Improving Private Renting

The Future of Urban Housing, Melissa Fernández speaks to Design & Build Review

Melissa Fernández speaks to Design & Build Review Magazine about the London housing crisis and its effects on London’s younger generations. The article goes on to discuss ‘co-living’ which is an alternative method of coping and resisting the exclusionary PRS sector. Here is an except from the article: “It is not secret that the London housing market is in crisis. According to a recent report by the London School of Economics and… Read More

Would a rent cap work for tenants facing £1,000-a-month rises? Kath Scanlon weighs in on The Guardian

With various solutions being proposed to help relieve London’s housing crisis, rent control may be one of these ways. In Harriett Meyer’s article for The Guardian, Kath Scanlon reports on the difficulties that may come up in implementing such a system in the UK. Here is an except from the article: “Germany is often held up as the model of stabilisation, with many people living in the same property for life. Kath… Read More

Kath Scanlon examines whether the German PRS would work in the UK for View, an independent social affairs magazine

Kath Scanlon briefly discusses some of the possible implications of importing a German PRS model to the UK. After outlining positive and negative aspects, she concludes that it is not enough to know how other models work in other countries. The difficult part, it seems, is predicting how such models differ in this geographic context. An except: ‘The German system has worked well for decades not only because of what it offers… Read More

The PRS: Evolution in London and international perspective

On Tuesday, Dec 1st, 2015 Kath Scanlon presented evidence to the Housing Select Committee of the London Borough of Lewisham about private renting in London and Germany. Here’s an excerpt of the presentation: Conclusions PRS has grown quickly in London since early 1990s, mostly through transfer of existing homes rather than new build 1988 deregulation of rents and leases contributed. English rental market much less regulated than in most European countries PRS rents… Read More

Private Renters’ Rights: Safe and stable homes in Kensington and Chelsea

Professor Christine Whitehead gave the keynote address titled, ‘The future of the private rented sector’ at the report launch of Private Renters’ Rights: Safe and stable homes in Kensington and Chelsea report. Melissa Fernàndez and Christine Whitehead worked in the advisory group. The presentation can be found here and the report can be downloaded here.

HEIF5 Project: Accelerating housing production in London

LSE London awarded a year-long HEIF5 project titled, Accelerating housing production in London. See our October newsletter with all the latest details. The following is a project description: London faces a significant housing crisis that threatens both its social sustainability and its long-term economic stability. Last year (2014-15), our HEIF5  project, Addressing the Supply Crisis focused on the implications of the national election debate for London; identified barriers to supply specific to the capital and pointed to where… Read More

Housing in London – Final Roundtable and Report Launch

On October 12th we hosted our final event of our year-long project, Housing in London: Addressing the Supply Crisis. We provided an opportunity for different stakeholders ranging from academics, local politicians, developers, planners, and other representatives from the private and public sector to discuss the recommendations from our final report. Other points of conversation were ways in which we could the debate forward, particularly in light of government announcements and the upcoming… Read More

Housing affordability and policy change: impacts on wellbeing in the UK

Christine Whitehead presents at an ARC sponsored symposium titled ‘Illuminating the black box of housing and health’, Univerisity of Adelaide. Presentation titled, ‘Housing affordability and policy change: impacts on wellbeing in the UK‘. Some conclusions on housing: Housing specific subsidies of all types have been a major benefit, limiting housing poverty through supply, below market rents and income support. In the social sector in particular HAs have provided management support and security… Read More

Islington Park Street community: a model for alternative housing in London

Dr. Melissa Fernández profiles Islington Park Street community, an alternative housing model in London, as a possible model for the effective and low cost reuse of obsolete owned sheltered housing and care homes. Some key findings include: Islington Park Street Community (IPS) is a long-established mixedneeds housing that provides a mutually supportive permanent home for people with mixed backgrounds, needs and abilities. IPS is financially and socially self-managed with a robust decisionmaking… Read More

Home Advantage: Housing and the young employed in London

A report for Sutton Trust on housing prices and effects it is having on young graduates and workers. Kath Scanlon, Melissa Fernandez, Emma Sagor, and Christine Whitehead discuss how young people from poor parts of the country are being priced out of London. The report has received wide media coverage including the BBC, City AM, Express and Star, The Independent, New Statesman, The Guardian, and Ham & High Property. Our full report can… Read More