Housing News Roundup 05/10/18
91% of Welsh Social Homes Meet Housing Quality Standard
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
A 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
Extending 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.
Want to read on? Have a look at the full article here.
What to make of the recent housing numbers
The 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.
For more information on the statistics, you can read the full article here.