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pdf Current ALMOs call for Pay to Stay data access Arm’s-length management organisations (ALMOs) are calling for changes to enable them to access tenants’ income data in order to ensure correct rent-setting under Pay to Stay. File size: 110KB Published Date: 24/02/2016 Download
pdf Current Housing association Christian Action Housing has suggested that there is a conflict between the current government focus on building more homes, and the way the HCA regulates the financial viability of landlords. File size: 84KB Published Date: 17/02/2016
pdf Current In news that could have far-reaching implications for the way that housing associations and councils manage their homes, the housing minister Brandon Lewis announced that there will be a review into the future of the HCA. File size: 78KB Published Date: 17/02/2016
pdf Current Before the final Housing Bill clauses have even been written, one council is moving to offer a transferable cash payment to tenants who wish to buy homes, rather than reduce the stock the council has available by selling it. File size: 80KB Published Date: 10/02/2016
pdf Current Tim Farron, the leader of the Liberal Democrats has moved to compromise the policy through amendments to the Housing Bill to be discussed this week. File size: 81KB Published Date: 06/01/2016
pdf Current The government has announced the first steps it will take to cut the regulation of housing associations. The aim is for associations to regain their private status after the Office for National Statistics classified them as public bodies because of the amount of government control over their affairs. File size: 85KB Published Date: 16/12/2015
pdf Current The Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis has said that 'pay to stay' (higher rents for higher income households) will be voluntary for housing associations. It will remain compulsory for councils to implement the policy. File size: 82KB Published Date: 16/12/2015
pdf Current The merger between Affinity Sutton and Circle has been confirmed. The new association will have 127,000 homes and plans to build 5,000 homes a year. File size: 82KB Published Date: 16/12/2015
pdf Current The extended Right to Buy (RTB) scheme began last week with a pilot involving five associations, Riverside, L&Q, Sovereign, Saffron Housing and Thames Valley. For the pilots only 600 homes will be sold and to be eligible tenants must have been in social housing for at least ten years. The eligibility conditions are likely to be changed when the full scheme rolls out in April. HAs can exempt some of their homes from being sold under the RTB but eligible tenants living in them will be able to claim the discount on another property. File size: 86KB Published Date: 09/12/2015
pdf Current First merger code for associations revealed The National Housing Federation (NHF) has agreed a ten-point code for associations to follow when considering mergers. File size: 112KB Published Date: 02/12/2015 Download
pdf Current Latest figures show fewer possession claims for rent arrears in social housing. This is being put down to Providers making more effort to identify tenants at risk of arrears and taking steps to avoid a crisis. File size: 50KB Published Date: 18/11/2015
pdf Current The Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis, has confirmed that there will be a "controlled" roll out of the extension of right to buy to housing association tenants from 2016. There are no further details as yet. File size: 85KB Published Date: 11/11/2015
pdf Current Most housing associations met the HCA's deadline of 30 October to give the Regulator their revised business plans. The 1% rent cut for the next four years and the benefits cap reductions announced in the July Budget meant that providers have had to look closely at their costs. File size: 81KB Published Date: 11/11/2015
pdf Current It is being reported that the government is planning to stop Providers from offering lifetime tenancies to almost all new tenants. File size: 85KB Published Date: 04/11/2015
pdf Current Residents' Network member Viridian Housing is again reported to be considering a merger. The London-based housing association is in talks with Amicus Horizon. File size: 81KB Published Date: 28/10/2015
pdf Current It has been reported that a relatively small housing association (5,800 homes) has kept its important A2, low risk, credit rating from Moody's. This is the first announcement since the Budget and Moody's apparently approve of Herefordshire Housing's simple structure, concentration on its core business and modest development plans. Other small associations will want to take note of this assessment. File size: 82KB Published Date: 28/10/2015
pdf Current Housing associations should consider sharing chief executives in order to save cash, Brandon Lewis has said. Speaking to Inside Housing at the Conservative Party conference on Tuesday, the housing minister signalled he believes the sector has too many chief executives. File size: 78KB Published Date: 14/10/2015
pdf Current One of the UK’s largest social landlords has posted a £44.7m surplus as it invested £290.3m in building a record number of homes. File size: 79KB Published Date: 07/10/2015
pdf Current CLG committee extends deadline for evidence A high-profile committee of MPs investigating the financial viability of housing associations will be flexible over its deadline for evidence, after complaints over timing and “complex” terms of reference. File size: 80KB Published Date: 02/09/2015 Download
pdf Current Drones – checking out a roof near you Walsall Housing Group has had permission to use drones to check on the condition of rooves on its properties. File size: 83KB Published Date: 26/08/2015 Download