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Paragon issues £250m bond

£110m Scottish bond to be gearing-free

05/05/2015 8:26 am | By Pete Apps , Heather Spurr

A bond aggregator set to launch its long-awaited first deal in September will drop the usual gearing terms to entice landlords into the deal.

HCA regulator social housing

Missed gas test 'exposed tenants to serious harm'

05/05/2015 4:55 pm | By Pete Apps

A social landlord exposed vulnerable tenants to ‘the risk of serious harm for a significant period’ by failing to carry out gas safety checks, the housing watchdog has said.

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Miller Group doubles profits as completions rise

05/05/2015 2:58 pm | By Pete Apps

A house builder has boosted its completions by 12% as its profits almost doubled last year.

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Cost of guaranteed debt finance falls again

05/05/2015 2:13 pm | By Pete Apps

The cost of guaranteed debt finance has fallen again with the latest sale of £5m retained bonds.

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Planning shortfall could hit 180,000 homes

05/05/2015 12:46 pm | By Kate Youde

The planning system is not delivering homes where housing need and market demand is greatest, according to a new report.

Gas safety

Housing association fined over gas safety

05/05/2015 10:19 am | By Carl Brown

A London housing association has been fined £2,500 for carrying out unsafe gas work.

Westminster sunrise

MPs concerned about mortgage availability

05/05/2015 9:45 am | By Carl Brown

Nine in 10 ‘incoming MPs’ are worried about future mortgage availability for the young people in their constituency.

Cranes

Investor and house builder agree PRS deal in new partnership

01/05/2015 5:46 pm | By Pete Apps

An institutional investor and a major house builder have joined forces to build almost 100 private rented homes, in what could become a long-term partnership.

Cut outs of home, car and family

Rent to buy scheme launches in Glasgow

01/05/2015 4:10 pm | By Pete Apps

A new affordable housing investment agency has launched its first scheme in Scotland, with £4.2m of investment in 42 ‘rent to buy’ homes.

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Housing jumps up list of the public's concerns Video

01/05/2015 3:50 pm | By Carl Brown

Housing has jumped up the list of the electorate’s most important issues, according to an influential poll.

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Miller Group doubles profits as completions rise

05/05/2015 | By Pete Apps

A house builder has boosted its completions by 12% as its profits almost doubled last year.

money

Cost of guaranteed debt finance falls again

05/05/2015 | By Pete Apps

The cost of guaranteed debt finance has fallen again with the latest sale of £5m retained bonds.

Cranes

Investor and house builder agree PRS deal in new partnership

01/05/2015 | By Pete Apps

An institutional investor and a major house builder have joined forces to build almost 100 private rented homes, in what could become a long-term partnership.

Cut outs of home, car and family

Rent to buy scheme launches in Glasgow

01/05/2015 | By Pete Apps

A new affordable housing investment agency has launched its first scheme in Scotland, with £4.2m of investment in 42 ‘rent to buy’ homes.

Regeneration in Gateshead, Newcastle

Sector pledges £30bn investment if government backs PRS

01/05/2015 | By Pete Apps

The next government could unlock £30bn of investment in housing if it promotes the professional private rented sector (PRS), a coalition of social landlords, investors and industry bodies have said.

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Architects use 'dark web' site to leak plans

01/05/2015 | By Jess McCabe

A group of architects called Concrete Action is launching a website on the ‘dark web’ to allow development professionals to anonymously leak confidential documents about regeneration projects.

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50,000 homes sold under Help to Buy scheme

30/04/2015 | By Carl Brown

Nearly 50,000 homes have been sold under the government’s Help to Buy equity loan scheme.

Labour leader

£5bn homes fund available for landlords under Labour plans

29/04/2015 | By Pete Apps

Housing associations will be able to access £5bn invested in government-backed saving schemes to build affordable and socially rented homes under Labour plans.

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Labour vows tougher rural affordable housing requirements

29/04/2015 | By Pete Apps

The Labour party has vowed to ensure developers build more affordable housing in the countryside in a special rural manifesto launched yesterday.

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Brick shortages 'could delay house building plans'

28/04/2015 | By Pete Apps

Shortages of bricks and bricklayers will continue to threaten future house building plans, an industry body has warned this week.

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Repairs

Gas safety

Housing association fined over gas safety

05/05/2015 | By Carl Brown

A London housing association has been fined £2,500 for carrying out unsafe gas work.

Gavel

Disgraced mayor appeared to 'skew' housing budgets

23/04/2015 | By Pete Apps

The disgraced former mayor of a deprived east London borough appeared to ‘skew’ housing budgets towards areas where his support was strongest, a damning judgement said today.

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Fire safety inspectors shift focus towards care homes

23/04/2015 | By Daniel Douglas

Fire safety inspectors in London are proportionately focusing more resources on investigating care homes as the safety of tower blocks improves, Inside Housing has found.

Spanners

Wates eyes long-term contract with Circle

21/04/2015 | By Pete Apps

Wates Living Space hopes to take up a major repairs contract with Circle on a permanent basis after being formally appointed as an emergency contractor.

Gas

Tenant group u-turns over gas access campaign

21/04/2015 | By Carl Brown

A tenants’ group has dropped its opposition to a campaign for greater gas access powers for housing associations.

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Plans for new ombudsman criticised by sector

20/04/2015 | By Carl Brown

Plans to merge the functions of the Housing Ombudsman Service with those of other bodies to create a new ‘Public Service Ombudsman’ have been criticised by social housing sector figures.

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Social landlord to provide tenants with glue for self-repairs

13/04/2015 | By Daniel Douglas

A Midlands-based housing association is considering allowing its tenants to fix leaks and other minor repairs themselves using mouldable glue.

Spanners

Circle rules out single contractor deals in London

10/04/2015 | By Pete Apps

Circle Housing says it is moving away from large, single contractor deals in London following a damning regulatory downgrade last week.

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Housing association buys repairs company

08/04/2015 | By Daniel Douglas

A housing association based in the north west has bought a repairs and maintenance company, bringing services in house and subsuming the company as a subsidiary.

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Procurement consortium launches materials supply initiative

03/04/2015 | By Corin Williams

A £250m deal to supply social landlords with building and maintenance materials for the next four years has been struck by Procurement for Housing (PfH).

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Tenancies

Regeneration in Gateshead, Newcastle

Sector pledges £30bn investment if government backs PRS

01/05/2015 | By Pete Apps

The next government could unlock £30bn of investment in housing if it promotes the professional private rented sector (PRS), a coalition of social landlords, investors and industry bodies have said.

Labour leader

Miliband pledges commitment to social rent

01/05/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Labour is ‘committed to social rent’, Ed Miliband has said.

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Architects use 'dark web' site to leak plans

01/05/2015 | By Jess McCabe

A group of architects called Concrete Action is launching a website on the ‘dark web’ to allow development professionals to anonymously leak confidential documents about regeneration projects.

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Landlords could be forced into rent hikes under Labour plans

30/04/2015 | By Pete Apps

Housing associations with long-term finance tied to private rented homes could be forced to hike rents every three years, under Labour plans.

Field

Labour vows tougher rural affordable housing requirements

29/04/2015 | By Pete Apps

The Labour party has vowed to ensure developers build more affordable housing in the countryside in a special rural manifesto launched yesterday.

Labour leader

Labour to link private rents to inflation

27/04/2015 | By Pete Apps

A Labour government would prevent private landlords raising rents by more than inflation in each year of the new three-year tenancies it plans to introduce.

Sustainable new housing project of the year (fewer than 25 homes)

Social housing stock 'becoming more dispersed'

24/04/2015 | By Pete Apps

Housing association stock is becoming more dispersed despite efforts to reduce the number of landlords working in the same area.

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Landlords call on ministers to review sex offender strategy

24/04/2015 | By Heather Spurr

A group of 15 housing associations is calling on Scottish ministers to carry out a ‘fundamental’ review of the government’s strategy for housing sex offenders.

Work and Pensions Secretary

47,000 now claiming universal credit

20/04/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Nearly 47,000 people were claiming universal credit last month, half shy of the 100,000 government target ministers say they will hit in May.

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Plans for new ombudsman criticised by sector

20/04/2015 | By Carl Brown

Plans to merge the functions of the Housing Ombudsman Service with those of other bodies to create a new ‘Public Service Ombudsman’ have been criticised by social housing sector figures.

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Eco

Houghton-le-Spring, Durham

Council seeks partners for £300m Passivhaus drive

28/04/2015 | By Nick Duxbury , Pete Apps

A local authority is seeking partners for a £300m framework to build hundreds of super-energy efficient homes.

Stethoscope

Edinburgh Council plans boiler prescription scheme

28/04/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Edinburgh Council is planning to ‘prescribe’ new heating systems for homes, to improve residents’ health and reduce emergency NHS admissions.

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Solar energy firm to install panels on more than 100k homes

27/04/2015 | By Pete Apps

A solar energy firm is closing in on deals with at least five social landlords to install panels on 100,000 social homes, raising the financing from the capital markets.

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£224m fuel poverty scheme for Scotland

23/04/2015 | By Heather Spurr

The Scottish government is set to launch a £224m national scheme aimed at making properties easier and cheaper to heat for fuel-poor households.

New sustiainbility code

Star system to replace Code for Sustainable Homes

04/03/2015 | By Pete Apps

A star system for rating the sustainability of new homes, which will look at the impact on occupiers’ health and well-being, will be launched today.

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Statistics watchdog to examine DCLG data proposal

27/01/2015 | By Carl Brown

The UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) is probing the Department for Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) controversial plan to publish key housing data less regularly.

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DCLG considers publishing data less frequently to save cash

21/01/2015 | By Carl Brown

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is considering publishing a key set of housing data every two years instead of annually in a bid to save cash.

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Pickles 'breached Gypsy and Traveller human rights'

21/01/2015 | By Daniel Douglas

Eric Pickles broke equality laws by calling in planning decisions regarding Gypsy and Traveller sites that fall within the green belt, the High court has ruled.

SOLAR PANELS

Taiwanese energy giant plots £65m investment in solar PV

20/01/2015 | By Pete Apps

A Taiwanese solar energy giant is planning to invest £65m in installing free energy-generating panels on the roofs of UK housing association homes this year.

westminster autumn

What's on this week 19 - 23 Jan

19/01/2015 | By Carl Brown

Emma Reynolds attends a London First event, draft renewable heat incentive regs will be discussed in the House of Commons and Inside Housing hosts a communications webinar

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Finance

Paragon issues £250m bond

£110m Scottish bond to be gearing-free

05/05/2015 | By Pete Apps , Heather Spurr

A bond aggregator set to launch its long-awaited first deal in September will drop the usual gearing terms to entice landlords into the deal.

Stock pic

Miller Group doubles profits as completions rise

05/05/2015 | By Pete Apps

A house builder has boosted its completions by 12% as its profits almost doubled last year.

money

Cost of guaranteed debt finance falls again

05/05/2015 | By Pete Apps

The cost of guaranteed debt finance has fallen again with the latest sale of £5m retained bonds.

Cut outs of home, car and family

Rent to buy scheme launches in Glasgow

01/05/2015 | By Pete Apps

A new affordable housing investment agency has launched its first scheme in Scotland, with £4.2m of investment in 42 ‘rent to buy’ homes.

Regeneration in Gateshead, Newcastle

Sector pledges £30bn investment if government backs PRS

01/05/2015 | By Pete Apps

The next government could unlock £30bn of investment in housing if it promotes the professional private rented sector (PRS), a coalition of social landlords, investors and industry bodies have said.

Labour leader

Miliband pledges commitment to social rent

01/05/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Labour is ‘committed to social rent’, Ed Miliband has said.

Stock pic of cranes

50,000 homes sold under Help to Buy scheme

30/04/2015 | By Carl Brown

Nearly 50,000 homes have been sold under the government’s Help to Buy equity loan scheme.

Calendar with circled date

Landlords could be forced into rent hikes under Labour plans

30/04/2015 | By Pete Apps

Housing associations with long-term finance tied to private rented homes could be forced to hike rents every three years, under Labour plans.

Labour leader

£5bn homes fund available for landlords under Labour plans

29/04/2015 | By Pete Apps

Housing associations will be able to access £5bn invested in government-backed saving schemes to build affordable and socially rented homes under Labour plans.

Piggy bank

Landlords make £109m of savings

29/04/2015 | By Emily Twinch

An umbrella-group has shown 105 of its landlords collectively delivered £109m worth of energy efficiency savings in 2013/14.

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Legal

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Housing jumps up list of the public's concerns Video

01/05/2015 | By Carl Brown

Housing has jumped up the list of the electorate’s most important issues, according to an influential poll.

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Pickles hints at FOIA extension to housing associations

30/04/2015 | By News team

Eric Pickles has hinted that a Conservative government would force housing associations to comply with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

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Housing crisis leading UK to 'breach rights'

28/04/2015 | By Carl Brown

The housing crisis is causing the United Kingdom to violate international commitments on rights, a group of charities has argued.

Right to BUY

Right to Buy bill 'within 100 days' of new government

27/04/2015 | By Pete Apps

The Conservatives will legislate to extend the Right to Buy to housing associations within the first 100 days of a new government, should the party win a majority.

Gavel

Disgraced mayor appeared to 'skew' housing budgets

23/04/2015 | By Pete Apps

The disgraced former mayor of a deprived east London borough appeared to ‘skew’ housing budgets towards areas where his support was strongest, a damning judgement said today.

Stock pic of sign

New guidelines for social landlords on asbestos

23/04/2015 | By Heather Spurr

A watchdog is to endorsing new guidance on how housing providers manage asbestos, following concerns that residents are increasingly taking more social landlords to court.

Packing cases

Councils' out-of-area placements breaking the law

23/04/2015 | By Daniel Douglas

Councils in London have broken the law by placing more than 8,000 homeless families in other areas over two years without properly notifying the receiving local authority.

The Supreme Court final court of appeal in Parliament Square London

Councils' strategies to avoid homeless duties 'shameful'

17/04/2015 | By Daniel Douglas

Two London councils acted ‘shamefully’ in their attempts to avoid taking legal responsibility for a vulnerable homeless family, a High Court judge has found.

Gavel

Landlords could take regulator to court over judgments

17/04/2015 | By Heather Spurr

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) could soon be faced with judicial reviews by social landlords over regulatory judgments, a lawyer has said.

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Right to Buy policy 'could spark human rights challenge'

15/04/2015 | By Daniel Douglas

The extension of Right to Buy to housing associations could result in a lengthy legal battle on human rights grounds, legal experts say.

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Care

HCA regulator social housing

Missed gas test 'exposed tenants to serious harm'

05/05/2015 | By Pete Apps

A social landlord exposed vulnerable tenants to ‘the risk of serious harm for a significant period’ by failing to carry out gas safety checks, the housing watchdog has said.

LONDON

Surge in families pushed out of London

30/04/2015 | By Heather Spurr

The number of homeless families placed outside the capital by London boroughs has rocketed almost 80% in a year, data obtained by Inside Housing has revealed.

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Housing association bids to respond to 999 calls

29/04/2015 | By Pete Apps

A north-west housing association is bidding to take responsibility for responding 999 calls relating to falls to help relieve pressure on strained ambulance services.

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Housing crisis leading UK to 'breach rights'

28/04/2015 | By Carl Brown

The housing crisis is causing the United Kingdom to violate international commitments on rights, a group of charities has argued.

Stethoscope

Edinburgh Council plans boiler prescription scheme

28/04/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Edinburgh Council is planning to ‘prescribe’ new heating systems for homes, to improve residents’ health and reduce emergency NHS admissions.

Labour leader

Labour to link private rents to inflation

27/04/2015 | By Pete Apps

A Labour government would prevent private landlords raising rents by more than inflation in each year of the new three-year tenancies it plans to introduce.

Canongate empty flats 05

Landlords call on ministers to review sex offender strategy

24/04/2015 | By Heather Spurr

A group of 15 housing associations is calling on Scottish ministers to carry out a ‘fundamental’ review of the government’s strategy for housing sex offenders.

Loft insultation

£224m fuel poverty scheme for Scotland

23/04/2015 | By Heather Spurr

The Scottish government is set to launch a £224m national scheme aimed at making properties easier and cheaper to heat for fuel-poor households.

Man in wheelchair

Councils breaking law on adaptations

21/04/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Nearly two thirds of councils are breaking the law by taking too long to adapt disabled people’s homes, research has found.

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Housing project 'saves NHS £1.7m'

17/04/2015 | By Jess McCabe

Social landlords in Wales claim they will save the local NHS £1.7m in the next financial year, through a project that cares for patients with mental illness or learning disabilities in affordable housing rather than hospital or

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Regulation

HCA regulator social housing

Missed gas test 'exposed tenants to serious harm'

05/05/2015 | By Pete Apps

A social landlord exposed vulnerable tenants to ‘the risk of serious harm for a significant period’ by failing to carry out gas safety checks, the housing watchdog has said.

LONDON

Surge in families pushed out of London

30/04/2015 | By Heather Spurr

The number of homeless families placed outside the capital by London boroughs has rocketed almost 80% in a year, data obtained by Inside Housing has revealed.

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Pickles hints at FOIA extension to housing associations

30/04/2015 | By News team

Eric Pickles has hinted that a Conservative government would force housing associations to comply with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Piggy bank

Landlords make £109m of savings

29/04/2015 | By Emily Twinch

An umbrella-group has shown 105 of its landlords collectively delivered £109m worth of energy efficiency savings in 2013/14.

regulation

HCA downgrades five over financial risks

29/04/2015 | By Carl Brown

The English social housing regulator has downgraded the financial viability ratings of five landlords.

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Regulator pledges 'no secret meetings'

28/04/2015 | By Heather Spurr

The Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR) has published a new intervention policy following claims that it has been holding secret meetings with landlord board members.

Sustainable new housing project of the year (fewer than 25 homes)

Social housing stock 'becoming more dispersed'

24/04/2015 | By Pete Apps

Housing association stock is becoming more dispersed despite efforts to reduce the number of landlords working in the same area.

Work and Pensions Secretary

47,000 now claiming universal credit

20/04/2015 | By Heather Spurr

Nearly 47,000 people were claiming universal credit last month, half shy of the 100,000 government target ministers say they will hit in May.

Clipboard

Plans for new ombudsman criticised by sector

20/04/2015 | By Carl Brown

Plans to merge the functions of the Housing Ombudsman Service with those of other bodies to create a new ‘Public Service Ombudsman’ have been criticised by social housing sector figures.

Gavel

Landlords could take regulator to court over judgments

17/04/2015 | By Heather Spurr

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) could soon be faced with judicial reviews by social landlords over regulatory judgments, a lawyer has said.

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Scottish parliament

What's on this week: 20 - 25 April

20/04/2015 | By News team

The last election manifestos and private housing rent statistics are due out this week

Houses of Parliament

What's on this week: 13 - 17 April

13/04/2015 | By Carl Brown

Election manifestos and the CIH South West conference are coming up this week