ERIC Number: EJ731251
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
The Effects of Rent Restructuring on Social Housing in English Rural Areas
Journal of Rural Studies, v20 n4 p445-460 Oct 2004
This paper discusses the impact of central government's rent restructuring policy on social housing in rural areas in England. It examines the effect that restructuring will have on the rents set by social landlords in a set of case study areas then considers some of the likely impacts on affordability and on new investment in rural social housing. One of the primary aims of rent restructuring policy is to reduce unjustifiable differences between the rents of similar dwellings in the local authority and Registered Social Landlord sectors locally. This aim seems likely to be achieved. In doing so, it is likely that affordability will be reduced in the local authority sector but enhanced for tenants of some RSLs. However, the reduction in real RSL rents that improve affordability may further constrain RSLs' ability to invest in new social housing in rural areas. The paper concludes that rent restructuring by itself will not materially improve the housing prospects of the less well off in rural areas.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Housing, Rural Areas, Social Capital, Policy, Case Studies, Public Housing
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)