Category Archives: Private rented sector

Court ruling makes it clear – ‘No DSS’ discrimination is unlawful

A landmark ruling from York County Court has found that housing benefit discrimination is unlawful and in breach of the Equalities Act. In a case brought by Jane* against an unnamed letting agent, it was found that the agent had unlawfully refused to rent any properties to her on the basis that she was a […]

Funders join forces to demand better for renters hit by Covid-19

A group of charitable funders have written to the Secretary of State for Housing, Robert Jenrick MP, to propose further support for renters and people experiencing homelessness. The letter is signed by 12 charitable funders that have provided over £110 million funding into housing and homelessness in the UK over the last three years. Despite […]

Blog: Government can and must do more to support tenants

“Right now, we must protect tenants from crippling debt and from the eviction cliff edge that’s looming for so many.” – Bridget Young For many of us, it’s difficult to know what day it is, however one date in particular will stand out for renters – Wednesday 24th June. It’s important, because it’s the last […]

New research will shine a light on experiences of private rented sector’s poorest

A new research project, being carried out by the University of York’s Centre for Housing Policy with support from the Nationwide Foundation, will seek to build an understanding of how the UK’s private rented sector is experienced by those renting in the least expensive 30% of properties. Taking around 12 months, the research will look […]

Statement on Coronavirus (Covid-19)

The Nationwide Foundation has signed up to the following statement in relation to the current Coronavirus outbreak. We, along with a wider group of funders, recognise that the covid-19 outbreak is an exceptional event that will have an impact on civil society groups, and want to offer reassurance that we stand with the sector during […]

Blog: Collaboration, not command, is the key to success in place-based funding

“My attendance at these meetings is neither a box-ticking exercise or a chance for some sneaky reconnaissance – I’m there because I can bring knowledge and experience of the PRS.” – Bridget Young One of the most challenging things about being a funder, is working out how involved to become in projects – particularly without […]

£600k boost for vulnerable private renters in Greater Manchester

A new test and learn fund, part of Greater Manchester’s Fair Housing Futures project, has been allocated today to a range of radical interventions which seek to make life better for the region’s private tenants. The £600k fund, supported by the Nationwide Foundation and administered by housing charity Shelter, has been granted to new ideas […]

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 […]