UK & International news



And finally... IKEA wins approval to deliver first UK flat-pack homes

A housing developer jointly owned by IKEA has gained planning consent for its first housing development in the UK.

Published 29 June 2020

Home Office succeeds in challenging judicial review of ‘hostile environment’ letting policy

The High Court of England and Wales has allowed an appeal by the Home Secretary against judicial review proceedings challenging the lawfulness of provisions under the Immigration Act 2014 preventing landlords in the private sector from letting to irregular immigrants.

Published 24 April 2020

England: New COVID-19 housing and employment taskforce launched

A new COVID-19 Housing and Employment Taskforce has launched, bringing key leaders from the housing and employment sectors together to work with government and policy makers, to ensure that the sectors - and the people and communities they serve - are best supported during the COVID-19 epidemic. 

Published 23 April 2020

England: MPs to examine effect of coronavirus on homelessness and PRS

The impact of the COVID-19 crisis on homelessness, rough sleeping and the private rented sector is to be examined by MPs.

Published 22 April 2020

England: Landlord bodies officially merge with appointment of new chair

Two of the UK’s biggest landlord associations have officially merged the announcement of a new chair today.

Published 2 April 2020

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