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 local authorities and housing associations are considering what part they can play in bringing a new tranche of purpose-built (or converted) private-rented stock into their areas, whether it be as developer, development partner, planning authority or manager.

Clearly Build to Rent can help increase the quantity of housing in London, but what are the financial and social benefits of Build to Rent schemes for local authorities? What sort of funding and delivery models are being used effectively? How can local authorities ensure viability and affordability, and balance Build to Rent with other tenures? And how can they encourage Build to Rent schemes that are accessible and attractive to residents and the wider community? Through a series of field trips and roundtables, we will investigate the opportunities the sector presents for local authorities and their housing association partners, and how they can get the most from this vital new form of housing.

Through a series of site visits and senior roundtables, this project will highlight good practice and effective partnerships, helping London’s local authorities to make the most of this vital form of housing.

See our events page for a listing of site visits and roundtables as part of this programme.

William Street Quarter housing, Barking & Dagenham