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...]

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...]

Workshop: Evaluating Property Licensing Schemes

As part of our three-year research programme into the private rented sector, Engaging London’s PRS, Future of London is conducting research into property licensing schemes. As our April 2015 briefing paper found, while more than half of London boroughs are engaged in a discretionary property licensing scheme, with further consultations in the … [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...]

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...]

Housing stock in London’s PRS

At least half of London’s population lives in flats, and the city also has a significant proportion of the country’s Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) than the rest of the country. Both are essential parts of London’s housing mix, but quality is not assured, and the age, high number of flats and prevalent conservation areas all hamper … [Read more...]

London’s PRS Growth

This is the first article in the series Making Sense of London’s Private Rented Sector, focusing on the significant growth that has occurred across London. Analysis of the figures at borough scale indicate that this growth is by no means occurring evenly across the Capital. For commentary on available data sources, see introduction. For … [Read more...]

The Role of Rent Stabilisation in Improving London’s PRS

With the General Election results likely to quell debate on national rent regulation for the time being, London’s attention shifts towards next year’s mayoral elections. A number of contenders have stated that helping London’s private renters would be part of their campaign, but it remains to be seen whether the final candidates – and eventually … [Read more...]