Category Archives: Private rented sector

Hannah Slater: A step closer to safe and secure homes for private renters – but there’s still some way to go

Hannah Slater

Across the UK, private rented housing is unaffordable, insecure, and unsafe for too many tenants. Major private renting reforms were introduced in Scotland from 2017 aiming to rebalance power relations between landlords and tenants, so that tenants could better assert their rights, challenge rent rises, and ask for repairs.
The Nationwide Foundation believes that much can be learned from the Scottish experience of renting reform. That’s why we are pleased to fund the RentBetter project by Indigo House, which is gathering longitudinal evidence to understand how the changes in Scotland are impacting tenants and landlords. The first wave of the research found that the changes were beneficial for tenants in general.

Hannah Slater: Tenancy reform is good – but it’s not enough

Hannah Slater

Across the UK, private rented housing is unaffordable, insecure, and unsafe for too many tenants. Major private renting reforms were introduced in Scotland from 2017 aiming to rebalance power relations between landlords and tenants, so that tenants could better assert their rights, challenge rent rises, and ask for repairs.
The Nationwide Foundation believes that much can be learned from the Scottish experience of renting reform. That’s why we are pleased to fund the RentBetter project by Indigo House, which is gathering longitudinal evidence to understand how the changes in Scotland are impacting tenants and landlords. The first wave of the research found that the changes were beneficial for tenants in general.

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]