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Fair Housing Futures

Making Greater Manchester’s private rented sector work for all

The private rented sector is often associated with insecurity, poor living conditions, high rents and a lack of choice. Tenants often experience instability and inequality, but for many the private rented sector is now their only option.

Our ambition

Fair Housing Futures wants to ensure that tenants have access to decent, secure and affordable homes.

Nationwide Foundation have invested £1.2 million to improve the renting experience of Greater Manchester's vulnerable tenants. We're striving to improve housing policy, practice and options.

Our work

Led by the Fair Housing Futures Partnership Board, we're working with local authorities and organisations across all 10 Greater Manchester boroughs.

Talking to tenants and landlords, we’ve identified the issues that tenants are facing and gained a better understanding of Greater Manchester’s private rented sector. Now, we’re finding innovative solutions to these issues through our Test and Learn Grants programme.

Together, we'll help build a private rented sector that works for all.

Our aims

Mapping the patch

Mapping the private rented sector has given us an up-to-date and evidence-based understanding of the sector in Greater Manchester.

Read our research articles

Amplify tenants' voices

Our Tenants’ Voices programme engages with tenants to co-develop effective change, allowing tenants to be part of the debate around housing and have their voices heard.

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Testing innovative ideas

Our Test and Learn Grants programme is piloting innovative solutions to the issues faced by vulnerable tenants in the private rented sector. Five projects were funded by the Fair Housing Futures Test and Learn Grant.

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Our plan for better renting

We launched our Plan for Better Renting in Greater Manchester in March 2023. Read the press release for the launch event (pictured).

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Get in touch

For more information about the project and to find out how your organisation can get involved, get in touch.

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Get to know the board

The Fair Housing Partnership Board is responsible for the leadership of the project and the Test and Learn Grant.

The Board of Fair Housing Futures

Nationwide Foundation

Fair Housing Futures is part of Nationwide Foundation’s Transforming the Rented Sector funding programme.

Other projects in the programme include the 2018 review of the private rented sector: The Evolving Private Rented Sector: Its Contribution and Potential by Julie Rugg and David Rhodes from the Centre for Housing Policy at the University of York.

Fair Housing Futures, a project making Greater Manchester's private rented sector work for all

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Funded by Nationwide Foundation and hosted by Shelter, Fair Housing Futures will identify and investigate solutions to the barriers faced by renters with limited financial and social support in Greater Manchester.