Private Landlord Licensing – A growing trend

More boroughs than ever are using landlord licensing powers to improve their private rented sector (PRS). Introduced in 2006 to tackle anti-social behaviour, licensing schemes are mechanisms for identifying hazardous properties and improving management standards. Their revenue-generating powers enable councils to take swift enforcement action … [Read more...]

Housing Delivery Models: Direction

A cross-sector approach – including communities – is the only way to make the most of the housing delivery models now available Housing demand is huge, the mechanisms to build it exist, and there is investment in search of projects. So how do we get delivery moving? Land value and slow land release are underlying challenges, but two years of … [Read more...]

Housing Delivery Models: Delivery

Creative approaches marked second Delivery Models roundtable Delivery was the focus of Future of London and GVA’s second roundtable on Housing Delivery Models, supported by BLP Insurance and Oak Foundation, and hosted by Lewis Silkin. Anonymised highlights are below; this and sessions on Investment and Direction will be combined with new GVA … [Read more...]

Housing Delivery Models: Investment

Sector leaders call for London debt-and-equity fund & investment education for councils Investment was the focus of Future of London and GVA’s first roundtable on Housing Delivery Models, supported by BLP Insurance and Lewis Silkin. Anonymised highlights are below; this and sessions on Delivery and Direction will be combined with new GVA … [Read more...]

Housing Delivery Models: London stocktake begins

The numbers are coming in: Just 22 of the dozens of housing delivery models emerging across London are set to deliver some 55,000 homes, averaging 53% affordable. The figures are from GVA's preliminary findings for a joint GVA/Future of London programme on Housing Delivery Models, supported by Lewis Silkin. For more on the overall programme, see … [Read more...]

Roundtable: Engaging private tenant communities

  Engaging private tenant communities – a new remit for the public sector? With local authorities having more powers than ever to improve their private rented sectors, it is in their interests to improve dialogue with private tenants. But it isn’t always easy – they are a disparate group, and there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. The … [Read more...]

Making housing delivery models work

Cross-sector partnerships are on the rise again in the quest to deliver housing and regeneration more effectively. The emphasis now is on structures that give councils more control and help them retain assets for long-term revenue, but most models, from joint ventures through council-owned companies to new tenures and types, are relatively new; … [Read more...]

Housing Zones Network: GLA zones update

The GLA’s Housing Zones programme is supporting the delivery of 75,000 homes across 31 zones by 2025, aiming for 25,000 more than initially promised. Future of London’s Housing Zones Network, backed by the GLA and Potter Raper Partnership, supports public-sector organisations delivering these ambitious initiatives through … [Read more...]

Spotlight: Is the housing sector bold for change when it comes to gender equality?

This month’s Spotlight is a guest blog from Geeta Nanda - CEO at Thames Valley Housing, as first appeared in Inside Housing.  Opening the papers recently, I read about Eileen Burbridge – one of the most high-profile business women investing in tech companies – who was regularly assumed to be one of the office assistants, not the … [Read more...]

London boroughs vital for Build to Rent

‘Build to Rent’ housing designed and managed specifically for private renters is on the rise in London – there were four times as many private rented sector (PRS) schemes in development at the end of 2016 than in the previous seven years.[1] The new wave of institutionally-funded products focus on functional design, bespoke management, community … [Read more...]