UK & International news



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

England: Clarion becomes UK's first provider to adopt sustainable housing model

Clarion Housing is to become the first housing association in the country to adopt a new pan-European initiative which promotes sustainability.

Published 14 November 2019

England: Housing association neighbourhood managers balloted for strike action over ‘erosion of employment conditions’

Housing managers at one of the UK’s largest housing associations are being balloted for strike action over employment conditions.

Published 5 November 2019

England: Not one starter home has been built despite £174m outlay, NAO reveals

The UK Government’s failure to deliver a single of the intended 200,000 starter homes it promised back in 2015 has been laid bare in a new report by the National Audit Office (NAO).

Published 5 November 2019

England: Rent controls 'could hurt tenants', according to landlord body

The representative body for landlords in England and Wales has claimed that rent controls hurt tenants by drying up the supply of homes to rent and in some cases increasing rents.

Published 29 October 2019

England: High London housing costs linked to decline in birth rate

A new study has shown a correlation between housing costs in London and the number of births in the capital since 2010.

Published 25 October 2019

England: Shared ownership right to buy roll-out confirmed for housing association tenants

A new shared ownership model which will allow housing association tenants in England to buy a stake in their home for as little as £2,000 is to go ahead, housing secretary Robert Jenrick has confirmed.

Published 17 October 2019

English council takes 50% stake in Scottish energy company

An English local authority has invested £18 million in return for a 50% stake in Scottish energy provider Together Energy to supply its residents with green electricity.

Published 11 October 2019

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