Posts tagged "local councils"

Martha Mackenzie
Martha Mackenzie

By Martha Mackenzie

Tales from the front line: getting tough on rogue landlords

This won’t be the first time you’ve heard Shelter talking about rogue landlords. We’ve been calling on local authorities to take tough, visible enforcement action against these landlords for some time now. The good news is that more than 50 local authorities have already signed a statement of support, committing to do just that.

The bad news is that our new research, released today, shows that this unscrupulous minority are having a significant impact on the health of … MORE...

Robbie de Santos
Robbie de Santos

By Robbie de Santos

Stable renting = strong communities and stable incomes?

It’s now six months since Shelter set out its proposals for a more family-friendly private rented sector with the Stable Rental Contract. Our perspective was very much about improving the stability and predictability of renting for England’s 1.3 million private renting families who’ll be living under the shadow of short tenancies for many years to come.

But recent developments show quite clearly that stable renting has wider benefits.

The major housing association Genesis just announced an expansion of its private MORE...

Adam Terry
Adam Terry

By Adam Terry

We need new homes. And some of them need to be in your back yard

We’ve been arguing for a while (since about 1966, in fact) that as a country we need to build more good quality affordable homes. Sadly, though, the last fifty years have in fact seen an almost continuous decline in the number of new homes being built.

But there are signs that there is an increasing appetite for this to change. At last year’s party conferences, David Cameron urged people to accept that ‘we need more homes in Britain’, … MORE...

Toby Lloyd
Toby Lloyd

By Toby Lloyd

Let councils build – and borrow

Many voices – including Shelter’s – have been plugging the economic benefits of getting housebuilding, but two things are new about the current burst of pre-budget clamour.

Firstly, the breadth, and seniority, of the voices demanding investment has reached a new level. When the CBI, the Chambers of Commerce, a former Thatcher Government Cabinet member and even the Secretary of State for Business are all saying the same thing, all it needs now to complete the set is … MORE...

Robbie de Santos
Robbie de Santos

By Robbie de Santos

Clegg’s on the right track, but what will make garden cities work?

Nick Clegg’s speech to the National House-Builders Council (NHBC) today sends the strongest signal yet that Government are beginning to take the challenge of our housing crisis seriously.

September’s growth ‘package’ was a step forward, but the proposed numbers of new homes were not sufficient. Today, Mr Clegg acknowledges the scale of home building needed, talking in hundreds – rather than tens – of thousands.

The notion of garden cities seems to be playing well. I can see why – … MORE...