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Grey renting: the rising tide of older private tenants
Grey renting: the rising tide of older private tenants

The number of private renters has skyrocketed over the last 20 years. In total it’s more than doubled, from just over 2 million private renting households in 1996/97 to almost 4.7 million in 2016/17.

This growth hasn’t been uniform across the age groups, though. It’s been much slower amongst older renters, with households headed by someone aged 65+ growing by only 40% compared to 144% amongst younger households.

However, new statistics from the most recent edition of the government’s English Read more

33,000 people had their say on social housing. Sixteen will ensure they're heard. One of them shares his view on how.
33,000 people had their say on social housing. Sixteen will ensure they're heard. One of them shares his view on how.

Guest blog by Rob Gershon 

I’ve just got home from the third meeting of the Shelter commission on the future of social housing, and I’m trying to sift through the information we’ve discussed today and my thoughts and feelings about it, so that I can try and summarise where the commission has come from, where it is, and where it might be going.

This isn’t quite as simple as it sounds. From the outset, the commission’s meetings haven’t been minuted … Read more

Keep up the pressure - help ban combustible cladding
Keep up the pressure - help ban combustible cladding

After the Grenfell Tower fire, it was clear that more had to be done to make people’s homes safe.

So far, campaigners, politicians and health and safety experts have been alarmed at the slow progress government has made in making tower blocks safe.

A hollow victory?

In May, after months of campaigning, we had our first breakthrough: the government promised an ‘estimated £400 million’ to fully fund the removal and replacement of cladding on socially owned tower blocks.

While at … Read more

Is Universal Credit ready for an expansion?
Is Universal Credit ready for an expansion?

Universal Credit (UC) recently made the headlines for the wrong reasons. Esther McVey, the Work and Pensions Secretary, came to parliament to correct her statement regarding the National Audit Office’s (NAO) recent report on the government’s flagship benefit. The NAO’s report found that UC is not value for money, and it has significant doubt about its main benefits.

Managed migration makes the problems more immediate

The report’s conclusions became immediate in the last couple of weeks, as plans have been … Read more

What does the government’s longer tenancies announcement mean? (part 2)
What does the government’s longer tenancies announcement mean? (part 2)

The government has announced plans to give private renters longer tenancies. Great news! But as ever, the devil is in the detail.

This is the second of two posts picking through the minutiae of the proposal being consulted on, and looks at how the government plans to implement the changes.

The first part looked at what the government’s new model for renting would be, and found that while it’s a great step forward, there is more work to do.… Read more

The roots of the rural housing crisis
The roots of the rural housing crisis

Have you heard about the housing crisis hollowing out the countryside? This week, for once, the answer to that question might just be “yes”. The National Housing Federation’s Rural Housing Week has shone a light on a problem that is poorly understood and rarely discussed with anything like the urgency it deserves.

A vicious chain reaction

In many rural communities, the market for housing has become divorced from local people and their incomes. Homes are sold for as much as … Read more

Rentquake – coming to a marginal seat near you?
Rentquake – coming to a marginal seat near you?

Could private renters decide the next election?

It’s a question recently raised by new Conservative think tank Onward. It highlighted that by the time of the next election, there will be 253 constituencies where more than 20% of voters are renters. That’s an increase from just 18 at the 2001 election.

We were far from surprised by this. Our own research shows that the numbers of renters is growing – and quickly. You can see what this looks like in Read more

There’s a rentquake in English market towns, and we’ve barely noticed
There’s a rentquake in English market towns, and we’ve barely noticed

Our new analysis sheds light on the ‘rentquake’ which has taken place across England since the start of the millennium. It shows that a growing proportion of people across all corners of our country are privately renting. While homeownership remains the preferred tenure for many, it has become ever more out of reach – and our stock of social housing has declined.

This is important because, right now, the loss of a privately rented tenancy is the number one cause … Read more

What does the government’s longer tenancies announcement mean? (part 1)
What does the government’s longer tenancies announcement mean? (part 1)

After news coverage suggesting the government plans to introduce longer tenancies in the private rented sector, the consultation has come out with full details.

For years, we have been campaigning to increase the protection private tenants have from no-fault eviction. With more households becoming homeless after being evicted from a privately rented home than for any other reason, new safeguards are long overdue. So, with legal change on the cards, this is a major step in the right direction.

As … Read more

The full extent of the homelessness crisis
The full extent of the homelessness crisis
New homelessness figures

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) recently released new figures on homelessness, marking the last release of the current version of the homelessness statistics. With the introduction of the Homelessness Reduction Act in April 2018, the information local authorities collect about households, and the way this information is presented, will change.

The current statistics are the most important source of information about households and families found to be homeless. They tell us what kinds … Read more

Finally, our family is settled
Finally, our family is settled

Guest blog by Shandor Nikitits 

Last time, Shandor shared the emotions he felt when he broadcast his experience with homelessness to the world. Now, he tells us about the impact it had on him and his son…

I was not prepared for the effect the campaign had on our lives in the slightest. I felt that Billy was the star of our little segment and reminded him that this counted all towards his fifteen minutes of fame!

I was … Read more

Letting fees bill - the parliamentary journey so far
Letting fees bill - the parliamentary journey so far

Despite all the pressures that Brexit is placing on parliamentary time, the Tenant Fees Bill has been making rapid progress through parliament. While this speedy parliamentary journey may be good for moving the bill closer towards implementation, we shouldn’t forget there are still areas of the legislation (as currently drafted) that will leave private renters open to continuing exploitation.

Here’s our update on the parliamentary journey so far, which sets out the areas the government still needs to address … Read more