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Scottish private tenants still unaware of their new tenancy rights five years on

Trainers on doormat in home

RentBetter research released today by Indigo House shows that groundbreaking private tenancy reform in Scotland has not been enough to improve conditions for all private tenants. Funded by the Nationwide Foundation, the research will help to inform solutions to issues faced by private tenants across the UK. Private renting reforms introduced in Scotland from 2017 […]

Safe, Secure and Affordable: A Renters’ Blueprint for Reform

A diverse coalition of organisations have come together as the Renters’ Reform Coalition to offer solutions for reform to the private rented sector. The Nationwide Foundation both funds and contributes an active member of the coalition, which also includes national housing and homelessness charities, renter unions, advice centres, and thinktanks. This week the coalition launched […]

2022: entering a new phase for the Nationwide Foundation’s strategy

The Nationwide Foundation has begun phase three of its Decent Affordable Homes strategy. Decent Affordable Homes, which started in 2013 and is due to run until at least 2031, has the aim of increasing the availability of decent, affordable homes for people in housing need. Since the Decent Affordable Homes strategy’s launch eight years ago, […]

New programme manager joins Nationwide Foundation to lead its private rented sector programme

The Nationwide Foundation has announced the recruitment of a new manager for its Transforming the Private Rented Sector programme, with Hannah Slater taking up the role in early December. Hannah joins the Nationwide Foundation from the campaigns team at the homelessness charity Crisis. Hannah Slater said: “Getting private renting right is essential for levelling up […]

A limited time offer for Rishi Sunak

“While he has few easy options, renewing the Community Housing Fund would be popular, would deliver truly affordable homes and would represent a decent return on investment.” Gary Hartin, Programme Manager for the Nationwide Foundation’s Backing Community-Led Housing programme. Most of us have been there at one time or another, doing the weekly shop, with […]

12,000 community-led homes hang in the balance ahead of October spending review, reveals new report

Research launched today by the Community Land Trust Network has found that over 12,000 community-led homes could be built if the chancellor commits £65 million of new funding in October’s spending review.

Jointly funded by the Nationwide Foundation and Power to Change, the research considered the state of England’s community-led […]

Review into private rented sector raises concerns for lower-income renters

A blend of issues, including reduced investment in social housing, changes to the benefits system and buy-to-let landlords leaving the market have been highlighted in new research by Dr Julie Rugg from the University of York. In Property Supply to the Lower End of the English Private Rented Sector, questions are posed about how sustainable […]

Nationwide Foundation welcomes launch of new renters’ coalition

The Nationwide Foundation has welcomed the official launch of the Renters’ Reform Coalition, a group of 20 leading charities, think-tanks, housing and renter organisations of which it is a founding member and funder. The Coalition’s launch coincides with the two-year anniversary of the government’s commitment to end so-called ‘no-fault’ evictions from private rented sector properties. […]

Survey of social landlords raises concern about planning reforms

A new survey of social landlords, managing up to 900,000 homes, has been published by the Affordable Housing Commission. The survey, compiling responses from 54 organisations across England, found a range of worries and concerns surrounding the government’s proposed changes to the planning system. Results found that: 72% of respondents disputed the government’s claim that […]

Comprehensive Spending Review: a chance for truly affordable housing?

The decisions taken by the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak in his Comprehensive Spending Review this autumn have the power to reshape our housing system. We mustn’t forgo this opportunity to provide the homes our nation needs, while building our way out of the economic hardship that the country currently faces. That’s why, in responding to the […]