Council joins London-wide group to improve temporary housing

Croydon Council has joined a London-wide initiative set up to strike better deals when finding temporary accommodation for homeless families. At its cabinet meeting last night (Monday), the council signed up to joining Capital Letters, a scheme where participating councils... View Article

Lettings management boss banned for abusing tenants’ deposits

A lettings management director from Dorset has been disqualified for failing to protect thousands of pounds of tenants’ deposits. Kari Jade Ridout (46), from Blandford Forum, Dorset, was the sole director of Woodhouse Residential Lettings Limited, a lettings management company... View Article

Tyne Housing appoints new chief executive

North East housing and support provider, Tyne Housing Group has appointed Steve McKinlay as Chief Executive to lead the organisation and deliver its new strategic priorities. The appointment comes after the Group Board reviewed its business operations and set out... View Article

The curious incident of the missing prosecutions

Recent newspaper headlines have focused on the estimated 10,000 rogue landlords in the private rented sector and why none of them currently appear on the new national database that is meant to protect tenants from harassment and dangerous property conditions.... View Article

Review calls for overhaul to improve home adaptations

Housing and health partnership boards should be set up in every area of England to maximise the impact of grants for home adaptations, according to an independent government review. Similar in structure to local safeguarding children’s boards, they would bring... View Article

Our electric future

Paul Hutchens is CEO of Midlands-based solar specialists, Eco2Solar. He is a board member of the Solar Trade Association (STA), the UK’s leading solar industry voice, and Chairman of the STA’s New Build Working Group which aims to inform governments,... View Article

Anchor Hanover Group created

Anchor Hanover, England’s largest provider of care and housing for older people, has been formed from the successful merger of Hanover Housing Association and Anchor Trust. With more than 60,000 homes across 1,700 locations supported by more than 9,000 colleagues,... View Article

MHCLG Grenfell update – LABC responds

Last week, in a written statement, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire, updated the government’s response to the Grenfell tragedy. Among the announcements were amendments to the approved documents confirming what materials can be... View Article

Macmillan receives a welcome £30k boost from Hanover

Staff and residents at retirement housing estates managed by Hanover Housing Association have shown that generosity and goodwill is alive and well after presenting Macmillan Cancer Support with a cheque for £30,000. The donation is thanks to a coordinated effort... View Article

Delivering affordable homes in Durham

A regeneration partnership, established to revive communities and economies in the Durham coalfields, has just been granted planning permission to build its 2,000th home. The property will be at Gibside, Chester-le-Street, where the Durham Villages Regeneration Company will construct 78 two,... View Article

Housing associations recognised as sustainability leaders

New Charter Homes and Aksa Homes, part of Jigsaw Homes Group have been awarded a gold rating for its environmental performance, after being assessed by a national environmental benchmarking group, SHIFT (Sustainable Homes Index for Tomorrow). The accreditation measures the... View Article