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Oxford leader slams Gove’s short-term lets plan

21/02/2024

Oxford City Council has criticised the Government’s proposals to limit short-term lets arguing that they ‘fall a long way short of what's needed’.

Gove: Short-term lets to require planning permission

19/02/2024

Second-home owners will have to seek planning permission for future short-term lets, the Government has announced.

New complaint handling codes launched

08/02/2024

New closely aligned codes aimed at making good complaint handling easier for local authorities have been launched.

Two in five adults fear mounting housing pressures

24/01/2024

Two in five people who pay housing costs in England are worried that pressures will get worse this year, new research has found.

Housing crisis forcing poorer older renters to move

22/01/2024

Older renters living on low incomes are being forced to move to more deprived areas with fewer services due to the housing crisis, new research suggests.

Fresh call for minimum standards to protect private renters

19/01/2024

MPs have urged the Government to protect tenants from the ‘catastrophic’ impact of poor-quality homes on their health.

Gove consults on plan for quicker housing repairs

09/01/2024

Social landlords would be required to fix hazards including damp and mould within ‘strict time limits’ under proposals set out by housing secretary Michael Gove today.

Rental reforms at risk from cash-strapped councils

12/12/2023

Local authorities will struggle to enforce the Government’s rental reforms without a ‘significant boost to their resources,' MPs warn.

Autumn Statement: Housing benefits unfrozen

22/11/2023

Housing benefits for private renters are set to increase as Jeremy Hunt confirms the uprating of Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates in autumn statement.

Government urged to push through ‘no fault’ evictions ban

09/11/2023

The chair of the levelling up, housing and communities (LUHC) committee has urged the Government to commit to a timetable for abolishing section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions.

‘Stark inconsistency’ across London on Build to Rent

08/11/2023

Planning policy across London boroughs ‘could do far more’ to provide a comprehensive basis for the delivery of Built to Rent (BtR) schemes, a report has argued.

Councils respond to King’s Speech

08/11/2023

The Local Government Association (LGA) has responded to proposed legislation announced yesterday in the King’s Speech.

‘Nothing for local government’ in King’s Speech

07/11/2023

Councils have expressed disappointment that the King’s Speech offered no commitment to improving local government finances or furthering devolution.

Social housing complaints hit record high

17/10/2023

Complaints against social housing landlords last year saw a record spike due to poor property conditions and media coverage after the death of Awaab Ishak.

Charities repeat call for ‘no-fault’ evictions ban

16/10/2023

Thirty charities and non-profit organisations have called on Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to pass a bill to ban ‘no-fault’ evictions.

LGA warns Hunt over housing allowance rates

16/10/2023

The LGA has warned chancellor Jeremy Hunt he will force more into homelessness unless he ends a three-year freeze on housing rental benefits.

Agency found guilty of harassing tenants

11/10/2023

In a prosecution by Brighton and Hove City Council, a lettings agency has been found guilty of harassing tenants and fined £60,000.

Government set to fail to meet rough sleeping target

25/09/2023

The Government will fail to meet its target to end rough sleeping because of a ‘chronic shortage’ of affordable housing and support services, experts warn.

Homeless London families evicted as emergency housing deals end

30/08/2023

More landlords are quitting the temporary accommodation sector in London, causing homeless families to be evicted from emergency housing.

Calls for affordable homes funding in holiday hotspots

29/08/2023

Councils need long-term funding and more planning powers to build affordable homes for local people being priced out of tourist areas, Localis has said.

Millions of renters a pay cheque away from losing home

23/08/2023

More than two million private renters in England would be immediately unable to pay their rent if they lost their job, homelessness charity Shelter reveals.

Let renting childminders work from home, minister tells landlords

21/08/2023

Children and families minister Claire Coutinho has told developers and social landlords to allow childminders to work from rented properties.

Rent arrears surge

02/08/2023

Four in five council landlords have reported growing rent arrears over the past year, according to the findings of a new survey.

Family rental neighbourhood under development in Leeds

31/07/2023

A new rental community with 223 family homes is under construction in the suburbs of Leeds.

Ombudsman orders landlord L&Q to pay £142,000

27/07/2023

One of the biggest social landlords in Britain has been ordered to pay £142,000 after an investigation revealed it was ‘dismissive’ of complaints.

Charity urges against Renters Bill delays as homelessness surges

26/07/2023

Shelter has warned against delays to the Renters (Reform) Bill after figures revealed a record 80,000 households faced homelessness between January and March.

‘Landmark’ social housing Act becomes law

21/07/2023

The Government’s new Social Housing (Regulation) Act, which includes greater powers to tackle failing social landlords, has become law.

172 families served no-fault eviction notice every day

19/07/2023

Every day in England, 172 private renting families are handed a no-fault eviction notice as progress stalls on the Renters (Reform) Bill, Shelter has said.

Turn empty buildings into affordable housing, MPs say

10/07/2023

APPGs have called on the Government to turn empty buildings into affordable housing, after they found repurposing properties could create thousands of homes.

London facing ‘unmanageable’ housing pressures

05/07/2023

Housing pressures in London have become ‘unmanageable’ due to a sharp fall in private rental listings that is worsening near-record levels of homelessness.

Campaigners call for more ‘sex for rent’ protections

29/06/2023

Generation Rent has called for the Government to do more to protect financially vulnerable renters from being forced into ‘sex for rent’ arrangements.

More funding needed to enforce no-fault evictions ban, council chiefs say

27/06/2023

Local authorities will require more staff and funding to enforce the government’s proposed ban on no-fault evictions in England, the LGA has said.

Newly listed properties unaffordable to benefit recipients

27/06/2023

The proportion of newly listed private rental properties on Zoopla affordable to recipients of housing support has dropped from 23% to 5%, according to IFS.

Increase in rent arrears since Covid pandemic

22/06/2023

The number of social housing tenants in rent arrears has gone up since the Covid pandemic, according to new research.

Charity warns of backdoor ‘no fault’ evictions

15/06/2023

Landlords will continue with ‘no fault’ evictions even after Section 21 evictions are banned if renters’ rights are not strengthened, charity warns.

Local Housing Allowance failing to cover costs

13/06/2023

The allowance paid to help people pay rent for private housing is failing to cover their costs, according to new analysis.

Holiday homes threaten housing supply in 25 areas

05/06/2023

The growth in holiday homes is threatening to outstrip the housing supply in popular tourist areas, campaigners have warned.

Social landlords urged to build ‘partnership of equals’

01/06/2023

Social landlords should build a ‘partnership of equals’ with their tenants, a leading housing association has urged.

Think tank calls for expansion of ‘selective licencing’

24/05/2023

London councils are being prevented from adopting schemes to improve conditions for people in private rented accommodation by regulations, researchers say.

Council chiefs welcome proposals to ban ‘no fault’ evictions

17/05/2023

Local government leaders have welcomed the announcement of proposals to stop landlords evicting tenants without a good reason.

Opportunities missed to help man who died of starvation

15/05/2023

A man with severe mental health problems died alone weighing four and a half stone after opportunities to help him were missed, a review of the case found.

Ombudsman reminds councils to investigate renters’ concerns

11/05/2023

Councils reminded of their duties to investigate problems in private rented housing after concerns were raised about Worcester CC's complaint handling.

Regulator criticises council for health and safety failures

10/05/2023

Adur District Council failed to meet a range of health and safety requirements in tenants’ homes, the the social housing watchdog has ruled.

Estimated 700,000 households miss housing payments

09/05/2023

An estimated 700,000 households missed a housing payment in the last month, according to consumer watchdog.

Risk of eviction higher among minorities

05/05/2023

The risk of eviction is a third higher among ethnic minority private renters than it is among white British or Irish renters, new research shows.

Government launches £500,000 know-your-rights scheme

19/04/2023

Social housing tenants in seven cities are to be offered a place on a Government-funded training scheme aimed at helping them hold their landlords to account.

Short-term lets to need planning permission

13/04/2023

The Government has announced new rules to give communities greater control over short-term lets in their areas which it says will strengthen tourism sector.

London councils set out ‘shared vision’ to improve social housing

12/04/2023

London boroughs have vowed to do better for tenants in social housing after acknowledging the poor state of many homes.

Private renters risk eviction if they complain, charity reveals

30/03/2023

Private renters risk being evicted if they complain to their landlords that repairs are needed in their homes, according to new research.

Landlord criticised over toddler death ‘dismissive’ of residents

28/03/2023

The housing association criticised over death of toddler Awaab Ishak treated residents in ‘dismissive, inappropriate or unsympathetic’ ways, Ombudsman says.

Cornwall Council scheme to help residents rent to homeless

27/03/2023

Cornwall Council has introduced a new scheme which would enable them to lease a property from a home owner before renting it out to an individual or family.

Ombudsman warns councils ‘not getting it right’ on homelessness

21/03/2023

Vulnerable people are facing homelessness because some councils are ‘still not getting it right’, according to the local government ombudsman.

Half of Ukrainian refugees face housing barriers

17/03/2023

More than half of Ukrainian refugees have struggled to find somewhere affordable to rent, according to new research.

Rough sleeping numbers see record rise

28/02/2023

The number of rough sleepers has risen by 26% – the biggest increase since 2015 – in what one charity has branded a ‘collective failure’.

Cambridge council highlights efforts to use empty properties

28/02/2023

Cambridge City Council is highlighting the support it can give to help bring long-term empty properties back into use.

Housebuilding set to fall to lowest level since WWII

27/02/2023

Housebuilding in England is set to fall to the lowest level since the second world war, according to the Home Builders Federation (HBF).

Grant councils power to fight ‘exploitative lets’, think tank says

23/02/2023

Councils should be given more powers to set the rules about who can buy properties as one measure to tackle ‘exploitative lets’, think tank says.

Torbay Council’s first temporary home ready

15/02/2023

The first home bought by Torbay Council as part of the local authority’s efforts to help meet the needs of homeless families is ready to move into.

Tenant jailed for £200,000 housing fraud

14/02/2023

A tenant who lived in council housing in Dudley while renting out a flat she owned has been jailed for 32 months.

Homelessness charity welcomes ‘Awaab’s Law’

10/02/2023

Homelessness charity Shelter has welcomed the Government’s announcement that landlords will be forced to deal with damp and mould in tenants’ homes.

‘No-fault’ evictions up by over 140%

10/02/2023

Evictions by private landlords have increased by143% in a year according to the latest Government?figures.

Ban on ‘no fault’ evictions at risk, MPs warn

09/02/2023

MPs have warned that Government risks undermining its own proposed policy of banning ‘no fault’ evictions for tenants unless it fixes delays in court system.

DLUHC to miss housebuilding target by 32,000

07/12/2022

The Government looks set to miss its house building target by over 30,000, a new PAC report published today has revealed.

One million private renters at risk of eviction

01/12/2022

One in 12 private renters in England – or nearly one million people – are currently under threat of eviction, housing charity reveals.

Social housing tenants group launched

28/11/2022

Over 250 tenants met on Saturday to launch a group aimed at directly influencing the Government’s plans on improving social housing conditions.

Landlords warn against plans to cap social housing rents

07/10/2022

Landlords have warned that the Government’s plans to cap rents for social housing will undermine efforts to make homes safer and greener.

Landlords call for cost-of-living plan

30/09/2022

Landlords have urged the Chancellor to adopt a cost-of-living plan for the private rented sector.

Cost-of-living crisis to have ‘catastrophic’ impact

21/09/2022

The cost-of-living crisis is likely to have a ‘catastrophic’ impact on homelessness and so should be treated with the same level of urgency as the pandemic.

Council announces ‘largest’ selective licensing scheme in UK

20/09/2022

Birmingham City Council has been granted permission to introduce a Selective Licensing Scheme for all private rented properties in 25 wards across the city.

Renters paying ‘stubbornly high’ rents for smaller homes

20/09/2022

Private renters are forced to pay ‘stubbornly high’ rents for accommodation with increasingly less floor space per person, new research has revealed.

Poor quality housing ‘ticking time bomb’, think tank warns

12/09/2022

Tens of thousands of residents in the Greater Manchester region are living in unsafe, poor quality homes with inadequate insulation, think tank finds.

Landlords warn against end of ‘no fault’ evictions

07/09/2022

Government plans to stop landlords from being able to carry out ‘no fault’ evictions will encourage anti-social behaviour, landlords claim.

Consultation on standards in private rented sector launched

02/09/2022

Council chiefs have welcomed a consultation on improving standards in the private rented sector, but cautioned that councils should be sufficiently funded.

London councils warn of ‘devastating’ homelessness spike

26/08/2022

The cost-of-living crisis and increases in private rents are set to cause a homelessness spike in the coming months, London boroughs have warned.

Grant worth £500,000 launched to help social housing residents

16/08/2022

Social housing residents are to be given more access to training and support to help them raise issues with their landlord thanks to a £500,000 grant.

Right to Buy-back scheme helps councils buy over 1,500 homes

10/08/2022

The Mayor of London’s flagship Right to Buy-back scheme has brought more than 1,500 homes back into public ownership.

Council office move to save £200,000 a year

08/08/2022

Gloucester City Council is relocating to new offices in the city centre in a move aimed at saving the local authority hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Record high rents and bills ‘tipping thousands’ into homelessness

28/07/2022

Homelessness in England increased by 11% over the first three months of 2022 due to high private rents and rocketing household bills, charity warns.

Councils need more funds to provide affordable housing, report says

27/07/2022

Councils should be funded to buy and upgrade homes to be let out at affordable rents as part of a wider shake up of the private rented sector, think tank says.

Leaseholder protections ‘insufficient’, council chiefs warn

28/06/2022

Council leaders welcome measures protecting leaseholders from being landed with unfair bills to make their homes safe but warn protections are ‘insufficient’ .

Two thirds of private renters unaware of new rights

23/06/2022

Two thirds of renters are unaware that their local authority can help them when they experience problems with a landlord, letting agent or home, report finds.

Council launches review into HMOs in Northampton

22/06/2022

West Northamptonshire Council yesterday launched a review into houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in Northampton after complaints by local campaigners.

Council chiefs cautiously welcome new private renting protections

16/06/2022

New measures aimed at protecting the rights of renters are welcome but local authorities must be properly funded to support implementation, council chiefs say.

Over 820,000 households struggling to pay rent

08/06/2022

Landlords have called on the Chancellor to unfreeze housing benefit as they warn that hundreds of thousands of people struggle to pay their monthly rents.

City council approves selective licensing scheme

25/05/2022

Nottingham council has approved a new selective licensing scheme for private landlords in order to help safeguard and improve housing standards for tenants.

Landlords call for ‘property passports’

24/05/2022

The association representing landlords has called for new property passports to help landlords prove their homes are compliant.

New reporting system for housing repairs launched for council tenants

19/05/2022

City of Lincoln Council has launched a new digital service to make it more convenient for tenants to report their housing repair needs.

Council pays family threatened with homelessness £6,000

13/05/2022

Bromley council has agreed to pay a family threatened with homelessness £6,000 after an investigation concluded that it did not do enough to help them.

One in six private renters live in poor conditions

06/05/2022

More than one in six private renters in England were forced to accept poor conditions to find somewhere they could rent, housing charity says.

Oxford’s licensing scheme for private landlords approved

29/04/2022

All private rented homes in Oxford will need a licence from September as part of a new council scheme aimed at improving standards in the city’s rental sector.

‘No fault evictions’ up nearly 40%

29/04/2022

Local authority leaders have called for an end to ‘no fault evictions’ as new figures reveal they are up 37% on pre-pandemic levels.

Councils lack capacity to protect private renters, MPs warn

13/04/2022

Local authorities do not have the capacity and capability to provide ‘appropriate and consistent protection for private renters’, MPs warn.

Landlords call for ‘absurd’ housing benefit freeze to be lifted

01/04/2022

Landlords have called on the Government to unfreeze the Local Housing Allowance to cover the average rent.

Khan calls for bigger fines to punish rogue landlords

17/02/2022

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has called for bigger fines to be issued to rogue landlords as part of a move to protect the capital’s renters.

Section 21 evictions drop by over 50%

22/11/2021

The number of repossession cases in the courts involving landlords using ‘no explanation’ notices has decreased over past two years, Government data reveals.

Charities call for impact assessment of welfare cuts

17/08/2021

Charities have called on Government to publish an assessment of the impact on renters of decisions to freeze Local Housing Allowance and cut Universal Credit.

Council chiefs ‘concerned’ by decision to end bailiff-enforced evictions

13/05/2021

Local authority leaders have expressed concern over the Government’s decision to end the ban on bailiff-enforced evictions on 31 May.

Nearly 700,000 tenants evicted without reason during pandemic

16/04/2021

One in 12 private renters has been given notice to move out without a reason since March 2020, a new poll has revealed.

MPs call for ‘coherent exit plan’ to protect private renters

31/03/2021

The Government should establish a system of financial support for renters who have amassed significant rent arrears during the COVID-19 pandemic, MPs say.

Six million people fear homelessness due to COVID-19

16/03/2021

One in seven adults in England – or more than six million people – are more worried about becoming homeless due to the pandemic, new research reveals.

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