Housing

Unjust enrichment?

23/04/2019

Housing authorities should take care when relying upon valuations that will feed into section 125 notices, says Amy Rogers, of the disputes team at Cripps.

London council signs a £44.6m partnership to build new homes

17/04/2019

Croydon Council has signed up to a multi-million pound partnership with Legal & General in order to deliver over 160 new homes.

Modular homes to be developed for homeless families in London

16/04/2019

Temporary modular homes are to be developed for homeless families in the capital following a £11m investment by mayor Sadiq Khan.

Unfair evictions to be banned under new proposals

15/04/2019

The Government has outlined plans to abolish short notice and unfair evictions for private renters in England.

New guidance for enforcement officers faced with rogue landlords

09/04/2019

The housing minister has announced that two new guidance documents are now available to help local authorities crack down on rogue landlords.

ALMOs unable to replace 31% of Right to Buy sales in 2018

05/04/2019

Local authority housing companies were unable to replace 31% of properties sold under Right to Buy, a new survey has revealed.

Homeownership schemes failing ‘less well off’

04/04/2019

The Government’s homeownership schemes are failing those on low and middle incomes, according to a provider of affordable rent to buy homes.

Housing experts call for more regulation on Airbnb-style lets

04/04/2019

The Chartered Institute of Housing has called for regulation of Airbnb-style short-term lets to prevent the loss of private rented homes.

Taunton Deane to build 230 new homes

29/03/2019

Councillors in Taunton Deane yesterday approved plans to build up to 230 new homes.

‘Suspend’ costly Right to Buy scheme, housing body says

29/03/2019

Right to Buy is ‘reducing’ the number of affordable homes available at a time when homelessness is on the rise, warns Chartered Institute of Housing.

Half of British babies born in rented accommodation

29/03/2019

More babies are being born to parents living in insecure private sector rented accommodation, new research shows.

Councils failing to use powers for rent repayment orders, landords warns

28/03/2019

Councils are failing to use new powers to force bad landlords to pay back rent, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) have warned.

Bankrolling empty properties

28/03/2019

Danny Curran says the Government is sitting on hundreds of empty dwellings while leaving local councils with the bill of maintenance.

Council gives plan to deliver nearly 20,000 homes the go-ahead

27/03/2019

A 20-year plan to deliver homes, jobs, transport infrastructure and community facilities for Warrington has been given the thumbs-up.

Funding for five new garden towns

26/03/2019

Five new garden towns will receive a share of £3.7m to provide up to 64,000 new homes.

Airspace development - the way up for affordable housing?

26/03/2019

Deborah Rowntree explores how airspace development can revolutionise affordable housing.

Councils 'struggling to cope' with Homelessness Reduction Act

25/03/2019

A year after the Government took radical steps to reduce homelessness councils are warning they lack the resources to cope with a rising tide of people needing somewhere to live.

A million homes could be built on brownfield land

25/03/2019

More than a million new homes could be built on brownfield land, according to new research by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).

Whitehall lends partnership over £7m for Birmingham development

21/03/2019

The Government has agreed to a £7.45m loan in order to kick start the development of a brownfield site in Birmingham city centre.

Basildon secures £30m housing funding boost

19/03/2019

More than 760 new homes are set to be built in Basildon following a £30m funding boost from the Government's housing agency.

Tenants vulnerable to 'revenge evictions', campaigners warn

18/03/2019

A campaign group has called for a reform of eviction laws to provide tenants with protection against unscrupulous landlords.

Nearly all councils to build new homes after scrapping of borrowing cap

14/03/2019

Local government leaders have called on Whitehall to help them resume their ‘historic role’ as major house builders after decades of depleting council stock.

Spring Statement 2019: Chancellor pledges three-year spending review

13/03/2019

Chancellor Philip Hammond has pledged a ‘full three-year spending review’ for local government before the summer recess.

Harrogate to launch housing company

07/03/2019

Harrogate BC’s housing company will be up and running next month.

Report warns of 'inextricable link' between homes and warehousing

05/03/2019

Local planners should take into account their role in the national logistics network when they are expanding their housing stock, a new report says.

Councils to share £19.5m to unlock private housing for most vulnerable

01/03/2019

Councils are to share nearly £20m to help people at risk of homelessness to move into the private rented sector.

Liverpool development set to be ‘game-changer’, mayor says

28/02/2019

A plan for up to 1,500 new homes to be built at a prime waterfront spot in Liverpool is set to go ahead.

Council spending on tackling ‘criminal landlords’ down a quarter

28/02/2019

The amount councils spend on tackling landlords who break the law has been cut by a quarter in recent years, according to the latest analysis.

Poor, urban areas see majority of homeless deaths

26/02/2019

Welfare cuts and a lack of social housing are driving the homelessness crisis which has resulted in hundreds of deaths, particularly in poor, urban areas.

Britain faces ‘accessible housing crisis’, charity warns

25/02/2019

An elderly persons charity has warned that Britain is on the verge of an ‘accessible housing crisis’ due to planning policy failures.

Counties hit by housing ‘affordability crisis’

21/02/2019

County council leaders have warned that the ‘affordability crisis’ has hit shires as figures reveal that rural house prices are now 10 times higher than average annual earnings.

Malthouse announces £6m boost for community-led housing

18/02/2019

The Government has announced a multi-million pound funding boost for community groups looking to build affordable housing in their areas.

Think tank calls for devolution of transport funding

18/02/2019

The devolution of transport funding will enable councils to invest on a strategic basis and help match up transport with new developments, a new report says.

Loss of social homes has added billions to housing benefits bill, councils warn

15/02/2019

The housing benefit bill could have been reduced by billions if 100,000 social homes had been built over the past two decades, council leaders have said today.

Brokenshire announces £250m of housing deals

14/02/2019

Communities secretary James Brokenshire has evoked the 'spirit of Britain's post-war push' to publicise the Government's housebuilding programme.

Whitehall announces £9m boost for garden communities

13/02/2019

The Government has today announced a £9m cash injection to help speed up the building of garden towns and villages across the country.

Housing crisis forces millennials to move back in with parents

08/02/2019

Young adults are increasingly moving back in with their parents due, in part, to the the national housing shortage, research suggests.

Councils urged to give lifeline to those affected by the benefit cap

08/02/2019

The majority of councils have failed to spend all their funding to help people affected by the benefit cap, new research has revealed.

More than 165,000 social homes lost in six years

06/02/2019

More than 165,000 of the most affordable rented homes have been lost across England in the last six years, new research has revealed.

125 years and the issues remain the same

01/02/2019

Spending time poring over issues of The MJ from the past 125 years it is remarkable how much things change and yet they remain the same, says Heather Jameson.

Majority supports new housing but only on brownfield sites, survey finds

01/02/2019

New research shows that the majority of people support the building of new homes but oppose developments being located on green field sites.

Thousands of community-led homes ‘at risk’ due to cuts

31/01/2019

An estimated 3,500 community-led homes are at risk due to the Government’s decision to close a multi-million pound housing fund.

Funding deal agreed to build homes on London's rooftops

31/01/2019

The Government has backed a project to build rooftop properties in London on the top of existing buildings.

Council underestimates value of housing stock by £86m

31/01/2019

Northampton Borough Council underestimated the value of its housing stock by more than £86m, according to a delayed audit report.

Developer announces plans to build 800 homes in Yorkshire

25/01/2019

Plans for 800 new homes in the East Riding of Yorkshire on a site as big as 50 football pitches have taken a step forward.

Rural housing crisis ‘forgotten’ by Whitehall

25/01/2019

It would take 130 years to build enough new homes for people on waiting lists in rural areas at the current rate of housebuilding, campaigners have warned.

Report sets out how to make selective licensing more effective

24/01/2019

Selective licensing schemes are helping to tackle dangerous properties but they could be more effective if the Government introduced some simple measures.

A quarter of councils yet to submit a Local Plan

24/01/2019

A quarter of local authorities have yet to submit a Local Plan six years after being required to act, new research has revealed.

Whitehall must stop ‘rogue landlords’ receiving public money, council says

22/01/2019

Brent Council has urged the Government to stop rogue landlords who fail ‘fit and proper’ tests from receiving housing benefit.

Benefit assessors convicted of £1m housing benefit fraud

18/01/2019

Seven benefit assessors in London have been convicted of a housing benefit fraud worth over £1m.

Homes England agrees £70m loan for new homes in Northamptonshire

15/01/2019

A £70m cash injection from Homes England will bring around 8,500 new homes and up to 3,000 jobs to Northamptonshire.

Funding allocated to help councils tackle dodgy landlords

15/01/2019

More than 50 councils have been chosen to share £2.4m to help crack down on rogue landlords.

Whitehall announces £1.5m for Midlands digital map

14/01/2019

Local authorities across the Midlands will benefit from a new digital map which will identify the best investment and regeneration opportunities across the area.

Brokenshire announces proposals to help veterans access social housing

09/01/2019

The Government has announced it is consulting on proposals that would mean members of the Armed Forces and veterans suffering from mental health issues will be prioritised for social housing.

Stoke-on-Trent announces £40m housing partnership

08/01/2019

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has announced it is to undertake a major £40m regeneration programme in order to deliver hundreds of affordable houses.

Commission outlines need for more than three million new social homes

08/01/2019

More than three million new social homes are needed to tackle the housing crisis over the next 20 years, according to a new report from Shelter’s independent social housing commission.

Burnham launches plan to make Greater Manchester an ‘ambitious hub’

07/01/2019

Greater Manchester’s leaders are today announcing ‘radical plans’ to deliver more affordable housing and better transport across the region.

A new foundation for Liverpool

03/01/2019

William Eichler interviews the chair of Liverpool’s new housing company to find out how it plans to deliver 10,000 homes over the next decade.

London Councils forms company to tackle homelessness

02/01/2019

A not-for-profit company will be created to provide housing for homeless families in 11 London boroughs.

Birmingham approves 1,400 homes for Commonwealth Games

21/12/2018

Birmingham City Council has approved the planning application for the accommodation for Commonwealth athletes.

Brokenshire announces ‘stronger’ regulatory framework to improve building safety

19/12/2018

Council leaders have welcomed moves to tighten up building safety standards – but say it should be backed by regulation rather than relying on good will.

Councils ‘lose confidence’ in system for housing asylum seekers

17/12/2018

Inspection of housing for asylum seekers should be carried out by councils rather than civil servants, MPs have recommended.

Increasing use of temporary accommodation ‘disruptive’, council chiefs say

14/12/2018

Local government leaders have angrily rejected the increasing use of temporary accommodation to house homeless families.

Scottish councils ‘concerned’ at lack of social housing

13/12/2018

Three-quarters of Scottish adults think there is a shortage of homes for social rent, according to research from a public sector procurement specialist.

The rebirth of local authority planning?

13/12/2018

Does the publication of Letwin’s report into tackling the housing crisis mean councils will take a more proactive role in development? Neil Merrick explores.

Review calls for overhaul of home adaptation scheme

11/12/2018

The delivery of home adaptations designed to help disabled and older people varies from area to area and often lacks any integrated decision making, according to an independent Government review.

Council chiefs call for ‘proper resourcing’ to end homelessness

10/12/2018

Investment announced by the Government to end homelessness will help, according to council leaders, but cuts in resources are making it more challenging.

Homes England to deliver ‘hundreds of homes’ in Coventry

07/12/2018

The national housing agency has acquired land in Coventry with the aim of delivering ‘hundreds of homes’.

Why the Government is right to embrace modular

07/12/2018

David de Sousa explains why the Government is right to embrace a modular future.

Supported housing system ‘isn’t working’, charity warns

05/12/2018

People living in supported housing are being discouraged from finding work because of fears they will not be able to afford their rent, report reveals.

Liverpool launches council-owned housing company

05/12/2018

Liverpool City Council has today launched a new housing company which aims to help residents onto the housing ladder through a Rent to Buy scheme.

Birmingham to build crime prevention into social housing developments

30/11/2018

Birmingham City Council has become the first council to join a national police-run scheme which will see crime prevention techniques built into all its new social housing developments.

Brexit will not halt economic growth, says Walkley

29/11/2018

Economic growth will not grind to a halt when we leave the European Union, chief executive of Homes England Nick Walkley has predicted.

Permitted development rules are exacerbating affordable housing crisis, councils warn

27/11/2018

Government rules to allow developers to convert offices into housing without planning permission has led to communities missing out on 10,000 affordable homes in the past three years, council leaders have warned

Charity warns at least 320,000 people are homeless

22/11/2018

Numbers of homeless people have reached record levels because of the worsening housing crisis, according to campaigners.

Home-owners get more government subsidies than social housing tenants, says report

21/11/2018

Social housing and private tenants receive less government subsidy than home-owners, a new report has revealed today.

Councils urged to reduce smoking in social housing

20/11/2018

Councils have been urged to help drive down smoking rates after research revealed smoking is twice as common in social housing than in other tenures.

Mears agrees £35m deal to purchase housing arm of Mitie

20/11/2018

Mears Group has agreed to buy the social housing maintenance arm of Mitie Property Services in a deal worth up to £35m.

Council to focus on housing for middle-income families

13/11/2018

Six in every 10 new affordable homes built in Westminster must be for middle-income families, the council has announced.

Brokenshire proposes specialist housing court

13/11/2018

The communities secretary has announced he is considering establishing a specialist housing court to deal with disputes between landlords and tenants.

Labour hits out at housing cash shift

12/11/2018

Labour has called for all areas to receive greater Government backing after Whitehall shifted the focus of its housing cash.

Redefining public-private partnerships

09/11/2018

David Mawson explains how an age-old term could conceal a new solution.

One in 10 rental properties advertised as ‘no housing benefit’

08/11/2018

Around 10% of rental properties in England are likely to be advertised unlawfully by explicitly discriminating against people who rely on housing benefit.

Councils awarded £2m to tackle rogue landlords

08/11/2018

Councils are being urged to bid for new funding to to step up enforcement action against irresponsible landlords.

What does the Budget really mean for local authorities?

06/11/2018

Tiffany Cloynes and Joanna Phillips explore the key announcements in the Budget and how far extra funding will address the challenges faced by councils.

Housing association model of delivering social housing ‘not working’

05/11/2018

The policy of relying on housing associations rather than councils to deliver social housing is ‘not working’, procurement specialist says.

New commission to ‘champion’ beauty in building

05/11/2018

A new commission has been launched by the Government to champion’ design and style in the building of new homes.

Homes England unveils its five-year strategic plan

31/10/2018

Homes England says a new five-year strategic plan will 'disrupt the housing market' and help more people find a better place to live.

Why homes should be digitally fit for purpose

31/10/2018

Evan Wienburg argues that all new houses being built - including social housing ­- must have a future-proof broadband connection built in.

Budget 2018: HRA cap officially scrapped

29/10/2018

The Housing Revenue Account (HRA) borrowing cap has been officially abolished today, allowing councils to build up to 10,000 homes a year.

Councils could generate £320bn with new housing powers

29/10/2018

Local authorities would be able to generate £320bn for the wider economy if they had the powers to build a ‘new generation’ of high-quality council housing.

Housing development to result in loss of Birmingham-sized area of countryside

26/10/2018

Campaigners are warning that a proposal to build one million houses between Oxford, Milton Keynes and Cambridge would result in the loss of an area of countryside larger than Birmingham.

‘Deep flaws’ in planning system driving car-dependency

24/10/2018

The planning system is leaving new housing developments without adequate walking, cycling and public transport connections, transport organisation warns.

Councils granted powers to punish rogue mobile home site owners

23/10/2018

Local authorities will have more powers to crack down on rogue mobile home site owners, the Government has announced.

Making use of empty homes

23/10/2018

Tiffany Cloynes examines some of the legal issues with moving social housing tenants into empty private homes, as proposed by one London council.

Right to Buy should be more ‘flexible’, think tank says

22/10/2018

Social housing tenants should be given the option of using the value of their Right to Buy discount to purchase a different home, a think tank has argued.

Why attitude will drive more houses being delivered

22/10/2018

Mark Cook argues that lifting the HRA cap will not solve the housing crisis alone, especially as it is only a viable solution for councils with their own housing stock.

Khan launches £10m fund to ‘boost’ planning teams

19/10/2018

The mayor of London today launched a multi-million pound fund aimed at boosting the housing and planning teams in the capital’s local authorities.

Council launches 'MOT service' for social homes

19/10/2018

Enfield Council in north London has launched a scheme of annual checks on its properties in a bid to improve the standard of its social housing.

Builders warn new mapping tool fails to tell 'full brownfield story'

18/10/2018

Building companies have cast doubt on research showing a million new homes could be built on undeveloped brownfield sites.

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Unjust enrichment?

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