Home : no less will do - homeless people's access to the private rented sector

REEVE, Kesia, COLE, Ian, BATTY, Elaine, FODEN, Michael, GREEN, Stephen and PATTISON, Ben (2016). Home : no less will do - homeless people's access to the private rented sector. Project Report. London, UK, Crisis.

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Abstract

The research on which this report is based was carried out by the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University. It was commissioned by Crisis in response to concerns that single homeless people are finding it difficult to access the private rented sector, at a time when there is increased reliance on the sector to meet housing need. Changes introduced through the Localism Act 2011 in England, for example, allowed local authorities to discharge their homelessness duty into the private rented sector (PRS) and gave them greater power to determine who qualifies for social housing. The consequence is restricted access to social housing. In the meantime, however, the Government has introduced a raft of measures affecting the private rented sector, particularly at the low cost end of the market, focused mainly but not exclusively on changes to Housing Benefit (HB). The concern is that the combined effect of policy changes in the social and private housing markets - alongside wider tenure restructuring and market change - will leave many homeless people unable to resolve their housing problems. This study sought to unpick some of these issues, by exploring landlord views and lettings practices on the one hand, and prospective (homeless) tenants’ experiences of trying to access the sector on the other. It also explored views and experiences of private rented access schemes - schemes that seek to provide better

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
Depositing User: Stephen Green
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2017 11:37
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2017 19:48
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14640

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