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Working with others to discuss and deliver innovative solutions to the housing crisis

Summary of a Crisis (2023 Dataset)

The Housing Crisis in Numbers




The housing deficit would take at least half a century to fill even if the Government’s current target to build 300,000 homes a year is reached (Centre for Cities)


The increase in no-fault Section 21 notices served by landlords from the previous year (Office for National Statistics)


The number of UK households currently living in hostels and B&Bs (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)


The number households across England (242,000) are now experiencing the worst forms of homelessness (Crisis & Herriot Watt)


There was a net loss of 14,100 social homes in England in 2022, as demolitions and sales far outstripped the number of new homes built (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)


The number of adults who wouldn’t have enough in savings to pay their rent for more than a month if they lost their job (Shelter)


 The percentage of UK households that faced homelessness in England between January and March 2023 – the highest number on record (Office for National Statistics)


Is the number of children living in temporary accommodation.  In total, 100,000 households are stuck in temporary accommodation (Shelter)


The number of people sleeping rough in England is 74% higher than in 2010 when the data started being collected (Office for National Statistics) 

Our commitment

As the dataset above indicates, the UK has a chronic housing shortage with the deficit increasing month to month.  Housing supply has quite simply not been keeping with demand, leaving millions of people living in poor quality housing, temporary accommodation or no home at all.  

We believe that everyone needs access to secure, decent housing.  A lack of decent housing negatively affects the health, education, and well-being of people across the UK (and of course, globally).  


Our key focus as a firm under the 'S' (social) in ESG, is to work closely with organisations that are responsible for overcoming the housing crisis - Government, Local Government, NGOs, Housing Associations, Investors, Developers and other parties to create innovative solutions to the issues at hand (see for example, our work with Habitat for Humanity below).  As a specialist real estate law firm who only recruits senior leading lawyers, including former in-house housing association and local authority lawyers, we have the skillset and experience required to help organisations turn their excellent ideas and projects into tangible results.  

Spotlight:  Habitat for Humanity Empty Spaces to
Homes Toolkit

DJB has been an active member of Habitat for Humanity (GB) Empty Spaces to Homes Coalition since it began in 2020, helping them to deliver their Toolkit amongst other things.  This is an innovative project which can and will help to supply housing across details.  For more information, click on the links below:    

Insights and Analysis

Key contacts 

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Christopher Kerr 

Head of Environmental, Social and Governance

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Madeleine Davitt 

Senior Partner 

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Malcolm Iley 

Non-Executive Director


Stephanie Hall 

Partner - Planning 

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