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Private renting and social landlords

In this project we examined the problems and potential of private renting in tackling homelessness, unaffordability, insecurity and poor conditions. The research directly addressed inequality in access to, and ability to pay for, a decent home. Private renting is growing extremely fast, faster than any other tenure. It has recently overtaken social housing in numbers of households accommodated, and totals over 5 million units. It increasingly houses low-income families who are unable to access social housing; it also houses large numbers of vulnerable single and formerly homeless people, as well as many younger households on modest incomes who cannot access social renting or owner occupation.

The aim of the research will be to collect and disseminate previously hard-to-access and disparate information on private renting, drawing on evidence from social and private landlords. We will strengthen the policy focus on private renting, highlighting its value, challenges and opportunities in tackling homelessness, insecurity and affordability.

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