Engaging London’s Private Rented Sector

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Once a small proportion of the housing market catering for a specific need, the number of households in the PRS in England more than doubled in the past 20 years. London’s PRS doubled in just over a decade and continues to rise; 40% of London’s households could be private renters by 2030.

The ability of the PRS to adapt to shifts in the wider market is part of its potential. But with nearly a million people living in the PRS in poverty, 90,000 children in the PRS and spiralling costs of temporary accommodation, things need to change. Londoners deserve private rented accommodation that is safe, affordable and secure. The status quo risks the health and well-being of many Londoners, and the economic success and productivity of the capital.

Future of London’s PRS research ran for three years, investigating approaches to addressing the sector’s complex challenges, sharing learning and best practice across London boroughs, housing associations, the GLA and the wider industry.

Grant funded by Oak Foundation and Trust for London, the project explored aspects of the PRS including built to rent, landlord licensing, tenant rights, and energy efficiency.

Related projects: Making the Most of Build to Rent


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Engaging London’s Private Rented Sector

The final report for this project brings together three years of research with recommendations to stakeholders involved in building and managing private rented housing in London. Download the report.

Making the Most of Build to Rent report coverMaking the Most of Build to Rent

As interest in build to rent swells, this report guides local authorities, housing associations, and their delivery partners to this new element of the PRS. Download the report.

PRS licensing coverPRS Licensing: Policy and Practice

This paper helps boroughs make sense of the shifting landscape of PRS licensing. It includes a summary of policy changes as well as a step-by-step guide to planning and implementing a scheme. Download the briefing.

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