Housing headlines (June 2012)

I’m a regular reader of all things housing related online and I thought I’d share articles that have caught my eye recently:
– an NHF leaflet to support housing associations communicate changes in housing benefit to their tenants:
http://www.housing.org.uk/publications/find_a_publication/general/housing_benefit_changes.aspx
– an interesting article which explores rogue landlords, incompetent landlords and letting agents, extortionate fees, lack of regulation and how this all results in higher rents for tenants and poor service for everybody concerned. It highlights the fact that it Scotland it is unlawful for agents to charge tenants fees such as admin fees and credit check fees:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/housing-network/2012/may/24/letting-agents-rogue-landlords-private-renting
– an unusual idea from Bromford Living, who suggest, in the name of choice, that tenants’ rent could be reflective of the services they use, essentially a pay-as-you-go system. Some interesting comments have been left by readers below the article!
http://www.guardian.co.uk/housing-network/2012/jun/01/housing-associations-rent-tenant-services

 

– finally, from my favourite satirical website: ASBOs to be replaced by town square naughty steps
http://www.newsbiscuit.com/2012/05/24/asbos-to-be-replaced-by-town-square-naughty-steps/
Let me know your thoughts below :)
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