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Consultation on opening up ‘rogue landlord’ database to public launched

22/07/2019

The Government has launched a consultation on proposals to open up its rogue landlord database to the public.

Council chiefs welcome move to ‘modernise’ housing inspection system

12/07/2019

Local government leaders have welcomed a move to review the system for inspecting private sector housing.

Over 500,000 social housing tenants in poverty due to smoking

27/06/2019

Over half a million social housing tenants are living in poverty due to the cost of smoking, anti-smoking campaigners say.

Labour considers abolishing council tax for renters

04/06/2019

Labour Party is considering proposals to replace council tax with a ‘progressive property tax’, which would be payable by property owners rather than tenants.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cornwall to improve protection for consumers using short-term lets

29/11/2018

Cornwall Council has set up a Primary Authority partnership in order to provide protection to consumers using short-term letting accommodation.

Councils failing to protect tenants from ‘rogue landlords’

29/11/2018

Tenants and good landlords are being failed by a system unable to root out criminal landlords, the results of a freedom of information request show.

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.

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.

Whitehall to review health and safety standards in rental sector

29/10/2018

The Government has announced plans to review the current health and safety standards for rental accommodation.

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.

Business rate discounts should drive adoption of Living Wage

14/09/2018

A union has called on London boroughs to follow Brent Council by developing a business rate scheme which incentivises employers to pay a living wage.

BTR can be a panacea for local government housing challenges

03/07/2018

James Duncan, head of the PRS team at Winckworth Sherwood, investigates build-to-rent.

Whitehall launches selective licensing review

20/06/2018

The Government has announced it is launching a review into selective licensing to find out how well it is working.

Councils failing to stop ‘revenge evictions’

18/06/2018

Local authorities are failing to protect private renters from ‘revenge evictions’ despite new legislation designed to protect tenants.

London’s boroughs throw weight behind ‘rogue landlord’ database

22/05/2018

All 33 of London’s boroughs have now signed up to the capital’s ‘rogue landlord checker’ database, mayor says.

New retail park to generate £1m a year for council

02/03/2018

A new retail park in Portsmouth will generate £1m per year for the city council in rental income.

Council chiefs call for ‘minimum’ £30,000 fine for rogue landlords

23/02/2018

Rogue landlords who commit serious housing offences should be fined a minimum of £30,000, council chiefs say.

‘Light-handed’ regulation could help councils provide private rented accommodation, reports says

30/01/2018

Government should do more to support the increasing provision of private rented accommodation by councils to help ease the housing crisis, researchers argue.

Database leaves dodgy landlords with ‘nowhere to hide.’

19/12/2017

The mayor of London today launched a new public online database which will enable people to check ‘dodgy’ landlords and letting agents.

‘Rocketing’ rents forcing families to turn to councils

15/12/2017

Homelessness is hitting professionals who would never have faced problems finding a place to live in the past, according to the local government watchdog.

Private landlords call for help reclaiming UC rent arrears

05/12/2017

Landlords are calling for a mechanism for them to reclaim any rent arrears built up by Universal Credit (UC) claimants who move out of their property.

‘Rent-burdened Brits’ spend half of income on housing costs

30/05/2017

People on low wages spend nearly half their working day earning enough to pay their rent, according to housing campaigners.

London mayor ‘names and shames’ criminal landlords with new database

26/04/2017

The mayor of London yesterday announced the launch of an online database that will ‘name and shame’ criminal landlords and letting agents in the capital.

Tribunal rules planning status relevant when determining renting license applications

21/04/2017

A tribunal hearing has ruled that a council can consider the planning status of a property when determining an application for a renting license.

New measures to tackle rogue landlords come into force

06/04/2017

Councils are now able to impose heavy fines on rogue landlords as an alternative to prosecution, housing minister says.

Housing benefit freeze risks increasing homelessness, charity says

06/03/2017

The Government’s freeze on housing benefits could leave some private renters in work at risk of eviction, new study says.

Landlords ‘operating illegally’ using companies like Airbnb

16/09/2016

Landlords are ‘operating illegally’ by using companies such as Airbnb to avoid rules and taxes, MP warns.

Rent controls are not the answer, warns institute

15/09/2016

A think tank has warned rent controls are not the answer to the UK’s growing housing crisis and will only make the situation worse.

Rent increases in private housing outstripping inflation, figures reveal

29/07/2016

Rent increases for tenants in private housing are outstripping inflation, according to the latest figures.

Hundreds of thousands of renters face eviction across the country

17/06/2016

Over 300,000 renters at risk of eviction across the UK, according to housing charity.

Council introduces levy on driveways

30/03/2016

A council is introducing a levy on houses benefiting from pavement crossings and driveways.

Council launches 'Shops for a Pound'

21/03/2016

Empty shops are to be let for £1 a week by Liverpool City Council, following the success of its Homes for a Pound initiative.

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Slavery in supply chains

Tiffany Cloynes and Clare Hardy explore what responsibility councils may have in the future to eliminate slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains.
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