Housing research

We carry out research on local housing issues to develop an evidence base, which helps inform our decisions.

Older People's Housing Questionnaire

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames is committed to fully understanding the views of older residents and their preferences for their current and future housing needs. As such, we undertook a small piece of research at the Full of Life Fair for residents of the borough aged 55 and over, as well as holding an online consultation. This paper therefore provides a useful snapshot of the views of some older residents, despite not being a representative sample of the estimated 51,300 older people in the borough.

Download the Older People's Housing Questionnaire Report (pdf, 650 KB)

Private Rented Sector Research

The termination of Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs) was the most commonly-cited reason for homelessness among households accepted as statutorily homelessness in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in 2015/16. This is a trend which is also observed across London as a whole. As this trend has risen in recent years, we undertook research to gain a better understanding of why these tenancies are being terminated.

This process included compiling questionnaire responses from landlords and tenants in the private rented sector - where ASTs are most common - and drafting this report on the findings. This research will help to inform the development of our Homelessness Strategy and homelessness prevention services.

Download Homelessness and the Private Rented Sector Research(pdf, 650KB)

Retirement Housing Review

This review into the retirement housing in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames analyses national and local data sets to understand more about the drivers of need for older people's housing, such as population projections, ethnicity, level of equity, disability prevalence rates and tenure. The paper aims to inform decision-making by our housing, health and social care commissioning functions, as well to assist providers of retirement housing when reviewing existing stock or developing new schemes.

Download the Retirement Housing Review(pdf, 1404KB)

Extra Care Housing Evidence Base

This evidence base reviews the need for extra care housing for older people in Richmond upon Thames. The report reviews research on extra care, includes analysis of both national and local data sets (such as demographics, local care needs and likely housing equity) and best practice guidelines.

It includes information useful for housing, health and social care commissioners and may assist Registered Providers considering developing extra care schemes in the Borough.

Download the Extra Care Housing Evidence Base(pdf, 860KB)

Tenancy Strategy Evidence Base (2012)

The Localism Act 2011 says every council must develop a borough-wide Tenancy Strategy.

We worked jointly with Richmond Housing Partnership to commission the University of Cambridge, to research an evidence base on the private rented sector. We also commissioned DTZ Consulting to research wider housing issues that influence the Tenancy Strategy. This evidence will be used to inform our Tenancy Strategy.

The University of Cambridge's report gives an overview of the private rented housing market in the Borough and informs our position on Affordable Rent.

Key elements of the document include:

  • a review of private rented sector rent levels;
  • findings that the local housing market largely caters for young professionals and corporate lets; and
  • evidence that there is limited private rented housing supply for low income households.

Download the University of Cambridge Overview Report(pdf, 820KB)

DTZ Consulting's report gives an overview of other items of relevance to the Tenancy Strategy.

Key elements of the DTZ report include:

  • A review of the housing market
  • Affordability issues for those wanting to buy a property
  • Housing need
  • Affordable housing supply
  • Recommendations for intervention

Download the full DTZ Report(pdf, 1252KB) or Download the summary DTZ Report(pdf, 684KB)

Homelessness Review (2012)

We reviewed homelessness within the borough to create the Homelessness Review 2012(pdf, 543KB). This informed the development of our current Homelessness Strategy.

Ethnic Minorities and Housing Research (2009)

This research provides an evidence base on housing issues affecting black and ethnic minority households in Richmond upon Thames, such as overcrowding and homelessness.

Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) Housing Strategy Evidence Base 2009(pdf, 844KB)

Updated: 11 May 2018