Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to be mandatory

Landlords will be required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties, under measures introduced by Housing Minister Brandon Lewis. The move is expected to prevent some of the 36 deaths and 1,375 injuries a... View Article

Are your properties ready for electric vehicles?

Are your properties prepared for Electric Vehicle (EV) drivers? With domestic sales of EVs and Plug-in Hybrids (PHEVs) experiencing a huge increase now is the time to install EV charging points on your homes. Rolec EV issued the alert after... View Article

Stafford Homes given facelift by Novus

The projects division of Novus Property Solutions have recently completed a large-scale and comprehensive internal and external refurbishment for Stafford and Rural Homes. Stafford and Rural Homes owns and manages more than 6,000 properties, making it the largest social landlord... View Article

Gas – a potential killer in our homes

Every year about 14 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by gas appliances and flues in their homes which have not been properly installed or maintained. Many others suffer ill health, which can have serious consequences, for themselves AND their... View Article

Safeguarding against asbestos

Asbestos is present in many homes built before the year 2000, but how many of us know what we should do to safeguard ourselves, our tenants, our staff and contractors, from this potentially lethal material? Its use in building homes... View Article

Private sector tenants more likely to be victims of crime

Neighbourhoods with higher levels of privately rented homes suffer more burglaries and violence ‘behind closed doors’, according to an independent think-tank report. Research by the Police Foundation found that areas of Luton with a higher percentage of private rented homes had... View Article

Homes, 18 – 19 November

The Homes Event will take place at London’s Olympia on 18-19 November 2015. Homes is the UK’s only dedicated national trade event for asset management, repairs and maintenance, retrofit and sustainability. Following on from the election of the new government in... View Article

Brickbats and bouquets from Housing Minister

Brandon Lewis has promised a crackdown on rogue landlords and to drive them out of business as part of a campaign to improve standards of rented accommodation. But to the relief of many, the Housing Minister also said he would... View Article

Lowlights of the Chancellor’s anti-housing budget

This summer’s budget shocked many housing experts and commentators – not just because of the number of surprises which he sprung, but because of its likely negative impact on the building of new homes by housing associations and withdrawing some... View Article

Good news on repossessions and evictions

It’s not something we can normally celebrate but the numbers of people losing their home because of mortgage arrears or rent arrears, are at their lowest level since 2008. Historically low interest rates have clearly helped the situation. But this... View Article

Thousands of landlords affected by property damage

An estimated 400,000 landlords have had their property damaged by tenants in the last 12 months, according to research by a leading landlords group. The research, from the National Landlords Association (NLA), also shows that approximately 120,000 landlords have had... View Article

Record student numbers all need to be housed

As the cap on university places is lifted and a record number of students start degree courses this autumn, worries are being raised about the availability of accommodation and its cost. The National Union of Students has warned of ‘rent... View Article

Social housing re-lets lose millions in uncollected rent

Social landlords have been celebrating a small improvement in average void times, despite the fact this masks millions of pounds in uncollected rent and results in thousands of properties left empty for weeks on end. Of course any improvement in... View Article