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Housing Bill should also include rogue tenants list, says AIIC

The Housing and Planning Bill, which includes measures to tackle criminal landlords and letting agents, should also address the issue of problem tenants, according to the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC). Included in the Bill are proposals to ban and fine criminal landlords and letting agents, introduce...
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Incoming MPs fear young will rent for life

Just before the General Election, a poll of future MPs published by the National Housing Federation has revealed that nine in 10 (89%) are worried that most under-30s in their constituency will not be able to afford to buy a home in a decade’s time. This echoes young...
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Without inheritance children will never own a home?

Research from Shelter has shown that 49% of parents in Britain whose children haven’t bought a home, think the only way they will be able to do so is with inheritance from them. Many parents feel high house prices and a lack of affordable homes are leaving their...
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New support for social tenants who want to work

Social tenants who need to move for work will no longer be pushed to the back of the housing waiting list, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced yesterday (9 March 2015). The government is pressing ahead with new regulations and statutory guidance to ensure town halls adopt a ‘Right...
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8,000 social homes lost in a decade

Estate regeneration schemes are leading to more homes being built – but there is an overall decline in those available for social rent. The report ‘Knock It Down or Do It Up?’, from the London Assembly’s Housing Committee, looks at how to improve the process of regenerating housing...
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Mayor Boris Johnson and Shelter launch home loan scheme

A scheme in London offering workers an interest free loan to pay for their deposit on a rented home is being rolled out across the country. The scheme was pioneered by housing and homelessness charity Shelter and the Mayor of London last year, with the Department for Communities...
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