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Increasing the role of the private rented sector

The government’s housing strategy Laying the Foundations confirmed the importance of the private rented sector and the recently published Montague report underpinned this.

A well-managed private rented sector can make a very positive contribution to economic growth and social sustainability, allowing social mobility and near-instant access to accommodation with much lower transaction costs than homeownership. In the current housing market it’s growing in popularity, not simply because would-be purchasers can’t always access homeownership, but as a tenure of choice. Local authorities are beginning to understand its potential, with some delivering their own high quality units for market rent, funded through equity investment. It isn’t only factors such as the current housing market that are driving it: others such as demographics, as more people live longer and on their own, also play a part.

But how should a local authority harness this potential? How should it maximise the role the sector can play in meeting need and underpinning economic growth, and is there a role for housing associations?

This course focuses on:

  • The increasing role of the sector: how it is growing and likely to continue to grow
  • How the number of private rental homes could be increased and be a good quality alternative tenure
  • Where funding might come from
  • How to promote and support the sector/investors
  • Who is doing what elsewhere.

Who should attend?

  • Local authority housing strategy officers who are planning housing provision
  • Local authority officers working to improve the private rented sector
  • Housing association development and management teams looking at this sector as an area of growth.

Our trainer

Helen Brzozowski has worked in the social housing sector for 14 years. She has been a consultant and trainer for seven years and is a director of arc4. Her expertise lies in the development of products and options to support households to access and move into the tenure of their choice. Her work involves developing new products and evaluating their success, including equity purchase models, rent to purchase models and intermediate rented products. She assists developers, housing associations and local authorities to develop delivery mechanisms and models to create viable schemes and introduce a range and mix of tenures to meet local needs.

HQN has a track record of helping organisations achieve real and lasting performance improvements. If you are interested in accessing this training package please contact us by emailing

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