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Right to BUY

RTB extension could see 145k association homes sold

02/09/2015 3:36 pm | By Corin Williams

The Chartered Institute of Housing has estimated 145,000 housing association tenants will exercise the Right to Buy over the next five years.

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Regulator penalises another landlord for late accounts

02/09/2015 10:36 am | By Carl Brown

The English social housing regulator has penalised another small social landlord for failing to file accounts on time.

Social landlords see welfare reform as less of a risk than previously

Sector's exposure to swap risk falls

02/09/2015 9:01 am | By Carl Brown

The English housing association sector’s exposure to derivatives risk has reduced due to an increase in credit swap rates, the regulator revealed this week.

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Cuts threaten flagship homelessness programme

02/09/2015 8:24 am | By Heather Spurr

The government’s removal of housing benefit for young people looks set to threaten housing associations’ involvement in a flagship £40m homelessness programme.

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Scotland outlines plans to regulate private rents

02/09/2015 0:00 am | By Heather Spurr

Scottish ministers have outlined plans to regulate private sector rents as part of new legislative proposals published yesterday.

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Sector lobbies on Right to Buy and rent cut

02/09/2015 0:00 am | By Corin Williams

The financial straits housing associations are facing due to Right to Buy and the social housing rent cut has dominated submissions to a parliamentary inquiry on the future of the sector.

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Generation Rent survives threat of closure

02/09/2015 0:00 am | By Heather Spurr

National campaign group Generation Rent claims it is financially secure following a fundraising campaign over the last month.

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Peabody records £50m underlying surplus

01/09/2015 3:02 pm | By Pete Apps

Peabody increased its core surplus to £50m and invested more than £350m in new and existing stock last financial year, according to its latest accounts.

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Manchester association launches commercial property arm

01/09/2015 2:55 pm | By Pete Apps

A Manchester-based housing association has launched a commercial building arm which aims to complete 100 new homes every year for sale on the open market.

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NIHE appoints new CEO

01/09/2015 1:44 pm | By Carl Brown

The Northern Ireland Housing Executive has appointed Clark Bailie as its new permanent chief executive.

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Development

Housing building

L & Q set up in-house construction business

18/01/2011 | By Carl Brown

London & Quadrant has set up its own in-house construction business.

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Manchester association launches commercial property arm

01/09/2015 | By Pete Apps

A Manchester-based housing association has launched a commercial building arm which aims to complete 100 new homes every year for sale on the open market.

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Government policies 'will cost councils £6.3bn'

01/09/2015 | By Carl Brown

Government policies will cost councils an extra £6.3bn over the next five years, the Local Government Association has estimated.

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New chair for Placeshapers

01/09/2015 | By Carl Brown

The chief executive of a 4,500-home Hertfordshire housing association has this week taken over as chair of the Placeshapers group of landlords.

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Public registrations increase 17%

28/08/2015 | By Carl Brown

The number of homes registered to be built by social landlords increased 17% in a year as work has started on properties under the 2015/18 Affordable Homes Programme.

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Public housebuilding 'to fall 10%'

27/08/2015 | By Pete Apps

Public sector house building is likely to suffer a ‘sharp’ 10% fall this year and 5% next as a result of government policy changes.

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Flagship homeownership product 'unaffordable for families'

26/08/2015 | By Pete Apps

The government’s flagship new affordable home ownership product will be unaffordable to families across the majority of the country by 2020, new research claims.

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Investment enables offices to homes conversion

26/08/2015 | By Corin Williams

A Bristol community group set up to convert empty office buildings into affordable housing has secured a £425,000 mortgage to fund its first scheme.

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NHF targets politicians in push to promote sector

25/08/2015 | By Carl Brown

The National Housing Federation is asking every housing association in the United Kingdom to get in touch with their local MP to promote the sector.

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Warning over rural Starter Home plan

24/08/2015 | By Corin Williams

The extension of the Starter Homes scheme to rural exception sites could lead to new homes eventually being sold on the open market instead of remaining as affordable housing for local people. 

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Repairs

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Association first to receive drone permission

24/08/2015 | By Corin Williams

Walsall Housing Group (WHG) has become the first housing association in the country to secure permission from the Civil Aviation Authority to use drones in order to inspect properties.

Spanners

Contractor overcharged landlord by £170,000

20/08/2015 | By Corin Williams

Accusations of fraud levelled against maintenance firm Keepmoat have been scotched by an independent report, after a subsidiary of Circle Housing was overcharged for repairs by more than £170,000.

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Contractors move back into profit

17/08/2015 | By Carl Brown

Two social housing repairs and maintenance contractors have moved back into profitability after merging.

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Contractor reports increase in affordable housing profit

04/08/2015 | By Carl Brown

Morgan Sindall has reported increased profits on its affordable housing activities despite a drop in profit overall.

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Refurbishment contract ruling boost for landlords

31/07/2015 | By Corin Williams

Social landlords could make significant savings on refurbishment works, following a landmark legal ruling freeing them to enter into more cost-effective contracts while recovering service charges from leaseholders.

Spanners

Council votes to drop landlord as partner

29/07/2015 | By Corin Williams

One Housing Group is holding urgent talks with Tower Hamlets mayor John Biggs after the council passed a motion calling for the housing association to be suspended as its preferred development partner.

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Rent changes burn £42bn hole in council plans

17/07/2015 | By Nick Duxbury

Exclusive modelling shows council 30-year business plans will be undeliverable.

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'Death knell' for zero carbon

13/07/2015 | By Nick Duxbury

Housing and environmental bodies have lashed out at ‘arbitrary and regressive’ government plans to scrap long-anticipated carbon reduction policies for new build homes.

Spanners

Midland Heart eyes direct labour expansion

07/07/2015 | By Pete Apps

One of the largest housing associations in the Midlands will consider expanding its direct maintenance service after it proved ‘more competitive’ than commercial options in its first year.

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Further London landlords plot in-house repairs move

07/07/2015 | By Pete Apps

At least three more large London landlords are considering expanding their direct labour services to help meet the challenge of providing a repairs service in the capital.

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Tenancies

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Scotland outlines plans to regulate private rents

02/09/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Scottish ministers have outlined plans to regulate private sector rents as part of new legislative proposals published yesterday.

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Generation Rent survives threat of closure

02/09/2015 | By Heather Spurr

National campaign group Generation Rent claims it is financially secure following a fundraising campaign over the last month.

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Inside Housing submits evidence to MPs

01/09/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Inside Housing has shown MPs how social landlords provide health services, cut crime and help people into work, as part of its Housing Benefits campaign.

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East London moves fuel out-of-London placement surge

28/08/2015 | By Heather Spurr

A trend by councils to house more of their homeless families in cheaper parts of the capital is fuelling a surge in out-of-London placements, new figures reveal.

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NHF and DCLG in Right to Buy negotiations

27/08/2015 | By Carl Brown , Pete Apps

The National Housing Federation is in talks with the government in an attempt to secure more flexibilities under the Right to Buy extension to housing associations.

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NI 'intimidation points' policy could be scrapped

25/08/2015 | By Corin Williams

A social homes allocations policy in Northern Ireland that priorities those who claim to be victims of intimidation could be scrapped in response to widespread concerns the system is open to abuse.

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NHF targets politicians in push to promote sector

25/08/2015 | By Carl Brown

The National Housing Federation is asking every housing association in the United Kingdom to get in touch with their local MP to promote the sector.

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LGBT housing charity seeks inspiration from US

25/08/2015 | By Cassandra Ward

The chief executive of Stonewall Housing has embarked on a US tour to research lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender housing projects.

Burglary

Burglary 'likely to be more common' in PRS areas

20/08/2015 | By Carl Brown

Burglary is likely to be more common in areas with higher levels of private rented housing than in social housing neighbourhoods, according to a report by an independent thinktank today.

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Council helps PRS tenant resist eviction

20/08/2015 | By Jonathan Bunn

A London council which supported a tenant in successfully opposing an eviction order in court has slammed private sector landlords for contributing to homelessness.

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Eco

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Government considers solar subsidies cut

27/08/2015 | By Pete Apps

The government could roll up subsidies for solar energy “as soon as legislatively possible” for new applicants if it cannot achieve cost savings, it has confirmed.

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Government cuts 'would jeopardise solar deal'

27/08/2015 | By Pete Apps

A major deal to install 5,000 solar panels on council homes in Yorkshire could be placed in jeopardy if the government aggressively cuts solar subsidies.

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Landlords pilot Dutch energy efficiency model

25/08/2015 | By IH reporter

A consortium of social landlords has formed a company to pilot a new construction technique that pays for itself to improve the energy efficiency of homes.

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Minister reveals successful bids for fuel poverty fund

25/08/2015 | By Heather Spurr

A total of 28 social landlords have successfully bid for a slice of a £5m fund to make homes cheaper to heat.

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Offsite developer plots English expansion

10/08/2015 | By Heather Spurr

A Scottish developer of super-energy efficient offsite homes for housing associations is taking its first steps into England.

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Landlords seek talks over energy efficiency

30/07/2015 | By Corin Williams

Landlords are seeking talks with ministers over how housing associations can deliver energy-efficiency improvements to their stock after the government axed green subsidies last week.

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Government ends new Green Deal funding

23/07/2015 | By Pete Apps

The government will stop funding the Green Deal after ‘low take-up and concerns about industry standards’, leaving the energy efficiency sector ‘battered and bruised’.

SOLAR PANELS

£1bn in solar contracts announced

21/07/2015 | By Pete Apps

Up to £1bn is set to be ploughed into funding the installation of solar panels on social homes, under two frameworks unveiled this week.

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Landlords put out tender for 'energy offer'

20/07/2015 | By Pete Apps

A consortium of nine social landlords in the north east has put out a tender as it progresses its plans to set up an energy company.

Wind turbine

Landlord energy company ready for launch

16/07/2015 | By Pete Apps

An energy company founded by social landlords will be selling heat and power to 200,000 homes across Scotland by 2020, after receiving backing from the Scottish Government.

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Finance

Housing building

L & Q set up in-house construction business

18/01/2011 | By Carl Brown

London & Quadrant has set up its own in-house construction business.

Social landlords see welfare reform as less of a risk than previously

Sector's exposure to swap risk falls

02/09/2015 | By Carl Brown

The English housing association sector’s exposure to derivatives risk has reduced due to an increase in credit swap rates, the regulator revealed this week.

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Sector lobbies on Right to Buy and rent cut

02/09/2015 | By Corin Williams

The financial straits housing associations are facing due to Right to Buy and the social housing rent cut has dominated submissions to a parliamentary inquiry on the future of the sector.

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Generation Rent survives threat of closure

02/09/2015 | By Heather Spurr

National campaign group Generation Rent claims it is financially secure following a fundraising campaign over the last month.

Peabody Estate in Thamesmead

Peabody records £50m underlying surplus

01/09/2015 | By Pete Apps

Peabody increased its core surplus to £50m and invested more than £350m in new and existing stock last financial year, according to its latest accounts.

Financial district

Clydesdale agrees £40m loan

01/09/2015 | By Pete Apps

A housing association has agreed a new £40m loan with Clydesdale Bank to support its development ambitions.

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Government policies 'will cost councils £6.3bn'

01/09/2015 | By Carl Brown

Government policies will cost councils an extra £6.3bn over the next five years, the Local Government Association has estimated.

Stock market

Associations may step back from bond market

01/09/2015 | By Pete Apps

Housing associations may step back from the public bond market as ongoing uncertainty pushes up the price of previously issued bonds.

John Giesen

New chair for Placeshapers

01/09/2015 | By Carl Brown

The chief executive of a 4,500-home Hertfordshire housing association has this week taken over as chair of the Placeshapers group of landlords.

Sanctuary Group secures European Investment Bank funding

Housing associations line up for PRS guarantees programme

28/08/2015 | By Pete Apps

More than 150 developers – including many housing associations – are preparing for a share of millions in government-guaranteed debt to build private rented housing.

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Legal

Scottish parliament

Scotland outlines plans to regulate private rents

02/09/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Scottish ministers have outlined plans to regulate private sector rents as part of new legislative proposals published yesterday.

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Council helps PRS tenant resist eviction

20/08/2015 | By Jonathan Bunn

A London council which supported a tenant in successfully opposing an eviction order in court has slammed private sector landlords for contributing to homelessness.

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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.

High Court

Landmark ruling to hit council waiting list rules

18/08/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Councils could have to overhaul residency requirements for social housing or risk a High Court challenge, following a landmark legal judgement.

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Helm gets judicial backing in claim

10/08/2015 | By Corin Williams

A High Court judge has ruled that a £9.75m valuation on land bought by 5,500-home Helm Housing Association was riddled with errors and failed to take key market information into account.

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Bedroom tax ruling blow to separated families

05/08/2015 | By Heather Spurr

A grandfather who lives with his grandson part-time has lost an upper-tier tribunal against the bedroom tax, in a blow to separated families.

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Rogue landlords could be forced to repay housing benefit

04/08/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Landlords could have to re-pay 12 months’ worth of housing benefit if they illegally evict tenants or fail to maintain their properties, under government plans.

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CIH warns of Immigration Bill impact

03/08/2015 | By Carl Brown

New immigration check rules could cause landlords to “shy away” from letting homes to non-British tenants who are in the country legally, the Chartered Institute of Housing has warned.

Spanners

Refurbishment contract ruling boost for landlords

31/07/2015 | By Corin Williams

Social landlords could make significant savings on refurbishment works, following a landmark legal ruling freeing them to enter into more cost-effective contracts while recovering service charges from leaseholders.

fraud

Surge in Right to Buy fraud in London

30/07/2015 | By Carl Brown

The number of detected Right to Buy frauds in London has more than doubled in a year, councils have reported.

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Care

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Generation Rent survives threat of closure

02/09/2015 | By Heather Spurr

National campaign group Generation Rent claims it is financially secure following a fundraising campaign over the last month.

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Inside Housing submits evidence to MPs

01/09/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Inside Housing has shown MPs how social landlords provide health services, cut crime and help people into work, as part of its Housing Benefits campaign.

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East London moves fuel out-of-London placement surge

28/08/2015 | By Heather Spurr

A trend by councils to house more of their homeless families in cheaper parts of the capital is fuelling a surge in out-of-London placements, new figures reveal.

Northern Ireland Housing Executive building on Adelaide Street in Belfast

NI 'intimidation points' policy could be scrapped

25/08/2015 | By Corin Williams

A social homes allocations policy in Northern Ireland that priorities those who claim to be victims of intimidation could be scrapped in response to widespread concerns the system is open to abuse.

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Care sector 'has reached breaking point'

18/08/2015 | By Heather Spurr

The social care sector “has reached breaking point” with a number of organisations looking to abandon the area, one of Britain’s largest care providers has said.

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Charities applaud Welsh homelessness success

11/08/2015 | By Pete Apps

Stronger duties for councils to prevent homelessness in Wales have been welcomed in a major report commissioned by two charities.

Landlords in Work Programme talks with DWP

11/08/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Housing associations are in talks with civil servants about how they can become more involved in the government’s flagship Back to Work scheme.

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Homeless people health audit plea

05/08/2015 | By Carl Brown

A homelessness umbrella organisation is calling on housing and NHS service providers to audit homeless people to ensure they have support for their health needs.

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Living Wage forces association crisis talks

04/08/2015 | By Heather Spurr

The new Living Wage announcement has forced housing associations to barter with councils over care contracts, as one provider warns it could face costs of £10m due to the policy.

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West London council 'has no families in B&Bs'

31/07/2015 | By Pete Apps

A west London borough has announced it no longer has any families in bed and breakfast accommodation, for the first time in four years.

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Regulation

Housing building

L & Q set up in-house construction business

18/01/2011 | By Carl Brown

London & Quadrant has set up its own in-house construction business.

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Regulator penalises another landlord for late accounts

02/09/2015 | By Carl Brown

The English social housing regulator has penalised another small social landlord for failing to file accounts on time.

Social landlords see welfare reform as less of a risk than previously

Sector's exposure to swap risk falls

02/09/2015 | By Carl Brown

The English housing association sector’s exposure to derivatives risk has reduced due to an increase in credit swap rates, the regulator revealed this week.

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Sector lobbies on Right to Buy and rent cut

02/09/2015 | By Corin Williams

The financial straits housing associations are facing due to Right to Buy and the social housing rent cut has dominated submissions to a parliamentary inquiry on the future of the sector.

John Giesen

New chair for Placeshapers

01/09/2015 | By Carl Brown

The chief executive of a 4,500-home Hertfordshire housing association has this week taken over as chair of the Placeshapers group of landlords.

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Landlord receives governance rating upgrade

26/08/2015 | By Carl Brown

A Midlands housing association now complies with regulatory standards following a governance rating upgrade today.

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Scottish Government consults on letting agents code

25/08/2015 | By Heather Spurr

The Scottish Government is asking for feedback on a new code of practice to tackle rogue letting agents.

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NHF targets politicians in push to promote sector

25/08/2015 | By Carl Brown

The National Housing Federation is asking every housing association in the United Kingdom to get in touch with their local MP to promote the sector.

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Re-let times fall in face of bedroom tax

21/08/2015 | By Heather Spurr

The number of days social landlords are taking to re-let empty homes is dropping despite the impact of the bedroom tax, exclusive research has revealed.

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Regulator orders governance review for association

20/08/2015 | By Jonathan Bunn

The Scottish Housing Regulator has ordered a social landlord to commission an independent review of its procedures after an investigation uncovered evidence of weak governance.

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