The rapid growth in London’s private rented sector and what it means for our housing system

The size of the private rented sector in London was considerably larger than other regions in 2001 (14.3%) and the difference increased further in the following decade. At the moment the jury is still out on the extent to which London is the canary in the mine of a national housing crisis or an interesting anomaly, writes Ben Pattison. Living north of […]

January 29th, 2014|Ben Pattison, Housing|3 Comments|

The growth of private renting in the UK can no longer be ignored by government

Private renting in England has grown dramatically in recent years, now accounting for 17 per cent of all households. Ben Pattison argues that housing policy has been slow to respond, and that the government should consider the sensible recommendations of a recent select committee report.  ‘Generation Rent’ seems to be increasingly difficult to ignore. Before the global financial crisis we used […]

London has certainly seen a big increase in private renters but it’s not the city with the biggest proportion of private renters in England

The recent census shows that renting is becoming the norm in urban areas across England. Pete Jefferys explores the implications of this trend, suggesting that it looks set to continue for the foreseeable future. This will have important consequences for voting, community and consumption. What’s the image that comes to your mind when you think of a private renter? For many people, I suspect they […]

High rents are holding back the recovery

Peter Jefferys argues for building affordable social homes and reforming the private rented sector. He makes the case that lower rent is vital for economic recovery, stating, if average rents in England had risen at the rate of inflation since 2000, rather than well above, then renters would have an extra £8 billion per year of disposable income. High rents […]

International comparisons can provide useful pointers towards a sustainable private rented sector in England

The proportion of English homes rented privately has nearly doubled in the last 20 years, while the home ownership rate has fallen.  Even so, it’s far more common for middle-income families to live in rented housing in many European countries.  What accounts for the difference? Is it just cultural? Kath Scanlon discusses some of the lessons that can be drawn […]

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