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KEYWORD "Homelessness" - 100 RESULTS
Older Persons charity hits out over Renters Reform Bill rumours

A charity providing support for older people facing financial hardship has hit out at the government over rumours concerning the Renters...

05 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Council buys private homes to let to families on waiting list

Caerphilly council in Wales has bought privately owned properties to provide housing for families who would otherwise find themselves in temporary...

01 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Shelter lobbies politicians with ‘rental plan to end homelessness’

Shelter is calling for the construction of 90,000 rental properties each year for a decade - and it claims this would...

27 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Shelter demands radical changes to Renters Reform Bill

Shelter is asking for public support for radical changes to the Renters Reform Bill, now going through Parliament. The campaigning charity is...

26 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents’ desperate plea to prevent exodus of student landlords

Propertymark has called on the UK Government to prevent a mass exodus of student landlords.   The news comes as a poll conducted...

14 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - MPs set to be bombarded by emails

A pressure group unhappy about lack of progress on the Renters Reform Bill wants MPs to be bombarded with complaint emails.  Over...

12 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Shelter threatens government after big rise in Section 21 evictions

Shelter is warning that the government’s failure to abolish Section 21 evictions will backfire and that “renters will remember who stood...

09 February 2024

From: Breaking News

British Homes for British Workers - Experts, activists unite in opposition

Seventeen housing organisations have sent an open letter to the government rejecting its idea of prioritising British families when it comes...

30 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Is the government deliberately delaying the Renters Reform Bill?

The long-awaited Third Reading of the controversial Renters Reform Bill will not happen this week according to the Leader of the...

29 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent claims Black people victimised by “outdated” Vagrancy Act

A group of rental activists claims that police in England are disproportionately using a 19th century law that criminalises rough sleeping...

28 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Top agent backs industry regulation in 2024 - the more the better

The boss of a prominent UK lettings and property management agency says new regulations planned for the industry are to be...

27 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Politicians demand Christmas ban on Section 21 evictions

The Liberal Democrats have called on the government to bring in an emergency ban on no fault evictions and banks repossessing people’s homes...

21 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour housing policies win strong public support as Tories lag behind

Independent polling gives Labour a big lead when it comes to its approach to housing policy. Detailed polling by the Ipsos pollster...

21 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 can’t come quickly enough, says charity

Homelessness charity Crisis says the long-standing government pledge to scrap Section 21 eviction powers can’t come soon enough. The charity has backed...

19 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Homelessness charities receive thousands from agents’ carol concert

The Fine & Country Foundation’s Annual Carols by Candlelight concert, held in collaboration with King's College Cambridge, has raised £21,061. This will...

18 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Councils enforcing rental licensing are on brink of bankruptcy

Scores of councils that enforce licensing regimes on the private rental sector claim they are on the verge of bankruptcy. Almost one...

08 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Shelter blames private rental sector for growing child homelessness

Shelter says there are nearly 139,000 children officially homeless and living in temporary accommodation - and it’s blaming the private rental...

01 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency calls for Landlords Reform Bill to redress rental balance

Leaders Romans Group is calling for a Landlords Reform Bill to balance the challenges and apparent disincentives now deterring landlords from...

30 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban not part of government plans to counter homelessness

The prospect of a long-term eviction ban appears to have been lifted in one part of the UK. The Welsh Government is...

22 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Gary Wright - flatfair Chief Executive Officer

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Gary Wright - Chief Executive Officer. What is flatfair and what...

13 November 2023

From: 60 Second Interview

Homelessness surge means Chancellor must invest in rental sector - call

New figures have shown that 2,086 people were found to be sleeping on London’s streets for the first time between July...

07 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Older tenants need Renters Reform Bill insists pressure group

Older private renters must have their voices heard In support of the Renters Reform Bill. That’s the view of Joanna Elson, chief...

25 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill will slash homelessness, claims charity

A charity claims the Renters Reform Bill, which gets its Second Reading in the Commons next week, will help reduce homelessness. New...

19 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - government announces next steps

The Renters Reform Bill is to get its long awaited Second Reading on Monday, October 23. The claim comes from today’s Financial...

18 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Homes For Ukraine - government faces hard decisions on scheme future

The National Audit Office says the government will soon have to take hard decisions on the future for the Homes For...

17 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls at heart of Shelter’s General Election manifesto

Shelter has published what it calls a General Election manifesto with rent controls at its heart. Called The Way Home: a manifesto to...

25 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Scrap Renters Reform Bill!  Leading agent makes dramatic plea

A prominent agent has called on politicians to scrap the Renters Reform Bill . He says it’s “ill thought-through and would be...

25 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Scams expert joins board of The Property Ombudsman

The Head of the National Trading Standards Scams Team is one of two new non-executive directors at The Property Ombudsman. Louise Baxter...

12 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Incentives for private rental sector could help cut homelessness - claim

The private rental sector could play a far greater role in helping to end homelessness in Scotland, according to a new...

21 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Jaw dropping 40,000 viewing requests in a montf for lettings chain

Scotland’s largest letting agent had almost 40,000 viewing requests during July for rental properties in Edinburgh and Glasgow alone. DJ Alexander Ltd...

18 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Shelter back on the warpath over Section 21 evictions

Campaigning charity Shelter has renewed its calls for the abolition of S21 eviction powers. It says new Ministry of Justice data shows...

11 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Charity wants taxpayers money to help renters during crisis

Citizens Advice is calling on the government to provide an unspecified amount of assistance to renters during the current cost of...

31 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Charity slams government over gap between rents and benefits

Crisis, the homelessness charity, has slammed the government over the growing gap between housing benefit levels and even the lower end...

28 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Huge cash funding to help Ukrainians into private rentals

Ukrainians in the UK will be helped into private rental homes as part of a £150m government injection.  The funding will be...

19 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Activists threaten action if rental reform ‘does not deliver’

Shelter is telling the government it “must deliver” on the revolution it pledges under the Renters Reform Bill. Chief executive Polly Neate...

17 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Shelter blames Section 21 and rental reform delay for rise in homelessness

New government figures show how overdue the government's reform of private renting is, claims campaigning charity Shelter. The charity says the figures...

11 May 2023

From: Breaking News

How to attract landlords to your letting agency

As the unending attack on landlords continues, many are succumbing to the pressures of increased taxes, interest rates rising, regulations becoming...

18 April 2023

From: Marketing & Social Media

New national lettings agency set up by Lloyds Banking Group

Lloyds Banking Group and homelessness charity Crisis have joined forces in a new two-year partnership including the establishment of a so-called...

18 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Charity claims new eviction powers will punish the homeless

A charity is claiming that new powers to evict anti-social private tenants could lead to more homelessness, while those already living...

28 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Warnings over conversions of commercial properties into housing

Propertymark is speaking out about problems with some conversions of commercial property into residential.The warning comes in the trade body’s response...

21 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Shelter angry at Hunt’s ‘nothing about housing’ Budget

Campaigning charity Shelter is angry with Chancellor Jeremy Hunt over his Budget  While most in the property industry have expressed relief that there...

16 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Government rental mediation scheme flops - change needed

A much-hyped government proposal to introduce a Rental Mediation Service to resolve disputes, sustain tenancies and reduce pressure on the courts...

07 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform Now!  Councils want immediate government action

The Local Government Association, which comprises 331 of the 333 councils in England and all 22 Welsh unitary councils, is calling on...

02 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Reverse anti-landlord policies, top agency tells government

A lettings agency says it’s vital that the government reconsiders the new laws and regulations seen as attacking landlords. The Leaders Romans...

23 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Repossession figures trigger worried response from charity

New figures from the Ministry of Justice show that between October and December last year, across England and Wales, there were...

10 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Reinstate Mortgage Interest Tax Relief - agents’ plea to government

Propertymark has told the government it should have three priorities for next month’s Budget. 1. Improving welfare system for vulnerable and low-waged...

02 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents tell government - get your act together

Propertymark has told a UK government to stop ignore the damaging effect of its policies on the private rental sector. An outspoken...

27 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Illegal sub-letting case ends with £34,000 for former tenant

A young family have started 2023 in their new permanent home after a London council recovered the property from an illegal...

20 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Ethical Lettings Agency scoops international award

A lettings agency which describes itself as “ethical” has been honoured with an award linked to the United Nations. Homes For Good...

06 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Freeze politician in war of words with Propertymark chief

Propertymark has become embroiled in a war of words with a Scottish politician who has made a series of anti-agent and...

04 January 2023

From: Breaking News

New Eviction Ban Call - government under pressure from MPs

The government is under new pressure to introduce a last minute eviction ban to avoid private renters facing homelessness over Christmas. Liberal...

15 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Portal’s lettings experts to cultivate link with homelessness charity

Zoopla has given details of its collaboration with homelessness charity Crisis following the announcement of a three-year partnership earlier this year. Crisis’s...

13 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Ethical lettings service links with PropTech maintenance platform

A not-for-profit company that matches rental properties with vulnerable tenants in need of accommodation has partnered with a maintenance firm to...

30 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Campaigners claim dramatic rise in Section 21 evictions

Shelter claims government figures show 5,940 households were “threatened with homelessness” in England as a result of Section 21 evictions between April...

29 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Build More Homes Now! Agency chief demands action

The head of an estate agency and property investment firm says the government should do more to reform the rental sector...

24 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords can now lease property through a local council

A new scheme offering landlords the opportunity to lease property through a local authority has been launched.   Leasing Scheme Wales: Gwynedd gives...

16 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Letting agents accused of pushing landlords into raising rents

A so-called Renters Union is organising a day of action after claiming letting agents are behind recent rent rises. London Renters Union...

14 November 2022

From: Breaking News

London council kicks off three month licensing consultation

Over the next three months Redbridge council in London is consulting on proposals to renew selective licensing in the borough. It says...

14 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Rents soar ahead of frozen benefits, triggering homelessness fear

The average gap between housing benefit rates and the actual cost of rents has grown by more than 40 per cent...

31 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Large rise in homelessness spending over past five years

The government has released new figures on the amount being spent by local councils on temporary accommodation for homeless households in...

21 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Fixed term tenancies MUST stay, industry tells government

A team of experts has released a report that responds to government reform plans - and it insists that if Section...

27 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Immediate Eviction ban must be introduced says government adviser

The cost of living crisis could have a ‘catastrophic’ impact on homelessness unless an immediate eviction ban is introduced. That’s the view...

22 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Homelessness spike threat as private rents soar even higher - claim

London faces a possible homelessness spike this winter due to the cost-of-living crisis and increases in private rents, a group of...

05 September 2022

From: Breaking News

 Zoopla and charity launch campaign for higher benefits for tenants

Zoopla is warning that low-income renters across England are facing a ‘housing black hole’ due to soaring rents and the freeze...

25 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent and Shelter demand action from Truss and Sunak

It has emerged that Generation Rent and Shelter are amongst the charities that have written to Conservative leadership contenders Liz Truss...

17 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour pushing for even more radical reforms plus rent controls

The sweeping reforms for the private rental sector announced by the government at the end of last week do not go...

21 June 2022

From: Breaking News

 Shelter slammed as “childish” for “appalling” attack on agents

Propertymark has made an uncharacteristically strong attack on the campaigning charity Shelter for its portrayal of letting agents. Ahead of yesterday’s Queen’s...

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour claims thousands threatened with homelessness by S21

Just over 7,000 households in London have been threatened with homelessness in the past three years alone after being issued with...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent controls ineffective as tool to reduce homelessness

Propertymark has dismissed suggestions from critics of the lettings industry that higher rents are leading to more homelessness.  The trade body says...

03 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Lettings trainer wants more public cash for rental enforcement

Lettings accreditation and training service Safeagent is calling on the government to make more public cash available for councils to exercise...

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents fight back in row over quality of private rental stock and repairs

ARLA Propertymark has hit back in this week’s debate on the quality of private rental property, following sharp criticism in a...

14 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Thousands of tenants must accept “appalling conditions” - Shelter

Thousands of tenants have no choice but to accept “appalling conditions” according to the chief executive of campaigning charity Shelter. Polly Neate...

14 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Private rental property conditions and enforcement slammed by MPs

Private rental property conditions and the enforcement of regulations by councils and government have all been in the firing line from...

13 April 2022

From: Breaking News

No Rent Controls - agents send clear message to politicians

One of the country’s most outspoken advocates of rent controls has been told why agents and landlords oppose them. Propertymark has hosted...

28 March 2022

From: Breaking News

 Quit carping and criticising private rental sector, politicians told

The increasingly shrill anti-landlord rhetoric from some politicians is making it harder for tenants, claims a leading industry spokesman. John Blackwood, chief...

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Control momentum building rapidly across UK

Politicians across the UK appear to be growing more vocal in their support for rent controls. The Welsh nationalist party Plaid Cymru...

17 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on agents by council officers with qualifications

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan wants is introducing a new qualification and training for borough council housing enforcement officers to...

17 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Plea for tenants in arrears to contact their local council

A senior Welsh politicians has urged anyone who has fallen behind in paying rent because of the pandemic to contact their...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Is Shelter right? Do high rents impact women more than men?

Shelter claims that women are impacted by homelessness more than men, and says rising private rents are a contributory factor. In a...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Propertymark forecasts the 2022 rental market and issues

Propertymark chief executive Nathan Emerson has given his prediction as to what the big issues will be in the 2022 lettings...

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Ending eviction ban added to homelessness - Shelter on warpath

Shelter claims the end of the eviction ban has contributed to creating over 274,000 people who are homeless in England right now, including 126,000 children. Shelter’s interpretation of official...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Evictions: Labour claims “stark rise” in homeless since ban lifted

A senior Labour politician in the capital claims that there’s been “a stark rise” in people losing their homes since the...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter blames end of eviction ban for glut of pleas for help

Shelter claims its helpline has received 1,000 callers a day since the eviction ban began easing at the start of summer. It says...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Local authority wants agent and landlord contact ahead of evictions

A local authority has launched a free service seeking to avoid evictions. New Forest council says its new 'Call Before You Serve' programme is a free service providing...

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter hits out, alleging evictions causing mass homelessness

Campaigning charity Shelter says new official figures show evictions since the lifting of the ban have created a surge in homelessness. Shelter...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Industry anger as Budget ignores private rental sector

All sides of the industry have expressed anger and frustration that yesterday’s Budget effectively ignored the private rental sector. ARLA Propertymark’s policy...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Thank you Michael Gove!  Propertymark welcomes arrears fund

Propertymark has taken the unusual step of thanking the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and the Communities for the...

25 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform White Paper still some weeks away, hints government minister

The long-awaited White Paper on rental reform is some time away, with a minister at the centre of its preparation saying he and...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

£10m grants to clear tenant arrears - is this the right approach?

Councils across Scotland have been given £10m to provide grants to tenants who have Covid-related arrears and risk eviction. The grants will...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent re-runs argument with government over Section 21

Campaign group Generation Rent, led by former Labour Baroness Alicia Kennedy, has renewed its call for the scrapping of Section 21...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords hit back as Welsh Government extends notice periods again

Landlords in Wales have been told that rules giving tenants six months’ notice to vacate a property will remain in place...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Charity: Covid debt crisis will escalate unless Universal Credit cut is reversed

A £360 million wall of rental debt built up during the pandemic, combined with cuts to Universal Credit, threatens to leave...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Council launches lettings agency and wants landlords to sign up

A council has just launched it own publicly-funded lettings agency and wants private landlords to sign up. The 'Your Choice' lettings agency,...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Shock warning of “dark cloud over lettings market” - leading analyst

A housing market analyst is warning of "one heck of a dark cloud on the horizon for the lettings market” as...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Take that! Labour chief hits back at buy to let attack by tenants

A Labour council leader has hit after being attacked for his support for buy to let and property investment. Last week we...

02 August 2021

From: Breaking News

£10m arrears scheme launches to help Covid-hit renters

A new £10m scheme to help renters with Covid-related arrears has been launched in Wales.  Called the Tenancy Hardship Grant, and introduced...

21 July 2021

From: Breaking News

End all S24 evictions now, demand Baroness and Lord

A prominent member of the House of Lords and a rental activist are calling for an immediate suspension of all Section...

19 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ group warns of widespread evictions without government support

The UK Association of Letting Agents trade body is warning of “widespread evictions” unless government support is offered to tenants. UKALA chairman...

13 July 2021

From: Breaking News

£10m of taxpayers’ cash for tenants with Covid-related arrears

A new £10m grant will be introduced in part of the UK to help private rented tenants struggling to pay rent...

30 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Stop Rent Rises and Tax Second Homes - petition wins huge support

Almost 40,000 people have signed a petition urging rent caps for private tenants and hefty tax rises for second home owners. The...

18 June 2021

From: Breaking News

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