‘’Rentplus UK Ltd, the leading provider of affordable rent-to-buy homes, has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive. Steve Collins joined 02 October 2017. Steve has been hired to build on the business’ successes of the past three years as it charts a course for significant growth.  He brings extensive leadership experience to the business having held a number of senior positions within both the public and voluntary sectors. He is a housing specialist and most recently served as the Homes and Communities Agency’s Head of Area for the East of England”.

Steve said “I am delighted to have secured this very important role and look forward to working with the Rentplus Board and the team to deliver much needed affordable rent-to-buy homes across the country. I want to take this opportunity to thank Richard Connolly for all his hard work in building the business so far and look forward to working alongside Richard until the end March” 

Our ambition is to ensure that privately funded affordable rent-to-buy is included as a mainstream tenure on housing developments. This will ensure broader housing options are available for all and many more working people have a pathway to homeownership.

The Rentplus board has approved and support the delivery of an ambitious business plan. We continue to receive significant interest and support from investors, local authorities, housebuilders and high profile political support from MPs, Ministers and Lords across the political spectrum.

Our dedicated team has ensured delivery of our first contracted and completed schemes in Plymouth, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire. We will shortly be contracting on many more developments across the south west, south, central and east of England. 

We are currently working with many housebuilders – national, regional and local SME developers to deliver high quality additional homes providing, greater choice of tenure to local households currently unable to access either traditional social housing or low cost homeownership such as shared equity and shared ownership tenures or even Help to Buy –due to a lack of sufficient deposit or credit history.

We have also received heartening support from cross-party MPs, Lords and successive Housing Ministers. We are particularly proud to have been invited and attend a meeting at No 10 Downing Street to explain in detail how the Rentplus model and the Affordable rent to buy tenure which is attracting significant institutional private investment and supporting the Government in achieving the target of 1m homes by 2020 and a further 0.5m homes by 2022.

We now have six Housing Association partners –Tamar, Harrow Churches, Cornerstone, Green Square, Housing Solutions and Wellingborough Homes working with us in partnership to grow, diversify and deliver more affordable homes locally. Many more Housing Associations and now Councils and ALMOs are progressing to join our framework.

Our case studies demonstrate the significant impact that Rentplus and our partners are having in transforming lives, prospects and well-being.

We are currently lobbying to secure a specific Affordable Housing definition for Affordable rent to buy as part of the Government’s review and are supported in this by many Local Authorities, Housing Associations, MPs, former and current Ministers. This has also been the subject of a Private Members Bill and positive responses to PMQs.

As more and more Local Authorities embrace Rentplus, the next 12 months will see Rentplus grow significantly in terms of delivery of new contracts and homes and geographically across the country, building upon the firm foundations laid over the past few years. 

Steve Collins, Rentplus CEO