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Supreme Court

Government to intervene on homelessness ruling

27/11/2014 8:32 am | By Heather Spurr , Daniel Douglas

Ministers are set to argue against homelessness charities in the Supreme Court over ‘vulnerability test’ criteria used by councils to prioritise people for homes.

mobile phone

App created to help homeless find food and shelter

27/11/2014 6:00 pm | By Laurna Robertson

A charity has developed a smartphone app to help homeless people or someone at risk of becoming homeless to have ‘quick and easy access’ to relevant services in Northern Ireland.

Philip Hogg

Housing body praises £30m new help to buy funding

27/11/2014 5:33 pm | By Laurna Robertson

The Scottish Government has been praised by a key housing body for the additional £30m of funding allocated for the help to buy scheme.

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Social landlord breaks sector record for cheapest all-in price

27/11/2014 5:19 pm | By Pete Apps

One of England’s largest social landlords has broken the sector record for the cheapest all-in price on a long term bond with its first ever issue.

Galliard Homes

Developer eyes £1bn pipeline after forming joint venture

27/11/2014 12:40 pm | By Pete Apps

A partnership between a residential developer and a private investment company will build homes worth £1bn in London and the south east.

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Contractor secures £120m US private placement

27/11/2014 12:28 pm | By Pete Apps

A contractor and builder has raised £120m through a US private placement.

Green social housing champion of the year

Overheating of homes an 'emergency' situation, warns landlord

27/11/2014 11:14 am | By Jess McCabe

Overheating of homes in summer is becoming an ‘emergency’ situation, with many social landlords getting regular complaints about new or recently retrofitted properties, the Homes 2014 conference in London heard yesterday.

Lord Smith of Kelvin

Smith Commission: Westminster should retain power over housing benefit Video

27/11/2014 10:23 am | By Laurna Robertson

The UK government should retain the majority of welfare powers including housing benefit as part of universal credit, the Smith Commission report has suggested today.

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Homes in a third of London boroughs 'earned' more than a solicitor last year

27/11/2014 9:18 am | By Laurna Robertson

Homes in around a third of Greater London’s boroughs earned more than £70,840 in a year, exceeding the average salary of a typical solicitor in the city, research by the National Housing Federation (NHF) has found.

Wheatley Group

Bond spread widens for Wheatley Group

27/11/2014 8:48 am | By Pete Apps , Heather Spurr

Scottish landlord pays a premium as it enters bond markets

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Development

Philip Hogg

Housing body praises £30m new help to buy funding

27/11/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

The Scottish Government has been praised by a key housing body for the additional £30m of funding allocated for the help to buy scheme.

Galliard Homes

Developer eyes £1bn pipeline after forming joint venture

27/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

A partnership between a residential developer and a private investment company will build homes worth £1bn in London and the south east.

Green social housing champion of the year

Overheating of homes an 'emergency' situation, warns landlord

27/11/2014 | By Jess McCabe

Overheating of homes in summer is becoming an ‘emergency’ situation, with many social landlords getting regular complaints about new or recently retrofitted properties, the Homes 2014 conference in London heard yesterday.

House building in Scotland

Social housing starts in Scotland fall

26/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr

The number of social home starts in Scotland dropped in the second quarter of this year from the same period in 2013 by nearly a half, according to official statistics.

Eric Pickles

Pickles orders councils to publish stock valuations

26/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

Councils will be forced to publish valuations of their social homes from April, despite the majority warning that it would lead to ‘misinformed debate’.

Financial district

Riverside seeking investors for £250m bond

26/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

One of England’s largest social landlords is roadshowing a £250m bond.

Top 50 affordable housing developments 2014

Hyde seeks contractors for £1bn framework

26/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

A London-based housing association has announced plans for a £1bn construction framework agreement.

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Councillor takes own authority to High Court over housing row

25/11/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

A Hampshire council is being taken to the High Court by one of its own councillors over the removal of all social and affordable housing from a proposed 287-home development.

Regeneration in Gateshead, Newcastle

Councils hold on to land with potential for 'thousands of homes'

24/11/2014 | By Emily Twinch

Councils are sitting on swathes of brownfield land which could be used for building thousands of homes, according to a report released today.

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Small London landlord borrows £50m from institution

24/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

A London landlord with less than 1,500 homes has borrowed £50m from an institutional investor in a long-term deal.

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Repairs

Green social housing champion of the year

Overheating of homes an 'emergency' situation, warns landlord

27/11/2014 | By Jess McCabe

Overheating of homes in summer is becoming an ‘emergency’ situation, with many social landlords getting regular complaints about new or recently retrofitted properties, the Homes 2014 conference in London heard yesterday.

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Hammersmith and Fulham stock transfer 'to be led by residents'

26/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

A London council plotting a major stock transfer will be guided entirely by an independent commission of residents, its leader has said.

Financial district

Riverside seeking investors for £250m bond

26/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

One of England’s largest social landlords is roadshowing a £250m bond.

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HCA upgrades governance ratings for three landlords

26/11/2014 | By Carl Brown

Three housing associations have today had their governance ratings upgraded by the Homes and Communities Agency.

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Private tenants living in poor accommodation 'on rise'

26/11/2014 | By Emily Twinch

More private renters are struggling to get landlords to improve the quality of their homes, according to a Citizens Advice report out today.

Book with gavel

Tribunal rules contractor employee bribery claims 'unsupported'

26/11/2014 | By Carl Brown

An employee made unfounded allegations of bribery and corruption against a large social housing contractor in order to negotiate his exit from the company and avoid repaying a loan, a tribunal has found.

hammersmith

EXCLUSIVE: Council considers stock transfer to community-run landlord

25/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

One of the largest stock holding councils in London is considering transferring its 12,500 homes to a housing association or community-run landlord.

Packing cases

Government-backed bill to stop revenge evictions published

25/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr

A bill intended to outlaw ‘revenge evictions’ was published yesterday ahead of its second reading on Friday.

Gas safety

Fresh hope for Gas Access campaign as Lewis agrees to talks

20/11/2014 | By Carl Brown

Brandon Lewis has agreed to meet campaigners calling for gas access law changes for housing associations.

Gas hob

Home destroyed in gas explosion

19/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

A four-year-old girl and her father were pulled alive from the rubble after a family home was destroyed in a gas explosion in Southampton yesterday.

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Tenancies

Green social housing champion of the year

Overheating of homes an 'emergency' situation, warns landlord

27/11/2014 | By Jess McCabe

Overheating of homes in summer is becoming an ‘emergency’ situation, with many social landlords getting regular complaints about new or recently retrofitted properties, the Homes 2014 conference in London heard yesterday.

House building in Scotland

Social housing starts in Scotland fall

26/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr

The number of social home starts in Scotland dropped in the second quarter of this year from the same period in 2013 by nearly a half, according to official statistics.

hammersmith

Hammersmith and Fulham stock transfer 'to be led by residents'

26/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

A London council plotting a major stock transfer will be guided entirely by an independent commission of residents, its leader has said.

Eric Pickles

Pickles orders councils to publish stock valuations

26/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

Councils will be forced to publish valuations of their social homes from April, despite the majority warning that it would lead to ‘misinformed debate’.

to let London

Private tenants living in poor accommodation 'on rise'

26/11/2014 | By Emily Twinch

More private renters are struggling to get landlords to improve the quality of their homes, according to a Citizens Advice report out today.

Poole 7

Universal credit 'may not prove value for money'

26/11/2014 | By Emily Twinch

Universal credit may not prove value for money and faces a ‘challenging timetable’ with its plans to introduce a new digital service, according to Whitehall’s spending watchdog.

House keys

Council's market sale homes to go to social tenants first

26/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

A London borough will offer existing tenants a 5% deposit and first chance to buy properties it is building to fund the development of new social homes.

hammersmith

EXCLUSIVE: Council considers stock transfer to community-run landlord

25/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

One of the largest stock holding councils in London is considering transferring its 12,500 homes to a housing association or community-run landlord.

Packing cases

Government-backed bill to stop revenge evictions published

25/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr

A bill intended to outlaw ‘revenge evictions’ was published yesterday ahead of its second reading on Friday.

Poole 7

Job centres accept first universal credit claims for families

25/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Job centres have begun accepting the first universal credit claims for families, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has said.

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Eco

Green social housing champion of the year

Overheating of homes an 'emergency' situation, warns landlord

27/11/2014 | By Jess McCabe

Overheating of homes in summer is becoming an ‘emergency’ situation, with many social landlords getting regular complaints about new or recently retrofitted properties, the Homes 2014 conference in London heard yesterday.

Welsh Assembly

What's happening this week: 24 - 28 November

24/11/2014 | By Carl Brown

Homes 2014 exhibition starts this week and the Chartered Institute of Housing holds a two-day allocations, lettings and homelessness conference.

Newly built homes

EXCLUSIVE: Tenant satisfaction dips at UK's largest associations

21/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

Research reveals 40% of the 50 biggest associations show fall

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London borough's tenants opt for council management of homes

20/11/2014 | By Carl Brown

Council tenants in Hackney have voted for the management of their homes to return to the local authority.

westminster autumn

What's on in housing sector this week 17 - 21 Nov

17/11/2014 | By Kate Youde

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 17 - 21 November

energy bills

Landlords owning 1m homes could join energy company

14/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

Landlords owning a million homes are considering joining a nationwide energy company to sell low cost power to tenants.

technology

Council homes involved in 'world-first' energy pilot

14/11/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

More than 300 Wigan Borough Council homes are involved in the pilot of a smart energy system, which has never been used elsewhere in the world.

Charles and Brandon

Prince of Wales: communities must be involved in regeneration

12/11/2014 | By Dawn Foster

The Prince of Wales warned today that developers must include communities in development plans, in research launched to coincide with #HousingDay.

Solar thermal tubes

Renewable heating scheme reformed for social landlords

11/11/2014 | By Cherelle Augustus

Changes to rules around a green heating incentive scheme will make it easier for social landlords to make money from generating renewable heat, the government has claimed. 

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Labour: landlords should take over ECO funding

11/11/2014 | By Nick Duxbury

A Labour government would empower social landlords to take over responsibility for spending hundreds of millions of pounds of energy efficiency cash from energy companies.

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Finance

Philip Hogg

Housing body praises £30m new help to buy funding

27/11/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

The Scottish Government has been praised by a key housing body for the additional £30m of funding allocated for the help to buy scheme.

Riverside logo

Social landlord breaks sector record for cheapest all-in price

27/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

One of England’s largest social landlords has broken the sector record for the cheapest all-in price on a long term bond with its first ever issue.

Galliard Homes

Developer eyes £1bn pipeline after forming joint venture

27/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

A partnership between a residential developer and a private investment company will build homes worth £1bn in London and the south east.

Kier-logo-2009-250x100

Contractor secures £120m US private placement

27/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

A contractor and builder has raised £120m through a US private placement.

FOR SALE

Homes in a third of London boroughs 'earned' more than a solicitor last year

27/11/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

Homes in around a third of Greater London’s boroughs earned more than £70,840 in a year, exceeding the average salary of a typical solicitor in the city, research by the National Housing Federation (NHF) has found.

Wheatley Group

Bond spread widens for Wheatley Group

27/11/2014 | By Pete Apps , Heather Spurr

Scottish landlord pays a premium as it enters bond markets

George Osborne

Social landlords hope for rent review in Autumn Statement

27/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

A number of housing associations are hoping that the government will include greater flexibility on rent-setting in next week’s Autumn Statement.

House building in Scotland

Social housing starts in Scotland fall

26/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr

The number of social home starts in Scotland dropped in the second quarter of this year from the same period in 2013 by nearly a half, according to official statistics.

Eric Pickles

Pickles orders councils to publish stock valuations

26/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

Councils will be forced to publish valuations of their social homes from April, despite the majority warning that it would lead to ‘misinformed debate’.

Financial district

Riverside seeking investors for £250m bond

26/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

One of England’s largest social landlords is roadshowing a £250m bond.

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Legal

Supreme Court

Government to intervene on homelessness ruling

27/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr , Daniel Douglas

Ministers are set to argue against homelessness charities in the Supreme Court over ‘vulnerability test’ criteria used by councils to prioritise people for homes.

Green social housing champion of the year

Overheating of homes an 'emergency' situation, warns landlord

27/11/2014 | By Jess McCabe

Overheating of homes in summer is becoming an ‘emergency’ situation, with many social landlords getting regular complaints about new or recently retrofitted properties, the Homes 2014 conference in London heard yesterday.

Lord Smith of Kelvin

Smith Commission: Westminster should retain power over housing benefit Video

27/11/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

The UK government should retain the majority of welfare powers including housing benefit as part of universal credit, the Smith Commission report has suggested today.

to let London

Private tenants living in poor accommodation 'on rise'

26/11/2014 | By Emily Twinch

More private renters are struggling to get landlords to improve the quality of their homes, according to a Citizens Advice report out today.

Book with gavel

Tribunal rules contractor employee bribery claims 'unsupported'

26/11/2014 | By Carl Brown

An employee made unfounded allegations of bribery and corruption against a large social housing contractor in order to negotiate his exit from the company and avoid repaying a loan, a tribunal has found.

Packing cases

Government-backed bill to stop revenge evictions published

25/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr

A bill intended to outlaw ‘revenge evictions’ was published yesterday ahead of its second reading on Friday.

John Prescott

Prescott issues devolution call to north-east housing professionals

21/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

Lord Prescott has called on housing professionals in the north east of England to ‘come together’ and capitalise on the political climate to secure devolution of powers to the region. 

Southwark Council is reviewing its evictions

Judgement prompts council to review evictions

20/11/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Southwark Council has slammed a court judgement which found its staff conspired to unlawfully evict a tenant- but is nevertheless reviewing all evictions since April 2013.

London

Panic rooms should be exempt from bedroom tax, court will hear

19/11/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The bedroom tax should not apply to homes where a spare room has been converted to a safe room or panic room, lawyers will argue in the High Court today.

rough sleeping in London is down

Councils failing to prevent youth homeless, says report

19/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Less than one in five cases of youth homelessness are being prevented by councils’ housing services, a report out today has revealed.

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Care

Supreme Court

Government to intervene on homelessness ruling

27/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr , Daniel Douglas

Ministers are set to argue against homelessness charities in the Supreme Court over ‘vulnerability test’ criteria used by councils to prioritise people for homes.

mobile phone

App created to help homeless find food and shelter

27/11/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A charity has developed a smartphone app to help homeless people or someone at risk of becoming homeless to have ‘quick and easy access’ to relevant services in Northern Ireland.

Open door in darkness

Refuges for domestic violence victims get £10m boost from government

26/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Ministers have announced a £10m fund for councils to provide accommodation for victims of domestic violence following fears that refuges are closing down because of lack of cash.

to let London

Private tenants living in poor accommodation 'on rise'

26/11/2014 | By Emily Twinch

More private renters are struggling to get landlords to improve the quality of their homes, according to a Citizens Advice report out today.

Poole 7

Universal credit 'may not prove value for money'

26/11/2014 | By Emily Twinch

Universal credit may not prove value for money and faces a ‘challenging timetable’ with its plans to introduce a new digital service, according to Whitehall’s spending watchdog.

Packing cases

Government-backed bill to stop revenge evictions published

25/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr

A bill intended to outlaw ‘revenge evictions’ was published yesterday ahead of its second reading on Friday.

Poole 7

Job centres accept first universal credit claims for families

25/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Job centres have begun accepting the first universal credit claims for families, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has said.

Welsh Assembly

What's happening this week: 24 - 28 November

24/11/2014 | By Carl Brown

Homes 2014 exhibition starts this week and the Chartered Institute of Housing holds a two-day allocations, lettings and homelessness conference.

Run down homes

Working families '11 days from the breadline'

24/11/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

A sudden shock to the income for a working family will leave them with enough money to survive for just 11 days, according to a report published today. 

Food poverty

Number of PRS renters in poverty has doubled, says report Video

24/11/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The number of private rented sector (PRS) tenants in poverty has nearly doubled in the past ten years, according to a report published today.

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Regulation

hammersmith

Hammersmith and Fulham stock transfer 'to be led by residents'

26/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

A London council plotting a major stock transfer will be guided entirely by an independent commission of residents, its leader has said.

HCA regulator social housing

HCA upgrades governance ratings for three landlords

26/11/2014 | By Carl Brown

Three housing associations have today had their governance ratings upgraded by the Homes and Communities Agency.

to let London

Private tenants living in poor accommodation 'on rise'

26/11/2014 | By Emily Twinch

More private renters are struggling to get landlords to improve the quality of their homes, according to a Citizens Advice report out today.

Poole 7

Universal credit 'may not prove value for money'

26/11/2014 | By Emily Twinch

Universal credit may not prove value for money and faces a ‘challenging timetable’ with its plans to introduce a new digital service, according to Whitehall’s spending watchdog.

hammersmith

EXCLUSIVE: Council considers stock transfer to community-run landlord

25/11/2014 | By Pete Apps

One of the largest stock holding councils in London is considering transferring its 12,500 homes to a housing association or community-run landlord.

Packing cases

Government-backed bill to stop revenge evictions published

25/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr

A bill intended to outlaw ‘revenge evictions’ was published yesterday ahead of its second reading on Friday.

Image of thumbprint

HCA to test new 'forensic' system with associations

25/11/2014 | By Carl Brown

The English social housing regulator will test its new system of ‘in-depth assessments’ with a number of volunteer housing associations ahead of its launch in April.

Poole 7

Job centres accept first universal credit claims for families

25/11/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Job centres have begun accepting the first universal credit claims for families, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has said.

Aldwyck Housing Group logo

Association shelves merger following double downgrade

24/11/2014 | By Carl Brown

A housing association has halted merger talks following its second regulatory downgrade in the space of three months.

Regeneration in Gateshead, Newcastle

Councils hold on to land with potential for 'thousands of homes'

24/11/2014 | By Emily Twinch

Councils are sitting on swathes of brownfield land which could be used for building thousands of homes, according to a report released today.

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