Jess McCabe

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Monthly Archives: October 2014

Filling the void

My latest for Inside Housing is a feature about how one landlord in the North is solving its empty homes problem by way of private tenants who would not qualify for social housing ordinarily. Helena Partnerships was faced with a glut of three bedroom homes it couldn’t rent. So it turned to the private rental market for answers. Jess McCabe…

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…