Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Funding at a glance

Programme: Nurturing Ideas to Change the Housing System
Amount: £40,000 grant
Approved: 2017
Timescale:  Nine months

Research to explore the current and future role of social lettings agencies to help improve the experiences of people in need in the private rented sector.


Why we are funding this project

To understand the capacity and limitations of social lettings agencies set against the current policy and market context and future known changes.The research will make recommendations to optimise social lettings agencies delivery of appropriate and decent housing for people and what is needed to for them to be successful (defining what success looks like), sustainable and replicable.

Strategic purpose

To improve understanding of which ideas have potential to create change.

Project description

This is project is being jointly funded with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Together we have commissioned research to explore the current and future role of social lettings agencies to help improve the experiences of people in need in the private rented sector.

The objectives of the project are to explore:

  1. What role social lettings agencies play in improving access, affordability, quality and stability of housing for people in need
  2. What social lettings agency models are most successful financially and in maintaining tenancies and why? What does value for money look like? Can social lettings agencies improve property conditions and landlord behaviour?
  3. What social lettings agency models are suitable for different housing markets and/or geographies?
  4. If it is identified that social lettings agencies are improving people’s lives in the private rented sector, what are the conditions that are needed for social lettings agencies to grow and play a more significant role in the provision of decent affordable homes for people in need.

The report is expected to be published in summer 2018. Dissemination of the findings and recommendations will be among local, devolved and national government, as well as funders and social investors.

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