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Sam Wiggle | Wednesday, 29 Jun 2022 – 6:50

Housing Quality Magazine July 2022

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Ian Parker | Tuesday, 28 Jun 2022 – 8:43

Latest member question: What impact will a high RPI have on the shared ownership market?

On 22 June 2022 the office of national statistics announced that April’s 12-months epi was 9.1% and the RPI was 11.7%. the sectors rent formula for general needs and sheltered housing is based on September’s CPI plus 1%. So we … Read more

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Mark | Tuesday, 21 Jun 2022 – 10:08

Opinion: Strengthened tenants’ rights in the PRS have their downsides

Private rented sector

By Roger Jarman, HQN Associate. For a government that professes to be deregulatory, this month has witnessed some schizophrenic behaviour by Michael Gove and his levelling up department. In early June, the Social Housing (Regulation) Bill was published, setting out … Read more

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Mark | Monday, 20 Jun 2022 – 19:02

Gove writes to second housing provider over maladministration findings

Housing Secretary, Michael Gove, has written to Housing Plus Group after a maladministration finding due to bedbugs and infestation. The letter follows a similar one he wrote to Clarion Housing Group after its “repeated failures”. In the letter, Gove said: … Read more

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Mark | Thursday, 16 Jun 2022 – 0:01

Government to ban private landlords not letting to those on benefits as part of new PRS White Paper

The government has revealed its Fairer Private Rented Sector White Paper, including making it “illegal for landlords or agents to have blanket bans on renting to families with children or those in receipt of benefits”. The White Paper comes out … Read more

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Onward Homes | Wednesday, 15 Jun 2022 – 9:45

Finance Manager – Services & Leasehold

Onward Homes is one of the largest registered providers of social housing in the North West, with 35,000 properties across the region. We believe that everyone deserves a place to call their own, which is why we’re committed to building … Read more

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Ian Wall | Tuesday, 14 Jun 2022 – 15:44

Latest member question: housing allocation policies and managing non-priority applicants

As a local housing authority, we are reviewing our housing allocations policy. We would like to hear from other local authority members how the manage interest from those seeking housing who are not classed as a priority under Part 6 … Read more

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Mark | Wednesday, 08 Jun 2022 – 0:01

Social Housing Regulation Bill formally introduced to parliament

The Government will introduce the Social Housing (Regulation) Bill into parliament today, following on from its inclusion in the Queen’s Speech. Failing social housing landlords could “face unlimited fines and Ofsted-style inspections” under the new plans, and the Regulator of Social Housing will … Read more

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Mark | Monday, 06 Jun 2022 – 9:31

Government sets out ‘improvements’ to fire safety guidance and building regulations

Grenfell

New improvements to fire safety guidance and building regulations have been introduced as part of a “wider package of reforms.” All new residential buildings over 11m will now have to include a Secure Information Box that will give fire and rescue … Read more

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Charlie Maunder | Tuesday, 17 May 2022 – 10:09

Housing’s Next Generation 2022: Top 20 announced

Back for its third year, our Housing’s Next Generation competition attracted entries from all over the sector, from housing associations and local authorities to supply chain partners and housing co-operatives. The judges looked at several criteria when shortlisting, including showing … Read more

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Charlie Maunder | Wednesday, 11 May 2022 – 16:50

Queen’s Speech: Government confirms further leasehold reforms

The government used the Queen’s Speech to confirm that the Leasehold Reform Bill would be carried through, with government already committing to ban ground rents on most new residential leases from June 2022. Building on this, the Government says it remains committed to: transforming … Read more

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Charlie Maunder | Wednesday, 11 May 2022 – 13:35

Housing figure Steve Douglas CBE has passed away

St Mungo’s has announced the sudden death of its CEO, Steve Douglas CBE. The organisation made the announcement with “deep shock and sadness” after he passed away suddenly at his home on Sunday morning, 8 May. The 57 year old leaves … Read more

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Charlie Maunder | Friday, 22 Apr 2022 – 14:36

Government confirms ban on ground rent charges on most new residential leases from June 2022

The government’s ban on charging ground rent on new leases in England and Wales will come into force on 30 June 2022, it has been confirmed. Landlords will be banned from charging ground rent to future leaseholders, under a new … Read more

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Charlie Maunder | Wednesday, 20 Apr 2022 – 10:36

Government to ‘name and shame’ failing social landlords

The government has announced that will begin to “name and shame” failing social housing providers, as part of major reforms to give residents a stronger voice and drive up standards. The move means social landlords providing sub-standard housing and services … Read more

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Ashley Booth-Dale | Friday, 18 Mar 2022 – 14:50

CMA: 1000s of leaseholders freed from rising ground rates

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been given formal commitments by 15 businesses that bought freeh­olds from housing developer Countryside to remove terms that cause ground rents to double in price. The move comes after the CMA secured undertakings from Countryside … Read more

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Mark | Thursday, 17 Mar 2022 – 15:09

Updates from the Grenfell Tower public inquiry (7 – 17 March 2022)

Grenfell Tower

By Danielle Aumord Government officials rejected calls to impose minimum standards of competency on fire risk assessors and guidance for disabled people was written minus their input (7–17 March 2022). Government-endorsed guidance that said it was “usually unrealistic” to provide … Read more

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Ashley Booth-Dale | Thursday, 17 Mar 2022 – 11:00

Opinion: What do we mean by professionalism?

HQN Associate Emma Lindley teases out some questions for government about its recent announcement of a review, in this article first published in the March 2022 issue of Housing Quality Magazine. The recent announcement by the Department for Housing (I can’t … Read more

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Ashley Booth-Dale | Wednesday, 16 Feb 2022 – 8:00

Housing’s Next Generation 2022: Nominate now

Giving young diverse housing professionals a voice HQN is delighted to announce the return of Housing’s Next Generation – the annual competition designed to showcase and celebrate the brightest young talent working in housing. Entries for the 2022 competition are open … Read more

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Ashley Booth-Dale | Monday, 14 Feb 2022 – 15:04

Government add multiple new leasehold protection proposals into Building Safety Bill

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has continued his building safety push by announcing “tough new measures” to stop leaseholders from paying “exorbitant costs”. For those in industry not doing the right thing, the government will be able to block planning permission … Read more

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Ashley Booth-Dale | Monday, 14 Feb 2022 – 9:00

Mayor of London launches consultation on Fire Safety London Plan

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched a consultation on draft guidance to ensure all new developments are designed with the highest standards of fire safety from the earliest stage. This draft Fire Safety London Plan guidance sets out how developers … Read more

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Ashley Booth-Dale | Tuesday, 08 Feb 2022 – 14:33

New Housing Minister announced as Pincher reshuffled

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Stuart Andrew has been appointed as Housing Minister by Boris Johnson in the latest reshuffle. It comes as Christopher Pincher looks to take a more senior role in the Prime Minister’s team. Pincher was in the role two years, the … Read more

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Ashley Booth-Dale | Tuesday, 11 Jan 2022 – 10:28

Government announces ‘new statutory protections for leaseholders’ within the Building Safety Bill

The Government has announced changes to the Building Safety Bill, with leaseholders getting new protections so they will have “no bills for fixing unsafe cladding”. Michael Gove, Housing Secretary, made the announcement as part of a “reset” of approach by … Read more

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Ashley Booth-Dale | Monday, 10 Jan 2022 – 9:00

Leaseholder loan scheme scrapped as Gove targets £4bn fund from developers

Leaseholders got a partial win as it was revealed that the loan scheme for those living in buildings with safety defects between 11 and 18.5m high will be scrapped. Previously, former Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick had introduced the loan scheme, with … Read more

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Ashley Booth-Dale | Wednesday, 22 Dec 2021 – 8:00

Another developer drops increasing ground rents from leasehold contracts

Taylor Wimpey has voluntarily given formal commitments to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to remove terms from leasehold contracts that cause ground rents to double in price. The effect of these increases, which kick in every 10 years, is that … Read more

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Ashley Booth-Dale | Thursday, 25 Nov 2021 – 9:00

Government launches latest homeownership funding

The Government has revealed the details behind a new wave of Help to Buy funding, as well as plans for the First Homes initiative. A total of 1,500 First Homes will now be built in over 100 locations across England … Read more

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Mark | Monday, 11 Oct 2021 – 11:31

Housing associations to be excluded from cladding tax

The Treasury have made an amendment to the Residential Property Developer Tax to exclude housing associations and local authorities. Also known as cladding tax or developer levy, the Residential Property Developer Tax is due to be part of the Building … Read more

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Ashley Booth-Dale | Monday, 20 Sep 2021 – 13:00

Khan calls for greater transparency ‘by sharing vital building safety information’

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has called on building owners and landlords to help leaseholders by sharing vital building safety information with their residents. Although the Building Safety Bill introduces a statutory responsibility for building owners and landlords to … Read more

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Ashley Booth-Dale | Wednesday, 15 Sep 2021 – 14:00

Developer to remove ground rent increases from leasehold contracts

Following Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) action, leaseholders with Countryside Properties will no longer be subjected to ground rents that double every 10 or 15 years. Countryside Properties has voluntarily given formal commitments to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) … Read more

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Ashley Booth-Dale | Monday, 02 Aug 2021 – 14:00

New regulations will see planning applications rejected if fire safety not considered

Changes to the planning system will mean that developers looking to build high-rise residential buildings “must demonstrate they have been designed with fire safety in mind before planning permission is granted”. Unveiled today by Housing Minister, Chris Pincher, the new requirements, … Read more

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Ashley Booth-Dale | Wednesday, 21 Jul 2021 – 15:00

Government to ‘end the need for EWS1 forms’ for blocks under 18m

Leaseholders in blocks of flats under 18 metres with cladding should be supported to buy, sell or re-mortgage their homes after the government agreed with major lenders to “pave the way to ending the need for EWS1 forms.” It comes following … Read more

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