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

Fair Rent Homes

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2017

This report sets out the need to accept current realities and provide a better offer for hard-pressed renters. The market is currently failing drastically to meet their needs and there is a need for a sub-market alternative that responds to affordability pressures and the understandable urge for security. It makes the case for a new generation of homes at Fair Rents, priced at levels that people on lower incomes can actually afford and with rents that are linked to incomes and not a broken housing market. Longer tenancies would recognise people‚Äôs need for stability and provide breathing space during which households could save towards a deposit. Read summary and download 

Submission: Autumn Budget

Applicable to: England
Published:  September 2017

In Shelter's representation to the 2017 Autumn Budget, we make three key policy recommendations: to re-align Local Housing Allowance rates with the 30th percentile of local rents; to honour the commitment to reform Compulsory Purchase; and to follow through with proposed changes on viability to the National Planning Policy Framework. These recommendations come from insight gathered through our services, emerging evidence and research. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Happier and healthier: improving conditions in the PRS

Applicable to: England
Published:  September 2017

Too many homes in today's private rented sector are in very poor condition, severely compromising families' health and wellbeing and, in the most extreme cases, putting lives at risk. New powers in the Housing and Planning Act extend the range of measures local councils can use to take tough enforcement action and crack down on rogue landlords. This briefing is part of our work to ensure that local councils are motivated to use their new powers to improve conditions in the private rented sector. Read summary and download 

Briefing: Proposed ban on letting agent fees to tenants

Applicable to: England
Published:  September 2017

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Consultation response: Tackling unfair practices in the leasehold market

Applicable to: England
Published:  September 2017

Shelter's response to the government's consultation on the leasehold system. Read summary and download 

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