Improving Private Renting

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

PRS Profiles: Learning from tenants’ experiences to improve private renting in London

Download this interactive report here.       Setting the scene: London’s PRS today Generation rent is on the rise in London. According to the English Housing Survey, over a million households rented privately in the capital last year, and the proportion of London households in the private rented sector (PRS) has grown from around 14% in 2003-2004 to almost a third 10 years later. By historic standards, this may not actually… Read More

Political party manifestos – anything for London’s housing?

The publication of the political party manifestos should have been a welcome moment for clear thinking and radical ideas on how to alleviate the housing crisis. Instead what we have, with a few exceptions, are aspirational promises with little on how they can be achieved and lots of tinkering around the edges of the major issues. The big stories are those that have been signalled for months: getting the numbers up; helping… Read More

Fizzy and the ‘good landlord’ model

Site profile: Fizzy Living By Rodrigo Peon-Veiga and Katia Habra, LSE MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies In 2012, Thames Valley Housing Association (TVHA) created Fizzy Living, a commercial subsidiary focused on attracting institutional investors with an appetite for investing in the private rented sector (PRS) and who are interested in long-term returns secured through rental income streams. Fizzy capitalised on TVHA’s reputation, skills in property management, and their preparedness to provide £30m capital… Read More

PRS Profiles: The reality of private renting in London

This video is the introduction to a series of short films called PRS Profiles, which seeks to showcase the realities of private renting in London from the perspectives of renters themselves.

Video: A New Model for PRS in London?

On 9 January 2015, a team of researchers visited two new purpose-built PRS developments in East London: Stratford Halo and East Village. This site visit followed an expert roundtable held in December 2014, where sector stakeholders discussed strategies for overcoming barriers to institutional investment in the PRS. Neil Young, Chief Executive of Get Living London, and Alex Hilton, Director of Generation Rent, attended both the workshop and the site visit in January…. Read More

Workshop: Accommodating ‘Generation Rent’ – how to overcome barriers to institutional investment in London’s private rented sector

On 3 December 2014, a group of experts including operators large private rented sector (PRS) developments, academics and representatives of landlords, real estate consultancies and NGOs met at the LSE for workshop on maintaining and increasing the supply of PRS housing in London. The following blog post summarises the key themes that emerged from the workshop: Maintaining and increasing the supply of private rented housing in London The UK’s capital city is also the… Read More

Would ‘rent stabilisation’ benefit tenants and/or landlords?

On 24 September 2014, Christine Whitehead attended a meeting of the Camden Federation of Private Tenants at which she presented the findings of LSE London’s recent research on rent stabilisation and its potential in the borough. The research, commissioned by the London Borough of Camden and completed in August 2014, explored the principles of rent stabilisation, evidence from international models, and the effects on both landlords and tenants.

Rent Stabilisation: Principles and International Experience

Christine Whitehead and Kath Scanlon produced the report, ‘Rent Stabilisation: Principles and International Experience’ for the London Borough of Camden, intended to stimulate national debate on stabilisation models and lead to action that results in a better private rented sector for both tenants and landlords.