UK & International news



England: MPs recommend banning landlord fees and capping security deposits

A committee of MPs has recommended banning fees imposed on tenants by landlords and lettings agents in the private rented sector in England, and capping security deposits at the equivalent of five weeks' rent.

Published 11 April 2018

Northern Ireland: Housing associations exceed building targets

Housing associations in Northern Ireland have surpassed building targets for 2017 despite challenging economic conditions and political uncertainty.

Published 11 April 2018

England: House price decline will have 'marginal impact' on housing associations

English housing associations (HAs) will be able to cope with the anticipated drop in sales revenues linked to a stagnating or declining housing market next year, Moody's Public Sector Europe has said.

Published 10 April 2018

Aberdeen Standard Investments launches first pan-European housing fund

A new fund has been launched by Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) to invest in the residential sector in Europe’s leading cities.

Published 5 April 2018

Places for People expands further as 7,600-home landlord joins group

Places for People has further strengthened its position as one of the UK’s largest property management organisations after social housing provider Luminus Group formally joined as a subsidiary.

Published 29 March 2018

England: Government questioned over plans to revise fire safety guidance

The UK government is facing questions from local government over plans to issue new guidance on 'desktop studies', whereby combustible materials are not regularly tested before their use in buildings.

Published 27 February 2018

UK: Smarter homes could save NHS and social care system ‘over £2.5bn a year’

Creating more modified homes which encourage older people to keep mentally and physically fit for longer could help save the NHS and social care system billions of pounds each year, according to a new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Published 8 February 2018

UK: Landlords back bid to overturn Right to Rent scheme

A landlord organisation in England and Wales is supporting efforts to overturn a flagship immigration policy, saying its members won’t be “scapegoats for the failures of the border agencies”.

Published 2 February 2018

Housing stalwart David Orr to retire from National Housing Federation

David Orr has announced his intention to retire as chief executive of the National Housing Federation at the end of September after more than 12 years in the role.

Published 1 February 2018

Right to Buy formally abolished in Wales

Legislation to protect the stock and incentivise the building of new social housing in Wales has been given Royal Assent by Her Majesty the Queen marking the abolition of the Right to Buy across the country.

Published 25 January 2018

New housing agency to boost housebuilding in England

A new national housing agency has been launched in England to replace the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and help boost Westminster’s efforts to deliver the homes the country needs.

Published 12 January 2018

UK: Charities respond to calls to remove homeless people from streets before royal wedding

Homeless charities have said that police should not use anti-social behaviour powers against rough sleepers after a local authority leader called for legal action to be taken to remove homeless people from Windsor before the royal wedding in May.

Published 4 January 2018

UK: Nearly half of landlords less likely to rent to those without British passports

A landlord organisation is calling for a halt to the UK government’s Right to Rent scheme pending a full review of its impact on tenants after 42% of landlords in England and Wales said they are less likely to consider renting to someone without a British passport as a result of the scheme.

Published 18 December 2017

UK: High Court rules deportation of EU rough sleepers is unlawful

The UK High Court has ruled that a Home Office policy of removing EU citizens found sleeping rough on UK streets is unlawful and must stop.

Published 15 December 2017

Social housing found to provide same emotional and practical benefits as home ownership

New research has challenged the current stigma surrounding social housing with social renters more likely than homeowners to have lower levels of anxiety.

Published 15 December 2017