UK & International news



England: ‘No DSS’ ruled unlawful in second court case

The practice of refusing to rent homes to people on housing benefit has suffered another legal blow after a disabled father won his trial against housing benefit discrimination this week.

Published 10 September 2020

England: Watchdog investigates four housebuilders over leasehold selling

Four of the UK's biggest housing developers are being investigated by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) over concerns they may have broken consumer protection law in relation to leasehold homes.

Published 4 September 2020

England: True number of rough sleepers could be 'far higher' than government figures

The number of people sleeping rough in England during the COVID-19 health crisis could be three to four times higher than official UK Government figures, according to a professor of urban studies at Heriot-Watt University.

Published 26 August 2020

England: Residents wins 60% rent reduction after council ends 'difficult relationship' with Mears

Hundreds of families in temporary accommodation in east London have had their rent reduced by around 60% after a four-year campaign against their corporate social landlord Mears.

Published 17 August 2020

England: Hyde asks tenants to help select new homes and estates contractors

Social housing tenants are being enlisted to help the Hyde Group with a range of jobs such as shortlisting and interviewing potential contractors.

Published 14 August 2020

Glasgow facilities management firm wins 15-year social housing deal in England

Glasgow-based Saltire Facilities Management has commenced work on a 15-year servicing, maintenance, and installations contract for Stonewater, a social housing provider who manage over 32,000 properties across England.

Published 10 August 2020

England: Planners and architects react to ‘disgraceful’ extension of permitted development rights

Plans by the UK Government to extend new ‘rights’ to alter or replace buildings across England without the need for planning permission risk adding to the country’s already prevalent health and societal inequalities, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has said.

Published 23 July 2020

Sanctuary to conduct discrimination case review amid rent complaint

Sanctuary has ordered an independent case review to test for discrimination or unconscious bias after it was contacted by a black resident living in one of its private sector properties who had been paying more rent than their white neighbour.

Published 22 July 2020

England: Social landlords join call to scale up Housing First

A group of 12 organisations in England representing social landlords, local authorities and the wider homelessness sector are calling on the UK Government and social housing providers to help make Housing First available to those who need it.

Published 16 July 2020

England: ‘No DSS’ letting policy found to be unlawful in ‘momentous ruling’

Blanket bans on renting properties to people on housing benefit are unlawful and discriminatory, a judge in England has ruled.

Published 14 July 2020

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