Reimagining Rent: Social Innovation in the Private Rented Sector

Published: September 2020 Publication Type: Publication

Authors: Adam Kybird, Tigran Sogomonian

Over the last decade, almost two million new households have begun renting privately. The Private Rented Sector is growing rapidly but it is quickly having to meet new needs as increasing numbers of families with children, older people and those on low incomes turn to renting.

Supported by the Nationwide Foundation, the Reimagining Rent accelerator has given yearly courses of intensive workshops, consultancy and access to expertise for 19 early-stage innovators tackling these issues in private housing.

As we approach a further period of economic and public health uncertainty in the COVID-19 pandemic, we make the case that effective social innovations like these should play a key role in our national response to the housing crisis.

After three years of the programme, we have released our report – learning from the ventures and sharing our recommendations to different stakeholders to help important innovations like these reach more tenants in the private rented sector.

Read the Reimagining Rent report here.


Meet the ventures

In our third and final cohort of the Reimagining Rent accelerator, we supported another brilliant group of mission-driven entrepreneurs working to create better outcomes for people in the private rented sector.

Learn more about these six social enterprises and charities bringing affordable housing closer to key workers, people with disabilities, those struggling with poverty and people at risk of homelessness.

Click on any of the logos here to learn more about their work and to hear their current pitch: