UK & International news



UK: Attitudes harden on Right to Rent as High Court begins judicial review

As the High Court today begins a judicial review of the UK Government’s flagship Right to Rent scheme, new research from the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has found an increasing number of private landlords are less likely to rent to those without a British passport.

Published 18 December 2018

Judging by the Scottish case, a specialist Housing Court in England will see a wave of deposit protection cases

The number of tenancy deposit cases now being heard by the Scottish First-tier Tribunal could mean that a similar specialist court in England would have to deal with up to 1,200 deposit protection cases each year, according to the chair of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS).

Published 17 December 2018

England: Housing association buys construction firm

Housing association Thirteen Homes has acquired a construction company to bolster its commitment to delivering high quality housing throughout the North of England.

Published 6 December 2018

UK Government bans combustible materials on high-rise homes

The UK Government is banning combustible materials on new high-rise homes and giving support to local authorities to carry out emergency remediation work.

Published 30 November 2018

England: Homeowners get more government subsidy than social housing tenants or private renters

A new report published by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has found that homeowners get a much bigger slice of UK Government help than social or private renters.

Published 22 November 2018

England: Proposals unveiled for new Housing Court

Landlords and tenants in England are to receive faster and more effective justice in the event of property disputes, under proposals unveiled by communities secretary James Brokenshire MP.

Published 14 November 2018

England: Stable outlook for housing associations in 2019 reflects more stable policy environment

A more supportive policy environment as well as effective management and strong governance have resulted in a “stable” outlook for the creditworthiness of English housing associations, Moody's Public Sector Europe said in a report today.

Published 13 November 2018

David Orr appointed to Board of Clarion Housing Group

Clarion Housing Group has announced that David Orr has joined the group Board from November 1.

Published 2 November 2018

England: New project to examine how social housing is allocated

A new project to explore how social housing is being allocated across England is being launched by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

Published 31 October 2018

Single Universal Credit payments ‘a backward step’ in tackling domestic abuse, say MPs

An influential group of MPs has urged the UK Government to scrap new Universal Credit rules which they claim make it harder for victims of domestic violence to leave abusive relationships.

Published 23 October 2018

England: New plans to stamp out rogue mobile home site owners

Mobile home residents in England are to receive greater protection from dishonest site owners seeking to make a profit at their expense.

Published 23 October 2018

England: First tranche of £400m unsafe cladding fund released

The UK Government has released funding to remove and replace unsafe cladding on high-rise homes in England owned by social landlords.

Published 18 October 2018

England: ‘Victory for common sense’ as PM lifts council housebuilding borrowing cap

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced the abolition of a cap on what local authorities in England can borrow to build houses.

Published 4 October 2018

England: PM pledges £2bn to help housing associations deliver tens of thousands of homes

Prime Minister Theresa May is to announce £2 billion in new funding to give housing associations the long-term certainty they need to deliver tens of thousands of new affordable and social homes.

Published 19 September 2018

England: CIH renews support for Right to Buy suspension

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has reiterated its call for the suspension of the Right to Buy after new government figures revealed more homes were again sold under the policy than were replaced.

Published 14 September 2018