As the government moves to ban letting agent fees to private tenants, this report has taken the opportunity to revisit issues surrounding the treatment of damage deposits, with a current proposal of capping these at six weeks’ rent.
The homelessness monitor is a longitudinal study providing an independent analysis of the homelessness impacts of recent economic and policy developments in England. It considers both the consequences of the post-2007 economic and housing market recession, and the subsequent recovery, and also the impact of policy changes.
With the number of households with children renting privately tripling in recent years, and up to 16 per cent of millennials set to rent in the PRS from cradle to grave, this report calls for tenancy reform.
This report states that extra funding for new local infrastructure and affordable housing could be raised by wide-ranging reforms to how the increase in value of land resulting from public policy decisions is captured.
This final report presents recommendations about ways in which the Government could increase the variety and differentiation of what is offered on these large sites, raise the proportion of affordable housing, and raise the rate of build out.
The final report fom the Raynsford Review of Planning that was set up to identify how the government can reform the English planning system to make it fairer, better resourced and capable of producing quality outcomes, while still encouraging the production of new homes.
This analysis of government spending, taxation and regulation of the housing market reaches the conclusion that home-owners are the most subsidised, followed by social housing tenants and then private landlords and renters.
This research fills an evidence gap of the current and future housing requirements across Great Britain by making an assessment of how many homes are needed to address the existing shortage of houses, as well as the future demands of the growing population. The research shows that we currently have 4.75 million households across Great Britain who either have no home at all or are living in precarious and unsuitable accommodation.
This report assesses the implications of the government’s policy of social rent increases limited to consumer price inflation +1%. Click on the front cover to read Gemma Duggan's review of this report.
This report provides an assessment of the use by developer's of viability assessments to argue against building affordable homes in rural communities.
This report argues that with half a million older people living in privately rented accommodation, we need to do more to understand the unique needs of this growing section of the population.
The LSE model how many privately renting households there will be in England in 2028 and what their demographic composition may be. Read the LSE London blog on this report.
This report sets out the need for a national strategy on housing for older people. Click on the front cover to read Prof. Ken Gibb's review of this report and read LSE London's blog on it here.
The Hyde Group have modelled data from their portfolio and created a methodology to calculate the economic value of a social tenancy.
This report sets out three possible policy options for using incentives to improve the private rented sector in England for people in poverty, drawing on an international review of policy interventions used elsewhere in the world.
This report, which is a follow up to the authors official review ten years ago, looks the private rental markets role in the housing market and makes a number suggestions for reform.
A look at the ageing issue from a city perspective, providing a snapshot of how the implications of an ageing population are being addressed, if at all, within four very different global cities – Hong Kong, London, Madrid and Vancouver.
This paper provides a brief historical account of the marginalisation of architects, planners (and design value) from housing delivery and research – covering key issues such as procurement, building contracts, fees, post-occupancy evaluation and the dissolution of local authority housing departments.
This paper is part of a series published by the CaCHE Social Housing Policy Working Group. It explores the constraints and requirements of delivering subsidised affordable or social housing, particularly in England. It goes on to consider recent developments introduced across the UK and internationally, and reflects on new ideas that are emerging. The paper concludes with a summary of policy implications and considers key ways progress can be made.
The true level of homelessness is extremely difficult to count. This work estimates the number of people (adults and children) that are recorded as homeless as at the end of Quarter 1 2018, which is the latest available set of official homelessness data.
Argues for more market rent housing for older people in addition to other tenure options. To read Gemma Duggan's review click here
This report presents the findings of our APPG’s latest Inquiry: Rural Housing for our Ageing Population: Preserving Independence, the fourth in this series of “HAPPI” reports covering different aspects of housing and care for older people
The County Councils Network (CCN) considers how county councils could and should be involved in strategic planning to facilitate sustainable economic growth and boost housing supply
A look at the experience of being a private renter in Salford and how living in this tenure intersects with low pay, insecure employment, health problems and benefits take up.
This report explores Housing First in relation to the evidence base on services designed to end homelessness among single people with support needs. Some attention is given to prevention and relief services, but this report is concerned with services for those single homeless people who require support as well as housing
This report shows how good and stable housing can mitigate poverty, and the difficulties in trying to make and sustain a home in an increasingly expensive and constrained housing system.
Analyses the existing research on the impact of welfare reform on housing associations.
Makes the case for a tailored approach to delivering affordable homes in rural communities and links this to a post Brexit review of wider rural policy.
In 2015, the government passed a law aimed at banning retaliatory eviction when a tenant raises complaints. Despite these efforts, this research finds that retaliation for raising complaints still occurs.
This report provides a resource for considering policy settings and institutions relevant to the Australian private rental sector (PRS) by drawing on the international experience of 10 countries in Australasia, Europe and North
A review of Lambeth's Housing Standard investment programme and it impact of the quality of life of council tenants.
This report presents the findings of research into the housing, care and support needs of older people in Greater Cambridge.
The third of three Knowledge Exchange and Impact Projects that aims to identify ways of accelerating residential development in London, to monitor how the system has been changing and to offer suggestions to policy makers and practitioners about how to encourage the positive and to overcome the barriers.
A review of the interventions made by Peak Valley Housing Association in the regeneration of Hattersley and Mottram, a large former council housing estate in Greater Manchester.
This research paper draws from evidence on the relationship between settlement patterns, urban form and sustainability to demonstrate the positive contribution of planning to national challenges relating to economic productivity, climate change, public health and our ageing population
The draft analysis of Sir Oliver Letwin’s review into the length of time between planning permission being granted and a site being completed. Link to the 2008 Glasgow University Review is here.
This report undertakes fresh analysis of council models of housebuilding in London (outside joint ventures), assessing the potential for scaling these up, the challenges and complexities facing councils, and the optimal methods of delivery.
This report attempts to summarise the evidence about supply shortages and over-consumption and apply the models that have been developed in the literature to explore the effectiveness or otherwise of demand and supply policies.
Housing affordability is widely recognised as one of the most important issues facing households today. However, before we can assess the extent of the problem or propose solutions, we need to be clear how affordability should be measured.
Set against a backdrop of the roll out of Universal Credit and frozen 'social' rents, this project focused on the analysis of different approaches to the relationship between rent setting and its interaction with the welfare benefits system through Housing Benefit and Universal Credit.
A review of the success of supporting provided to 19 community land trusts in urban environments
This paper looks at supply-side problems,in particular the green belt and proposes solutions, which would free up land for at least 1.5 million new homes, while increasing protections for the environment.
This report reveals that when it comes to choosing a home, older people are motivated by the same desires as other age groups. For example, wanting more space for guests, moving to a nicer area, and better access to green spaces.
The principal aim of the present study was to examine the effect of welfare reforms on the private rented sector, including but not exclusively the impact of universal credit on landlords and the broader sector. A further goal of this report is to continue the monitoring of key trends in the sector. The research findings are based on the responses of 2,234 landlords across the UK.
The paper sets out the current issues facing social housing in Northern Ireland and outlines a range of potential policy initiatives to address them. The paper provides a profile of the social housing sector in Northern Ireland (which differs to the rest of the UK) and draws on evidence from a range of sources, including government statistics and research, academic papers and more recently qualitative evidence based on discussions with a number of key players in Northern Ireland.
The paper focusses on social housing governance, reviewing how the sector has responded to various environmental pressures before concluding with four policy issues. The paper considers the following topics: organisational strategy and scale; governance structures and values; the voice of tenants; organisational performance; and thinking systemically. draws on evidence from a range of sources, including government statistics and research, academic papers and more recently qualitative evidence based on discussions with a number of key players in Northern Ireland.
This report looks at the future of housing in the UK, and has been submitted to the UK, Scottish, and Welsh governments in a bid to ensure a joined-up approach to housing across the UK.
This paper looks at the social housing sector in Wales, its changing scale and quality, its organisation and governance, affordability and rent levels, issues of value for money, and the contribution which social housing is making to meet current housing needs. The paper concludes with possible policy priorities and highlights the need to address current and evolving challenges facing social housing in Wales.
TThis briefing is the result of a project with the Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC) at the University of Glasgow and the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence as part of SPICe’s academic engagement programme. It complements another briefing, Private renting reforms in Scotland: overview and analysis (forthcoming), prepared as a part of the same programme.
This research finds that security of tenure is not a cause of increasing homelessness from the private rented sector. Most tenancies are ended by tenants rather than landlords. Where landlords ended tenancies under ‘no fault’ routes, rent arrears was the most common reason cited by landlords for terminations. This suggests that ‘no fault’ terminations is a misleading name and changes to the minimum length of tenancies or to s21 terminations are unlikely to reduce homelessness.
This report presents a short overview of social rented housing in Scotland since devolution, with the aim of opening up a discussion of what are increasingly diverging social housing policies across the UK. The paper covers the phased abolition of the Right to Buy in Scotland, the targeted increase in affordable housing supply across Scotland, delivery of the supply programme, tenant accountability issues, and the final section proposes lessons that are raised from the Scottish experience.
This paper uses Millennium Cohort Study data to compare the cognitive, health, emotional, and behavioural development outcomes of children living in social housing compared with those living in private rented housing in England. It builds on work on previous birth cohort studies to examine how the relationship between tenure and outcomes has changed over time, and how, when controlling for a limited set of socioeconomic factors, the children of social housing tenants are no worse off than the children of private renters. This challenges research which has previously found they tend to be worse off, even when controlling for various socioeconomic factors. Link to Birmingham University research on this subject
Creating well-designed neighbourhoods is widely accepted as an important policy objective. However, there is limited agreement on what this means in practice. Synthesising the UK-based academic refereed literature, grey literature and policy documents, this evidence review explores the various ways in which design value has been defined and measured, and promoted, before concluding with a working definition of design value that incorporates social, environmental and economic elements.
London has historically been a low-rise city of terraced houses and private gardens, but if it is to accommodate its rapidly growing population without impinging on the Green Belt, then new homes must necessarily be built at higher densities. This densification is recognised as inevitable and indeed is an explicit policy target. Densification is an important way to address today’s housing challenges, but we should not lose sight of the future. The homes we build now will probably still be occupied in 2070 and perhaps in 2170–how can we ensure they work for Londoners now and in the long term?
Despite the more significant role that the private rented sector now plays in the housing market, the regulations which govern the tenure have not kept pace with its growth. This report follows a number of in-depth conversations with tenants and landlords across England as we seek to understand the lived experience of those in private renting and how they want it to change. Final report here
In Building for the Baby Boomers, Policy Exchange argue a new generation of homes purpose built for ageing baby boomers is needed. It says increasing older people’s choice in the housing market should be a more central feature of Government’s housing strategy. This would allow more baby boomers to move into homes fit for their retirement, releasing family homes onto local housing markets; and give more baby boomers the chance to access housing wealth they have stored up in spare bedrooms.
Homeownership rates have plummeted for today’s younger generation. Rising unaffordability has led many first-time buyers to rely on family or friends to help with the deposit on their first home. The rise of the so-called Bank of Mum and Dad is much-discussed but until now there has been little analysis of the strength of the relationship between parental support and people’s chances of becoming homeowners.
This briefing outlines why the Green Paper must set out a plan to bridge the 30,000 homes per year gap between current supply and objectively-assessed need, with the aim of reducing the cost of housing for low-income families.
This literature mapping focuses on housing supply literature that emerged since 2005. The mapping is geographically limited to the UK and the timeframe is based on including both sides of the 2008 pre and post crash period.