Improving Private Renting

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.

LSE London works with Camden to explore rent regulation

Christine Whitehead and Kath Scanlon of LSE London were commissioned by the London Borough of Camden to conduct research on rent stabilisation models in practice.

Miliband’s proposals won’t do enough to benefit renters

Click here to access Christine Whitehead’s assessment of the Labour leader’s proposals on LSE’s British Politics and Policy Blog. She argues that Miliband’s proposals do not definitively deal with the issue, and that the private rented sectors needs to be addressed by more coherent, nuanced and evidence-based policies.

Building the Rented Sector in Scotland

A report for Homes for Scotland by Christine Whitehead and Kath Scanlon of LSE London, Peter Williams of the Cambridge Centre for Housing Research, and Kenneth Gibb. Click here to read the report.

A Lifestyle Choice for Families? Private Renting in London, New York, Berlin and the Randstad

A research project by Kath Scanlon, Melissa Fernandez and Christine Whitehead of the London School of Economics and Political Science for Get Living London. Click here to access the report.  

About Improving Private Renting

In 2011 some 26.5% of London dwellings were rented (vs 16.7% in the rest of England) —a near-doubling from 12.7% in 1991. The main drivers of this shift to private renting include London’s population growth (both natural and through migration), its age profile (the capital has higher proportions of young people and students than the rest of the country), and the fact that would-be first-time buyers face increasing house prices and tightened… Read More

Towards a Sustainable Private Rented Sector

This collection of research, edited by Kath Scanlon of LSE London and Ben Kochan, explores international models for operating larger, more sustainable private rented sectors. Click here to access the report.