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Dealing with unreasonable tenants

28/04/2017 | By Kirsty Varley

It is important to take the correct approach with unreasonable tenants, says Kirsty Varley, of law firm Croftons

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Court finds housing association not liable in water bill claim

25/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

The High Court has ruled that a housing association is not liable to compensate tenants for water bills, in the latest case in a saga over alleged overpayments.


Increase in compensation claims for disrepair


The claims management industry is increasingly encouraging tenants to seek compensation from social landlords, warns Sian Evans of law firm Weightmans


Ex-finance director pleads guilty to voyeurism and sexual assault


The ex-finance director of the largest housing association in Scotland has pleaded guilty to voyeurism and sexual assault.

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New ASB guidance - but will there be new eviction powers?


As the government prepares to review anti-social behaviour (ASB) guidance for social landlords, Jason Hobday of Trowers & Hamlins wonders what precisely ministers are planning


Councils meet with DCLG over bespoke deals

07/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Three councils met with Department for Communities and Local Government officials to discuss bespoke deals over rent and borrowing last Thursday.

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Recovering overpayments may be trickier following court case


A recent court case means social housing providers need to be more careful about how they go about recovering overpayments, says Theresa Mohammed of Trowers & Hamlins

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Council fined £570,000 for Lakanal House fire failures

28/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Southwark Council has been fined £570,000 for fire safety failures after a tower block fire killed six people, including three children. 

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Council pleads guilty to Lakanal House fire safety failures

24/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

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.

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Disposing of tenanted stock is not straightforward, despite rule change


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


House builders launch neighbourhood planning judicial review

26/01/2017 | By Simon Brandon

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.

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Changes to eviction process


Sian Evans explains how a landmark Court of Appeal ruling is set to change how social landlords go about removing problem tenants.

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Council prosecuted by fire service over Lakanal House blaze

04/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Southwark Council is facing prosecution for breaching fire safety regulations following the deaths of six people in the Lakanal House fire.


'10 things about 2016': part two

29/12/2016 | By Jules Birch

NEW YEAR REFLECTIONS: Jules Birch concludes his two-part review of what the year meant for housing

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'10 things about 2016': part one

23/12/2016 | By Jules Birch

NEW YEAR REFLECTIONS: Jules Birch looks back at the events of 2016 in the first of a series of end-of-year comment pieces

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Inside Housing's most read news stories of 2016


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.

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Pictures of the year 2016


Our art editor Sonny Dhamu picks his favourite Inside Housing pictures from 2016

Review of the year 2016

Review of the year 2016 Video


In our last issue of 2016, Inside Housing looks back at the year’s social housing headlines

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Scottish Government proposes FOI for social landlords

01/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation into making housing associations in Scotland subject to Freedom of Information requests.


Manifestly without reason

09/11/2016 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

As the Supreme Court rules on the bedroom tax, other controversial policies are manifestly without details, says Jules Birch


Mixed outcome

09/11/2016 | By Giles Peaker

Lawyer Giles Peaker takes a closer look at the implications of the Supreme Court’s bedroom tax judgements


Government fraud team 'disappointed' by drop in recoveries

07/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

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.

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Action stations

21/10/2016 | By Gavin Smart

Ministers should aim to build homes that everyone can afford to live in, says Gavin Smart

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Barratt director arrested over contracts probe

19/10/2016 | By Heather Spurr

A senior director at a major house builder has been arrested on suspicion of bribery, following an investigation into the awarding of contracts.


Right to know

06/10/2016 | By Daradjeet Jagpal

Scotland is now considering if social landlords should be covered by freedom of information laws, says Daradjeet Jagpal


Rural dreams

03/10/2016 | By Matthew O'Connell

Landowners can unlock the affordable housing shortage in rural communities, says Matthew O’Connell

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Planning for tomorrow

13/09/2016 | By Richard Bacon

The planning system needs to better balance the needs of councils, house builders and local residents, says Richard Bacon

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Under the radar

30/08/2016 | By Alan Ward

Licensing will only hit good private landlords - the bad ones will ignore it, says Alan Ward


Memo to the minister

19/08/2016 | By John Healey

Borrowing at historically low levels could allow councils and government to build the affordable homes we need , says John Healey

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Solicitors warn of housing legal aid 'deserts'

29/07/2016 | By Carl Brown

Funding cuts have led to legal aid ‘deserts’ with people struggling to access representation or advice on housing issues, solicitors have warned.

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May day signals

15/07/2016 | By Gavriel Hollander

Freshly installed prime minister Theresa May has already signalled she is a social reformer. Gavriel Hollander asks what the sector can expect from her

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Housing Heroes 2016 Video

15/07/2016 | By Michael Atherton

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

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Senior judges block tenant's eviction despite cannabis farm

07/07/2016 | By Pete Apps

A housing associations’ bid to evict a tenant who had 300 cannabis plants in her spare bedroom has been dismissed by senior judges.

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Raiders of the HRA Video

07/07/2016 | By Keith Cooper

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

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Has build-to-let got a future? Video

30/06/2016 | By Caroline Thorpe

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

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Nowhere to go Video

23/06/2016 | By Nick Duxbury

A change in planning rules threatens to conceal the needs of thousands of the most vulnerable Gypsies and Travellers. Nick Duxbury reports


Balance sheet

23/06/2016 | By Louise Hebborn

Ensuring the payment of service charges has long been a difficult area for social landlords, says Louise Hebborn


Five housing procurement tips

22/06/2016 | By Andrew Millross

The biggest update of EU procurement rules for a decade gives social landlords more freedom, says Andrew Millross

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Two councils in ring on housing need Video

21/06/2016 | By Martin Hilditch

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

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Housing 2016: key themes and conference highlights

17/06/2016 | By Alex Turner

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.