Making a house a home: Why policy must focus on the ownership and distribution of housing
A better framework is needed to drive much-needed change.
This briefing sets out the argument underpinning a new area of work at JRF, around ownership and distribution of homes in the English housing market. It suggests proposals for reform, and highlights areas we want to explore.
- We need to set policy which works to create a smaller, higher quality, and better managed private rented sector, which meets the needs of people seeking flexibility, while rejecting the notion that private renting can be a home for such a large portion of the population.
- We must develop policies which proactively shape the market and offer ways for households to move from private renting to homeownership or a sub-market housing option.
- We should look to support households for whom homeownership is not feasible or desirable to sustainably build wealth.
- We must ensure that the transition to a smaller private rented sector is managed equitably, with a particular regard for renters on lower incomes.
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