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HomeServe fined £30m for mis-selling to 70,000 customers
The emergency home repair insurance firm took advantage of existing customers, many of which were “vulnerable” pensioners, according to the regulator.
The Telegraph (register) - Posted 14/02/2014

Ten-level steel wheelchair ramp dumbfounds Dunbartonshire
West Dunbartonshire council's '£40,000' solution to disability access complaint leaves neighbours and Lally family dumbstruck.
The Guardian - Posted 14/02/2014

Leeds residents feel the heat with new boiler scheme
An ECO partnership is turning up the heat on a new scheme aimed at keeping residents’ energy bills down.
24 Housing - Posted 13/02/2014

'We spent £60,000 to make our house more eco-friendly'
Ten years ago couple Tim Nicholson and Joanne Bowlt spent the night in a North African house dug underground to keep it cool.
The Oxford Times - Posted 13/02/2014

Construction begins of new affordable homes in Christchurch
Work to build 27 new affordable homes in the Somerford area of Christchurch has begun.
Sovereign Housing Association Limited - Posted 13/02/2014

Sixty Icon The end is nigh for ECO
Proposed cuts to the energy company obligation have thrown social landlords’ retrofit plans into disarray. Nick Duxbury reveals just how bad the impact is likely to be - and it’s much worse than you thought.
Inside Housing - Posted 13/02/2014

Sixty Icon Rampant lunacy: Council pays £40,000 to fit 10-level, 60m eyesore at home of disabled girl who needed a simple ramp
West Dunbartonshire Council spent £40,000 building a 10-level ramp to allow seven-year-old Katie Lally to get home.
Mail Online - Posted 13/02/2014

Seven in 10 tenants believe homes could be more energy efficient
Seven in 10 social housing tenants believe their property could be more energy efficient, according to a research by a building and repairs contractor.
Inside Housing - Posted 13/02/2014

Balancing the bills
The greenest new homes cost more to build but much less to run. Richard Shrubb examines the case for increasing rents to help pay for them.
Inside Housing - Posted 13/02/2014

Energy efficiency measures to ‘significantly lower'
Cuts to part of the energy company obligation - the pot of money set aside by energy companies to fund energy saving work on ‘hard-to-treat’ homes - could be 70 per cent, much higher than expected.
Inside Housing - Posted 13/02/2014

Sixty Icon Landlord failed to carry out 'significant' number of gas safety checks
A social landlord failed to carry out gas safety checks on a ‘significant’ number of properties, the social housing regulator has said.
Inside Housing - Posted 13/02/2014

Sixty Icon Arrears drop in Passivhaus schemes
A landlord claims it has slashed rent arrears close to zero by housing tenants in super energy-efficient Passivhaus homes.
Inside Housing - Posted 13/02/2014

Sixty Icon London's first hi-tech Y:Cube rental homes cost £30,000 to build
It's a first for London - and these hi-tech, high-spec homes, designed by Richard Rogers on a YMCA site in Mitcham, cost only £30,000 to build.
Homes & Property - Posted 13/02/2014

Sixty Icon North east councils hit hard by new homes bonus scheme
New homes bonus is likely to leave local authorities £13 million out of pocket.
Inside Housing - Posted 13/02/2014

Sixty Icon Majority of UK's social housing tenants believe homes sub-standard
Over half of the UK's social housing tenants believe the property they in live fails to meet decent homes standards, new research has revealed.
24 Housing - Posted 13/02/2014

Did you landlords can get Green Deal Cashback?!
Landlords are eligible to receive Green Deal Cashback. You need to have a Green Deal Assessment, then ‘accept a quote or Green Deal Plan with a Green Deal Provider’.
Sustainable Homes - Posted 12/02/2014

Sixty Icon Homes fit for energy needs
The bedroom tax has its critics, but many tenants rattle around in homes unsuitable for their energy needs.
Inside Housing - Posted 12/02/2014

Sixty Icon Making better use of existing stock
Much of the debate on the UK’s housing crisis has focussed on the lack of new homes. Little is said about how we use existing homes.
Savills - Posted 12/02/2014

SHIFT National Conference: Adaptation & Climate Change
A one-day national conference investigating the research and action being taken to reduce the likelihood and impacts of overheating, flooding and improving water efficiency.
Storify - Posted 12/02/2014

Sixty Icon Review of property conditions in the private rented sector
This discussion document considers how best to tackle rogue landlords, without negatively impacting on good landlords.
GOV.UK - Posted 12/02/2014

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