UK & International news



Justin Cartwright appointed new CIH national director for Northern Ireland

The Chartered Institute of Housing has confirmed the appointment of Justin Cartwright CertCIH as national director for Northern Ireland.

Published 11 September 2019

England: Landlords introduce 'pet rent' to replace banned letting fees

Landlords in England have started to charge “pet rent” in an effort to recoup losses from a ban on unfair letting fees, according to reports.

Published 6 September 2019

UK: Private landlord associations to unite

The National Landlords Association (NLA) and the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) will join together to form the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) to cast a stronger voice for the private rented sector.

Published 30 August 2019

Universal Credit ‘forcing tenants into rent arrears’

Universal Credit is causing tenants to fall behind with their rent, according to new research.

Published 23 August 2019

UK: CIH partners with Welsh Government to increase scale of council housebuilding

The Welsh Government is to team up with the Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru (CIH Cymru) in a new partnership which aims to increase the scale of council housebuilding.

Published 16 August 2019

Housing association aims to be first in UK to build plastic-free homes

A West Midlands housing association is aiming to become the first in the UK to build virtually plastic-free houses in its attempts to reduce the amount of plastic used during construction.

Published 14 August 2019

Manchester pilots ban on short-term lets at new development

Manchester City Council has introduced a ban to prevent buyers of homes at a new development from sub-letting the properties or selling them to private landlords.

Published 2 August 2019

George Clarke highlights 'council house scandal' in Channel 4 programme

This week Channel 4 aired a programme in which architect and television presenter George Clarke aimed to highlight the current 'British Council House Scandal'.

Published 2 August 2019

UK: Housing association awards 20-year upgrade contracts worth more than £1.1bn

Clarion Housing Group has selected three preferred bidders to each deliver a 20-year planned investment contract worth £1.17 billion.

Published 31 July 2019

UK: Airbnb host evicted and fined for letting council flat

A council tenant has been evicted and ordered to pay more than £100,000 for illegally subletting his council flat in London as a holiday home through Airbnb.

Published 30 July 2019

David Orr named board chair of UK’s largest social landlord

Former National Housing Federation chief executive David Orr has been appointed as the new chair of Clarion’s housing association arm.

Published 29 July 2019

England: Affordable housing tower plan to be Ealing’s tallest building

The Mayor of London is has been challenged to open a new era in house building as Ealing’s first 100% affordable residential tower is turned in for planning approval. 

Published 25 July 2019

Social housing development makes Stirling Prize shortlist for first time

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has shortlisted a social housing development for its most prestigious prize for the first time.

Published 22 July 2019

England: £225m public bond completed at lowest ever rate in social housing sector

English housing association Accent Group has priced a £225 million public bond at a coupon rate of 2.625% with a further £125m retained for future sale.

Published 19 July 2019

England: Consultation proposes that electric car chargepoints are installed in all future homes

A consultation proposing that new-build homes in England are fitted with an electric car chargepoint by 2050 has been launched by the UK Government.

Published 17 July 2019