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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Reforming the private rented sector: Towards a new deal for tenants and landlords

The private rented sector has grown substantially over the past two decades. It is now home to 20 per cent of households (4.5 million). Many more people now expect to live in the private rented sector for longer, this includes 1.6 million households containing nearly 3 million children. Many of those children will grow up, go to school and transition into adulthood in homes rented from private landlords.

Despite the more significant role that the private rented sector now plays in the housing market, the regulations which govern the tenure have not kept pace with its growth. This means that too many tenants are exposed to unaffordable, poor quality and insecure accommodation.

IPPR will be presenting new research, sponsored by the Nationwide Building Society, that draws on a number of in-depth conversations with tenants and landlords across England in which we sought to understand the lived experience of those living in private renting and how they want it to change.

Drawing on these insights the report will present a significant programme of reform to the private rented sector that would tackle poor conditions, improve security and give renters greater control over their homes, all the while, supporting landlords through strategic and well understood policy which encourages socially responsible landlordism.

IPPR will introduce the report and its findings and our panel will respond.

Speakers include:

  • Luke Murphy, Associate Director for Environment, Climate, Housing and Infrastructure at IPPR
  • Darren Baxter, Research Fellow at IPPR
  • Helen Hayes MP for Dulwich and West Norwood and member of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee
  • Joe Garner, Chief Executive of Nationwide Building Society
  • Anne Frost, Deputy Director, Homelessness, Leasehold and Private Renting Directorate, MHCLG
  • Melanie Onn MP, Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities and Local Government) 

Please register for this event using the link below.

This event is held in partnership with the Nationwide Building Society