Landlords can now be sued for cold or damp homes under new laws

From 20 March, the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act will make landlords more accountable for conditions in their properties. Landlords will have to make sure their properties meet certain standards at the beginning and throughout a tenancy. For the first time... View Article

Albyn Housing Society takes handover of new Nairn homes

An affordable housing scheme in Nairn has welcomed its first residents, after Albyn Housing Society took handover of the development. The 23 new build homes at Farnack Street have been allocated for affordable rent via the Highland Housing Register, providing... View Article

LGA responds to MHCLG rapid rehousing pathway funding

Responding to MHCLG’s announcement that 42 bids for the rapid rehousing pathway had been successful, Local Government Association Housing spokesman Cllr Martin Tett, said:  “Funding for local authorities will help council efforts to try and tackle homelessness. Every instance of... View Article

How will we heat our homes if we can’t rely on gas?

Patrick Mooney explores the alternatives to traditional heating At a recent housing conference I heard an expert warn his audience that we better get used to heating our homes with something other than gas, because by 2050 this energy source... View Article

Anchor Hanover announces successful asbestos services tender

Anchor Hanover Group, a specialist housing and care provider for the over 55s, has appointed five companies to a medium-term framework to deliver asbestos survey services and removal works. Franks Portlock Consulting, Thames Laboratories, PA Group UK, AA Woods and... View Article

BBA opens new office in Dublin

The British Board of Agrément, the UK’s leading construction products certification body, has opened an office in Dublin (BBA EU), creating employment opportunities in the city and allowing it to explore new avenues for growth outside the UK. The move... View Article

Success for tremco illbruck at ASFP awards

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) announced the winners of the annual Passive Fire Protection Industry Awards at a ceremony in London recently. Award categories included innovation, installation and individual contribution to the industry. tremco illbruck is delighted that... View Article

New report highlights condensation issues in UK social housing

Choosing an alternative to traditional Positive Input Ventilation (PIV) systems with heaters could improve tenant acceptability and energy efficiency in social housing properties, according to a new report published by Elta Fans. ‘Combatting Condensation: A guide to solving condensation issues... View Article

Trio of new contracts for property specialist

Property maintenance and management specialist, DW Support Services (DWSS) has secured a contract with Europe’s largest housing association, Clarion. The £1 million deal involves installation of new doors, windows, kitchens, bathrooms and roofs across 228 properties in Tower Hamlets, London.... View Article

Report: Councils empowering and engaging tenants

A new report published by the Local Government Association and Tpas sets out how councils are empowering and engaging their tenants. It sets out the findings of detailed research across 35 councils and 20 arms-length management organisations (ALMOs) which found creative engagement... View Article

Brexit and beyond

John Whalley, Managing Director of Nationwide Windows & Doors, leading fenestration partner to social housing landlords, looks at how RSLs and property managers can try to mitigate at least some of the uncertainties surrounding Brexit At the time of writing,... View Article

Renting became more affordable in 2018, says The DPS

Renting became more affordable in 2018 thanks to a combination of a once-in-a-decade fall in annual rents and wage inflation, according to The Deposit Protection Service (DPS). 2018 was the first calendar year since the global financial crisis of 2008... View Article