Housing associations are operating within a radically altered and rapidly changing policy context - something which was heightened during the course of this research. This project originated in the convergence of a number of factors shaping an agenda for housing associations to engage with market renting :
- The growth of private renting within a changing housing system,
- Government policy encouraging institutional investment in the private rented sector, and
- The impact of funding and welfare reform on the operating environment of housing associations, including a trend towards commercialisation and diversification.
Source : RICS