Research report: a route to homelessness?

By: Julie Rugg
Published: April 2008

Research report: a route into homelessness?

The private rented sector (PRS) is growing in size, and a number of policy interventions have placed emphasis on the use of private rented accommodation for households in housing need. Questions remain about the ability of the sector to provide a long-term, good quality, affordable home to people on low incomes. Around 15 per cent of households accepted as homeless gave the ending of their assured shorthold tenancy as the reason for the loss of their last settled accommodation.

This research seeks to understand why tenancies in the PRS come to an end, resulting in some tenants experiencing acute housing need.