Croydon Lettings saves taxpayers thousands

A council initiative has prevented homelessness for almost 50 families and avoided the £275,000 cost of putting them in emergency housing by matching them with responsible private landlords. The council set up Croydon Lettings last summer to improve the long-term... View Article

Making fire destruction a thing of the past

Architects are responsible for designing safe buildings, that’s a given. In the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy it’s clear stopping fire deaths is high on the agenda. We wanted to understand exactly how well architects and specifiers understood fire... View Article

CIEH calls for better regulation for letting agents

Responding to the new investigation by Which? into unfair practices from Letting Agents, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has called for better regulation for letting agents. The Which? Investigation found that some lettings agents are using unfair practices... View Article

Two Welsh HAs get extra scrutiny

The Welsh Government has increased its scrutiny of two social landlords amid concerns over their governance and financial viability. One of the housing associations is in the process of merging with another landlord, but the extra regulation is not expected... View Article

‘Rogue’ private landlords must stop exploiting students

A Government minister has warned landlords who fail to meet standards for student accommodation that they will face justice under new regulations designed to protect all private rental tenants. Universities Minister Chris Skidmore hit out at private landlords who do... View Article

Harrogate to pilot changes to Universal Credit

Amber Rudd has revealed the Yorkshire town of Harrogate will be the first area where existing welfare benefit claimants will be transferred onto Universal Credit, after telling Parliament she is committed to making the system fairer. This will involve piloting... View Article

Fixed-term tenancies have had their day

A growing number of housing associations are scrapping their use of fixed term tenancies in a rejection of the policy, first brought in by the Coalition Government as David Cameron sought to change the role and purpose of social housing.... View Article