Monthly archives: July 2017

Chris Thorne
Chris Thorne

By Chris Thorne

The Tricorn House Mystery. Shelter investigates…

Fed up of that derelict, empty eyesore in the town centre? Puzzled by the half-built building round the corner? Mystified by the empty plot of land along the main road?

You’re not alone. These are common sights up and down the country. In every village, town and city there’s land going to waste. Land that could be used for homes.

In England we’re not building enough homes, and haven’t for a generation. It’s at the heart of every housing problem … MORE...

John Bibby
John Bibby

By John Bibby

‘Landlord exit’ part 3: it’s time to do something about landlord churn

This is the third of three posts looking at the reasons for, incidence and implications of private landlords leaving the market. Part one used new research to quantify landlord churn; part two what causes it. This part looks at the options for reducing the impact that landlord churn has on tenants.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of private landlords – at least one in ten – leave the market by selling up or moving back into their properties. This forces … MORE...

Heather Spurr
Heather Spurr

By Heather Spurr

The case for ending the freeze: even more evidence

Earlier this week, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation highlighted the growing cost of our attempts to shave money off the housing benefit budget. Its report, which found more than 100 families a day lost their home last year, demonstrated the misery and uncertainty faced by people on low-incomes in rented housing.

One woman in her 50s described living precariously, and how it had pushed her to the edge: “I’ve just got pressure on my mind the whole time, where am … MORE...

John Bibby
John Bibby

By John Bibby

‘Landlord exit’ part 2: is the threat of a landlord exodus real?

This is the second of three posts looking at the reasons for, incidence and implications of private landlords leaving the market. Part one used new research to quantify landlord churn. This post considers what causes it. Part three – to be published tomorrow – will look at the options for reducing the impact that landlord churn has on tenants.

At some point, you are bound to have read a screaming headline warning something like ‘one in 10 landlords will leave MORE...

Jenny Pennington
Jenny Pennington

By Jenny Pennington

The benefit cap: real misery for no good purpose

We recently received some good news about a bad policy. Back in June, the High Court found that the household benefit cap is unlawful in its current guise. The benefit cap restricts the amount that an out of work household can receive in benefits to £442 a week for families in London and £385 for families elsewhere in the country.

Shelter intervened in the case to raise our concerns that the cap is putting families at risk of homelessness. The … MORE...

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