Policy library

Policy, research and good practice work forms a major part of Shelter's efforts to address and find solutions for homelessness and housing issues. In this section you can browse through the reports, factsheets, briefings and policy consultation responses that we produce.

All policy documents

Report: How to increase competition, diversity and resilience in the house builder market?

Applicable to: England
Published:  April 2014

The housebuilding sector has become increasingly concentrated in recent years with firms that build over 2,000 units per year accounting for around 50 per cent of housing starts. In order to address the unresponsive nature of housing supply, six potential policies have been developed that centre on alleviating key barriers faced by housebuilders. Some of these options are likely to be more beneficial to SME builders by addressing barriers to growth and entry, such as problems associated with land acquisition, finance and procurement. Others are likely to have more pronounced effects on larger housebuilders, for example by increasing incentives to build out sites faster. Read summary and download 

Response: Review of property conditions in the private rented sector

Applicable to: England
Published:  April 2014

Shelter strongly welcomes the government’s review of property conditions in the private rented sector. This is an extremely important opportunity to address the disproportionate poor standards and introduce legislative changes to improve the lives of the increasing number of families living in this tenure Read summary and download 

Report: Can't Complain

Applicable to: England
Published:  March 2014

This report sets out the extent of poor conditions in the private rented sector and the case for greater intervention. It looks specifically at the problem of retaliatory eviction as a major barrier for reporting poor conditions and calls on the Government to legislate to protect renters from this practice. The report also sets out why, in a market where the demand for homes outstrips supply, there are often very few financial incentives for landlords to invest in improving and maintaining their homes they let. Read summary and download 

Response: Lyons Review

Applicable to: England
Published:  March 2014

Shelter welcomes the opportunity to respond to Sir Michael Lyons' review of house building in England. In this response we set out the core principles that any new government in 2015 must follow to get England building the minimum 250,000 homes per year we need to meet need. Read summary and download 

Briefings: Immigration Bill

Applicable to: England
Published:  February 2014

Clauses 15-32 of the Immigration Bill require private landlords to check the immigration status of their tenants or prospective tenants. It prevents them from letting their property to non-EEA nationals without the necessary form of leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom. Read summary and download 

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