landlord in London.

Northern Ireland Assembly member

Grant rate to rise above 50% in Northern Ireland 

23/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The social housing grant rate will be set above 50% for the first time in over five years, the minister for social development has announced today at the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations (NIFHA) conference.

Cameron Watt

Global accounts reveal a combined increase in surplus of 28.6%

23/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Housing associations in Northern Ireland reported a 28.6% increase in their combined surplus for last year.

money pot

HCA opens bidding for remaining £800m of grant funding

23/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

Housing associations can bid for the remaining £800m grant available under the 2015/18 affordable homes programme from today.

Money, surplus, annual results, financial, finance, accounts

Troubled landlord set for imminent merger

23/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

A deal under which troubled landlord Venture Housing Association will be folded into One Vision Housing (OVH) is expected to be concluded within weeks.

Wheatley Group

Wheatley Group posts seven-fold reduction in deficit

23/10/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Scotland’s largest housing association has posted a seven-fold reduction in its deficit to £3m.

David Cameron from Flickr

Lower benefit cap would 'push affordable rents out of reach'

23/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

Affordable rents would be out of reach for families on benefit in London if welfare is capped at £23,000 a year, landlords have warned.

Payslip

Housing association U-turn on controversial board pay policy

22/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

A housing association criticised for excessive board remuneration has slashed the salary of its chair by nearly half.

Cameron Watt

Northern Ireland housing associations 'outperforming rest of the UK' Video

22/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The Northern Ireland housing association sector is growing at more than double the rate of its counterparts in the rest of the UK, according to analysis that will be launched tomorrow.

merger

HCA gives green light to merger

22/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

A merger between two English housing associations has been given the green light by the Homes and Communities Agency and could take effect from January. 

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Legal

High court

Landmark appeal against out-of-London placements refused

22/10/2014 | By Pete Apps , Daniel Douglas

Councils can house tenants outside of London without carrying out a detailed assessment of all the available properties nearby, a landmark court ruling has confirmed.

Court of appeal

High Court rejects single parents' bedroom tax challenge

23/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

Three single parents, who claimed the bedroom tax breached their human rights by limiting access to their children, have had their case rejected by a High Court judge.

Woman reading letter

Benefit overpayments linked to increase of in-work claimants

21/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

An increase in the overpayments of housing benefit could be because of an increase in the number of claimants in work, according to the spending watchdog.

Gavel and old rusty books on white background

Watchdog fines council £1,000 for pregnant woman 'gatekeeping'

21/10/2014 | By Heather Spurr

A London borough has been ordered to pay £1,000 and apologise to a homeless mother who officers told was ‘wasting their time’.

Court of appeal

Council faces High Court challenge over crisis payment conditions

21/10/2014 | By Heather Spurr

The High Court has given the go-ahead to a legal challenge that could prevent councils forcing people to join a work programme or move home as conditions of receiving housing crisis payment awards.

Northern Ireland Assembly

What's on in the housing sector this week - 20 - 24 Oct

20/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 20 - 24 October

homeless London

Single homeless people blocked from housing help

16/10/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Nearly six in 10 single homeless people approaching council housing services are turned away after receiving limited or no help, a report has shown.

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Bedroom tax carer bill passes first reading

15/10/2014 | By Heather Spurr

MPs have voted to exempt social tenants with a carer from the bedroom tax in a bill’s first reading.

London

High Court hands out damning judgement to 'negligent' council

15/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The High Court ruled housing officers at Southwark council acted with ‘civil conspiracy’ if not ‘criminal conspiracy’ when they abused their positions and unlawfully evicted a tenant and covered up their actions.

Johnie Johnson

Tribunal rejects unfair dismissal claim

15/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

A chronic asthmatic who alleged discrimination against her housing association employer has lost her claim for unfair dismissal.

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Care

David Cameron from Flickr

Lower benefit cap would 'push affordable rents out of reach'

23/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

Affordable rents would be out of reach for families on benefit in London if welfare is capped at £23,000 a year, landlords have warned.

Lord Freud

Campaign group calls for Lord Freud's resignation

23/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

The Learning Disability Alliance England has issued 10 reasons why Lord David Freud should resign following his comments about disabled people ‘not being worth’ the living wage.

Court of appeal

High Court rejects single parents' bedroom tax challenge

23/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

Three single parents, who claimed the bedroom tax breached their human rights by limiting access to their children, have had their case rejected by a High Court judge.

St Mungo's protest

Staff at homelessness charity to picket HQ today

22/10/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Union members at one of Britain’s largest homelessness charities will picket St Mungo’s Broadway’s headquarters on Thursday in a dispute over changes to pay.

North of England

Northern tenants hit hardest by welfare reform

22/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

Residents of the North of England are being hit hardest by a growing north/south divide in welfare reform, according to a new joint research project by three national council housing organisations.

Woman reading letter

Benefit overpayments linked to increase of in-work claimants

21/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

An increase in the overpayments of housing benefit could be because of an increase in the number of claimants in work, according to the spending watchdog.

Gavel and old rusty books on white background

Watchdog fines council £1,000 for pregnant woman 'gatekeeping'

21/10/2014 | By Heather Spurr

A London borough has been ordered to pay £1,000 and apologise to a homeless mother who officers told was ‘wasting their time’.

Court of appeal

Council faces High Court challenge over crisis payment conditions

21/10/2014 | By Heather Spurr

The High Court has given the go-ahead to a legal challenge that could prevent councils forcing people to join a work programme or move home as conditions of receiving housing crisis payment awards.

Tenant Desposit Scheme, generation rent, lettings

Average rents hit record high, says report

20/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Average rents in the South East, East Anglia and Scotland are at their highest recorded levels, according to property services company Move with Us.

Welsh housing

Welsh Government releases hate crime guidance for landlords

20/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The Welsh Government has issued guidance on dealing with hate crime for social landlords with Tai Pawb, an equality focussed Welsh landlord.

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Regulation

merger

EXCLUSIVE: Two G15 landlords enter merger talks

23/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

Two G15 landlords are in advanced merger talks over a deal which would create a new 40,000-home landlord in London.

File tab marked Regulations

Regulation of Northern Ireland's social landlords to become less 'intrusive'  

23/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

A loosening of the regulatory burden for housing associations in Northern Ireland may be in place by next year with an independent regulator a possibility for the longer term, the social development minister announced today.

Money, surplus, annual results, financial, finance, accounts

Troubled landlord set for imminent merger

23/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

A deal under which troubled landlord Venture Housing Association will be folded into One Vision Housing (OVH) is expected to be concluded within weeks.

Lord Freud

Campaign group calls for Lord Freud's resignation

23/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

The Learning Disability Alliance England has issued 10 reasons why Lord David Freud should resign following his comments about disabled people ‘not being worth’ the living wage.

Works & pensions secretary

Universal credit in place by 2018, says Iain Duncan Smith

22/10/2014 | By Heather Spurr

The last welfare benefit claimants will be moved onto universal credit by 2018, Iain Duncan Smith has forecast.

Payslip

Housing association U-turn on controversial board pay policy

22/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

A housing association criticised for excessive board remuneration has slashed the salary of its chair by nearly half.

Woman reading letter

Benefit overpayments linked to increase of in-work claimants

21/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

An increase in the overpayments of housing benefit could be because of an increase in the number of claimants in work, according to the spending watchdog.

Gavel and old rusty books on white background

Watchdog fines council £1,000 for pregnant woman 'gatekeeping'

21/10/2014 | By Heather Spurr

A London borough has been ordered to pay £1,000 and apologise to a homeless mother who officers told was ‘wasting their time’.

Court of appeal

Council faces High Court challenge over crisis payment conditions

21/10/2014 | By Heather Spurr

The High Court has given the go-ahead to a legal challenge that could prevent councils forcing people to join a work programme or move home as conditions of receiving housing crisis payment awards.

unison

Landlord to derecognise union amid accusations of bullying

20/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Unison has called on a housing association board to reverse a decision to derecognise the union, saying it has been trying to meet with the landlord to discuss complaints of bullying.

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