Walking the Walk – Construction Trends 2021

It’s fair to say the events of 2021 tested the mettle of the UK housebuilding sector, with all developers affected in some way, regardless of size. Thankfully, the response to the exceptional circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, showcases the... View Article

4 Tips for Landlords Concerned About Tenant Welfare

Landlords are increasingly expected to look to tenants’ welfare rather than focus on the profitability of their properties. This has been an inevitable push given the concerns over continued accommodation for tenants during 2020 and beyond with Covid-19 still an... View Article

Time for a fairer private rented sector, say Welsh landlords

Today, the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) Wales have released their manifesto for the forthcoming election, explaining that only when the private rented sector (PRS) is regarded as part of the solution to the housing crisis can landlords and tenants... View Article

Driving up Standards on Fire Door Safety

By Kevin Underwood, BWF Technical Director Over a year ago, in October 2019, Sir Martin Moore-Bick made a number of recommendations in conclusion to Phase 1 of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, which he chaired. His aim was for these recommendations to be... View Article

NHF calls on sector to adopt its tenant engagement charter

The National Housing Federation is asking all English housing associations to adopt its new resident engagement charter and make themselves more accountable to their tenants. Together with Tenants, was an initiative set up in response to the Grenfell Tower fire... View Article

Two associations regain their governance compliance ratings

A Liverpool based social landlord has regained its compliance rating from the regulator two years after being down-graded over widespread health and safety failings. The Livv Housing Group, formerly known as Knowsley Housing Trust, was found to be non-compliant in... View Article

Large Yorkshire landlord handed governance downgrade

A 22,000-home landlord had its governance rating downgraded by the Regulator of Social Housing after owning up to not correctly implementing rule changes within its group structure. Yorkshire-based Incommunities Group was downgraded from ‘G1’ to ‘G2’, meaning it is still... View Article

Allocations made for 3,300 homes for rough sleepers

The Government has allocated more than £150m to pay for more than 3,000 permanent homes aimed specifically at getting rough sleepers off the streets and provided with specialist support. In all some 276 schemes have been approved across England, including... View Article

Claims of professional negligence made at Grenfell inquiry

The Grenfell inquiry’s fire safety expert has said the advice given by specialist fire engineers during the design stage of the tower block’s refurbishment, amounted to professional negligence. Exova was employed to put together the fire strategy for the refurbishment... View Article

Grenfell inquiry hears of questionable behaviours

The public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire has continued to reveal a series of questionable behaviours by key participants in the refurbishment project which ultimately resulted in 72 people losing their lives. Actions by a number of staff at... View Article