Research on affordability in London and the South East

Research by Catalyst’s New Products Team analysing half a million households renting in the private sector demonstrates the depth of the housing affordability crisis in London and the South East.

Our research – Mending the Ladder: Responding to the affordability crisis in London and the South East- PDF 305KB – shows that is becoming increasingly difficult to sustainably afford a market rent or save for home ownership. It also clearly demonstrates that that people living in the private rented sector and aiming for home ownership have their own specific housing needs which currently are not being met by the market.

Catalyst’s response has been to propose new housing products that form part of a ladder of housing solutions. Proposals include shared living, sub-market rented housing to allow people to save a deposit and income-based rents.

The research allows us to show the results by household, property and tenure in all 25 local authority areas analysed.

To find out more about the research you can read the report here – PDF 305KB or contact the new products team.