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

Providing the evidence base for local housing need and demand assessments

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2011

This research explores how local planning authorities are determining their future housing requirements for both market and affordable housing in the current changing planning context. The planning system is facing significant reform and it is vital that accurate measurement of housing need and demand retains a central role. Read summary and download 

Investment in housing and its contribution to economic growth

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2011

In this report FTI Consulting evaluate and assess the case for investing in housing as part of a government strategy to promote economic growth. The key findings of this report were presented by Vicky Pryce at Shelter's Housing and the Economy Roundtable on 14th October 2011. Read summary and download 

Good practice guide: landlord accreditation

Applicable to: England
Published:  September 2011

Private renting covers a wide variety of tenants – and an equally wide variety of landlords. The sector can be proud that most dealings between them are harmonious. When problems do occur, it may be because landlords do not fully appreciate the complex legal framework in which they operate. Where rogue landlords do prey on unsuspecting tenants, it can be because tenants find it hard to distinguish between a responsible landlord and a rogue operator. Read summary and download 

Exiting Unsustainable Homeownership: Understanding current practice and the potential of Assisted Voluntary Sales

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Published:  September 2011

There is an emerging debate about the ways in which borrowers with unsustainable mortgages can be helped to make the transition from ownership to renting, including help with selling their property on a voluntary basis. There is an assumption that, for borrowers, the emotional and financial distress typically associated with possession is likely to be lessened by an assisted sale and exit. There may also be reputational and business benefits for lenders in supporting sales, particularly in minimising the losses arising from negative equity. Read summary and download 

Policy briefing: Asserting authority - calling time on rogue landlords

Applicable to: England
Published:  September 2011

Shelter is concerned about the state of the private rented sector. Local authorities dealt with more than 86,000 complaints from private tenants in 2010/11; yet, wider research finds that over 350,000 private renters experienced housing problems in the same year. Read summary and download 

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