New figures reveal English councils spend almost £1bn a year on temporary housing
Councils in England have been criticised for using money to invest in the commercial property market when it could be send on providing much needed affordable homes.
A landlord's entire portfolio of 27 properties have been compulsorily taken over by Waltham Forest council in North London.
Government plans to protect tenants from poor living conditions through the expansion of mandatory HMO licensing looks set be less successful than hoped as councils are struggling to enforce the rules.
FoI responses from 293 English councils reveal string of weaknesses in private rented market law
Councils in England have an important role to play in make sure enough new homes are built in the right places and need to be in the frontline of new home construction, according to the Government.
Luxury housebuilders and estate agents on Tuesday attacked new plans to stop mega-mansions being built in the West End.
London borough’s 150 sq metre limit aims to inspire building of more affordable properties
Large parts of England and Wales with many ‘non-decent’ homes have had no convictions
Perks for owners of unused houses, many in areas run by councils facing crisis
UK councils own one in five buildings currently occupied by restaurant chains, putting them at risk as many high street chains such as Prezzo struggle.
Findings raise questions over whether dual role makes councils less inclined to regulate standards in private rental sector
Women fleeing domestic abuse have told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme they are being left homeless because councils are failing to provide them with suitable temporary accommodation.
Councils are braced for a Budget crackdown on their exploits in the commercial property market, amid mounting Government concern that bad investments could trigger a funding crunch for local services.
The Chancellor is expected to unveil tough new rules on council investing next month. Whitehall officials fear that attempts by councils to bolster their income by ploughing borrowed millions into office developments and shopping centres have put their finances at risk.
Cutbacks in local authority planning departments are contributing to bottlenecks which are adding almost two years to the time it takes to get a house built, according to new research.
The report, commissioned by housebuilder Barratt, found that it now takes on average at least four years from the granting of detailed planning permission to a completed home, compared to estimates in 2012/13 by the Local Government Association of 27 months.
The Government has set out a new way to force councils to better measure the need for new homes and grant more planning permissions in a small but significant change in policy.
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