Category Archives: Private rented sector

Over £800,000 funding gives private tenants a stronger voice about their housing

Tenants should be a central part of any changes to the private rented sector, yet their voices are often absent and excluded from meaningful debate. In response to this, the Nationwide Foundation is awarding £804,841 of funding to support private rented sector tenants by giving them a stronger voice in the debates on their personal […]

New study of the Scottish private rented sector

The Nationwide Foundation has commissioned a three-year study that will learn from the experiences of households living in and landlords operating in the private rented sector in Scotland. The learning will help to shape further changes needed to support the Scottish approach and it will also make the case for modernisation to the private rented […]

Social letting agencies play a vital role

A new report, Scaling up social lettings? Scope, impact and barriers reveals that social lettings agencies play a vital role in supporting low income and vulnerable people living in the private rented sector. The research was jointly funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Nationwide Foundation. Together we commissioned research to explore the current […]

One in five households faces housing affordability problems

A new report from the Affordable Housing Commission reveals that 4.8 million households in England are facing grave affordability problems. This represents over one in five (21%) of all households and almost 40% of those in the lower half of income distribution. The report, funded by the Nationwide Foundation, also shows that it is in […]

£600,000 to modernise the private rented sector in Manchester

Fair Housing Futures is calling for innovative ideas that will address the challenges of accessing and living in the private rented sector that are trapping tenants with limited financial and social support in Greater Manchester. Organisations such as tenants’ groups, charities, housing associations and those covering planning, development and even health and well-being are encouraged […]

Call for proposals for Scottish PRS research

The Nationwide Foundation is inviting proposals to undertake qualitative research and quantitative analysis of the impact on tenants and landlords of changes to the Scottish private rented sector tenancy regime, especially with the recent introduction of the Private Residential Tenancy and the changes to the First-tier Tribunal. The research would understand the impact of these […]

£450,000 funding available for tenants’ voice work

We have opened a dedicated stream of funding to strengthen, support and champion the growth of tenants’ voice work, so that private rented sector tenants have more of a say in the issues that affect their lives and homes. We believe that tenants should be central to any changes to the private rented sector. Yet at the […]

Landmark review slams successive governments for ‘unquestioning’ and ‘uncoordinated’ policy on private renting

A landmark review of the private rented sector in England by academics at the University of York has criticised successive governments for poor policy-making and a lack of strategy that is failing millions of tenants. Released today, The Evolving Private Rented Sector: its Contribution and Potential, funded by the Nationwide Foundation, is a detailed, independent […]

New grant gives a voice to London’s private tenants

The Nationwide Foundation has given a grant of £46,000 to the Renters’ Rights London project, run by Camden Federation of Private Tenants. The project will work with selected local authorities to improve the support that they offer to private rented sector tenants and will empower tenants to use the help available and voice their opinions about […]

Manchester’s private rented sector set to undergo significant transformation

The private rented sector in Greater Manchester is set to undergo significant transformation. A new project, Transforming the Private Rented Sector in Greater Manchester, will find system-wide solutions to improve renting for vulnerable tenants in Greater Manchester. The project will innovate and improve upon services and interventions. Ideas for solutions will be explored through a […]