Tag Archives: housing solution

More people renting in retirement, according to new poll

A new poll of private renters by the National Landlords Association (NLA)* shows that the proportion of retired private renters has grown by 13 per cent since 2012 (approximately 220,000). It also highlights that 17 per cent of the retired private renting population live in the South East of England, with just 3 per cent […]

Lifetime tenancies may no longer be available to new social housing tenants

It was revealed at the end of October that the Government plans to scrap lifetime tenancies for new social housing tenants in favour of fixed-term contacts. Whilst councils and housing associations have been able to offer five-year fixed-term tenancies since 2012 – the numbers doing so are low. According to official figures* , just 13% […]

Why older couples should consider downsizing and then rent instead of buy

A recent article in the Daily Telegraph looked at why older people don’t wish to downsize in their later years. The article highlighted some of the main obstacles, such as a lack of appealing smaller homes, the expense of moving, including stamp duty, and no decent bank savings rates to provide an adequate return from […]

‘Last Time Buyers’ needs to be prioritised

A report published today by Legal & General[i] called “Last Time Buyer” (LTB) has found there are 5.3 million under-occupied homes in the UK, with 3.3 million last time buyers looking to downsize. According to the report, the LTB market accounts for £820 billion of the housing wealth, set to reach £1.2 billion in 2020. […]

Can the ‘Help to Move’ scheme stimulate house building demand for retirement homes?

Older people should be given financial support and advice to help them downsize from the government according to new recommendations from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Housing and Care for Older People. The Group proposes a ‘Help to Move’ Scheme that would include a stamp duty exemption for older people buying homes worth […]

Is the image of retirement living about to change?

We were interested to read that Barratt Homes is moving into the retirement market and plans to start building houses for the over 55s. They are the first mainstream house builder to start targeting the older population, as they have previously concentrated on building houses for young families. McCarthy & Stone, one of the largest […]

Raising awareness of Older People in our society

Each year October 1st is marked by celebrating and raising awareness of older people through UK Older People’s Day (http://olderpeoplesday.co.uk). This day is recognised by all UN nations and coincides with the UN International Day of Older Person’s which first began in 1991. We fully support this day and it offers the perfect opportunity to […]

Grand Design’s Kevin McCloud says “rent don’t buy”

I was pleased to hear that Grand Designs’ presenter, Kevin McCloud, believes that people in the UK should rent not buy properties and change their mind sets to consider being tenants rather than homeowners. With over 20 years in the business of renting retirement property to those aged 55 years and over, this is a […]

Are bungalows the only option for retirement living?

This week, The Daily Mail reported that the government is attempting to address the retirement housing crisis. New housing minister, Brandon Lewis, called for more bungalows to be built for older people to free up larger homes for families. He says that this would allow couples living in large proprieties to downsize without being forced […]

Housing for older people – yes it does matter

A new ‘viewpoint’ blog by Tony Watts OBE, for the Housing Learning and Improvement Network (Housing LIN) entitled “Safe, warm, decent housing for older people – why it matters” has just been published which includes an important six point manifesto on what is needed to improve housing options for older people in the UK. The […]