If we want to solve the housing crisis, we need to look beyond building homes. We need to make better use of our existing stock.

In our latest research report, Take-up on downsize, we examine how we can best tackle under-occupation in social housing. If more people living in under-occupied larger homes were able to move to smaller ones, then more families in inappropriate homes – whether temporary accommodation or overcrowded homes – could be rehoused.

Brendan Sarsfield, Peabody Group’s CEO said the research reveals important findings for the sector.

The housing crisis in London is getting worse. We can’t solve it without building homes. But we can’t solve it by building alone. We need to make better use of our existing stock. And this means working with local authorities across the capital to improve our nominations process. It would not solve the housing crisis on its own: but it would have a significant and positive impact on the lives of our residents, on families currently living in temporary accommodation and on the finances of local authorities across the capital.

Click here to access a full version of the report.