Making the Most of Build to Rent – Report Launch

As part of our three-year research programme, Engaging London’s Private Rented Sector, Future of London has spent the last six months reviewing the Build to Rent landscape in London and investigating the roles that local authorities and housing associations are playing in its evolution.

Informed by site visits and senior roundtables, the final report, co-written with LSE London’s Kath Scanlon, considers the finance and delivery models that will provide the best outcome for local authorities, in terms of meeting need, building at scale and in many cases securing a long-term revenue stream.

The sector is agreed that local authorities are key to growing this sub-sector of the PRS. However, there are choices to be made around viability, affordability and tenure balance, risk and the best use of public assets. Constructive relationships with developers and investors – whether through planning policy or development agreements – will help to achieve the best outcomes for both local authorities and the communities they serve.

There will be a report launch on 19th January (8.30-11.00) at The Foundry, where we will share report findings, hear perspectives from a cross-sector panel and facilitate a wider discussion on Build to Rent’s role in London’s housing market. To request a place, please email