Nearly three-quarters of landlords are bracing themselves for an increase in the number of tenants falling behind in their rent according to the National Landlords’ Association (NLA). Most landlords thought that rent arrears will increase next year as the economic situation worsens and unemployment rises, and just over aRead More →

Social landlords in the 20 areas with the longest social housing waiting lists have bought only 20 properties between them through the government’s £200 million rescue package. Just four local authorities have bought any stock at the national clearing house programme set up in May this year to allowRead More →

Across England the average discount on a local authority home has fallen from 27 per cent in 1997/98 to 11 per cent in 2014/08, junior housing minister Iain Wright said in response to parliamentary questions. The trend was most dramatic in London, where the average discount was worth 53Read More →

A report into identifying and overcoming barriers in the delivery of zero-carbon homes by 2016 was released yesterday. The report found that people were unsure of the regulations, but a majority wanted the government to legislate for higher energy efficiency in homes. Read More →

Guidance for developers and planners to ensure new properties are as flood-proof as possible were unveiled yesterday. Developments will need approval by an environmental agency before going ahead, and where buildings are located in a flood risk area developers should provide buyers with details of measures to reduce floodRead More →

The latest hike in interest rates could cost homeowners in Scotland an extra £100 a month warns HHSE Scotland. Home owners in London could have to shell out an extra £130 on a typical £125,000 mortgage, warns thisislondon. And things look set to get worse says the FT.Read More →