If you needed further confirmation of the continuing slowdown in the house market it has come from the Land Registry. On Friday, it reported that property prices fell by 0.2 per cent during April, taking the annual rate of house price inflation down from 3.6 to 2.7 per cent.Read More →

A study by the North West regional design panel has found that quality design can help weather the economic storm, and could even add up to 20 per cent in rents and capital value. The research urges planners and developers to pay greater attention to ‘cost-neutral’ aspects of goodRead More →

New research for the DCLG into loans for vulnerable home owners concludes there is room for expansion if more choices are developed. Councils will be allowed to build and deliver their own housing under a plan to be put to the Labour party conference in the autumn, reportsRead More →

An independent affordability review in Northern Ireland has called for an extra 10,000 social rented homes to be built and 9,500 empty homes to be brought back into use over the next five years. The Semple report [downloads PDF] also called for fast-tracking of planning applications for new homes.Read More →

Demand for orders of public and housing association homes slumped 20 per cent in the last three months of 2015 according to figures from the Office for National Statistics. Overall for 2015, demand fell 15 per cent in year on year figures. Orders for private housing suffered worst, withRead More →

Reforms to housing benefits would push claimants into ghettos as tenants are forced to move to areas where housing is cheap but jobs scarce, HHSE warned. The local housing allowance (LHA), which replaces housing benefit, is not enough to cover private sector rent for many tenants and those whoRead More →