UK & International news



UK Government makes it ‘easier’ for landlords to conduct Right to Rent checks

A controversial scheme which requires landlords to check the immigration status of their tenants has been adapted to “make it easier” for landlords to conduct the checks during the coronavirus outbreak, the Home Secretary has announced.

Published 31 March 2020

England: Housing association secures urgent injunction following social gathering at tenant’s home

A housing association has taken urgent legal action against a tenant in Manchester who continued to flout new government guidelines on social distancing after hosting parties for up to 20 people. 

Published 30 March 2020

Wales: £10m emergency support for rough sleepers

The Welsh Government is making £10 million available to councils in Wales to help them to take immediate and direct action to protect the homeless and rough sleepers in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 23 March 2020

England: Complete ban on evictions and additional protection for renters

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has announced emergency legislation to ensure no renters in England will be forced out of their home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 19 March 2020

England: £3.2m emergency funding to help rough sleepers isolate

Local authorities in England are to be given access to £3.2 million of emergency funding to help rough sleepers, or those at risk of rough sleeping, to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Published 18 March 2020

Wales: Housing minister confirms Help to Buy loan interest repayment holiday

The Welsh Government is introducing a temporary three month interest repayment holiday for interest bearing Help to Buy Wales customers who may suffer financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Published 18 March 2020

European Court of Human Rights rules against UK Government in ‘bedroom tax’ case

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that the UK Government was discriminating against vulnerable victims of domestic violence by reducing their housing benefits.

Published 16 March 2020

Westminster set for tenth housing minister in a decade as Esther makes way

Esther McVey has been sacked as the UK Government’s housing minister after just seven months in the role.

Published 14 February 2020

Germany: Five-year rent freeze implemented in Berlin's PRS market

Lawmakers have approved plans to implement a five-year rent freeze in Berlin as part of plans to rein in the German capital's rental market.

Published 31 January 2020

England: Housing association defrauded of almost £1m in cyber scam

A housing association in England has received a governance downgrade after it lost nearly £1 million as a result of a cyber scam.

Published 30 January 2020

England: New measures could see tall building threshold lowered

The UK Government has launched a consultation into proposals to lower the 18-metre height tall building threshold as part of new measures to improve building safety standards.

Published 21 January 2020

England: National Housing Federation appoints new executive direct of public impact

Rhys Moore has been appointed as executive director of public impact at the National Housing Federation.

Published 28 November 2019

James Prestwich makes switch from National Housing Federation to CIH

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has appointed James Prestwich as its new director of policy and external affairs.

Published 27 November 2019

Man living with severely disabled partner wins Supreme Court case against paying 'bedroom tax'

A man living with his severely disabled partner in a two-bedroom council house should receive full housing benefit because applying the so-called ‘bedroom tax’ breaches his human rights, the UK Supreme Court has ruled.

Published 15 November 2019

England: Places for People fined after employees develop Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome

Places for People Homes Limited has been fined £600,000 after five employees developed Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS).

Published 15 November 2019