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Leasing Social Housing - with Will Mallard

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I talk to Will Mallard about social housing in the commercial property sector. Will shares insights into the complexities of the sector, including the various categories of social housing and supported housing. He discusses how he got involved in social housing and provides examples of projects he has worked on. The conversation delves into the financial aspects of social housing, including the challenges and opportunities for investors. Will also highlights the importance of understanding the needs of local authorities and care providers when considering social housing projects. 


  • The social housing sector is complex, with various categories and different interpretations and applications by local authorities and NHS areas.
  • Lenders in the social housing sector may increase interest rates and impose stricter loan-to-value ratios due to uncertainty, making it crucial to secure a stable income stream for financing.
  • A strategy in the social housing sector involves finding the ideal customer first, purchasing properties under market value, creating paper-based uplift, and potentially holding properties long-term for income.
  • No English local authority has ever defaulted on long lease residential or supported housing payments, providing a level of stability for investors in the sector.
  • For more information on the social housing sector and property investment, listeners can access the "My Property World" podcast hosted by Will Mallard on various platforms like Apple Podcasts and Spotify.


"There's approximately 200,000 people currently in supported housing of one form or another. And there's at least another 100,000 in terms of demand." 

"One of the top points in this is around temporary accommodation, where there's a statutory obligation for a local authority to provide housing for anyone who presents with a housing need." 

"No English local authority has ever defaulted on a long lease residential or supported housing payment. Not once." 

"People are holding it for income, or the end owner, and that there's an appeal which is, I suppose, backable by a vision of a mortgage or some other lending product." 



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