Fair Housing Futures
Making Greater Manchester’s private rented sector work for all
The private rental sector is often associated with insecurity, poor living conditions, high rents, and a lack of choice. Tenants often experience instability and inequality – and for many, the private rented is now their only option.
As the number of people living in the private rented sector is set to increase, Fair Housing Futures want to ensure that tenants have access to decent, secure, and affordable homes.
Over the next five years, The Fair Housing Futures Partnership Board and The Nationwide Foundation will invest £1.2 million in improving the experience of renting for vulnerable tenants in Greater Manchester, by striving to improve housing policy, practice, and options.
Led by the Fair Housing Futures Partnership Board, we will working with local authorities and organisations across the 10 Greater Manchester boroughs, to find collective solutions to the issues facing vulnerable tenants.
We’ll identify these issues by gaining a better understanding of Greater Manchester’s private rented sector, through talking to tenants and landlords. Identifying solutions to these issues through our Test and Learn Grants programme, we'll help build a private rented sector that works for all.
Over the next five years Fair Housing Futures will:
Map the patch
Mapping the private rented sector will give us an up to date and evidenced understanding of the sector in Greater Manchester.
Amplify Tenants' Voices
Our Tenants’ Voices programme will engage with tenants and landlords to co-develop effective change.
Test innovative ideas
Our Test and Learn Grants programme is piloting a trailblazing solutions to the issues facing vulnerable tenants in the private rented sector. Funding available: between £10,000-£100,000 per annum. Application close on Monday 30 September 2019.
Test and Learn Grant
The Fair Housing Futures Test and Learn Grant is now open. Apply for up to £100,000 per year to help improve private renting for vulnerable tenants.
Find out more information and apply
Tenants' Voices Programme
The Tenants' Voices programme will provide a chance to engage with and empower tenants across Greater Manchester, allowing them to be part of the debate around housing.
Register your interest
Our mapping exercise will give us a comprehensive and evidenced review of how low-income renters access and live within the private rented sector in Greater Manchester.
Read our research articles
The Nationwide Foundation
Fair Housing Futures is part of The Nationwide Foundation’s Transforming the Rented Sector funding programme.
Other projects including 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.