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The UK private rented sector as a source of affordable accommodation

Michael Ball

2 November 2010

An assessment of whether the private rented sector could provide an affordable alternative to home-ownership.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) commissioned this paper to contribute ideas for its Housing Market Taskforce, a two-year programme of work aiming to achieve long-term stability in the housing market for vulnerable households. This paper:

  • examines features of the UK private rented sector;
  • investigates the impact of extending security of tenure and introducing second-generation rent controls;
  • assesses the potential for the private rented sector to provide an alternative to home-ownership for households who are priced out of home-ownership, or for whom risks are too high.

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