Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Inside Housing
Repairs and maintenance

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  • Council seeks legal advice on HMO licences

    14/04/2014

    Newcastle Council may have incorrectly issued licences for houses in multiple occupation and is consulting its legal team over whether recent judgements will mean landlords are entitled to refunds.

  • Commonwealth Games live tower block demolitions scrapped

    14/04/2014

    Plans to demolish five Glasgow tower blocks as part of the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games have been scrapped.

  • ECO: Up the ambition

    11/04/2014

    The government should take a lesson from its 1666 predecessor about being ambitious, says Matthew O’Connell

  • Council invests £6m to transform empty homes

    11/04/2014

    A local authority is investing £6 million to bring 1,000 empty properties back into use.

  • Pinning down payments

    11/04/2014

    Landlords need to take threats of contractor insolvency seriously

  • Report: Homes of 140,000 Londoners at 'high risk' of flooding

    10/04/2014

    Properties housing 140,000 people in London are at high risk of surface flooding and 24,000 properties are at significant risk of river flooding, according to a London Assembly report.

  • Explosive opener for Commonwealth Games - for and against

    10/04/2014

    The demolition of five historic tower blocks as part of the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow has sparked debate in the Inside Housing office. Two of our reporters go head-to-head with arguments for and against the ‘spectacle’.

  • Welsh minister announces further regeneration funds

    10/04/2014

    The Welsh housing minister has announced an additional £2 million to fund the regeneration of deprived areas.

  • Stock transfer closer as minister agrees £50m debt write-off

    08/04/2014

    The housing minister has given the green light to a council’s stock transfer programme by agreeing to write off £50 million of historic housing debt.

  • Willmott Dixon secures £91m repairs contracts

    07/04/2014

    Willmott Dixon has secured two repairs and maintenance contracts worth £91 million with two midlands housing associations.

  • Commonwealth Games ceremony to show live demolition of tower blocks

    03/04/2014

    The opening ceremony of this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow will feature the live demolition of the city’s 30-storey Red Road tower blocks.

  • Commonwealth Games ceremony to show live demolition of tower blocks

    03/04/2014

    The opening ceremony of this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow will feature the live demolition of the city’s 30-storey Red Road tower blocks.

  • More than 30 organisations call for PRS energy efficiency standard

    03/04/2014

    A joint statement has been released by more 30 organisations calling on the government to set a minimum energy efficiency standard for homes in the private rented sector.

  • Landlord apologises over maintenance performance

    03/04/2014

    Senior Labour MP intervenes to demand an improvement

  • Association awards £3.6m servicing and repairs contract

    02/04/2014

    Orbit Heart of England has awarded a £3.6 million, 10-year heating servicing and repairs contract.

  • Merger go-ahead for Midlands landlords

    02/04/2014

    Two housing associations were given the go-ahead to become a joint organisation from the Homes and Communities Agency yesterday.

  • Partner announced for first council houses in 25 years

    01/04/2014

    A development partner has been selected for the first homes to be built by Cannock Council in 25 years.

  • Partner announced for first council houses in 25 years

    01/04/2014

    A development partner has been selected for the first homes to be built by Cannock Council in 25 years.

  • Farrell review calls for a ‘revolution’ in the planning system

    31/03/2014

    A ‘revolution’ is needed in the planning system to make it more proactive, a review by architect Sir Terry Farrell said today.

  • Farrell review calls for a ‘revolution’ in the planning system

    31/03/2014

    A ‘revolution’ is needed in the planning system to make it more proactive, a review by architect Sir Terry Farrell said today.

  • £2.1m government funding allocated for heat network projects

    28/03/2014

    Greg Barker has announced 24 local authorities will get a share of the £2.1 million pot for the development of heat network projects.

  • 'Urgent action' needed to hit fuel poverty targets

    28/03/2014

    National targets to eradicate fuel poverty will be missed unless politicians take urgent action to tackle the ‘cold homes crisis’, a charity report warns today.

  • Service charge deficits mount to £70m

    28/03/2014

    Housing associations have racked up service charge deficits of around £70 million, analysis of the sector’s accounts has revealed.

  • Council and ALMO award £250m repairs contracts

    26/03/2014

    Lambeth Living and Lambeth Council have awarded repairs contracts collectively worth £250 million to five contractors.

  • Committee makes 40 recommendations for Housing Bill

    24/03/2014

    A Welsh committee has agreed the general principles of the Housing (Wales) Bill and has made 40 recommendations to improve it.

  • 40,000 social homes will fail decency standard

    24/03/2014

    More than 40,000 Scottish social homes will fail to meet the government’s decency standard by the 2015 deadline, an official report has said.

  • Landlord apologises over repairs service

    21/03/2014

    A social landlord has apologised to tenants after malfunctioning computer systems led to a quadrupling of complaints about its repairs service.

  • Budget: £150m loan fund for regenerating housing estates

    19/03/2014

    George Osborne has announced a £150 million loan fund for social housing estate regeneration in today’s Budget.

  • Proposed repairs legislation welcomed by MSPs

    18/03/2014

    Proposed legislation allowing Scottish councils to recover costs when repairing run-down buildings has been welcomed by a group of MSPs.

  • Repair and maintenance firm secures record revenue

    18/03/2014

    The social housing arm of a repairs and maintenance provider secured a record revenue of more than £742 million in 2013, its final results showed today.

  • Death and sickness to follow

    17/03/2014

    The outlook is bleak for ECO but there is a solution which could save lives, writes David Evans

  • Landlord terminates 20,000-home maintenance contract

    17/03/2014

    A major housing association has walked away from the biggest of its three contracts with social housing contractor Mears, due to the company’s performance ‘falling below an acceptable standard’.

  • Government urged to retrofit 1m homes

    14/03/2014

    The UK Green Building Council has urged the government to retrofit one million homes over the next 25 years, in the organisation’s Budget submission.

  • 300,000 fewer social homes will receive insulation due to proposed cuts

    14/03/2014

    Proposed government cuts to retrofit subsidy funding will result in almost 300,000 fewer social rented homes receiving insulation over the life of the scheme.

  • Social landlords securing gas safety

    14/03/2014

    As a number of housing associations are placed on watchlists for breaching gas safety rules, Heather Spurr investigates how big a problem it is for providers

  • Landlord invites start-ups to bid for £4m worth of contracts

    13/03/2014

    A midlands housing association will invite businesses which started trading in the last year to apply for £4 million worth of contracts, as part of a European Regional Development funded project next month

  • Government’s 'dirty deal' leaves 54,000 homes without insulation

    12/03/2014

    Research by Labour has found that plans to insulate more than 54,000 homes have been either scrapped or put on hold due to cuts to the energy company obligation scheme.

  • More than 200,000 PRS tenants 'unfairly' evicted

    12/03/2014

    Hundreds of thousands of private rented sector tenants have been evicted after asking their landlord to deal with a problem, like a repair or a condition issue, research has claimed today.

  • £3m potential upgrade for homelessness centres

    10/03/2014

    Three homelessness centres in Birmingham could be set for £3 million of refurbishment and upgrade work, if a report to the council’s cabinet is approved.

  • Record drop of empty homes in England

    10/03/2014

    The number of empty homes in England fell by the biggest ever annual drop in 2013 to 635,127, research has found.

  • Council could replace scandal-hit repairs service with ALMO

    07/03/2014

    Scottish councillors will vote next week on whether to approve an arm’s-length management company, trust or partnership as a replacement for a scandal-hit property conservation service.

  • Barn and shop conversions will do little for affordable housing, planner warns

    07/03/2014

    New planning rules to allow easier conversion of shops and agricultural buildings to homes will have a limited impact on affordable housing supply, a leading planner has said.

  • Barn and shop conversions will do little for affordable housing, planner warns

    07/03/2014

    New planning rules to allow easier conversion of shops and agricultural buildings to homes will have a limited impact on affordable housing supply, a leading planner has said.

  • Rising to the challenge of Scotland's fight against floods

    07/03/2014

    Professor James Curran has studied the environment all his life. Now he’s in charge of Scotland’s fight against floods. He tells Jess McCabe how he’ll rise to the challenge

  • ECO cuts dilute Scotland’s green targets

    06/03/2014

    The Scottish Government has been forced to water down its proposed energy efficiency standard for housing because of Westminster’s cuts to the energy company obligation.

  • Ed Davey launches ECO and green deal consultation

    05/03/2014

    Energy companies will have to do less work to improve the energy efficiency of Britain’s homes by 2015, under plans confirmed by energy secretary Ed Davey today.

  • Unlicensed Newham landlord fined £25,000

    05/03/2014

    An east London landlord has been forced to pay out more than £25,000 in one of the first successful prosecutions for Newham Council since its property licensing scheme was introduced last year.

  • Landlord exposed 'substantial' number of tenants to gas safety risk

    05/03/2014

    A 60,000-home landlord failed to carry out a ‘signficant number’ of gas safety checks exposing tenants to potential harm, the Homes and Communities Agency said.

  • Reduce VAT on housing repairs to save £15bn

    05/03/2014

    The government could boost the UK economy by more than £15 billion between 2015 and 2020 if it reduced VAT on housing repair and renovation work, according to a report by Experian.

  • Council to vote on £8m housing upgrade spend

    04/03/2014

    A Scottish council is due to vote on plans to spend £8 million on bathrooms and heating systems.

  • Boris urged to lobby government over ECO

    04/03/2014

    The mayor of London is being called upon to lobby the government to reverse ECO cuts, as an assembly member suggests the cuts mean he will miss his retrofit target.

  • A chance to change lives

    28/02/2014

    In 2009, when I began as editor of Inside Housing, the next five days seemed pretty daunting, never mind the next five years.

  • Apprenticeship drive launches

    28/02/2014

    Today Inside Housing launches a new campaign to help thousands of young people into employment.

  • Building success

    28/02/2014

    Today Inside Housing launches its Homes Work campaign to promote apprenticeships and training offered by social landlords and to encourage the creation of more. Martin Hilditch reports

  • Just the job

    28/02/2014

    Action is needed to help more young people obtain jobs in construction

  • Water performance

    28/02/2014

    As news headlines have been dominated by scenes of the human cost of flooding, social landlord action plans have kicked in. Simon Brandon visits two communities to see how they fared

  • Costs mount for flood-hit landlord

    27/02/2014

    A social landlord facing a mounting temporary accommodation bill expects it to be ‘at least a year’ until tenants in a Hampshire village can return to their flood-hit homes.

  • Association failed to carry out 60 gas safety checks

    26/02/2014

    Your Housing Group failed to carry out gas safety checks on around 60 properties.

  • Empty social homes and rent arrears up in Wales

    26/02/2014

    Empty social homes and tenant arrears have increased in Wales, according to the latest social housing figures.

  • Council to spend £6.8m improving tower blocks

    26/02/2014

    Aberdeen Council is spending £6.8 million on improving four tower blocks in the Cairncry area of the city.

  • Improvement work worth £24m approved for ALMO's stock

    25/02/2014

    An arm’s-length management company will implement a £24 million improvement scheme on its stock in 2014/15.

  • Social landlord to invest £40m on housing stock

    21/02/2014

    A housing association is to invest £40 million on more than 8,000 homes over the next four years.

  • A round-up of Welsh housing reform

    21/02/2014

    Last year the Welsh Government unveiled a raft of housing reforms in its Welsh Housing Bill. Martin Hilditch reveals the main changes on the way - and their likely cost and impact

  • Cost of flooding

    21/02/2014

    The approach to flood insurance is changing and landlords must be ready, says Amanda Stubbs

  • Damage control after storm damage in Wales

    21/02/2014

    Recent bad weather hit hard in Wales, damaging 10 per cent of one social landlord’s homes. Martin Hilditch finds out how it is coping

  • Floods to push up the price of repairs contracts

    21/02/2014

    Contractors could factor likelihood of extreme weather into future costs

  • Perfect storm

    21/02/2014

    Although much of the southern half of Britain has been battered by storms, Wales has borne some of the worst weather with gusts in the north of the country of up to 105mph.

  • Only 746 green deal plans completed in a year

    20/02/2014

    In the first year of green deal, government figures revealed today that just 746 plans are complete.

  • Cameron: £4m fund to give flooding victims council tax breaks

    19/02/2014

    The government is to create a £4 million fund to offer council tax rebates for people whose homes have been flooded.

  • Construction firm reports slump in profits due to 'high competition'

    18/02/2014

    Morgan Sindall has reported a slump in pre-tax profits which it says is due to ‘high competition’.

  • Boris’ draft housing strategy not 'ambitious enough'

    17/02/2014

    The mayor of London’s proposed housing strategy is ‘woefully lacking’ when it comes to overcrowding and the targets for affordable homes are ‘inadequate’, the London Assembly housing committee has argued today.

  • Fresh perspective on fuel poverty

    14/02/2014

    There’s nothing like visiting a tenant who cannot afford to heat their home to put things in perspective

  • Landlords spending millions on sprinklers

    14/02/2014

    Work to improve fire safety in tower blocks follows coroners’ advice

  • No comfort for those in fuel poverty

    14/02/2014

    Imagine living in a house so cold, you stay in bed all day just to keep warm. This is the reality for hundreds of social housing tenants, as Jess McCabe discovered on the job with an affordable warmth officer

  • Right on target

    14/02/2014

    Uncertainty around funding for retrofit means it is more important than ever for projects to deliver the desired economic, social and environmental results

  • Sinking feeling

    14/02/2014

    Picture this: thousands of households across the UK are facing devastating consequences as the elements do their worst. Sound familiar?

  • Social landlord deal to cut £5m supplier bill

    14/02/2014

    Landlord says Capita move will make ‘significant’ savings on services costs

  • Weakening ECO is short-termism

    14/02/2014

    The government plans to weaken ECO by extending it up to 2017 and reducing the target for insulating hard-to-treat properties.

  • Seven in 10 tenants believe homes could be more energy-efficient

    13/02/2014

    Seven in 10 social housing tenants believe their property could be more energy-efficient, according to a research by a building and repairs contractor.

  • The end is nigh for ECO

    13/02/2014

    Proposed cuts to the energy company obligation have thrown social landlords’ retrofit plans into disarray. Nick Duxbury reveals just how bad the impact is likely to be - and it’s much worse than you thought

  • Energy efficiency measures to ‘significantly lower'

    13/02/2014

    Cuts to part of the energy company obligation - the pot of money set aside by energy companies to fund energy saving work on ‘hard-to-treat’ homes - could be 70 per cent, much higher than expected.

  • Flooding: social landlords react and tenants evacuated

    13/02/2014

    Hanover Housing Association has evacuated 24 residents as part of its ‘crisis plan’, as landlords across southern England tackle flooding.

  • Flooding: PM says hundreds of homes along the Thames still at risk

    12/02/2014

    David Cameron has warned today that hundreds of homes along the Thames will be at risk of flooding over the weekend due to a predicted ‘second peak’ of the river level.

  • Homes fit for energy needs

    12/02/2014

    The bedroom tax has its critics, but many tenants rattle around in homes unsuitable for their energy needs

  • Dutch Courage

    12/02/2014

    The recent floods could open up opportunities for new housebuilding, writes Colin Wiles

  • Council awards £12m repairs and maintenance contract

    11/02/2014

    A local authority has selected a contractor to deliver its repairs and maintenance contract for 16,000 homes.

  • Homes evacuated and thousands more at risk

    11/02/2014

    Homes have been evacuated along the River Thames, with thousands more households still at risk from rising flood levels as severe weather is expected to continue.

  • Fire at sheltered housing complex leaves three hospitalised

    10/02/2014

    Four people have been treated for smoke inhalation after a fire broke out at a sheltered housing complex in Glasgow.

  • Thousands of homes in Thames Valley at risk

    10/02/2014

    Flooded homes are being evacuated and thousands of homes surrounding the River Thames are still at risk as extreme weather continues, the Environment Agency has warned.

  • Greater London Authority close to securing £2.6m for retrofit

    07/02/2014

    The Greater London Authority is in the final stages of closing a £2.6 million funding bid for retrofitting homes in the capital, Richard Blakeway told a committee yesterday.

  • Council gives go-ahead for sprinklers in wake of Lakanal

    07/02/2014

    Southwark gives go-ahead to sprinklers for its most vulnerable residents

  • Additional £30m for flood repairs and maintenance

    06/02/2014

    Eric Pickles has announced an additional £30 million available for flood repairs and maintenance today, just a day after David Cameron announced £100 million for the same purpose.

  • Council to insulate up to 3,300 homes

    06/02/2014

    A local authority has given the go-ahead to fit external wall insulation on up to 3,300 homes, in a project worth up to £45 million.

  • Suspected gas explosion in shared ownership property leaves 10 hospitalised

    05/02/2014

    A suspected gas explosion in an Essex Council shared ownership property has left 10 people hurt.

  • Cameron announces £100 million for flooding repairs and home maintenance

    05/02/2014

    David Cameron has announced today in prime minister’s questions that the government will make an extra £100 million available for ‘essential’ flooding repairs and home maintenance.

  • Social landlords announce repairs and maintenance partnership

    05/02/2014

    Two Worcestershire housing associations have announced a repairs and maintenance partnership, which they predict could save £7 million over the next ten years.

  • Flooding bill would require developers to pay for sewer improvements

    05/02/2014

    A new bill which would force developers to stump up the cost for improving sewers to prevent floods was introduced to the House of Commons yesterday.

  • Flooding bill would require developers to pay for sewer improvements

    05/02/2014

    A new bill which would force developers to stump up the cost for improving sewers to prevent floods was introduced to the House of Commons yesterday.

  • One Hyde Park architect calls for 'severe' tax on empty homes

    04/02/2014

    Richard Rogers, the architect behind One Hyde Park, has called for a ‘severe’ tax aimed at the owners of empty homes.

  • One Hyde Park architect calls for 'severe' tax on empty homes

    04/02/2014

    Richard Rogers, the architect behind One Hyde Park, has called for a ‘severe’ tax aimed at the owners of empty homes.

  • Around £3m committed to combat fuel poverty in Scotland

    04/02/2014

    Almost £3 million has been committed to 25 green projects over the past year, in a Scottish Government drive to combat fuel poverty. 

  • Councils call for simplified system to bring empty homes back into use

    04/02/2014

    Councils have called for changes to the ‘overly complex and bureaucratic’ compulsory purchase order system to start bringing 700,000 empty homes back into use.

  • Part of £100m regeneration fund used for housing

    03/02/2014

    The Welsh Government has announced that part of its £100 million regeneration fund will be used to increase housing supply.

  • Part of £100m regeneration fund used for housing

    03/02/2014

    The Welsh Government has announced that part of its £100 million regeneration fund will be used to increase housing supply.

  • Growing number of larger repairs and maintenance contracts, says Mitie

    03/02/2014

    The social housing repairs and maintenance market is showing a trend towards larger contracts, Mitie has said.

  • RHP agrees fully ECO-funded retrofit deal

    31/01/2014

    Richmond Housing Partnership has agreed one of the first fully energy company obligation-funded major retrofit schemes since government cuts to the £1.3 billion-a-year subsidy progamme in December.

  • Flood cover bill excludes social tenants

    31/01/2014

    Social tenants face exclusion from a national programme of affordable flood insurance, despite calls for an amendment to legislation passing through parliament.

  • Home Group to invest £136 million in its stock

    31/01/2014

    A social landlord will invest £136 million in boosting its stock to a ‘decent homes standard plus’.

  • Must do better

    31/01/2014

    The green deal is falling short on its initial ambitions and more needs to be done to stimulate take-up

  • Partner selected for £1.5bn London estate regeneration

    29/01/2014

    A housing association has been selected as the developer for the £1.5 billion regeneration of a once notorious estate.

  • Partner selected for £1.5bn London estate regeneration

    29/01/2014

    A housing association has been selected as the developer for the £1.5 billion regeneration of a once notorious estate.

  • Landlord has 400 homes damaged by storm

    28/01/2014

    A social landlord saw more than 400 homes damaged as storms battered north Wales.

  • Leeds retrofit project put on hold over ECO cuts

    24/01/2014

    A 150-home retrofit project in Leeds has become the latest to be put on hold as a result of cuts to the government’s £1.3 billion a year energy company obligation.

  • Around £2m invested to retrofit south west estate

    24/01/2014

    A housing association has received more than £650,000 funding to retrofit an estate in Weston-super-Mare.

  • Housing group signs new partner and care subsidiary

    23/01/2014

    Wheatley Group is to partner with a 1,000-home housing association and its care subsidiary after agreement from both boards.

  • Welsh council mergers could save £80m

    23/01/2014

    Consolidation of the 22 Welsh local authorities could spark homes surge

  • Gas safety advice published after 'significant' carbon monoxide concerns

    22/01/2014

    The Scottish Housing Regulator has published advice on maintaining gas safety during maintenance works, after the Health and Safety Executive received a ‘significant’ number of reports of damage that could lead to carbon monoxide building up.

  • Green deal figures a 'wake up call' for government

    22/01/2014

    The UK Green Building Council has slammed the latest government figures which reveal only 626 homes have had energy efficiency measures installed through the green deal.

  • 'Discrimination' against social homes under new flooding proposals

    22/01/2014

    Millions of homes across England and Wales, including all PRS homes and social homes, could be left without access to affordable flood insurance under a new scheme.

  • Repairs contractor tribunal adjourned

    22/01/2014

    A case between a whistleblower and a large social housing repairs contractor he accused of bribery and corruption has been adjourned to allow for experts to sift through computer records.

  • Whistleblower claims company swindled hundreds of thousands from social landlords

    17/01/2014

    A building company fiddled hundreds of thousands of pounds from councils and housing associations by paying bribes and deliberately overcharging for repairs, a whistleblower claimed today.

  • Housing association to transform former RAF houses

    17/01/2014

    Aspire Housing has bought former RAF houses in Stafford from private owners of residential property.

  • Housing association to transform former RAF houses

    17/01/2014

    Aspire Housing has bought former RAF houses in Stafford from private owners of residential property.

  • A bitter dispute

    17/01/2014

    The death of a Newham Council leaseholder hit by a high service charge prompted the government to look at capping bills last year. Martin Hilditch investigates if the case is unique and the likely impact of any changes

  • Battle stations

    17/01/2014

    Social landlords are waging war on their repairs and maintenance bills. With renewed emphasis on value for money, Martin Hilditch examines how much the 100 largest housing associations are spending to find out if they are gaining ground

  • ECO ambitions wrecked

    17/01/2014

    Nick Duxbury reports on the results of an ECO survey which reveal the potential impact on housing providers and their tenants from changes to the energy company obligation.

  • Retrofit plans in jeopardy

    17/01/2014

    Green campaigners and landlords have joined forces to lobby for changes to government plans to cut a £1.3 billion fund to tackle fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions.

  • The right values

    17/01/2014

    This year’s edition of Inside Housing’s repairs and maintenance supplement is all about values.

  • 4,700-home retrofit project under threat

    16/01/2014

    A 4,700-home retrofit project in the midlands is at risk after an energy company pulled out of a funding arrangement following changes to the £1.3 billion Energy Companies Obligation.

  • Wolverhampton bid to save £123m could hit housing

    16/01/2014

    Wolverhampton Council’s plan to cut £123 million from its £322 million budget to avoid insolvency could threaten front line housing services.

  • Call for action after statistics reveal 25,000 empty homes

    15/01/2014

    The Welsh Government must take action to bring empty homes back into use after figures showed more than 25,000 empty homes across the country, opposition politicians have said.

  • Precision thinking

    15/01/2014

    Analysis of its lets, voids and tenancy lengths has allowed Adactus Housing Group to cut its planned maintenance bill by millions of pounds a year and plough the savings into developing new homes. Kate Youde finds out how

  • Hitting VAT on the head

    15/01/2014

    Setting up repairs and maintenance cost-sharing groups is a good way for social landlords to demonstrate value for money

  • Lending a hand

    15/01/2014

    Kier’s new handyperson service is helping older and vulnerable council tenants in Sheffield stay happy and healthy in their homes, says Phil Oades

  • Mears Group reports a £3bn bid pipeline

    15/01/2014

    Repairs and maintenance contractor Mears Group has reported a £3 billion bid pipeline and a renewed focus on social housing in a pre-closing trade update.

  • Council consulting on large-scale PRS landlord licensing

    13/01/2014

    A London council has launched a consultation on extending its current landlord licensing to target poor conditions and anti-social behaviour.

  • Added value

    10/01/2014

    Landlords can benefit from shared owners’ home improvements - even though they don’t pay for the work

  • Fuel’s gold

    10/01/2014

    Landlords can still help to lower tenants’ energy bills, despite the scaling back of green initiatives

  • Repairs and maintenance special

    10/01/2014

    This year’s edition of Inside Housing’s repairs and maintenance supplement is all about values.Battle stations

  • Top tips for 2014

    10/01/2014

    Last year was tough for social landlords, so what hurdles lie ahead in 2014? Inside Housing takes a punt on the policies that will race past the post over the next 12 months and those that will fall at the first

  • Davey claims cuts to ECO is 'good news' for housing

    09/01/2014

    Energy secretary Edward Davey has claimed that cuts to the £1.3 billion-a-year energy company obligation subsidy is ‘good news’ for the housing sector.

  • Private renters to benefit from £5.4m fuel poverty fund

    09/01/2014

    Thousands of private renters and homeowners will receive free boilers and insulation under a £5.4 million programme.

  • Hallfield estate refurbishment contract terminated

    07/01/2014

    Westminster Council and a construction contractor have agreed a termination of a refurbishment contract, over alleged poor quality and slow progress of works.

  • Clouded by uncertainty

    06/01/2014

    The uncertainty for the retrofit sector was one of 2013’s big stories and to change that in 2014 the industry needs stability, writes Nigel Banks

  • One Housing Group creates repair and maintenance company

    06/01/2014

    A social landlord is creating a company to handle repairs and maintenance services previously carried out by multiple contractors for more than 13,000 of its properties

  • Increase council powers to improve standard of PRS homes, says think tank

    06/01/2014

    Around £9.3 billion is being paid to private landlords in housing benefit and a new report will argue councils should have more powers to ensure this money drives up PRS accommodation standards.

  • Belfast factory site to contain 200 social homes

    03/01/2014

    A housing association has submitted plans to provide 200 social homes in a former factory in west Belfast.

  • Belfast factory site to contain 200 social homes

    03/01/2014

    A housing association has submitted plans to provide 200 social homes in a former factory in west Belfast.

  • Homes evacuated and without power as storm batters the UK

    03/01/2014

    The UK is being battered by a ‘severe’ storm today as flood warnings around the country have been put in place and people are trapped in their homes.

  • Controversial sculpture on Heygate Estate rejected

    27/12/2013

    A sculpture by a Turner Prize nominee for a Southwark estate has been rejected by the council.

  • Landlords battle to help storm-affected social tenants

    24/12/2013

    Landlords have been battling to help social tenants hit by storms that ravaged the south and south west of England last night.

  • Social housing in former MOD homes opened

    24/12/2013

    A social housing scheme has been opened in former Ministry of Defence homes in Northern Ireland.

  • Social housing in former MOD homes opened

    24/12/2013

    A social housing scheme has been opened in former Ministry of Defence homes in Northern Ireland.

  • 10 things about 2013: part 1

    23/12/2013

    The first of a two-part look back at the issues and people that I’ve been blogging about this year.

  • Council sets up specialist damp unit

    23/12/2013

    Southampton Council has set up a specialist team to reduce damp in its stock, after spending nearly £200,000 on related repairs last year.

  • Empty homes should be taxed, says board member

    20/12/2013

    Empty homes should be taxed to deter investors from buying homes in London and leaving them vacant, according to a housing association board member.

  • Stop the rot

    20/12/2013

    Low-income households need subsidised energy costs as well as subsidised rent, writes Nick Duxbury

  • Season of concern

    20/12/2013

    Our story on rising damp this week and rising evictions last week show tenants are having a testing time this festive season

  • Review of 2013

    20/12/2013

    From the introduction of welfare reforms, new housing ministers and a string of executive payout scandals, it’s been an eventful year for the sector. Inside Housing reflects on the biggest stories of 2013

  • Rising damp

    20/12/2013

    Landlords have warned of a sharp rise in the number of squeezed social housing tenants reporting mould and damp problems because they cannot afford to heat their homes.

  • £200m retrofit fund proposed by NHF

    19/12/2013

    The National Housing Federation has proposed a loan fund for retrofit which could be worth at least £200 million in England.

  • Office scheme fails to take off

    19/12/2013

    A flagship reform to turn vacant offices into homes is set to deliver just a fraction of the homes targeted by the government after a slow take-up in its first six months.

  • Office scheme fails to take off

    19/12/2013

    A flagship reform to turn vacant offices into homes is set to deliver just a fraction of the homes targeted by the government after a slow take-up in its first six months.

  • Improvement programme for 214 homes in Salford

    18/12/2013

    Salix Homes has commissioned £5 million of repair and maintenance work in Salford which will improve the energy efficiency of 214 homes.

  • Consortium chosen for £100m council regeneration plans

    18/12/2013

    A council’s 25 year regeneration plans are one step closer after an official agreement with the consortium S4B to deliver the project.

  • Consortium chosen for £100m council regeneration plans

    18/12/2013

    A council’s 25 year regeneration plans are one step closer after an official agreement with the consortium S4B to deliver the project.

  • House builder plans expansion into Scotland

    18/12/2013

    Keepmoat Homes plans to build homes in Scotland for sale, following delivering refurbishment contracts for more than five years.

  • House builder plans expansion into Scotland

    18/12/2013

    Keepmoat Homes plans to build homes in Scotland for sale, following delivering refurbishment contracts for more than five years.

  • Landlords count the cost of storm damage

    13/12/2013

    Housing organisations are facing bills for hundreds of thousands of pounds in the wake of a tidal surge and deadly storm that battered the UK last week.

  • Protest outside social landlord's HQ over service charges

    12/12/2013

    Protesters pitched up outside Gallions Housing Association’s headquarters yesterday in an ongoing campaign against what they claim to be ‘exorbitant’ service fees.

  • Council cabinet to vote on housing renewal policy

    11/12/2013

    Croydon council’s cabinet will be asked to vote on Monday to recommend its renewal policy, with around £4m of grants and loans available.

  • Galliford Try preferred bidder for £70m council contract

    11/12/2013

    Kent council has chosen Galliford Try as the preferred bidder for a £38 million private finance iniative construction contract and a £36 million facilities management contract for care housing.

  • Galliford Try preferred bidder for £70m council contract

    11/12/2013

    Kent council has chosen Galliford Try as the preferred bidder for a £38 million private finance iniative construction contract and a £36 million facilities management contract for care housing.

  • Social landlords swap 280 homes

    10/12/2013

    Spectrum Housing Group and The Hyde Group have done a 280 home stock swap.

  • Scottish households in fuel poverty drop by 74,000

    10/12/2013

    Improved energy efficiency of Scottish homes has contributed to a fall in fuel poverty, official statistics reveal.

  • Preferred bidder for Essex estate regeneration announced

    09/12/2013

    The preferred affordable housing provider for the regeneration of a Harlow council estate has been named today.

  • Preferred bidder for Essex estate regeneration announced

    09/12/2013

    The preferred affordable housing provider for the regeneration of a Harlow council estate has been named today.

  • Office to residential scheme comes under fire at High Court

    04/12/2013

    The government’s refusal to exempt councils from its relaxation of office to residential planning reforms was branded ‘unfair and unlawful’ at the High Court today.

  • Southall £200m regeneration plans approved

    04/12/2013

    Catalyst Housing plans to spend £200 million regenetrating an estate in Southall were approved by Ealing Council’s planning committee last week.

  • Southall £200m regeneration plans approved

    04/12/2013

    Catalyst Housing plans to spend £200 million regenetrating an estate in Southall were approved by Ealing Council’s planning committee last week.

  • OFT seeks feedback about property management services

    04/12/2013

    The Office of Fair Trading is proposing to launch a study into residential property management services following complaints about alleged over-charging and poor-quality services.

  • Short-term thinking

    29/11/2013

    If David Cameron lets energy companies off the hook in the lead up to the election, it will be tenants missing out on hundreds of pounds of savings, writes Nick Duxbury

  • Council agrees £30m ECO partnership

    29/11/2013

    Southampton Council and Mitie have agreed a £30 million contract to improve the energy efficiency of more than 2,000 council properties in the city.

  • Johnson backs Hammersmith's right to buy part

    29/11/2013

    Offering council tenants ‘right to buy part’ has been backed by Boris Johnson, as a London council consider its introduction.

  • ECO looks set to be extended before statement

    28/11/2013

    A deal to implement ECO over four years rather than two is expected to be done before the autumn statement next week.

  • £1bn regeneration scheme given go ahead

    28/11/2013

    Boris Johnson has approved a £1 billion regeneration scheme which will include up to 600 new homes.

  • £1bn regeneration scheme given go ahead

    28/11/2013

    Boris Johnson has approved a £1 billion regeneration scheme which will include up to 600 new homes.

  • 'Catastrophic' ASB amendment to attract cross party support

    27/11/2013

    An amendment to new anti-social behaviour legislation which could have ‘catastrophic’ results for victims of ASB is set to attract cross-party support.

  • Northampton Council plans to set up ALMO

    27/11/2013

    Northampton Council is planning to switch the management of its 12,100 homes to an arm’s-length management organisation.

  • Campaigners issue ECO winter death warning

    26/11/2013

    Campaigners have warned that David Cameron’s plan to ‘roll back’ green levies will lead to an increase in excess winter deaths in the wake of ‘shocking’ figures published today.

  • Calls for council review over 'slavery' case

    26/11/2013

    A London council is under pressure to reveal why it did not intervene sooner in a case where three women were allegedly held as slaves in a flat owned by the local authority.

  • Call to extend new fire rules to social landlords

    26/11/2013

    A new fire safety scheme where businesses can select just one fire authority to set regulations ‘must’ be extended to social landlords, a consultant has said.

  • Liverpool workers find JFK newspaper

    22/11/2013

    Workers restoring empty properties have found a copy of the Daily Mirror reporting the assassination of John Kennedy.

  • Inside Housing success at journalism awards

    22/11/2013

    Inside Housing scooped five awards at the annual International Building Press National Journalism awards last night.

  • Row erupts over repair allegations

    21/11/2013

    Cutbacks in staffing at the Northern Ireland Housing Executive led to ‘serious failings’ in the management of maintenance contracts, a report has found.

  • Green deal 'failing older people', says charity

    20/11/2013

    A charity has accused the government’s green deal of ‘failing older people’ after data showed only 219 properties have been successfully revamped under the initiative.

  • More social housing construction jobs for people in deprived areas, says CITB chair

    20/11/2013

    Building contractors and their social landlord clients must do more to provide jobs for people in deprived areas, the chair of the government’s training quango has said.

  • CLG urged to reconsider axing code for sustainable homes

    20/11/2013

    The Communities and Local Government department has been urged by MPs to ‘think again’ before axing the code for sustainable homes.

  • Mitie's property division profit drops by nearly 5%

    18/11/2013

    An outsourcing company has reported a 4.8 per cent drop in half-yearly profits in its property and management business.

  • When two become one

    15/11/2013

    A year ago Midland Heart merged its development and maintenance teams into one directorate. Martin Hilditch speaks to director of assets Carl Larter to find out what benefits the association hopes to reap from the new structure

  • Council could slash energy bills with green upgrades

    14/11/2013

    A London council looks set to install new energy efficiency measures in communal areas of its housing sites using Greater London Authority funds.

  • Better together

    14/11/2013

    By working with a social enterprise to bring 15,000 homes back into use, Leeds Council proved that a collaborative approach is best. John Statham reports

  • Survey finds landlords in limbo over ECO contracts

    14/11/2013

    Rumours that the UK’s main subsidy for energy efficiency work on homes may be scrapped or considerably altered have left social landlords wondering about the fate of contracts worth millions.

  • More than £450m affordable housing work projected for Kier

    13/11/2013

    Kier Group has more than £450 million of affordable housing business in the pipeline, a statement said today.

  • More than £450m affordable housing work projected for Kier

    13/11/2013

    Kier Group has more than £450 million of affordable housing business in the pipeline, a statement said today.

  • Former children's hospital to become 200 homes

    11/11/2013

    A housing association has received planning permission to transform an empty children’s hospital into nearly 200 homes with the backing of the London mayor.

  • Former children's hospital to become 200 homes

    11/11/2013

    A housing association has received planning permission to transform an empty children’s hospital into nearly 200 homes with the backing of the London mayor.

  • Council approves 1,030 new homes and a £110m repairs contract

    08/11/2013

    Southwark council has approved plans for more than 1,000 new homes and signed a £110 million housing repairs contract with Mears.

  • Council approves 1,030 new homes and a £110m repairs contract

    08/11/2013

    Southwark council has approved plans for more than 1,000 new homes and signed a £110 million housing repairs contract with Mears.

  • Office-to-resi scheme to be challenged in court next month

    08/11/2013

    Planning powers allowing councils to convert offices into flats will be challenged in the High Court next month.

  • Green levy review already having 'devastating' effect on industry

    08/11/2013

    Energy conservation companies are having contracts cancelled due to the pressure the big six energy companies are putting on the government to axe green levies, an association has warned.

  • Battersea power station public consultation begins today

    05/11/2013

    A public consultation on proposals for the Battersea Power Station development begins today.

  • Battersea power station public consultation begins today

    05/11/2013

    A public consultation on proposals for the Battersea Power Station development begins today.

  • Council awards £177m repairs and maintenance contract

    05/11/2013

    Hammersmith & Fulham Council has awarded a £177 million repairs and maintenance contract to housing contractor Mitie.

  • British Gas signs £11m ECO deal with Oldham landlord

    01/11/2013

    First Choice Homes Oldham has signed a £11 million deal with British Gas for a major energy company obligation project that will result in energy savings for 1,400 of its homes.

  • Here comes the sun

    31/10/2013

    Bristol Council has announced ambitious plans to fit thousands of its homes with solar panels. Alex Turner finds out how the authority intends to become the UK’s first ‘solar city’

  • Plans set out for regeneration areas with up to 5,000 new homes

    31/10/2013

    A local authority has adopted new guidance for a regeneration project which could create up to 5,000 new homes.

  • Plans set out for regeneration areas with up to 5,000 new homes

    31/10/2013

    A local authority has adopted new guidance for a regeneration project which could create up to 5,000 new homes.

  • Ashfield hands back empty homes cash

    31/10/2013

    The third largest recipient of government funding to bring empty homes back into use has dramatically scaled back its scheme because of financial risks in its Homes and Communities Agency contract.

  • Calls for council about housing damage due to storm

    30/10/2013

    A local authority received 160 calls on Monday about repairs required on council properties due to St Jude’s storm.

  • Drawing the line

    30/10/2013

    Where does sensible asset management stop and social cleansing begin?

  • Council announces preferred developer for £150m estate regeneration

    29/10/2013

    A London council has selected its preferred developer for major estate regeneration. 

  • Six areas chosen to be pilots for regeneration programme

    29/10/2013

    Six areas in Northern Ireland have been selected to pilot a housing based regeneration programme. 

  • Foundation injects £500,000 in grants for empty homes

    28/10/2013

    A foundation, set up by a building society, has selected five empty homes projects to support as part of its Decent, Affordable Homes strategy.

  • Well-known council building sells for almost £3m

    28/10/2013

    A council has raised almost £3 million by selling a landmark council building, which was once two council homes, in an auction today.

  • Well-known council building sells for almost £3m

    28/10/2013

    A council has raised almost £3 million by selling a landmark council building, which was once two council homes, in an auction today.

  • Storm wreaks havoc across Southern England and Wales

    28/10/2013

    Four people have died, 600,000 homes have lost power and properties have been damaged across Southern England and Wales because of St Jude’s storm.

  • Barrister warns bedroom reclassification could lead to refinancing

    25/10/2013

    A top housing barrister warned landlords could trigger a repricing of their stock by reclassifying the number of bedrooms in their property.

  • Where's the logic?

    25/10/2013

    The government has picked the easy target but not the right target in the energy battle, writes Nick Duxbury

  • Landlords consider joint direct labour organisation

    25/10/2013

    Housing associations in Northern Ireland are considering creating a ‘direct labour organisation’ to help fill the gap left by a number of private contractors which financially collapsed.

  • Landlords consider joint direct labour organisation

    25/10/2013

    Housing associations in Northern Ireland are considering creating a ‘direct labour organisation’ to help fill the gap left by a number of private contractors which financially collapsed.

  • Contractors for £1 billion housing framework selected

    23/10/2013

    Thirty three contractors from across the UK have been selected for a £1 billion housing framework.

  • Contractors for £1 billion housing framework selected

    23/10/2013

    Thirty three contractors from across the UK have been selected for a £1 billion housing framework.

  • Landmark former council homes to go under the hammer for £2.3m

    23/10/2013

    A council hopes to raise more than £2.3 million by selling two well known council buildings and the proceeds will be used to build new homes.

  • Developer named as preferred bidder for £200m regeneration project

    22/10/2013

    A developer has been named by Hammersmith & Fulham as a preferred bidder for a housing and regeneration project worth £200 million.

  • Developer named as preferred bidder for £200m regeneration project

    22/10/2013

    A developer has been named by Hammersmith & Fulham as a preferred bidder for a housing and regeneration project worth £200 million.

  • Repairs and maintenance contracts worth £82m signed

    21/10/2013

    Hyde has signed two contracts worth a combined £82 million as part of its repairs and maintenance programme.

  • Future of a council repairs service to be debated next week

    18/10/2013

    Councillors will meet to discuss the future of the council’s shared repairs service next week, which launched in April following the closure of the issue-ridden previous service.

  • NIFHA: Cost to revamping NIHE stock could squeeze credit for the sector

    18/10/2013

    The £1 billion price tag to revamp housing executive stock could put a squeeze on the credit available to the sector, the director of finance at Northern Ireland’s largest housing association has warned.

  • Gallions increases governance of gas safety checks after 'serious detriment'

    18/10/2013

    Gallions Housing Association’s board has increased its oversight of gas safety checks after becoming the first landlord to breach the regulator’s serious detriment threshold for consumer complaints.

  • Gentoo firm in asbestos fine

    18/10/2013

    A subsidiary of Gentoo Group has been fined £20,000 after exposing nearly 200 workers to asbestos fibres.

  • Rents begin to fall outside London

    18/10/2013

    Government efforts to unclog the mortgage market could help to further drive down rents outside the capital, analysis by Homelet indicates.

  • Southwark plans to buy homes of leaseholders who can’t pay repair bills

    18/10/2013

    A London borough will offer to buy back council properties where leaseholders cannot afford high maintenance charges, under plans likely to be approved on Monday.

  • Green deal work now completed in 57 properties

    17/10/2013

    Green deal statistics released by the government today showed 57 properties have had some work installed and billed.

  • Planning for change

    17/10/2013

    The feedback is in on the government’s new planning guidance, and Pete Apps shifts through it to assess the main issues

  • MP urges Hopkins to give councils clout against bad landlords

    17/10/2013

    A Labour MP has written to new housing minister Kris Hopkins to call for councils to be given more powers to deal with bad landlords.

  • Package of measure to improve PRS conditions announced

    17/10/2013

    The government has outlined a package of measures aimed at improving conditions in the private rented sector.

  • Northern Irish housing associations secure record £125 million private finance

    17/10/2013

    Northern Irish housing associations should be given a ‘bigger role under new structures’ after they secured record levels of private finance last year, the sector body has said.

  • Report finds 45% of SW renters live in unfit conditions

    16/10/2013

    A study has revealed today that 45 per cent of homes for private rent in the south west of England are either damp, dangerous, cold or in a bad state of repair.

  • £9m allocated to help poor households become more green

    16/10/2013

    The Scottish Government has allocated £9 million to help fuel poor households become more energy efficient.

  • Social landlord announces £900m housing framework tender

    11/10/2013

    A housing association has announced a £900 million housing framework tender to deliver 6,000 new homes.

  • Social landlord announces £900m housing framework tender

    11/10/2013

    A housing association has announced a £900 million housing framework tender to deliver 6,000 new homes.

  • Retrofit home project will 'inspire' the industry, says BRE chief

    11/10/2013

    A retrofit project which demonstrates the significant energy savings that can be made through smart technology alongside fabric improvements and occupant empowerment has been launched.

  • Confusion over repairs caps

    11/10/2013

    A proposed cap on what councils can charge private leaseholders for repair work has been met with confusion and scepticism by legal experts.

  • Union accuses NIHE of health and safety failings

    11/10/2013

    The Northern Ireland Housing Executive has pledged to ‘fully investigate’ any health and safety failings after some of its contractors were accused of ‘flagrant’ breaches by a union.

  • Unanimous call for Boris to oppose shop-to-homes plan

    10/10/2013

    The London Assembly yesterday unanimously called on Boris Johnson to lobby the government to abandon its plans to let developers convert shops into flats without planning permission for the inner and outer city.

  • More than 1,000 people apply to council for £1 homes

    10/10/2013

    A council has had more than 1,000 people applying for 20 properties it is selling for a £1, as part of a pilot scheme to bring empty homes back into use.

  • Energy company obligation targets could be extended

    10/10/2013

    The government is considering increasing and extending a flagship £1.3 billion-a-year retrofitting scheme so it can work alongside its beleaguered sister project - the green deal.

  • Report calls for green deal social landlords consultation

    09/10/2013

    A report published yesterday by a cross party group has slammed the green deal saying it is ‘unattractive’ and ‘uncompetitive’ and has called for a green deal for social landlords consultation.

  • MP slams charity's trustee appointment

    09/10/2013

    An MP has written to a housing charity to express his surprise about a board of trustees appointment, due to the candidate’s housing record as a council chief executive.

  • Complaining to landlords causes a third of tenant eviction threats

    08/10/2013

    A survey has found that 32 per cent of renters who have been evicted, or threatened with eviction, were put in this position after making a complaint to their landlord.

  • Councils to be capped for private leaseholder repair works

    07/10/2013

    Councils will face a £10,000 cap on how much they can charge private leaseholders for repair works, Eric Pickles announced today.

  • Green homes scheme extended to councils and local authorities

    02/10/2013

    The Scottish Government has extended a green grant scheme to local authorities and housing associations.

  • Recommendations for tackling housing inequalities in a new report

    02/10/2013

    A report which was launched on Monday sets out 16 recommendations for tackling poverty and inequality in a east London borough.

  • Around £7m to be spent on new homes and renovation work

    01/10/2013

    A joint regeneration project from a council, residents association and housing associations will mean 95 new homes are built and improvement works carried out on existing homes.

  • Around £7m to be spent on new homes and renovation work

    01/10/2013

    A joint regeneration project from a council, residents association and housing associations will mean 95 new homes are built and improvement works carried out on existing homes.

  • Social landlord has taken over more than 520 homes

    01/10/2013

    A regional affordable homes and care services provider has taken over 525 homes from a housing association.

  • Absence of anticipated PRS policy in Pickles speech

    01/10/2013

    A widely trailed announcement on rent levels and security of tenure in the private rented sector in England was absent from the keynote address to the Conservative Party conference by communities secretary Eric Pickles.

  • Sleepy housing associations must become more efficient, says Boles

    30/09/2013

    Conservative ministers have warned housing associations must become much more efficient in their use of assets if they are to remain ‘relevant’.

  • Pickles slammed for calling in demolition plan

    25/09/2013

    The mayor of Liverpool has slammed Eric Pickles for ‘slapping residents in the face’ after he called in a plan to demolish 280 homes in the city.

  • NLA warns only 37% of private landlords are interested in taking up the green deal

    24/09/2013

    The National Landlords Association has warned that disillusioned landlords are changing their minds about taking up the green deal, increasing the doubts that it will be successful in the private rented sector.

  • New MVHR standard due to flaws highlighted in recent research

    23/09/2013

    Recent research has led the National House Building Council to set a new standard for mechanical ventilation with heat recovery systems.

  • The church and landlords should regenerate areas the government spurn, says Archbishop of Canterbury

    20/09/2013

    The head of the Church of England said the church and housing associations should work together in neighbourhoods that the government has washed its hands of in a speech at the NHF conference today,

  • Bidding for £6m fund to help local authorities develop heat networks starts today

    20/09/2013

    A new £6 million grant funding programme has been launched to help local authorities in England and Wales to develop new heating and cooling networks and expand existing networks.

  • £100m project has improved nearly 4,500 homes over five years

    18/09/2013

    A social housing provider has invested £100 million over the last five years into its housing stock in four areas.

  • £650m regeneration scheme gets delayed go ahead

    16/09/2013

    A £650 million housing regeneration scheme has been given final approval by the government after it was stalled over fears about the cost.

  • £650m regeneration scheme gets delayed go ahead

    16/09/2013

    A £650 million housing regeneration scheme has been given final approval by the government after it was stalled over fears about the cost.

  • Damp, graffiti and overflowing bins leads to residents' petition for better conditions

    13/09/2013

    An MP and local members of her party have rallied social residents to call for better conditions as their apartment block has damp, graffiti, overflowing bins and general mess in the corridors.

  • First steps of probe into NIHE contract

    13/09/2013

    Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly began negotiations over the scope of an inquiry into allegations of political interference in the Northern Ireland Housing Executive yesterday.

  • Housing association awards potential £15m painting contract

    11/09/2013

    One of the largest housing association has allocated a contract, potentially worth £15 million, to an outsourcing company.

  • Contractor secures £42m maintenance deal

    09/09/2013

    A property services company has sealed a deal worth £42 million to provide maintenance and refurbishment work to a council’s 5,640-home stock.

  • Plan to tackle empty homes in Northern Ireland

    06/09/2013

    Northern Ireland’s housing minister Nelson McCausland has launched a plan to tackle empty homes.

  • £25m to be invested in energy saving works

    05/09/2013

    A new partnership between a London borough’s ALMO, British Gas and a construction company is set to see £25 million invested in energy saving works. 

  • More than £10.5m investment for housing association’s stock

    04/09/2013

    A housing association is investing £10.6 million on repairs and maintenance of its housing stock this year.

  • Council homes could be set for £33m injection

    02/09/2013

    If a stock transfer from a council goes ahead, the houses owned by the local authority could be set for a £33 million cash boost.

  • £3m empty homes fund launches today

    02/09/2013

    A scheme which aims to bring England’s empty homes back into use to help tackle the housing shortage launches today.

  • Landlord makes £55m deal with M&G Investments

    30/08/2013

    Bolton-based housing association Regenda has raised £55 million in a private placement with M&G Investments.

  • Solihull ALMO strikes £27 million retrofit deal with British Gas

    30/08/2013

    An arm’s-length management organisation has agreed one of the largest energy company obligation deals to date to carry out retrofit work on its homes worth millions of pounds.

  • The dangers of damp

    30/08/2013

    Landlords should take damp and mould seriously to avoid conviction, says Timothy Waitt

  • Lovell wins two housing improvement contracts worth £1.1m

    28/08/2013

    A housing association has awarded Lovell two contracts to implement major improvement work worth £1.1 million.

  • £1.25m repairs and maintenance contract awarded by council

    27/08/2013

    One of the UK’s largest social housing maintenance firms has been awarded a £1.25 million contract by Aberdeenshire Council.

  • Family Mosaic builds less to keep rents low

    23/08/2013

    Family Mosaic’s surplus rose by 18 per cent to £45 million in 2012/13, but it built fewer homes in an attempt to keep rents at social levels.

  • Second borough challenges office to residential scheme

    21/08/2013

    A second London borough has launched a legal challenge against government legislation allowing developers to convert offices into flats without planning permission.

  • New bathrooms could help tenants dodge bedroom tax

    21/08/2013

    New bathrooms could be built on an estate in Merseyside to save tenants from the bedroom tax.

  • HS2 plans slammed by thinktank

    19/08/2013

    Plans for a controversial £33 billion high speed rail link which would cause the demolition of hundreds of homes have been slammed in a report published today.

  • Guidance for tenants to report unscrupulous landlords

    15/08/2013

    The Scottish Housing Regulator, which protects the interests of social tenants, said residents needed to be made aware of how they could flag up their landlord’s poor service.

  • Attempts to enforce basic rental standards blasted

    15/08/2013

    The attempts to enforce basic standards in London’s private rented sector are currently ‘wholly inadequate’, according to a new report, even as local government teams responsible for dealing with such violations face cuts.

  • Balfour Beatty reveals £41m construction loss in UK

    14/08/2013

    Balfour Beatty’s British regional construction unit made an operational loss of £41 million pounds in the first half of 2013, after £59 million profit a year earlier.

  • Balfour Beatty reveals £41m construction loss in UK

    14/08/2013

    Balfour Beatty’s British regional construction unit made an operational loss of £41 million pounds in the first half of 2013, after £59 million profit a year earlier.

  • London council convicted and fined over damp

    13/08/2013

    Lambeth Council has been fined £1,335 after it pleaded guilty to breaching the environmental protection act by leaving a mum and her son in a flat with damp and mould.

  • Glasgow at risk of return to 'slum clearances'

    13/08/2013

    Parts of Glasgow risk returning to the days of ‘slum clearances’ without a drive to repair and maintain the city’s buildings, a report has said.

  • Acquired contractor breaks even ahead of expectation

    13/08/2013

    Mears Group’s acquired rival Morrison has broke even earlier than predicted and is expected to return to profit by the end of the year.

  • Asbestos discovery delayed £110m Mears contract

    09/08/2013

    Southwark Council delayed signing a £110 million repairs deal with contractor Mears after eight residents were exposed to asbestos while the firm was working under an interim contract.

  • Decent living

    09/08/2013

    Being able to show that 12 lives have been saved over the course of the decent homes programme is a pretty impressive statistic to have when it comes to negotiating our new contract with Bassetlaw Council.

  • Essex blaze sparks fears over timber-clad homes

    09/08/2013

    Politicians are calling on Eric Pickles to grant an independent inquiry into the safety of a timber-clad housing estate, where fires have spread between properties in three significant blazes in the past four years.

  • Lessons to be learned

    09/08/2013

    As Inside Housing has previously highlighted in our Safe as Houses campaign, fire safety is an issue that no social landlord takes lightly.

  • NI to benefit from housing-led regeneration

    08/08/2013

    A housing-led scheme to regenerate derelict Northern Irish estates will be piloted in September, the social development minister announced today.

  • Heat pump users can save '£3k a year'

    07/08/2013

    Heat pump users can save and earn up to £3,000 a year if the devices are fitted in the right homes, according to a report released today.

  • Consultation on shops to homes powers published

    07/08/2013

    Councils will retain limited powers to reject the conversion of empty shops into homes, under government plans revealed yesterday.

  • Scottish building regs to require CO alarms

    06/08/2013

    Buildings in Scotland are to be fitted with carbon monoxide alarms from October this year in an attempt to tackle the ‘devastating’ effects of gas poisoning.

  • Coastal towns suffering ‘severe social breakdown’

    05/08/2013

    Five coastal towns in England and Wales are stuck in a cycle of poverty, the think tank Centre for Social Justice has warned in a report published today.

  • Timber-frame blamed for spread of blaze

    05/08/2013

    The wooden-framed construction of homes has been blamed by firefighters for the spread of a blaze on an Essex council estate last week.

  • Mears chosen for £110 million repairs contract

    02/08/2013

    Southwark Council has chosen to award Mears a housing repairs and maintenance contract worth £110 million.

  • Above and beyond

    02/08/2013

    The National Federation of ALMOs Awards showcase the lengths to which staff and residents are going to make their communities better places. Lydia Stockdale presents this year’s winners

  • NIHE delays put jobs at risk

    31/07/2013

    More than 100 jobs could be lost after a legal challenge further delayed the award of double glazing contracts by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

  • HMO landlord fined for endangering tenants' lives

    31/07/2013

    A landlord and his company have been ordered to pay out nearly £40,000 for letting out five houses in multiple occupation where the lives of the tenants were endangered.

  • Efficiency standard uplift for new homes confirmed

    30/07/2013

    The government has confirmed there will be a reduced 6 per cent uplift in energy efficiency standards of new homes.

  • Elderly residents left homeless by blaze

    29/07/2013

    The emergency services had to evacuate 34 elderly residents in a housing association extra needs facility yesterday morning when a major fire broke out in their block.

  • Guidance spurs five councils to transfer stock

    26/07/2013

    Long-awaited government guidance on stock transfer rules published on Monday has paved the way for a new wave of stock transfers.

  • Never meant to be?

    26/07/2013

    The green deal has proved too risky for social landlords, but the sector may not have heard the last of the retrofit scheme

  • The end of the affair

    26/07/2013

    Social housing’s relationship with the green deal looks set to be short-lived as, just seven months in, landlords cite irreconcilable differences with the flagship scheme. Nick Duxbury reports

  • ALMO to build 150 homes on council land

    25/07/2013

    An arm’s-length management organisation is taking ownership of council land so it can attract new sources of funding and build hundreds of homes.

  • ALMO to build 150 homes on council land

    25/07/2013

    An arm’s-length management organisation is taking ownership of council land so it can attract new sources of funding and build hundreds of homes.

  • Councils must consult over ALMO contracts

    25/07/2013

    Councils must consult with residents before awarding long-term maintenance contracts to arm’s-length management organisations, a tribunal has ruled.

  • British Gas wins 50,000-home retrofit contract

    25/07/2013

    British Gas has won a major contract to partner eight local authorities in the north east in delivering £200 million of energy efficiency works.

  • Homeowners allowed to extend without permission

    23/07/2013

    Homeowners in Wales will be able to carry out a greater range of extensions on their properties without needing planning permission, the Welsh government has announced.

  • Homeowners allowed to extend without permission

    23/07/2013

    Homeowners in Wales will be able to carry out a greater range of extensions on their properties without needing planning permission, the Welsh government has announced.

  • DECC records 22% rise in ECO installments

    23/07/2013

    The government has recorded a 22 per cent monthly rise in home energy efficiency measures installed using the energy company obligation.

  • Contractors win £75m deal to improve homes

    19/07/2013

    Durham Council has agreed a deal with three contractors to modernise its social housing stock where it invest more than £75 million over the next four years.

  • A plumb job

    19/07/2013

    A housing association-run social enterprise is offering tenants the chance to learn a trade and gain permanent employment within their communities. Pavan Amara reports

  • Ministerial dispute 'may put NIHE reforms at risk'

    19/07/2013

    The controversy surrounding Northern Ireland’s social development minister could undermine plans to break up the country’s housing executive, a senior politician has warned.

  • Social homes a third more efficient than UK average

    19/07/2013

    Social landlords belonging to a sustainability indexing scheme are making significant reductions in their environmental impacts, according to new data.

  • Uphill struggle

    19/07/2013

    The iconic Park Hill estate in Sheffield is undergoing massive regeneration, but as the first residents settle in, what do they think of their new homes now it’s clear they will be waiting a long time until the scheme is completed? Alex Turner finds out

  • CLG pledges £3m to tackle rogue landlords

    18/07/2013

    The government is handing out £3 million to councils to tackle rogue landlords whose tenants live in squalor, the Communities and Local Government department announced today.

  • Pilot finds flaw in SAP system

    18/07/2013

    The energy modelling tool used to calculate energy savings under the government’s flagship retrofit scheme is ‘inappropriate’ and wildly miscalculates predicted reductions to bills.

  • Welsh Government backs down on green goals

    17/07/2013

    The Welsh Government has backed down on controversial plans to demand a 40 per cent reduction in carbon emissions for new homes.

  • Somerset council to keep ALMO

    16/07/2013

    A board made up mainly of tenants has voted unanimously for Homes in Sedgemoor to continue to manage the local council’s 4,200 properties.

  • Council to improve efficiency of 3,250 homes

    15/07/2013

    A city council is searching for a partner to improve the energy efficiency of 3,250 of its homes.

  • Landlords win reprieve on renewable heat scheme

    12/07/2013

    Social landlords will be able to benefit from a scheme to encourage the use of renewable heating equipment, after the government reversed plans to exclude them from the initiative.

  • Fuel poverty target switched to efficiency goal

    12/07/2013

    The government is ditching a target to eradicate fuel poverty in favour of a goal to improve the energy efficiency of homes.

  • Friendly face

    12/07/2013

    Andy Atkins is the environmental campaigner who gets results. The Friends of the Earth chief tells Jess McCabe how his journey from dodging dictators in Chile to rescuing bees has convinced him that housing can save the planet

  • Going the extra mile

    12/07/2013

    The winners of this year’s Housing Heroes awards demonstrate how far social housing tenants and staff are willing to go to help their communities. Chloë Stothart reports

  • Council rejects stock sell off in favour of building

    11/07/2013

    London’s largest local authority landlord has rejected suggestions that it should sell off some of its stock in favour of a large-scale house building programme.

  • Council rejects stock sell off in favour of building

    11/07/2013

    London’s largest local authority landlord has rejected suggestions that it should sell off some of its stock in favour of a large-scale house building programme.

  • Leeds agrees £120m housing PFI deal

    10/07/2013

    Leeds Council has sealed a long-awaited deal to deliver a huge regeneration programme for its inner city, which will refurbish more than 1,200 properties and build almost 400 new homes.

  • Court backs Pickles in ‘conservatory tax’ row

    10/07/2013

    Campaigners have lost a legal challenge to communities secretary Eric Pickles’ decision to drop a policy intended to improve home energy efficiency.

  • Council approves Walthamstow estate regeneration

    10/07/2013

    Waltham Forest Council has given the go-ahead for the multi-million pound regeneration of a 400-home housing estate in Walthamstow.

  • Council approves Walthamstow estate regeneration

    10/07/2013

    Waltham Forest Council has given the go-ahead for the multi-million pound regeneration of a 400-home housing estate in Walthamstow.

  • Winners announced at ALMO awards

    10/07/2013

    The winners of the seventh annual National Federation of Arm’s-Length Management Organisations Awards were announced last night at a ceremony in Manchester.

  • Minister told to stand down over NIHE contracts

    08/07/2013

    The Northern Irish social development minister has been told he should step down while allegations of political interference at the Northern Ireland Housing Executive are investigated.

  • Council considers future of repairs contract

    08/07/2013

    A London council will decide this week whether use a break clause in its housing repairs contract to bring the work in-house.

  • NIHE slammed for £18m overpayments

    05/07/2013

    A ‘lax’ approach based on trust resulted in overpayments estimated to be around £18 million by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, an audit office report has said.

  • Barker rules out financial support for green deal

    05/07/2013

    The government has dismissed calls for further measures to boost the attractiveness of its green deal home retrofit scheme, despite concerns from leading industry figures.

  • Crunching the numbers

    05/07/2013

    In last week’s much-anticipated spending review, the government pledged £3.3 billion for affordable homes in England and set a new long-term rent formula for social housing. Michael Haddon calculates what this, and a further cap on welfare payments, means for social landlords

  • Tough choices

    05/07/2013

    Despite being urged to focus on development by Mark Prisk last week, an exclusive survey carried out by Inside Housing, Wates Living Space and Orbit Group, reveals that providers may have to concentrate on rent collection instead. Carl Brown reports

  • Minister denies influencing housing contracts

    04/07/2013

    Northern Ireland’s social development minister has denied influencing Northern Ireland Housing Executive contracts, in response to a BBC documentary last night.

  • Morrison workers vote on strike action

    02/07/2013

    Around 250 workers for social housing repairs and maintenance contractor Morrison in Leeds are being balloted for strike action over pay cuts and redundancies.

  • Hyde completes £400m repairs retender

    01/07/2013

    Hyde Group has completed the re-tender of £400 million of repairs and maintenance work.

  • Green Investment Bank gains £800m

    28/06/2013

    The government will put a further £800 million into the Green Investment Bank in 2015/16, on top of £3 billion it has already committed.

  • Solid foundations

    28/06/2013

    It may not be glamorous, but asset management is the most important part of social housing

  • Green deal assessments fail to result in work

    27/06/2013

    Only a tiny proportion of green deal assessments have so far resulted in agreements for home energy efficiency work to be carried out.

  • Making housing a safer place

    27/06/2013

    Sir Ken Knight has dedicated his life to improving fire safety but, as he tells Martin Hilditch, the work is far from over

  • Home Group talks of call centre improvements

    26/06/2013

    Home Group has thrown out the script at its call centre and started to hire staff based on their conversational skills.

  • HCA claims major influence over spending review

    26/06/2013

    The Homes and Communities Agency has influenced decisions in today’s spending review ‘hugely’, according to its chief executive.

  • Labour pledges decent homes standard for PRS

    25/06/2013

    A future Labour government would establish a decent homes standard for private rented housing to bring the private sector in line with basic standards for social housing, the shadow housing minister has revealed.

  • Council's £50k mowing service mows wrong lawns

    25/06/2013

    A council has scrapped its £50,000-per-year lawn mowing service after realising it was spending thousands cutting lawns it did not own.

  • Government allocates £91m to empty homes

    24/06/2013

    More than 6,000 empty homes and commercial premises in England will be refurbished and brought back into use thanks to £91 million of government funds.

  • Hackney in battle with leaseholders

    21/06/2013

    Hackney Council is fighting a legal battle against a group of local leaseholders in a case that could free local authorities from ongoing consultation procedures when handing long-term contracts to arm’s-length management organisations.

  • Taking the rap

    21/06/2013

    Being a front line housing worker has never been so risky, according to an exclusive investigation carried out by Inside Housing. Lydia Stockdale examines why verbal and physical assaults are rising

  • LMH announces £3.5m empty homes scheme

    19/06/2013

    Liverpool Mutual Homes is to bring 45 empty homes back into use through a £3.5 million scheme.

  • Birmingham to spend £58m on improvements

    18/06/2013

    Birmingham Council will approve a £58.4 million upgrade programme for 9,000 of its properties at a meeting on Monday.

  • Buyers pay more for energy efficient homes

    17/06/2013

    Improving the energy efficiency of a home can add 38 per cent to its value, a report for the Department of Energy and Climate Change has found.

  • Councils handed £50m to fight fuel poverty

    14/06/2013

    The Scottish Government has allocated £50 million for councils to improve the energy efficiency of homes.

  • Collapsed contracts cost executive £100k a month

    14/06/2013

    The Northern Ireland Housing Executive is paying more than £100,000 a month in additional wages after taking on 67 employees following the collapse of four response maintenance contracts.

  • Splitting up isn’t hard to do

    14/06/2013

    Rectifying tenants’ service charge inequalities can be a simple process says Charles Ward, principal lawyer at Sutton Council

  • ALMOs urge chancellor to lift borrowing caps

    13/06/2013

    The umbrella group for arm’s-length management organisations has called on the government to lift council borrowing caps and continue to fund the decent homes programme.

  • ALMOs urge chancellor to lift borrowing caps

    13/06/2013

    The umbrella group for arm’s-length management organisations has called on the government to lift council borrowing caps and continue to fund the decent homes programme.

  • Landlord to test IT for older people's homes

    12/06/2013

    An English housing association will lead on a major European research project to test technology to help disabled and older people live in their social homes.

  • ALMO's contract extended by 15 years

    12/06/2013

    Arm’s-length management organisation Wolverhampton Homes has won a 15 year extension to its deal to manage the council’s housing.

  • NI Housing Exec in £18m overpayments 'scandal'

    11/06/2013

    The Northern Ireland Housing Executive has launched a review after it discovering it had overpaid for planned maintenance work by £18 million.

  • Mayor urged to ‘stabilise’ private rents

    10/06/2013

    The London Assembly has called for the mayor to intervene in the capital’s private rented sector to stabilise rents and encourage longer tenancies.

  • Free reign

    07/06/2013

    The housing sector must embrace new business models – including the possibility of giving away homes for free

  • Money matters

    07/06/2013

    Profit is not a dirty word and the sooner social landlords realise this, the better

  • Pickles attacks proposed Welsh housing changes

    05/06/2013

    Eric Pickles has attacked the Welsh Government for introducing a regulatory ‘burden of red tape’ that will increase development costs and reduce the number of homes built in Wales.

  • Sell council homes on eBay, say MPs

    03/06/2013

    Council housing could be sold via auction website eBay, a parliamentary committee has said.

  • Chancellor urged to rethink welfare reforms

    03/06/2013

    The Chartered Institute of Housing is calling on the government to review the impact of its welfare reforms when the chancellor announces his future spending plans later this month.

  • Landlord to study home energy efficiency

    31/05/2013

    A housing association in Leeds has set up a research project to assess the effectiveness of measures to improve energy efficiency in its homes.

  • Rooftop cowboys

    31/05/2013

    The dash for cash led to many sub-standard solar installations, in some cases leaving properties unsafe

  • Bright ideas

    30/05/2013

    We must not ignore the benefits of good daylight levels in our quest for energy efficiency, argues Rory Bergin

  • London landlords secure European loans

    30/05/2013

    Three London-based housing associations have emerged as the first of 11 to win a share of £400 million of cheap European funding for green, affordable housing in the capital.

  • Contractor looks to 2013 to improve results

    29/05/2013

    Willmott Dixon has reported a fall in revenue and profit during 2012, but suggested its markets could improve during 2013.

  • ALMO fined for meter reader's injuries

    29/05/2013

    A London arm’s-length management organisation has been fined £20,000 after a meter reader broke her jaw and smashed most of her teeth in a fall into an unprotected flood pit cellar beneath a block of flats.

  • London fire service to set up high-rise forum

    29/05/2013

    The London Fire Brigade is setting up a fire safety forum for high-rise residential blocks with housing associations and local authorities.

  • Twenty-year repairs deal ended after 12 months

    28/05/2013

    Affinity Sutton is to end a 20-year repairs and maintenance deal with Willmott Dixon just a year into the contract.

  • Four days left to complete assaults survey

    28/05/2013

    There are four days left to complete Inside Housing’s assaults survey.

  • Guidance for high-rise fire safety could be reviewed

    24/05/2013

    The government and Local Government Association are looking at whether to revise guidance for dealing with fires in blocks of flats following the recommendations of a coroner in a major inquest.

  • Green guru - future proofing

    24/05/2013

    In a time of financial restraint, it is only by trialling and analysing the various funding schemes and retrofit approaches available that asset managers can successfully future-proof their social housing stock, says John Barnham

  • How to... cut red tape

    24/05/2013

    The government is right to cut overlapping housing standards but it must be careful not to chop rules that make houses sustainable, says the UK Green Building Council’s Paul King

  • Lessons to be learned

    24/05/2013

    Some energy companies failed to meet CERT and CESP targets, but for social housing, were these programmes a success?

  • NIHE launches repairs review

    24/05/2013

    The Northern Ireland Housing Executive has launched an independent review into its procurement and management processes for maintenance contracts following the collapse of a firm responsible for repairs in more than 10,800 homes.

  • Playing by the rules

    24/05/2013

    The Ministry of Justice has reinforced the importance of coroners’ rule 43 reports, which set out ways in which future deaths could be prevented. So why are so many housing-related recommendations rejected? Keith Cooper investigates

  • Q&A: Consequential improvements

    24/05/2013

    The Association for the Conservation of Energy has taken the fight on energy policy to the government, launching a judicial review of its decision to scrap ‘consequential improvements’. ACE director, Andrew Warren, tells Austin Macauley why

  • The phantom deal

    24/05/2013

    Thousands of households have been assessed since its launch in January, but when Simon Brandon went looking for a completed green deal, the evidence was elusive

  • The price of life

    24/05/2013

    The issues thrown up by the spate of tragic fires in high-rise blocks in recent years present social landlords with some difficult choices.

  • Solid wall scheme extended to 5,000 more homes

    23/05/2013

    A council-backed initiative is to be expanded to offer free external solid wall insulation using energy company obligation funding.

  • MPs slate lack of clarity on green deal goals

    22/05/2013

    MPs have criticised the government for not setting clear objectives for its schemes to improve home energy efficiency.

  • Council takes housing co-op to court

    21/05/2013

    A council is taking a well-known housing co-operative to court tomorrow to evict members from a building it says is unsafe.

  • Council helps house those affected by gas explosion

    21/05/2013

    A Nottinghamshire Council is helping to house people temporarily who are unable to return to their homes following a blast which killed two people on Sunday.

  • Making housing healthier

    20/05/2013

    Housing associations should pay more attention to the health of their tenants, says Mark England

  • Home improvements help cut fuel poverty

    17/05/2013

    Annual fuel poverty statistics published by the government have shown a slight drop in the number of households affected.

  • Packing it in

    17/05/2013

    Private landlords must now provide tenant information packs, bringing Scotland closer to a minimum standard, says Fiona Macdonald

  • End of the line for tenant’s model railway

    16/05/2013

    A housing association has told a model railway enthusiast that he must remove his train set from the loft of his home.

  • Legal restrictions hold back fire safety work

    16/05/2013

    Southwark Council has warned the housing sector may struggle to implement two of the key recommendations from the inquest into the deaths in the Lakanal House tower block fire.

  • Unemployed to be trained as green deal assessors

    16/05/2013

    A community investment company in Birmingham is helping unemployed people to become assessors for the government’s green deal home energy efficiency scheme.

  • Survey uncovers health concerns of private tenants

    14/05/2013

    Rogue landlords are putting tenants in the private rented sector at risk by failing to carry out repairs, Shelter has warned.

  • Green deal assessments reach new high

    14/05/2013

    Interest in the government’s green deal energy efficiency programme reached a new high in April, with 9,522 assessments carried out.

  • Mears turns around Morrison in six months

    14/05/2013

    Mears has announced that its newly acquired business Morrison will break even in the first six months of 2013, ahead of expectations.

  • GHA agrees £106m repairs deal

    13/05/2013

    Glasgow Housing Association has signed a £106 million deal to extend its repairs and maintenance contract, providing 600 jobs in the city.

  • Another landlord hit by heat pump problems

    10/05/2013

    A housing association is investigating tenants’ high energy bills after becoming the latest to be hit by problems with a particular make of eco-friendly heat pump.

  • Crystal clear

    10/05/2013

    Landlords must ensure their tenders are unambiguous if they are to avoid challenges from suppliers, says Andrew Millross

  • Landlords failing to carry out gas checks

    09/05/2013

    One in 10 tenants renting privately has not had a mandatory gas safety check carried out in the last year, according to research.

  • Salford tenants back transfer plan

    07/05/2013

    Tenants in Salford have backed plans for a ballot on whether to transfer their council homes to a housing association.

  • Charity offers £725,000 for empty homes

    03/05/2013

    A charity backed by the UK’s leading building society is offering grants and loans worth a total of £725,000 to bring empty homes back into use.

  • (We’re) better together

    03/05/2013

    By working closely small housing associations can maintain their independence but benefit from economies of scale

  • Guinness Partnership mulls cost-sharing model

    03/05/2013

    The Guinness Partnership is considering setting up a cost-sharing vehicle with other northern housing associations to allow it to offer VAT exemptions for its in-house contracting arm.

  • Landlords warned metal thefts put lives at risk

    03/05/2013

    Fire chiefs have called on social landlords to regularly check water pipes used to extinguish tower block blazes following a spate of metal thefts that have left residents’ lives ‘at risk’.

  • Energy companies rush to enter early ECO deals

    02/05/2013

    Energy companies are attempting to broker early retrofit funding deals with social landlords so they don’t repeat this week’s failure to meet government carbon reduction targets.

  • Warm reception

    02/05/2013

    A further £6 million for renewable heat is welcome, but social landlords must also be included in long-term plans

  • Landlords invited to bid for £6m eco-heating fund

    02/05/2013

    Social landlords are being invited to bid for £6 million of funding to fit renewable heating equipment in their properties, following delays to the domestic renewable heat incentive.

  • Firefighters evacuate residents from London block

    02/05/2013

    Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus led 21 people out of a four-storey Peabody block in Southwark and two residents were taken to hospital after fire broke out in a ground floor communal area on Tuesday night.

  • Suppliers investigated for missing efficiency targets

    01/05/2013

    The energy regulator has launched an investigation into six energy companies that failed to meet targets to improve the energy efficiency of their customers’ homes.

  • Taking the heat

    01/05/2013

    Following the Lakanal House inquest, Kerry Gwyther, partner at law firm TLT, examines how landlords should review their fire safety practices

  • H&F awards Pinnacle £41m contracts

    30/04/2013

    Hammersmith & Fulham Council has awarded contracts worth £41 million over 10 years for housing management and estate services to private firm Pinnacle PSG.

  • Labour sets out plans for housing bill

    29/04/2013

    Labour leader Ed Miliband has said his party would introduce a housing bill if it was in power to improve the private rented sector.

  • Cream of the crop

    26/04/2013

    Times might be tough for social landlords and their tenants but the winners of this year’s UK Housing Awards demonstrate that the sector is still achieving great things. Chloë Stothart reports

  • Emergency-only repairs after firm collapses

    26/04/2013

    A company responsible for maintaining more than 10,800 homes in Northern Ireland has gone into administration, leaving residents with a skeleton service.

  • Landlord fined £24,000 over empty property

    25/04/2013

    A London landlord has been ordered to pay his local council more than £24,000 after failing to make improvements to his empty property.

  • Second council invites applicants to buy £1 homes

    24/04/2013

    A second council offering homes for £1 says it has had thousands of expressions of interest as it begins the formal application process.

  • Hundreds interested in Stoke-on-Trent £1 homes

    23/04/2013

    A council which is selling homes for £1 has recorded 600 expressions of interest as it launches its application process for the scheme.

  • MP calls for clarity on planning changes

    22/04/2013

    The chair of the communities and local government select committee has called for clarity on last minute changes to government proposals on home extensions.

  • MP calls for clarity on planning changes

    22/04/2013

    The chair of the communities and local government select committee has called for clarity on last minute changes to government proposals on home extensions.

  • Contractor lands £1bn framework deal

    19/04/2013

    Willmott Dixon has beaten off five rival contractors to hold on to a flagship £1 billion framework contract.

  • Circle signs £200m deal with Kier

    19/04/2013

    Circle has moved a step closer to finalising a £1.2 billion overhaul of its repairs and maintenance service after signing contracts with one of its major suppliers.

  • Adactus updates abuse training after death

    19/04/2013

    A north west landlord has set up an annual training programme for maintenance staff after a four-year-old girl was killed by her mother in one of its homes.

  • From squat to co-op

    19/04/2013

    A derelict parish hall may not seem the obvious place for a housing revolution, but a listed building in Bristol has inspired just that among a group of squatters. Simon Brandon reports

  • Government branded ‘complacent’ after rejecting fire advice

    19/04/2013

    The government has not done enough to ensure tower blocks are safe in the event of fire, according to a senior fire officer who lost two colleagues in a blaze.

  • Let there be light

    19/04/2013

    Social landlords that got their fingers burnt in the feed-in tariff debacle should look again at solar panels

  • Luxury Lets

    19/04/2013

    A south west-based housing association is taking the unusual step of converting some of its properties into holiday homes. Alex Turner visits Bath to find out more

  • The comeback tour

    19/04/2013

    Installed on a house near you, solar panels are back in business. Here, Jess McCabe investigates why PV dropped off the radar in the first place, and how one social landlord in Somerset is bringing it back into the spotlight

  • Solar power

    18/04/2013

    Photovoltaic installations still offer landlords a way to alleviate fuel poverty among their tenants

  • South east landlords in new VAT-sharing model

    18/04/2013

    Two housing associations in the south east of England have taken advantage of a new rule that allows them to save VAT costs on shared services.

  • City region plans £100m green deal

    18/04/2013

    Eleven local authorities in and around Leeds have agreed to work together on a £100 million green deal programme.

  • Fire safety experts call for sprinkler law

    16/04/2013

    Independent fire safety experts have called for legal changes that would make it compulsory to install sprinkler systems in high rise social housing blocks.

  • Gas fitter fined over Irlam explosion

    16/04/2013

    A gas fitter has been fined over a major explosion in Salford which injured 10 adults and five children, and left a 73-year-old woman with severe burns.

  • Gas fitter pleads guilty in Salford explosion case

    15/04/2013

    A gas fitter who was charged with breaching health and safety regulations following a major explosion in Salford in which 16 people were injured has changed his plea to guilty.

  • CLG rejects fire safety advice

    12/04/2013

    The government has rejected key recommendations from a coroner to amend building regulations in order to make tower blocks safer in the event of a fire.

  • Extinguishing fear

    12/04/2013

    The deaths of six people in a tower block blaze in July 2009 prompted social landlords to review the safety of their homes. Four years later, how confident are they that tenants would be safe in the event of a fire? Inside Housing and Nulogic conducted an exclusive survey to find out. Martin Hilditch reports

  • Lakanal House: The verdict

    12/04/2013

    On 3 July 2009, six people died in a fire at a council-owned tower block in south London. Last month, the inquest into their deaths found opportunities to prevent the tragedy were missed. Emily Twinch reports on the case that will change social landlords’ approach to fire safety forever

  • Life-saving measures

    12/04/2013

    Carbon monoxide poisoning affects a surprising number of social housing tenants, new evidence suggests. Yet it is easily avoided. Martin Hilditch reports

  • Pickles admits errors over 'conservatory tax' claim

    11/04/2013

    Eric Pickles provided inaccurate information to parliament to justify scrapping proposals that could have boosted take up of the green deal by 2.2 million households, his department has admitted.

  • Research body to examine solid wall insulation

    11/04/2013

    The Department of Energy and Climate Change has appointed building research body BRE to investigate heat losses from solid wall homes.

  • Ray of light

    11/04/2013

    Today Greg Barker could be excused for walking with a bit of swagger

  • Green deal gathers pace in second month

    11/04/2013

    Interest in the government’s flagship retrofit scheme, the green deal, appears to have gained pace since it launched at the end of January.

  • Council snaps up ECO funding

    11/04/2013

    Ipswich Borough Council is adding solid wall insulation to 384 of its properties using funding from the government’s £1.3 billion energy company obligation.

  • Landlord issues seven day gas check ultimatum

    10/04/2013

    Tenants of a Welsh housing association face an eviction threat after a week if they do not allow gas engineers into their home.

  • Fire victim's family to sue landlord

    08/04/2013

    The father of one of the victims of the Lakanal House tower block blaze has lodged a High Court claim against the landlord and fire authority involved.

  • A matter of life and death

    05/04/2013

    Now we know why the fire spread in Lakanal House in Southwark what can be done to stop it happening again?

  • History lessons

    05/04/2013

    New laws should simplify developments involving listed buildings and conservation areas, says Chad Sutton

  • New high-rise fears

    05/04/2013

    The majority of landlords are not convinced their tower blocks would contain fires in the way they should be designed to.

  • Contractors to grab £1bn social housing windfall

    04/04/2013

    Small social housing contractors are set to share in a potential £1 billion new build and refurbishment windfall.

  • Contractors to grab £1bn social housing windfall

    04/04/2013

    Small social housing contractors are set to share in a potential £1 billion new build and refurbishment windfall.

  • Derby landlord supports fire victims' family

    03/04/2013

    The council which owned the house where six children were killed by a fire started by their parents has been helping to support the extended family.

  • Lakanal judge: Tell residents about fire safety

    02/04/2013

    Residents in high-rise blocks must be aware of fire safety and be given clear advice in the event of a fire, the coroner of an inquest into six deaths in a tower block has recommended.

  • Jury finds council missed chances to stop tragedy

    28/03/2013

    The local authority landlord of a tower block in which six people died missed several opportunities to check the fire safety of their properties, the jurors in an inquest concluded. 

  • Pensioner dies in 'inherently dangerous' kitchen

    28/03/2013

    The coroner in an inquest into the death of an 80-year-old disabled woman called her arm’s-length management organisation kitchen ‘inherently dangerous’.

  • Repair wars: a new hope

    28/03/2013

    A recent case offers good news for landlords in service charge disputes, says Justin Bates, barrister at Arden Chambers

  • The cost of it all

    28/03/2013

    There are still pitfalls to be aware of when billing leaseholders, warn Susan Hall and Allan Hudson

  • Southern association awards £28m repairs contract

    27/03/2013

    A2 Dominion has awarded a £28 million repairs and maintenance contract to Mitie.

  • Peers block government extension plans

    27/03/2013

    Peers have rejected government plans to allow the size of extensions that can be built without planning permission to be increased.

  • Peers block government extension plans

    27/03/2013

    Peers have rejected government plans to allow the size of extensions that can be built without planning permission to be increased.

  • Landlord licencing should be mandatory, MPs told

    27/03/2013

    The mayor of a London borough has told a group of MPs that private landlords should be forced to sign up to mandatory licencing schemes.

  • Renewable heating scheme put back to 2014

    27/03/2013

    The government has delayed the introduction of a scheme to encourage renewable heating equipment to be fitted in homes.

  • Landlord fined £15k after plumber falls from ladder

    26/03/2013

    A Coventry housing association has been fined £15,000 for safety failures after a worker fell nearly four metres from his ladder.

  • Councils sign up for sprinkler retrofit scheme

    26/03/2013

    Social landlords across Derbyshire are spending £360,000 fitting sprinklers in their homes.

  • Wintry weather leaves homes without power

    25/03/2013

    More than 5,000 Scottish homes were left without power from damage caused by heavy wind and snow last Friday.

  • Revenue surge for social housing contractor

    25/03/2013

    Social housing construction and maintenance company Wates Living Space increased turnover by 19 per cent in 2012.

  • £15m Stirling deal heralds new model

    22/03/2013

    A Scottish council has become the first to sign a deal to buy homes under the National Housing Trust scheme without using any private sector funding.

  • Council criticises plans to split NIHE

    22/03/2013

    Northern Ireland’s largest council has criticised the social development minister’s handling of plans to disband the country’s housing executive.

  • Divide and fuel

    22/03/2013

    Britain’s poorest people do more than most to help the government meet its carbon emissions target, but they are the least likely to reap the rewards

  • A2 Dominion launches joint repairs deals

    21/03/2013

    A2 Dominion has launched two joint ventures with contractors to help it provide repairs work for its 34,000 homes.

  • Lakanal jurors reminded of risk assessment failings

    21/03/2013

    A coroner pointed to limitations in the way fire risk assessments have been carried out at the inquest into the deaths of six people in a tower block fire.

  • Coroner highlights problems in Lakanal tragedy

    20/03/2013

    The coroner at the inquest into the deaths of six people during the Lakanal House fire has highlighted firefighters’ lack of knowledge of the block and the rapid spread of the blaze.

  • Watchdog slates housing repairs service

    20/03/2013

    The Northern Ireland Housing Executive has been slated for management and accountability failings that have dogged its repairs and maintenance services.

  • Lakanal House judge begins summing up

    20/03/2013

    The coroner at the inquest into the deaths of six people who died in a tower block blaze will start summing up today.

  • Chancellor to unveil latest house building drive

    20/03/2013

    Plans to boost the supply of housing are expected to feature in today’s Budget after an anticipated policy announcement failed to materialise ahead of the chancellor’s financial statement.

  • Morrison buy out hits Mears’ profit

    19/03/2013

    Mears has reported a 15 per cent increase in revenue but a 6.5 per cent fall in operating profit in final results for 2012, following the acquisition of rival contractor Morrison in November.

  • Lakanal fire victims should have been told to leave

    18/03/2013

    The six people who died in the Lakanal House tower block fire should have been told to get out of the building, an inquest has heard.

  • Stairway to satisfaction

    15/03/2013

    The Housing Ombudsman Service will serve all social tenants from April. Austin Macauley looks at how landlords are preparing for the change and asks whether tenants know where to go

  • Off the line

    14/03/2013

    Today could have been deeply embarrassing for environment secretary Ed Davey and climate change minister Greg Barker.

  • DECC releases first green deal take up figures

    14/03/2013

    The Department of Energy and Climate Change has released data revealing the level of take-up of the green deal and £1.3 billion energy company obligation in its first month.

  • Welsh seek control of welfare cuts support budget

    14/03/2013

    The Welsh housing minister has called for the UK government to devolve discretionary housing payments to the Welsh administration.

  • Poor hit hardest by plans to cut carbon emissions

    14/03/2013

    Policies to reduce carbon emissions will hit poor people hardest and benefit them least, according to a report for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

  • Council appoints new contractor following gas leak

    13/03/2013

    Residents of a south London block of flats where a gas leak led to the end of a £50 million repairs contract have chosen a new contractor to complete the work.

  • Credit risk

    11/03/2013

    The dangers of welfare reform have been highlighted by the downgrading of housing associations’ credit ratings, says Richard Wood

  • Lakanal House was at 'high risk from fire'

    08/03/2013

    A tower block in which six people died in a blaze was a high-risk building that should have been checked for fire hazards as a priority, an expert witness has told an inquest.

  • The Scottish property fiasco

    08/03/2013

    When statutory notice legislation was introduced in 1991 to protect Edinburgh’s historic tenement buildings, no one anticipated the scale of the crisis that would build over the next two decades. Here, Lydia Stockdale visits the capital to investigate what happened, and how the council intends to put things right.

  • ALMO hails success of chip pan ‘amnesty’

    07/03/2013

    A Manchester arm’s-length management organisation has been handed 130 chip pans by its tenants after launching an ‘amnesty’ on the fryers.

  • CIH to publish self-financing code for councils

    06/03/2013

    The Chartered Institute of Housing will publish a voluntary code of practice on governance and viability for councils to follow under self-financing.

  • Morrison keeps Leeds contract after Mears deal

    06/03/2013

    Leeds Council has announced it will continue working with Morrison following the takeover of the company by Mears, despite concerns raised last year.

  • Orbit to close in-house maintenance arm

    05/03/2013

    Orbit Group has decided to close its in-house maintenance provider and procure an external supplier in a move that will result in 34 job losses.

  • Scrapping of ‘conservatory tax’ faces judicial review

    05/03/2013

    The government will have to fight a legal challenge over its decision to drop a policy which could have boosted its green deal retrofit scheme by up to 2.2 million households.

  • Fire safety concerns raised before tower block blaze

    05/03/2013

    Senior staff at Southwark Council were repeatedly warned about the need to carry out fire risk assessments before a fatal blaze at one of its tower blocks, an inquest has heard.

  • Eleven landlords set to miss housing quality goal

    05/03/2013

    Eleven of Scotland’s social landlords will not fully meet the Scottish housing quality standard by the deadline in 2015.

  • Council and contractor clash at fire death inquest

    01/03/2013

    The Lakanal House inquest has heard conflicting accounts of who should have taken responsibility for obtaining building control approval on a refurbishment of the 14-storey block.

  • East meets west

    01/03/2013

    Three hundred households in Greater Manchester are set to benefit from highly efficient heating systems thanks to £20 million from the Japanese government. Tom Lloyd reports

  • Eco doctor - overheating

    01/03/2013

    Overheating is a growing problem in built-up areas, says Andrew Mellor, but careful design will help to strike a balance between comfort and sufficient daylight

  • Hell and high water

    01/03/2013

    Each year communities across the UK are flooded leaving massive clean-up operations and destroyed lives in their wake. So why are hundreds of homes still being approved and built despite flood-risk warnings? Jess McCabe investigates

  • Lambeth ALMO on road to redemption

    01/03/2013

    In April 2010, London’s largest arm’s-length management organisation was in trouble. Despite being less than two years old, Lambeth Living had been told by the council it had only 12 months to improve or it would face closure.

  • Leading the way

    01/03/2013

    The green deal has arrived and it will achieve great things for households of all tenures and the emerging eco-industries alike, insists Greg Barker

  • Mr ambitious

    01/03/2013

    Amicus Horizon’s new chief executive has set himself a deadline: in just three years he wants to transform the once struggling organisation into the best large landlord in England. Stuart Macdonald meets Paul Hackett to find out exactly how he plans to do it.

  • One to watch

    01/03/2013

    An MP at just 28, shadow climate change minister Luciana Berger has met her fair share of scepticism, but as she makes clear to Gavriel Hollander, she is detemined to prove her doubters wrong

  • Q&A: Defining fuel poverty

    01/03/2013

    In 1988, Oxford fellow Brenda Boardman wrote the definition of fuel poverty which is ingrained in English law. As the government mulls scrapping her definition, she shares her views with Austin Macauley

  • The history boys

    01/03/2013

    Fifty years ago a new housing association bought its first property for £3,500. Today, that organisation manages 70,000 homes and employs more than 1,000 people. Simon Brandon meets London & Quadrant’s founders and current leaders to discover what drove that first purchase and find out what challenges lie ahead

  • Japanese seek partners for £20m UK retrofit

    28/02/2013

    A Japanese government agency has begun a procurement exercise for a £20 million project that could eventually see 300 social homes around Manchester fitted with state of the art energy saving technology.

  • Fuel poverty cash proves difficult to access

    28/02/2013

    The only national funding aimed at alleviating fuel poverty may be failing to reach the majority of those it is designed to help.

  • Osborne urged to axe stamp duty on empty homes

    27/02/2013

    Landlords buying empty homes to bring them back into use should be exempt from paying stamp duty, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing.

  • Landlords offered £30k to improve empty homes

    25/02/2013

    Ealing Council in London has offered the owners of empty homes £30,000 to make their properties suitable to rent.

  • Survival of the fittest

    22/02/2013

    Clients with ‘attitude’ may seem aggressive, but that can help them win out over their less pushy counterparts

  • Mears pulls out of £350m Circle repairs contract

    21/02/2013

    Mears Group has pulled out of a lucrative responsive repairs contract with Circle after it decided it could not complete the work at the price bid for by former preferred bidder Morrison Facilities Services.

  • ALMO tenants asked for views on stock transfer

    21/02/2013

    A north-west council is asking tenants to vote on whether they wish management of their homes to remain with an arm’s-length body or transfer to a housing association.

  • Repairs contract axed after gas leak

    21/02/2013

    A London council and one of its contractors have ended a £50 million repairs contract following a ‘serious’ safety breach.

  • Council to sell empty homes for £1

    20/02/2013

    Plans have been put forward to bring 179 empty homes back into use in three areas of Liverpool by selling some to local people for £1.

  • Builders demand Budget for energy efficient homes

    20/02/2013

    Builders are calling on the government to unveil measures to increase the energy efficiency of homes and delay the introduction of zero carbon homes in next month’s Budget.

  • Refurbishment stops child ‘eating his bedroom’

    20/02/2013

    A council has spent £26,000 on a home extension to stop a child with a rare disorder eating his bedroom.

  • Tower block upgrade could have sped up fatal fire

    20/02/2013

    Jurors at the inquest into the deaths of six people in a south London tower block yesterday heard how refurbishments in the building could have accelerated the fire.

  • Council fined for unnecessary insulation work

    19/02/2013

    A woman has won £2,000 in compensation after a council misled her about work to insulate her loft.

  • Win £500 through our fire safety survey

    19/02/2013

    Inside Housing and software company nulogic are offering a £500 incentive for taking a few minutes of your time to fill in our latest survey, on the crucial issue of fire safety.

  • Tower block deaths inquest hears how fire spread

    19/02/2013

    A jury yesterday heard how a fire spread rapidly and increased in strength as it ripped through a London council tower block killing six people. 

  • Council agrees to first self-financing TMO

    15/02/2013

    A council has rubber-stamped a decision to allow a tenant management organisation to be the first to keep rental receipts.

  • Stop this from happening again

    15/02/2013

    Last week a coroner found the deaths of two firefighters in a council-owned high-rise could have been prevented. Now he is urging ministers to order social landlords to improve the fire safety of all tower blocks. So what can be done and what might it cost? Martin Hilditch investigates

  • Lambeth Living appoints permanent chief executive

    13/02/2013

    One of London’s largest arm’s-length management organisations has appointed a permanent chief executive two years after it was threatened with closure.

  • Derbyshire council set to take over ALMO

    13/02/2013

    A Derbyshire council looks set to become the latest to approve plans to take its arm’s-length management organisation back in house.

  • ‘Landlords must improve fire safety’

    08/02/2013

    Social landlords should take a wide range of actions to make tower blocks safer in the event of fire or risk fatalities, a coroner has warned.

  • Community challenge

    08/02/2013

    The Social Value Act came into force at the end of last month and requires landlords to think about how their procurement decisions can help paint a brighter future for communities. Alex Turner assesses the factors they need to consider

  • Cyntra debts rack up to £2.1 million

    08/02/2013

    The debts of bankrupt procurement group Cyntra are larger than previously believed, leaving creditors facing reduced pay-outs.

  • The cost of living

    08/02/2013

    Improving fire prevention systems in tower blocks is expensive, but the price of not doing the work could be human life

  • Waiting in the wings

    08/02/2013

    Getting regeneration schemes off the ground can be a song and dance for councils going through lengthy tendering processes. Here, Austin Macauley lifts the curtain on how Westminster is re-writing the script by creating a panel of prequalified developers that are ready to perform

  • What lies beneath

    08/02/2013

    As administrators pick over the wreckage of the sunken Cyntra procurement consortium, Gavriel Hollander investigates how it hit the rocks and whether anything can be salvaged.

  • Retrofit plans will have 'regressive' impact on poor

    07/02/2013

    Government policies to increase the energy efficiency of homes could have a ‘regressive’ impact on the poorest households, MPs heard yesterday.

  • Council outlines plans for £80m HRA investment

    06/02/2013

    Councillors in York will next week vote on plans to invest £80 million of housing revenue account cash in building and improving homes.

  • Council outlines plans for £80m HRA investment

    06/02/2013

    Councillors in York will next week vote on plans to invest £80 million of housing revenue account cash in building and improving homes.

  • Edinburgh tenants to pay for deliberate damage

    04/02/2013

    Edinburgh Council tenants who deliberately damage their home will be made to pay for repairs to try to crack down on bad behaviour.

  • Lakanal fire chief ‘swamped with information’

    04/02/2013

    A firefighter in charge at the fatal Lakanal House tower block blaze failed to grasp the importance of information passed to him, an inquest heard on Friday.

  • Procurement act comes into force

    01/02/2013

    Housing providers are now legally required to consider social impact when procuring services after the Public Services (Social Value) Act came into force.

  • All aboard

    01/02/2013

    While the rest of Britain considers taking up the government’s box-fresh flagship retrofit policy launched this week, social landlords have their eyes on a much bigger prize. Nick Duxbury reports on the rush to capitalise on the latest green subsidy gravy train: the £1.3 billion energy company obligation

  • Falling on deaf ears

    01/02/2013

    Replacing high-rise blocks with terraced houses risks increasing homelessness

  • Firefighter 'did not have time' to view vital list

    31/01/2013

    A firefighter has told an inquest he did not have time to look at a piece of paper with the numbers of flats where six people trapped in a council tower block fire died.

  • Housing association fears council tax changes

    29/01/2013

    Housing associations could lose out as hard-up local authorities seek to cash in on new powers that allow them to charge council tax on empty homes, a midlands landlord has warned.

  • No quick fix

    29/01/2013

    Councils could jeopardise long-term gains by seeking to take advantage of new rules on vacant property council tax, says David Taylor

  • Doctors asked to flag up housing problems

    28/01/2013

    A scheme that encourages doctors to ask patients about housing is to be extended across Liverpool.

  • Firefighters visited block two months before blaze

    25/01/2013

    Firefighters did a routine check to familiarise themselves with a council tower block two months before six people died in a blaze in the building.

  • Green deal interest rates revealed

    25/01/2013

    The Green Deal Finance Company has revealed the interest rates that will be charged on the loans for the government’s flagship retrofit scheme.

  • Lancashire landlord ties up £70m refurb deal

    25/01/2013

    A Lancashire housing association has agreed a £70 million refurbishment and maintenance deal for 18,000 homes.

  • Green deal gets frosty reception

    25/01/2013

    One of England’s largest and most influential landlords has concluded the government’s flagship retrofit programme will not work effectively for its social housing.

  • Islington counts cost of tribunals

    25/01/2013

    Islington Council is set to completely overhaul its procedures for dealing with leaseholder complaints after being forced to write off £210,000 following a tribunal.

  • Missing a trick

    25/01/2013

    The green deal would have a brighter future if ministers had done more to make it attractive to social landlords

  • Gauging interest

    24/01/2013

    There is good news for the green deal ahead of its launch, although the government seems reluctant to celebrate

  • High rise blocks should be torn down

    24/01/2013

    High rise social housing blocks should be demolished to make way for low rise flats and terraced housing, an influential right-wing think tank has claimed.

  • High rise blocks should be torn down

    24/01/2013

    High rise social housing blocks should be demolished to make way for low rise flats and terraced housing, an influential right-wing think tank has claimed.

  • Firefighters talk of battling Lakanal blaze

    23/01/2013

    Firefighters told an inquest this week about their battle fighting the flames in a south London tower block where six people lost their lives.

  • Back in fashion

    23/01/2013

    In house maintenance offers some clear benefits for registered providers who get it right, but it’s not for the faint hearted, says John Fisher

  • Pickles 'should face' court over green policy change

    22/01/2013

    Communities secretary Eric Pickles should face a judicial review over his decision to scrap his own ‘consequential improvements’ policy, the head of an energy conservation group has said.

  • Snow causes power cuts for thousands of homes

    21/01/2013

    Thousands of households have been hit by power cuts this weekend as the winter weather continued across the country.

  • Lakanal fire victim ‘told to leave the tower’

    21/01/2013

    The friend of a woman who died in a fatal tower block blaze in south London told an inquest last week how she told her to leave the building.

  • Minister to help solar firms win housing work

    18/01/2013

    The climate change minister has said he will help the solar industry court social landlords and councils.

  • Landlords prepare to help snow-bound tenants

    18/01/2013

    Housing associations across Britain are supporting tenants as snow covers much of the country.

  • All wrapped up

    18/01/2013

    This month social landlords can finally start work on energy efficiency projects under the long-awaited green deal. So just how do they plan to improve the warmth of their homes? Inside Housing and SPSenvirowall conducted an exclusive survey to find out. Jess McCabe reports

  • Executive stress

    18/01/2013

    After a difficult few years the Northern Ireland Housing Executive last week announced that many of its functions are to be split and its homes transferred. Here, Rhiannon Bury finds out how the termination of its multi-million repairs contracts means the UK’s largest landlord is going down in a blaze of ignominy

  • Have a little faith

    18/01/2013

    Successful maintenance of air source heat pumps begins with tenants’ trust, says Sam Sykes

  • Landlords lose £2.8m at leaseholder tribunals

    18/01/2013

    Social landlords were forced to write off £2.8 million last year after being told they had overcharged leaseholders in more than half of cases that went to tribunal.

  • London landlords pulled up on fire safety

    18/01/2013

    London Fire Brigade has served five enforcement notices on social landlords in the borough of Southwark over the past six months.

  • Power to the people

    18/01/2013

    The results of Home Group’s tenant cashback pilots show there are many ways to empower tenants to look after their homes, says Rosemary Du Rose, and they don’t have to stop at repairs and maintenance

  • Survival of the fittest

    18/01/2013

    Last year’s high-profile takeover of Morrison has brought to light how difficult the rapidly shrinking repairs and maintenance landscape has become, for both contractors and their clients. Gavriel Hollander reports

  • The cost of justice

    18/01/2013

    After writing off a total of £2.8 million from leaseholders’ repairs and maintenance bills in 2012 as a result of leasehold valuation tribunals, social landlords clearly have some lessons to learn. Martin Hilditch reports

  • The flood squad

    18/01/2013

    Bromford Group’s stock was hit hard by flooding in 2007, but when the waters rose again recently, things had changed. Alex Turner joins the landlord’s landscaping team to find out why

  • The return of the DLO

    18/01/2013

    The direct labour organisation is back and it means business. Lydia Stockdale finds out how bringing repairs and maintenance in-house is saving the day for some social landlords

  • Only 37% of landlords to offer green deal

    17/01/2013

    Just over a third of social landlords are planning to let tenants take up the government’s green deal programme according to new research.

  • Councils win cash to tackle fuel poverty

    17/01/2013

    Councils and third sector organisations have been allocated £46 million of government funding to tackle fuel poverty.

  • LMH begins major £40m repairs scheme

    17/01/2013

    Communities living near four of Liverpool’s most popular tourist attractions will be transformed as part of a £40 million environmental improvement scheme.

  • Fire chief unaware of Lakanal House escape routes

    16/01/2013

    The first fire chief on the scene of a fatal tower-block blaze admitted he did not know the escape routes out of the building, at an inquest today.

  • Residents evacuated following helicopter crash

    16/01/2013

    One hundred and fifty residents were evacuated from their homes following a fatal helicopter crash in Vauxhall, south London, on Wednesday morning.

  • McCausland defends NIHE announcement

    15/01/2013

    The Northern Ireland social development minister has been forced to defend his decision to announce fundamental changes to the Northern Ireland Housing Executive in a written statement, rather than to the house.

  • Mears' order book grows after Morrison deal

    15/01/2013

    The acquisition of rival contractor Morrison Facilities Services has helped Mears increase its order book by almost 50 per cent.

  • A painful process

    15/01/2013

    The Lakanal inquest may provide some answers for families of the victims, but it should not have taken this long

  • Inquest hears of final calls of Lakanal victims

    15/01/2013

    Jurors at the inquest into the deaths of six people in a tower block fire have heard accounts of the final desperate phone calls they made to the fire service.

  • DECC launches green deal cashback scheme

    14/01/2013

    A government scheme offering £125 million of cashback payments to encourage people to take up the green deal energy efficiency scheme has opened.

  • The lessons of Lakanal

    14/01/2013

    The Lakanal inquest needs to provide answers not just for the bereaved families, but for fearful tower-block residents across the UK

  • Inquest begins into tower block blaze

    14/01/2013

    The inquest into the deaths of six people who died in a tower block fire in south London more than three years ago will finally begin today.

  • We must prioritise housing, not politics

    13/01/2013

    The end of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive must mark a new beginning for housing in the country

  • Burning questions

    11/01/2013

    The Lakanal House inquest must answer critical questions about tower block safety

  • End of an era

    11/01/2013

    So the worst kept secret in housing is finally out: the Northern Ireland Housing Executive is to be broken up.

  • Future of NIHE homes uncertain

    11/01/2013

    The future of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive’s 90,000 homes remains uncertain, despite a historic announcement on the future of the organisation this week.

  • London landlords in merger talks

    11/01/2013

    Two London housing associations are in talks over a possible merger in order to boost funding for regeneration projects.

  • PFI dispute may breach lending terms

    11/01/2013

    The housing regulator remains locked in talks with a housing association over fears it could breach lending agreements due to losses incurred through a large private finance initiative scheme.

  • The cost of cold

    11/01/2013

    Excess winter deaths in the UK are reducing, but are still at a shameful level

  • Circle signs lucrative repairs contracts

    10/01/2013

    Circle has signed the first two contracts as part of a giant £1.6 billion overhaul of its repairs and maintenance service.

  • DWP spells out service charges eligible for benefit

    10/01/2013

    The Department for Work and Pensions has published an ‘exhaustive’ list of service charges eligible for benefit in a bid to end uncertainty for social landlords.

  • Northern Ireland Housing Executive to be broken up

    09/01/2013

    The biggest landlord in Northern Ireland will be broken up and its homes transferred to housing associations, the social development minister has announced.

  • Partner named for huge Manchester regen project

    08/01/2013

    Contour Homes has won a contract to manage up to 650 council homes as part of a massive £113 million regeneration project in Manchester.

  • Affordable housing noose

    08/01/2013

    With a worsening lack of affordable housing the year ahead looks grim, says John Healey.

  • Tenants prosecuted for barring gas engineer access

    08/01/2013

    Tenants of a housing association in Lancashire have been handed 14-day suspended prison sentences two years after they did not allow gas engineers into their home.

  • Council extends life of ALMO

    07/01/2013

    Wolverhampton Council will extend the life of its arm’s-length management organisation by 15 years.

  • Works starts on empty homes in former HMR area

    04/01/2013

    Work has begun on the restoration of 200 empty homes in one of the areas worst affected by the premature end of the housing market renewal pathfinder scheme.

  • Standards overhaul to boost house building

    03/01/2013

    Communities minister Don Foster has promised an overhaul of building regulations will provide a boost for house building.

  • Standards overhaul to boost house building

    03/01/2013

    Communities minister Don Foster has promised an overhaul of building regulations will provide a boost for house building.

  • Government denies raising stakes in green deal row

    02/01/2013

    The Cabinet Office has denied a senior minister has written to the European Commission refusing to back down in a row about taxes charged on measures to improve home energy efficiency.

  • Tough times

    21/12/2012

    The social housing sector has faced major challenges in 2012, and will have to do so again in 2013, says Brian Simpson

  • Regulator seeks reassurance over PFI losses

    20/12/2012

    The social housing regulator is concerned a housing association could breach lending agreements due to losses incurred through a large private finance initiative scheme.

  • Derby house fire parents deny manslaughter

    19/12/2012

    Parents accused of killing their six children in a council house fire in Derby have denied charges of manslaughter.

  • Contractor hit with £300k bill after CO poisoning

    19/12/2012

    A contractor has been ordered to pay out more than £300,000 after seven people were hospitalised with carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of its work.

  • Welsh landlord in asset management tie up

    18/12/2012

    A Welsh housing association has teamed up with a repairs and maintenance contractor on a £145 million asset management deal.

  • Energy schemes fail to target fuel poverty

    17/12/2012

    The government should review its flagship schemes to improve home energy efficiency to target fuel poverty more effectively, a think tank has warned.

  • Council seeks ASBO to ban landlord from renting

    14/12/2012

    A landlord has been fined £28,000 for leaving properties in squalor and could be the first to be handed an anti-social behaviour order banning him from leasing to tenants.

  • Government axes plans for green deal requirement

    14/12/2012

    The communities secretary has confirmed the government is axing plans to force people to improve the energy efficiency of their homes when they carry out extensions.

  • Repairs contract up in the air following Mears deal

    14/12/2012

    Circle is reviewing more than £500 million worth of repairs and maintenance deals following the takeover of one of its contractors.

  • Review of the year 2012

    14/12/2012

    From the Queen’s diamond jubilee to the London Olympics, 2012 will be a year we’ll never forget. Here, Inside Housing looks at the ups and downs for the housing sector

  • Opening up

    13/12/2012

    It’s almost crunch time. There are just weeks to go until the door slams shut on the big six energy companies that haven’t yet met their CERT and CESP targets.

  • Trent & Dove agrees to £3.5 million ECO deal

    13/12/2012

    Trent & Dove Housing has signed one of the first ever deals under the new subsidy regime for energy saving works, the £1.3 billion-a-year energy company obligation.

  • Building firm signs up to green deal

    13/12/2012

    A builder’s merchant working with local authorities and housing associations has become a green deal provider.

  • London mayor plans self-regulated PRS standard

    13/12/2012

    The mayor of London has set out proposals to improve conditions in the private rented sector through self-regulation.

  • Fire service funds sprinklers for council homes

    13/12/2012

    The fire service and local authority in Derbyshire have agreed to stump up £40,000 to fit sprinklers into social homes in their county.

  • Criticism prompts universal credit changes

    13/12/2012

    The Department for Work and Pensions has re-drafted universal credit regulations in response to sector concerns about service charges.

  • Last chance to win in our green deal survey

    13/12/2012

    Inside Housing’s energy efficiency survey closes tomorrow, so let us know what you think now to be in with a chance of winning £500 of Marks & Spencer vouchers.

  • Riots panel calls for thousands of new homes

    12/12/2012

    A panel set up by the London mayor in the wake of riots that hit Tottenham in August 2011 has called for thousands of new homes to be built in the area.

  • Riots panel calls for thousands of new homes

    12/12/2012

    A panel set up by the London mayor in the wake of riots that hit Tottenham in August 2011 has called for thousands of new homes to be built in the area.

  • Private homes hold back progress on fuel poverty

    11/12/2012

    Lack of progress in tackling fuel poverty outside the social housing sector could prevent the government achieving its target to eradicate the problem, experts have warned.

  • Lottery cash to fund empty homes scheme

    11/12/2012

    Projects to bring empty homes back into use and tackle doorstep lending are among those that have received £200 million of lottery funding.

  • Last chance to sign up for fuel poverty webinar

    07/12/2012

    On Monday Inside Housing is running a free webinar on tackling fuel poverty, supported by Wates Living Space.

  • Northern landlords buy lettings firms

    07/12/2012

    Two northern housing associations will take on the management of 1,300 private homes after buying independent private lettings businesses this week.

  • Sector barred from ECO auction

    07/12/2012

    The vast majority of social landlords will be excluded from the first sustainability auction for energy company obligation funding to improve the energy efficiency of homes.

  • Welsh councils fail to reach agreement with Westminster over subsidy reform

    07/12/2012

    Welsh councils will have to wait until at least April 2014 before escaping the housing revenue subsidy system - prompting fears of continued underinvestment in housing stock.

  • Frosty reception

    04/12/2012

    The autumn statement has been preceded by more hype than generally accompanies a full budget, and is almost certain therefore to be something of an anti-climax. UPDATED 5/12/12

  • DECC puts £2.9m into green deal marketing push

    03/12/2012

    The Department of Energy and Climate Change is spending £2.9 million on a marketing campaign to boost its green deal energy efficiency scheme.

  • Japanese-led trial to cut home energy use

    03/12/2012

    Social housing in Manchester is to be fitted with energy-saving technology as part of a £20 million deal led by the Japanese government.

  • DECC seeks to drive down domestic electricity use

    30/11/2012

    The government is exploring options to incentivise households to reduce their electricity demand.

  • Insurance talks break down

    30/11/2012

    Plans to broker an insurance deal for flood-hit social housing tenants have stalled after negotiations between the government and insurers broke down.

  • Not so pretty vacant

    30/11/2012

    Councils should exercise their legal powers to bring empty homes into use, says Patrick Harkness, lead consultant at Consult Capital

  • Prescribe good housing

    30/11/2012

    Disabled and older people need more support from the NHS to live independently

  • Campaigners fear drop in fuel poverty funding

    29/11/2012

    Funding to tackle fuel poverty in England will fall 26 per cent between 2009 and 2013, a campaign group has claimed.

  • Council axes Morrison deal after takeover

    29/11/2012

    An Essex council has terminated a £22 million responsive repairs contract with Morrison following the maintenance company’s takeover by Mears earlier this month.

  • Empty homes tsar calls for limits on demolition

    28/11/2012

    A celebrity architect appointed to act as an independent advisor to the government on empty homes has urged ministers to ensure demolition of homes is always the last resort.

  • Empty homes tsar calls for limits on demolition

    28/11/2012

    A celebrity architect appointed to act as an independent advisor to the government on empty homes has urged ministers to ensure demolition of homes is always the last resort.

  • Households miss out on energy efficiency work

    27/11/2012

    Around 3.4 million privately rented and owner-occupied households could still benefit from a scheme to improve home energy efficiency that closes at the end of next month.

  • Minister invites bids for £300m empty homes fund

    26/11/2012

    The communities minister has opened bidding for a share of £300 million to bring empty homes back into use.

  • Lakanal House inquest to go ahead in January

    26/11/2012

    The super inquest for six people who died in a tower block fire more than three years ago will go ahead in January.

  • Homes flooded after heavy rainfall

    26/11/2012

    Hundreds of homes across England and Wales have been flooded following heavy rainfall over the past few days.

  • Landlords cut number of empty homes

    26/11/2012

    Almost 20,000 empty homes were brought back into use in England over the last year, according to new figures.

  • Retrofit costs exceed green deal limits

    23/11/2012

    The costs of ‘deep’ retrofits are ‘significantly’ higher than the amount to be spent under the green deal, analysis of the government’s leading pilot has shown.

  • Homelessness plan to fill empty buildings

    23/11/2012

    The government should allow homeless people to access £30 million of funding to turn empty buildings into homes, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing.

  • Homelessness plan to fill empty buildings

    23/11/2012

    The government should allow homeless people to access £30 million of funding to turn empty buildings into homes, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing.

  • Sheffield Homes to appeal FOI ruling

    23/11/2012

    England’s largest arm’s-length management organisation is to appeal a ruling that it should publish a case outlining why it should not be scrapped.

  • Manchester approves 30-year deal for ALMO

    22/11/2012

    Councillors in Manchester have approved plans to award arm’s-length management organisation Northwards Housing a 30-year contract to manage 13,500 of its homes.

  • Don’t write off heat pumps

    22/11/2012

    Negative stories shouldn’t put developers off installing exhaust air heat pumps in the right properties, argues Steven Cummings

  • Cold homes cost NHS £1.36 billion a year

    22/11/2012

    Cold homes are costing the NHS in England £1.36 billion every year as older people suffer health problems, according to Age UK.

  • Morrison’s top management team departs after sale

    22/11/2012

    The executive management team of contractor Morrison has left the company in the wake of its purchase by rival, Mears.

  • Webinar to examine fuel poverty challenges

    22/11/2012

    With tackling fuel poverty becoming an increasing priority for the government, Inside Housing and Wates Living Space are running a free webinar examining ways to address the problem.

  • Council due to rubber stamp new ALMO

    21/11/2012

    Shropshire Council is set to rubber stamp a decision to form a new arm’s-length management organisation to manage its homes tomorrow.

  • Council set to agree 30-year deal for ALMO

    21/11/2012

    A council will decide tonight whether to award its arm’s-length management organisation a 30-year contract to continue managing its homes.

  • Landlords urge Osborne to axe further welfare cuts

    20/11/2012

    Housing associations have urged the chancellor not to announce further welfare cuts when he delivers his autumn statement next month.

  • Work starts on Welsh empty homes

    20/11/2012

    Work has begun on the first empty homes in Wales to receive interest-free loans from the government.

  • More landlords report heat pump problems

    19/11/2012

    Two more housing associations have reported problems with a particular make of eco-friendly heat pump, with one removing the equipment.

  • No assessments logged for green deal work

    19/11/2012

    No assessments to carry out work through the green deal have been recorded in the seven weeks since the energy efficiency scheme opened.

  • Mitie reports increase in revenue

    19/11/2012

    Outsourcing group Mitie has announced a 5.6 per cent increase in revenue and a 2.5 per cent rise in operating profit in half yearly results published today.

  • Health check

    16/11/2012

    Landlords can have a huge impact on tenants’ health by carrying out improvement works to homes

  • Testing times

    16/11/2012

    Qualifications aren’t everything - but they can help tenants hold their landlords to account

  • Kier's cash flow drops

    15/11/2012

    Contractor Kier has announced it is conducting a review of construction operations as it predicts an expected drop in cash flow by £100 million in six months.

  • Britain has not got building, report claims

    15/11/2012

    The government is failing in its commitment to ‘get Britain building’ despite a year having passed since it launched its housing strategy, according to leading housing bodies.

  • Britain has not got building, report claims

    15/11/2012

    The government is failing in its commitment to ‘get Britain building’ despite a year having passed since it launched its housing strategy, according to leading housing bodies.

  • Derby house fire parents plead not guilty

    09/11/2012

    The parents of six children killed in a fatal house fire have denied their murder in court.

  • Carbon taxes could cut fuel poverty

    09/11/2012

    Nearly nine out of 10 households could avoid fuel poverty by 2016 if revenues from carbon taxes are used to install energy efficiency measures, a report has found.

  • Breaking the mould

    09/11/2012

    Landlords face criminal prosecution if they delay improvement work, says Timothy Waitt, partner at Anthony Gold Solicitors

  • Clean, green heat

    09/11/2012

    Landlords across the country are getting competitive over renewable heat

  • Fledgling flight

    09/11/2012

    Local authorities gained control over council housing finance for the first time in April. Jules Birch examines how they are using their newfound freedoms as they begin to fly the nest

  • Make your move

    09/11/2012

    They own assets worth more than the Turkish economy, but are the UK’s social landlords grand masters at getting maximum return? Inside Housing convened a round table of expert tacticians to thrash out the best asset management strategies. Caroline Thorpe reports

  • Perfect match

    09/11/2012

    The newly founded Homes Again project is bringing empty homes in Scotland back into use. Pauline Diamond reports

  • Sheffield Homes told to release report

    09/11/2012

    England’s largest arm’s-length management organisation has been ordered to publish a document outlining reasons why it should not be scrapped.

  • Morrison buy out is 'biggest move' in Mears' history

    08/11/2012

    The executive director of Mears has described the company’s £24 million purchase of Morrison as ‘the biggest move that we’ve made in our history’.

  • Landlord to launch green services subsidiary

    08/11/2012

    One of the UK’s largest housing associations is launching a green services company to deliver retrofit works under the government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme.

  • Contractor buys troubled rival for £24 million

    08/11/2012

    One of the largest players in the social housing repairs and maintenance market has paid £24 million to snap up a rival firm.

  • Derby Council could dissolve ALMO

    07/11/2012

    Derby Council could dissolve its arm’s-length management organisation Derby Homes and bring its properties back in-house to help cut costs.

  • Derby house fire: Third person charged

    06/11/2012

    A 45-year-old man has been charged with the murder of six children who died following a fire in a Derby council house.

  • Morgan Sindall boss quits as trading slumps

    06/11/2012

    The chief executive of contractor Morgan Sindall has resigned as the group announced it expects trading for the year to be slightly below expectations.

  • Council licenses HMOs

    05/11/2012

    Brighton and Hove Council will license smaller shared homes from today in a bid to improve conditions and fire safety.

  • Northern Ireland introduces carbon monoxide law

    02/11/2012

    Northern Ireland has become the first country in the UK to require carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted in all homes with appliances that burn fuels.

  • Landlords win share of renewable heat funding

    02/11/2012

    Forty four social housing projects have won a share of £3.2 million to install renewable heating equipment in their homes.

  • £120m Kent deal for contractor

    02/11/2012

    A Kent-based housing association has awarded a £120 million repairs and maintenance contract to Mitie.

  • A new dawn for solar

    02/11/2012

    Landlords missed out on the photovoltaics boom, but there’s always a second chance.

  • How to... retrofit tower blocks

    02/11/2012

    A refurbishment project in west London can teach developers and local authorities five key lessons on how to successfully retrofit tower blocks, says Thomas Heldgaard

  • Sustainable Housing Awards 2012

    02/11/2012

    From water-saving initiatives and glycerol-fuelled power plants to community-owned solar power stations and beehives, the winners of this year’s Sustainable Housing Awards demonstrate the very best in eco-technologies and environmentally friendly ideologies. Chloë Stothart reports

  • Unfinished business

    02/11/2012

    The launch of the highly-anticipated green deal has been delayed until the end of January. Here, Jess McCabe finds out what this means for social landlords, and if they think the scheme is worth waiting for

  • Landlords lobby for access to ECO brokerage

    01/11/2012

    Social landlords are lobbying to be able to take part in a new brokerage which energy firms will use to award funding for energy-efficiency work.

  • Council spends £3m on tower blaze legal fees

    31/10/2012

    A south London council has spent more than £3 million on legal fees following a blaze in one of its tower blocks in which six people died.

  • Landlord fits heat pumps in 445 homes

    30/10/2012

    A Somerset-based housing association is installing renewable heating equipment in 445 of its properties in what is believed to be one of the largest schemes of its kind.

  • Repairs contractor wins £21m deal

    30/10/2012

    Contractor Breyer Group has won two lucrative three-year repairs and maintenance deals with one of London’s biggest social landlords.

  • Energy efficiency work needs resident engagement

    26/10/2012

    The full potential of projects to improve the energy efficiency of high-rise blocks can only be achieved if residents engage with the schemes, a study has found.

  • Damage control

    26/10/2012

    Victims of housing disrepair and unlawful eviction may receive a 10 per cent increase in damages, says Sian Evans

  • Contractor in fight to keep £1bn framework deal

    25/10/2012

    Wilmott Dixon is likely to face stiff competition to hang on to one of its most highly-prized public sector contracts.

  • ALMO's must 'step up to the plate'

    25/10/2012

    Arm’s-length management organisations must ‘step up to the plate’ and champion the needs of all of their communities if they are to have a positive future, a government minister has warned.

  • Keepmoat CEO stands down amid ownership rejig

    25/10/2012

    Keepmoat chief executive Ian Sutcliffe has left the company just nine months after the housing contractor’s merger with Apollo.

  • CIH launches repairs and maintenance survey

    24/10/2012

    The Chartered Institute of Housing is calling for responses to a survey to help it understand better the challenges of delivering repairs and maintenance.

  • Manx housing authorities to fight centralisation

    24/10/2012

    Local authorities on the Isle of Man are fighting attempts to take control of housing out of their hands to create one centralised body.

  • Home truths

    22/10/2012

    ‘We’re not in any way complacent,’ Mark Prisk told the Today programme this morning – having spent his interview being just that.

  • Solar loss claim increased to £50m

    22/10/2012

    More solar firms have joined legal action seeking damages from the government over its handling of cuts to feed-in tariff payments, increasing the claim from £2.2 million to around £50 million.

  • Government offers £125m of green deal cashback

    19/10/2012

    Residential property owners including social landlords are to be offered £125 million of ‘cashback’ payments as an incentive to take up the government’s green deal scheme.

  • Southwark leader rules out large-scale sale of stock

    18/10/2012

    The Labour leader of London’s largest local authority landlord has insisted that the council will not sell off half of its stock.

  • Opposition parties fear Southwark homes sell off

    18/10/2012

    Opposition parties in London’s largest stock-owning local authority have raised concerns about suggestions the council should sell off nearly half its homes.

  • London's largest landlord may need to reduce stock

    16/10/2012

    The largest council landlord in London should look at reducing its housing stock by almost half to generate more cash for investment, an independent report says.

  • Wales fails to hit quality standard target

    16/10/2012

    The Welsh Government has missed its target to improve the quality of social housing in Wales, with just a third of properties coming up to scratch.

  • What's in a name?

    15/10/2012

    The US term for housing professionals - housers - is an apt word for a complex and challenging role, says Betsy Morris

  • Regional mergers lead to job losses at contractor

    15/10/2012

    Specialist social housing contractor Lovell has merged its regional divisions, leading to a number of job losses among senior staff.

  • Landlords urged to fight rising energy prices

    12/10/2012

    A body representing private landlords has urged its members to take advantage of government schemes to improve energy efficiency to counteract hikes in fuel prices.

  • Partnership aims to improve a million PRS homes

    11/10/2012

    Shelter and British Gas have launched partnership to improve standards in the private rented sector.

  • Leeds ALMOs under review

    11/10/2012

    Leeds Council has launched a review of its arrangements with the city’s three arm’s-length management organisations amid concerns over accountability.

  • Social landlords miss out on energy schemes

    10/10/2012

    The government has not properly recognised the role social landlords can play in cutting fuel poverty through schemes to promote renewable power generation, a report has found.

  • Seeing green

    10/10/2012

    Social landlords missed out on the solar boom, but can still benefit from the next generation of green incentives, says Owen Daggett

  • Residents take legal action over 'toxic' land

    10/10/2012

    Residents who believe the land underneath their Scottish housing association homes is contaminated have launched legal proceedings against a range of bodies.

  • Preferred bidder named for 60,000 home retrofit

    09/10/2012

    Birmingham has named a preferred bidder for its scheme to improve the energy efficiency of 60,000 homes across the city by 2020.

  • Lincolnshire landlord posts £3.5m loss

    05/10/2012

    The largest social landlord in North Lincolnshire made a loss of more than £3.5 million in 2011/12 after the cost of managing its homes rose by £5.8 million.

  • A heated debate

    05/10/2012

    Why are fire extinguishers being removed from some tower blocks? Kate Youde investigates one of housing’s most surprising controversies.

  • A hostel environment

    05/10/2012

    Courts have toughened their stance over quality of temporary accommodation, says David Thomas, solicitor at Anthony Gold

  • ALMO buildings face possible demolition

    05/10/2012

    A Tyneside arm’s-length management organisation may have to demolish two blocks of flats as a result of last week’s floods.

  • Building up trust

    05/10/2012

    The government’s green deal will stand or fall on the way it is being sold to potential customers

  • Champion tactics

    05/10/2012

    The battle for lucrative new mega repairs and maintenance contracts is intensifying as jilted contractors turn to the courts to bolster their bids. Gavriel Hollander reports

  • Firestarter

    05/10/2012

    More fires start in flats than houses but firefighters don’t often get to train in real-life high-rises. Simon Brandon feels the heat as he joins West Midlands Fire Service on a rare drill in a council-owned block in Solihull

  • Hatch a plan

    05/10/2012

    Developers have been slow to respond to concerns about concealed boiler flues, but soon they will have to act

  • Landlords warned over gas guidance

    05/10/2012

    Social landlords have been warned to prepare themselves for new safety guidance that could see significant numbers of boilers deemed ‘at risk’ and then switched off from 1 January.

  • Law means squat

    05/10/2012

    Despite the hype surrounding recent legislation, ‘squatters’ rights’ have not been abolished, argues Brynmor Adams

  • Silent killer

    05/10/2012

    Why are gas safety problems still arising in new build homes four years after Elouise Littlewood died from carbon monoxide poisoning? Martin Hilditch checks up on house builders and gas engineers

  • Staying dry

    05/10/2012

    Make sure you have a good flood protection strategy if your properties are at risk, says Karim Senussi

  • Washed away

    05/10/2012

    Widespread flooding last week left dozens of homes uninhabitable and their residents homeless. Nick Duxbury assesses the damage and examines why extreme weather could pose a big problem for social landlords in the future

  • Housing groups disappointed by Welsh budget rise

    04/10/2012

    The Welsh Government’s increased spending plan between 2013 and 2015 has come under fire from housing bodies for its lack of ambition.

  • Shelter uncovers 27% surge in PRS complaints

    04/10/2012

    The number of complaints made to English councils about private landlords has gone up by 27 per cent in the last three years.

  • Council rules out extension to Morrison contract

    03/10/2012

    Repairs contractor Morrison will not have a £22 million contract extended by a council following concerns about poor service.

  • Labour Party to launch housing network

    02/10/2012

    The Labour Party will launch a network of local authorities to flag up innovation and best practice in housing.

  • Housing regulator defines assessment criteria

    02/10/2012

    The Scottish Housing Regulator has published the final list of indicators it will use to assess the performance of social landlords.

  • MP attacks provider’s private rent plans

    01/10/2012

    A London MP has condemned plans by his local housing association to rent some of its homes privately to fund refurbishment work.

  • Environmental campaigner condemns green deal

    01/10/2012

    The co-chair of the Labour Party’s environment campaign has blasted the government’s green deal, which launches today.

  • ALMO flood tenants cannot return 'for months'

    28/09/2012

    Tenants of an arm’s-length management organisation who were evacuated from their homes due to damage from flooding cannot return to their flats for ‘several months’.

  • Councils urged to speed up decent homes work

    28/09/2012

    The government is examining whether councils could be encouraged to spend their decent homes funding early to provide a boost to the local economy.

  • Strange shade of green

    28/09/2012

    Despite its imminent launch the green deal has a long way to go before it delivers on government promises

  • ALMO appoints new chair ahead of closure

    27/09/2012

    England’s largest arm’s-length management organisation has appointed its first tenant chair as the organisation prepares to merge back into the council.

  • Resident support prompts council to keep ALMO

    27/09/2012

    Gateshead Council has voted to keep its arm’s-length management organisation following a ballot of residents.

  • Building collapse fears force flood evacuation

    26/09/2012

    An arm’s-length management organisation had to evacuate two of its housing blocks after floods washed away the foundations of newly-built flats nearby.  

  • Lib Dems adopt 300,000 home policy

    26/09/2012

    The Liberal Democrats will adopt a range of housing policies including a call to build 300,000 homes a year after delegates approved a paper at the party’s annual conference.

  • Lib Dems adopt 300,000 home policy

    26/09/2012

    The Liberal Democrats will adopt a range of housing policies including a call to build 300,000 homes a year after delegates approved a paper at the party’s annual conference.

  • Gas fitter pleads not guilty in Salford blast case

    26/09/2012

    A gas fitter charged with breaching health and safety rules over a major gas explosion in Salford has pleaded not guilty.

  • Morrison loses £10m repairs contract

    24/09/2012

    Paragon Community Housing Group has terminated a £10 million a year maintenance contract with Morrison just two years into the deal.

  • Cities handed £12m of green deal start up cash

    21/09/2012

    The government has allocated £12 million of a fund to kick start its green deal energy efficiency scheme to seven English cities.

  • Heat scheme leaves social landlords in the cold

    21/09/2012

    Social landlords will be excluded from a government scheme to encourage the take up of renewable heating under proposals published for consultation yesterday.

  • Back to basics

    21/09/2012

    A Manchester-based housing association is showing how apprentices can create an effective, sustainable repairs and maintenance service with wider benefits for the community. Alex Turner reports

  • Circle faces second challenge to £1.2bn contract

    21/09/2012

    Circle is facing a second legal challenge to a contract awarded as part of its £1.2 billion procurement of repairs and maintenance work.

  • Landlords and tenants lock horn over energy efficiency

    21/09/2012

    Social landlords and tenants are at odds over who should pay for energy-saving measures such as insulation, an exclusive survey shows.

  • Regional loan plan to tap £2.3bn green deal

    21/09/2012

    Local authorities across the Leeds City Region are planning to club together to borrow money cheaply in a bid to kick-start the government’s green deal.

  • Stay on the ball

    21/09/2012

    It is vital to keeps tabs on the terms and clauses in contractors’ agreements, advises Simon Colegate

  • VAT’s the way to do it

    21/09/2012

    Landlords could make big savings under the new cost sharing exemption, says Neil Cohen, professional support lawyer at Trowers & Hamlins

  • Scottish budget includes £40m for homes

    20/09/2012

    The Scottish Government has announced £40 million for affordable housing to be spent this year.

  • Scottish budget includes £40m for homes

    20/09/2012

    The Scottish Government has announced £40 million for affordable housing to be spent this year.

  • Government to redefine fuel poverty

    20/09/2012

    Plans to change the way fuel poverty is measured in England have been issued for consultation by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

  • Landlord finds partner for refurbishment deal

    20/09/2012

    A Lancashire-based housing association has appointed a partner for a new joint venture company that will provide house building and refurbishment work for third-party organisations.

  • Homeowners offered grants to house social tenants

    19/09/2012

    A council is offering the owners of empty homes grants of up to £15,000 to renovate their houses in exchange for allowing the properties to be temporarily used as social housing.

  • Government confirms decent homes cash

    19/09/2012

    The government has confirmed councils in England will get £983 million over the next two years to clear the backlog of decent homes work.

  • Fire fight

    14/09/2012

    Landlords should fit sprinklers in all their homes, argues Bill Randall. Doing so would save money in the long term and, more importantly, tenants’ lives

  • L&Q to offer cheap green deal package

    13/09/2012

    London & Quadrant Housing Association plans to use hundreds of millions of pounds raised on the bond market to help deliver the government’s flagship retrofit scheme.

  • Kier reports 20% slump in maintenance work

    13/09/2012

    One of the UK’s largest social housing maintenance firms has reported a 20 per cent fall in revenue from that arm of its business, in preliminary results published today.

  • NIHE chief ‘embarrassed’ by repairs contract

    13/09/2012

    The chief executive of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive has promised tough measures against staff who are found to have been involved in poor contract management.

  • Unions to vote on anti-right to buy campaign

    11/09/2012

    Trade union members will vote tomorrow on whether to campaign to axe the right to buy and call for a new wave of social housing development.

  • Concerns raised over housing quality standard

    11/09/2012

    Landlords in Wales should be independently checked to see if they are meeting the Welsh Housing Quality Standard, according to a government committee.

  • Tim Yeo voices concerns over ‘slow’ green deal

    07/09/2012

    The chair of the energy and climate change select committee has called for a plan B in case the government’s flagship green deal fails or is slow to take off.

  • Co-op rolls out PV plans across south London

    07/09/2012

    A pioneering project to install solar photovoltaic panels on a council-owned estate in Brixton is to be replicated across south London so residents can benefit from reduced energy bills.

  • A fair deal

    07/09/2012

    Is it ethical for tenants to pay for green deal energy-efficiency improvements to landlords’ homes? Two experts go head to head

  • Eco doctor: Green deal

    07/09/2012

    Landlords must communicate the benefits of the green deal to residents if it is to be a success, says Sebastian Junemann

  • Gaining ground

    07/09/2012

    It’s time to turn talk about sustainable development and pockets of success into widespread, long-term delivery, says Nahid Majid

  • Green guru: Communal heating

    07/09/2012

    When installing a communal heating system social landlords must follow these steps to avoid getting their fingers burned, says Chris Paul

  • Housing Executive deemed ‘deficient’ by Audit Office report

    07/09/2012

    The chief executive of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive will be interrogated next week about damning claims of governance ‘deficiencies’ in the organisation.

  • Money man

    07/09/2012

    The success of the government’s flagship green deal initiative depends on Paul Davies. Here, the man behind the Green Deal Finance Company tells Keith Cooper how he’ll get investors to stump up £10 billion

  • Protective measures

    07/09/2012

    City West Housing Trust was faced with the choice of demolishing four Salford tower blocks or refurbishing them. It made the decision to carry out a £14.3 million major retrofit project, Neil Merrick reports

  • Q&A: Tim Yeo

    07/09/2012

    In the 1990s he was environment secretary. Now Tim Yeo is one of the Conservative Party’s most outspoken advocates for green policies. The chair of the energy and climate change select committee talks to Jess McCabe about the green deal, his party’s environmental record and being compared with the Ebola virus

  • The heat under the street

    07/09/2012

    They can cut carbon emissions, reduce energy bills and even attract scarce government subsidy. Jess McCabe reports on the landlords firing up district heating systems

  • Home delivery

    05/09/2012

    It’s still very early days but the appointments of the new ministerial team at the DCLG team are already raising some questions for me.

  • Stoke agrees to sell homes for £1

    04/09/2012

    A council has approved a scheme which allows people to buy homes for £1 to help bring its own empty properties back into use.

  • Report slams contracts at 90,000-home landlord

    04/09/2012

    The Northern Ireland Housing Executive is rife with ‘governance deficiencies’ and has no culture of accountability, according to a report.

  • Private landlords show interest in efficiency scheme

    03/09/2012

    Just over half of private landlords are considering using the government’s green deal energy efficiency scheme to improve their housing stock.

  • A sporting chance

    31/08/2012

    The legacy of the Paralympics must be accessible housing that will improve the opportunities available to all disabled people

  • GDFC reveals bond ambition

    31/08/2012

    A loan consolidation company has pledged to issue £5 billion of bonds in five years to help the government’s flagship housing eco-improvement scheme get back on course.

  • Henry Boot profit dives

    31/08/2012

    Sheffield-based contractor Henry Boot has seen its profit slashed according to its half-yearly report.

  • Contractor launches legal challenge to repairs deal

    30/08/2012

    A contractor has launched a legal challenge to a housing association over the award of a billion pound repairs and maintenance deal.

  • Council reveals private rent plan

    30/08/2012

    A London council has asked the government for permission to rent its empty social homes at market rates.

  • Cold calling

    30/08/2012

    Tenants wanting to use the government’s green deal to cut fuel bills may find their landlord has other ideas

  • Landlords in fix over green deal

    30/08/2012

    The majority of large social landlords are not planning to allow tenants to make their own arrangements under the government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme.

  • Charities offered £1.3m to boost tenant engagement

    28/08/2012

    The government has unveiled a £1.3 million fund to help charities set up schemes to involve tenants in their communities.

  • Building natural habitats

    24/08/2012

    Developers need to consider protected wildlife to avoid penalties, says John Newton, managing director at The Ecology

  • NIHE struggles on tenant satisfaction and repairs

    24/08/2012

    The embattled Northern Ireland Housing Executive has fallen short of tenant expectation targets in several key areas and spent over a hundred thousand pounds rectifying botched maintenance work.

  • Sovini wins £10m contract

    24/08/2012

    A housing maintenance contractor owned by two housing associations has won its first deal to provide services to another landlord.

  • The hole in the plan

    24/08/2012

    With just over a month to go until the official launch of the green deal, Nick Duxbury finds out if social landlords are prepared for the energy efficiency programme or whether they are heading for a fall.

  • VPS forced to sell SitexOrbis

    24/08/2012

    The Competition Commission has ordered the sale of one of the UK’s biggest vacant property security companies to protect social landlords from price hikes.

  • Cyntra creditors face £1.3m shortfall

    23/08/2012

    Former staff and businesses owed money by defunct procurement group Cyntra could receive less than a fifth of what they are owed.

  • GMB calls for penalties for empty Scottish homes

    23/08/2012

    A union has called for more penalties for Scottish home owners who have left almost 71,000 properties empty.

  • Shapps rules out leaseholder 'exploitation' laws

    21/08/2012

    The housing minister has ruled out legislation to protect leaseholders despite a television documentary suggesting councils are profiting from repairs deals.

  • Taking stock

    21/08/2012

    Landlords should prepare for new efficiency targets by starting to understand the energy performance of their homes, argues Professor George Martin

  • Numbers of empty homes falls, says HCA research

    20/08/2012

    The proportion of homes in the sector which are empty has fallen, according to a survey published by the Homes and Communities Agency today.

  • Major regeneration plan approved for Salford

    17/08/2012

    Plans for a 1,600-home private finance initiative regeneration scheme have been approved.

  • Major regeneration plan approved for Salford

    17/08/2012

    Plans for a 1,600-home private finance initiative regeneration scheme have been approved.

  • Gentoo bids for £200m framework

    16/08/2012

    A housing association has become the first in the sector to commit to becoming a green deal provider by bidding for a green deal procurement framework worth up to £200 million.

  • Sheffield landlords prosecuted for gas safety failings

    15/08/2012

    Two Sheffield landlords were handed suspended jail sentences for failing to maintain gas appliances at a flat they rented to a young woman.

  • Contractor makes 'good start' to the year

    13/08/2012

    Repairs and maintenance contractor Mitie has announced it has made ‘a good start’ to the new financial year.

  • Council ordered to pay £4,000 for poor advice

    10/08/2012

    An East Anglian council has been ordered to pay a home owner £3,000 for incorrectly advising him the property next door would be demolished.

  • Covering all bases

    10/08/2012

    Proper consultation is vital for the green deal or landlords could face legal challenges, says Kate Silverman

  • Equal opportunities

    10/08/2012

    A brokerage mechanism will create a fairer energy company obligation market, says partner at Trowers & Hamlins Chris Paul

  • Hyde £500m plan to overhaul repairs

    09/08/2012

    Hyde Group is set to retender £500 million of repairs and maintenance work as part of a plan to save £50 million over 10 years.

  • Landlords fight to access green subsidy brokerage

    09/08/2012

    Social landlords are fighting to ensure they are not excluded from accessing a brokerage system that will distribute millions of pounds of vital green subsidy funding.

  • Landlords clear up after heavy weekend rain

    08/08/2012

    Social landlords across the country are facing a clear up operation after the weekend saw widespread flooding.

  • DECC re-opens heating fund competition

    08/08/2012

    The government has re-opened a competition for £10 million of funding for renewable heating projects after it did not receive enough suitable bids in the initial rounds.

  • Government to give green deal a £40bn boost

    08/08/2012

    The government is planning to give its flagship energy efficiency scheme a boost by including it in its £40 billion UK guarantees scheme.

  • Three deny harrasing housing association chief

    07/08/2012

    Three men have denied harassing the chief executive of Liverpool Mutual Homes, magistrates heard today.

  • Council awards £35m decent homes contracts

    07/08/2012

    North West Leicestershire Council has awarded its largest ever housing improvement contract to two companies in a five-year deal.

  • London council removes painted murals

    06/08/2012

    Southwark Council is under fire from community activists after removing murals painted in the empty Heygate estate, while leaving less artistic tagging including obscenities in place.

  • London council removes painted murals

    06/08/2012

    Southwark Council is under fire from community activists after removing murals painted in the empty Heygate estate, while leaving less artistic tagging including obscenities in place.

  • Contractor's profit dips in first half of year

    06/08/2012

    Social housing contractor Lovell has reported a dip in both profit and turnover during the first six months of 2012.

  • Stoke offers £1 empty homes

    03/08/2012

    Stoke-on-Trent Council will offer families empty homes for £1 in a bid to get more properties back into use.

  • A real Huw and cry

    03/08/2012

    Huw Lewis is the first Welsh housing minister with a cabinet seat. Rhiannon Bury finds out how he is planning to use his position to solve the country’s housing crisis.

  • LMH wins Kinetics’ employee tribunal

    03/08/2012

    Liverpool Mutual Homes has won an employment tribunal in a high-profile case that saw union Unite mount street protests against the housing association’s chief executive.

  • Together we stand

    03/08/2012

    Housing can do so much for communities, so why was it left out of the government’s guarantees programme?

  • Council tax on Welsh empty homes could double

    02/08/2012

    Councils in Wales could be allowed to charge up to double the cost of council tax on long-term empty homes.

  • OFT: Green deal needs single regulator

    02/08/2012

    The Office of Fair Trading has recommended that the government appoints a single body to regulate its flagship energy efficiency scheme, the green deal.

  • Complete overhaul for repairs system

    02/08/2012

    Edinburgh Council is proposing major changes to the way it intervenes to repair private properties, following widespread allegations of misconduct.

  • Landlords warned over rush for district heating

    02/08/2012

    Social landlords rushing to install district heating systems are being warned they risk exposing themselves to massive liabilities.

  • HCA seeking £679k as Cyntra creditor

    02/08/2012

    The Homes and Communities Agency will seek to recoup £679,000 it paid in grant funding to defunct procurement consortium Cyntra, after it officially became a creditor last week.

  • Government publishes energy efficiency guidance

    31/07/2012

    The government has published guidance for local authorities on how they should carry out energy efficiency improvements on their housing stock.

  • PRS properties 'should meet decent homes test'

    31/07/2012

    Private landlords should be forced to refurbish their homes to the equivalent of the decent homes standard, a leading Labour thinker has suggested.

  • Sustainable Housing Awards shortlist unveiled

    27/07/2012

    The finalists have been announced for the Sustainable Housing Awards 2012.

  • Mears scoops repairs deal after Morrison loss

    27/07/2012

    Mears has replaced Morrison on a major housing repairs contract for a London council.

  • A little bit of history repeating

    27/07/2012

    Twelve months ago MP David Lammy saw his Tottenham constituency devastated by riots. Here, he tells Lydia Stockdale why he believes it could happen again

  • Council fined £83,000 for multiple gas safety breaches

    27/07/2012

    Hammersmith & Fulham Council has pleaded guilty to a catalogue of safety failings which put many of its tenants at increased risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • The riots one year on

    27/07/2012

    Next month marks the first anniversary of the riots which ripped through England. Here, Nick Duxbury asks front line housing professionals how the experience has changed their working lives.

  • Subsidy blow for social landlords’ PV plans

    26/07/2012

    The government has ditched plans to allow social housing photovoltaic schemes to benefit from a special status as ‘community energy projects’.

  • Economic woes spark calls for housing investment

    25/07/2012

    Construction groups have called on the government to use housing to kick start the economy after the latest statistics showed GDP fell 0.7 per cent between April and June.

  • Economic woes spark calls for housing investment

    25/07/2012

    Construction groups have called on the government to use housing to kick start the economy after the latest statistics showed GDP fell 0.7 per cent between April and June.

  • Builder appointed for £23m extra care development

    25/07/2012

    Chevin Housing Association has appointed Willmott Dixon to a £23 million contract to build 200 extra care apartments.

  • Major flooding damages Gateshead homes

    24/07/2012

    Hundreds of homes were flooded and families rehoused in Gateshead last month, it emerged this week.

  • Councils force ALMOs to cut costs

    20/07/2012

    Pressure from local authorities has caused arm’s-length management organisations to cut costs by up to twice as much as housing associations.

  • Ideal reward

    20/07/2012

    Finding ways of motivating people to become more self-sufficient and ambitious could help transform our society

  • Landlords liable for injury caused by tenant repairs

    20/07/2012

    Landlords will have to carry out checks on their properties after a landmark court case ruled they are liable for injury caused by work carried out by tenants.

  • Many happy returns

    20/07/2012

    In 10 years of being, ALMOs have proved their worth

  • Tenant takeover

    20/07/2012

    Rochdale’s former arm’s-length management organisation has transferred ownership to tenants and employees. Alex Turner reports on how the pioneer landlord is going about making history

  • The ALMO odyssey

    20/07/2012

    As ALMOs reach their 10th year on the road, many are wondering whether the journey has much further to go. Emily Rogers reports. Illustration by Bill Greenhead

  • Worthy of merit

    20/07/2012

    They set an example that everyone in the sector can take inspiration from. Meet the winners of this year’s National Federation of ALMOs Awards.

  • Brian Johnson appointed Metropolitan boss

    19/07/2012

    Metropolitan has appointed Brian Johnson as its new chief executive.

  • Parent company knocks £25m off Morrison value

    19/07/2012

    The parent company of Morrison has wiped £25 million off its valuation of the social housing repairs and maintenance contractor.

  • Minister defends home energy efficiency scheme

    19/07/2012

    The energy and climate change secretary has defended the financing of the government’s green deal scheme after campaigners warned it will fail unless it is improved.

  • Council confirms departure of missing ALMO chief

    18/07/2012

    The chief executive of the country’s biggest arm’s-length management organisation is to step down with immediate effect.

  • Scotland launches empty homes fund

    18/07/2012

    The Scottish Government has doubled its investment in tackling empty homes.

  • Green deal will ‘fail’ without fuel poverty changes

    17/07/2012

    Consumer groups and environmental campaigners have written to the energy and climate change secretary warning the green deal could ‘fail on all fronts’ if it is not improved.

  • Interim head appointed for housing executive

    17/07/2012

    The current vice-chair of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive will take over as acting chair while the board completes the public appointment process.

  • Leading the way

    17/07/2012

    Social housing providers are in a unique position to drive the move to a more energy efficient society, argues Tom Pakenham

  • Scottish housing association sued over toxic land

    17/07/2012

    Residents are suing a Scottish housing association over land underneath their homes they believe is contaminated.

  • Solar firms seek £2.2m damages over FIT cut

    13/07/2012

    A group of solar firms have launched a £2.2 million claim for damages as a result of the government’s illegal cut to the feed-in tariff last November.

  • A good position

    13/07/2012

    The energy efficiency directive might not help landlords fund eco-improvements but there are alternatives, says Bill Hull

  • End of the road?

    13/07/2012

    As the future of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive hangs in the balance, Rhiannon Bury spoke to tenants and staff to find out their fears for the future

  • HCA paid failed Cyntra consortium £600k

    13/07/2012

    The Homes and Communities Agency paid out over £600,000 in grant to a procurement consortium that abruptly ceased trading two weeks ago.

  • History lessons

    13/07/2012

    Despite recent events, we must not forget the work the NIHE has done to stabilise Northern Ireland’s housing conditions

  • Home comforts

    13/07/2012

    Helping terminally ill patients live comfortably in their own homes can save money and, as Lydia Stockdale finds out, greatly improve people’s quality of life. Illustration by Georgina Hounsome

  • Target practice

    13/07/2012

    Payment by results is designed to offer Supporting People providers an incentive to improve services for clients. Rhiannon Bury kicks off our care and support special by finding out how the pilots are doing so far.

  • Landlord plans first large-scale Passivhaus retrofit

    12/07/2012

    A Manchester-based stock transfer association is carrying out the UK’s first large-scale Passivhaus retrofit.

  • Banks give consent for PV scheme

    12/07/2012

    A Liverpool-based housing association has agreed a ‘rent-a-roof’ deal to install solar photovoltaic panels on 2,500 of its properties nearly a year after it first entered negotiations with its lenders.

  • Householders face 'double the risk' of fires

    12/07/2012

    Householders may face twice as many fires as official figures suggest, according to research by an insulation firm released today.

  • Experts warn worse is to come as floods hit homes

    12/07/2012

    Housing providers have been bracing themselves against record levels of rainfall this week.

  • Homesteading plan to save homes from demolition

    11/07/2012

    A campaigning charity is hoping to demonstrate the effectiveness of a model for bringing empty homes back into use after receiving government funding.

  • Contractors ditch vans to beat Olympic gridlock

    11/07/2012

    Repairs firm Osborne has come up with an innovative way to beat the traffic during the 2012 Olympics – sending their staff out on bikes.

  • Empty homes schemes allocated £25 million

    10/07/2012

    The government has announced the community groups that will receive a share of more than £25 million to bring empty homes back into use.

  • Audit reforms to save £1 billion over 10 years

    10/07/2012

    Abolishing the Audit Commission will save more than £1 billion over the next decade, according to a government impact assessment.

  • Judge refuses to bring forward Lakanal inquest

    09/07/2012

    The judge presiding over the inquest into the six deaths in a south London tower block fire has decided not to bring forward the inquest.

  • Birmingham reviews carbon reduction goal

    09/07/2012

    Birmingham is reviewing its target to cut carbon emissions by 60 per cent by 2026 after an internal review identified a range of concerns.

  • Audit Office adds to housing executive woes

    06/07/2012

    The Northern Ireland Audit Office has published a damning report on the beleaguered Northern Ireland Housing Executive today.

  • Cyntra closure leaves creditors in the lurch

    06/07/2012

    The councils and arm’s-length management organisations that owned procurement consortium Cyntra left suppliers and staff hundreds of thousands of pounds out of pocket when it folded last month.

  • Executive decision

    06/07/2012

    Northern Ireland must get on with addressing its housing problems

  • L&Q records £95m surplus

    06/07/2012

    London & Quadrant has generated what is thought to be the largest ever surplus by a social landlord.

  • NIHE under supervision over repairs contracts

    06/07/2012

    The UK’s largest social landlord has been plunged into turmoil after it was placed under government supervision following a damning report into its management of repairs contracts.

  • Plans for London green deal model

    06/07/2012

    The mayor of London is mulling funding a green deal body that will enable councils to roll out the government’s flagship retrofit scheme across the capital.

  • Succeeding against the odds

    06/07/2012

    It’s been a tough year for housing but, as Simon Brandon discovers, the winners of this year’s UK Housing Awards have found innovative and inspiring ways to overcome the challenging environment in which they are working

  • Thank you, Grant Shapps

    06/07/2012

    Funding for empty homes is worthy of praise, whatever your political colour, says Ann O’Byrne

  • ALMO chief vanishes as council takeover looms

    05/07/2012

    The chief executive of the England’s largest arm’s-length management organisation has not been at work for almost two months.

  • Camden to insulate 13,659 homes in £8m project

    04/07/2012

    Camden Council has announced a goal to put cavity wall insulation in all its properties by the end of the year.

  • Minister slams Northern Irish maintenance service

    03/07/2012

    The Northern Ireland Housing Executive is failing to deliver an adequate maintenance service to its tenants, the social development minister said today.

  • Housing providers lined up for management role

    03/07/2012

    Housing associations could play a key role as managers of homes they do not own if institutional investors buy into the housing market, a key advisor to Grant Shapps has said.

  • Repairs report prompts chair's resignation

    02/07/2012

    The chair of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive has resigned ahead of the publication of a report expected to criticise the organisation for wasting money.

  • Landlords stockpiling for Olympic ‘chaos’

    29/06/2012

    London’s social landlords are preparing for transport chaos during the Olympic Games by stockpiling materials close to their properties.

  • Running repairs

    29/06/2012

    It’s not just athletes who will face hurdles during the Olympic games, social landlords must keep repairs services on track in challenging circumstances. Alex Turner finds out how they’ve trained for the event

  • First free biomass offer from energy firm

    28/06/2012

    An energy savings company is introducing the first ‘free’ biomass boiler offer for social landlords in order to take advantage of government subsidy payments for renewable heat.

  • Contractor launches energy efficiency business

    28/06/2012

    Mears has set up a joint venture with former gas certification body Corgi to improve the energy efficiency of the 600,000 homes it maintains.

  • UK Housing Award 2012 winners named

    27/06/2012

    The winners of the UK Housing Awards 2012 have been announced at a ceremony in London.

  • Housing association tenants in Oldham blast

    27/06/2012

    Hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes after a gas explosion reduced several houses to rubble and killed a toddler in Oldham yesterday.

  • Contractors called in to mend flagship eco homes

    27/06/2012

    Contractors have been called in to address concerns at an award-winning affordable housing development designed by celebrity architect Kevin McCloud’s company Hab.

  • Charity receives £200k to give older people choice

    26/06/2012

    A national older people’s charity has received almost £200,000 through lottery funding to help older people make housing decisions.

  • Gas fitter appears in court over Salford blast

    22/06/2012

    A gas fitter has appeared in court over a major explosion in Salford which left 16 people injured including one woman with severe burns.

  • West Dunbartonshire scraps transfer plans

    22/06/2012

    Councillors in West Dunbartonshire have scrapped plans to transfer up to half of the councils stock to a housing association.

  • Better safe than sorry

    22/06/2012

    Too many organisations are not taking lone worker safety seriously

  • The home guard

    22/06/2012

    Property guardians can save social landlords money by protecting empty homes from vandalism and squatters. But with criticism the practice is lowering standards in the private rented sector, is it ethical? Michael Pooler investigates

  • Inside Housing deputy editor wins coveted award

    21/06/2012

    Inside Housing’s deputy editor Martin Hilditch has been named business writer of the year at a magazine industry awards.

  • Former employee defrauded housing association

    21/06/2012

    A customer services manager at one of the UK’s biggest housing associations defrauded his employer out of £93,000 over two years.

  • Salford Council considers future of ALMO

    20/06/2012

    Salford Council is considering the future of its arm’s-length management organisation because the self-financing debt cap will present a ‘major problem’ for the local authority.

  • Court clears former Ujima boss of fraud

    20/06/2012

    The former chief executive of Ujima Housing Association and his business associates have been cleared of fraud charges.

  • Scottish landlords issue warning over welfare cuts

    20/06/2012

    The UK government’s changes to welfare payments will put at risk efforts to improve social housing and build new affordable homes, housing representatives in Scotland will say today.

  • Building firm cuts jobs as council slashes spend

    19/06/2012

    A Hull-based building and repairs contractor has laid off almost one in six staff.

  • Tenants' maintenance scheme a success

    19/06/2012

    One of the first housing associations to trial a ‘cash-back’ scheme to reward tenants who do their own maintenance has recorded a 72 per cent reduction in repairs.

  • Wates agrees to end ‘unfeasible’ Southwark deal

    18/06/2012

    Wates has agreed to end a contract with Southwark Council saying it cannot ‘feasibly deliver’ the work in line with the authority’s policies.

  • Camden Council issues fire warnings to residents

    15/06/2012

    Camden Council is issuing a warning to tenants to keep their homes fire proof after a blaze gutted one of its flats.

  • East Kent exceeds savings targets

    15/06/2012

    Is East Kent’s arm’s-length management organisation an endangered species as councils look to bring housing services back in-house to save money, is the so-called ‘super ALMO’ model a viable alternative?

  • Delegates for for-profit providers

    14/06/2012

    Nearly two in three delegates polled at the Chartered Institute of Housing annual conference believe for-profit providers will help the sector meet housing need.

  • Delegates for for-profit providers

    14/06/2012

    Nearly two in three delegates polled at the Chartered Institute of Housing annual conference believe for-profit providers will help the sector meet housing need.

  • Social landlords should be ‘beacons of hope’

    14/06/2012

    Social housing providers should return to being ‘beacons of hope’ and remember their social purpose, delegates at Housing 2012 have heard.

  • Protests outside CIH conference over LMH redundancies

    12/06/2012

    Union activists protested outside Manchester Central on the first day of the Chartered Institute of Housing Conference today.

  • CIH president: Housing can be economy's 'silver bullet'

    12/06/2012

    The president of the Chartered Institute of Housing has said housing can be the ‘silver bullet’ for the economy if the sector works to demonstrate its value.

  • Government policies threaten child poverty gains

    12/06/2012

    Coalition government policies risk reversing progress made in tackling child poverty since 1998, a group of experts have warned.

  • Green deal changes to benefit low-income homes

    11/06/2012

    The government has changed its flagship retrofit programme to allow an extra 100,000 low-income households a year to receive energy efficiency works.

  • GHA demolishes iconic multi-storey block

    11/06/2012

    Scotland’s largest social landlord has kicked off a regeneration scheme by demolishing the first of eight iconic multi-storey blocks of flats in Glasgow.

  • GHA demolishes iconic multi-storey block

    11/06/2012

    Scotland’s largest social landlord has kicked off a regeneration scheme by demolishing the first of eight iconic multi-storey blocks of flats in Glasgow.

  • All in a day’s work

    08/06/2012

    Front line housing workers face danger on a daily basis but what kind of abuse do they suffer and how often? Inside Housing conducted two exclusive surveys to find out. Lydia Stockdale reports on the shocking results

  • CPS decision could undermine fire safety legislation

    08/06/2012

    Fire safety laws could be undermined if there is no prosecution over a south London tower block fire which killed six people, a fire chief has warned.

  • Morrison posts £7.6m loss

    08/06/2012

    Repairs and maintenance contractor Morrison has posted an improved set of second half financial results in the face of continued rumours about the future of the company.

  • RICS: clarity needed on post-2015 funding

    08/06/2012

    The £1.8 billion affordable homes programme is ‘not a long-term solution’ to the escalating housing crisis, according to a new report.

  • Gentoo pilot shows green deal potential

    07/06/2012

    The results of a retrofit pilot scheme are being heralded as evidence that social tenants will embrace the government’s flagship energy efficiency programme.

  • Fifth of MPs don’t understand the green deal

    07/06/2012

    More than a fifth of MPs are not familiar with the government’s flagship scheme to improve home energy efficiency, a poll has found.

  • Councils agree to boost north London area

    07/06/2012

    Three councils have signed an agreement to work together to boost an area of north London.

  • Councils agree to boost north London area

    07/06/2012

    Three councils have signed an agreement to work together to boost an area of north London.

  • Toddler escapes death from securely fitted tower block

    07/06/2012

    The windows in a tower block from which a toddler suffered a horrific fall were fitted with safety catches, a housing association has said.

  • Group to ensure vulnerable gain from green deal

    07/06/2012

    The Department of Energy and Climate Change has set up a group to examine ways to ensure vulnerable people benefit from its green deal energy efficiency scheme.

  • Scotland announces £200m to combat fuel poverty

    06/06/2012

    The Scottish Government has announced a £200 million programme to improve the energy efficiency of older homes.

  • Homeowners to be lent cash for loft conversions

    06/06/2012

    A council is offering homeowners up to £30,000 to carry out loft conversions in a bid to tackle overcrowding.

  • Homeowners to be lent cash for loft conversions

    06/06/2012

    A council is offering homeowners up to £30,000 to carry out loft conversions in a bid to tackle overcrowding.

  • No manslaughter charges over Lakanal House fire

    01/06/2012

    The Crown Prosecution Service has decided not to press manslaughter charges over a tower block fire in which six people died.

  • Blaze sparks renewed safety fears

    01/06/2012

    Concerns about the safety of timber frame construction have resurfaced after a blaze at a housing association building site in Stockport.

  • Club together

    01/06/2012

    Landlords could save millions by pooling resources under new rules, says Oliver Sharp

  • Landlords target £60m EU fund

    01/06/2012

    A European Union-run funding pot that could kick-start millions of pounds worth of regeneration schemes in the north west is set to make its first investment.

  • Let’s get it right

    01/06/2012

    Green deal providers must not repeat the mistakes made with decent homes

  • Changes to solar subsidies give landlords more time

    31/05/2012

    The housing sector has cautiously welcomed reforms to solar subsidies which last week ended the long-standing uncertainty surrounding photovoltaic panels.

  • Funding to kick-start Hull regen scheme

    31/05/2012

    Hull Council will begin work on delivering almost 1,500 new and refurbished homes after it received long-awaited approval for £8 million of government funding.

  • Funding to kick-start Hull regen scheme

    31/05/2012

    Hull Council will begin work on delivering almost 1,500 new and refurbished homes after it received long-awaited approval for £8 million of government funding.

  • Transfer troubles

    31/05/2012

    Despite efforts to simplify rules on employee transfer there is still uncertainty over when TUPE applies to outsourcing. Employment specialist Joanne Lunt examines the issues

  • Derby house fire: parents charged

    31/05/2012

    The parents of six children who died in a fatal council house fire in Derby have been charged with their murder.

  • Welsh Government to fit sprinklers in new homes

    31/05/2012

    The Welsh Government will fit fire sprinklers in all new homes from next year, despite warnings that the plan would cost £6.7 million for every life it saved.

  • Planning rules could hinder green deal

    30/05/2012

    Planning restrictions could mean London struggles to make the most of government programmes to improve home energy efficiency, a think tank has warned.

  • Government hands out £85m of empty homes cash

    29/05/2012

    The government has allocated £85 million of empty homes funding to councils and community groups.

  • Timber-frame block destroyed in building site blaze

    28/05/2012

    A housing association’s £2.4 million part-finished timber-framed block of flats in Stockport went up in flames early this morning.  

  • Contractor sees fall in profit despite £1bn turnover

    28/05/2012

    Willmott Dixon has reported a 21 per cent fall in its pre-tax profits.

  • Bids invited for £10m of renewable heat funding

    28/05/2012

    The budget for a scheme to encourage social landlords to install low-carbon forms of heating has been tripled to £10 million.

  • DECC cuts penalty for multiple solar schemes

    25/05/2012

    Housing providers who install photovoltaic panels could be in line for higher than expected payments following changes to government plans.

  • A healthy home

    25/05/2012

    Good green housing schemes promote mental and physical well-being - and help save the planet, argues Bill Randall

  • Guarding empty homes

    25/05/2012

    Landlords should seek legal advice before hiring ‘guardian’ services to protect their property, says Ben Halsey, senior associate at Lewis Silkin

  • Landlords fear lenders could scupper green deal

    25/05/2012

    Landlords fear the government’s flagship retrofit scheme could be derailed by lenders because it might reduce property values.

  • New powers

    25/05/2012

    Squatting in residential properties is now a criminal offence, says Joanne Young

  • Winning ways

    25/05/2012

    The winners of this year’s Housing Heroes awards are the finest teams, tenants and staff in the social housing sector. Chloë Stothart finds out how they became the best

  • Southwark Council agrees to first self-financing TMO

    23/05/2012

    A tenant management organisation in London is set to become the first to keep its rental receipts following council self-financing reforms.

  • Social landlords sign up with retrofit finance body

    23/05/2012

    A host of social landlords have joined the Green Deal Finance Company which has now doubled its membership since it was incorporated in March.

  • Gateshead ALMO assesses gas explosion damage

    22/05/2012

    Gateshead Council residents living next door to a flat where an explosion injured six people are waiting to see when they can move back to their homes.

  • Energy provider offers fuel poverty training

    22/05/2012

    One of the UK’s leading energy suppliers is offering free training to housing association staff in combating fuel poverty.

  • Builder wins first stand-alone repairs deal

    22/05/2012

    A house builder has won its first stand-alone social housing responsive repairs contract as it seeks to diversify its business.

  • Wales plans to end family homelessness

    21/05/2012

    The Welsh Government has unveiled plans to end family homelessness by 2019 in its housing white paper published today.

  • Mitie's turnover increases 6%

    21/05/2012

    Mitie has announced turnover of more than £2 billion and increased operating profit.

  • The big picture

    21/05/2012

    Arguments over elements of the government’s drive to improve home energy efficiency risk overshadowing the goal of ending fuel poverty, argues Duncan Price

  • Sound off: slow progress

    18/05/2012

    Will the delay to the renewable heat incentive be a major setback for social landlords’ plans for renewable heat? Two experts give their views

  • The final countdown

    18/05/2012

    The government’s green deal retrofit programme is due to launch in just a few months. So, is it a good deal for social landlords and their tenants? Sustainable Housing conducted an exclusive survey and gathered a round table of industry experts to find out. Keith Cooper reports.Photography: Jonathan Goldberg

  • Landlords feel unprepared for the green deal

    17/05/2012

    The majority of social landlords feel unprepared for the government’s flagship programme to carry out energy efficiency refurbishments of Britain’s housing, despite it kicking off in just five months’ time.

  • Kier on track following contract wins

    17/05/2012

    Kier has reported it is on track to meet its 2012 expectations after securing more than £400 million of construction work over the past five months.

  • Councils will need more green deal incentives

    17/05/2012

    Additional incentives will be needed to encourage local authorities to adopt the green deal, according to a report commissioned by the government.

  • Government policies 'are failing housing'

    17/05/2012

    The government’s housing policies are failing to mend Britain’s ‘broken housing market’, according to a damning report from three leading housing bodies.

  • Government policies 'are failing housing'

    17/05/2012

    The government’s housing policies are failing to mend Britain’s ‘broken housing market’, according to a damning report from three leading housing bodies.

  • London mayor sets up procurement panel

    16/05/2012

    Social landlords will be able to use a procurement panel set up by the Mayor of London.

  • London mayor sets up procurement panel

    16/05/2012

    Social landlords will be able to use a procurement panel set up by the Mayor of London.

  • Fatal Derby house fire was started with petrol

    16/05/2012

    The fire in a Derby council house in which six children died was started by petrol below the letterbox in the hallway.

  • Housing stalwart gets policy review brief

    16/05/2012

    Housing stalwart and former Inside Housing columnist Jon Cruddas is to co-ordinate Labour’s policy review.

  • Accord appoints Lovell for £50m repairs contract

    16/05/2012

    Midlands-based housing association Accord has awarded a £50 million repairs contract to Lovell.

  • Councils seek partner for green deal roll out

    14/05/2012

    A group of local authorities in north east England is looking for a delivery partner to help it take advantage of the government’s green deal energy efficiency scheme.

  • Mears' social housing business going strong

    14/05/2012

    Mears has today announced strong social housing revenues after starting eight new contracts since the start of the year.

  • Housing Heroes Award winners unveiled

    11/05/2012

    The winners of the 2012 Housing Heroes Awards have been announced at a ceremony in London.

  • A burning issue

    11/05/2012

    In the wake of several tragic fatalities, an Inside Housing investigation reveals social landlords are receiving fire safety enforcement notices at a rate of one a week. Martin Hilditch finds out what is going wrong

  • Danger signs

    11/05/2012

    Social landlords have improved fire safety since the Lakanal House tragedy, but there is still more work to be done

  • Is anyone there?

    11/05/2012

    Large housing associations offer a number of ways for tenants to contact them but in practice it’s not always easy to get through, says Lara Oyedele

  • Landlords sceptical about green deal

    11/05/2012

    Social landlords believe the government’s flagship retrofit scheme will be unpopular with their tenants.

  • Outsourcing model to fund new build

    11/05/2012

    A new repairs outsourcing model has been developed that could increase the borrowing power of councils and finance new house building projects.

  • Social landlords handed one fire notice every week

    11/05/2012

    Social landlords are being served with an average of one enforcement notice a week by fire brigades across England.

  • NIHE stock needs £1bn

    10/05/2012

    Housing belonging to the Northern Ireland Housing Executive needs at least £1 billion of investment to bring it up to standard, according to the organisation’s chief executive.

  • PM under pressure to boost green deal incentives

    10/05/2012

    Officials preparing a briefing for the prime minister on the government’s green deal energy efficiency scheme have been urged to consider further incentives to encourage take up.

  • Scottish councils to get £582m to build green homes

    08/05/2012

    The Scottish Government has today pledged £582 million to councils to build affordable homes, with those producing greener homes receiving larger subsidies.

  • Ex-Westminster housing boss takes Camden post

    04/05/2012

    Westminster Council’s former director of housing has moved over to Camden to become its new director of housing and adult social care.

  • Labour victory in Wales

    04/05/2012

    Labour has made big gains right across Wales, emerging as the only major winner of the night.

  • Boris wins second term as mayor of London

    04/05/2012

    Boris Johnson has won the London mayoral election after a close run fight with Labour’s Ken Livingstone.

  • Boris wins second term as mayor of London

    04/05/2012

    Boris Johnson has won the London mayoral election after a close run fight with Labour’s Ken Livingstone.

  • In at the deep end

    04/05/2012

    What lessons must be learned from the past, as landlords take the plunge on ECO funding? Nick Duxbury and Madeleine Cuff report.

  • Making it pay

    04/05/2012

    Procurement red tape is costing the housing sector dear

  • MPs to seek clarification over £43bn historic grant

    03/05/2012

    MPs will next week call for clarification on the status of historic government grant as a potential means to free up billions of pounds worth of investment in social housing.

  • Community groups could get extra green deal cash

    03/05/2012

    Groups of tenants who sign up for work to improve the energy efficiency of their homes could get cash payments from the government.

  • Power players join forces to ‘stress test’ green deal

    03/05/2012

    Landlords, energy companies and major retailers have joined forces to provide the first comprehensive stress test of the government’s flagship retrofit scheme.

  • Contractor reports 'solid start' to 2012

    03/05/2012

    Morgan Sindall has reported a ‘solid start’ to the year, ahead of its annual general meeting today.

  • ALMO to review safety measures after fire

    02/05/2012

    An arm’s-length management organisation is considering putting smoke alarms in the communal areas of a 12-storey block after a fire broke out in a children’s play area.

  • Housing organisations prepare for flooding

    01/05/2012

    Housing providers are gearing up to deal with flooding problems as 130 areas across England and Wales are put on flood alert.

  • Contractor sheds 200 jobs through £1bn merger

    01/05/2012

    The merger of two housing contractors has resulted in 200 job losses.

  • One week left to complete assaults survey

    01/05/2012

    Frontline housing professionals have a week to complete Inside Housing’s survey on assaults against housing staff.

  • Landlord and contractor scrap £45m repairs deal

    27/04/2012

    Notting Hill Housing Trust and Willmott Dixon Partnerships have agreed to end a five-year repairs and maintenance deal worth £45 million after just eight months.

  • A vote for housing

    27/04/2012

    Housing finally ignited as a major political issue in the run-up to the London mayoral elections this week. Carl Brown investigates how some of the main contenders plan to tackle the issue

  • Greg Barker brokers retrofit cash crisis talks

    27/04/2012

    Climate change minister Greg Barker is brokering crisis talks between council bosses and energy companies to save a flagship £350 million sustainability programme.

  • LGA criticises ‘unrealistic’ and ‘restrictive’ right to buy plans

    27/04/2012

    The government’s proposals on how councils can keep and use receipts from future right to buy sales in the local area have been labelled ‘unnecessarily restrictive’ by the Local Government Association.

  • SNP and Labour battle over Glasgow’s housing problems

    27/04/2012

    Glasgow’s housing crisis has become a key battleground as the Scottish National Party bids to end 31 years of Labour Party rule in Scotland’s biggest city.

  • Report: ‘Build rules must be simplified’

    26/04/2012

    Procurement processes in the housing sector are ‘onerous and costly’, thanks to overzealous interpretations of European Union procurement rules, according to a report.

  • Builder proposes retrofit alternative to zero carbon

    26/04/2012

    A leading house builder has called on the government to scrap plans to make homes zero carbon from 2016 in favour of a levy to improve existing stock.

  • Survey to investigate assaults against housing staff

    23/04/2012

    Inside Housing has launched a survey on assaults against housing staff.

  • Acis creates repairs joint venture

    20/04/2012

    A 5,500-home landlord has launched a joint venture with Willmott Dixon that could see it sell repairs and maintenance services to other social housing providers.

  • Cold cottage rescue

    20/04/2012

    Isolation from mains gas can spell financial hardship. Alex Turner investigates how Cornish landlords are exploring renewable energy solutions to rural fuel poverty

  • Contractor refutes sell-off rumours

    20/04/2012

    The chief executive of Morrison has launched a robust defence of the repairs and maintenance contractor, quashing reports that a string of worries over poor performance and a £12.7 million loss in the first half of the financial year had seen the company put up for sale.

  • Landlords get option of free solar panels

    20/04/2012

    A contractor and supplier have developed the first model to allow social landlords to install photovoltaic panels on their tenants’ roofs for free under the government’s reformed solar subsidy system.

  • Numbers of unfit homes rises again

    20/04/2012

    The number of Northern Irish homes in an unfit state has risen for the first time since the Northern Ireland Housing Executive was established, a report has found.

  • Coalition ministers split over green initiative

    19/04/2012

    A rift has opened up between ministers at the helm of the Communities and Local Government department over plans to require households to carry out energy-efficiency work if they extend their home.

  • Conservatory conundrum

    19/04/2012

    From the extraordinary manner in which the government has aborted its plans for consequential improvements as part of the changes to building regulations, one could be forgiven for assuming the proposals were toxic to the electorate.

  • Landlord wins tribunal over £5m repair row

    19/04/2012

    Leaseholders of eight blocks of maisonettes which underwent a £5 million repair and refurbishment have lost their bid to avoid paying thousands of pounds towards the cost of the work.

  • Contractors chosen for £300m framework

    18/04/2012

    A housing partnership has appointed a series of contractors to a £300 million maintenance framework.

  • Council brings 2,000 empty homes back into use

    17/04/2012

    An empty homes initiative in Kent has brought more than 2,000 empties back into use in seven years.

  • Grand Designs presenter attacks green deal row

    17/04/2012

    Celebrity green architect and TV presenter Kevin McCloud has waded into the row over reports the government will scrap plans to link building regulations with the government’s flagship energy efficiency programme, the green deal.

  • Shapps refutes claims he wants green deal ditched

    16/04/2012

    Housing minister Grant Shapps has rejected claims that he wants the government to abandon its multi-billion pound flagship energy efficiency scheme.

  • Landlords pick contractor for £12m improvements

    16/04/2012

    A contractor has won a bid to improve more than 1,000 homes in a deal worth £12 million.

  • Contractor denies takeover talk

    13/04/2012

    A leading repairs firm has scotched rumours that it is on the brink of being sold following the loss of a major London contract and concerns over its performance.

  • Intricate network

    13/04/2012

    Social housing providers spend billions of pounds outsourcing services, so how can they be sure their chosen sub-contractors won’t run into trouble? Simon Brandon takes a crash course in supply chain risk management to find out

  • Landlords win access to £190m fuel poverty fund

    13/04/2012

    Government responds to Inside Housing’s Green Light campaign by redesigning the energy company obligation

  • More work to be done

    13/04/2012

    We are not yet proclaiming victory in our Green Light campaign to allow social landlords full access to £1.3 billion in annual funding to help tackle fuel poverty, but this week marks a big step forward.

  • Personal shopper

    13/04/2012

    Housing association Orbit’s in-house procurement team has found itself in demand as other social landlords seek its expertise. Jess McCabe finds out the secrets to its success

  • Plans to raise £200m for energy-efficiency fund

    13/04/2012

    The Housing Finance Corporation is in talks with the European Investment Bank to create a £200 million investment for up to 20 housing associations to carry out energy-efficiency works.

  • Up on the roof

    13/04/2012

    Councils must consider the impact of photovoltaic panels on right to buy sales, says Linda Storey

  • Landlord uses government cash for empty homes

    12/04/2012

    A landlord has been awarded a government grant to increase the number of affordable homes in Herefordshire and the Forest of Dean.

  • Contractor has repairs deal extended

    12/04/2012

    Hexagon Housing Association has extended its repairs contract with property maintenance provider, MHS Commercial, who will now provide responsive repairs across all of Hexagon’s 3,500 properties in South East London. 

  • Government amends fuel poverty subsidy funding

    11/04/2012

    The government has amended its flagship retrofit policy so that social landlords are no longer entirely excluded from fuel poverty subsidy funding.

  • Construction firm in bid to buy house builder

    11/04/2012

    Construction firm Bouygues has signed an agreement to buy house builder Thomas Vale subject to approval from the European Commission.

  • Construction firm in bid to buy house builder

    11/04/2012

    Construction firm Bouygues has signed an agreement to buy house builder Thomas Vale subject to approval from the European Commission.

  • Government appoints empty homes champion

    11/04/2012

    TV presenter George Clarke has been appointed as independent adviser to the government on bringing empty homes back into use.

  • Contractor agrees £28m regeneration deal

    11/04/2012

    A contractor has agreed a £28 million deal to deliver more than 200 new homes across regeneration projects on three estates.

  • Contractor agrees £28m regeneration deal

    11/04/2012

    A contractor has agreed a £28 million deal to deliver more than 200 new homes across regeneration projects on three estates.

  • Landlord renews maintenance deal

    06/04/2012

    Knowsley Housing Trust has renewed its contract with its in-house maintenance service provider.

  • A chilling legacy

    05/04/2012

    The UK’s drafty Victorian housing stock contributes to fuel poverty and the ill health of the nation but it could be insulated using local government pension funds, says Bill Randall

  • Social landlord among group of green deal leaders

    04/04/2012

    A housing association and two leading social housing contractors are among 22 organisations that have signed up to pioneer the government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme.

  • Solid wall insulation could benefit 1m homes

    04/04/2012

    Around 12 per cent of homes in England and Wales could qualify for unsubsidised solid wall insulation under the terms of the government’s green deal, research has found.

  • Construction firm sees turnover pass £1bn

    04/04/2012

    A house builder has seen its turnover surge beyond the £1 billion mark after a strong performance in 2011, according to its latest set of results.

  • Council takes back housing as ALMO closes

    03/04/2012

    A council has taken back responsibility for managing its housing stock after deciding to scrap its arms-length management organisation.

  • Four firms shortlisted for £1.55bn retrofit deal

    03/04/2012

    Birmingham has shortlisted four firms for a £1.55 billion contract to improve the energy efficiency of homes and businesses in the city.

  • £250,000 damage arson tenant jailed

    02/04/2012

    A tenant who set fire to the flat he privately rented above a petrol station following a row with his landlord has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

  • London council axes contractor

    02/04/2012

    A London council has cancelled a multi-million pound repairs and maintenance deal, two months after the contractor was handed a warning to improve its service.

  • Tenants banned from moving if home is damaged

    30/03/2012

    A local authority is cracking down on tenants who trash their council homes before moving on to a new one by forcing them to pay before they leave.

  • 4.7% of Scottish homes to miss decency target

    30/03/2012

    More than 24,000 homes in Scotland will fail to meet a decency standard by the 2015 deadline, the regulator has said.

  • Ruling hands ALMO £10m

    30/03/2012

    A landmark legal ruling on solar subsidies will result in a £10 million profit for an arm’s-length management organisation.

  • Unlocking the green code

    30/03/2012

    Green leases are becoming more common for social landlords with commercial property, says Ben Halsey, senior associate at Lewis Silkin

  • Man injured as council flat explodes

    29/03/2012

    A man was injured and residents evacuated following an explosion at a council flat in Cardiff yesterday.

  • Contractor cancels £3.8m deal with TMO

    29/03/2012

    A contractor has terminated a deal to provide repairs and maintenance to a tenant management organisation.

  • Lovell wins £5.6m affordable homes contract

    29/03/2012

    Lovell has won a £5.6 million contract to build a 68-home development for Parkway Green Housing Trust in Wythenshawe, south Manchester.

  • Pig sick

    28/03/2012

    Seasoned journalists at Inside Housing were momentarily caught up in something a little less cerebral than the goings-on in the housing sector this week.

  • Council gives housing stock a £75 million boost

    28/03/2012

    A council has pledged to invest £75 million in improving its housing stock over the next 10 years.

  • Investigation into flat explosion ongoing

    28/03/2012

    An investigation into an explosion and fire in a council flat where a woman was found dead has yet to reveal a cause.

  • Landlord secures £100m management contract

    27/03/2012

    Housing association Plus Dane has won a £100 million contract to manage housing stock for Cheshire West and Cheshire Council.

  • Landlord signs £7m deal to improve homes

    26/03/2012

    A contractor has won a bid to refurbish more than 600 homes in a deal worth up to £7 million.

  • Contractors merge to create £1bn company

    26/03/2012

    Contractors have merged to create a regeneration and repairs company with a turnover of £1 billion.

  • ALMO kicks out tenant for keeping pig

    26/03/2012

    An arm’s-length management organisation has kicked out one of its tenants after he was found to have kept a pig in his home.

  • Government loses appeal over FIT rate

    23/03/2012

    The Supreme Court has today rejected the government’s attempt to appeal against two previous court rulings that it acted unlawfully in cutting solar subsidies retrospectively in December.

  • Cash boost for councils adapting homes for soldiers

    23/03/2012

    Councils which have adapted the homes of wounded soldiers will receive a share of more than £200,000.

  • Contractor chosen for £1.5m repairs deal

    23/03/2012

    A housing provider has appointed a contractor to provide painting and repairs services to its homes in a £1.5 million deal.

  • Landlord tackles crowding with loft conversions

    23/03/2012

    A housing provider has launched a pilot scheme to ease overcrowding in council homes by converting lofts into bedrooms.

  • A welcome delay

    23/03/2012

    There have been lots of headlines about delays to the green deal in the past few weeks.

  • Hoard times

    23/03/2012

    Hoarding is a little-understood issue. Nonetheless, we must work together to develop solutions

  • Man charged with stealing his own water tank

    22/03/2012

    A man is due in court accused of stealing a copper water tank from his own council flat and selling it for scrap.

  • Government lowers bar for green deal providers

    20/03/2012

    The government is lowering the requirements for organisations that want to become providers under its green deal energy efficiency scheme.

  • Woman found dead after council flat explodes

    20/03/2012

    A woman has died and a man is fighting for his life following an explosion and fire in a council flat.

  • Contractor reveals increase in turnover

    20/03/2012

    Mears has today reported a nine per cent increase in turnover in its social housing business.

  • Court told poor work led to carbon monoxide death

    16/03/2012

    ‘Sub-standard and badly-managed work’ contributed to the death of a young woman who died after being overcome by carbon monoxide fumes, a court heard today.

  • Empty homes get boost from landlord

    16/03/2012

    A housing association is planning to invest £175,000 in bringing empty homes back into use after dozens of landlords showed interest in working with them.

  • Construct a greener future

    16/03/2012

    Building regulations are being tightened in a bid to protect the environment, says Catherine Parker, solicitor at Trowers & Hamlins

  • Landlord warned of fire risk a year before blaze

    16/03/2012

    A social landlord which saw a fire rip through the roofspace of a large sheltered housing scheme was warned one year ago firestopping in the roof was not good enough.

  • Labour claim green deal to be hit with delay

    15/03/2012

    Climate change Greg Barker has admitted that secondary legislation attached to the green deal will not emerge until after parliament’s spring recess, contrary to previous government statements.

  • Contractor awarded £11m of work

    15/03/2012

    A housing contractor has managed to secure a series of new deals worth more than £11 million since the beginning of the year.

  • An explosive crime

    14/03/2012

    There are occasions when damage to a house cannot be said to have been the fault of the tenant, landlord or contractor.

  • Contractor and landlord agree to cancel repair deal

    14/03/2012

    A contract between a repairs firm and housing provider has been cancelled following reported complaints from residents.

  • Ujima profit plan attacked as 'nonsense' in court

    14/03/2012

    An agreement to remove profit from a maintenance company after just six months was branded ‘nonsense’ by a witness in a court trial.

  • What does the green deal mean for social housing?

    13/03/2012

    Sustainable Housing and Willmott Dixon are offering the chance to win £500 of Marks & Spencer vouchers in return for filling in our green deal survey.

  • Bungalow explodes after copper pipe theft

    13/03/2012

    A housing association bungalow has exploded after copper thieves stole piping used for the property’s gas supply.

  • Contractor wins £10 million deal

    13/03/2012

    A leading repairs and maintenance provider has won a five-year council contract worth £10 million.

  • Stuck in the starting gate?

    12/03/2012

    It’s the only game in town, but will it be a success? MP Alan Whitehead assesses the green deal’s chances.

  • Empty homes cash to help the homeless

    09/03/2012

    Homelessness organisation St Mungo’s has been awarded £240,000 to bring empty homes back into use, and will employ homeless people to do the work.

  • East midlands landlords join forces in £40m plan

    09/03/2012

    Councils and housing associations in the east midlands are banding together to carry out at least £40 million in energy efficiency work under the green deal.

  • Green Deal Finance Company loan imminent

    09/03/2012

    The Green Deal Finance Company expects the government’s £3 billion Green Investment Bank to approve a loan within the next two months.

  • Investigation into sheltered housing blaze

    09/03/2012

    An investigation has been launched into the cause of a fire at a social landlord-run sheltered accommodation block.

  • A high price to pay

    09/03/2012

    The government is legally obliged to do all it can to eradicate fuel poverty by 2016. But there are growing fears that its plan to meet this target could actually make the problem worse in the short term. Nick Duxbury investigates

  • A problem shared

    09/03/2012

    Sharing views on retrofit with a group of landlords across Europe has been invaluable, says Richard Baines

  • Cheaper by the Durkan

    09/03/2012

    The contractor charged with giving an east London estate a facelift also threw in comprehensive energy retrofitting - at no extra cost. Jess McCabe finds out more

  • Circle to slash repairs cost

    09/03/2012

    Circle is finalising a trimmed down roster of repairs and maintenance contractors that will produce £120 million of savings as part of a business transformation programme.

  • Deal breaker

    09/03/2012

    The government must make major changes to the green deal if it is to help people out of fuel poverty, cut emissions or boost the economy

  • Foreign intervention

    09/03/2012

    The threat of climate change may not be a big enough priority in most countries, but going green can help to tackle other, more pressing, socio-economic problems, as demonstrated by a retrofit project in South Africa, says Jane Henley

  • He who Adairs, wins

    09/03/2012

    Lord Adair Turner caused a ruckus by criticising the government’s green deal. Here the Climate Change Committee chair tells Jess McCabe why he spoke out and what his legacy will be

  • Seven steps to the green deal

    09/03/2012

    As the launch of the UK’s national retrofit programme edges closer, social landlords should be ticking things off their green deal to-do list. Jess McCabe reports

  • Prime location

    08/03/2012

    So Edinburgh has won ownership of the Green Investment Bank.

  • Former Ujima boss in court as £3.5m trial begins

    08/03/2012

    The former chief executive of Ujima Housing Association, Keith Kerr, has appeared in Southwark Crown Court, charged with three counts, ‘a theft, a fraud and a forgery’ amounting to £3.5 million.

  • Government allocates £3.5m to green deal training

    08/03/2012

    The government is making £3.5 million available to train assessors and installers for its flagship green deal energy efficiency scheme.

  • Union claims cashback scheme is danger to tenants

    07/03/2012

    A government scheme to encourage tenants to carry out their own repairs has been branded ‘dangerously flawed’ by trade union Ucatt.

  • Council completes 3,000 home stock transfer

    06/03/2012

    The transfer of more than 3,000 homes from South Lakeland District Council to South Lakes Housing went through yesterday.

  • In house grounds team to save landlord £1.2m

    06/03/2012

    A housing association has launched an in-house grounds maintenance service in a move which it believes will allow it to save £1.2 million over five years.

  • Government allocates £70m of empty homes cash

    05/03/2012

    The government has allocated £70 million of funding to 95 projects to bring more than 5,600 empty homes back into use.

  • Government allocates £70m of empty homes cash

    05/03/2012

    The government has allocated £70 million of funding to 95 projects to bring more than 5,600 empty homes back into use.

  • Catch the pigeon

    02/03/2012

    Landlords face tough penalties if they fail to deal thoroughly with infestations by insects or animals, says Giles Peaker

  • Fighting his corner

    02/03/2012

    New Labour’s former housing supremo talks house building, localism and ‘that egg’. Lydia Stockdale enters the ring …

  • Fighting his corner

    02/03/2012

    New Labour’s former housing supremo talks house building, localism and ‘that egg’. Lydia Stockdale enters the ring …

  • Fuel poverty to rise by 38% despite green deal

    02/03/2012

    The number of fuel poor households living in English social housing is expected to soar by 38 per cent by 2016 as the government’s flagship energy efficiency policies fail to tackle the problem, exclusive figures show.

  • Council targets 10 estates for PV panels

    01/03/2012

    A council and its arms-length management organisation have joined together to put almost 120 photovoltaic solar panels on roofs on estate as part of a £1.5 million project to make ten estates more eco-friendly.

  • Kicking off with a bang

    01/03/2012

    It’s funny how rhetoric changes.

  • The lost art

    29/02/2012

    Innovate or die. It is a statement which resonates in almost all industry and is surely apt for repairs and maintenance.

  • Contractor wins deal with potential value of £190m

    29/02/2012

    A housing association has awarded a contractor a deal which could be worth up to £190 million over 20 years.

  • Green deal to get 'soft launch' in October

    29/02/2012

    The introduction of the government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme in October will be a ‘soft launch’, the climate change minister has said.

  • Electrical safety warning to private landlords

    29/02/2012

    Private rented sector tenants are being exposed to serious electrical dangers through confusion over responsibilities on the part of landlords, a group has warned.

  • Council awards contractor £56 million deal

    28/02/2012

    A contractor has won a £56 million deal to provide repairs and maintenance to 4,500 homes.

  • Getting radical

    27/02/2012

    As the extent of fuel poverty become clear serious questions have to be asked of the tools for tackling the problem

  • Study finds green deal will not address fuel poverty

    27/02/2012

    Fuel poverty in the UK is set to increase by 40 per cent by 2016 despite the introduction of government energy efficiency schemes, according to research.

  • Contractors begin consulting on redundancies

    24/02/2012

    Contractors which are due to merge have launched a consultation looking into the possible redundancy of hundreds of support staff, it is understood.

  • The big bang theory

    24/02/2012

    As local authorities prepare for the brave new world of self-financing, we gather some council heavyweights for a round table discussion on what the future holds. Gavriel Hollander reports.

  • London co-op issues shares to fund PV

    23/02/2012

    A Brixton-based co-operative has launched a share issue, to fund the installation of solar photovoltaic panels on a Lambeth estate, using an innovative model which it hopes to roll out to social housing across south London.

  • Supreme Court appeal puts FIT rates at risk

    23/02/2012

    The government will be able retrospectively change tariffs for already installed solar schemes if it wins a legal battle over the cutting of solar subsidies, campaigners have warned.

  • FIT and proper

    23/02/2012

    The news that the government registered an appeal at the Supreme Court over the High Court’s ruling that it acted unlawfully in cutting the feed-in tariff, was barely news.

  • Kier revenues hit by local authority cut backs

    23/02/2012

    Kier has seen a 22 per cent drop in revenue for its maintenance business, which provides services to local authorities and housing associations.

  • Landlord seeking new contractors

    22/02/2012

    A 34,000-home landlord is looking to appoint a series of new contractors for responsive, planned and cyclical repairs.

  • Where next for the green deal?

    22/02/2012

    As the government ponders its response to the green deal consultation, Bill Hull, from law firm TLT, examines the key areas of interest for registered providers

  • Kier launches repairs reporting app for tenants

    22/02/2012

    A contractor has launched a free smartphone app which enables tenants and companies to report repairs to the company through a mobile phone.

  • Council to take 42,000 home ALMO back in house

    21/02/2012

    Tenants of the largest arm’s-length management organisation have voted for the body to be scrapped and the running of their homes taken back in house.

  • HMR transition fund to be spent on demolition

    21/02/2012

    Councils are spending around 98 per cent of funding designed to ease the end of the housing market renewal programme demolishing homes.

  • HMR transition fund to be spent on demolition

    21/02/2012

    Councils are spending around 98 per cent of funding designed to ease the end of the housing market renewal programme demolishing homes.

  • Welsh government launches empty homes fund

    21/02/2012

    Plans to return some of Wales’ 22,000 empty properties to use were boosted with £5 million of funding from the Welsh government today.

  • Lovell profits boosted by Connaught contracts

    21/02/2012

    Lovell has reported a significant increase in profits, which it says has been driven by the transfer of contracts formerly held by stricken rival Connaught.

  • Tenants block transfer of 10,980 council homes

    20/02/2012

    Tenants have voted against plans to transfer homes to a housing association by 65 per cent to 35 per cent.

  • Accentuate the positive

    17/02/2012

    Time for some positivity I think.

  • Big win for Green Light campaign

    17/02/2012

    Social landlords are set to be exempted from an extra 20 per cent cut to the feed-in tariff as part of a government overhaul of the solar subsidy system unveiled last week.

  • FIT for success

    17/02/2012

    Last Thursday Inside Housing’s Green Light campaign enjoyed its biggest success since launching in November.

  • Liverpool opts for mayor to boost city's housing

    17/02/2012

    The leader of Liverpool Council has pledged to replace and refurbish homes that lost out after the government axed market renewal funding, as he launched his bid to become the city’s mayor.

  • Liverpool opts for mayor to boost city's housing

    17/02/2012

    The leader of Liverpool Council has pledged to replace and refurbish homes that lost out after the government axed market renewal funding, as he launched his bid to become the city’s mayor.

  • Pinnacle and Mansell in £60m deal

    17/02/2012

    Woking Council will outsource its housing management to a joint venture between Pinnacle and Mansell Construction.

  • See the light

    17/02/2012

    The Department of Energy and Climate Change’s latest announcement doesn’t mean the end of solar schemes in social housing

  • Strike while the iron’s hot

    17/02/2012

    Landlords have until 12 December to deliver carbon emission and energy savings targets. Christopher Paul, partner at Trowers & Hamlins explains

  • Landlord pushing through solar installations

    16/02/2012

    A housing association is fitting solar photovoltaic panels onto homes and offices to help reduce tenants’ energy bills.

  • Council awards £60 million repairs contract

    14/02/2012

    A contractor has been awarded a £60 million deal to provide repairs to thousands of homes.

  • £300m investment pledged to council housing

    14/02/2012

    A council has given the go-ahead for a three-year housing investment programme worth £297 million.

  • Housing association joins forces with landlord

    10/02/2012

    A housing association has agreed to become a subsidiary of one of the UK’s largest landlords.

  • Landlord planning to be first green deal provider

    10/02/2012

    A small south west housing association is looking to become one of the first landlords to set up as a provider under the £14 billion green deal plan.

  • No magic solution

    10/02/2012

    Proposals to make it easier to evict anti-social tenants are unlikely to work, says Angela Jack, barrister at Five Paper

  • The home MOT test

    10/02/2012

    A Dutch landlord is reducing maintenance costs by giving its homes regular check-ups. Chloë Stothart finds out how it works

  • Up to scratch

    10/02/2012

    Duties around property maintenance have now been enshrined in Scottish law, says Ruth McNaught

  • Pros and cons

    09/02/2012

    This morning climate change minister Greg Barker announced a fundamental overhaul of the feed-in tariff.

  • Social housing could be saved from extra FIT cut

    09/02/2012

    The government is consulting on plans to protect social housing solar photovoltaic panel schemes from an especially heavy cut to solar subsidies as part of an overhaul of the feed-in tariff system.

  • Flint: ban benefit payments for substandard homes

    09/02/2012

    Private landlords whose homes do not meet minimum energy efficiency standards should be not be able to house tenants on housing benefit, the shadow energy secretary has argued.

  • Solar subsidy to be linked to PV panel costs

    09/02/2012

    The government will today move to shore up the future of the bruised solar sector by announcing an overhaul of the way renewable subsidies are paid.

  • Isolating a problem

    08/02/2012

    A BBC programme looking at the role of coroners brought up some interesting and timely topics.

  • Contractor wins 8,000 home repairs deal

    08/02/2012

    A contractor has won a bid to provide responsive repairs to 8,000 homes in a £10 million deal.

  • Council planning to freeze rent and service charges

    07/02/2012

    The largest council landlord in England is planning a freeze on rent and service charges until 2013.

  • Volunteers to get new skills with contractor deal

    07/02/2012

    A training programme has been set up to provide users of a supported living scheme with new skills to find work and live independently.

  • New energy secretary urged to resolve FIT row

    06/02/2012

    Friends of the Earth has called on the newly installed energy secretary to step up and sort out ‘the mess’ over solar subsidies.

  • Cash questions

    03/02/2012

    All week Inside Housing readers have been debating the virtues of the tenant cashback scheme. Jess McCabe picks out some key themes.

  • Local firms net Merseyside repairs contracts

    03/02/2012

    Fifteen Merseyside repairs and maintenance firms have secured contracts worth more than £43 million from a local provider.

  • Carbon cut targets slashed for house builders

    03/02/2012

    The government has scaled back carbon reduction targets for house builders that will come into force ahead of the move to ‘zero carbon’ in 2016.

  • Window of opportunity

    03/02/2012

    Last month’s court ruling means landlords may have a few weeks to claim the pre-cut feed-in tariff rate, says Rob Beiley, partner at Trowers & Hamlins

  • High rents prompt concerns over HRA debt figures

    02/02/2012

    Councils have objected to the rent figures used in the final calculations for the payments they will have to make or receive as part of the move to self financing.

  • Out of the woodwork

    01/02/2012

    I have had the joyful tones of Jimmy Cliff reverberating around my head all day.

  • Landlords to be forced to improve energy efficiency

    01/02/2012

    The government is planning to use building regulations as a means of increasing take-up of its flagship retrofit scheme, the green deal when it is introduced in October.

  • Commission to assess future of council housing

    01/02/2012

    An independent commission on the future of council housing in a local authority has been launched.

  • £10m boost for affordable housing in Scotland

    31/01/2012

    The Scottish Government has announced an extra £10 million for affordable housing this financial year.

  • £10m boost for affordable housing in Scotland

    31/01/2012

    The Scottish Government has announced an extra £10 million for affordable housing this financial year.

  • Contractor targets growth thanks to order book

    31/01/2012

    A major contractor has reported that its revenues and earnings are progressing as expected following a good start to the year.

  • ALMO teaches tenants to maintain their homes

    30/01/2012

    An arm’s-length management organisation is offering DIY training to tenants to help them improve their homes.

  • Landlord agrees 1,000-home PV scheme

    27/01/2012

    A landlord has appointed contractors to install solar photovoltaic panels on the roofs of 1,000 tenants’ homes.

  • Strong interest reported for landlord's £88m JV

    27/01/2012

    A landlord has reported strong interest from potential partners to create an £88 million joint venture company.

  • Strong interest reported for landlord's £88m JV

    27/01/2012

    A landlord has reported strong interest from potential partners to create an £88 million joint venture company.

  • Power to the people?

    27/01/2012

    Is tenant cashback empowering for tenants, or an attempt to paper over the cracks in professional services? Our panellists go head to head

  • A valuable lesson

    27/01/2012

    The green deal consultation has now closed. So has the government made the grade? Nick Duxbury gives ministers their marks

  • Along for the ride

    27/01/2012

    Contractor Kier offers customers the chance to shadow a maintenance worker for a day. Here, Sheffield Homes tenant Yvonne Collins, 71, explains how the scheme is improving tenants’ understanding of repairs and their satisfaction with the service

  • Associations sign £32m repairs deal

    27/01/2012

    A consortium of housing associations has signed a landmark agreement to procure repairs and maintenance services across Scotland.

  • Falling through the cracks

    27/01/2012

    A large amount of tenant complaints to the housing ombudsman are related to repairs. So what is going wrong? Jess McCabe investigates

  • Forward thinking

    27/01/2012

    This year’s UK Housing Review by the Chartered Institute of Housing takes a look at how coalition government policies are affecting housing trends. Here, Hal Pawson, Steve Wilcox and John Perry give the lowdown on the report

  • Landlords dust off PV schemes

    27/01/2012

    Social landlords are moving to capitalise on a brief window of opportunity, in which cuts to the feed-in tariff could be reversed, by kick-starting abandoned schemes.

  • Repairs revolution or DIY disaster?

    27/01/2012

    In two months’ time the government plans to roll out a scheme which pays tenants in England to carry out their own repairs. Here, Simon Brandon examines the tenant cashback pilot projects to find out what lessons have been learned

  • Same day delivery

    27/01/2012

    A new pilot scheme modelled on the emergency services aims to help tenants within hours of reporting repairs. Alex Wellman finds out how the scheme works in practice.

  • The apprentices: hired or fired

    27/01/2012

    Many social landlords are helping young people get into employment by offering them apprenticeships. But should these opportunities guarantee them a job at the end? Not necessarily, as Lydia Stockdale finds out

  • The repairs rule book

    27/01/2012

    Contractor Forrest launched a code of conduct for its repairs and maintenance workers last summer, improving customer satisfaction as a result. Here Sally-Ann Smith explains how it works

  • The transfer window

    27/01/2012

    Be aware of employees’ rights when a change of service provision occurs, warns Marc Long, partner at Clarke Willmott

  • Trapped in their own home

    27/01/2012

    Delays to home adaptations are leaving older and disabled tenants living in unsuitable and often degrading conditions for years at a time. So is the disabled facilities grant failing vulnerable people? Martin Hilditch investigates.

  • Fool's gold

    26/01/2012

    Call me old fashioned, but I think there is something to be said for at least trying to be the bigger person in an argument.

  • Morrison under pressure as councils criticise

    26/01/2012

    Repairs and maintenance provider Morrison is facing the threat of losing two major council contracts amid concerns about its performance.  

  • Huhne defends Supreme Court appeal bid

    26/01/2012

    The government has defended its challenge to a High Court ruling that a decision to reduce payments to the feed-in-tariff was ‘legally flawed’.

  • Councils back green deal efficiency scheme

    26/01/2012

    Most local authorities are keen to get involved in the government’s green deal energy efficiency scheme, research has suggested.

  • Cause for concern

    25/01/2012

    All you lucky readers of Inside Housing are getting a repairs and maintenance special this Friday.

  • Government to take FIT fight to Supreme Court

    25/01/2012

    The government is seeking to take the fight over cuts to the feed-in-tariff all the way to the Supreme Court after losing an appeal against a High Court ruling that the deadline was ‘legally flawed’.

  • Judges reject government’s solar cuts appeal

    25/01/2012

    The government has lost its appeal against a High Court ruling that an earlier than expected cut to solar subsidies is illegal.

  • Landlord and contractor agree to end repairs deal

    25/01/2012

    A contractor’s 10-year deal to provide responsive repairs to a major landlord has been stopped just two years into the agreement.

  • Community groups to bid for empty homes cash

    24/01/2012

    Community groups will be allowed to bid for money to refurbish empty homes on government and public land, the communities minister said today.

  • Minister to reveal empty homes fund

    24/01/2012

    A government minister is expected to announce a fund for communities to bring empty homes back into use today.

  • Institute warns green deal won't tackle fuel poverty

    20/01/2012

    The government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme won’t tackle fuel poverty, the Chartered Institute of Housing has warned.

  • Firms line up with green deal concerns

    20/01/2012

    A group of leading companies including major high street retailers Marks & Spencer and Homebase have called on the government to amend its flagship retrofit scheme so social landlords are not excluded from subsidy to tackle fuel poverty.

  • Morrison in £12.7m loss

    20/01/2012

    Housing repairs and maintenance contractor Morrison suffered significant losses in the first six months of the 2011/12 financial year, after seeing a sharp downturn in its high-value work.

  • Reaching critical mass

    20/01/2012

    Next week is a big one for social landlords across the UK and also for two Inside Housing campaigns.

  • Scrapheap challenge

    20/01/2012

    The price of metal has risen sky high making pipes, railings and even boilers an irresistible target to thieves. Chloë Stothart finds out how one housing association is tackling the growing problem of metal theft

  • Green around the gills

    19/01/2012

    You can spot them a mile away.

  • Government proposes new FIT cut date

    19/01/2012

    The government has moved to address the uncertainty surrounding the feed-in tariff by proposing a cut from 3 March if the government loses its legal battle.

  • Co-operative solutions

    18/01/2012

    The ringing in of the New Year does little if anything for the same old problems.

  • Housing co-op planning to tackle empty homes

    18/01/2012

    A housing co-operative is looking to remedy the problem of empty houses in its area by transforming unused buildings into affordable housing.

  • Housing co-op planning to tackle empty homes

    18/01/2012

    A housing co-operative is looking to remedy the problem of empty houses in its area by transforming unused buildings into affordable housing.

  • KPMG defends earnings from Connaught collapse

    18/01/2012

    An accountancy firm has defended itself after it was reported to have earned £6.4 million from the collapse of failed contractor Connaught.

  • Government warned green deal is at risk of failure

    18/01/2012

    Housing and building groups have warned the government the green deal is in danger of not succeeding unless a series of obstacles are dealt with.

  • Merger set to go-ahead in February

    16/01/2012

    A merger between two contractors is expected to take place in February after it was given the green light by the Office of Fair Trading.

  • Group to call on Cameron to resolve FIT row

    13/01/2012

    An environmental campaign group will call on prime minister David Cameron to personally intervene to resolve the ongoing legal clash between the government and solar bodies over its early cut to solar subsidies.

  • Wise old owls

    13/01/2012

    Friday 13: a diary date that is usually associated with colossal misfortune.

  • Landlord starts crackdown on metal theft

    13/01/2012

    Housing associations in Bury have been furnishing properties with a DNA tracking substance in an attempt to tackle on metal theft.

  • Social housing PV unviable unless FIT rates double

    13/01/2012

    Incentive payments for electricity generated from solar panels need to be set at nearly double the proposed rate for installations to remain viable for social landlords, according to research.

  • Welsh social housing standards 'will not be met'

    13/01/2012

    The Welsh Government will not meet its target for improving the quality of social housing, according to a report.

  • Landlords await feed-in tariff ruling

    13/01/2012

    Social landlords and solar lobbyists will today find out whether the government has successfully appealed a High Court ruling that an early cut to solar subsidies was illegal.

  • Organisations agree to end 'who you know' culture

    12/01/2012

    A group of leading organisations in the housing sector have signed up to the government’s pledge to end the culture of ‘who you know, not what you know’.

  • Merger talks to create 26,000-home landlord start

    11/01/2012

    A merger between two housing associations which could create a 26,000-home landlord and create savings of £8 million is currently under discussion.

  • Contract wins boost 2011 trading for Mears

    10/01/2012

    Mears has announced £156 million of social housing contract wins, and said trading for 2011 was as expected.

  • Efficiency concerns prompt calls for testing

    09/01/2012

    A housing body is calling for post-construction checks of the energy efficiency of new homes after tests showed designed levels are not being achieved.

  • Can we fix it?

    06/01/2012

    One thorny issue that seems certain to generate a few headlines in 2012 is the introduction of the government’s ‘cashback’ scheme for tenants in England who carry out their own repairs.

  • FIT ruling ‘too late’ for sector

    06/01/2012

    Most abandoned social housing solar photovoltaic schemes are unlikely to be revived even if a legal battle leads to government solar subsidy cuts being reversed until April.

  • Insurance concerns threaten cashback scheme

    06/01/2012

    Questions over liability for injury or damage are threatening to derail a government scheme to reward social tenants who carry out their own repairs.

  • Light switch

    06/01/2012

    Social landlords should not abandon their solar plans because of the cut to the feed-in tariff

  • FIT fight

    05/01/2012

    Hold the front page: the government disagrees with the High Court’s ruling that early cut to the feed-in tariff was illegal. Wow. So no one saw that coming?

  • Council plans ALMO as self financing approaches

    05/01/2012

    Shropshire Council is considering setting up a new arm’s-length management organisation in response to the move to self financing.

  • House in order

    04/01/2012

    As nice as the festive break was, there is one strong reason to be happy to be back at work.

  • Government lodges appeal against solar cut ruling

    04/01/2012

    The government has lodged an appeal against last month’s High Court ruling that an early cut to solar subsidies was illegal.

  • National Trust and CofE oppose FIT cuts

    23/12/2011

    The Church of England and National Trust have added their voices to those opposing cuts to payments for solar power as a consultation on the plans closes.

  • Government seeking to appeal FIT ruling

    22/12/2011

    The government has said it will appeal a High Court ruling that its consultation into reduced payments to the feed-in-tariff was legally flawed.

  • Mears funds growth plans with £120 million loan

    21/12/2011

    Mears Group has agreed a £120 million refinancing with two of its major relationship banks to support its growth plans.

  • Humbug

    21/12/2011

    How many days left are there until Christmas?

  • Campaigners claim FIT legal victory

    21/12/2011

    Campaigners fighting government plans to slash solar subsidies are claiming a major victory in court.

  • Housing estate art gets listed status

    21/12/2011

    A piece of public art on a Durham housing estate has been awarded grade II-listed status.

  • Charity wants new tax to renovate empty homes

    21/12/2011

    A homelessness charity has called on the Scottish Government to bring in a new tax to fund the renovation of empty properties.

  • Legal challenge to FIT cuts begins

    20/12/2011

    A challenge to government plans to slash payments to the feed-in-tariff has begun in the High Court.

  • Christmas decorations banned by council

    20/12/2011

    A council has banned Christmas decorations from communal areas in all its housing blocks over fears of fire safety.

  • ALMO in race to fix fire block by Christmas

    16/12/2011

    A landlord is ‘doing all that it can’ to ensure that residents of a fire-hit tower block are back in their homes in time for Christmas.

  • Legal showdown over proposed cuts to FIT

    16/12/2011

    Friends of the Earth and two solar companies are set to clash with the government over its cut to the feed-in-tariff in a legal showdown next Tuesday.

  • Sale of homes in mixed tenure sites 'subdued'

    16/12/2011

    Constraints on mortgage availability are hitting the sale of homes in mixed tenure sites, a contractor has announced.

  • Fuel for doubt

    16/12/2011

    The government won’t win round environmental sceptics until it clarifies its messages, says Nick Duxbury

  • 38,000 households denied energy savings

    16/12/2011

    More than 38,000 social households across Britain will miss out on energy savings worth an estimated £7.2 million a year as a result of this week’s cut to the feed-in tariff.

  • A wasted chance

    16/12/2011

    The impact of the government’s decision to halve the feed-in tariff was revealed this week and the figures are startling.

  • Review of the year

    16/12/2011

    What a year. From the economic doom and gloom to the summer’s riots, social landlords have had their work cut out over the past 12 months. Here, Inside Housing looks back at the highs and lows

  • FIT cuts prompt ‘gold rush’ for PV panel maker

    15/12/2011

    Cuts to payments for electricity generated through solar panels have proved ‘perversely helpful’ according to one housing association-owned business.

  • What's in a name?

    14/12/2011

    Ok, it is time to get up on my high horse, ride it to the top of a soapbox and have a moan about something that really bugs me.

  • Contractor planning continued used of PV schemes

    14/12/2011

    A contractor has pledged to continue working with housing providers in the solar photovoltaic market despite cuts to the feed-in-tariff.

  • The answer to empty homes

    13/12/2011

    The right approach can turn empty homes from a blight into an opportunity, says Will Nixon

  • Landlords rush to finish PV schemes

    13/12/2011

    Social housing providers have rushed to finish fitting photovoltaic panels to homes before government cuts take hold.

  • FIT cuts deadline approaches

    12/12/2011

    Solar panels installed on homes across the country from tomorrow will receive reduced rates of money through the Feed-in-Tariff.

  • Landlord offers tenants cash incentive to downsize

    12/12/2011

    Tenants living in under-occupied homes are being offered cash incentives to downsize by a housing association.

  • £103m contract win for repairs team

    09/12/2011

    A contractor has won a bid to provide refurbishment work to 15,000 homes in a £103 million deal.

  • Stunell welcomes drop in number of empty homes

    09/12/2011

    The number of long-term empty homes in England has fallen by more than 21,000, according to the latest figures.

  • Out of the ashes

    09/12/2011

    For most landlords, installing photovoltaic panels after the 12 December is off the cards.

  • Solar firm makes PV viable despite FIT cut

    09/12/2011

    A solar firm has worked with lenders, accountants, lawyers and a housing association to develop a lease model to work with the new, low-rate feed-in tariff.

  • Euro Commission could hit UK over FIT cuts

    08/12/2011

    The European Commission has confirmed that the UK government could face legal action over plans to halve solar subsidies.

  • No more excuses

    07/12/2011

    I have something terrible to admit.

  • Empty promises

    07/12/2011

    So is The Great British Property Scandal a fantastic exposé or a dangerous over-simplification? Or both?

  • Court warning for private landlords over safety

    07/12/2011

    A council has warned private landlords to ‘follow the rules’ after one was fined for putting a tenant’s life in danger.

  • Contractor has £10m pot to deal with redundancies

    07/12/2011

    A contractor which recently announced 4,500 jobs were under threat due to cuts to the feed-in-tariff, has put aside £10 million to deal with the ‘downsizing.’

  • £60m redevelopment of 200 homes

    07/12/2011

    Architects practice Conran and Partners has won a competition to design a site for more than 200 new homes in Lambeth in south London.

  • Real alternatives

    06/12/2011

    The government must unlock the door on 350,000 empty homes, says Phil Spencer

  • The real property scandal

    06/12/2011

    The Great British Property Scandal is good knockabout TV, but it fails to get to the heart of the housing crisis, says Colin Wiles

  • Empty homes campaigner attacks squatting plans

    06/12/2011

    The presenter of a Channel 4 programme highlighting the ‘scandal’ of empty homes has slammed government plans to criminalise squatting.

  • TV show highlighting empty homes begins

    05/12/2011

    Channel 4 is beginning a series of programmes to highlight the housing crisis facing the UK this evening.

  • State intervention

    02/12/2011

    The ambiguous status of housing associations and whether they should be classified as public or private bodies was in the spotlight again this week.

  • Council to bring 3,000 empty homes back into use

    02/12/2011

    A Yorkshire council is planning to use its new homes bonus to bring as many as 3,000 empty homes back into use.

  • Green deal ‘won’t work’ for social housing

    02/12/2011

    The government’s flagship green deal retrofit scheme will fail to achieve national carbon reduction targets and exacerbate fuel poverty in social housing unless it is amended, experts have warned.

  • Solid offer

    02/12/2011

    Social landlords must be quick off the mark to capitalise on energy company obligation funding

  • Transfer approval raises threat of legal action

    01/12/2011

    Wycombe District Council has approved the transfer of its homes to a community housing association, raising the prospect of legal challenge to the move.

  • Expert warns new homes breach fire standards

    30/11/2011

    A leading expert on fire safety in social housing has questioned whether new build properties are meeting sufficiently high standards.

  • Government confirms £200m green deal sweetener

    30/11/2011

    The government has confirmed plans to put £200 million into encouraging take up of its green deal energy efficiency scheme.

  • Non-decent homes fall by 26 per cent

    30/11/2011

    The number of non-decent local authority homes in England has fallen 26 per cent in the last year, according to government figures.

  • Housing services hit by public sector strike

    30/11/2011

    Housing offices across the UK are set to close or offer reduced services today as staff join around two million public sector workers who are striking over pensions.

  • Campaigners secure £18m for Welsh homes

    28/11/2011

    The Welsh Government will spend an extra £18 million on housing after sector representatives successfully campaigned for greater investment.

  • Victims panel warns riots could happen again

    28/11/2011

    Urgent action is needed to prevent a repeat of the riots that swept England during August, according to the independent panel investigating the unrest.

  • Last chance to register for safety webinar

    28/11/2011

    There is still time to register for Inside Housing’s fire and gas safety webinar, which is taking place tomorrow.

  • Fed demands changes to green deal design

    25/11/2011

    The government needs to do more to make its flagship green deal energy efficiency scheme work for social tenants, the National Housing Federation has said.

  • Filling the void

    25/11/2011

    The housing strategy sets out firm plans to bring empty homes back into use

  • Green monster

    24/11/2011

    When you are on press deadline on a Wednesday afternoon, how do you start to get your teeth into a 238 page document?

  • Welsh associations increase investment in homes

    24/11/2011

    Welsh housing associations have increased their investment over the last year by more than 15 per cent, according to a study commissioned by Community Housing Cymru.

  • Huhne hints at rethink for social housing FIT cuts

    24/11/2011

    The energy secretary has suggested the government will consider putting in place special feed-in tariff rates for social housing providers, but that is not currently able to do so.

  • Greater incentives needed to boost green deal

    24/11/2011

    The green building sector has called for greater incentives to encourage take up of the government’s green deal, after details of the energy efficiency scheme were released yesterday.

  • FIT cuts threaten wider energy efficiency work

    23/11/2011

    Cuts to payments for electricity generated from solar panels will have wider implications for energy efficiency in the social housing sector, Caroline Flint has claimed.

  • Huhne promises further green deal incentives

    23/11/2011

    The energy secretary has announced consumers who take up the green deal efficiency scheme will receive £150 payments and promised further incentives.

  • Empty strategy

    23/11/2011

    The government’s housing strategy for England was released on Monday with much fanfare.

  • Social landlords cut off from £1.3bn energy fund

    23/11/2011

    Social landlords look set to be excluded from the bulk of a £1.3 billion a year fund to improve energy efficiency and target fuel poverty.

  • Government to set out details of efficiency scheme

    23/11/2011

    The long-awaited consultation on the government’s green deal energy efficiency scheme is expected to be published later today.

  • Contractor seals 6,500-home repairs deal

    23/11/2011

    A contractor has won the right to deliver responsive repairs to 6,500 homes in a deal worth £15 million.

  • Procurement alliance for 1,000 landlords launched

    23/11/2011

    Three social housing buying consortia have joined forces to launch a strategic procurement alliance for more than 1,000 landlords.

  • Video: Tower block demolished

    22/11/2011

    A tower block which was an ever-present part of the Motherwell skyline for more than 40 years was turned to dust in just five seconds.

  • Council views sought on £29bn debt hand out

    22/11/2011

    The government has launched a consultation with councils ahead of the introduction of controversial self-financing reforms.

  • Further £50 million to address empty homes

    21/11/2011

    The government has announced an extra £50 million of funding for empty homes in areas where it is a particular problem.

  • Cash for communities that approve development

    21/11/2011

    Communities which accept house building will be held up as an example of government plans for localised development, according to the housing strategy.

  • Landlord picks contractor for £98m repair work

    18/11/2011

    A contractor has won a seven-year multi-million deal to provide repairs and maintenance to a major housing association.

  • Danger zone

    18/11/2011

    Landlords reveal this week how they are getting their businesses in shape as part of our refurbishment and retrofit special.

  • Deadly dust

    18/11/2011

    The death of John Shiers from asbestos-related cancer raises worrying questions for housing providers. Martin Hilditch kicks off our refurbishment and retrofit special by investigating what landlords should do to protect their tenants from a similar fate

  • Fond memories

    18/11/2011

    A pioneering scheme which furnishes dementia sufferers’ homes with familiar objects from their past is being trialled in north west England. Simon Brandon finds out how the project could assist independent living and cut care costs.

  • Maintenance spend drops by £4 billion

    18/11/2011

    Repairs and maintenance spend by social housing providers fell by £4 billion last year, according to research

  • Panel priorities

    18/11/2011

    Landlords must act fast to salvage what they can from photovoltaic deals before the feed-in tariff is cut, says Rob Beiley

  • Shining stars

    18/11/2011

    We reveal details of the winners of the 2011 UK Housing Awards

  • The sustainability race

    18/11/2011

    Green energy installations were meant to be the future but how much will it cost to get there? And will the race to fit photovoltaic panels before the feed-in tariff is cut lead to a bumpy ride? Jess McCabe investigates.

  • Tooled up for success

    18/11/2011

    Social landlords could save thousands of pounds and boost tenant satisfaction by improving their repairs services. Here, Debbie Larner explains how a new campaign aims to help them do just that

  • Working it out

    18/11/2011

    Landlords must sweat their assets if they are to get best value from their housing stock but, as Gavriel Hollander learns from a round table of industry experts, there’s more than one way for providers to get financially fit for the future

  • Green dealing

    17/11/2011

    I will endeavour not to mention our Green Light campaign in this week’s blog.

  • Homeowners to be offered improvement loans

    17/11/2011

    Leicester is considering setting up a £500,000 scheme to help homeowners on low incomes improve their properties.

  • Landlords awarded cash for renewable heat

    17/11/2011

    The first wave of winners to share in a £4 million fund to install green heating systems in tenants’ homes has been revealed.

  • Research uncovers green deal limitations

    17/11/2011

    The government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme will only fund a small proportion of work to improve homes without subsidy, according to research.

  • Private solution

    16/11/2011

    Leeds Council has taken a huge step in the right direction.

  • Contractor on track to deliver predicted results

    15/11/2011

    Construction and maintenance firm Kier has announced that it is on track to deliver trading results in line with expectation.

  • Register for free fire and gas safety webinar

    15/11/2011

    Inside Housing is running a free webinar on improving fire and gas safety on 29 November.

  • Legal challenge to FIT cuts to go ahead

    14/11/2011

    A campaign group has confirmed it will take the government to court over cuts to financial incentives for solar energy.

  • Industry chief attacks government FIT 'own goal'

    11/11/2011

    The government’s decision to cut solar feed-in tariffs has been branded an ‘own goal’ by an industry body.

  • Retail repairs

    11/11/2011

    As Inside Housing reported this week, Spectrum Housing Group has had early discussions with major retailers B&Q and Argos about potentially doing work for them through its in-house repairs subsidiary.

  • Fighting FIT

    11/11/2011

    You can imagine that Greg Barker had been dreading today for some time.

  • Building the future

    11/11/2011

    There may be dark times ahead but the sector is determined to come out on top. Simon Brandon asks some top housing bosses what they think the coming years hold

  • Counting the costs

    11/11/2011

    Just because you are successful at trial doesn’t mean you will recover all your legal costs, says Dan Butler

  • Labour ministers back fuel poverty campaign

    11/11/2011

    Senior Labour politicians have pledged their support for Inside Housing’s campaign to ensure social landlords can access vital green subsidies to combat fuel poverty.

  • Landlord in talks with retailer over repairs service

    11/11/2011

    A housing group is looking to expand its repairs and maintenance arm by working for private businesses, including major high street retailers.

  • Last rent-a-roof PV scheme?

    11/11/2011

    Westcountry Housing Association has become the first, and possibly the last, social landlord to complete a rent-a-roof solar photovoltaic scheme on its properties.

  • The final countdown

    11/11/2011

    Last week the government placed a stick of dynamite under social landlords’ sustainability plans with a shock cut to the feed-in tariff. Nick Duxbury examines the fallout

  • Councils call for Huhne to delay cuts to FIT

    10/11/2011

    Councils are calling on Chris Huhne to delay planned cuts to the feed-in-tariff warning that they will have to drop thousands of solar photovoltaic panel installations.

  • Contractor announces halt to PV work

    10/11/2011

    A contractor has decided stop working on solar photovoltaic schemes after the government revealed plans to cut payments made through the feed-in-tariff.

  • Council PV plans under review after FIT cut

    09/11/2011

    A council which was planning to put solar photovoltaic panels on 3,000 homes is ‘reviewing its position’ after the government announced cuts to feed-in-tariff payments.

  • Green light for £130m housing plan

    09/11/2011

    A council has given the green light to £130 million plans to build 2,000 new houses and bring empty homes back into use.

  • MEP calls for Europe to investigate FIT cut

    09/11/2011

    An MEP has called on the European Commission to investigate whether the government’s proposal to slash the feed-in-tariff will damage the UK’s ability to meet EU targets on renewable energy.

  • Mitie to provide security to thousands of homes

    09/11/2011

    A contractor has been picked to provide out of hours mobile caretaker service to 32,000 homes.

  • Contractor reveals Connaught recovery work ongoing

    09/11/2011

    Morgan Sindall has said progress on recovering work from stricken contractor Connaught is proceeding in line with expectations.

  • Solar rules to exclude 86% of UK homes

    09/11/2011

    Just 14 per cent of UK homes would be eligible for incentive payments for generating electricity from photovoltaic panels under government proposals.

  • Ladder video lands safety officer in trouble

    09/11/2011

    Housing contractor Morrison has suspended one of its health and safety officers after he was filmed falling off a ladder.

  • Best behaviour

    08/11/2011

    Increasing energy efficiency isn’t just about fitting the latest technology, says Professor Elena Gaura, landlords must also examine patterns of use

  • Loss of Commission could harm empty homes

    07/11/2011

    The scrapping of the Audit Commission will lead to fewer councils tackling empty homes, a consultant has warned.

  • Government issued with legal threat over FIT cuts

    07/11/2011

    The government has been warned to change its plans to cut feed-in tariff payments or risk being taken to court.

  • Landlord reducing PV investment due to FIT cuts

    07/11/2011

    Peabody is hacking back its multi-million investment in solar panels by half as a result of the government’s cuts to the feed-in tariff.

  • Green light

    04/11/2011

    ‘Apocalyptic’. That is how one major PV provider described the news of the government’s cut to the feed-in tariff.

  • Contractor lands £11m of refurbishment work

    04/11/2011

    A contractor has been chosen by two separate social landlords to refurbish hundreds of homes in London in deals worth £11 million.

  • Contractors split £1bn housing framework

    04/11/2011

    Almost 100 contractors have been picked by a social housing consortium to undertake maintenance and improvement work on thousands of homes.

  • Botch jobs ‘likely to rise’ as insulation deadline looms

    04/11/2011

    The risk of botched energy efficiency retrofits is likely to rise as energy suppliers rush to meet targets for insulating cavity walls and lofts before the end of next year, a housing body has warned.

  • Call for 5% VAT on green deal energy efficiency works

    04/11/2011

    A sustainable housing body has called on the government to introduce tax breaks for energy-efficiency measures undertaken through the green deal.

  • Energy performance certificate overhaul

    04/11/2011

    Energy performance certificate assessors will have to complete extra training and tests under government plans for an overhaul of the system ahead of the launch of its flagship retrofit scheme.

  • Fight fuel poverty

    04/11/2011

    The number of social tenants in fuel poverty could rise to 2.5 million across Britain if expected government sustainability reforms proceed.

  • First word

    04/11/2011

    The Energy Act doesn’t go far enough to reduce fuel poverty and that means tenants will be trapped in sub-standard homes, says Caroline Lucas

  • Health check

    04/11/2011

    Can living in an energy-efficient home improve residents’ well-being? Gentoo’s latest retrofit pilot aims to find out. Martin Hilditch reports

  • How to...

    04/11/2011

    Social landlords can play a big role in improving the energy efficiency of the nation’s homes. But they must lobby hard to ensure ministers understand that they will need support to do so, says Martin Wheatley

  • Tariff cut leaves solar plans on the scrapheap

    04/11/2011

    The sun set on landlords’ solar ambitions this week as an unexpectedly savage cut to a subsidy payment for solar photovoltaic panels left the majority of social housing PV schemes unviable.

  • Multi-million pound repairs contracts issued

    03/11/2011

    A major housing provider has awarded its contracts for repairs and maintenance work in a deal worth £630 million.

  • Out of charge

    03/11/2011

    A housing association recently lost a court case it brought against owner-occupiers who were refusing to pay a service charge for the upkeep of green areas on estates.

  • Housing department accused of maladministration

    03/11/2011

    A council’s housing department has been accused of maladministration and asked to pay £5,000 after it was deemed to have wrongly refused a grant to adapt the home of a disabled man.

  • Council reveals £130m housing plan

    03/11/2011

    A council is planning to build 2,000 new homes over the next three years and bring empty homes back into use as part of a £130 million investment in housing.

  • DECC could rethink fuel poverty plans

    03/11/2011

    The government may be prepared to back down on plans that would have excluded social landlords from funding to alleviate fuel poverty.

  • Landlord loses grass cuttings fee case

    01/11/2011

    A housing association has lost a court case which it brought against a group of home owners who refused to a pay service charge.

  • Landlords face extra pain as solar incentive slashed

    31/10/2011

    Social landlords are facing an extra cut to payments for electricity generated from renewable sources on top of the 51 per cent reduction announced today.

  • Sharp cuts expected from solar payment review

    31/10/2011

    Proposed cuts to payments for using domestic solar panels are to be outlined today with rumours suggesting the incentives could be halved.

  • Thousands of homes destroyed by fire each year

    31/10/2011

    More than 2,000 homes across London are being lost to fire each year, according to the London Fire Brigade.

  • Sustainable spin?

    28/10/2011

    Welcome to the week of green smoke and mirrors.

  • Renewable heat budget increased by a third

    28/10/2011

    Funding available for social landlords to install renewable heating equipment has been increased by a third, to £4 million.

  • Another law bites the dust

    28/10/2011

    EU rules are forcing a rethink on asbestos regulations, says Claire Gregory, associate at Brabners Chaffe Street

  • Knock down prices

    28/10/2011

    Thousands of residents across England have had a surprise over the past few months.

  • Landlords reluctant to sign green deal pledge

    28/10/2011

    The social housing sector is holding back from signing a pledge of support for the government’s flagship retrofit scheme because of fears it will be excluded from millions of pounds of subsidy funding.

  • Whose mess is it anyway?

    28/10/2011

    Lack of homeowner pride isn’t the only reason behind unkempt social homes, says Inside Housing’s anonymous columnist

  • Feed-in tariff link to encourage use of green deal

    27/10/2011

    Incentive payments to encourage the use of renewable energy generation are to be dependent on making homes energy efficient.

  • Spending to save

    27/10/2011

    The Scottish Government has been accused of short-sightedness this week by a housing body.

  • Residents slam ALMO safety after fire

    27/10/2011

    Tenants of a block of flats hit by fire have accused their landlord of ignoring recommendations to improve safety measures.

  • Tower blocks to get £9m revamp

    27/10/2011

    Hundreds of residents are to get their homes revamped in a £9 million project to upgrade five tower blocks.

  • Council seeks transfer to dodge £145m bill

    27/10/2011

    A council is seeking to transfer its stock to a housing association to avoid taking on £145 million of debt through reform of the housing revenue account.

  • Europe approves renewable heat scheme

    27/10/2011

    The European Commission has approved a UK government scheme to give financial rewards for the generation of heat from renewable sources.

  • Scottish Govt misses home adaptation 'open goal'

    26/10/2011

    Cutting the budget for specialist home adaptation means the Scottish Government has missed an ‘open goal’ for money saving, according to the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations.

  • Landlords told to get ‘head start’ on green deal

    25/10/2011

    Grant Shapps has urged social landlords to get on with improving the energy efficiency of their homes rather than waiting for next year’s green deal scheme.

  • Willmott Dixon wins major repair contract

    25/10/2011

    Wilmott Dixon has won a £147 million repairs and maintenance contract with Home Group.

  • Construction firm faces safety probe

    25/10/2011

    A construction and maintenance firm will have its employees surveyed over safety fears.

  • Construction firm faces safety probe

    25/10/2011

    A construction and maintenance firm will have its employees surveyed over safety fears.

  • Housing PFI scheme given green light

    24/10/2011

    A multi-million pound regeneration scheme is a step closer after the government gave it the green-light to move forward.

  • Housing PFI scheme given green light

    24/10/2011

    A multi-million pound regeneration scheme is a step closer after the government gave it the green-light to move forward.

  • Feed in tariff fears freeze £175m investment

    24/10/2011

    The social housing sector could be the biggest loser in a rumoured shake up of a scheme to incentivise the installation of solar panels, a social enterprise has warned.

  • The colour code

    21/10/2011

    The housing sector has appraised the government’s performance to date. Rhiannon Bury investigates the key findings

  • The colour code

    21/10/2011

    The housing sector has appraised the government’s performance to date. Rhiannon Bury investigates the key findings

  • Council pledges £20m for decent homes

    20/10/2011

    North West Leicestershire District Council has pledged to meet the government’s decent homes standard for every one of its homes by 2015 after outlining a £20 million investment programme.

  • Power to the people

    20/10/2011

    The procurement of contracts for repairs and maintenance work is often fraught with difficulties.

  • Regeneration of hostel gives tenants new skills

    20/10/2011

    A landlord is using the redevelopment of a former convent to teach residents new skills and keep them informed of what is going on.

  • ECO subsidy threat to low-income tenants

    20/10/2011

    Money raised from energy bills to subsidise the government’s national retrofit programme could exacerbate fuel poverty for thousands of low-income households, an independent report has warned.

  • Contractor buys heating specialist

    19/10/2011

    A contractor has acquired a heating specialist for an undisclosed sum.

  • Tenant evicted for gas safety check snub

    18/10/2011

    A social housing tenant has been evicted from her home for not allowing maintenance workers to carry out gas safety checks.

  • Contractors' pay linked to tenant satisfaction

    14/10/2011

    A pair of contractors could be hit with financial penalties if tenants are not satisfied under a new agreement with a housing organisation.

  • Contractor wins place on £500m framework

    14/10/2011

    A contractor has won a place on a framework worth up to £500 million with a major housing provider.

  • Contractor reveals big loss on interest payments

    14/10/2011

    Social housing contractor Keepmoat has recorded a loss of £88 million for the last financial year as a result of interest paid on its debt pile.

  • A big deal

    14/10/2011

    It has been yet another week of grim economic news. Unemployment is at its highest level since 1994 and even if you are in work the flagging economy means real incomes are set to have fallen by 7 per cent by 2013.

  • Landlords to be blocked from fuel poverty funding

    14/10/2011

    The government is planning to exclude social landlords from accessing millions of pounds of funding to tackle fuel poverty.

  • Sun block

    14/10/2011

    New guidance issued to lenders will make rent-a-roof schemes much more complicated for landlords, warns Richard Brooks

  • Hit the roof

    12/10/2011

    Who would have thought it would be this difficult to get solar panels on roofs?

  • Private landlords face tougher efficiency rules

    07/10/2011

    Rules forcing private landlords to improve the energy efficiency of their homes could be introduced earlier if progress is not made voluntarily.

  • £100m to bring homes into use

    07/10/2011

    A housing charity is launching a scheme to help community groups access a share of the £100 million pot of government cash available to bring empty homes back into use.

  • Contract renegotiations put solar deals at risk

    07/10/2011

    Housing associations are facing the prospect of eleventh-hour renegotiations over photovoltaic panel ‘rent-a-roof’ deals worth hundreds of millions of pounds, following guidance published this week.

  • The right combination

    07/10/2011

    Landlords should ensure the benefits of combined heat and power systems outweigh the burdens, says Nnenna Morah, senior associate in the housing team at Lewis Silkin

  • Contracting a solution

    06/10/2011

    A housing association was this week fined £100,000 for breaching the health and safety at work act.

  • Landlord fined £100,000 after man dies from burns

    06/10/2011

    A housing association has been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay £35,000 costs after a man died from burns received from a scalding hot bath.

  • Bureaucracy and planning hurting empty homes

    05/10/2011

    A high-profile architect has called on the government to slash red tape and planning constraints to tackle the 350,000 long-term empty homes in Britain.

  • Bureaucracy and planning hurting empty homes

    05/10/2011

    A high-profile architect has called on the government to slash red tape and planning constraints to tackle the 350,000 long-term empty homes in Britain.

  • Boris in pledge to build larger affordable homes

    04/10/2011

    Boris Johnson has pledged to build larger affordable homes and improve the environment as part of a strategy to ‘bring the village green’ to London.

  • Boris in pledge to build larger affordable homes

    04/10/2011

    Boris Johnson has pledged to build larger affordable homes and improve the environment as part of a strategy to ‘bring the village green’ to London.

  • Overspent or overspun?

    30/09/2011

    When is an overspend not an overspend? Answer: When it is an ‘underbudget’.

  • Circle 33 under watchdog’s eye

    30/09/2011

    The social housing regulator is monitoring a subsidiary of one of England’s largest housing associations after a major overspend on repairs and maintenance.

  • Extra tax plan is ‘too vague’

    30/09/2011

    Government plans to increase tax on empty homes have been criticised as ‘vague’ by a campaign group.

  • Synergy at work

    30/09/2011

    The wait is almost over. When moving jobs, you’re as professional as you can be out of respect to your colleagues and those who’ve paid your salary, but it’s only human to think of the future.

  • Welsh AMs unveil housing reforms

    30/09/2011

    The Welsh Government plans to provide financial incentives to encourage councils to bring up to 12,000 empty homes back into use by 2016.

  • Labour backs call for housing investment

    29/09/2011

    The Labour party has passed a motion which calls for investment in house building and attacks the government for failing the social housing sector.

  • Labour backs call for housing investment

    29/09/2011

    The Labour party has passed a motion which calls for investment in house building and attacks the government for failing the social housing sector.

  • Flint: social housing should be a ‘positive choice’

    29/09/2011

    The shadow communities secretary has said social housing should return to being a ‘positive choice’ for families.

  • Empty homes business buys up rival

    28/09/2011

    Vacant Property Services has bought rival firm Sitex Orbis for an undisclosed sum.

  • Lib Dems seek green homes tax for nuclear firms

    27/09/2011

    The Liberal Democrats have approved a policy motion that calls for the operators of nuclear power stations to pay a tax to improve home energy efficiency.

  • Balls calls for tax on bankers to fund new homes

    26/09/2011

    A tax should be levied against bankers’ bonuses with the money put towards building 25,000 affordable homes, the shadow chancellor has said.

  • Balls calls for tax on bankers to fund new homes

    26/09/2011

    A tax should be levied against bankers’ bonuses with the money put towards building 25,000 affordable homes, the shadow chancellor has said.

  • Green team

    23/09/2011

    Empty homes, housing revenue account reform and evictions were the headline housing issues at this week’s Liberal Democrat conference in Birmingham.

  • Empty gesture?

    21/09/2011

    The great empty homes debate has come crashing back onto the news agenda this week.

  • Council hit by corruption claims

    21/09/2011

    A council repairs department is under investigation by police and an auditing firm following allegations of corruption.

  • Cornwall approves plans for 10,000-home ALMO

    21/09/2011

    Councillors in Cornwall have approved plans to create a single arm’s-length management organisation covering the whole county.

  • Carrot and stick

    20/09/2011

    With the green deal proving a harder sell than expected there are indications the government may take a tougher line in its quest for carbon cuts.

  • Stunell to set out empty homes plans

    20/09/2011

    The communities minister is expected to outline government plans for tackling empty homes when he addresses the Liberal Democrat conference later today.

  • Interest cut to deliver £100m boost for housing

    18/09/2011

    Councils leaving the housing revenue account subsidy system are to receive a £100 million a year boost due to a cut in interest rates.

  • Banks block landlords’ solar plans

    16/09/2011

    Social landlords’ plans to install photovoltaic panels on their homes are being blocked by banks refusing to sign off hundreds of millions of pounds worth of ‘rent-a-roof’ deals.

  • Don’t bank it

    16/09/2011

    The feed-in tariff has been perhaps the most successful ‘green’ government initiative ever.

  • Kier profits rise by almost a quarter

    15/09/2011

    Construction and services firm Kier has reported a 24 per cent rise in pre-tax profits to £68.9 million.

  • Profit and revenue up at Apollo

    15/09/2011

    Apollo has increased its operating profit by 66 per cent from £7.5 million last year to £12.4 million.

  • Council plans PV panels for 1,600 homes

    14/09/2011

    Brighton & Hove Council is planning to install photovoltaic solar panels on 1,600 homes across the area.

  • Campaigners demand green deal VAT cut

    12/09/2011

    Campaigners are calling for tax breaks to support the government’s green deal as the Energy Bill enters its final stages.

  • Brokerage to allocate ECO funds

    09/09/2011

    The government is planning to introduce an independent brokerage to allocate energy company obligation funding to ensure equal access for green deal providers in its flagship retrofit scheme.

  • Cleaning up the mess

    09/09/2011

    A year ago this week the collapse of social housing contractor Connaught caused panic, leaving landlords struggling to maintain services. Here, Carl Brown asks whether landlords and contractors have learned their lesson

  • FIT for future investment?

    09/09/2011

    Is it worth installing photovoltaic panels after 1 April 2012 when the feed-in tariff is due to change?

  • Green deal Q&A

    09/09/2011

    Securing finance from banks is vital to the green deal’s success. Here, Conor Hennebry reveals the sector’s appetite for green investment

  • Green guru

    09/09/2011

    Social landlords must ask themselves now how they will access green deal cash and whether energy company obligation funding can help, says Sally Hancox

  • Landlords team up to save water

    09/09/2011

    A consortium of midlands-based landlords has joined forces with water companies to launch an efficiency project across 11,100 social homes.

  • Last-minute deal

    09/09/2011

    The government plans to reduce the feed-in tariff next year, so social landlords must act now if they want to cash in on the sun’s rays, says Emily Rogers

  • No deal?

    09/09/2011

    With just 12 months to go until the green deal kicks off, landlords are struggling to convince tenants that warmer homes and lower fuel bills outweigh the inconvenience of having their homes retrofitted. Nick Duxbury reports

  • Proceed with caution

    09/09/2011

    One year on from the collapse of Connaught, the obvious conclusion is that lessons have not been learned.

  • Sound-off

    09/09/2011

    Opening up on mistakes could save the building industry £5 billion by 2050, argues John Doggart

  • Testing technology

    09/09/2011

    The government spent £17 million testing cutting-edge green technology in preparation for widespread retrofitting of the UK’s homes under the green deal. So what did it learn? Mark Wilding reports

  • The Godfather of green

    09/09/2011

    A seasoned and outspoken environmental campaigner, Jonathon Porritt is credited as a major force behind the eco-movement. So does he think the government’s green deal is doomed to failure or an offer residents can’t refuse? Nick Duxbury finds out

  • Time for change

    09/09/2011

    The government must do all it can to make the green deal work and save our planet for future generations, says Anne Power

  • In the line of fire

    07/09/2011

    Social landlords often assume they have sole responsibility for fire safety in their properties, but the legal picture is not so straightforward. Ashley Borthwick from law firm TLT explains

  • Ministers to set out empty homes plans

    07/09/2011

    The communities minister has promised to do more to ensure empty homes are brought back into use.

  • Durham plans 3,000 home solar project

    07/09/2011

    Durham County Council is considering plans to fit photovoltaic panels to 3,000 of its homes.

  • British Gas begins smart meter roll out

    06/09/2011

    British Gas is to start rolling out smart meters to its customers’ homes this month.

  • Fit for the future

    06/09/2011

    Lessons must be learnt from Affinity Sutton’s green deal pilot if the wider scheme is to be made to work, says Nick Duxbury

  • Council to retain ‘poorly performing’ ALMO

    02/09/2011

    A London council plans to retain its arm’s-length management organisation despite its history of poor performance.

  • Green deal faces ‘carbon black hole’

    02/09/2011

    The government’s flagship retrofit scheme could fail to meet national carbon reduction targets, leaving a 26 per cent ‘carbon black hole’, a housing association has warned.

  • Mind the gap

    02/09/2011

    The warning from Affinity Sutton this week of a ‘carbon black hole’ in the government’s flagship green deal should set alarm bells ringing.

  • The technology test

    02/09/2011

    Finding the right IT solution for your organisation can be a minefield. Lydia Stockdale discovers how it can be done

  • The ALMO question

    01/09/2011

    The subject of arms-length management organisations is becoming ever more important for local authorities up and down the country.

  • Council to become first to enter bond market

    01/09/2011

    Wandsworth Council is set to become the first local authority to tap into the bond market with a £250 million issue to fund a major housing stock improvement project.

  • Council agrees to rent 3,000 roofs for PV

    31/08/2011

    A council has joined forces with an energy provider to fit solar photovoltaic panels to some of its housing stock.

  • ALMO faces axe as council seeks savings

    31/08/2011

    A council is set to bring its arms-length management organisation back in house in a bid to save £400,000.

  • New deal

    30/08/2011

    After a year of writing about cuts in housing benefit, investment and supporting people, rising rents and homelessness and falling housebuilding, it makes a pleasant change to report some good news.

  • A cash incentive

    26/08/2011

    The new homes bonus gives councils a reason to work harder to bring empty homes back into use

  • A cash incentive

    26/08/2011

    The new homes bonus gives councils a reason to work harder to bring empty homes back into use

  • Breaking free

    26/08/2011

    In just seven months councils will be freed from the shackles of the housing revenue account. So how are their self-financing plans shaping up? Jules Birch finds out.

  • Landlord makes 11th-hour bid for energy funds

    26/08/2011

    A housing association has launched a last-ditch attempt to help social landlords prise £350 million of eco-cash from the grasp of energy companies.

  • Contractors win £800m framework

    24/08/2011

    Social housing procurement consortium Cyntra has awarded an £800 million framework deal to six contractors.

  • Pay dirt

    24/08/2011

    Contaminated land is something which all local authorities across the country know only too well.

  • Charity concerned by smart meter plans

    19/08/2011

    Citizens Advice has warned proposals for the roll out of smart meters could leave consumers vulnerable to exploitation by energy companies.

  • Another piece of junk?

    19/08/2011

    Tenant satisfaction surveys are no longer compulsory. So were they a waste of paper or a vital way to measure landlords’ performance, asks Emily Rogers

  • Freedom at last

    19/08/2011

    Scrapping the housing revenue account will cut through red tape and help councils serve their tenants in the best possible way, says Grant Shapps

  • On the front line

    19/08/2011

    When riots ripped through England last week, most people watched the unfolding horror on their television screens. But for many housing professionals the sight of burning buildings, looted shops and mobs running amok was a shocking reality. Here, Alex Wellman relays their stories

  • Cash boost for contaminated land homes

    18/08/2011

    A council has been awarded £1.4 million to replace soil in two estates after potentially harmful chemicals were found in the ground.

  • Riot rewards

    17/08/2011

    Upon seeing the devastation wrought upon England after four days of rioting and the pillorying of social housing tenants by the mainstream media, you would think that estates across the land were no-go zones.

  • Riot-hit areas receive government cash boost

    17/08/2011

    An extra £20 million of government funding has been made available to clean up and improve two of the areas worst affected by the riots.

  • Riot-hit areas receive government cash boost

    17/08/2011

    An extra £20 million of government funding has been made available to clean up and improve two of the areas worst affected by the riots.

  • Landlord to test green technologies

    16/08/2011

    Greenfields Community Housing is fitting photovoltaic panels to 1,000 of its 8,000 homes and testing ways to improve the energy efficiency of the remainder.

  • Contractor issues riot rallying call to sector

    16/08/2011

    A contractor has pledged to invest in communities affected by the rioting by providing training and support to people from deprived backgrounds.

  • Mears turnover rises after market turmoil

    16/08/2011

    Mears has reported increased turnover and profits after picking up work from failed rivals Rok and Connaught.

  • Landlords invited to bid for £3m eco-heating cash

    15/08/2011

    Social landlords can bid for thousands of pounds to help them install eco-heaters in the homes of tenants.

  • Contractor secures 85 per cent of revenue

    15/08/2011

    A contractor has revealed that it has secured 85 per cent of budgeted revenues for the financial year.

  • ‘Who will want to live here now?’

    12/08/2011

    Housing professionals and their residents have watched in horror as rioters burned and looted their communities. Alex Wellman gets their reactions to the week that shook England to its core

  • Insurers call on home secretary to help curb rate rise

    12/08/2011

    Insurance companies have urged the government to extend police compensation schemes to help curb premium price rises following the estimated £100 million damage to England’s cities caused by rioters.

  • ALMO office damaged during rioting

    10/08/2011

    An arm’s-length management organisation had one of its housing offices damaged during riots in Wolverhampton last night.

  • Birmingham leading on home insulation

    10/08/2011

    Birmingham is leading the way in improving the energy efficiency of homes, according to government figures.

  • Energy efficiency arguments are ‘misguided’

    10/08/2011

    Attempting to convince households to improve energy efficiency on the basis of fuel savings alone is misguided, a government-backed pilot scheme has concluded.

  • Council set to renew contract with ALMO

    10/08/2011

    Westminster Council has agreed in principle to renew its contract with arm’s-length management organisation City West Homes.

  • Housing office set alight as violence spreads

    10/08/2011

    A disused housing office in Salford was attacked last night as rioting spread across the north and midlands.

  • Housing staff flee estate amid fresh rioting fears

    09/08/2011

    Peabody has pulled its staff from a Hackney estate amid fears of a violent rioting.

  • Landlord considering security for frontline staff

    09/08/2011

    A housing association is considering dispatching minders to protect frontline housing staff as they support tenants on an estate which was caught up in riots last night.

  • Homeless toll rises as London riots continue

    09/08/2011

    Almost 50 homes were destroyed in the rioting in Tottenham on Saturday night which sparked mass civil unrest across the rest of London.

  • Housing association homes damaged in riot

    08/08/2011

    Twenty-six Metropolitan Housing Trust leaseholder homes were among those damaged during riots in Tottenham on Saturday.

  • Payment row leaves 2,000 without TV

    08/08/2011

    Thousands of London homes have been left without television for more than a week after contractors removed aerials due to a dispute over pay.

  • Morgan Sindall reports drop in profits

    08/08/2011

    Construction firm Morgan Sindall has reported a half-yearly drop in profits of 16 per cent compared to the same time last year.

  • Landlord awards £40 million home improvement contract

    08/08/2011

    Lewisham Homes has appointed maintenance contractor Mitie to carry out a £40 million home improvement programme over the next five years.

  • The green deal stick

    05/08/2011

    Energy Bill campaigners have done well to get the government to accept regulations that will ensure properties in the private rented sector meet minimum efficiency standards.

  • Social tenants offered free energy advice

    05/08/2011

    Social housing tenants in parts of London are to be offered free advice on improving the energy efficiency of their homes.

  • Carving a new future

    05/08/2011

    Landlords in Wales have successfully helped unemployed people into new jobs. Could the government’s new work programme now thwart their efforts?

  • Home sweet home

    05/08/2011

    Welsh first minister Carwyn Jones says his government is making housing its top priority

  • Wind of change

    05/08/2011

    A host of new laws are set to change the landscape for Welsh social landlords. Michael Northcott reports

  • Work it out

    05/08/2011

    On the face of it, the £5 billion work programme sounds as though it should be tailor-made for social landlords.

  • Council decides to retain ALMO

    03/08/2011

    Lambeth Council will retain its arm’s-length management organisation after a consultation on its future.

  • HCA report backs district heating schemes

    02/08/2011

    A £26 million Homes and Communities Agency programme to evaluate the effectiveness of district heating systems has concluded they can offer a range of benefits.

  • Mears lands £20m PV deal with British Gas

    02/08/2011

    Mears has won a £20 million photovoltaic panel installation contact through its partnership with British Gas.

  • Newcastle to take on green deal role

    02/08/2011

    Newcastle is planning to set up a partnership with other local authorities to fund home energy efficiency improvements through the green deal.

  • Consumers buy in to renewable heat scheme

    01/08/2011

    A scheme offering householders funding towards energy efficient forms of heating has received 2,700 expressions of interest ahead of its launch today.

  • Council to keep ALMO following review

    01/08/2011

    Brent Council has decided to maintain its arm’s-length management organisation and will now consult with tenants.

  • Fire safety guidelines for tower blocks released

    29/07/2011

    Landlords have been issued with a new set of guidelines to minimise the threat of fire in high-rise tower blocks.

  • Date set for move to self financing

    29/07/2011

    Councils will buy their way out of the existing housing finance system on 28 March 2012, the government has said.

  • Review into service charges launched

    29/07/2011

    Social landlords are set to be grilled by politicians over service charges issued to tenants.

  • Call for new law after gas death

    29/07/2011

    A coroner has called on the government to change health and safety legislation after a social housing tenant died of carbon monoxide poisoning in a newly built block of flats.

  • Fatal flaws

    29/07/2011

    Maria Ighodalo was spectacularly unlucky. The London & Quadrant tenant died in 2007 from carbon monoxide poisoning following a highly unusual chain of events.

  • Man on a mission

    29/07/2011

    With just 12 months to go until the Olympic Games begin, mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales tells Nick Duxbury why the host borough’s legacy is under threat and how he hopes to save it with an audacious new housing policy.

  • Man on a mission

    29/07/2011

    With just 12 months to go until the Olympic Games begin, mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales tells Nick Duxbury why the host borough’s legacy is under threat and how he hopes to save it with an audacious new housing policy.

  • Landlord is third highest spender with government card

    28/07/2011

    A housing association spent more money with a government pay card than the Foreign Office, the Home Office and the BBC, a freedom of information request has revealed.

  • First among equals

    27/07/2011

    The imminent merger of contractors Apollo and Keepmoat is being portrayed as the coming together of two equal companies intent on creating a market leader in the sector.

  • Solar profits to improve housing stock

    27/07/2011

    Nottingham Council is planning to use money generated by fitting solar panels to its homes to invest in improving its stock.

  • Brand awareness

    26/07/2011

    ‘What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.’

  • Energy certificates to promote green deal

    26/07/2011

    Energy performance certificates that are required for any home being bought, sold, or rented out have been redesigned to promote the green deal.

  • £1.6 billion of repairs contracts up for grabs

    26/07/2011

    A housing group has issued a tender for repairs and maintenance work worth up to £1.6 billion.

  • Council brings ALMO back in house

    26/07/2011

    Basildon Council has brought its housing management back in house, saving £1 million annually.

  • Tenants vote to take control of estate

    25/07/2011

    An iconic council estate will be handed over to the community to run after an overwhelming majority of tenants voted to take control.

  • Social landlords get fifth of renewable heat fund

    22/07/2011

    The government has set aside £3 million of a £15 million renewable heat generation fund for social landlords.

  • Leading social housing contractors plan merger

    22/07/2011

    Two of the social housing sector’s biggest contractors are planning to merge.

  • Green bank may not fund home efficiency

    19/07/2011

    The government has refused to commit to using its £3 billion green investment bank to kick-start its flagship home energy efficiency scheme.

  • Council repair service criticised by ombudsman

    19/07/2011

    A London council offered a ‘very poor’ housing repair service to three tenants, a watchdog has found.

  • Contractor self delivers gas following Kinetics subsidiary collapse

    15/07/2011

    A contractor has taken over control of gas maintenance for a London authority after its sub-contractor went into administration.

  • DIY danger

    15/07/2011

    One of the key concerns highlighted in our ‘tenant cashback’ webinar on Wednesday was the impact on health and safety of the plan to pay tenants to carry out some of their own repairs.

  • Sounding the alarm

    15/07/2011

    New fire safety guidance is helping social landlords ensure their properties are as safe as possible. Here, Chloë Stothart finds out what they should do to minimise the risk of a blaze and how much it costs

  • Kinetics rescue plan fails

    14/07/2011

    Social landlords have been forced to draft in new contractors to keep repairs work on track after the remaining part of Kinetics went into administration.

  • Administrators appointed for Kinetics

    13/07/2011

    Social housing contractor Kinetics has entered into administration with around 550 staff across five sites affected.

  • Landlords to cut risks of tenant cashback

    13/07/2011

    Social landlords will be responsible for ensuring their tenant cashback schemes reduce the dangers of putting tenants in charge of their own repairs.

  • Contractor wins £45m five-year deal with housing association

    12/07/2011

    A contractor has won a five-year deal worth £45 million to provide maintenance for 15,000 homes.

  • Impact assessment shows health concerns with tenant cashback scheme

    12/07/2011

    The government has admitted that a new scheme to let tenants control their repairs might lead to health and safety problems.

  • Kinetics move into administration confirmed

    11/07/2011

    Social housing contractor Kinetics will go to court this afternoon to seek administration.

  • Remaining Kinetics firms face administration

    11/07/2011

    The remaining part of social housing contractor Kinetics is set to go into administration, according to one of its housing association clients.

  • Contractor posts losses of £135 million

    08/07/2011

    A contractor has posted pre-tax losses of £135 million for last year but has claimed localism and the Green Deal are opportunities to improve.

  • A nudge in the right direction

    08/07/2011

    What do you have to do to get people to accept free improvements to their home that will cut their energy bills?

  • Green deal users offered council tax holiday

    08/07/2011

    Households are to be offered a month off from paying council tax in return for signing up to the government’s green deal scheme.

  • Contractor wins work for 985 homes

    06/07/2011

    A contractor has been chosen to undertake repairs and maintenance on 985 housing association homes for a three year period.

  • Birmingham extends 40,000 home repairs contracts

    06/07/2011

    Birmingham City Council has agreed a three-year extension to contracts covering the repairs and maintenance of 40,000 homes in the south of the city.

  • Landlords admit high-rise fire risk

    01/07/2011

    Three quarters of housing providers do not think their tower blocks have been assessed correctly

  • Rok pensions threatened by £90m deficit

    28/06/2011

    The administrators of Rok have revealed the company has a £90 million deficit in two pension schemes.

  • From riches to rags and back

    24/06/2011

    A Welsh landlord took on an ambitious project to refurbish a derelict Grade II listed mansion. Katie Puckett finds out how they managed to bring it back into use

  • From riches to rags and back

    24/06/2011

    A Welsh landlord took on an ambitious project to refurbish a derelict Grade II listed mansion. Katie Puckett finds out how they managed to bring it back into use

  • Pipe dream

    24/06/2011

    A new law means social landlords will no longer be responsible for repairing certain pipework but there are exceptions

  • Construction company to launch solar PV division

    17/06/2011

    A construction firm is to launch a new division which will design, fund, build and install solar photovoltaic panels to existing homes throughout the country.

  • Be more inventive

    17/06/2011

    At last year’s annual Chartered Institute of Housing conference and exhibition at Harrogate, the views of delegates were used to produce a ‘housing pact’ which was presented to housing minister Grant Shapps on the final day of the event.

  • Cracking efficiency

    17/06/2011

    It’s undisputed that housing must be provided more efficiently, but how best to do it? Inside Housing convened a round table of industry experts to find out. Caroline Thorpe reports

  • Cracking efficiency

    17/06/2011

    It’s undisputed that housing must be provided more efficiently, but how best to do it? Inside Housing convened a round table of industry experts to find out. Caroline Thorpe reports

  • Landlords hit by Kinetics collapse

    17/06/2011

    Landlords in the north of England have been scrabbling to find cover after several subsidiaries of contractor Kinetics collapsed.

  • MPs’ pledges

    17/06/2011

    A year is a long time in politics. Twelve months ago this group of MPs pledged to do their bit for the housing sector, but have they delivered? Lucinda Dunseath finds out

  • MPs’ pledges

    17/06/2011

    A year is a long time in politics. Twelve months ago this group of MPs pledged to do their bit for the housing sector, but have they delivered? Lucinda Dunseath finds out

  • Seaside slum

    17/06/2011

    New caps on housing benefit will force tenants out of higher-rent areas and into places like Margate’s Cliftonville. The area is already deprived, so how will it cope with the influx? Photography and words by Simon Brandon

  • True to their word?

    17/06/2011

    Last year the Chartered Institute of Housing’s inaugral Housing Pact asked for a series of commitments from the government and set out what the sector would do in return. Twelve months on, Sarah Davis examines which pledges were kept

  • True to their word?

    17/06/2011

    Last year the Chartered Institute of Housing’s inaugral Housing Pact asked for a series of commitments from the government and set out what the sector would do in return. Twelve months on, Sarah Davis examines which pledges were kept

  • Administrators sell part of Kinetics as redundancies hit

    13/06/2011

    The administrators for stricken social housing contractor Kinetics have sold part of the group but 273 staff have been made redundant.

  • Contractor says billions could be saved by switching outsourcing

    10/06/2011

    A contractor claims savings of up to £2.9 billion could be made by housing associations, ALMOs and councils if changes were made to the outsourcing of housing maintenance and management.

  • Minister rejects calls for green deal plan

    10/06/2011

    The government came under fire this week for failing to commit to an implementation plan for improving the energy efficiency of homes in England.

  • Feed-in tariff cuts could hit landlords

    10/06/2011

    Landlords have warned cuts to payments made for energy from solar panels will discourage the use of renewable power generation.

  • Appy days

    10/06/2011

    A fortnight ago you met them. Now it’s time to discover what they can do. We challenged the five finalists in the Rising Stars contest - Inside Housing and the Chartered Institute of Housing’s bid to find housing’s top talent - to design a phone app which would improve life for them, their employer, their residents - or all three. Here’s what they came up with.

  • Labour: coalition’s £30m is peanuts to pathfinders

    03/06/2011

    Labour has launched a campaign to secure extra cash for councils dealing with the aftermath of the axed housing market renewal programme.

  • Further details of Green Deal revealed

    02/06/2011

    Further details of the Green Deal have been released by the government including which measures are suitable for a property and plans to ensure consumers are not ripped off.

  • Contractor bought by Wates construction company

    01/06/2011

    Wates Group has acquired repairs contractor Linbrook Services for an undisclosed sum.

  • Contractor awarded £50 million work for 15,000 homes

    01/06/2011

    A contractor has won a £50 million deal to provide maintenance and refurbishment work to a housing association’s 15,000 stock.

  • Good state of repair

    27/05/2011

    Grant Shapps’ tenant cashback scheme is not a new concept. Tenants of one housing association have been conducting their own repairs for years. Simon Brandon finds out more

  • Scottish government u-turn on adaptation funding

    25/05/2011

    The Scottish government have agreed to look again at the eligibility criteria for housing adaptations after criticism from landlords.

  • Green bank is key to efficiency scheme

    25/05/2011

    The Federation of Master Builders has said the green investment bank is the only way the government can deliver its flagship green deal policy.

  • Landlord brings repairs in-house to protect jobs

    23/05/2011

    Liverpool’s biggest landlord has set up an in-house repairs service in an attempt to save jobs after cancelling its previous contract.

  • Inquest to be held into death of boy who fell from window

    20/05/2011

    An inquest into the death of a teenage boy who fell from a window in a tower block will take place in October.

  • Housing associations combine to find £60 million contractor

    20/05/2011

    Housing associations have joined together to find a contractor to undertake £60 million of work across five years.

  • Green revolution

    20/05/2011

    The Green Party this month won an historic victory to take control of its first council. Here, in an exclusive interview with Rhiannon Bury, Brighton & Hove’s new leader Bill Randall reveals his plans

  • Spreading the load

    20/05/2011

    Politicians want councils to deliver savings by sharing their services. Can it work for housing? Lydia Stockdale reports

  • Kier issues positive trading update

    18/05/2011

    Kier has issued a trading statement saying its financial performance is in line with expectations.

  • British Gas buys contractor for £30 million

    16/05/2011

    British Gas has acquired Cheshire-based central heating contractor PH Jones for £30 million.

  • Assembly Government names housing minister

    13/05/2011

    The new Welsh Assembly Government has announced that Huw Lewis, former deputy minister for children, has been appointed as minister for housing, regeneration and heritage.

  • Energy standards to enforce green deal

    11/05/2011

    The government has announced plans to ensure all landlords face minimum energy efficiency standards under the green deal.

  • Contractor defends estate regen bid

    10/05/2011

    A contractor which won a tender to improve estates in Sheffield has defended its bid after it was revealed the estimated valuation was £2 million lower than the council said.

  • Shapps announces £30 million fund for stalled pathfinder schemes

    09/05/2011

    Housing minister Grant Shapps has announced a £30 million fund to help households in blighted neighbourhoods after the premature end of the housing market renewal programme.

  • Conflict of interest

    06/05/2011

    Retrofitting can run into problems in conservation areas where planners don’t want homes’ appearances to change. Mark Wilding considers compromises social landlords are having to make

  • Green guru

    06/05/2011

    Alison Mathias explains the Homes and Communities Agency’s ‘double subsidy’ rules on claiming feed-in tariffs

  • Leading man

    06/05/2011

    How will the green deal work in practice? Nick Duxbury talks to Michael O’Doherty, the man trailblazing the UK’s first ever pilot scheme, to find out

  • Pathfinder areas plea for £60m lifeline

    06/05/2011

    The government should put up £60 million to help northern councils deal with the blight left by the now-defunct housing market renewal pathfinders, an influential group of MPs will be told.

  • Room to breathe

    06/05/2011

    House builders are developing homes to ever stricter airtightness standards. But is the health of residents at risk from the effects of inadequate ventilation? Emily Rogers investigates

  • Safety first

    06/05/2011

    New guidelines set out how social landlords should protect tenants living in tower blocks from fire. Martin Hilditch reports

  • Sealing the deal

    06/05/2011

    From the way it is funded to the technology it will use, many questions remain about how the green deal will work. Sustainable Housing gathered a group of eco-experts to work out the answers. Isabel Hardman reports on a very animated discussion

  • The right elements

    06/05/2011

    Should renewable technologies be included in the green deal? Two experts give their views

  • Contractor issues positive trading update

    05/05/2011

    Social housing contractor Morgan Sindall has issued a positive trading update ahead of its annual general meeting today.

  • Housing association resolves palm cross row

    28/04/2011

    A housing association electrician who refused to stop displaying a palm cross in his company van has agreed a compromise with his employers.

  • Open book approach

    28/04/2011

    An open book policy has allowed one landlord to cut repair costs by making them more transparent. Emily Rogers reports

  • Repair and reward

    28/04/2011

    Is it a good idea to let tenants claim cashback for doing their own repairs? Sue Chalkley and Mike Brogan square up to debate Grant Shapps’ latest innovation

  • The cost cutters

    28/04/2011

    New research shows how social landlords are pruning procurement costs. Simon Brandon kicks off our procurement special with a look at where savings can be made

  • Westminster hires Pinnacle for £22.5m

    28/04/2011

    Westminster Council will award private company Pinnacle PSG a £22.5 million contract to manage half its housing stock.

  • Tenants at risk from faulty gas fittings

    27/04/2011

    One in three UK tenants could be at risk from faulty gas fittings and appliances.

  • Investigation launched into teen death fall

    26/04/2011

    Police have launched an investigation after a teenage boy fell to his death from a sixth floor window.

  • BNP holds protest over cross ban

    20/04/2011

    The British National Party has held a protest outside the offices of a housing association which banned one of its staff from displaying a palm cross in his van.

  • MEP calls for Europe-wide home efficiency standard

    18/04/2011

    Europe is in danger of missing out on the benefits of home energy efficiency, the Green MEP for London has warned.

  • Carbon monoxide death case delayed

    18/04/2011

    A plea hearing in the case of a young woman who died of carbon monoxide poisoning in a shared ownership flat has been delayed.

  • Landlord orders removal of palm cross

    18/04/2011

    A housing association electrician is facing disciplinary action after he refused to remove a palm cross from his employer’s van.

  • Adaptations funding cut ‘short sighted’

    15/04/2011

    A Scottish housing association has spoken out against government cuts to adaptations funding.

  • Social landlords urged to embrace green deal

    15/04/2011

    The climate change minister has urged social landlords to get involved in the green deal energy efficiency scheme.

  • £168m ‘cost of bad housing’

    15/04/2011

    Poor housing in Wales costs the NHS £67 million a year, according to new research.

  • A poor trade

    15/04/2011

    ‘Bonkers’, ‘misinformed’, ‘poorly thought through’. These were just some responses housing professionals gave Inside Housing this week when asked about the proposed tenant cashback plan unveiled by the government last week.

  • Welsh Lib Dems target empty homes

    14/04/2011

    The Liberal Democrats in Wales launched their manifesto for the 5 May general election yesterday with the promise of more money for affordable housing.

  • Wates looks to expand as profits grow

    13/04/2011

    Wates Group has announced it intends to recruit 300 people during 2011, as it publishes positive annual results.

  • Residents reject stock transfer proposal

    12/04/2011

    Tenants in the Vale of Glamorgan have voted not to transfer their homes to a local housing association.

  • Scottish Labour party releases manifesto

    08/04/2011

    The Scottish Labour party has promised secure and affordable homes for tenants in its party manifesto.

  • Hanover starts co-payments

    08/04/2011

    Hanover Housing tenants will be able to fast-track major improvements to their homes if they can afford to split the cost with their landlord.

  • Tenants to get repairs cash

    07/04/2011

    Housing minister Grant Shapps is offering tenants cash to do repairs on their own homes.

  • Electrics fire in Birmingham block

    05/04/2011

    Forty residents were evacuated from a Birmingham Council tower block early this morning after a fire was started by water leaking from a roof.

  • Millions spent on homes that could be knocked down

    01/04/2011

    Almost 800 flats in an estate in London could be demolished despite £4.4 million of decent homes funding having been spend on them since 2005.

  • Campaigners demand more ambition on home efficiency

    01/04/2011

    Builders and environmental groups have joined forces to demand the government adopts a more ambitious approach to home energy efficiency.

  • A step in the right direction

    01/04/2011

    While there might not be much in it for housing, George Osborne’s Budget sets a positive mood for the economy, says Chris Blackhurst

  • Contest searches for new star

    01/04/2011

    A competition to find housing’s next leaders is being launched by the Chartered Institute of Housing and Inside Housing this week.

  • Hyde ends Kinetics deal

    01/04/2011

    Hyde Group has terminated its £3 million gas servicing contract with contractor Kinetics.

  • New chemical concern on ‘contaminated’ estate

    01/04/2011

    Toxic chemicals have been found inside homes on a Scottish estate where residents have experienced health problems.

  • Council takes ALMO back in house

    30/03/2011

    A London council is taking its arm’s-length management organisation back in house this Friday with the hope of saving more than £5 million.

  • Copper piping theft linked to gas explosion

    29/03/2011

    A gas explosion at a housing association block in Runcorn is believed to have been caused by the theft of copper piping from an empty flat.

  • Affordable rent will cause most upheaval

    29/03/2011

    Housing groups believe affordable rent will have the most significant impact of the government’s social housing reforms, a survey has found.

  • Ready for lift off?

    29/03/2011

    With a host of changes about to sweep across the social housing sector, consultancies WCL and Auxo decided to find out how prepared the sector is. Jules Bickers outlines the findings

  • Helm housing association suspended from development

    28/03/2011

    The largest housing association in Northern Ireland has been suspended from developing new homes after building a block of flats without planning permission.

  • Report questions green deal potential

    28/03/2011

    The green deal energy efficiency scheme is only likely to reduce carbon emissions from social housing by 4 per cent by 2020, a study has found.

  • A spanner in the works

    25/03/2011

    Landlords must take care when passing repair costs on to tenants, says Simon Bagg, senior associate in the property litigation team at Lewis Silkin

  • Pathfinders issue warning

    25/03/2011

    The abrupt end of funding for the housing market renewal programme risks wasting money and leaving neighbourhoods to deteriorate, pathfinder leaders have warned.

  • Residents evacuated after gas explosion in Runcorn

    24/03/2011

    Fifty people were evacuated from a housing association block of flats after a gas explosion this morning.

  • A shameful U-turn

    23/03/2011

    In its eagerness to slash red tape the government has removed one of its most laudable policies, says Darren Shirley

  • Nottingham Council signs 10-year deal with ALMO

    23/03/2011

    Nottingham Council has signed a new ten-year contract with its arm’s-length management organisation.

  • No fuel bill change after retrofits

    23/03/2011

    A quarter of social tenants who received energy efficiency improvements to their homes had no noticeable savings on their fuel bills after their homes were retrofitted, according to a survey.

  • Northern Ireland Executive completes first stock transfer

    23/03/2011

    The Northern Ireland Housing Executive has completed the first large scale transfer of its homes to a housing association after a £100 million hole in its budget delayed its maintenance programme.

  • Housing excluded from green investment bank

    22/03/2011

    The Green Investment Bank will not include any finance for energy efficiency work in housing, Inside Housing has learnt.

  • Lewisham Council served notice on fatal fire block

    22/03/2011

    Lewisham Council must improve safety at one of its tower blocks after the London Fire Brigade served it with an enforcement notice following a fatal fire.