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Boris Johnson

Boris grilled over lack of interest in affordable homes programme

23/07/2014 7:51 pm | By Pete Apps

Boris Johnson faced a grilling today over revelations in Inside Housing that large London landlords had shunned his grant programme.

fire

Warning to landlords and tenants after 'near miss' from communal blaze

23/07/2014 8:18 am | By Laurna Robertson

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has warned tenants and landlords of the dangers of leaving combustible materials in communal areas, after seven people had to be rescued from a blaze yesterday morning.

HCA

HCA allocates half of £1.7bn affordable homes programme funding Video

22/07/2014 11:09 am | By Pete Apps

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has allocated just more than half of its £1.7bn pot of grant funding for the affordable homes programme 2015-18.

CIH NI

New CIH director for Northern Ireland appointed

23/07/2014 2:45 pm | By Laurna Robertson

The Chartered Institute of Housing has appointed its new director for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Houses made from £10 notes

Invest in housing like transport and energy infrastructure, says report

23/07/2014 8:52 am | By Laurna Robertson

Problems with housing finance could be improved if housing investment was treated more like other key economic infrastructure such as transport, energy and skills, a report by IPPR North has said today.

Gas hob

Government's fuel poverty proposals slammed

22/07/2014 6:12 pm | By Jess McCabe

The government has been slammed by campaigners over plans announced today to target fuel poverty.

Poole 7

Government-commissioned report slams DWP over impact of sanctions

22/07/2014 5:06 pm | By Daniel Douglas

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) must do more to tackle the issue of sanctions triggering a stop in housing benefit payments, according to a report published today.

Ilo

Green deal plans up by 14% Video

22/07/2014 4:20 pm | By Laurna Robertson

3,234 homes had green deal plans in progress by the end of June - a 14% rise from the end of May.

Chief executive, Cross Keys Homes

'Exceptional leader' to retire after a decade as housing CEO

22/07/2014 3:14 pm | By Laurna Robertson

Mick Leggett, chief executive for Cross Keys Homes, has announced he will retire as soon as a successor is found

Orchards demolition 2

Demolition of iconic tower blocks begins

22/07/2014 1:11 pm | By Laurna Robertson

A trio of Salford tower blocks, made famous by Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook, are being demolished as part of a £650m regeneration.

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Development

Boris Johnson

Boris grilled over lack of interest in affordable homes programme

23/07/2014 | By Pete Apps

Boris Johnson faced a grilling today over revelations in Inside Housing that large London landlords had shunned his grant programme.

HCA

HCA allocates half of £1.7bn affordable homes programme funding Video

22/07/2014 | By Pete Apps

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has allocated just more than half of its £1.7bn pot of grant funding for the affordable homes programme 2015-18.

Houses made from £10 notes

Invest in housing like transport and energy infrastructure, says report

23/07/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

Problems with housing finance could be improved if housing investment was treated more like other key economic infrastructure such as transport, energy and skills, a report by IPPR North has said today.

Orchards demolition 2

Demolition of iconic tower blocks begins

22/07/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A trio of Salford tower blocks, made famous by Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook, are being demolished as part of a £650m regeneration.

Mayor of London

Greater London Authority allocates £404m for affordable homes Video

22/07/2014 | By Pete Apps

A private landlord and 15 London boroughs have received a share of £404m of grant funding allocated to build affordable homes in London.

London borough bids to become housing zone

22/07/2014 | By Pete Apps

Haringey Council will bid for £80m as part of plans to make one of its areas a ‘housing zone’.

London housing strategy

Mayor urged to sell public land to small and medium-sized house builders

21/07/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

To meet London’s housing needs, more public land must be sold to small and new developers, the assembly housing committee has said in a letter to Boris Johnson

Chair of the board, Notting Hill Housing Trust

Record £65.7m surplus for London landlord

21/07/2014 | By Pete Apps

Notting Hill Housing Trust has secured a £65.7m surplus after tax, more than doubling its figure from two years ago.

Tesco Banksy

Tesco plans to use land to develop 4,000 homes

21/07/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The supermarket giant Tesco has announced it will unlock some of its land to develop 4,000 homes across the country.

Barbara Spicer is the new chief executive for Plus Dane

New chief executive announced for north west landlord

18/07/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

Plus Dane Group has announced its new chief executive, Barbara Spicer, following the departure of the previous leader after regulatory criticism.

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Repairs

fire

Warning to landlords and tenants after 'near miss' from communal blaze

23/07/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has warned tenants and landlords of the dangers of leaving combustible materials in communal areas, after seven people had to be rescued from a blaze yesterday morning.

Gas hob

Government's fuel poverty proposals slammed

22/07/2014 | By Jess McCabe

The government has been slammed by campaigners over plans announced today to target fuel poverty.

Ilo

Green deal plans up by 14% Video

22/07/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

3,234 homes had green deal plans in progress by the end of June - a 14% rise from the end of May.

Loft insultation

£4.5m energy-efficiency pot available for Scottish landlords

17/07/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

Social landlords in Scotland are now be able to apply for a chunk of the £4.5m fund to improve energy-efficiency measures in their homes.

Neil Litherland

Retirement announcement for ALMO chief executive

16/07/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

The chief executive of Lambeth Living has announced he will retire next year.

Housing minister

Government offers £100m housing debt write-off to spark regeneration

14/07/2014 | By Pete Apps

The government has offered to write off an additional £100m of historic housing debt in a bid to spark estate regeneration through stock transfer.

House of Commons Westminster what's on in housing this week

What's on in the housing sector this week

14/07/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 14 to 18 July.

dirty care

Dirty care home warned by CQC

11/07/2014 | By Heather Spurr

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has issued enforcement action against a Salvation Army-run care home in Bath because staff did not meet standards on cleanliness and infection control.

Hackney Homes electricians to strike

ALMO staff to strike as three-year dispute comes to a head

10/07/2014 | By Kate Youde

A London arm’s-length management organisation’s electricians are due to strike tomorrow and on Monday as a three-year dispute comes to a head.

strike action

Staff to strike after getting 'stiffed' out of working wage

09/07/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

Maintenance staff at Scottish Borders Housing Association (SBHA) will ballot to strike over changes to terms and conditions that a union claim could cut pay by up to £50 a week.

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Tenancies

fire

Warning to landlords and tenants after 'near miss' from communal blaze

23/07/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has warned tenants and landlords of the dangers of leaving combustible materials in communal areas, after seven people had to be rescued from a blaze yesterday morning.

Poole 7

Government-commissioned report slams DWP over impact of sanctions

22/07/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) must do more to tackle the issue of sanctions triggering a stop in housing benefit payments, according to a report published today.

Orchards demolition 2

Demolition of iconic tower blocks begins

22/07/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A trio of Salford tower blocks, made famous by Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook, are being demolished as part of a £650m regeneration.

rental agreement rent keys contract

Generation Rent hits out at tenancy deposit 'rip-off'

22/07/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Campaign group Generation Rent has criticised the fact that renters are missing out on interest on their tenancy deposits – often ‘the only savings they have’.

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

London borough to scrap 10-year housing register wait

22/07/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Proposals to make residents wait 10 years before they can get on the housing register are set to be scrapped by an east London borough.

Poole 7

Report calls for companies and charities to compete with job centres

22/07/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Private companies and charities should be allowed to compete with job centres to help people find work, a think tank close to David Cameron has said.

Telephone

30% of calls to homelessness charity unanswered

22/07/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Shelter has said 30% of calls for help went unanswered last year as the housing and homelessness charity struggles to cope with people’s rising demand for assistance.

Chair of the board, Notting Hill Housing Trust

Record £65.7m surplus for London landlord

21/07/2014 | By Pete Apps

Notting Hill Housing Trust has secured a £65.7m surplus after tax, more than doubling its figure from two years ago.

HCA regulator social housing

Landlords apply for £1.6bn merger

21/07/2014 | By Pete Apps

Two housing associations have formally requested permission to merge, in a deal that would create a 29,000-home nationwide social landlord. 

Matthew Fox

Housing chief executive resigns ahead of merger

18/07/2014 | By Carl Brown

The chief executive of Viridian Housing has resigned as the landlord continues preparations to merge with another housing association.

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Eco

Gas hob

Government's fuel poverty proposals slammed

22/07/2014 | By Jess McCabe

The government has been slammed by campaigners over plans announced today to target fuel poverty.

Ilo

Green deal plans up by 14% Video

22/07/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

3,234 homes had green deal plans in progress by the end of June - a 14% rise from the end of May.

Electricity pylons

Poll finds 75% of renters have never switched energy supplier

18/07/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

More than 75% of bill payers living in rented accommodation have never switched their energy supplier, a poll has revealed.

Loft insultation

£4.5m energy-efficiency pot available for Scottish landlords

17/07/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

Social landlords in Scotland are now be able to apply for a chunk of the £4.5m fund to improve energy-efficiency measures in their homes.

solar panels, right time for social landlords to invest in energy efficiency

Green light for £5m 1,500-home solar panel project

16/07/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

Warrington Borough Council has approved £5.25m investment to provide 1,500 properties with solar panels and three sheltered housing schemes.

Gas hob

Energy bill complaints double

14/07/2014 | By Heather Spurr

The number of complaints to the ombudsman about customers’ energy bills more than doubled in the first six months of this year, according to new figures.

House of Commons Westminster what's on in housing this week

What's on in the housing sector this week

14/07/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 14 to 18 July.

Fuel cell

Fuel cell pilot hopes to slash tenant energy use

11/07/2014 | By Jess McCabe

Landlords trialling eco-friendly heating systems that are cheaper for tenants

solar panels, right time for social landlords to invest in energy efficiency

North east landlord plans £25m solar subsidy sale

10/07/2014 | By Pete Apps

Gentoo in late stages of talks with partners as it seeks feed-in tariff deal

solar panel partnership to benefit more than 6,000 homes

Thousands of social homes to benefit from £60m British Gas solar partnership

08/07/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

More than 6,000 social homes will become rooftop solar sites as part of a £60m partnership between British Gas, Social Finance and Gen Community.

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Finance

Boris Johnson

Boris grilled over lack of interest in affordable homes programme

23/07/2014 | By Pete Apps

Boris Johnson faced a grilling today over revelations in Inside Housing that large London landlords had shunned his grant programme.

HCA

HCA allocates half of £1.7bn affordable homes programme funding Video

22/07/2014 | By Pete Apps

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has allocated just more than half of its £1.7bn pot of grant funding for the affordable homes programme 2015-18.

Houses made from £10 notes

Invest in housing like transport and energy infrastructure, says report

23/07/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

Problems with housing finance could be improved if housing investment was treated more like other key economic infrastructure such as transport, energy and skills, a report by IPPR North has said today.

Poole 7

Government-commissioned report slams DWP over impact of sanctions

22/07/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) must do more to tackle the issue of sanctions triggering a stop in housing benefit payments, according to a report published today.

Mayor of London

Greater London Authority allocates £404m for affordable homes Video

22/07/2014 | By Pete Apps

A private landlord and 15 London boroughs have received a share of £404m of grant funding allocated to build affordable homes in London.

rental agreement rent keys contract

Generation Rent hits out at tenancy deposit 'rip-off'

22/07/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Campaign group Generation Rent has criticised the fact that renters are missing out on interest on their tenancy deposits – often ‘the only savings they have’.

London borough bids to become housing zone

22/07/2014 | By Pete Apps

Haringey Council will bid for £80m as part of plans to make one of its areas a ‘housing zone’.

Poole 7

Report calls for companies and charities to compete with job centres

22/07/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Private companies and charities should be allowed to compete with job centres to help people find work, a think tank close to David Cameron has said.

London housing strategy

Mayor urged to sell public land to small and medium-sized house builders

21/07/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

To meet London’s housing needs, more public land must be sold to small and new developers, the assembly housing committee has said in a letter to Boris Johnson

Chair of the board, Notting Hill Housing Trust

Record £65.7m surplus for London landlord

21/07/2014 | By Pete Apps

Notting Hill Housing Trust has secured a £65.7m surplus after tax, more than doubling its figure from two years ago.

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Legal

rental agreement rent keys contract

Generation Rent hits out at tenancy deposit 'rip-off'

22/07/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Campaign group Generation Rent has criticised the fact that renters are missing out on interest on their tenancy deposits – often ‘the only savings they have’.

Rachel Reeves

Labour calls for bedroom tax vote in the autumn

21/07/2014 | By Pete Apps

Labour plans to force a parliamentary vote on the bedroom tax in the autumn, following the Liberal Democrat’s U-turn on the policy last week. 

Unite Union offices in London

Union backs multiple legal actions on housing staff pay

18/07/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Union backs tribunals against St Mungo’s Broadway, One Housing and Look Ahead

Former BME National Chair

End of the road for Oyedele court action

17/07/2014 | By Carl Brown

High Court upholds former Odu-Dua chief’s dismissal as lawful

Sign outside hotel

Ban B&Bs for teenage care leavers, says parliamentary report

17/07/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Young adults leaving care should not be placed in bed and breakfast accommodation, a report published today by the parliamentary education committee has recommended.

bedroom tax protest pickles CIH

Delayed report finds bedroom tax is failing

15/07/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

Funders are concerned about the long-term impact of the bedroom tax on ‘tenants, organisations and themselves’, according to an interim report published by the Department for Work and Pensions today.

rental agreement rent keys contract

Tenant to pay more than £12,000 over illegal subletting of council house

15/07/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

A tenant who was subletting her council property has been ordered to pay back more than £10,000 to Greenwich Borough Council.

Office conversion

London council claims office-to-resi 'undermining' affordable housing plans

14/07/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Islington Council has failed in its attempt to be granted an exemption from office-to-residential conversions, resulting in the borough’s affordable housing plans being ‘undermined’.

House of Commons Westminster what's on in housing this week

What's on in the housing sector this week

14/07/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 14 to 18 July.

Gavel

Association loses racism appeal

11/07/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Employment tribunal finds care organisation unfairly dismissed staff

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Care

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

London borough to scrap 10-year housing register wait

22/07/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Proposals to make residents wait 10 years before they can get on the housing register are set to be scrapped by an east London borough.

Poole 7

Report calls for companies and charities to compete with job centres

22/07/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Private companies and charities should be allowed to compete with job centres to help people find work, a think tank close to David Cameron has said.

Computers

Association chief criticises housing sector for not embracing digital change

21/07/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The housing sector is failing to embrace social media and communications officers are ‘boring, staid and corporate’, according to a housing chief executive.

Rachel Reeves

Labour calls for bedroom tax vote in the autumn

21/07/2014 | By Pete Apps

Labour plans to force a parliamentary vote on the bedroom tax in the autumn, following the Liberal Democrat’s U-turn on the policy last week. 

Budget cuts

Association slams council over 70% care funding cuts

21/07/2014 | By Pete Apps

A housing association has slammed a ‘short-sighted’ council, as cuts threaten to wipe out 70% of its £2m care contracts. 

London housing strategy

Dramatic rise of families forced out of London

18/07/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Dramatic rises in councils making outside London and private placements

Stock pic

Migrants remain in hostels to avoid losing housing benefit

18/07/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Welfare reforms are causing supported housing to be ‘clogged up’

Unite Union offices in London

Union backs multiple legal actions on housing staff pay

18/07/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Union backs tribunals against St Mungo’s Broadway, One Housing and Look Ahead

Iain Duncan Smith

6,000 people claiming universal credit

17/07/2014 | By Carl Brown

Nearly 6,000 people were claiming the new universal credit benefit payment at the end of April.

Nick Clegg

Labour brands Lib Dem U-turn on bedroom tax 'unbelievable hypocrisy'

17/07/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The Labour Party has accused the Liberal Democrats of ‘unbelievable hypocrisy’ over its change in stance on the bedroom tax.

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Regulation

Gas hob

Government's fuel poverty proposals slammed

22/07/2014 | By Jess McCabe

The government has been slammed by campaigners over plans announced today to target fuel poverty.

Chief executive, Cross Keys Homes

'Exceptional leader' to retire after a decade as housing CEO

22/07/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

Mick Leggett, chief executive for Cross Keys Homes, has announced he will retire as soon as a successor is found

Computers

Association chief criticises housing sector for not embracing digital change

21/07/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The housing sector is failing to embrace social media and communications officers are ‘boring, staid and corporate’, according to a housing chief executive.

HCA regulator social housing

Landlords apply for £1.6bn merger

21/07/2014 | By Pete Apps

Two housing associations have formally requested permission to merge, in a deal that would create a 29,000-home nationwide social landlord. 

Matthew Fox

Housing chief executive resigns ahead of merger

18/07/2014 | By Carl Brown

The chief executive of Viridian Housing has resigned as the landlord continues preparations to merge with another housing association.

Barbara Spicer is the new chief executive for Plus Dane

New chief executive announced for north west landlord

18/07/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

Plus Dane Group has announced its new chief executive, Barbara Spicer, following the departure of the previous leader after regulatory criticism.

Stock pic

Migrants remain in hostels to avoid losing housing benefit

18/07/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Welfare reforms are causing supported housing to be ‘clogged up’

Iain Duncan Smith

6,000 people claiming universal credit

17/07/2014 | By Carl Brown

Nearly 6,000 people were claiming the new universal credit benefit payment at the end of April.

Brandon Lewis, new planning and housing minister

Sector criticises ‘lack of strategy’ in reshuffle

17/07/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

Brandon Lewis replaces Kris Hopkins after only 10 months in housing post

Nick Clegg

Labour brands Lib Dem U-turn on bedroom tax 'unbelievable hypocrisy'

17/07/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The Labour Party has accused the Liberal Democrats of ‘unbelievable hypocrisy’ over its change in stance on the bedroom tax.

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Packing cases

What's on in the housing sector this week

21/07/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 21 to 25 of July.

House of Commons Westminster what's on in housing this week

What's on in the housing sector this week

14/07/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 14 to 18 July.

conference housing National Housing Federation

What's on in the housing sector this week

07/07/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A round up of what’s on this week in the housing sector this week - 7 to 11 July.

Grainia Long

What's on in the housing sector this week

23/06/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 23-27 June.

Greater London Assembly

What's on in the housing sector this week

16/06/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A round up of what’s happening in the UK housing sector this week - 16 - 20 June.

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L&G development in Southwark

L&Q posts record-breaking surplus Video

11/07/2014 | By Pete Apps

London landlord generates huge surplus on back of booming market

Ilo of money bag being handed over

Give councils time and they’ll use headroom, says DCLG official Video

08/07/2014 | By Pete Apps

Councils will start making use of the borrowing headroom available to them once they have had time to ‘gear up’ and build new homes, a senior civil servant has said.

Anne Power

Garden cities are 'not a solution to the housing problem', says policy professor Video

26/06/2014 | By Jess McCabe

Garden cities are environmentally damaging, expensive and slow to build, said Professor Anne Power, social policy professor at the London School of Economics, talking about the government’s plans for a new generation of the developments.

David Schneider

VIDEO: Comedian shares his views on housing Video

25/06/2014 | By Dawn Foster

David Schneider, a comedian who starred in I’m Alan Partridge and The Day Today, spoke to Inside Housing after his presentation on e-learning at the Chartered Institute of Housing conference in Manchester today. He shared his opinions on the housing market.

Poll

Should the government have changed the housing minister less than a year before the general election?