UK & International news



UK: Social housing development wins Stirling Prize for first time

A development of council homes in Norwich was last night named the UK's best new building after winning prestigious 2019 Stirling Prize.

Published 9 October 2019

England: Tory plan to allow homeowners to add two storeys to homes without planning permission

Homeowners in England will be allowed to add two storeys to their homes without having to get planning permission, under new proposals unveiled by the Conservative Party.

Published 1 October 2019

England: Ben Beadle appointed chief executive of new National Residential Landlords Association

Ben Beadle is to be the chief executive of the new National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) formed from the merger of the National Landlords Association and the Residential Landlords Association.

Published 24 September 2019

England: Short-term letting ads banned on London transport network

Adverts encouraging landlords to remove tenants and convert homes to short-term lettings have been banned on the Transport for London (TfL) network.

Published 23 September 2019

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