London’s housing market is distinct. The ravenous appetite for property, the competition for public land between housing and services, the mix of tenures and shifting demographics, the mutable definition of ‘Affordable Housing’, changing developer contribution requirements, and of course the levels of acute housing need — taken together, these factors distinguish the London housing market from that of England as a whole, and have major implications for the delivery of housing that is affordable.

Reflecting these diverse challenges, Future of London maintains a broad programme of work around housing, including our influential study of the use and viability of the Affordable Rent Model in London, with the support of Oak Foundation, which fed into the Mayor’s Draft Housing Strategy, and ongoing work on the Private Rented Sector and estate renewal.

Upcoming and recent events are below, along with links to publications and briefings on this important topic.


23rd October 2014
Engaging with the Private Rented Sector – Seminar 2


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Key Publications

The Affordable Rent Model in London: Delivery, Viability, Potential
Andrew Heywood
June 2013

This report examines the use and viability of the Affordable Rent Model as a means of building new affordable housing in London. Drawing on empirical data, interviews and case studies, it investigates delivery to date, and considers emerging approaches to a programme which faces considerable challenges in London’s current housing and benefit context. The report culminates in a set of recommendations designed to inform future affordable housing programmes in the Capital.

An executive summary of this report is available here: Executive summary: The Affordable Rent Model in London
Changes to Affordable Housing in London and Implications for DeliveryChanges to Affordable Housing in London and Implications for Delivery
Ben Harrison, Joanna Wilson and Jennifer Johnson, Future of London
March 2013

This paper gives an overview of the London housing market with a particular focus on affordability and the impact of recent policy reforms on affordable housing. It argues that a new, sustainable delivery model for London is needed if the capital is to meet its affordable housing challenge.
The Future of London's Private Rented SectorThe Future of London's Private Rented Sector
Joanna Wilson and Jennifer Johnson, Future of London
January 2013

As the private rented sector becomes increasingly important in housing Londoners, this briefing paper examines key PRS themes including government responses, sector regulation, and institutional investment.
London for Sale? An assessment of the private housing market in London and the impact of growing overseas investmentLondon for Sale? An assessment of the private housing market in London and the impact of growing overseas investment
Andrew Heywood, Future of London
July 2012

New research by the Future of London and The Smith Institute warns that unprecedented growth in overseas investment in London’s property market creates the risk of another housing bubble, and is pricing out local people.

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News and Project Updates

  • London’s Opportunity Areas February 13, 2015 Our online map shows London’s Opportunity and Intensification Areas, with details of their housing and employment capacity.
  • Delivering Infill Development – Briefing January 19, 2015 Our second ‘London 2050’ briefing paper is about identifying and delivering homes on infill sites that contribute to the success of places, communities and housebuilders.
  • Reforming the private rented sector – research in 2015 January 19, 2015 Thanks to significant grant support from Oak Foundation and Trust for London, we’re getting underway with a major research programme on London’s private rented sector. Over the next three years, we’ll be investigating a number of approaches to addressing the sector’s complex challenges, in order to disseminate learning and best practice across London boroughs, housing ...
  • Delivering estate renewal in the real world December 31, 2014 Estate renewal is touted as one of the best options for tackling London’s housing shortage. What will it take to realise this potential?
  • Engaging PRS landlords in energy efficiency: report launch and next steps December 10, 2014 Our new report, sponsored by EDF Energy, launched on 3rd December. The report looks at the main challenges to engaging London’s PRS landlords, and at ways in which boroughs can improve private rented housing standards in their communities.
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