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.

Contact: Charli Bristow | Related projects: Making the Most of Build to Rent

Publications

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Engaging London’s Private Rented Sector
REPORT

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.

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REPORT

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.

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BRIEFING

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.

Related blog posts

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An Equitable Private Rented Sector for London

London’s Build to Rent market is gathering steam. According to analysts Molior, 11,000 new PRS homes have been developed since 2009, 10,000 are under construction and another 22,000 are permitted…

Private Landlord Licensing – A growing trend

As part of our 3-year PRS programme, FoL has followed licensing policy and practice across London, tracking borough activities and progress. This post contains key observations; watch for our final report 12th December.

London boroughs vital for Build to Rent

With the gap between social housing and home ownership wider than ever, PRS offers a real alternative. This report gives an overview of the current wave PRS development in London, now at the highest level in four years.

Build to Rent: Design & Liveability

Future of London brought together housing experts to discuss design and management of the Build to Rent product. This third and final senior roundtable has informed the FoL/LSE London research report, to be launched January 2017.

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