The report offers insight into whether Rent Policy is fit for purpose and achieves its original objectives. Particularly in the context of external developments.

Overall, the rent policy is meeting its objectives and should be retained. 

The main findings were:

  • the mechanisms for moving rents to within target bands appear to have been largely successful
  • landlords identified the benefits of the rent policy as being: clarity, transparency and  comparability
  • rental policy uplift considerations should include affordability, the relationship over time between earnings and rents, as well as the relationships between social rents in England and Wales and landlords ability to balance rents and investment
  • there is felt to be a lack of fit between the rent policy and the policy on grant rates for new developments
  • several stakeholders, tenants and social landlords raised the issue of Value for Money and so the research suggests exploring the monitoring of standards.

Reports

Rent policy review: final report
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Rent policy review: final report (summary)
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Rent policy review: appendix E1 (housing benefit analysis)
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Rent policy review: appendix E2 (universal credit analysis)
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Rent policy review: appendix E3 (universal credit analysis (CPI+0.5% scenario))
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Rent policy review: appendix E4 (universal credit analysis (CPI+1.0% scenario))
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Rent policy review: appendix E5 (universal credit analysis (CPI+1.5% scenario))
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Rent policy review: appendix E6 (two child policy (CPI+0.5% scenario))
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Rent policy review: appendix E7 (two child policy (CPI+1.0% scenario))
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Rent policy review: appendix E8 (two child policy (CPI+1.5% scenario))
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Contact

Lucie Griffiths

Tel: 0300 025 5780

Media

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