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What are the cheapest places to live in London in 2018?

Property prices are at an all-time high and it can be difficult to find a new home at an affordable price, especially in London. As a premier London removal company we know our way around the city and have compiled a list of the compiled a list of the cheapest places to live.

It’s common knowledge that London isn’t cheap, with the average rent for a studio apartment coming in at £1,223 per week (Soho), and the average rental price for London in general being £665 a week.

On average, the cost of renting an apartment in London is way over £1,000, with the average price of living in the city centre being £1,649. So, we’re going to be looking at the cheapest places to live in London.

The statistics for the average rental costs in London have been sourced from Home.co.uk (updated for 2018).

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7. Bromley

While it only takes the number seven spot on our list, Bromley still remains one of the cheapest places to live in London.

Located in South London, Bromley is widely known to be ‘the garden of England’ thanks to its picturesque landscape and abundance of parks. The average rent price from Bromley comes in at £1,300.

Benefits

With quick transport links to Victoria (only 15 minutes) Bromley is one of the better areas for commuters. The town itself is very friendly and was ranked London’s happiest place to live in 2016.

Train time to central London: 35 minutes

6. Enfield

Located in North London, Enfield is ideal for those making regular commutes to central London. It takes just 30 minutes to get to Kings Cross and it’s close to the M25, making travelling in and out of London far easier. The average rent price for Enfield is £1,300 per month (the same as Bromley), which isn’t bad considering the close proximity to central London.

Benefits

The majority of schools in Enfield have an ‘Excellent’ status rating according to OFSTED, making it a good area for families. It’s also known for its quaint village architecture, despite being so close to central London.

Train time to central London: 40 minutes

5. Barking

Located in East London, Barking rental prices are almost half the London average. Additionally, Barking is undergoing huge regeneration plans, particularly in the town centre. The average rental price for Barking comes in at £1,249 a month.

Benefits

In 2021, Barking hopes to have a riverside district and over 10,000 will be connected to the Overground transport network.

Train time to central London: 35 minutes

4. Redbridge

Located in the North East of London, just a short walk from the bustling Shoreditch lies Redbridge. Redbridge’s average monthly rent prices comes in at £1,248, making it one of the cheapest places to live in London.

Benefits

Despite being one of the closest boroughs to central London on our list, Redbridge is where the city meets rural Essex, which means residents get the benefits of being near Wanstead and South Woodford.

Train time to central London: 55 minutes

3. Sutton

Located in the South West of London, Sutton’s average monthly rent comes in at £1,198. It’s definitely one of the quieter areas of London, so if this is what you’re looking for, Sutton might be worth considering.

Benefits

With an abundance of parks and a few museum attractions. It’s also holds the spot for London’s lowest crime rates, making it one of the most desirable places to raise a family.

Train time to central London: 40 minutes

2. Croydon

Croydon has long been one of the cheapest places to live in London, mainly because of its distance from central London. However, don’t let that put you off, as there are several transport links that head into central London regularly, so you’ll rarely be stuck for a way in.

The average rent for Croydon is £1,148 per month, which isn’t too bad considering how easy it is to get into London.

Benefits

Croydon is arguably the most up-and-coming London borough to move to at the moment, and with the Westfield shopping centre being unveiled in 2019, Croydon is only going to get busier.

Train time to central London: 35 minutes

1. Bexley

Located in south-east London, Bexley has arguably become the cheapest area to live in London, with the average house rent coming in at roughly £1,127 a month.

This makes Bexley one of the most affordable places to live in London, considering London’s more expensive areas (such as Soho) come in at over £1,200 per week.

Bexley takes 2018’s number one spot for the cheapest place to live in London.

Benefits

Aside from being one of the cheapest boroughs in London, it’s away from the hustle and bustle of central London. This makes it ideal for those looking for a quieter life outside central London, or those looking to raise a family (it also has several high-achieving schools).

Train time to central London: 45 minutes


If you are looking to move to one of the cheapest places in London, Simply Removals may be able to help. We have helped thousands of customers move across London and we’re always on-hand to offer our expert moving advice. We also offer bespoke packaging options to ensure your move goes smoothly and our rates are among the most competitive in the UK.

For more information on how we can help your move in London, please head over to our contact page or call us today for a free quote.

First Priority: the inside story of a housing association that almost went bust

housing news novemberWhen a small supported housing provider entered into a series of leasing deals with investment funds, it nearly spelled disaster for its vulnerable tenants. Luke Barratt finds out what happened

At stake are the homes of 759 of the UK’s most vulnerable adults, including many with learning difficulties, brain injuries or physical and mental disabilities. If things go wrong, warns one investor, these people could be “out on their ear”.

For the full article from Inside Housing, read on here.

Landlords pushing up rents to exploit housing benefit shortfall

housing news novemberBenefit cuts and unscrupulous landlords have combined to create an explosion in temporary housing that is costing taxpayers more than a billion pounds a year.

The latest figures reveal that housing benefit does not cover rents in 95 per cent of the country, pushing thousands of families into homelessness. The gap between welfare support and costs is more than £100 a month in much of England and in excess of £900 in central London.

For the full article, read here.

Housing associations must change the way they fill in accounts, regulator says

housing news novemberThe Regulator of Social Housing is making minor changes to the way it requires housing associations to fill in their accounts.

It plans to align its requirements with the Value for Money Standard introduced in April, which judges whether social landlords are delivering value for money.

This includes seven metrics that providers will have to report against and some provision for this will now need to be made in their accounts.

Associations will be consulted on these changes over the next six weeks.

For more information on the social housing, click here.

Expert warns the housing market is set for its worst slump in forty years – with houses expected to plunge up to 20 per cent

housing news novemberAustralia’s housing market is set to decline even further than initially reported, with fears it could plummet to the worst price decline seen in 40 years.

Initially predicting a four to six per cent fall in national housing prices, Macquarie Bank experts are now reporting price declines are to fall even lower, with Sydney and Melbourne expected to be hit the hardest.

As the overall crash is now approaching 10 per cent, this could be potentially ‘the largest peak-to-trough decline’ in housing prices in almost 40 years, Business Insider reports.

For more information on Australia’s housing market, read here.

What Size Removal Van Do I Need?

Once you’ve found a removals company that you trust, next is figuring out the size of the van (or vans) you’ll need to transport your belongings safely to your new home.

The team at Simply Removals perform thousands of moves every year, from big to small, we know what it takes to get your move underway and completed in a safe and efficient manner. Our team have over 30 years’ experience in the home removals industry and provide bespoke packing services to put you at ease during your move.

In most cases, you may find that moving companies will use a Luton Van. This is because removal companies know that these vans are capable of carrying out any move, big or small and they’re usually cost-effective.

Choosing the right removals van when moving home is very important for a number of reasons, the two most important being cost and size. We’re here to help you make your moving day as stress-free as possible, and that begins with finding the right removals van for your move.

The Removal Van Size Guide

We have outlined our vans in size order below:

There are many different van sizes in the removals industry, all of which are built for slightly different uses. However, in most cases, removal companies use four standard van sizes for most jobs.

The four vans listed above are commonly known to as the workhorses of the UK removals industry, and can move anything from a studio flat to a fully furnished 4+ bedroom house.

How Do I Know Which Van I Need?

Simply Removals operates on four main van types (ranging from small to large):

  1. The Medium Wheel Base Transit Van/Sprinter Van
  2. The Long Wheel Base Transit Van/Sprinter Van
  3. The 3.5 Tonne Luton Van (with tail lift)
  4. The 7.5 Tonne Luton Lorry (with tail lift)

Let’s start by talking about the smallest removal van option.

1. The Medium Wheel Base (MWB) Transit Van and Sprinter Van

The MWB van is one of the most common removal vans in the UK because of its small size, cheap hire rate and easy loading platform. The most popular models for MWB vans are the Mercedes Sprinter, the Ford Transit van and the Vauxhall Movano. All these removal vans are fitted with high roofs and the interiors are usually ply-lined to help movers load there items swiftly and easily.

What can I fit in a MWB van?

If you’re looking to move out from a studio or one-bedroom flat, this is likely the van you’ll want to choose. In some cases, the MWB can take two people’s belongings (around 30-40 boxes) and possibly a small bed or sofa.

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2. Long Wheel Base (LWB) Transit Van and Sprinter Van

Next up in size is the LWB, the common models being the Peugeot Boxer HDi 335, the VW Transporter and the Citroen Relay. Like MWB vans, LWB are also available with high roofs, which is why they’re often referred to as Jumbo vans. There are various different types of LWB models, each of which have different dimensions. Be sure to speak with your removals team to ensure you’re getting the right van for your move.

What can I fit in a LWB van?

LWB vans like the Ford Transit van and Mercedes Sprinter are the preferred options for moving big one person flat or a two bedroom flat. While they’re not the largest vans, you can easily fit white goods (fridges, freezers), wardrobes, items of furniture including a sofa, tables and chairs and even a bed if it’s collapsible. Alongside these items, you may also be able to fit up to 20/30 boxes depending on their size and contents.

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3. Luton Van

One of the bigger vans in the removals industry is the Luton Van. It’s arguably the most popular removals van for removals companies because while it is big, it’s relatively narrow, meaning is can easily navigate through narrow London roads. While it actually matches up pretty even with most LWB models in terms of payload limits, Luton Vans are preferred over LWB vans because they don’t have wheel arches poking into the storage area, meaning it’s a perfect box shape. This makes loading far easier and therefore quicker.

What can I fit in a Luton Van?

This is a pretty big van and it’s used for the vast majority of moves, big and small because of it’s easy loading bay and narrow dimensions, making it easy to get around the busier roads. It’s capable of moving a two bedroom flat or a small house with up to 45 boxes, one table and set of chairs (stacked), big sofas, two double beds, wardrobes, drawers and white goods.

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4. 7.5 Tonne Luton Van

This is the biggest removals vehicle used in the industry. It’s able to carry far more than the 3.5 tonne Luton Van and its still small enough to fit through the narrow London roads. It’s almost identical to the previous Luton Van, just bigger!

What can I fit in a 7.5 tonne Luton Van?

This Luton Van is makes moving house easy. It’s equipped to handle the majority of big removals jobs. It’s capable of storing 40 to 50 boxes, up to four beds, three sofas, two dining tables and sets of chairs, three to four wardrobes and pretty much all kitchen appliances.

While the 7.5 tonne Luton Van is the biggest vehicle in the removals arsenal, you may require another removals vehicle if you’re moving out four or five bedroom house with a number of boxes and items of furniture. This can be discussed with your removals team to ensure a quote is agreed before the move.

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The Only Removals Van Company You Need

If you’d like to understand more about how to choose the right removals company for you, head over to the British Association of Removers website.

For more information on our removals services, get in touch with us via our contact form or call us today. We have everything you need for the perfect house move.

Budget to support new housing, high streets and local services

housing newsBudget will boost efforts to build homes, restore the dream of home ownership, help our high streets and support councils to deliver local services, says Communities Secretary.

Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP welcomed the Budget and said it will boost efforts to build the homes communities need, restore the dream of home ownership, help our high streets and support councils to deliver local services.

For more information on the budgets, read on here.

More than 70% hit by housing benefit caps are single parents

housing news Housing sector bodies have spoken out against the “cruel and ineffective” benefit cap after it was revealed that more than 70% of those who have seen their housing benefit capped were single parent households.

Figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions yesterday revealed that 58,000 households in Great Britain had their housing benefit capped in August this year.

For more information, click here.

Miliband: social housing investment could heal Brexit divisions

housing news Long-term investment in social housing will help to fix divisions in the UK caused by the country’s exit from the European Union, former Labour leader Ed Miliband has said.

Mr Miliband, who was Labour leader for five years up until 2015, said that greater investment in social housing would be a move that would help unite remain and leave voters.

For more information on Miliband’s housing idea, read here.

Identifying land to help solve the UK’s housing shortage

housing newsWith the Government’s current target to build 300,000 homes every year, the pressure is on both constructors and landowners to deliver. Gallagher, the property developer and investment company, has been identifying, acquiring and promoting strategic plots of land for more than 60 years.

Today it controls around 8,500 acres of land; plots which have planning permission or are likely to get consent from local authorities that increasingly need more residential communities as well as mixed-use and commercial developments.

If you’d like to know more about the housing shortage and how we can fix it, click here.

This week we’ve put together the latest news stories in the housing market so that you can keep up to date with what’s been going on.

Is Shared-Ownership ‘Affordable’ for the Average Londoner? You Must be Joking

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Young professionals on decent salaries may be able to afford shared-ownership homes but many ower-paid Londoners. … read more

2,000 New Riverside Homes in Former Fulham Gasworks Planned with Food Bank, Youth Club and Allotments

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The multibillion-pound makeover will provide 2,000 new homes, a third of which will be classified “affordable”. … read more

Seal the Deal on a New-Build Show Home and You May Just Get the Furniture, Fittings and Artwork Thrown In

Often coveted for its views, floorplan and space, a fully decorated show home could be the perfect ready-made home. … read more

Affordable Land Would Mean Affordable Housing: Here’s How We Get There

The price of land is a huge barrier to house-building, by councils or developers. Lease to individuals, and the equation changes Lord Porter, the chairman of the Local Government Association, has proposed to “set forth a million builders” by giving residents a role in the design and construction of council-built homes. … read more

The UK’s Best-Value London Commuter Towns with New Homes, 24-Hour Trains and Countryside on the Doorstep

Countryside adventures and great-value homes repay you for an hour (or less) commute. … read more

The Only Moving House Playlist You Need

The team at Simply Removals are constantly on the move, which means we need to keep our moving house playlist updated. have come up with 25 of the best moving house songs to get you through the moving process.

Note: not all of the songs on our playlist are specifically about moving house!

Ranked: 25 of the Best Moving House Songs

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  1. Five – Keep on Movin’ – One of the best moving house songs on the list. Five’s ‘Keep on Movin” is a mainstay on our playlist, it’s a feel good tune and a timeless classic.
  2. Reel 2 Real – I Like to Move it Move it – fairly applicable to the moving process and another feel-good song for our list. Released November 14th, 1993.
  3. JoJo – Leave (Get Out) – an oldschool pop song that debuted in 2004 to huge acclaim. Jojo was the youngest solo artist to have a number one single in the US.
  4. Body Rockers – I Like the Way You Move – the single reached number 3 on the UK singles chart and remained in the top 75 for 40 weeks. It was also featured in the Diet Coke (‘Loft’) advert.
  5. ACDC – Highway to Hell a rock tune for almost any good occasion. A staple on any feel-good playlist.
  6. Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl? – the Australian rock-band Jet are no strangers to moving house playlists. The song was their first Top 40 hit. Released August 25th, 2003.
  7. Neighbours Theme Tune if you’re feeling optimistic about your new neighbours, this one might be worth a shot…?
  8. Flo Rida – My House – another pop song revolving around the moving house concept. Released on October 13th, 2015.
  9. Rush – Prime MoverNeil Peart (drummed of Rush) is a Twilight Zone fan, and the song shares a title with the 57th episode of the series. Released September, 1987.
  10. Gina Vannelli – People Gotta Move – Gino had several big hits during the 70s and 80s. The single was used in an advert for TV and radio for The Royal Dutch Touring Club.
  11. The Clash – Should I Stay or Should I Go – from the album ‘Combat Rock’, it reached the number one spot in the UK singles charts for its reissue in 1992. Released 10th of June, 1982.
  12. Young MC – Bust a Move – this award-winning single definitely deserves a place in our moving house playlist. The song remained in the Billboard Hot 100 for 39 weeks and 20 weeks in the top 40. Released May 22nd, 1989.
  13. Switchfoot – Dare You to Move – a throwback to the pop-punk era, the song peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100. Released March 2nd, 2004.
  14. Josh Kelley – It’s Your Move – a pop-rock song to get your move underway. Josh Kelley had four hit singles in the Billboard Top 40, including ‘It’s Your Move’. Released November 2017.
  15. Elvis Presley – I Shall Not Be Moved – sang alongside The Million Dollar Quartet, the song was adapted from an African American spiritual. It became a popular Civil Rights Movement song. Released 1956.
  16. OneRepublic – All the Right Moves from their studio album ‘Waking Up’, the single ended up 26th in the UK charts. Released October 24th, 2009.
  17. Jimi Hendrix – Let Me Move You – the track was recorded on March 18th 1969 in Record Plant Studios with saxophonist Lonnie Youngblood. A true classic. Released March 5th 2013.
  18. Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up – a classic from Mayfield. It was released in the album ‘Curtis’ and the song, surprisingly failed to chart first time around. However, it’s now regarded as one of the best ever soul classics and remains one of our favourite moving house songs. Released May, 1971.
  19. All American Rejects – Move Along another pop-punk hit, AAR managed to hit three top 15 singles with the song which helped them hit triple platinum by the RIAA. Released July 12th, 2005.
  20. James Bay – Move Together – from the renowned album ‘Chaos and the Calm’, this single was an immediate hit. Released March 23rd, 2015.
  21. Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger – a huge hit back in 2011 from Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera. The song received great reviews from critics and reached number one spot in the charts in several countries. Released June 21st, 2011.
  22. The Script – The Man Who Can’t Be Moved from the album ‘The Script’, this single reached number two in the UK charts. Released 25th July, 2008.
  23. The Rolling Stones – You Gotta’ Move a cover of McDowell’s original version, The Rolling Stones released a electric combo version, spearheaded by Mick Jagger. It was included on their album ‘Sticky Fingers’, released in 1971.
  24. Ellie Goulding – Something in the Way You Move from her album ‘Delirium’, the song was released as the second single, reaching number 51 on the UK singles chart. Released January 19th, 2016.
  25. Temples – Move with the Season – this English rock band saw their debut album ‘Sun Structures’ reach number seven in the UK charts. Released November 3rd, 2014.

Are there any songs we should add to our list? If you have an idea, do leave a comment below. However, we’re specifically looking for songs either to do with moving or at least make reference to words about moving. Leave us your recommendations below.

Morning Briefing: Northern Ireland Housing Executive homes at risk of ‘de-commissioning’

housing newsNorthern Ireland-based investigative news outlet The Detail has seen a letter from Leo O’Reilly, the Northern Irish Department for Communities permanent secretary.

In the letter, Mr O’Reilly warns that if more funds are not delivered, the executive will have to decommission half its stock as it falls into a state of disrepair.

The August 6 letter outlines solutions, but warns they require legislation, which is not currently an option with Northern Ireland’s parliament suspended. It would start planning for this from 2019, the letter said.

A spokesperson told The Detail de-investment was “a worse case scenario” and “potentially would mean that we continue to focus only on necessary health and safety work and halt improvement schemes”. It said “it could take around three years before there is a detrimental impact on its homes not subject to investment”.

You can continue reading the article here.

Micro homes may hold key to “housing shortage”

housing news The construction trade association asked 2,000 home owners across the country if there was a housing shortage and, if so, how best to address this.

Two-third of people (66 per cent) believed there was a lack of homes. Of those, one-third (33 per cent) thought building more co-living developments – with small private studios and shared spaces – was the answer.

Creating more micro homes – smaller than 37 square metres – in towns and cities was the favoured solution of 31 per cent of people.

For more on micro homes, read the full article here.

Over 43,000 Housing Executive homes could fall into disrepair if extra funds not secured

housing newsA cash crisis could see half of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive’s (NIHE) 86,500 homes fall into a state of disrepair from 2020 if it cannot secure additional funding, it has been claimed.

And DUP MLA Mervyn Storey, a former Stormont minister, said the issue “could be a bigger problem than Brexit” unless it is dealt with before March next year.

That is when a relaxation of rules for housing associations, which were reclassified as ‘public bodies’ in September 2016, will end.

The change will put tighter limits on their ability to access private finance.

With legislation to reverse that decision stuck at Stormont, all housing association debts will move to the NIHE.

The Belfast Telegraph reports the full story here.

Scottish Borders Council housing plan could see over 1,000 homes built

housing news It is required to submit proposals to the Scottish government each year which itself has a target of building 50,000 new homes.

The council was asked to give its approval to the plans at a meeting this week.

Housing strategy and services manager Cathie Fancy said it had already delivered a large number of houses.

“It’s really pertinent here, that over the last 10 housing strategy submissions to the government, we’ve delivered about 959 new affordable homes, but over the next five years we’re actually hoping to provide more than that,” she told councilors.

“This just shows you the extent of the ambition in what we’re trying to do and and everyone is playing their part.”

You can read the BBC’s full article here.

Removals Services Vs a Man with a Van

We’re going to be listing some of the reasons why you might want to consider opting for a trusted removals company, as opposed to a man with a van.

1. Removals Companies are Fully Insured

It’s rare that you’ll find a removals company in London that isn’t fully insured, but the same can’t be said for man with a van removal services. Of course, there are many reliable man with a van services in London, but it’s important to do your fact checking if you’re opting for this route. Ensuring your man with a van has insurance is essential, otherwise, you will not be able to claim if anything gets damaged in transport.

Removals companies, on the other hand, should all be insured. In fact, Simply Removals have gone a step further and installed CCTV cameras in all of their removals vans. This means that customers can track their items from A to B and ensure no damage comes to them along the journey.

2. Removals Companies Offer More

You may find that when it comes to the moving day, your man with a van’s van isn’t quite big enough, which could result in two trips and therefore, more money spent. Additionally, man with a van services are usually quite limited when it comes to their vehicles, which means that you may end up with a massive van when you only need to move a few things. Of course, you’ll be able to choose a man with a van with the van size suited to your needs, but be aware that they may not offer much variety.

Removals companies usually offer a variety of removals vans to accommodate to your individual needs. Simply Removals has a wide variety of vehicles employed for big and small moves. We have a removals van perfect for every type of move. This means that you won’t have to pay for a van that’s an inappropriate size for your move, saving you time, money and effort.

3. Security and Packaging

Not every man with a van service will come with adequate security features, which is why you’ll have to do some research and speak to them to ensure that you’re happy with them transporting your valuable items from A to B. You’ll also want to check if a man with a van comes with packaging options, because if they don’t, then your items are put under greater risk of damage.

Simply Removals offer a bespoke packaging system which ensures all of your most valuable possessions are packed safely and arrive safely. We’ve already mentioned that we utilise CCTV security, so if safety and security is something you prioritise, you may want to opt for our service.

4. Experience and Trust

One of the most important aspects when arranging your move is picking a removals service that has experience and one you can trust. Man with a van removals don’t have as good a reputation as professional removals companies because some are not insured, or have been in the business long enough to provide excellent service to their customers.

Simply Removals have over 25 years’ experience in the removals industry and we remain London’s most sought-after removals company because of it. Experience is key when it comes to removals and business in general because customers want to work with companies who are veterans in their industry.

5. Staff are all Professionally Trained

Again, this comes with experience. Simply Removals train all of their staff on how to lift items safely and efficiently, as well as training on health and safety regulations. Customer service is also something that’s incredibly important to us and all our staff are dedicated to ensuring they provide the best service possible to all our customers.

6. Removals Companies are Faster and Readily Available

Removal Companies are generally bigger and provide a wider variety of vehicles (as mentioned previously). Additionally, professional removals companies will have multiple staff and will be readily available, meaning service is swift and efficient. Man with a van services may offer something similar but are rarely able to compete with the size and efficiency of a professional removals company.

Choose a Removals Company!

Ultimately, choosing a trusted removals company will put your mind at rest on the moving day. Your moving day should be stress-free and one of the most important factors to address is getting your items from A to B safely and efficiently. If you’d like to know more about how we can help you on your moving day, please get in touch via our Contact Page or call us on 020 8712 0710.

Housing experts join forces to boost property agent standards

housing news octoberHousing Minister Heather Wheeler announces plans to raise standards across the property agent sector.

Plans to raise standards across the entire property agent sector so home buyers, sellers, tenants, landlords and leaseholders receive the best service possible have been announced today (12 October 2018) by Housing Minister Heather Wheeler MP.

A new working group, chaired by Lord Best, and made up of experts from across the property sector will consider options.

For the full article, head over to Gov.uk’s site.

Regulator: reputational risk for housing associations ‘greater than ever’

housing news octoberThe social housing sector faces a greater level of scrutiny than ever before bringing increased reputational risk, the Regulator of Social Housing has said.

In its annual sector risk profile, published today, the regulator said it is “vital” that boards consider the expectations of stakeholders in their decision making.

For more information, you can continue Inside Housing’s article here.

UK’s housing stock ‘needs massive retrofit to meet climate targets’

housing news octoberHundreds of millions of pounds must be spent to achieve 80% cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, report shows

Hundreds of millions of pounds must be spent on the UK’s draughty housing stock to meet the government’s climate change targets, with progress so far too slow to make the difference needed.

Repairing existing homes to a high standard, with insulation and renewable energy technology, would cut consumer bills and bring health improvements, a new report shows.

The Guardian continues the article here.

Sharing rather than building is the answer to housing shortage

housing news octoberHow we live can help, says Andrea Jones, and Judith Martin says pocket homes are not the solution.

“Regarding Radhika Bynon’s letter (14 September) about housing innovation and scaling up solutions to make the sector work better, I argue that the true innovation lies in how people live, not in the building of more homes”.

“During my PhD research into alternative living arrangements in later life, I analysed the housing stock statistics to discover that if the current stock was divided up between every person (including children) in England and Wales, we would each have space the size of a double garage (41 sq metres), which is easily enough to live in. So the challenge is one of redistribution, not construction”.

You can continue reading the full article here.

91% of Welsh Social Homes Meet Housing Quality Standard

removals news october More than nine in 10 social homes in Wales now meet the Welsh Government’s Housing Quality Standard.

Official figures released yesterday show that at the end of March 2018, 91% of homes owned by housing associations and councils in the country – or 204,468 units – complied with the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS), up from 86% last year.

Housing associations achieved 99% compliance in their stock, while councils reached 77%.

These figures include acceptable fails, which means a home failed on an element which could not feasibly be completed by the landlord because of prohibitive costs, physical obstacles or because residents refused the work.

Excluding acceptable fails, 63% of social homes were fully compliant with the WHQS.

For more information, you can read the full article here.

Greater Manchester housing associations agree development joint venture

removals news octoberA 10-strong group of Greater Manchester housing associations has joined forces with the combined local authority to launch a new development vehicle with plans to build 500 homes a year.

The joint venture’s new company will initially use public sector land to develop housing predominantly for private sale, using the profits to cross-subsidise affordable homes for each housing association.

For more information on this topic, you can read the full article here!

New housing rental rules to protect thousands of tenants

removals company newsExtending licensing to 170,000 more properties will ensure people benefit from better quality accommodation.

New rules which will help protect at least 850,000 more people in privately rented homes from poor living conditions and overcrowding have come into force this month.

All landlords who let out a property to 5 or more people – from 2 or more separate households that share facilities – must get a licence from their local housing authority.

Previously, the rules only applied to properties of 3 or more storeys – but now all properties will be covered.

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What to make of the recent housing numbers

removals company newsThe past month has seen a flurry of housebuilding statistics, each telling a slightly different story about how the market, and housing associations in particular, is doing. Peter Apps picks through the numbers to ask what we can take from them.

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