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Cambridge Centre for Housing & Planning Research


This paper draws on the Existing Tenants Survey to examine rents in the social housing sector.

Variations are primarily explained by size of dwelling and location, with rents in London highest, and set to rise further to meet target rents. However, there are also differences between new and existing tenants and working and non-working households. The authors note that local average rents should be treated with some caution as the survey points to considerable variation in the rents faced by individual tenants within local areas.


Christine Whitehead

Youngha Cho

Kofi Karley



Publication Date

1st January 2004