Affordable Rents compared to traditional social rents

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Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Date of publication
13 July 2018
Social Policy, Housing and Homelessness, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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This analysis looks at the difference between ‘Affordable Rent’ and traditional council and housing association rent levels (social rent).

Rent payments are the single biggest cost for many households. Access to low-cost social rented housing is a key issue in preventing low income families being swept into poverty.

The cost of renting in the social housing sector has steadily increased in recent years, as existing rents rose, and many new lettings are at higher market-linked ‘Affordable Rents’.

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