New report: The demand for social housing before and during Covid-19

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Our brand new report produced in partnership with Campbell Tickell and the Policy Institute at Kings College London is a unique analysis of 26,000 properties advertised via our Choice-Based Lettings systems. It reveals changes in demand for social housing properties since the Covid-19 outbreak.


The demand for social housing before and during Covid-19

The findings in this report reflect changes in patterns of homelessness and provide clear evidence of increased demand for certain property types.

In this report, you will find:

  • Insights on supply of social housing across the country
  • Changed levels of demand pre and during Covid-19, with an overview of the type of properties applicants are bidding for
  • Analysis of the characteristics of the properties to inform future planning for allocations and the delivery of additional social housing
  • The actual demand for adapted and sheltered properties

“This report will help us to understand what people want from their homes in the social rented sector and what guides their choices”
- Ninesh Muthiah, Founder & CEO of Home Connections

Mismatch between supply and demand in London

The report saw an increased demand for social housing in London, where the average number of bids per property in the capital increased by 9% during the pandemic. Some 1-bedroom flats in Lambeth received as many as 1,040 applications.

The findings support the latest research from the Local Government Association, which revealed how London is experiencing the most severe homelessness rates in the country, with around 250,000 Londoners on waiting lists for council housing. 

"Our research found that demand for social housing was four times higher in London than in any other region. If the number of households on London’s council waiting lists doubles, this problem will only become worse, unless urgent steps are taken to increase the number of social homes in the capital.”
- Annie Field, Policy and Research Team Manager at Campbell Tickell

How can I access the report?

You can download the report for FREE through our newsletter. Click here to sign up and receive your copy.

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