The right to move: a new agenda for social housing tenants

Document type
Tim Leunig
Policy Exchange
Date of publication
13 January 2009
Housing and Homelessness
Social welfare
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The key proposal in this report is that social housing tenants should have the right to move to a property of similar value. The report covers the history of social housing, its potential value to society, and the limitations of much of the current system.   Mobility in the social housing sector is low, and many tenants are less satisfied with their homes than comparative occupants of rented accommodation in the private sector.  This is due, in part, to the lack of choices people are given when they are first allocated housing. The 'Right to move' proposal put forth in this document gives every social housing tenant the right to require their landlord to sell their current property and replace it with one of the tenant's choice from the open market.  This would have the advantages of increasing community diversity and reducing the concentration of social housing in areas of social deprivation.  It would give tenants greater choice and a financial incentive to look after their property and their area.

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