Jess McCabe

I am a journalist and these are some of the stories I've been working on lately

Latest Inside Housing feature: The quiet revolution

Helena Partnerships will soon join forces with neighbouring Golden Gates Housing Trust, to form a new group structure called Torus with the aim of building more homes and creating jobs. Rob Young, its chief executive elect, talks to Jess McCabe about why the deal makes sense Rob Young is not one for self-promotion. As chief executive of Helena Partnerships since…

Latest news story: Overheating of homes an ‘emergency’ situation, warns landlord

Yesterday I chaired an extremely interesting/worrying session at the Homes conference about overheating in summer of new buildings and those that have been retrofitted to make them more energy efficient. The discussion was worrying – anecdotal evidence is being gathered, but no-one seems to know the scale of this problem. Here’s the story I very quickly filed for Inside Housing…

Latest Inside Housing feature: Homes to order

Factory-built homes are meant to be the next big thing. But what will the legacy be for those trying to maintain them? Jess McCabe reports Offsite construction is becoming a buzzword. Earlier this year, Eric Pickles waxed lyrical in the Evening Standard about this modern method of building homes in factories. After visiting Circle Housing’s 51-home development of affordable housing…

Inside Housing latest – Q&A: An investor talks

Social landlords are trying to attract institutional investment to push into the private-rented sector. Andrew Appleyard, head of specialist real estate funds at Aviva Investors, talks to Jess McCabe about what investors want to see As Inside Housing reported earlier this month, Aviva is planning to invest in at least 2,500 market rental homes. Tell us about your model! Have…

A business story

Unusually, I have a story in this week’s business section of Inside Housing: Aviva to launch PRS fund with housing associations as managers 7 October 2014 | By Jess McCabe Aviva Investors is intending to launch a fund as part of plans to invest in at least 2,500 private-rented sector (PRS) homes, and wants to employ housing associations to manage the stock on…

How are social landlords coping with the bedroom tax? (Warning: scouting metaphors)

Landlords’ bedroom tax prep 1 October 2014 | By Jess McCabe, Gene Robertson The members of our welfare reform focus group are preparing for the next round of welfare changes: universal credit. Jess McCabe and Gene Robertson find out how they are coping. ‘Be prepared.’ It is the motto of the global Scouts movement, and one that the 10 social landlords in our welfare reform…