Judging by new information, social landlords cannot ignore the needs of other tenures.  2011 research highlighted that the private rented sector overtook the social rented sector in England and Wales by around about 100,000 households. The private rented sector contains a large population of older residents and those that are also in poor health, of which the figures are set to rise over the next 20 years. This will be a rising challenge in the years to come because it is already difficult for private tenants to find suitable adapted properties, or to get their private landlords to make adaptations to make their living space adequately supportive.

(Percentage of households with at least one member in bad/ very bad health)

Within in the next 20 years what are we likely to see? Well, with manyolder and disabled people living within these private rented properties, that aren’t adapted for their ideal living space, the tenants will have to move to try to find more suitable and adapted accommodation. This could mean that all the older and disabled people in private residencies will have to move into social housing that has these adaptations approved. Inevitably the social housing market will struggle as the social sector already has a vast population of ageing and disabled people living in their properties.

Not to mention this isn’t going to be physically comfortable for a new tenant who previously rented privately. Many older people struggle with downsizing as they have insufficient equity and can no longer afford to privately rent. How do we plan to tackle these challenges? Well our full Whitepaper on the entire topic is now readily available for request, which you can find here. The Whitepaper explains the 6 main challenges our country’s social housing structure faces and what AKW does to promote flexibility within these homes.