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Oxford leader slams Gove’s short-term lets plan


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


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

New complaint handling codes launched


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Rent arrears surge


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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’


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’


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


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


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


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


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


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

Risk of eviction higher among minorities


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Rough sleeping numbers see record rise


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


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


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


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


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


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’


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%


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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’


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


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


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


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


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%


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


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


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


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%


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


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


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


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


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


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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