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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.

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, […]

Natalie Tate: Talking about housing: let’s get this conversation started

Natalie Tate

News stories about housing are all around us. Whether directly or indirectly, we read and hear stories about housing all the time. Yet the messages are so mixed, that tuning into the important points can be confusing. Is housing about the state of the economy? Is it about your health? About your kids doing well […]

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 […]

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 […]

Blog: Talking about affordable housing & why it matters

Talking about housing - Samantha Stewart

Communication is everything. From the first time we make eye-contact with a parent, to the way we portray ourselves at a job interview. How we come across and how we make ourselves understood can shape our lives. We’ve all been in places, after all, where we’ve gotten it wrong and failed to make ourselves clear. […]

The Community Land Trust Start-up Fund – A Decade of Success

The Nationwide Foundation has welcomed an independent evaluation into the National Community Land Trust Network’s Community Land Trust Start-up Fund. It comes a full decade after the first fund of this kind was launched in 2008. The evaluation found that the most recent fund saw over 200 community-led housing groups awarded over £700,000. This funding […]

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 […]

Landmark housing report seeks to ‘rebalance’ the housing system

The Affordable Housing Commission has released its final report calling for significant changes to England’s housing system. Comprised of 15 housing experts, the Commission has made a wide range of recommendations with one overarching belief – that the housing system has become unbalanced and action needs to be taken to make it fit for the […]