Southwark Council expressed its “sincere regret” today as it pleaded guilty to fire safety failures relating to a tower block fire that killed six people.
As the regulator warns some landlords are not properly consulting on disposals, Samantha Hall of Trowers & Hamlins reminds providers that selling tenanted stock is complex
A group of 25 house builders and land promoters have launched a judicial review against a rule change allowing councils with Neighbourhood Plans to block development.
Sian Evans explains how a landmark Court of Appeal ruling is set to change how social landlords go about removing problem tenants.
Southwark Council is facing prosecution for breaching fire safety regulations following the deaths of six people in the Lakanal House fire.
NEW YEAR REFLECTIONS: Jules Birch concludes his two-part review of what the year meant for housing
NEW YEAR REFLECTIONS: Jules Birch looks back at the events of 2016 in the first of a series of end-of-year comment pieces
2016 was another busy year of housing news. Assistant editor Carl Brown counts down Inside Housing’s most read news stories of the year in reverse order.
Our art editor Sonny Dhamu picks his favourite Inside Housing pictures from 2016
Review of the year 2016 Video
In our last issue of 2016, Inside Housing looks back at the year’s social housing headlines
The Scottish Government has launched a consultation into making housing associations in Scotland subject to Freedom of Information requests.
As the Supreme Court rules on the bedroom tax, other controversial policies are manifestly without details, says Jules Birch
Lawyer Giles Peaker takes a closer look at the implications of the Supreme Court’s bedroom tax judgements
Only 54 social housing properties were recovered this year as part of efforts to stamp out tenancy fraud, a report from the Cabinet Office’s National Fraud Initiative (NFI) has revealed.
Ministers should aim to build homes that everyone can afford to live in, says Gavin Smart
A senior director at a major house builder has been arrested on suspicion of bribery, following an investigation into the awarding of contracts.
Scotland is now considering if social landlords should be covered by freedom of information laws, says Daradjeet Jagpal
Landowners can unlock the affordable housing shortage in rural communities, says Matthew O’Connell
The planning system needs to better balance the needs of councils, house builders and local residents, says Richard Bacon
Licensing will only hit good private landlords - the bad ones will ignore it, says Alan Ward
Borrowing at historically low levels could allow councils and government to build the affordable homes we need , says John Healey
Funding cuts have led to legal aid ‘deserts’ with people struggling to access representation or advice on housing issues, solicitors have warned.
Freshly installed prime minister Theresa May has already signalled she is a social reformer. Gavriel Hollander asks what the sector can expect from her
Housing Heroes 2016 Video
The Housing Heroes Awards puts the spotlight on the UK’s most inspirational housing professionals and tenants. Michael Atherton introduces us to this year’s winners
A housing associations’ bid to evict a tenant who had 300 cannabis plants in her spare bedroom has been dismissed by senior judges.
Raiders of the HRA Video
Councils are increasingly using their Housing Revenue Accounts to fill gaps in their back-office budgets. While this has helped cope with wider budget cuts, Keith Cooper investigates the impact on housing resources
When the chancellor unexpectedly raised stamp duty for institutional private sector landlords, did it spell the end of the build-to-let market? Caroline Thorpe reports
Nowhere to go Video
A change in planning rules threatens to conceal the needs of thousands of the most vulnerable Gypsies and Travellers. Nick Duxbury reports
Ensuring the payment of service charges has long been a difficult area for social landlords, says Louise Hebborn
The biggest update of EU procurement rules for a decade gives social landlords more freedom, says Andrew Millross
Luton and Central Bedfordshire Council have been locked in conflict over how best to meet cross-boundary housing need. Martin Hilditch investigates how the government’s duty to cooperate is panning out in practice
What does the future hold for housing? That’s the overarching question this month’s Housing 2016, the CIH conference and exhibition, is seeking to address.
Labour’s shadow housing minister John Healey has warned housing associations need to “find their voice again” after a failure to lobby effectively against the Housing and Planning Bill.
A London council faces paying a £26.8m refund to tenants who were overcharged for water, in a case that could have implications for many other landlords.
On release from prison, women face an uphill struggle to find housing. Danielle Aumord spends the day at one project which aims to help
Social landlords need to prepare for tougher data protection regulations, says Alison Deighton
Illegal highs Video
As legislation comes into force outlawing so-called legal highs, young tenants of a North East landlord are delivering a peer education programme about these ‘new psychoactive substances’. Alex Turner reports
A British Bill of Rights might remove protections for social tenants, warns Liz Davies
Solicitor Sue James made it her personal mission to save a client from eviction.
The ex-finance director of the largest housing association in Scotland has been charged with offences related to voyeurism.