Rent affordability in the affordable housing sector: literature review

Information on definitions and measures of social rent affordability, the relationship between housing and poverty, rents in the affordable housing sector, the role of the mid-market rent sector and policies with an impact on rent affordability.


Archer, T., Green, S., & Wilson, I. (2018). Effective housing for people on low incomes in the Welsh Valleys. edited by Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Bramley, G. (2012). Affordability, poverty and housing need: triangulating measures and standards. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 27(2), 133-151.

CAD. (2015). Severe Poverty in Scotland. edited by Scottish Government.

CAD. (2019). Social tenants in Scotland 2017. edited by Scottish Government.

Chaplin, R., & Freeman, A. (1999). Towards an Accurate Description of Affordability. Urban Studies, 36(11), 1949-1957.

CIH. (2013). Perspectives on Rents and Affordability in Scotland.

CIH. (2018). Rethinking Social Housing Final report.

Davis, A., Hirsch, D., Padley, M., & Shepherd, C. (2018). Minimum Income Standard for the UK 2008-2018: continuity and change. edited by Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Edinburgh City Council. (2010). Mid Market Rent. In Health, Social Care and Housing Committee.

Evans, A., Littlewood, M., Serpa, R., & Ogilvie, D. (2017). Housing Need and aspiration: the role of mid market rent. A summary of research findings and points for consideration by the housing sector. edited by CIH Scotland and Wheatley Group.

Fenton, A., Tang, C., & Whitehead, C. (2011). Market-pegged social rents & local income distributions. edited by Department of Land Economy Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research, University of Cambridge.

Frey, J. (2018). Social housing in Northern Ireland: challenges and policy options. edited by UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE).

Gan, Q., & Hill, R. (2009). Measuring Housing Affordability: Looking Beyond the Median. Journal of Housing Economics, 18(2), 115-125.

Gibb, K. (2014). Housing policy in Scotland since devolution: divergence, crisis, integration and opportunity. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 23(1), 29-42.

Green, S., Pattison, B., Reeve, K., & Wilson, I. (2016). How affordable is Affordable housing? edited by Sheffield Hallam University Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research.

Healey, J. (2004). Housing, fuel poverty and health. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Hirsch, D., Bryan, A., Davis, A., & Smith, N. (2013). A Minimum Income Standard for remote rural Scotland. Inverness: Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

Hoolachan, J., McKee, K., Moore, T., & Soaita, A. M. (2017). ‘Generation rent’ and the ability to ‘settle down’: economic and geographical variation in young people’s housing transitions. Journal of Youth Studies, 20(1), 63-78.

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Meen, G. (2018b). Policy Approaches for Improving Affordability. edited by UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE).

Morgan, M., & Cruickshank, H. (2014). Quantifying the extent of space shortages: English dwellings. Building Research & Information, 42(6), 710-724.

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Scanlon, K., Arrigoitia, M. F., & Whitehead, C. (2015). Social Housing in Europe. European Policy Analysis, 17, 1-12.

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Stephens, M. (2017). Social Rented Housing in the (DIS)United Kingdom: Can Different Social Housing Regime Types Exist within the Same Nation State?. Urban Research & Practice, 12(1), 38-60.

Stephens, M., Blenkinsopp, J., & Gibb, K. (2015). The Devolution of Housing Benefit and Social Security: Rebalancing Housing Subsidies in Scotland. edited by Shelter Scotland.

Stephens, M., & Leishman, C. (2017). Housing and Poverty: a longitudinal study. Housing Studies, 32(8), 1039-1061.

Tunstall, R., Bevan, M., Bradshaw, J., Croucher, K., Duffy, S., Hunter, C., Jones, A., Rugg, J., Wallace, A., & Wilcox, S. (2013). The links between housing and poverty: An evidence review. edited by Joseph Rowntree Foundation. York.

Wheatley Group. (2016). English and Scottish Social Housing. Differences between the two.

Wilcox, S. (2005). Affordability and the intermediate housing market. Local measures for all local authority areas in Great Britain. edited by Joseph Rowntree Foundation. York.

Wilson, W., & Barton, C. (2018). What is affordable housing? In Briefing Paper Number 07747, edited by House of Commons Library.

Young, G., Wilcox, S., Leishman, C., & McCloy, S. (2017). A review of the affordability of social rents in Northern Ireland.

Young, G., & Donohoe, T. (2018). Review of Strategic Investment Plans for Affordable Housing.



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