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Housing Research Notes

Housing Research Notes are a series of analytical reports from the Greater London Authority focusing on individual issues of relevance to housing policy in London.

The most recent Housing Research Note (published in November 2023) estimates the number of homes in poor condition in London, the annual cost to the NHS of these poor conditions, the costs of repairing all the homes in poor condition, and the time it would take for the resulting savings to pay off the repair costs. The analysis is broken down by tenure and compared with the same figures for the rest of England.

This research applies a methodology developed by BRE to London’s housing. Data on the condition of London’s housing stock comes from the English Housing Survey. The tenure breakdown of this research helps illuminate disparity of housing quality across tenures in London at a time when the Decent Homes Standard is under review and due to be applied to the Private Rented Sector for the first time.

Cover of the GLA Housing Research Note on the costs of poor housing in London

Previous Housing Research Notes have provided analysis of topics including housing supply, Help to Buy policy, short-term lettings, international comparisons, the factors behind increasing private rents and race equality. The reports are listed below in reverse date order.