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HCA: Loan covenant failures would breach regulatory standards

17/09/2014 1:16 pm | By Pete Apps

Housing associations which breach loan covenants as a result of accountancy changes could be hit with a severe downgrade by the regulator, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has warned.

Building site

Landlords 'slightly behind' build forecasts

17/09/2014 4:25 pm | By Carl Brown

Housing associations are ‘slightly behind’ their own forecasts for starts and completions this year, a senior Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) figure has said.

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More than 11,000 households now on universal credit

17/09/2014 2:42 pm | By Carl Brown

More than 11,000 households were claiming universal credit last month, government data published today reveals.

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United House losses 'not a driver for merger'

17/09/2014 2:05 pm | By Pete Apps

The new chief executive of a social housing contractor has denied that United House’s £4.5m loss was a driver for its decision to merge with Bullock Construction.

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Councils to redevelop £13.5bn of assets

17/09/2014 10:25 am | By Emily Twinch

Councils in England plan to redevelop £13.5bn of their assets over the next five years which should help to create more housing, a thinktank report has found.

Spanners

Social housing contractors merge

17/09/2014 10:21 am | By Emily Twinch

Social housing contractors United House and Bullock Construction are in the final stages of a merger to create a new £300m organisation.

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Regulator urges Scottish landlords to disclose 'LOBO' loans

17/09/2014 9:31 am | By Heather Spurr

Scottish social landlords must reveal if they are signed up to a type of loan that could wipe millions off their balance sheets under new accountancy rules, the social housing regulator has said.

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Troubled landlord in merger talks

17/09/2014 8:28 am | By Carl Brown

A troubled housing association is in merger talks with another landlord.

Gavel

Government to reconsider axeing local welfare funding

16/09/2014 6:30 pm | By Heather Spurr

Ministers have agreed to reconsider scrapping a fund aimed at providing support for people in crisis, following the threat of a High Court challenge.

Lesley Griffiths is the new cabinet minister in Wales responsible for housing

Minister commits to tackling anti-social behaviour

16/09/2014 4:31 pm | By Daniel Douglas

Welsh housing minister Lesley Griffiths today committed to tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB) and domestic violence with her first statement in her new role.

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Building site

Landlords 'slightly behind' build forecasts

17/09/2014 | By Carl Brown

Housing associations are ‘slightly behind’ their own forecasts for starts and completions this year, a senior Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) figure has said.

Spanners

United House losses 'not a driver for merger'

17/09/2014 | By Pete Apps

The new chief executive of a social housing contractor has denied that United House’s £4.5m loss was a driver for its decision to merge with Bullock Construction.

house building new homes

Councils to redevelop £13.5bn of assets

17/09/2014 | By Emily Twinch

Councils in England plan to redevelop £13.5bn of their assets over the next five years which should help to create more housing, a thinktank report has found.

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London mayor selects builder for 1,100 homes

16/09/2014 | By Pete Apps

A joint venture company set up by a housing association and a house builder has been selected to build a 1,100-home scheme in east London.

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Galliford Try reports 28% surge in pretax profits

16/09/2014 | By Emily Twinch

House builder Galliford Try has reported a 28% surge in pretax profits.

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Spend more on homes to cut benefit bill, says CIH

16/09/2014 | By Pete Apps

The government should spend more cash on subsidising affordable homes and tackling low pay if it wants to cut the soaring housing benefit bill, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has said.

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Orbit Group announces £67m surplus

16/09/2014 | By Pete Apps

A 37,000-home landlord has announced a record pretax surplus of £67m for 2013/14, a £16m increase on the previous year.

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Government to redefine term 'Traveller'

15/09/2014 | By Emily Twinch

The government plans to tighten up planning rules to allow councils to limit the number of authorised Gypsy and Traveller sites in their areas. 

Scotland will vote on their independence

What's on in the housing sector this week - 15-19 Sept

15/09/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 15 - 19 September

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Government to introduce a minimum space standard for new homes

12/09/2014 | By Nick Duxbury

The government plans to introduce a cross tenure minimum space standard for new homes as part of a series of measures intended to save councils and house builders £114m a year.

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United House losses 'not a driver for merger'

17/09/2014 | By Pete Apps

The new chief executive of a social housing contractor has denied that United House’s £4.5m loss was a driver for its decision to merge with Bullock Construction.

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Salford tenants could vote on transfer

15/09/2014 | By Emily Twinch

Council tenants in Salford will find out next week if they will be able to vote to transfer ownership of their homes to a co-operative to release £75m of investment.

Southwark Council owned block damaged by fire

Lakanal House to be brought back into use

15/09/2014 | By Pete Apps

Plans to refurbish the south London tower block where six tenants died in a devastating fire five years ago have been outlined.

Scotland will vote on their independence

What's on in the housing sector this week - 15-19 Sept

15/09/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 15 - 19 September

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Regulator continues to receive 'misdirected' tenant complaints

10/09/2014 | By Carl Brown

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has pledged to promote its regulatory role more widely after dismissing 407 consumer complaints that were directed to it in 2013/4.

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Former pizza chain firm buys Keepmoat

09/09/2014 | By Emily Twinch

Contractor Keepmoat has announced it is be to taken over by the firm that formerly owned the Pizza Express chain.

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Firefighters warn of risks after tower block death

09/09/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Firefighters have warned people to reduce fire risks in their homes after a council tenant died in a tower block blaze in Bristol.

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Social housing blocks top league table for lift incidents Video

09/09/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

London Fire Brigade is regularly being called out to rescue people stuck in the lifts of social housing blocks in London, diverting resources from real emergencies and costing landlords tens of thousands of pounds every year in fines.

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What’s on in housing this week – 8 - 12 Sept

08/09/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A round-up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 8 to 12 September

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Unions urge Labour to set out fuel poverty strategy

05/09/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

Eight of the UK’s largest unions have called on the Labour Party to set out a plan for an ‘ambitious domestic energy efficiency programme’.

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More than 11,000 households now on universal credit

17/09/2014 | By Carl Brown

More than 11,000 households were claiming universal credit last month, government data published today reveals.

Lesley Griffiths is the new cabinet minister in Wales responsible for housing

Minister commits to tackling anti-social behaviour

16/09/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Welsh housing minister Lesley Griffiths today committed to tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB) and domestic violence with her first statement in her new role.

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Prisoners 'need family home' to stop re-offending

16/09/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Prisons need to recognise the importance of resettling prisoners back into suitable family homes to prevent them becoming homeless or reoffending, a government report has found.

Stephen Teagle

London mayor selects builder for 1,100 homes

16/09/2014 | By Pete Apps

A joint venture company set up by a housing association and a house builder has been selected to build a 1,100-home scheme in east London.

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Parents spend retirement cash to buy children's homes, says Shelter

16/09/2014 | By Pete Apps

Parents have been forced to spend cash saved for their old age to help their children on to the property ladder, new research shows.

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Spend more on homes to cut benefit bill, says CIH

16/09/2014 | By Pete Apps

The government should spend more cash on subsidising affordable homes and tackling low pay if it wants to cut the soaring housing benefit bill, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has said.

Chief executive, Orbit Group

Orbit Group announces £67m surplus

16/09/2014 | By Pete Apps

A 37,000-home landlord has announced a record pretax surplus of £67m for 2013/14, a £16m increase on the previous year.

New Barracks

Salford tenants could vote on transfer

15/09/2014 | By Emily Twinch

Council tenants in Salford will find out next week if they will be able to vote to transfer ownership of their homes to a co-operative to release £75m of investment.

Caravans

Government to redefine term 'Traveller'

15/09/2014 | By Emily Twinch

The government plans to tighten up planning rules to allow councils to limit the number of authorised Gypsy and Traveller sites in their areas. 

Southwark Council owned block damaged by fire

Lakanal House to be brought back into use

15/09/2014 | By Pete Apps

Plans to refurbish the south London tower block where six tenants died in a devastating fire five years ago have been outlined.

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Green Deal report must not 'fall on deaf ears' 

15/09/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

A government report into the Green Deal energy-efficiency scheme ‘must not fall on deaf ears’, the UK Green Building Council (GBC) has warned today.

Scotland will vote on their independence

What's on in the housing sector this week - 15-19 Sept

15/09/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 15 - 19 September

space standard

Government to introduce a minimum space standard for new homes

12/09/2014 | By Nick Duxbury

The government plans to introduce a cross tenure minimum space standard for new homes as part of a series of measures intended to save councils and house builders £114m a year.

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Social landlord launches £60m community investment project

12/09/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

City West Housing Trust has launched a £60m investment project to transform its communties in Salford.

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Bill to close energy efficiency loophole for HMOs in parliament

12/09/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A trade body has thrown its support behind a private members bill that would require houses of multiple occupation to comply with upcoming minimum energy standards for the private rented sector.

Gas

Call for power to force entry for gas checks

12/09/2014 | By Jess McCabe

Home Group and the Association of Gas Safety Managers (AGSM) are launching a campaign calling for housing associations to be allowed to force entry to homes that are overdue for gas safety checks.

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'Visionary' trade body CEO to step down

11/09/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

The chief executive for the UK Green Building Council, Paul King, has announced he will be stepping down.

Financial district

'First' bond with sustainability accrediation issued

10/09/2014 | By Emily Twinch

An East of England landlord believes it has become the first to issue a bond with an environmental, social and governance (ESG) accreditation.

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What’s on in housing this week – 8 - 12 Sept

08/09/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A round-up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 8 to 12 September

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House building industry could learn from 'rubbish' research

05/09/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

The UK’s house building industry could learn from a University’s project which has used recycled materials to construct a home, according to Caroline Lucas.

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Finance

Building site

Landlords 'slightly behind' build forecasts

17/09/2014 | By Carl Brown

Housing associations are ‘slightly behind’ their own forecasts for starts and completions this year, a senior Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) figure has said.

house building new homes

Councils to redevelop £13.5bn of assets

17/09/2014 | By Emily Twinch

Councils in England plan to redevelop £13.5bn of their assets over the next five years which should help to create more housing, a thinktank report has found.

Spanners

Social housing contractors merge

17/09/2014 | By Emily Twinch

Social housing contractors United House and Bullock Construction are in the final stages of a merger to create a new £300m organisation.

Calculator

Regulator urges Scottish landlords to disclose 'LOBO' loans

17/09/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Scottish social landlords must reveal if they are signed up to a type of loan that could wipe millions off their balance sheets under new accountancy rules, the social housing regulator has said.

Clipboard

Troubled landlord in merger talks

17/09/2014 | By Carl Brown

A troubled housing association is in merger talks with another landlord.

Galliford Try site

Galliford Try reports 28% surge in pretax profits

16/09/2014 | By Emily Twinch

House builder Galliford Try has reported a 28% surge in pretax profits.

Grainia Long - CIH

Spend more on homes to cut benefit bill, says CIH

16/09/2014 | By Pete Apps

The government should spend more cash on subsidising affordable homes and tackling low pay if it wants to cut the soaring housing benefit bill, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has said.

Chief executive, Orbit Group

Orbit Group announces £67m surplus

16/09/2014 | By Pete Apps

A 37,000-home landlord has announced a record pretax surplus of £67m for 2013/14, a £16m increase on the previous year.

Scotland will vote on their independence

What's on in the housing sector this week - 15-19 Sept

15/09/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 15 - 19 September

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Loans for first-time buyers reach record high

12/09/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

First-time buyers are taking out the biggest loans on record, according to data released by the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) yesterday.

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More than 11,000 households now on universal credit

17/09/2014 | By Carl Brown

More than 11,000 households were claiming universal credit last month, government data published today reveals.

Grainia Long - CIH

Spend more on homes to cut benefit bill, says CIH

16/09/2014 | By Pete Apps

The government should spend more cash on subsidising affordable homes and tackling low pay if it wants to cut the soaring housing benefit bill, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has said.

Housing associations are exploring the use of drones

Watchdog issues drone warning to housing associations

16/09/2014 | By Carl Brown

A watchdog has warned social landlords to seek permission before using drones near homes or risk prosecution.

Caravans

Government to redefine term 'Traveller'

15/09/2014 | By Emily Twinch

The government plans to tighten up planning rules to allow councils to limit the number of authorised Gypsy and Traveller sites in their areas. 

Scotland will vote on their independence

What's on in the housing sector this week - 15-19 Sept

15/09/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 15 - 19 September

Files

ICO warns social landlords over data protection

12/09/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has told the social housing sector to ‘mend its ways’ before a new law on data protection comes into force later this year, or face prosecution.

Lesley Griffiths

Wales loses housing minister role from cabinet

11/09/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

In a cabinet reshuffle today, Lesley Griffiths took on responsibility for housing from Carl Sargeant, with a ministerial title of communities and tacking poverty.

Fraud

Former council housing officer found guilty of fraud

11/09/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

A Southwark housing officer, who worked for the council for 11 years, has been found guilty of defrauding the local authority.

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Bedroom tax bill would 'create more administration for social landlords'

11/09/2014 | By Carl Brown

A proposed bill to exempt hundreds of thousands of households from the bedroom tax would lead to legal challenges, appeals and more administration costs for social landlords, sector experts have warned.

Financial district

Moody’s: ‘Welfare reforms a risk’

10/09/2014 | By Carl Brown

Welfare reforms still pose a credit risk for housing associations, despite their resilience in coping with the changes so far, a rating agency has warned.

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Care

Poole 7

More than 11,000 households now on universal credit

17/09/2014 | By Carl Brown

More than 11,000 households were claiming universal credit last month, government data published today reveals.

Gavel

Government to reconsider axeing local welfare funding

16/09/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Ministers have agreed to reconsider scrapping a fund aimed at providing support for people in crisis, following the threat of a High Court challenge.

Lesley Griffiths is the new cabinet minister in Wales responsible for housing

Minister commits to tackling anti-social behaviour

16/09/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Welsh housing minister Lesley Griffiths today committed to tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB) and domestic violence with her first statement in her new role.

Court house

Prisoners 'need family home' to stop re-offending

16/09/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Prisons need to recognise the importance of resettling prisoners back into suitable family homes to prevent them becoming homeless or reoffending, a government report has found.

Sold sign

Parents spend retirement cash to buy children's homes, says Shelter

16/09/2014 | By Pete Apps

Parents have been forced to spend cash saved for their old age to help their children on to the property ladder, new research shows.

Grainia Long - CIH

Spend more on homes to cut benefit bill, says CIH

16/09/2014 | By Pete Apps

The government should spend more cash on subsidising affordable homes and tackling low pay if it wants to cut the soaring housing benefit bill, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has said.

Caravans

Government to redefine term 'Traveller'

15/09/2014 | By Emily Twinch

The government plans to tighten up planning rules to allow councils to limit the number of authorised Gypsy and Traveller sites in their areas. 

Southwark Council owned block damaged by fire

Lakanal House to be brought back into use

15/09/2014 | By Pete Apps

Plans to refurbish the south London tower block where six tenants died in a devastating fire five years ago have been outlined.

Aerial London

London's 'Endies' squeezed out of capital

15/09/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Working Londoners on modest incomes need a new set of housing solutions or are in danger of being forgotten and pushed to the edges of society, a report published today has said. 

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Home ownership will become 'exclusive members club'

15/09/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Owning a home will be a privilege of the rich and an ‘exclusive members club’, if current trends continue, a report by the National Housing Federation (NHF) has warned. 

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Regulation

Poole 7

More than 11,000 households now on universal credit

17/09/2014 | By Carl Brown

More than 11,000 households were claiming universal credit last month, government data published today reveals.

Spanners

United House losses 'not a driver for merger'

17/09/2014 | By Pete Apps

The new chief executive of a social housing contractor has denied that United House’s £4.5m loss was a driver for its decision to merge with Bullock Construction.

Clipboard

Troubled landlord in merger talks

17/09/2014 | By Carl Brown

A troubled housing association is in merger talks with another landlord.

New Barracks

Salford tenants could vote on transfer

15/09/2014 | By Emily Twinch

Council tenants in Salford will find out next week if they will be able to vote to transfer ownership of their homes to a co-operative to release £75m of investment.

Scotland will vote on their independence

What's on in the housing sector this week - 15-19 Sept

15/09/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 15 - 19 September

space standard

Government to introduce a minimum space standard for new homes

12/09/2014 | By Nick Duxbury

The government plans to introduce a cross tenure minimum space standard for new homes as part of a series of measures intended to save councils and house builders £114m a year.

Files

ICO warns social landlords over data protection

12/09/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has told the social housing sector to ‘mend its ways’ before a new law on data protection comes into force later this year, or face prosecution.

Gas

Call for power to force entry for gas checks

12/09/2014 | By Jess McCabe

Home Group and the Association of Gas Safety Managers (AGSM) are launching a campaign calling for housing associations to be allowed to force entry to homes that are overdue for gas safety checks.

Hostel window on a wall

Councils scale back regulation

12/09/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Vulnerable people in supported housing could see the safety and quality of their services slip after councils scaled back regulation, an Inside Housing investigation has found.

Lesley Griffiths

Wales loses housing minister role from cabinet

11/09/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

In a cabinet reshuffle today, Lesley Griffiths took on responsibility for housing from Carl Sargeant, with a ministerial title of communities and tacking poverty.

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Should landlords be allowed to force entry to homes that are overdue gas checks?