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

Creating a tenancy strategy suitable for your area

Applicable to: England
Published:  July 2012

This report is designed to assist local politicians, strategy officers and policy officers in preparing their Tenancy Strategies and landlord Tenancy Policies, in the light of the new flexibility available to them as a result of the Localism Act 2011. It should also assist local people, including local tenants, local councillors and local MPs, in their new role as the main regulators of consumer standards in social housing. Read summary and download 

Report: Understanding Supply Constraints in the Housing Market

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Published:  July 2012

In this report FTI review the economic characteristics of the housing market, the extent to which the structure and industrial organisation of the housing market differs from other markets, and whether there are features of the housing market that constrain the potential supply of new homes. The main findings of this report were presented at a Shelter Roundtable on Monday 23rd July 2012. Read summary and download 

The affordability of private renting for families claiming local housing allowance

Applicable to: England
Published:  July 2012

This research report shows local level affordability for small families claiming Local Housing Allowance, at the time of the reforms in April 2011. It also examines areas where there are likely to be large numbers of claimants with shortfalls following the changes to LHA, to help target advice resources. Read summary and download 

Can landlords' business plans sustain stable, predictable tenancies?

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Published:  June 2012

Shelter commissioned Jones Lang LaSalle to look in-depth at individual landlord business plans, with a view to understand the impact of longer tenancies with indexed rent increases on the performance of landlords' investments. Read summary and download 

Housing in transition: Understanding the dynamics of tenure change

Applicable to: England
Published:  June 2012

England, traditionally seen as a nation of homeowners, is experiencing significant change in the types of housing tenure in which people live. The Government has estimated that there are more than one million households who have been excluded from home ownership in recent years. Read summary and download 

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