A new tenant steering group, created by Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) and HQN, is looking for members to help look into tenancy sustainment in social housing.

SHU’s research is paying particular attention to identifying the causes of rent arrears, as this is the main reason why tenancies fail, and is focusing on the experiences of tenants receiving universal credit or Housing Benefit.

The research will provide evidence and guidance which will improve landlords’ tenancy sustainment policies and practices, making it easier for tenants to pay their rent and fewer tenancies failing.

Carried out by a team based at SHU, the study, which began in March and will run until May 2024, is being funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

The Tenant Steering Group will oversee the work of the SHU team, providing it with guidance at key points of the study. The group will convene no more than five times over the course of the study, and meetings will be held online. Members’ views will be sought on a range of issues, including the approach taken to the research and written outputs.

For more information about the Tenant Steering Group, please contact Jon Land at HQN: [email protected]

For more information about the study, please contact Paul Hickman ([email protected]/ 0114 225 4522) or Kesia Reeve [email protected]/ 0114 225 4529), or visit:  https://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/project/understanding-tenancy-sustainment-in-the-social-rented-secto