Research Note: How affordable are rents for NLW families?

By: Sara Mahmoud  Published: October 2016


This research explores what levels of rent new housing should be set at in order to truly work for 'just about managing' families across the country.

Previous sub-market rental programmes have involved grant for homes at up to 80% of market rent. This analysis shows, however, that for a family with one full-time and one part-time worker in jobs paid at the National Living Wage, these rents would not be affordable in almost half of local authorities in

A better product for these low-income working families is the living rent outlined in Renewal's 'Homes for All' report. This would be affordable in all but 13% of local authorities.


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