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 in the private rented sector often experience instability and inequality – but for many, it’s their only option.

Our ambition

As the number of people living in the private rented sector is set to increase, Fair Housing Futures wants to ensure that all tenants have access to decent, secure, affordable homes.

Over the next three years, the Fair Housing Futures Partnership Board and the Nationwide Foundation will invest £1 million in improving the experience of renting in Greater Manchester for people who need additional financial or social support, and focus on boosting housing policy, practice, and options.

Our work

Led by the Fair Housing Futures Partnership Board, we’ll work together with local authorities and organisations across the 10 Greater Manchester boroughs to find collective solutions for the issues facing tenants.

We’ll work out which issues need our attention by talking to tenants and landlords, which will give us a better understanding of the private rented sector throughout Greater Manchester. We’ll then identify solutions to these issues through our Test and Learn Grants programme, and together, we’ll help build a private rented sector that works for all. 

Over the next three years, Fair Housing Futures will:

Map the patch

Commission a mapping exercise of the private rented sector to gain an up-to-date, evidenced understanding of the sector in Greater Manchester.

Amplify Tenants' Voices

Create a Tenants' Voices Programme which will engage with tenants to co-develop effective change.

Test innovative ideas

Roll out a Test and Learn Grants programme, giving us a chance to pilot trail-blazing solutions to the issues faced by people in the private rented sector who need additional financial or social support.

Test and Learn Grant

Our Test and Learn Grant will launch in spring 2019. It will be open to organisations that are interested in testing and developing ideas to make the private rented sector work for everyone.
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Tenants' Voice Programme

The Tenants' Voices programme will provide a chance to engage and empower tenants across Greater Manchester, allowing them to join the debate around housing.
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Mapping Exercise

Our research will give us a comprehensive and evidenced review of how lower income renters access and live within Greater Manchester’s private rented sector.

Find out more

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

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Get to know the board

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

Board of Fair Housing Futures


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.