House share ‘positive’
Social housing providers may have to allow tenants to house share in order to meet the housing needs of young people, according to new report.
The report, published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and carried out by consultancy Ecotec, is based on interviews with young people and those who work with them.
It says that some young people and practitioners feel ‘shared living could play a positive role in helping young people to live independently’.
But while in the private rented and homeownership sectors shared living is becoming more common, there is ‘no established culture of shared accommodation in the social rented sector’, the report says.
‘Some practitioners felt the “gold standard” of solo living - which has been a big part of the social rented sector for a long time - may have to shift,’ it adds.
Young people want flexible social housing tenancies to enable them to move home more easily, it says.