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Vivid seeks US investors following merger completion

28/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

A new 30,000-home social landlord is in talks with foreign investors about loans of up to £200m as it scales up its development ambitions.

housing finance

Hyde issues £400m bond at 3% interest rate

27/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

A London housing association has issued a £400m bond at an interest rate of 3%, putting it among the cheapest individual deals secured in the sector.

Sanctuary Group secures European Investment Bank funding

Bristol launches £57m grant package for local associations

27/04/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Bristol City Council will launch a £57m package of grant funding for local social landlords today as it seeks to boost affordable housing in the city.

A2 Dominion issues £150m retail bond

Clarion reports reduced surplus to investors

26/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

The UK’s largest social landlord is expecting a reduced annual surplus this financial year due to a planned smaller sales programme.

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Lenders need 'assurance' over modular homes, CML says

26/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Banks need “assurance” over the longevity and viability of modular homes as the government seeks to increase offsite housebuilding, the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has said.

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housing finance

Hertfordshire housing association secures £65m Lloyds lending

24/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

A South East social housing provider has secured a £65m funding package from Lloyds Bank Commercial Bank to help deliver plans to build 800 new houses.

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Newly merged association retains credit rating

21/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

A newly merged housing association has retained its strong credit rating.

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Snap election unlikely to halt bond deals, experts say

18/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The snap general election on 8 June is unlikely to have the same chilling impact on the housing association bond market as the 2015 poll, finance experts have said.

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Social housing REIT makes £11.5m purchase

18/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Civitas Social Housing has bought a portfolio of social housing stock for a total consideration of £11.5m, yielding 6.3%.

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Where the axe will fall Video

13/04/2017 | By Pete Apps , Sophie Barnes

Pete Apps and Sophie Barnes assess the potential impact of the forthcoming cut to housing benefit for young people

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Investment group launches supported housing joint venture

10/04/2017 | By Luke Barratt

A giant investment group has launched a joint venture to buy up new build supported housing schemes for people with learning disabilities.

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Councils receive new powers to fine 'rogue' landlords

06/04/2017 | By Luke Barratt

Councils will receive new powers to deal with rogue landlords from today, the government has announced.

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Government rejects committee recommendation over Right to Buy funding

05/04/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The government has chosen to ignore a select committee’s recommendation that the Right to Buy for housing association tenants should be funded nationally rather than by a levy on councils.

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Octopus returns to housing with retirement scheme

05/04/2017 | By Luke Barratt

The private investor that recently disbanded its affordable housing venture has launched a new £200m business to provide homes for retirees.

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Investors: associations should publish half-yearly accounts

29/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

Housing associations should publish half-year accounts and report all market-sensitive disclosures on their website to comply with the needs of investors.

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Scottish housing associations use majority of loan facilities

28/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Scottish housing associations drew down 86% of the loan facilities available to them in 2015/16, according to the Scottish Housing Regulator.

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AHF bond breaks £1bn issuance barrier

28/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The Housing Finance Corporation (THFC) has priced an £88m tap of its second long-term bond under its government-backed finance scheme today, bringing the total bond to more than £1bn invested for the first time.

funding

DCLG announces £16.5m capacity fund allocations

28/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

A new £16.5m round of funding for councils to support housebuilding has been announced by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

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DCLG opens talks with associations over rent setting post-2020

28/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

Civil servants have opened talks with the sector over rent setting post-2020, with a return to an inflation-linked deal among the options discussed.

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Bond aggregator completes first deal since 2015

24/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

A bond aggregator has completed its first deal for more than a year, with a £40.2m bond for four housing associations.

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Barwell: 5% of Starter Homes Land Fund invested

24/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has invested 5% of its £1.2bn Starter Homes Land Fund in 27 sites, the housing minister has revealed.

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Shared ownership company buys housing association

23/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

A shared ownership specialist company has bought a housing association, as it seeks £1bn of institutional investment to fund new homes.

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Moody's: sales exposure to rise in future years

21/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

Debt, capital expenditure and exposure to the sales market will all rise as housing associations step up their development in the coming years, Moody’s has said.

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Association debt to exceed £80bn by 2019

21/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Ratings agency S&P has said that housing association debt will exceed £80bn by 2019.

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Barwell: West Midlands 'strong contender' for Right to Buy pilot

20/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Gavin Barwell has said the West Midlands is a “strong contender” for the regional pilot scheme of the Right to Buy extensison.

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Government shifts funding focus to greatest homelessness demand areas

16/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has announced that £402m of funding over the next two years will be targeted at the councils with the greatest homelessness demand.

funding

HCA agrees loans for 10,250 homes

16/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The Homes and Communities Agency has agreed two loans with developers totalling £98.8m to kick-start projects which will provide 10,250 new homes.

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Right to Buy sales pass 50,000 since discounts raised

16/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Councils sold more than 3,000 homes through the Right to Buy in the final quarter of 2016, taking the total sold under large discounts to over 50,000.

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S&P: deregulation 'will not damage credit ratings'

15/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

Impending deregulation will not damage credit ratings for English housing associations, a major ratings agency has confirmed.

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Council company targets institutional cash

15/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Croydon Council’s housing company Brick by Brick is expected to launch a bid for institutional investment over the next six months – to finance its ambitious development plans.

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Economic sentiment among associations 'at highest point since crash'

15/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

Economic sentiment among housing associations is at its highest level since the financial crisis, with landlords scaling up delivery plans despite the looming threat of Brexit.

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Scottish Government announces £590m affordable housing funding

13/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government will make £590m available this year to increase the supply of affordable homes in Scotland.

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PfP launches fund management arm with £150m acquisition

10/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

A housing association has launched a new fund management business with an acquisition of 1,379 units valued at £150m.  

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Associations will not build supported housing without LHA cap certainty

10/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Housing associations will not spend government funding earmarked for supported housing schemes unless more certainty is given over the Local Housing Allowance cap.

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Government moves grant funding forward a year to improve borrowing outlook

08/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

THE BUDGET: The government has moved £200m in housing association grants forward a year, which has helped lower its borrowing outlook from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR).

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Government will not legislate for Right to Buy extension

07/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government will not legislate to force councils to extend the Right to Buy to affordable homes built through their housing companies.

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SFHA warns Scottish DHP budget will be 'overwhelmed'

06/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government has increased Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) funding to almost £58m to mitigate the impact of welfare cuts in the first year it has control over DHPs.

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Under-21 housing benefit cut 'could place 9,000 at risk of homelessness'

06/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

Removing housing benefit from young people could see 9,000 left unable to access accommodation and placed at risk of homelessness, a charity has estimated.

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Barwell under pressure over £800m Right to Buy receipts kept by Treasury

02/03/2017 | By Pete Apps , Sophie Barnes

Gavin Barwell is facing pressure to allow councils to retain the full receipt from Right to Buy sales, as it emerged £800m has been siphoned off by the Treasury.

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Three quarters of associations want rent freedom

02/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

More than three quarters of housing associations support having rent freedom, a National Housing Federation survey has found.

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