UK & International news



UK: Housing associations ‘increasingly exposed to market sale’

English housing associations delivered a resilient performance in 2018 but growing exposure to market sales this year poses risks, according to credit ratings agency Moody’s.

Published 20 March 2019

Ireland: Homeless man wins discrimination case over landlord’s refusal of housing assistance tenants

A landlord in the Republic of Ireland discriminated against a homeless man by telling him that they would not accept Housing Assistance Payment (HAP), a court has ruled.

Published 20 March 2019

UK: Developer to launch for-profit affordable housing provider

A housing development company is to create the UK’s first private sector, fully integrated investor, developer and manager to focus wholly on affordable housing.

Published 19 March 2019

UK: Zoopla to ban ‘no DSS’ wording in rental adverts

Property website Zoopla has announced plans to overhaul its rental adverts to ban posts which refuse to take renters on housing benefits.

Published 15 March 2019

Ireland: Immigration officials to be deployed to Dublin homelessness office

Plans to deploy immigration officials to Dublin’s lead homelessness agency have been approved by Cabinet.

Published 6 March 2019

Stewart Milne signs timber supply deal with UK housing association

Offsite timber frame manufacturer Stewart Milne Timber Systems has entered into a ground-breaking partnership to deliver timber frames for more than 1,500 homes for major UK housing association L&Q.

Published 27 February 2019

UK: Smart home sensors could make mould a thing of the past

Researchers at Northumbria University have come up with a solution for mould, mildew and damp which cost housing associations, landlords and homeowners millions of pounds a year in repairs.

Published 14 February 2019

UK: Research into housing and mental health link showcased at Westminster

Mental health charity Mind used a parliamentary reception in Westminster this week call for MPs to make sure the rights of people with mental health problems are firmly on the housing agenda.

Published 7 February 2019

UK: Jewish housing association defeats discrimination challenge

A housing association which provides accommodation exclusively for Orthodox families has defeated an application for Judicial Review by a mother and her young son over its allocation policy.

Published 6 February 2019

England: More than 165,000 homes for social rent lost in just six years

More than 165,000 of the most affordable rented homes have been lost across England in just six years, according to new analysis from the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

Published 6 February 2019

UK: Ban landlords from evicting families without good reason, says IPPR

England should follow Scotland’s lead and introduce open-ended tenancies for private renters, according to a new report by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR).

Published 28 January 2019

England: Selective licensing helping to tackle dangerous homes

Selective licensing schemes in England are helping to tackle poor standards in the private rented sector but could be even more effective with more government support, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has found.

Published 24 January 2019

MP seeks 'crucial' Universal Credit reforms over domestic abuse risk

An SNP MP has urged the UK Government to accept amendments to its Domestic Abuse Bill to tackle the increased risk of financial abuse under the current Universal Credit system.

Published 22 January 2019

England: Tenant Fees Bill provisions to come into effect in June

New legislation to bring an end to costly fees imposed by landlords or letting agents in England is to come into force this summer.

Published 17 January 2019

UK: Housing association blazes a trail with sector’s first BME pay gap report

L&Q has become the first UK housing association to publish a report into both its gender pay gap and the difference in pay between its black and minority ethnic (BME) and white members of staff.

Published 15 January 2019