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Rising rents, more low‑income households in private renting, reduced funding for house building and welfare reforms present major challenges for landlords and local authorities in England. This research explores how landlords are responding, what can be learnt from their written strategies and plans, and what happens in practice.

Do housing associations, councils, private landlords and letting agents address poverty and deprivation in their strategies and actions? This research examined written strategies from 128 housing organisations, and conducted surveys and interviews with 163, to explore some key areas of practice, including:

• whether addressing poverty is part of their mission, in principle or in practice;
• the impact on poverty of decisions over where and what to build, including the use of Affordable Rented housing;
• rent setting;
• measures to increase tenants' incomes and reduce fuel bills and other costs;
• allocation systems and policies concerning who can access different types of housing.

Welfare reforms are reducing incomes and rents are rising faster than wages and benefit rates. How are landlords responding to the challenges of poverty and deprivation among the population?


Anna Clarke

Sam Morris

Publication Date

17th September 2015