Making the Most of Build to Rent: Ealing Visit

Build to Rent has the ability to make a real difference to London’s housing needs, providing purposefully designed properties for rent with strong management, and a high quality customer experience. Increasingly, the Greater London Authority and local authorities are recognising the potential of this distinctive private rented sector (PRS) offer, … [Read more...]

Build to Rent – London’s new intermediate tenure?

The private rented sector is London’s fastest growing housing tenure; between 2001 and 2011 it almost doubled. Whilst just a fraction of those tenants currently live in purpose-built rental properties, investors, the Greater London Authority and, increasingly, local authorities are recognising the potential of Build to Rent in London. It’s early … [Read more...]

Making the Most of Build to Rent in London

As part of our three-year research programme, Engaging London’s Private Rented Sector, Future of London is reviewing the Build to Rent landscape in London and investigating the opportunities the sector presents for local authorities and their housing association partners. As London’s reliance on the private rented sector continues to grow, many … [Read more...]

Conference: Doing More with Less

  Our June 23rd conference focused on sustainable revenue at local level. [PDF] [PDF] For un-edited presentation slides, follow the links at the bottom of this web page. Full conference summary coming soon!  Our June 23rd conference was an energising day of strategy, skills and … [Read more...]

A Social Lettings Agency for London? Viability and potential

Since the 2011 Localism Act empowered local authorities to house homeless residents within the private rented sector, the need to connect and collaborate with private landlords has grown. As many registered providers withdraw from the temporary accommodation market, and council stock fails to keep pace with rising demand, councils are investigating … [Read more...]

Housing Zones: Heart of Harrow

As part of our project looking at the progress of London’s Housing Zones, we’ll be posting profiles of some of the zones to show what’s being done to speed up housing deliver in the Capital and showcase some of the diverse approaches being taken in different areas. To find out more about this project or to get involved, email … [Read more...]

Evaluating PRS licensing schemes workshop

As reliance on the private rented sector to house London’s communities increases, and given the well-known issues of condition and management in parts of the sector, it is unsurprising that a growing number of boroughs are looking to licensing schemes to address these challenges. Our workshop on 16th September invited boroughs to discuss PRS … [Read more...]

Vulnerable communities in the private rented sector

London’s population is growing at its fastest rate in Greater London’s history (i.e. since 1965). The first post in this Making Sense of London’s Private Rented Sector series showed that an increasing amount of this growing demand for housing is being met by the private rented sector, due to an insufficiency of social housing and unaffordability of … [Read more...]

Housing Zones: Tottenham

As part of our project looking at the progress of London's Housing Zones, we'll be posting profiles of some of the zones to show what's being done to speed up housing deliver in the Capital and showcase some of the diverse approaches being taken in different areas. The first, on Tottenham, is below. To find out more about this project or to get … [Read more...]

London’s PRS: The affordability issue

Not only is the cost of renting in London the highest in the country, it is also rising the most quickly. This puts all but the most affluent renters under a lot of pressure, and puts those in inner London and/or receiving benefits in an increasingly impossible situation. This is the third article in the series Making Sense of London’s Private … [Read more...]